Hearth Room Renovation and Fireplace Screen Makeover with Krylon

Krylon Firescreen Makeover

This summer we did a HUGE renovation of our kitchen and hearth room. The kitchen was a total tear-out, whereas the hearth room where we watch TV was more of a “facelift” maneuver. We updated the brick fireplace with stone and a new mantel. And while we hired out the “big” work, I added my finishing touch by making over our old fireplace screen with Krylon Supermaxx paint! Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Krylon but all images and opinions […]

Happy Thanksgiving from #TeamCTD


From all of us here at CraftTestDummies, we wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! We’re going to take a few days off to enjoy our families, some good food, and maybe even a Black Friday sale or two. Cheers!

Heading to London town


I’m on the road again! Those of you who know me know that I love traveling (here’s a link to my crafty/travel posts), and searching out fun crafty adventures is always part of the plan. Next week (Nov 9-11 2015) I’ll be in London with hubby and paying a visit to my Italian Daughter. She stayed with us from September 2013 to June 2014 through AFS- a program I support and continue to participate in. (Right now we have a daughter […]

Fall Decorating with Krylon

Fall Lantern Makeover with Krylon

AT LAST!! Fall is here, that cool breeze is in the air, and there are straw bales and pumpkins and fresh apples!!! I LOVE fall. And I really love decorating for autumn, outside and inside. Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Krylon but all images and opinions are my own. This year, I have a “new” entryway off of the kitchen post-kitchen remodel. A great excuse to decorate it, right? I had this old lantern that I picked up at […]

Powdered Dyes verses Pigment Powders

What is the difference between Brusho and Pearl Ex? I answer this question today!

Lately there has been a LOT of buzz around powdered watercolors/dyes lately- products like ColorBurst, Brusho, and Magical have all been on the “hot” list this summer. But recently a reader asked, “What is the difference between Pearl Ex/ Perfect Pearls and Brusho (or another of the above.) While they are both powdered color, they are not the same. Some are powdered DYES, while others are PIGMENT powders. The main difference is that one is a DYE and the other […]

Xyron Creative Station GIVEAWAY

xyron creatiove station giveaway

Happy World Cardmaking Day! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than a GIVEAWAY from Xyron! The Creative Station is a perfect solution for card-makers because it gives you edge-to-edge coverage on wavy, textured or patterned paper, and it also gives you the best adhesion on embellishments under 1/8 inch thick! Make sure you watch this video to see it in action! And now you can enter to win one of your own! This giveaway is sponsored by […]

Fall Deck Cleanup with Thompson’s WaterSeal

Fall Spruce-up; Before and After pics of my fabric awning. I used Thompson's WaterSeal Oxy Cleaner and Fabric Seal.

This post is sponsored by Thompson’s WaterSeal- but all images and opinions are my own.   It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down. For my family, Labor Day weekend is the time to start our fall-clean up in preparation for winter. Luckily, here in Ohio we have a lot of lovely fall days, and we can enjoy our deck into November. However, summer is not very kind to the fabric goods on our deck. The sun has bleached […]

Crafty Croc Chalk Marker GIVEAWAY!

Crafty Crock Liquid Chalk Markers

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post and giveaway. All opinions are my own however, and based on my first-hand experience with the product. We are timing this giveaway to coincide with the new marker packs. Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Markers  (review link) come in a 8 Pack, a 10 Pack, and an 18 Pack. (Because, really, some of us want ALL of the colors!!!) I made you a little video:     And here are some of the photos:   Now… […]

Coloring Books are NOT Art Therapy

Adult coloring books are NOT Art Therapy- you should know the difference.

Earlier this week I had a twitter exchange with a British Paper-crafting magazine company that sent out a tweet that said something like, “Colouring is so great! It’s Art Therapy and will help you de-stress.” (Or some such thing, I didn’t keep it.) Anyway, this got me stewing. Because Art Therapy is NOT coloring. It may be a technique USED by Art Therapists in a practice, but Art Therapy is a recognized profession. From the American Art Therapy Association: It’s […]

Backyard Makeover with Thompson’s WaterSeal

Back yard make-over with Thomposon's WaterSeal Timber Oil

This post is sponsored by Thompson’s WaterSeal- but all images and opinions are my own.  It’s summer, and here in Ohio that means taking advantage of the lovely weather. It doesn’t last that long, so that means a lot of weeding, gardening, and then just sitting out and enjoying the lovely results. Earlier this summer we started work on our kitchen remodel- so we were neglecting our outdoor spaces. I have a little corner of the back garden that has […]

Picnic Basket Makeover with Krylon

Upcycled Picnic Basket from CraftTestDummies.com

We are in full-on summertime mode here, with hikes, road trips and picnics! I got our “new” picnic basket at a yard sale for $10- it’s clean, sturdy and BIG! But it was also pretty plain. So I gave it a makeover using Krylon spraypaint! Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Krylon brand but all opinions are my own.  For this Krylon challenge, our color of the month was “Honeydew.” We were asked to pick some accent colors, too. And […]

Overview and Demo of the Photo Sleeve Fuse by We R Memory Keepers

Photo Sleeve Fuse by WRMK

One of the coolest tools at CHA 2015 was the new Photo Sleeve Fuse tool. Used to cut and fuse plastic sheets and scrapbooking page protectors, this heat tool creates opportunities to make custom pockets for scrapbooking, waterfall cards and pages, and even attach embellishments. I am pleased to team up with WRMK today to share with you this overview and let you know that there is a special bundle coming soon to HSN!  Disclosure: Samples provided for review purposes; however my opinions are […]

Hostess Tray Fit for a Queen (Or a Princess Charlotte!)

Krylon Fit For a Queen Serving Tray Makeover

I had this old hostess tray sitting around, and it really needed….something. It was plain and cheap, and faded into the background. I decided it needed some “oomph” and that when I used it, my guests should feel like a royalty! (Or maybe even me, on Mother’s Day?)  So I set to work. Here’s a sneak peek! (Disclosure: this is a sponsored tutorial designed my little ol’ me on behalf of Krylon. They supplied the paint and compensation. Thanks, Krylon!)    […]

New “We Made It” Craft Line by Jennifer Garner for JoAnn Fabric And Crafts

Jennifer Garner has a new line of craft products for kid's launching in June 2015 at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores- "We Made It."

Today I ran across a little tidbit on JoAnn Fabric And Crafts’ Facebook page: they are partnering with actress Jennifer Garner on a line of kid’s crafting kids, called “We Made It.” Here’s how it’s described on the website: Jennifer Garner presents a new line of creative kits and projects for kids ages 4 to 11… coming exclusively to Jo-Ann this June. We Made It by Jennifer Garner is more than 100 durable, high quality choices designed to last as […]

Overview of the PixScan Mat from Silhouette (Paper)

Overview and first impressions of the PixScan Mat from Silhoutte

Last fall I attended Quilt Market in Houston, and Silhouette was really making a splash with the new PixScan Mat. They gave me one to try, so I here are my first impressions! Disclosure: This is an unsponsored review. Product was provided for review. All opinions are honest and my own and based on my personal, first-hand experience with the product. Links below may include affiliate links and purchases made using them support CTD. Here’s the description from the Silhouette website:  […]

Craft Field Trip in Melbourne and CRAFT HAUL!

Crafty Field Trip to Melbourne

I really had SUCH an amazing time in Melbourne Australia…. and part of the reason why is that there were so many artistic and crafty places there. Graffiti Alley, great architecture… and CRAFT STORES!   I made you this video- it’s almost 10 minutes long, so fair warning- but it includes photos of my trip and a video of my craft haul at the very end. I hope you enjoy it! I hope you enjoyed this crafty field trip around […]

Glue Resist Wall Art Featuring Faber-Castel Gel Crayons

Canvas Art using glue resist and Gel Crayons from Faber-Castell

Here’s a fun project that you can do with your kids or even for yourself! Make some wall art that speaks to you! You’ll need: canvas paper (it comes in pads and is very economical) or a stretched canvas if you prefer Gesso (read my primer on gesso if you are not sure what that is or why you should use it pencil white glue or gel-style glue. I found that the glitter glue from Elmer’s worked best. (affiliate link) Faber Castell […]

Review: Faber-Castell Gel Crayons

Nice barrel and grip!

What do you get when you cross a twist-up crayon and watercolor paints? A GEL CRAYON from Faber-Castell! These “crayons” are very soft and creamy- like a lipstick- and they are water-soluable, too. So it’s a two-fer. Here’s how they are described on the website: Budding artists ages 3+ love to experiment by drawing on different surfaces. Gel crayons are a great way of drawing on large surfaces, with their soft stroke and bright colors. Super soft and buttery Gel […]

DIY Travel Accessories Tutorial


Thanks again to Fairfield World for sponsoring content on CTD. Please visit their site for more product information and free projects!  As I was preparing my post about Poly Pellets and Micro Beads for Fairfield World, I got inspired to get out my machine and make a few things. I had a pair of my daughter’s old leggings and knew that the knit fabric would be great to recycle – so I created a travel neck pillow AND a stress/sleeping […]

Friday Giveaway from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®

Contest open 3/27-4/12/2015. Must be 18 years old or older to enter, international entries accepted!

Happy Friday, folks! This is the last weekend of National Craft Month and I have a FABULOUS giveaway for you, courtesy of our friends at Faber-CastellDesign Memory Craft®. You know how much I love my Gelatos (you can see posts here and here) and now is your chance to win some of the newest colors! This is a YUMMY prize pack! I made you a video showing you these new colors.   Ready to enter? Of course you are! Click […]