Thursday, October 31, 2013

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you all are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared every week and am looking forward to seeing what you've been working on!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Triple-Dipped S'mores Apples by I Dig Pinterest

Day of the Dead Pumpkin by Artzy Creations

Carrie’s Caramel Apple Cider by A Mother's Shadow

Halloween Porch Sign by The Pin Junkie

Rolo Pretzel Monsters by Three Loud Kids

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

12 Halloween Party Games

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My daughter loves Halloween parties, and there are so many great things to play without spending a lot of money. Here are 12 fun party games for the kids to play at your next Halloween party, at home or at school!

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1. Free Printable Halloween Bingo by Artsy-Fartsy Mama
2. Doughnut on a String Game
 by Kids Parties 1-2-3
3. DIY Halloween Bowling Set
 by evite
4. Pin the Spider on the Web
 by The Tomkat Studio
5. DIY Pumpkin PiƱata
 by Chaos Served Daily
6. Halloween Feel Boxes
 by BasicGrey
7. Witches Hat Ring Toss
 by Sometimes Creative
8. Halloween Mummy Relay
 by Six Cherries on Top
9. Candy Corn Guessing Game
 by Better Homes and Gardens
10. DIY Cornhole Halloween Game For Kids by Crafts Unleashed
11. Pin the Eye on the Monster Game by Amanda's Parties to Go
12. Free Printable Monster Match Game by Artsy-Fartsy Mama


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Frankenstein Pumpkin

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This is probably the easiest Halloween project I own! It was put together in about 10 minutes. My mom was so nice as to buy this Frankenstein set at a boutique for me, and all I needed was a pumpkin. This would be cute in a real pumpkin, but to keep things a little more permanent, we bought a styrofoam pumpkin and it worked great!

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Supplies:
Frankenstein "Trick or Treat" Set
Styrofoam Pumpkin (taller is better)
Drill (optional)

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To start, find the spot where you want the "sign" to go. Press just a little to make a mark in the pumpkin. Some faux pumpkins are hollow, so you can probably just push the dowel through on your own. The styrofoam pumpkin we got was completely solid, so we used our handy Ryobi drill to poke a hole in the pumpkin.

Repeat the dent/drill steps for all the pieces. The, add the pieces to the pumpkin, one piece at a time. It's better to have a taller pumpkin rather than a wider pumpkin so there is more room for the dowels inside the pumpkin, otherwise you might have to maneuver the pieces around to get them all to fit.

No need to glue (unless you want to), and the feet make the pumpkin flat to stand all on it's own! Super easy and so, SO cute!!


Friday, October 25, 2013

Spooky Halloween Crispy Treats

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Love rice cereal treats? Chocolate? The two mixed together are simply delightful. Rice cereal treats are one of the easiest treats to make, and with just a few extra steps, you can create something that looks super festive for Halloween!!

Ingredients
(Recipe from Rice Krispies)
3 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1 10oz package mini marshmallows
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 bag chocolate chips
Wilton Skull and Pumpkin Halloween Mini Cake Pan (found at WalMart)

Directions
  1. Melt the entire bag of chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave.
  2. Spray pan and pour enough chocolate to cover just the bottom 1/4-1/2 inch of the cake pan (enough to cover the faces). There will be chocolate left over. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Place in the freezer for the chocolate to set.
  4. To make the rice cereal treats, start by melting the butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
  5. When the butter is melted, add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted and remove from heat.
  6. Add the rice cereal and stir until all the cereal is coated.
  7. Start re-melting the chocolate. Get pan out of the freezer, and add a few drops of the melted chocolate over the frozen chocolate to help the rice cereal treats stick to the chocolate.
  8. Immediately spoon some of the rice cereal treats into the cake mold using a buttered or sprayed spatula or spoon. Repeat until all the molds are filled.
    *Press any extra rice cereal treats into a greased pan or bowl to eat later when the kids go to bed.
  9. Keeping your fingertips wet, lightly press all the rice cereal treats into the mold until they are level.
  10. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes or so, then run a butter knife around the edges of the molds. Then, carefully turn the pan over and tap it over another pan or plate. The treats should pop out, but if they don't, just keep trying. They sometimes stick a little.
  11. Serve at room temperature.

Tips:
  • You can substitute the mini marshmallows with 10 oz regular marshmallows or 7 oz marshmallow creme.
  • Store in an airtight container for a few days, or freeze for up to 6 weeks.
  • Here is what the Wilton Skull and Pumpkin Halloween Mini Cake Pan looks like:


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you all are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared every week and am looking forward to seeing what you've been working on!

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Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin by Unoriginal Mom

Disney Felt Potato Heads by Jonesin' for Taste

Cheese and Pretzel Broomsticks by One Little Project

Built-in Bookcases by Home is Where My Heart Is

No Sew Bat Pillow by The DIY Dreamer

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Monday, October 21, 2013

DIY Pumpkin Shirt

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Now that my daughter's Halloween costume is all done, I wanted to make another Halloween shirt for her to wear when we go do fun fall activities and Halloween parties where she doesn't need to wear a costume. This shirt was incredibly easy to put together, and it only took a few minutes.

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Supplies:
Orange T-Shirt (I found mine on clearance for $2)
Black Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheets
Cutting Machine (I used my Cricut Mini) or use a stencil and scissors
Iron

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Using my Cricut, I cut out a cute pumpkin face from a mix of Cricut Lite Trick or Treat Cartridge and Cricut Pumpkin Carving Seasonal Cartridge in Cricut Craft Room and sized it to fit the front of the shirt.

If you don't have a cutter, no problem! You can use any jack o'lantern stencil or hand draw a pumpkin face and cut the Shimmer Sheet with scissors or Xacto blade. This would be a fun way to have your kids help make their own custom pumpkin shirt!

Arrange the Shimmer Transfer Sheet cutout on the shirt. When everything is just how you like it, lay a thin cloth over top and press an iron on the area for about 40 seconds (no steam). Make sure that all the edges are stuck down. If any pop up, just re-iron the area until it's set.

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Now you have the easiest custom Halloween shirt to show off at any Halloween or fall activity! Fun for families, or just let the kids show off a little Halloween spirit. This shirt would also make an easy start to a homemade jack o'lantern costume!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

20 Halloween Treats

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It's almost Halloween, but there's still time to make some fun and delicious treats before the big day! Any of these treats would be fun to make for a Halloween party, gifts for friends or co-workers, or festive snacks for you and the kids. Get inspired with these 20 creative Halloween treat ideas and go make some creepy, cute, and yummy goodies!

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1. Monster Cookies by Artsy-Fartsy Mama
2. Halloween Cookie Suckers
 by How Does She
3. Witch’s Hat Halloween Cookies
 by Ginger Snap Crafts
4. Candy Corn Pretzel Sticks
 by Spiced
5. Candy Corn Sugar Cookies
 by A Little CLAIREification
6. Dum Dum Monster Cupcakes
 by Craft-O-Maniac
7. Mummy Candy Bars
 by Artsy-Fartsy Mama
8. 
Monster Donut Pops by BlueSusan Makes...
9. Monster Apple Bites
 by We Do Fun Here
10. Crispy Spider Webs (Mini Funnel Cakes) by This Silly Girl's Life
11. Candy Corn Marshmallows by Made to be a Momma
12. 1 Minute Halloween Monster Treats by The 36th Avenue
13. Pumpkin Treats by Cupcake Diaries
14. Gooey Monster Cookies by Lil' Luna
15. Witch Hat Cupcakes by Design, Dining + Diapers
16. Graveyard Pudding Cups by Party Pinching
17. Halloween Candy Owl Treats by Crazy About My Baybah
18. Googly Eye Donut Ghosts by Your Homebased Mom
19. Bat Oreo Truffles by One Sweet Appetite
20. Halloween Oreo Rice Krispie Treats by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom


Friday, October 18, 2013

No-Sew Cat Costume

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After I broke my leg, all plans for sewing a costume went out the window. Since I would be stuck on the couch, I looked at options for no-sew Halloween costumes and gave my daughter some choices. She loves kitties, so she finally decided on being a cat.

No-Sew Cat T-Shirt:

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For the shirt, I found a basic black tshirt on clearance for $2. I got my Cricut out and cut a cat shape from the Pumpkin Carving Seasonal Cartridge on the silver glitter Cricut Iron-On heat transfer.

If you've never worked with Cricut Iron-On, here are some basic instructions:
  1. Set your iron to the Cotton/Linen setting with the steam OFF.
  2. Lightly preheat the area with the iron for 10-15 seconds. This really does help!
  3. Place your image, liner side UP onto the area. If you don't place the liner side up, it will stick to your press cloth.
  4. Carefully lay a press cloth or dishtowel over the design. You don't want any of the pieces to shift!
  5. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25-30 seconds.
  6. Flip the material over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back for an additional 25-30 seconds.
    *If you have any parts that didn't stick for some reason or if edges are flipping up, re-iron the pieces or loose edges for 10 seconds.
  7. Let cool and remove liner. If you try to remove the liner before it cools, you risk burning your fingers or peeling the iron-on up.
Shirt's done! Set aside and finish up the rest of the costume.

(Almost) No-Sew Tutu:

Supplies:
2 Rolls of Tulle: 6 inches wide, 40 yards in both black and purple (found in wedding section of Hobby Lobby)
Piece of Cardboard
2 Rubber Bands
Fabric Scissors
1 inch wide Elastic

Start by making a waistband. I measured around her waist, and cut a 1 inch wide piece of elastic to an inch or two smaller the waist measurement. I learned the hard way that the elastic stretches out a little during the process and had to cut and re-sew. Then, I had my mom sew the edges together (you could also add velcro or hand-stitch instead of machine sewing). Set aside.

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I found an extremely easy way to cut the tulle. I decided on having the skirt length at around 11-12 inches. Then, I cut a piece of cardboard to 12 inches and about 9 inches wide. Hold the end of the tulle at one end of the cardboard and wrap the tulle around the cardboard until you get to the end. Make an arrow or other marking at the end you started wrapping the tulle So you don't end up with one odd piece when you cut.

Wrap the rubber bands around each edge to hold the tulle in place. Carefully and slowly cut at the end that you marked. The tulle is a little thick, so it doesn't cut perfectly even - but once the tutu is put together, you won't even notice. Once the entire edge is cut, you can carefully remove the rubber bands and you'll have a bunch of about 24 inch strips. Repeat with the other roll of tulle.

Wrap the waistband around the cardboard piece. Using two strips of tulle at a time (I started with the black tulle), fold the strips in half. Then pull the strips, loop side up, behind the elastic. Pull the ends of the tulle through the loop, and pull down tight so the ends of the strips are now facing down. This will make a knot along the elastic. If it starts to come undone, just pull a little tighter. Keep repeating until you have tied all the tulle. Mine came out evenly and I didn't have any extras. If you are short, you can always get another roll and cut as needed. When I tied on the purple tulle, I added two knots of purple tulle between every other two knots of black tulle (2 black, 2 purple, etc).

Once all the tulle was added, try the tutu on and fluff the tulle to check the fluffiness and fit. Mine was perfect, but if you need it more fluffy, add more tulle. Too fluffy (is that even possible)? Just remove some of the knots. You can also trim the tutu edges if it ends up being too long or the edges are too uneven for your taste.

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For the tail, we bought a black feather boa. I wrapped it around her waist and tied it in the back. I tucked one end into the elastic of the tutu, and left the other end hanging. The options for adding the tail are endless, and it honestly might take a lot more trial and error depending on your child's activeness level (you may need to attach the tail in a stronger way). Take a test run or two and see what adjustments you need to make.

We found a cat ear headband with similar texture to the tail. You could easily make the ear headband yourself by cutting off some of the boa, folding into a triangle and attaching to a black headband. You could also style your little girl's hair into pigtails, and make two clips with the boa and clip into the hair if your child isn't a fan of headbands.

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Pair the costume with some striped tights or leggings, add some cat makeup (nose, whiskers, etc) and your little kitty is all ready to trick or treat! Me-ow!!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you all are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared every week and am looking forward to seeing what you've been working on!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies by A Little CLAIREification

Duct Tape Halloween Bag by Artzy Creations

Snickers Pretzel Bites by Summer Scraps

Halloween Mason Jars by Plucky’s Second Thought

Despicable Me 2 Minion Cake by I Love Doing All Things Crafty

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Kids Fun Halloween Jars

My daughter loves getting creative, and was ecstatic when I told her I had an idea of something she could make for Halloween. We had all the supplies on hand, so this project didn't cost a thing! I love how they look on display with our other Halloween decorations, and my daughter is so proud of herself. That's probably the most important part, anyway.

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Prep work: The jars you use can be any size and shape. Just be sure they are glass and that all labels have been removed. Goo Gone is a great label remover. You can also try using a baking soda/water paste if plain soap and water don't do the trick. Wash jars and let dry completely before starting the project.

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Supplies
3 Glass Jars - We used a large glass applesauce jar, a pickle jar, and a small Mason jar
Americana Gloss Enamels paint in Lavender, White, and Citron Green
Black Cricut Vinyl
Black spray paint

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First, I had Zoey choose one paint color from our collection for each jar. She chose purple, green, and white - and was very specific as to which jar would be what color. So, I told her to put the paints next to each jar so we wouldn't forget. Then, I gave her a sponge brush and let her get started on painting.

We found it easier for me to hold the jar from the inside as she painted the outside. The paint goes on a lot better if you paint in one direction. When it was covered, we set them out upside down to dry, then went on to the next one.

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When all the jars were painted, she went down for a nap, then she added a second coat to each jar. This gave them all a more even coverage and hid a lot of the paint streaks. Even though they felt dry to the touch later that evening, I let them sit out to dry for a few more days before moving on to the next step. While we were waiting for them to dry, I sprayed all the lids with some black spray paint to make them coordinate a little better.

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Next, we cut out some faces from the Monster Bash Cartridge in black vinyl. Zoey picked the faces from the cartridge for each jar, then I sized them to fit and cut them through the Cricut Craft Room. I handed the pieces to her one at a time, and she stuck them on the jars. I only had to help with a couple of pieces to get the bubbles out, but other than that she did it all on her own.

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Once all the faces were added, we put the lids on and set them on a shelf with some other Halloween decorations. Zoey is so proud of her project, and I love that she was able to do this almost all on her own! The paint on the jars can be painted for more durability, but I was afraid of the jars breaking in the oven, and am hoping they will be fine since they are for display only.

From now until October 22nd, you can get the Monster Bash Cartridge for $24.99 (regularly $44.99) AND you'll get the Chic & Scary Cartridge FREE! Don't miss out on this deal! If you are looking for a Cricut Machine, right now you can get the Cricut Mini Cardmaking Set for only $99.99.

I received products from both Cricut and DecoArt in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hocus Pocus Blocks

This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts and Martha Stewart Craft Decoupage. All opinions are my own.

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I'm so unbelievably excited to share this fun Halloween project I created using Martha Stewart Decoupage and craft supplies! Besides being the title of a movie, I think one of Halloween's most unused phrases is "Hocus Pocus". What better way to bring it back than creating some fun decor with it?

Martha Stewart Crafts® Decoupage Formulas and Finishes can be used on any surface such as glass, fabric, paper, metal, and wood to create a lustrous finish. All of Martha's decoupage formulas are also dishwasher safe, machine washable, non-yellowing, dry hard with no tack, and can be used indoors or out. I'm looking forward to creating a whole lot more with these fantastic products.

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After sketching the design and cutting a 2x4 into pieces, I sanded and painted all eleven blocks. The longest piece is painted in Martha Stewart Crafts® Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Purple Yam. The rest are painted in Martha Stewart Crafts® High Gloss Acrylic Craft Paint in Beetle Black. Each block has two coats of paint for full coverage.

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Next, I used a stencil cut out of cardstock to add a pattern using just the Martha Stewart Crafts® Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint in Purple Sapphire. Being the glitter enthusiast that I am, I have to say I am incredibly impressed with the glitter coverage in this paint! The pattern isn't obvious when looking at it straight-on (which is what I wanted), but when it hits the light, it's so sparkly and luminous! Absolutely love it.

When using the paint to stencil, just dab on with a sponge brush. You might need a few layers for more sparkle. Be sure to let each coat dry before adding more paint to prevent any paint bleeding under the stencil.

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Once the block is completely dry, add the small and large bat stencil to the block from the Martha Stewart Crafts® Adhesive Stencils set. These stencils are so easy to use! They have an adhesive back which is helpful in keeping the stencil in place and also helps prevent any leaks, plus they are washable to use over and over!

Using a sponge brush, dab on some Martha Stewart Crafts® High Gloss Acrylic Craft Paint in Beetle Black and let dry. If needed, add a second coat. Be sure to let dry completely! Once dry, add a coat of Martha Stewart Crafts® Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint in Onyx. Add more coats for more sparkle.

Let paint dry before peeling the stencil off. If you pull it off while wet, it can peel up some of the paint, and no one wants that. If any paint bleeds through, just touch up with some of the purple paint.

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Once all the paint is dry, cover the entire block in a coat of Martha Stewart Crafts® Multi-Surface Decoupage in Durable Gloss Finish.

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To stencil the letters on the blocks, I used my vinyl cutter to create custom-sized letters since all the blocks were different sizes. Since I loved the way Martha Stewart's stencils had an adhesive backing, decided to use an adhesive-backed cardstock to stencil on my letters.
  • For the "H", "C", "O", and "S", I used the same Martha Stewart Crafts® Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Purple Yam as the large block, and covered in Martha Stewart Crafts® Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint in Purple Sapphire.
  • The "O" and "U" are painted in an orange paint, and covered with Martha Stewart Crafts® Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint in Orange Sorbet.
  • The "P" and "U" are painted in green acrylic paint, and covered in Martha Stewart Crafts® Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint in Golden Beryl.
  • The "S" and "C" are painted in Martha Stewart Crafts® Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint in Pure Platinum and covered in a silver glitter.

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Add a coat of Martha Stewart Crafts® Multi-Surface Decoupage in Durable Gloss Finish and let dry, then stack your blocks (or glue them together for a more stable decoration) and put it on display for the Halloween season!

Want more Martha Stewart Crafts® inspiration? Get social with fellow crafters on Plaid’s Facebook Page and follow Plaid on Pinterest for more inspiration! You can also purchase Martha Stewart Crafts® Decoupage supplies at Michaels.

This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts and Martha Stewart Craft Decoupage. All opinions are my own.

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