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Gamsol Overview and Demonstration

September 10, 2014

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Gamsol Review and Demo

I recently bought some new rubber stamps and they are perfect for coloring. However, using markers can be a bit challenging and I was ready to pull out my colored pencils again. Recently Jennifer McGuire mentioned Gamsol- a colorless, odorless mineral spirit used for blending pencils and I thought it would be fun to try […]

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Iron Cover Comparison

September 9, 2014

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If you do a lot of ironing – like most quilters and seamstresses, you might own an iron cover, or be in the market for one. Recently, I reviewed the Clover Press Perfect Iron Safe Iron Cover here on Craft Test Dummies. You can check out my full review – but the end result was […]

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Fiskars Rotary Blade Replacement Review

September 3, 2014

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Earlier, I shared my review of the Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo. One thing I wasn’t able to chat about in my review was the no-touch blade system, since I didn’t have a blade replacement cartridge to try. The awesome folks at Fiskars sent me a blade replacement cartridge, and I’m super excited to […]

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Review of Trim & Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

July 23, 2014

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Paper trimmers are an essential in the paper crafter’s toolbox. And if you make card cards, envelopes, or boxes, a score board is pretty darn helpful, too. Leave it to We R Memory Keepers to come up with a combination tool so that you can cut and score with one tool that doesn’t clutter up […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Crystal Katana Setting Tool by Crystal Ninja

April 8, 2014

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The Crystal Katana setting tool by the Crystal Ninja was another one of those “Hot 20″ products I saw as a judge at the CHA 2014 Conference. I thought, “OK, that’s nice, but it’s a one-trick pony.” Until I needed to place some little rhinestones and I lost a dozen because they keep flipping out […]

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Brother Scan N Cut Pen Overview and Demo

March 19, 2014

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So up until this point we have reviewed the Brother Scan N Cut, explored how we cut Stamped Images, and now….drumroll, please…. we check out the drawing feature! Let’s take a closer look at what you need. First, you need some pens. Be aware, though, that they are not true pens. Instead, they are really […]

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Brother Scan N Cut, Part 2: Stamped Images

January 2, 2014

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After the initial Brother Scan N Cut review went live, I got a LOT of questions on the YouTube video. The most prevelant question was how well it cut stamped images. Well, that’s exactly what I’m sharing with you today.   For this, video was really the only way to go! Now let’s take a […]

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Brother Scan N Cut: Part 1, Paper Scanning and Cutting

December 18, 2013

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Last Spring I was a guest on Scrapbook Soup and I got an eyeful of a new digital die cutting machine- one with an integrated scanner- the Brother Scan N Cut! I was literally salivating with the possibilities! I couldn’t even hold my horses to see if they would send me a review copy- I […]

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Martha Stewart Heavy-Duty Paper Trimmer

December 11, 2013

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Paper cutters/trimmers are one of the most important tool a crafter can have. And depending on what kind of paper you are using- and what size you need cut trim it to- there are LOTS of options. For those of us who routinely work with card or cover stock, you KNOW you need a heavier-duty […]

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Craft Tool Review: AccuQuilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter

November 25, 2013

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Guys, something wonderful happened to me last week in the craft studio: I fell absolutely head over heels in love with my new AccuQuilt GO! Baby fabric cutter. Now, I wouldn’t generally get so worked up about a die cutter, but the GO! Baby made cutting fabric so easy that I never, ever want to […]

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Candy Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers

November 21, 2013

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Yesterday I shared with you my impressions of the Gift Box Punch Board- so today we’ll focus on the Candy Box Punch Board! Here’s how they are described on the website: With the release of the award-winning Envelope Punch Board, We R Memory Keepers have helped crafters make the outside of a package count just […]

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Gift Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers

November 20, 2013

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After last years’ success with the Envelope Punch Board, it only made sense that We R Memory Keepers would up their game and come up with new versions of the punch board. At CHA last summer they debuted FOUR new ones- and today, we’ll take a closer look at two of them: Gift Box Punch […]

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Beadsmith 1-Step Looper

November 19, 2013

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Beadsmith 1-Step Looper

  From the website:   The BeadSmith 1-Step Looper Create your own eye pins with the 1-step looper plier from The BeadSmith. This tool allows you to trim and loop ready-made eye pins. You can even create eye pins in one motion! If you want to create custom length eye pins, you can do that, […]

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Imagine Crafts Craft Mat

November 14, 2013

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One of the perennial concerns crafters face (along with storage and organization) is cleanliness. With all of the paints, inks, sprays, glues, and markers, how on earth is one to keep their workspace clean? And let’s not even mention heat embossing! So today we are going to take a closer look at the Craft Mat […]

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FloraCraft Smooth Finish

November 4, 2013

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Painting Smooth Finish vs Unfinished Styrofoam

I love products that help me use the craft supplies I already have in my arsenal in even more ways. I think it is because I like to sew. Take the same sewing machine, add a zipper foot, a buttonhole foot, or a walking foot, and suddenly your sewing machine can handle new tasks. That’s […]

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Stamp And Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts by EKSuccess

October 28, 2013

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Today’s review is kind of a lark. I had purchased these punches MONTHS ago at a discount store, and in true Jenny fashion squirreled them away and mostly forgot about them. It’s amazing how a few hours of studio cleaning can remind you of the things you own- (!!) so I dusted them off, broke […]

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Clover Create-a-Strap Review

October 24, 2013

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When I reviewed Nancy Zieman’s Trace N Create Tablet Keeper pattern, I had no idea I was about to fall in love. This wasn’t the gentle, slip into love… this was heart-stopping love. I completely fell for the Clover Create a Strap. I have no idea where this product has been all my life. I’ve […]

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Fiskars Intricate Shape Punches

October 16, 2013

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It’s no secret that I love a good paper punch. It’s so much easier to reach for a punch and get what you want punched out quickly, rather than having to fuss with a die and a cutter and a “sandwich” or a setting. And it’s also no secret that Fiskars makes some mighty fine […]

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KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square

October 9, 2013

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In papercrafting, there are crafters and then there are CRAFTERS. You know, perfectionists. Every line must be straight and perfect. Well, CRAFTERS, I’ve got the tool for you- the KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square.   Here’s how it’s described on the website: The Get-It-StraightTM Laser Square is the only tool you need to quickly and easily laser […]

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Fiskars Amplify RazorEdge Shears Fabric Shears

September 26, 2013

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If you sew, you know that a good pair of shears (scissors) can make or break a project. You need a nice, smooth cut, a pair that sits well in your hands, and ones that don’t crap out when cutting through thick layers. The new Fiskars Amplify RazorEdge Shears are honestly the most amazing non-spring […]

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Westcott ZigZagz Interchangeable Blade Scissors

September 24, 2013

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Ever want a whole bunch of fancy edge scissors, but don’t want to store them all? Meet the genius of Westcott ZigZagz Interchangeable Blade Scissors! With two bases and six sets of blades, you get lots of options and easy storage! Here’s how they are described: Zigzags interchangeable blade scissors add a decorative edge to […]

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Nancy Zieman Trace n Create Tablet Keeper Pattern

September 18, 2013

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Nancy Zieman Trace N Create Technology Folder

When I was first asked to review the Nancy Zieman Trace n Create Tablet Keeper Pattern, I had mixed feelings. I have a Samsung Galaxy 10 Tablet that needed a new case – it was suffering in an iPad case that was a poor fit. But, I’m not a fan of templates. Still, I thought […]

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