I’ve been in search of some last minute Christmas decorations that could stay up after the big day – you know, those projects that don’t scream “Santa” or “gifts.” A beautiful winter project that was indicative of the general season. Plaid Designer Kinda Boroff did this holiday project using Liquid Leaf, and it completely meets my criteria. Liquid Leaf is completely awesome. It gives any project a rich, metallic luster like no other paint out there - it really makes the product looks like it’s made of a metal! You can hang this tray display and you don’t even have to take it down after the big day. The magnets also give it a level of fun functionality. Hang some of your favorite photos or cards from the holiday season. Here’s how to make one just like it.
There are so many good projects to be had this holiday season – so many incorporating tons of paint! I’m loving wood blocks as home decor, and I especially love distressed wood blocks. The technique is simple, and the results are awesome. A wood block like this doesn’t take long to make, and adds a definite something special to your table or mantle decor. Here’s how to make one for yourself; we’ve even included a pattern for this one.
Hey crafters! We had a holiday party here at Plaid today, and I had to share an awesome picture. This is our executive assistant Laynne with Santa – he distributed presents and congratulated everyone at Plaid for a job well done. Who is Santa? The world may never know . . .
Thanks to all of you who have made this year possible for us. We appreciate the support and Happy Holidays!
PS – Okay, I’ll tell you who Santa is. It’s Plaid’s President Mike McCooey – he was the perfect Jolly Old Saint Nick, and spread so much holiday cheer with his funny costume.
In a week or so many of us are going to be all about decorating packages. Beautiful packages can be nearly as fun as the presents in them. Have you ever had a hard time opening a present because it was so nicely wrapped? I have! I saw this gorgeous bundle of ribbon in Traditional Home’s Holiday 2010 issue, and I was inspired to create a color palette. I think this illustrates a few things. First, I need to go through my ribbon collection (every crafter has one) and look for some color inspiration to make beautiful projects. Second, it shows that even something as simple as ribbon can get the creative juices flowing.
This palette was created using FolkArt Acrylic Colors (from left to right): Graffiti Pink, Heather, Red Violet, Autumn Leaves
I’m in love with gorgeous glitters this holiday season! I love all the shades of FolkArt Extreme Glitter – although it depends on which project I look at which ones I like best. It’s constantly changing! I love the red and greens in this Peace holiday sign by Plaid designer Kirsten Jones. The peace symbol continues to be all over everything this holiday season . . .
Have you gotten your Simply Screen kit at your local WalMart store yet? These make great gifts for kids and tweens! If you haven’t heard of Simply Screen, it’s a cool new way to silkscreen a design; it’s easy for a beginner and there’s a lot less mess than regular silkscreening. Learn more about Simply Screen here!
To celebrate the continued success of Simply Screen (and to provide you with a great holiday gift for someone), we’re giving away five kits today. If you don’t want to wait or know someone that needs a great gift, head to your local WalMart to grab one!
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I think one of the most gratifying holiday crafts is an ornament. Typically they aren’t large (unless you are decorating the tree in Rockefeller Plaza), and you can complete one in a few hours at most. I’ve also seen several fun shapes at the craft store . . . like the one above. The ornate aspect of the ornament above was achieved with FolkArt Extreme Glitter, gems and some gold ric-rac. A lot of bling for just a little investment! Designer Karen Embry made this beautiful ornament, and you can too. Find the complete instructions here.
I think this project from Ana of When Creativity Knocks is SUPER creative – and I had to share! Have you ever thought to make a christmas ornament out of a wood bangle bracelet? Using stamps, FolkArt Acrylic Paint and FolkArt Extreme Glitter? Neither have I, but Ana did. When Creativity Knocks actually filmed this video at Maker Faire in NY, and it’s completely appropriate for an upcoming weekend craft. View the full video here.
Have you made an ornament with FolkArt Extreme Glitter yet? No? Well you really must. Not only is the paint gorgeous as you can see, but it’s a fun and economical way to celebrate Christmas and holiday crafting. Making glitter ornaments is easy, and you can make several of these at once for fabulous gifts. I show you how make the ornament above (with free line art!) on Infarrantly Creative today for her Pennywise Presents series. Please visit here for the complete tutorial.
PS – the glitter comes in eleven fabulous colors. Go here for the palette.