Colorburst Powders from Ken Oliver Crafts

Colorburst powders from Ken Oliver Crafts

I love that watercoloring has really taken off in the crafting and mixed-media world lately. Now we have a new way to watercolor- with powdered watercolor from Ken Oliver Crafts. Here’s how it’s described: Sprinkle and spritz! Color Burst is an amazing concentrated microfine watercolor powder that lets you create beautiful watercolor techniques like never before! This versatile powder can be used with so many fun techniques! Spritz your project with water and sprinkle on Color Burst and create amazing […]

The Coloring Book Phenomenon & Good Books!

Overview of Coloring for Adults- resources to get you started!

Disclosure: some product provided for review purposes. Links below may be affiliate links and CTD will receive a small commission from your purchase. Opinions are 100% our own and based on first-hand experience with the product. Thank you!  You might have heard- coloring books for adults are HOT. (And not in the icky/pornographic way, but in the way it’s SUPER-popular!) It’s an international phenomena and it seems everyone is jumping on the coloring book train to promote creativity and destressing. […]

Coloring Books are NOT Art Therapy

Adult coloring books are NOT Art Therapy- you should know the difference.

Earlier this week I had a twitter exchange with a British Paper-crafting magazine company that sent out a tweet that said something like, “Colouring is so great! It’s Art Therapy and will help you de-stress.” (Or some such thing, I didn’t keep it.) Anyway, this got me stewing. Because Art Therapy is NOT coloring. It may be a technique USED by Art Therapists in a practice, but Art Therapy is a recognized profession. From the American Art Therapy Association: It’s […]

Crafty Field Trip- The INK PAD in NYC

The Ink Pad; 7th Avenue, NYC

What’s better than visiting New York City? Visiting a craft store in New York City! Last month while we were visiting, I found out that the Ink Pad was only a few blocks from my husbands’ new apartment. I ditched the family for a few hours and headed over to check it out! So, side story. I walked in and started checking things out. After the initial, “Hi, is there anything you are looking for/Can I help you?” greeting, one […]

“Frozen” Inspired Birthday Cake

Frozen-Inspired Birthday Cake- tint the frosting and then use rock candy to make the "Ice Castle."

File this one under “dedicated mommy.” My sister, who is very crafty and talented creatively made a birthday cake for my niece that is inspired by what else? FROZEN. Because four-year-old girls, of course! Disclosure:some of the links below are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for supporting CraftTestDummies! My sister gets all the credit- even the photos! She started off by making 2 box cake mixes and dying the batter different […]

Backyard Makeover with Thompson’s WaterSeal

Back yard make-over with Thomposon's WaterSeal Timber Oil

This post is sponsored by Thompson’s WaterSeal- but all images and opinions are my own.  It’s summer, and here in Ohio that means taking advantage of the lovely weather. It doesn’t last that long, so that means a lot of weeding, gardening, and then just sitting out and enjoying the lovely results. Earlier this summer we started work on our kitchen remodel- so we were neglecting our outdoor spaces. I have a little corner of the back garden that has […]

Crafty Field Trip- Paper Presentations in NYC

Paper Presentations NYC

You all know that I love love love to travel- and part of the fun is finding a craft store (or two, or three!) while I’m there. Last week I was in New York City (Manhattan) in the Madison Square Park area, right by the historic Flatiron building. We spent much of the week walking around and seeing sights- (I can share some of the architecture photos on another day, if you like.) But of course I had to take […]

Picnic Basket Makeover with Krylon

Upcycled Picnic Basket from CraftTestDummies.com

We are in full-on summertime mode here, with hikes, road trips and picnics! I got our “new” picnic basket at a yard sale for $10- it’s clean, sturdy and BIG! But it was also pretty plain. So I gave it a makeover using Krylon spraypaint! Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Krylon brand but all opinions are my own.  For this Krylon challenge, our color of the month was “Honeydew.” We were asked to pick some accent colors, too. And […]

Jewel Sheet Comparison- DCWV versus Buckle Boutique

Jewel Sheet Comparison- DCWV versus Buckle-Boutique

These days “bling” is all the rage. These soft plastic sheets LOOK like crystals, but instead it’s a resin that is soft enough to cut with scissors or steel-rule dies. This week #TeamCTD reporter Sara has the down low on two popular brands.  wp_ad_camp_4 Take a look at this video so you can get the best product for your budget & project! wp_ad_camp_4 Take-aways: in our opinion, the Buckle Boutique is a more consistent quality DCWV is more widely available […]

Photo Sleeve Fuse by We Are Memory Keepers (Review)

Photo Sleeve Fuse by WRMK

The other day I shared with you an overview and demo of the Photo Sleeve Fuse from WRMK. Today, I’m giving it the full work out, including cutting other plastics with it! Disclosure: Samples provided for review purposes; however my opinions are honest and my own and based on my first-hand experience. I was not financially compensated for this review/video nor does the product company have any control over it’s content. Some links below may be affiliate links and I […]

Overview and Demo of the Photo Sleeve Fuse by We R Memory Keepers

Photo Sleeve Fuse by WRMK

One of the coolest tools at CHA 2015 was the new Photo Sleeve Fuse tool. Used to cut and fuse plastic sheets and scrapbooking page protectors, this heat tool creates opportunities to make custom pockets for scrapbooking, waterfall cards and pages, and even attach embellishments. I am pleased to team up with WRMK today to share with you this overview and let you know that there is a special bundle coming soon to HSN!  Disclosure: Samples provided for review purposes; however my opinions are […]

Pat Catan’s Craft Haul

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Well, it’s a busy time here at CTD WHQ- kids are out of school and into camps, (and mischief) we’ve started demolition on our kitchen remodel, my husband is in transition with work, and I’m working on my projects for Hands On Crafts for Kids.  We film the entire season in one week in July, and this season I’ve got increased hosting duties and I’m designing quite a few of the projects I’ll be sharing on-camera. This means that while […]

Tips for Cutting Jewel “Bling” Sheets in Silhoutte & Cricut Die Cutters

tips for cutting jewel/bling sheest with digital diecutters

So say you’ve bought some of the gorgeous Jewel Sheets from Buckle Boutique or DCWV…and now you want to cut them out using your digital die cutting machines. But how do you prep them for the Cricut? What is the proper setting for the Silhouette? Well today Sara has all the answers for us! First, we have a video on how to cut the bling sheets with the Silhouette Brand cutters. Here are Sara’s top takeaways: Place sheet upside down […]

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for June 2015

Card Kit June 2015

I really enjoy a subscription box- it’s like a little surprise every month! And I try to stretch myself to be creative with the things I get. Let’s take a look in the box I got this month from Simon Says Stamp (June 2015.) Disclosure: I pay for this kit with my own funds and there is no connection between myself and Simon Says Stamp. I’m just a fan!  I made a little video for you: And here are those […]

Craft Room Confessional- I am a planner failure

Craft Room Confessional- I am a planner failure! Why can't i get the hang of using a planner??

So when I bought my Kikki K planner in March, I had high hopes and visions of a planned, organized, lovely lifestyle. Cute notes! Washi tape! Adorable reminders! Guess what? Not so much. I’m not sure why, but I’m just not getting the hang of it. I keep a lot of what I have to do in my head…. or scribble on manilla tags….and then I forget to put it into the planner. I’d love some ideas and links to […]

Markers 101: Water Color Markers v Alcohol Based Markers

Marker 101; basic info for choosing the right marker for your project!

Got Marker Problems? One of my viewers did. So here’s some basic differences between water-based and alcohol-based markers. Today we are going to go over the markers and what you can expect from each type. Recently I had a YouTube subscriber leave me the following comment on the CraftTestDummies channel:  Genesis Not Exodus: This was helpful thank you! Although, when I do multiple layers of colors, the paper starts scraping away and I am not pressing hard. Do I have […]

Staz-On Studio Glaze from Imagine Crafts

StazOnStudioGlaze

Today we’re looking at the Staz-On Studio Glazes from Imagine Crafts. These water-based acrylic glazes coordinate with Staz On Colors, and add a translucent “stained glass” effect on non-porous surfaces and mixed media art pieces. Disclosure: Samples provided for review purposes; however my opinions are honest and my own and based on my first-hand experience. I was not financially compensated for this review/video nor does the product company have any control over it’s content. Some links below may be affiliate […]

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

Photo from PolyClayPlay.com

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 type (Sculpey or otherwise) here’s a great hack from Cindy Lietz on her YouTube Channel. So while I still love and endorse my Makin’s Clay […]

The Next Big Thing: Periscope

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 device…and in minutes I was downloaded, signed up, and hooked. Here’s a blurb from the website: Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by […]

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

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 peek! (Disclosure: this is a sponsored tutorial designed my little ol’ me on behalf of Krylon. They supplied the paint and compensation. Thanks, Krylon!)    […]