From all of us here at CraftTestDummies, we wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! We’re going to take a few days off to enjoy our families, some good food, and maybe even a Black Friday sale or two. Cheers!
Archives for November 2015
I traveled to London earlier this month, and I love to get craft magazines from the UK. They often come with fun freebies that are more than worth the price of the magazine. Of course, here in the US, they are pretty expensive, so when my hubby travels I have him pick them up for me. While I was visiting the HobbyCraft store, I hit the motherload! Take a look at this video and you’ll see the magazines I […]
As I mentioned here, I love to travel- and my favorite thing to do is to visit crafty stores and see what products/craft trends are popular abroad. Today I’m sharing my video of Liberty of London and John Lewis as I saw them in November 2015. What do you think? Similar or different than what you have in YOUR neighborhood? I’d love to hear from you!
This summer I taped another series of Hands On Crafts for Kids and it’s finally airing! I designed this project to be quick, simple, and a great gift or home decor idea. Since it’s almost Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share it with the idea that you could also write what each family member is thankful for inside the handprints! Or you can get a head-start for your holiday gift-giving, as this is a BIG hit with grandparents! Here’s the list […]
A few months ago I was contacted by the company Parcel Hero (a shipping company in the UK) and asked if I’d like to participate in their “Advent Calendar” program. They reached out to crafters to alter a small wooden box, which would then be auctioned off to benefit OxFam. Crafting for charity? I’m in. My mission: to alter/decorate a plain wooden box and include a small handmade gift. MISSION ACCEPTED. Here’s how they describe it on the Parcel Hero blog: […]
Hey there crafters! Today I want to go through comparing and contrasting the different paints offered by Ranger Ink. Currently there are four different paints; Tim Holtz Distress Paints, Ranger Paint Dabbers, Dyan Reaveley Dylusions and Dina Wakley Media Paints. Other than the Ranger Paint Dabbers, we have fully reviewed the other three paints here at Craft Test Dummy. I’ll insert links to all of towards the end so you can check them out and see the specifics and samples, […]
This isn’t a review as much as it is a love-letter. Every crafter needs a reliable glue gun- but really, how are any of them REALLY different? They all make the glue sticks hot. They glue stuff together. They all give you glue gun burns! (I kid! But no, really, they all give you burns.) So really, the difference is in the design. The reason I love it is because stands up on the table, ready and waiting. You can just […]
I’m on the road again! Those of you who know me know that I love traveling (here’s a link to my crafty/travel posts), and searching out fun crafty adventures is always part of the plan. Next week (Nov 9-11 2015) I’ll be in London with hubby and paying a visit to my Italian Daughter. She stayed with us from September 2013 to June 2014 through AFS- a program I support and continue to participate in. (Right now we have a daughter […]
I love to make special place settings for holidays- and it helps me gently communicate to my guests where I’d like everyone to sit. And with these Pilgrim Hat Place Card Holders for Thanksgiving, I can recycle AND share a little after-dinner candy, too! How fun is that? I was inspired by the Frosty Hat Ornaments I made last year. But for this version, I wanted to make it really kid-friendly & extra “recycle-y.” (Is that a word? It is […]
Here’s a fun craft I shared on Hands On Crafts for Kids– using plastic utensils to make a resist for spray-dyed shirts. It’s a lot less mess (and more immediately gratifying) than tie-dying. It’s a great group craft for scouts, school groups, even family reunions! And you can change the colors to match your school, season, or holiday. Enjoy! PS- don’t forget to visit my Kids Crafts YouTube playlist for more great segments from the show, and you can watch a […]
My name is Linda Gorman and I am so excited to be doing some reviews for CraftTestDummies! Today I am going to check out Kuretake Zig Wink of Luna Brush Pens. These are similar to the Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Brush Pens except the Wink of Luna have a metallic pigment instead of a glitter pigment. The Wink of Luna Brush Pens are a real brush marker with a metallic water-based pigment. The brush tip allows you to […]