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Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Durable Gloss Finish

October 1, 2013

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Just when you think that Martha Stewart Crafts and Plaid can’t come up with anything new….well, they DO. Now there is Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Durable Gloss Finish! Here’s how it’s described on the website: Martha Stewart Crafts® Durable Decoupage Gloss Finish can be used on any surface such as glass, fabric, paper, metal and […]

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Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears

September 30, 2013

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Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears

  There is nothing like being in the middle of creating a mixed media project and not being able to find scissors sturdy enough or sharp enough to cut through the material you are working with. Second worst is managing to cut through the material only to have jagged edges that need cleaning up, because […]

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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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Craft App Review: A Beautiful Mess by Red Velvet Art

September 20, 2013

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I’m going to briefly transport y’all back in time…  A time when I first returned to scrapbooking after a baby-making hiatus.  I will never forget opening up the pages of Creating Keepsakes and being hit in the face with S.T.Y.L.E.  Fun, quirky, bright, doodled and like nothing else I had ever seen.  That style and […]

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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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Review of Kaleidacolor Rainbow Dye Ink Pads by ImagineCrafts

September 12, 2013

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Sometimes you have that perfect stamp and you think, “That really needs more than one color.” Or perhaps you’d like to create a whole background in a variety of colors. Lucky for us, there is  a PERFECT inkpad for that- the Kaleidacolor Rainbow Dye Ink Pads by ImagineCrafts. Here’s how they are described on the […]

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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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3D Enamel Gels from Piccolo/ Globecrafts

September 9, 2013

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When I first saw this product at CHA last year, my question was “what IS it?” Is it an enamel? Is it a paint? Is it an embossing medium? The answer is sorta-kinda-YES to all of them. 3D Enamel Gels from Piccolo Globecrafts is a liquid, air-dry plastic paint that gives the look, opacity, and […]

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Piccolo Instant UV Curing Resin from GlobeCraft

September 6, 2013

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Resins are very big right now in jewelry-making and mixed media, but most are 2-part epoxies that take hours to dry. What if you could get the same, non-yellowing jewelry grade effect in about 3 minutes? With Piccolo Instant UV Resin, you can. Here’s how it’s described on the website: Piccolo Instant UV Resin cures […]

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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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“Leftover” Cards using MOD PODGE SPARKLE

August 30, 2013

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  I love to use up EVERY LITTLE BIT of crafty stuff from my testing- and that means using up extra die cuts, random rhinestones, and even the paper that I spray mist/paint on! Watch this video to see how I transform the “dirty paper” into fabulous background paper using Mod Podge Sparkle! Happy Holiday […]

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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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Craft Book Review: Fair Isle Knitting

August 28, 2013

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Although I have enjoyed knitting for many years, I have never really ventured beyond the basic dishcloth.   Fair Isle knitting has always intrigued me, but I’ve never been brave enough to give it a try.  Its intricate patterns are intimidating at best.  Lynne Watterson’s craft book, The Very Easy Guide ot Fair Isle Knitting  […]

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3D Foam Adhesive Shapes from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

August 22, 2013

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I ran across a bunch of great things at the Summer 2013 Create-N-Connect #CHAshow… and these little gems are one of them. Literally stopping me in my tracks, 3D Foam Adhesive Shapes from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L are a great blend of form and function in a convenient package. These foam sheets have adhesive on […]

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Craft Product Review: Shiva Artist’s Paintstik Oil Paints

August 20, 2013

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  When I think of oil paints, I think of a beret-wearing French artist on the banks of the Seine, staring off into the sunset and dabbing at a palette. But anyone can get a hold of oil paint, including a scaredy-cat crafter like me. Shiva Paintstiks are a handy version that puts the paint […]

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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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Craft Product Review: Imagine Crafts Creative Medium – Ready for post

August 15, 2013

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Hello crafters, today we are reviewing Imagine Crafts  Creative Mediums.  There are three kinds of Creative Medium; Clear, vintage and shimmer.  Today I’m going to be showing you the clear and vintage mediums.  So what are Creative Mediums? ” Acrylic-based Creative Medium, an incredibly versatile crafting tool. For collage artists, this will be your first […]

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#CHAshow surprise: Carolina’s Favorite

August 8, 2013

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steam a seam 2 is new and improved

This week I attended the semi-annual Craft and Hobby Association trade show. I’m not a newbie to CHA, but this was the first time I’d been able to attend the summer show and it was the first time I’ve been able to attend in my own backyard – they had the summer show in Las […]

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#CHA Show Trends: Modular Scrapbooking Pages

July 30, 2013

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Modular Scrapbook Album

Modular scrapbooking is not a new concept. These page protectors divided into easy-to-fill pockets have been around for the better part of a decade, often marketing themselves to new scrapbookers and those who say they “can’t” scrapbook as a quick and easy option for organizing photos. While at the Summer CHA show, I saw that […]

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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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Craft Product Review: Piccolo Vintage Embossing Powders by GlobeCraft

July 16, 2013

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Hello crafters!  Remember that first time you picked up a heat gun and embossed your first stamped image?  Remember how magical you thought it was as you watched the powders melt into a gorgeous enamel?  Well Piccolo Vintage embossing powders by GlobeCraft take your distressed and vintage embossing to a new level!  Here’s what the […]

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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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Craft Product Review: Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste

July 11, 2013

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Helmar, the Australian maker of a million adhesives, obviously has a decoupage paste on the market. I’ve used a few different decoupage products in my crafty past, with varying levels of luck. So I went into this review of Helmar’s Decoupage and Craft Paste expecting at least some decoupauge drama. Here’s what Helmar has to […]

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Stuffed Animals from Concept to Construction Book Review

July 10, 2013

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Teddy Bear

I was given a copy of Stuffed Animals from Concept to Construction by Abigail Patner Glassenberg to review. This 192 page book has patterns and instructions for making 16 different stuffed animals, including a fish, bumblebee, elephant, lion, cat, teddy bear, monkey, and hippo. It also includes 52 lessons on the designing and creation of […]

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Patio Chair Makeover with Krylon Rust Protector Spray Paint

July 9, 2013

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Disclosure: This is a post sponsored by Krylon. All opinions are honest and my own.  It’s high summer here at CraftTestDummies World Headquarters and that means more time in the remote office- AKA my porch! Located right off of our bedroom, it’s a lovely covered veranda that is a great place to read, blog, and […]

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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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