New from Silhouette at CHA 2016

Silhouette America is a trusted (and familiar) name in digital die cutting- but they are still innovating with two new products this year. We had a chance to catch up at the show and film TWO demos-one of the Mint (a stamp-making machine) and the Curio (an embossing/etching/diecutting tool.) First, take a peek at the MINT: Next up we have a demo of the CURIO- it’s a nifty machine that etches and embosses as well as cuts. Take a look: […]

Epson EcoTank 4550 Printer Review

EcoTank review from CraftTestDummies.com

Like a lot of crafters, I use a printer fairly often- to print out pictures, make headlines, copy paper, print out instructions and sketches- well, I use it almost everyday! Epson offeren me an EcoTank to try out, and I had to say “yes”- this is a whole different animal than what I am used to!   Now, this model is classified for the “Workforce”- so it may be a bit much for your home. But I have 3 kids […]

Craft Product Comparison and Overview: Ranger Ink Paints

Ranger Ink Paints Comparisons!

Hey there crafters!  Today I want to go through comparing and contrasting the different paints offered by Ranger Ink.  Currently there are four different paints; Tim Holtz Distress Paints, Ranger Paint Dabbers, Dyan Reaveley Dylusions and Dina Wakley Media Paints.  Other than the Ranger Paint Dabbers, we have fully reviewed the other three paints here at Craft Test Dummy.  I’ll insert links to all of  towards the end so you can check them out and see the specifics and samples, […]

Ad Tech Precision Pro Glue Gun

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This isn’t a review as much as it is a love-letter. Every crafter needs a reliable glue gun- but really, how are any of them REALLY different? They all make the glue sticks hot. They glue stuff together. They all give you glue gun burns! (I kid! But no, really, they all give you burns.)   So really, the difference is in the design. The reason I love it is because stands up on the table, ready and waiting. You can just […]

Wink Of Luna Pens

wink of luna demo and review. brush tip metallic markers from Zig

My name is Linda Gorman and I am so excited to be doing some reviews for CraftTestDummies!   Today I am going to check out Kuretake Zig Wink of Luna Brush Pens.  These are similar to the Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Brush Pens except the Wink of Luna have a metallic pigment instead of a glitter pigment. The Wink of Luna Brush Pens are a real brush marker with a metallic water-based pigment.  The brush tip allows you to […]

Color Powder Hack- Watercolor with Kool-AID

Kool-Aid for Watercoloring; colored dye powder hack. You have to see it to believe it! (Video Tutorial.)

Right now colored powder dyes are all the rage- the sheer number of them I’ve reviewed in the past month is pretty astounding. But what if you don’t have the big bucks for those powdered dyes? If you have a dollar, you can have a full set of ten…. if you use Kool-Aid or other powdered drink mixes. I made you a video, but here’s the skinny: use an UNSWEETENED drink mix- it won’t get sticky. Snip the corner and […]

Craft Product Review: Primary Elements Artist Pigments by ColourArte

Primary Elements Artist Pigments by Luminarte

NOTE: Originally published on April 20, 2012, I  updated this post with new swatch photos and also a video demo. Enjoy!  Disclosure: sample provided for review. Some links below are affiliate links   With all of glazes, shimmer sprays, paints and inks out there, don’t you ever just want to have everything match? Guess what- when you own Primary Elements Artist Pigments by ColourArte, you can. (Please note- these used to be by Luminarte, but it seems that the company has […]

New Redesigned Xyron Creative Station

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Many of you know that I love to make cards, so a dry adhesive is a must. I’ve owned a Xyron-well, actually, MANY of them- for years. I still have a 5 inch model and the 9-inch Creative Station hanging out in the studio. Now the folks at Xyron have redesigned it, though, so it will accept both kinds of cartridges! Disclosure: Samples provided for review purposes; however my opinions are honest and my own and based on my first-hand […]

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Jars (Watercolor Paints)

lindy's Stamp Gang magical watercolor powders

    Since I’ve been on a kick with watercolors lately, I thought it would be a good idea to give ALL of the brands I could find a fair shake. So today I’m reviewing Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Jar Sets. Disclosure: I purchased these with my own funds. My opinions are based on my first-hand experience with the product. Some links below may be affiliate links and CTD will receive a small commission from your purchases.  From the website: […]

Brusho Crystal Colours Review

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I love that art supplies continue to seep into the crafting world. Last year, powdered watercolors hit the scene at CHA, and almost immediately our European readers asked, “Is this just like Brusho?” Well, since I’d never heard of it, I ordered a kit from Amazon to give it a go. So let’s take a closer look! From the website: Brusho Crystal Colour is a unique, transparent, highly pigmented water colour ink powder available in a comprehensive range of 32 […]

Vintage Decor Paint from Martha Stewart Crafts and Plaid

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Disclosure: Samples provided for review purposes; however my opinions are honest and my own and based on my first-hand experience. I was not financially compensated for this review/video nor does the product company have any control over it’s content. Some links below may be affiliate links and I will be compensated with a portion of the purchase price- usually 5-7%. So thank you for your support!  Chalk paints are ALL the rage right now- they are a easy way to […]

Simon Says Stamp “Celebrations” Card Kit 2015

SSS Card Kit 9/2015

One of the reasons I subscribe to a card kit (yes, paid for with my own funds) is that it pushes me to experiment and PLAY- even when I’m really busy! I’ve actually fallen behind a month and the Simon Says Stamp September”Celebrations” kit has been sitting way too long. (And August is still on the shelf!!) So FINALLY I have the kitchen project done and I pulled out the kit! I made you a little video showing you the […]

Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pads

Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pad Review & video demo

Disclosure: this is not a sponsored review. I paid for these products with my own funds and my opinion is based on my first-hand experience with the product. You may have different results. I first became aware of the Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pads from Jennifer McGuire- she raves about them! So when I saw them at the Ink Pad in NYC on a Crafty Field Trip, I snapped up a few. Since I had just gotten the Simon Says […]

Colorburst Powders from Ken Oliver Crafts

Colorburst powders from Ken Oliver Crafts

I love that watercoloring has really taken off in the crafting and mixed-media world lately. Now we have a new way to watercolor- with powdered watercolor from Ken Oliver Crafts. Here’s how it’s described: Sprinkle and spritz! Color Burst is an amazing concentrated microfine watercolor powder that lets you create beautiful watercolor techniques like never before! This versatile powder can be used with so many fun techniques! Spritz your project with water and sprinkle on Color Burst and create amazing […]

The Coloring Book Phenomenon & Good Books!

Overview of Coloring for Adults- resources to get you started!

Disclosure: some product provided for review purposes. Links below may be affiliate links and CTD will receive a small commission from your purchase. Opinions are 100% our own and based on first-hand experience with the product. Thank you!  You might have heard- coloring books for adults are HOT. (And not in the icky/pornographic way, but in the way it’s SUPER-popular!) It’s an international phenomena and it seems everyone is jumping on the coloring book train to promote creativity and destressing. […]

Product Review: Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media Paints and Fine Tip Applicator

Wakely Media Heavy Body Paints from Ranger Ink

Disclosure:product provided for review purposes. Links below may be affiliate links and CTD will receive a small commission from your purchase. Opinions are 100% our own and based on first-hand experience with the product. Thank you!  Hey crafters!  Today I’m excited to show you Ranger’s newest Signature Designer, Dina Wakley’s heavy body acrylic Media paints and fine tip applicator.  Let’s get to some basics first; here’s what Ranger has to say about the Media paints. “Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body […]

“Frozen” Inspired Birthday Cake

Frozen-Inspired Birthday Cake- tint the frosting and then use rock candy to make the "Ice Castle."

File this one under “dedicated mommy.” My sister, who is very crafty and talented creatively made a birthday cake for my niece that is inspired by what else? FROZEN. Because four-year-old girls, of course! Disclosure:some of the links below are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for supporting CraftTestDummies! My sister gets all the credit- even the photos! She started off by making 2 box cake mixes and dying the batter different […]

Jewel Sheet Comparison- DCWV versus Buckle Boutique

Jewel Sheet Comparison- DCWV versus Buckle-Boutique

These days “bling” is all the rage. These soft plastic sheets LOOK like crystals, but instead it’s a resin that is soft enough to cut with scissors or steel-rule dies. This week #TeamCTD reporter Sara has the down low on two popular brands.  wp_ad_camp_4 Take a look at this video so you can get the best product for your budget & project! wp_ad_camp_4 Take-aways: in our opinion, the Buckle Boutique is a more consistent quality DCWV is more widely available […]

Photo Sleeve Fuse by We Are Memory Keepers (Review)

Photo Sleeve Fuse by WRMK

The other day I shared with you an overview and demo of the Photo Sleeve Fuse from WRMK. Today, I’m giving it the full work out, including cutting other plastics with it! Disclosure: Samples provided for review purposes; however my opinions are honest and my own and based on my first-hand experience. I was not financially compensated for this review/video nor does the product company have any control over it’s content. Some links below may be affiliate links and I […]

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for June 2015

Card Kit June 2015

I really enjoy a subscription box- it’s like a little surprise every month! And I try to stretch myself to be creative with the things I get. Let’s take a look in the box I got this month from Simon Says Stamp (June 2015.) Disclosure: I pay for this kit with my own funds and there is no connection between myself and Simon Says Stamp. I’m just a fan!  I made a little video for you: And here are those […]