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Aurastone Granicrete

The Unparalleled Elegance of Aurastone and Granicrete

Just what is it about Aurastone and Granicrete that keeps artisans coming back for more?  How easy is the application, as well as the benefits for both the artisan and their clients? As Kathy Carroll says, “The application is a mixture of concrete overlay over a sound sturdy base structure.  Aurastone is a “one-bucket system.” Simply mix it with water and apply with a trowel.  All in all, it is very easy to use. Without time consuming demolition the project only takes a few days. The application is seamless without the worry of seems and moisture.” The benefits are many:

For the artisan:

  • No costly demolition or messy removal
  • Easy “one bucket system” application that cuts down installation by approximately 50%
  • Numerous options available for high end, custom designs

For the client:

  • USDA approved
  • Can expand and contract without cracking and chipping
  • Nonporous, will not accept stains
  • Unlimited colors
  • High end, custom designs

Aurastone has the flexibility to custom design a countertop for a kitchen or bathroom in many colors, such as green onyx. Colors previously unavailable in granite or highly expensive natural stones are attainable and installed seamlessly over the existing countertop with Aurastone. 

GranicreteGranicrete floors and walls are installed with a seamless application. Installing a Granicrete floor will ensure a beautiful, natural look with three times the durability.  Installation can be done right over the existing flooring or walls. Installing Granicrete in a shower lends the walls an exotic, natural look.

Granicrete and Aurastone provide high-end custom look floors, counters, walls, ceilings, showers, and exteriors. “With the cost and ease of installation the customer is getting a one of a kind piece.” Kathy Carroll remarks.  Installation in just a few short days, incomparable, custom designs at a fraction of the cost, this is a system that is unique and will keep your customers calling.

Expand your Design Potential with Bellissimo Stencils

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Bellissimo Stencils and Bellissimo Vinyl Stencils, designed exclusively for Faux by Kathy are now available.  From sophisticated to playful, they make a perfect addition to expand your stencil library.  Several artisans have tried them out in Kathy’s studio and have told Kathy; “They are wonderful. Their price points are excellent and the designs are desirable.” 

Whether adding a light, airy touch to a wall or a vast, intricate pattern, Bellissimo Stencils and Bellissimo Vinyl Stencils offer the highest quality that every professional artisan comes to expect in decorative stencils.  Perfect to add a gorgeous design to accessorize a headboard, enhance a wall or adding intricate designs to a beautiful trey ceiling, Bellissimo Stencils and Bellissimo Vinyl Stencils are the perfect touch. 

New stencils are always being added.  Check back weekly to see what stunning designs are currently available.  Bellissimo Stencils and Bellissimo Vinyl Stencils, try them today!

Pittura Magazine Launches!

Pittura MagazinePittura Magazine is a digital magazine that has made its debut this March.  At the forefront of the art industry it is filled with fresh topics, sharing of exciting techniques, stunning pictures supporting the articles and current interior designs.  Amazingly, this up and coming magazine’s membership is free!  Loaded with content, it is not one to be missed and is already in high demand as it comes out quarterly, with the next one expected in June. 

Mindy Harrell, Pittura Magazine’s Creative Director, gives a more in depth view of what the magazine is all about.  “We have a great editor on board that keeps it consistent.  It is laid out in different categories, creating different facets.  Most of the articles are featuring the trades by artists that are out there everyday.  The writers are actively working in the field.”  When asked about the up and coming future plans for Pittura Mindy had this to say, “We want to represent all facets of artistry, possibly adding sculpture as well.  We may increase the amount of content but the format will remain the same.  Keeping it fresh and contributing articles that are constantly changing.  Tons of people have been reaching out.  There are great people out there!”

The magazine delivers inspiration and depth to its readers.  Mindy has already had tremendous feedback on the first release. “We have the capability of incorporating videos.  One comment I received was that the magazine gives the feeling of being more personable, that it is like talking to people up close and personal.”  Pittura Magazine is a stunning resource, perfect to add to your library today!

Pittura Magazine is a digital magazine that has made its debut this March

For more information and to register for your copy please visit www.pitturaplatform.com today!


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Try our sample pack for only $27.50.  For the most cost effective savings order a 12 month supply at only $260 and receive a new Quick Inspirations sample pack delivered to your door each month.  Call now, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Our Clients Speak

Thanks again Kathy and the team at CIFF!

Hi Kathy,

I just thought I would send you a pic of my first foil job.  It was little but my client and her husband love it and I have to admit it turned out beautiful.  It was a rough first 15 minutes but I learned it really had to mess this up.  Now because of this my client has asked me to help her with the rest of her condo :-)

Thank you and Peggy for always being there

Elise Cross

Would You Like to Be Artisan of the Month?Faux By Kathy Decorative Artisan of the Month

Have you ever wanted to be featured as an Artisan of the Month on our website?  Now’s your chance!  All you have to do to be considered is contact our office.  If you are selected, you will need to be available for a 30 to 45 minute phone interview and provide us with at least 10 pictures of your work, and a picture of yourself to be featured with your article. 

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