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Quilting: Half Square Triangles with Triangle Paper

December 30, 2013

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If you’ve ever tried quilting, you’ve probably encountered the half square triangle. The half square triangle, or HST, is a square made of two right-triangles. The seam connecting the two triangles runs through the middle of the square from corner to corner. Right along the bias. In woven fabric, the fabric most commonly used in […]

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Video Review – Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks Review and Refresher

December 27, 2013

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Hey there crafters!  Today I wanted to re-energize your creative brains with Alcohol Inks by Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink.  Alcohol Inks are one of my all-time favorite products by Ranger and seeing as how we haven’t reviewed them here at Craft Test Dummies, I wanted to give a quick run down of what they […]

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Beacon Glitter-It!

December 23, 2013

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Apparently I really have a thing for glitter. Seeing as how my first post on Craft Test Dummies was the Cosmo Cricket Glitter Sheets and I’m back today with a review of Beacon’s Glitter-It!, I think its safe to say that I’m beginning to be a pro at all things sparkle. The Glitter-It! product aims […]

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Sweet Treats for the Holidays

December 20, 2013

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Can I tell you a secret? I’m really not into baking that much. After all, my Mom has the “mother-of-all-cutout-cookies” recipe and is CLEARLY the queen of the cookies. But I do enjoy making candies. Well, kind of candies. Mostly “cheater” candies. But you know what else? They are pretty dang good. So I thought […]

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Brother Scan N Cut: Part 1, Paper Scanning and Cutting

December 18, 2013

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Last Spring I was a guest on Scrapbook Soup and I got an eyeful of a new digital die cutting machine- one with an integrated scanner- the Brother Scan N Cut! I was literally salivating with the possibilities! I couldn’t even hold my horses to see if they would send me a review copy- I […]

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Comparison of Adhesive Tapes

December 17, 2013

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You should know by now that the options for adhesive are almost limitless- wet adhesives, try adhesives, solvent-based, epoxy, water-based, runners, sticks, and of course TAPES. Today I’m going to give you an overview of adhesive tapes that have a release backing, are tissue-thin, and can be ripped with your hands- no scissors necessary. So […]

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Beacon Sea Shell Glue Review

December 16, 2013

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I have an entire shelf filled with adhesives. Multiple brands of decoupage, in different finishes (matte, glossy, glittery, pearly), glue for fabrics, glue for paper, all-purpose glue, fast-drying glue, super strong glue, glue sticks, the list goes on… when I was asked to review Beacon’s Sea Shell Glue, I knew it was official: there is […]

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Martha Stewart Heavy-Duty Paper Trimmer

December 11, 2013

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Paper cutters/trimmers are one of the most important tool a crafter can have. And depending on what kind of paper you are using- and what size you need cut trim it to- there are LOTS of options. For those of us who routinely work with card or cover stock, you KNOW you need a heavier-duty […]

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Cosmo Cricket Glitter Sheets

December 9, 2013

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‘Tis the season where a little overdose of sparkle and glittery goodness is socially acceptable and today’s product review makes it more than easy to get your glitter on. I was sent the Cosmo Cricket Glitter Sheets to review and I’m thrilled to be here today to share the good, the bad, and the bling-y […]

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Craft Tool Review: AccuQuilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter

November 25, 2013

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Guys, something wonderful happened to me last week in the craft studio: I fell absolutely head over heels in love with my new AccuQuilt GO! Baby fabric cutter. Now, I wouldn’t generally get so worked up about a die cutter, but the GO! Baby made cutting fabric so easy that I never, ever want to […]

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Candy Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers

November 21, 2013

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Yesterday I shared with you my impressions of the Gift Box Punch Board- so today we’ll focus on the Candy Box Punch Board! Here’s how they are described on the website: With the release of the award-winning Envelope Punch Board, We R Memory Keepers have helped crafters make the outside of a package count just […]

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Gift Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers

November 20, 2013

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After last years’ success with the Envelope Punch Board, it only made sense that We R Memory Keepers would up their game and come up with new versions of the punch board. At CHA last summer they debuted FOUR new ones- and today, we’ll take a closer look at two of them: Gift Box Punch […]

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Beadsmith 1-Step Looper

November 19, 2013

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Beadsmith 1-Step Looper

  From the website:   The BeadSmith 1-Step Looper Create your own eye pins with the 1-step looper plier from The BeadSmith. This tool allows you to trim and loop ready-made eye pins. You can even create eye pins in one motion! If you want to create custom length eye pins, you can do that, […]

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Imagine Crafts Craft Mat

November 14, 2013

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One of the perennial concerns crafters face (along with storage and organization) is cleanliness. With all of the paints, inks, sprays, glues, and markers, how on earth is one to keep their workspace clean? And let’s not even mention heat embossing! So today we are going to take a closer look at the Craft Mat […]

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Letraset Metallic Twin Markers

November 13, 2013

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I love a metallic or shimmery marker-and with the holidays coming up, what project couldn’t use a bit of sparkle and shine? So today I’m going to review the Letraset Metallic Twin Markers! Here’s how they are described by Amazon.com: Metallic Markers handle and perform like watercolor paints, only in the convenience of a twin-tipped […]

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Cool2Cast Product Review

November 11, 2013

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Cool2Cast

When Jenny asked me if I was up for trying out Cool 2 Cast, I thought it sounded like fun. I’m always up for trying new things. Cool2Cast has been on the market for a couple years, but it is new to me. Although I’m a big fan of fabric, my hot glue gun is […]

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Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker Loom

November 6, 2013

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If you have children in your house between the ages of 5 and 15, you already know about the bracelet loom phenomenon.  It’s the craft using rubber band loops and a plastic loom to create different designs that you can turn in to bracelets (or necklaces, for that matter.)  The kind folks at Toys R […]

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Product Highlight: Burlap Paper and the Adhesive Cork Stack from DCWV

November 5, 2013

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I love adding different textures into my paper and mixed-media craft projects. So when I got these amazing Cork Paper Stacks and Burlap Paper Stacks from DCVW, I was really interested in figuring out all the ways I could incorporate them into my crafts!  Let’s take a closer look. These stacks are 6X6, and the […]

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FloraCraft Smooth Finish

November 4, 2013

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Painting Smooth Finish vs Unfinished Styrofoam

I love products that help me use the craft supplies I already have in my arsenal in even more ways. I think it is because I like to sew. Take the same sewing machine, add a zipper foot, a buttonhole foot, or a walking foot, and suddenly your sewing machine can handle new tasks. That’s […]

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Five YouTube Channels Crafters Will Love: Part One, Scrappers and Stampers

October 31, 2013

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Happy Halloween, folks! Today is a SUPER busy day- I host a dinner gathering and then trick-or-treating launches from my house. But I wanted to share a few YouTube channels that I really love for their paper-crafting goodness. (I’m making my list for knitters, foodies, etc, too.) But here are some great ones that I […]

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Krylon Leafing Pens

October 30, 2013

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Ever wish you could just gold-leaf something? Add a bit of metallic elegance? Today we are looking at Krylon Leafting Pens, and they will let you do just that! Let’s take a look! Here’s the description from the package: KrylonLeafing pens add a touch of elegance to your home accents. All you need is a […]

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French Knitter – Clover USA

October 29, 2013

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French Knitter - Clover USA

I love getting new tools that are easy to pack up and take with me on a last minute road trip and the French Knitter from Clover USA  is one of those tools. In fact, the samples I created for this post were actually created in the car, on the road.         […]

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Stamp And Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts by EKSuccess

October 28, 2013

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Today’s review is kind of a lark. I had purchased these punches MONTHS ago at a discount store, and in true Jenny fashion squirreled them away and mostly forgot about them. It’s amazing how a few hours of studio cleaning can remind you of the things you own- (!!) so I dusted them off, broke […]

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Clover Create-a-Strap Review

October 24, 2013

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When I reviewed Nancy Zieman’s Trace N Create Tablet Keeper pattern, I had no idea I was about to fall in love. This wasn’t the gentle, slip into love… this was heart-stopping love. I completely fell for the Clover Create a Strap. I have no idea where this product has been all my life. I’ve […]

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Memento Luxe Mixed Media Stamp Pads

October 23, 2013

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If you are a stamper, you know that the right stamp pad for the job is pretty much essential. You use the wrong stamp pad- well, your project might not turn out or stand the test of time. It’s in this spirit that I dive into another stamp pad review- this time, the Memento Luxe […]

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Craft App Review: Rhonna Designs by Rhonna Farrer

October 21, 2013

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When Rhonna Farrer debuted her app in the Apple app store, it quickly shot to the top of the Most Popular list and I was not surprised!  For those of you that aren’t familiar with Rhonna she has been an amazing artist on the digital scene since she won Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame scrapbooking […]

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Fiskars Intricate Shape Punches

October 16, 2013

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It’s no secret that I love a good paper punch. It’s so much easier to reach for a punch and get what you want punched out quickly, rather than having to fuss with a die and a cutter and a “sandwich” or a setting. And it’s also no secret that Fiskars makes some mighty fine […]

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WorldWin Papers ColorMates- 65lb Coverstock

October 15, 2013

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What is cover stock? What is card stock? What is the difference between card stock and cover stock? Well, lovies, these are the questions I was asking when I visited the WorldWin Papers booth at CHA last January. Side note: I’m always looking for paper. As a crafter and a card-maker, the right paper makes […]

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Craft Product Review: Tsukineko All-Purpose Inks

October 14, 2013

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Hello crafters! Today we are going to take a look at Tsukineko all-purpose inks!  I have to admit, I scratched my head a bit when I first received these; what do these little cuties do?  Looking at them a little closer, these are very fluid inks with a watery consistancy.  You can use them with […]

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Ranger Ink Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Video Review

October 10, 2013

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Hello Crafters! As you know Craft Test Dummies was at this last CHA in Las Vegas when Tim Holtz debuted his new Distress glitter with Ranger Ink.   Here’s how it’s described on the Ranger Ink website: Distress Glitter complements the nostalgic palette of other Distress products with its unique glitter type to mimic the look of vintage mica. […]

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