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Hostess Tray Fit for a Queen (Or a Princess Charlotte!)

June 1, 2015


Krylon Fit For a Queen Serving Tray Makeover

I had this old hostess tray sitting around, and it really needed….something. It was plain and cheap, and faded into the background. I decided it needed some “oomph” and that when I used it, my guests should feel like a royalty! (Or maybe even me, on Mother’s Day?)  So I set to work. Here’s a sneak […]

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24 Ideas to Use Up Fabric Scraps

April 22, 2015


24 ideas for using up scrap fabric!

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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DIY Travel Accessories Tutorial

March 30, 2015


Stress/sleep mask.

Thanks again to Fairfield World for sponsoring content on CTD. Please visit their site for more product information and free projects!  As I was preparing my post about Poly Pellets and Micro Beads for Fairfield World, I got inspired to get out my machine and make a few things. I had a pair of my […]

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Five Holiday Projects Featuring Krylon Spraypaint! (Vlog Hop)

November 18, 2014

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Hey, Crafty Friends! As many of you know, I love to make YouTube videos and sharing great crafts and projects with you is one of my passions. This season, I’ve teamed up with Krylon and some  amazing video creators to bring you even MORE crafty happiness! We’ve put together a little “video blog hop” or Vlog […]

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Review it & DO IT! Spooky Goblets using Krylon Frosted Glass Effect

October 1, 2014


Spooky Goblets using Krylon Frosted Glass Effect

I love to decorate for the different holiday seasons-and I especially love making crafty items for our parties and family get-togethers. (And Halloween crafting is my FAVORITE!)  But what if you don’t want to *store* all of those decorations and supplies? Well, then make something that you can re-use for the next season, of course! […]

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Jellyfish Wind Sock Tutorial

August 5, 2014


Jellyfish Windsock Tutorial from

I shared some BIG NEWS with you all last week, and I teased that I was going to make a Jellyfish for one of my segments. Well, I did. But I decided not to wait to share it with you. You all get first peeks! This is a fun project for a party, kids’ room…heck, […]

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

August 4, 2014


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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Upcycled Mint Tin Craft Inspired by Alice in Wonderland

June 10, 2014


Upcycled Mint Tin Inspired by Alice in Wonderland using Collage Clay from Plaid

Remember that part in Alice in Wonderland when she finds the little cake that says “Eat Me?” Well, that passage sparked my creativity this week and, paired with my new love of Collage Clay by Plaid, I was inspired to upcycle a mint tin and create today’s tutorial for you! For this tutorial you’ll need: […]

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How-To Recycle Plastic Eggs into Musical Shakers (Sensory Craft)

April 23, 2014


How-To Recycled Easter Egg Shakers

Yes, Easter has come and gone. How would you like to use up those plastic eggs instead of saving them for next year? I’ve got a fun sensory/music craft for you today that will probably cost you ZERO dollars out of pocket AND is Earth-Friendly, too! That’s a three-fer craft, folks. Recycle those plastic eggs!  […]

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Decoden Zipper Pull/Luggage Tag Tutorial

April 10, 2014


Decoden Zipper Pull Tutorial

As I mentioned in my review yesterday, Decoden is HUGE right now- and lucky for us, it’s a really easy and fun craft for anyone who has the “more-is-MORE” aesthetic. So let’s get started! I made you a video to show you how to do it. And if you read my review of DecoDen Bling, […]

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

October 7, 2013


Instagram-friendly "Smoosh" book

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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Duck Brand® Deco Laminate and Upcycled Cell Phone Case Project

October 3, 2013


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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“Leftover” Cards using MOD PODGE SPARKLE

August 30, 2013


"Leftover" Cards using MOD PODGE SPARKLE from

  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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Faux-Dichroic Glass Pendants (Recycle Craft)

July 3, 2013


Faux Dichroic Glass Pendant Tutorial from

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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Roadside Rescue: Cheval Mirror to Pin Board

April 30, 2013


Cheval Mirror Recycle from

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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21 Ideas for Recycling and Upcycling Paper Scraps

April 17, 2013


21 paper scrap projects

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 out!

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Recycle Craft: Faux Lampwork Paper Beads

April 16, 2013


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


If you like, you can then have your young artist outline the paintings with black paint to help define the images.

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

March 21, 2013


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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How To: Craft English Christmas Crackers (American Version)

December 4, 2012

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English Christmas Crackers, American Version

Last month hubby and I headed to London for a week. I love that city, and it was my first time being there around the holiday season. I was entranced by  English Christmas Crackers (not the food, the party favors!) and even took a class at Handmade London on how to make them. Sadly, you cannot […]

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Fall Serving Tray featuring Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints

September 17, 2012


Fall Serving Tray featuring Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints by Plaid

Last week I shared my review of the Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints from Plaid and you got a sneaky peek of a work in progress. But today you get the whole tutorial of how I transformed a “blah” glass serving dish into a lovely fall focal point! Can you believe that I found a […]

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Handbag Upcycle Featuring Scrapbooking Attitude by Avatrex

September 13, 2012


Handbag Upcycle tutoria featuring Scrapbooking Attitude

Yesterday I shared my review and video overview of Scrapbooking Attitude by Avatrex- that whole “printable film” thing is wicked cool! And if you remember, what I was most excited about was not its uses for paper, but for cool substrates like leather, wood, and craft foam.  As I was doing my swatch tests, I kind […]

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How-To: Craft a Hanging Scissors Organizer from Recycled Neckties

September 7, 2012


DIY Scissor Organizer

Hooray! Today we have a guest post from a lady I totally admire for her recycled crafting misson! Thank you Becky for being our guest today on CTD & sharing a totally practical and CUTE craft using recycled neckties.Take it away…  Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe, and I am a freelance writer and […]

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How-To: Recycled Mint Tins with Washi Tape and Mod Podge

August 17, 2012


Upcycled mint tins using washi tape and Mod Podge

I love a good upcycling craft, I love little storage containers, and I also love Washi Tape. This, my friends, is therefore my “Trifecta” of crafting- a project that recycles mint tins- like the ones for Altoids- into happy little storage tins! To make them, you’ll need: Recycled mint tin (I used Altoids) Sandpaper/spraypaint (optional) […]

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Recycle Crafting: Runway Re-View Challenge

August 8, 2012


Taken with Lo-Mob app.

If you’ve been to CraftTestDummies even a handful of times, you know that I love to craft with found/recycled objects. (Or make “outsider art”- we don’t get hung up on semantics here.) I was invited to participate in a challenge for the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo– a “Runway Re-View”! Here were the challenge guidelines: […]

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How-To: Make a Recycled Pincushion from a Thread Spool

July 2, 2012

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I’ve you’ve visit CTD before, you know that I love recycling/”green” crafts. So when the lovely Lish sent me a bag of empty thread spools, my wheels got spinning. We’re not talking cool, vintage spools, either. We’re talking new, plastic spools. So it was an extra challenge to turn today’s trash into something worth keeping. […]

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Allium Dried Flower “Fireworks” Patriotic Centerpiece

June 27, 2012


Need a quick patriotic centerpiece? I made one with dried flowers- alliums- in only 15 minutes! You can bring the look of fireworks to your Fourth of July party for pennies using SPRAY PAINT! A few years ago, we planted some globe allium at our new house. It’s a member of the garlic family- actually, […]

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How-To: Recycled Fabric Flowers

June 18, 2012

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  This post originally ran on last year- but I thought y’all might like it here, as well! Get your fabric scraps ready and craft it up! I love to be able to recycle- it means I can stretch my money and save more for my craft shopping! Well, this handy-dandy flower is made […]

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Five Eco-Friendly Craft Products and Companies You’ll Love

April 22, 2012



Happy Earth Day! As a craft product reviewer, there are certain issues I care about deeply. One of those is “green” crafting- craft projects, products, and companies that focus on eco-friendly, sustainable, and/or recycled components that make our world a healthier place to craft! Today I’m going to share five products/companies that offer GREAT products […]

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How-To: Luggage Accessories Using Recycled Neckties

April 18, 2012


It’s no secret- I love recycle/”green” crafts. There’s something about taking something that is headed for the garbage or donation bin and then transforming it into a new, useful or beautiful object. Today’s tutorial is both useful AND  beautiful- we’re going to make luggage handle cozies and tags from old neckties- the wilder the print, […]

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