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How To Make A DIY Quilling Tool & Quilled Hearts Tutorial

February 10, 2015

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DIY Quilling Tool

If you’ve been here before, you may know that I have a soft spot for quilling. I love that you can take simple strips of paper and some white glue and twirl them into spirals that you can form into shapes that can be almost anything! (OK, I’m a little breathless here!)  But what if […]

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Iridescent Creative Medium (Texture Gel) from Imagine Crafts

February 9, 2015

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Creative Medium Iridescent by Creative Imaginations

Creative Medium isn’t a new product- we reviewed it here over a year ago. However, mixed media is still on the upswing, and, as I reported in my CHA trends post, using black as a substrait/background is SUPER hot right now. Imagine Crafts is spot-on with this trend with it’s line of Iridescent Creative Mediums.   […]

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Review of Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Markers

February 4, 2015

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Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Marker Review CraftTestDummies.com

As I mentioned in my post from CHA, both neon and chalkboards or black backgrounds are still all the rage. So of course, we’re going to need some chalky and/or neon markers, right? Today we are looking at the Crafty Crock Liquid Chalk Markers. From the website: Crafty Croc™ Liquid Chalk Markers offer a versatile […]

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Comparison Of Gelli Printing Plates

February 2, 2015

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Comparison of Gelli Printing plates

Disclosure: this comparison is unsponsored and the results of my own first-hand experience with the product. Links below may include affiliate links.  Gelatin printing has become quite the rage with mixed media audiences with the development of commercially-available permanent printing plates, such as the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate and the Stampendous Creative Palette/Monoprinting Plate. […]

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Printing on Fabric; Tests and Results from The Sewing Loft

February 1, 2015

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From The Sewing Loft

I love it when I find a post that answers a question that I, myself, would have asked. I met my new friend Heather of the Sewing Loft at the Quilt Market last fall and she’s one sharp and talented cookie. Furthermore, she thinks like a “CraftTestDummy” and has posted her results of her experiments […]

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Feb 2015 & SIX Valentines!

January 29, 2015

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Valentine's Day/ Love Cards made with the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit February 2015

Time for the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit, peeps! And I made SIX Valentine’s Day/ Love cards in one go. Not gonna lie…this month I struggled with the card kit. The vintage colors felt a bit washed out to me, and I couldn’t quite feel the gold Gelato with clear embossing ink. While I […]

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The Best Stamp Pad for Copics (and other Alcohol-Based Markers)

January 26, 2015

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Hero Hues Dye, Archival Ink, Versafine, Adirondack Earthtones, Memento, StazOn, Stampin' UP Classic, Papertrey Ink Dye, India Ink. Not pictured: Memento Luxe

Last week I posted a review on the Staz-ON solvent-based stamp pads, and based on the comments I received, it seems that there are a bunch of folks who purchased it to use with their Copic or other alcohol-based markers…and then were sadly disappointed when I shared that they were, by and large, not compatible. […]

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Staz-On Solvent Ink Pads (overview)

January 22, 2015

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Staz On Solvent Based Ink Pads

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- a solvent-based stamp pad is a must-have for any crafters’ tool box. It will do what most stamp pads won’t- become permanent on non-porous surfaces. Today we’ll take a look at Staz-On, their new midi size stamp pads, the new colors, and even some tips for […]

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CHA 2015; Precision Base Plate for Sizzix for Tim Holtz

January 21, 2015

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Ever have difficulty cutting through certain materials while using your thin-rule dies like Framelits or Thinlits? Well, Sizzix has come up with a new metal base plate that allows you to cut more precisely and cleanly! Take a look: And don’t those new deco sheets look fun as well?? The Precision Base Plate will be […]

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Video Review: Ranger Ink and Dyan Reaveley New Dylusions Sprays

January 9, 2015

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Hello crafters!  Today I wanted to show you the six new colors of Dylusions ink sprays!  There were already 18 colors from the Dylusions line so these new six make 24 total.  New to Dylusions?  Check out this review by Jenny and learn the basics about these awesome sprays.   I am a huge fan of […]

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Product Review: Terial Magic

January 7, 2015

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spray terial magic

As a quilter and crafter, I’ve tried the more traditional ways to stabilize my fabrics – using spray starch and using Best Press. So, when I was asked to try out Terial Magic, I wasn’t sure how excited I would be. Spoiler alert: I was VERY excited! Terial Magic is a liquid that comes in […]

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Craft Product Review: Mod Podge Furniture in 3 Finishes

January 5, 2015

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MOD PODGE FURNITURE Collage

Mod Podge Furniture is a new formula in a line of recent releases. It comes in three finishes, gloss, matte, and satin. It can be used to decoupage and seal decorations (paper and fabric) onto furniture pieces. It can be applied in the same way as other Mod Podge formulas, but must cure for 4 […]

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Thank You Cards & Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Jan 2015

December 30, 2014

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit January 2015

‘Tis the season…for thank you cards! The gifts have been opened and the leftovers eaten up, so now it’s officially time to write out those cards for all of the wonderful gifts and merriment. What better way than to use my Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for January 2015? I made you a video showing […]

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Peek A Boo Gift Tags

December 17, 2014

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peek a boo gift tags

Do you make handmade gifts? Ever want to include extra information? Well, here’s an easy idea for making super-cute “Peek a Boo” Gift Tags. They are like a mini card, actually- pretty on the outside with space for extra information inside. And you can make them easily using your tag punch or die. They are […]

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Fiskars Tag Maker and Eyelet Setter

December 16, 2014

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Fiskars Tag Maker and Eyelet Setter Review

I am the undisputed queen of punches. (Paper punches, darlings. I’m a lover not a fighter.) And punches that make tags or labels hold a special place in my heart- so I was happy to try out the Fiskars Tag Maker and Eyelet Setter when Fiskars offered it to me to review.   This unique […]

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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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