artsy-fartsy mama: April 2016

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

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

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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
Double Sided Tissue Pouch Tutorial by Gluesticks
Layered Fruit Popsicles by Bombshell Bling
DIY Flower Monogram by Find It, Make It, Love It
Molten Chocolate Brownie S’mores Pie by The Kittchen
Nut Butter Brownie Bites by This Silly Girl's Kitchen
How to Make Butterfly Pens by Teach Mama
How to Make Butter by Peace but Not Quiet
Inspirational Map Decor by The Crafty Blog Stalker

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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Free Printable Mother's Day Candy Bar Wrapper

Give mom a chocolate bouquet of flowers by putting together this sweet Free Printable Mother's Day Candy Bar Wrapper!

Free Printable Mother's Day Candy Bar Wrapper with Questionnaire at artsyfartsymama.com


Mother's Day is almost here, and I've got an adorable gift that kids can make for their moms and grandmothers! This is a fun activity for dads to make with the kids, or put these together in classrooms and other group activities.

Like my Free Printable Father's Day Candy Bar Wrapper, this printable is easy to assemble and includes a sweet questionnaire that is sure to bring a smile to mom's face. Plus, it also comes with chocolate - so that's always a win when it comes to gifts!!

Free Printable Mother's Day Candy Bar Wrapper with Questionnaire at artsyfartsymama.com

Let's get to the tutorial!

First, print out the Mother's Day Candy Bar Wrappers and cut with scissors or a paper cutter. I would recommend printing out the flowered candy bar wrapper on copy paper, and the outer wrapper (with the questionnaire) on cardstock.

Free Printable Mother's Day Candy Bar Wrapper with Questionnaire at artsyfartsymama.com

Have the kids fill out the questionnaire with their answers about mom, with things like "her favorite food is", "for fun we like to", and of course "I love her because". This is my favorite part of this gift. Their answers are so funny sometimes!!

Free Printable Mother's Day Candy Bar Wrapper with Questionnaire at artsyfartsymama.com

Use the bone folder and a ruler to score the fold lines at the center of the wrapper. Carefully fold along the lines and use your fingernail or bone folder to press the folds.

Free Printable Mother's Day Candy Bar Wrapper with Questionnaire at artsyfartsymama.com

With the wrapper now folded, add a piece of clear tape on each side to create a pocket to hold the candy bar. The folded edge at the bottom just gives the candy bar a bit of wiggle room so you don't end up with weird creases in the paper.

Free Printable Mother's Day Candy Bar Wrapper with Questionnaire at artsyfartsymama.com

Speaking of candy bars, you will need to choose a candy bar that is flat and similar size to Hershey or Crunch bars. Candy bars that are larger or bulkier most likely won't fit inside the outer wrapper, and the flower candy bar wrapper won't be able to wrap around them. There are lots of options out there that will fit though, so there's definitely something out there that your mom will love!

Free Printable Mother's Day Candy Bar Wrapper with Questionnaire at artsyfartsymama.com

Add a couple of lines of tape runner on the back of the candy bar. Center the flowers on the front of the candy bar and carefully fold each side of the wrapper around to the back and press in place. You could also wrap the candy bar and use clear tape if you don't have a tape runner.

Free Printable Mother's Day Candy Bar Wrapper with Questionnaire at artsyfartsymama.com

Slide the candy bar into the outer wrapper with the flowers facing out. Now you've got a sweet bouquet of flowers with the cutest personalized message on the back!

By the way, I've also included a questionnaire wrapper that you can fill out and give to Grandma in the printable download!


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

Be sure to check out the video tutorial below and share with your friends!



Better than Anything Cake

If you're looking for a dessert that is incredibly simple to make and tastes better than, well, almost anything - you've got to try this cake! Chocolate cake covered in whipped cream, drizzled with caramel, and topped with toffee, it is something everyone is sure to love. My sister has always requested this cake for her birthday, so I'm always reminded of her when we cook up this recipe. 

Better than Anything Cake at artsyfartsymama.com

Ingredients
1 box chocolate cake mix
   (Plus water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box)
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 jar (16-17 oz) caramel topping
1 container (8 oz) whipped topping
1/2 cup toffee bits or crush 4-5 Heath candy bars

Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°. 
  2. Make cake as directed on box for 13x9 inch pan. Cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. Poke top of warm cake every 1/2 inch with handle end of wooden spoon.
  4. Drizzle entire can of condensed milk evenly over top of cake.
  5. Drizzle with caramel topping.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours until chilled. Can also be refrigerated overnight.
  7. Spread whipped topping over top of cake. Sprinkle generously with toffee bits.
  8. Serve cold. Store covered in refrigerator.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

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

artsy-fartsy mama

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
Simple Spinach and Strawberry Salad by A Dish of Daily Life
DIY Perler Beads Key Holder by Vikalpah
Everything-Free Cookies by Happy Food Healthy Life
Refinishing Old Flower Pots by The Navage Patch
DIY Hanging Gutter Planter by Hawthorne and Main
Butterfinger Muddy Buddies by Sugar, Spice and Family Life
DIY Little Girls Accessory Holder by Little Free Monkeys
Brisket Poutine by Lemons for Lulu

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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24 Earth Day Crafts, Recipes and Printables

24 Earth Day Crafts, Recipes and Printables at artsyfartsymama.com

Earth Day is on April 22nd. It's a great day to celebrate Earth and gives you the perfect opportunity to talk to your children or students about recycling, reusing, and reminding them about all the ways that they can help keep our planet a beautiful place! Here are 24 incredible crafts, recipes and printables that kids will have so much fun with on Earth Day!!

24 Earth Day Crafts, Recipes and Printables at artsyfartsymama.com

1. Healthy Earth Day Snack Cups from Simple as That
2. Earth Day Cupcakes from Bird on a Cake
3. Earth Day Collage from I Heart Crafty Things
4. Earth Day Cake Pops from Vanilla & Lace
5. Earth Day Crayons from The Gunny Sack
6. Planet Earth Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands
7. Earth Lift-the-Flap Printable from The Primary Theme Park
8. Handprint Earth Day Craft for Kids from Crafty Morning
9. Earth Day Cookies from Tammilee Tips
10. The Lorax-Inspired Earth Day Coloring Page from Dawn Nicole Designs
11. Earth Day Craft for Kids from Meet the Dubiens
12. Rainbow Earth Day Marshmallow Pops from The Decorated Cookie
13. 18 Funny Earth Day Jokes from A Mom with a Lesson Plan
14. Earth Day Craft for Kids from The Resourceful Mama
15. Earth Day Upcycled Suncatchers from Books and Giggles
16. Layers of the Earth Playdough from Playdough to Plato
17. Earth Day Pancakes from Creative Food
18. DIY Bird Feeder from Surviving a Teacher's Salary
19. Plantable Paper Earth Day Cards from Happiness is Homemade
20. Earth Day Craft with Printable from The Classroom Creative
21. Free Printable Earth Day Bingo from Gift of Curiosity
22. Paper Mache Light-Up Globes from Housing a Forest
23. Free Printable Earth Day Word Search from Me and My Inklings
24. Globe Luminary from Twig & Toadstool

How to you celebrate Earth Day?


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

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

artsy-fartsy mama

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 Strawberry Stuffed Donuts by Bloom Designs
Kate Spade Get Out of Town Knockoff Tote by Flamingo Toes
BLT Pizza by A Mother Thing
DIY Flower Stamps by Designs by Miss Mandee
DIY Watercolor Coasters by Lines Across
Elvis Brownies by The Gold Lining Girl
DIY Painted Jewelry Box by The Crafting Nook
Breakfast Banana Split by Art from My Table

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

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  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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Free Printable Birthday Donut Gift Tags

Wish friends an family an extra happy birthday (with sprinkles on top) with Free Printable Birthday Donut Gift Tags!

Free Printable Birthday Donut Gift Tags at artsyfartsymama.com

What could be better than birthday cake? Birthday donuts, of course! If you're looking for a simple (and SWEET!) birthday gift idea, head to your local bakery or donut shoppe to pick out some donuts. Print and cut out one of three different color birthday donut tags, attach it to the donut box (or bag) and that's it! Such a fun gift to share with friends and family on their special day!!

Free Printable Birthday Donut Gift Tags at artsyfartsymama.com

Download Free Printable Birthday Donut Gift Tags

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

I’ve joined up with some other creative friends to share other birthday ideas with you,
so be sure to head over to 100 Directions to check them out:

Jacky Ha-Ha Book Review

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Jacky Ha-Ha Book Review at artsyfartsymama.com #HaHaBookClub

My daughter and I are huge bookworms. Reading together has been a really special way for us to spend time together and it also gives us the opportunity to enjoy new books. The most recent book we read was Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. The story is told by a mom to her daughters, so naturally we jumped at the chance to read it.

Jacky Ha-Ha Book Review at artsyfartsymama.com #HaHaBookClub

Jacky Hart, the fourth of six sisters, uses humor to get attention and to disguise her stutter. She makes herself a promise to behave differently in school, but unfortunately ends up being the class clown. Her jokes and pranks often get her into trouble, which in a roundabout way, allow Jacky to learn new lessons along the way. Like in real life, Jacky's story has lots of ups and downs. This brought up many opportunities for my daughter and I to talk about real situations and handling emotions.

With the book being 300+ pages, it can become a little overwhelming for young readers. Fortunately, there are creative and quirky illustrations on almost every page to break up the text as well as help kids to visualize the story and to better explain Jacky's imaginative thoughts.

Jacky Ha-Ha Book Review at artsyfartsymama.com #HaHaBookClub

Zoey loved this book and I'm sure it will be something she will read again and again as she grows older. The pranks and jokes had her laughing, and seeing Jacky's triumphs as she faced her fears and discovered new talents were a great example of trying new things even if they are difficult or scary.

Because we love reading and really enjoyed this book, we created some fun Jacky Ha-Ha bookmarks to share with you as a free printable to download!


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

Check out our video to see more of what we think of Jacky Ha-Ha:


We would highly recommend this book for moms and daughters and hope you join in the book club, too! You can see what others are sharing by searching the #HaHaBookClub on social media.

Leave a comment here or on our YouTube video if you've read the book or if it sounds like something you and your kids would enjoy. We would love to hear from you!


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

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

artsy-fartsy mama

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
DIY Rotating Jewelry Storage by Vikalpah
Jalapeno Popper Cheeseburger by All She Cooks
April Showers Door Decor by Sew Can Do
Ice Cream Tacos by Mostly Homemade Mom
Puff Pastry Cinnamon Roll Bites with Vanilla Glaze by Take Two Tapas
Starburst Clock by Dreaming in Color
Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bites by Grace and Good Eats
DIY Paint Dipped Tassels by White House Crafts

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

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  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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DIY My Little Pony Eye Mask

This post is sponsored by Hasbro. All opinions and ideas are my own.

DIY My Little Pony Eye Mask at artsyfartsymama.com

My daughter LOVES all things My Little Pony. Loves. It. This love of MLP also includes the Equestria Girls, which if you haven't heard, are the My Little Pony characters in a parallel world where the ponies are humans.

The latest in My Little Pony products are the MLP Equestria Girls Minis Slumber Party sets, so we decided to throw our own slumber party here at home where we made our own DIY My Little Pony Eye Mask!

My Little Pony Equestria Girls Minis Applejack Slumber Party Games Set at artsyfartsymama.com

We played with the My Little Pony Equestria Girls Minis Applejack Slumber Party Games Set at our slumber party, and it is so much fun! By combining the other character sets you can create a complete slumber party. The sets are all available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls Minis Applejack Slumber Party Games Set at artsyfartsymama.com

This slumber party set includes a poseable Applejack mini-doll along with an adorable puppy figure, a cool chair and fluffy pillow for the doll, a big screen TV (with a screen that flips around), video game accessories and board game to set the scene for game time.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls Minis Applejack Slumber Party Games Set at artsyfartsymama.com

Applejack loves her pony friends as you can tell from her framed picture of Applejack, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy to put on the shelf, and also has a hot pink laptop to video chat with Pinkie Pie that opens and closes! There's also some pizza to share, which has one separate piece (currently in Applejack's hand), and the remaining pizza can be closed in the pizza box.

DIY My Little Pony Eye Mask at artsyfartsymama.com

Now, here's how you can make a My Little Pony Eye Mask for your own slumber party! You can create a pony mask to look like your favorite character, or mix things up and create your own pony look!

Supplies:
My Little Pony Eye Mask pattern
Cut 2 colored cotton or flannel fabric
Cut one Warm & Natural cotton batting
±12 inches 5/8" elastic

DIY My Little Pony Eye Mask at artsyfartsymama.com

1. Place the fabric pieces right sides together, then lay them on top of the batting piece.
2. Measure around your child's head to get the exact measurement for the elastic, and add 1/2" inch.
3. Place the elastic in between the two pieces of fabric (where the dots are on the pattern) and pin in place. Make sure the elastic isn't twisted!
4. Sew around the eye mask with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving 3-4 inches open at the top.
5. Cut small slits all around the curves and around the ears, being careful not to cut through the thread.
6. Flip the eye mask right side out and iron. Try the eye mask on to make sure it fits. If you need to adjust the elastic, now is the time to do it while you can still flip the mask inside out.
7. Top stitch all around the mask and make sure to have the open edges folded in so they get sewn closed.

*Don't look to close at my imperfect topstitching, but the above image shows how the eye mask should look at this point.

DIY My Little Pony Eye Mask at artsyfartsymama.com

To really make the mask look like a My Little Pony, you'll need to add some eyes. You can choose to embroider, cut some felt, or even draw eyes on. I used my Cricut Exploreiron-on vinyl and glitter iron-on vinyl to create sparkling eyes.

You'll need to cut the different parts of the eyes in different layers, so keep that in mind when choosing your vinyls! You can iron on the layers one piece at a time, or if you are feeling adventurous you can place them all by hand on the black vinyl liner like I did and iron it all at once.

DIY My Little Pony Eye Mask at artsyfartsymama.com

Once your design has been cut, weed out the excess vinyl and place it on the eye mask.
  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, the vinyl will stick to your press cloth.
  4. Carefully lay a press cloth or dishtowel over the design.
  5. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25-30 seconds.
  6. Flip the mask over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back for an additional 25-30 seconds.
  7. 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 with the iron tip for 10 seconds.
  8. Let cool and remove liner. If you try to remove the liner before it cools, you risk burning your fingers or peeling the vinyl up.

DIY My Little Pony Eye Mask at artsyfartsymama.com

And there you have it! This eye mask should fit most kids and adults. It really is fairly simple to make for yourself or would be a pony-riffic party favor at your next My Little Pony slumber party!!

Download Free Printable My Little Pony Eye Mask Pattern
Download My Little Pony Eyes SVG Cut File (upload this file in Design Space to use on your Cricut Explore machine)

Some things you should know before downloading:
*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.

Which My Little Pony character would you create into an eye mask?


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