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

Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid

December 5, 2013

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Last month I speculated about the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014- a bloggy insider had basically assured us that it would be blue. HA! Not so, my lovelies! Instead, the Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid! Mmmmm. I think I like it. There is a bit of pink and just a hint […]

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Creating Cards and Tags with EZ Start® Printed Packing Tape

December 3, 2013

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Learn how to make fun holiday cards and tags using EZ Start® Printed Packing Tape from Duck Brand®! From CraftTestDummies.com

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HGTV Handmade YouTube Channel to Launch 2014

December 3, 2013

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Yesterday while surfin on the webz I ran across this tidbit of information: HGTV is launching a new YouTube Channel called HGTV Handmade. YAY! A new crafting channel! Take a peek at the promo vid: I’m very pro-video content, (as you may know from my own YouTube Channel) but as I watched I noticed something. […]

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Destash Giveaway : Crafter’s Toolkit! (12/1-12/7

December 1, 2013

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I’ve got another destash giveaway for you! It’s a Slice toolkit- but even if you don’t own a die cutting machine, you’ll still want this handy-dandy tool kit! I made you a little video! Now, go ahead and click the blue link if it doesn’t pop up for you. ANSWER THE QUESTION ON THE WIDGET […]

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CraftTestDummies 2014 Holiday Crafter’s Gift Guide

November 29, 2013

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Well, crafty friends, the holiday shopping frenzy is upon us! I am often asked for my recommendations for good crafty gifts. These are some of my picks from the things that is reviewed and/or used this year! (For the whole review, click over to see the link and/0r review video. Also, links below to Amazon […]

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Happy Thanksgiving/ Hanukkah

November 28, 2013

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It’s rare holiday this year- both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving on the same day. Whether you celebrate one, the other, or both- we here at CTD wish you a wonderful holiday. We’re going to take a day off and enjoy some family time- but we’ll be back tomorrow with a gift guide for Black Friday.   […]

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Neat-os Crowdfunding Campaign

November 27, 2013

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As you can imagine, I get a lot of inquiries every week from companies, large and small, who want a bit of attention here on CTD. A few weeks ago I got just such an appeal from Rachel at Neat-os, a small start-up company based in California. She is launching a reusable bag line that […]

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Holiday Place Setting Treat Boxes

November 26, 2013

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The Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner and I’m doing some last-minute crafting and decorating. I decided that this year each person would get their name on their plate along with a little treat. I used the Candy Box Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers to create my Holiday Place Setting Treat Boxes […]

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Weekend Giveaway 11/23-11/30

November 23, 2013

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I’m continuing to clean out my studio- and guess what I found this week? A set of Martha Stewart paints that I’ve NEVER USED! They were sent to me as part of a campaign & then I didn’t need them. Do you want them? I made  a little video! To enter, just leave me a […]

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Sisal Snowflake Ornament featuring Krylon Glitter Spray

November 22, 2013

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Today I have a fun ornament or package topper for you- and you make it with some easy-to-find supplies. This is a pretty easy project, but there are a few supplies and tools you’ll want to have on hand. I made you a video to show you step by step! Here’s a tip: I used […]

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Candy Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers

November 21, 2013

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Yesterday I shared with you my impressions of the Gift Box Punch Board- so today we’ll focus on the Candy Box Punch Board! Here’s how they are described on the website: With the release of the award-winning Envelope Punch Board, We R Memory Keepers have helped crafters make the outside of a package count just […]

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Gift Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers

November 20, 2013

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After last years’ success with the Envelope Punch Board, it only made sense that We R Memory Keepers would up their game and come up with new versions of the punch board. At CHA last summer they debuted FOUR new ones- and today, we’ll take a closer look at two of them: Gift Box Punch […]

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Embellished Decoupaged Thanksgiving Candles Tutorial (#TurkeyTableScapes)

November 18, 2013

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We often travel over Thanksgiving, but this year we are staying home and offering the feast. It’s going to be extra-special this year as our Italian foreign-exchange student will be having her first American Thanksgiving. So of course, I’m going to make it a little extra-special with this pretty- but easy- tablescape (#turkeytablescapes) featuring decoupaged […]

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Studio De-Stash Giveaway (CLOSED)

November 16, 2013

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You probably remember last week when I was diligently straightening up my studio and re-organizing my supplies. Well, I’m still making progress! I have even MORE envies packed full of fun odds-and-ends from my studio and a whole pack of holiday STICKERS!  Want to win them? These stickers are SO cute- but I’ll never be […]

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Holiday Card 2013 (or “Why I Work In a Series”)

November 15, 2013

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This year, I was walking through JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and stopped dead in my tracks, right in the middle of the papercrafting aisle. I saw this deer punch from EK Success and I knew it had to be mine! (Side note: I’m a little fascinated by deer heads. I also have been stalking […]

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Imagine Crafts Craft Mat

November 14, 2013

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One of the perennial concerns crafters face (along with storage and organization) is cleanliness. With all of the paints, inks, sprays, glues, and markers, how on earth is one to keep their workspace clean? And let’s not even mention heat embossing! So today we are going to take a closer look at the Craft Mat […]

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Letraset Metallic Twin Markers

November 13, 2013

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I love a metallic or shimmery marker-and with the holidays coming up, what project couldn’t use a bit of sparkle and shine? So today I’m going to review the Letraset Metallic Twin Markers! Here’s how they are described by Amazon.com: Metallic Markers handle and perform like watercolor paints, only in the convenience of a twin-tipped […]

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Spring Color Trend Alert: Pantone Color of the Year? 2014

November 12, 2013

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Dazzling Blue.  According to Refinery 29, that is what the legendary color house Pantone, that will be “THE” color for 2014. Pantone  released all of the colors in the spring fashion report in September. Take a gander!   ::in my best Ed McMahon announcer voice:: And now…heeeeeeere’s Dazzling BLUE!  {{Disclaimer: this was reported by Refinery29, and […]

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Studio Clean Up and Giveaway: Purple Cows Freestyle Mouse

November 8, 2013

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If you’ve been following along on Facebook or Instagram, you know that this week I’ve been cleaning and re-organizing my studio. It’s amazing to me that about every six months I have to clean up and reorganize. I think that this is for two reasons: 1), I am doing so many reviews and projects each […]

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Fishtail Stretch Band Bracelet without a Loom!

November 7, 2013

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So yesterday I shared my daughter’s experience with the Cra-Z-Loom (like a Rainbow Loom.) But as she was trying to master the Fishtail Bracelet, I realized that it would actually be easier without one. All we needed was something to hold the loops. Many kids use their fingers, but it’s a little tiring as well […]

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Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker Loom

November 6, 2013

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If you have children in your house between the ages of 5 and 15, you already know about the bracelet loom phenomenon.  It’s the craft using rubber band loops and a plastic loom to create different designs that you can turn in to bracelets (or necklaces, for that matter.)  The kind folks at Toys R […]

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Product Highlight: Burlap Paper and the Adhesive Cork Stack from DCWV

November 5, 2013

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I love adding different textures into my paper and mixed-media craft projects. So when I got these amazing Cork Paper Stacks and Burlap Paper Stacks from DCVW, I was really interested in figuring out all the ways I could incorporate them into my crafts!  Let’s take a closer look. These stacks are 6X6, and the […]

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Five YouTube Channels Crafters Will Love: Part One, Scrappers and Stampers

October 31, 2013

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Happy Halloween, folks! Today is a SUPER busy day- I host a dinner gathering and then trick-or-treating launches from my house. But I wanted to share a few YouTube channels that I really love for their paper-crafting goodness. (I’m making my list for knitters, foodies, etc, too.) But here are some great ones that I […]

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Krylon Leafing Pens

October 30, 2013

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Ever wish you could just gold-leaf something? Add a bit of metallic elegance? Today we are looking at Krylon Leafting Pens, and they will let you do just that! Let’s take a look! Here’s the description from the package: KrylonLeafing pens add a touch of elegance to your home accents. All you need is a […]

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Stamp And Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts by EKSuccess

October 28, 2013

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Today’s review is kind of a lark. I had purchased these punches MONTHS ago at a discount store, and in true Jenny fashion squirreled them away and mostly forgot about them. It’s amazing how a few hours of studio cleaning can remind you of the things you own- (!!) so I dusted them off, broke […]

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Last-Minute Halloween Craft Round-Up and Giveaway!

October 26, 2013

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It’s been a while since I’ve done round up and/or giveaway. Since Halloween is right round the corner, (and Thanksgiving is close on it’s heels, ) I thought that should be the focus! I’ve you’ll indulge me, I have a LOT of Halloween crafts here on the blog. If you are new, you may have […]

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Memento Luxe Mixed Media Stamp Pads

October 23, 2013

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If you are a stamper, you know that the right stamp pad for the job is pretty much essential. You use the wrong stamp pad- well, your project might not turn out or stand the test of time. It’s in this spirit that I dive into another stamp pad review- this time, the Memento Luxe […]

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What is the Difference Between Hot Glue Sticks and Mod Melts?

October 22, 2013

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Earlier this summer, Carolina reviewed the new Mod Melts line from Plaid. Almost immediately, we got a comment asking what was the difference between Mod Melts and traditional hot glue sticks. I took it upon myself to do an extra round of testing- and I’m sharing my results with you today! Both are extruded from […]

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Martha Disses Bloggers & Blog Love Round Up

October 17, 2013

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Dear Crafty Friends, If you missed it on the CraftTestDummies Facebook Page earlier this week, there was quite a hubbub. Martha Stewart, craft maven to many, spoke out in an interview by which she put bloggers down. With disdain, even. See the interview for yourself: So, yes. That. “Who are these bloggers?” I am SO […]

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Fiskars Intricate Shape Punches

October 16, 2013

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It’s no secret that I love a good paper punch. It’s so much easier to reach for a punch and get what you want punched out quickly, rather than having to fuss with a die and a cutter and a “sandwich” or a setting. And it’s also no secret that Fiskars makes some mighty fine […]

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