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Comparison of Colored Pencils and Paper When Blending with Gamsol

September 12, 2014

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Earlier this week I shared an overview of Gamsol, an odorless mineral spirits used for dissolving the wax in colored pencils so that you could blend and shade them the same way you can with oil paints. Naturally, though, my curiosity got the better of me and I wondered if better (artist-grade) colored pencils really […]

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Stencil1 Stencils by Ed Roth for Plaid

August 19, 2014

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Stencils are still a major trend in crafting- after all, it’s how those of use with horrible less-than-stellar drawing skills can add that hand-drawn look to a project. And lucky for us, the designs offered continue to evolve and become more sophisticated and trendy! Today I’m sharing some stencils that REALLY caught my eye at […]

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Scrapbook Soup Behind the Page Interview 2014

August 18, 2014

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Earlier this spring I was invited to film some segments for the nationally-televised Scrapbook Soup tv program, which airs on PBS. In addition to the two tutorials I filmed (including the Two-Fer Inlaid Diecut Cards and Making Custom Stencils and Masks) I also was interviewed by the host, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. This was an unscripted, […]

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Scrapbook Soup: Inlaid Die-Cutting Technique: “Adore” Card

August 11, 2014

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Inlaid Die-Cutting sounds pretty fancy…but really, it’s just the process of using ALL the pieces from a die cut (manual or electronic) and using the positive and negative shapes together so that you fit the pieces back together to make a flat design, rather than layering them on top. And best of all? You get […]

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Overview of new Spellbinders Celebra’tions by Richard Garay

July 11, 2014

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In case you haven’t noticed, Spellbinders Paper Arts has recently unveiled a new look and logo as well as some brand-spanky new products from the designer Richard Garay, called “Celebra’tions.”  They lovely folks at Spellbinders sent me an assortment from the new line, so I made you a video to share it all with you! […]

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Video Review: Ranger Ink New Embossing Powder Program

July 1, 2014

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Hello Crafters!  Today we are going to take a look at Ranger Ink‘s new embossing powder program via a video review!  Ranger has had their AMAZING embossing powders on the market for as long as I can remember.  One of the first Ranger products I ever bought was their Red Tinsel embossing powder when I […]

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Product Review: Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer

June 25, 2014

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Hello crafters!  I am so excited to show you the new Distress Marker Spritzer from Ranger and Tim Holtz!  When I first saw Tim demoing this at CHA last January I was ecstatic!  It works so well with masks and stencils and you can pretty much use any marker in your crafty stash with it.  […]

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Video Review: Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz New Alcohol Inks

June 11, 2014

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Howdy crafters!  Today I wanted to show you the six new colors of alcohol inks that were debuted at this last CHA by Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink.  If you are not already familiar with alcohol inks, I suggest you check out this review I did of them a while back for CTD. Check out […]

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REVIEW: Mod Molds – Gems, Trinkets, Flowers, and Nature

June 5, 2014

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Mod Podge has released more Mod Molds for their new product line. (You can read our original review here.) These are silicone molds meant to be used with the Mod Melts and mini glue guns, to create objects for crafting. I was sent the two original molds, Flowers and Nature, and two new ones, Gems and Trinkets, to use with the […]

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REVIEW: Mod Melts in Neons, Metallics, and Glitters

June 4, 2014

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Plaid (Mod Podge), have created new products for their Mod Melts line. I received the Neons, Metallic, and Glitters Mod Melts sticks to play with and review. There is also a Colors one available on the Plaid website. These are similar to the Sea Glass and Milk Glass Mod Melts that were released first. The Plaid site, describes Mod Melts as […]

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Craft Product Review: Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Tool

May 23, 2014

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Hello crafters!  For today’s video review I’m showing you the brand new Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz‘ Mini Distress Ink Tool!  Don’t let the name fool you though, you can use all sorts of inks and paints with these!  Check out the video below and let me know what you think of these snazzy little […]

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Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pads by Ranger Ink

May 16, 2014

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This past CHA in Anaheim, Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz debuted Mini Distress Ink Pads! These little wonders are great for on-the-go crafters, teachers or anyone that is new to the distress ink world. After playing with these, I absolutely love the versatility they provide and are a great addition to Tim’s line of Distress […]

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New “Everyday Adventures” Project Life line from Stampin’ UP

May 14, 2014

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Pocket Scrappers, rejoice! Now you can get your Project Life materials from Stampin’ Up with the new Everyday Adventure card collection, accessory pack, dies and more! There is a LOT of fun in this line- I made you a video to walk you through some of the goodies! Now… one thing I’ll say- I did […]

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ProMAG Magnetic Paper Review

April 28, 2014

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Magnet Sheet Review

When I opened up the big box of magnetic papers sent to me from CTD World Headquarters, I was excited to get playing with it! Jenny sent me all kinds of different ProMAG Magnetic papers to try out – from paintable to photo printable – so I got down and got crafty! From left to […]

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Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium

April 7, 2014

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  I’m a mixed media artist, and I often use photo transfers in my work. I was excited to put “Mod Podge Photo Transfer medium” to the test. The first thing I noticed is that this medium is white in the bottle and dries white as well. My preferred products for mixed media photo transfer […]

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Glu6: The Glue That Saves The Planet

March 13, 2014

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I’m putting Glu6 “The Glue that Saves the Planet” to the test. While Glu6 doesn’t have enough super powers to actually save the planet, it is an extremely effective non-toxic eco friendly glue. It’s made from recycled Styrofoam, and will be pushing several non-eco friendly glues right out the door of my studio. Zap! Bam! […]

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DCWV Adhesive Fabric Stack

March 11, 2014

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When I shared my favorite new items from CHA this past January, the DCWV Adhesive Fabric Stack was hands-down one of the products that I was most excited about. It’s time to dig in and see how it works! Now, this product is still so new that DCWV doesn’t have very much on it’s site […]

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Overview of Metals Foils, Flakes and Leafing

March 6, 2014

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Today I’ve got an informational post for you. I’m going to answer three questions today- what are metal foils, metal flakes, and metal leafing? And how do I use them? And with what adhesives? Now the first thing I’m going to do is to ask you to watch this video I made you. It’s about […]

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Whipped Spackle Texture Medium from Design Memory Craft

February 27, 2014

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I love how art products are making their way into the crafting world. One such products are embossing pastes and gels (see my linked post about that here.) And lucky for us, companies like Faber Castell are actually improving them! Such is the case with Whipped Spackle Texture Medium from Design Memory Craft. On the […]

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CHA Show 2014 Product Update: Gelatos Double Scoops!

February 10, 2014

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Remember how I shared some of the new/and or improved products of CHA show? Well, this is the first one I’ve gotten in my hot little hands- Gelatos Double Scoops! Look at ALL THE YUMMY COLORS. Yes, even the metallics have been “super sized.” Compared to the original version (bottom one) you can see that […]

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Jenny’s Picks from #CHAshow: Spellbinders Tool-in-One

January 23, 2014

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As I mentioned earlier, I often have folks ask me what my CHA show favorites are. Sometimes it’s a wowzer new machine like the Brother Scan-N-Cut, but sometimes its a simple thing that makes life easier. Enter the new Spellbinder Tool-In-One. This cute little gizmo features a rolling brush and a little tool kit to […]

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Brother Scan N Cut, Part 2: Stamped Images

January 2, 2014

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After the initial Brother Scan N Cut review went live, I got a LOT of questions on the YouTube video. The most prevelant question was how well it cut stamped images. Well, that’s exactly what I’m sharing with you today.   For this, video was really the only way to go! Now let’s take a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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