Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #145

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I hope you've had a wonderful week and that you're ready to get inspired at our party! Here are just a few of the awesome recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

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Easy Tricolor Pendant with Nail Polish by White House Crafts
Easy Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream by Home Cooking Memories
DIY Pom Pom Heels by The Style Safari
Coconut Chicken Tacos with Peach Salsa by I Thee Cook
The Best Turkey Sandwich by The Kittchen
DIY Magnetic Test Tube Vase by Busy Being Jennifer
Guilt-Free Mint Chocolate Chip Popsicles by Candace Woesch
DIY Shell Place Cards by Satsuma Designs

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #144

Happy Thursday and welcome Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I hope your week has been fantastic and that you're ready to party! Here are a few awesome recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

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Butterfly Pop-Up Card Tutorial by Jennifer Maker
Whipped Lemon Cheesecake and Blueberry Parfaits by 5 Minutes for Mom
DIY Hanging Snack Tower by Comic Con Family
Strawberry Ice Cream with No Eggs by Brooklyn Farm Girl
Watermelon Lemonade by The Jenny Evolution
Industrial Toy Box by Welsh Design Studio
Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks by Sugar, Spice and Family Life
Life Is Sweeter With You Hoop Art by Flamingo Toes

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DIY Race Track with Jump Inspired by Fast & Furious

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RevUpF8 #CollectiveBias

DIY Race Track and Jump inspired by Fast & Furious #RevUpF8

My husband has always loved cars, and comes from a family of car fanatics. Ever since my daughter was born, he's been playing cars with her. They love racing and, of course, making the sound effects to go along. We were inspired by the new line of Fast & Furious toys to create our own race track with jump for them to fly through the air! The race track and jump are easy to make, and is such a fun way to create memories together with your kids and spend time together as a family.

My husband and I have been watching the Fast & Furious films together since they first came out, and are so excited to pick up a copy of F8 on DVD that was released on July 11th. 
Over the course of eight films that have successively stoked passion in an ever-expanding audience, Fast & Furious is a global box-office blockbuster that continues to entertain audiences of all ages. The newest chapter in this popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time is The Fate of the Furious.



Inspired by the movie's real cars and characters, the new Fast & Furious line of diecast vehicles and playsets can be found in the toy aisle at Walmart! Playsets will be found on the lower shelves, while the diecast vehicles will be hanging up on display.


Before we made our race track, we played indoors with the the Frozen Missile Attack playset. This set includes die cast vehicle, diorama background, launcher, accessory pieces, and a mobile device stand to use with the Fast & Furious mobile app to record the action and add special effects!


Fast & Furious fans of all ages will have hours of fun recreating iconic movie moments launching the vehicle through the playset, avoiding missile fire from the molded MMV vehicle and speeding away just in time to dodge the incoming avalanche!


My husband was feeling nostalgic as he put the set together. It was easy to assemble, and my daughter and husband were launching Dom Toretto's iconic diecast Ice Charger vehicle into danger in no time! It was so fun to watch the two of them re-enacting Fast & Furious scenes and making memories together.

DIY Race Track and Jump inspired by Fast & Furious #RevUpF8

Another fun way to recreate movie moments and have fun with Fast & Furious vehicles is to make your own race track with a jump to send them soaring!

To make your own race track, you'll need:
1 white 20x30 foam board
1 white plastic poster sheet
3 - 3 ft 3/16 Balsa wood sticks
strong glue
spray paint
craft knife

DIY Race Track and Jump inspired by Fast & Furious #RevUpF8

For the race track, cut a 4" x 30" rectangle out of the foam board using the craft knife.

To create the jump at the end of the track, you'll need 3 foam board triangles. Ours measured about 1" x 8". Next, cut a 4" x 8.75" rectangle out of the plastic poster sheet.

DIY Race Track and Jump inspired by Fast & Furious #RevUpF8

Choose your favorite color of spray paint and paint the Balsa wood sticks. My daughter chose a pearlescent teal color. Paint a few coats, but make sure to let the sticks dry before painting another coat.

DIY Race Track and Jump inspired by Fast & Furious #RevUpF8

Once the sticks have dried, cut them to 30" with the craft knife. Mark the center of the race track. Add a little bit of glue along one side of the sticks, leaving about an inch without glue at the end of all three sticks. Place the sticks down on the foam board on each edge and down the center with the unglued ends all on the same side.

DIY Race Track and Jump inspired by Fast & Furious #RevUpF8

To create the jump, we'll be using the three foam board triangles and Balsa wood sticks. There will be extra pieces of wood from when you cut it for the race track. Cut 3 pieces into about 3 1/2" long and 4 pieces into about 1 3/4" long. Start with the outside triangles and glue the ends of the 3 1/2" long sticks in between. Let the glue dry.

Line the third triangle in between the two triangles and mark where the sticks are. Cut three 3/16" notches out of the bottom of the triangle where you've marked. Carefully press the triangle down over the sticks and adjust any of the notches if needed.

Add some glue to the ends of the 1 3/4" long sticks and place the 4 of them in between the 3 triangles toward the top. You may need to trim the sticks to fit. Let the glue dry.

Last, add some glue along the top edges of the foam board and lay the piece of plastic poster sheet on top. The sheet was cut longer than the jump, so line it up with the upper edge with the excess hanging off at the bottom. You can connect the jump to the race track by carefully sliding the edge of the poster sheet in between the unglued wood sticks and the foam board at the end of the race track.

DIY Race Track and Jump inspired by Fast & Furious #RevUpF8

Now that the race track is ready to go, we needed more cars to race and fly off the jump. Besides the Ice Charger vehicle from the playset, we also found a diecast of the tank, Ripsaw, from F8 and a couple of other diecast vehicles from Fast & Furious films!

DIY Race Track and Jump inspired by Fast & Furious #RevUpF8

Prop the race track on something like your couch, a small chair, or take it outside and use bricks like we did! Get ready to race by lining up two vehicles at the top of the race track. Gently tap the backs of the vehicles and watch them go!!

DIY Race Track and Jump inspired by Fast & Furious #RevUpF8

The DVD for F8 was released on July 11th, so you can send the iconic Fast & Furious vehicles flying down the race track and off the jump while watching your favorite Fast & Furious vehicles in action on the screen!

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What Materials Can Be Cut with the Cricut Explore?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. This post contains affiliate links.

There's so many different materials you can cut with the Cricut Explore Air machine, which means there's endless projects you can create!

Find out what materials you can cut with the Cricut Explore machine!

If you've got a Cricut Explore Air 2 machine or are looking into purchasing one, you are probably wondering “What Materials Can I Cut with the Cricut Explore?”. Did you know that there are over 100 different materials that can be cut?! Don't worry, I'm here to help! I've put together a list of the most-used materials so you can easily find what you need and hopefully find a few new things to try.

Find out what materials you can cut with the Cricut Explore machine!

Adhesive Vinyl Materials:
  • Vinyl - durable, yet removable vinyl that's perfect for decals, labels, home decor and so much more.
  • Outdoor Vinyl - a durable, glossy vinyl that’s perfect for car decals, outdoor decor and projects that will weather the storm.
  • Glitter Vinyl - a glittery vinyl to add sparkle to all of your projects. Most importantly, the glitter stays in place!
  • Metallic Vinyl - add a touch of metallic in Silver, Platinum, Gold, Bronze, Ocean, or Blush
  • Dry Erase Vinyl - turn any surface into a dry erase board
  • Chalkboard Vinyl - turn any surface into a chalkboard
  • Adhesive Foils - get that foiled look on all of your projects with a metallic, matte, or stainless finish
  • Holographic Vinyl - similar feel of foil adhesive, this has a shimmer that's perfect for unicorns and mermaids!
  • Printable Vinyl - customize your vinyl! Here's a tutorial to upload your own images to Cricut Design Space.
  • Transfer Tape - a necessity to place the vinyl on your projects 

Project idea: Use vinyl to make a DIY Welcome Sign!

Find out what materials you can cut with the Cricut Explore machine!

Iron-On Vinyl (HTV) Materials:

Project idea: Use iron-on vinyl to make a DIY Unicorn Coloring Shirt!

Find out what materials you can cut with the Cricut Explore machine!

Paper Materials:
  • Cardstock - textured paper perfect for cards, party decor, and school projects
  • Glitter Cardstock - cardstock with the perfect amount of glitter
  • Pearl Paper - cardstock with a pearly shimmer
  • Poster Board - a thicker paper in brights, pastels, foil and metallic
  • Deluxe Paper - patterned heavyweight paper with complementary colors on the back
  • Licensed Deluxe Paper - heavyweight paper featuring licensed characters with complementary patterns on the back
  • Vellum - add layers with this semi-translucent paper
  • Party Foil - foiled paper to make your own confetti and party decor

Project idea: Use cardstock to make a Paper Flower Wreath!

Find out what materials you can cut with the Cricut Explore machine!

Specialty Materials:
  • Foil Acetate - layer to projects to add some foil shine
  • Faux Leather - looks and feels like real textured leather without the excess cost or need for a deep-cut blade
  • Washi Sheets - translucent (similar to vellum) to give you all the fun of decorative tape, but in 12" x 12" sheets
  • Window Cling - create static cling decals for holiday decorations, parties, classrooms, and more
  • Craft Foam - perfect foam for accents, stencils, embellishments, and kid's games
  • Printable Magnet Sheets - Print Then Cut custom magnets for your locker or fridge
  • Printable Fabric - adhesive-backed custom fabric perfect for banners, accents, and embellishments
  • Printable Sticker PaperPrint Then Cut custom stickers for kids
  • Fabric: Felt, Denim, Polyester, Burlap, Canvas, and more! *Add a stabilizer to the back of thin fabrics
  • Wood - make projects out of thin balsa or birch wood!
  • Upcycled Materials: Chipboard, Cereal Boxes, Aluminum Cans

Project idea: Use faux leather to make a DIY Leather Bows!

Find out what materials you can cut with the Cricut Explore machine!

One of the best parts of this machine is that you don’t have to figure out the settings to cut the materials. You can select whatever you are cutting from the Smart Set Dial! The machine has all the settings built in so you don't have to worry about it.

Find out what materials you can cut with the Cricut Explore machine!

When you are cutting a material that's not listed on the Smart Set Dial, you can set the dial to Custom. From the cut preview screen, you can select the material (if it is listed) in a drop-down menu.

You can find a full cut list on the Cricut site for more ideas. As always, if you ever have any questions, or come across something that you are having a problem cutting with your Cricut Explore Air machine please let me know. 


What materials do you want to try cutting with the Cricut Explore?

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #143

Thursday is here once again, which means it's time for Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I hope you've had a wonderful week and that you're ready to get inspired at our party! Here are just a few of the awesome recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

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Dated File Cabinet Gets An Industrial Makeover by Simply Beautiful by Angela
Faux Jack in the Box Tacos by The Bearded Hiker
DIY Kids Sit & Spin Toy by Abbotts at Home
Queso Dip for Smart Snacking by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
Extra Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Skillet Dip by Take Two Tapas
DIY Painted Patriotic Coasters by Drugstore Divas
Havarti Onion Burger by Kleinworth & Co.
Rustic Pallet Wood Flag by Our Clover House

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  • 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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Help Stop Bullying with Pottymouth and Stoopid

Thanks to JIMMY Patterson Books for the opportunity to share this "awesometastic" book. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Help Stop Bullying with Pottymouth and Stoopid & Free Printable Anti-Bullying Bookmarks! #PottymouthandStoopid

See this girl? ↑ She's pretty amazing. She's a bookworm, a scientist, a fashionista, ultra-creative, a super smarty pants, and one of the friendliest girls you'll ever meet. I've always tried to teach her that being "different" or "weird" is good, and that our differences are what make us so special. We homeschooled up until this last school year, where she skipped two grades for her age! For the most part, going to school was such an awesome experience for her - especially since my husband works at the same school. She made a lot of great friends, and learned so much!

Unfortunately, bullying is almost inevitable these days. Because she's a little different than most kids in her class, there were a few kids who picked on her. Relentlessly. One was physically bullying her, others called her names, teased her and told her to "shut up" every time she tried to say something. It was heartbreaking as a parent to hear the stories she would come home with. I had some bullying experiences myself growing up, so we were able to talk honestly with each other about how we can do our part to stop bullying and how to not become a bully ourselves.
Help Stop Bullying with Pottymouth and Stoopid & Free Printable Anti-Bullying Bookmarks! #PottymouthandStoopid

Sometimes talking about bullying can be hard. One great way to start the conversation about bullying is by reading a great book together. Recommended for ages 9-12, Pottymouth and Stoopid is a newly released book by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. While the book is recommended for boys, girls will be just as drawn into the story and funny illustrations.

Help Stop Bullying with Pottymouth and Stoopid & Free Printable Anti-Bullying Bookmarks! #PottymouthandStoopid

So, what is this book about?
David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: “Pottymouth” and “Stoopid” are still stuck with the names - and everyone in school, including the teachers and their principal, believe the labels are true. So how do they go about changing everyone's minds? By turning their misery into megastardom on TV, of course! Follow their roller-coaster journey from the ultimate losers to the biggest winners, with more than 100 hilarious illustrations in this signature Patterson format. And this important story delivers more than just laughs - it shows that the worst bullying doesn't have to be physical... and that things will get better.

Help Stop Bullying with Free Printable Anti-Bullying Bookmarks! #PottymouthandStoopid

As we read the book, my daughter and I would stop and talk about how she can manage bullying if/when it happens again at school. How can we be more of a buddy and not a bully?

1. Walk Away. Most of the time, a bully is looking for a reaction. As hard as it might be, ignoring the bully and walking away from the situation can be the best thing you can do. It may be best to walk in the direction of an adult or teacher, or a group of people.

2. Talk to a trusted adult. Find a teacher, parent, or another trusted adult who can help you and immediately tell them what the bully has been saying or doing. By telling someone that you are being bullied, you are standing up for yourself and showing the bullies that it won't be tolerated.

3. Think before you speak. You can't control what others say, but you can control yourself. What's funny to you might be hurtful to someone else. Repeating something you heard about someone else is gossip and is another form of bullying. Words can't be taken back, so take a second to think about how you would feel if someone said it about/to you. Words can hurt a lot more than you think.

4. Stand up for others. Bullies often want an audience and approval. Let bullies know that you do not think being mean is cool. If you see someone getting bullied, stand up to the bully. Don't insult or physically attack them. When you hear gossip about someone else, speak up and change the subject. Not saying anything could make it worse for everyone. The kid who is bullying will think it is ok to keep treating others that way.

5. Include everyone. Leaving others out or intentionally ignoring them is social bullying. If you are part of a group who is leaving someone out, stand up for them and leave the group if necessary. Be kind to the kid being bullied. Show them that you care by trying to include them. Sit with them at lunch or on the bus, talk to them at school, or invite them to do something. Just hanging out with them will help them know they aren’t alone.

6. Treat others with respect. Nobody should be mean to others. Everyone is different. Not better or worse. Just different - and that's okay! What's not okay is to hurt someone else physically, verbally or socially because they are different than you are. Treat others how you would want to be treated, and encourage those around you to do the same.

If you think you have bullied someone in the past, apologize. Everyone feels better!

Help Stop Bullying with Free Printable Anti-Bullying Bookmarks! #PottymouthandStoopid

Because most people cannot read entire books in one sitting, I've designed some Free Printable Anti-Bullying Bookmarks for you to use to save your spot while reading Pottymouth and Stoopid! For best results, print the bookmarks on cardstock and laminate.


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

Help Stop Bullying with Free Printable Anti-Bullying Bookmarks! #PottymouthandStoopid

Using these bookmarks (even when you're not reading Pottymouth and Stoopid) is a great way to remind kids about what to do when bullying happens. This book is such a fun read, and is sure to help other kids out there to deal with bullying and to remind them that they are not alone.

Check out the official site, follow JIMMY Patterson Books on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram, follow James Patterson Twitter | Facebook | Instagram and follow along with the hashtag #PottymouthandStoopid on social media!

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Free Printable Shark Bookmarks

Dive into Shark Week with these Jawsome Free Printable Shark Bookmarks!

Dive into Shark Week with these Jawsome Free Printable Shark Bookmarks!

Shark Week is starting on July 23rd. Are you ready?! My daughter is so excited that she's picked out a few books from our local library. Just for the occasion, I designed some Shark Week-inspired bookmarks to save your spot in the books you're reading this summer!

Dive into Shark Week with these Jawsome Free Printable Shark Bookmarks!

After you've printed the bookmarks, use a paper cutter or scissors to separate all the bookmarks. Next, use scissors to cut around the nose of the sharks. Guess what? That's all you need to do. Set those sharks free to attack your library!

Dive into Shark Week with these Jawsome Free Printable Shark Bookmarks!

There are 6 shark bookmarks that are free for you to print and use for personal use. For best results, print the bookmarks on cardstock and laminate.


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

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