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BOOK REVIEW: Foxy Epoxy by Kristal Wick

July 18, 2014

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I was send a copy of “Foxy Epoxy: 44 Great Epoxy Clay Projects with Serious Bling” by Kristal Wick, to review. To properly review the book, I was sent some Swarovski Ceralun Epoxy Clay too. You can see the review for the clay, here. This is an advanced jewelry making book, focusing on the use of […]

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Swarovski’s Ceralun Epoxy Clay

July 17, 2014

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I received a sampling of Swarovski’s Ceralun Epoxy Clay to test out. I don’t make a lot of things with clay, since I normally manage to ruin it during baking. However, this clay is self-hardening! Got to love that! This particular clay was formulated to use with the Swarovski chatons, when making jewelry. The chatons […]

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Book Review: Simple Beginnings Beading

July 16, 2014

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Simple Beginnings Beading Book

I love making simple jewelry. Over at my site, 30 Minute Crafts, I make a lot of fast and easy jewelry projects. And I love picking up books that take me through basic techniques. I like reviewing the basics, and I also like having books with basic techniques to pass on to my friends who […]

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Overview of new Spellbinders Celebra’tions by Richard Garay

July 11, 2014

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In case you haven’t noticed, Spellbinders Paper Arts has recently unveiled a new look and logo as well as some brand-spanky new products from the designer Richard Garay, called “Celebra’tions.”  They lovely folks at Spellbinders sent me an assortment from the new line, so I made you a video to share it all with you! […]

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Book Review: Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry

July 10, 2014

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Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry

As an intermediate beader, I’ve made my share of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. I have a simple style that I stick to… and I am ready to branch out. So I was super excited to be sent Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry by Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott to review. Here is what the publisher has to […]

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3Doodler 3-D Printing Pen Review

July 7, 2014

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3-D Printers are quite the rage- I mean, who wouldn’t love to create their own ABS plastic objects in three dimensions RIGHT AT HOME. But they still retail at over a $1000, and that’s a bit pricey for most of us. So what’s the next-best thing? A 3-D printing pen. And now the 3Doodler is […]

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Prima Comfort-Craft Tools Chalk Edgers

July 3, 2014

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Stamping has been around forever, but using stamp pads as a form of paint is a relatively new trend. Now Prima is taking the direct-to-surface application of stamping ink VERY seriously with the Comfort-Craft Chalk Edgers.   These little chalk-ink stamp pads feature an ergonomic molded grip handle and an unusual “iron” shape. The pad […]

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Krylon Frosted Glass Finish Spray Paint Review

July 2, 2014

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Love the look of etched glass- but was a bit wary of using chemicals? Or maybe you just didn’t want anything so *permanent.* Well, Krylon’s Frosted Glass Finish spray paint is a great alternative. Here’s how it’s described by the manufacturer: Frosted Glass Finish Create beautiful, frosted glass the easy way — just spray it […]

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Video Review: Ranger Ink New Embossing Powder Program

July 1, 2014

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Hello Crafters!  Today we are going to take a look at Ranger Ink‘s new embossing powder program via a video review!  Ranger has had their AMAZING embossing powders on the market for as long as I can remember.  One of the first Ranger products I ever bought was their Red Tinsel embossing powder when I […]

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Product Review: Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer

June 25, 2014

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Hello crafters!  I am so excited to show you the new Distress Marker Spritzer from Ranger and Tim Holtz!  When I first saw Tim demoing this at CHA last January I was ecstatic!  It works so well with masks and stencils and you can pretty much use any marker in your crafty stash with it.  […]

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Book Review: Never Been Stitched by Amanda Carestio

June 23, 2014

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apron from never been stitched book

I have been sewing a long, long time. More than half my life. But that doesn’t stop me from keeping my eye out for books for beginning sewers, like this book “Never Been Stitched” by Amanda Carestio, with the contributions of others. I have lots of friends who want advice on learning how to sew. […]

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Review of Cynthia Tinapple Polymer Clay Extruder Discs from Cindy Lietz

June 13, 2014

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Awhile ago I shared an excellent video comparison of the Makin’s and Walnut Hollow extruders for polymer clay, done by Cindy Lietz of Polymer Clay Tutor. She did an excellent job of comparing the two brands (I’d never used Walnut Hollow) and it rekindled my interest in polymer clay. (I love polymer clay and used […]

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Video Review: Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz New Alcohol Inks

June 11, 2014

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Howdy crafters!  Today I wanted to show you the six new colors of alcohol inks that were debuted at this last CHA by Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink.  If you are not already familiar with alcohol inks, I suggest you check out this review I did of them a while back for CTD. Check out […]

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Collage Clay from Mod Podge and Plaid – Part Two

June 9, 2014

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A few weeks back, Jenny shared an awesome run down of the newest product from the Mod Podge line at Plaid Crafts: Collage Clay. She went over the basics really well and I’m super thrilled to be here today to share a bit more of my review of the product. I received two colors of […]

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Fiskars Duck Brand Edition Scissors

June 6, 2014

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Do you love Duck Tape, but get frustrated with ragged ripping or sticky scissors? Well, the folks at Fiskars have teamed up with Duck Brand and now- voila!- special Duck Brand Edition Scissors! There are two versions, short detail scissors and longer ones. The short ones are really ambidextrous, but the longer ones are more […]

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REVIEW: Mod Molds – Gems, Trinkets, Flowers, and Nature

June 5, 2014

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Mod Podge has released more Mod Molds for their new product line. (You can read our original review here.) These are silicone molds meant to be used with the Mod Melts and mini glue guns, to create objects for crafting. I was sent the two original molds, Flowers and Nature, and two new ones, Gems and Trinkets, to use with the […]

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REVIEW: Mod Melts in Neons, Metallics, and Glitters

June 4, 2014

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Plaid (Mod Podge), have created new products for their Mod Melts line. I received the Neons, Metallic, and Glitters Mod Melts sticks to play with and review. There is also a Colors one available on the Plaid website. These are similar to the Sea Glass and Milk Glass Mod Melts that were released first. The Plaid site, describes Mod Melts as […]

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Overview of Copic Airbrush Systems from Sandy Allnock

June 2, 2014

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Interested in airbrushing? Have Copics? Thinking about investing in a Copic system? Well, then you need to take a gander at Sandy Allnock’s primer on Copic Airbrushing systems. She covers the compressed-air canister version as well as using an air compressor. Make sure you click the link above to read the text (and maybe give […]

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Collage Clay from Mod Podge and Plaid

May 29, 2014

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Back at CHA last January, I was surprised to see that decoden was all the rage! And Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza are brining their signature style and crafty-goodness to it with there new product from Mod Podge and Plaid, Collage Clay! Collage Clay is aptly named- you can create 3-D collages with the fun, […]

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Review: Stencib Self Adhesive Stencils

May 27, 2014

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Review: Stencib Stencils

Stenciling for home decor is one of those things that cycles in and out. One minute it is super popular and the next minute it – not so much. Lately though, I seem to be seeing more and more stenciled projects. One of the things I always hated about stenciling was the fact that the […]

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Craft Product Review: Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Tool

May 23, 2014

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Hello crafters!  For today’s video review I’m showing you the brand new Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz‘ Mini Distress Ink Tool!  Don’t let the name fool you though, you can use all sorts of inks and paints with these!  Check out the video below and let me know what you think of these snazzy little […]

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Blendabilities Markers from Stampin’ UP

May 19, 2014

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Alcohol markers are all the rage in papercrafting- for coloring, creating layers/backgrounds, and for custom-tinting embellishments. Now you can get ones that coordinate with all of your favorite Stampin’ UP products with Blendabilities Markers! These markers are two sided- that is, you get both a brush tip and a writing tip in the same barrel. […]

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Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pads by Ranger Ink

May 16, 2014

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This past CHA in Anaheim, Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz debuted Mini Distress Ink Pads! These little wonders are great for on-the-go crafters, teachers or anyone that is new to the distress ink world. After playing with these, I absolutely love the versatility they provide and are a great addition to Tim’s line of Distress […]

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New “Everyday Adventures” Project Life line from Stampin’ UP

May 14, 2014

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Pocket Scrappers, rejoice! Now you can get your Project Life materials from Stampin’ Up with the new Everyday Adventure card collection, accessory pack, dies and more! There is a LOT of fun in this line- I made you a video to walk you through some of the goodies! Now… one thing I’ll say- I did […]

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Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays Review on Balzer Designs

May 12, 2014

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Last week I was reading one of my favorite artist’s blogs- Balzer Designs- and Julie did a mini- review of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays. I saw this same product at CHA, but we didn’t get any to review. Lucky for us, Julie did, and she wrote up a great overview of the sprays and […]

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StichNSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets

May 4, 2014

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Are you a quilter? Have you ever tried paper piecing? There are two different kinds of paper piecing – and they are very different. English Paper piecing uses paper templates and hand stitching. You might be familiar with the flower designs made from hexagons – a very popular motif in English Paper Piecing. Then there […]

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ProMAG Magnetic Paper Review

April 28, 2014

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Magnet Sheet Review

When I opened up the big box of magnetic papers sent to me from CTD World Headquarters, I was excited to get playing with it! Jenny sent me all kinds of different ProMAG Magnetic papers to try out – from paintable to photo printable – so I got down and got crafty! From left to […]

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FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint

April 25, 2014

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Small bottles of craft paint are useful and versatile in just about any craft studio. The FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint can provide even more versatility because you can use them on any of the following surfaces: wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, slate, paper, fabric, tin, canvas, tile, paper mache, clay, rigid plastic, concrete, resin (and I’m […]

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Glue Pen Comparison, Part 2

April 24, 2014

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A few weeks ago I shared a Glue Pen Comparison and one of my favorites (Creative Memories) was discontinued. I’ve discovered TWO brands that are VERY similar to it! So today I’m putting them to the test to see if we’ve got a reasonable substitution. Today’s contestants are: EK Success Zig Squeeze and Roll 2-Way Glue. Martha […]

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Review: Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo

April 21, 2014

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Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo Review

When I was asked if I would review the new Fiskars Rotary Cutter & Ruler Combo, I immediately said YES! I’m a quilter, and have been for more than half of my life. I teach quilting at a local quilt shop, and often do demos of new rulers. Quilters, as a group, love gadgets. We […]

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