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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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Review: Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Color Inkjet Printer

September 11, 2012

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For years, I’ve avoided doing certain crafts because frankly, my printers have been pretty substandard. (Some were even hand-me-downs from my Dad- thanks, Dad!) But there are so many cool projects to do with a larger-format printer- like printing 12X12 sheets, for example- and I just haven’t had a good enough printer to do some […]

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What’s New: Paper-Palooza! {Video Reviews}

August 31, 2012

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There has been a veritable BLIZZARD of paper products hitting CTD WHQ! Place mats, paper stacks, embellishments, and more! So last week I put together some video overviews so you can see some of the new, cool products hitting the shelves! Let’s start off with paper placemats from JoAnn’s. Of COURSE you can use them […]

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Craft Book Review: The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired by Randel Plowman

August 29, 2012

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You can imagine that I get a lot of book solicitations from publishers- but only now and then will I get them from the actual AUTHOR. Such was the case with the The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired This was interesting to me because while collage is VERY hot in mixed-media […]

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Craft Product Review: DCWV Silky Smooth Cardstock

August 29, 2012

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Who doesn’t love Die Cuts with a View (DCWV)?  Just about every crafter has at least one stack of their paper.  Also they have some pretty fabulous booths at CHA.  Today we’re going to be playing with their Silky Smooth cardstock.  There are two different packs of Silky Smooth; one with neutral colors and one […]

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Craft Fave: My Mind’s Eye – Follow Your Heart: Be Happy

August 27, 2012

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It’s no secret that I love paper, and pretty paper lines with great embellishments just draw me right in.  So you can understand why I got sucked right in by Follow Your Heart: Be Happy line, by My Mind’s Eye, right?  It was designed by Rhonna Farrer, whose work I always love too. I loved […]

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Craft Product Review: Martha Stewart Crafts Pierce and Stitch Starter Kit

August 23, 2012

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Sewing has always been my craft of choice, and I incorporate stitching into everything from clothing and home décor to paper projects. So, when I got the opportunity to review the Martha Stewart Crafts Pierce and Stitch Starter Kit from EK Success Brands, I couldn’t wait to try out the specialized tools—especially the piercing mat […]

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Craft Product Review: Loomi Light

August 15, 2012

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You guys…  HEY, YOU GUYS!  Did I get your attention?  Good because I wanted to.  This product review has me excited.  Like, REALLY EXCITED. I’M CAPS LOCK EXCITED.  When I took the little Loomi light kit out of the box I admit, I was completely baffled. “It’s just paper,” I thought.  And no directions?  What?!  […]

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CHA Summer 2012: Decorative Roller by PLUS America

July 27, 2012

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I was strolling by the Plus booth when I saw a little gadget that captured my attention- and quickly became one of the items I’m most excited about at CHA Summer 2012. Hello, Decorative Roller by Plus! It works like a pen- you click the roller down to engage it, and just roll the stamped […]

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CHA Summer 2012: New Vendor: Jinger Adams Designs

July 23, 2012

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I can hear your minds turning now…..”Wait a minute….Jinger Adams?? I know that name….but from where??” Let me refresh your memory: Jinger Adams was the spokesperson for ProvoCraft and if you’ve ever seen a Cricut being pitched on HSN, or purchased one (she does the demos on the instructional DVD’s) then you know her face […]

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Craft Product Review: Mod Podgeables Acrylic Shapes and Papers by Plaid

July 10, 2012

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If you’ve spent anytime crafting at all, you’ve probably heard of Mod Podge- it a glue, varnish, and sealer all in one. And there are scads of formulations, including shimmer, outdoor, sparkle and fabric. Now Cathie Fillian and Steve Piacenza  have come up with some really cool companion products for  our tried-and-true crafting staple! Meet […]

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