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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

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Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new to the party!! I hope your week has been wonderful and that you're all ready to show off what you've been working on! Thanks to all those who linked up last party. I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share and am always so inspired every week by the projects and recipes shared. I'm really looking forward to reading all the new posts that you link up this week.

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Here are a few of my favorite posts that were shared at the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com

Celebrate Banner by Summer Scraps
Lemon Bundt Cake by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
The 5 Gifts That Your Child’s Teacher REALLY Wants to Receive... by Bombshell Bling
Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream by The Gracious Wife
Homemade Bird Suet by Hello Nature
Tire Teeter Totter by Sugar Bee Crafts
Spring Pasta Salad with Radishes & Arugula by Honey & Birch
Raised Cedar Garden Planter Tutorial by Inspiration for Moms

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Easy Girl and Doll Matching Shirts

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Easy Girl and Doll Matching Shirts

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Vinyl Palooza: 20 amazing vinyl projects from 20 bloggers at artsyfartsymama.com

I'm absolutely thrilled to be a part of Vinyl Palooza with 19 other bloggers this week!! There's also an amazing giveaway involved, so be sure to read all about it at the end of the post. Heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl is my favorite to work with, and I've created some matching girl and doll t-shirts with it to share with you today!!

Easy Girl and Doll Matching Shirts at artsyfartsymama.com

My daughter loves dressing to match her 18 inch doll. Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy the matching clothes in the store. So by making matching t-shirts myself for the two of them, we can easily coordinate their wardrobe for not a lot of money! I also love using heat transfer vinyl to customize their outfits!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Introducing Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Introducing Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator

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Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this post. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

When I find a new craft tool that I absolutely love, I can't wait to share it with all of you.  Foiling was always something I wanted to learn to do, but was timid to try because of the large margin of error. I really hate when I have to waste materials because of personal error, and if something has too many warnings, let's be honest...it's just not going to happen.

The new Minc Machine from Heidi Swapp is seriously amazing, and extremely user friendly. The Minc is a fairly light weight and compact and measures about 19.5” x 5” so it doesn’t take a ton of storage space! The design itself convinced me I needed to have it, but when I also saw that the instruction booklet was only a few pages, I was all in. I'm really excited to foil ALL the things now and am even more excited to show you everything the machine can do!

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

Now, let's talk about the foils. From what I've seen before, the color range for foiling projects was pretty minimal. For the Minc machine, there are at least 10 brilliant colors including silver and gold!! Seeing all these gorgeous colors lined up makes me so happy and inspired to foil a project for every occasion!!

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator at artsyfartsymama.com

Before showing the process of how I foiled this card and envelope set, it helps to know how the Minc machine works. The machine heats up similar to a laminator. However, what makes this machine different is that it can fit projects up to 12 inches wide, and it uses four rollers (instead of two on most laminators) to evenly distribute pressure across a 12x12 surface. The machine also contains a heating element that covers the entire 12 inches, as opposed heat focused at the outer edges (also common in every day laminators). The heat activates a reaction in the toner printed on the project that bonds the foil to the surface. To bond the foil to a surface, you must use a pre-printed accessory or a laser printer (you can also visit your local copy shop).

**An inkjet printer does not lay down toner, so unfortunately it will not work with the Minc.

To get started, turn on the Minc machine and set the heat setting to 3. The adjustable heat settings allow you to foil transfer on materials from vellum all the way to chipboard and even thin wood veneer, but I found that the 3 setting has been perfect for most of my projects so far.

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator at artsyfartsymama.com

Using sharp scissors, cut a piece of foil to fit your project. Dull scissors do not cut the foil well.

Open the protector sleeve and place the project face up. Carefully lay the foil on top of your project (color side up) and lightly press down and make sure none of the black parts of the project are uncovered. Carefully lay the top of the carrier sheet down over your project and smooth it out with your hand.

Tip: Sometimes static on the carrier sheet can cause the foil to shift, so just work slowly and try to keep everything in place as best you can.

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator at artsyfartsymama.com

Carefully push the carrier sheet into the Minc machine until you feel the rollers grab it. Then just sit back and watch the magic happen! Once the project has completely run through the machine, carefully lift the top of the carrier sheet and you can pull out your project.

Start at one corner and slowly pull up the foil. Your project is now shiny and gorgeous!!

Easy Foiled Card Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

Repeat the same on both the envelope and card, and now your newly foiled project is ready for you to share with everyone you know!! After you get started and see how easy the machine is to use, you will be foiling everything you can!!

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

Once you’ve run a project with toner through the machine, the toner has been heat activated and will not bond with foil on a second pass. So, make sure you foil your whole project at the same time. However, keep your foil scraps! You can re-use those smaller pieces of foil on smaller accessories and tags!

Easily add foil to Heaidi Swapp Minc accessories at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

I laid all the smaller projects inside the carrier sheet and ran them through all at once. They turned out great and will look SO amazing on cards, used as scrapbook embellishments, and more!!

Foil custom prints with the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

As I mentioned before, if you have a laser printer, you can create your very own custom foil projects! Heidi Swapp and her team generously provided every SNAP! Conference attendee with their very own customized print with their name. The candy pouch was a make and take at the Minc booth, and was so easy to make. I just had to show these so you can see for yourself that the possibilities with this machine are endless!! You can create all kinds of amazing projects from metallic scrapbook pages to party favors and home decor.

Now that you've seen what this machine can do, here are the details so you can get your hands on one and get creating! The Minc Foil Applicator and Starter Kit MSRP is $149.00, and the Minc Foil MSRP is $9.99 (foil is 12”x10’). Minc accessories MSRP from $2.99 to $12.99. You can purchase the Minc Foil Applicator and accessories at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann, as well as locally owned craft stores and online shops.

I'm so excited to show you through the next few months some more crafts I'll be making using my Heidi Swapp Minc foil applicator. What would you create?

Monday, April 27, 2015

DIY Glitter Shoes

Monday, April 27, 2015

DIY Glitter Shoes

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DIY Glitter Shoes at artsyfartsymama.com

If there's one thing to know about me, it should be that I absolutely love glitter. Even though it's one of the messiest craft supplies out there, I just can't resist it. I bought a pair of glittery shoes a couple of years ago, and absolutely loved them. However, the glitter would shed and leave a glittery trail everywhere I went... I think it's pretty cool, but others will disagree.

To make matters worse, my foot has been swollen ever since I shattered my leg almost two years ago and the shoe sadly doesn't fit well on that foot anymore. I've been dying to wear them again, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and make some new glitter shoes, and ones that won't leave literal sparkles wherever I go...

DIY Glitter Shoes at artsyfartsymama.com

Making your own glitter shoes is easier than you'd think. Plus, you only need 3 simple supplies:

Shoes: They can be new (I found mine for about $5 at Walmart), or worn shoes that need a little pick-me up. If using older shoes, be sure to clean them well and lightly sand if they are glossy.

Mod Podge: There hasn't been a clear consensus on which type of Mod Podge is best for this project. I've seen people use Glossy, Matte, and even Outdoor Mod Podge. I decided that since I was using a fabric shoe to go with the Fabric Mod Podge. Plus, I figured that if the Fabric Mod Podge is washable in a washing machine, that it should hold up well on the shoes. I'm sure they all work great, so it's up to you which type you choose. I don't think there's a wrong answer except for not using any at all...

Glitter (of course!!): Use your favorite brand (any kind will do). Choosing a fine or chunky glitter all depends on the look you're going for. I love the look of fine glitter, so I used Recollections brand gold glitter (found at Michaels).

DIY Glitter Shoes at artsyfartsymama.com

In a disposable cup, mix together Mod Podge and glitter until it's a thin paste consistency. If it's too thick, add more Mod Podge. Too thin, add a little more glitter.

You can prep the shoes by taping the bottom soles with painters tape and putting paper or plastic bags inside the shoes to prevent them from getting covered with glitter. I didn't do either of those, and just tried to be careful. With a sponge brush, paint on a coat of the Mod Podge/glitter mixture. Once the entire shoe has been evenly covered, put it somewhere to dry for a few hours.

When it dries, be prepared to think "Ohhh no what have I done?!" because they look horrible. You can still see the shoe through the glitter, and it may look like the glitter is uneven (it probably is). Just take a deep breath and remind yourself that they will look fabulous when you're done.

DIY Glitter Shoes at artsyfartsymama.com

Paint another coat of Mod Podge & glitter, and let it dry. The one on the left is with a second coat, and the right shoe is almost dry. You can already see what a difference a second coat makes!!

If your second coat completely covered the shoe, you can be done. I added a third coat for good measure. If you have some areas that need a little more, just dab some of the Mod Podge/glitter on! Once the shoes are dry, you won't be able to tell that you added on spots.

DIY Glitter Shoes at artsyfartsymama.com

For best results, let the shoes dry for at least 72 hours before wearing. They should be water resistant once dry (though I wouldn't jump in a puddle), but you can add a clear coat of sealant over top if you're worried about it. Since the glitter was combined with the Mod Podge, your new sparkly shoes will stay that way and won't shed any glitter at all!

I'm excited to make more shoes in more colors and glitter styles soon!! What color shoes would you make??

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

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Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new!! I hope you had a wonderful week and are all ready to show off what you've been working on! Thanks to all those who linked up last party. I look forward to seeing what everyone has had to share!! I can't say enough how inspired I am every week by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to reading all the new posts that you link up.

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Here are a few of my favorite posts that were shared at the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com

Orange Flavored French Toast by Cooking on the Front Burner
How to Embroider Burlap by C.R.A.F.T.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños by The Classy Chapter
Pink and Yellow Triangle Clay Necklace by Urban Sleek Blonde
Teacher Appreciation Printable Gift Card Holder by Mabey She Made It
Hasselback Tailgate Potatoes by The Domestic Geek
Reversible Book Bag Tutorial by Doing Splendid
Flower Wreath Cupcakes by Val Event Gal

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Avengers-Themed Girl's Night

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Avengers-Themed Girl's Night

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My daughter really looks forward to our girl's nights together, and often plans the evening out with some kind of theme. In anticipation of MARVEL'S The Avengers: Age of Ultron coming to theaters on May 1st, we decided to have an Avengers-themed girl's night! Our plan was to watch The Avengers while eating snacks, playing bingo, and finishing the evening with some Hulk cake pops!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hulk Cake Pops

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hulk Cake Pops

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Hulk Cake Pops at artsyfartsymama.com

My daughter's favorite Avengers character is The Hulk. I'm not quite sure if it's because he's green and towers over his fellow superheroes, or if it's just because he likes to smash everything to bits. Either way, I must agree that he is pretty awesome. In anticipation of MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron coming to theaters on May 1st, we made some Hulk Cake Pops together for a girl's night!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Free Printable Avengers Bingo

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Free Printable Avengers Bingo

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In anticipation of the new MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie coming to theaters on May 1st, I decided to create a free printable Avengers bingo game for you to play!! My daughter loves The Avengers, and has been having so much fun playing this bingo and seeing all her favorite superheroes!!

Free Printable Avengers Bingo at artsyfartsymama.com

The Avengers bingo includes the entire Avengers team, Loki, and a few new characters and villains from MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron!! For the markers, we decided to use The Avengers Cheez-It baked snack crackers for more Avengers fun (and a tasty snack after)!

(Single PDF file includes 8 bingo cards and calling cards)

Free Printable Avengers Bingo at artsyfartsymama.com

In case you have more than 8 people playing, or just want to let the kids make their own cards, I've created a blank bingo card set. All you need to do is cut out the 24 bingo images and glue them in place with a glue stick.

(Single PDF file includes one blank bingo card, and bingo images, and calling cards)


Game Instructions
1. Pick some kind of object to mark your squares or use a dry erase marker.
2. Give each player a Bingo card and markers (or put your own together with the blank set). Have each player put a marker over the free space.
3. As you pass items on the road, call it out or have each child mark it as they see it. Each player will cover that item on their card with a marker. Once a player has 5 squares covered in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), they call out "BINGO!" and win the game!

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


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

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

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

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Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new!! I hope you had a wonderful week and are all ready to show off what you've been working on! Thanks to all those who linked up last party. I look forward to seeing what everyone has had to share!! I can't say enough how inspired I am every week by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to reading all the new posts that you link up.

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Here are a few of my favorite posts that were shared at the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com

DIY Freezer Paper Stencil Shirts by Find It Make It Love It
Glazed Lemon Blueberry Muffins with Gourmet Butter by A Dish of Daily Life
Wood Slice Hanging Planter by The Hatched Home
Salisbury Steak Meatballs by Life with the Crust Cut Off
Homemade 3 Ingredient Laundry Detergent by A Spark of Creativity
10 Minute Chain Necklace by Albion Gould
Lemon Oreo No Bake Cheesecakes for Two by Sweep Tight
DIY Cross Stitch Sunglasses by illistyle

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easy 18 Inch Doll Socks

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easy 18 Inch Doll Socks

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Easy Doll Socks you can make for your 18 inch or AG Dolls at artsyfartsymama.com
Now that my daughter's 18 inch doll is all set with doll leggings, she now needs some socks! They are easy for anyone to make, especially if you have a child who wants to learn to sew! The socks take about 5 minutes to make, and can cost less than $1!! If your child has a friend with a doll, this would be a fun project for them to do together to end up with matching pairs of socks for each doll!

Easy Doll Socks for 18 inch or AG Dolls at artsyfartsymama.com

First, get a pair of adult crew socks. No ankle socks, no knee socks. Just the regular crew socks will do, and you'll only need one. I've been able to find all kinds of cute socks in clearance bins (especially holiday socks), and a ton at the dollar store. You can also use socks that have already been worn. This is a perfect way to use that sock with a missing match or one with a hole in the toe..

Lay the sock out flat, and cut straight across just above the heel. You can throw the foot section away. You won't need it anymore.

Easy Doll Socks for 18 inch or AG Dolls at artsyfartsymama.com

Turn the sock inside out and lay it flat. Sew the bottom of the sock closed. You can use a matching thread, or basic white or black work great as well. Once the bottom is sewed closed, fold the sock in half vertically. Unfold and mark the fold line with a marker or pins.

Next, sew on each side of the line about 1/8" inch or so. Now you should have two vertical lines sewn and still be able to see the marked center line.

Easy Doll Socks for 18 inch or AG Dolls at artsyfartsymama.com

Cut along the marked fold line, being careful not to cut through the lines you just sewed.

Once the sock has been cut, turn them right side out, and your socks are done!!

Easy Doll Socks for 18 inch or AG Dolls at artsyfartsymama.com

Try them on your doll, and they should fit like knee socks. They are thin enough that your doll can still wear shoes, and it's easy enough to make lots more socks in different colors and patterns. The fashion possibilities are endless!!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Free Printable Road Trip Word Search

Friday, April 10, 2015

Free Printable Road Trip Word Search

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We are planning an RV road trip soon, and we're so excited to see all the amazing stops along the way! I'm working on putting together a binder of activities to keep my daughter entertained on the longer stretches of driving, including this road trip word search!

Free Printable Road Trip Word Search at artsyfartsymama.com
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

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Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new!! I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend and are all ready to show off what you've been working on! Thanks to all those who linked up last party. I look forward to seeing what everyone has had to share!! I can't say enough how inspired I am every week by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to reading all the new posts that you link up.

artsy-fartsy mama

Here are a few of my favorite posts that were shared at the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com

DIY Holiday Pillowcases by Doing Splendid
Blackberry Shortcakes with Lemon Curd by The Gold Lining Girl
Retro Inspired Nursery by Bombshell Bling
Mother’s Day Cheery Chocolate Paper Tulip Tutorial by Frog Prince Paperie
Snickers Peanut Butter Milkshake by Naptime is My Time
How to Rainbow Color Your Hair for the Weekend by Phyrra
Easy Messy Meatballs by Mom's Messy Miracles
Cinderella Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets by Almost Supermom

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  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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