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Glue Resist Wall Art Featuring Faber-Castel Gel Crayons

April 2, 2015

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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 […]

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DIY Travel Accessories Tutorial

March 30, 2015

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Stress/sleep mask.

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 […]

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Friday Giveaway from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®

March 27, 2015

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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! […]

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Stuff It! Micro Beads or Poly-Pellets?

March 26, 2015

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beads vs pellets: which is the right stuffing medium for you?

Howdy Crafty Friends! Today I’m here with a little “the more you know” moment courtesy of Fairfield World. We’ve teamed up to help you pick the best stuffing for your project, as well as to introduce you to two of their products- Poly-Fil Micro Beads and Poly-Pellets Stuffing Beads. So let’s just dive right in! […]

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Overview of Oly-Fun

February 26, 2015

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Overview of Oly-Fun

Disclosure: Oly-Fun sponsored this video, but all opinions or my own and based on my first-hand experience with the product.  I’m so excited to bring you today’s post- I’m going to show you what I learned about Oly-Fun! Ever heard of it? From the Oly-Fun website: “The everything material” This is one of the easiest, […]

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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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DIY "Surprise" Acorn Ornament. It opens to reveal a small gift or hidden message! Full video tutorial on CraftTestDummies.com

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

October 1, 2014

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Spooky Goblets using Krylon Frosted Glass Effect

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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Command Center-Getting Organized for Back To School

September 2, 2014

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Family Command Center DIY on CraftTestDummies.com

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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DO IT! Krylon Dual Paint

July 29, 2014

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Tutorial; Clay Pot Windchime

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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Review It & DO IT: Krylon Dual Superbond Paint!

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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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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Tutorial: Layered Stenciled Pillows with Tulip Fabric Paint

May 1, 2014

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Layered Stenciled Pillow Tulip Paint

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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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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Sisal Snowflake Ornament featuring Krylon Glitter Spray

November 22, 2013

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Sisal Snowflake Ornaments from CraftTestDummies.com. Full video tutorial!

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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#TurkeyTableScape from CraftTestDummies

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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“Nevermore” Halloween Lantern

October 12, 2013

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NeverMore Halloween Lantern

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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Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupaged Halloween Count-Down Picture Frame from CraftTestDummies.com

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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Spellbinders at Teen Choice Awards & Giveaway

August 9, 2013

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Teen Choice Collage

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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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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GreatGatsby-Inspired Necklace Featuring Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry Components

May 28, 2013

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CraftTestDummies

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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What is Tophatter.com?

March 27, 2013

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tophatter.com

This is a question I was asking myself when representatives at TopHatter.com approached me and asked me to take a look at their auction website. Unlike other auction sites, this one is LIVE- that means, you must be present and online to bid and win. It’s a fast-paced, fun way to bid on handmade items, […]

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Share the love with International Delight this Valentine’s Day with Rosette Party Picks!

February 14, 2013

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Valentine's Day Rosette Party Picks!

We love Valentine’s Day here at Craft Test Dummies World Headquarters. We make our own Valentine’s Day Cards, jewelry, and of course we have a special yumm-o dessert complete with Valentine’s Rosette decorations! I have to say that what makes this mini strawberry shortcade extra good is the whip cream on top- but it’s not […]

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Holiday Decorating with Dollar General

December 4, 2012

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Christmas is a big family affair here at my household. My son’s birthday is Christmas Eve, so usually we have my parents sleeping over so that on Christmas morning, we all have breakfast together. This […]

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How-To: Reusable Candle Wraps featuring May Arts Ribbon

October 25, 2012

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Reusable Candle Wraps featuring May Arts Ribbon

I have a lot of candles around my home; in the kitchen, living room, bedroom- even the hallway! Sometimes I try to buy new candles for the seasons, but often they just sit there looking tired. So I decided to “dress” my candles for the seasons by making re-usable wraps featuring May Arts Ribbon. Now […]

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Mystery Craft Kit: Home and Garden Welcome

October 2, 2012

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Bless you!

Kits seem to be really hot these days. (Or have I just been living under a rock?) Scrapbook Update did a series on Kits, PaperCrafters Corner just did a WEEK on kits…and well, I’m obviously kit-deficient. So Nicole from Home and Garden Welcome offered to send me a kit  and despite being a little nervous […]

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Handbag Upcycle Featuring Scrapbooking Attitude by Avatrex

September 13, 2012

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Handbag Upcycle tutoria featuring Scrapbooking Attitude

Yesterday I shared my review and video overview of Scrapbooking Attitude by Avatrex- that whole “printable film” thing is wicked cool! And if you remember, what I was most excited about was not its uses for paper, but for cool substrates like leather, wood, and craft foam.  As I was doing my swatch tests, I kind […]

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Summertime Scrapbooking with Astrobrights

July 27, 2012

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. For a few years now, I’ve been adament that my kids make summer scrapbooks. Not only will it help them remember our warm-weather adventures, but it also keeps their minds sharp with […]

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