artsy-fartsy mama: April 2015

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new to the party!! I hope your week has been wonderful and that you're all ready to show off what you've been working on! Thanks to all those who linked up last party. I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share and am always so inspired every week by the projects and recipes shared. I'm really looking forward to reading all the new posts that you link up this week.

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Here are a few of my favorite posts that were shared at the last party:

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Celebrate Banner by Summer Scraps
Lemon Bundt Cake by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
The 5 Gifts That Your Child’s Teacher REALLY Wants to Receive... by Bombshell Bling
Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream by The Gracious Wife
Homemade Bird Suet by Hello Nature
Tire Teeter Totter by Sugar Bee Crafts
Spring Pasta Salad with Radishes & Arugula by Honey & Birch
Raised Cedar Garden Planter Tutorial by Inspiration for Moms

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Easy Girl and Doll Matching Shirts

Vinyl Palooza: 20 amazing vinyl projects from 20 bloggers at artsyfartsymama.com

I'm absolutely thrilled to be a part of Vinyl Palooza with 19 other bloggers this week!! There's also an amazing giveaway involved, so be sure to read all about it at the end of the post. Heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl is my favorite to work with, and I've created some matching girl and doll t-shirts with it to share with you today!!

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My daughter loves dressing to match her 18 inch doll. Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy the matching clothes in the store. So by making matching t-shirts myself for the two of them, we can easily coordinate their wardrobe for not a lot of money! I also love using heat transfer vinyl to customize their outfits!

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I know you can purchase white doll t-shirts or sew them from a pattern, but did you know that a preemie onesie fits an 18 inch doll?! It's a little long, but the fit is *perfect*!! By cutting the onesie, you can easily turn it into a t-shirt in no time at all. Save even more money by buying preemie onesies at the thrift store!!

I've also found that newborn onesies also fit the dolls, but they are quite a bit roomier. Use whatever you like best!

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To create a shirt from the onesie, measure about one inch above the top of the leg binding and mark with a water soluble marker or lightly with a pencil. Cut straight across.

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Turn the "shirt" inside out and fold the cut edge up about 1/2 inch and iron. Fold up another 1/2 inch, iron, and pin in place.

Sew along the top edge all the way around the shirt. Turn the shirt right side out, and your shirt is ready for wearing!!

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Ta-da!! The shirt fits great is the perfect length. You can do this with any preemie or newborn onesies and now you have a white t-shirt ready to be customized with some heat transfer vinyl.

Expressions Vinyl has a lot of different types, textures, and colors of heat transfer vinyl. I honestly prefer to use their HTV (heat transfer vinyl) over other brands because it is a higher quality, extremely user friendly, and affordable. For this project, I decided to use the Fuchsia Holographic Heat Transfer Vinyl. It is SO cool and I love that it's different than any other HTV I've ever used before.

A little bit about HTV if you've never used it:
The heat transfer vinyl is made up of two parts: the heat transfer vinyl, which will be ironed on to your project, and the liner. The liner is a carrier sheet (think transfer paper) that holds the design in place and protects your iron during application.

The most important thing to remember with HTV is to make sure you mirror your image! Otherwise it will be backwards when you iron it on!

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I cut out "#cute" on my Cricut Explore (though you can cut the vinyl on any vinyl cutting machine). To cut the vinyl, place the sheet liner side down on the cutting mat. Every cutting machine is different, so make sure to check your cut guides to cut the HTV. Next, weed out any parts of the image that you aren't going to use.


The carrier sheet is clear and tacky, so I centered my HTV liner side UP on the shirts and pressed it down so it doesn't shift when it's time to iron. Turn the iron on the highest setting (around 320┬║) with no steam. Place a scrap piece of fabric over the HTV and warm it up with the iron. Next, place the iron on the design and apply pressure for 10-20 seconds. Then, I like to turn the shirt over or turn it inside out and press the iron on it again for 10-15 seconds. Let the shirt cool, then peel off the liner. If any parts of the HTV are peeling up, cover them with the scrap fabric and press the iron over it again for 10-15 seconds.

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Now the shirts are ready to wear! They vinyl will stay in place through multiple washes. For best results, turn the shirts inside out and machine wash COLD with mild detergent. Dry at a normal dryer setting on household machines. Do NOT bleach or dry clean.

Enter to win $100 to spend at Expressions Vinyl and The Ultimate Silhouette Guide ebook at artsyfartsymama.com

Now, for the giveaway!! One lucky winner is going to get $100 to spend at Expressions Vinyl and also receive The Ultimate Silhouette Guide ebook from Silhouette School that includes nearly 150 pages of instructions for using the Silhouette and more than 200 pictures and screen grabs to take you step by step through any project! The giveaway ends on May 3rd. Good luck!!



Introducing Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator

Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this post. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

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When I find a new craft tool that I absolutely love, I can't wait to share it with all of you.  Foiling was always something I wanted to learn to do, but was timid to try because of the large margin of error. I really hate when I have to waste materials because of personal error, and if something has too many warnings, let's be honest...it's just not going to happen.

The new Minc Machine from Heidi Swapp is seriously amazing, and extremely user friendly. The Minc is a fairly light weight and compact and measures about 19.5” x 5” so it doesn’t take a ton of storage space! The design itself convinced me I needed to have it, but when I also saw that the instruction booklet was only a few pages, I was all in. I'm really excited to foil ALL the things now and am even more excited to show you everything the machine can do!

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Now, let's talk about the foils. From what I've seen before, the color range for foiling projects was pretty minimal. For the Minc machine, there are at least 10 brilliant colors including silver and gold!! Seeing all these gorgeous colors lined up makes me so happy and inspired to foil a project for every occasion!!

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Before showing the process of how I foiled this card and envelope set, it helps to know how the Minc machine works. The machine heats up similar to a laminator. However, what makes this machine different is that it can fit projects up to 12 inches wide, and it uses four rollers (instead of two on most laminators) to evenly distribute pressure across a 12x12 surface. The machine also contains a heating element that covers the entire 12 inches, as opposed heat focused at the outer edges (also common in every day laminators). The heat activates a reaction in the toner printed on the project that bonds the foil to the surface. To bond the foil to a surface, you must use a pre-printed accessory or a laser printer (you can also visit your local copy shop).

**An inkjet printer does not lay down toner, so unfortunately it will not work with the Minc.

To get started, turn on the Minc machine and set the heat setting to 3. The adjustable heat settings allow you to foil transfer on materials from vellum all the way to chipboard and even thin wood veneer, but I found that the 3 setting has been perfect for most of my projects so far.

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Using sharp scissors, cut a piece of foil to fit your project. Dull scissors do not cut the foil well.

Open the protector sleeve and place the project face up. Carefully lay the foil on top of your project (color side up) and lightly press down and make sure none of the black parts of the project are uncovered. Carefully lay the top of the carrier sheet down over your project and smooth it out with your hand.

Tip: Sometimes static on the carrier sheet can cause the foil to shift, so just work slowly and try to keep everything in place as best you can.

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Carefully push the carrier sheet into the Minc machine until you feel the rollers grab it. Then just sit back and watch the magic happen! Once the project has completely run through the machine, carefully lift the top of the carrier sheet and you can pull out your project.

Start at one corner and slowly pull up the foil. Your project is now shiny and gorgeous!!

Easy Foiled Card Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

Repeat the same on both the envelope and card, and now your newly foiled project is ready for you to share with everyone you know!! After you get started and see how easy the machine is to use, you will be foiling everything you can!!

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Once you’ve run a project with toner through the machine, the toner has been heat activated and will not bond with foil on a second pass. So, make sure you foil your whole project at the same time. However, keep your foil scraps! You can re-use those smaller pieces of foil on smaller accessories and tags!

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I laid all the smaller projects inside the carrier sheet and ran them through all at once. They turned out great and will look SO amazing on cards, used as scrapbook embellishments, and more!!

Foil custom prints with the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

As I mentioned before, if you have a laser printer, you can create your very own custom foil projects! Heidi Swapp and her team generously provided every SNAP! Conference attendee with their very own customized print with their name. The candy pouch was a make and take at the Minc booth, and was so easy to make. I just had to show these so you can see for yourself that the possibilities with this machine are endless!! You can create all kinds of amazing projects from metallic scrapbook pages to party favors and home decor. Check out this video from Heidi herself:


Now that you've seen what this machine can do, here are the details so you can get your hands on one and get creating! The Minc Foil Applicator and Starter Kit MSRP is $149.00, and the Minc Foil MSRP is $9.99 (foil is 12”x10’). Minc accessories MSRP from $2.99 to $12.99. You can purchase the Minc Foil Applicator and accessories at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann, as well as locally owned craft stores and online shops.

I'm so excited to show you through the next few months some more crafts I'll be making using my Heidi Swapp Minc foil applicator. What would you create?


DIY Glitter Shoes

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If there's one thing to know about me, it should be that I absolutely love glitter. Even though it's one of the messiest craft supplies out there, I just can't resist it. I bought a pair of glittery shoes a couple of years ago, and absolutely loved them. However, the glitter would shed and leave a glittery trail everywhere I went... I think it's pretty cool, but others will disagree.

To make matters worse, my foot has been swollen ever since I shattered my leg almost two years ago and the shoe sadly doesn't fit well on that foot anymore. I've been dying to wear them again, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and make some new glitter shoes, and ones that won't leave literal sparkles wherever I go...

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Making your own glitter shoes is easier than you'd think. Plus, you only need 3 simple supplies:

Shoes: They can be new (I found mine for about $5 at Walmart), or worn shoes that need a little pick-me up. If using older shoes, be sure to clean them well and lightly sand if they are glossy.

Mod Podge: There hasn't been a clear consensus on which type of Mod Podge is best for this project. I've seen people use Glossy, Matte, and even Outdoor Mod Podge. I decided that since I was using a fabric shoe to go with the Fabric Mod Podge. Plus, I figured that if the Fabric Mod Podge is washable in a washing machine, that it should hold up well on the shoes. I'm sure they all work great, so it's up to you which type you choose. I don't think there's a wrong answer except for not using any at all...

Glitter (of course!!): Use your favorite brand (any kind will do). Choosing a fine or chunky glitter all depends on the look you're going for. I love the look of fine glitter, so I used Recollections brand gold glitter (found at Michaels).

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In a disposable cup, mix together Mod Podge and glitter until it's a thin paste consistency. If it's too thick, add more Mod Podge. Too thin, add a little more glitter.

You can prep the shoes by taping the bottom soles with painters tape and putting paper or plastic bags inside the shoes to prevent them from getting covered with glitter. I didn't do either of those, and just tried to be careful. With a sponge brush, paint on a coat of the Mod Podge/glitter mixture. Once the entire shoe has been evenly covered, put it somewhere to dry for a few hours.

When it dries, be prepared to think "Ohhh no what have I done?!" because they look horrible. You can still see the shoe through the glitter, and it may look like the glitter is uneven (it probably is). Just take a deep breath and remind yourself that they will look fabulous when you're done.

DIY Glitter Shoes at artsyfartsymama.com

Paint another coat of Mod Podge & glitter, and let it dry. The one on the left is with a second coat, and the right shoe is almost dry. You can already see what a difference a second coat makes!!

If your second coat completely covered the shoe, you can be done. I added a third coat for good measure. If you have some areas that need a little more, just dab some of the Mod Podge/glitter on! Once the shoes are dry, you won't be able to tell that you added on spots.

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For best results, let the shoes dry for at least 72 hours before wearing. They should be water resistant once dry (though I wouldn't jump in a puddle), but you can add a clear coat of sealant over top if you're worried about it. Since the glitter was combined with the Mod Podge, your new sparkly shoes will stay that way and won't shed any glitter at all!

I'm excited to make more shoes in more colors and glitter styles soon!! What color shoes would you make??


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new!! I hope you had a wonderful week and are all ready to show off what you've been working on! Thanks to all those who linked up last party. I look forward to seeing what everyone has had to share!! I can't say enough how inspired I am every week by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to reading all the new posts that you link up.

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Here are a few of my favorite posts that were shared at the last party:

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Orange Flavored French Toast by Cooking on the Front Burner
How to Embroider Burlap by C.R.A.F.T.
Bacon Wrapped Jalape├▒os by The Classy Chapter
Pink and Yellow Triangle Clay Necklace by Urban Sleek Blonde
Teacher Appreciation Printable Gift Card Holder by Mabey She Made It
Hasselback Tailgate Potatoes by The Domestic Geek
Reversible Book Bag Tutorial by Doing Splendid
Flower Wreath Cupcakes by Val Event Gal

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Avengers-Themed Girl's Night

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My daughter really looks forward to our girl's nights together, and often plans the evening out with some kind of theme. In anticipation of MARVEL'S The Avengers: Age of Ultron coming to theaters on May 1st, we decided to have an Avengers-themed girl's night! Our plan was to watch The Avengers while eating snacks, playing bingo, and finishing the evening with some Hulk cake pops!!


Unfortunately, my daughter is at the age where she's noticing that people say that certain things are for girls and others are just for boys. Sometimes she feels like she "can't" play with action figures or other "boy" things. I try to tell her that superheroes are for girls, too, and that she can choose to play with any kind of toys she wants. Just looking at her, she is as girly as it gets, but she absolutely loves everything superhero and was so excited to have an evening dedicated to everything Avengers!


We found a lot of fun Avengers toys and snacks at Walmart, so I let my daughter choose a couple toys to play with during the movie. She found the Marvel Avengers Titan Hero Series Thor Figure and was excited to let him be a superhero to all her Barbies at home.

We also found the Playskool Heroes Marvel Super Hero Adventures Stark Tech Armor with Tony Stark and Hulk figure featuring the Hulkblaster from the new movie!! It's perfect for little hands, and my daughter loves all the fun features like the Hulk being able to jump up and knock Iron Man out of the Hulkblaster!


Toys are always fun, but my daughter is also a huge fan of reading and puzzles. Luckily, we found two MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron books with comic book-style stories based on the new movie. She read the books as soon as we got home, and again after the movie at bedtime. The puzzle is 100 pieces which will keep her busy for a little while and comes in a resealable bag!


The Avengers Kellogg's Fruit Snacks and Cheez-It baked snack crackers make a fun movie snack, especially when you can put them in The Avengers plastic cups!! Both the crackers and fruit snacks have Avengers shapes and fun packaging to get us in superhero mode.


You can find The Avengers Kellogg's Fruit Snacks and Cheez-It baked snack crackers in the snack aisle in Walmart. There is also a MARVEL Avengers: Age of Ultron display in the toy section of Walmart with all kinds of new Avengers products and interactive displays that work with the Super Heroes Assemble app (available on both Android and iTunes)!! It was fun going through Walmart and looking at all the awesome Avengers merchandise that would make our girl's night even better.


Before the movie, we played my Free Printable Avengers Bingo I designed just for our party! The printable bingo includes our favorite superheroes and some new characters that you'll find in MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron! The Avengers Cheez-It crackers came in handy to be our bingo markers, and made an even better snack when we were done playing! 


During the movie, we ate our snacks and enjoyed some Hulk Cake Pops for dessert!! To make the cake pops, we channeled our inner Hulk and SMASHED Oreos for the hair and had a blast!! The cake pops are simple to make, and I'd love to see if you make them, too.

We had so much fun having a girl's night to prepare for the release of MARVELS The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Which Avenger hero are you most excited to see in the movie?


Hulk Cake Pops

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My daughter's favorite Avengers character is The Hulk. I'm not quite sure if it's because he's green and towers over his fellow superheroes, or if it's just because he likes to smash everything to bits. Either way, I must agree that he is pretty awesome. In anticipation of MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron coming to theaters on May 1st, we made some Hulk Cake Pops together for a girl's night!!

Hulk Cake Pops Ingredients at artsyfartsymama.com

To make these cake pops, you'll need:
Cake Mix - any flavor! (You 'll also need the additional ingredients listed on the box)
Candy Sticks
Green Candy Melts
Oreo's
Black Writing Gel
Cake Pop Maker

Prep:
  1. In a mixing bowl combine the cake mix ingredients as directed.
  2. Twist 6-10 Oreo's apart and place the side with the least amount of frosting on it into a plastic bag. (You want to use the non-frosted sides, otherwise the Hulk pops will have more of an aged look with white "hair" showing through...)
  3. Let the kids go Hulk-wild and SMASH those Oreo's to crumbs (you could also use a food processor, but acting like the Hulk is more fun!!). While the kids are smashing Oreo's, take a break and enjoy the frosted Oreo sides with a glass of cold milk.

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I prefer to make cake pops with a cake pop maker. Using a cake pop maker gives the pops a cake texture and are made in about 4-6 minutes. However, if you don't have a cake pop maker, don't worry!! Simply bake your cake in a 9x13 pan. Let it cool after baking, then channel your inner Hulk and SMASH that cake up!! Mix in some frosting, and form cake balls with your hands.

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Melt a few pieces of candy melts and dip one end of the candy stick in it. Then, push the candy stick into the cake pop. Place the cake pop stick side up in a cake pop stand or in a container and place in the freezer for a few minutes. The chocolate will help give the cake pop stability and keep the stick in place while dipping.

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Heat up more candy melts according to package directions. Dip the cake pops into the candy melts, then hold and turn the pop over the bowl to let the excess drip off. Once it cools enough, you can stand the pop up on a cake pop stand or in some styrofoam to set. Repeat for all the cake pops.

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Add a little bit of melted candy melt on the top of the Hulk's head where you want the hair to go. Sprinkle some crushed Oreo over the candy melt until you get the coverage you want. The smaller the Oreo crumbs, the better.

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Use some black writing gel to draw a Hulk face, and your Hulk cake pops are done! These cake pops are fun to share at Hulk or Avenger-themed birthday parties, or just for fun. My daughter and I enjoyed making these together at our Avenger-themed girl's night!!


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