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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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  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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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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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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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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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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Paper Angel Ornaments using the Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Edge Punch

December 3, 2012

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A few weeks ago the Martha Stewart Circle Edge Punch went live on HSN, and almost immediately I started getting questions about where folks could find the pattern for the paper angel embellishment that was shown on a gift bag. I searched, but couldn’t find a pattern. So I made my own to share with […]

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Husking Hoops and Loops Kit from Quilled Creations

November 14, 2012

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I was sent the Husking Hoops and Loops kit from Quilled Creations to review.  I will tell you all right now that I am a husking and quilled paper novice.  But I have wanted to try my hand at it for so long.  I eagerly jumped right into my kit. The Quilled Creations website states: […]

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Craft Product Review: American Crafts Memory Markers

November 12, 2012

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American Crafts has been a staple in the paper crafting industry for years.  I always look forward to their new paper releases in bright colors and versatile patterns.  They have the cutest matching embellishments and fantastic booths at CHA. I’ve also been a fan of their broad range of markers and writing tools over the […]

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Craft Product Reviews: Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Specialty Formulas- Silver and Gold Glitter

November 6, 2012

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I really love Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and use it frequently to add a glossy top coat to my projects. How excited was I to find out that there are now new formulations that have gold an silver glitter in the bottle? (Yes, I know you can just add it, but why not use it […]

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Craft Product Review: Plus Decoration Touch n Slide Pens

November 1, 2012

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One of the products at CHA Summer that really made me happy was the Plus Decoration Touch n Slide Pens. If rub-ons and adhesive tape runners had a baby, this would be it. Fun designs on a clear background with an easy-peasy pen dispenser. Let’s get started! Description: With Plus Decoration Touch n Slide Pens it’s fun […]

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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: Brushstroke Mod Podge by Plaid

October 29, 2012

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Next up in our testing of the new Mod Podge formulas is Brushstroke Mod Podge.  The Plaid website indicates that: Mod Podge ® Brushstroke creates a highly textured finish that resembles hand painting. Apply over posters, prints or to decoupaged canvas projects for an artistic look that’s an affordable alternative to genuine painted wall art. […]

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Product Review: Helmar Acid Free Glue

October 16, 2012

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I was super excited when Jenny took me to the Helmar booth at Summer CHA in July.  I had followed their design team‘s amazing creativity and inspiration over the years and was ecstatic to test some of their many, many adhesive products!  Today I’m trying out Helmar Acid Free Glue.   Helmar describes this as, […]

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Craft Product Review: Mod Podge Antique Matte

October 15, 2012

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The original Mod Podge formula may very well be the king of crafting adhesives.  I personally reach for it first when I need an adhesive.  The folks at Plaid have been coming out with new and exciting formulas.  Let’s put the new Antique Matte version to the test. The Plaid website simply states “Give your […]

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Craft Product Review: Fuse Creativity System by Fiskars

October 11, 2012

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Fiskars Fuse Creativity System

Just when you think there are no more innovations to manual die cut machines (Bigger sizes? Check. Electric Motors? Check.) Fiskars comes out with the Fuse Creativity System- which is able to die cut and letterpress in one pass. WHOA, NELLY! So there is a LOT of ground to cover here- and I warn ya, […]

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Craft Product Review: Scentz by Color Box

October 8, 2012

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In an effort to make cards and other papercrafts even more interactive, now there is a way to add scent to your embossing with Scentz by Color Box of Clearsnap. I picked these up at my local scrapbooking store and couldn’t wait to try them out and see how they smelled! First, though, here’s how […]

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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 Tool Review: Stamping Gear by Inkadinkado

September 26, 2012

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I love stamping, and have quite the collection of both wood-mount and clear stamps. But after a while, you kind of get tired looking at the same images and get bored with them. But this new system – Stamping Gear by Inkadinkado from EK Success- will breath new life into your stamping. It’s got my […]

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Craft Product Review: Liquid Fusion from Aleene’s

September 25, 2012

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Adhesives are one of a crafter’s best friends- we need glues for everything from paper to fabric and everything in between! Liquid Fusion from Aleene’s claims to be 2 ounces of “pure muscle” by the description on their site.  Let’s put that claim to the test. The description straight from their site is as follows: […]

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Craft Product Review: DCWV The Glitzy Glitter Stack

September 18, 2012

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I recently reviewed the Die Cuts with a View (DCWV) Silky Smooth cardstock, so I thought, Why not stay with a good thing and go ahead and review their new Glitzy Glitter Stack! According to the website, the Glitzy glitter stack is, “Enjoy glitz and glam galore with the 12”x12” Glitzy Glitter Brights Stack! See […]

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Craft Product Review: Scrapbooking Attitude (Shoe Attitude) by Avatrex

September 12, 2012

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I love the Craft and Hobby Association tradeshows because we get to see the new, cool and often innovative craft products. Scrapbooking Attitude by Avatrex was once such cool innovative product. Originally Scrapbooking Attitude was conceived as a product to be used to apply decals to white athletic shoes- no kidding! (I have  the original […]

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