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Craft Product Review: Brother 1034D 3-4 Lay-in Thread Serger

June 22, 2011

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I had never used a serger (overlock machine) before I got my Brother 1034D, but I knew that I needed one if I wanted to sew knits and stretch fabrics (among a million other things) well. So, after being deterred for months by stories of fashion students taking leave of their senses at the mere […]

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Craft Product Review: Brother CS-6000i Computerized Sewing Machine

June 7, 2011

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I’ve been using my Brother CS-6000i regularly for about a year and a half, after my fabulous mother gave it to me as a birthday gift to replace the ancient avocado green Sears Kenmore that she inherited from my godmother, and I inherited from her. (Nobody freak out—I kept the old machine too!) Overall, I’ve […]

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Craft Product Review: Martha Stewart Crafts Embroidery Kits

May 19, 2011

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When I was first given the opportunity to review the Martha Stewart Crafts Embroidery Kits, I was a bit nervous. While I’m certainly not an expert stitcher, I’m not new to embroidery, so I wasn’t sure that I would be able to objectively judge the quality of the directions and the ease of use of […]

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Craft Book Review & Blog Hop: Puppet Play by Diane Schoenbrun

May 14, 2011

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Remember a few months ago when I reviewed “Beasties” by Diane Schoenbrun? Well, I enjoyed that first book enough to join up for a craft-blog-hop for her new one, “Puppet Play.” Like Beasties, this book features creatures you can make from things you have on hand (mostly.) Dishcloths, socks, cans and even legwarmers (ok, I […]

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Craft Product Review: deColourant by KandiCorp

April 28, 2011

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DeColourant by KandiCorp was one of the new and exciting products I saw at CHA last winter. It’s a product that you apply to fabric and it will either a) remove the fabric color or b) remove the fabric color and deposit a new color onto your fabric. Here’s how it’s described on their website: […]

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Craft Product Review: Claudine Hellmuth’s Sticky Back Canvas

March 25, 2011

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I like stickers, and I love the texture of canvas. Leave it to Claudine Hellmuth to come up with a product that combines the two! Manufactured by Ranger, it’s a perfect craft-to-art crossover product- that is, it introduces the crafting world to higher-quality art supplies. Here’s how it’s described on the website: It’s a self-adhesive […]

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Craft Book Review: Beasties by Diane Schoenbrun

March 7, 2011

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Plushies. Stuffies. Monsters. Whatever you want to call them, they are all the rage: hand-crafted fabric creatures for kids and adults alike. Last fall I got a copy of Diane Shoenbrun‘s book, Beasties: How to Make 22 Mischievous Monsters That Go Bump In the Night (and one to give away, but more on that later.) […]

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Craft Product Review: Clover Flower Frill Template

February 15, 2011

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It’s mid-February, and I’m yearning for spring! What better way to get in the “spring” frame of mind than with some fabric flowers? And with Clover’s new Flower Frill Templates, I’m learning to whip up full, lush fabric blooms in less time than it takes to watch a sitcom. The Flower Frill template package comes […]

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Craft Product Review: Nestabilities & Grand Nestabilities Dies by Spellbinder

November 9, 2010

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A while ago I posted a great recycled soda can craft using the Nestabilities Dies made by Spellbinder- and then I realized that I’d never really reviewed them! If you follow CTD with any sort of regularity, you see these dies popping up all OVER my crafts. (I’ll have a list at the end for you, […]

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Kid’s Craft Kit Review: Total Class Creative “Fall Felt”

October 19, 2010

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I know Halloween is just around the corner, but I have a few crafty fall/Halloween goodies that were too good to wait ’til next year! One of those is from Total Class Creative. They have a line of “Fall Felt” crafting goodies, and they send me some to play with! The line includes felt baskets, […]

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Craft Product Review: Mod Podge GLITTER!

October 13, 2010

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Um, OK. So in the past few days I’ve shared my unabashed love for Mod Podge (satin and glossy), shared my new appreciation for Mod Podge Shimmer and now….buckle your seat belt…there’s GLITTER MP, too! It has a lot in common with it’s other Mod Podge bretheren. Just to recap: It’s a glue, a finish, […]

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Craft Product Review: Mod Podge

October 11, 2010

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This is a version of a post I put up at CraftsUnleashed.com, but with my special “CraftTestDummies” touch for you! Mod Podge is a true crafting staple, and every crafters’ closet should have a bottle or two. This miracle 3-in-one product is a glue, sealer, and finish, all in one bottle. What’s more, you have […]

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Craft Product Review: Lisa Pavelka’s Signature Craft Foils

September 22, 2010

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Here’s an article I wrote for CraftCritique back in May of 2009, and I realized I’d never shared it here. As you may know, I love Polymer Clay (and Lisa Pavelka), so it deserves another mention here, with a few edits. Enjoy! I love shimmer, shine, and glitz, so I was excited to get my […]

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Kid’s Craft Product Review: Artterro Needle Felting Kit

September 21, 2010

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This is another open-ended craft kit sent to me by ArtTerro- this time it’s a needle-felting kit they’re calling “Paint with Wool.” The Paint with Wool kit includes four 4X4 inch wool felt squares that are off-white, lots of strips of colorful wool roving, and 3 needle felting needles, and a basic instruction sheet. This […]

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Craft Product Review: Bic Mark-It Markers

September 13, 2010

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While I’m not sure permanent markers really count as a “craft product” per se, I don’t know a single crafter worth his/her salt that doesn’t have a stash of permanent markers. And while another brand has kind of dominated the market, I was really drawn in (pardon the pun) by the Bic Mark-it colors and […]

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Craft Product Review: Fiskars Tailor Shears

September 7, 2010

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I have more pairs of scissors than I can count. Paper scissors, pinking shears, embroider scissors, kid’s scissors. I even have my “special” fabric scissors that I use for my heavier-duty cutting. However, none of them hold a candle to the Fiskars Tailor Shears that I just got! First of all, they’re made by Fiskars, […]

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Craft Product Review: Simply Spray

August 20, 2010

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I have done a number of projects now using Simply Spray, and I have to admit I’m a fan. I noticed today, though, that I’d never posted a review here on my blog, even though I’d written one for CraftsUnleashed.com. So I’m re-printing my review here with links out a slew of Simply Spray projects! […]

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Trendspotting at CHA Summer 2010- Banners!

August 3, 2010

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I wrote this article for CraftsUnleashed, but I wanted to share it over here, too- because this is a trend that isn’t slowing down any time soon! What is “CHA”? It’s the Craft and Hobby Association trade show and it happens twice a year. I’ve just returned from the 2010 Summer show in Rosemont, Illinois, […]

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Knitting Looms and Jury Duty

June 28, 2010

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Last week was quiet here on CTD, because your crafty friend was called up for…JURY DUTY! I can hear the collective groans from you readers, but really, I didn’t mind too much. First of all, I believe in our judicial system and my civic and moral obligation to serve. The other reason I didn’t mind […]

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Craft Tool Review: Westcott Spring-Assist Scissors

March 16, 2010

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Every crafter I know has a ka-jillion pairs of scissors. And every crafter I know probably needs or will buy one more pair if they are worth it. Today I’m talking about that pair- Westcott Spring-Assist Scissors. Actually I have TWO pairs of Spring-Assist scissors- the 9″ Titanium Ultra-Smooth scissors and the 6″ “Blooms” . […]

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Craft Product Review: Freestyle Mouse by Purple Cow

March 11, 2010

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I love my rotary cutter for cutting fabric. And I love my paper trimmer for cutting paper. If those two tools got together and had a love-child, it would be the Free Style Mouse by Purple Cow- and I would adopt it and take it home! As you can see from the picture, it looks […]

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Shamrock Yo-Yo Maker by Clover

March 10, 2010

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If you’ve been around CraftTestDummies a while, you know I’m a huge fan of Yo-Yo makers by Clover. (Read my review of the heart-shaped yo-yo maker here.) This year I saw that they came out with the “shamrock” shape and I had. To. Have. It. Like the other yo-yo makers, the Shamrock Yo-Yo Maker set […]

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Glitz-Up Hot Fix Crystal Review up on Craft Critique!

March 4, 2010

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Yeah, I’m crafting like a fiend these days…and my latest crafty play date and resulting review is on a vacuum-powered hot-fix crystal setter by Viva-Decor called the “Glitz-Up.” While I loved the idea, but it had a few issues. It didn’t knock my socks off, but still it’s a pretty cool tool. Head over to […]

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Craft Product Review on Craft Critique: Perfect Pearls

February 23, 2010

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Perfect Pearls on black cardstock- stunning!

I admit- I’m a Pearl-Ex junkie! But the fabulous Suze Weinberg HERSELF gave me these, so I had to try ‘em out. And you know what? I LIKES ‘em! As a polymer clayer, I really like the fact that Perfect Pearls have a built-in resin, which helps it bond to the clay during the baking […]

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Crystal Crafter Hot Fix Tool Product Review

August 17, 2009

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It goes without saying that I like a little bling in my world.  Last year I was at the Sewing and Quilting Expo and pick up one of these cute hot-fix crystal-setters, made by Kandi Corp and sold as the Victoria Lynne Crystal Crafter. I finally broke it out of the box and kicked the […]

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Simply Screen Silk Screen by Plaid at CHA Summer 09

August 6, 2009

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Jenny teases her coverage of the simply screen silk screen by plaid, and video demo.

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Tryin’ Out Glitter Bond at CHA

August 3, 2009

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Jenny teases her article on CraftCritique, shares video info.

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Craft Product Review: Stitch Simple Quilt Kit, Part Two

April 7, 2009

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Jenny receives her Stitch Simple Quilt Kit and kicks the tires.

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Awesome Quilty Tote Bag

April 2, 2009

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Jenny found this awesome quilted tote bag at Neolasdaughter blog. Super cute and easy.

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Review: Stitch Simple Quilt Kits, part one

January 15, 2009

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Just before the end of 2008, I was contacted by Jen Madsen of Stitch Simple, asking me to make and review one of their quilt kits. I had never heard of the company before, and was intriqued. Personalized quilt kits? The cutting is done? Hmmm. Sounded intriguing! {Note: I am not paid for my review, […]

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