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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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Craft Product Review: X-ACTO Designer Series Shape Templates

July 10, 2012

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Hello crafters!  Today we’re going to test out some fun shape templates by X-ACTO.  You’ve probably heard of the X-ACTO brand before as they are known for their super sharp cutting blades and knives.  You will want to grab your favorite cutting knife to play with the X-Acto Designer Series Shape Templates.  A standard knife, […]

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Craft Product Review: Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders

July 9, 2012

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When I saw these folders debuting at CHA Winter 2012, I literally smacked myself in the head and said, “OF COURSE!” Why just invest in one embossing folder at a time, when you can double your designs in the same space? The geniuses at Spellbinders have done just that- in the new  M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders. […]

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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: Cut, Fold, and Tuck Dies by Spellbinders

June 12, 2012

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I love dies. I especially love Spellbinder’s dies because of their slim, easy-to-store design and great price point. Now I have even another reason to love them: these innovative Cut, Fold, and Tuck Dies make lovely 3-d embellishments that I could never cut by hand. Here’s how the Cut Fold and Tuck Dies are described […]

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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: Crafter’s Clay by Martha Stewart Crafts

May 29, 2012

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Air-dry clays are all the rage right now- I seriously have seen 3 new brands pop up on my table in the last 3 months! But today, I’m going to share my experiences with Crafter’s Clay, the new offering from Martha Stewart Crafts (and produced by EK Success.) Specifically, I’m going to talk about the […]

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Craft Product Review: Candi by Craftwork Cards

May 24, 2012

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Last month while I was taping a segment of Scrapbook Soup, I was introduced to a new crafting product by hostess Julie McGuffee. She showed me these cute little paper dots that looked a lot like thumbtacks or brads, but were made out of paper instead of metal. Cute and lightweight, these little “legless” brads […]

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Craft Product Review: Mylar-Backed Foils by Creative Imaginations

May 18, 2012

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Let’s talk foil!  I had a chance to review a mini foil kit from Creative Imaginations.  The kit I reviewed is Ocean Sparkle.  Retailing for $4.50, this kit is very inexpensive. The manufacturer’s website has the following description: Ocean Sparkle Foil Mini Kit Details: NEW value pack size! Rich, vibrant jewel-toned and metallic colored foil […]

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Craft Product Review: Scissor Mouse by Westcott

May 14, 2012

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When I first saw the Scissor Mouse by Westcott, my first thought was “genius!” – and as someone with disabilities who often has difficulty manipulating regular scissors, I was especially excited about the possibilities this new product presented. According to the website description, the Scissor Mouse: Cuts paper fast, easily & safely Cuts straight lines […]

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