Chibitronics at CHA 2016!

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Sometimes when you are walking around the show floor of the CHA Megashow (this one was held in January of 2016), you find booths that really catch your eye and get you exciting about crafting at a whole ‘nother level. Such was the case at the Chibitronics booth. Their idea is to integrate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) WITH crafting.  I love this concept- getting kids experimenting with making creative things AND feeding their brains with science! Take a look […]

Dina Wakely of Ranger Wows at CHA 2016

Dina Wakely's Paints and fine tips for mixed-media art.

I’m not gonna lie- seeing all of the cool craft demos at CHA 2016 is as much fun as seeing the new products. And when you can stand just a foot away from an artist like Dina Wakely and watch her demonstrate, it’s a little breath-taking. Lucky us, Sara got some EXCELLENT videos at the Ranger booth- and now you get to check them all out! In Part One, we see Dina talking about her new stamps and stencils… …And […]

#OneLittleTag January Recap & Week 5 Challenge!

#OneLittleTag week five recap and new prompt!

Well, friends- I’ve made it through one whole month of my #OneLittleTag craft challenge! I have 31 tags for January all done. (You might know this already if you follow along on Periscope.) Take a look at my photos below to see the tags I did for this January! Now, if you are inspired and want to play along, you can do so a few ways: Post your tags on Instagram with the #OneLittleTag hashtag so we can find them […]

28 Lilac Lane Buttons by May Flaum for Buttons Galore

May Flaum's 20 Lilac Lane collection for Buttons Galore

This post and video are part of our coverage of the Craft and Hobby Mega Show (industry trade show) also known as the CHA Show 2016. It was January 7-12  in Anaheim California and we were there to get all of the new product information and demos for YOU! Please check the CHA 2016 tab for more coverage and all of the videos are on the CHA 2016 playlist on YouTube. Enjoy!  While trotting around the show floor, I ran across […]

Recycle Craft: Cardboard Tube Drums

recycle drum using a discarded oatmeal box and window film!

In my previous career as a Music Therapist, I came up with a number of crafty projects, and making musical instruments was my favorite! We were always working on a super-tight budget, with an eye toward recycling when we could, and making instruments that adults wouldn’t be embarrassed to play. One year, I came up with drums made of tubes and shrink wrap- and today, I’m sharing it with you! This is a great rainy day craft, scout craft, vacation […]

Plaid Booth Tour & Demos at CHA 2016

Steve, Vicki and Jenny!

One of my favorite booths at CHA show is Plaid. You might not think “Plaid” when you think of super-brands like Mod Podge, Martha Stewart Crafts, Bucilla Needlearts, or Handmade Charlotte, but Plaid Crafts is behind them all! Let me show you some of the highlights from the booth! First, I say Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza giving a demo on the Photo Transfer Medium:  Get yours here! (affiliate link) We also had a quick photo op with Vicki O’Dell! […]

New from Silhouette at CHA 2016

Silhouette America is a trusted (and familiar) name in digital die cutting- but they are still innovating with two new products this year. We had a chance to catch up at the show and film TWO demos-one of the Mint (a stamp-making machine) and the Curio (an embossing/etching/diecutting tool.) First, take a peek at the MINT: Next up we have a demo of the CURIO- it’s a nifty machine that etches and embosses as well as cuts. Take a look: […]

Tim Holtz and Sizzix at CHA 2016

New Sizzix Products from Tim Holtz at CHA 2016. See ALL the videos!

One of the things we LOVE about CHA is the ability to see our favorite designers and all of their new products. For today’s installment of CHA show 2016 coverage, we are hanging out at the Sizzix Booth with Tim Holtz. Over these FIVE videos, you will see the booth tour, steel rule dies, and framelits. Grab a cuppa, kick back and enjoy! Sizzix Booth Tour: New Framelits Shapes: New Steel Rule Dies: And the new Vagabond TWO!! And the […]

Richard Garay Collections from CHA 2016

Richard Garay cha 2016

  Richard Garay released a line with Spellbinders at CHA 2015 and it was a great success- and this year he is back with a retail line! Here in these TWO videos, you’ll see Richard give us an overview of the lines and a die cutting demonstration, and then a closer look at the “Lumberjack” stamps. Now let’s take a closer look! This post and video are part of our coverage of the Craft and Hobby Mega Show (industry trade […]

Spellbinders: New Tools at CHA 2016

CHA 2016: New Spellbinders Tools! See them in this quick 2-minute video.

Last week I was at the Craft and Hobby Association Megashow, commonly called CHA. Now that we are home and unpacking, expect to see a LOT of posts from the show- mostly videos and demos that were LIVE on the show floor and/or recorded on Periscope.   Since I uploaded this  THREE DAYS AGO, this 2-minute video has over FIVE THOUSAND VIEWS!!! So far it’s the “winner” video of CHA 2016. Take a look at the new tools from Spellbinders […]

New Year, New Challenge- #OneLittleTag

my #oneLittleWord has become a new craft challenge- #OneLittleTag! Come play along!

I have participated in Ali Edward’s One Little Word for a few years now… I’ve had the word Embrace and Mindful in recent years. But this year I’m coupling my OLW with a craft challenge- #OneLittleTag!   I made a video to explain it… And And just to recap, our group is here on FB:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/OneLittleTag2016/members/ And our goals will be to support each other with  show-and-tell; sharing our creations will keep us on track and motivated! sharing techniques and product tutorials […]

Epson EcoTank 4550 Printer Review

EcoTank review from CraftTestDummies.com

Like a lot of crafters, I use a printer fairly often- to print out pictures, make headlines, copy paper, print out instructions and sketches- well, I use it almost everyday! Epson offeren me an EcoTank to try out, and I had to say “yes”- this is a whole different animal than what I am used to!   Now, this model is classified for the “Workforce”- so it may be a bit much for your home. But I have 3 kids […]

Hearth Room Renovation and Fireplace Screen Makeover with Krylon

Krylon Firescreen Makeover

This summer we did a HUGE renovation of our kitchen and hearth room. The kitchen was a total tear-out, whereas the hearth room where we watch TV was more of a “facelift” maneuver. We updated the brick fireplace with stone and a new mantel. And while we hired out the “big” work, I added my finishing touch by making over our old fireplace screen with Krylon Supermaxx paint! Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Krylon but all images and opinions […]

“Stained Glass” Pixel Art using GLITTER GLUE!

Super hero Faux stained glass Pixel Art

  Here’s a fun kid’s craft using glitter glue and plastic canvas- perfect making “faux stained glass” sun catchers with ANY theme you can dream up! Superhero, comics/cartoons, sports logos- the sky is the limit! Here’s a supply list for you: plastic canvas plastic page protector painters tape plastic lacing to finish the edges  scissors printed images (Hint: you can search for “Pixel art” and you’ll find a bunch of designs. I searched “Pixel art captain america” to find one […]

Christmas Jelly Jar Votive (Great Gift Idea!)

Jelly Jar Votive Candles! Made with thrifted or recycled jelly jars, these sweet lights are perfect as hostess/appreciation gifts or just to decorate your windowsills or tables!

Here we are… that season again! Time to share our gifts this holiday with the people we love- and a handcrafted gift is really a gift from the heart! Today I’ll show you how to craft a recycled jelly jar into a sweet hostess gift or appreciation gift with just a few supplies. This one is Christmas-themed, but you could also use different colors for Winter or Hanukkah. Here’s your supply list: (some links are affiliate links and I keep this site […]

Crafty Travel: Mexican Handicrafts

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I know I just got back from London, but we had a family reunion last week in sunny Mexico! I couldn’t resist mixing a little bit of business with my pleasure, so I visited some handcraft shops to see that Mexican artists are making. While I know that they make a lot to sell to tourists, many of the techniques are traditional. I made you  a video!     And now here are the photos of my treasures….  

Happy Thanksgiving from #TeamCTD

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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!

British Craft Magazines & GIVEAWAY!

British Craft Magazines

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 […]

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Crafts!

Pilgrim Hat Place Card Holders for Thanksgiving

I know that we are all in the Thanksgiving Crush- so I’ve rounded up some Thanksgiving Crafts you can do a few hours. Or better yet, get the whole family involved! I’ve included some videos for you to get you going, as well! 1. Pilgrim Hat Table Settings using Recycled K-Cups!  Recycle AND hide a little tasty treat. This video shows you how: 2. Decoupaged Candle Centerpiece! Use some pretty paper napkins and craft this up in a jiffy! 3. Place […]

Crafty Travel: Liberty of London & John Lewis Nov. 2015

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!