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Chief Craft Test Dummy, Craft Evangelist, Founder, Editor, bottle-washer, trouble-maker, and creative whirlwind.

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

June 3, 2015

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Photo taken as a screen shot from the website. Click to open in a new tab.

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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The Next Big Thing: Periscope

June 2, 2015

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

June 1, 2015

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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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Fiskars Thick Materials Punch Review

May 29, 2015

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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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Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Inks by Plaid

May 26, 2015

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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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Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps from Plaid- Review and Demo

May 21, 2015

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

May 19, 2015

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

May 19, 2015

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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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Craft Haul- LSS Rummage Sale!

May 15, 2015

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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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New Products Announced from Silhouette- Mint and Curio!

May 13, 2015

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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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Operation Write Home Announces Closure

May 13, 2015

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

May 12, 2015

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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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Mother’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

May 8, 2015

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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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Overview of the PixScan Mat from Silhouette (Paper)

May 7, 2015

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

May 4, 2015

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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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iCraft Deco Foil from Therm-O-Web

May 1, 2015

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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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My Favorite Crafty Things: WATER BRUSHES

April 28, 2015

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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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Tombow Brush Markers

April 27, 2015

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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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24 Ideas to Use Up Fabric Scraps

April 22, 2015

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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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Speed Color Using Zig Clean Color Real Brushes

April 21, 2015

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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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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

April 20, 2015

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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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Simon Says Stamp April 2015 Card Kit & Inspiration

April 17, 2015

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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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Crafting and Cruising!

April 13, 2015

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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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Packing for a Polymer Clay Retreat!

April 10, 2015

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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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Watercolor Comparison from Jennifer McGuire

April 8, 2015

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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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Craft Field Trip in Melbourne and CRAFT HAUL!

April 6, 2015

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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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Glue Resist Wall Art Featuring Faber-Castel Gel Crayons

April 2, 2015

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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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Polyslicer Combo Review from Polymer Clay Tutor Cindy Lietz

April 1, 2015

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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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Review: Faber-Castell Gel Crayons

March 31, 2015

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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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DIY Travel Accessories Tutorial

March 30, 2015

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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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