July 15, 2013
Summer isn’t complete without a party, if you enjoy spending time with friends and family as much as we do! Centerpieces for entertaining help to set the mood of your event, and we have an easy idea for your next get together! Cathie & Steve crafted some fun Summertime Outdoor Candles, which are adorable either individually or grouped together as a centerpiece. The orange, citron and pink color palette we used is a vibrant pop of color, or get creative by using whatever palette works best for your event. PLAID Supplies
- Plaid ® Art Materials – Spouncers™ Set
- FolkArt ® Enamels™ – Pure Orange, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Enamels™ – Metallic Silver Sterling, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Enamels™ – Yellow Citron, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Enamels™ – Parisian Pink, 2 oz.
- Mod Podge ® Outdoor, 16 oz.
- Rubbing alcohol
- Glass 7-day candle
- Low-tack painters tape (different widths)
- Scrapbook paper
- Foam paintbrush
Instructions 1. Wash the outside of the candle with hot water and soap. Once dry, wipe the candle with rubbing alcohol. 2. Near the top of the candle, apply strips of painters tape around the candle. 3. Dip the spouncer into one color of paint, tap off the excess paint and dap the spouncer onto the candle in one of the masked off sections. Repeat this with each color in a different section. Allow to dry. 4. Heat set the paint by following the instructions on the bottle of FolkArt Enamels. 5. On the lower portion of the candle, trim a piece of scrapbook paper to fit around the candle. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the paper, position onto the candle, smooth with your fingers and allow to dry for 15 min. Top-coat with a layer of Mod Podge. Allow to dry. 6. Tie a ribbon around the candle for extra pop.
April 26, 2013
Earlier this week, we here at Plaid got the chance to do something really fun. We had a lunch and learn event, featuring the new Martha Stewart Crafts ® Jewelry line. The Martha Stewart Crafts ® jewelry program takes jewelry making to a whole new level of sophistication, with innovative products and techniques that allows you to create your own unique fashion statement.
This broad line includes over 240 items tailored to every level of jewelry crafter: beautifully designed charms, pendants, and findings; rhinestones and exquisite Czech glass beads; and enameling paints, jewelry glazes, and epoxy clays.
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December 15, 2011
As the holidays get closer, many companies are throwing office Christmas parties. We here at Plaid Enterprises are no different. Yesterday, we had a company wide holiday party. Well it was actually a holiday luncheon, but felt like a party There were tons of great food, and lots of fun fellowship. Plaid employees love to get together, and celebrate the holidays. Many people wore their most tacky Christmas outfits, or added a Santa hat to their ensemble. During the luncheon we ate, laughed, and played games. Plaid’s President, Mike McCooey, even dressed up as one of the three wise men, and conducted a fun raffle. The winners of the raffle were given an extra vacation day! We here at Plaid know how to have a good time, and everyone did exactly that at this event. Happy Holidays to you and yours from Plaid Enterprises
Great holiday decorations!
It was a packed house. Almost everyone was there.
July 20, 2011
Let’s face it. Between the kids, work, the house, and everything else, for a lot of us, the best time is late at night when everyone is asleep. So seize the opportunity!
Martha Stewart is debuting her brand new line of craft paint on HSN at 1 a.m. Who says there’s nothing one after the late night shows? Martha is! She and Alex Perruzzi will introduce a line of home decorating kits including:
- Home Decor Kit
- Adhesive Stenciling Kit
- Painting Tools Kit
- Spray Gun Kit
- 4, 6 oz. Paint Mediums
- Multiple 2 oz. Paint kit Assortments including:
- 18 Satin Colors – Brights and Muted
- 12 Glitter Colors – Brights and Iridescent
- 12 High Gloss Colors
- 12 Metallic/Pearl Colors
- 160 Colors including 80 Satin Colors, 20 High Gloss Colors, 20 Metallic/Pearl Colors and 40 Glitter Colors
Find out more about Martha’s craft paints here and don’t forget to tune! Not a night owl? Don’t worry! Martha will be back on HSN tomorrow, July 21, at 6pm. We’ll be sure to remind you!
February 6, 2011
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!
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February 5, 2011
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.
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February 4, 2011
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.
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February 2, 2011
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 . . .
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January 29, 2011
There’s so much going on at the Craft & Hobby Association’s Winter 2011 trade show that it’s hard to capture everything – but let’s start with a tour of our home base! We pulled out all of the stops this year and went crazy featuring projects with your favorite Plaid product. There are large display units with vignettes ranging from Denim Destruction (our new fashion product) to Learn to Paint (painting has never been easier!). We’re also very excited about our Social Media-Craft TV-PlaidOnline side of the booth – our digital media covers one whole aisle! The display is pretty amazing and makes a big impact. Cathie and Steve are demoing a frame and promoting their new series on Plaid Craft TV (click to see a preview!) Without further adieu, here are some photos from the show floor.
Cathie and Steve getting ready for a long day of making frames – they are always happy!
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January 26, 2011
Plaid is about to head to the senior prom of the arts and crafts industry – the 2011 CHA Winter Trade Show in Los Angeles, CA! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Craft Critique provides a great description of CHA and the event here. I’m also excited to let you know that CHA is having a live broadcast this year featuring Terri O! She’ll be doing interviews and telling us all about what’s new. You can find that webcast here.
We’ll be on a plane tomorrow morning, and I’ll have a regular technique post for you to hold you over until Friday. Once we get there, we’ll be doing live blogging from the show. There will be A LOT of pictures and updates. Keep in touch with us over the next few days and wish us luck on our trip. See you in L.A.!