Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Plaid! Here at Plaid you know what we love – paint! We couldn’t leave you hanging without a Valentine’s project for the big day. I know that many of you love glass painting, so I’m including a glass painted project that expresses your true feelings – it can be for a husband, family member, friend or even a pet! Nothing say I love you like dog biscuits served on a plate, don’t you think? Whomever you are spending the day with, I wish you all the love and happiness in the world. Here’s how to make your own “I Love You” plate.
The more I talk to people about their Valentine’s Day plans, the more I realize that many are doing projects for friends and family, not just significant others. I love it. This Apple Barrel painted frame by Plaid designer Debbie Saenz is a perfect example of something that would work as a Valentine’s Day gift for a variety of people. But that isn’t even the coolest thing about this project – what is fun is that 1) she used a heart doily and 2) she used bubble packing material to make those polka dots! You have to read the tutorial to find out how to make this fun frame yourself.
You still have time to do Valentine’s projects – especially those to give as a gift. Plaid designer Debbie Saenz created this “wow” photo cube to express your love . . . with glitter! Photo cubes never go out of style, and actually make a great gift for an anniversary as well as Valentine’s Day. If you think about it, you don’t even have to put photos in it. You could also fill it with candy and a sweet message. Here’s how to make one of your own.
It’s not always easy to come up with cute Valentine’s decor – everything seems to have hearts on it or is really cutesy, don’t you think? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but sometimes you want something a little more sophisticated. This ornament painted by Karen Embry using FolkArt Enamels definitely fits the bill. Karen floats the colors together in a beautiful way, making a simple word into a bold statement. Visit the full project instructions here.
Speaking of Karen, Plaid would like to congratulate both her and Drew Emborsky (The Crochet Dude) on their New Horizons win! At the end of each year Plaid hosts the New Horizons competition, which is open to CHA designers. A cash prize of $1,500 is awarded to two artists based on achievements and professional goals. Awards were presented at Winter CHA. Congratulations Karen and Drew! We are so proud of you.
I’m so tired of winter that I can barely stand it, and I bet most of you are too! That is coming from someone that is typically a cold weather person, so you know it’s bad. Does anyone know if the groundhog saw its shadow? Oh well! I think I’ll live vicariously through bright colors for the next several weeks until we get to the warm weather. I spotted this delightful room display in Better Homes & Garden’s DIY Spring 2011 issue, and this is a great example of what I’m talking about. Though I went even brighter, just because I could. Ah, I’m looking forward to warmer temps ahead!
This palette was created using FolkArt Acrylic paint (from left to right): Hot Pink, Turner’s Pink, Medium Yellow, Yellow Citron
We’re trying some fun new techniques at Plaid – and since we love sparkle, we’re incorporating FolkArt Extreme Glitter! With Valentine’s Day coming up, we wanted to create some quick and easy ideas to show your love to family and friends. We took some Red Extreme Glitter and crackle medium and combined the two to make this pretty crackle heart frame. That red between the crackle really sparkles! Here’s how to make a frame just like this one.
The last day of CHA is always bittersweet. After five days of being away from home, we’re ready to get back to our families – yet we’ll miss gawking over crafty supplies for days. Here are my final favorites of the show; don’t forget that you can see nearly everything featured at the show (including all the new product!) at Craft Critique.
I showed you another cabinet yesterday painted with blue; then I saw this one at the Prima booth and I loved it too!
CHA was SO FUN – I wish you all could have been there. There is so much to see that even in the four days I was there, I didn’t catch it all. I am going to give you a few posts about my favorite things, spotted and hearted. For in-depth coverage of nearly everything at the show, visit Craft Critique. Here are the products and booths that I loved at CHA.
I like going into tunnels, especially when it looks like there’s something fun on the other side, don’t you? Welcome to the EK Success booth.
On day three of CHA, Candie Cooper and I were ready to roll! We were thoroughly coffeed and breakfast’d, so Candie headed to her jewelry making station and I finished capturing images of the Plaid booth.
Did you think we were done with the booth tour? Not even close! The Plaid booth was big and busy, which are two things we love to be during trade show! Here’s more of our fabulous displays, starting with Angela Anderson and Chris Williams hamming it up at the Plaid Extreme Glitter make-and-take station. How did these girls manage to keep their cheery smiles all day? Only they know the secret . . .