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

Video and Photo Production for YouTube

December 19, 2014

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Ok, so this is a little off the topic of crafts. But I’ve been getting questions as to how I set up my space to film tutorials for YouTube, so I wanted to pull back the curtain so to speak and share my video set up for you.   Of course, I did this by […]

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Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Hostess Gifts

December 18, 2014

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Yesterday I shared how I make my Peek-A-Boo Gift Tags for the hostess gifts that I’m giving this year, and I got a request for the recipe for the Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub- so you here go! And you know what? You can make this in under an hour!   I’ve had my Dad, Mom, […]

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Peek A Boo Gift Tags

December 17, 2014

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Do you make handmade gifts? Ever want to include extra information? Well, here’s an easy idea for making super-cute “Peek a Boo” Gift Tags. They are like a mini card, actually- pretty on the outside with space for extra information inside. And you can make them easily using your tag punch or die. They are […]

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Fiskars Tag Maker and Eyelet Setter

December 16, 2014

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I am the undisputed queen of punches. (Paper punches, darlings. I’m a lover not a fighter.) And punches that make tags or labels hold a special place in my heart- so I was happy to try out the Fiskars Tag Maker and Eyelet Setter when Fiskars offered it to me to review.   This unique […]

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Frosty Hat Ornaments using Recycled K-Cups

December 12, 2014

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I know I’m not alone in loving my coffee brewer….but I do have a modicum of guilt with all of those plastic k-cups that head into the garbage. I’ve come up with a little craft that you could use either as an ornament or a place card setting, depending on how you do it. A […]

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Craft Room Confessional, Ep 10; Storing Sprays, Inks & Daubers

December 10, 2014

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Lord knows I love my craft products- and I have an extra SPECIAL place in my heart for all of the wonderful shimmery colors. I have quite a collection of Distress Stains, Adirondack Inks, Distress Paints, Radiant Rains, and more. But lately I’ve been hitting the wall of frustration because A) I can’t always find […]

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Crafty Field Trip to Hawaii, Part 3: Quilt Shop!

December 9, 2014

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So since Hawaii is known for their quilts, what trip to the Big Island would be complete without a trip to a local Quilt Shop. (By the way, if you’d like to see my trip to the craft store & scrapbooking store and/or the bead shop, just click those links too.) The aforementioned quilt shop […]

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Craft Trends: 2015 Color of the Year “Marsala” Named by Pantone

December 8, 2014

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Earlier my crafty colleague Abby reported on thing Spring Colors named by Pantone for 2015. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation about which color would win the title of “Color of the Year.” Pantone has just announced that Marsala has won the honors. Described as, “A TASTEFUL HUE:” Much like the fortified […]

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Create and Craft TV to Debut in America

December 7, 2014

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One of the things that I loved about visiting the UK is that the have this great live shopping channel dedicated to crafts, www.CreateAndCraft.TV.  It’s a 24-hour channel, and you can watch the presentations which are longer and less hurried than the segments on HSN. Instead of having a frantic 5-7 minutes per item and then rushing […]

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How to Use Fiskars Fuse Letterpress Plates in a Sizzix Bigshot

December 5, 2014

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This question came in as a comment on my review of the Fiskars Fuse: Hi Jenny I picked up some small Fiskars expansion pack shapes with the view to using them to emboss using the Sizzix Big Shot. Got nervous when trying to work out what shims to use. Have you tired them this way? I […]

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for Dec 2014 & CARDS!

December 3, 2014

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You all know I like the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Club…happy fan and subscriber, no freebies here! So here is what I got in the kit AND what I made! (So far, of course!)     Which do you like best? I need to get another batch to send out to Operation Write Home…

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Review: Bead Buddy One-Step Crimper Tool

December 3, 2014

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Jewelry-making can go one of two ways- sublime or sophomoric. And the difference between the two is often craftsmanship: the design aside, either it’s well-make or it…well, isn’t. Crimp beads are one of those ways you can tell the difference- a well-made crimp looks professional, and a poorly-make one looks like it’s been chewed by […]

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Crafty Field Trip- Hawaii, Part 2 (BEADS!)

December 1, 2014

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As I mentioned before in Part 1 of the Crafty Field Trip Hawaii series, I often have a junior partner in crafty crime- my nine-year old daughter Bailey. We had scoured the Kona Coffee Festival booths that were loaded with locally-made jewelry, and she really wanted to buy some pieces for her friends. As you […]

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Craft Room Confessional: Obsession with Binder Rings

November 25, 2014

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OK, crafty friends! Usually I take the time between Christmas and New Year to reorganize and sort out my craft space, but this year I’m getting started early. I’ve bee thinning and purging as well as reorganizing what’s left to make it more visable and hopefully then USABLE.   Right now I have a craft […]

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Crafty Field Trip: Hawaii (Part 1)

November 24, 2014

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As some of you know, I LOVE to travel. Seriously love it. And I often am not picky at all about where I go, as long as I get to see the sights and eat the food….and visit a few craft stores or handmade markets along the way! This month our whole family took a […]

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Hands On Crafts For Kids: Dyed T-Shirts (HOC1706 )

November 20, 2014

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Hooray! Another segment for Hands One Crafts for Kids has gone live! In this one, you can see a really creative way to tie-dye t-shirts using common household items to make a pattern! I bet you could come up with some other fun designs, too! I’d love to hear from you!

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Five Holiday Projects Featuring Krylon Spraypaint! (Vlog Hop)

November 18, 2014

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Hey, Crafty Friends! As many of you know, I love to make YouTube videos and sharing great crafts and projects with you is one of my passions. This season, I’ve teamed up with Krylon and some  amazing video creators to bring you even MORE crafty happiness! We’ve put together a little “video blog hop” or Vlog […]

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Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit

November 17, 2014

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Disclosure: I received this product for review purposes. My opinions are honest and my own and based on my first-hand experience with it. I was not compensated for writing about it, but if you click an affiliate link and purchase one of your own, I will receive a small percentage of the purchase price. Thank […]

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Acorn Crafts Round Up

November 14, 2014

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Earlier this week I shared a tutorial for an acorn ornament…. ….. I kind of fell in love with acorns all over again. It doesn’t matter if it LOOKS like an acorn, is MADE from acorns, or has a PICTURE of an acorn- I’m loving it! So I put together a list of some awesome Acorn Crafts you […]

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“Surprise” Acorn Ornaments or Gift Boxes

November 12, 2014

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Today I have a great tutorial for you! It’s not yet Thanksgiving so I’m not “completely” in holiday mode yet.. but I AM thinking about hostess gifts and decorations that would work for Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah OR Christmas. (That’s a tough order to fill, right?) Well, these acorn ornaments are that “shabby glamorous” look […]

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Surface Makeover Glue by Coats & Clark

November 10, 2014

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Every now and then you meet a glue that makes you see things in a whole new light. This is the case with Coat N Create or Surface Makeover Glue. First- a quick disclaimer: I got my samples of this glue last January at CHA 2014. And I’m loving this stuff! But I can’t find it […]

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit November 2014

November 7, 2014

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Hey Crafty Friends! After missing a few months of the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Club, I’m BACK! I really liked these fun, retro colors and I knew that the bunnies would be a big hit. By the way, if you have any questions about the Kit Club itself, check out the FAQ here. I’m […]

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Chameleon ColorTones Alcohol Markers

November 5, 2014

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I first saw the Chameleon ColorTones  markers at CHA 2014 last January- and after a long wait, they are finally coming to America! (They’ve been available in the UK for awhile now.) I do love a good alcohol marker- they are a “secret weapon” in the craft room- and I was excited to give these a […]

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Craft Haul: Stampin’ UP Holiday 2014 and Cards!

November 3, 2014

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Eek! Halloween just ended…which means that Holiday crafting is in full swing! For those of us who make our own Holiday Cards, it’s time to get cracking. For me, that means doing some playing experimenting with different designs to see which one will actually “make the cut” and become the holiday card for the season. […]

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Trends: Quilt Market 2014: Digital Die Cutting

October 31, 2014

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After years in the crafting industry and going to the CHA tradeshows, I’m used to seeing die-cutting everywhere. I was really surprised, though, to see digital die-cutting and the way it’s taken over the sewing and quilting industry! I knew that the Brother ScanNCut actually debuted at Quilt Market last year and that it had […]

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International Quilt Market, Houston 2014: Overview

October 30, 2014

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This year I decided that CraftTestDummies needed to branch out a little and attend more trade shows. After all, I started off quilting the year I turned thirty. I still love to sew and do art quilting, and I know a lot of our readers here also sew or quilt. That was all the justification […]

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Episode of Scrapbook Soup Live: 404

October 28, 2014

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Hey Crafty Friends! This week  another episode of Scrapbook Soup in which I appeared has gone live online. This will be available to view in it’s entirety from October 24- 31, 2014. It says that I’m there to talk about technology, but we actually talk about mixed media and the growth process of creativity!! Take […]

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Craft Countdown with Heather Mann

October 27, 2014

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Today I have a great Craft Countdown with a blogger that is the mastermind behind Dollar Store Crafts. Meet Heather Mann! Heather has been hard at work this past year on her first book- CraftFail! Based on the website of the same name, CraftFail takes a good-natured look at crafts that go horribly wrong. All […]

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Teal Pumpkin Project

October 24, 2014

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Hey Crafty Friends! For those of you who celebrate Halloween, can I ask a crafty favor of you? Make one more craft- a Teal Pumpkin.   Did you  know that 1 in 13 children has a food allergy? That’s a LOT of trick-or-treaters who are getting a whole lot of nothing in their candy bags. […]

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New Bottle Design from Aleene’s & Thoughts on Product Design

October 23, 2014

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HEY! Do you love Tacky Glue? Yeah, me too. But sometimes it’s a bit of a pain when you are ready to glue something and you have to wait and wait for the glue to get down to the nozzle. (Remember that old ketchup commercial?? “An-ti-ci-pa-aaa-shun!” Just like that.) Well, now the folks at Aleene’s […]

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