Posts tagged ‘Cathie and Steve’

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 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 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.

December 16, 2011

Plaid’s 12 Days of Christmas: 9 days to go

In case you are having a hard time remembering how many days are left until Christmas, we have the perfect craft project that can help you. Mark the days in anticipation of Christmas, with this countdown to Christmas chalk board. This festive project was designed by, Jane Chandler. Isn’t this so cute? I love it. It is a great way to keep track of how many days are left til Christmas. To learn how to make this project click here.

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! 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

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! 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!
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 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.

November 5, 2011

Learn How To Make Birthday Decorations from Plaid TV

Here is our newest video from Plaid TV. This video was hosted by Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza. When it comes to birthday parties, usually you run to your local Party City to grab decorations. This is fine, but what if you could simply make some birthday party decorations? In this video Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza will show you step by step how to create a birthday pennant banner. This video is fun to watch and this project is fun to make. Looking for more how to craft videos? Click here to view all the videos on Plaid TV.