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 […]

Fiskars Tag Maker and Eyelet Setter

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 tool features an innovative design that makes it easy to create tags in three quick, easy steps. Simply insert your paper into the large slot […]

Review: Bead Buddy One-Step Crimper Tool

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 a metal-toothed hamster. But if you use the One-Step Crimper, you’ll get… perfection. I found the Bead Buddy One Step Crimper Tool at a local […]

Ranger Ink – Wendy Vecchi – New Archival Ink Colors


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 the ones I show you in the below video are her newest.  If you enjoy this color palette, Wendy has also released embossing powders in […]

Craft Product Review: Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss


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, ceramic, and metal pieces. These pieces are then “top-rack dishwasher safe”.  There are some special instructions for multiple coats, applying decorations, and drying. The finished object must cure for 28 days before it can be washed in the dishwasher, only on the top-rack. I’ll assume that since […]

Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit

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 you for supporting CTD and free, unbiased reviews!  The holiday crafting season is upon us! I know a lot of folks are anxiously counting down […]

Surface Makeover Glue by Coats & Clark

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 on the Beacon website- it may already be discontinued! But you CAN find it on Amazon (affiliate link) under the Coat N Create  name.  So go […]

Chameleon ColorTones Alcohol Markers

Chameleon ColorTones Alcohol Markers

wp_ad_camp_4 Disclosure:product provided for review purposes. Links below may be affiliate links and CTD will receive a small commission from your purchase. Opinions are 100% our own and based on first-hand experience with the product. Thank you!  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” […]

Craft Haul: Stampin’ UP Holiday 2014 and Cards!

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. I recently got a nice box of the Stampin’ UP holiday product to work with, and in this video I’ll share with you the items […]

Trends: Quilt Market 2014: Digital Die Cutting

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 a great toe-hold in the sewing market. Brother is continuing to develop new accessory packages as well. You’ll see vinyl, glitter sheets, printable stickers and […]

Martha Stewart Crafts Deluxe Scoring Board and Paper Trimmer

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 pretty impressive- it has a movable cutting arm, on-board tools, and envelope tool AND a bunch of easy-to-follow project templates . Here’s how it’s described […]

Does Duck Tape Scents Really Smell?

Duck Tape Scents- do they really smell? Find out at!

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 my son had that tingling sensation in his nose… and the “phantom smell” lasted for about an hour for him. But there was no real […]