Saturday, June 7, 2014

Dads and Grads Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us on My Cricut Craft Room's Father's Day Blog Hop.  I made a decorated cup to share with you today.

Vinyl decorated cup

Here I go again with the cups.  But when I saw this image on the CTMH Artiste cartridge, I knew it would be perfect on a cup.  Perfect gift for any Dad.

For those new to my blog, I made a lot of these cups for Christmas gifts.  I found these double insulated tumblers at the Dollar Tree and went crazy.  It is the perfect canvas for vinyl.  You need to use the glossy vinyl because it is more permanent.  It also needs to be hand washed.  I tried a cup in the dishwasher and it did great for a while but once I had the heat setting on the dishwasher and the vinyl bubbled.  It's still stuck on there but doesn't look as pretty.

There are many tutorials on you tube on how to cut vinyl but basically I set everything on my cricut to 3 and let it go.  Then you will need to pull off the unwanted vinyl from the backing so that you are left with only the image.  Then cut a piece of transfer tape (I've heard that painters tape works too) and lay it on top of the image.  Press down on it then peel off the backing.  Now you can place your image on the cup and peel off the transfer tape.  It's really easy!  Have fun.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

sunny day and rainy day activity

Summer Activity #3 - Rainy day activity

Inside Sand Box

I found recipes for moon dough on pinterest and decided to give it a try.  Turned out great and has become our favorite rainy day activity.  We call it our inside sand box.

Recipe: Mix 6 to 8 cups of flour with 1 cup of baby oil (see note below).  That's it.  You can adjust the amounts a little to get a texture that you like.  My daughter plays with her kitchen toys in it and makes "dessert".  Sometimes we bury dinosaurs.  Now my son is old enough to play with it and we add cars.  

I recommend laying down an old tablecloth and keeping the moon dough in a plastic bin.  I just put the lid on the bin when we are done and shake off the table cloth.  I've had the mixture for over a year now and it still works... Although we've lost a lot over the year due to playing outside of the box so we need to make more.  

Note:  I use aloe or cocoa butter baby oil for this mixture.  The regular scented baby oil smelled too strong and gave me a headache.  If you are sensitive to smells, I recommend looking for these different oils.  Or even just mineral oil.


Sidewalk Paint

I bought my kids sidewalk paint and they had a blast.  But it was used up quickly and a bit expensive.  I found recipes on pinterest to make your own and tired it out.  Here is my take on home made sidewalk paint:
3 Tablespoons of corn starch
3 Tablespoons of water
a spoonful of washable kids paint

Mix the corn starch and water in a small resealable bowl.  Add enough paint to turn it the color you would like.  The mixture should be a little runny.  Use paint brushes, foam brushes, old paint rollers, or anything you can think of to paint on the sidewalk.  This creates a very vibrant picture, unlike chalk. 

 Many recipes out there call for food coloring but I wasn't going to risk ruining clothes.  My 20 month old loves painting and he gets it all over him.  He even knocked over the bowl and his shoe turned green.  But since I used the washable paint to dye my paint, it all came out in the wash.  

I don't have a picture right now because it rained before I was able to get out with the camera.  Maybe next time.