April 1, 2015

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Polyslicer Combo Review from Polymer Clay Tutor Cindy Lietz

If you work in polymer clay, you know that making nice, thin slices is a skill that a lot of us don’t possess. And if you are trying to slice CURED polymer clay canes, well, good luck to you. A nail art technician invented a tool called the Polyslicer Combo that is VERY handy for […]

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March 31, 2015

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Review: Faber-Castell Gel Crayons

What do you get when you cross a twist-up crayon and watercolor paints? A GEL CRAYON from Faber-Castell! These “crayons” are very soft and creamy- like a lipstick- and they are water-soluable, too. So it’s a two-fer. Here’s how they are described on the website: Budding artists ages 3+ love to experiment by drawing on […]

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March 30, 2015

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DIY Travel Accessories Tutorial

Thanks again to Fairfield World for sponsoring content on CTD. Please visit their site for more product information and free projects!  As I was preparing my post about Poly Pellets and Micro Beads for Fairfield World, I got inspired to get out my machine and make a few things. I had a pair of my […]

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March 27, 2015

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Friday Giveaway from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®

Happy Friday, folks! This is the last weekend of National Craft Month and I have a FABULOUS giveaway for you, courtesy of our friends at Faber-CastellDesign Memory Craft®. You know how much I love my Gelatos (you can see posts here and here) and now is your chance to win some of the newest colors! […]

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March 26, 2015

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Stuff It! Micro Beads or Poly-Pellets?

Howdy Crafty Friends! Today I’m here with a little “the more you know” moment courtesy of Fairfield World. We’ve teamed up to help you pick the best stuffing for your project, as well as to introduce you to two of their products- Poly-Fil Micro Beads and Poly-Pellets Stuffing Beads. So let’s just dive right in! […]

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March 25, 2015

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Guide to Metallic Pens and Glitter Pens from JetPens.com

I was clicking through the internet neighborhood the other day looking for some glitter pens…and quite by accident stumbled upon this post- “Guide to Metallic & Glitter Ink Pens and Markers” on JetPens.com. OH MY SPARKLY STARS- so much good information!   In this comprehensive post, they cover what is the difference between metallic and glitter […]

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March 23, 2015

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Crafty Field Trip to Melbourne, pt 1: Kikki K!

While I was traveling in Melbourne, I found a Kikki K shop and wandered in. I’d been seeing a lot of planners online and was interested in them… so I treated myself! The shop was lovely, too. I finally cracked it open when I got home. I made a little video of unboxing and initial […]

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March 20, 2015

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Giveaway: Stick With It Palette

Yesterday I reviewed the Stick With It Palette- and today you’ll have a chance to win one! Here’s a little video I made about the giveaway, too:   You have so many options to enter, including a daily tweeting option! Good luck and thanks for entering! Click the blue text below if your browser doesn’t […]

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March 19, 2015

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New CHA Product- Stick With It Palette

One of the things that I love about going to the CHA show is walking down the new vendor aisle. New products from new companies, all hoping to make a difference in the crafting industry- well, that’s pretty cool. And one of the products that caught my eye was the Stick With It Palette. Here’s […]

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March 18, 2015

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CHA 2015 – Tim Holtz Idea-ology Booth Tour

Every CHA I cannot wait to go and visit the Tim Holtz idea-ology booth; It reminds me of visiting my great-grandmother’s house when I was little with vintage goodies hiding in every nook and cranny.  She had one of those big, bronze cash register with the giant buttons, hundreds of spools of thread lined up […]

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March 16, 2015

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Melbourne Trip 2015- Art & Architecture

I love love love to travel…and taking in the public art and architecture is a BIG part of my travel experience. Just taking these new sights in really influences my art and craft design sensibilities. In this 4-minute video, I share with you the highlights of my week in Melbourne, Australia, focusing on old architecture, […]

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March 13, 2015

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CHA 2015 – Heidi Swapp Booth and Minc Video

If you are a regular reader of Craft Test Dummies, you know that I am a HUGE fan of Heidi Swapp.  Heidi has a been a fixture in the paper crafting industry for over a decade and has always been a never-ending source of inspiration for me.  Her products always trigger my creative side and […]

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March 12, 2015

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CHA 2015 – Beadalon 3D Bracelet Jig

Hey crafters!  This year at CHA Beadalon took home the award the Top Product of the show for their brand new 3D wire bracelet jig.  You can make all kinds of fun bracelets with this clever tool!  I can imagine this being a must-have tool for any and all jewelry makers and beaders, from beginner’s […]

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March 11, 2015

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Review: Speed Sew / Dritz Liquid Stitch Fabric Mender

I love my sewing machine, but sometimes you need a quick fix or a convenient no-sew project. I was approached by the makers of Speed Sew (out of Canada) to give it a go- so I was absolutely game. They provided the product for this review. From the website: Credibility: Speed-Sew has been on the market […]

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March 10, 2015

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Mod Melter Versus Hot Glue Gun- A Comparison

Since yesterday I reviewed the Mod Melter, I thought it would be helpful for you to see a comparison of my favorite hot glue gun, the AdTech Hybrid, and the Mod Melter- in action!   Enjoy this video I have for you, and I’d love to hear your comments!  

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March 9, 2015

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Mod Podge Mod Melter by Plaid

Disclosure: sample provided for review, but all opinions are my own and based on my first-hand experience with the product. Back at the CHA show in January 2015, the Plaid booth was all abuzz with Cathie and Steve and their new tool for the Mod Podge line, the Mod Melter. The Mod Melter dovetails with […]

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March 6, 2015

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CHA 2015 Debut – Ken Oliver Crafts

This year at CHA seasoned designer and crafter, Ken Oliver, debuted his very own line of paper products and stamps at the show.  Ken has four new paper lines as well as color bursts, stamp pegz and click-it stamp pads.  We were fortunate enough to have Ken show us some of these new fabulous products […]

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March 4, 2015

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The Best Glue For Polymer Clay? Results From TheBlueBottleTree.com

As a polymer clayer, there are so many things to know and learn- and this is information that I’ve asked myself- what is the best glue for polymer clay? The answer is- well, it depends! What you are gluing to it, is the clay raw or baked, and what is the final piece being used […]

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March 3, 2015

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Kid’s Sewing Kits by Jennifer Jangles

Last fall at the International Quilt Market I ran across one of the most colorful, festive and HAPPY booths- Jennifer Jangles. It drew me right in. And I’ve got a daughter who is crafty…so I wondered if some of these kits might be a good fit. Jennifer was gracious enough to send me home with […]

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March 2, 2015

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Travel Crafting Kit Round-Up & Trip to Oz

If you’ve been here a while, you know I LOVE to travel. It doesn’t really even matter where- in my home state, across the country, North America, Europe.. well, I just love to go and see this beautiful earth of ours! Last October I took my first honest-to-goodness trip to Europe (Italy) to visit our AFS […]

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February 27, 2015

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My Favorite Crafty Things: Brad Setter and Piercing Tool

The other day when I published my video on Start-To-Finish Watercolor Cards, I got a comment about the tool I was using for the Inlaid Die-Cutting Technique. I realized that once again I’d reached for one of my favorite crafty tools: the We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter and Piercing Tool. . I reviewed this […]

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February 26, 2015

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Overview of Oly-Fun

Disclosure: Oly-Fun sponsored this video, but all opinions or my own and based on my first-hand experience with the product.  I’m so excited to bring you today’s post- I’m going to show you what I learned about Oly-Fun! Ever heard of it? From the Oly-Fun website: “The everything material” This is one of the easiest, […]

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February 23, 2015

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The Buckle Boutique Self-Adhesive Rhinestone Sticker Sheets

Hey crafters!  I am so excited to show you today’s product up for review by The Buckle Boutique.  These rhinestone sticker sheets are AMAZING and so unique compared to other rhinestone sheets on the market.  Before we get into the nitty-gritty lets see how The Buckle Boutique describes these gorgeous sheets of bling: “Add sparkle […]

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February 20, 2015

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Martha Stewart Crafts Cut and Fold Punch

Sometimes I’m just walking through a craft store and a product catches my eye- this was the case with the Martha Stewart Crafts Cut and Fold Punch. I have another brand of cut/fold/tuck dies, so I wondered if the punch would be easier or more versatile to use, so I picked it up to review […]

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February 19, 2015

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Start-To-Finish Watercolor Cards

Last week I posted showing you how to make watercolor paints using your Perfect Pearls to add shimmer. I was so smitten with the technique, I decided to put the camera on and show you how I made a pair in under five minutes! OK… it was actually 22 minutes in “real time.” But in this […]

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February 18, 2015

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Gansai Tambi Watercolor Paint by Kuretake

I spent quite a bit of time at the Kuretake booth at the CHA show in January- and one of the products that caught my eye were the Gansai Tambi Watercolors. Made in Japan, these highly-pigmented watercolors are rich and vivid- and I couldn’t wait to buy a set and try them out!   Here’s […]

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February 13, 2015

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More Comparisons with Home Made Gelli Plates

A week or so ago I shared my Recipe for Home Made Gelli Plates. .. but you know my mind just keeps turning. I wanted to know if there was a difference between the ones with sugar or no sugar (some folks on YouTube insisted that ones with sugar would not mold) and if there was […]

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February 12, 2015

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Ron Lehocky and the Heart Pin Project

When is a craft project a work of art? When is a work of art an act of love? When is an act of love an accomplishment of a lifetime? These are just a few of the questions I ask myself as I contemplate Dr. Ronald Lehocky. You’ve got to get to know this amazing […]

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February 11, 2015

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Making Watercolor Paint from Perfect Pearls!

This post is a direct result of a question from a YouTube Subscriber. She asked, “Can you make watercolor paints from Perfect Pearls?” And while I pretty much knew the answer would be “why not?” I decided to dig a little deeper and see how different methods might turn out. NOTE: I’m only referring to […]

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February 10, 2015

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How To Make A DIY Quilling Tool & Quilled Hearts Tutorial

If you’ve been here before, you may know that I have a soft spot for quilling. I love that you can take simple strips of paper and some white glue and twirl them into spirals that you can form into shapes that can be almost anything! (OK, I’m a little breathless here!)  But what if […]

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