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Crafty Field Trip to Hawaii, Part 3: Quilt Shop!

December 9, 2014

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So since Hawaii is known for their quilts, what trip to the Big Island would be complete without a trip to a local Quilt Shop. (By the way, if you’d like to see my trip to the craft store & scrapbooking store and/or the bead shop, just click those links too.) The aforementioned quilt shop […]

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Craft Trends: 2015 Color of the Year “Marsala” Named by Pantone

December 8, 2014

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Earlier my crafty colleague Abby reported on thing Spring Colors named by Pantone for 2015. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation about which color would win the title of “Color of the Year.” Pantone has just announced that Marsala has won the honors. Described as, “A TASTEFUL HUE:” Much like the fortified […]

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Create and Craft TV to Debut in America

December 7, 2014

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One of the things that I loved about visiting the UK is that the have this great live shopping channel dedicated to crafts, www.CreateAndCraft.TV.  It’s a 24-hour channel, and you can watch the presentations which are longer and less hurried than the segments on HSN. Instead of having a frantic 5-7 minutes per item and then rushing […]

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How to Use Fiskars Fuse Letterpress Plates in a Sizzix Bigshot

December 5, 2014

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This question came in as a comment on my review of the Fiskars Fuse: Hi Jenny I picked up some small Fiskars expansion pack shapes with the view to using them to emboss using the Sizzix Big Shot. Got nervous when trying to work out what shims to use. Have you tired them this way? I […]

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for Dec 2014 & CARDS!

December 3, 2014

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You all know I like the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Club…happy fan and subscriber, no freebies here! So here is what I got in the kit AND what I made! (So far, of course!)     Which do you like best? I need to get another batch to send out to Operation Write Home…

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Crafty Field Trip- Hawaii, Part 2 (BEADS!)

December 1, 2014

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As I mentioned before in Part 1 of the Crafty Field Trip Hawaii series, I often have a junior partner in crafty crime- my nine-year old daughter Bailey. We had scoured the Kona Coffee Festival booths that were loaded with locally-made jewelry, and she really wanted to buy some pieces for her friends. As you […]

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Trend Report for 2014-2015 – Home Decor

November 26, 2014

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Trend Report for 2014-2015 - Home Decor

    Predicting upcoming trends is a fun game for me and I have been creating trend reports in the home decor sector for the Craft and Hobby Association for the past four years. Due to the slow growth of the economy, the shrinking of the world due to the internet and the prevalence of […]

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Crafty Field Trip: Hawaii (Part 1)

November 24, 2014

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As some of you know, I LOVE to travel. Seriously love it. And I often am not picky at all about where I go, as long as I get to see the sights and eat the food….and visit a few craft stores or handmade markets along the way! This month our whole family took a […]

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Hands On Crafts For Kids: Dyed T-Shirts (HOC1706 )

November 20, 2014

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Hooray! Another segment for Hands One Crafts for Kids has gone live! In this one, you can see a really creative way to tie-dye t-shirts using common household items to make a pattern! I bet you could come up with some other fun designs, too! I’d love to hear from you!

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Acorn Crafts Round Up

November 14, 2014

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Earlier this week I shared a tutorial for an acorn ornament…. ….. I kind of fell in love with acorns all over again. It doesn’t matter if it LOOKS like an acorn, is MADE from acorns, or has a PICTURE of an acorn- I’m loving it! So I put together a list of some awesome Acorn Crafts you […]

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Pantone Spring 2015: En Plein Air

November 6, 2014

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I’m a fashion and craft blogger and I love staying on top of color trends for the various things that I make. Pantone’s Spring 2015 color story is “En Plein Air”, playing off of nature and calmness. There is a nice mix of cool, warm, and neutral colors that can be used together. The women’s colors are inspired […]

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Craft Haul: Stampin’ UP Holiday 2014 and Cards!

November 3, 2014

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Eek! Halloween just ended…which means that Holiday crafting is in full swing! For those of us who make our own Holiday Cards, it’s time to get cracking. For me, that means doing some playing experimenting with different designs to see which one will actually “make the cut” and become the holiday card for the season. […]

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Trends: Quilt Market 2014: Digital Die Cutting

October 31, 2014

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After years in the crafting industry and going to the CHA tradeshows, I’m used to seeing die-cutting everywhere. I was really surprised, though, to see digital die-cutting and the way it’s taken over the sewing and quilting industry! I knew that the Brother ScanNCut actually debuted at Quilt Market last year and that it had […]

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International Quilt Market, Houston 2014: Overview

October 30, 2014

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This year I decided that CraftTestDummies needed to branch out a little and attend more trade shows. After all, I started off quilting the year I turned thirty. I still love to sew and do art quilting, and I know a lot of our readers here also sew or quilt. That was all the justification […]

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New Bottle Design from Aleene’s & Thoughts on Product Design

October 23, 2014

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HEY! Do you love Tacky Glue? Yeah, me too. But sometimes it’s a bit of a pain when you are ready to glue something and you have to wait and wait for the glue to get down to the nozzle. (Remember that old ketchup commercial?? “An-ti-ci-pa-aaa-shun!” Just like that.) Well, now the folks at Aleene’s […]

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New Episode of Scrapbook Soup Live This Week

October 17, 2014

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Hey Crafty Friends! This week you can watch one of the segments I taped this May,  LIVE on ScrapbookSoupTV.com! You can see my project in this show: 403 Stencils This show offers lots of new tips and techniques using stencils.  Create your own stencil and learn about masking with Jenny Barnett Rohrs. A short interview […]

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New Episode Of Scrapbook Soup Available

September 5, 2014

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On Friday, September 5th  Scrapbook Soup show 310 will be airing on the Scrapbook Soup web site home page  beginning at Noon EST today!  I  will be featured in the first segment showing how to make your project the “Hello Card”. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out! We’ll make a nifty resist using Mod Podge and stencils, of all things!  […]

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International Polymer Clay Association Retreat in Columbus Ohio

August 25, 2014

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Sometimes, you just need a “creative jumpstart” to get your mojo flowing, or a road trip, or a combination of both. My best crafty pal Vicki O’Dell and I decided that we’d do just that and headed down to the International Polymer Clay Association retreat last week, which was held in our home state of […]

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My Favorite Things: Tsukineko Multi-Purpose Squeegee

August 8, 2014

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Hey crafty friends! I was in the middle of a review and I was using the Tsukineko Multi-Purpose Squeegee and I was thinking, “DANG, this is SO much better than on old hotel card.” I was singing it’s praises in my head when it occurred to me to share it with YOU, too!   And […]

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Craft Room Confessional: I am a “BAG” Lady….

August 7, 2014

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Well… it’s time for an off-topic Craft Room Confessional….   https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=7X5fbx011uk Sooo…. are YOU a bag lady???? #CraftHorder

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Scrapbook Soup 403-1; Making a Card Using Custom Stencils and Masks

August 4, 2014

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You may remember that earlier this spring I visited the set of Scrapbook Soup and filmed two segments. If you follow along with me on Twitter or Facebook, you may know that last spring I was a guest on Scrapbook Soup for a few segments. I demonstrated how to use the Brother Scan N Cut […]

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Scrapbook Soup Episode Airs This Week!

August 1, 2014

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You may remember that earlier this spring I visited the set of Scrapbook Soup and filmed two segments. Guess what? One of those programs is now LIVE and you can watch it online! (So convenient for folks like me, who can’t get it on our PBS station.) Here’s Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I on set. […]

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Coloring and Shading Tutorial from Sandy Allnock

July 31, 2014

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Hey crafty friends! This week I’m off shooting the new season of Hands On Crafts For Kids, so I don’t have a fresh review or tutorial for you. However, the talented and altruistic Sandy Allnock (founder of Operation Write Home) made this great quickie video on how to color and shade hair. I love stamping […]

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Craft Room Confessional, EP 2: Big News & stuff!

July 27, 2014

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I’ve just come back from vacation….and next week is a new roller-coaster of activity! I have a new gig! I put it all in this Craft Room Confessional for you!   I’d love any questions or comments you’d like to share!   Best, Jenny @CraftTestDummy on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram for more BTS fun!

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Giveaway Alert: Win a 3Doodler 3-D Printing Pen!

July 8, 2014

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Hey Crafty Friends! Yesterday I reviewed the 3Doodler 3-D Printing Pen….and this week you can win one! No kidding!     Thanks to our sponsor, ConsumerCrafts.com, we’ve got one of these HOT tools (pun intended) to give away to a lucky winner. And we’ve got SO many entry options for you! Here’s a little video… […]

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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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Behind The Scenes at Scrapbook Soup TV 2014

May 15, 2014

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Well what do you know? May is filming week for Scrapbook Soup TV- a wonderful scrapbook/papercraft/mixed media program that airs on PBS stations around the country and online. Last year I was honored to be a guest- and I must have done a passable job, because they invited me back! I snapped some photos in […]

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CHA 2014 – Sara’s Crafty Picks

March 28, 2014

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Hello crafters!  I know many of you have heard about the new hot products like the Brother ScanNCut and Tim’s Distress Marker Spritzer, (I will be  needing both of those in my studio ASAP,) but I thought I’d show you some of my personal favorites spotted at CHA 2014.  These will be my tried-and-true booths […]

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Birthday Giveaway- CHA SWAG BAG!

March 20, 2014

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SURPRISE! Today is my birthday. And I’ve got a gift for YOU (well, one of you….) A GIVEAWAY! I’ve got a HUGE haul of things from CHA to gift to one lucky reader! Wanna see? OK then- here’s the details! Click the blue Rafflecopter link if it does not pop up automatically. Then read the […]

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Craft Countdown with Patti Robinson

March 12, 2014

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Craft Countdown with Patti Robinson

Jenny’s note: Today I’m especially excited for our craft countdown- you get to meet Patti Robinson, the newest addition to #TeamCTD! Please leave a comment on the bottom of this post welcoming her!! I’m kind of a craft floozy. You name it, I’ve done it: jewelry making, knitting and crocheting, sewing, paper making, polymer and […]

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