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Weekend Giveaway- Duck Tape Minis!

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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Tutorial: Father’s Day “Dad” Card using Inlaid Die-Cutting Technique

March 15, 2014

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After playing around with the Brother Scan N Cut Canvas software (see the link for my video tutorial of that) I got inspired to make a card. I’d watched a video by Jen McGuire using an “inlaid” technique with her thin dies. It occurred to me that you could do the same with your electric […]

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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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Neat-os Crowdfunding Campaign

November 27, 2013

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As you can imagine, I get a lot of inquiries every week from companies, large and small, who want a bit of attention here on CTD. A few weeks ago I got just such an appeal from Rachel at Neat-os, a small start-up company based in California. She is launching a reusable bag line that […]

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Sisal Snowflake Ornament featuring Krylon Glitter Spray

November 22, 2013

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Today I have a fun ornament or package topper for you- and you make it with some easy-to-find supplies. This is a pretty easy project, but there are a few supplies and tools you’ll want to have on hand. I made you a video to show you step by step! Here’s a tip: I used […]

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Embellished Decoupaged Thanksgiving Candles Tutorial (#TurkeyTableScapes)

November 18, 2013

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We often travel over Thanksgiving, but this year we are staying home and offering the feast. It’s going to be extra-special this year as our Italian foreign-exchange student will be having her first American Thanksgiving. So of course, I’m going to make it a little extra-special with this pretty- but easy- tablescape (#turkeytablescapes) featuring decoupaged […]

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Martha Disses Bloggers & Blog Love Round Up

October 17, 2013

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Dear Crafty Friends, If you missed it on the CraftTestDummies Facebook Page earlier this week, there was quite a hubbub. Martha Stewart, craft maven to many, spoke out in an interview by which she put bloggers down. With disdain, even. See the interview for yourself: So, yes. That. “Who are these bloggers?” I am SO […]

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“Nevermore” Halloween Lantern Featuring Supplies from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores

October 12, 2013

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It’s coming, it’s coming!!! Halloween, that is! And it’s so much fun to dress up the house with fun and easy crafts. Today I have an idea for you courtesy of Joann Fabric and Craft Stores- a Halloween Lantern inspired by Edgar Allen Poe. It’s really easy, too. To get started, you’ll need to take […]

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Halloween Count-Down Photo Frame using Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage

October 4, 2013

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Halloween is one of my families favorite holidays…and this year it’s even a little more special because we have a foreign exchange student celebrating with us. (Did you know that Halloween and Trick-or-Treating has spread to Italy? Go figure.)   To get geared up, we put out some decorations and I whipped up this little […]

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Duck Brand® Deco Laminate and Upcycled Cell Phone Case Project

October 3, 2013

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Normally when I think of Duck Brand®, Duck TAPE automatically pops up in my head! But they have a new product that is just as cool- Deco Laminate! \ Now since this was a brand-new product […]

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Craft Countdown with Carolina Moore

September 4, 2013

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  Carolina Moore is the creative whirlwind behind 30 Minute Crafts. She creates real crafts in just 30 minutes – many of which look like they would take much longer! She loves chocolate, trying new things, and the smell of summer rain in the desert at night. She loves to sew, and is an accomplished […]

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Craft Countdown with Sudie Alexander

August 27, 2013

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SUDIE

    A former financial analyst, Sudie Alexander retired from Corporate America to stay home with her small children.  Between burps and banishing dust bunnies, Sudie found her joy while crafting.  She dabbled in knitting, crocheting, and papercrafts, to name a few. During this time, Sudie met some like-minded creative folks who encouraged her to submit […]

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Spellbinders at Teen Choice Awards & Giveaway

August 9, 2013

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I am a fan of Spellbinders Paper Arts and a GI-NORMOUS fan of kids and teens getting involved with crafting! So it’s a really big deal that Spellbinders has been chosen from a group of CHA members to be part of the Gift Lounge at the Teen Choice Awards this weekend! I’m so happy for […]

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Back to School Craft: Duck Tape(r) Pencil Pouch

August 8, 2013

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Jenny shows you how to create a fun, durable, and stylish pencil pouch from Duck Tape ™. Step-out photos.

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Patio Chair Makeover with Krylon Rust Protector Spray Paint

July 9, 2013

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Disclosure: This is a post sponsored by Krylon. All opinions are honest and my own.  It’s high summer here at CraftTestDummies World Headquarters and that means more time in the remote office- AKA my porch! Located right off of our bedroom, it’s a lovely covered veranda that is a great place to read, blog, and […]

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Happy Independence Day from CraftTestDummies.com

July 4, 2013

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Hey, Crafty friends! Today is Independence Day here in the US, and we are going to celebrate by attending our community parade (my son will be marching), having a cook out at our friend’s house (also on the parade route) and some quiet family time before the fireworks-and traffic- begins tonight!  How do you celebrate […]

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GreatGatsby-Inspired Necklace Featuring Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry Components

May 28, 2013

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Last week I shared a video of the new Martha Stewart Jewelry line available exclusively at Michael’s Craft Stores- so much goodness! Beads, chain, tools, findings epoxy clay, rhinestones, jewelry glaze, jewelry enamel- even mold-making putty! Literally there was so much goodness I haven’t even had time to do all of the reviews. But I […]

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Leftover Love: Taco Bombs!

May 5, 2013

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I don’t usually share recipes and the like unless there is a crafty element. But today I’m making an exception! Celebrating Cinco De Mayo this year? Making tacos? Got leftovers? We always seem to get tired of eating tacos before we run out of fixin’s. So I came up with a clever way to freeze […]

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