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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September 29, 2014

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit October 2014

Hey crafty friends! I’m working on some BIG new videos and reviews, but I wanted to give you a super-quick overview of the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for October 2014. If you’ve got two minutes, I can show you what is in the card AND three cards I made right off the bat! This is […]

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September 26, 2014

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Craft Room Confessional: Die Storage

I absolutely LOVE manual die-cutting. For me, it’s easier than firing up a program and setting up a digital machine. But my theory is if you don’t see your dies, you won’t use them. Take a peek and see how I store my thin-rule dies so I use them all the time!     Here’s […]

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September 24, 2014

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Review of the Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ UP

I’ve been smitten with kits and subscriptions series lately. I love getting a “surprise” in the mail (even if I’ve had a sneak peek of what’s coming” and the idea of a little dose of creativity is just about what I need these days. Kits can push you out of your comfort zone, introduce you […]

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September 23, 2014

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Chip-It Color Matching Tool from Sherwin Williams

Recently I’ve come across some cool things on Pinterest, in which someone shares a photo and pulls out the colors from it- either for inspiration, or to paint their room, or what ever. It usually looks like this: But I had no idea how to do this myself! Enter in Chip-It from Sherwin Williams. It’s […]

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September 22, 2014

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Embossed Autumn Cards using Pan Pastels

Happy first day of Autumn! I’m not gonna lie, fall is my favorite. I like the cooler days, the crisp apples, and the happy advent of the mega crafting season! Today I have  a flash-back card for you- one I did for CraftsUnleashed back in 2011. I’m reposting it because I still kinda like it. Is […]

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September 19, 2014

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Acrylic Block Stamped Backgrounds

The other day my new friend Linda posted some GORGEOUS cards- and they knocked my socks off! I got so smitten with the technique, I had to try it myself. And while I was on a roll, I had to make a video, too!     Here are some of Linda’s cards…beautiful, right? I’m completely […]

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September 18, 2014

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My Favorite Crafty Things: Spray Basting Adhesive

When I interviewed Carolina Moore on our Craft Countdown, I was thrilled that one of her top-favorite crafting supplies including a sprapy basting adhesive (spray baste.) I love it too- even though I do way more papercrafting than sewing. But after you watch this video, you’ll see why I love it and you might, too. […]

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September 16, 2014

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Comparison of Ways to Blend Colored Pencils

Last week I spent time reviewing Gamsol and then comparing which colored pencil brands worked best with it. Now I’m working in the other direction- what other ways can we blend colored pencils? For this round, I compared Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits), Turpenoid Natural (non-toxic version of turpentine) and Baby Oil (mineral oil.) I also […]

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September 15, 2014

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Lumi Sunfold Product Review

inkodye and traditional dye comparison

When I first heard of Lumi Sunfold dye, it made me think of the nature prints I made at scout camp using specially treated paper. We would place leaves, sticks, grass, and shells on specially-treated paper, then lay the paper in the sun. This would result in simple prints of our designs. That is the […]

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September 12, 2014

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Comparison of Colored Pencils and Paper When Blending with Gamsol

Earlier this week I shared an overview of Gamsol, an odorless mineral spirits used for dissolving the wax in colored pencils so that you could blend and shade them the same way you can with oil paints. Naturally, though, my curiosity got the better of me and I wondered if better (artist-grade) colored pencils really […]

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September 10, 2014

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Gamsol Overview and Demonstration

Gamsol Review and Demo

I recently bought some new rubber stamps and they are perfect for coloring. However, using markers can be a bit challenging and I was ready to pull out my colored pencils again. Recently Jennifer McGuire mentioned Gamsol- a colorless, odorless mineral spirit used for blending pencils and I thought it would be fun to try […]

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September 9, 2014

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Iron Cover Comparison

compare holes on bottom

If you do a lot of ironing – like most quilters and seamstresses, you might own an iron cover, or be in the market for one. Recently, I reviewed the Clover Press Perfect Iron Safe Iron Cover here on Craft Test Dummies. You can check out my full review – but the end result was […]

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September 8, 2014

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Clover Press Perfect Iron Safe Review

cover installed on iron

As a quilter, I do a lot of ironing. Fabric needs to be pressed before it can be cut and seams need to be pressed – either open, or to the side, depending on the project. I starch my fabrics, or use best press, or sometimes just a little extra steam. My iron gets a […]

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September 5, 2014

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New Episode Of Scrapbook Soup Available

On Friday, September 5th  Scrapbook Soup show 310 will be airing on the Scrapbook Soup web site home page  beginning at Noon EST today!  I  will be featured in the first segment showing how to make your project the “Hello Card”. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out! We’ll make a nifty resist using Mod Podge and stencils, of all things!  […]

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September 3, 2014

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Fiskars Rotary Blade Replacement Review

replacing the cartridge

Earlier, I shared my review of the Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo. One thing I wasn’t able to chat about in my review was the no-touch blade system, since I didn’t have a blade replacement cartridge to try. The awesome folks at Fiskars sent me a blade replacement cartridge, and I’m super excited to […]

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September 2, 2014

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Command Center-Getting Organized for Back To School

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV My kiddos headed back to school last week and it became clear on the first day that this was going to be a super-busy year. My son is […]

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August 29, 2014

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My Favorite Crafty Things: CRAFT KNIVES

Xacto Craft Knife review

I don’t care what kind of crafting or DIY you do, you probably use- or need- a craft knife. (Emergency seam ripper, anyone?) Well, a GOOD craft knife is a thing of beauty. And here’s my rant on it! Now just to reiterate: Choose a craft blade/knife that is easy to replace the blade. CHANGE […]

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August 28, 2014

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Xacto Craft Knife Kit Overview

Xacto Craft Knife review

It’s school time again and that means stocking up on some of our most-needed supplies. And what crafter doesn’t need a craft knife or two? This new kit from Xacto brand gives you 3 handles and THIRTEEN blades for all of your crafting needs! I made you a video to give you a closer look: […]

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August 27, 2014

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Craft Countdown with Angie Holden of Country Chic Cottage

Welcome to another Craft Countdown! Today we are welcoming Angie Holden of TheCountryChicCottage.net. Angie is an amazing crafter, great writer, and one of the best gals I know on the web. (Some of you may remember when Angie was a part of #TeamCTD and a regular contributor to this site! I was thrilled when she […]

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August 25, 2014

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International Polymer Clay Association Retreat in Columbus Ohio

Sometimes, you just need a “creative jumpstart” to get your mojo flowing, or a road trip, or a combination of both. My best crafty pal Vicki O’Dell and I decided that we’d do just that and headed down to the International Polymer Clay Association retreat last week, which was held in our home state of […]

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August 20, 2014

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Overview of New Sculpey and Premo Products from Cindy Lietz

The Universe seems to be sending me messages lately. First, I was reminded in my Behind the Page interview that Polymer Clay was my “desert island” craft. And THEN I found out that the International Polymer Clay Association Retreat was being held in my home state! And then I got a righteous box of goodies […]

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August 19, 2014

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Stencil1 Stencils by Ed Roth for Plaid

Stencils are still a major trend in crafting- after all, it’s how those of use with horrible less-than-stellar drawing skills can add that hand-drawn look to a project. And lucky for us, the designs offered continue to evolve and become more sophisticated and trendy! Today I’m sharing some stencils that REALLY caught my eye at […]

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August 18, 2014

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Scrapbook Soup Behind the Page Interview 2014

Earlier this spring I was invited to film some segments for the nationally-televised Scrapbook Soup tv program, which airs on PBS. In addition to the two tutorials I filmed (including the Two-Fer Inlaid Diecut Cards and Making Custom Stencils and Masks) I also was interviewed by the host, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. This was an unscripted, […]

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August 15, 2014

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Craft Room Confessional: What is In My Card Catalog(s)

In my first Craft Room Confessional I gave you a tour of my super messy well-used crafting area. I got a few comments on the library card catalog directly behind me as I face the camera (actually to my left side as I work.) That’s where I keep my most-used products and most of them […]

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August 14, 2014

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PRODUCT REVIEW: irRESISTIble Pico Embellishers

I love painting and drawing, so seeing a product that I could both paint and draw with, intrigued me. I was sent 10 of the 29 colors of Tsukineko‘s irRESISTible Pico Embellishers, to test out and do a product review. These are a resist, designed to work with their Texture Spray. It can be used with watercolor […]

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August 12, 2014

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Craft Countdown with Carolina Moore

craft bloggers

Today we have a Craft Countdown for you- a series of questions with AMAZING crafty bloggers. We are also testing out a new incarnation of our Craft Countdown- a video chat! Our guest is the lovely Carolina Moore from www.CarolinaMoore.com, where you can find the whole list of her crafty endeavors, including: 30 Minute Crafts […]

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August 11, 2014

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Scrapbook Soup: Inlaid Die-Cutting Technique: “Adore” Card

Inlaid Die-Cutting sounds pretty fancy…but really, it’s just the process of using ALL the pieces from a die cut (manual or electronic) and using the positive and negative shapes together so that you fit the pieces back together to make a flat design, rather than layering them on top. And best of all? You get […]

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August 8, 2014

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My Favorite Things: Tsukineko Multi-Purpose Squeegee

Hey crafty friends! I was in the middle of a review and I was using the Tsukineko Multi-Purpose Squeegee and I was thinking, “DANG, this is SO much better than on old hotel card.” I was singing it’s praises in my head when it occurred to me to share it with YOU, too!   And […]

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August 7, 2014

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Craft Room Confessional: I am a “BAG” Lady….

Well… it’s time for an off-topic Craft Room Confessional….   https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=7X5fbx011uk Sooo…. are YOU a bag lady???? #CraftHorder

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