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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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Share the love with International Delight this Valentine’s Day with Rosette Party Picks!

February 14, 2013

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We love Valentine’s Day here at Craft Test Dummies World Headquarters. We make our own Valentine’s Day Cards, jewelry, and of course we have a special yumm-o dessert complete with Valentine’s Rosette decorations! I have to say that what makes this mini strawberry shortcade extra good is the whip cream on top- but it’s not […]

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How-To: Quilled Hearts Jewelry

February 6, 2013

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It’s that time of year again- when we all wear our hearts on our sleeve…or ears….or hands…. or lapel! Time to make and wear some really cut Valentine’s Day jewelry…this year, I’m integrating one of my favorite paper crafts: QUILLING! Never fear, friends! It’s easy and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Silver Glitter Formula makes it […]

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How To: Craft Candy Kiss Roses

January 20, 2013

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UPDATE: I was on a local TV show recently- Golden Opportunities- and I had a chance to demo these on air. Now, the host needs some remedial crafting lessons, but if you follow these steps you’ll have great roses!  I know this is an oldie but a goodie, but I had to whip up some […]

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Valentine’s Day Card Inspiration

January 3, 2013

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I love to make cards! So easy, so fun, and so many opportunities to play with different themes, techniques and embellishments. I hauled out my Valentine’s/Love themed papercrafting box and started to play. I keep my themed/holiday paper, tools, stamps, and embellishments in the same box so that I can easily find them when I […]

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Valentine’s Craft: Lego MiniFig Soaps (for boys and geeks)

January 27, 2012

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Yes, friends, the Valentine’s season is upon us, and it’s time to find some non-caloric ways to say “I Love You.” (Just like Fred Rodgers used to say! Well, sorta. ) So this year, since Legos are all the rage at my house, I figured that some nice Mini Figs would be a great gift. […]

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DIY Candy Conversation Heart Engagement Ring

January 26, 2012

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  If you’ve got more love then cash, then you need to make this sweet little DIY engagement ring for your sweetie. Perfect for geeks, crafters, nerds, and conversation-heart-candy aficionados, especially! It’s pretty simple. Just buy some boxes on Candy Conversation Hearts at the Dollar Store, and find the one that says “Marry Me.” You’ll […]

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What Crafters REALLY Want For Valentine’s Day

January 23, 2012

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  Crafter’s are really easy folk to buy for. To tell the truth, we don’t want candy. Or even a dinner and a movie. This, however will do nicely. Crafting  Candy Or this: Beading Candy Or this: Sewing Candy Ok, significant others. You’ve been notified. Crafters you’re welcome.

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Faux Cloisonne Earrings featuring Letraset Markers and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

December 27, 2011

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  Start Ups from Buttons Galore and More might just be my favorite product from the site! I love their smooth, white surface… like a canvas just begging to be painted upon.  I rifled through my sticker stash in order to come up with this easy-peasy faux cloisonne technique.   You’ll need: Start Ups- I […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day- Card “Show-and-Tell”

February 14, 2011

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So…here we are at Valentine’s Day- hope you all got your cards made, dinners planned, and flowers sent! I made my own this year, and here’s the ones I made for my family: I stamped this image multiple times on different colors of cardstock, then decorated them with Derwent Coloursoft pencils and Stampendous stickers before […]

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Quick Quilled Hearts

February 12, 2011

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So Valentine’s Day is looming just around the corner. If you don’t have a card yet, don’t despair! You can make this quilled heart card really quickly and with for pennies. It’s sure to be a keepsake. You’ll need: Basic Quilling Kit from Quilled Creations OR quilling tool or awl 6 strips of white quilling […]

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Swarovski Crystal Heart Earrings

February 9, 2011

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Need some last-minute bling for Valentine’ Day? These earrings are quick and simple, but super-sparkly! I designed this as a member of the CraftsUnleashed Design Team, so I’ve included the links to ConsumerCrafts.com, where you can get all of your crafting supplies for less. Supplies: 2- 6 MM Siam Red Round Swarovski Crystal Beads 2 […]

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Hearts in Bloom Wall Decor

January 27, 2011

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This projects was something of a lark- Stacy made her fabulous Tower Of Hearts centerpiece, and she had all of these lids left over. I couldn’t let them go to waste, now, could I?? So I used up all of HER leftovers and made some cute wall hangings for next to nothing! Supply List: Lids […]

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Etched Vase Tablescape

January 25, 2011

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Here’s a post I recently shared on CraftsUnleashed that I made as part of their design team. Like most, I look forward to Valentine’s day to do a little something special- and the CraftsUnleashed “Love” challenge gave me a perfect excuse to create a tablescape that creates a warm, romantic look! To create this tablescape, […]

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How-To: Craft a Spring Kissing Ball

January 15, 2011

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Right about now I need a little spring- it’s still dark out and my world is shrouded in white. How about a little spring kissing ball to brighten things up? It’s easy, and your glue gun will be your best friend on this one! You’ll need: Styrofoam ball- 4″ is good Sheet moss Glue Gun […]

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Crafty Snacks to Give

December 22, 2010

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Another last-minute gift idea folks, from the gal who is becoming the QUEEN of “Last-Minute!” We’ve been making these little tempting treats for our holiday parties for years now…but they don’t seem to have a name! Our family just calls them “those little chocolate nummies” and we all know exactly what they are- and what […]

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Valentine’s Day Craft Round Up 2010

February 12, 2010

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I have been a crazy person crafting for V-day…but not just on my own blog! So I thought I’d round up some of my crafty goodies to share with you here. Most of them are really easy, and use things you might have on hand, so you’ve got a good chance of actually getting these […]

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Sweet Treats for the Class Party

February 11, 2010

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(Subtitle: Or,how the wrong adhesive can sink a great craft project!) My son was gearing up to make his class Valentine’s cards- hand made, of course- and we decided on a compromise: make decorated juice box sleeves that would double as his cards for his classmates. (For you new readers, I’m big on juice box […]

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Yo Yo Heart Hair Clips for Valentine’s day!

February 5, 2009

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I made these last year, but I thought I’d give you a quick tutorials on making them yourself. They are SO cute for a little- or big- girl’s hair! You’ll need: white craft glue, like tacky glue or Sobo (“super” glue optional) about 6 inches of velvet ribbon, 1/2 inch wide (grosgrain will work in […]

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Valentine’s Day Cards – and More Heart Yo-Yo’s!

February 14, 2008

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So you knew this was coming – Valentine’s day cards with heart yo-yo’s on them! I used the smaller heart yo-yo maker, and whipped up two for my cards to Mom and Sis. I used some Strathmore cards (just watercolor paper card blanks) and a smudged on some chalks to create the background. I also […]

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Crafting with Candy Conversation Hearts

February 12, 2008

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So, OK, I’m obviously on a kick here. But as I’m surfing around, I’m finding that there are lots of folks who are as obsessed with candy conversation hearts as I am! I ran across a blog: Ramblings of a Crazy Woman, who had two absolutely cute ideas for candy hearts! The first is making […]

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More on Conversation Hearts – Polymer Clay Version

February 12, 2008

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… and more on conversation hearts! Crafty Goat has made a version with polymer clay that really do look good enough to eat. What I like about her tutorial is that she gives you “recipes” for the colors, which really do look close to the original. If you are in to mood to make some, […]

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Snarky Candy Hearts from Despair.com, Part Two!

February 12, 2008

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Oh, how I love it when they make a cool thing even cooler! In this case, the Candy Hearts Generator now has 3 hearts for you to make into a snarky – or sweet – conversation heart saying. Of course, I’m a shameless self-promoter, so I’m going with this: Go send one to your sweetie!

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Fun with Felt: Felt Needle Cases

February 5, 2008

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I’ve still got some felt left over from the Felted Chair Covers, so I was looking for a fun, easy way to use some up. I ran across the idea of felted needle cases from Sue Bleiweiss, and I thought I’d do a simple version of that. I cut the white felt (the cover) with […]

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Felt Chair Covers Revisited- File Under “Craftastic”

January 23, 2008

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So I wrote about the Family Fun felt chair covers project earlier this week…and I had some morning time to myself today, so I thought I’d try them out. I decided to go with the “pocket” version (not in the instructions, but here in my head.) I simply measured the widest part of the chair […]

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Felt Fun for Valentines

January 21, 2008

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Talking with my friend Dawn today, and she was looking for some fun felt crafts for V-day. I was doing a search, and found this one for chair covers. How cute is this?!??? I’m thinking that each of the kids could decorate their own- maybe personalized with an initial. Other ideas: Make them with a […]

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