Archive for ‘Cathie and Steve’

May 8, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Stenciled and Stitched Napkin and Charger

During the spring I love having a picnic. It is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. There’s nothing like packing up some sandwiches, chips, sodas, and some fruit to lounge and dine at a park on nice warm day. Typically picnics are very casual, and paper plates or Tupperware are used to eat off of. Well here is a way you can add some flair to your picnic, create these stenciled and stitched napkin and charger. Cathie and Steve designed this adorable project. It is an easy project that will take an hour to create. Have you been on a picnic this year?

PLAID Supplies

  • Apple Barrel ® Colors – Melted Chocolate, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Shiny™ Acrylic Paint – Sugar Plum, 2 oz.
  • Plaid ® Craft Stencils – Value Packs – Foliage/Leaf
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Parchment, 2 oz.
Other Supplies
Stencil paintbrush, 17 x 17″ Light color cotton fabric (pre-washed), 17 x 17″ printed cotton fabric (pre-washed), Low tack painters tape, Sewing machine, Rhinestones, Gem glue, Buttons, Hand sewing needle and thread, and a Plate charger

1. Position the bird stencil in the corner (1.5” from the edge) of the light colored fabric. Tape the stencil to the fabric to secure. Load the stencil paintbrush with sugar plum paint, tap off the excess paint. Working directly above the stencil, tap the brush over the bird design. Lift the stencil to reveal the design. Next stencil the branch with melted chocolate paint and the leaves with parchment paint. Wash stencil and reuse. Heat set the paint with an iron.

2. Place the painted fabric right-side down on the right-side of the printed fabric. Pin around the edges. Stitch around the edges (leave a space open for turning and stuffing). Trim the edges and corners, turn the napkin right-side out, press. Sew a boarder around the edge.

3. Embellish the napkin with free-form stitching. (This will also serve as a quilt effect, holding the two pieces together) Hand sew buttons to the bird design. Tie up the napkin with a scrap of fabric.

4. To paint the charger, tape the bird stencil to the edge of the charger. Load the stencil paintbrush with sugar plum paint, tap off the excess paint. Working directly above the stencil, tap the brush over the bird design. Lift the stencil to reveal the design. If needed, fill in the design with paint and a small brush.

April 9, 2012

Make it Monday: Chalkboard Herb Pot

Spring is in full bloom, and that means it is time to get outside into your garden. There are so many flower pots out there to buy, but how about making your own? Try crating this chalkboard herb pot. This fashionable decorative pot is one of the Artsy Clay Pots projects by Cathie and Steve. This pot is very simple to make, and you can write whatever you want on it. Create this pot in several different colors, with several different messages. Your flower garden is sure to be a colorful one, with pots like these inside.

PLAID Supplies

  • Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
  • FolkArt ® Chalkboard Paint – Hot Pink, 8 oz.
Other Supplies
Large clay pot
Foam paintbrush
Hot glue gun and glue
Ribbon and trim


  1. Working in one direction, paint the clay pot with Chalkboard paint. Allow to dry. Paint a second coat in the opposite direction. Allow to dry. Paint a third coat in the direction you first painted. Allow to dry.
  2. Season the chalkboard paint by rubbing a piece of chalk over the surface. Wipe and clean and you are ready to write a message.Using Hot Glue Gun Helpers and hot glue, glue ribbons and trims around the top of the pot.
March 6, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Three-Tiered Jewelry Stand

Last week we introduced many of you to the 7 different formulas of Mod Podge, for many this was the first time you even new of more formulas. In case you are a bit overwhelmed on the best ways to use them, let us help you by offering a suggestion. Let’s begin with the gloss formula. In case you didn’t know Mod Podge gloss works great on glass! This stand will store your trinkets with style. Designed by Cathie and Steve, this three-tiered jewelry stand will make sorting and finding your accessories a little less harder to find. Below find all the supplies you will need, along with instructions.

PLAID Supplies

Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.

Other Supplies
Tiered cookie stand – clear glass
Decorative scrapbook paper
Fiskars scissors
Old book pages


1. Disassemble the stand. Wash the glass plates and thoroughly dry.

2. Cut out the pattern ladies (or a different image) from scrapbook paper.

3. Apply Mod Podge to the top of the pattern ladies cutouts. Place onto the backside (underside) of the glass plates. Press any air bubbles with your fingers.

4. Cut old book pages into squares, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the papers and apply to the plate over the pattern ladies. Top coat with a layer of Mod Podge. Continue adding more book page squares until the entire plate is covered.

5. Do this for each plate. Once they are all dry, reassemble the stand.

January 27, 2012

Freelance Friday: Ribbon and Pearl Rose Pin

I don’t know if you heard, but Hot Glue Gun Helpers turned 1 years old this week. Cathie Filian was so excited about this anniversary that she is hosting a Hot Glue Gun Helper on her blog. Click here to enter. In case you win the giveaway or if you already have your own hot glue gun helper, we wanted to share an adorable craft project to use it on. This ribbon and pearl rose pin is a great Valentine’s Day craft. It’s simple to make, and is very versatile. Add this pin to your blouse, a headband, or use as an embellishment on a frame. To learn how to create this ribbon and pearl rose pin click here.

January 18, 2012

Web Wednesday: Gifts for Guys – Moustache Coffee Mug

As we all know, Valentine’s Day is not really a man’s favorite holiday. All the gifts many people give are geared towards women. Well here is one gift you can make and give to the man in your life. Make your man this moustache coffee mug. Moustaches are very trendy right now, and a huge craft trend. I have seen several pins on Pinterest of moustache items. This coffee mug was created by Cathie and Steve. To learn how to make this click, here.


January 12, 2012

Cathie and Steve are Craft Master Judges

Have you heard of Craft Masters? Craft Masters is a crafting competition web series that’s all about skill, speed, and ingenuity. The competitors will be judged by a panel of experts. Cathie and Steve are among the judges for the January 13th competition. To join in and watch the competition in action, Michaels will be live streaming it. There will be two live streaming events. One at 10:00 a.m. and the second at 9:00 p.m. Cathie and Steve will be judging contestants who will be redoing patio furniture, using Mod Podge. The day they are judging, the contestants will be doing a patio furniture redo, using Mod Podge. This competition is sure to be lots of fun. So make sure you head over to Michaels, to watch the live streaming event.