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Holiday Card 2013 (or “Why I Work In a Series”)

November 15, 2013

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This year, I was walking through JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and stopped dead in my tracks, right in the middle of the papercrafting aisle. I saw this deer punch from EK Success and I knew it had to be mine! (Side note: I’m a little fascinated by deer heads. I also have been stalking […]

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What is the Difference Between Hot Glue Sticks and Mod Melts?

October 22, 2013

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Earlier this summer, Carolina reviewed the new Mod Melts line from Plaid. Almost immediately, we got a comment asking what was the difference between Mod Melts and traditional hot glue sticks. I took it upon myself to do an extra round of testing- and I’m sharing my results with you today! Both are extruded from […]

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“Nevermore” Halloween Lantern Featuring Supplies from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores

October 12, 2013

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It’s coming, it’s coming!!! Halloween, that is! And it’s so much fun to dress up the house with fun and easy crafts. Today I have an idea for you courtesy of Joann Fabric and Craft Stores- a Halloween Lantern inspired by Edgar Allen Poe. It’s really easy, too. To get started, you’ll need to take […]

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Instagram-Friendly Recycled “Smoosh” Book & Scrapbook Soup TV Segment

October 7, 2013

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Do you have a purse littered with stubs and bits that you mean to scrapbook one day? Do you have pics on your phone or photo-sharing stream (such as Instagram)? Lastly, do you have a stack of paper that you really don’t care for anymore? Well, you can make this Instagram-friendly “Smoosh” (Smash-style) book in […]

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Halloween Count-Down Photo Frame using Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage

October 4, 2013

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Halloween is one of my families favorite holidays…and this year it’s even a little more special because we have a foreign exchange student celebrating with us. (Did you know that Halloween and Trick-or-Treating has spread to Italy? Go figure.)   To get geared up, we put out some decorations and I whipped up this little […]

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Duck Brand® Deco Laminate and Upcycled Cell Phone Case Project

October 3, 2013

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Normally when I think of Duck Brand®, Duck TAPE automatically pops up in my head! But they have a new product that is just as cool- Deco Laminate! \ Now since this was a brand-new product […]

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Mod Podge Resist Greeting Cards & Scrapbook Soup TV Segment

October 2, 2013

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Mod Podge Resist Greeting Cards Tutorial from CraftTestDummies.com

I mentioned that last week I went to the set of Scrapbook Soup to share some fun projects for the upcoming season. Wanna sneaky peek? Here’s one of them! This project is great for using up some of the craft supplies you probably have on hand- watercolor paints and Mod Podge! Here’s what you need: […]

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New Cards for Operation Write Home, Featuring Stampin’ UP stamps (and DCWV paper)

September 19, 2013

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As you may or may not remember, I’m using a lot of the crafty goodness sent to CTD WHQ to make cards for our troops via Operation Write Home. I figure I’m blessed with an abundance of craft supplies, so it’s good karma to pay it back with some charity work.  So today I want […]

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Nancy Zieman Trace n Create Tablet Keeper Pattern

September 18, 2013

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Nancy Zieman Trace N Create Technology Folder

When I was first asked to review the Nancy Zieman Trace n Create Tablet Keeper Pattern, I had mixed feelings. I have a Samsung Galaxy 10 Tablet that needed a new case – it was suffering in an iPad case that was a poor fit. But, I’m not a fan of templates. Still, I thought […]

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“Leftover” Cards using MOD PODGE SPARKLE

August 30, 2013

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  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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Scrapbook Soup Segment: Layout Using the Silhouette and Stencil Rubbing Technique

August 23, 2013

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So, rarely do I share scrapbook layouts here. First off, I’m not a big scrapbooker in the traditional sense, and secondly…well, I’m just not that good at it! But when I was asked to come back to Scrapbook Soup and tape some segments for next season, I thought I’d better dust off my scrapbooking skills […]

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Clean And Simple Cards for Operation Write Home

August 21, 2013

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OK, I know  I have reviews stacking up to the ceiling. But before I buckle down and get a-testing, I needed to play a bit. You know what I mean? Of course you do.  Crafters are like that. We can *have* to make a gift or card, but really we might be itching to do […]

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Patio Chair Makeover with Krylon Rust Protector Spray Paint

July 9, 2013

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Disclosure: This is a post sponsored by Krylon. All opinions are honest and my own.  It’s high summer here at CraftTestDummies World Headquarters and that means more time in the remote office- AKA my porch! Located right off of our bedroom, it’s a lovely covered veranda that is a great place to read, blog, and […]

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Faux-Dichroic Glass Pendants (Recycle Craft)

July 3, 2013

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Faux Dichroic Glass Pendant Tutorial from CraftTestDummies.com

Today I have a fun recycle craft for you- Faux Dichroic Glass Pendants. I love the look of fused glass but don’t have the time, tools or inclination! So I came up with this great way to reuse beach glass (or tumbled glass shards) and….wait for it….basket cellophane! Before I get to the tute, let […]

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Heat-Embossed Resist Greeting Cards

June 27, 2013

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Hey, Crafty Friends! As you know, I LOVE a good resist. Since I’ve already shared crayon-rubbing resists and Mod Podge Resists, today I’m going with something more traditional: heat-embossed resist greeting cards! I love making these- they are so much fun to create the background patterns an then whip up into any kind of card […]

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GreatGatsby-Inspired Necklace Featuring Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry Components

May 28, 2013

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Last week I shared a video of the new Martha Stewart Jewelry line available exclusively at Michael’s Craft Stores- so much goodness! Beads, chain, tools, findings epoxy clay, rhinestones, jewelry glaze, jewelry enamel- even mold-making putty! Literally there was so much goodness I haven’t even had time to do all of the reviews. But I […]

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Card (Video Tutorial)

May 10, 2013

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15 minute Mother's Day Card from CraftTestDummies.com

Need a last-minute Mother’s Day card? Or birthday or “Thank you” for that matter? I’ve got a quick card you can make in under 15 minutes with basic stamping supplies you probably have on hand. This card hinges on stamps. They can be from the same set or mixy-matchy…. but you need a t least […]

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eBook Review: Fashionably Fast by May Flaum

May 2, 2013

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Are you like me when it comes to scrapbooking?  Over-obsessing over every embellishment, color choice and photo placement?  Does it take you two days to finish a page?  Do you sometimes NEVER finish a layout?  Well the fabulous May Flaum comes to our rescue with, “Fashionably Fast: Ten Strategies for stylish, speedy scrapbook pages.”  This […]

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Roadside Rescue: Cheval Mirror to Pin Board

April 30, 2013

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I found a grody old cheval mirror on the tree lawn a few months back. (OK, maybe it was more like a year!) But I saved it from the trash man and tucked it away. I decided to make a new pinboard for basically FREE. Want to see how? Here’s what I started with:   […]

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24 Ideas to Use Up Fabric Scraps and Earth Month Giveaway #2: Fabric/ Quilting Destash

April 25, 2013

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Another confession: I hoard fabric scraps. Sometimes is the color, sometimes it’s the texture, sometimes it’s just that it’s a bit of a piece of clothing or reminds me of something I can’t let go of yet. So I hold on to a ton of fabric scraps! Today, I have a ton of great ideas […]

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21 Ideas for Recycling and Upcycling Paper- and a Giveaway!

April 17, 2013

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21 paper scrap projects from CraftTestDummies.com

Yesterday I showed you how I transform paper scraps into paper beads that mimic glass lampwork beads- and today, I bring you more projects to use up, transform and recycle paper, newsprint, sheet music, and more! I’ve got some amazing projects for you to check you- and there’s a giveaway, too! Now, If you are […]

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Recycle Craft: Faux Lampwork Paper Beads

April 16, 2013

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Green Craft: Faux Lampwork Paper Beads from Paper Scraps

Ok- Time for a show of hands- who here is a paper hoarder?? Don’t worry- you are among friends. No judgment here. I find that not only that sometimes to I have a hard time cutting into my favorite sheets of paper, but sometimes when I do, I can’t even toss the little baby scraps. […]

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Kid’s Craft Idea- Crepe Paper “Painting” Recycle Crafting

April 9, 2013

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This is a craft that I’ve done with the kids, but I’ve also done by myself for fun. It’s also eco-friendly, because you can re-use tissue and crepe paper from parties, presents, and packaging. The idea is to use the wet the tissue paper onto watercolor paper and let it “bleed” to create a picture. […]

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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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Guest Tutorial from I’m Topsy Turvy: Carving Eggs with a Dremel

March 21, 2013

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A big hello to first-time “Guest Dummy” Ashlee from I’m Topsy Turvy. She’s got great tutorials for the crafters, and cakes to DIE for. I mean really spectacular! Anyway, I love what Ashlee did with these eggs- and you all know that I LOVE my pistol-grip Dremel. Can’t wait to try these out myself! I […]

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Book Review: 101+ Things to do with Glitter by Momtaz Begum-Hossain

March 13, 2013

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Sometimes glitter gets a bad reputation. Often referred to as “the herpes of the craft world,” once you let glitter into your life, it likes to stay forever. But who says that’s a bad thing? Glitter is bright, bold, funky, and easy to use, and Momtaz Begum-Hossain’s 101+ Things to do with Glitter offers a […]

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SEI Color My Own Iron-On Transfers &Tumble Dye

February 26, 2013

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Are you a child of the 80′s? Remember those cool black velvet flocked posters that you could get at the drugstore? They came with a set of crummy markers and you got to color them in yourself? Those were the days. However, you can relive that time with SEI’s Color My Own Fuzzy Iron-On Art […]

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Ruffles and Sparkles Bracelet Tutorial {with Video}

February 22, 2013

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Earlier this week I shared my review of Artistic Wire Mesh and I got pretty excited making a Ruffle and Sparkles bracelt- so today I’m sharing the tutorial with you! You’ll need some basic supplies: Now for the How-To Video:   Which do you like better: the sweet red delicate version or the chunky/edgy black […]

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How-To: Quilled Hearts Jewelry

February 6, 2013

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It’s that time of year again- when we all wear our hearts on our sleeve…or ears….or hands…. or lapel! Time to make and wear some really cut Valentine’s Day jewelry…this year, I’m integrating one of my favorite paper crafts: QUILLING! Never fear, friends! It’s easy and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Silver Glitter Formula makes it […]

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How To: Craft Candy Kiss Roses

January 20, 2013

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UPDATE: I was on a local TV show recently- Golden Opportunities- and I had a chance to demo these on air. Now, the host needs some remedial crafting lessons, but if you follow these steps you’ll have great roses!  I know this is an oldie but a goodie, but I had to whip up some […]

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