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

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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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August 5, 2014

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Jellyfish Wind Sock Tutorial

I shared some BIG NEWS with you all last week, and I teased that I was going to make a Jellyfish for one of my segments. Well, I did. But I decided not to wait to share it with you. You all get first peeks! This is a fun project for a party, kids’ room…heck, […]

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August 4, 2014

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Scrapbook Soup 403-1; Making a Card Using Custom Stencils and Masks

You may remember that earlier this spring I visited the set of Scrapbook Soup and filmed two segments. If you follow along with me on Twitter or Facebook, you may know that last spring I was a guest on Scrapbook Soup for a few segments. I demonstrated how to use the Brother Scan N Cut […]

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August 1, 2014

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Scrapbook Soup Episode Airs This Week!

You may remember that earlier this spring I visited the set of Scrapbook Soup and filmed two segments. Guess what? One of those programs is now LIVE and you can watch it online! (So convenient for folks like me, who can’t get it on our PBS station.) Here’s Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I on set. […]

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July 31, 2014

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Coloring and Shading Tutorial from Sandy Allnock

Hey crafty friends! This week I’m off shooting the new season of Hands On Crafts For Kids, so I don’t have a fresh review or tutorial for you. However, the talented and altruistic Sandy Allnock (founder of Operation Write Home) made this great quickie video on how to color and shade hair. I love stamping […]

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July 29, 2014

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DO IT! Krylon Dual Paint

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! I’m so excited to share a new “special edition” web series brought to you by myself, Vicki O’Dell the Creative Goddess, and our kind sponsors, Krylon. Each webisode is actually comprised of two videos- the “Review It” portion, where I share an in-depth look at a product, and a “DO IT” […]

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July 28, 2014

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REVIEW IT-Krylon Dual Paint!

Happy Monday, crafty friends! I’m so excited to share a new “special edition” web series brought to you by myself, Vicki O’Dell the Creative Goddess, and our kind sponsors, Krylon. Each webisode is actually comprised of two videos- the “Review It” portion, where I share an in-depth look at a product, and a “DO IT” […]

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July 27, 2014

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Craft Room Confessional, EP 2: Big News & stuff!

I’ve just come back from vacation….and next week is a new roller-coaster of activity! I have a new gig! I put it all in this Craft Room Confessional for you!   I’d love any questions or comments you’d like to share!   Best, Jenny @CraftTestDummy on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram for more BTS fun!

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July 25, 2014

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Fabric Review: Oly*Fun by Fairfield World

  I was given the opportunity to test out and do a fabric review for a new fabric called Oly*Fun. It’s made by Fairfield World, who is better know for making Fiberfill, Polyfill, foams, and batting. The fabric has some special properties that most fabrics don’t. From Fairfield World: “The everything material” This is one of the easiest, […]

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July 23, 2014

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Review of Trim & Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

Paper trimmers are an essential in the paper crafter’s toolbox. And if you make card cards, envelopes, or boxes, a score board is pretty darn helpful, too. Leave it to We R Memory Keepers to come up with a combination tool so that you can cut and score with one tool that doesn’t clutter up […]

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July 21, 2014

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Review: Mod Podge Sheer Tint

There are a few crafting necessities that I think just might need to be staples in any crafter’s arsenal, Mod Podge being one of them. Plaid has recently launched a new product in their Mod Podge line: Mod Podge Sheer Tint. Basically, it’s the standard Mod Podge formula with different tints added in to give […]

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July 18, 2014

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BOOK REVIEW: Foxy Epoxy by Kristal Wick

I was send a copy of “Foxy Epoxy: 44 Great Epoxy Clay Projects with Serious Bling” by Kristal Wick, to review. To properly review the book, I was sent some Swarovski Ceralun Epoxy Clay too. You can see the review for the clay, here. This is an advanced jewelry making book, focusing on the use of […]

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July 17, 2014

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Swarovski’s Ceralun Epoxy Clay

I received a sampling of Swarovski’s Ceralun Epoxy Clay to test out. I don’t make a lot of things with clay, since I normally manage to ruin it during baking. However, this clay is self-hardening! Got to love that! This particular clay was formulated to use with the Swarovski chatons, when making jewelry. The chatons […]

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July 16, 2014

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Book Review: Simple Beginnings Beading

Simple Beginnings Beading Book

I love making simple jewelry. Over at my site, 30 Minute Crafts, I make a lot of fast and easy jewelry projects. And I love picking up books that take me through basic techniques. I like reviewing the basics, and I also like having books with basic techniques to pass on to my friends who […]

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July 14, 2014

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Craft Room Peek and Taking Questions for Upcoming Videos

Recently I shot the opening introduction of one of my product reviews using my webcam in my craft room (I call it “the Studio.”) I got some *ahem* comments about how messy my space is, how it looks familiar, and yes, one lady even asked me “How do you work in such a messy space?” […]

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July 11, 2014

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Overview of new Spellbinders Celebra’tions by Richard Garay

In case you haven’t noticed, Spellbinders Paper Arts has recently unveiled a new look and logo as well as some brand-spanky new products from the designer Richard Garay, called “Celebra’tions.”  They lovely folks at Spellbinders sent me an assortment from the new line, so I made you a video to share it all with you! […]

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July 10, 2014

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Book Review: Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry

Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry

As an intermediate beader, I’ve made my share of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. I have a simple style that I stick to… and I am ready to branch out. So I was super excited to be sent Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry by Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott to review. Here is what the publisher has to […]

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July 8, 2014

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Giveaway Alert: Win a 3Doodler 3-D Printing Pen!

Hey Crafty Friends! Yesterday I reviewed the 3Doodler 3-D Printing Pen….and this week you can win one! No kidding!     Thanks to our sponsor, ConsumerCrafts.com, we’ve got one of these HOT tools (pun intended) to give away to a lucky winner. And we’ve got SO many entry options for you! Here’s a little video… […]

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July 7, 2014

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3Doodler 3-D Printing Pen Review

3-D Printers are quite the rage- I mean, who wouldn’t love to create their own ABS plastic objects in three dimensions RIGHT AT HOME. But they still retail at over a $1000, and that’s a bit pricey for most of us. So what’s the next-best thing? A 3-D printing pen. And now the 3Doodler is […]

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July 3, 2014

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Prima Comfort-Craft Tools Chalk Edgers

Stamping has been around forever, but using stamp pads as a form of paint is a relatively new trend. Now Prima is taking the direct-to-surface application of stamping ink VERY seriously with the Comfort-Craft Chalk Edgers.   These little chalk-ink stamp pads feature an ergonomic molded grip handle and an unusual “iron” shape. The pad […]

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July 2, 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 it […]

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July 1, 2014

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Video Review: Ranger Ink New Embossing Powder Program

Hello Crafters!  Today we are going to take a look at Ranger Ink‘s new embossing powder program via a video review!  Ranger has had their AMAZING embossing powders on the market for as long as I can remember.  One of the first Ranger products I ever bought was their Red Tinsel embossing powder when I […]

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June 30, 2014

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Review of the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month

Sometimes you just need a little creative kick in the pants, and I’ve found that a kit can do just that. I have ordered some Simon Says Stamp products recently, and decided to take the plunge and try out the Card Kit of the Month. Since July is my first one, I thought I’d share […]

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