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

How To Make A DIY Quilling Tool & Quilled Hearts Tutorial

February 10, 2015

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DIY Quilling Tool

If you’ve been here before, you may know that I have a soft spot for quilling. I love that you can take simple strips of paper and some white glue and twirl them into spirals that you can form into shapes that can be almost anything! (OK, I’m a little breathless here!)  But what if […]

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Iridescent Creative Medium (Texture Gel) from Imagine Crafts

February 9, 2015

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Creative Medium Iridescent by Creative Imaginations

Creative Medium isn’t a new product- we reviewed it here over a year ago. However, mixed media is still on the upswing, and, as I reported in my CHA trends post, using black as a substrait/background is SUPER hot right now. Imagine Crafts is spot-on with this trend with it’s line of Iridescent Creative Mediums.   […]

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Recipe For Homemade and Permanent Gelli Plates

February 5, 2015

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how to make homemade and permanent Gelli Plates

Lately I’ve been obsessed with gelli printing. First I compared the Stampendous and Gelli Arts plates, and then of course I wondered how I could make my own? Out of the recipes I found, the measurements were confusing- ounces to tablespoons. UGH. So I simplified them so that the measurements were easy. Now I’m sharing it […]

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Review of Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Markers

February 4, 2015

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Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Marker Review CraftTestDummies.com

As I mentioned in my post from CHA, both neon and chalkboards or black backgrounds are still all the rage. So of course, we’re going to need some chalky and/or neon markers, right? Today we are looking at the Crafty Crock Liquid Chalk Markers. From the website: Crafty Croc™ Liquid Chalk Markers offer a versatile […]

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Comparison Of Gelli Printing Plates

February 2, 2015

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Comparison of Gelli Printing plates

Disclosure: this comparison is unsponsored and the results of my own first-hand experience with the product. Links below may include affiliate links.  Gelatin printing has become quite the rage with mixed media audiences with the development of commercially-available permanent printing plates, such as the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate and the Stampendous Creative Palette/Monoprinting Plate. […]

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Printing on Fabric; Tests and Results from The Sewing Loft

February 1, 2015

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From The Sewing Loft

I love it when I find a post that answers a question that I, myself, would have asked. I met my new friend Heather of the Sewing Loft at the Quilt Market last fall and she’s one sharp and talented cookie. Furthermore, she thinks like a “CraftTestDummy” and has posted her results of her experiments […]

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Feb 2015 & SIX Valentines!

January 29, 2015

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Valentine's Day/ Love Cards made with the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit February 2015

Time for the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit, peeps! And I made SIX Valentine’s Day/ Love cards in one go. Not gonna lie…this month I struggled with the card kit. The vintage colors felt a bit washed out to me, and I couldn’t quite feel the gold Gelato with clear embossing ink. While I […]

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Just for Fun: Craft Haul!

January 28, 2015

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The other day my crafty BFF Vicki O’Dell and I met for lunch and retail therapy. Here’s the video of my craft haul- all those goodies for under $50! I got all of these goodies for under $50! What should I play with first?

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Six Ways to Add Foil to Your Crafting Projects Without a Machine

January 26, 2015

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Six ways to add foiling to your papercrafts without a machine!

I reported that at CHA 2015 foil accents one of the big trends– so the big question is, “how do I get foil on my projects?” Well, I’ve go a handy list of ways right here for you. First, a word on foils! We are specifically talking about mylar-backed foils or transfer foils for these […]

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The Best Stamp Pad for Copics (and other Alcohol-Based Markers)

January 26, 2015

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Hero Hues Dye, Archival Ink, Versafine, Adirondack Earthtones, Memento, StazOn, Stampin' UP Classic, Papertrey Ink Dye, India Ink. Not pictured: Memento Luxe

Last week I posted a review on the Staz-ON solvent-based stamp pads, and based on the comments I received, it seems that there are a bunch of folks who purchased it to use with their Copic or other alcohol-based markers…and then were sadly disappointed when I shared that they were, by and large, not compatible. […]

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Five Top Craft Trends at CHA 2015

January 24, 2015

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CHA Trends 2015: Marquee /Lights

Going the the Craft and Hobby Mega Show is a must, not just to drool at the new product releases for 2015, but also to spot trends and colors that will be must-haves for crafting and home decor. Wanna peek? I made you a video: But just to recap….. FOILS: The trend of shimmer and […]

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Staz-On Solvent Ink Pads (overview)

January 22, 2015

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Staz On Solvent Based Ink Pads

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- a solvent-based stamp pad is a must-have for any crafters’ tool box. It will do what most stamp pads won’t- become permanent on non-porous surfaces. Today we’ll take a look at Staz-On, their new midi size stamp pads, the new colors, and even some tips for […]

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CHA 2015; Precision Base Plate for Sizzix for Tim Holtz

January 21, 2015

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Ever have difficulty cutting through certain materials while using your thin-rule dies like Framelits or Thinlits? Well, Sizzix has come up with a new metal base plate that allows you to cut more precisely and cleanly! Take a look: And don’t those new deco sheets look fun as well?? The Precision Base Plate will be […]

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Hands On Crafts for Kids 700 Series Now Airing

January 17, 2015

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Hey crafty friends! I’m so excited to share that the TV show that I filmed last summer, “Hands On Crafts for Kids” is now airing! This show has a long history- it’s been on PBS for 18 years! I’m so thrilled to join Katie Hacker and Franz Spohn as your hosts. In case you don’t […]

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CHA Show 2015: What’s New From Spellbinders

January 16, 2015

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The new machine will accept steel rule dies and...wait for it... have a motor attachment released mid-year!

Spellbinders is again expanding their line of papercrafting into mixed media and home decor with new dies, embossing folders, and now…… rhinestones and trims! I was invited to the media breakfast and snapped these pics and video for you. I’m hoping we’ll get some of these goodies to review for you, too!     I […]

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#CHAshow 2015, Here We Come!

January 8, 2015

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Tomorrow I head out with my crafty BFF Vicki to the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim, CA. If you have no idea what that is…well, check this out!   Follow along with us! TWITTER: Jenny: @CraftTestDummy Vicki: @CreativeGoddess Sara: @SaraJaneCrafts #TeamCTD/#CHAshow INSTAGRAM: Jenny: @CraftTestDummy and don’t forget YOUTUBE! New videos will be added daily!   […]

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#OLW (One Little Word) for 2015 & Round-Up

January 6, 2015

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#OLW One Little Word for 2015 on CraftTestDummies: Mindful

I’m not a big resolution-maker; as a former music therapist, I’ve been trained to make short term or long term goals with measurable and observable data. But I do like the idea of taking stock and re-evaluating my life’s mission statement. And on our long drive to NYC last week, I had a lot of […]

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Top Ten CraftTestDummies Videos from 2014

January 2, 2015

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Earlier this week I shared the Top Ten Posts of 2014– it’s good to go back and see what resonated with my crafty peeps, as it helps me to plan for this year’s content. Similarly, I want to go over the top VIDEOS- YouTube is a slightly different crowd with different habits, and it’s time to […]

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Thank You Cards & Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Jan 2015

December 30, 2014

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit January 2015

‘Tis the season…for thank you cards! The gifts have been opened and the leftovers eaten up, so now it’s officially time to write out those cards for all of the wonderful gifts and merriment. What better way than to use my Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for January 2015? I made you a video showing […]

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Top Ten Posts on CraftTestDummies 2014

December 29, 2014

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Top 10 Posts for 2014!

I love to take a look at the end of the year and see what has been resonating with you, my readers. For this review, we will look at the top posts on CraftTestDummies and break it down by pageviews. Here are we go! In order: #1: Comparison of Stamp Pads on Fabric (31.5K views!) […]

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Boxing Day Giveaway: Fiskars Tag Maker & Eyelet Setter!

December 26, 2014

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Enter to win one of FIVE Fiskars Tag Makers at CraftTestDummies.com! Open Dec 26-January 1 2015. Open to US residents.

It’s the day after Christmas, and while most folks are rushing to return gifts, I have a gift for YOU! It’s a giveaway from our friends at Fiskars. I reviewed the Fiskars Tag Maker & Eyelet Setter & loved it- and now we want YOU to have a chance to win one of FIVE!   […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from #TeamCTD!

December 25, 2014

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I just want to take a moment in the rush to wish you all a happy holiday season and THANK YOU  for being a part of the CraftTestDummies family. Whether you  like our YouTube videos, get your inspiration by following our boards on Pinterest, join in the conversation on Facebook, or hit me up for […]

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Craft Room Confessional: How I Organize My Stickers and Rhinestones

December 23, 2014

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craft room organization; storing rhinestones, pearls, and stickers!

I love “bling”- and it seems that adhesive stickers and rhinestones are a staple in many crafters’ stashes. But how do you keep them organized? Here is my solution! I made you a quick 3 minute video: Here are some of the supplies I used: these are affiliate links and if you make a purchase […]

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Video and Photo Production for YouTube

December 19, 2014

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How I film my videos! Peek to see the tools I use to create my YouTube content.

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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Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

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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peek a boo gift tags

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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Fiskars Tag Maker and Eyelet Setter Review

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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K-cup Frosty Hat Ornaments and Place Card Holders.

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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Organize sprays Inks and Daubers

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 of 3: Quilt Shop!

December 9, 2014

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Quilt Passions Kona Hawaii

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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