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SEI Color My Own Iron-On Transfers &Tumble Dye

February 26, 2013

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Are you a child of the 80′s? Remember those cool black velvet flocked posters that you could get at the drugstore? They came with a set of crummy markers and you got to color them in yourself? Those were the days. However, you can relive that time with SEI’s Color My Own Fuzzy Iron-On Art […]

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Craft Tool Review: Ebosser By Craftwell

February 7, 2013

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Die cutting is still immensely popular in the crafting world for both fabric and paper crafters. And among the manual die cutting machines, only a few are electric- which means no cranking and hand fatigue. The newest of these “electrictronic manual” machines is the eBosser by Craftwell.    Here’s how it’s described on the website: […]

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Craft Product Review: Plus Decoration Roller & Mini Roller

February 4, 2013

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  From the website: Roll out long patterns to create elegant and festive borders. Use multiple rows to create backgrounds for scrapbook pages and cards. Even make your own gift wrapping paper. The self-inking stamp cartridge allows you to apply the pattern without having to stop and use a blotter. Just roll it on! The pattern cartridge […]

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Craft Product Review: Texture Treads by Ranger Industries

December 12, 2012

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I really enjoy adding texture and patterns to my mixed-media projects- and Melt Art Texture Treads from Ranger Industries does just that. While they were designed to be used with UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamels,) they can be used on so much more. Let’s take a look! Here’s how they are described on the Ranger […]

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Craft Product Review: Ink Effects from DecoArt

November 28, 2012

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Craft Product Review: Ink Effects by DecoArt

I’m intrigued by new ways to create my own fabrics. Whether it’s for a home decor project or the background fabric in a mixed media project, I’m forever searching for new things to try. Enter Ink Effects from DecoArt. From the DecoArt Ink Effects website: Ink Effects are fabric transfer inks that absorb into the […]

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Craft Product Review: Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spritz

October 30, 2012

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Every crafter has their “idols.”  You all know of my undying love for all things Tim Holtz.  And in my creative Bible, if Tim is God, then Heidi Swapp is definitely my crafty Jesus. (Jennifer McGuire is my Holy Spirit of inspiration.)   I have always enjoyed seeing Heidi’s clean, happy and identifiable style.  I’ve also […]

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Craft Product Review: Tim Holtz’ Metallic Distress Stains by Ranger

October 18, 2012

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Some time ago we reviewed Distress Stains by Ranger and you got to see the wonderful semi-transparent color in a dauber bottle. Now, Ranger has released three new signature Tim Holtz products in this line- Metallic Distress Stains in Antique Brass, Tarnished Bronze, and Brushed Pewter. So let’s take a nice close look! First, here’s […]

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Craft Product Review: Plain Jane Simply Sheer Mist from Tattered Angels

October 4, 2012

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Spray mists and inks have been really hot in the scrapbooking and mixed-media world for a few years now, and if what I saw at CHA last summer is any indication there is no sense of it cooling down anytime soon. One of the new spray inks/ mists I saw was Plain Jane Simply Sheer […]

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Which White Gel Pen is the Best? A Comparison.

October 3, 2012

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If you like to journal or scrapbook, having a great white gel pen is really handy to have. A nice white line on a dark background can have a LOT of impact and “pop!” But which white gel pen really delivers?? I was on a quest to find out and today I’m sharing my results […]

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Craft Product Review: Magikote by Decoart

September 10, 2012

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I was sent a bottle of Magikote by Decoart to try out and review.  Magikote claims to be able to transform stryrofoam into a hard paintable surface.  Let’s test it out. The Decoart website describes the product with the following information: Create Styrofoam™ masterpieces. Simply carve, combine, or sculpt ordinary Styrofoam™ shapes. Then cover with […]

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Craft Product Review: Martha Stewart Glass Paints by Plaid Enterprises

September 6, 2012

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It seems like glass painting is all the rage lately- and now Plaid is hopping on the bandwagon with Martha Stewart Glass Paints. As you may remember, I reviewed the Martha Stewart Craft Paints and they were purported to work with glass, too. (Actually, I tried them and they worked great.) So why the specialized […]

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Craft Product Review: Royal & Langnickel Soft Grip Paintbrushes

September 3, 2012

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As a mixed-media artist, I find myself using a lot of different paintbrushes, for a lot of different techniques.  A couple years ago, I picked up a Royal & Langnickel Soft Grip brush at my local Michaels – paying no attention to the brand, not really knowing anything about brushes or bristle-types or anything – […]

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Craft Product Review: Mr Huey’s Color Mists from Studio Calico by American Crafts

August 17, 2012

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Color, color, color! Mistable sprays and inks are still really “hot” in paper crafting, and it was time to try out a new-to-us brand here at CraftTestDummies WHQ- Mr. Huey’s Color Mists for Studio Calico (by American Crafts.)  The first thing I realized when I dug out the product was that some are metallic/shimmery and […]

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Kid’s Craft Product Review- Natural Paint by Clementine Art

August 10, 2012

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In a world of allergies and questions about what chemicals REALLY go into art supplies, I was excited to try out Clementine Art products. I saw them on Amazon.com and couldn’t wait to try them out! Here’s how it’s described by the manufacturer: Clementine art introduces a new way of doing art with children. Our […]

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Craft Product Review: Vintaj Patinas and Glaze by Ranger Ink

July 3, 2012

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Every now and then, there is a merging of product lines that is wonderfully helpful and organic. Recently, Vintaj (a line of metal jewelry components) has teamed up with Ranger to create a specialty line of metal paints- Vintaj Patinas . Here’s how it’s described on the website. Vintaj Patinas are opaque inks specially formulated […]

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Craft Product Review: Lifestyle Crafts Epic Six Letterpress

June 25, 2012

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It seems like only yesterday… I was running off of a massive intake of caffeine and extreme creative crafty goodness at the 2010 Creative Escape Scrapbooking Retreat.  It was the final night with a fabulous dinner (dessert first!), auctions and giveaways.  There was one thing in particular that I had my eye on in the […]

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Craft Product Review: DecoArt Glass Paint Markers

June 21, 2012

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I was lucky enough to get to try out the glass paint markers from DecoArt.  I have wanted to play with these for some time.  I dove right into the product I received.  I tested seven different colors. The DecoArt website has the following to say about the markers: DecoArt glass paint markers are designed […]

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Getting Inky: A Comparison Of Spray Inks and Mists

June 14, 2012

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One day, a few weeks ago, I was playing around with some of my spray inks.  I happened to spritz one kind on top of another kind, and realized that they didn’t want to mix together.  It made the mad scientist in me come alive with wonder…and I started going crazy, spraying various ink sprays […]

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Craft Product Review: Stampin’ UP Classic Stampin’ Pads

June 5, 2012

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Once upon a time, my sister was a demonstrator for Stampin’ UP. We had parties all the time, and I used their products all the time! However, that was before I became a full-time CraftTestDummy, and I have never reviewed a Stampin’ UP product-til now. Hello, Classic Stampin’ Pads! Here’s a bit of info from […]

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Craft Product Review: Sweetheart Inkers by We R Memory Keepers

June 4, 2012

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Pigment pads are essential for crafters. They feature opaque color, vibrant color, and are perfect for embossing. But Sweetheart Inkers from We R Memory Keepers have that “extra something”- an amazing design. Let me tell you about my experience with them. Here’s how they are described on the website: Sweetheart Inkers make the popular “vintage […]

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Craft Product Review: Stencils by iStencils

June 1, 2012

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Sencils are the new stickers. For the longest time, stencils were boring, dated, and passe. But recently, new, improved, and totally hip stencils have been hitting the market. I was lucky that iStencils.com contacted me to try out their line- they are SO cool! Here’s a little bit about iStencils from the website: We have […]

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Craft Product Review: DecoArts Crystal and 3D Gloss Enamels

May 23, 2012

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Love home decor and personalizing gifts, especially glassware?  Well, this year at Winter CHA, DecoArt aka Americana, one of the biggest and most recognized names in the crafty painting world, premiered a brand new line of gloss paints including Crystal and 3D gloss enamels.  Their booth at CHA was absolutely stunning with tons of glassware in an array of colors […]

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Craft Product Review: “Wet Wipe” Chalk Markers

May 17, 2012

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Everywhere I look these days, I see chalkboard surfaces- on walls, on serving cards, on garden pots, on pantry jars, even on scrapbook pages. But what good is a chalkboard surface if the chalk you write with is messy and brushes off easily? Sometimes you want the LOOK of chalk, but with the versatility and […]

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Craft Product Review: Spectrum Noir Markers from Crafter’s Companion

May 10, 2012

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I need to admit up front that I am an alcohol marker virgin.  Yes, that’s right.  While everyone else has been playing with those *other* brands – you know what they are – I’ve been sitting here happily coloring with my watercolor crayons and pencils.  But I’ve still been wanting to know what the buzz […]

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Craft Product Review- Silks Acrylic Glazes by Luminarte

May 8, 2012

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I’m on a bit of  a Luminart products kick here at CTD WHQ- and today I want to share with you my impressions of the Silks Acrylic Glazes. Silks acrylic glazes are translucent shimmering acrylic-based paints, but lack the opacity of your “normal” paints. Here’s the description I found on a vendor’s website: What makes […]

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Craft Product Review: Primary Elements Artist Pigments by Luminarte

April 20, 2012

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With all of glazes, shimmer sprays, paints and inks out there, don’t you ever just want to have everything match? Guess what- when you own Primary Elements Artist Pigments by Luminarte, you can. With these handy powdered pigments, you can make….well…. just about anything! Here’s how they are described: Primary Elements Artist-Pigments are created by […]

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Craft Product Review: Liquid Pearls by Ranger

April 3, 2012

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I’ve really been missing out all this time.  At CHA in January, the folks at Ranger gave us some of the new colors of Liquid Pearls which they released, and I have been playing with them for the last few days…and now I am wondering why it took me this long to find out how […]

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Craft Product Review: LetraSet ProMarker Ultra-Fine Nibs

March 23, 2012

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A while back I reviewed the LetraSet ProMarkers as well as the AquaMarkers, and found them to be really good to have in the craft studio. The ProMarkers are alcohol-based, and come at a better price point than most. As you may recall, though, the marker has two nibs, on on each end- a bullet […]

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Craft Product Review: Dylusions Ink Spray by Ranger Ink

March 21, 2012

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While at CHA Winter in January, I had the pleasure of meeting Dyan Reavely, the newest signature designer at Ranger. She’s developed a line of stamps, stencils, and ink sprays. Her line is notable for it’s whimsy and bright colors. Take a look at the video I took at CHA: So today I’m reviewing the […]

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Kids Craft Product Review: Do-A-Dot Art Markers from DotArt

March 12, 2012

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My 3 kids love to make art, and between my art supplies and theirs, we have a ton of arts and crafts products in our home.  Somehow, though, we hadn’t managed to acquire anything similar to today’s product, and I have no idea why…because it’s a win-win for everyone…no mess and tons of fun! Do-A-Dot […]

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