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

Review of Cynthia Tinapple Polymer Clay Extruder Discs from Cindy Lietz

June 13, 2014

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Awhile ago I shared an excellent video comparison of the Makin’s and Walnut Hollow extruders for polymer clay, done by Cindy Lietz of Polymer Clay Tutor. She did an excellent job of comparing the two brands (I’d never used Walnut Hollow) and it rekindled my interest in polymer clay. (I love polymer clay and used […]

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Upcycled Mint Tin Craft Inspired by Alice in Wonderland

June 10, 2014

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Remember that part in Alice in Wonderland when she finds the little cake that says “Eat Me?” Well, that passage sparked my creativity this week and, paired with my new love of Collage Clay by Plaid, I was inspired to upcycle a mint tin and create today’s tutorial for you! For this tutorial you’ll need: […]

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Fiskars Duck Brand Edition Scissors

June 6, 2014

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Do you love Duck Tape, but get frustrated with ragged ripping or sticky scissors? Well, the folks at Fiskars have teamed up with Duck Brand and now- voila!- special Duck Brand Edition Scissors! There are two versions, short detail scissors and longer ones. The short ones are really ambidextrous, but the longer ones are more […]

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Overview of Copic Airbrush Systems from Sandy Allnock

June 2, 2014

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Interested in airbrushing? Have Copics? Thinking about investing in a Copic system? Well, then you need to take a gander at Sandy Allnock’s primer on Copic Airbrushing systems. She covers the compressed-air canister version as well as using an air compressor. Make sure you click the link above to read the text (and maybe give […]

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Turn Your Door into a Chalkboard Welcome Sign!

June 1, 2014

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I've been doing a little bit of rearranging, reoganizing and revamping our third floor- which is where my studio and an extra guest bedroom are located. Usually the door to the studio stands […]

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Collage Clay from Mod Podge and Plaid

May 29, 2014

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Back at CHA last January, I was surprised to see that decoden was all the rage! And Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza are brining their signature style and crafty-goodness to it with there new product from Mod Podge and Plaid, Collage Clay! Collage Clay is aptly named- you can create 3-D collages with the fun, […]

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AnyHero Cards for Operation Write Home- Sketch 266 (Patriotic Cards)

May 28, 2014

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already gotten a sneak peek. Monday was Memorial Day, and I committed a good 2 hours to making AnyHero Cards for Operation Write Home. For those of you who maybe don’t know, I make cards out of the supplies I get here to review on CTD and then […]

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Memorial Day- Honoring Our Vets, Remembering Our Fallen

May 26, 2014

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It’s Memorial Day, and I’m always conflicted. Yes, it’s a day for picnics and BBQ, but saying “Happy Memorial Day” seems the wrong message….but how to you express such a complex set of emotions? It’s a day to honor our service men and women, thank our veterans, and remember our fallen soldiers. My grandfathers both […]

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Clay Extruder Comparison on Polymer Clay Tutor

May 21, 2014

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One of the things I love about the world of crafters is that there is SO MUCH good information out there! Recently I came across a great video comparison of the Walnut Hollow polymer clay extruder and one that is manufactured by Makin’s. I actually have the Makin’s one and LOVE it- but isn’t it […]

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Kid’s Crafts: Play Doh DohVinci by Hasbro

May 20, 2014

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are already well aware of the legendary modeling clay Play Doh. This year Hasbro took it to the next level by creating a new hand-held extruder for the distinctive-smelling compound- and what you get is DohVinci! I received this comp package from a blogger’s conference I went […]

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Blendabilities Markers from Stampin’ UP

May 19, 2014

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Alcohol markers are all the rage in papercrafting- for coloring, creating layers/backgrounds, and for custom-tinting embellishments. Now you can get ones that coordinate with all of your favorite Stampin’ UP products with Blendabilities Markers! These markers are two sided- that is, you get both a brush tip and a writing tip in the same barrel. […]

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Behind The Scenes at Scrapbook Soup TV 2014

May 15, 2014

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Well what do you know? May is filming week for Scrapbook Soup TV- a wonderful scrapbook/papercraft/mixed media program that airs on PBS stations around the country and online. Last year I was honored to be a guest- and I must have done a passable job, because they invited me back! I snapped some photos in […]

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New “Everyday Adventures” Project Life line from Stampin’ UP

May 14, 2014

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Pocket Scrappers, rejoice! Now you can get your Project Life materials from Stampin’ Up with the new Everyday Adventure card collection, accessory pack, dies and more! There is a LOT of fun in this line- I made you a video to walk you through some of the goodies! Now… one thing I’ll say- I did […]

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Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays Review on Balzer Designs

May 12, 2014

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Last week I was reading one of my favorite artist’s blogs- Balzer Designs- and Julie did a mini- review of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays. I saw this same product at CHA, but we didn’t get any to review. Lucky for us, Julie did, and she wrote up a great overview of the sprays and […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 11, 2014

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To all mothers and those who have them, enjoy the day!

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10 Minute 2-for-1 Cards

May 8, 2014

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10 minutes 2-for-1 cards from CraftTestDummies.com

Start with two A2 pieces of complementary card stock, make ONE diagonal cut, and end up TWO super-easy cards- all in about 10 minutes! After this, you’ll have no excuse not to make a bunch of cards to have on hand. I started with this sketch from Operation Write Home- #222: And I made a […]

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Studio Update: Spring Cleaning 2014 Part 1

May 6, 2014

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You know, the life of a craft product reviewer and blogger is  busy- and messy- one. New products coming in, packaging things up for our #TeamCTD reviewers, tutorials in process, and then piles and piles of things that need to be put away or discarded. I took the bull by the horns and had a […]

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GIVEAWAY ALERT! Little Windows Resin Kits

May 2, 2014

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You have to love  a weekend giveaway- and you have to love one with THREE prizes even more! And here’s the thing- the prizes are Little Windows Resin Kits that you can give to your crafty mom OR make some great presents- either way, it’s a winner! Each of these kits is worth $48 and […]

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Tutorial: Layered Stenciled Pillows with Tulip Fabric Paint

May 1, 2014

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Disclosure: this is a sponsored post from Tulip and iLoveToCreate. All opinions are my own. Post may include affiliate links. Ah, spring! Time to freshen up the house with some new accessories and color. And new pillows are perfect- but they can be SO expensive for a designer look! But I made my own using […]

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Glue Pen Comparison, Part 2

April 24, 2014

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A few weeks ago I shared a Glue Pen Comparison and one of my favorites (Creative Memories) was discontinued. I’ve discovered TWO brands that are VERY similar to it! So today I’m putting them to the test to see if we’ve got a reasonable substitution. Today’s contestants are: EK Success Zig Squeeze and Roll 2-Way Glue. Martha […]

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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! (CLOSED)

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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