Sunday, May 22, 2022

Craftastic Monday Link Party


Welcome to the Craftastic Monday Link Party!  Share your crafts, sewing, DIYs, decor projects, recipes, handmade gift ideas and more.

It's also the last day to enter my HTVRONT Chameleon Heat Transfer Vinyl Bundle Giveaway:


This color change vinyl is really cool!  There will be TWO winners too, so enter HERE for a chance to win.

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Here are this week's Craftastic Picks:

Sum of Their Stories showed how to decoupage a wooden drawer unit with paper napkins.  So pretty:


Patchouli Moon shared these gorgeous butterfly purses she made to donate to the Sew Powerful Purse Project:


Just East of Eden crocheted some beautiful angel baby blankets to donate and shared how to make her designs:


Organized Island made these simply yummy mango popsicles:


The Savory Cipolla shared this creamy sun dried-tomato pesto pasta recipe:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

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Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to other people's work or to businesses/shops).  
  • Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!




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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Craftastic Monday Link Party


Welcome to a new week of the Craftastic Monday Link Party!  Share your crafts, sewing, DIYs, decor projects, recipes, handmade gift ideas and more.



TWO Winners will each receive a bundle of THREE color-change HTV vinyl sheets that can change like this:


I shared how I made these fun shirts ⬆️ and my experience with this REALLY awesome heat transfer vinyl.  The number of entries on the giveaway are low, so the odds of winning are pretty good!  Enter for a chance to win HERE.

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Here are this week's Craftastic Picks:

Hello Sewing showed how to make this pretty, & handy, multi-compartment tray from fabric:


Birdz of a Feather shared a fun Union Jack painting makeover on a clock.  Ideal with the Jubilee coming up!


The House on Silverado created this clever reversible front porch sign:


Our Tiny Nest shared this lovely lilac lemonade recipe:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 Want a Chance to 

Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.

I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.

  
Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to other people's work or to businesses/shops).  
  • Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

HTVRONT Chameleon Heat Transfer Vinyl Review & Giveaway

Hey craft lovers!  Today I'm sharing my recent experience with a really cool type of Heat Transfer Vinyl called Chameleon, and I'm giving away TWO bundles of       this specialty HTV too!

Chameleon HTV is a smooth vinyl that has a slight shimmery sheen to it:

But what make it really stand out is that it changes in color from different angles:

So head on my shirt designs are blue, green and gold:

but from a different angle the same HTVs change to purple and green:

Items have a cool chameleon-like effect, hence the name:

A few months back I was contacted by a company called HTVRONT (which stands for Heat Transfer Vinyl, Really outstanding, Never temporary) to do a review of their new Heat Press.  I've done quite a number of heat press projects over the years so I thought trying out a new type of affordable press would a useful experience for myself as well as other crafters.  You can see my review here


I was really pleased with the performance of their heat press (and its price point compared to another well known version), so when they contacted me about reviewing some of their heat transfer vinyl I was game.  I've tried a lot of different brands and types of heat transfer vinyl and had hits & misses over the years, so I was curious to see how theirs measured up.  I was very intrigued by one of their most popular varieties, Chameleon HTV.  
  
It comes in a variety of color combinations:


  The HTVRONT Chameleon HTV is available in 12x12in sheet assortments, as well as 5ft, 10ft and 30ft rolls.  The price points are VERY reasonable and currently they even have a Shopwide Sale going on, so prices on the 5ft rolls (and a number of other products) are even lower.

So how did the HTVRONT Chameleon do?  

I used some basic 100% cotton tees for my test projects:


I paired some free clip art files with some pretty fonts to make some cute cut designs:



My rolls arrived as expected and looked even prettier & more shimmery than in the photos.  Interestingly, each color was black on the backside.  I LOVED how easily it unrolled and stuck to my cutting mat.  So often rolls of most kinds of HTV tend to curl, which makes it difficult to keep flat on the mat, but this was perfect. 

I mirrored the designs and cut them with my cutting machine, like normal. It cut easily on the basic HTV cut setting and was frustration-free to weed too.  The carrier sheet seemed thicker than other vinyl brands, which seemed to make it simpler to remove the tiny bits inside letters.  That was a nice time saver:


Since I wanted to use more that one color of HTV for each of my cut designs, I cut the excess carrier near the design edges to put them close together:


 HTVRONT recommends using temperature between 302-315F for 10-15secs and medium pressure when using a heat press.  They also recommend using a Teflon sheet or parchment paper between the press and the carrier top sheet.   I tried 310F with 15secs.  I always turn my shirts inside out and do the same on the back sides as well to get better adhesion.  They also recommend doing a cold peel, so I waited at least a minute before peeling off the carrier sheets.


Since I haven't had good adherence with HTV when I've used heat press mats under my items in the past, I always use a folded fluffy towel under them.  With smooth finish vinyls like this I've learned to put several sheets of parchment under my shirt (and a single one on top in this case) so the texture of the towel won't raise through and affect the design:


A few parts of my cut design had very fine, thin detailed bits (like the tails on the tiniest butterfly wings) that pulled up a bit as I peeled the carrier sheets away so I laid the sheets back down & went over them again with the press for another 10 seconds to get them to fuse better.  I think that would have happened with any type of HTV.  Next time I'd make sure to use cut designs that didn't have those delicate thin spots to make that easier.  


For washing, I turn these inside out and line dry so the vinyl stays nice over time & with wear.  I was pleased with the performance of this HTV and loved the effects it made:


Now, how about a chance to win some for yourself?

I'm giving away TWO HTVRONT Chameleon Heat Transfer Vinyl Bundles that include a 12"x24" sheet of each of the following colors:

Sky Blue to Purple
Green to Purple
Gold to Green


 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

And if you want to buy some HTVRONT Chameleon Heat Transfer Vinyl in other colors or sizes (or any other awesome HTV products), check out their current sale to score the best deal!

I was not financially compensated for this post.  I received a heat transfer vinyl from HtvRont to review and decided to randomly give some away.  I'd previously received a Heat Press to review.  All other items referenced were purchased by me.  The opinions are completely my own, based on my honest experiences. 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Happy Mother's Day Craftastic Monday Link Party


A very happy Mother's Day to all!  Come celebrate this time of love & appreciation with your sweetest crafts, decor projects, handmade gift ideas, DIYs, recipes and more.

Last week I shared my fun DIY Bee & Flower Garden Sensory Bin:


And there were two random winners for my 

~ Christi S. ~
~ Carol R. ~

Congratulations ladies!  Stay tuned for another awesome crafty giveaway coming up soon:)
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Here are this week's Craftastic Picks:

Pillar Box Blue showed how to make some charming paper bead bracelets:


Artsy Fartsy Mama gave us this pretty (and free) You Are Loved printable card set:


Fresh Vintage By Lisa created some lovely vintage bottle stoppers using thrifted knives:


Spaceships and Laserbeams shared this fun dill pickle pasta salad recipe:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 Want a Chance to 

Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.

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Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to other people's work or to businesses/shops).  
  • Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



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