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Craft Haul- LSS Rummage Sale!

May 15, 2015

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Craft Haul- LSS Rummage Sale

This week my Local Stamping Store (LSS- shout out to Stamplistic in Amherst) had a rummage sale at their new location. The idea is that you could bring in your gently used tools and stamps and the store sells them for you. YOU do the pricing, the store does the work, and you get the […]

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New Products Announced from Silhouette- Mint and Curio!

May 13, 2015

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New Silhouette Products- the Mint and Curio!

Yesterday I got an intriguing email from Silhouette America announcing new products! (Remember the good old days when companies used the CHA summer show for their big releases? Sigh.) Anyway, we haven’t seen a new machine from Silhouette in quite a while, so this REALLY caught my attention- and now TWO? Introducing the Silhouette Mint […]

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Operation Write Home Announces Closure

May 13, 2015

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Today I got my weekly SitRep from Operation Write Home’s founder, Sandy Allnock- and it included a shocker. Due to the troops being withdrawn (and correspondingly the number of cards needed) there is beginning to be an imbalance in the amount of administration time needed and the folks being served. So she’s decided to wrap it […]

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24 Ideas to Use Up Fabric Scraps

April 22, 2015

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24 ideas for using up scrap fabric!

Another confession: I hoard fabric scraps. Sometimes is the color, sometimes it’s the texture, sometimes it’s just that it’s a bit of a piece of clothing or reminds me of something I can’t let go of yet. So I hold on to a ton of fabric scraps! Today, I have a ton of great ideas […]

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Crafting and Cruising!

April 13, 2015

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It seems that I’ve been living a whirlwind life of travel these days… we just got back from Melbourne and then we were off as a family for a Royal Caribbean cruise. Of course, I brought my travel kit and couldn’t resist taking a peek at what the craft activities offered on our ship, the […]

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Packing for a Polymer Clay Retreat!

April 10, 2015

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Front flap zips down and clear pockets snap off.

Last fall my crafty BFF Vicki O’Dell, the Creative Goddess (you should check out her site VickiODell.com) and I took a little in-state road trip to the International Polymer Clay Associations’ polymer clay retreat! It was a weekend in Dublin, Ohio, at a hotel…but while the venue was small, it packed it a lot of […]

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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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Crafty Field Trip to Melbourne, pt 1: Kikki K!

March 23, 2015

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Kikki K field trip, Melbourne Australia

While I was traveling in Melbourne, I found a Kikki K shop and wandered in. I’d been seeing a lot of planners online and was interested in them… so I treated myself! The shop was lovely, too. I finally cracked it open when I got home. I made a little video of unboxing and initial […]

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Giveaway: Stick With It Palette

March 20, 2015

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Stick With It Giveaway! Open March 20-27 2015! International friends my enter!!

Yesterday I reviewed the Stick With It Palette- and today you’ll have a chance to win one! Here’s a little video I made about the giveaway, too:   You have so many options to enter, including a daily tweeting option! Good luck and thanks for entering! Click the blue text below if your browser doesn’t […]

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CHA 2015 – Tim Holtz Idea-ology Booth Tour

March 18, 2015

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Every CHA I cannot wait to go and visit the Tim Holtz idea-ology booth; It reminds me of visiting my great-grandmother’s house when I was little with vintage goodies hiding in every nook and cranny.  She had one of those big, bronze cash register with the giant buttons, hundreds of spools of thread lined up […]

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Melbourne Trip 2015- Art & Architecture

March 16, 2015

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I love love love to travel…and taking in the public art and architecture is a BIG part of my travel experience. Just taking these new sights in really influences my art and craft design sensibilities. In this 4-minute video, I share with you the highlights of my week in Melbourne, Australia, focusing on old architecture, […]

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CHA 2015 – Heidi Swapp Booth and Minc Video

March 13, 2015

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Heidi Swapp CHA 2015

If you are a regular reader of Craft Test Dummies, you know that I am a HUGE fan of Heidi Swapp.  Heidi has a been a fixture in the paper crafting industry for over a decade and has always been a never-ending source of inspiration for me.  Her products always trigger my creative side and […]

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CHA 2015 – Beadalon 3D Bracelet Jig

March 12, 2015

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Hey crafters!  This year at CHA Beadalon took home the award the Top Product of the show for their brand new 3D wire bracelet jig.  You can make all kinds of fun bracelets with this clever tool!  I can imagine this being a must-have tool for any and all jewelry makers and beaders, from beginner’s […]

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CHA 2015 Debut – Ken Oliver Crafts

March 6, 2015

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Ken Oliver Crafts

This year at CHA seasoned designer and crafter, Ken Oliver, debuted his very own line of paper products and stamps at the show.  Ken has four new paper lines as well as color bursts, stamp pegz and click-it stamp pads.  We were fortunate enough to have Ken show us some of these new fabulous products […]

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Travel Crafting Kit Round-Up & Trip to Oz

March 2, 2015

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Travel Kit & Round Up on CraftTestDummies.com

If you’ve been here a while, you know I LOVE to travel. It doesn’t really even matter where- in my home state, across the country, North America, Europe.. well, I just love to go and see this beautiful earth of ours! Last October I took my first honest-to-goodness trip to Europe (Italy) to visit our AFS […]

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Ron Lehocky and the Heart Pin Project

February 12, 2015

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The Heart Pin Project of Dr. Ronald Lehocky

When is a craft project a work of art? When is a work of art an act of love? When is an act of love an accomplishment of a lifetime? These are just a few of the questions I ask myself as I contemplate Dr. Ronald Lehocky. You’ve got to get to know this amazing […]

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Recipe For Homemade and Permanent Gelli Plates

February 5, 2015

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how to make homemade and permanent Gelli Plates

Lately I’ve been obsessed with gelli printing. First I compared the Stampendous and Gelli Arts plates, and then of course I wondered how I could make my own? Out of the recipes I found, the measurements were confusing- ounces to tablespoons. UGH. So I simplified them so that the measurements were easy. Now I’m sharing it […]

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CHA Show 2015: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

January 30, 2015

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CHA Show 2015: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

Last year I shared with you my BTS CHA 2014: Behind the Scenes with Vicki post from CHA and I thought I would do the same this year. It’s fun to go to CHA as a designer member and as a member of the media for Craft Test Dummies. I get to attend lots of great […]

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Six Ways to Add Foil to Your Crafting Projects Without a Machine

January 26, 2015

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Six ways to add foiling to your papercrafts without a machine!

I reported that at CHA 2015 foil accents one of the big trends– so the big question is, “how do I get foil on my projects?” Well, I’ve go a handy list of ways right here for you. First, a word on foils! We are specifically talking about mylar-backed foils or transfer foils for these […]

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Five Top Craft Trends at CHA 2015

January 24, 2015

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CHA Trends 2015: Marquee /Lights

Going the the Craft and Hobby Mega Show is a must, not just to drool at the new product releases for 2015, but also to spot trends and colors that will be must-haves for crafting and home decor. Wanna peek? I made you a video: But just to recap….. FOILS: The trend of shimmer and […]

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CHA 2015; Precision Base Plate for Sizzix for Tim Holtz

January 21, 2015

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Ever have difficulty cutting through certain materials while using your thin-rule dies like Framelits or Thinlits? Well, Sizzix has come up with a new metal base plate that allows you to cut more precisely and cleanly! Take a look: And don’t those new deco sheets look fun as well?? The Precision Base Plate will be […]

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CHA 2015 Day 2

January 20, 2015

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VANNA'S CHOICE Collage

Today was my 2nd day on the show floor. I concentrated on scoping out fashion brands and products for new things and people to work with. It was a crazy day of talking and walking. I saw more things than one post can contain, but I’ll share some highlights. I might go into depth in […]

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CHA Show 2015 – New Jewelry Products to Watch For

January 19, 2015

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CHA Show 2015 - New Jewelry Products to Watch For

The second best thing about going to the Craft and Hobby Association Trade show every January is seeing all of the new products being released. Of course the best part is leaving the snow and cold and going to Anaheim for a few days. There are several new products being released soon that we here […]

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CHA Show 2015: What’s New From Spellbinders

January 16, 2015

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The new machine will accept steel rule dies and...wait for it... have a motor attachment released mid-year!

Spellbinders is again expanding their line of papercrafting into mixed media and home decor with new dies, embossing folders, and now…… rhinestones and trims! I was invited to the media breakfast and snapped these pics and video for you. I’m hoping we’ll get some of these goodies to review for you, too!     I […]

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CHA Show 2015: Yarnia

January 15, 2015

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CHA Show 2015: Yarnia

You just never know what you will find at the CHA show. Giant elephants, life size hot air balloons or a full scale knitted or crochet version of The Chronicles of Narnia. Or in this case YARNIA.     The folks at Spinrite (the makers of Patons, Bernat, Caron and Lily Sugar n’ Cream) went all […]

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CHA 2015: Day 1

January 11, 2015

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Technically this is my 2nd day at CHA, but the 1st on the show floor. Yesterday, I traveled from Richmond, CA to Atlanta, GA, to Los Angeles, CA, to Anaheim, CA. It was a long day of traveling, but I was happy to arrive in sunny California to see new products, companies and long time […]

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#CHAshow 2015, Here We Come!

January 8, 2015

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Tomorrow I head out with my crafty BFF Vicki to the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim, CA. If you have no idea what that is…well, check this out!   Follow along with us! TWITTER: Jenny: @CraftTestDummy Vicki: @CreativeGoddess Sara: @SaraJaneCrafts #TeamCTD/#CHAshow INSTAGRAM: Jenny: @CraftTestDummy and don’t forget YOUTUBE! New videos will be added daily!   […]

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Top Ten CraftTestDummies Videos from 2014

January 2, 2015

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Earlier this week I shared the Top Ten Posts of 2014– it’s good to go back and see what resonated with my crafty peeps, as it helps me to plan for this year’s content. Similarly, I want to go over the top VIDEOS- YouTube is a slightly different crowd with different habits, and it’s time to […]

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Top Ten Posts on CraftTestDummies 2014

December 29, 2014

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Top 10 Posts for 2014!

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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Boxing Day Giveaway: Fiskars Tag Maker & Eyelet Setter!

December 26, 2014

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Enter to win one of FIVE Fiskars Tag Makers at CraftTestDummies.com! Open Dec 26-January 1 2015. Open to US residents.

It’s the day after Christmas, and while most folks are rushing to return gifts, I have a gift for YOU! It’s a giveaway from our friends at Fiskars. I reviewed the Fiskars Tag Maker & Eyelet Setter & loved it- and now we want YOU to have a chance to win one of FIVE!   […]

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