Have you completed all your holiday shopping? Well if you still need to pick up a few more items, let us offer some help with this 2011 Martha Stewart gift guide. The gifts mentioned on this list range in price, and there is something for everyone regardless of age. Our Martha Stewart paints and stencils even made it into the guide. Crafts products make wonderful gifts. Click here to see the entire list. Happy Shopping
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It’s a painted Plaidie Laddie puzzle! It’s actually not Plaidie Laddie, but it looks just like him, don’t you think? This simple painted puzzle scottie dog was made beautiful by designer Holli Long from Every Day’s a Holli-Day. It’s a very special gift for her sister. Holli did a perfect job with the polka dots, but what’s really impressive is the fur. I’ve never known how to use a rake brush, so it’s fun to see one in action. With a little practice, I might be able to do it too! Visit Holli’s precious scottie puzzle here.
You know how awesome our FolkArt Extreme Glitter is – but you also know that it’s not permanent on glass. You’ve been asking us for permanent glitter on glass, and we’re delivering! We are so thrilled about our new product, FolkArt Enamels Glitter. It works just like regular FolkArt Enamels AND it comes in two colors, gold and silver. The sparkling effects are gorgeous! Plaid designer Julie Lewis has created this special daisy vase with Enamels Glitter, and you won’t believe how easy it is to recreate yourself. Here’s how it’s done.
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.
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.
Cathe from Just Something I Made never ceases to amaze me. Cathe is actually one of the people that inspired me to start blogging, and it’s for reasons like the one pictured that I find her to be so inspiring. Yes my friends, it’s paint by number . . . as gift wrap. Plaid released a new Paint By Number program not so very long ago, and I’ve been intrigued with PBN ever since. When I saw what Cathe was doing with some vintage paint by number pictures she found, I was blown away.
I hope you are inspired too – inspired to take paintings and drawings that you create and make copies for wrapping paper. You could even do a paint by number! For Cathe’s full blog entry, visit here.
I’m a huge fan of making gift multiples. They are perfect for those occasions like co-worker/neighborhood/church gift exchanges where you need more than one thing, and those things need to be cute. I also like simple ideas, so I squealed when I saw these handmade bottle stoppers by Cindy on Skip to My Lou. The supplies are basic, inexpensive . . . and once I get going I bet I can make several at a time. Cindy used traditional holiday colors, but you could use any colors that you want (more winter-y with blues, silvers, whites, yay!). Visit her blog entry here.
It’s finally cold here in Hotlanta! Not freezing, like in some parts of your worlds, but just cold enough that I’m feeling the holiday crafting season for the first time. It’s hard to think about the holidays until it’s a little chilly, at least for me. I’m quite sure you are in need of some gift ideas, so I wanted to share with you this tree coaster and wine marker set. It uses some fun (and unusual) Christmas colors – I like that. I also like the simple painting. Finally, I like the fact that it’s a useful gift. I think you should make some too, and remember that you can customize this project with whatever holiday colors float your boat. Find the complete instructions here.