Jewel Sheet Comparison- DCWV versus Buckle-Boutique

July 25, 2015

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Jewel Sheet Comparison- DCWV versus Buckle Boutique

These days “bling” is all the rage. These soft plastic sheets LOOK like crystals, but instead it’s a resin that is soft enough to cut with scissors or steel-rule dies. This week #TeamCTD reporter Sara has the down low on two popular brands.  Take a look at this video so you can get the best […]

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June 30, 2015

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Photo Sleeve Fuse by We Are Memory Keepers (Review)

Photo Sleeve Fuse by WRMK

The other day I shared with you an overview and demo of the Photo Sleeve Fuse from WRMK. Today, I’m giving it the full work out, including cutting other plastics with it! Disclosure: Samples provided for review purposes; however my opinions are honest and my own and based on my first-hand experience. I was not […]

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June 28, 2015

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Overview and Demo of the Photo Sleeve Fuse by We R Memory Keepers

Photo Sleeve Fuse by WRMK

One of the coolest tools at CHA 2015 was the new Photo Sleeve Fuse tool. Used to cut and fuse plastic sheets and scrapbooking page protectors, this heat tool creates opportunities to make custom pockets for scrapbooking, waterfall cards and pages, and even attach embellishments. I am pleased to team up with WRMK today to share with you this […]

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June 23, 2015

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Pat Catan’s Craft Haul

Well, it’s a busy time here at CTD WHQ- kids are out of school and into camps, (and mischief) we’ve started demolition on our kitchen remodel, my husband is in transition with work, and I’m working on my projects for Hands On Crafts for Kids.  We film the entire season in one week in July, […]

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June 19, 2015

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Tips for Cutting Jewel “Bling” Sheets in Silhoutte & Cricut Die Cutters

tips for cutting jewel/bling sheest with digital diecutters

So say you’ve bought some of the gorgeous Jewel Sheets from Buckle Boutique or DCWV…and now you want to cut them out using your digital die cutting machines. But how do you prep them for the Cricut? What is the proper setting for the Silhouette? Well today Sara has all the answers for us! First, […]

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June 12, 2015

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for June 2015

Card Kit June 2015

I really enjoy a subscription box- it’s like a little surprise every month! And I try to stretch myself to be creative with the things I get. Let’s take a look in the box I got this month from Simon Says Stamp (June 2015.) Disclosure: I pay for this kit with my own funds and […]

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June 11, 2015

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Craft Room Confessional- I am a planner failure

Craft Room Confessional- I am a planner failure! Why can't i get the hang of using a planner??

So when I bought my Kikki K planner in March, I had high hopes and visions of a planned, organized, lovely lifestyle. Cute notes! Washi tape! Adorable reminders! Guess what? Not so much. I’m not sure why, but I’m just not getting the hang of it. I keep a lot of what I have to […]

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June 9, 2015

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Product Review: Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Paints

dylusions paint review and demo!

Hello my crafty friends!  Today we are going to go over Ranger Ink and Dyan Reaveley’s brand new Dylusions paints.  These bright and poppy little pots of fun take me back to finger painting in Montessori preschool.  And yes, my fingers did take a little dip in these!   Here’s what Ranger has to say […]

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June 5, 2015

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Markers 101: Water Color Markers v Alcohol Based Markers

Marker 101; basic info for choosing the right marker for your project!

Got Marker Problems? One of my viewers did. So here’s some basic differences between water-based and alcohol-based markers. Today we are going to go over the markers and what you can expect from each type. Recently I had a YouTube subscriber leave me the following comment on the CraftTestDummies channel:  Genesis Not Exodus: This was […]

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June 4, 2015

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Staz-On Studio Glaze from Imagine Crafts

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Today we’re looking at the Staz-On Studio Glazes from Imagine Crafts. These water-based acrylic glazes coordinate with Staz On Colors, and add a translucent “stained glass” effect on non-porous surfaces and mixed media art pieces. Disclosure: Samples provided for review purposes; however my opinions are honest and my own and based on my first-hand experience. […]

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June 3, 2015

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Three Push Clay Extruder Hacks (& use a caulk gun!)

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Quite a while ago (and back when I was claying regularly) I wrote a love letter to the Makin’s Clay Extruder. I had been trying to use the Sculpey push-extruder and it was KILLING my hands. I switched over to the screw type and never looked back. But for those of you who have the push-extruder […]

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June 2, 2015

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The Next Big Thing: Periscope

I'd love to see you there! @CraftTestDummy

So the other day a fellow crafty bloggy friend announced that she was on a new social media channel, Periscope. I immediately cringed inside…because, REALLY? I already juggle Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and am trying to get in the habit of Vine. But I took a peek at this app for your iPhone/iPad or Android […]

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June 1, 2015

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Hostess Tray Fit for a Queen (Or a Princess Charlotte!)

Krylon Fit For a Queen Serving Tray Makeover

I had this old hostess tray sitting around, and it really needed….something. It was plain and cheap, and faded into the background. I decided it needed some “oomph” and that when I used it, my guests should feel like a royalty! (Or maybe even me, on Mother’s Day?)  So I set to work. Here’s a sneak […]

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May 29, 2015

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Fiskars Thick Materials Punch Review

Fiskars Thick Materials Punch Review

I love a good punch! But I’ve ruined a few punching things like metal and shrink plastic. Fiskars must have been nanny-camming my studio, since now they have a thick materials punch that is tough with thick materials but pretty easy on the hands.  Disclosure: Samples provided for review purposes; however my opinions are honest […]

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May 26, 2015

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Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Inks by Plaid

Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Soft Ink

Earlier this week I shared an unboxing video debuting the Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Inks by Plaid, as well as the Stamping Blocks. Today, I’m going to do a bit more in depth on these fabric paints and show you how they held up.   First this is how they are described on Plaid’s website: […]

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May 21, 2015

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Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps from Plaid- Review and Demo

Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps- review and video demonstration.

Yesterday I shared an unboxing video with you to show you a little bit about the Block Printing Stamps from Plaid (oh, and ALL of the designs, too!) But today I really want to share with you my experiences with how they work on fabric, paper, and clay! I also use a variety of paints, […]

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May 19, 2015

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New “We Made It” Craft Line by Jennifer Garner for JoAnn Fabric And Crafts

Jennifer Garner has a new line of craft products for kid's launching in June 2015 at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores- "We Made It."

Today I ran across a little tidbit on JoAnn Fabric And Crafts’ Facebook page: they are partnering with actress Jennifer Garner on a line of kid’s crafting kids, called “We Made It.” Here’s how it’s described on the website: Jennifer Garner presents a new line of creative kits and projects for kids ages 4 to […]

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May 19, 2015

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Unboxing and Overview of the Fabric Creations Block Printing Line from Plaid

Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps

Last January at CHA I drooled all over myself when I saw the Fabric Creations line from Plaid. The stamps looked just like authentic wood stamping blocks (and actually cast from original wood ones, too!) You can imagine how I jumped for joy when these beauties hit my doorstep last week. Disclosure: Samples provided for […]

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May 15, 2015

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Craft Haul- LSS Rummage Sale!

Craft Haul- LSS Rummage Sale

This week my Local Stamping Store (LSS- shout out to Stamplistic in Amherst) had a rummage sale at their new location. The idea is that you could bring in your gently used tools and stamps and the store sells them for you. YOU do the pricing, the store does the work, and you get the […]

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May 13, 2015

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New Products Announced from Silhouette- Mint and Curio!

New Silhouette Products- the Mint and Curio!

Yesterday I got an intriguing email from Silhouette America announcing new products! (Remember the good old days when companies used the CHA summer show for their big releases? Sigh.) Anyway, we haven’t seen a new machine from Silhouette in quite a while, so this REALLY caught my attention- and now TWO? Introducing the Silhouette Mint […]

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May 13, 2015

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Operation Write Home Announces Closure

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Today I got my weekly SitRep from Operation Write Home’s founder, Sandy Allnock- and it included a shocker. Due to the troops being withdrawn (and correspondingly the number of cards needed) there is beginning to be an imbalance in the amount of administration time needed and the folks being served. So she’s decided to wrap it […]

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May 12, 2015

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Using The PixScan Mat with the Silhouette Studio Software- LIVE DEMO

LIVE DEMO of the PixScan Mat & Silhouette Software

Last week I gave you an overview of the PixSxan Mat, showing you how it scanned & cut out shapes. Today I have a LIVE demo for you, via screen capture. This 8-minute demo is for folks who might want start scanning, but who may be intimidated- but I’ll walk you through it! In this video, […]

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May 8, 2015

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Mother’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Mothers Day DIY Gifts you can make in 4 hours or less!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner- but don’t despair! I’ve rounded up  a passel (yes, that’s a real word) of awesome DIY gift ideas that you can make in 3 to 4 hours (or even less!) And trust me, Mom still likes a nice handmade gift from the heart. Don’t we all? An InLinkz […]

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May 7, 2015

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Overview of the PixScan Mat from Silhouette (Paper)

Overview and first impressions of the PixScan Mat from Silhoutte

Last fall I attended Quilt Market in Houston, and Silhouette was really making a splash with the new PixScan Mat. They gave me one to try, so I here are my first impressions! Disclosure: This is an unsponsored review. Product was provided for review. All opinions are honest and my own and based on my personal, […]

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May 5, 2015

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Selecting Batting for your next Quilt Project

selecting batting for your next quilt project

If you’re just starting out in quilting, the process of selecting a batting for your quilted project can be daunting! There are so many battings to choose from. You may select a batting that is on hand, is on sale, or that is recommended by a friend… but does it really make a difference what […]

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May 4, 2015

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iCraft Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive from Therm-O-Web

iCraft Deco Foil & Hot Melt Adhesive by Therm-O-Web

As you know, foil is a HUGE trend right now…. and I’ve shared how to add it to your projects AND a review of the iCraft Deco Foil… so now let’s take a closer look at the iCraft Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive.  Disclosure: This is an unsponsored review. Product was provided for review. All […]

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May 1, 2015

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iCraft Deco Foil from Therm-O-Web

iCraft Deco Foil & Hot Melt Adhesive by Therm-O-Web

Foiling is hot, Hot, HOT right now in the crafting world. We saw that sneak peek at CHA in January and as predicted, foiling is EVERYWHERE. Luckily, products from Therm-O-Web make it very easy to add that glimmer and shine right at home, and using easily-available (and inexpensive) materials. Today we’ll look at the iCraft […]

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April 28, 2015

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My Favorite Crafty Things: WATER BRUSHES

My Favorite Crafty Things: Water Brushes!

One of my best long-term posts has been my comparison of water brushes. As I was gathering new ones for a follow-up review, it dawned on me that I love them for so many reasons, and I can’t imagine not having them in my studio. (Or more specifically, in my travel art kit!) I here’s […]

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April 27, 2015

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Tombow Brush Markers

Tombow Dual Brush Marker Pens (review)

I’ve been on a bit of a marker kick. And why not? Lots of colors, inexpensive, and versatile. So today we are looking at the Tombow Dual Brush Marker Pens.   Here’s how the company describes them: Flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker. Brush tip works like a paintbrush to create fine, […]

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April 22, 2015

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24 Ideas to Use Up Fabric Scraps

24 ideas for using up scrap fabric!

Another confession: I hoard fabric scraps. Sometimes is the color, sometimes it’s the texture, sometimes it’s just that it’s a bit of a piece of clothing or reminds me of something I can’t let go of yet. So I hold on to a ton of fabric scraps! Today, I have a ton of great ideas […]

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