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Fabric Review: Oly*Fun by Fairfield World

July 25, 2014

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  I was given the opportunity to test out a new fabric called Oly*Fun. It’s made by Fairfield World, who is better know for making Fiberfill, Polyfill, foams, and batting. The fabric has some special properties that most fabrics don’t. From Fairfield World: “The everything material” This is one of the easiest, most versatile materials you will ever […]

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Review: Mod Podge Sheer Tint

July 21, 2014

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There are a few crafting necessities that I think just might need to be staples in any crafter’s arsenal, Mod Podge being one of them. Plaid has recently launched a new product in their Mod Podge line: Mod Podge Sheer Tint. Basically, it’s the standard Mod Podge formula with different tints added in to give […]

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Craft Room Peek and Taking Questions for Upcoming Videos

July 14, 2014

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Recently I shot the opening introduction of one of my product reviews using my webcam in my craft room (I call it “the Studio.”) I got some *ahem* comments about how messy my space is, how it looks familiar, and yes, one lady even asked me “How do you work in such a messy space?” […]

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Instagram Book Segment LIVE on Scrapbook Soup TV!

June 20, 2014

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Last season I appeared on Scrapbook Soup for four segments- and one of them was this little mini book for your Instagram photos!  The secret? Using up old scrapbook by covering it with gesso and stenciling!  If you missed it live on air, it’s on the home page all this week at ScrapbookMemoriesTV.com!  Here is […]

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Working with Brands, Fair Compensation, and How I Make Money

June 17, 2014

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This is one of those posts that probably will not interest you at all. But in the course of CraftTestDummies, I get asked frequently by new bloggers and craft companies/brands- “How do you make money blogging?” Some blogs charge for reviews. I don’t. I think it’s unethical to take money for a review, since the […]

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Three Ideas for Using Shelf Liner in Your Craft Room

June 16, 2014

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I’ve been doing a bunch or reorganizing in my studio and accompanying (new) guest room. Of course, things get worse before they get better, so I’ve been taking the opportunity to really make the areas […]

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Turn Your Door into a Chalkboard Welcome Sign!

June 1, 2014

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I've been doing a little bit of rearranging, reoganizing and revamping our third floor- which is where my studio and an extra guest bedroom are located. Usually the door to the studio stands […]

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Memorial Day- Honoring Our Vets, Remembering Our Fallen

May 26, 2014

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It’s Memorial Day, and I’m always conflicted. Yes, it’s a day for picnics and BBQ, but saying “Happy Memorial Day” seems the wrong message….but how to you express such a complex set of emotions? It’s a day to honor our service men and women, thank our veterans, and remember our fallen soldiers. My grandfathers both […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 11, 2014

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To all mothers and those who have them, enjoy the day!

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10 Minute 2-for-1 Cards

May 8, 2014

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10 minutes 2-for-1 cards from CraftTestDummies.com

Start with two A2 pieces of complementary card stock, make ONE diagonal cut, and end up TWO super-easy cards- all in about 10 minutes! After this, you’ll have no excuse not to make a bunch of cards to have on hand. I started with this sketch from Operation Write Home- #222: And I made a […]

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Craft Countdown with Abby Davis

May 7, 2014

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Craft Countdown with Abby Davis

  Craft Countdown with Abby Davis     I’m a crafter and artist in Richmond, VA. I come from a very creative family. I love making anything, but my favorite things to make are fashion related. I have been hand sewing since I was 4 years old, according to my great aunt. I started machine […]

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Studio Update: Spring Cleaning 2014 Part 1

May 6, 2014

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You know, the life of a craft product reviewer and blogger is  busy- and messy- one. New products coming in, packaging things up for our #TeamCTD reviewers, tutorials in process, and then piles and piles of things that need to be put away or discarded. I took the bull by the horns and had a […]

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GIVEAWAY ALERT! Little Windows Resin Kits

May 2, 2014

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You have to love  a weekend giveaway- and you have to love one with THREE prizes even more! And here’s the thing- the prizes are Little Windows Resin Kits that you can give to your crafty mom OR make some great presents- either way, it’s a winner! Each of these kits is worth $48 and […]

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Tutorial: Layered Stenciled Pillows with Tulip Fabric Paint

May 1, 2014

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Disclosure: this is a sponsored post from Tulip and iLoveToCreate. All opinions are my own. Post may include affiliate links. Ah, spring! Time to freshen up the house with some new accessories and color. And new pillows are perfect- but they can be SO expensive for a designer look! But I made my own using […]

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Review: Clover Bead Loom Kit

April 29, 2014

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  Not too long ago I wrote a Review of the Clover Bead Loom and in it I said that I’d always admired beadwork but that I was intimidated because of the intricate designs. If I had known how relatively easy weaving on a loom could be I would have checked it out sooner. But then, […]

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Rain Boot Re-Do with Duck Tape Minis

April 22, 2014

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Jenny makes over a pair of rain boots to last one more season using Duck Tape® Minis!

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Weekend Giveaway- Duck Tape Minis! (CLOSED)

April 19, 2014

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I’ve been working on a campaign for Duck Tape and they sent me some of the new Duck Tape Minis to play with. Here’s a sneak peek of what I made: But they sent me a LOT of minis. I mean, a LOT. So would you like some?   Here’s a little video for you! […]

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Card Share- OWH Sketch #219

April 16, 2014

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I’m a week late with this sketch challenge- it’s OWH #219- but BOY do I love it! It’s been a great way for me to use up some scraps AND practice my coloring skills.   First, the video: Now the close-ups! Personally,  I love the watercolor technique better than coloring with markers- I’m just a […]

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KellyCraft Multi-Mat

March 26, 2014

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Last year I reviewed the KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square- and while I liked the laser function, I found it a bit unwieldy and inconvenient to use because it had no mat or platform of it’s own. Now the folks at KellyCraft have remedied that situation by creating a mat that works both as a “home […]

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Jacquard Pearl Ex – New Colors

March 24, 2014

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Jacquard Pearl Ex pigment powders are extremely versatile supplies for any artist or crafter. They now come in over 30 colors. I’ll be testing some of the brand new Chromatic Colors: Citrine, Emerald, Magenta, Sapphire Blue, Scarlet and Dark Brown. This collection is a really gorgeous intense set of jewel tones with a deep lovely […]

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Weekend Giveaway- The Big A$$ Book of Crafts by Mark Montano! (Signed)

March 9, 2014

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Heya, crafters! It’s been a busy week (three new videos up- whew!) so my weekend giveaway is a bit late. But trust me, you’ll want it! First- have you heard of the amazing Mark Montano? (I know if you are a faithful blog reader here you have- we’ve reviewed his books as well as mentioned […]

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Greeting Cards using Duck Brand® Craft Tape

February 25, 2014

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Last week I shared that I'd had the luck and pleasure to head to the Duck Tape Headquarters to see the Duck Brand® Tape being cut and rolled, and to see more kinds of Duck Tape […]

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New at CHA 2014: We R Flower Punch Board

February 3, 2014

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Hands down one of the coolest new tools that I spotted at CHA was the brand spankin’ new Flower Punch Board from the geniuses at We R Memory Keepers. You may remember that Jenny has reviewed their envelope punch board, their gift box punch board, and their candy box punch board previously and has even […]

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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 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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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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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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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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