Archive for April, 2012

April 30, 2012

Make It Monday: Whimsical ‘Love Birds’ Collage Frame

Happy Monday! Today is the last day of April. Isn’t that crazy? This month flew by so quickly. On this last day of the month we wanted to share with you a romantic project to create. Debbie Saenz designed this Whimsical ‘Love Birds’ Collage Frame. Tell a beautiful story about the image you place in the frame, by creating this project. Debbie used a mixture of texture and embellishments to achieve this look. This frame collage was created with Mod Podge, FolkArt acrylic paints and mediums. Full instructions can be found below on how to make this frame.

PLAID Supplies

  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Light Blue, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ – Burnt Umber 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Mediums – Antiquing Medium – Apple Butter Brown, 2 oz.
  • Mod Podge ® Matte, 16 oz.
Other Supplies

Wood frame, 2 pieces of coordinating antiqued blue scrapbook paper, Sheet music, Words from magazines or typed words, Bird templates, Branchlike stamp with swirls, 2 yards 1″ ribbon, 1 wooden tag, 3 small blue silk flowers, Key charm, Heart charm, 5 jump rings, Two 1½” antique brass handles, Hot glue, Hand drill, Sandpaper, and Black inkpad

Instructions

  1. Sand rough edges of frame; wipe clean.
  2. Paint the outside edges of the frame and tag and inside frame opening with Burnt Umber; allow to dry then dry brush with Light Blue.
  3. Decoupage scrapbook papers onto frame with the upper right and bottom left corners beings the same pattern and the upper left and bottom right corners being the same pattern; refer to photo. Decoupage tag. Once dry, sand edges of frame and tag smooth.
  4. Trace and cut out birds using the sheet music, cut out 5 musical notes and words that say “Let Us Sing A Sweet Love Song” or any saying of your choice. Dilute Brown Antiquing Medium with water to desired color and paint over birds, musical notes and words; allow to dry then antique edges with full strength Brown Antiquing Medium; allow to dry.
  5. Stamp branches where birds will be perched; refer to photo.
  6. Decoupage birds, musical notes in place; refer to photo. Decoupage words on tag, antique edges of tag; allow to dry. Give the entire frame and tag a coat of Mod Podge to seal; allow to dry.
  7. Drill a small hole in the bottom of the tag and attach a jump ring with heart charm then use Mod Podge to attach the key in place on the tag, aligning holes; dry and attach 4 jump rings.
  8. Attach antique brass handles on each side of the top edge of the frame. Tie ribbons on each side of the front of the frame (attach tag on right side) then, with remaining ribbon, make a loop through handles and tie a bow at the top; refer to photo. Use hot glue to adhere the flowers.
April 28, 2012

Scene it Saturday: DIY Decoupage Furniture

By now you probably know that Mod Podge is an essential product to craft with, but did you know it could be used on furniture projects as well? Here is a video that displays a great example of this. Watch this video to see how a basic black table was recreated into a stylish table, all with the help of some Mod Podge. To view this video click here, or push play below.

Supplies Needed:
– fabric
– mod podge
– sponge brush
– scissors
– something with a flat edge for smoothing

April 27, 2012

The Winner of the Hot Glue Gun Helper Giveaway is…

I can’t believe the week is over already. Friday got here quickly. It’s Friday and that means it is time to announce this week’s giveaway winner. This was a very popular giveaway, and many people entered for their chance to win a hot glue gun helper. Please don’t fret if you do not win. You can still purchase your very own hot glue gun helper here. The winner of this fabulous prize is…

CONGRATULATIONS

Caryn S.

(winner has been contacted by email)

Thanks to everyone that entered our giveaway this week. We will be having another shortly, so be sure to check back on Paint Me Plaid to be notified. Have a great weekend.

April 27, 2012

Freelance Friday: Anthropologie Inspired House Number Plaque

TGIF! It’s Friday, and that means the weekend is here. The weekend is the best time to craft. In case you are looking for something to make, I wanted to share this Anthropologie Inspired House Number Plaque. This is a great project to create for your home; it is a great outdoor project. FolkArt outdoors paints, and Martha Stewart glitter paint was used to create this project. I love how colorful and fun this plaque is. You can definitely get as creative as you want. I discovered this project on a craft blog, called Hating Martha. Don’t be alarmed by the name, Janel the creator of the blog does not hate Martha. She actually loves her, but the name of her blog comes from the idea that she does not believe everything you create has to be or look perfect. It’s a fun blog with great craft projects, such as this one. To see how Janel made this house number plaque, click here.

April 26, 2012

Teaching Thursday: Vintage Style Plates

One of my favorite surfaces to craft on is plates. I like to use this surface, because there are so many creative things one can create with them. Take these vintage style plates. They are so elegant, and stylish. One look at these and they are sure to garner several oohs and ahhs. These vintage style plates would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift or could be the perfect accompaniment at a ladies luncheon. Try using photographs or even writing a poem or personal message. To create these plates you will need some FolkArt and Mod Podge. Below is complete list of supplies, and instructions. Have you ever created a craft project using plates?

PLAID Supplies

  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Licorice, 2 oz.
  • Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Other Supplies
2 clear glass dinner plates, Tissue paper from an old sewing pattern, 2 old book pages with text, Black scrapbook paper, Silhouette images or photographs, Foam paintbrush, Small detail scissors, Sandpaper

Instructions

1. Silhouette images with small scissors.

2. Tear tissue paper into 3 or 4 inch pieces. Set aside.

3. Cut each book page into a circle slightly larger than the images.

4. Use the black scrapbook paper to cut two circles approx. 3/8 inch larger than each book page (make sure it’s not larger than the base of the plate).

5. Adhere the silhouettes to the center of each book page with Mod Podge carefully smoothing out any bubbles with your fingers. Glue to the back of the glass plate.

6. Use Mod Podge to adhere the black paper circles over the book pages smoothing out any bubbles with your fingers.

7. Randomly attach the tissue papers to the back of the plate overlapping as you work allowing the papers to extend the edges of the plate. Allow to dry.

8. Use sandpaper to remove excess tissue paper from the edges of the plates. Sand towards the back of the plate in one direction.

9. Paint the base of the plate with Licorice.

Note: Wipe the plate clean with a dry cloth. Keep away from water.

April 25, 2012

An Etsy Themed Show on Martha Stewart

Just wanted to give you a heads up about some exciting news. If you do nothing else tomorrow you must watch “The Martha Stewart Show” on the Hallmark channel. Tomorrow it’s an Etsy themed show. The entire audience will be filled with Etsy sellers. On this episode you will get to see some great craft projects, a fashion show from the site’s vendors, and learn important tips on how to open up your own Etsy store. To learn more information about this show click here. “The Martha Stewart Show” airs weekdays at 10 a.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.

April 25, 2012

Web Wednesday: Martha Stewart Etched Glass Vase

Still not sure what to give your Mom for Mother’s Day? Have you thought about making something by hand? A handmade gift is very personal, and anything you make with your hands is made with love. Most mothers, and women in general, love flowers. I know I do! Here is a great project that shows you how to customize a flower vase. This etched glass vase was made with products from the Martha Stewart craft line. Kim from Sand and Sisal created this vase. Isn’t it lovely? To learn step by step how to make this vase click here. Enjoy! Below are the items you will need.

A plain glass vase

Martha Stewart Crafts Stencils

Martha Stewart Stencil Adhesive

Glass Etching Crème

Foam brush and rubber kitchen gloves

April 24, 2012

Tuesday Huesday: Color Blocking A Room

Color blocking is a design concept, and fashion trend that is very hot right now. Mainly when people think of color blocking they typically think in terms of fashion and accessories. I’m sure you have seen several color blocking editorials in the latest fashion magazines, and on mannequins in the mall, but did you know you could color-block a room in your home? This is non-traditional concept, and a daring one as well. If done correctly you can have a look like the living room pictured above. This image is from Martha Stewart, and I love the way this room was decorated. The pops of green hues against the deep neutral tones compliment each other very well. So if you are in the mood to re-decorate any room in your home, be bold and opt to color-block it.

This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: # 954 Fresh Foliage, # 407 Kelly Green, # 467 Italian Sage, # 679 Turner’s Yellow,

 

April 23, 2012

Hot Glue Gun Helper Giveaway

Do you burn your fingers when using a hot glue gun? It is a common occurrence that has happened so many times to people. Well did know we here at Plaid have a solution for this issue? It’s a product called a Hot Glue Gun Helper. Take the sting and mess out of working with hot glue guns. Our one-of-a-kind set of must-have tools will banish your hot glue woes! Set includes a mat, finger caps, tweezers, a paddle and a press wand. Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza created this hot glue gun helper. This week on Paint Me Plaid we are giving away one hot glue gun helper, to a lucky reader. The winner will be selected and announced on Friday April 27th.

To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling us what you would use this product to create? For extra entries (leave a separate comment for each):

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The contest will end Friday April 27th, 2012 at 12 noon EST.

April 23, 2012

Make It Monday: Jewelry Box for Her

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, why not make something cute and useful for Mom? This jewelry box by Cathie and Steve is a great craft to make and gift to give. Mom can keep all her trinkets, and jewelry organized in this classic looking box. Here’s how to make it.

First, gather these supplies:

PLAID Supplies

  • Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
  • Mod Podge ® Professional Tool Set
  • FolkArt ® Metallics – Royal Gold, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Parchment, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Autumn Leaves, 2 oz.
  • Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Other Supplies
Wood jewelry box, Small screwdriver, Foam paintbrush, Loose bristle paintbrush for dry brushing, Ruler, Scissors, Scrapbook papers, Hot glue, Ribbons, and Silk Flowers

Instructions

1. Using a small screwdriver, remove the hinges from the jewelry box. Paint the lid of the box with Autumn Leaves (You will only need to paint the base of the lid and the edges). Paint two coats if needed. Paint the base of the box with Parchment paint.

2. Dip the end of the loose bristle brush into Royal Gold paint. Tap of the excess paint so the brush is almost dry. Lightly and quickly brush over the entire lid and base of the box. Use a real light hand so the colors still show through.

3. Trim the scrapbook papers to fit the top and side of the box. To create a tattered edge, tear the tops of the papers so the core shows.

4. Working on top of the lid, apply a thick coat of Mod Podge. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the trimmed paper. Position the paper on top of the lid. Use the brayer to smooth the paper and to prevent air bubbles. Wait 15 min. and top coat with a layer of Mod Podge. Repeat this step on the sides of the box.

5. Once all the Mod Podge is dry. Hot glue ribbon around the base of the box. Glue ribbons and silk flowers to the top of the box.