November 24, 2014

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Crafty Field Trip: Hawaii (Part 1)

As some of you know, I LOVE to travel. Seriously love it. And I often am not picky at all about where I go, as long as I get to see the sights and eat the food….and visit a few craft stores or handmade markets along the way! This month our whole family took a […]

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November 21, 2014

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Craft Product Review: Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss

This Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss is a new formula in a line of recent releases. It is only available in a gloss finish. It can be used to decoupage and seal decorations onto glass, cermaic, and metal pieces. These pieces are then “top-rack dishwasher safe”.  There are some special instructions for multiple coats, applying decorations, […]

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November 20, 2014

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Hands On Crafts For Kids: Dyed T-Shirts (HOC1706 )

Hooray! Another segment for Hands One Crafts for Kids has gone live! In this one, you can see a really creative way to tie-dye t-shirts using common household items to make a pattern! I bet you could come up with some other fun designs, too! I’d love to hear from you!

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November 18, 2014

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Five Holiday Projects Featuring Krylon Spraypaint! (Vlog Hop)

Hey, Crafty Friends! As many of you know, I love to make YouTube videos and sharing great crafts and projects with you is one of my passions. This season, I’ve teamed up with Krylon and some  amazing video creators to bring you even MORE crafty happiness! We’ve put together a little “video blog hop” or Vlog […]

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November 17, 2014

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Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit

Disclosure: I received this product for review purposes. My opinions are honest and my own and based on my first-hand experience with it. I was not compensated for writing about it, but if you click an affiliate link and purchase one of your own, I will receive a small percentage of the purchase price. Thank […]

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November 14, 2014

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Acorn Crafts Round Up

Earlier this week I shared a tutorial for an acorn ornament…. ….. I kind of fell in love with acorns all over again. It doesn’t matter if it LOOKS like an acorn, is MADE from acorns, or has a PICTURE of an acorn- I’m loving it! So I put together a list of some awesome Acorn Crafts you […]

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November 12, 2014

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“Surprise” Acorn Ornaments or Gift Boxes

Today I have a great tutorial for you! It’s not yet Thanksgiving so I’m not “completely” in holiday mode yet.. but I AM thinking about hostess gifts and decorations that would work for Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah OR Christmas. (That’s a tough order to fill, right?) Well, these acorn ornaments are that “shabby glamorous” look […]

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November 10, 2014

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Surface Makeover Glue by Coats & Clark

Every now and then you meet a glue that makes you see things in a whole new light. This is the case with Coat N Create or Surface Makeover Glue. First- a quick disclaimer: I got my samples of this glue last January at CHA 2014. And I’m loving this stuff! But I can’t find it […]

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November 7, 2014

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit November 2014

Hey Crafty Friends! After missing a few months of the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Club, I’m BACK! I really liked these fun, retro colors and I knew that the bunnies would be a big hit. By the way, if you have any questions about the Kit Club itself, check out the FAQ here. I’m […]

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November 6, 2014

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Pantone Spring 2015: En Plein Air

I’m a fashion and craft blogger and I love staying on top of color trends for the various things that I make. Pantone’s Spring 2015 color story is “En Plein Air”, playing off of nature and calmness. There is a nice mix of cool, warm, and neutral colors that can be used together. The women’s colors are inspired […]

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November 5, 2014

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Chameleon ColorTones Alcohol Markers

I first saw the Chameleon ColorTones  markers at CHA 2014 last January- and after a long wait, they are finally coming to America! (They’ve been available in the UK for awhile now.) I do love a good alcohol marker- they are a “secret weapon” in the craft room- and I was excited to give these a […]

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November 3, 2014

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Craft Haul: Stampin’ UP Holiday 2014 and Cards!

Eek! Halloween just ended…which means that Holiday crafting is in full swing! For those of us who make our own Holiday Cards, it’s time to get cracking. For me, that means doing some playing experimenting with different designs to see which one will actually “make the cut” and become the holiday card for the season. […]

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October 31, 2014

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Trends: Quilt Market 2014: Digital Die Cutting

After years in the crafting industry and going to the CHA tradeshows, I’m used to seeing die-cutting everywhere. I was really surprised, though, to see digital die-cutting and the way it’s taken over the sewing and quilting industry! I knew that the Brother ScanNCut actually debuted at Quilt Market last year and that it had […]

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October 30, 2014

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International Quilt Market, Houston 2014: Overview

This year I decided that CraftTestDummies needed to branch out a little and attend more trade shows. After all, I started off quilting the year I turned thirty. I still love to sew and do art quilting, and I know a lot of our readers here also sew or quilt. That was all the justification […]

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October 28, 2014

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Episode of Scrapbook Soup Live: 404

Hey Crafty Friends! This week  another episode of Scrapbook Soup in which I appeared has gone live online. This will be available to view in it’s entirety from October 24- 31, 2014. It says that I’m there to talk about technology, but we actually talk about mixed media and the growth process of creativity!! Take […]

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October 27, 2014

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Craft Countdown with Heather Mann

Today I have a great Craft Countdown with a blogger that is the mastermind behind Dollar Store Crafts. Meet Heather Mann! Heather has been hard at work this past year on her first book- CraftFail! Based on the website of the same name, CraftFail takes a good-natured look at crafts that go horribly wrong. All […]

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October 24, 2014

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Teal Pumpkin Project

Hey Crafty Friends! For those of you who celebrate Halloween, can I ask a crafty favor of you? Make one more craft- a Teal Pumpkin.   Did you  know that 1 in 13 children has a food allergy? That’s a LOT of trick-or-treaters who are getting a whole lot of nothing in their candy bags. […]

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October 23, 2014

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New Bottle Design from Aleene’s & Thoughts on Product Design

HEY! Do you love Tacky Glue? Yeah, me too. But sometimes it’s a bit of a pain when you are ready to glue something and you have to wait and wait for the glue to get down to the nozzle. (Remember that old ketchup commercial?? “An-ti-ci-pa-aaa-shun!” Just like that.) Well, now the folks at Aleene’s […]

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October 21, 2014

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Martha Stewart Crafts Deluxe Scoring Board and Paper Trimmer

A while back I got a request from a YouTube fan asking me to compare the Martha Stewart Crafts Deluxe Scoring Board and Paper Trimmer to another scoring/trimming tool. So of course I thought I should give this combo tool a once-over to see how it works. Let’s take a look. At first blush, it’s […]

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October 20, 2014

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Does Duck Tape Scents Really Smell?

Earlier last month we got some of the new Duck Tape Scents in here at CTD WHQ.  Of course, my kids junior assistants were super-interested in them… so I figured, let’s ask THEM if they smells are good and/or accurate. Take a look at this video we shot: I think it’s worthy of not that […]

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October 17, 2014

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New Episode of Scrapbook Soup Live This Week

Hey Crafty Friends! This week you can watch one of the segments I taped this May,  LIVE on ScrapbookSoupTV.com! You can see my project in this show: 403 Stencils This show offers lots of new tips and techniques using stencils.  Create your own stencil and learn about masking with Jenny Barnett Rohrs. A short interview […]

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October 15, 2014

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Review of the Epson XP 820 Small in One Printer

Photos. Journaling. Custom labels. Printables. These are all things for which a crafter might need a printer. And I don’t really give much time to my printer, unless it’s out of ink or starts to malfunction. (Which mine just did!) So the Epson XP 820 Small in One Printer was right on time! I made […]

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October 14, 2014

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Craft Product Review: LoopDeDoo Bracelet Spinning Loom

Every now and then I’m cruising through a craft store and something will catch my eye. (Or my daughter’s eye.) I’m not sure which one of us saw this product first- me or her- but I knew that we were going to be buying it and bringing it home to try out.   The kit […]

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October 13, 2014

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Overview of the Durathon Iron

It seems like I’ve missed National Sewing Month by a few days, but it’s always a good time for a sewing-themed review. Even if you are not a sewist, you probably use an iron for clothes or crafts- so you’d better have a good iron on hand.  I have a tendency to be hard on my irons- I iron […]

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October 9, 2014

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Etchall Etching Creme

This week, I experimented with Etchall Etching Creme. This is an etching cream (I did a review of the liquid/dip version of this product here>) This product can be used with stencils and the Designer Tip Kit for etching glass and ceramics. Along with the Etching Creme, I used their Designer Tip Kit, a custom hand cut contact paper stencil, a […]

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October 8, 2014

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Etchall Dip ‘N Etch

This week, I experimented with Etchall Dip ‘N Etc . This is an etching liquid, where you can dip your glass or ceramic items for a more uniform etching. The etching liquid only etches glass and ceramics, so it’s safe to put inside a plastic container that your object will fit inside. Along with the Dip ‘N […]

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October 6, 2014

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Fun Frankenstein Lanterns (Craft)

If you have smaller kids, sometimes you don’t want to Halloween to be so scary or gory- so here’s a little fun Frankenstein Lantern you can whip up. He looks great sitting on a mantel or you can put him outside in good weather- he lights up and would look great guiding trick-or-treaters to your […]

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October 3, 2014

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Craft Countdown with Lisa Fulmer

Time for another Craft Countdown! Today we have Lisa Fulmer of LisaLizaLou.blogspot.com, and the author of the NEW craft book Craft Your Stash! Here’s a little bit about Lisa: I am an artist, crafter, teacher, writer, on-air talent, as well as a marketing consultant.  I’ve worked in the craft industry for many years and I’m […]

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October 1, 2014

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Review it & DO IT! Spooky Goblets using Krylon Frosted Glass Effect

I love to decorate for the different holiday seasons-and I especially love making crafty items for our parties and family get-togethers. (And Halloween crafting is my FAVORITE!)  But what if you don’t want to *store* all of those decorations and supplies? Well, then make something that you can re-use for the next season, of course! […]

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September 30, 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 […]

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