July 28, 2014

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REVIEW IT-Krylon Dual Paint!

Happy Monday, crafty friends! I’m so excited to share a new “special edition” web series brought to you by myself, Vicki O’Dell the Creative Goddess, and our kind sponsors, Krylon. Each webisode is actually comprised of two videos- the “Review It” portion, where I share an in-depth look at a product, and a “DO IT” […]

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July 27, 2014

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Craft Room Confessional, EP 2: Big News & stuff!

I’ve just come back from vacation….and next week is a new roller-coaster of activity! I have a new gig! I put it all in this Craft Room Confessional for you!   I’d love any questions or comments you’d like to share!   Best, Jenny @CraftTestDummy on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram for more BTS fun!

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July 25, 2014

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Fabric Review: Oly*Fun by Fairfield World

  I was given the opportunity to test out a new fabric called Oly*Fun. It’s made by Fairfield World, who is better know for making Fiberfill, Polyfill, foams, and batting. The fabric has some special properties that most fabrics don’t. From Fairfield World: “The everything material” This is one of the easiest, most versatile materials you will ever […]

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July 23, 2014

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Review of Trim & Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

Paper trimmers are an essential in the paper crafter’s toolbox. And if you make card cards, envelopes, or boxes, a score board is pretty darn helpful, too. Leave it to We R Memory Keepers to come up with a combination tool so that you can cut and score with one tool that doesn’t clutter up […]

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July 21, 2014

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Review: Mod Podge Sheer Tint

There are a few crafting necessities that I think just might need to be staples in any crafter’s arsenal, Mod Podge being one of them. Plaid has recently launched a new product in their Mod Podge line: Mod Podge Sheer Tint. Basically, it’s the standard Mod Podge formula with different tints added in to give […]

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July 18, 2014

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BOOK REVIEW: Foxy Epoxy by Kristal Wick

I was send a copy of “Foxy Epoxy: 44 Great Epoxy Clay Projects with Serious Bling” by Kristal Wick, to review. To properly review the book, I was sent some Swarovski Ceralun Epoxy Clay too. You can see the review for the clay, here. This is an advanced jewelry making book, focusing on the use of […]

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July 17, 2014

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Swarovski’s Ceralun Epoxy Clay

I received a sampling of Swarovski’s Ceralun Epoxy Clay to test out. I don’t make a lot of things with clay, since I normally manage to ruin it during baking. However, this clay is self-hardening! Got to love that! This particular clay was formulated to use with the Swarovski chatons, when making jewelry. The chatons […]

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July 16, 2014

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Book Review: Simple Beginnings Beading

Simple Beginnings Beading Book

I love making simple jewelry. Over at my site, 30 Minute Crafts, I make a lot of fast and easy jewelry projects. And I love picking up books that take me through basic techniques. I like reviewing the basics, and I also like having books with basic techniques to pass on to my friends who […]

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July 14, 2014

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Craft Room Peek and Taking Questions for Upcoming Videos

Recently I shot the opening introduction of one of my product reviews using my webcam in my craft room (I call it “the Studio.”) I got some *ahem* comments about how messy my space is, how it looks familiar, and yes, one lady even asked me “How do you work in such a messy space?” […]

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July 11, 2014

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Overview of new Spellbinders Celebra’tions by Richard Garay

In case you haven’t noticed, Spellbinders Paper Arts has recently unveiled a new look and logo as well as some brand-spanky new products from the designer Richard Garay, called “Celebra’tions.”  They lovely folks at Spellbinders sent me an assortment from the new line, so I made you a video to share it all with you! […]

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July 10, 2014

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Book Review: Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry

Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry

As an intermediate beader, I’ve made my share of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. I have a simple style that I stick to… and I am ready to branch out. So I was super excited to be sent Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry by Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott to review. Here is what the publisher has to […]

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July 8, 2014

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Giveaway Alert: Win a 3Doodler 3-D Printing Pen!

Hey Crafty Friends! Yesterday I reviewed the 3Doodler 3-D Printing Pen….and this week you can win one! No kidding!     Thanks to our sponsor, ConsumerCrafts.com, we’ve got one of these HOT tools (pun intended) to give away to a lucky winner. And we’ve got SO many entry options for you! Here’s a little video… […]

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July 7, 2014

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3Doodler 3-D Printing Pen Review

3-D Printers are quite the rage- I mean, who wouldn’t love to create their own ABS plastic objects in three dimensions RIGHT AT HOME. But they still retail at over a $1000, and that’s a bit pricey for most of us. So what’s the next-best thing? A 3-D printing pen. And now the 3Doodler is […]

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July 3, 2014

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Prima Comfort-Craft Tools Chalk Edgers

Stamping has been around forever, but using stamp pads as a form of paint is a relatively new trend. Now Prima is taking the direct-to-surface application of stamping ink VERY seriously with the Comfort-Craft Chalk Edgers.   These little chalk-ink stamp pads feature an ergonomic molded grip handle and an unusual “iron” shape. The pad […]

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July 2, 2014

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Krylon Frosted Glass Finish Spray Paint Review

Love the look of etched glass- but was a bit wary of using chemicals? Or maybe you just didn’t want anything so *permanent.* Well, Krylon’s Frosted Glass Finish spray paint is a great alternative. Here’s how it’s described by the manufacturer: Frosted Glass Finish Create beautiful, frosted glass the easy way — just spray it […]

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July 1, 2014

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Video Review: Ranger Ink New Embossing Powder Program

Hello Crafters!  Today we are going to take a look at Ranger Ink‘s new embossing powder program via a video review!  Ranger has had their AMAZING embossing powders on the market for as long as I can remember.  One of the first Ranger products I ever bought was their Red Tinsel embossing powder when I […]

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June 30, 2014

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Review of the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month

Sometimes you just need a little creative kick in the pants, and I’ve found that a kit can do just that. I have ordered some Simon Says Stamp products recently, and decided to take the plunge and try out the Card Kit of the Month. Since July is my first one, I thought I’d share […]

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June 26, 2014

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“Firecracker” Rice Treat Pops

The other day I saw a super cute cookie treat idea  for the 4th of July on CakeSpy- you make cookies with Pop Rocks Candy and then roll the creamy filling with more Pop Rocks for a “firecraker” type of effect when you eat them. I loved the idea- but I needed to crank out […]

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June 25, 2014

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Product Review: Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer

Hello crafters!  I am so excited to show you the new Distress Marker Spritzer from Ranger and Tim Holtz!  When I first saw Tim demoing this at CHA last January I was ecstatic!  It works so well with masks and stencils and you can pretty much use any marker in your crafty stash with it.  […]

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June 24, 2014

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Doctor Who Inspired Galaxy Shoes

My little girl is a full-on Doctor Who super fan. She watches the shows obsessively and had started requesting more clothing and craft projects that center around the Tardis, sonic screwdrivers, weeping angels and daleks! So be prepared, folks- there will be more Doctor Who crafts showing up here soon. But back to today’s project. […]

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June 23, 2014

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Book Review: Never Been Stitched by Amanda Carestio

apron from never been stitched book

I have been sewing a long, long time. More than half my life. But that doesn’t stop me from keeping my eye out for books for beginning sewers, like this book “Never Been Stitched” by Amanda Carestio, with the contributions of others. I have lots of friends who want advice on learning how to sew. […]

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June 20, 2014

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Instagram Book Segment LIVE on Scrapbook Soup TV!

Last season I appeared on Scrapbook Soup for four segments- and one of them was this little mini book for your Instagram photos!  The secret? Using up old scrapbook by covering it with gesso and stenciling!  If you missed it live on air, it’s on the home page all this week at ScrapbookMemoriesTV.com!  Here is […]

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June 18, 2014

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Personalized Tablet or e-Reader Case- Gift for Dads and Grads and More!

It was just Father’s Day here in the US, and I’m always stumped. I have a husband who doesn’t want or need “stuff.” He doesn’t collect anything, abhors tchochkies and knick-knacks, doesn’t wear ties or drink coffee or drink liquor. So my gift options are kind of limited. But he does like to read on […]

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June 17, 2014

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Working with Brands, Fair Compensation, and How I Make Money

This is one of those posts that probably will not interest you at all. But in the course of CraftTestDummies, I get asked frequently by new bloggers and craft companies/brands- “How do you make money blogging?” Some blogs charge for reviews. I don’t. I think it’s unethical to take money for a review, since the […]

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June 16, 2014

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Three Ideas for Using Shelf Liner in Your Craft Room

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I’ve been doing a bunch or reorganizing in my studio and accompanying (new) guest room. Of course, things get worse before they get better, so I’ve been taking the opportunity to really make the areas […]

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June 13, 2014

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Review of Cynthia Tinapple Polymer Clay Extruder Discs from Cindy Lietz

Awhile ago I shared an excellent video comparison of the Makin’s and Walnut Hollow extruders for polymer clay, done by Cindy Lietz of Polymer Clay Tutor. She did an excellent job of comparing the two brands (I’d never used Walnut Hollow) and it rekindled my interest in polymer clay. (I love polymer clay and used […]

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June 11, 2014

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Video Review: Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz New Alcohol Inks

Howdy crafters!  Today I wanted to show you the six new colors of alcohol inks that were debuted at this last CHA by Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink.  If you are not already familiar with alcohol inks, I suggest you check out this review I did of them a while back for CTD. Check out […]

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June 10, 2014

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Upcycled Mint Tin Craft Inspired by Alice in Wonderland

Remember that part in Alice in Wonderland when she finds the little cake that says “Eat Me?” Well, that passage sparked my creativity this week and, paired with my new love of Collage Clay by Plaid, I was inspired to upcycle a mint tin and create today’s tutorial for you! For this tutorial you’ll need: […]

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June 9, 2014

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Collage Clay from Mod Podge and Plaid – Part Two

A few weeks back, Jenny shared an awesome run down of the newest product from the Mod Podge line at Plaid Crafts: Collage Clay. She went over the basics really well and I’m super thrilled to be here today to share a bit more of my review of the product. I received two colors of […]

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June 6, 2014

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Fiskars Duck Brand Edition Scissors

Do you love Duck Tape, but get frustrated with ragged ripping or sticky scissors? Well, the folks at Fiskars have teamed up with Duck Brand and now- voila!- special Duck Brand Edition Scissors! There are two versions, short detail scissors and longer ones. The short ones are really ambidextrous, but the longer ones are more […]

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