Archive for January, 2011

January 29, 2011

A Tour of Plaid’s CHA 2011 Winter Trade Show Booth

There’s so much going on at the Craft & Hobby Association’s Winter 2011 trade show that it’s hard to capture everything – but let’s start with a tour of our home base! We pulled out all of the stops this year and went crazy featuring projects with your favorite Plaid product. ¬†There are large display units with vignettes ranging from Denim Destruction (our new fashion product) to Learn to Paint (painting has never been easier!). ¬†We’re also very excited about our Social Media-Craft TV-PlaidOnline side of the booth – our digital media covers one whole aisle! ¬†The display is pretty amazing and makes a big impact. ¬†Cathie and Steve are demoing a frame and promoting their new series on Plaid Craft TV (click to see a preview!)¬†¬†Without further adieu, here are some photos from the show floor.

Cathie and Steve getting ready for a long day of making frames – they are always happy!

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January 29, 2011

Hot Glue Gun Helpers Top 20 Finalist for CHA Innovations

I know you’ve heard of Hot Glue Gun Helpers by Cathie and Steve. ¬†No? ¬†They are only the coolest tools for using hot glue without those nasty burns! ¬†Cathie and Steve brought the tools to Plaid and they are now available at the HGGH Etsy Shop. ¬†I’d also love for you to watch a video about these awesome tools here.

The exciting news about HGGH is that they in the TOP 20 finalists for the CHA Innovations Award! ¬†As the name suggests, this prestigious honor is awarded to the most innovative product of the winter show as determined by a panel of judges. ¬†For the nomination Cathie and Steve had to set up a table and give a 60-second presentation in front of a group of CHA press and bigwigs. ¬†Then they had 40 minutes to show off how the HGGH works at their station. ¬†It’s a lot of pressure, but Cathie and Steve handled it like champs (of course).

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January 26, 2011

We’re Off to CHA!

Plaid is about to head to the senior prom of the arts and crafts industry – the 2011 CHA Winter Trade Show in Los Angeles, CA!¬† If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Craft Critique provides a great description of CHA and the event here.¬† I’m also excited to let you know that CHA is¬† having a live broadcast this year featuring Terri O!¬† She’ll be doing interviews and telling us all about what’s new.¬† You can find that webcast here.

We’ll be on a plane tomorrow morning, and I’ll have a regular technique post for you to hold you over until Friday.¬† Once we get there, we’ll be doing live blogging from the show.¬† There will be A LOT of pictures and updates.¬† Keep in touch with us over the next few days and wish us luck on our trip.¬† See you in L.A.!

January 25, 2011

Tuesday Huesday: It’s Showtime for Kids

Wouldn’t you have loved to grow up¬†with a fun, colorful room like this one?¬† I particularly love the “stage” with curtains.¬† And the chalkboard cabinet.¬† And the polka dotted green chair in the second image.¬† Who am I kidding – I love the whole thing!¬† I wasn’t a pink girl, so this room would have been perfect for me.¬† The colors of blue are subtle enough that it doesn’t feel completely “boy.”¬† The bright and cheery decor palette inspired me today.

This palette was created using Apple Barrel Acrylic colors (from left to right): Light Leaf Green, Kiwi, Cloudless, Pool Blue, Cool Blue

January 24, 2011

Make It Monday: Painted Kids’ Mat

Have you ever seen those giant foam mats that fit together like puzzle pieces?¬† The ones for kids’ playrooms?¬† Sarah from sarah.wandering. revamped hers with some acrylic paint, and it’s super cool!¬† Are you suprised that acrylic paint worked?¬† All you have to do is prime it, and you too can have a floor mat just like this one.¬† You can seal it with our FolkArt vanish.¬† Take a peek at the full blog entry here.

January 22, 2011

Saturday Find: Pantone Chip Cookies

At Plaid we use Pantone chips all the time for color matching and trend presentations – it’s pretty common for any company that¬†is involved in¬†design.¬† Several of us squealed when we spotted these Pantone chip cookies on Kim Creative Star.¬† She’s so good that she even made metallic chips.¬† These will definitely appeal to the artist in you.¬† Visit the full blog entry with more pictures here.

January 21, 2011

TGIF Project: Kiss Me Valentine’s Glasses

If you’re planning to cook a romantic dinner for your sweetie, may I make a suggestion?¬† Why not paint some fun and pretty Valentine’s Day glasses with FolkArt Enamels!¬† I’m always looking for original Valentine’s Day painted projects, and honestly, they are really hard to find.¬† These wine glasses totally fit the bill.¬† They also might be fun for a girls’ night out.¬† Find the complete project instructions here.

January 20, 2011

Adding Interest with Paint: XOXO Letters

How do you dress up simple wood letters and make them fantastic?¬† You need to pay a visit to the Craft-O-Maniac, because she recently painted these “XO XO” letters and they now make the perfect Valentine’s decor!¬† She actually painted a basecoat of one color, rubbed on paint of a contrasting color and then wiped it off.¬† This is a great strategy for adding interest to a project – when simple painting in one color just won’t do the trick.¬† Another great idea for these letters is the white polka dots in various sizes.¬† Visit the Craft-O-Maniac’s blog entry here.¬† What could you¬†paint with these simple techniques?

January 19, 2011

A Site You Should Know: Art is Fun!

If you are here, then I’m assuming you have an interest in paint – since that’s what we’re all about!¬† I wanted to point your attention to a site I found: Art is Fun!¬† Thaneeya, creator of the site, started Art is Fun because she kept getting questions from readers on her personal art website¬†asking how¬†to begin to paint.¬† I particularly like the acrylic paint section and her sample paintings (like the abstract art above).¬† Your favorite Plaid brands FolkArt and Apple Barrel happen to be¬†acrylic, and can be used to create many of the works on Art is Fun.¬† Take a peek at the site when you have a chance; I particularly like Thaneeya’s instruction on how to paint abstract art found here.

January 18, 2011

Tuesday Huesday: A Floral Clustered Pillow

I fell in love with this handmade, sewn felt pillow I spotted in the Winter 2010 BHG Do It Yourself.¬† It’s amazing how you can choose one craft item or home decor piece and then design a whole room around that color scheme.¬† I personally think it’s a great idea – find an “anchor piece” that you like and then find stuff to match it.¬† If you aren’t sure about color and how it works together, it’s a great place to begin.¬† I pulled¬†today’s color palette out of the blooms on this pillow; add a shade of tan and it’s such a pleasant scheme for home decor.

Today’s color palette was created using FolkArt Acrylic colors (from left to right): Turner’s Yellow, Autumn Leaves, Cinnamon, Burnt Sienna