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Fun with Metal Foil Tape

February 21, 2014

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One of the best thins about the crafting/artin community is that I’m constantly getting inspired by other blogs. One of my favorites is BalzerDesigns.com- Julie is an amazing mixed-media artist and I’ve been lucky enough to appear on her show “Scrapbook Soup” the past few years. Last week, she shared a canvas that she did […]

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OWH Sketch 210 and “Just Sayin” Stamps from SU (and Giveaway)

February 7, 2014

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Hello, crafty friends! It was a crazy January and between travel and CHA, I had precious little time in the studio. I’m finally back in th swing of things and have been a card-making mo-sheen! I got really inspired this week by the Operation Write Home Sketch challenge (210) that they put out this week, […]

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How-To: Braille Valentine’s Day Cards

February 6, 2014

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Some of you may know that once-upon-a-time I was a Music Therapist, and back when I was a student in college I spent two summers working at Highbrook Lodge, a camp for the visually impaired. The wonderful training I received there has stuck with me my whole life, informing how I “see” the world and […]

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New Year’s Toasting Glasses

December 26, 2013

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Well, here were are, at the end of the year. One of the joys of our New Year’s celebration is welcoming friends into our home and having a bit of wine or champagne. I was thinking about that old phrase “Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the older is gold.” […]

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Easy Teacher Gifts- 5 Minute Post-It Note Holder

December 19, 2013

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Ok crafty friends- today I have the EASIEST 5-minute craft ever for teachers, crossing guards/bus drivers, even little neighbor gifties. Behold the 5-minute Post-it Note Holder!   You’ll need: Heavy-weight cover or cardstock cut to 3 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches (you can get 4 out of a 12X12 sheet of paper by making your […]

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Candy Box Punch Board Ornament & Ideas for Larger Sizes!

December 10, 2013

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Hey Crafty Friends! Last week I reviewed the Candy Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers. And as I was playing, I started getting all of these ideas for making (slightly) large sizes AND for making different things with them! So today I want to share them with you! I made these step-out collages […]

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Holiday Place Setting Treat Boxes

November 26, 2013

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The Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner and I’m doing some last-minute crafting and decorating. I decided that this year each person would get their name on their plate along with a little treat. I used the Candy Box Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers to create my Holiday Place Setting Treat Boxes […]

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Sisal Snowflake Ornament featuring Krylon Glitter Spray

November 22, 2013

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Today I have a fun ornament or package topper for you- and you make it with some easy-to-find supplies. This is a pretty easy project, but there are a few supplies and tools you’ll want to have on hand. I made you a video to show you step by step! Here’s a tip: I used […]

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Gift Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers

November 20, 2013

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After last years’ success with the Envelope Punch Board, it only made sense that We R Memory Keepers would up their game and come up with new versions of the punch board. At CHA last summer they debuted FOUR new ones- and today, we’ll take a closer look at two of them: Gift Box Punch […]

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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

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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