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About Jennifer

Jen is married and the homeschooling mother of 3 children. She blogs about art journaling, mixed media, other crafts, family, homeschooling, special needs, disability, and other randomness at My Crafty Friend Jen.

Craft Product Review: Royal & Langnickel Soft Grip Paintbrushes

September 3, 2012

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Card created using watercolors and the Royal & Langnickel Soft Grip white bristle mop brush.

As a mixed-media artist, I find myself using a lot of different paintbrushes, for a lot of different techniques.  A couple years ago, I picked up a Royal & Langnickel Soft Grip brush at my local Michaels – paying no attention to the brand, not really knowing anything about brushes or bristle-types or anything – […]

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Craft Fave: My Mind’s Eye – Follow Your Heart: Be Happy

August 27, 2012

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4x6 Project Life layout using MME - Follow Your Heart: Be Happy

It’s no secret that I love paper, and pretty paper lines with great embellishments just draw me right in.  So you can understand why I got sucked right in by Follow Your Heart: Be Happy line, by My Mind’s Eye, right?  It was designed by Rhonna Farrer, whose work I always love too. I loved […]

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Craft Product Review: ScrapBands

June 26, 2012

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Small-sized ScrapBand around art journal

I’ve been away from scrapbooking for a while…years, really.  And while I’ve been making a valid attempt to return to the craft, I have yet to complete any scrapbooks.  But that didn’t stop me from being intrigued by today’s new product, ScrapBands.  These stretchy bands – which come in plenty of decorative designs or in […]

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Getting Inky: A Comparison Of Color Sprays, Spray Inks and Mists

June 14, 2012

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comparison of color sprays, inks, mists and dyes.

One day, a few weeks ago, I was playing around with some of my spray inks.  I happened to spritz one kind on top of another kind, and realized that they didn’t want to mix together.  It made the mad scientist in me come alive with wonder…and I started going crazy, spraying various ink sprays […]

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Craft Product Review: Scissor Mouse by Westcott

May 14, 2012

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When I first saw the Scissor Mouse by Westcott, my first thought was “genius!” – and as someone with disabilities who often has difficulty manipulating regular scissors, I was especially excited about the possibilities this new product presented. According to the website description, the Scissor Mouse: Cuts paper fast, easily & safely Cuts straight lines […]

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Craft Product Review: Spectrum Noir Markers from Crafter’s Companion

May 10, 2012

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Spectrum Noir Markers

I need to admit up front that I am an alcohol marker virgin.  Yes, that’s right.While everyone else has been playing with those *other* brands – you know what they are – I’ve been sitting here happily coloring with my watercolor crayons and pencils.  But I’ve still been wanting to know what the buzz was […]

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Craft Product Review: Decou-Page by DecoArt

April 17, 2012

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I use a lot of decoupage type mediums in my art…whether as glue or as a sealer, or sometimes for other creative ideas…and there are LOTS of different kinds on the market.  A few months ago, I was given a couple bottles of Decou-Page by DecoArt to try out, and I’ve enjoyed using it. Let’s […]

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Craft Product Review: Liquid Pearls by Ranger

April 3, 2012

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I’ve really been missing out all this time.  At CHA in January, the folks at Ranger gave us some of the new colors of Liquid Pearls which they released, and I have been playing with them for the last few days…and now I am wondering why it took me this long to find out how […]

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Kids Craft Product Review: Glam Art kits by Dot Art

March 15, 2012

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I have two little girls who love making art projects with their mama. And while I love sharing my stuff with them, sometimes it’s nice to be able to pull out something special just for them. This Glam Art kit from Fubulous Wubulous (part of Dot Art) is just the thing to keep your little […]

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Kids Craft Product Review: Do-A-Dot Art Markers from DotArt

March 12, 2012

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My 3 kids love to make art, and between my art supplies and theirs, we have a ton of arts and crafts products in our home.  Somehow, though, we hadn’t managed to acquire anything similar to today’s product, and I have no idea why…because it’s a win-win for everyone…no mess and tons of fun! Do-A-Dot […]

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CHA-Winter 2012: More Booth Eye-Candy…Prima!

February 7, 2012

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So, as I was preparing my photos for another round of Winter CHA 2012 “booth eye-candy,” I realized that I had taken a LOT of photos in the Prima booth!  Um, in fact, I took SO many pictures of SO many gorgeous products and projects that I had a really hard time narrowing down my […]

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CHA-Winter 2012: Booth Eye-Candy!

February 3, 2012

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Since I know you all can’t get enough pictures from Winter CHA 2012, I went through some more of my photos today and thought I’d dedicate a couple entire posts JUST to some gorgeous booth eye-candy for you all.  Here’s the first post…enjoy! LOVE these photos from Authentique’s booth! Super happy that Heidi Grace has […]

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CHA Winter 2012: My Faves

February 1, 2012

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Now that I’m back home (all 100 miles away from Anaheim) and scrolling through the hundreds of photos I took during my two days at Winter CHA 2012, I’m trying to think about what my absolute FAVORITE new releases were.  There are a lot of things I’m excited to get my hands on and play […]

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CHA: Winter 2012 – Craft Test Dummy Super-Star Haley Pierson-Cox, Live!

January 31, 2012

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Felt mushroom pin cushion

Craft Test Dummies’ own Haley Pierson-Cox, also of The Zen of Making, has been spending her time demonstrating fun, easy-to-make crafts at the Waxman booth here at Winter CHA 2012. Using simple hardware store finds, she has shown crafters how to make headbands, pin cushions and more. I visited her at the Waxman booth on […]

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Craft Product Review: Scor-Buddy by Scor-Pal

January 20, 2012

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Finished card using Scor-Buddy

I’m ashamed to admit that with my vast array of stamps and art supplies, I have great difficulty getting handmade cards created in time for birthdays and holidays.  That said, it is one of my goals to work on this year.  In fact, this pin on Pinterest caught my eye and gave me some motivation! […]

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Craft Product Review: Sizzix “Sizzlits” Dies

January 10, 2012

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Card made with Sizzix embossing folder, Sizzlit die, and Bigz die

To start off, let’s talk about the difference in types of dies that Sizzix has available. I previously showed you how to cut fabric with the new Framelits dies from Sizzix…

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Craft Product Review: Sizzix Embossing Folders & Texture Fades

December 21, 2011

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Tag wrapped with foil tape and embossed with Texture Fade by Sizzix

So what is an embossing folder?  My non-crafty friends think I’m speaking Greek when I use words like this!  Embossing folders are made of hard plastic, have a front and a back, and have some sort of design on the inside.  One side of the folder has the design recessed, and the other side of […]

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Craft Product Review: Darcie’s Ink Jet Printable Shrink Plastic Project CD

December 7, 2011

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Shrunken Number Embellishments

About 6 months ago, I played with “shrink plastic” for the first time in my life. I was awed, amazed – totally fell in love with the stuff. I’ve since tried several brands, and have played around with different mediums on them. But I am COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY by this one…I think you will be […]

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Craft Product Review: Tim Holtz Distress Stains by Ranger

November 22, 2011

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A year and a half ago, I had never heard of Distress Inks, or Tim Holtz, or Ranger Ink. Distress Stains hadn’t even been invented…but even if they had, I wouldn’t have known anything about them. It’s hard to believe, given how much I love all things “Distress” now, but it’s true. At a fateful […]

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Craft Fave: The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

November 11, 2011

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Earlier this year, both Jenny and I gave you our opinions on the undeniably wonderful stencils made by the great folks at The Crafter’s Workshop.  We loved them so much that Jenny even gave them the “Craft Test Dummies stamp of approval.”  Well…you may recall that during the summer, Jenny posted a brief update about […]

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Craft Fave: Authentique Paper – Glowing

October 31, 2011

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I have a love affair with paper – and yes, I’ll admit that I do tend to hold onto it longer than I should.  I am getting better about it, though…I read a tip somewhere that recommended using a bit of your favorite papers in your art journal so you’ll always have it to remember. […]

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Craft Product Review: Purple Cows Melt Tool

October 27, 2011

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Tag made with homemade styrafoam stamps made with Purple Cows Melt tool

I have always wanted to try a craft iron, so when I was asked to review the Purple Cows Melt Tool– which comes with a craft-iron attachment – I was totally on board! The Melt Tool is one of two heat tools by Purple Cows (Sizzle is the other).  Melt is a lower to mid-temperature […]

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Craft Product Review: My Stamp Box Stamps

October 7, 2011

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You remove stamps from sheet the first time and stick onto "stamp box"

It’s no secret that I love stamps, so when I opened my box of products from Summer CHA to review, I was super happy to see stamps in the box!  At first glance, these stamps called My Stamp Box might appear to be just another brand of your ordinary photopolymer stamps.  But they’re not.  The […]

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Cutting Fabric with Sizzix Framelits Dies

September 20, 2011

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I’ve had an electronic die-cutting machine for several years, and for the longest time, I couldn’t understand why people would need a manual cutting machine.  A couple years ago, I gave in and got my Big Kick – and wow, have I ever been pleased with the variety of things I can cut with it […]

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Craft Product Review: Plus Glue Tape

August 29, 2011

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Living an artsy, crafty life requires a constant supply of adhesives – usually several different types, to meet different needs.  While I have become a huge fan of the many specialty liquid glues on the market, I will never get completely away from my first crafty-adhesive love – the classic double-sided adhesive tape-runner. These cute […]

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Craft Product Review: Twiddleybitz Chipboard Die Cuts

August 5, 2011

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Final piece can be attached to back as a hanger or as to prop box up to sit on its own.

I love good chipboard.  Especially the kind that is laser die cut, with intricate details…the pieces are lightweight yet can add so much dimension to a project.  And there’s just SO much you can do with chipboard…so many ways to color it, embellish it, use it.  But it seems like so many of the really […]

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Craft Product Review: Ranger Archival Ink Pads

August 3, 2011

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I started out my crafting days in stamping, and though I took several years off from stamping, I eventually made my way back, and I have never been more addicted to stamps than I am now! Of course with that comes a need for many different types of ink pads, to serve different needs.  When […]

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Craft Product Review: Art Institute Glitter, Fantasy Film, and Fantasy Fiber

July 15, 2011

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Gala Glitz - Teal

You read last week that I used to, ahem, not be a fan of glitter.  But not to fear – I’ve been brought over to the glittery side!!  Last week I reviewed Donna Salazar’s new magical glitter, Fairy Dust, by Clearsnap.  This week, I had the pleasure of playing with a variety of different kinds […]

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Craft Product Review: Clearsnap Fairy Dust

July 8, 2011

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I have a confession to make.  I used to hate glitter.  Yes, I’m a girl.  Who used to hate glitter.  “Why?” you might ask.  Well…I suppose because I used to not like messes, and, well, glitter can be sort of messy.  Not in the “get your hands dirty” kind of way, but more in the […]

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Craft Fave: Fancy Pants Designs

June 17, 2011

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Fancy Pants Glitter Cuts

You all know me by now – I can put together a great-looking scrapbook page when I need to…but it’s really not my true love.  However, that said…I do LOVE (and love might be a slight understatement here) cute, or gorgeous, or fun, or new – whatever catches my eye – paper lines…with all their […]

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