Kid’s Sewing Kits by Jennifer Jangles

Jennifer Jangles Booth at the International Quilt Market

Last fall at the International Quilt Market I ran across one of the most colorful, festive and HAPPY booths- Jennifer Jangles. It drew me right in. And I’ve got a daughter who is crafty…so I wondered if some of these kits might be a good fit. Jennifer was gracious enough to send me home with a few. Since we’ve been deluged with snow days lately, it was the perfect time to crack open and kit and get my daughter going. […]

The Buckle Boutique Self-Adhesive Rhinestone Sticker Sheets

Buckle Boutique Bling Sheets

Hey crafters!  I am so excited to show you today’s product up for review by The Buckle Boutique.  These rhinestone sticker sheets are AMAZING and so unique compared to other rhinestone sheets on the market.  Before we get into the nitty-gritty lets see how The Buckle Boutique describes these gorgeous sheets of bling: “Add sparkle and shine to scrapbook pages, cards, favors, personal electronics, anything that needs a little or lots of BLING!  Because the 3mm “stones” are actually a gel or […]

Martha Stewart Crafts Cut and Fold Punch

Review of Martha Stewart Cut and Fold Punch

Sometimes I’m just walking through a craft store and a product catches my eye- this was the case with the Martha Stewart Crafts Cut and Fold Punch. I have another brand of cut/fold/tuck dies, so I wondered if the punch would be easier or more versatile to use, so I picked it up to review for you. (Thank you, 40% off coupon!) This punch comes in two parts, like the other “Anywhere on the page” punches. There are strong magnets […]

Gansai Tambi Watercolor Paint by Kuretake

Gansai Tambi watercolors by Kuretake

I spent quite a bit of time at the Kuretake booth at the CHA show in January- and one of the products that caught my eye were the Gansai Tambi Watercolors. Made in Japan, these highly-pigmented watercolors are rich and vivid- and I couldn’t wait to buy a set and try them out!   Here’s some info from Available in set of 12, 18, 24 and 36 Colors for Sketch, illustration, sumi-e and more  Box Cover provides color chart […]

More Comparisons with Home Made Gelli Plates

Comparison of Home Made Gelli Plates

A week or so ago I shared my Recipe for Home Made Gelli Plates. .. but you know my mind just keeps turning. I wanted to know if there was a difference between the ones with sugar or no sugar (some folks on YouTube insisted that ones with sugar would not mold) and if there was really a difference between the homemade plates that were made with or without glycerine to preserve it.   So of course, I made some videos […]

Making Watercolor Paint from Perfect Pearls!

Using Perfect Pearls to make Watercolor Paints

This post is a direct result of a question from a YouTube Subscriber. She asked, “Can you make watercolor paints from Perfect Pearls?” And while I pretty much knew the answer would be “why not?” I decided to dig a little deeper and see how different methods might turn out. NOTE: I’m only referring to Perfect Pearls in this situation, as Perfect Pearls by Ranger have a resin built-in that acts as a binder. If you are using a mica […]

How To Make A DIY Quilling Tool & Quilled Hearts Tutorial

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 you don’t have a quilling tool? Well, I gotcha covered. You need: plastic coffee stirrer (the ones like a mini straw) OR Ear Swab with […]

Iridescent Creative Medium (Texture Gel) from Imagine Crafts

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.   From the website: Product Overview Creative Medium in clear-drying Original, sparkly Shimmer and sepia-toned Vintage are quick drying mediums that can be used for collage […]

Review of Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Markers

Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Marker Review

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 solution for leaving your mark on almost any non-porous surface! Write with bold, fun colors on glass, ceramic, metal, mirrors, car windows, menu boards, chalkboard […]

Comparison Of Gelli Printing Plates

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. But is there really a difference between the two, with the exception of the price tag? I wanted to know! Here’s what I found out: […]

Printing on Fabric; Tests and Results from The Sewing Loft

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 with printing on fabric- including wash results! Head on over to her blog today and read the entire post- it’s SUCH good info for sewists […]

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Feb 2015 & SIX Valentines!

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 love them together (see this post on embossing resist here) I just didn’t love them with the colors of paper in the set. But let’s take […]

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

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.  This prompted me to really question which stamp pads were compatible with alcohol markers. In true CraftTestDummies fashion, I tested ten stamp pads and six […]

Staz-On Solvent Ink Pads (overview)

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 stamping and reinking! First, here’s how they are described on the website: Product Overview StazOn inkpads are the industry leader in multi-surface stamping; StazOn’s highly […]

CHA 2015; Precision Base Plate for Sizzix for Tim Holtz

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 available in March, and we are hoping to have one at CTD to give a full review then.

Video Review: Ranger Ink and Dyan Reaveley New Dylusions Sprays


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 Dylusions sprays because their bright, poppy colors and hues jump off the page! The new colors are chopped pesto, slate grey, pomegranate seed, tangerine dream, […]

Product Review: Terial Magic

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 a spray bottle. It works a little different than starch or best press. You spray it on your fabric, wring out the fabric, allow it […]

Craft Product Review: Mod Podge Furniture in 3 Finishes


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 weeks before the furniture piece can be regularly used. For this review, I’m going to compare the different finishes to those of the general use […]

Thank You Cards & Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Jan 2015

Thank you Cards featuring the 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 you the contents, some helpful color matching, and my cards. I got about seven so far! Here are those pics again… The winner really is […]

Peek A Boo Gift Tags

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 very simple to make- I’ve made you a little 3-minute video to show you how.   And if you need some supplies, here is a […]