Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

Web Wednesday: Painted Peace Rug

OMG! Isn’t this soo cute? When I first saw this project I was so pleasantly surprised. This is such a unique idea, that I have never seen done before. This project was created by Heather. Her blog is called, Twenty Something. Heather used several products from the new Martha Stewart craft line to create this peace rug. I absolutely love this welcome mat. What a wonderful way to spread some holiday cheer, as soon as people approach your door. To see how Heather created this peace rug click here. Have you ever painted a rug before?

 

November 29, 2011

It’s Giveaway Time! Enter to Win This 32 Color FolkArt Paint Set

It’s time for another giveaway, and time to enter for the chance to win this great prize. In this giveaway we are giving away a 32 color FolkArt Glitter & Metallic paint set. Imagine all the creative possibilities you can create with this 32 color set. This set offers a wide array of beautiful iridescent colors in metals, pearls and gemstone finishes. Paint an entire project or simply add shimmering accents.Wouldn’t you like to try out some of these colors on an upcoming holiday project?  You can use these colors on some Christmas ornaments, or on other handmade gifts. We are giving away this 32 color FolkArt paint set to 1 lucky Paint Me Plaid blog reader.

This holiday frame was created using several FolkArt colors. Click here to find out how it was created. All you have to do to enter, is leave a comment below telling me what you would use the paint on. For extra entries (leave a separate comment for each):

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Like Plaid on Facebook and let us know you entered the giveaway

Check out our sister blog, Plaid Kid’s Crafts. and let me know a project you find there that you think is cool

The contest will end on Friday December 2nd, 2011 at 12pm noon EST. The winners will be announced later on in the afternoon on December 2nd.

November 29, 2011

Tuesday Huesday: Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

Are you as addicted to Pinterest, as much as we are here at Plaid? Over the past couple of months we have started to hear from other pinterest fans, about their love for this site. It is very easy to become addicted to browsing all the wonderful images found here. There are so many great things on display. I recently visited Pinterest to gather some ideas for Christmas home decorating. I came across the image above, and it immediately caught my eye. This image was pinned by Centsational Girl. Often times I feel that there is an unwritten rule that states, all Christmas decorations must only be in traditional red, and green colors. I know there is no real rule, but I seem to always gravitate towards the traditional colors. Well this year I have decided to shake things up a bit, and be non-traditional when it comes to my Christmas colors. I love the use of jeweled toned hues. I definitely plan to incorporate fuchsia, electric blue, and more metallics in the mix. Have you used non-traditional colors in your Christmas decorations before?

This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: #2233 Parisian Pink, #724 Evergreen, # 944 Nutmeg, and # 2578 New Leaf Green.

November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday at Michaels

Don’t forget to tune in online today for Cyber Monday at Michaels. We are so thrilled to announce that Cathie and Steve will be live at Michaels.com! Cathie and Steve will be showcasing new Mod Podge, FolkArt, Stencils, Dimensional Magic projects, and more. Below is the schedule of projects they will be making. Get ready for some fun. Also see below a few of the projects you will learn how to make.

Cyber Monday at Michaels Online Project Schedule

11am – Quick and easy Gifts

12pm –  Jewelry & Gift Boxes

1pm – Gift Baskets & Place Settings

2pm – Altered Mug & Glasses

(All times are CST)

Watch Live at www.michaels.com/cybermonday

November 28, 2011

Make It Monday: Holiday Sleigh Holder

By: Sherrie Ragsdale

With all the holiday decorating approaching, you might need an extra place to act as a storage holder. Why not re-create this holiday sleigh holder.Use this sleigh holder to store ornaments, party favors, or even drinks for your annual holiday party. Regardless what you put inside this sleigh, this is a great holiday project to make.

Plaid Supplies:

FA Acrylics: 437 Lipstick Red, 2578 New Leaf Green, 2553  Lime Green, 2573 French Vanilla

676 FA Metallic Ince Gold

2538 FA Chalkboard Paint  Red

FA Extreme Glitter paints: 2786 Gold, 2796 Hologram

Other Supplies Needed:

14 1/2 in.  x 6 1/2 in.  wooden box , Two 6 3/4″ J’s, Two 6 3/4″ I’s, 3″ wooden circle, 1″ wooden square, 1/8″ gold ribbon, 1/4″ masking tape, 3/4″ masking tape, E6000, glue, Two small eye screws, 3/4″ flat brush, 1/2″ flat brush, Liner brush, 1/4″ dauber

Instructions:

1. Basecoat the box with french vanilla.

2.  Cut out a rectangle from a scrap piece of paper and tape to the one side of the box.  Tape on the underside.

3.  Using the 1/4″ and 3/4″ masking tape, tape off crooked stripes over the paper.

4.  Paint the stripes in lipstick red, new leaf green and lime green.

5.  Remove tape and the rectangle paper.

6.  Tape off the outside of the rectangle and paint the inside with red chalkboard paint.

7.  Basecoat the inside of the box with lipstick red.  Paint the rim of box with inca gold and once dry add gold extreme glitter.

8.  Basecoat the letters with metallic inca gold.

9.  Add gold extreme glitter to the gold letters.

10.  Tape off a 1/4″ border around the red chalkboard paint.

11.  Paint inca gold.   Add gold extreme glitter on top. Remove the tape.

12.  Basecoat the wooden circle with new leaf green.

13.  Add hologram extreme glitter on top of the new leaf green.

14.  Paint the ornament holder in inca gold in the left upper hand corner of the box.

15.  Add gold extreme glitter on top.

16.  Use a wooden square to pop out the ornament.  Glue it in place.

17.  Glue the legs to the bottom of box.

18.  Screw the small eye screw in the front of sleigh.

19.  Glue the ornament on top of the wooden square.  Tie a bow with the 1/8″ gold ribbon and glue to hanger of ornament.  Paint dots in inca gold.

20.  Add gold extreme glitter to the gold dots.

21.  Add lipstick red and lime green dots using a spouncer.

22.   Paint black swirls on the “j” and “i”.  Once it is dry add gold extreme glitter.  Using the 1/8″ gold ribbon, tie it to the small eyescrew.

November 26, 2011

Join Cathie and Steve at Michaels this Cyber Monday

In case you did not get out to shop on Black Friday, don’t worry there is still Cyber Monday! For all you crafters Michaels is letting you get in on something very special this Cyber Monday. We are so thrilled to announce that Cathie and Steve will be live at Michaels.com! Cathie and Steve will be showcasing new Mod Podge, FolkArt, Stencils, Dimensional Magic projects, and more. Below is a peak of some of the projects Cathie and Steve will show you how to make. Be sure to log on and join in the fun!
11.28.11
Painted Wine Glasses & Table Settings
Noon Eastern
11:00 am Central
10:00 am Mountain
9:00 am Pacific

Pendant Jewelry and Gift Boxes
2:00 pm Eastern
1:00 pm Central
Noon Mountain
11:00 am Pacific
November 25, 2011

Freelance Friday: Holiday Stenciled Sign

Signs are one of the most popular kinds of crafts that people tend to make. When you create a sign you can be as creative as you like. You can make a sign that is small, or one that covers an entire wall. Take for instance this sign from one of our favorite craft blogs, Tatertots and Jello. This sign was created using stencils and paints from the Martha Stewart craft line, available at Michaels. Would you like to re-create this project? Click here to see all the materials used, and to find step by step instructions. Do you plan to create a sign celebrating the holidays season?

November 24, 2011

Teaching Thursdays: Candy Corn Place Card Topiaries

In the never ending quest to come up with new and unique ways to decorate your holiday table, a new solution is created by the simple art of decorating with food. In this case, a fall staple, Candy Corn! The enduring candy has now been elevated to the status of elegant with this project created by Plaid Designer, Julie Lewis. Add to it the functional aspect of personalization and your table will make a truly unique and expressive statement.

Plaid Supplies Needed:

FolkArt® Acrylic Paint – 666 Metallic Antique Copper, 741 Glazed Carrots, 918 Yellow Light, 920 Autumn Leaves, 2579 Fresh Cut Grass

FolkArt® Chalkboard Paint – 2540 Brown

2 – 2” wood blocks

2 – Wood candlesticks 1 7/8” x 1 ¾” #198853

2 – 2” Styrofoam balls

1/8” dowel rod

2 varieties of candy corn

Craft glue

Hot glue gun

Hand drill

Ruler

Pencil

Scissors

Hammer/nail

Green garland

#1 liner brush

¼”, ½” flat brush

Gather what you’ll need.

Create an ‘x’ on top of your wood blocks to find center.

Here’s a tip so that your drill bit doesn’t go off center when you start drilling. Hammer a nail directly in your center mark for a guide.

Drill your holes keeping the bit straight approximately ¼” deep or a little more.

Insert a dowel rod into your Styrofoam balls to create a handle when you paint them.

Paint your balls with Yellow Light and Antique Copper. You can put them back in the wood blocks to dry…handy!

When your balls are dry, set aside and paint one block Fresh Cut Grass and the other Autumn Leaves.

Another cool tip, use the bottom of your wood candlestick to draw a circle on one side of both blocks. This is where your chalkboard area will be.

Using your liner brush, paint green swirls on three sides of your Autumn Leaves block. Then paint Autumn Leaves swirls on your green block. Paint swirls around your pencil circle on the front of blocks.

Paint the tips of your swirls on the green block with Glazed Carrots.

Mix equal parts of yellow and green to highlight the tips of the green swirls.

Here they are ready for chalkboard paint!

Apply several coats of chalkboard paint inside of circle. Let coats dry before applying more paint. Don’t worry if it is not a perfect circle as it will be framed with little dots.

Using opposite end of paintbrush dipped in Antique Copper; apply dots around the edge of chalkboard area.

Here are your blocks finished!

Now take your Styrofoam balls, candy corn and your glue gun. I’m using one of Plaid’s awesome Hot Glue Gun Helpers…the mat as my gluing surface. Nothing sticks to it!

Start at the middle of the ball making sure your hole from the dowel rod is at the bottom. Apply hot glue to the ball and place candy corn around the center. Continue gluing corn in rows towards top and bottom of ball. Leave hole open.

Finished candy corn topiary! Repeat process with the second ball.

Paint the wood candlesticks referring to photo for color placement.

Glue painted candlesticks to bottom of wood blocks. (The side without the hole)

Find center of your dowel rod…approximately 4” lengths.

You can use scissors to score the rod, and then gently snap in half. Paint Antique Copper.

Glue the rods into the topiary heads and let dry.

Then glue the other end of the rods into your wood blocks.

Create a small circle from the garland and place around the dowel on top of the block.

Personalize your topiaries with your guest’s names and enjoy these truly unique place cards for your holiday table!

November 23, 2011

Thankful Tray

By: Candie Cooper  (To see more crafts from Candie check out her blog, Candie Cooper’s Journal)

I’ve been thinking about this tray for a long time.  I picked it up at the craft store for $5.  I wanted to make it personal so it could be displayed or functional.  It’s a wonderful gift or family treasure.  Plus you can adapt this for birthday wishes, Christmas memories and more.

You will need:  A tray (or other surface), Folk Art paint in desired colors, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, scissors, permanent marker, blank paper, and paint brushes.  I made this tray over two days so give yourself a few hours to create it.

I opted for some metallic Folk Art paints because they are my favorite (but any Folk Art paint will work)!  You’ll also need a jar or cup and some wood beads. Here’s why:

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November 23, 2011

Web Wednesday: Christmas Village Luminary

Have a vintage inspired Christmas with this cute luminary from Cathie and Steve. Isn’t this so cute? If your looking for an easy to make Christmas themed craft project your in luck. This project from Cathie and Steve could not be any simpler. The project only takes a few supplies to create, including Mod Podge. To learn how to create this craft click, here. Also if you would like to check out more crafts designed by Cathie and Steve go here.