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

Krylon Frosted Glass Finish Spray Paint Review

September 30, 2014

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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 […]

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit October 2014

September 29, 2014

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Hey crafty friends! I’m working on some BIG new videos and reviews, but I wanted to give you a super-quick overview of the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for October 2014. If you’ve got two minutes, I can show you what is in the card AND three cards I made right off the bat! This is […]

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Craft Room Confessional: Die Storage

September 26, 2014

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I absolutely LOVE manual die-cutting. For me, it’s easier than firing up a program and setting up a digital machine. But my theory is if you don’t see your dies, you won’t use them. Take a peek and see how I store my thin-rule dies so I use them all the time!     Here’s […]

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Review of the Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ UP

September 24, 2014

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I’ve been smitten with kits and subscriptions series lately. I love getting a “surprise” in the mail (even if I’ve had a sneak peek of what’s coming” and the idea of a little dose of creativity is just about what I need these days. Kits can push you out of your comfort zone, introduce you […]

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Chip-It Color Matching Tool from Sherwin Williams

September 23, 2014

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Recently I’ve come across some cool things on Pinterest, in which someone shares a photo and pulls out the colors from it- either for inspiration, or to paint their room, or what ever. It usually looks like this: But I had no idea how to do this myself! Enter in Chip-It from Sherwin Williams. It’s […]

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Embossed Autumn Cards using Pan Pastels

September 22, 2014

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Happy first day of Autumn! I’m not gonna lie, fall is my favorite. I like the cooler days, the crisp apples, and the happy advent of the mega crafting season! Today I have  a flash-back card for you- one I did for CraftsUnleashed back in 2011. I’m reposting it because I still kinda like it. Is […]

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Acrylic Block Stamped Backgrounds

September 19, 2014

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The other day my new friend Linda posted some GORGEOUS cards- and they knocked my socks off! I got so smitten with the technique, I had to try it myself. And while I was on a roll, I had to make a video, too!     Here are some of Linda’s cards…beautiful, right? I’m completely […]

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My Favorite Crafty Things: Spray Basting Adhesive

September 18, 2014

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When I interviewed Carolina Moore on our Craft Countdown, I was thrilled that one of her top-favorite crafting supplies including a sprapy basting adhesive (spray baste.) I love it too- even though I do way more papercrafting than sewing. But after you watch this video, you’ll see why I love it and you might, too. […]

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Comparison of Ways to Blend Colored Pencils

September 16, 2014

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Last week I spent time reviewing Gamsol and then comparing which colored pencil brands worked best with it. Now I’m working in the other direction- what other ways can we blend colored pencils? For this round, I compared Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits), Turpenoid Natural (non-toxic version of turpentine) and Baby Oil (mineral oil.) I also […]

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Comparison of Colored Pencils and Paper When Blending with Gamsol

September 12, 2014

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Earlier this week I shared an overview of Gamsol, an odorless mineral spirits used for dissolving the wax in colored pencils so that you could blend and shade them the same way you can with oil paints. Naturally, though, my curiosity got the better of me and I wondered if better (artist-grade) colored pencils really […]

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Gamsol Overview and Demonstration

September 10, 2014

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Gamsol Review and Demo

I recently bought some new rubber stamps and they are perfect for coloring. However, using markers can be a bit challenging and I was ready to pull out my colored pencils again. Recently Jennifer McGuire mentioned Gamsol- a colorless, odorless mineral spirit used for blending pencils and I thought it would be fun to try […]

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New Episode Of Scrapbook Soup Available

September 5, 2014

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On Friday, September 5th  Scrapbook Soup show 310 will be airing on the Scrapbook Soup web site home page  beginning at Noon EST today!  I  will be featured in the first segment showing how to make your project the “Hello Card”. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out! We’ll make a nifty resist using Mod Podge and stencils, of all things!  […]

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Command Center-Getting Organized for Back To School

September 2, 2014

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV My kiddos headed back to school last week and it became clear on the first day that this was going to be a super-busy year. My son is […]

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My Favorite Crafty Things: CRAFT KNIVES

August 29, 2014

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Xacto Craft Knife review

I don’t care what kind of crafting or DIY you do, you probably use- or need- a craft knife. (Emergency seam ripper, anyone?) Well, a GOOD craft knife is a thing of beauty. And here’s my rant on it! Now just to reiterate: Choose a craft blade/knife that is easy to replace the blade. CHANGE […]

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Xacto Craft Knife Kit Overview

August 28, 2014

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Xacto Craft Knife review

It’s school time again and that means stocking up on some of our most-needed supplies. And what crafter doesn’t need a craft knife or two? This new kit from Xacto brand gives you 3 handles and THIRTEEN blades for all of your crafting needs! I made you a video to give you a closer look: […]

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Craft Countdown with Angie Holden of Country Chic Cottage

August 27, 2014

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Welcome to another Craft Countdown! Today we are welcoming Angie Holden of TheCountryChicCottage.net. Angie is an amazing crafter, great writer, and one of the best gals I know on the web. (Some of you may remember when Angie was a part of #TeamCTD and a regular contributor to this site! I was thrilled when she […]

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International Polymer Clay Association Retreat in Columbus Ohio

August 25, 2014

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Sometimes, you just need a “creative jumpstart” to get your mojo flowing, or a road trip, or a combination of both. My best crafty pal Vicki O’Dell and I decided that we’d do just that and headed down to the International Polymer Clay Association retreat last week, which was held in our home state of […]

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Overview of New Sculpey and Premo Products from Cindy Lietz

August 20, 2014

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The Universe seems to be sending me messages lately. First, I was reminded in my Behind the Page interview that Polymer Clay was my “desert island” craft. And THEN I found out that the International Polymer Clay Association Retreat was being held in my home state! And then I got a righteous box of goodies […]

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Stencil1 Stencils by Ed Roth for Plaid

August 19, 2014

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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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Scrapbook Soup Behind the Page Interview 2014

August 18, 2014

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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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Craft Room Confessional: What is In My Card Catalog(s)

August 15, 2014

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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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Craft Countdown with Carolina Moore

August 12, 2014

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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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Scrapbook Soup: Inlaid Die-Cutting Technique: “Adore” Card

August 11, 2014

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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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My Favorite Things: Tsukineko Multi-Purpose Squeegee

August 8, 2014

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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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Craft Room Confessional: I am a “BAG” Lady….

August 7, 2014

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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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Jellyfish Wind Sock Tutorial

August 5, 2014

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

August 4, 2014

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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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Scrapbook Soup Episode Airs This Week!

August 1, 2014

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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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Coloring and Shading Tutorial from Sandy Allnock

July 31, 2014

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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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DO IT! Krylon Dual Paint

July 29, 2014

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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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