artsy-fartsy mama: February 2017

Puppy Dog Valentine Card Box

Collect your Valentines in an adorably lovable Puppy Dog Valentine Card Box!

For the third year in a row, we lucked out on creating an original and fun Valentine card box to hold all those sweet notes from classmates! Last year, we had a lot of fun creating a Panda Valentine Card Box, and the year before that was the infamous Unicorn Valentine Card Box. This year my daughter decided on making an adorably sweet Puppy Dog Valentine Card Box to take to her Valentine's Day party.

Puppy Dog Valentine Card Box with Free Cut File at artsyfartsymama.com

Unlike other years, this year we procrastinated making a Valentine card box and pulled off a night-before-Valentine's Day miracle. My daughter couldn't decide what she wanted, and we accidentally threw out all of our boxes a few nights before. Then, the heavens opened up and we had, once again - a corn dog box to work with! As you've seen from our other Valentine boxes, the corn dog box is apparently our destined go-to for Valentine's Day.

To make your own Puppy Dog Valentine Card Box, you'll need:
  • Cardboard Box (we used a corn dog box)
  • Utility Knife
  • White Tissue Paper (5-10 sheets) or White Wrapping Paper
  • Clear Tape
  • Cricut Explore or other cutting machine
  • Puppy Dog Face Cut File (personal use only please)
  • Black, Pink, and Red Cardstock
  • Glue Stick
Mark where you want the puppy's mouth to go with a marker, pen or pencil and sketch it out. Ours measured about 4 inches wide and 2.5 inches tall. Use the utility knife and carefully cut out the mouth shape.

Puppy Dog Valentine Card Box with Free Cut File at artsyfartsymama.com

Wrap the box like you would a regular present, but keep the seams on the back and the sides so they won't show on the front. Use clear tape, and try to keep all the edges as smooth as you can.

Feel for the hole of the mouth, then carefully cut an "X" from the corners of the mouth. Fold the paper inside and tape it down on the inside of the box.

Puppy Dog Valentine Card Box with Free Cut File at artsyfartsymama.com

In case you didn't know, you can upload your own .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp, .svg or .dxf images into Design Space to cut with your Cricut Explore machine. So if you'd like to make your own Puppy Dog Valentine Card Box, upload the Puppy Dog Face Cut File (personal use only please) and adjust the size as needed to fit your box. If you are also using a corn dog box, the image size shouldn't need to be adjusted at all.

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

Puppy Dog Valentine Card Box with Free Cut File at artsyfartsymama.com

Cut the design out of black, pink and red cardstock and attach to the box with a glue stick, or my a quick-drying glue like Aleene's Tacky Glue. For a more realistic-looking tongue, glue the circled edge down and fold the other end into the mouth and tape it down on the inside.

If you are like us, you'll know that everything can always use a bit more sparkle! We didn't have enough time (since we procrastinated), but you can definitely spray your Valentine box with some glitter spray or Glitter Mod Podge and let it dry completely.

My daughter loved showing off her Puppy Dog Valentine Box at her class Valentine party! Sorry we are posting a little too late for this year - but feel free to save this tutorial for next year!!

I'd love to see pictures of your kid's Valentine box ideas, too! Feel free to post your pictures on my Facebook page!


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! Hope you are ready share what you've been working on this week. Here are just a few of awesome recipes and projects shared at the last party:

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Chili Cheese Tater Tot Nachos (“Totchos”) by The Kittchen
Star Wars Coffee Mug by Simply {Darr}ling
Simple Chocolate Truffles by The Chef Next Door
Hello Front Door Sign by The Happy Scraps
The Fools Who Dream La La Land Printable by Dukes and Duchesses
Cornmeal Pancakes With Fruit by Thinking Outside the Sandbox Family
Pizza Piñatas by Jennifer Perkins
BBQ Chicken Crescent Roll-Ups by This Gal Cooks

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DIY Welcome Sign with Cricut

Learn how to make this DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and a Cricut!

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

Making unique home décor is what I feel really makes a house a home. I saw this really cute "Welcome" design while using my Cricut, and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. This DIY Welcome Sign was a really fun and easy project to make, and I love being able to display a piece of handmade décor that shows that as long as you're not here to rob or hurt us, you are welcome!

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

First, you'll need a board for your sign. I found this 12" x 8" wooden canvas panel that is the perfect size to hang in my entryway.

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

I painted the wood panel with a couple of thin coats of white acrylic paint. Once the paint was completely dried, I took some fine sandpaper to the board to smooth out any paint strokes and give it a smooth, beautiful finish.

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

Most people connect the word "Cricut" with "cartridges". Cricut uses the term "cartridge" to refer to image sets or groups of themed images in a physical, plastic cartridge that you plug in to a Cricut machine to be able to cut specific images. If you wanted more images or fonts, you had to purchase each cartridge separately.

With the Cricut Explore machines, you can now link those physical cartridges you already own to your Cricut account through Cricut Design Space. When a cartridge has been linked to your account, the digital versions of those images are activated and the physical cartridge is no longer needed! How great is that?!

To link a physical cartridge to your account, sign in to Design Space and plug the cartridge into the rectangle space above the "Open" button on the Explore machine (see image above). Now your account will always show those images and fonts from your cartridges every time you log in!!

Now that we've got that covered, here's the important question:
Are you required to use cartridges?

No way! In fact, I have never owned a Cricut cartridge. You can shop cartridges and fonts individually, or you can get a Cricut Access subscription. When you subscribe to a Cricut Access monthly OR yearly membership plan (that you can cancel anytime), you get instant access to the Cricut Image Library of over 30,000 non-licensed images, 1,000 Make It Now projects, and 370 fonts!! With a subscription, you also get additional benefits of unlimited use of those images and fonts, as well as discounts on purchases made on the Cricut website. Once you've subscribed, you can see the green "a" Cricut Access symbol next to all those available images, fonts, and projects in Design Space and get to work!

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

Now, let's get to making the best part of the sign!! Open up the Welcome Sign canvas that I've saved for you so you don't have to go searching for the image in the Cricut Image Library (which IS available with Cricut Access, by the way). If you use the same wooden board I used, the image is also already sized to fit. All you have to do is click "GO"!

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

The next step is to get the materials ready. You'll need a 12x12 adhesive cutting mat, and some Cricut Vinyl in Midnight. At this step, you can also adjust exactly where the "Welcome" design will be cut on the mat. If you're using a full sheet of vinyl, you won't need to worry about this as much as when you're using up scraps of vinyl.

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

The program guides you through each step to successfully cut your project. From changing the material setting to cutting, the Design Space program is easy to use. Another great feature with the Cricut Explore Air 2 is that you can cut vinyl in Fast Mode if you're in a hurry. Just check the box!

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

The next step is to adjust the Smart Set dial to point at vinyl (whatever material you will be cutting). You'll see in the program what the dial is currently set to, so there's no worry. Don't see your material in the circle? Set the dial to "custom" and you can choose your material from a dropdown list under the "Set" step.

The dial saves the headache of having to manually adjust the blade depth or speed settings, and you to get the perfect cut the first time!

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

The arrow button below the dial will begin flashing to prompt you to load the mat. The program also reminds you to complete this step and won't allow you to cut without doing it. Once your mat is properly loaded, the button with the Cricut logo will begin flashing, which means "GO" and that you're ready to get your project cut.

The machine runs quietly and efficiently, and cuts vinyl quick - even without Fast Mode! When the project is done cutting, the arrow button will flash again. Push the button to unload the mat.

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

Carefully remove the sheet of vinyl from the mat. When doing vinyl projects, weeding is the most tedious part, but it's also the most important part. "Weeding" is removing the negative pieces, or the parts of the vinyl that you don't need. For these words, I start in one corner, and slowly pull up on the vinyl to remove the outer part and leaving the letters stuck to the backing.

My best tip is to work slow, and try your best to be patient!! It will be worth it in the end.

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

To remove smaller pieces of vinyl, like the inside of letters and small details, the Cricut Weeder Tool is a lifesaver. For example, to remove the circle in the center of an "O" I usually poke a hole in the middle with the pointed end of the tool, then slowly pull the circle out. Repeat with all the other letters, specifically "O", "B", "R", and "A".

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

Once all the weeding is done, take a breath and have a bite of chocolate. The hardest part is complete!

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

Now it's time to transfer the freshly weeded vinyl onto the wood panel. Instead of peeling up every letter and manually moving them over (terrible idea), you can use Cricut Transfer Tape to get the job done easily. The clear film with grid makes it simple to position your design right where you want it. With a project containing words, the grid is the key to making sure your design goes on straight.

To apply the transfer tape, place the piece of vinyl over the transfer tape and cut along the guide to be slightly larger than your design. Peel the backing off the top edge of the transfer tape. Line up a guideline to hit the top edge of the "bienvenido" letters. Press the transfer tape down, then keep slowly peeling the transfer tape backing off and pressing the tape down. This method has helped me avoid getting large bubbles and essentially ruining my project.

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

Once the transfer tape is placed over the vinyl, you need to really press the tape to get the vinyl to stick to it. Using Cricut Scraper Tool helps to really get the tape to stick evenly and you can add a little more pressure than you can with just your hands.

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

Turn the vinyl/tape over so that the vinyl backing is facing up. Slowly peel the backing away at a 45º angle. If the vinyl isn't sticking to the transfer tape, lay the backing back down and rub it with the scraper again until it sticks.

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

I always get nervous to apply the vinyl to my project, but it doesn't have to be scary! Lay the transfer tape holding your vinyl upside down on top of the wood panel. Since the transfer tape is totally clear, you can mark the centers of the board and use the grid! By taking the time to do this, the vinyl has a less likely chance of being placed crooked.

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

Carefully pick up the transfer tape, turn it over and place the top edge down where you've marked it and slowly work your way down. Once the vinyl has been laid down, rub it again with the scraper tool to help the vinyl now stick to the wood.

Like you did with the vinyl backing before, slowly peel the transfer tape away at a 45º angle. If the vinyl isn't sticking to the wood, lay it back down and rub it with the scraper again until it sticks.

DIY Welcome Sign with a few simple materials and Cricut | @artsyfartsymama

Now that the transfer tape is removed, your DIY Welcome Sign is complete! Hang it on a wall or display on a shelf to welcome your guests into your home. If you've got any questions at all about the Cricut or anything else in this post, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

Don't forget to enter the Cricut Home Décor Giveaway to win a Cricut Explore Air™ 2 bundle, a $2,000 shopping spree for home furnishings and décor on hayneedle.com, and a personal session with a Cricut home stylist!

Where would you hang this DIY Welcome Sign?

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LEGO Friends Puppy Championship and Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search

Sponsored by LEGO®, you can create your very own dog show with the LEGO Friends Puppy Championship set and learn the different dog breeds with a Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search!

Create your very own dog show with the LEGO Friends Puppy Championship set and learn the different dog breeds with a Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search!

My daughter has always had a "dog trainer" and vet on her list of occupations she'd like to have when she gets older, so naturally she was ecstatic to see this LEGO Friends Puppy Championship set. This weekend was also the beginning of the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, so it was one seriously canine-filled weekend at our house!

Create your very own dog show with the LEGO Friends Puppy Championship set and learn the different dog breeds with a Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search!

With this adorable set, you can help the LEGO Friends character, Mia, and her cute pups win the Championship! Recommended for ages 5+, this 185-piece set offers age-appropriate build and play experience. My daughter was able to read the easy-to-follow instructions all on her own and was so proud of herself once she finished building. 

For even more Heartlake City puppy fun, you can combine this set with other sets like Puppy Parade, Puppy Pampering, Puppy Playground and Puppy Tricks & Treats!

Create your very own dog show with the LEGO Friends Puppy Championship set and learn the different dog breeds with a Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search!

Before the pups make their debut, Mia can pamper Scout and Tina at the grooming station! There's brushes, combs, spray bottle, and lots of bows to help the dogs look their best. There's even a bowl of treats for the puppies to enjoy.

Create your very own dog show with the LEGO Friends Puppy Championship set and learn the different dog breeds with a Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search!

The main build is the Dog Show Stage, which includes everything from the grand entrance door, turntable for showing the dogs, podium, and a raised judging platform with stairs and a slide! There's also a space for Mia to announce the top two winners of the Puppy Championship with her microphone and reward them each with a rosette!

Create your very own dog show with the LEGO Friends Puppy Championship set and learn the different dog breeds with a Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search!

Because LEGO Friends are all about friendship, adventure and and imaginative fun, we recruited some of our other LEGO Friends minifigures from other sets to have an even bigger Puppy Championship! They each have their own dogs of different breeds, and Mia will be the judge with her judging paddle and microphone.

Create your very own dog show with the LEGO Friends Puppy Championship set and learn the different dog breeds with a Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search!

Stephanie is grooming Toffee the Pug at the grooming station to look her best for the Championship!

Create your very own dog show with the LEGO Friends Puppy Championship set and learn the different dog breeds with a Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search!

Here we have Emma showing her Poodle, Tina, testing her agility by walking across the tipping agility seesaw, and leaping gracefully over the jump with knockable bar!

Create your very own dog show with the LEGO Friends Puppy Championship set and learn the different dog breeds with a Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search!

Naomi and her gray dog, and a (brown-haired) Mia and her dog, Scout, stand on the Dog Show Stage ready for judging! You can turn the stage ends around to have the turntable and the podium in front of the stage, or line them up at both ends of the stage to give the stage more room.

Create your very own dog show with the LEGO Friends Puppy Championship set and learn the different dog breeds with a Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search!

After their agility tricks are done, you can arrange all the contestants on the turntable or the podium to be judged on their beauty and obedience!

Create your very own dog show with the LEGO Friends Puppy Championship set and learn the different dog breeds with a Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search!

The moment they've all been waiting for... The winners are the adorable Tina and Scout! Mia can reward the winning pups with bones, first and second place rosettes, and giving them first dibs on going down the slide!!

Create your very own dog show with the LEGO Friends Puppy Championship set and learn the different dog breeds with a Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search!

Everyone is really a winner with this Puppy Championship set! Not just the animals can enjoy the slide. Even the minifigures can fly down the slide and have a great time! My daughter has spent hours playing with this set, and she's had so much fun combining her other LEGO Friends sets to create even more imaginative play.

Free Printable Dog Breed Word Search from @artsyfartsymama

We've been having a lot of fun watching videos of past Westminster Dog Shows and are looking forward to watching the rest of the competition throughout February 14th. We've heard a lot of different names of dog breeds, and thought it would be fun to share a free printable dog breed word search to help learn the names a little better!

You can also Download the Dog Breed Word Search Solution

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*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
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Do you watch the Westminster Dog Show?
What is your favorite dog breed?


Free Printable Mad Lib Valentines

These Free Printable Mad Lib Valentines are a    (adjective)    Valentine to share with friends!

Free Printable Mad Lib Valentines @artsyfartsymama

My daughter loves Mad Libs. She loves coming up with hilarious, random words to fill in the blanks, and then listening to the unique story she put together. To share her love of Mad Libs, I've created some Free Printable Mad Lib Valentines for her to hand out to her friends at school.

Free Printable Mad Lib Valentines @artsyfartsymama

All you have to do is print out the Valentines (download from the link at the end of the post), cut out and sign your name at the bottom of the Valentine. Easy enough, right??

Free Printable Mad Lib Valentines @artsyfartsymama

If you want to add a little something extra to your Valentine, you can get really cute Valentine pencils from pretty much anywhere. I grabbed these really fun push up pencils at Target. They totally remind me of my childhood, so how could I say no?! They are an awesome non-candy Valentine idea that kids of every age will love to receive - plus they work great to fill out the Valentine!!

Free Printable Mad Lib Valentines @artsyfartsymama

It will be so much fun to see all the creative ways the Valentines get filled out. My daughter helped me with this one. She thought it was hilarious!

Download Free Printable Mad Lib Valentines

Some things you should know before downloading:
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*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.

What words would you use to fill in these Valentines?


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! Hope you are ready share what you've been working on this week. Here are just a few of awesome recipes and projects shared at the last party:

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookies by Satori Design for Living
DIY Glitter Heart Elbow Patch Sweater by Do It Your Freaking Self
3 Ingredient Strawberry Mousse by Almost Supermom
Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate Bar by Clean and Scentsible
DIY Valentine’s Day Candy Jars by Eat Move Make
Chocolate Cherry Pop-Tarts by TinselBox
Crochet 8-Bit Heart Slouchy by Whistle & Ivy
White Chocolate Topped Sugar Cookies by 5 Minutes for Mom

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Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie

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

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in this Valentine's Day and download a free printable card to share with your loved one!

Date nights at home are the best! It's a great way to save money, and it helps us get a little more creative for spending time together. To make Valentine's a little lighter on the budget and to make things a little more personalized, I am planning a sweet Valentine's Night-In with my husband this year instead of getting a reservation at some fancy restaurant. I've also made a punny Valentine card (that really can be used for any occasion) to give my husband with a little gift!

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

With a little help from Barilla® Rigatoni, I am going to make us a special pasta dish to enjoy. Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie is really easy to make, but looks like you spent all day in the kitchen (which is great for impressing your Valentine date, right?!).

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

Using the Cartwheel Offer 5% off Barilla Pasta & Sauce at Target, I was able to save money on the ingredients I needed to make my Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie. Both the Barilla Rigatoni pasta and the Barilla Creamy Alfredo Sauce are easy to find with the signature classic blue packaging in the pasta aisle!

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

Bring 4-6 quarts of water to a boil, and add salt to taste. Add the Rigatoni pasta and cook one minute less than the packaging suggests for "al dente". For example, the Barilla Rigatoni pasta directions say to boil for 12 minutes to get al dente. I cooked the pasta for 11 minutes so that the pasta is slightly underdone.

Drain the pasta and immediately rinse in cold water. Pour the pasta into a bowl and add in the Parmesan cheese and a little Mozzarella cheese. Carefully stir until all the pasta is coated.

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

Spray a 8-9 inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Tip the pan to a 45º angle and start laying the Rigatoni pasta so it's standing up in the pan. You will likely use the entire package of pasta. The trick is to pack the pasta in tightly. The cheese coating the noodles are going to help keep our pie together.

Psst...Not all the pieces of pasta are the same height, so don't worry. You won't be able to tell once it's finished.

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

Pour about 2 cups of Barilla Creamy Alfredo sauce* over all of the pasta. The sauce is delicious on its own, so you don't need to add any other ingredients. Lightly tap the pan on the counter to help the sauce fill in some of the pasta. You'll thank me for this step later.

*You can also make your own Alfredo sauce if you have a recipe you love. I used the Barilla Creamy Alfredo sauce because it's delicious, and easy addition to this recipe, as well as a lot less dishes for me to wash.

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

Sprinkle the rest of the Mozzarella cheese evenly over the pie. You can also add a bit more Parmesan cheese if you want!

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

Since not all springform pans are totally sealed, you will want to place a cookie sheet or another pan to catch anything that might drip out into your oven. Bake the pie until the cheese is melted, and then broil for a minute or two to brown the cheese a little.

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

Remove the Rigatoni Pie from oven at let cool for 5-10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edges, then remove the springform side collar. The noodles should all be holding together well and smelling delicious!!

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

To serve, slice the Rigatoni Pie like you would any pie. As you can see, the Rigatoni gets filled with delicious Alfredo sauce. You can also cook some chicken to enjoy on the side, or cut chicken up into tiny pieces and add it in as a layer above the sauce! The Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie reheats fantastically (1-1 1/2 minutes in the microwave) so it's perfect for leftovers.

A 9" springform pan should be plenty to feed a family. If you can find smaller pans (I couldn't), you can make personal sized pans for you and your spouse for a romantic night in.

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie

Ingredients:
1 lb. Barilla Rigatoni pasta
2 cups Barilla Creamy Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

Directions:
  1. Bring 4-6 quarts of water to a boil, and add salt to taste.
  2. Add the pasta and cook for 11 minutes so that the pasta is slightly underdone.
  3. Drain the pasta and immediately rinse in cold water.
  4. Pour the pasta into a bowl. Add in the 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese. Carefully stir until all the pasta is coated.
  5. Spray a 8-9 inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Tip the pan to a 45º angle and start placing the Rigatoni pasta into the pan so it's standing up. Pack the pasta in the pan tightly for best results.
  7. Pour about 2 cups of Barilla Creamy Alfredo sauce over the pasta. Lightly tap the pan on the counter to help the sauce fill in the pasta.
  8. Sprinkle the rest of the Mozzarella cheese evenly over the pie.
  9. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until all the cheese is melted. Broil for a minute or two if you'd like to brown the cheese a little.
  10. Remove from oven at let cool for 5-10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edges, then remove the springform side collar.
  11. To serve, slice the Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie like you would any pie.
*This dish works best using Rigatoni pasta, but any of the fun Barilla pasta shapes would work if you use a casserole dish instead.

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

Since our Valentine's Day dinner is homemade, I also created a punny card to give my husband on the big day! I think it's hilarious, even though he might find it "cheesy"!!!


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'd like to share this project, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

Obviously, Barilla shares the same love of puns that I do. They've created some clever Pasta Memes for you to share with your friends and loved ones for Valentine's Day!

Make some Cheesy Alfredo Rigatoni Pie for a romantic night in and download a free printable card! #StayInWithPasta

Check out the Barilla Website for more information, check out the Mix & Match Flavor Website, and be sure to grab the Cartwheel Offer 5% off Barilla Pasta & Sauce at Target to save on your Barilla pasta dish ingredients!

What's your favorite pasta dish to make for date nights at home?