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 […]

Product Review: Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Paints

dylusions paint review and demo!

Hello my crafty friends!  Today we are going to go over Ranger Ink and Dyan Reaveley’s brand new Dylusions paints.  These bright and poppy little pots of fun take me back to finger painting in Montessori preschool.  And yes, my fingers did take a little dip in these!   Here’s what Ranger has to say about the new Dylusions paints: 12 gorgeous, vibrant acrylic paints that complement and coordinate with the current line of Dylusions Ink Sprays. Designed to Dyan’s […]

Staz-On Studio Glaze from Imagine Crafts

StazOnStudioGlaze

Today we’re looking at the Staz-On Studio Glazes from Imagine Crafts. These water-based acrylic glazes coordinate with Staz On Colors, and add a translucent “stained glass” effect on non-porous surfaces and mixed media art pieces. 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 […]

The Next Big Thing: Periscope

I'd love to see you there! @CraftTestDummy

So the other day a fellow crafty bloggy friend announced that she was on a new social media channel, Periscope. I immediately cringed inside…because, REALLY? I already juggle Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and am trying to get in the habit of Vine. But I took a peek at this app for your iPhone/iPad or Android device…and in minutes I was downloaded, signed up, and hooked. Here’s a blurb from the website: Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by […]

Fiskars Thick Materials Punch Review

Fiskars Thick Materials Punch Review

I love a good punch! But I’ve ruined a few punching things like metal and shrink plastic. Fiskars must have been nanny-camming my studio, since now they have a thick materials punch that is tough with thick materials but pretty easy on the hands.  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 […]

Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Inks by Plaid

Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Soft Ink

Earlier this week I shared an unboxing video debuting the Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Inks by Plaid, as well as the Stamping Blocks. Today, I’m going to do a bit more in depth on these fabric paints and show you how they held up.   First this is how they are described on Plaid’s website: Super soft fabric ink is the perfect formulation for stamping, stenciling and brushing on fabric. Fashionable colors. Machine washable. Waterbased and non-toxic.  Well, let’s hear […]

Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps from Plaid- Review and Demo

Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps- review and video demonstration.

Yesterday I shared an unboxing video with you to show you a little bit about the Block Printing Stamps from Plaid (oh, and ALL of the designs, too!) But today I really want to share with you my experiences with how they work on fabric, paper, and clay! I also use a variety of paints, inks, and markers in today’s review and demonstration.  Disclosure: Samples provided for review purposes; however my opinions are honest and my own and based on […]

Unboxing and Overview of the Fabric Creations Block Printing Line from Plaid

Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps

Last January at CHA I drooled all over myself when I saw the Fabric Creations line from Plaid. The stamps looked just like authentic wood stamping blocks (and actually cast from original wood ones, too!) You can imagine how I jumped for joy when these beauties hit my doorstep last week. 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 video nor […]

New Products Announced from Silhouette- Mint and Curio!

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 ( a stamping machine) and the Curio (a new mixed-media diecutter.) Note: all of this information is taken from the websites- there are no machines […]

Selecting Batting for your next Quilt Project

selecting batting for your next quilt project

If you’re just starting out in quilting, the process of selecting a batting for your quilted project can be daunting! There are so many battings to choose from. You may select a batting that is on hand, is on sale, or that is recommended by a friend… but does it really make a difference what batting you choose? The answer is YES! The batting you select for a project can make a big difference in the way your quilted project […]

iCraft Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive from Therm-O-Web

iCraft Deco Foil & Hot Melt Adhesive by Therm-O-Web

As you know, foil is a HUGE trend right now…. and I’ve shared how to add it to your projects AND a review of the iCraft Deco Foil… so now let’s take a closer look at the iCraft Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive.  Disclosure: This is an unsponsored review. Product was provided for review. All opinions are honest and my own and based on my personal, first-hand experience with the product. Links below may include affiliate links and purchases made […]

iCraft Deco Foil from Therm-O-Web

iCraft Deco Foil & Hot Melt Adhesive by Therm-O-Web

Foiling is hot, Hot, HOT right now in the crafting world. We saw that sneak peek at CHA in January and as predicted, foiling is EVERYWHERE. Luckily, products from Therm-O-Web make it very easy to add that glimmer and shine right at home, and using easily-available (and inexpensive) materials. Today we’ll look at the iCraft Deco Foil. (Stay tuned because the Hot Melt Adhesive review is coming  up tomorrow.)     Disclosure: This is an unsponsored review. Product was provided […]

My Favorite Crafty Things: WATER BRUSHES

My Favorite Crafty Things: Water Brushes!

One of my best long-term posts has been my comparison of water brushes. As I was gathering new ones for a follow-up review, it dawned on me that I love them for so many reasons, and I can’t imagine not having them in my studio. (Or more specifically, in my travel art kit!) I here’s a quick video explaining WHY….   And don’t forget you can add inks, dyes, or home-made shimmer solutions to the waterbrushes!! Just remember to empty […]

Tombow Brush Markers

Tombow Dual Brush Marker Pens (review)

I’ve been on a bit of a marker kick. And why not? Lots of colors, inexpensive, and versatile. So today we are looking at the Tombow Dual Brush Marker Pens.   Here’s how the company describes them: Flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker. Brush tip works like a paintbrush to create fine, medium or bold strokes; fine tip gives consistent lines. Dual Brush Pens are ideal for artists and crafters. The water-based ink is blendable and the […]