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Craft Countdown with Heather Mann

October 27, 2014

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Today I have a great Craft Countdown with a blogger that is the mastermind behind Dollar Store Crafts. Meet Heather Mann! Heather has been hard at work this past year on her first book- CraftFail! Based on the website of the same name, CraftFail takes a good-natured look at crafts that go horribly wrong. All […]

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Craft Countdown with Lisa Fulmer

October 3, 2014

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Time for another Craft Countdown! Today we have Lisa Fulmer of LisaLizaLou.blogspot.com, and the author of the NEW craft book Craft Your Stash! Here’s a little bit about Lisa: I am an artist, crafter, teacher, writer, on-air talent, as well as a marketing consultant.  I’ve worked in the craft industry for many years and I’m […]

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Craft Countdown with Angie Holden of Country Chic Cottage

August 27, 2014

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Welcome to another Craft Countdown! Today we are welcoming Angie Holden of TheCountryChicCottage.net. Angie is an amazing crafter, great writer, and one of the best gals I know on the web. (Some of you may remember when Angie was a part of #TeamCTD and a regular contributor to this site! I was thrilled when she […]

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Scrapbook Soup Behind the Page Interview 2014

August 18, 2014

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Earlier this spring I was invited to film some segments for the nationally-televised Scrapbook Soup tv program, which airs on PBS. In addition to the two tutorials I filmed (including the Two-Fer Inlaid Diecut Cards and Making Custom Stencils and Masks) I also was interviewed by the host, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. This was an unscripted, […]

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Craft Countdown with Carolina Moore

August 12, 2014

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Today we have a Craft Countdown for you- a series of questions with AMAZING crafty bloggers. We are also testing out a new incarnation of our Craft Countdown- a video chat! Our guest is the lovely Carolina Moore from www.CarolinaMoore.com, where you can find the whole list of her crafty endeavors, including: 30 Minute Crafts […]

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Craft Countdown with Katie Waltemeyer

December 5, 2013

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Craft Countdown with Katie Waltemeyer

Today we have a special guest on our Craft Countdown- Katie Waltemeyer, our newest member of #TeamCTD! She is an amazing blogger and crafter, and we are so honored to have her on board!  Hi y’all! I’m Katie and you can find me over at my little slice of the internet, Sweet Rose Studio! I […]

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Craft Countdown with Sara Carns

July 18, 2013

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Sara Carns

  I’m a stay at home mom to two fabulous girls in the Arizona desert that loves to create just about anything from altered art to last minute costumes for my kids!  My mother started my passion for crafting at a young age and I started going to rubber stamp conventions at nine years old; […]

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Craft Countdown with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

June 5, 2013

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Balzer Designs

  Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is a painter and mixed media artist. She currently authors the “Adventures in Arting” column in Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, hosts a bi-monthly podcast by the same name, and is the co-host of Scrapbook Soup TV on PBS. She teaches art classes around the world as well as online and through […]

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Craft Countdown with Amy Anderson

May 21, 2013

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Mod Podge Amy

  My name is Amy. I am a 36-year-old crafty gal who has lived all over the country (a lot in the Northwest) and finally ended up in Atlanta. I was born from creative genes, so I’m carrying on the tradition. I have been knitting for 18 years, sewing for longer and decoupaging for just […]

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Craft Countdown with Margot Potter

May 15, 2013

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Margot Potter

  Margot Potter is an internationally celebrated designer, author, trash to treasure trover, freelance writer, consultant, public speaker, performer and TV Host.  She invites people to not only think outside of the box, but to tear it up, repurpose it into something fabulous and stand on it to reach for the stars. Equally comfortable at […]

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Craft Countdown with Becky Striepe

April 18, 2013

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Crafting a Green World

    My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone!     5 tools or supplies you can’t be without 1. Vintage buttons 2. Ric Rac 3. […]

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Craft Countdown with Vicki O’Dell, The Creative Goddess

April 9, 2013

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1 with Vicki O'Dell, The Creative Goddess

 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1   I’ve been writing here on Craft Test Dummies for a while now (2 years this coming July). While at CHA in January Jenny and I started talking (Well, ok. The truth is that we NEVER STOP talking but that’s a story for another day) and […]

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UK Week, part 2: The Accidental Crafter

June 28, 2011

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I believe I must have been born under a lucky sign- I stumble, quite literally sometimes, into the most wonderful crafty situations. This happened on three occasions on my London trip- and I’m so tickled to share them with you. The first was happening across a lovely paper shop while out tromping around with my […]

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UK WEEK, part 1: Photo Journal {Craft and Inspiration}

June 27, 2011

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A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to travel with my family to London for 10 days worth of walking, sight-seeing, and of course, searching for art and craft! Just walking around the city you can’t help but be inspired by the architecture. And in our travels, I found some amazing works of […]

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Behind the Scenes at “Scrapbook Soup”

April 9, 2011

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I find it amusing and beyond coincidence that the majority of PBS craft shows are shot on the East side of Cleveland. Every week, my favorite crafty people fly in, shoot their segments, and fly away back to their busy lives. Imagine how thrilled I was when one of my new crafty friends, Julie McGuffee, […]

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Vicki Howell Spins Newspaper into Yarn

April 5, 2011

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I love me some cool recycling crafts. And as an avid newspaper reader, I really have a LOT of paper to recycle at the end of the week! This week though, I’m going to pull some out and try this idea from Vicki Howell on making yarn. Don’t have a drop spindle? Don’t worry. Folks […]

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Sunday Spotlight: Mod Podge Rocks!

April 3, 2011

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As you may know, I’m both a fan AND a friend of Amy Anderson from Mod Podge Rocks! She has a great website, featuring….of course….Mod Podge. And she’s one of the nicest folks in the industry. Besides that, her site is AWESOME. She features great projects- and beyond that, she doesn’t just repost someone else’s […]

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New Years’ Craft Resolution Recap: Checking in on 2010

January 1, 2011

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Last year I composed a series of three posts to flesh out my resolutions for 2010- to clean out my studio with charitable intentions, to branch out and cross-pollinate, and to use a word prompt. I th0ught before I committed to making NEW New Year’s Crafty Resolutions,  should see how I lived up to last […]

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Crafting Spaces for Spaces to Craft, Part Five

December 31, 2010

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So here we are at Day Five of my studio re-org, clean-up, and tour. This is the last section of my studio to share, because this is my most often-used workspace, and consequently, the messiest. Before I started tidying up, it looked like THIS: Now, it’s usually not THIS bad, but yes…usually it is messy. […]

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Crafting Spaces for Spaces to Craft, Part Four

December 30, 2010

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Today’s focus is on my multi-purpose area- my sewing/paper-trimming/die cutting area. It’s only a small peninsula, but it gets a lot of play. It’s actually a “return”- a table that sticks out from a computer desk that used to be in my husband’s office. The file cabinet underneath was part of that set, too. Now […]

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Crafting Spaces for Spaces to Craft, Part Three

December 29, 2010

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  Ok, so today’s installment of my studio tour and organization is really more about thinking outside of the box and my dumb luck. I am blessed with not one, but TWO card catalogs. You know me and labels…I have all these drawers labeled and chock-full o’ crafty goodness. Glues, embossing powders, sewing notions, tools….heck […]

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Crafting Spaces for Spaces to Craft, Part One

December 27, 2010

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I have my own space to craft- it’s the third floor of our house and is primarily in what used to be a guest bedroom. There is a full bathroom up there, too- so most of the time I have a place to wash out brushes, hand dyed fabric to dry, and wet-sand polymer clay […]

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Crafting for a Cause: Little Lion Designs

August 26, 2010

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Last July when I was at the Cleveland Craft Coalition Show, I had the pleasure to meet Stephanie of Little Lion Designs. Her fabric collage pieces where colorful and delightful to behold, and when I found out that she uses her artwork to raise awareness, I knew I had to learn more about her and […]

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Crafting Field Trip: Stamplistic in Amherst, OH

August 22, 2010

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Wonder what a CraftTestDummy does on a weekend? Sometimes I make a big mess….and sometimes I go shopping. I took a little field trip to Stamplistic, and wonderful (and sadly my ONLY) semi-local independently-owned scrapbooking and stamping store. What makes Stamplisitic special is that they carry such a marvelous collection of scrapbooking, stamping AND mixed-media […]

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Crafting for a Cause: Jason Orpe ALS Mojo Fest

August 21, 2010

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Just found out about this craft-tastic fundraiser via Vicki Howell, and felt moved to pass it along. Watch the video to hear about Jason and Mojo Fest, then do what you can. Craft on!

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Visit to the Amercian Folk Art Museum- part one

August 19, 2010

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When I was in NYC a week ago- (geez, it already feels like a MONTH ago I was at Martha Stewart’s Blogger’s Night Out!) I took a quick side trip to the American Folk Art Museum. It was Sunday morning and I had to catch a flight home, and I only had an hour. Not […]

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Tour of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Offices

August 10, 2010

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If you read my post yesterday about the Martha Stewart “Blogger’s Night Out,” you know that I left you hanging with a tease about my private tour of the MSLO offices. Let’s just take a moment to savor those words, shall we? Private. Tour. It was almost as nerve-wrackingly exciting as going to the actual […]

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Martha Stewart Blogger’s Night Out Party

August 9, 2010

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I did a full-on, whole body “Happy Dance” when I got the invitation to Martha Stewart’s “Blogger’s Night Out” party in New York City at her Martha Stewart Omnimedia offices. First thought: “AH! I got an invite!”(Kinda cool for little ol’ me!) Then “OH! I get to see the offices where the magic happens!” (It’s […]

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New “Creative Layers” Stamps from Collage Artist Claudine Hellmuth and Ranger

July 30, 2010

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Another debut at CHA Summer 2010 are the new coordinated stamp lines from Ranger Industries designed by Claudine Hellmuth (aka Collage Artist) called “Creative Layers.” Her new stamps features both foam stamps and coordinating line designs for easy layering and mixing and matching. Claudine has a whole line of fine-arts supplies for discerning crafters, so […]

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Color Inspiration (from reader Erin)

July 21, 2010

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I LOVE comments on my blog, and the other day I received one from Erin who blogs at Treasures Found:: Inspiration is Everywhere. She was responding to a guest post by Lisa on finding inspiration for papercrafting, and Erin had a valuable two-cents-worth to chime in. So instead of just approving her comment, I’m adding […]

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