artsy-fartsy mama: February 2016

Free Printable Easter Lunch Box Jokes

My daughter has so much fun finding and sharing lunch box jokes that I have decided to share some free printable Easter lunch box jokes for you to share with your kids! Even if your kids don't take a lunch to school, it's a great way to make your kids smile get them excited for the holidays!!

Free Printable Easter Lunch Box Jokes at artsyfartsymama.com


In the download I've got 16 different kid-friendly Easter-themed jokes that can either be put into a lunch box, or use them to hand out at parties and classrooms this Easter! The kids will love repeating the jokes and I'd love to hear if you decide to use them!!


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you share this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! Thanks to everyone who linked up last party. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. Everything shared at the party each week is so inspiring and I'm glad you're here!!

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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Creamy Taco Pasta by Honey & Birch
Tangled Paper Lantern by Designs by Miss Mandee
Root Beer Float Cupcakes by Shibley Smiles
How to Make a Fabric Monogrammed Mug by Dukes & Duchesses
Custom Star Wars Stormtrooper KitchenAid Stand Mixer by The Kim Six Fix
No Bake Mini Mint Oreo Cheesecake by Sugar, Spice and Family Life
Balloon Wreath by Hoosier Homemade
Easy Pretzel Bites by April Golightly

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LEGO Friends Party Ideas

I've always looking for more creative birthday party ideas for birthdays. My daughter loves LEGO Friends, but we've missed her birthday by a few months. Instead, we decided to have a play date with a LEGO Friends theme, and I'm really excited to share some inspiration that will both save you money and guarantee a great time!

LEGO Friends Party Ideas at artsyfartsymama.com

One thing I really love about the LEGO Friends line is encouragement for girls to get building using kits and their imagination. Sure, my daughter will play with any set of LEGOs, but these Friends have really inspired her to play more and she relates to the characters.

For a play date or a birthday party, you can purchase a set or two and let the kids build together. This encourages teamwork and we all know that LEGOs are always on the top of the list of things kids like to play with! The instructions in the Friends sets are simple to follow, and it's so fun watching a project come together.

LEGO Friends Heartlake Cupcake Café at artsyfartsymama.com

The Heartlake Cupcake Café is too cute with all the cupcakes, flowers and bright colors!! It did take a little while to build, but it's totally worth it. The figures that come with the set are Stephanie and Naomi. They are adorable and a lot of fun to play with. You can even add a flower or hair bow in their hair and one can run the café while the other is making deliveries on the scooter. The cupcake café has all kinds of cupcakes you can build, and there's a lot you can interact with. See those colorful cupcakes in the shop window? You can totally spin that display around!!

LEGO Friends Heartlake Cupcake Café at artsyfartsymama.com

Inside the cupcake café, there are even more fun details like a telephone, cash register, couch and table for guests to relax - and that yellow mixer is definitely one of our favorites!

LEGO Friends Heartlake Cupcake Café at artsyfartsymama.com

Every bakery needs an oven, and this café is no exception. Naomi can easily bake a tray of cupcakes in the giant oven with working door and 'glass' windows on the sides so you can check to make sure they don't burn...

LEGO Friends Heartlake Cupcake Café at artsyfartsymama.com

The addition of the outside seating in the café is the perfect spot for some friends to enjoy some treats and a full teapot of... apple juice (or whatever your kids decide their Friends figures want to drink)! The seats at the table swivel and you can fill the serving tray with cupcakes and cookies for them to enjoy.

Free Printable LEGO Friends Word Search at artsyfartsymama.com

Every party or play date needs some fun activities, right? You can download my free printable LEGO Friends bingo, or even get LEGO Friends coloring pages for kids to color! My daughter also loves word searches, so I put together a free printable LEGO Friends word search for your guests to work on, too!


LEGO Friends Party Train at artsyfartsymama.com

The other set we put together is the Party Train! The set comes with everything you need to build wagons to attach to Stephanie's bicycle loaded with balloons. You can also build a playground for the hamsters, and a mailbox so you can pretend to send/receive a birthday invitation! The set also comes with a Stephanie figure, two hamsters as well as different color party hats for them to wear.

LEGO Friends Party Train at artsyfartsymama.com

The mailbox door has a slot for you to send off mail, and it really opens and close so you can actually get the invitation out of the mailbox for Stephanie!

LEGO Friends Party Train at artsyfartsymama.com

Who would have thought that hamsters would love a playground so much?! Heidi and Harry hamsters can climb the playhouse, go down the slide, and there's even a hamster water bottle for them to take a break.

Free Printable LEGO Friends Goodie Bag Topper at artsyfartsymama.com

Favors are always fun to put together for parties. I have designed some LEGO Friends bag toppers for you to put on top of Wilton Pretzel Bags that say "I'm Lucky to Have Friends Like You!". Fill up a cellophane bag with colorful goodies - like brick and LEGO figure chocolates (made with colored candy melts) using a silicone molds! I also added a sparkly pencil in case your guests want to take the word search home with them (and, really, who wouldn't love a sparkly pencil?!).


Some things you should know before downloading printables:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you share this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

Have fun!! Would love to hear which LEGO Friends character is your favorite!

This post is sponsored by LEGO®. All opinions are my own.


Free Printable LEGO Friends Bingo

My daughter is really into LEGOs and spends hours playing and building! She just discovered LEGO Friends and couldn't be more excited. I love that LEGO has finally created sets encouraging girls to keep building! If your child is just as into LEGO Friends as mine is, or if you are planning a LEGO Friends party, this Free Printable LEGO Friends Bingo is so much fun to play and a quick way to get to know all the LEGO Friends characters!! 

Free Printable LEGO Friends Bingo at artsyfartsymama.com

LEGO Friends Bingo includes all of your favorite characters from LEGO Friends, as well as different color bricks and adorable pets!! In the bingo set, there are eight different bingo cards, so it's easy to print and use for your parties. It's fun for every age to play, and the calling cards include the names of the characters in case you don't know who they are.

(Set includes 8 bingo cards and calling pieces in a single PDF file)

I've gotten a lot of requests to make more than 8 bingo cards for larger groups that will be playing bingo. To help solve this problem without having to create a whole bunch of card designs, I've put together a version that will make it easy for everyone to customize their own bingo card:

Free Printable LEGO Friends Bingo at artsyfartsymama.com

Print out the Blank LEGO Friends Bingo Set, which comes with a blank card ("free" space already added), 24 bingo pieces, and the calling cards.

Cut the bingo pieces by following the lines. Glue the pieces wherever you want on the card with glue stick until all the spaces (except the "free" space) are covered. This would be a fun activity for older kids to do all on their own. Younger children will need some assistance with the cutting.

(Set includes one blank bingo card, bingo pieces, and calling pieces in a single PDF file)

Game Instructions
1. Grab some LEGOs or small candies to mark your squares.
2. Give each player a Bingo card and candies/markers (or put your own together with the blank set). Have each player put a marker over the free space.
3. Choose a calling card and say it out loud. Each player will cover that item on their card with a marker. Once a player has 5 squares covered in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), they call out "BINGO!" and win the game!

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you share this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

To lengthen the life of the prints, I would recommend printing the bingo cards and calling pieces on cardstock and laminating. All files are 8.5x11 inches and put together in a single PDF format.

Have fun!! Would love to hear from you if you play using my printable!


Free Printable St. Patrick's Day Lunch Box Jokes

Free Printable St. Patrick's Day Lunch Box Jokes at artsyfartsymama.com

My daughter has so much fun sharing lunch box jokes with friends at school that I have decided to share some free printable St. Patrick's Day lunch box jokes for you to share with your kids! Even if your kids don't take a lunch to school, it's a great way to make your kids smile get them excited for the holidays!!

Free Printable St. Patrick's Day Lunch Box Jokes at artsyfartsymama.com

In the download I've got 18 different kid-friendly St. Patrick's Day-themed jokes that can either be put into a lunch box, or use them to hand out at parties and classrooms this year! The kids will love repeating the jokes and I'd love to hear if you decide to use them!!


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you share this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party, everyone! I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. Everything shared at the party each week is so inspiring and I'm so glad you're here!!

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com

Cord Organization with Washi Tape by A House Full of Sunshine
Homemade Hamburger Helper Beef Noodle by Cincy Shopper
Geo Style Heart Hoop Art by Busy Being Jennifer
Lemon Blueberry Cake with Strawberry Whipped Cream Frosting by Embellishmints
Birthday Cake Krispies Treats by Bloom Designs
Dr. Seuss Lunchbox Notes for Kids by Growing Up Gabel
Whole Wheat Chocolate Strawberry Handpies by Happy Food Healthy Life
How To Add HTV To Shoes by Chubby Bunny Creations

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Free Printable Dr. Seuss Bookmarks

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss's birthday - what better way to celebrate than to read? These Dr. Seuss Bookmarks with characters from Cat in the Hat (one of my favorites) and quotes from Dr. Seuss are a fun and FREE printable that everyone in the family can use!

Free Printable Dr. Seuss Bookmarks at artsyfartsymama.com

Dr. Seuss books were my favorites to read with my mom growing up. It brings back so many memories to then read them over and over again with my own daughter. Whether you are just learning to read or have been reading for years, these bookmarks are a fun way to keep your spot when you decide to take a break. Simply download from the link below, print them out and share them with your friends, family, classroom or keep them all to yourself!


Looking for more book-inspired bookmarks? Check out these Roald Dahl Bookmarks:


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you share this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama
   and linked back to this post.
* For best results, print bookmarks on cardstock and laminate.

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party, everyone! Everything shared at the party each week is so inspiring and I'm so glad you're here!! I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week.

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com

Hugs & Kisses Rolls by Simply Stacie
DIY Rosey Tinted Lip Balm by Woods of Bell Trees
Red Velvet Mason Jar Cakes by Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles
Printable Valentine Candy Bar Wrappers by Bombshell Bling
Color Your Heart Out Valentine Crayon Craft by Crystal & Co.
Pink White Chocolate Sugar Cookies by Pack Momma
Homemade Glitter Chalk for Valentine’s Day by The Scrap Shoppe Blog
Conversation Heart Parfaits by Giggles Galore

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Panda Valentine Card Box

Panda Valentine Card Box at artsyfartsymama.com


Valentine's Day is almost here, which means those kiddos need a fun Valentine card box to hold all those sweet notes from classmates! Last year, we had a lot of fun creating a unicorn Valentine card box. This year my daughter decided on making an adorably sparkly Panda Valentine Card Box to take to her Valentine party next week.

Panda Valentine Card Box at artsyfartsymama.com

Before you get to put your panda together, you'll need to do a little prep:

1. Choose your box. We used a corn dog box (from Costco) that measures about 9x10 inches, but any cardboard box you have will work.

2. Using a utility or Xacto knife, cut a rectangle in the top for kids to place valentines in. On the back side of the box, cut a flap so that the Valentines can be removed easily.

3. Grab some white butcher paper or tissue paper (we used about 5 sheets) and wrap the box like a gift. Using a thick paper or multiple sheets of tissue paper will cover up the box packaging and will give you the white backing for your panda!

4. With your fingers, find the rectangle in the top of the box and carefully cut an "X" corner to corner with the knife. Fold each triangle in and tape the paper in place inside the box. You can also add pieces of tape all around the box opening to be a bit more durable. Also cut along the lines of the flap in the back of the box and tape the paper in place all around the opening.

Now that the box is prepped, you can put your panda together!! Download the free Panda Cut File (personal use only please), and cut it out of black cardstock with your Cricut Explore machine. You'll also need some Aleene's Tacky Glue.

Don't have a cutter? No problem! You can totally cut out the panda face by hand or even paint it on!!

Panda Valentine Card Box at artsyfartsymama.com

Once the panda pieces have been cut out, add some Aleene's Tacky Glue to the back and press them on the front of the box. After the glue has set (which won't take long), your panda is ready to to be filled with all those Valentines!!

Panda Valentine Card Box at artsyfartsymama.com

Unless you are like us and think that everything can always use a bit more sparkle! We sprayed our panda Valentine box with some glitter spray and sealer, then let it dry. You could also use some glitter Mod Podge which dries clear and adds a ton of sparkle. 

My daughter is SO excited to take this Panda Valentine Box to her class Valentine party and share such a sweet day with friends! I'd love to see pictures if you make a panda box for your children, so be sure to tag me on social media or feel free to post your pictures on my Facebook page!


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party, everyone! Everything shared at the party each week is so inspiring and I'm so glad you're here!! I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week.

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies by Lemons for Lulu
Valentine Hearts and Roses by Lynda Creates
Mini Cupcakes on a Stick for Valentine’s Day by Home Cooking Memories
Valentine’s Day Wreath For Under $10 by Worthing Court
Big Bow Pillow Cases by Rae Gun Ramblings
Homemade Gumdrops by Hoosier Homemade
Easy DIY Candy Heart Craft by Carrie Elle
Tiramisu Eclairs by Sweet & Savory by Shinee

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DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

Have a Lalaloopsy fan in your life? These necklaces are SEW adorable and surprisingly simple to make. My daughter can't wait to show off these latest jewelry creations and I'm excited to share how you can create some Lalaloopsy jewelry for yourself!

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

To make a Lalaloopsy necklace, you'll obviously need some Lalaloopsies to work with! I found this Lalaloopsy Tinies set including Mittens Fluff 'n' Stuff, her pet Bear, and Bea Spells-a-lot on clearance for about $2 and knew immediately that they would make the perfect charms! It worked out that these characters were also my daughter's favorites, so it was a lucky score! You can find the Lalaloopsy Tinies pretty much anywhere that Lalaloopsies are sold.

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

The Lalaloopsy Tinies come with a hole already at the top and bottom of each character. I found some eye hooks at Lowe's that fit through the holes perfectly. Other jewelry eye hooks could also work, but since this necklace is going to be tugged at quite a bit, I wanted a bit more strength.

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

Drop some super glue or another strong glue into the top holes of the Lalaloopsies and carefully push the eye hooks in. Carefully wipe off any excess glue and take a minute to make sure the hooks are facing the right way!! Let the glue dry for a few hours to overnight. Once the glue has set, you are ready to create some jewelry.

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

For our necklaces, we used a variety of Fizzy Pops chunky beads in different colors to coordinate with the different characters. I love the look of stripes, pearls, and ice cube beads in different sizes and colors on jewelry for little girls. Every necklace you make can have a different look just by changing the kinds of beads you use!

Before I start stringing beads onto wire, I like to lay everything out on some flannel or felt fabric (a jewelry bead board would be optimal, but we don't own one yet). This way, I can decide if I like the necklace pattern and rearrange beads without having to string and unstring the necklace a bunch of times. Since she'll be the one wearing the jewelry, it has been fun to include my daughter in the design process and allow her to help arrange the beads.

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

Since Mittens Fluff 'n' Stuff's pet Bear was also included in the package, I decided to create a coordinating necklace and bracelet for the adorable pair. We used a mix of ice cube chunky beads, striped beads, gumball beads, faux pearls, and bling beads for both necklace and bracelet. If creating jewelry for younger children, I highly recommend doubling or even tripling the beading wire and/or Stretch Magic elastic cord for more durability!!

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

We used the same kinds of beads but in a different color scheme for the Bea Spells-a-lot necklace. These necklaces come together quickly and really are quite simple to put together. Visit Fizzy Pops for a great tutorial on how to make chunky necklaces if you need some tips!

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

One of my favorite parts of the necklace are the adorably sweet Heart Lobster Clasps!! They look so cute with the Lalaloopsy style and are a little larger that regular lobster clasps, which are perfect for little hands!!

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

It was sew much fun creating these necklaces for my daughter to wear to show off her favorite Lalaloopsy characters! They make a sweet fashion statement, and is a fun gift idea for the little (or big) girls in your life!!

Who is your favorite Lalaloopsy character?

Fizzy Pops provided me with the jewelry materials used in this post. All opinions are my own.


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