Overview of Metals Foils, Flakes and Leafing

Metal Leafing in Polymer Clay

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 17 minutes long (I kn0w-GASP- super-long for a YouTube video) but I really wanted to show you each product and how it works: Now here […]

Whipped Spackle Texture Medium from Design Memory Craft

Whipped Spackle by Design Memory Craft. Reviewed by CraftTestDummies.com

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 website, it’s described simply, Create shaped dimensions and textured surfaces with Whipped Spackle, a versatile medium that will work on any surface. Feel like you’d […]

CHA Show 2014 Product Update: Gelatos Double Scoops!

Gelatos Double Scoops from Faber Castell- update on CraftTestDummies.com

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 it’s about twice the size. And you get a LOT more product in the tube. So of course I had to play with them! (By […]

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

Spellbinder's Tool-In-One was one of my favorite picks from #CHAshow. See the video demo on CraftTestDummies.com

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 help you separate your detail thin-rule dies from your paper without tearing. It will also eject the little paper bits from your dies easily. And […]

Brother Scan N Cut, Part 2: Stamped Images

Brother Scan N Cut Review: Stamped Images

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 closer look at some of the detail shots of the stamped images I cut out. And here’s that photo scan I shared.  I have to […]

Video Review – Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks Review and Refresher

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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 are and just how amazingly versatile they are!   Alcohol Inks are available in, “big box,” stores like JoAnns, Hobby Lobby and Michaels and come […]

Beacon Glitter-It!

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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 to make the process of glittering the inside of glass a piece of cake. This is what the Beacon site had to say about Glitter-It!: […]

Brother Scan N Cut: Part 1, Paper Scanning and Cutting

Brother Scan N Cut Review

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 went ahead and ordered one from Amazon! But first things first. Here’s how it’s described on the website: The secret to ScanNCut’s amazing versatility lies […]

Comparison of Adhesive Tapes

Overview and comparison of adhesive tapes

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 move over, red-line tape! We are going to compare three different brands that create similar products- Scor-Tape, Kool-Tak Premium Pro, and iCraft by Therm-o-Web. First, […]

Martha Stewart Heavy-Duty Paper Trimmer

Martha Stewart Heavy Duty Paper Trimmer review from CraftTestDummeis.com

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 trimmer that can handle the thickness of the paper as well as cutting multiple sheets at once.  Now EK Success has a new Martha Stewart […]

Cosmo Cricket Glitter Sheets

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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 of these sparkle-packed sticker sheets. First up though, let’s take a look what the Cosmo Cricket site says about the Glitter Sheets: Glitter sheets are […]

Candy Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers

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 as much as the inside. The release of a series of Punch Boards continues to do just that. Punch Boards make it easy, not to […]

Letraset Metallic Twin Markers

Letraset Metallic Twin Markers

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 marker. Colors provide rich and saturated hues and superior light fastness. Twin tips offer a medium nib for a softer art surface feel and the […]

Product Highlight: Burlap Paper and the Adhesive Cork Stack from DCWV

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I love adding different textures into my paper and mixed-media craft projects. So when I got these amazing Cork Paper Stacks and Burlap Paper Stacks from DCVW, I was really interested in figuring out all the ways I could incorporate them into my crafts!  Let’s take a closer look. These stacks are 6X6, and the Cork Stack is adhesive-backed and has 15 sheets, while the Burlap Paper Stack is NOT adhesive and boasts 24 sheets. The cork actually has a […]

Stamp And Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts by EKSuccess

Stamp and Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts

Today’s review is kind of a lark. I had purchased these punches MONTHS ago at a discount store, and in true Jenny fashion squirreled them away and mostly forgot about them. It’s amazing how a few hours of studio cleaning can remind you of the things you own- (!!) so I dusted them off, broke them open, and got ready to play with the Stamp and Punch sets from Martha Stewart Crafts by EKSuccess. As the name implies, these are […]

Memento Luxe Mixed Media Stamp Pads

memento luxe stamp pad review by CraftTestDummies.com

Ever wondered which was the best stamp pad for water-based markers or Copics? If you are a stamper, you know that the right stamp pad for the job is pretty much essential. You use the wrong stamp pad- well, your project might not turn out or stand the test of time. It’s in this spirit that I dive into another stamp pad review- this time, the Memento Luxe Stamp Pad from ImagineCrafts. Here’s how it’s described on the website: Made […]

Fiskars Intricate Shape Punches

Fiskars Intricate Shape Punch

It’s no secret that I love a good paper punch. It’s so much easier to reach for a punch and get what you want punched out quickly, rather than having to fuss with a die and a cutter and a “sandwich” or a setting. And it’s also no secret that Fiskars makes some mighty fine punches. Time to meet the newest additions to the family, the Fiskars Intricate Shape Punches! They are substantial 2-stage punches – one stage punches the […]

WorldWin Papers ColorMates- 65lb Coverstock

Overview of WorldWin 65 lb coverstock

What is cover stock? What is card stock? What is the difference between card stock and cover stock? Well, lovies, these are the questions I was asking when I visited the WorldWin Papers booth at CHA last January. Side note: I’m always looking for paper. As a crafter and a card-maker, the right paper makes a big difference. Specifically, I’m in search of the perfect card stock to use a base for my home made cards. And after reading a […]

Ranger Ink Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Video Review

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Hello Crafters! As you know Craft Test Dummies was at this last CHA in Las Vegas when Tim Holtz debuted his new Distress glitter with Ranger Ink.   Here’s how it’s described on the Ranger Ink website: Distress Glitter complements the nostalgic palette of other Distress products with its unique glitter type to mimic the look of vintage mica. Twenty-four timeless Distress shades are available in 18 gm clear jars with a brushed aluminum lid. Use with Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, Wonder Tape and […]

KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square

KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square

In papercrafting, there are crafters and then there are CRAFTERS. You know, perfectionists. Every line must be straight and perfect. Well, CRAFTERS, I’ve got the tool for you- the KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square.   Here’s how it’s described on the website: The Get-It-StraightTM Laser Square is the only tool you need to quickly and easily laser align elements on your scrapbook pages or any other projects.  Utilizing our patented sliding laser design, you can easily position the laser alignment line precisely […]