Get to know the Paint Chip Pals

Get to know the Paint Chip Pals

Meet The Paint Chip Pals Many of you know we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to get the Paint Chip Pals Kickstarter campaign launched. As of this moment we have everything turned into Kickstarter and we’re just waiting (on pins and needles) for their thumbs up before we release it into the wild. I figured since we have some time (and tons of anxiety) I would let you all get to know the Paint Chip Pals a little better! Now just imagine how much happiness hugging a Paint Chip Pal Plush doll would bring you! It looks a lot like this :) For those newer to crowd funding I explain it as an exciting way to support independent designers, creatives and inventors while getting something neat in return! In our case we want to make a bunch of Paint Chip Pal plush dolls but we don’t have the money to fill a large minimum quantity order. By using Kickstarter we can raise the money needed to manufacture the Paint Chip Pals and send them to the people who backed the Kickstarter project! The fail safe is that nobody will be charged a cent if for some freakish reason we don’t reach our funding goal. If we do meet our funding goal (yippee) then you will be charged at the pledge level you chose and then  we send you all of the great things that you pledged for. On top of all that, our backers will also get to follow our journey and help shape where we go in the future! Make sure you are following the Paint Chip Pals on Facebook and Twitter for the...
The Walking Dead Masking Tape Zombie Arm Craft

The Walking Dead Masking Tape Zombie Arm Craft

Squeeeee! If you heard two girls screaming at the top of their lungs last night, it was just my neighbor and I watching The Walking Dead season 3 premiere. I’d apologize but I’m pretty sure we couldn’t help our screeches of horror because the suspense was amazing! Plus the makeup and special FX are incredibly real, which got me thinking….. Those special FX and makeup people are pretty darn crafty aren’t they? I bet they got into professional blood in gore with innocent little crafts like this Walking Dead Masking Tape Zombie Arm craft! If you are a zombie enthusiast or you just want to protect your candy I suggest you grab some saran wrap, masking tape, paint and your arm! Sure it’s not as sophisticated as your Hollywood professionals but it sure is crafty! Now if for some reason one of my readers is in fact working on the Walking Dead I would like to put in my plea for a tour of the Walking Dead special  FX department. I’d simply die for a chance to do that ;) Craft...
San Diego DIY Fest September 29th

San Diego DIY Fest September 29th

I’m excited to announce that I was asked to be the host of a HUGE creative event called DIY Fest which takes place in San Diego on September 29th! This Maker Faire meets Craft Faire type of event is a collaboration between Westfield Mission Valley Mall and Maker Place (see blog post review here) which aims to showcase the work of artists, crafters and makers from sewing to robotics and everything in between. At this interactive event you’ll also find neat demonstrations and crafts for kids. I have to be honest I didn’t quite believe I was going to be the host until I saw the postcard! Not only will I be hosting the event but I’ll also be demonstrating fun crafting techniques and creating Make ‘n Takes with Westcott and Plaid products! Could it possibly get more exciting? YES! On top of all of that crazy awesome stuff – Cliff and I will also be debuting our flagship product line and kicking off our very first Kickstarter campaign! So if you are in the SoCal area on September 29th I recommend you get yourself down to Westfield Mission Valley Mall and join the fun! P.S This is a great opportunity to get your products in front of thousands of people and space is limited so I recommend you get a table ASAP (only $100). Contact jhaddox@us.westfield.com for more info. Craft On....
Craft Wars Victory- What now?

Craft Wars Victory- What now?

The blog may have been a little quiet since the Craft Wars victory but the Currie household is hustling and bustling like New York at rush hour. Although we can’t share everything with you at this moment we feel that this photo of my paint chip mood board will show you how we’re following our dreams (notice plural?) of representing great craft companies, advocating handmade, demonstrating, designing, inspiring, blogging and bringing to life some ideas and inventions that have been stuck in our heads for years! Ohh and playing with copious amounts of glitter and paint chips. So what exactly are you looking at? These Craft Wars projects – Bolly Wood Junk Drawer Birdhouse Retro- Fabulous wreath made from a sweater Zipper pillow Tiny Gnome homes with free template Great products I’m playing with – KellyCraft Laser Square Preval Spray systems Tulip ScreenIt by I Love To Create Podgeables by Plaid Wescott Scissors and Scissor Mouse Yet to be blogged about projects – Stuffed pumpkin Autumn garland Retro-glam Christmas tree Burlap wreath Random silly stuff My Craft Wars trophy Glittered hello sign Peggy the Pegasus My glittered bike numbers which match my glittered helmet! Our Product Line! And last but not least you are staring right at the inspiration for our very first product line. Ohh what could it be? Here’s a little hint “we love these so much that we want to hug them.”  More hints in the weeks to come. If by some miracle you guess it correctly just from the hint above I’ll send you something from the product line! I’m not going to lie though…....
Glitter Helmets

Glitter Helmets

6 months ago I signed Andrea and I up for a 25 mile bike ride called Bike The Bay. We’ve done this fun ride once before about 3 years ago, a time when we rode our bikes nearly every day… So this year we  prepared (procrastinated) by doing a little binge training the week before and a little crafting the night before. I suppose we figured that nothing powers a 25 mile bike ride better than glittered helmets! I started my helmet bu lightly sanding the areas which I wanted glittered and then used Mod Podge to adhere my glitter. I used super fine Martha Stewart Brand Glitter. Andrea used a Martha Stewart fine purple glitter and a chunky gold glitter which really made it BLING. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little jealous of how much attention Andrea got with her glitter helmet. Not only were people screaming from the sidewalks “OMG I love your helmet!” but she also had some fellow riders huffing and puffing to catch up to her just to tell her how much they ADORED her helmet. Of course she was gracious enough to point out how cool my helmet was too, but apparently these strangers have no love for a man who glittered his helmet! Sheesh! Whatever, we got through the bike ride with ease which I’m sure can be attributed to our awesome glittered helmets! Make Something....
Craft Wars Tiny Gnome Home + Free Template!

Craft Wars Tiny Gnome Home + Free Template!

Lisa and I thought it would be fun to recreate the little gnome home that we hastily crafted up in the Pop Craft Challenge on Craft Wars. I have to admit that at first I liked the idea of doing a smaller scale re-craft without the hour time constraint and the pressure of 8 gazillion cameras hovering over me – Then a funny thing happened….I got bored of the slow pace and a little sad that Tori Spelling wouldn’t be stopping by to remind me that the judges hate hot glue strings. Needless, to say I yearned for something a bit more “complicated”. Eventually the ants in my crafty pants led me to my computer where I spent longer than I’d like to admit creating this free downloadable gnome home template! Andrea Currie Gnome Home Template I guess this means that you all benefit from my C.A.D.D (Craft Attention Deficit Disorder). Lucky you! Speaking of luck you should definitely check out Cathie and Steve’s blog post and enter to win $950 worth of craft prizes! Ohh and don’t forget to watch both episodes of Craft Wars tonight starting at 8/7 central which is 5 pacific and then another at 11/10 central which s 8 pacific. Ok, that was just plain ole A.D.D. Before you leave check out my Halloween home inspired by last weeks Halloween themed Craft Wars episode! How do you like my Halloween house? Perfect for hiding your secret stash of candy, huh? I have a few fun tips and tricks for putting this little gnome home together so come and watch Lisa and I get crafty...