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

How-To Recycle Plastic Eggs into Musical Shakers (Sensory Craft)

April 23, 2014

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Yes, Easter has come and gone. How would you like to use up those plastic eggs instead of saving them for next year? I’ve got a fun sensory/music craft for you today that will probably cost you ZERO dollars out of pocket AND is Earth-Friendly, too! That’s a three-fer craft, folks. Recycle those plastic eggs!  […]

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Rain Boot Re-Do with Duck Tape Minis

April 22, 2014

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Jenny makes over a pair of rain boots to last one more season using Duck Tape® Minis!

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Weekend Giveaway- Duck Tape Minis!

April 19, 2014

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I’ve been working on a campaign for Duck Tape and they sent me some of the new Duck Tape Minis to play with. Here’s a sneak peek of what I made: But they sent me a LOT of minis. I mean, a LOT. So would you like some?   Here’s a little video for you! […]

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Card Share- OWH Sketch #219

April 16, 2014

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I’m a week late with this sketch challenge- it’s OWH #219- but BOY do I love it! It’s been a great way for me to use up some scraps AND practice my coloring skills.   First, the video: Now the close-ups! Personally,  I love the watercolor technique better than coloring with markers- I’m just a […]

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Chromatix Alcohol Markers from American Crafts

April 15, 2014

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Chromatix Alcohol Markers from American Crafts

Alcohol markers are an essential for any stamper who loves to color OR any crafter who likes to color-coordinate their accessories. And if you think there is only brand of alcohol markers our there, think again! So today we are talking about Chromatixs Alcohol Markers from American Crafts. Here’s how they are described on the […]

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Decoden Zipper Pull/Luggage Tag Tutorial

April 10, 2014

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As I mentioned in my review yesterday, Decoden is HUGE right now- and lucky for us, it’s a really easy and fun craft for anyone who has the “more-is-MORE” aesthetic. So let’s get started! I made you a video to show you how to do it. And if you read my review of DecoDen Bling, […]

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DecoDen Bling Paste Review (and What IS Decoden?)

April 9, 2014

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Decoden was all over CHA 2014. The crazy “more-is-more”craft originated from Japan and pearls, buttons, game pieces, and toys are embedded into a texture medium on cell phones, picture frames- even SHOES! It’s interesting that I rarely saw it in January when it was all the rage at the tradeshow, but recently I’ve Decoden cell […]

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Crystal Katana Setting Tool by Crystal Ninja

April 8, 2014

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The Crystal Katana setting tool by the Crystal Ninja was another one of those “Hot 20″ products I saw as a judge at the CHA 2014 Conference. I thought, “OK, that’s nice, but it’s a one-trick pony.” Until I needed to place some little rhinestones and I lost a dozen because they keep flipping out […]

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Glue Pen Comparison- Part One

April 3, 2014

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One of my mantras as a crafter and a product reviewer is “There is no BAD products- only finding the right one for the job at hand.” And by and large, that is true. The only time when you really need to know “which is better than that” is when you have multiple choices in […]

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Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry by Beth Martin and Eva Sherman

April 2, 2014

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Today I have a special share for you- a book written by two of my favorite people (and SUCH talented jewelry artists, to boot!) Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry was written by good friends and local artists Beth Martin and Eva Sherman. Here’s the description: Showcasing gemstones, crystals, sea glass, and pearls, Organic Wire and […]

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Card Share- OWH Sketch #218

April 1, 2014

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Last week I was traveling- and while I loved being on vacation with my family, that meant there was NO TIME for  crafting! I was eager to get back into the studio and when the Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge of the week hit my email box, I was ready to rise to the occasion. […]

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Making Stencils and Masks with the Brother Scan N Cut

March 31, 2014

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Last week I was watching my friend Christine of ScrapTime use Wendy Vecchi stamps that came with their own stencils and masks for adding layers without over-spraying the background. But then I got to thinking- why couldn’t I do that with my Brother Scan N Cut? The answer is YOU CAN. And it’s EASY. You […]

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Copic Doodle Packs Review

March 27, 2014

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copic doodle packs

Markers were all the rage at CHA- water-based, alcohol-based, and so many different accessories to go with them. Copic came out with a new line, too-  Copic Doodle Packs. There are 8 different color ways in the 4-pack option. (It looks as though there are 7-pack options, too- but we weren’t asked to review those. […]

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KellyCraft Multi-Mat

March 26, 2014

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Last year I reviewed the KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square- and while I liked the laser function, I found it a bit unwieldy and inconvenient to use because it had no mat or platform of it’s own. Now the folks at KellyCraft have remedied that situation by creating a mat that works both as a “home […]

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No-Loom Inverted Fishtail Bracelet

March 25, 2014

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Do you love those rubber-band bracelets? (Or have a younger person in your life who does?) Well, this post is for YOU! You don’t even need a loom for this bracelet- just a broken plastic fork and a crochet hook. It’s so easy, I made you this little video:   Try it out! You’ll get […]

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Birthday Giveaway- CHA SWAG BAG!

March 20, 2014

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SURPRISE! Today is my birthday. And I’ve got a gift for YOU (well, one of you….) A GIVEAWAY! I’ve got a HUGE haul of things from CHA to gift to one lucky reader! Wanna see? OK then- here’s the details! Click the blue Rafflecopter link if it does not pop up automatically. Then read the […]

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Brother Scan N Cut Pen Overview and Demo

March 19, 2014

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So up until this point we have reviewed the Brother Scan N Cut, explored how we cut Stamped Images, and now….drumroll, please…. we check out the drawing feature! Let’s take a closer look at what you need. First, you need some pens. Be aware, though, that they are not true pens. Instead, they are really […]

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Tutorial: Father’s Day “Dad” Card using Inlaid Die-Cutting Technique

March 15, 2014

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After playing around with the Brother Scan N Cut Canvas software (see the link for my video tutorial of that) I got inspired to make a card. I’d watched a video by Jen McGuire using an “inlaid” technique with her thin dies. It occurred to me that you could do the same with your electric […]

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Brother Scan-N-Cut Canvas Software Overview

March 14, 2014

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How to Use the Brother Scan N Cut Canvas Software- video tutorial

One of the biggest draws of the Brother Scan N Cut is that you can scan in an image and then cut it out directly, no software or computer required. But what happens when you need to edit or create an image? Well, Brother has a FREE software program online (no download, but you DO […]

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Weekend Giveaway- The Big A$$ Book of Crafts by Mark Montano! (Signed)

March 9, 2014

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Heya, crafters! It’s been a busy week (three new videos up- whew!) so my weekend giveaway is a bit late. But trust me, you’ll want it! First- have you heard of the amazing Mark Montano? (I know if you are a faithful blog reader here you have- we’ve reviewed his books as well as mentioned […]

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Polymer Clay Shamrock Pin (St. Patrick’s Day Craft!)

March 7, 2014

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This post has actually been around for a few years here on CTD…but I have added new photos and a step-by-step video tutorial for you!  Who doesn’t need another St. Patrick’s Day craft idea or a super-cute Shamrock pin? Wanna play? You’ll need: black polymer clay translucent polymer clay metal leaf (silver or gold is […]

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Overview of Metals Foils, Flakes and Leafing

March 6, 2014

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Today I’ve got an informational post for you. I’m going to answer three questions today- what are metal foils, metal flakes, and metal leafing? And how do I use them? And with what adhesives? Now the first thing I’m going to do is to ask you to watch this video I made you. It’s about […]

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CHA Show 2014: Booth Love for Imagine Crafts

March 5, 2014

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Sometimes I get sucked into a booth at CHA not because the displays are so spectacular, but because the PRODUCT LOOKS SO YUMMY. This happened at winter CHA show 2014 at the Imagine Crafts booth. Er. Meh Ger. So much luscious color and inky goodness! Take a look: I just love this display of color, […]

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Card Share: My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #163

March 4, 2014

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I just ran across a new site (to me) that does sketch challenges for card-making: My Favorite Things Blog. It’s a stamping website (and I have no affiliation with them) and I saw this sketch and liked it alot: Since I had to make a few cards using the Pantone 2014 Fall Colors, I dug […]

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Creating Layers in Mixed Media Art Book by Michelle Brown and Giveaway

February 28, 2014

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I love the creative community of artist and crafters. Every day I “meet” someone online or in real life and we connect just because we create. A few months ago I was contacted by Michelle Brown of MixedMediaArt.net and she graciously asked for an interview for her website. (You can see that here.) In the […]

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Whipped Spackle Texture Medium from Design Memory Craft

February 27, 2014

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I love how art products are making their way into the crafting world. One such products are embossing pastes and gels (see my linked post about that here.) And lucky for us, companies like Faber Castell are actually improving them! Such is the case with Whipped Spackle Texture Medium from Design Memory Craft. On the […]

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Fall 2014 Fashion Report from Pantone

February 26, 2014

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While I’m not a fashion blogger (heck, I’m not fashionable in any sense of the word) I DO love to see the color forecasts from Pantone. They’ve recently released their Fall 2014 Fashion Report, forecasting color trends for both women’s and men’s fashion. For women, the colors are rich and certainly not dull. Notice that […]

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Greeting Cards using Duck Brand® Craft Tape

February 25, 2014

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Last week I shared that I'd had the luck and pleasure to head to the Duck Tape Headquarters to see the Duck Brand® Tape being cut and rolled, and to see more kinds of Duck Tape […]

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Fun with Metal Foil Tape

February 21, 2014

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One of the best thins about the crafting/artin community is that I’m constantly getting inspired by other blogs. One of my favorites is BalzerDesigns.com- Julie is an amazing mixed-media artist and I’ve been lucky enough to appear on her show “Scrapbook Soup” the past few years. Last week, she shared a canvas that she did […]

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Surfacez Multi-Surface Ink Pads from ColorBox

February 20, 2014

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If you’ve been to CraftTestDummies before, you know that one of my missions is to find the best products for the job at hand. And smooth, non porous surfaces such as glass, plastic, leather, and metal require a very special ink. Up until now, there are have been very few options- but now we’ve got […]

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