artsy-fartsy mama: June 2016

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I'm so glad you're here and hope you're ready to get inspired by everything linked up at the party. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. Thanks to everyone who added your posts last week!!

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few awesome
4th of July posts from the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
Fourth of July Beverage Bar by Dukes & Duchesses
Patriotic Cheesecake Parfaits by The Kittchen
Fourth of July Free Printable by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Patriotic Blue Velvet Brownies a la mode by This Mama Loves
4th of July Marshmallow Pinwheels by Home Cooking Memories
Summer Party Glasses by The Country Chic Cottage
Red, White and Blue Sparklers by Bloom Designs
Firework Treat Pouches by Designs by Miss Mandee

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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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Cupcake Puppy Chow

Thanks to Hasbro for the toys shared in this post. All opinions are my own.

Make some of Pinkie Pie's Party Chow or Littlest Pet Shop Cupcake Puppy Chow for road trips, parties, and playdates!

Make some of Pinkie Pie's Party Chow/Littlest Pet Shop Cupcake Puppy Chow for road trips, playdates and birthday parties!

Our family really enjoys traveling, especially on road trips. One must-have for every road trip is, of course, snacks! This cupcake puppy chow is sweet to munch on while on the road, at parties, or even playdates. Sometimes schedules prevent us from going on vacation, so we have to pretend. We've been playing with some new My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop toys from Hasbro and taking them on their own road trip adventures!

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Pinkie Pie Row & Ride Swan Boat Set

Our friend, Pinkie Pie, likes to row her friends along in the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Pinkie Pie Row & Ride Swan Boat Set. Though it isn't intended to go in real water, it's a lot of fun to take the ponies along and use our imaginations. Pinkie Pie's figure is poseable for rowing action and as the boat rolls, the music plays and she rows! 

For a little added fun, you can scan the Pinkie Pie figure’s symbol into the My Little Pony Friendship Celebration app to can unlock her character! The My Little Pony Friendship Celebration app works with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices.

Make some of Pinkie Pie's Party Chow/Littlest Pet Shop Cupcake Puppy Chow for road trips, playdates and birthday parties!

Pinkie Pie LOVES parties, so we like to call this recipe Pinkie Pie's Party Chow. It's full of sprinkles (just how Pinkie Pie likes it) and is super sweet, just like Pinkie Pie! If you really want to make it match our favorite pony, you can color the chocolate with pink food coloring. Kids will love helping to shake up this fun treat and is simple enough for them to even make a batch all on their own!

Littlest Pet Shop LPS Shuttle

Another fun toy for road tripping is the Littlest Pet Shop LPS Shuttle. Take the pets on a tour through Downtown City in their very own double-decker shuttle bus! Barkley Woofley is the official driver of this fun-filled vehicle.

Littlest Pet Shop LPS Shuttle

The set comes with everything you see here. A disco ball and star-shaped banners create a real party atmosphere, and the emoji bubble lets everyone know what a fun time the pets are having – right through the megaphone on the roof! Pets can even slide off the back of the bus on the bright green slippery slide!

Littlest Pet Shop LPS Shuttle

Pack the bus up with your favorite LPS friends and get ready to party! Depending on the size of your pets, you can fit about 5 pets & 5 pet friends into the bus. While on the adventure, you can snack on some Littlest Pet Shop Cupcake Puppy Chow!

Just like with the Pinkie Pie set, you can bring the pets to life in the LPS Your World app. Once the app is launched, simply hold the pet and scan the code to unlock it in the game! Play activities, decorate, and design a cool Littlest Pet Shop world digitally! Check littlestpetshop.com for availability, compatibility, and instructions.

Make some of Pinkie Pie's Party Chow/Littlest Pet Shop Cupcake Puppy Chow for road trips, playdates and birthday parties!

Pinkie Pie's Party Chow or
Littlest Pet Shop Cupcake Puppy Chow

Ingredients:
5 cups Rice Chex cereal
12 oz white chocolate chips (almond bark or candy melts work great, too)
1½ cups yellow cake mix
½ cup powdered sugar
rainbow sprinkles

Directions:
  1. In a large plastic bag, combine cake mix and powdered sugar. Set aside.
  2. Melt chocolate on a double boiler or in the microwave (stirring in 30 second intervals).
  3. Add 5 cups of Rice Chex cereal into a large bowl.
  4. Pour melted chocolate and a handful of sprinkles over cereal. Gently fold the cereal using a large spoon or rubber spatula with the chocolate. Stir until all the cereal is coated. Be careful not to break the cereal!
  5. Spoon or pour the chocolate-covered cereal into the plastic bag with the cake mix and powdered sugar.
  6. Zip up the bag and shake until all the cereal is coated with the powdered mixture.
  7. Once the cereal is coated and cooled, it's ready to eat!
Recipe adapted from Sprinkle Some Sugar.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I'm so glad you're here and hope you're ready to get inspired by everything linked up at the party. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. Thanks to everyone who added your posts last 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
Rustic Wall Rack by The Weathered Fox
Ocean Floats by The Crafting Chicks
DIY Cinder Block Pallet Outdoor Bar by From Playdates to Parties
Caramel Cake by April Golightly
Cinnamon Sugar Dessert Crepes by Just 2 Sisters
Simple, Bright and Fun Summer Decorative Pillows by The Real Thing with the Coake Family
Classic Blueberry Buckle by The Gracious Wife
DIY Bakery Sign inspired by Fixer Upper by Repurpose and Upcycle

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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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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I'm so glad you're here and hope you are ready to party. I am so inspired by everything at the party each week, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. Thanks to everyone who added your posts least 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
Homemade Nutella by Coupons and Freebies Mom
DIY Vintage Ring Toss by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Neapolitan Ice Cream Pie by A Mom's take
DIY Painted Keys Using Nail Polish by White House Crafts
DIY Bead Necklace Using Nail Polish by Pastels and Macarons
Funfetti Cake Batter Dip by How to Nest for Less
Mason Jar Citronella Candles by One Little Project
Strawberry, Lemon & Basil Infused Water Recipe by Pink Heels Pink Truck

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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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4th of July Firework Tank Top


Create a 4th of July tank top with vinyl and lyrics from Katy Perry's Firework!

4th of July Firework Tank Top at artsyfartsymama.com

Ever since my daughter first heard Katy Perry's song, Firework, it has been one of her favorite songs and sings it non-stop. With the 4th of July on the way, I decided to combine her love of that song with red, white and blue vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and came up with this 4th of July Firework Tank Top!

I've teamed up with 14 other bloggers to create 15 awesome red, white and blue projects using vinyl. Check out these patriotic tutorials for 4th of July inspiration:

Without further ado, here's how to make a 4th of July Firework Tank Top:

4th of July Firework Tank Top at artsyfartsymama.com

First, you need a blank shirt. You really can't beat $3 tanks at Walmart for projects like this! If you don't want to buy a new shirt, you can certainly use one you already have. Heat transfer vinyl is a great way to cover up stains!!

4th of July Firework Tank Top at artsyfartsymama.com

I typed in "Baby you're a firework" in Cricut Design Space. To help me remember what color vinyl I wanted each line to be, I changed the colors of the words. When I cut the vinyl, I will be prompted to change the vinyl to the right colors.

When cutting iron-on vinyl with your Cricut Explore, be sure to keep these tips in mind:
  • Mirror your image before cutting. The vinyl will be placed with the clear carrier sheet/liner side down. So if you don't mirror your image before cutting, it will be backwards after it's cut.
  • HTV, or iron-on vinyl, can be cut using the Iron-On setting on the dial.

4th of July Firework Tank Top at artsyfartsymama.com

For this tank, I used EasyWeed Heat Transfer Vinyl in royal blue and red. Like the name implies, it really is easy to weed the vinyl. For smaller areas (like inside letters), I highly recommend using a weeder/hook tool. It is a lifesaver!

4th of July Firework Tank Top at artsyfartsymama.com

Now that both layers have been weeded, they are ready to be ironed on. The "Firework" line is going to be the bottom layer, so it needs to be ironed on first. Center it on the shirt and press down. The carrier sheet is tacky, so your design will stay in place while you prepare to iron it on.
  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 or iron. No one has time for that!
  4. Carefully lay a scrap piece of fabric over the design, OR you can iron directly on the carrier sheet.
  5. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25-30 seconds. If you are ironing directly on the carrier sheet, iron for about 15 seconds.
  6. Flip the shirt 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 for 10 seconds.
  8. Let cool slightly and remove the liner. If you try to remove the liner before it cools, you risk burning your fingers or peeling the vinyl up.

4th of July Firework Tank Top at artsyfartsymama.com

Next, place the "Baby you're a" layer over the "Firework" layer. Follow the same steps for ironing  the previous layer, but this time you HAVE to use a piece of scrap fabric or something similar to protect the "Firework" layer. If the iron touches vinyl without a carrier sheet, it will just melt to your iron and ruin your project.

4th of July Firework Tank Top at artsyfartsymama.com

Peel off the liner and your shirt is ready to wear! If you haven't worked with iron-on vinyl before, it's really simple to use and is a lot of fun to create custom projects. It also washes really well, which is important when it comes to kids clothes!

If you want some cute 4th of July accessories to go with your outfit, this Patriotic Bubblegum Jewelry is easy and fun to make!

4th of July Firework Tank Top at artsyfartsymama.com

My daughter is so excited to wear her new 4th of July ensemble in just a few weeks! She loves how the shirt turned out, and I'm glad that she can wear it even after the holiday since she's always singing those lyrics anyway.

What 4th of July project would you make with vinyl?

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I'm so glad you're here and hope you're ready to get inspired by everything linked up at the party. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. Thanks to everyone who added your posts last 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
Berry Cookie Pies by Mommy Hates Cooking
DIY Floral Stretch Headbands by Sew Can Do
Orange Julius Pops by Sweep Tight
DIY Pineapple by Vikalpah
DiY Summer Lemon Wreath by The Navage Patch
Strawberry Pineapple Popsicles by Hello Creative Family
DIY Phone Holder and Photo Display by Little Free Monkeys
Watermelon Cupcake Toppers by Rose Bakes

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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 Finding Dory Bingo

Finding Nemo was one movie that saved my sanity when my daughter was a baby. During times when she just wouldn't stop crying, I would put the DVD in and she'd be mesmerized. Of course, I didn't mind watching it over and over either. The story is so sweet and Dory is hilarious. Finding Dory is coming to theaters June 17th, and my daughter (who is much bigger now) can't wait!! For those who also love Dory, Nemo and Marlin, I've created a free printable Finding Dory Bingo for you all to play to get excited for the movie!

Free Printable Finding Dory Bingo #HaveYouSeenHer

Finding Dory Bingo includes all of your favorite characters like Dory, Marlin, Nemo and a few new ones you might not recognize yet if you haven't seen the movie. The bingo set includes ten bingo cards, so it's easy to print and use for 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.

Download Free Printable Finding Dory Bingo Set
(Set includes 10 bingo cards and calling pieces in a single PDF file)

Free Printable Finding Dory Bingo #HaveYouSeenHer

The blank set works a little differently. You get one bingo card with empty spaces (except for the "free" spot). Then you print and cut out the bingo pieces so you can assemble the bingo cards yourself! Just glue the pieces in place and you're ready to play!

Free Printable Finding Dory Bingo #HaveYouSeenHer

This is a great option for little hands that want to be creative or if you have a larger group of people and don't want multiple cards that are the same. The blank bingo set includes all the same characters as the full set, but you can create your own bingo card setup.

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

Game Instructions
1. Pick some kind of object to mark your squares (candy, glass gems, buttons, etc)
2. Give each player a bingo card and markers (or put your own card together with the blank set). Have each player put a marker over the free space.
3. Have one person choose a calling card and say it out loud. Each player will cover that item on their card with a marker.
4. Once a player has 5 squares covered in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), 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. All sets are 8.5x11 inches and combined in a single PDF format.

I would love to hear which Finding Dory or Finding Nemo character is your favorite in the comments!


Cricut Explore: My Favorite Crafting Tool

Here at Artsy-Fartsy Mama, I only want to share products with you that I honestly enjoy using myself. If you've been following here a while, it's no secret that I love using my Cricut Explore machine. While sharing multiple tutorials with you over the past few years, I realized that I've never actually told you why I love this machine.

I have owned other machines in the past (and have shared tutorials using them, too) and liked them at the time. They had their benefits, but overall, projects took a lot of user error and practice to get things right. When I was first introduced to the Cricut Explore, I was a bit nervous about learning a whole new machine. One thing I learned right away was that the Cricut team has done so much to make sure that this machine is user-friendly. Even if you feel like you aren't crafty or technology-savvy, you don't need to worry. You can do this.

In the spirit of full disclosure, this post contains affiliate links. That means that I may get a commission if you decide to purchase anything from Cricut. However, I only recommend products that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.

Why should you choose the Cricut Explore? Find out at artsyfartsymama.com

One of my favorite parts of this machine is the Smart Set Dial. Depending on what you want to cut, all you have to do is adjust the dial and go. No adjusting blade lengths, cut speeds, etc. All that nonsense is automatically programmed into the machine to cut your project right the first time - so you don't have to waste time, material, and sanity. There's also a huge list of other materials you can cut by using the "Custom" setting on the dial (like vellum, glitter cardstock, fabric, and even wood to name a few).

Why should you choose the Cricut Explore? Find out at artsyfartsymama.com

Did you know that you can cut AND draw at the same time? Cricut pens come in multiple colors and thicknesses so that you can write, draw, and/or color any project to perfection! You can even use fonts in your designs that can be written with the pens that are really fun to use on projects like cards and wall art.

The blades are also something that I have been really impressed with. It is built to last! I've noticed that only after you cut a bunch of thicker materials and/or are having a serious cutting party, you will rarely need to replace the blade. In exception of using a deep cut blade (instead of a regular blade) for thicker materials, I have never needed to adjust the blade or exchange it with another just to cut another material.

*A great tip for keeping your cuts looking beautiful: after cutting things like fabric or glitter cardstock, remove the blade from the housing and simply blow on it to remove any particles left behind!

Why should you choose the Cricut Explore? Find out at artsyfartsymama.com

I don't know about you, but when I'm knee-deep in a project, I am always losing my scissors and weeding hook. Having a spot right there on the machine to keep my Cricut tools all in one place has saved me so much time and sanity. I'm always needing help with organization, so this really is so smart!!

If you are someone who has used older Cricut machines, I'd guess that you are extremely familiar with the cartridges. See that little rectangle just above the "Open" button? You can load your current cartridges into your Design Space account to keep all your images in one place.

Why should you choose the Cricut Explore? Find out at artsyfartsymama.com

Speaking of organization, this secret storage for your tools and spare blades right there in the machine is awesome. Like I mentioned before, I'm always losing things and need all the help I can get. Not only is this feature incredibly useful - all those Cricut tools together look so fun and colorful!

Why should you choose the Cricut Explore? Find out at artsyfartsymama.com

To use the Cricut Explore, you need a computer and internet. There's a USB cord that you can connect the machine to your computer to cut your designs. This wireless adapter pictured above has taken my crafting a step further by allowing me to connect to my machine via Bluetooth. Working wirelessly has been such a convenient way to craft and also makes it possible for you to use the iPad and iPhone app to create.

Why should you choose the Cricut Explore? Find out at artsyfartsymama.com

Like a drill or a saw, the Cricut Explore is merely a tool to get a job done. Design Space is where all the magic happens. If you aren't sure how to go about making a project on your own, you can choose Make It Now projects that will guide you through the entire process from beginning to end.

Being a graphic designer, I am always creating my own images for custom designs. It's easy and FREE to upload your own images from your computer (.jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp, .svg or .dxf files) to print and cut. If you aren't a designer, I'd highly recommend sign up for Cricut Access to have unlimited access to over 30,000 images, 1,000 projects, and 370 fonts.

Here's a few of our favorite Cricut Explore projects:
Get creative with the Cricut Explore! Find out more at artsyfartsymama.com
Vinyl Transfer Hack  |  Paper Flower Wreath  |  DIY Unicorn Coloring Shirt  |  You Are Loved Blocks  |  DIY Custom Lunch Box

If you've been debating on making the switch to Cricut, now is the perfect time to check out the Cricut Trade-Up Program! Cricut is offering a $50 coupon plus FREE shipping towards a new machine - all you have to do is send in two pictures of your current machine (could be an older Cricut, a Silhouette, or another cutting machine) by June 30, 2016. (Click here for more details)

These machine comparisons will help you decide which Cricut Explore machine will work best for you.

I'd love to help answer any questions you have in the comments, or feel free to tell me what you love about your Cricut!