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Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Durable Gloss Finish

October 1, 2013

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Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Durable Glossy Finish

Just when you think that Martha Stewart Crafts and Plaid can’t come up with anything new….well, they DO. Now there is Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Durable Gloss Finish! Here’s how it’s described on the website: Martha Stewart Crafts® Durable Decoupage Gloss Finish can be used on any surface such as glass, fabric, paper, metal and […]

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Westcott ZigZagz Interchangeable Blade Scissors

September 24, 2013

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Westcott ZigZagz Interchangeable Blade Scissors

Ever want a whole bunch of fancy edge scissors, but don’t want to store them all? Meet the genius of Westcott ZigZagz Interchangeable Blade Scissors! With two bases and six sets of blades, you get lots of options and easy storage! Here’s how they are described: Zigzags interchangeable blade scissors add a decorative edge to […]

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Review of Kaleidacolor Rainbow Dye Ink Pads by ImagineCrafts

September 12, 2013

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Kaleidacolor Rainbow Dye Ink Pads

Sometimes you have that perfect stamp and you think, “That really needs more than one color.” Or perhaps you’d like to create a whole background in a variety of colors. Lucky for us, there is  a PERFECT inkpad for that- the Kaleidacolor Rainbow Dye Ink Pads by ImagineCrafts. Here’s how they are described on the […]

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Piccolo Instant UV Curing Resin from GlobeCraft

September 6, 2013

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IPiccolo UV Resin from Globecraft

Resins are very big right now in jewelry-making and mixed media, but most are 2-part epoxies that take hours to dry. What if you could get the same, non-yellowing jewelry grade effect in about 3 minutes? With Piccolo Instant UV Resin, you can. Here’s how it’s described on the website: Piccolo Instant UV Resin cures […]

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Mod Podge Mod Melts Review

September 5, 2013

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Cathie and Steve, designers over at Plaid (the makers of Mod Podge), have come up with a new product called Mod Melts. Here is what Cathie has to say about the new product: With our new sea glass and milk glass Mod Melt Sticks and Molds you can now make your own scrapbooking, mixed media […]

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“Leftover” Cards using MOD PODGE SPARKLE

August 30, 2013

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"Leftover" Cards using MOD PODGE SPARKLE from CraftTestDummies.com

  I love to use up EVERY LITTLE BIT of crafty stuff from my testing- and that means using up extra die cuts, random rhinestones, and even the paper that I spray mist/paint on! Watch this video to see how I transform the “dirty paper” into fabulous background paper using Mod Podge Sparkle! Happy Holiday […]

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3D Foam Adhesive Shapes from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

August 22, 2013

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3D Foam Shapes by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Cards By Jenny Barnett Rohrs

I ran across a bunch of great things at the Summer 2013 Create-N-Connect #CHAshow… and these little gems are one of them. Literally stopping me in my tracks, 3D Foam Adhesive Shapes from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L are a great blend of form and function in a convenient package. These foam sheets have adhesive on […]

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Craft Product Review: Imagine Crafts Creative Medium

August 15, 2013

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Hello crafters, today we are reviewing Imagine Crafts  Creative Mediums.  There are three kinds of Creative Medium; Clear, vintage and shimmer.  Today I’m going to be showing you the clear and vintage mediums.  So what are Creative Mediums? ” Acrylic-based Creative Medium, an incredibly versatile crafting tool. For collage artists, this will be your first […]

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#CHA Show Trends: Modular Scrapbooking Pages

July 30, 2013

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Modular Scrapbook Album

Modular scrapbooking is not a new concept. These page protectors divided into easy-to-fill pockets have been around for the better part of a decade, often marketing themselves to new scrapbookers and those who say they “can’t” scrapbook as a quick and easy option for organizing photos. While at the Summer CHA show, I saw that […]

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Craft Product Review: Piccolo Vintage Embossing Powders by GlobeCraft

July 16, 2013

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Hello crafters!  Remember that first time you picked up a heat gun and embossed your first stamped image?  Remember how magical you thought it was as you watched the powders melt into a gorgeous enamel?  Well Piccolo Vintage embossing powders by GlobeCraft take your distressed and vintage embossing to a new level!  Here’s what the […]

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Sew Easy Circles Tool From We R Memory Keepers

July 15, 2013

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Sew Easy Circles Tool by We R Memory Keepers

Last week I reviewed the Sew Easy Stampers and Doodle Stampers and found them to be a fun addition to my stamping tool box. I actually went online to buy and few more and HEY- look what I found? The Sew Easy Circles Tool from We R Memory Keepers! This little gadget uses all of […]

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Craft Product Review: Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste

July 11, 2013

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Helmar, the Australian maker of a million adhesives, obviously has a decoupage paste on the market. I’ve used a few different decoupage products in my crafty past, with varying levels of luck. So I went into this review of Helmar’s Decoupage and Craft Paste expecting at least some decoupauge drama. Here’s what Helmar has to […]

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Majestic Elements Dies and Imperial Gold Dies by Spellbinders (and Giveaway!)

July 5, 2013

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Majestic Elelments Dies by Spellbinders

I love paper crafting, and despite my *numerous* electronic die-cutting machines, I still turn to my manual dies more often than not. And with the new Majestic Elements Dies and Imperial Gold Dies by Spellbinders, it’s easy to get a detailed cut with embossing in one pass! Here’s how they are described on the website: Crown your […]

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Doodle Stampers and Sew Stampers from We R Memory Keepers

July 2, 2013

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If you’ve visited CraftTestDummies anytime before, you’ll know that I love papercrafting and stamping. Sometimes it’s just a little bit of “zhush” to make a project really stand out. So I had to dig into the We R Memory Keepers Sew Stampers and Doodle Stampers as soon as they hit my doorstep!  From the website: The […]

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Piccolo Micro Embossing Powers by GlobeCraft

June 25, 2013

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Piccolo Micro Embossing Powder by Globecrafts

I love stamping and embossing- it’s such a quick and inexpensive way to make your projects look…well, more expensive! And today I’m introducing a new-to-us line of embossing powders: Piccolo Micro Embossing Powders from GlobeCraft.  Piccolo Micro Powders are made up of tiny particles that provide a smooth, metallic finish while preserving fine detail. They […]

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Introducing: DoCrafts! Craft Products from the UK (& a giveaway!)

May 3, 2013

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Today I want to give you a little introduction to a craft company that might be new to you: docrafts! I first saw products in the UK-based docrafts Creativity magazine, which I purchase at Barnes and Noble. Then, when I visited the UK over the past couple of years I saw some of their fun […]

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Review of VersaFine Stamp Pad by Tsukineko

May 1, 2013

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Review of VersaFine Stamp Pads by CraftTestDummies.com

Stamp pads are a wonderful, marvelous thing. Every paper crafter needs to have at least FOUR different stamp pads in their crafty toolbox. But there is always a question so which stamp pad works best for which jobs. So today, we’re taking a closer look at VersaFine Stamp Pads by Tsukineko!     From the […]

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Product Review- Mod Podge One-Step Crackle Medium

April 11, 2013

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Mod Podge One-Step Crackle Medium I am so excited to be giving you my very first review here on CTD and I’m elated to be a part of this amazing team. Hi everyone, Erika Taylor here today with a review of the Mod Podge one-Step Crackle Medium. Being a medium junkie, when I received this […]

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Book Review: Practical Origami: Folding Your Way to Everyday Accessories

April 4, 2013

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It took me 33 years to make a paper crane without crying. Succeeding at origami requires both patience and precision, two skills that are not my forte. It also requires clear instruction, something that can be rare in the origami world. Ever try to use one of the patterns on the paper package? Inscrutable! Frustrating. […]

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Product Spotlight: Basic Grey – Knee Highs Collection

April 2, 2013

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Some of you may remember back at Winter CHA 2013 I picked Basic Grey’s new chipboard albums as one of my top product picks.  (Go take a look!)  I even mentioned that Knee Highs & Bow Ties are two of my favorite paper lines that debuted.  Both collections are very similar but Knee Highs is […]

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SliderWriter Laser Guide Tool

March 12, 2013

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Do you avoid hand-writing or lettering in your journals or scrapbook pages because your writing goes up- or downhill? I do. And I’ve recently learned that while I “eyeball” alot, my eyes don’t seem to be on the level either! So I really enjoyed testing out the SliderWriter, a laser-level tool for calligraphers, paper crafters, […]

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How-To: Mod Podge Resist Technique

March 6, 2013

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I love resist techniques, and usually I use clear stamping ink and embossing powder to create a resist on my papercrafting projects. But I was really lazy pressed for time the other day in the studio and wondered if Mod Podge Gloss formula would give me the same effect. Wanna see the video? {{Spoiler- YES […]

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Craft Product Review: Helmar 3D Adhesives

February 28, 2013

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I’ve already had a wonderful time review Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry Adhesive as well as their Acid Free Glue; reviewing their Zapdots and Scrap Dots was no exception.  I always have my eye out for good adhesives and Helmar proves itself time and again. Zapdots are 3D double-sided adhesive squares that are acid-free.  They come […]

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Perfect Pearls Mists by Ranger

February 11, 2013

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I love paper crafting.  That should not be a secret around here by now.  I was thrilled to be sent the Perfect Pearls Mists by Ranger to test drive.  Lets start with what the website has to say about this product: The palette of Perfect Pearls Powders is now available in a fine mist spray! […]

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Craft Product Review: Plus Decoration Roller & Mini Roller

February 4, 2013

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Plus Decoration Roller

  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 Tool Review: ProCision Rotary Bypass Paper Trimmer by Fiskars

January 31, 2013

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Fiskars ProCision Rotary Bypass Paper Trimmer

Paper trimmers are an essential tool for any cardmaker, memory keeper or mixed-media artist. And a sturdy, reliable trimmer that handles both delicate papers and thick substraits with precision is at the top of my wish-list, at least. Enter the ProCision Rotary Bypass Paper Trimmer by Fiskars: a semi-pro tool that can handle a variety […]

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Craft Tool Review: Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers

January 30, 2013

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Envelope Punch Board

Sometimes a new crafting tool hits the market and it dazzles us with it’s smart design. The new Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers is one such tool. Even before it’s official debut at CHA Winter 2013, it was generating quite a buzz! While at the trade show, I taped this quick demo. […]

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Craft Product Review: Xyron Glue Stick for Corners

January 28, 2013

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Glue sticks are glue sticks are glue sticks, right? Not if we’re talking about the Xyron Glue Stick for Corners. A better design makes this glue stick the bee’s knees!   Here’s how it’s described on the website: This unique, patent pending Glue Stick is designed specifically for corners and to work great anywhere you […]

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Introduction to Embossing Paste and Gels for Stencilling

January 5, 2013

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Introduction to Embossing Pastes, Gels, and Mediums for Stencilling.

Ever wonder just what Dreamweaver embossing paste is for? Ever hope that there were different  products to use with the same result? Ever want to see a demo in real time and get some good tips? Well, this is the post for you! I have created this 10-minute mini masterclass to get you started!   […]

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Craft Product Review: Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive

December 16, 2012

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Hello and Happy Holidays crafters! I know we’re all rushing to finish those last minute handmade gifts and cards!  (I know I am!)  What perfect timing for a quick-dry adhesive review by the fabulous people over at Helmar!  Adhesive is one of those main staples that every crafter needs.  I was so impressed with their […]

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