Archive for October, 2010

October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween and a Giveaway!

Happy Halloween!  Are you trick or treating tonight, or did you last night?  Either way, I hope you have a great time and eat lots of delicious candy!  Like every Sunday through the rest of the year, we are having a fabulous giveaway – this picture is a clue . . .

Have you heard of FolkArt Texture Paint?  It’s only the coolest textured paint on the planet!  It applies smooth like cake icing and dries with raised texture – FolkArt Texture is perfect for holiday crafting, science fair projects and more.  It comes in several great colors, and the Snow White can be mixed with any acrylic paint color to create the fantastic shade of your choice.  For fun texture project ideas go here.

If you haven’t guessed, this week the giveaway is FolkArt Texture Paint.  We are giving away two 5 oz. jars (Snow White and Icy White) to FIVE lucky winners. You are going to love it!

Rules:
1. Sign up for Plaid’s RSS Feed or Subscribe to Emails.
2. Leave a comment saying that you did one of the above on THIS blog post.  Say anything else you like!
3. Contest will end this Friday, November 5th at midnight EST.
4. FIVE winners will be selected by Random.org.

Thanks for playing, and I promise that you are going to love FolkArt Texture!

Last week’s winners were Erika Sleever, Ashley, Sue Heins, Tonya and Miranda.  All winners have been e-mailed.  Thanks for entering!

October 29, 2010

TGIF Project: Last Minute Halloween Porch Decor

Maybe you weren’t going to be home for trick or treaters on Sunday, and now you are – and boy, are you in need of some quick porch decor!  Cathie and Steve are always great providers of quick projects, and this masked pumpkin is no exception.  With some black and purple paint and then Extreme Glitter, you can be on your way to pumpkin porch greatness in no time!  Visit the full project instructions here.

October 28, 2010

Glitter Skeleton Wreath from the Dollar Store

I’m interrupting our reguarly scheduled programming since it’s the week before Halloween. I think we’re all in the Halloween mode, and I had to share a recently completed project with you that I just LOVE. I’m a huge fan of my friend Heather’s blog Dollar Store Crafts, and it’s always a fun challenge to head to my local Dollar Tree and see what I can come up with. I knew I wanted to do something Halloween-related and use FolkArt Extreme Glitter, but besides that, I had no idea what I was doing when I walked into the Dollar Tree. It was SO much fun, and this skull wreath resulted. Here’s how I did it.

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Here’s the skull loot. I got a big one too, for $1. Wasn’t sure if Iwould do anything with it. Hey, it’s only $1!

I spray painted everything black outside in a box. Normally I would paint my surface with FolkArt, but in this case it was plastic. I had to spray paint. Don’t forget to spray paint your wreath too.

Once the skull heads were dry, I painted them with black Extreme Glitter. I had a hard time with the brush. . .

So I switched to a small spouncer. MUCH better! The skull heads painted up quickly. Don’t forget to let them dry completely.

For this next step, cut the flower heads off of the plastic stems and discard the stems. Paint each flower petal with your fabric paint. You will need a few coats, so allow to dry between each coat before adding more paint. FolkArt Fabric is pretty thick and has great coverage, so I only had to do a few coats.

Hot glue your flowers all the way around your wreath. Only seven fit – that was just fine.

Add a large dab of hot glue into the middle of each flower, and then press the back of the skull head down. Allow to dry before you hang your wreath.

Can you believe how easy that was? This wreath didn’t take me very long at all, so I went back to my larger skull head and painted it purple . . .

I had already spray painted it black, but I had an idea. Since there was spray paint on the skull head, it was easy to paint over with FolkArt Acrylic.

I used Black AND Purple Extreme Glitter to make a fancy table decoration in addition to my wreath! I’m so happy with my skulls, and the projects were as easy as it gets. I encourage you to give yourself a dollar store challenge with Extreme Glitter, then share what you come up with in the comments!

October 27, 2010

FolkArt Glitter Tree Ornament and Christmas Contest

I know it’s the week before Halloween, but Plaid is having a holiday contest that I have to tell you about!  We’re celebrating the 12 Weeks of Christmas, and we hope you’ll celebrate with us.  Read about the contest and submit your project here!

In addition to holding a contest, we are featuring projects in fun holiday themes each week.  Week 2 was FolkArt Extreme Glitter, and designer Julie Lewis painted the beautiful sparkly tree ornament above (you can get the instructions here).  Come join the fun each week as we release new holiday projects at PlaidOnline.com.

October 26, 2010

Tuesday Huesday: Winter Felted Accessories

Who doesn’t think of winter when they see felt?  Felt makes such beautiful fall accessories, and lately I’ve been seeing felt in more and more beautiful shades.  A great example is the pink and gray combo I found in BHG Do It Yourself – and funny enough, I like the light version AND the dark version equally.  I’m a gray person, and for many of us it’s our winter “black.”  It’s definitely mine.  You can subdue bright colors with grays, and it works not only in fashion but in painting.  I think you’ll enjoy today’s winter color palette for that reason.

This palette was created using FolkArt Acrylic Paint (from left to right): Dove Gray, Medium Gray, Light Peony, Fuschia, Pure Magenta

October 25, 2010

Make It Monday: Halloween Candelabra

I can’t get enough of Cathie and Steve projects.  Their favorite holiday is Halloween, so it’s no surprise that when they do spooky they do it right!  Candelabras are actually pretty easy to find around Halloween time.  Since it’s only once a year, why not dress one up as spook-ily as possible?  With a combination of FolkArt Acrylic, Extreme Glitter and Metallic paint, Cathie and Steve have turned boring black into frightfully fun.  Visit the the complete project instructions here.

October 24, 2010

Sunday Giveaway: FolkArt Extreme Glitter #3

We are enjoying giving away FolkArt Extreme Glitter so much that we are going to keep it going!  We’ll switch next week to something else, so leave a comment for a great chance to win some fun and mess-free glitter.  Just like we did before, Plaid is offering five prize packs featuring the selection of 2 oz. Extreme Glitter above – some fun Halloween colors to celebrate the week before the big day!

Rules:
1. Sign up for Plaid’s RSS Feed or Subscribe to Emails.
2. Leave a comment saying that you did one of the above on THIS blog post.  Say anything else you like!
3. Contest will end this Friday, October 29th at midnight EST.
4. FIVE winners will be selected by Random.org.

Thanks for playing, and I promise that you are going to love Extreme Glitter!

Last week’s winners were Lynn Corona, Rosanna, Slammie, Abbyanne and Tammy Lou.  Comments were left for the winners.  Thanks so much for entering, and if you didn’t win last week, we’d love to have you try again.

October 23, 2010

Saturday Find: Halloween Place Card Holders

It took me a second to realize that the heads from these skeleton place card holders are gourds!  Given that these were the brain child of Sister Diane from CraftyPod, I’m not at all surprised.  Diane is very skilled at taking natural items and making them into something cute.  Since these use acrylic paint, it was a PMP feature waiting to happen. There’s also a witch version, so visit Diane’s tutorial here at CRAFT.  These could be whipped up quickly for an upcoming party.

October 22, 2010

Interview with Pinky from Much Ado About Nothing

I had the pleasure of “meeting” Pinky from Much Ado About Nothing online a few months ago.  She began sharing projects with me that use Plaid product via e-mail.  She’s known as “Pinky” for obvious reasons, and her hair is so fabulous that I remember seeing her at Summer CHA in Chicago.  I wish I would have walked up to her and introduced myself!  I was drawn to her funky style and use of glitter immediately – then I realized she’s particularly talented at incorporating paint into paper crafts.  I’m always looking forward to what Pinky comes up with next, and I think you’ll be intrigued as well.  I had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Pinky, and, like her projects, she didn’t disappoint.

What made you want to be a crafter and designer?  I have been told I was always “crafty” but I wanted to become a designer because crafting speaks to me. I wanted to show people that ANYONE can create, and EVERY project is beautiful because it is made from the heart.   What is more beautiful than someone who cares enough to hand make a project?  I wanted people who don’t craft (or even the ones who do) to see that crafting is more than just paper and glue, it is a personal expression, an art, and art is amazing.

What inspires you – how do you decide what to make?  Generally speaking, my emotions inspire me; I create the most when I am full of emotion whether it be happiness, sadness or anger.  The more emotion I feel the more creative I am.

What is your studio or workspace like, and how do you work in your studio?  I am so blessed to have a wonderful room with bay windows, lots of light and two ceiling fans; it is one reason we bought this house. The room itself is a converted garage, but all the work was done in a light, airy southern style.  It’s my own private heaven.

How would you describe and think of your style, what kind of crafts do you make and what type of materials do you prefer?  My style is all over the place, from vintage shabby chic to trendy and bold.  The comment I hear the most is BOLD with naturally conveyed emotion. I love, LOVE using fabric in any and all projects; if I can add a scrap of fabric, I will.  Believe or not, my other favorite material is cardboard.  There is something so naturally beautiful and textured in cardboard. I love peeling it, painting it, distressing it. It is the base for many of my projects.

My favorite crafting website is (and why): Would it sound narcissistic to say my blog?  Because I work so hard on it?  Ok, ok…probably not the best choice, let me see. . . . I don’t really surf one specific craft site, but I do like Martha Stewart and Country Living.

What has been the most rewarding moment in your crafty career?  My most rewarding moments are when the average crafter e-mails or comes up to me and says “Your work spoke to me in so many ways, I completely feel what you are saying and my life has not been so easy either. . . thank you.”   I love it when someone shares their story with me and I can see I had an impact on their life, or when a non-crafter emails me and says “ I saw what you did and I decided to start crafting because your art touched me.”  Those are the most rewarding moments, the one-on-one connections when I know that speaking out and sharing my work is making a difference.

Looking back, knowing what you know now, is there anything that you would do differently (in your crafty career)?  A couple of things come to mind.  First of all, when I began crafting I would have ignored the people who repeatedly told me I had no talent and my work was awful.  I took it personally and I believed them. . . they were wrong.  Now I see that everything created has value, and I never let anyone under-value my time and work.  It did teach me to see the beauty in all art; it taught me to appreciate all levels of crafting, not just the professional pieces, but all pieces.  It taught me that my work stands by itself.  Anyone who tries to tell me otherwise is probably having some issues of their own and it is no reflection of my work.

Secondly, I would have been more confident in my own way of creating.  I create with such emotion, and when I began it really bothered some people.  I backed down many times, but what I found out was that my unique perspective on crafting is what makes me stand apart from the rest.  My unfaltering voice is what draws people to my crafting and makes it special.

What new directions do you hope to move in the future?  Do you have big plans, new ideas or designs you will be exploring soon?  I am hoping to move more towards the in-house designing and teaching side of crafting.  My plans are (or should I say dreams): to travel and be paid to teach and design, as well as get with a graphic designer and scrapbook company to create my own line of paper and embellishments.  I have so many ideas in this crazy head that are unique and I know the modern crafter looks for.  Maybe one day.  A girl can dream, right?  I would also love to teach children and adult survivors of trauma how to use crafting/scrapbooking to express their emotion.   This seems to come so naturally to me.  I would love to share it with others.

What is your biggest budget crafting tip?  Figure out what kind of crafting you are comfortable with.  If you are comfortable spending $50 on one project and really going all out, then save and do one at a time.  Have fun with it, accept it!  If you feel you need to save and make your crafts the most frugal way possible, then accept it and be frugal; work on using every last bit and scrap.  If you work within your comfort zone when crafting, then it won’t be stressful.  It will be fun!  It’s ok to spend $50 on one project if you can, and it’s ok to be frugal as well.  It’s all about YOU.

Thank you so much for the wonderful interview, Pinky.  Please visit Pinky at Much Ado About Nothing for some fun Halloween crafts and all-around great ideas.  It’s very true that her heart comes out in her crafting.  You can help but want to join in the fun!

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October 21, 2010

Introducing Gallery Glass Class with Carol Smith

Looking to have some fun with Gallery Glass, but not sure where to find patterns or instruction?  We are very excited to introduce a new blog to the Plaid family – Gallery Glass Class!  Carol Smith, our Vice President of Media Marketing, has begun this new blog to provide inspiration and community to those who love Gallery Glass.  As most of you know, Carol has worked with the product since its inception and is the perfect person to teach others how to use it!  Carol will be updating the blog regularly with patterns, pictures and more – she’ll even be offering kits for sale so that you can get all of the goodies to make a project in one place!

We hope you will join Carol as she begins her Gallery Glass blogging adventure.  Visit here to see the blog and start some beautiful fall projects of your own.