Archive for September, 2011

September 30, 2011

Freelance Friday: Halloween Door Knob Decor

Here is an elegant home décor accessory for you to make, just in time for Halloween. Ir was designed by one of our newest designers, Laura Bray. To see more craft creations from Laura please check out here blog, Katy Diddys.

This project features a new stencil from our Easy to Paint line, called Curly Tree. It also includes FolkArt paint, and Apple Barrel Paint. This is an intermediate skilled project, which takes 2 or more hours to complete. The new easy to paint line is available at AC Moore, and Michaels craft stores.

Plaid Supplies Used: FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 479 Pure Black, FolkArt Painting Stencil (Curly Tree)-30610, Spouncers Value Pack-34106, and Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint-20504 Black

Additional Supplies Used: (1) 5 ½ ” x 6 ½ ” piece of linen fabric, (2) ¾  ” x 5 ½ ” strips of black and white polka dot fabric, (2) ¾ ” x 7 ½ ” strips of black and white polka dot fabric, (1) 6 ½” x 7 ½” piece of Halloween themed fabric, 16” piece of black and white printed ribbon, Flat backed crystals in Fall colors, Pillow stuffing


  1. Lay down your linen fabric onto a piece of plastic wrap.  Place the FolkArt Stencil on top of the fabric, centered.  TIP: I use painter’s tape to secure the fabric onto the plastic covered work surface and the stencil onto the fabric.
  2. Using your pouncer, gently dab the Apple Barrel acrylic paint onto the fabric, within the stencil.
  3. Gently pull off the stencil and allow the paint to dry.
  4. Apply the flat backed crystals around your image in a pleasing pattern.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions for heat setting them, or use fabric glue to affix them.
  5. Sew the two 5 ½” x ¾” strips of polka dot fabric onto the top and bottom of your stenciled piece of linen.  Sew the two 7 ½” x ¾” strips onto the sides.  Use a ¼” seam allowance.
  6. Press your seams and then lay down your stenciled piece of linen, face up.  Take your 6 ½” x 7 ½” piece of Halloween fabric and lay it face down on top of the stenciled fabric.
  7. Take your ribbon, fold it in half and lay it between the two pieces of fabric. Be sure center the two cut ends at the top of the fabric.  Make sure the looped end is facing down and allow the cut ends to extend about 1” from the edge of the fabrics.  Tuck the ribbon between the fabric pieces so that it won’t get caught as you sew the seams.  Pin everything in place.
  8. Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew around the edges of the fabric.  Be sure to leave a small opening at the bottom of the pieces to allow for turning out and stuffing your door knob pillow.
  9. Turn-fabric pillow out.  Fill with pillow stuffing.  Whip stitch the opening on the bottom closed.
September 29, 2011

Teaching Thursdays: Fall Welcome Wreath

By: Kindra Boroff

Fall is officially here, and now is the time to welcome it with this wonderful fall wreath. This is an intermediate skilled project. This project can take up to 2 hours or more to complete. Enjoy! Show us your fall door wreath, send them to


FolkArt Acrylic Paint- #666 Antique Bronze, # 515 Vintage White, # 527 Forest Moss

1 ½”Spouncer, 1” Flat brush, #1 Script liner, 16” foam wreath, 12” floral craft ring, 2” satin brown ribbon, T-pins, E6000 epoxy glue, Reindeer moss, Craft stick, Rubber gloves, Wood plaque, Woodsie shapes, Acorns, Sandpaper, Candle, Hot glue, Transfer paper, Pencil


  1. Using the foam spouncer and Antique Bronze base-coat the foam wreath. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, crossing the ribbon in the front and back as shown and pin into place.

2. Base-coat the craft ring with Forest Moss. Wearing the rubber gloves spread the epoxy glue on the craft ring. Press the reindeer moss into the glue. Let dry.

3. Using six petals per layer, glue three layers of petals to create the flower to a small circle. Paint flowers Antique Bronze. Paint the center circles with Antique Bronze. Rub the candle wax on the edges of the center and paint Vintage White. Sand the edges to let the Antique Bronze show through. Glue to the center of the flower.

4. Basecoat wood plaque with Antique Bronze. Apply candlewax to the edges of the plaque. Paint with Vintage White, allow to dry and then lightly sand the edges.

5. Using the transfer paper, trace the words “WELCOME” to the plaque. Paint the words with Antique Bronze.

6. Paint acorns with Antique Bronze. Assemble the wreath using hot glue.

September 28, 2011

Web Wednesday: Debbie’s Floral Frame

Frames are often one of the most popular surfaces to paint on. Frames are so customizable, and can jazz up any photo of your family and friends. This frame was designed using one of our new stencils from the new Easy to Paint line. This is a very easy project to create, and perfect for any beginner crafter. Click here to see this, and other stencils from the new Easy to Paint line, available at AC Moore and Michaels now! To learn step-by-step how to make this frame click here.
September 28, 2011

Web Wednesday: Vampire Vittles Candy Jar

With Halloween around the corner, I am sure many of you are looking for places to store your candy in. Well why not get creative with that plain looking candy dish, and create this vampire vittles jar instead. This is a great craft project to make for Halloween. To find out the supplies and the instructions to make this candy jar click here.

September 27, 2011

Michaels In Store Event Recap

Last Friday we attended a special in store event, for Michael’s Reward Members. This in store event was a huge success. It featured Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza, along with Mod Podge Rocks, Amy Anderson. Cathie and Steve did a live Q&A with members, that was also live streamed to viewers online. Afterwards, all three craft celebrities assisted the crowd with making some craft projects. All attendees had the opportunity to select from three craft projects to make. They could make one, or all three projects. Everyone there has lots of fun. We even did several giveaways, of  Mod Podge filled gift baskets. We will be posting some video of the event later on this week, so be sure to check back to see it. Hopefully we will see you next time, at the next Michaels in store event.

Cathie Filian & Steve Piacenza

Cathie and Steve pose with “Grandma Betty.” She drove over 80 miles to attend this event. She was so sweet, and very excited to be there.

Attendees focused on creating their crafts, at the Make and Take tables.

Attendees could make this stencil project.

Another craft option to make, was to paint a notebook cover.

Or they could make a frame using Mod Podge. Amy Anderson, from Mod Podge Rocks made these.

A few lucky attendees left the event, with this fabulous Mod Podge gift basket.

So many people attended, that the staff at Michaels even had to add additional tables to accommodate everyone.

September 27, 2011

Tuesday Huesday: OPI Fall Nail Colors

Aside from my love of painting while crafting, I also enjoy painting my nails. OPI released their new Fall 2011 nail polish colors collection called, Touring America. The colors in this palette were inspired by American cities. The colors featured very creative clever names inspired by some of OPI’s favorite American spots. Some of the colors’ names are: Are We There Yet, I eat Mainely Lobster, My address is “Hollywood”, Color to Diner for, and Honk If You Love OPI. Which color from the new fall line would you paint your nails with?


We created this color palette using FolkArt Acrylic paints, #2248 Turner Pink, #636 Red Violet, #443 Night Sky, #425 Medium Gray, #479 Pure Black, and #689 Pure Magenta.

September 26, 2011

Make it Monday: Potion Bottle “BOO!” Blocks

Potion Bottle “BOO!” blocks by: Debbie Saenz

Get creative with 2×4’s! Make this unique Halloween décor for any room in your house. This is an intermediate skilled project, that takes at least an hour to make. This project was created using Mod Podge, and FolkArt acrylic paint.

Supplies Used:

CS11302 Mod Podge, Folk Art Acrylic Paint – 643 Azure Blue, 2×4  (15 inches), Miter saw or hand saw, news paper or scrapbook paper with print, blue scrapbook paper with designs, four 1 1/16” Finial Dowel Caps, 4 blue acrylic gems, Black tulle, Black Distress Ink, Sandpaper, Hot Glue, Paint Brush, cosmetic wedge



1. Cut 2×4 into 4 sections: One  4” section and three 3.5” sections.

2. Use sandpaper to sand edges smooth and corners rounded.

3. Paint blocks and Finial Dowel Caps with Azure, Allow to dry.

5. Use the block fronts as templates to trace back of newspapers or printed scrapbook paper; cut out and set aside.

6. In same manner as above step, use blue paper for top and sides.

7. Adhere papers with Mod Podge smoothing out all bubbles with your hands. Allow to dry.

8. Sand the edges of each block sanding “off” some of the paper to give a distressed look. Sand dowel caps to give an aged look.

9. Draw BOO! Letters onto back of  remaining blue scrapbook paper making sure they are a size that fits onto each block with at least a ½” width. (Note: the “B” should be slightly larger as it will be for the largest block); cut out the letters.

10. Use Mod Podge to glue letters onto the front of each block. Allow to dry.

11. Distress the edges of each block using black distress ink and cosmetic wedge.

12. Seal each block with a  coat of Mod Podge. Allow to dry.

13. Adhere dowel caps to the top of each block with hot glue.

14. Attach gems to the top of each dowel cap with hot glue and tie on black tulle.

September 26, 2011

Extra! Extra! Read All About Our New Easy to Paint Line

Anyone can paint with Plaid’s new collection of FolkArt® painting design tools. Each provides simple techniques for creative, satisfying results, and they work interactively to expand painting and design options. Detailed how-to instructions build skills and fresh project ideas provide inspiration. From brush work through stenciling, hand-painting and specialty finishes, FolkArt painting tools makes decorative craft painting easy, creative and fun. Below are the three categories this new line features. If you would like to see more products and projects from the new Easy to Paint line, click here. Easy to Paint products are available at AC Moore and Michaels now!


Peel & Stick Stencils
Favorite design tools for Easy to Paint glass projects and more.

Rub-On Patterns
Dozens of designs, detailed instructions, project ideas, plus a Reusable Practice Guide.

Painting Stencils
Versatile, easy-to use laser-cut stencils complement Easy to Paint creations.

September 25, 2011

Watch HSN To See The New Martha Stewart Paint Line and Hot Glue Gun Helpers

A few months ago the Martha Stewart Craft line debuted on HSN, and guess what it is back again! If you missed a chance to see the new line on HSN, your in luck. It will air again on September 26th at 1pm EST. Also be sure not to change the channel, because later on that day Cathie Filian will be on HSN to talk all about the amazing Hot Glue Gun Helpers at 3pm EST. Last time the glue gun helpers were on, were sold out in 7 minutes! Cathie will be showing these off at 5am EST and 3pm EST, also she will be demonstrating the Peel and Stick Stencil and Paint kit –only during the first show at 5am.

After you watch on HSN be sure to leave us a comment on our blog or Facebook page to let us know your thoughts. For additional information on the new line from Martha Stewart click here, and click here to get additional information on the hot glue gun helpers.

September 23, 2011

The Winners of The Martha Stewart Prize Pack Are…

During the fourth and final week of our Month of Martha Giveaway, the prize up for grabs were two Martha Stewart prize packs filled with the following:

One of the brand new Martha Stewart Stencil Designs

One Martha Stewart Roller and Tray

A 3 color assortment of paint from the new Martha Stewart paint line

This week’s winners are…


Renee Wilky & Kristy


This will conclude our Month of Martha giveaway. Thanks to all those that participated in these giveaways over the last month. We appreciate all your support and enthusiasm about this wonderful new line. Don’t worry we have more giveaways that we will announce in the near future. So make sure to check back here on Paint Me Plaid, so that you won’t miss your next chance to win a great prize.