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

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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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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Craft Trends: 2015 Color of the Year “Marsala” Named by Pantone

December 8, 2014

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 Pantone 2015 Marsala Color of the Year

Earlier my crafty colleague Abby reported on thing Spring Colors named by Pantone for 2015. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation about which color would win the title of “Color of the Year.” Pantone has just announced that Marsala has won the honors. Described as, “A TASTEFUL HUE:” Much like the fortified […]

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Create and Craft TV to Debut in America

December 7, 2014

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create and craft tv launching in the US

One of the things that I loved about visiting the UK is that the have this great live shopping channel dedicated to crafts, www.CreateAndCraft.TV.  It’s a 24-hour channel, and you can watch the presentations which are longer and less hurried than the segments on HSN. Instead of having a frantic 5-7 minutes per item and then rushing […]

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How to Use Fiskars Fuse Letterpress Plates in a Sizzix Bigshot

December 5, 2014

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Craft foam left a shallower impression, but no cracking.

This question came in as a comment on my review of the Fiskars Fuse: Hi Jenny I picked up some small Fiskars expansion pack shapes with the view to using them to emboss using the Sizzix Big Shot. Got nervous when trying to work out what shims to use. Have you tired them this way? I […]

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for Dec 2014 & CARDS!

December 3, 2014

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Cards made with Simon Says Stamp Card Kit December 2014

You all know I like the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Club…happy fan and subscriber, no freebies here! So here is what I got in the kit AND what I made! (So far, of course!)     Which do you like best? I need to get another batch to send out to Operation Write Home…

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Review: Bead Buddy One-Step Crimper Tool

December 3, 2014

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Review of the Bead Buddy One-Step Crimping Tool

Jewelry-making can go one of two ways- sublime or sophomoric. And the difference between the two is often craftsmanship: the design aside, either it’s well-make or it…well, isn’t. Crimp beads are one of those ways you can tell the difference- a well-made crimp looks professional, and a poorly-make one looks like it’s been chewed by […]

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Crafty Field Trip- Hawaii, Part 2 (BEADS!)

December 1, 2014

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da Bead Shop, Kona, Hawaii

As I mentioned before in Part 1 of the Crafty Field Trip Hawaii series, I often have a junior partner in crafty crime- my nine-year old daughter Bailey. We had scoured the Kona Coffee Festival booths that were loaded with locally-made jewelry, and she really wanted to buy some pieces for her friends. As you […]

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Craft Room Confessional: Obsession with Binder Rings

November 25, 2014

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Ideas for using Binder Rings to organize your craft supplies!

OK, crafty friends! Usually I take the time between Christmas and New Year to reorganize and sort out my craft space, but this year I’m getting started early. I’ve bee thinning and purging as well as reorganizing what’s left to make it more visable and hopefully then USABLE.   Right now I have a craft […]

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Crafty Field Trip: Hawaii (Part 1 of 3)

November 24, 2014

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Craft field trip Hawaii Big Island

As some of you know, I LOVE to travel. Seriously love it. And I often am not picky at all about where I go, as long as I get to see the sights and eat the food….and visit a few craft stores or handmade markets along the way! This month our whole family took a […]

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Hands On Crafts For Kids: Dyed T-Shirts (HOC1706 )

November 20, 2014

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Hooray! Another segment for Hands One Crafts for Kids has gone live! In this one, you can see a really creative way to tie-dye t-shirts using common household items to make a pattern! I bet you could come up with some other fun designs, too! I’d love to hear from you!

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