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Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pads by Ranger Ink

May 16, 2014

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This past CHA in Anaheim, Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz debuted Mini Distress Ink Pads! These little wonders are great for on-the-go crafters, teachers or anyone that is new to the distress ink world. After playing with these, I absolutely love the versatility they provide and are a great addition to Tim’s line of Distress […]

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New “Everyday Adventures” Project Life line from Stampin’ UP

May 14, 2014

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Pocket Scrappers, rejoice! Now you can get your Project Life materials from Stampin’ Up with the new Everyday Adventure card collection, accessory pack, dies and more! There is a LOT of fun in this line- I made you a video to walk you through some of the goodies! Now… one thing I’ll say- I did […]

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Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays Review on Balzer Designs

May 12, 2014

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Last week I was reading one of my favorite artist’s blogs- Balzer Designs- and Julie did a mini- review of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays. I saw this same product at CHA, but we didn’t get any to review. Lucky for us, Julie did, and she wrote up a great overview of the sprays and […]

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StichNSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets

May 4, 2014

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print out the paper piecing pattern

Are you a quilter? Have you ever tried paper piecing? There are two different kinds of paper piecing – and they are very different. English Paper piecing uses paper templates and hand stitching. You might be familiar with the flower designs made from hexagons – a very popular motif in English Paper Piecing. Then there […]

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ProMAG Magnetic Paper Review

April 28, 2014

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Magnet Sheet Review

When I opened up the big box of magnetic papers sent to me from CTD World Headquarters, I was excited to get playing with it! Jenny sent me all kinds of different ProMAG Magnetic papers to try out – from paintable to photo printable – so I got down and got crafty! From left to […]

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FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint

April 25, 2014

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Small bottles of craft paint are useful and versatile in just about any craft studio. The FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint can provide even more versatility because you can use them on any of the following surfaces: wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, slate, paper, fabric, tin, canvas, tile, paper mache, clay, rigid plastic, concrete, resin (and I’m […]

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Glue Pen Comparison, Part 2

April 24, 2014

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A few weeks ago I shared a Glue Pen Comparison and one of my favorites (Creative Memories) was discontinued. I’ve discovered TWO brands that are VERY similar to it! So today I’m putting them to the test to see if we’ve got a reasonable substitution. Today’s contestants are: EK Success Zig Squeeze and Roll 2-Way Glue. Martha […]

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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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Chromatix Alcohol Markers from American Crafts

April 15, 2014

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Chromatix Alcohol Markers from American Crafts

Alcohol markers are an essential for any stamper who loves to color OR any crafter who likes to color-coordinate their accessories. And if you think there is only brand of alcohol markers our there, think again! So today we are talking about Chromatixs Alcohol Markers from American Crafts. Here’s how they are described on the […]

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Radiant Neon Stamp Pad Review

April 14, 2014

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Back in my high school days, a long long time ago, my mom and I were really into stamping. She was a representative for a direct sales stamp company so we were pretty faithful to a certain brand of ink. After a few years, I went off to college and became “too cool” for stamping […]

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DecoDen Bling Paste Review (and What IS Decoden?)

April 9, 2014

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Decoden was all over CHA 2014. The crazy “more-is-more”craft originated from Japan and pearls, buttons, game pieces, and toys are embedded into a texture medium on cell phones, picture frames- even SHOES! It’s interesting that I rarely saw it in January when it was all the rage at the tradeshow, but recently I’ve Decoden cell […]

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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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Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium

April 7, 2014

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  I’m a mixed media artist, and I often use photo transfers in my work. I was excited to put “Mod Podge Photo Transfer medium” to the test. The first thing I noticed is that this medium is white in the bottle and dries white as well. My preferred products for mixed media photo transfer […]

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Glue Pen Comparison- Part One

April 3, 2014

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One of my mantras as a crafter and a product reviewer is “There is no BAD products- only finding the right one for the job at hand.” And by and large, that is true. The only time when you really need to know “which is better than that” is when you have multiple choices in […]

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Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry by Beth Martin and Eva Sherman

April 2, 2014

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Today I have a special share for you- a book written by two of my favorite people (and SUCH talented jewelry artists, to boot!) Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry was written by good friends and local artists Beth Martin and Eva Sherman. Here’s the description: Showcasing gemstones, crystals, sea glass, and pearls, Organic Wire and […]

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Copic Doodle Packs Review

March 27, 2014

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copic doodle packs

Markers were all the rage at CHA- water-based, alcohol-based, and so many different accessories to go with them. Copic came out with a new line, too-  Copic Doodle Packs. There are 8 different color ways in the 4-pack option. (It looks as though there are 7-pack options, too- but we weren’t asked to review those. […]

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Jacquard Pearl Ex – New Colors

March 24, 2014

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Jacquard Pearl Ex pigment powders are extremely versatile supplies for any artist or crafter. They now come in over 30 colors. I’ll be testing some of the brand new Chromatic Colors: Citrine, Emerald, Magenta, Sapphire Blue, Scarlet and Dark Brown. This collection is a really gorgeous intense set of jewel tones with a deep lovely […]

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Beer Crafts: Book Review

March 21, 2014

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Beer Crafts Book

I’ll admit that I’m not a big beer drinker. But my husband is a beer fan, so reviewing the book “Beer Crafts” was a great opportunity for me to fulfill one of my husband’s deepest desires: asking him to pick up some beer on the way home! Here is what the publisher says about “Beer […]

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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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Review: Clover Beading Loom

March 18, 2014

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Clover Beading Loom

Weaving beads on a loom is a beautiful art form. I’ve always been drawn to beading on a loom but have never added it to my list of skills. I was always intimidated by the intricacy of the designs imagining that it must be very difficult to do. Then when people I spoke with started […]

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Little Windows Resin Starter Kit: Review

March 17, 2014

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Little Windows Resin Kit Review

One of my favorite parts of being on the Craft Test Dummies Team is getting to play with different products… which is why I was so excited when I was sent the Little Windows Resin Starter Kit to play with! I took some time to create two batches of the resin, and play with different […]

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Brother Scan-N-Cut Canvas Software Overview

March 14, 2014

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How to Use the Brother Scan N Cut Canvas Software- video tutorial

One of the biggest draws of the Brother Scan N Cut is that you can scan in an image and then cut it out directly, no software or computer required. But what happens when you need to edit or create an image? Well, Brother has a FREE software program online (no download, but you DO […]

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Glu6: The Glue That Saves The Planet

March 13, 2014

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I’m putting Glu6 “The Glue that Saves the Planet” to the test. While Glu6 doesn’t have enough super powers to actually save the planet, it is an extremely effective non-toxic eco friendly glue. It’s made from recycled Styrofoam, and will be pushing several non-eco friendly glues right out the door of my studio. Zap! Bam! […]

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DCWV Adhesive Fabric Stack

March 11, 2014

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When I shared my favorite new items from CHA this past January, the DCWV Adhesive Fabric Stack was hands-down one of the products that I was most excited about. It’s time to dig in and see how it works! Now, this product is still so new that DCWV doesn’t have very much on it’s site […]

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Overview of Metals Foils, Flakes and Leafing

March 6, 2014

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Today I’ve got an informational post for you. I’m going to answer three questions today- what are metal foils, metal flakes, and metal leafing? And how do I use them? And with what adhesives? Now the first thing I’m going to do is to ask you to watch this video I made you. It’s about […]

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Book Review: Aimee Ray’s Sweet and Simple Jewelry

March 3, 2014

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Jewelry Book

I haven’t been this charmed by a book in a long time. Really, get ready for a love-fest, because I’m about to dish about the fabulous book Aimee Ray’s Sweet & Simple Jewelry. Here is what the publisher has to say about the book: Aimee Ray, the bestselling author of Doodle Stitching—along with top Etsy […]

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Creating Layers in Mixed Media Art Book by Michelle Brown and Giveaway

February 28, 2014

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I love the creative community of artist and crafters. Every day I “meet” someone online or in real life and we connect just because we create. A few months ago I was contacted by Michelle Brown of MixedMediaArt.net and she graciously asked for an interview for her website. (You can see that here.) In the […]

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Whipped Spackle Texture Medium from Design Memory Craft

February 27, 2014

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I love how art products are making their way into the crafting world. One such products are embossing pastes and gels (see my linked post about that here.) And lucky for us, companies like Faber Castell are actually improving them! Such is the case with Whipped Spackle Texture Medium from Design Memory Craft. On the […]

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Book Review: Flip Dolls and Other Toys

February 24, 2014

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Flip Dolls and Other Toys Book

If you’re looking for a fun book on making stuffed toys that do double-duty, you may have found your match with “Flip Dolls and Other Toys that Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab, and Go”. This book packs a lot of bang for the buck! Here is what the publisher says about the book: Why make an […]

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Surfacez Multi-Surface Ink Pads from ColorBox

February 20, 2014

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If you’ve been to CraftTestDummies before, you know that one of my missions is to find the best products for the job at hand. And smooth, non porous surfaces such as glass, plastic, leather, and metal require a very special ink. Up until now, there are have been very few options- but now we’ve got […]

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