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

June 1, 2015

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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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Mother’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

May 8, 2015

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Mothers Day DIY Gifts you can make in 4 hours or less!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner- but don’t despair! I’ve rounded up  a passel (yes, that’s a real word) of awesome DIY gift ideas that you can make in 3 to 4 hours (or even less!) And trust me, Mom still likes a nice handmade gift from the heart. Don’t we all? An InLinkz […]

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How To Make A DIY Quilling Tool & Quilled Hearts Tutorial

February 10, 2015

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DIY Quilling Tool

If you’ve been here before, you may know that I have a soft spot for quilling. I love that you can take simple strips of paper and some white glue and twirl them into spirals that you can form into shapes that can be almost anything! (OK, I’m a little breathless here!)  But what if […]

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Feb 2015 & SIX Valentines!

January 29, 2015

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Valentine's Day/ Love Cards made with the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit February 2015

Time for the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit, peeps! And I made SIX Valentine’s Day/ Love cards in one go. Not gonna lie…this month I struggled with the card kit. The vintage colors felt a bit washed out to me, and I couldn’t quite feel the gold Gelato with clear embossing ink. While I […]

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Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Quilters

December 22, 2014

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Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Quilters

When Santa shops for quilting stocking stuffers, there are some go-to items he can always reach for. Here are some of the best last-minute stocking stuffers for quilters. 45mm Rotary Blades Quilters need to replace their blades regularly, and most don’t. Not because they don’t want to, but because they forget to keep them on […]

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Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Hostess Gifts

December 18, 2014

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Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Yesterday I shared how I make my Peek-A-Boo Gift Tags for the hostess gifts that I’m giving this year, and I got a request for the recipe for the Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub- so you here go! And you know what? You can make this in under an hour!   I’ve had my Dad, Mom, […]

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Frosty Hat Ornaments using Recycled K-Cups

December 12, 2014

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K-cup Frosty Hat Ornaments and Place Card Holders.

I know I’m not alone in loving my coffee brewer….but I do have a modicum of guilt with all of those plastic k-cups that head into the garbage. I’ve come up with a little craft that you could use either as an ornament or a place card setting, depending on how you do it. A […]

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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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Acorn Crafts Round Up

November 14, 2014

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Earlier this week I shared a tutorial for an acorn ornament…. ….. I kind of fell in love with acorns all over again. It doesn’t matter if it LOOKS like an acorn, is MADE from acorns, or has a PICTURE of an acorn- I’m loving it! So I put together a list of some awesome Acorn Crafts you […]

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“Surprise” Acorn Ornaments or Gift Boxes

November 12, 2014

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DIY "Surprise" Acorn Ornament. It opens to reveal a small gift or hidden message! Full video tutorial on CraftTestDummies.com

Today I have a great tutorial for you! It’s not yet Thanksgiving so I’m not “completely” in holiday mode yet.. but I AM thinking about hostess gifts and decorations that would work for Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah OR Christmas. (That’s a tough order to fill, right?) Well, these acorn ornaments are that “shabby glamorous” look […]

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Craft Haul: Stampin’ UP Holiday 2014 and Cards!

November 3, 2014

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Vote for your favorite! And I'll even do a tutorial for the winning card.

Eek! Halloween just ended…which means that Holiday crafting is in full swing! For those of us who make our own Holiday Cards, it’s time to get cracking. For me, that means doing some playing experimenting with different designs to see which one will actually “make the cut” and become the holiday card for the season. […]

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Fun Frankenstein Lanterns (Craft)

October 6, 2014

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Fun Frankenstein Paper Lantern Craft

If you have smaller kids, sometimes you don’t want to Halloween to be so scary or gory- so here’s a little fun Frankenstein Lantern you can whip up. He looks great sitting on a mantel or you can put him outside in good weather- he lights up and would look great guiding trick-or-treaters to your […]

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

October 1, 2014

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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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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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“Firecracker” Rice Treat Pops

June 26, 2014

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The other day I saw a super cute cookie treat idea  for the 4th of July on CakeSpy– you make cookies with Pop Rocks Candy and then roll the creamy filling with more Pop Rocks for a “firecraker” type of effect when you eat them. I loved the idea- but I needed to crank out […]

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Personalized Tablet or e-Reader Case- Gift for Dads and Grads and More!

June 18, 2014

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Personalized e-Reade cover: Tutorial from CraftTestDummies.com

It was just Father’s Day here in the US, and I’m always stumped. I have a husband who doesn’t want or need “stuff.” He doesn’t collect anything, abhors tchochkies and knick-knacks, doesn’t wear ties or drink coffee or drink liquor. So my gift options are kind of limited. But he does like to read on […]

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Polymer Clay Shamrock Pin (St. Patrick’s Day Craft!)

March 7, 2014

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Polymer Clay Shamrock Pin - St Patricks Day Craft

This post has actually been around for a few years here on CTD…but I have added new photos and a step-by-step video tutorial for you!  Who doesn’t need another St. Patrick’s Day craft idea or a super-cute Shamrock pin? Wanna play? You’ll need: black polymer clay translucent polymer clay metal leaf (silver or gold is […]

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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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New Year’s Toasting Glasses

December 26, 2013

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#FabulouslyFestive New Year's Toasting Glasses

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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Sweet Treats for the Holidays

December 20, 2013

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Cream Cheese Candies- CraftTestDummies.com

Can I tell you a secret? I’m really not into baking that much. After all, my Mom has the “mother-of-all-cutout-cookies” recipe and is CLEARLY the queen of the cookies. But I do enjoy making candies. Well, kind of candies. Mostly “cheater” candies. But you know what else? They are pretty dang good. So I thought […]

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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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Sisal Snowflake Ornament featuring Krylon Glitter Spray

November 22, 2013

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Sisal Snowflake Ornaments from CraftTestDummies.com. Full video tutorial!

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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Embellished Decoupaged Thanksgiving Candles Tutorial (#TurkeyTableScapes)

November 18, 2013

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#TurkeyTableScape from CraftTestDummies

We often travel over Thanksgiving, but this year we are staying home and offering the feast. It’s going to be extra-special this year as our Italian foreign-exchange student will be having her first American Thanksgiving. So of course, I’m going to make it a little extra-special with this pretty- but easy- tablescape (#turkeytablescapes) featuring decoupaged […]

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

November 15, 2013

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Holiday Card 2014 from CraftTestDummies.com

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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FloraCraft Smooth Finish

November 4, 2013

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Painting Smooth Finish vs Unfinished Styrofoam

I love products that help me use the craft supplies I already have in my arsenal in even more ways. I think it is because I like to sew. Take the same sewing machine, add a zipper foot, a buttonhole foot, or a walking foot, and suddenly your sewing machine can handle new tasks. That’s […]

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“Nevermore” Halloween Lantern

October 12, 2013

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NeverMore Halloween Lantern

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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Halloween Count-Down Photo Frame using Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage

October 4, 2013

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Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupaged Halloween Count-Down Picture Frame from CraftTestDummies.com

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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Happy Memorial Day- We Remember

May 27, 2013

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John Eugene Manelick, maternal grandfather.

Happy Memorial Day to my US friends. It’s a day for family, friends, food, and fond remembrance. Here at CTD WHQ we honor our active, retired, and deceased military heroes as well as the families that make sacrifices so that their loved ones can serve all of us.   I love this image from The […]

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