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Craft Ambassador

I got an interesting email and a fun opportunity the other day.

Plaid Enterprises – the makers of Mod Podge and a billion other products –  asked me if I would like to participate in their “Brand Ambassadors” program which allows bloggers like me to try out new Plaid products and, of course, blog about them.

I said yes immediately because I like the idea of  being an Ambassador.

I’m assuming the job comes with a little flag for my car, special license plates and, of course, diplomatic immunity.

I look forward to my next run in with the police:

“Officer I cannot be bothered with your silly, local traffic laws. I am a CRAFT AMBASSADOR!!!!! and I’m on my way to negotiate a truce at a scrapbook party that’s devolved into chaos!”

Anyway, the folks at Plaid said “great,” assured me that my flags were on the way and promised to send me some product samples to get the ball rolling.

A few days later there was a very loud thud on my porch accompanied by a visibly exhausted UPS employee and two enormous boxes.

It was Plaid.  They sent me….

EVERYTHING!

I’m not kidding.New Products from Plaid Enterprises

This isn’t even all of it.  This is just what fit on the table.

I have hundreds of stencils (there are 30-50 in each pack)Stencil Sets by Plaid Enterprises

I have  something like 25 different colors of milk paintFolk Art Milk Paint

I have a rainbow of craft paintFolk Art Paints by PlaidI don’t even know what Ultra Dye is for yet.  But I have a lot of it so I’d better figure it out.Ultra Dye by PlaidI’m very VERY curious about “painted barnwood effect.”  And apparently I can do it in 12 colors.Folk Art Painted Finishes by Plaid

I’m excited to try everything!

(I’m a bit less excited about  figuring  out where I’m going to put all of it)

So, since I’ve been using Plaid products right along and have faith in the company this seemed like a good fit but I realize this borders on a kind of “salesy” thing which I’m not totally comfortable with.

But here is the deal I’ll make with you.

It’s not a Body Snatchers situation – I haven’t been taken over by Plaid to do their bidding.  I’m free to use products by other companies and I will.  They only ask that I not mix non-Plaid and Plaid products in a single post or project.  Seems straightforward.

I don’t get kickbacks or anything if you purchase an item so there is no tangible financial incentive.

I’m also not under any obligation to LOVE everything they send me.  (Or to use it all I assume.  I mean, I’m eager to try new things but I can’t imagine a scenario that has me stenciling strawberries onto something.)

So I’ll be honest.

If I try it out and it works great I’ll let you know.

On the other hand, if it goes south, I’ll let you know my experience in that way too.

I’m hoping that this will be an opportunity for me to keep trying new things and stay creative (it’s easy to get very caught up in Factory-mode for me) and I hope it will be of help to you as well.

And if it doesn’t work out at least I now have enough product to open my own craft store!Davids Arts and Craft Store

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About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

18 responses »

  1. chris aka monkey

    congrats and good luck xx

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  2. Oh my gosh I think you have died and gone to craft heaven. Wow how cool is this to be a brand ambassador for Plaid. I can’t wait to see what you create.

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  3. I’d shop there!!! Good luck with all the new stuff!

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  4. Chris Williams

    Hey there, I am The Director of Education at Plaid. Welcome aboard. If you have any questions concerning how to use any of our products, I am hear to help, just email me at cwilliams@plaidonline.com. Have fun crafting! Chris Williams

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  5. So cool! Congratulations!

    (love that the milk paint bottles are shaped like milk cans)

    Denise

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  6. KATHLEEN HARTZELL

    I am so totally absolutely envious! I have signs to make barnwoody, I know I have things to dye for, I mean, to dye, and stencils……I didn’t know there were that many even premade.

    I expect you in my inbox daily. Keep up the good Plaid.

    And, I buy my mod podge by the gallon for the classes I teach occasionally.

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  7. Jo Ann Bastanjoo

    You are soooo funny! Diplomatic plates? Flags? But seriously, I know you will come up with some GREAT ideas and ways to use all the goodies!

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  8. You are hilarious as always! Congratulations David – much deserved. I can’t wait to see what you make!

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  9. Congrats! Sounds exciting. I personally have not used many Plaid products, so I will be interested in what you come up with. I’m especially curious about the “painted barnwood effect”.

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  10. Hello Ambassador David. I’m not even sure what some of those products are, so will wait for you to try them and tell me. You have so much it looks like you have a lifetime supply!

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  11. You are so funny, I think you should make something to commemorate your ambassadorship (is that a word?). Like a flag, with symbols of important items, like Shrinky Dinks and other items that have meaning for you…I know you could do something clever. You have a very tongue in cheek, witty view on things. Oh, I just thought of something even better, a uniform! O.K., I am getting a bit crazy…but I think you and epaulets have a future together!

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  12. eeeeeeeeeeeeekkkk! HOw cool is this!!! and I”m in total agreement with Susan. You need to make something to commemorate your Ambassadorship. Some kind of sign and maybe a crown to go with the epaulets! and moss covered something from barn wood effects is a MUST for any kind of commemorative creation! 🙂

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