24 ideas for using up scrap fabric!

April 22, 2015

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24 Ideas to Use Up Fabric Scraps

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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April 21, 2015

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Speed Color Using Zig Clean Color Real Brushes

Speed color with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Yesterday I reviewed the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers– and they really are like having the look of  watercolor with the ease of a marker and the semi-permanence of dye, all in one! But I digress. I colored in this little froggy and wanted to show you how I did it. I used 5 […]

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April 20, 2015

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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Markers are an essential crafting tool- for adding color to stamped images, custom-coloring accents, drawing, creating washes…well, markers are a timeless crafting and art-making staple. Today I’m reviewing the Zig Clean Color Brush Markers to see how they fit into my craft studio! Disclosure: sample provided for review, but all opinions are my own and based […]

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April 17, 2015

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Simon Says Stamp April 2015 Card Kit & Inspiration

SSS April Card Kit 2015

Hey Crafty Friends! I’m finally back from an early spring’s worth of travel,  and now I’m really enjoying getting back into the swing of things in the studio. First, I’m cracking open the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for April 2015 and getting my creative juices flowing! This kit challenged me a bit- while I […]

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April 13, 2015

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Crafting and Cruising!

It seems that I’ve been living a whirlwind life of travel these days… we just got back from Melbourne and then we were off as a family for a Royal Caribbean cruise. Of course, I brought my travel kit and couldn’t resist taking a peek at what the craft activities offered on our ship, the […]

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April 10, 2015

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Packing for a Polymer Clay Retreat!

Front flap zips down and clear pockets snap off.

Last fall my crafty BFF Vicki O’Dell, the Creative Goddess (you should check out her site VickiODell.com) and I took a little in-state road trip to the International Polymer Clay Associations’ polymer clay retreat! It was a weekend in Dublin, Ohio, at a hotel…but while the venue was small, it packed it a lot of […]

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April 8, 2015

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Watercolor Comparison from Jennifer McGuire

Windsor & Newton Pocket Plus Travel Watercolor Kit

Watercolor painting is one of those things that ebbs and flows (pun intended) in crafting. It is as easy as adding water to a paint pan and smooshing it around…but for more professional (or tidy) results, it can be tricky and intimidating to some. And there is always the question of what paints are actually GOOD. […]

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April 6, 2015

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Craft Field Trip in Melbourne and CRAFT HAUL!

Crafty Field Trip to Melbourne

I really had SUCH an amazing time in Melbourne Australia…. and part of the reason why is that there were so many artistic and crafty places there. Graffiti Alley, great architecture… and CRAFT STORES!   I made you this video- it’s almost 10 minutes long, so fair warning- but it includes photos of my trip […]

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April 2, 2015

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Glue Resist Wall Art Featuring Faber-Castel Gel Crayons

Canvas Art using glue resist and Gel Crayons from Faber-Castell

Here’s a fun project that you can do with your kids or even for yourself! Make some wall art that speaks to you! You’ll need: canvas paper (it comes in pads and is very economical) or a stretched canvas if you prefer Gesso (read my primer on gesso if you are not sure what that is or […]

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April 1, 2015

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Polyslicer Combo Review from Polymer Clay Tutor Cindy Lietz

Photo by Cindy Lietz. http://www.beadsandbeading.com/

If you work in polymer clay, you know that making nice, thin slices is a skill that a lot of us don’t possess. And if you are trying to slice CURED polymer clay canes, well, good luck to you. A nail art technician invented a tool called the Polyslicer Combo that is VERY handy for […]

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March 31, 2015

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Review: Faber-Castell Gel Crayons

Nice barrel and grip!

What do you get when you cross a twist-up crayon and watercolor paints? A GEL CRAYON from Faber-Castell! These “crayons” are very soft and creamy- like a lipstick- and they are water-soluable, too. So it’s a two-fer. Here’s how they are described on the website: Budding artists ages 3+ love to experiment by drawing on […]

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March 30, 2015

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DIY Travel Accessories Tutorial

Stress/sleep mask.

Thanks again to Fairfield World for sponsoring content on CTD. Please visit their site for more product information and free projects!  As I was preparing my post about Poly Pellets and Micro Beads for Fairfield World, I got inspired to get out my machine and make a few things. I had a pair of my […]

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March 27, 2015

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Friday Giveaway from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®

Contest open 3/27-4/12/2015. Must be 18 years old or older to enter, international entries accepted!

Happy Friday, folks! This is the last weekend of National Craft Month and I have a FABULOUS giveaway for you, courtesy of our friends at Faber-CastellDesign Memory Craft®. You know how much I love my Gelatos (you can see posts here and here) and now is your chance to win some of the newest colors! […]

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March 26, 2015

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Stuff It! Micro Beads or Poly-Pellets?

beads vs pellets: which is the right stuffing medium for you?

Howdy Crafty Friends! Today I’m here with a little “the more you know” moment courtesy of Fairfield World. We’ve teamed up to help you pick the best stuffing for your project, as well as to introduce you to two of their products- Poly-Fil Micro Beads and Poly-Pellets Stuffing Beads. So let’s just dive right in! […]

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March 25, 2015

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Guide to Metallic Pens and Glitter Pens from JetPens.com

I was clicking through the internet neighborhood the other day looking for some glitter pens…and quite by accident stumbled upon this post- “Guide to Metallic & Glitter Ink Pens and Markers” on JetPens.com. OH MY SPARKLY STARS- so much good information!   In this comprehensive post, they cover what is the difference between metallic and glitter […]

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March 23, 2015

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Crafty Field Trip to Melbourne, pt 1: Kikki K!

Kikki K field trip, Melbourne Australia

While I was traveling in Melbourne, I found a Kikki K shop and wandered in. I’d been seeing a lot of planners online and was interested in them… so I treated myself! The shop was lovely, too. I finally cracked it open when I got home. I made a little video of unboxing and initial […]

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March 20, 2015

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Giveaway: Stick With It Palette

Stick With It Giveaway! Open March 20-27 2015! International friends my enter!!

Yesterday I reviewed the Stick With It Palette- and today you’ll have a chance to win one! Here’s a little video I made about the giveaway, too:   You have so many options to enter, including a daily tweeting option! Good luck and thanks for entering! Click the blue text below if your browser doesn’t […]

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March 19, 2015

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New CHA Product- Stick With It Palette

Stick With It Palette

One of the things that I love about going to the CHA show is walking down the new vendor aisle. New products from new companies, all hoping to make a difference in the crafting industry- well, that’s pretty cool. And one of the products that caught my eye was the Stick With It Palette. Here’s […]

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March 18, 2015

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CHA 2015 – Tim Holtz Idea-ology Booth Tour

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Every CHA I cannot wait to go and visit the Tim Holtz idea-ology booth; It reminds me of visiting my great-grandmother’s house when I was little with vintage goodies hiding in every nook and cranny.  She had one of those big, bronze cash register with the giant buttons, hundreds of spools of thread lined up […]

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March 16, 2015

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Melbourne Trip 2015- Art & Architecture

I love love love to travel…and taking in the public art and architecture is a BIG part of my travel experience. Just taking these new sights in really influences my art and craft design sensibilities. In this 4-minute video, I share with you the highlights of my week in Melbourne, Australia, focusing on old architecture, […]

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March 13, 2015

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CHA 2015 – Heidi Swapp Booth and Minc Video

Heidi Swapp CHA 2015

If you are a regular reader of Craft Test Dummies, you know that I am a HUGE fan of Heidi Swapp.  Heidi has a been a fixture in the paper crafting industry for over a decade and has always been a never-ending source of inspiration for me.  Her products always trigger my creative side and […]

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March 12, 2015

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CHA 2015 – Beadalon 3D Bracelet Jig

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Hey crafters!  This year at CHA Beadalon took home the award the Top Product of the show for their brand new 3D wire bracelet jig.  You can make all kinds of fun bracelets with this clever tool!  I can imagine this being a must-have tool for any and all jewelry makers and beaders, from beginner’s […]

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March 11, 2015

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Review: Speed Sew / Dritz Liquid Stitch Fabric Mender

Speed Sew Adhesive

I love my sewing machine, but sometimes you need a quick fix or a convenient no-sew project. I was approached by the makers of Speed Sew (out of Canada) to give it a go- so I was absolutely game. They provided the product for this review. From the website: Credibility: Speed-Sew has been on the market […]

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March 10, 2015

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Mod Melter Versus Hot Glue Gun- A Comparison

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Since yesterday I reviewed the Mod Melter, I thought it would be helpful for you to see a comparison of my favorite hot glue gun, the AdTech Hybrid, and the Mod Melter- in action!   Enjoy this video I have for you, and I’d love to hear your comments!  

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March 9, 2015

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Mod Podge Mod Melter by Plaid

Mod Podge Mod Melter

Disclosure: sample provided for review, but all opinions are my own and based on my first-hand experience with the product. Back at the CHA show in January 2015, the Plaid booth was all abuzz with Cathie and Steve and their new tool for the Mod Podge line, the Mod Melter. The Mod Melter dovetails with […]

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March 6, 2015

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CHA 2015 Debut – Ken Oliver Crafts

Ken Oliver Crafts

This year at CHA seasoned designer and crafter, Ken Oliver, debuted his very own line of paper products and stamps at the show.  Ken has four new paper lines as well as color bursts, stamp pegz and click-it stamp pads.  We were fortunate enough to have Ken show us some of these new fabulous products […]

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March 4, 2015

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The Best Glue For Polymer Clay? Results From TheBlueBottleTree.com

Glues for Polymer clay from The Blue Bottle Tree.com

As a polymer clayer, there are so many things to know and learn- and this is information that I’ve asked myself- what is the best glue for polymer clay? The answer is- well, it depends! What you are gluing to it, is the clay raw or baked, and what is the final piece being used […]

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March 3, 2015

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Kid’s Sewing Kits by Jennifer Jangles

Jennifer Jangles Booth at the International Quilt Market

Last fall at the International Quilt Market I ran across one of the most colorful, festive and HAPPY booths- Jennifer Jangles. It drew me right in. And I’ve got a daughter who is crafty…so I wondered if some of these kits might be a good fit. Jennifer was gracious enough to send me home with […]

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March 2, 2015

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Travel Crafting Kit Round-Up & Trip to Oz

Travel Kit & Round Up on CraftTestDummies.com

If you’ve been here a while, you know I LOVE to travel. It doesn’t really even matter where- in my home state, across the country, North America, Europe.. well, I just love to go and see this beautiful earth of ours! Last October I took my first honest-to-goodness trip to Europe (Italy) to visit our AFS […]

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February 27, 2015

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My Favorite Crafty Things: Brad Setter and Piercing Tool

My Favorite Crafty Things: Brad Setter and Paper Piercer (POKEY TOOL!)

The other day when I published my video on Start-To-Finish Watercolor Cards, I got a comment about the tool I was using for the Inlaid Die-Cutting Technique. I realized that once again I’d reached for one of my favorite crafty tools: the We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter and Piercing Tool. . I reviewed this […]

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