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Review: Bead Buddy One-Step Crimper Tool

December 3, 2014

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Review of the Bead Buddy One-Step Crimping Tool

Jewelry-making can go one of two ways- sublime or sophomoric. And the difference between the two is often craftsmanship: the design aside, either it’s well-make or it…well, isn’t. Crimp beads are one of those ways you can tell the difference- a well-made crimp looks professional, and a poorly-make one looks like it’s been chewed by […]

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Ranger Ink – Wendy Vecchi – New Archival Ink Colors

December 2, 2014

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Hello crafters!  Today I want to introduce to you the six newest colors from Ranger Ink designer, Wendy Vecchi, in her Archival Ink line.  We have already done a full review of Archival Inks on Craft Test Dummies that you can see here.  There are now 12 colors total in Wendy’s Archival ink line, and […]

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Craft Product Review: Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss

November 21, 2014

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MPDSG SWATCHES

This Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss is a new formula in a line of recent releases. It is only available in a gloss finish. It can be used to decoupage and seal decorations onto glass, cermaic, and metal pieces. These pieces are then “top-rack dishwasher safe”.  There are some special instructions for multiple coats, applying decorations, […]

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Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit

November 17, 2014

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Epson Label Maker Printable Ribbon Kit

Disclosure: I received this product for review purposes. My opinions are honest and my own and based on my first-hand experience with it. I was not compensated for writing about it, but if you click an affiliate link and purchase one of your own, I will receive a small percentage of the purchase price. Thank […]

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Surface Makeover Glue by Coats & Clark

November 10, 2014

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Coat N Create Surface Makeover Glue

Every now and then you meet a glue that makes you see things in a whole new light. This is the case with Coat N Create or Surface Makeover Glue. First- a quick disclaimer: I got my samples of this glue last January at CHA 2014. And I’m loving this stuff! But I can’t find it […]

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Chameleon ColorTones Alcohol Markers

November 5, 2014

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Chameleon ColorTones Alcohol Markers

I first saw the Chameleon ColorTones  markers at CHA 2014 last January- and after a long wait, they are finally coming to America! (They’ve been available in the UK for awhile now.) I do love a good alcohol marker- they are a “secret weapon” in the craft room- and I was excited to give these a […]

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Craft Haul: Stampin’ UP Holiday 2014 and Cards!

November 3, 2014

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Vote for your favorite! And I'll even do a tutorial for the winning card.

Eek! Halloween just ended…which means that Holiday crafting is in full swing! For those of us who make our own Holiday Cards, it’s time to get cracking. For me, that means doing some playing experimenting with different designs to see which one will actually “make the cut” and become the holiday card for the season. […]

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Trends: Quilt Market 2014: Digital Die Cutting

October 31, 2014

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This machine comes in a 12-inch version (MSRP $799) or the 15-inch version (MSRP $999.)

After years in the crafting industry and going to the CHA tradeshows, I’m used to seeing die-cutting everywhere. I was really surprised, though, to see digital die-cutting and the way it’s taken over the sewing and quilting industry! I knew that the Brother ScanNCut actually debuted at Quilt Market last year and that it had […]

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Martha Stewart Crafts Deluxe Scoring Board and Paper Trimmer

October 21, 2014

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Martha Stewart Deluxe Scoring Board and Paper Trimmer

A while back I got a request from a YouTube fan asking me to compare the Martha Stewart Crafts Deluxe Scoring Board and Paper Trimmer to another scoring/trimming tool. So of course I thought I should give this combo tool a once-over to see how it works. Let’s take a look. At first blush, it’s […]

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Does Duck Tape Scents Really Smell?

October 20, 2014

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Earlier last month we got some of the new Duck Tape Scents in here at CTD WHQ.  Of course, my kids junior assistants were super-interested in them… so I figured, let’s ask THEM if they smells are good and/or accurate. Take a look at this video we shot: I think it’s worthy of not that […]

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Review of the Epson XP 820 Small in One Printer

October 15, 2014

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Epson XP 820 Small in one Printer

Photos. Journaling. Custom labels. Printables. These are all things for which a crafter might need a printer. And I don’t really give much time to my printer, unless it’s out of ink or starts to malfunction. (Which mine just did!) So the Epson XP 820 Small in One Printer was right on time! I made […]

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Craft Product Review: LoopDeDoo Bracelet Spinning Loom

October 14, 2014

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LoopDeDoo Spinning Loom

Every now and then I’m cruising through a craft store and something will catch my eye. (Or my daughter’s eye.) I’m not sure which one of us saw this product first- me or her- but I knew that we were going to be buying it and bringing it home to try out.   The kit […]

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Overview of the Durathon Iron

October 13, 2014

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Durathon Iron Review

It seems like I’ve missed National Sewing Month by a few days, but it’s always a good time for a sewing-themed review. Even if you are not a sewist, you probably use an iron for clothes or crafts- so you’d better have a good iron on hand.  I have a tendency to be hard on my irons- I iron […]

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Etchall Etching Creme

October 9, 2014

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ETCHALL ETCHING CREME Collage

This week, I experimented with Etchall Etching Creme. This is an etching cream (I did a review of the liquid/dip version of this product here>) This product can be used with stencils and the Designer Tip Kit for etching glass and ceramics. Along with the Etching Creme, I used their Designer Tip Kit, a custom hand cut contact paper stencil, a […]

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Etchall Dip ‘N Etch

October 8, 2014

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ETCHALL DIP 'N ETCH BOTTLE Collage

This week, I experimented with Etchall Dip ‘N Etc . This is an etching liquid, where you can dip your glass or ceramic items for a more uniform etching. The etching liquid only etches glass and ceramics, so it’s safe to put inside a plastic container that your object will fit inside. Along with the Dip ‘N […]

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Krylon Frosted Glass Finish Spray Paint Review

September 30, 2014

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Krylon Frosted Glass Finish review

Love the look of etched glass- but was a bit wary of using chemicals? Or maybe you just didn’t want anything so *permanent.* Well, Krylon’s Frosted Glass Finish spray paint is a great alternative.   Here’s how it’s described by the manufacturer: Frosted Glass Finish Create beautiful, frosted glass the easy way — just spray […]

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit October 2014

September 29, 2014

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Overview of the Simon Says Stamp card kit for October 2014

Hey crafty friends! I’m working on some BIG new videos and reviews, but I wanted to give you a super-quick overview of the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for October 2014. If you’ve got two minutes, I can show you what is in the card AND three cards I made right off the bat! This is […]

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Review of the Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ UP

September 24, 2014

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Review of the Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin' Up

I’ve been smitten with kits and subscriptions series lately. I love getting a “surprise” in the mail (even if I’ve had a sneak peek of what’s coming” and the idea of a little dose of creativity is just about what I need these days. Kits can push you out of your comfort zone, introduce you […]

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Chip-It Color Matching Tool from Sherwin Williams

September 23, 2014

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Color Chips using LetsChipIt.com from Sherwin-Williams.

Recently I’ve come across some cool things on Pinterest, in which someone shares a photo and pulls out the colors from it- either for inspiration, or to paint their room, or what ever. It usually looks like this: But I had no idea how to do this myself! Enter in Chip-It from Sherwin Williams. It’s […]

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Comparison of Ways to Blend Colored Pencils

September 16, 2014

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Ways to blend colored pencils; comparison of blending mediums

Last week I spent time reviewing Gamsol and then comparing which colored pencil brands worked best with it. Now I’m working in the other direction- what other ways can we blend colored pencils? For this round, I compared Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits), Turpenoid Natural (non-toxic version of turpentine) and Baby Oil (mineral oil.) I also […]

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Lumi Sunfold Product Review

September 15, 2014

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inkodye and traditional dye comparison

When I first heard of Lumi Sunfold dye, it made me think of the nature prints I made at scout camp using specially treated paper. We would place leaves, sticks, grass, and shells on specially-treated paper, then lay the paper in the sun. This would result in simple prints of our designs. That is the […]

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Comparison of Colored Pencils and Paper When Blending with Gamsol

September 12, 2014

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Comparison of Colored Papers and Pencils when Blending with Gamsol

Earlier this week I shared an overview of Gamsol, an odorless mineral spirits used for dissolving the wax in colored pencils so that you could blend and shade them the same way you can with oil paints. Naturally, though, my curiosity got the better of me and I wondered if better (artist-grade) colored pencils really […]

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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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Clover Press Perfect Iron Safe Review

September 8, 2014

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As a quilter, I do a lot of ironing. Fabric needs to be pressed before it can be cut and seams need to be pressed – either open, or to the side, depending on the project. I starch my fabrics, or use best press, or sometimes just a little extra steam. My iron gets a […]

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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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Xacto Craft Knife Kit Overview

August 28, 2014

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Xacto Craft Knife review

It’s school time again and that means stocking up on some of our most-needed supplies. And what crafter doesn’t need a craft knife or two? This new kit from Xacto brand gives you 3 handles and THIRTEEN blades for all of your crafting needs! I made you a video to give you a closer look: […]

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International Polymer Clay Association Retreat in Columbus Ohio

August 25, 2014

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Sometimes, you just need a “creative jumpstart” to get your mojo flowing, or a road trip, or a combination of both. My best crafty pal Vicki O’Dell and I decided that we’d do just that and headed down to the International Polymer Clay Association retreat last week, which was held in our home state of […]

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Overview of New Sculpey and Premo Products from Cindy Lietz

August 20, 2014

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The Universe seems to be sending me messages lately. First, I was reminded in my Behind the Page interview that Polymer Clay was my “desert island” craft. And THEN I found out that the International Polymer Clay Association Retreat was being held in my home state! And then I got a righteous box of goodies […]

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Stencil1 Stencils by Ed Roth for Plaid

August 19, 2014

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Card made with Stencil1 stencils

Stencils are still a major trend in crafting- after all, it’s how those of use with horrible less-than-stellar drawing skills can add that hand-drawn look to a project. And lucky for us, the designs offered continue to evolve and become more sophisticated and trendy! Today I’m sharing some stencils that REALLY caught my eye at […]

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