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Travel Crafting Kit Round-Up & Trip to Oz

March 2, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Crafty Field Trip to Hawaii, Part 3 of 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 of 3)

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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