Chromatix Alcohol Markers from American Crafts

April 15, 2014

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Chromatix Alcohol Markers from American Crafts

Alcohol markers are an essential for any stamper who loves to color OR any crafter who likes to color-coordinate their accessories. And if you think there is only brand of alcohol markers our there, think again! So today we are talking about Chromatix Alcohol Markers from American Crafts. Here’s how they are described on the […]

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April 14, 2014

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Radiant Neon Stamp Pad Review

Back in my high school days, a long long time ago, my mom and I were really into stamping. She was a representative for a direct sales stamp company so we were pretty faithful to a certain brand of ink. After a few years, I went off to college and became “too cool” for stamping […]

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April 10, 2014

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Decoden Zipper Pull/Luggage Tag Tutorial

As I mentioned in my review yesterday, Decoden is HUGE right now- and lucky for us, it’s a really easy and fun craft for anyone who has the “more-is-MORE” aesthetic. So let’s get started! I made you a video to show you how to do it. And if you read my review of DecoDen Bling, […]

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April 9, 2014

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DecoDen Bling Paste Review (and What IS Decoden?)

Decoden was all over CHA 2014. The crazy “more-is-more”craft originated from Japan and pearls, buttons, game pieces, and toys are embedded into a texture medium on cell phones, picture frames- even SHOES! It’s interesting that I rarely saw it in January when it was all the rage at the tradeshow, but recently I’ve Decoden cell […]

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April 8, 2014

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Crystal Katana Setting Tool by Crystal Ninja

The Crystal Katana setting tool by the Crystal Ninja was another one of those “Hot 20″ products I saw as a judge at the CHA 2014 Conference. I thought, “OK, that’s nice, but it’s a one-trick pony.” Until I needed to place some little rhinestones and I lost a dozen because they keep flipping out […]

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April 7, 2014

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Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium

  I’m a mixed media artist, and I often use photo transfers in my work. I was excited to put “Mod Podge Photo Transfer medium” to the test. The first thing I noticed is that this medium is white in the bottle and dries white as well. My preferred products for mixed media photo transfer […]

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April 3, 2014

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Glue Pen Comparison- Part One

One of my mantras as a crafter and a product reviewer is “There is no BAD products- only finding the right one for the job at hand.” And by and large, that is true. The only time when you really need to know “which is better than that” is when you have multiple choices in […]

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April 2, 2014

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Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry by Beth Martin and Eva Sherman

Today I have a special share for you- a book written by two of my favorite people (and SUCH talented jewelry artists, to boot!) Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry was written by good friends and local artists Beth Martin and Eva Sherman. Here’s the description: Showcasing gemstones, crystals, sea glass, and pearls, Organic Wire and […]

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April 1, 2014

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Card Share- OWH Sketch #218

Last week I was traveling- and while I loved being on vacation with my family, that meant there was NO TIME for  crafting! I was eager to get back into the studio and when the Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge of the week hit my email box, I was ready to rise to the occasion. […]

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March 31, 2014

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Making Stencils and Masks with the Brother Scan N Cut

Last week I was watching my friend Christine of ScrapTime use Wendy Vecchi stamps that came with their own stencils and masks for adding layers without over-spraying the background. But then I got to thinking- why couldn’t I do that with my Brother Scan N Cut? The answer is YOU CAN. And it’s EASY. You […]

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March 28, 2014

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CHA 2014 – Sara’s Crafty Picks

Hello crafters!  I know many of you have heard about the new hot products like the Brother ScanNCut and Tim’s Distress Marker Spritzer, (I will be  needing both of those in my studio ASAP,) but I thought I’d show you some of my personal favorites spotted at CHA 2014.  These will be my tried-and-true booths […]

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March 27, 2014

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Copic Doodle Packs Review

copic doodle packs

Markers were all the rage at CHA- water-based, alcohol-based, and so many different accessories to go with them. Copic came out with a new line, too-  Copic Doodle Packs. There are 8 different color ways in the 4-pack option. (It looks as though there are 7-pack options, too- but we weren’t asked to review those. […]

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March 26, 2014

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KellyCraft Multi-Mat

Last year I reviewed the KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square- and while I liked the laser function, I found it a bit unwieldy and inconvenient to use because it had no mat or platform of it’s own. Now the folks at KellyCraft have remedied that situation by creating a mat that works both as a “home […]

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March 25, 2014

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No-Loom Inverted Fishtail Bracelet

Do you love those rubber-band bracelets? (Or have a younger person in your life who does?) Well, this post is for YOU! You don’t even need a loom for this bracelet- just a broken plastic fork and a crochet hook. It’s so easy, I made you this little video:   Try it out! You’ll get […]

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March 24, 2014

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Jacquard Pearl Ex – New Colors

Jacquard Pearl Ex pigment powders are extremely versatile supplies for any artist or crafter. They now come in over 30 colors. I’ll be testing some of the brand new Chromatic Colors: Citrine, Emerald, Magenta, Sapphire Blue, Scarlet and Dark Brown. This collection is a really gorgeous intense set of jewel tones with a deep lovely […]

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March 21, 2014

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Beer Crafts: Book Review

Beer Crafts Book

I’ll admit that I’m not a big beer drinker. But my husband is a beer fan, so reviewing the book “Beer Crafts” was a great opportunity for me to fulfill one of my husband’s deepest desires: asking him to pick up some beer on the way home! Here is what the publisher says about “Beer […]

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March 20, 2014

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Birthday Giveaway- CHA SWAG BAG!

SURPRISE! Today is my birthday. And I’ve got a gift for YOU (well, one of you….) A GIVEAWAY! I’ve got a HUGE haul of things from CHA to gift to one lucky reader! Wanna see? OK then- here’s the details! Click the blue Rafflecopter link if it does not pop up automatically. Then read the […]

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March 19, 2014

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Brother Scan N Cut Pen Overview and Demo

So up until this point we have reviewed the Brother Scan N Cut, explored how we cut Stamped Images, and now….drumroll, please…. we check out the drawing feature! Let’s take a closer look at what you need. First, you need some pens. Be aware, though, that they are not true pens. Instead, they are really […]

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March 18, 2014

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Review: Clover Beading Loom

Clover Beading Loom

Weaving beads on a loom is a beautiful art form. I’ve always been drawn to beading on a loom but have never added it to my list of skills. I was always intimidated by the intricacy of the designs imagining that it must be very difficult to do. Then when people I spoke with started […]

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March 17, 2014

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Little Windows Resin Starter Kit: Review

Little Windows Resin Kit Review

One of my favorite parts of being on the Craft Test Dummies Team is getting to play with different products… which is why I was so excited when I was sent the Little Windows Resin Starter Kit to play with! I took some time to create two batches of the resin, and play with different […]

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March 15, 2014

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Tutorial: Father’s Day “Dad” Card using Inlaid Die-Cutting Technique

After playing around with the Brother Scan N Cut Canvas software (see the link for my video tutorial of that) I got inspired to make a card. I’d watched a video by Jen McGuire using an “inlaid” technique with her thin dies. It occurred to me that you could do the same with your electric […]

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March 14, 2014

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Brother Scan-N-Cut Canvas Software Overview

How to Use the Brother Scan N Cut Canvas Software- video tutorial

One of the biggest draws of the Brother Scan N Cut is that you can scan in an image and then cut it out directly, no software or computer required. But what happens when you need to edit or create an image? Well, Brother has a FREE software program online (no download, but you DO […]

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March 13, 2014

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Glu6: The Glue That Saves The Planet

I’m putting Glu6 “The Glue that Saves the Planet” to the test. While Glu6 doesn’t have enough super powers to actually save the planet, it is an extremely effective non-toxic eco friendly glue. It’s made from recycled Styrofoam, and will be pushing several non-eco friendly glues right out the door of my studio. Zap! Bam! […]

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March 12, 2014

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Craft Countdown with Patti Robinson

Craft Countdown with Patti Robinson

Jenny’s note: Today I’m especially excited for our craft countdown- you get to meet Patti Robinson, the newest addition to #TeamCTD! Please leave a comment on the bottom of this post welcoming her!! I’m kind of a craft floozy. You name it, I’ve done it: jewelry making, knitting and crocheting, sewing, paper making, polymer and […]

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March 11, 2014

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DCWV Adhesive Fabric Stack

When I shared my favorite new items from CHA this past January, the DCWV Adhesive Fabric Stack was hands-down one of the products that I was most excited about. It’s time to dig in and see how it works! Now, this product is still so new that DCWV doesn’t have very much on it’s site […]

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March 10, 2014

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CHA 2014 – Ranger Ink Booth Sights and Sounds

It shouldn’t be a big surprise that Ranger Ink is my favorite booth to visit at CHA!  I love seeing all of the happy, familiar faces of people that work with the company and running into my friends from Ranger U.  I also love watching and taking video demo’s from the designer’s and getting to […]

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March 9, 2014

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Weekend Giveaway- The Big A$$ Book of Crafts by Mark Montano! (Signed)

Heya, crafters! It’s been a busy week (three new videos up- whew!) so my weekend giveaway is a bit late. But trust me, you’ll want it! First- have you heard of the amazing Mark Montano? (I know if you are a faithful blog reader here you have- we’ve reviewed his books as well as mentioned […]

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March 7, 2014

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Polymer Clay Shamrock Pin (St. Patrick’s Day Craft!)

This post has actually been around for a few years here on CTD…but I have added new photos and a step-by-step video tutorial for you!  Who doesn’t need another St. Patrick’s Day craft idea or a super-cute Shamrock pin? Wanna play? You’ll need: black polymer clay translucent polymer clay metal leaf (silver or gold is […]

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March 6, 2014

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Overview of Metals Foils, Flakes and Leafing

Today I’ve got an informational post for you. I’m going to answer three questions today- what are metal foils, metal flakes, and metal leafing? And how do I use them? And with what adhesives? Now the first thing I’m going to do is to ask you to watch this video I made you. It’s about […]

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March 5, 2014

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CHA Show 2014: Booth Love for Imagine Crafts

Sometimes I get sucked into a booth at CHA not because the displays are so spectacular, but because the PRODUCT LOOKS SO YUMMY. This happened at winter CHA show 2014 at the Imagine Crafts booth. Er. Meh Ger. So much luscious color and inky goodness! Take a look: I just love this display of color, […]

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