January 24, 2015

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Five Top Craft Trends at CHA 2015

Going the the Craft and Hobby Mega Show is a must, not just to drool at the new product releases for 2015, but also to spot trends and colors that will be must-haves for crafting and home decor. Wanna peek? I made you a video: But just to recap….. FOILS: The trend of shimmer and […]

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January 22, 2015

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Staz-On Solvent Ink Pads (overview)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- a solvent-based stamp pad is a must-have for any crafters’ tool box. It will do what most stamp pads won’t- become permanent on non-porous surfaces. Today we’ll take a look at Staz-On, their new midi size stamp pads, the new colors, and even some tips for […]

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January 21, 2015

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CHA 2015; Precision Base Plate for Sizzix for Tim Holtz

Ever have difficulty cutting through certain materials while using your thin-rule dies like Framelits or Thinlits? Well, Sizzix has come up with a new metal base plate that allows you to cut more precisely and cleanly! Take a look: And don’t those new deco sheets look fun as well?? The Precision Base Plate will be […]

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January 20, 2015

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CHA 2015 Day 2

Today was my 2nd day on the show floor. I concentrated on scoping out fashion brands and products for new things and people to work with. It was a crazy day of talking and walking. I saw more things than one post can contain, but I’ll share some highlights. I might go into depth in […]

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January 19, 2015

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CHA Show 2015 – New Jewelry Products to Watch For

The second best thing about going to the Craft and Hobby Association Trade show every January is seeing all of the new products being released. Of course the best part is leaving the snow and cold and going to Anaheim for a few days. There are several new products being released soon that we here […]

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January 17, 2015

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Hands On Crafts for Kids 700 Series Now Airing

Hey crafty friends! I’m so excited to share that the TV show that I filmed last summer, “Hands On Crafts for Kids” is now airing! This show has a long history- it’s been on PBS for 18 years! I’m so thrilled to join Katie Hacker and Franz Spohn as your hosts. In case you don’t […]

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January 16, 2015

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CHA Show 2015: What’s New From Spellbinders

Spellbinders is again expanding their line of papercrafting into mixed media and home decor with new dies, embossing folders, and now…… rhinestones and trims! I was invited to the media breakfast and snapped these pics and video for you. I’m hoping we’ll get some of these goodies to review for you, too!     I […]

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January 15, 2015

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CHA Show 2015: Yarnia

CHA Show 2015: Yarnia

You just never know what you will find at the CHA show. Giant elephants, life size hot air balloons or a full scale knitted or crochet version of The Chronicles of Narnia. Or in this case YARNIA.     The folks at Spinrite (the makers of Patons, Bernat, Caron and Lily Sugar n’ Cream) went all […]

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January 11, 2015

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CHA 2015: Day 1

Technically this is my 2nd day at CHA, but the 1st on the show floor. Yesterday, I traveled from Richmond, CA to Atlanta, GA, to Los Angeles, CA, to Anaheim, CA. It was a long day of traveling, but I was happy to arrive in sunny California to see new products, companies and long time […]

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January 9, 2015

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Video Review: Ranger Ink and Dyan Reaveley New Dylusions Sprays

Hello crafters!  Today I wanted to show you the six new colors of Dylusions ink sprays!  There were already 18 colors from the Dylusions line so these new six make 24 total.  New to Dylusions?  Check out this review by Jenny and learn the basics about these awesome sprays.   I am a huge fan of […]

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January 8, 2015

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#CHAshow 2015, Here We Come!

Tomorrow I head out with my crafty BFF Vicki to the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim, CA. If you have no idea what that is…well, check this out!   Follow along with us! TWITTER: Jenny: @CraftTestDummy Vicki: @CreativeGoddess Sara: @SaraJaneCrafts #TeamCTD/#CHAshow INSTAGRAM: Jenny: @CraftTestDummy and don’t forget YOUTUBE! New videos will be added daily!   […]

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January 7, 2015

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Product Review: Terial Magic

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As a quilter and crafter, I’ve tried the more traditional ways to stabilize my fabrics – using spray starch and using Best Press. So, when I was asked to try out Terial Magic, I wasn’t sure how excited I would be. Spoiler alert: I was VERY excited! Terial Magic is a liquid that comes in […]

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January 6, 2015

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#OLW (One Little Word) for 2015 & Round-Up

I’m not a big resolution-maker; as a former music therapist, I’ve been trained to make short term or long term goals with measurable and observable data. But I do like the idea of taking stock and re-evaluating my life’s mission statement. And on our long drive to NYC last week, I had a lot of […]

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January 5, 2015

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Craft Product Review: Mod Podge Furniture in 3 Finishes

Mod Podge Furniture is a new formula in a line of recent releases. It comes in three finishes, gloss, matte, and satin. It can be used to decoupage and seal decorations (paper and fabric) onto furniture pieces. It can be applied in the same way as other Mod Podge formulas, but must cure for 4 […]

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January 2, 2015

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Top Ten CraftTestDummies Videos from 2014

Earlier this week I shared the Top Ten Posts of 2014- it’s good to go back and see what resonated with my crafty peeps, as it helps me to plan for this year’s content. Similarly, I want to go over the top VIDEOS- YouTube is a slightly different crowd with different habits, and it’s time to […]

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December 30, 2014

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Thank You Cards & Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Jan 2015

‘Tis the season…for thank you cards! The gifts have been opened and the leftovers eaten up, so now it’s officially time to write out those cards for all of the wonderful gifts and merriment. What better way than to use my Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for January 2015? I made you a video showing […]

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December 29, 2014

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Top Ten Posts on CraftTestDummies 2014

I love to take a look at the end of the year and see what has been resonating with you, my readers. For this review, we will look at the top posts on CraftTestDummies and break it down by pageviews. Here are we go! In order: #1: Comparison of Stamp Pads on Fabric (31.5K views!) […]

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December 26, 2014

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Boxing Day Giveaway: Fiskars Tag Maker & Eyelet Setter!

It’s the day after Christmas, and while most folks are rushing to return gifts, I have a gift for YOU! It’s a giveaway from our friends at Fiskars. I reviewed the Fiskars Tag Maker & Eyelet Setter & loved it- and now we want YOU to have a chance to win one of FIVE!   […]

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December 25, 2014

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from #TeamCTD!

I just want to take a moment in the rush to wish you all a happy holiday season and THANK YOU  for being a part of the CraftTestDummies family. Whether you  like our YouTube videos, get your inspiration by following our boards on Pinterest, join in the conversation on Facebook, or hit me up for […]

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December 23, 2014

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Craft Room Confessional: How I Organize My Stickers and Rhinestones

I love “bling”- and it seems that adhesive stickers and rhinestones are a staple in many crafters’ stashes. But how do you keep them organized? Here is my solution! I made you a quick 3 minute video: Here are some of the supplies I used: these are affiliate links and if you make a purchase […]

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December 22, 2014

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Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Quilters

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Quilters

When Santa shops for quilting stocking stuffers, there are some go-to items he can always reach for. Here are some of the best last-minute stocking stuffers for quilters. 45mm Rotary Blades Quilters need to replace their blades regularly, and most don’t. Not because they don’t want to, but because they forget to keep them on […]

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December 19, 2014

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Video and Photo Production for YouTube

Ok, so this is a little off the topic of crafts. But I’ve been getting questions as to how I set up my space to film tutorials for YouTube, so I wanted to pull back the curtain so to speak and share my video set up for you.   Of course, I did this by […]

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December 18, 2014

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Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Hostess Gifts

Yesterday I shared how I make my Peek-A-Boo Gift Tags for the hostess gifts that I’m giving this year, and I got a request for the recipe for the Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub- so you here go! And you know what? You can make this in under an hour!   I’ve had my Dad, Mom, […]

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December 17, 2014

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Peek A Boo Gift Tags

Do you make handmade gifts? Ever want to include extra information? Well, here’s an easy idea for making super-cute “Peek a Boo” Gift Tags. They are like a mini card, actually- pretty on the outside with space for extra information inside. And you can make them easily using your tag punch or die. They are […]

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December 16, 2014

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Fiskars Tag Maker and Eyelet Setter

I am the undisputed queen of punches. (Paper punches, darlings. I’m a lover not a fighter.) And punches that make tags or labels hold a special place in my heart- so I was happy to try out the Fiskars Tag Maker and Eyelet Setter when Fiskars offered it to me to review.   This unique […]

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December 12, 2014

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Frosty Hat Ornaments using Recycled K-Cups

I know I’m not alone in loving my coffee brewer….but I do have a modicum of guilt with all of those plastic k-cups that head into the garbage. I’ve come up with a little craft that you could use either as an ornament or a place card setting, depending on how you do it. A […]

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December 10, 2014

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Craft Room Confessional, Ep 10; Storing Sprays, Inks & Daubers

Lord knows I love my craft products- and I have an extra SPECIAL place in my heart for all of the wonderful shimmery colors. I have quite a collection of Distress Stains, Adirondack Inks, Distress Paints, Radiant Rains, and more. But lately I’ve been hitting the wall of frustration because A) I can’t always find […]

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December 9, 2014

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Crafty Field Trip to Hawaii, Part 3: Quilt Shop!

So since Hawaii is known for their quilts, what trip to the Big Island would be complete without a trip to a local Quilt Shop. (By the way, if you’d like to see my trip to the craft store & scrapbooking store and/or the bead shop, just click those links too.) The aforementioned quilt shop […]

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December 8, 2014

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Craft Trends: 2015 Color of the Year “Marsala” Named by Pantone

Earlier my crafty colleague Abby reported on thing Spring Colors named by Pantone for 2015. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation about which color would win the title of “Color of the Year.” Pantone has just announced that Marsala has won the honors. Described as, “A TASTEFUL HUE:” Much like the fortified […]

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December 7, 2014

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Create and Craft TV to Debut in America

One of the things that I loved about visiting the UK is that the have this great live shopping channel dedicated to crafts, www.CreateAndCraft.TV.  It’s a 24-hour channel, and you can watch the presentations which are longer and less hurried than the segments on HSN. Instead of having a frantic 5-7 minutes per item and then rushing […]

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