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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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Craft Tool Review: Clover Weaving Sticks

September 17, 2013

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In the mood for a quick stash-busting yarn craft? The new Weaving Sticks from Clover USA definitely fit the bill! Super-easy and way faster than knitting or crochet, these portable weaving sticks are a fun alternative to more complex yarn crafts, and are a great option for whipping up accessories and simple projects. Clover USA […]

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Crafters 360 Bag & Crafters Shoulder Bag by We R Memory Keepers

September 10, 2013

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Sometimes you need to take your crafts on the road (crops, vacations) or just have a “mobile craft room” to store your goodies out of the way. My friends, let me introduce you to the coolest new rolly bag EVER, the We R Memory Keepers – 360 Crafter’s Bag! Here’s how they describe it on […]

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Mod Podge Mod Melts Review

September 5, 2013

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Cathie and Steve, designers over at Plaid (the makers of Mod Podge), have come up with a new product called Mod Melts. Here is what Cathie has to say about the new product: With our new sea glass and milk glass Mod Melt Sticks and Molds you can now make your own scrapbooking, mixed media […]

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Epson XP-410 Small In One Printer, Copier and Scanner

September 3, 2013

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If you are into scrapbooking or home decor, having  a printer is a must. For creating digital pages, scanning in photos or artwork, or printing out stickers, photos- well, anything- having a reliable printer essential. Today I’m going to give you an overview of the Epson XP-410 Small in One Printer. This is a great […]

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UPDATE on the Artisan X-Plorer by Spellbinders: METAL SHIM

August 29, 2013

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You may recall that earlier I reviewed the Artisan X-Plorer by Spellbinders. While I like the compact size and metal gears, I was somewhat disappointed by it’s ability to cut thicker materials such as denim and plastics. Well, the Spellbinders folks heard my cry (or maybe they were just lightyears ahead of me!) and debuted […]

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StyroCutter Plus from Floracraft Product Review

August 19, 2013

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A great review of the Styro Cutter Plus cutting tool. See how this tool cuts Styrofoam with ease.

After reviewing the StyroCutter from Floracraft , the next product on the agenda was the StyroCutter Plus also from Floracraft. I was sent one of these to review as well so more Styrofoam crafts for me! First lets check out the website for more information: Electric heated wire that cuts up to 4? thick STYROFOAM™. […]

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Artisan X-Plorer Manual Die Cutting Machine from Spellbinders

July 17, 2013

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I love papercrafting, mixed media, and jewelry crafting, so I was especially excited to see the Artisan X-Plorer debuted at CHA winter earlier this year. It’s a heavier-duty “press” type of manual die-cutting machine.  According to the website, Introducing the new Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine, a multi-purpose, high pressure machine! This elegantly designed, compact roller press is […]

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Sew Easy Circles Tool From We R Memory Keepers

July 15, 2013

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Sew Easy Circles Tool by We R Memory Keepers

Last week I reviewed the Sew Easy Stampers and Doodle Stampers and found them to be a fun addition to my stamping tool box. I actually went online to buy and few more and HEY- look what I found? The Sew Easy Circles Tool from We R Memory Keepers! This little gadget uses all of […]

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Majestic Elements Dies and Imperial Gold Dies by Spellbinders (and Giveaway!)

July 5, 2013

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Majestic Elelments Dies by Spellbinders

I love paper crafting, and despite my *numerous* electronic die-cutting machines, I still turn to my manual dies more often than not. And with the new Majestic Elements Dies and Imperial Gold Dies by Spellbinders, it’s easy to get a detailed cut with embossing in one pass! Here’s how they are described on the website: Crown your […]

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Doodle Stampers and Sew Stampers from We R Memory Keepers

July 2, 2013

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If you’ve visited CraftTestDummies anytime before, you’ll know that I love papercrafting and stamping. Sometimes it’s just a little bit of “zhush” to make a project really stand out. So I had to dig into the We R Memory Keepers Sew Stampers and Doodle Stampers as soon as they hit my doorstep!  From the website: The […]

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Styro Cutter from Floracraft Review

June 20, 2013

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Review of the Styro Cutter from Floracraft

I was sent the Styro Cutter from Floracraft for a review.  What is a Styro Cutter?  Lets look at the manufacturer’s website for more information: Heated wire allows you to easily cut simple & intricate patterns.  No cord allows you to take it anywhere. The Styro Cutter is a heated wire tool that allows you […]

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Westcott Scissors ExtremEdge Titanium Adjustable Scissors Review

June 19, 2013

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westcott scissors for review

When I was first given these Westcott ExtremEdge Adjustable Tension Titanium Bonded scissors, I thought they looked like they would work well as a pair of general crafting scissors.   Here is what the Westcott website says about these scissors: Our best performance scissors! ExtremEdge Titanium® Bent Scissors. Titanium Bonded® Blades are used for improved […]

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