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Using The PixScan Mat with the Silhouette Studio Software- LIVE DEMO

May 12, 2015

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LIVE DEMO of the PixScan Mat & Silhouette Software

Last week I gave you an overview of the PixSxan Mat, showing you how it scanned & cut out shapes. Today I have a LIVE demo for you, via screen capture. This 8-minute demo is for folks who might want start scanning, but who may be intimidated- but I’ll walk you through it! In this video, […]

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Speed Color Using Zig Clean Color Real Brushes

April 21, 2015

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Speed color with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Yesterday I reviewed the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers– and they really are like having the look of  watercolor with the ease of a marker and the semi-permanence of dye, all in one! But I digress. I colored in this little froggy and wanted to show you how I did it. I used 5 […]

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Simon Says Stamp April 2015 Card Kit & Inspiration

April 17, 2015

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SSS April Card Kit 2015

Hey Crafty Friends! I’m finally back from an early spring’s worth of travel,  and now I’m really enjoying getting back into the swing of things in the studio. First, I’m cracking open the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for April 2015 and getting my creative juices flowing! This kit challenged me a bit- while I […]

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Glue Resist Wall Art Featuring Faber-Castel Gel Crayons

April 2, 2015

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Canvas Art using glue resist and Gel Crayons from Faber-Castell

Here’s a fun project that you can do with your kids or even for yourself! Make some wall art that speaks to you! You’ll need: canvas paper (it comes in pads and is very economical) or a stretched canvas if you prefer Gesso (read my primer on gesso if you are not sure what that is or […]

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Start-To-Finish Watercolor Cards

February 19, 2015

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Watercolor Birthday cards, start to finish!

Last week I posted showing you how to make watercolor paints using your Perfect Pearls to add shimmer. I was so smitten with the technique, I decided to put the camera on and show you how I made a pair in under five minutes! OK… it was actually 22 minutes in “real time.” But in this […]

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Making Watercolor Paint from Perfect Pearls!

February 11, 2015

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Using Perfect Pearls to make Watercolor Paints

This post is a direct result of a question from a YouTube Subscriber. She asked, “Can you make watercolor paints from Perfect Pearls?” And while I pretty much knew the answer would be “why not?” I decided to dig a little deeper and see how different methods might turn out. NOTE: I’m only referring to […]

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CHA Show 2015: What’s New From Spellbinders

January 16, 2015

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The new machine will accept steel rule dies and...wait for it... have a motor attachment released mid-year!

Spellbinders is again expanding their line of papercrafting into mixed media and home decor with new dies, embossing folders, and now…… rhinestones and trims! I was invited to the media breakfast and snapped these pics and video for you. I’m hoping we’ll get some of these goodies to review for you, too!     I […]

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Fiskars Tag Maker and Eyelet Setter

December 16, 2014

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Fiskars Tag Maker and Eyelet Setter Review

I am the undisputed queen of punches. (Paper punches, darlings. I’m a lover not a fighter.) And punches that make tags or labels hold a special place in my heart- so I was happy to try out the Fiskars Tag Maker and Eyelet Setter when Fiskars offered it to me to review.   This unique […]

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Ranger Ink – Wendy Vecchi – New Archival Ink Colors

December 2, 2014

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Hello crafters!  Today I want to introduce to you the six newest colors from Ranger Ink designer, Wendy Vecchi, in her Archival Ink line.  We have already done a full review of Archival Inks on Craft Test Dummies that you can see here.  There are now 12 colors total in Wendy’s Archival ink line, and […]

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit November 2014

November 7, 2014

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Hey Crafty Friends! After missing a few months of the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Club, I’m BACK! I really liked these fun, retro colors and I knew that the bunnies would be a big hit. By the way, if you have any questions about the Kit Club itself, check out the FAQ here. I’m […]

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Embossed Autumn Cards using Pan Pastels

September 22, 2014

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Embossed Cards Using Pan Pastels

Happy first day of Autumn! I’m not gonna lie, fall is my favorite. I like the cooler days, the crisp apples, and the happy advent of the mega crafting season! Today I have  a flash-back card for you- one I did for CraftsUnleashed back in 2011. I’m reposting it because I still kinda like it. Is […]

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Acrylic Block Stamped Backgrounds

September 19, 2014

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Acrylic Block Stamped Backgrounds

The other day my new friend Linda posted some GORGEOUS cards- and they knocked my socks off! I got so smitten with the technique, I had to try it myself. And while I was on a roll, I had to make a video, too!     Here are some of Linda’s cards…beautiful, right? I’m completely […]

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Comparison of Colored Pencils and Paper When Blending with Gamsol

September 12, 2014

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Comparison of Colored Papers and Pencils when Blending with Gamsol

Earlier this week I shared an overview of Gamsol, an odorless mineral spirits used for dissolving the wax in colored pencils so that you could blend and shade them the same way you can with oil paints. Naturally, though, my curiosity got the better of me and I wondered if better (artist-grade) colored pencils really […]

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PRODUCT REVIEW: irRESISTIble Pico Embellishers

August 14, 2014

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I love painting and drawing, so seeing a product that I could both paint and draw with, intrigued me. I was sent 10 of the 29 colors of Tsukineko‘s irRESISTible Pico Embellishers, to test out and do a product review. These are a resist, designed to work with their Texture Spray. It can be used with watercolor […]

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Scrapbook Soup 403-1; Making a Card Using Custom Stencils and Masks

August 4, 2014

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You may remember that earlier this spring I visited the set of Scrapbook Soup and filmed two segments. If you follow along with me on Twitter or Facebook, you may know that last spring I was a guest on Scrapbook Soup for a few segments. I demonstrated how to use the Brother Scan N Cut […]

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Review of the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month

June 30, 2014

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit July 2014

Sometimes you just need a little creative kick in the pants, and I’ve found that a kit can do just that. I have ordered some Simon Says Stamp products recently, and decided to take the plunge and try out the Card Kit of the Month. Since July is my first one, I thought I’d share […]

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Product Review: Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer

June 25, 2014

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Hello crafters!  I am so excited to show you the new Distress Marker Spritzer from Ranger and Tim Holtz!  When I first saw Tim demoing this at CHA last January I was ecstatic!  It works so well with masks and stencils and you can pretty much use any marker in your crafty stash with it.  […]

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AnyHero Cards for Operation Write Home- Sketch 266 (Patriotic Cards)

May 28, 2014

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AnyHero Patriotic Cards for Operation Write Home- sketch 226

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already gotten a sneak peek. Monday was Memorial Day, and I committed a good 2 hours to making AnyHero Cards for Operation Write Home. For those of you who maybe don’t know, I make cards out of the supplies I get here to review on CTD and then […]

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Card Share- OWH Sketch #218

April 1, 2014

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OWH Card Sketch 218

Last week I was traveling- and while I loved being on vacation with my family, that meant there was NO TIME for  crafting! I was eager to get back into the studio and when the Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge of the week hit my email box, I was ready to rise to the occasion. […]

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Making Stencils and Masks with the Brother Scan N Cut

March 31, 2014

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Last week I was watching my friend Christine of ScrapTime use Wendy Vecchi stamps that came with their own stencils and masks for adding layers without over-spraying the background. But then I got to thinking- why couldn’t I do that with my Brother Scan N Cut? The answer is YOU CAN. And it’s EASY. You […]

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Tutorial: Father’s Day “Dad” Card using Inlaid Die-Cutting Technique

March 15, 2014

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inlaid die-cutting technique- video tutorial on CraftTestDummies.com

After playing around with the Brother Scan N Cut Canvas software (see the link for my video tutorial of that) I got inspired to make a card. I’d watched a video by Jen McGuire using an “inlaid” technique with her thin dies. It occurred to me that you could do the same with your electric […]

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Card Share: My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #163

March 4, 2014

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I just ran across a new site (to me) that does sketch challenges for card-making: My Favorite Things Blog. It’s a stamping website (and I have no affiliation with them) and I saw this sketch and liked it alot: Since I had to make a few cards using the Pantone 2014 Fall Colors, I dug […]

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Fun with Metal Foil Tape

February 21, 2014

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Fun with Metal Foil Tape from CraftTestDummies.com

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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OWH cards featuring Stampin' Up paper- from CraftTestDummies.com

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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Braille Valentine's Day Card from CraftTestDummies.com

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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Easy Gifts- 5 Minute Post-It Note Holder

December 19, 2013

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5 Minute Craft: Post it Note  Holders from CraftTestDummies.com

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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Place Setting Treat Boxes- tutorial from CraftTestDummies.com

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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Gift Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers

November 20, 2013

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We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards: Candy Box and Gift Box

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

October 22, 2013

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Hot Glue Sticks VS Mod Melts

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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