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

Fun with Metal Foil Tape

February 21, 2014

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One of the best thins about the crafting/artin community is that I’m constantly getting inspired by other blogs. One of my favorites is BalzerDesigns.com- Julie is an amazing mixed-media artist and I’ve been lucky enough to appear on her show “Scrapbook Soup” the past few years. Last week, she shared a canvas that she did […]

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Surfacez Multi-Surface Ink Pads from ColorBox

February 20, 2014

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If you’ve been to CraftTestDummies before, you know that one of my missions is to find the best products for the job at hand. And smooth, non porous surfaces such as glass, plastic, leather, and metal require a very special ink. Up until now, there are have been very few options- but now we’ve got […]

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Duck Tape “Stuck at Prom” Meet-and-Greet with Michelle Lesniak (AND GIVEAWAY!)

February 14, 2014

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While on snowy days like these it may be hard to remember why I live in Northeast Ohio, there are some distinct perks- on is living thisclose to Avon, Ohio, which is were Duck Tape World Headquarters is located!  ShurTech Brands (the parent company) actually has it’s manufacturing plant down south, but it’s at the […]

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CHA Show 2014 Product Update: Gelatos Double Scoops!

February 10, 2014

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Remember how I shared some of the new/and or improved products of CHA show? Well, this is the first one I’ve gotten in my hot little hands- Gelatos Double Scoops! Look at ALL THE YUMMY COLORS. Yes, even the metallics have been “super sized.” Compared to the original version (bottom one) you can see that […]

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OWH Sketch 210 and “Just Sayin” Stamps from SU (and Giveaway)

February 7, 2014

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Hello, crafty friends! It was a crazy January and between travel and CHA, I had precious little time in the studio. I’m finally back in th swing of things and have been a card-making mo-sheen! I got really inspired this week by the Operation Write Home Sketch challenge (210) that they put out this week, […]

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How-To: Braille Valentine’s Day Cards

February 6, 2014

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Some of you may know that once-upon-a-time I was a Music Therapist, and back when I was a student in college I spent two summers working at Highbrook Lodge, a camp for the visually impaired. The wonderful training I received there has stuck with me my whole life, informing how I “see” the world and […]

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CHA 2014: Spellbinders Media Mixage Demo with Ken Oliver

January 31, 2014

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CHA is kind of like the the most fun, crazy family reunion ever. While there, I get to meet up with some of my favorite designers and see what they are up to! I couldn’t miss a chance to see Ken Oliver at the (amazing) Spellbinders booth and film his demo of Media Mixage elements. […]

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CHA 2014: Recap of New (& Improved) Product Highlights

January 29, 2014

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I love scouting the show floor for new products at CHA- sometimes they are not necessarily “brand new”- but tweaks/ improvements on existing products. So let me show you some of the highlights I found! Impress Art has developed new soft-strike metal jewelry blanks that look like sterling but a fraction of the cost. And […]

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CHA 2014: 3Doodler Printing Pen

January 28, 2014

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I have been intrigued by 3 D printing machines ever since I first heard from them. However, with a price tag of over 2K, it’s not really in my budget. But this little gizmo I spotted might be a fun fill-in (forgive the pun) until the price goes down: the 3Doodler. I had to stop […]

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CHA 2014: Collage Clay Demo from Plaid

January 27, 2014

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Can I just admit flat-out that I adore Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza? In addition to creating fun & inspiring videos AND being some of the nicest people on the planet, they also create  spectacular new craft products. This year they are adding to their Mod Melts line and are debuting Collage Clay! If you […]

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Friday Giveaway: ICE Resin Swag Bag from CHA show!

January 24, 2014

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First off, I had an amazing time at CHA Winter (you can click the link to see all of the articles so far from the show.) But the REAL thing I want to tell you is how amazing some of the companies/brands are! Today we are going to give some love to ICE Resin and […]

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Jenny’s Picks from #CHAshow: Spellbinders Tool-in-One

January 23, 2014

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As I mentioned earlier, I often have folks ask me what my CHA show favorites are. Sometimes it’s a wowzer new machine like the Brother Scan-N-Cut, but sometimes its a simple thing that makes life easier. Enter the new Spellbinder Tool-In-One. This cute little gizmo features a rolling brush and a little tool kit to […]

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New Cricut Machine Launched: Cricut Explore!

January 21, 2014

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Just when you thought the Cricut brand was all but dead (and they skipped CHA so there was no reason to believe otherwise) the folks at ProvoCraft launch something brand-new- the Cricut Explore.   Here’s what we’ve been told about the new machine: Cricut Explore™ Cricut Explore™ – The world’s easiest design-and-cut system for making polished […]

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Friday Tie-Dye Giveaway & Rupert Boneham at iLoveToCreate

January 17, 2014

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Happy Friday! We are still combing through all of the pictures and videos we took at #CHAshow and I thought I’d tie (dye?) them together in today’s post! One of the cool make-n-takes at the show was at the iLoveToCreate booth. Rupert Boneham, celebrity Survivor winner, was on hand to crack jokes and tie-dye with […]

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CHA Hot 20 Pick: Chameleon Color Tones Pens

January 16, 2014

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I constantly get the question “What did you see at CHA show that impressed you?” The Chameleon Color Tones Pens impressed me as a great way to get lots of colors in a marker without buying a ga-jillon markers! Here’s a preview: I stopped by the booth and filmed this quick video:   And here’s […]

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CHA Show Winter 2014: Lion Brand Yarn Booth Love

January 14, 2014

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CHA Show is such an amazing event- the new products are a given. But really the BOOTHS are one of my favorite things! This year, the Lion Brand Yarn Booth wins for my personal favorite. They re-created monuments and geographic icons in YARN. The theme was Yarn of the World. Check this out! Stonehenge. Check […]

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CHA Bound 2014 (and What Is CHA, anyway?)

January 9, 2014

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Hello, crafty friends! As you read this, I will be flying out to Anaheim California to attend the Craft And Hobby Association Conference and Tradeshow. For those of you who might be new-er here, or are asking “What is CHA, anyway???” the CHA show (as we call it) is an amazing event in which the […]

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One Little Word (OK, maybe two) 2014

January 7, 2014

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Last year was epic for me and my family. I don’t use that word flippantly, either. Seriously Epic. But let me back up a bit. Last year I selected my One Little Word – Embrace. I wanted to hold my heart open t embrace new experiences and changes…and to do so gracefully. Now, for those […]

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New Year Smash-Tacular Giveaway!

January 6, 2014

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Happy New Year, crafty friends! It’s time for our first giveaway of the year! I know a lot of you have the best intentions (if not resolutions) for doing more journaling or scrapbooking this year. Well, this week’s giveaway is geared to help! How about a nice Smash book and accessories to get you going? […]

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Top 15 Posts of 2013

January 3, 2014

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I can’t believe another year has gone by! I’m always interested in the the posts that have brought folks here to CraftTestDummies. (By the way, did you know that 70% of my visitors are “new” to the site? That is, coming in to read a specific review or tutorial and then never returning. Weird, right?) […]

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Brother Scan N Cut, Part 2: Stamped Images

January 2, 2014

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After the initial Brother Scan N Cut review went live, I got a LOT of questions on the YouTube video. The most prevelant question was how well it cut stamped images. Well, that’s exactly what I’m sharing with you today.   For this, video was really the only way to go! Now let’s take a […]

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New Year’s Toasting Glasses

December 26, 2013

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Well, here were are, at the end of the year. One of the joys of our New Year’s celebration is welcoming friends into our home and having a bit of wine or champagne. I was thinking about that old phrase “Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the older is gold.” […]

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Sweet Treats for the Holidays

December 20, 2013

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Can I tell you a secret? I’m really not into baking that much. After all, my Mom has the “mother-of-all-cutout-cookies” recipe and is CLEARLY the queen of the cookies. But I do enjoy making candies. Well, kind of candies. Mostly “cheater” candies. But you know what else? They are pretty dang good. So I thought […]

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Easy Teacher Gifts- 5 Minute Post-It Note Holder

December 19, 2013

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Ok crafty friends- today I have the EASIEST 5-minute craft ever for teachers, crossing guards/bus drivers, even little neighbor gifties. Behold the 5-minute Post-it Note Holder!   You’ll need: Heavy-weight cover or cardstock cut to 3 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches (you can get 4 out of a 12X12 sheet of paper by making your […]

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Brother Scan N Cut: Part 1, Paper Scanning and Cutting

December 18, 2013

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Last Spring I was a guest on Scrapbook Soup and I got an eyeful of a new digital die cutting machine- one with an integrated scanner- the Brother Scan N Cut! I was literally salivating with the possibilities! I couldn’t even hold my horses to see if they would send me a review copy- I […]

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Comparison of Adhesive Tapes

December 17, 2013

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You should know by now that the options for adhesive are almost limitless- wet adhesives, try adhesives, solvent-based, epoxy, water-based, runners, sticks, and of course TAPES. Today I’m going to give you an overview of adhesive tapes that have a release backing, are tissue-thin, and can be ripped with your hands- no scissors necessary. So […]

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Weekend Giveaway- Studio Paints from Ranger!

December 13, 2013

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Hey crafty friends! I have another great giveaway for you! Remember when I reviewed Studio Paint from Claudine Hellmuth awhile back? I LOVED it! And, as it happened, I had a second set of paints- new and unused- just waiting for a new home. You want to adopt it? It’s easy- just a few easy […]

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Can B Plates Be Fixed? (Cuttlebug Die Cutting)

December 12, 2013

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OK- if you didn’t understand the title of this post, you probably won’t be too interested in today’s post. But if you DO die cut- on a Cuttlebug or even an eBosser- then you’ll be SUPER interested. You know how your cutting plates get all warped and trashed? Well, Nancy from ScrapHappens (BrujaRose.blogspot.com) was poking […]

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Martha Stewart Heavy-Duty Paper Trimmer

December 11, 2013

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Paper cutters/trimmers are one of the most important tool a crafter can have. And depending on what kind of paper you are using- and what size you need cut trim it to- there are LOTS of options. For those of us who routinely work with card or cover stock, you KNOW you need a heavier-duty […]

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Candy Box Punch Board Ornament & Ideas for Larger Sizes!

December 10, 2013

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Hey Crafty Friends! Last week I reviewed the Candy Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers. And as I was playing, I started getting all of these ideas for making (slightly) large sizes AND for making different things with them! So today I want to share them with you! I made these step-out collages […]

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