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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY- I Love to Create: Tulip Fashion Kits

Reported by Christina Hammond

So, it’s summer.  Have your kids shouted from the other room “Hey Mom!  I’m bored!  I am sooooooooooo bored!” ?   Or do you have a group of girls coming over for a slumber party and you’re at a loss for entertaining them?

To help combat the summer “boredom blues,” we were sent I Love to Create by Tulip’s Tie Dye Kit in Moody Blues, Body-Art Glitter Stencil Set, Bright Fabric Markers and 3D Color Changing Paint.
We had a blast using all of these kits.  Of course, the first kit the wanted to try was the Glitter Body Tattoos.    IMG_0480The kit has everything you need to get started.  9 stencils, glue, brushes and tons of glitter.   IMG_0482

The glue comes in a bottle with a nice soft applicator.  There is a slight odor to the glue, but it dissipates quickly as it dries.  My kids have a ton of allergies, and it didn’t bother them at all. 

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Check out that bling!  It’s fine, super shiny and pretty! 
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The stencils are easy to use, and stick well.  Be careful with the more detailed designs because you can tear them while removing them with the paper backing.   Voila!  Butterflies!
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We mixed colors with great results.  The LittleLady won’t let us wash it off, but it does come off pretty easily with soap and water.  If you want to make sure it really comes off fast, use a wipe with rubbing alcohol in it – swipes it right off!  I can see using this kit at camp or for Halloween.  A Glitter Fairy!  How cool!
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“Hey Mom!  Daddy keeps calling me David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust.  I don’t get it!”

Next we used the Tie-Dye Kit in “Moody Blues” to create some shirts.  The box says that the kit includes enough dye to make 8 shirts, but we only got one toddler shirt and some of an adult XL shirt.  Probably not a big deal, because I am known for overdoing these things!
IMG_0496Everything you need is in the kit.  Rubberbands, gloves and premeasured dyes.  When added water to the bottles of dye, be sure they are closed all the way before shaking.  Ask my counters how we know this!  🙂
 IMG_0497I would maybe pick up better gloves next time.  The kits are meant for the younger set, but they were too big even for my big hands. IMG_0498The instructions didn’t say to presoak the shirt, so we gave it a spiral spin and secured it with rubberbands.  IMG_0499
After applying the dye in alternating colors, I simply wrapped the garbage bag we dyed on around it and tossed it out in the yard in the sun for the day.  Once ready, I rinsed it and laid it back out in the sun to dry.  Once dry, I gave it a run in the dryer on HOT to really try to set the colors.
We have a Buzz LightYear freak in our house, so I used my YUDU to silk screen an image of his hero on the shirt.IMG_0547 I think it came out really well and can’t wait to make more!
Next we tried out the 3D Color Change Paint.  Being a child of the Eighties, I have memories of Hyper-color t-shirts.  The color change paint is similar, but it changes with UV exposure, not heat.   IMG_0501Before UV exposure

IMG_0502Can you see that?  It’s subtle, but the colors have changed!
Admittedly, I only made a handful of t-shirts with this paint because it was so cool. 
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First up I drew out the name of a certain little Blue-Eyed Blondie named Haley.  I used Tulip’s 3D Puffy Paint to outline and then filled in each letter with a different design.  IMG_0507
Next I drew out my favorite cartoon character, LittleMiss Sunshine.  UV paint, sunshine…  Get it?  I kill me! IMG_0538 IMG_0539Can you see the difference?  It’s there – subtle in the case of LitteMiss Sunshine because we painted it on with a brush rather than in “3D”
Here’s a silly little video I shot this morning showing the Chaos Twins wearing the shirts, going from indoors to out and just how quickly they change.  There’s no sound because… well… we live in the WindyCity and it was windy.  Go figure.

Finally, we tried out the Fabric Markers in “Bright” colors.
IMG_0549 IMG_0286This sweet little tote was created completely by the 4 year old for her preschool teacher, Miss Mary.  As you can see, the colors show up really well (even on the taupe fabric) and are easy enough for the little ones to use.  Just remember, they are permanent!

Here are my creations- I had a couple of silk screened totebags on hand that I use for groceries.  They needed a little more…something.  So I added a “Peace, Man!” to them.  The colors set really well.IMG_0550 Remember to put something between layers because the colors will bleed.  I can see myself using these to label our pool towels, gym bags and backpacks for school.  Oh, and plain white canvas sneakers!  How cool would that be?

Pros:

  • everything you need in one kit or set
  • easy to use
  • well written instructions
  • fairly affordable

Cons:

  • the stencils in the tattoo kit are a bit fragile, so be careful
  • the tie-dye kit didn’t dye as many shirts as it said it would
  • they can be messy, but that’s the fun part, right?

Head to the nearest craft store and pick up one or all of these kits by Tulip.  The kits are all reasonably priced so you can pick up a few of each and have enough for everybody.  Best of all, I can totally see the Bright Fabric Markers and Body Tattoos being used at Vacation Bible School, Cheerleading Camp or even Scouts gatherings.


GIVEAWAY
The folks over at I Love To Create are giving away a Tulip kit to one lucky reader. To enter simply answer any of the questions below in the Comments section of this article on our website. One comment per person, please.

Have you tried any of the I Love to Create by Tulip kits?  Which ones would you like to try?  Be sure to come back and show us what you make with them, we love to see it!

Winners are chosen at random. Contest closes Sunday, June 12th at 6pm CST. Good Luck!


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30 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY- I Love to Create: Tulip Fashion Kits

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    jjocarlson June 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    I have never purchased any of the Tulip Fashion kits! But I will now they all look like so much fun, my kids will love them.

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    Lelo June 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    I have tulip products but none of these that are listed, I love the the glitter tattoos!

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    {VICKI} June 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    I have tried some tuplip paints before but not these!
    Yeah, I’ll try anything!

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    Donna June 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    I’d love to try making clothing with a Tulip Kit. I’ve never tried a kit before. Not sure I’d like the body tattoos though. With kids being so allergic to everything these days I don;t think I would buy that one.

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    Heather June 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    I would love to try this kit! What a fun summer craft for the kids.

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    smahrty June 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    we have not tried these, but would love to!

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    promisefaith June 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    I have never tried the Tulip fashion kits and they all look great. My fave is the glitter tattoos!

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    AShu93 June 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Have not tried these. I like the tie-die kit & the color changing paint the best.

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    Rebecca Ednie June 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    My 10’yo would love the markers and the tie dye. Cool kits!

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    lutingobelin June 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    I have some tulip, but not these ones and only used them to put dimension on my scrapbooking projects. I will try it on clothes one day.

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    Susan Elliott June 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    We use the Tulip markers to decorate aprons for summer cooking camp (Gourmet Girls & Guys). The markers work wonderfully. We would love to have any of these kits but especially the markers or glitter tattoos.

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    McStamper June 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    I have used Tulip products over the years for projects but have not tried these. They look great – thanks for the give-away.

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    LaceTopDesigns June 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    I’ve never tried these before, my boys would certainly love them! (if they can get them off me that is..)

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    LisaAnn June 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    We have not tried the Tulip kits but would love too! Especially the glitter tattoo and tie dye 🙂

    lhy5@yahoo.com

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    Melanie and Beau June 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    I have never tried them, but would love to!

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    Tronx June 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    I have tried a few of tulips products however I think the tie dye kit is in the top ten.. I have yet to try the others but interested in the face paints for the kids..

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    Dee m. June 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    I purchased the stencils and Also some glitter. It helps when I’m in a pinch. I do facepainting and glitter tattoos. I have to special order all my stuff. So it’s great that I can get tulip products now. It helps out alot and works great. Would love to win. That way I can buy some other tulip products I’d like to try. 🙂

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    Rosie Vadella June 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    Oh My Goodness! I REALLY wanna try the Tulip #D color change paint!

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    Anonymous June 9, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    I like Tulip Fashion Graffiti Starter Kit.

    Melody J
    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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    rush June 9, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    i haven’t played with any of these, but my grandkids would love all of them. i am sure mom might have an issue with the mess, but that is the way of grandmas, huh?!

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    isabel scrap June 10, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    i like the Fabric Markers, funny for the kids !

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    Vitoria B June 10, 2011 at 3:54 am #

    The Color Change and the Fabric Markers are so amazing. Great summer activity.

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    Lori June 10, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    The Color Change paints sound so fun! We may just be checking those out this summer.
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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    daveevans June 10, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Love the Video of the kids in their shirts, CUTE..especially loved the Okay fingers at the end..That little Guy is a Doll…As for the kids, I want to try them soon!!!Angel Hugs and Happy Crafting.

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    Sue D June 10, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    I have never used these kits before but they look fun.

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    ellen lord June 10, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    i think my nieces and i would love any of them!

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    Alexandra M June 11, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    the Fabric Markers are so cool, love to try this kit!

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    Karla Anderson June 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    I have not tried them but have been eyeing them for my niece’s visit this summer. She loves doing crafts!

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    Paulo Marques June 12, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Pretty, love the Tulip Markers. Good stuff for creativity.

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    Lisa A. June 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    I’d love to try the tie-dye kit!