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#OLW (One Little Word) for 2015 & Round-Up

January 6, 2015

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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 Posts on CraftTestDummies 2014

December 29, 2014

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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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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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Video and Photo Production for YouTube

December 19, 2014

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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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Craft Room Confessional: Obsession with Binder Rings

November 25, 2014

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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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Five Holiday Projects Featuring Krylon Spraypaint! (Vlog Hop)

November 18, 2014

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Hey, Crafty Friends! As many of you know, I love to make YouTube videos and sharing great crafts and projects with you is one of my passions. This season, I’ve teamed up with Krylon and some  amazing video creators to bring you even MORE crafty happiness! We’ve put together a little “video blog hop” or Vlog […]

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“Surprise” Acorn Ornaments or Gift Boxes

November 12, 2014

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Today I have a great tutorial for you! It’s not yet Thanksgiving so I’m not “completely” in holiday mode yet.. but I AM thinking about hostess gifts and decorations that would work for Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah OR Christmas. (That’s a tough order to fill, right?) Well, these acorn ornaments are that “shabby glamorous” look […]

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Episode of Scrapbook Soup Live: 404

October 28, 2014

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Hey Crafty Friends! This week  another episode of Scrapbook Soup in which I appeared has gone live online. This will be available to view in it’s entirety from October 24- 31, 2014. It says that I’m there to talk about technology, but we actually talk about mixed media and the growth process of creativity!! Take […]

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Teal Pumpkin Project

October 24, 2014

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Hey Crafty Friends! For those of you who celebrate Halloween, can I ask a crafty favor of you? Make one more craft- a Teal Pumpkin.   Did you  know that 1 in 13 children has a food allergy? That’s a LOT of trick-or-treaters who are getting a whole lot of nothing in their candy bags. […]

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Review it & DO IT! Spooky Goblets using Krylon Frosted Glass Effect

October 1, 2014

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I love to decorate for the different holiday seasons-and I especially love making crafty items for our parties and family get-togethers. (And Halloween crafting is my FAVORITE!)  But what if you don’t want to *store* all of those decorations and supplies? Well, then make something that you can re-use for the next season, of course! […]

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My Favorite Crafty Things: Spray Basting Adhesive

September 18, 2014

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When I interviewed Carolina Moore on our Craft Countdown, I was thrilled that one of her top-favorite crafting supplies including a sprapy basting adhesive (spray baste.) I love it too- even though I do way more papercrafting than sewing. But after you watch this video, you’ll see why I love it and you might, too. […]

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Command Center-Getting Organized for Back To School

September 2, 2014

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV My kiddos headed back to school last week and it became clear on the first day that this was going to be a super-busy year. My son is […]

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My Favorite Crafty Things: CRAFT KNIVES

August 29, 2014

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Xacto Craft Knife review

I don’t care what kind of crafting or DIY you do, you probably use- or need- a craft knife. (Emergency seam ripper, anyone?) Well, a GOOD craft knife is a thing of beauty. And here’s my rant on it! Now just to reiterate: Choose a craft blade/knife that is easy to replace the blade. CHANGE […]

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Scrapbook Soup Behind the Page Interview 2014

August 18, 2014

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Earlier this spring I was invited to film some segments for the nationally-televised Scrapbook Soup tv program, which airs on PBS. In addition to the two tutorials I filmed (including the Two-Fer Inlaid Diecut Cards and Making Custom Stencils and Masks) I also was interviewed by the host, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. This was an unscripted, […]

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Craft Room Confessional: What is In My Card Catalog(s)

August 15, 2014

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In my first Craft Room Confessional I gave you a tour of my super messy well-used crafting area. I got a few comments on the library card catalog directly behind me as I face the camera (actually to my left side as I work.) That’s where I keep my most-used products and most of them […]

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DO IT! Krylon Dual Paint

July 29, 2014

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Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! I’m so excited to share a new “special edition” web series brought to you by myself, Vicki O’Dell the Creative Goddess, and our kind sponsors, Krylon. Each webisode is actually comprised of two videos- the “Review It” portion, where I share an in-depth look at a product, and a “DO IT” […]

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REVIEW IT-Krylon Dual Paint!

July 28, 2014

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Happy Monday, crafty friends! I’m so excited to share a new “special edition” web series brought to you by myself, Vicki O’Dell the Creative Goddess, and our kind sponsors, Krylon. Each webisode is actually comprised of two videos- the “Review It” portion, where I share an in-depth look at a product, and a “DO IT” […]

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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 and do a fabric review for 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, […]

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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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