February 14, 2012
Did you know that we here at Plaid manufacture jewelry craft products? For many of you this may be new news to you. One of our jewelry lines is called, Select Strands. This is a line of various lampwork beads, in multiple colors and designs. Select Strands were used in this Love Birds bracelet. It was designed by Alisa Fineis. It will take you about an hour to create this bracelet, and it is recommended for the crafter with a little bit of experience under their belt. This is a perfect charm to make as a Valentine’s Gift, or it can serve as a nice gift to give anytime of year. Below we have listed all the supplies you will need, along with the instructions. Plaid’s Select Strands lampwork beads can be found at most large Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. Enjoy!
Plaid® Select Strands™ Lampwork Beads-
- Plaid® Select Strands™ Lampwork Beads –Design 51: Hearts and Birds
- Plaid® Select Strands™ Glass Beads – 14311 Twist Red
- Plaid® Select Strands™ – Glass Beads – 3324 Cathedral Amethyst
- Plaid® Select Strands™ – Glass Beads – 14438 Swirl Lentil Pink
- Plaid® Select Strands™ – Ceramic Beads – 14357 Coin AB White/Pink
Other items needed:
- 6mm Purple (9)
- Shiny Silver chunky chain 7” or desired length
- Shiny silver head pins (15)
- Shiny silver jump rings (18)
- Shiny silver toggle (1)
- Cut a 7” (or desired) length of chunky chain
- Use medium jump rings to attach 1 end of each chain to on side of Toggle.
- Use medium jump rings to attach remaining end of each chain to bar side of toggle.
- Thread beads onto eyepins as pictured & create loops at the ends.
- Attach each eyepin with medium jump rings to chain as pictured or in desired order.
February 14, 2012
Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope today you will have a lovely and happy day. In case you have sometime to craft today here is a great project that you can create. This decoupaged Valentine jar is not only cute, but it’s a useful craft. Store all your Valentine’s Day goodies in this jar, and display it in your home or office. This jar was designed by, Sherrie Ragsdale. See a list of supplies, and the instructions for this project below.
Red paper with white dots, Red and white striped paper, Pink paper with white dots, Pink ribbon, Pink buttons, Hot glue gun, & Jar
- Cut out red/white dot paper to fit the lid of jar and the front of jar. Glue in place.
- For the front of the jar, cut out a square from the red paper with dots. Next, cut out a slightly smaller square (approximately 1/2 smaller square), from the striped paper. Center and adhere smaller square to larger square using Mod Podge as your glue.
- Cut out one small heart from the red striped paper and one small heart from the pink paper with white dots. Set aside.
- Cut out a medium heart from the red paper with dots and a medium heart from the solid pink paper. Set aside.
- Glue medium pink heart to the top. Center and glue small striped heart on top of pink heart.
- Glue medium red dotted heart on top of the square paper. Center and glue small pink heart on top of red heart.
- Glue the square paper with attached hearts to the front of the jar.
- Add pink bow and buttons as shown in photo using hot glue.
February 13, 2012
So tomorrow is February 14th, Valentine’s Day. The day to celebrate your love for your significant other, family, and/or friends. While I love Valentine’s Day, I do think we all should spread love throughout the year, not just on February 14th
So although Valentine’s Day is the day to show your love for others, we here at Plaid would like to see you to show your love for crafts. We’re hosting a Valentine craft photo contest on Twitter, with the chance to win $50 worth of Plaid craft products! Three winners will be chosen.
All you have to do is follow us on Twitter (
@PlaidCrafts), and send us a TwitPic that shows us a photo of a Valentine’s themed craft project you have created. We here at Plaid will select the top 3 craft projects submitted. And please remember, do not submit any pictures you wouldn’t want your mom to see!
Follow us on Twitter: @PlaidCrafts
Enjoy our Valentines Day Contest. Good Luck!
(Contest begins 12pm EST Monday, February 13th, and ends 11:59pm EST Tuesday, February 14th)
February 13, 2012
By: Candie Cooper (To see more crafts from Candie check out her blog, Candie Cooper’s Journal)
I was thinking back to my own school days. About this time twenty-five years ago my mom and I would be working on my Valentine Box. You know the ones–they house all the little notes classmates give to one another. One year it was wrapped in red paper with conversation hearts glued on, another it looked like a mini mailbox. So fun! I was trying to think of a quick-to-make-Valentine box and this is what I came up with. It’s a retro clutch disguised as a Valentine holder!
Pick up clutches at the second hand store, then grab some embellishments, ribbons, Mod Podge, Extreme Glitter, Martha Stewart Glitter paints and paint brushes. You may need some Folk Art paint too.
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February 9, 2012
Are you planning a Valentine’s Day party? If so you might be in need so some themed decor. This Valentine’s Day Pennant is a great home decoration to add to any room. I personally prefer to make some of the decorations when I am throwing a gathering. This way I know that I have something unique, that you won’t see in the store. This is a fairly simple project to create, although it will take a little bit of time. Do not attempt to do this if you are in a rush. The supplies you will need are the following: Mod Podge, Scrapbook Paper, Glue, Glitter, Scissors, Ribbon, Chipboard Pennants, Distress Ink, Twine, and Hole Punch.
This project was found on the Krazy Crafty Lady blog. To see how to create this Valentine’s Day Pennant click here.
February 7, 2012
Gasp! That’s exactly what I did when I first laid eyes on this gorgeous table. I stumbled across this table first on Pinterest. The original source was from a blog called, The Inspired Bride. Although the creators of this amazing table decorated it with a wedding in mind, I see this table fitting in nicely at a Valentine’s Day dinner party. I love the mixture of colors used on it. There is little red hues in this design, which to many is the required colors to decorate with during Valentine’s Day. I feel that people often times forget about pink. I am such a girly girl so I love pinks, and purples for that matter. They are such feminine colors, that I love to decorate with. This table is soft, yet very chic. It is not overly mushy, but quite tasteful. Hopefully soon I can throw a dinner party for friends. I will definitely use this table design as inspiration.
This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: # 2574 Brilliant Pink, # 462 Burnt Umber, # 2495 Gilded Oak, and # 932 Calico Red.
January 31, 2012
Can you believe that this is the last day in the month of January? I know I can’t. The year is already flying by, and before you know it Valentine’s Day will be here. If you are looking for a way to spruce up your table with some Valentine’s decor, then you will love this pretty in pinks and purple table decor. This project was created by one of our designers, Trenice Bishop. She created these adorable decorations using Apple Barrel paints. Click here to learn how to create this project for your own table.
January 30, 2012
Don’t Martha Stewart’s crafts always amaze you? Transform some ordinary containers into holiday favors and gifts, with our celebratory collection! In case you have hit a Valentine’s Day project roadblock, try making these Valentine Containers. You can use these container to store candies, small cards, and other little nick nacks. Also these containers would make great gifts to give to your friend, teacher, or loved one. See below for all the supplies you will need, along with instructions.
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint – Pink Viburnum
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint – Habanero
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Foam Pouncers Set – 6pc
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Utility Brush Set – 3pc
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Holiday Icons Laser-Cut Stencils
Assorted trinket boxes
- Use a large brush to paint boxes a basecoat of Pink Viburnum.
- Use a foam pouncer and follow general stenciling instructions using the image as reference.
How to Paint the Stencil
TIP Practice your technique or check your color by first making a sample print on paper or scrap fabric.
- Place stencil on your surface and secure using tape. If using spray adhesive, spray stencil first, then place on surface.
- Pour a small amount of paint onto your palette. Load paint sparingly on a stencil brush or sponge and dab off excess. Lightly dab on a thin layer of paint; apply a second coat if necessary. Paint all areas of one color on the stencil before moving on to the next.
- While paint is still wet, carefully peel stencil off.
- Continue painting areas of the stencil according to your design. Let the paint dry completely before placing another stencil or color over it.
- Wash all stencils, brushes, and tools immediately after use before the paint dries. Use Martha Stewart Crafts Brush & Stencil Cleaner to remove dried paint.
- Repair torn stencils with transparent tape. Place tape on both sides of the tear and cut away the excess with a craft knife.