Musings of a CraftTestDummy- 5th Blogaversary (and Giveaway #2)

January 6, 2013

Jenny Sez

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CTD5thBlogaversary

Well, folks- today’s the day! CraftTestDummies.com’s official 5th annivesary- or my “blogaversary” as I like to call it! I recorded a message for you all tonight!

I get a lot of feedback from you via comments, tweets, and wall posts about what a cool job I have.

I really, really, really do.

But it’s not really a job.

First of all, I’d need to get paid to do it. Technically, a job is something you do for money. While CTD now does monetize with sidebar ads, affiliate links, and sponsored content, I don’t really get paid to run this site. All of the money we pull in goes back into paying server fees, shipping, gift cards to the #TeamCTD writers, and the biggest cost, trips to the Craft and Hobby Association Tradeshows where we see what’s new-and-coming in the crafting industry. So while I don’t draw a salary, I do get to have most of the products gratis and the networking is invaluable.

I started CraftTestDummies because I love crafting and sharing. I was a “newly retired” music therapist 5 years ago when I started this blog, mostly as a creative and social outlet. I’ve always know that makers and crafters and artists are my “tribe” and I love sharing ideas, project, and most of all good, unbiased information about craft products. That’s something else you should know- I don’t charge companies to review their products on CTD. (You might be surprised to find out that other review sites and blogs DO charge.) Why don’t I? Well, because I feel like if I take a company’s money to review their product, my integrity will be called into question. I will post “sponsored content” which is technically a commercial- but only after I’ve reviewed the product independently. I don’t want you, my readers, to feel as if I’m in the pocket of any one brand, or that I’m saying nice things because I’m getting paid to do so. Instead, I want this blog to continue in the spirit that I started it. I want it to feel like you’ve stopped over for coffee and while we’re chatting, I’m sharing with you a cool project I dreamed up or how a product or tool really worked for me. In shore, I’m aspiring to be the most-trusted craft-review site on the web – and the one you turn to when you have a question or need information.

This is going to be a Big Year. I’ve been alluding to it for weeks now, but it’s true. I’m looking to grow the CTD team again, I have a new gig (you’ll be seeing a lot more of me, hint-hint) and I’m working to improve the quality and content on my YouTube Channel.

But here’s the thing- I’m open to new ideas, too. And here’s where you come in.

In conjunction with my 5th Anniversary, I’m offering a giveaway today, for a $100 Amazon Gift Card.

The ONE MANDATORY entry is to leave me a comment. Tell me what YOU’D like to see here for 2013. More reviews? A particular product? A new series? Tutorials? This is your chance to be specific.

I’ve also created a little survey so you can “vote” for new features or content you might want to see here. Plus, if you follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, or FB, you’ll get extra entries. And if you want, you can come back EVERY DAY for a whole MONTH and enter via tweet. (You get extra points for that, too.)

Click the blue RaffleCopter link if it does not pop up for you automatically.
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Last but not least, I’d like to thank every one of you for supporting CTD with your pageviews, clicks on ads, entries to our sponsored giveways, +1′s on Google, Facebook shares, Pins, and Re-Tweets. You might not realize it, but each one of those actions that you take help us grow and therefore bring more content – FREE- to you.

I look forward to your ideas- and help- in creating an AMAZING 2013.

Thank you and craft on! -Jenny

About Jenny Barnett Rohrs

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196 Responses to “Musings of a CraftTestDummy- 5th Blogaversary (and Giveaway #2)”

  1. Dee in NH Says:

    What I love and want to continue to see is your in-depth review of popular products. I love and appreciate your honesty!!

  2. Mary Happymommy Says:

    I’d like to see more kid friendly crafts. My youtube username is Mary F.

  3. Carolsue Says:

    I like to see craft projects that I can do with my kids as well as holiday craft projects. I also like reviews of various projects.

  4. Elena Says:

    I would like to see more giveaways

  5. Lisa M Says:

    Congratulations on the 5 year blogaversary!! That is awesome!! I would love to see more reviews of products. I am a craft hoarder (I subscribe to that page on FB too!) and I really need to keep that at bay (for the sake of my marriage-LOL!) so seeing reviews are a great way for me to figure out if a product is for me. Especially with so many new things coming out!! ARGH!! Thanks so much for this blog and keep it up!

  6. Clare G Says:

    I like the reviews- they are so helpful to me. The reviews are a major influence on my trying new products. Congrats on the 5 year blogaversay!

  7. Suzanne K. Says:

    I love your videos!! I really like when you show how to use new products and give us the honest opinion of them and I love how you are so quick to answer our questions. Happy Anniversay!!

  8. Leah Hickling Says:

    I have really enjoyed watching your videos, and have gained valuable info on products. The one thing I like most and would live to see more of, is how to videos. How do I use that medium, or how does that new product work? Thank you for your help!

  9. Donna Ingalls Says:

    I would like to see you review cleaning products and film videos of you using them. I really like your videos.
    Thank you for your great blog
    Donna

  10. Debi K Says:

    Reviews are always helpful to me. Also tutorials. Happy Anniversary!

  11. Brenda B. Says:

    I agree with the other crafters. Your videos are so informative!!!! I love how you test each product and compare similar products. Watching your videos has helped me select products and narrow the choices. I trust and value your opinions on products and find myself looking at your reviews before purchasing…..so…continuing with what you already do works for me!

  12. jengd Says:

    I always enjoy tutorials and especially product reviews. The reviews tend to be so indepth and cover product usage in many ways. I hate to admit it but I’m not much of a video watcher.

  13. Jennifer Marie Says:

    i would like to see more crock pot reciipes.

  14. Jenny Says:

    I’m not going to promise crock pot recipes-unless it’s for making soap or something! Lol

  15. MelodyJ Says:

    I would like to see soap and toiletry making product reviews. Maybe even some crafts that may not be as popular like needle punch, flower making, quilling, etc.

  16. Bonnie Says:

    I do love the tutorials with videos.. It makes it so much easier to jump into a new technique or project after seeing the how to’s and choices. Thank you and happy blogaversary!

  17. Carmen Lucero Says:

    Congratulations on your 5th blogaversary!! I lvoe coming here to see the latest products, techniques and hear your lovely voice! Keep doing what you’re doing, look foward for more crafty videos!

    Hugs,

    Carmen L

    cal8007 at aol dot com

  18. Sandy L Says:

    Congratulations! 5 years already? It flew by, eh? Hmmm… I’d really love to see some scrapbook and card making or jewelry making demos and reviews. I’m very interested in watching or downloading detailed instructions that I can use to repeat the results. I adore your reviews – so more, please!

  19. JeanB Says:

    I like to see the reviews. I would like to see a lot of reviews of crafting equipment. Can’t get enough of it. Giveaways too. Except I would like to win one of them, lol.
    Congratulations!

  20. Kristen Says:

    I would love to see more reviews across multiple different categories, especially fabrics and mixed media. I’d also love to see the reviews organized on the site for easy finding and reference.

    I’m not a big fan of the video reviews unless they are tutorials.

    Loving a lot of the content on the blog, and am excited to see more!

  21. Kathi R Says:

    I like your product reviews, especially when you compare products that are similar to things that are already on the market.

    I also like when the reviews contain instruction/tutorials that show how to use a product, etc.

    Good luck with the new venture!

  22. Laurie Hunt Says:

    I love to hear what you have to say about products. I trust you when you share an opinion. More of that would be great. Also, to show how new gadgets and such can be used and multiple ways they work. I love a good video — and your videos are good — so more videos would be appreciated. That’s all I can think of for now except to add Happy five years! That’s a lot!

  23. debb Says:

    you really do have the coolest job – paid or unpaid – ever! I love all the variety you bring to the blog and share. Thank you!

  24. Louise Says:

    I began to follow your website recently and like what you already do. So…. Continue your good work and I will be happy!

  25. Marilyn H Says:

    I love the reviews you give. It really helps me to decide if a product is worth it’s cost or not. Just continuing what you do now would be wonderful.

  26. Toni Bryan Says:

    I would love to see more tutorials – I am a visual learner so if I can see how a particular products is used then that helps and then I really want the product. Thanks for what you do I really appreciate all of the info especially on new products. Keep it up!!

  27. Twyla Says:

    I would love to see more tutorials. You do an excellent job of reviewing products, but learning what to do wth them would be great too.

  28. Caryn S. (Scrapnsing) Says:

    The reviews are really helpful to me, I think they are my favorite thing about your blog. But I also like the tutorials for techniques that are new to me, so I’d love to see more of those!

  29. Jeniff Sthory Says:

    I like the reviews you did, are so helpful. Wonderful giveaway. Thanks!

  30. Alice C. Says:

    New product reviews are informative and necessary, but I’d like to see more thrifty, recycling, stash-busting ideas, too.

  31. domestic diva Says:

    I love tutorials, so those are always great.

  32. Carol Ann Flowers Says:

    I’m fairly new to your blog and enjoy it immensely, learning lots from you. If you haven’t already tested it, I’d like to see the e-Bosser reviewed. Thanks.

  33. Karen Rose Says:

    I love your reviews!!! I am usually checking the web for “the newest”, “the best”, “the easiest” of everything having to do with crafting and you have been on the top of my blog list! I really appreciate the time you take to do these reviews so I don’t have to find out the hard way! =)

    I love tutorials on different techniques (in all mediums) and on the newest tools (or TOYS, as I call them!) – more of these would be on my wish list! =)

    Thank you for the chance to win and CONGRATS on 5 years!!!!!!

  34. Kristi - CbK Says:

    Love the reviews, not only do I learn about a new product sometimes I learn a new application for a product I already have/love.

  35. beckiev Says:

    I love, love, love your enthusiasm! You are have such an obviously happy, friendly personality. I do feel like I am visiting with a friend when I read your blog each day. Happy blogsversary!! Your are so on the right track I can’t think of a thing to “wish” for!

  36. Noreen Says:

    Happy Blogaversary! I’d like to see tutorials on different or unusual ways to use various products and tools – ideas for using them in ways that aren’t normally done.

  37. StephanieM Says:

    Congratulations!! Great job on the 5 years!!

    I appreciate the honest and thorough reviews that are presented. While I am not into all kinds of crafts, I do sometimes enjoy seeing other craft items and learning about them. I like the wide variety of crafts that you do cover and it sometimes gives me ideas for the crafts I do work on or an idea that I might try something new.

    I would love to see more reviews as well as more projects, ideas, patterns, and/or techniques. Sometimes it is nice to learn a new way to use an older tool or product. The more I can get out of what I have, the more value it has. So this is an area I would love to see more emphasis.

    Keep up the good work and thank you for all that you do!!

    Best wishes for the future!!

  38. Zan Says:

    I would love to see polymer clay items reviewed. Tools, textures, stamps, powders, books and/or anything that could possibly could be used with polymer clay. There is a lot of cross over from other crafts to polymer clay.

  39. calamityjane Says:

    I’m fairly new to your blog but love it!!! It’s cool finding out about products before I buy them. I’ve bought a couple of dies for my Grand Calibur (Spellbinders) that are from different manufacturers only to find that they then do not work in my machine!!! I wish I’d have asked you bout this first. Do you have a review of dies/machines that could show which dies do or do not work with ALL machines?? This would be super cool and a real help!!!!

    Happy 5th Blogaversary!!!!! I can’t wait to see more!!!

  40. Erika Taylor Says:

    Congratulations Jenny!!!! I love the site and can’t wait to see all the new and wonderful things you have up your sleeve. Love ya!!!!

  41. superstitches Says:

    I really appreciate the product reviews. It is very helpful in determining whether or not it is something I need or not. The videos are great. A picture can be worth a thousand words.

  42. Amanda Sakovitz Says:

    I would love to see more posts for home decorating crafts and easy to do crafts for beginners.

  43. Thomas Murphy Says:

    I would like to see more giveaways on CTD this year

  44. Caroline D. Says:

    Congrats! What I’d like to see continue is your honest reviews of popular and current craft products and include a project idea of how you used/tested the product you’re reviewing. It’s may favorite kind of your posts!

  45. Sarah E. White Says:

    Huge and hearty congratulations on five years! I am getting into craft journaling this year so I’d love to see tutorials on the basics. What are your must-haves (and I know you’ve covered some of that already, I just have to go back and find it…). And I’d love to see myself as a contributor ;)

  46. Lysa Says:

    I just found your blog and have really enjoyed reading the reviews — especially the one about the Fiskars Fuse. Congrats on five years!

  47. Rebecca Bodine Says:

    Please notice change in email

    Jenny, I can’ find an access to comment on the blog giveaway.I like your review of products or instruction about how to do a projec, like the angle from Martha stuart’s punch around.I also really like your comparisons like the one about the whit pens and the gel mediums.

    I still don’t have a clear undertanding of the different types of stamp pads, like chalk versus all the other kinds and what they’re for.

    Also a comparison between Smmoch, H2o,s spitsers, etc.

    Than you. You do an excellent job.

  48. Laura Says:

    My main interests are cardmaking, scrapbooking, a little bit of mixed media. The things I find the most useful are reviews of new products in those categories and the ones where you compare multiple brands of one type of item (I recall one about black ink pads, I think?) Really invaluable.

  49. heather Says:

    I would like to see more giveaways with less days open.

  50. Lora (Howard) Wells Says:

    I’d like to see more tutorials. Many of your product reviews are of no interest to me as I am on a limited income and the reviews only make that harder, because it makes me want what I can’t afford. Tutorials allow me to take a basic idea and adapt it to fit my craft allowance.

  51. Jenny Says:

    Rebecca- your comment is here- so it works! I do have a post up comparing different sprays/mists here: http://www.crafttestdummies.com/craft-product-reviews/getting-inky-a-comparison-of-spray-inks/ Enjoy! -Jenny

  52. Pamela Jensen Says:

    I really appreciate the product reviews. You have kept me from spending money foolishly. I am a polymer clay artist and general crafter and have been for many years. I would love to see more things relevant to polymer clay, there is quite a bit of cross-over from the scrapbook/cardmaking world using stamps and mica powders and inks.

  53. Sue Says:

    I really enjoy your blog. The product reviews,ideas and tutorials are wonderful. One thing I’m trying to start doing is etched glass and stained glass. I would love to see tutorials, pattern ideas, etc. on these and other non-traditional crafts. The giveaways are teriffic! Maybe one day I’ll win one. :) Keep up the good work for the benefit of all of us. Thank you so mmuch for sharing your knowledge/expertise/ideas with all of us.

  54. Pat Upton Says:

    I want to see more product reviews. Often you review products i haven’t seen before! Keep up the good work!

  55. Victoria Sturdevant Says:

    I love your reviews and often point people to you. Thanks for all you do!

  56. Sara Jones Montgomery Says:

    I love to see your product reviews…keep up the great work!

  57. Judy Corona Says:

    I love, love, love reviews, which is why I’ve gravitated to your YouTube channel. I do love a giveaway, so that’s always fun. I also love tutorials. I just want you to keep finding products I haven’t tried and show me how they work and tell me what you think of them.

  58. Kathryn Says:

    I would love to see product reviews that specifically compare new products to old so I know when it might be worth replacing something I have. I’m loathe to do so unless I know the new product is heads and tails better than the old.

  59. Sandra Strait Says:

    I know that I’ve brought product and not used it simply because I don’t know how it’s meant to be used. This is one of my go-to places to find out the answer to my questions via your reviews and tutorials on new products–so that’s what I want. More reviews and tutorials!

  60. Wendy Lynch Says:

    Keep giving us more of the same! Your video reviews are thorough and very informative. Especially when it comes to the more expensive purchase decisions. Really, I don’t know what to suggest. You cover a lot of what I like to see!

  61. marie sierra Says:

    i enjoy the content of your blog already! so you don’t have to change anything as far as i am concerned! i wish you all good things in 2013 and huge congratulations on your 5th anniversary!!
    marie
    xox

  62. Ana Marcela Herrera Says:

    I would like to see more tutorials. Happy 2013!

  63. Linda Says:

    Happy Anniversry! I love your blog. The videos are so informative . I always look forward to it.

  64. Denise Says:

    Congrats! keep doing what you are doing!!

  65. Zaira Says:

    Congrats!

    I want to see your opinion/approach on minimalism for the crafting community.

  66. Denise Parcells Says:

    Always looking for more inspiration, so would love to see that!

  67. Carissa Says:

    I’d love to see more videos. Excited to hear you’re ramping up your youtube presence. :-)

  68. Stephanie Pfahl Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I just love watching all of your videos, but if I could choose one thing I would like to see more of in 2013, it would be TUTORIALS. Thank you! And best wishes for the next five years!

  69. debi beard Says:

    Ditto to what Carissa said, more videos pleeze! loved you anniversary vid!

  70. carolyn ~ homework Says:

    I rely on your reviews because I trust you! But more tutorials would also be welcome.

  71. Barbara Leffeler Says:

    I love the product reviews and tutorials. I would like to see you compare the new embossing machines.

  72. Renee J. Says:

    Happy Blogaversary, Jenny!! I love the product reviews….keep them coming. Thanks so much!!

  73. Sue Michaels Says:

    I would like to see more posts or video tutorials on home decorating.
    Your product reviews are very informative.

  74. miriam Says:

    im having a hard time coming up with what i think is missing on the site! thanks for an awesome resource!

  75. Karen R. Says:

    I really love the reviews! Whenever I learn of a new product or see it in one of the craft stores, I hurry home to log on to your blog to see if you have done a review of it before I make the purchase. I love your matter-of-fact, honest approach when you do a review. And I do love the tutorials! You’ve inspired me to try new things that I never thought I would be able to do! Thanks, Jenny! :D

  76. Cindy deRosier Says:

    I like to see really in-depth product reviews, where the testers truly use (and abuse) the products and put them through everything they can think of. If that came with lots of suggestions for out-of-the-box ways to use product, I’d be thrilled.

  77. Sarah Says:

    More tutorials!

  78. Patti Says:

    I am a paper crafter so anything in that line I would love to see more of! Bring it on! Thanks!
    ptucker6 at cox dot net

  79. Rose Says:

    I`d love to see more tutorials. I`m constantly *needing* to learn new things, and there`s nothing better than a tutorial for inspiration!

  80. Yvonne Says:

    Hi,

    I would love to see a review of the higher end electronic die-cut machines like the Zing and Black Cat Cougar.

    Thanks.

  81. Paula@SweetPea Says:

    I’m new here and look forward to looking around at your past posts. I also look forward to what you have in store for 2013.

  82. Dee R Says:

    I would like to see a review on Scissors and hand-operated cutting tools for all sorts of fabric, paper, plastic and wood.

  83. malia Says:

    CONGRATS! 5 years is a great accomplishment! I’m all for more reviews.

  84. Becky Greene Says:

    Congratulations on reaching the five-year milestone! Quite an accomplishment!!

    I, too, value the product review posts. Tutorials for fabric crafts would be my second fave.

  85. Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe Says:

    I love your reviews of craft supplies and would love to see more of those!

  86. Megan @Chaos Served Daily Says:

    Congrats on 5 years! I love your reviews, as well as kid and holiday crafts…more, more, more, PLEASE!

  87. rachel Says:

    A headboard related craft? That might be cool

  88. Yzma Says:

    You’re doing an awesome job!

  89. Lori Says:

    Congratulations on five years. That is awesome!

    I think I’d like to see more of how people are using crafting tool in more non traditional ways.

  90. Nancy D Says:

    I love the reviews and would like to see more of them. It’s so helpful to me to know if a product is really worth my time and money. I appreciate your honesty! Thanks for a great blog!!

  91. Cat Graves Says:

    I love watchimg you videos and product reviews….especially when they pertain to mixed media /paper crafts. it is great to be able to get a preview of a product before I spend money on it!! Congrats on 5 years, looking forward to many more!

  92. marybeth i Says:

    product reviews and tutorials, especially with new mediums

  93. Shani Says:

    More tuts and crats for sure.

  94. Angie @ CCC Says:

    Just keep doing what you do best!

  95. Jody S Says:

    I love product reviews it saves us crafters $.

  96. julie m Says:

    I like the reviews, especially ones from smaller companies. The big brands are flooding the market with die cuts, mists, stencils, etc. It is always refreshing to find out about products we may not find on our own.

  97. Kelsey Says:

    I always love a new series!!!:)

  98. Barb Ghigliotty Says:

    Congrats again on your “Blogaversary”! We are all so lucky to have you to review products for us, and share your honest opinions! Thank you for 5 great years, and for a chance to win!

  99. Renee Says:

    I really like your reviews of products because that is how I learn of new things and helps me decide if I would like it or not.

  100. Elizabeth Says:

    I love the product reviews and testing that you do. Every time i see a new product (often just new to me) in the store I come running to your website to see if you’ve played with it. I”m especially interested in paper arts stuff. Keep up the good work!!

  101. Stacy Says:

    Congrtas! I’d love to see more reviews and tutorials.

  102. Sheila_G Says:

    Happy 5 Blogaversary! I totally enjoy and would like to see more reviews. This really helps when trying to decide if this is something I should buy. Thanks for your blog and all your hard work!

  103. Gloria T-T Says:

    I’d love to see more tutorials.

  104. Amanda Says:

    I love to see lots of tutorials – they get me inspired. But I also really like reviews. It helps me decide on what products I would like to try out.

  105. Stefanie Gladden ( Ann Lyfe ) Says:

    I’d love to see quick & easy crafts!

  106. calamityjane Says:

    I’ve gone back through some of your older reviews and blog posts & I’m very impressed!!! This year I would love to see some reviews of die-cutting dies. Not just a regular type review but something that shows us which dies work with which machines! It’s very VERY CONFUSING!!! I have dies/embossing folders that won’t work with my machine! Did I know that in advance??? HECK NO! Anything really to do with die-cutting would help! Not all of us are “professionals” or “designers” and like to see how some of the new stuff works!!

  107. Andi Smiles Says:

    I really enjoy reading your reviews of popular products- especially those I see on every other craft blog and Pintrest. I love the idea if Youtube videos! It is so helpful to see a product in action BEFORE buying it! Thank you for your honesty and site!

  108. Shelli Says:

    Happy Anniversary. I love seeing reviews on new products. It helps me decide if I want to purchase them.

  109. Veridana Says:

    I just sign in to your blog and i’m very happy i did because this way i can finds out many things about many different products so keep up the reviews for sure,and maybe some more tutorials.And keep up the good work you are doing great i can see that just by flipping thru really quick on your yt an blog.Thanks

  110. Jillian Smith Says:

    As a new crafter, I am always appreciative of tutorials!

  111. Sue McG Says:

    I love seeing step-by-step photos or video, it’s a great way to really see what a project or product is all about.

  112. Barbara Montag Says:

    I’d love to see posts about jewelry making especially earrings.
    Thank you.

  113. Lisa Fulmer Says:

    I love seeing tips for preventing craft fails…like I just learned today about using wax or parchment paper in my diecutting machine along with the cardstock to make even the most intricate designs pop cleanly right off the die. Yay!

  114. Scrappyrat Says:

    More reviews!!! Especially more reviews of various coloring elements, from paints to colored pencils to markers and chalks. :)

  115. Heather Says:

    I’d love to see more tutorials! I find them really inspirational when I want some new ideas. Happy 5th blogiversary!

  116. Jenni Malcomb Says:

    I have to say the tutorial are one of my favorite pieces of your site and postings. I love learning new things and trying them out! I can’t wait to see more!!! Happy 5th blogiversary!

  117. Cindy Jacobs Says:

    Wow, I had no idea you used to be a music therapist! So cool…I’m an expressive arts therapist and an avid crafter/artist…so, I would love to see you maybe share some of the healing benefits of using creative expression in some tutorials???? Plus, any of your tutorials are good with me! I really appreciate that you don’t accept payment for reviews, as I have been able to come here and trust I’m getting an honest review.

  118. Wehaf Says:

    I love your how-tos; I’d like to see more of those, especially for practical projects, since you already do a lot of purely decorative ones.

  119. Susan Miller Says:

    HI, the thing I like most is introducing new product and review of product. I am at home, with a limited budget, so I appreciate knowing how something works before I put the money out to get it. By reading reviews and watching videos I get a much better idea if that item work for me. I also would like to see a whole series dedicated to tools. There are so many new tools how are we to know which ones will be tools we don’t know how we lived without or that it will sit in the drawer forever or it ends up on ebay.Thanks for all your hard work.

  120. Heidi @ Mom's Crafty Space Says:

    I’m really intrigued with alcohol inks, but I’m not sure what you can really do with them…I’d love to see some ideas!

  121. Deborah Says:

    I always like to see tutorials!

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign @gmail .com

  122. Cynthia Keogh Says:

    I love the detailed product reviews you provide. I would love to see some on more mixed media mediums. Either way you do a fabulous job with the site!

  123. Betsy Says:

    Tutorials, please! I love trying new things and am much more likely to jump in if some brave soul has paved the way and given some hints about navigating the learning curve. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve this year! Thanks for all you do!

  124. Margie Hunter Says:

    Congratulations~ I love reviews of products. I love tutorials. I find inspiration at your site, and your facebook posts. I think what I’d most like to see here is whatever you like…not sucking up, I mean that you love this stuff, and as long as it’s still fresh and inspiring to you, it will be to others. Keep it up!

  125. Robyn josephs Says:

    I’d like to see more reviews, and comparing similar products.
    details details!

  126. Belara Says:

    Please continue with the new product reviews. Living in a small town gives me ideas on what to purchase (or try to find) when I go to the “big city”. Totally inspired by yours posts and Happy 5th Blogaversary!

  127. J.J. Benson Says:

    I wanna be the next Amazon Idol. Oh boy I think I’ve been watching to much AI already. Lol.

  128. Amanda E. Says:

    More product reviews. They help in choosing what to buy.

  129. Itirms Says:

    More tutorials. Videos r great way to learn.

  130. Jenn Says:

    Its really hard to think of ways that you could do better (and I’m not brown-nosing I swear!!). I feel like you excel at tapping into what we need or want. Top of my list is more product reviews; those are so incredibly invaluable, especially since you do such a thorough job with them. Maybe you could do more product comparisons where you both highlight similar products AND also when you can show things that can substitute other products. Maybe you could also make simple charts that are great references for beginners- like explaining what adhesives work with what medium etc.

    I can’t wait to see what your next year will have in store for us!!
    Best wishes,

    Jenn

  131. Anne C Says:

    I’d like more reviews, and crafts for kids. I thank CTD because I see a lot of products and projects here that I would never have known.

  132. Kaymie Says:

    Product reviews are very cool. I love winning stuff! Thanks!

  133. Tonya Says:

    I like seeing all sorts of crafts, especially for kids. :) Also anything to do with crochet catches my attention quickly.

  134. Juile E. Says:

    quilting tutorials would be nice. Thanks!

  135. Sharon Reeves Says:

    I’d definitely like to see new product tutorials. I am a visual thinker….watching a demo is far better for us than trying to learn with written instructions! Thanks!

  136. Sharon Gullikson Says:

    I’d like to see more giveaways. They keep me interested in checking out the blog.

  137. Kasey Coots Says:

    I would love to see more tutorials and product reviews. Standing in the craft store and looking at all the different products can be really confusing and annoying. I would love lists of the top products for different areas in the crafting world!

  138. Laurie R. Says:

    I love the reviews. Hope to keep seeing those. They are very helpful. Look forward to what you have for us this year.

  139. syazwani Says:

    am hoping to see more tutorials so that everyone can make things easily! :)

  140. Pam N. Says:

    Product reviews rock. Love the ideas of comparing products and different lines. Love tutorials….visual learner here! Congrats on the anniversary of the blog. That is totally awesome!

  141. Evert Says:

    Thanks for all your posts, I’d definitely like to see more reviews but actually would love to see comparisons. Like for example, comparing the scoring tools from ScorPal, Stampin Up, and Martha Stewart as well as having a dedicated tool for scoring vs something like a paper trimmer with a scoring blade attachment.

  142. Smokie Says:

    I like your open honest insight on what is out there. Maybe you could do special segments for those that can’t (or shouldn’t) use regular products. What are good substitutes, if any. If you already have something like this please let me know.

  143. Kim H Says:

    Love reviews on new products and tutorials using new products, so hope to see more. thanks for the chance to win.

  144. Daisy B Says:

    Congratulations!! Great job on 5 years!!
    I really like what you are already doing so keep do that….But I would also like to see more crafts that haven’t been created by to many people…Alot of do it yourself creation are basically a do over from something someone else has made…..

  145. Lynda Says:

    I would love to see more reviews of digital items…since I am finding myself combining physical and digital more and more these days. Thank you for the chance to win! Happy anniversary!

  146. Linda Says:

    I would love to see crafts that sway more to Senior citizens. Things that are not child like but things they can make without cramping up the arthritic fingers, etc.

  147. Lori Waller Says:

    Congratulations on five great years! I love your “stuff” but, I would like to see more “earth friendly” ideas. My son (he’s 13) and I love to make things but recently he has become very aware of the world around him and he is all about “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and he has infected me with the bug as well. I think it would be fantastic to see more ideas he would like. Thanks for the chance to offer my opinion.

  148. Connie Says:

    I like knowing how a product works and if it works;) If it is worth my money (which is tight right now); budgeting is so important and I do still want to craft so reviews and how-toes are what I need. Thanks! Con

  149. Paulette Akagi Says:

    I’d like to see product reviews, tutorials, new product updates.

  150. Rhonda Parrish Says:

    I would like to see more reviews on products. I like to know what I’m getting before purchasing. Plus I love tutorials. I like being able to see how things should come out and then try them myself with maybe a few additional tricks that I have picked up along the way. Happy Anniversary and looking forward to the future projects, etc.

  151. Deb Says:

    Tutorials always get my attention…fun stuff!

  152. Dotti Says:

    Congrats on 5 years. They’ve gone by fast haven’t they? I would love to see more give aways as well though I know I’ll never win, it’s fun to read all the comments.

  153. debbie Says:

    i’ve been looking for a blog like yours for awhile. i love your reviews and your how to’s. i’m a newer crafter, but i like to see what cheats and techniques are out there. i found you through the sizzix blog – and am so happy i did! thanks! please keep up with the reviews and product testing. :)

  154. Yan D Says:

    i love it when you do product reviews! keep at it!

  155. Kim Jones Says:

    I love your blog! I have found so many helpful hints and reviews on your blog. Keep it coming :)

  156. Donna O'Neil Says:

    More xyron tutorials and some more giveaways!

  157. sarina coffin Says:

    I would love to see more tutorials. There are so many great products available but without the know how and all the unique ideas, the products just sit on your desk. If we are shown and taught many different techniques we will want to buy more products. It is a win win for everyone! :)

  158. Sarah H Says:

    I love reviews and tutorials!

  159. Sandra Says:

    Videos or video reviews of products

  160. lawana whaley Says:

    never ever get tired of tutorials esp if they show how to use new products oh and who does NOT LOVE more giveaways…hehe

  161. Bev Says:

    I would love to have more give aways!!!

  162. Adri Says:

    I can not emphasize anything.
    I can pass out of everything!

  163. Denise Penn Says:

    My biggest wish if for tutorials, using new products. I can’t afford to take many classes this year (paying off last year’s extravagant art related trip!) so am looking for alternate methods of learning to do things.

  164. Sadie Says:

    I would like some yarn based projects.

  165. Culleen Mandigo Says:

    please continue doing the reviews of products…they are very helpful. I also love your tutorials! Thanks!

  166. Lisa C Says:

    Definitely reviews of products and I’ve got a new cutter that I’d love to walk through step by step putting cards etc. together (cutting, embossing, coloring etc.) Thanks SO much for all you do AND happy anniversary!

  167. beatrice Lawson Says:

    I am new to the blog so I can tell what I like to see on trusted blogs – short informative posts – it can be a technique, a new product, a new company – those in particular are awesome for all involved since new small business often lack the marketing budget to reach customers and it is always fun to discover a new supply of crafty goodness. I also like it made clear when it is a paid for posts 9or sponsored or somehow funded by the manufacturer) versus one where the blogger just freely shares an pinion. I am happy to buy or accept a marketing POV but I do want to know when it is advertising and when it is just a crafter sharing opinions. I find that one thing often lacking on most crafty blogs is good organization of topics – whether done by tags or category / links or some other hierarchy, it can be difficult to find what you are looking for. So bonus points for doing – as far as I can tell as a new user – a good job on that… Loved the CHA coverage so hopefully that continues!
    Also love organization / storage posts since I find that often challenging as my stash grows but my home sadly does not:-)

  168. Sharon DiAmore Says:

    I like to see your product reviews/demonstrations. I really value your opinion. And it’s nice to see the product put to use before committing to purchase.

  169. Laura Says:

    tutorials, things for men and holidays

  170. sandy Says:

    I like tutorial videos and product reviews.

  171. Cheryl L Says:

    I would love to see more product reviews and demonstrations. It’s helpful to see suggestions for how to put the new products to use.

  172. Colleen Hudson Says:

    I’d like to see more tutorials – about anything! I love to learn about new crafts that way!

  173. Jen Erfley Says:

    I am obsessed with tutorials and agree that kid friendly projects would be great! Congrats on 5 years!

  174. Katrina Cole Says:

    In my other entry I mentioned that I just found your blog. In looking around, I can tell I am going to spend a lot of time here and will learn a lot. Thank you for sharing. I am very excited!

  175. denise Underwood Says:

    Tutorials on new products. Makes learning something new easier. Plus gives me ideas and sends me off on my own tangent.

  176. Becky Dempsey Says:

    Things to do with kids would be awesome.

  177. Vicki Kleutghen Says:

    Congrats on your anniversary. I’d love to see product comparisons- ie – do waterproof inks really not run, which yarns stand up to washing and not pill, which die cutting machine is most economical, etc. I think these types of reviews would be really helpful in letting us get the most crafting for our bucks,

  178. Renee Says:

    I love the reviews of new products. I always like to hear both the positives and negatives from someone who has actually used the product.

  179. LisaGWT Says:

    I love it all but am always looking for project ideas!

  180. Christine Beasley Says:

    I’ld like to see reviews, tutorials , comparisons regarding fabric paints.

  181. Leslie Congrove Says:

    I happened to view one of your YouTube videos quite by chance and that was all it took. I was hooked. I kept watching them one after another. Why? Mainly because of the way you present the product you are reviewing or a new technique or what have you. I appreciate your honesty and candor, your sense of humor and your ability to laugh at yourself. After all, crafting is an extension of ourselves, so it’s bound to represent who we are at some level and your blog shows me that. So please continue doing what you do. I have learned so much about crafting products by watching your reviews, enabling me to make better choices. I really enjoy your tips and techniques, too. Thanks for all you do. Looking forward to all the great things to come!

  182. Lillian Duxbury Says:

    This would be so great for our Art and Craft group……..and yes I will pay shipping.

  183. Gina Shillitani Says:

    More tutorials on new items, but also new uses for items previously reviewed!

  184. CindyS Says:

    Tutorials and product reviews. I can “test drive” books from the library, but product reviews from someone I trust is priceless.

  185. Deanna G. Says:

    I love reviews & tutorials! :)

  186. Deanna G. Says:

    YouTube Name: Deanna Cali

  187. Karrie Smith Says:

    I love tutorials and product reviews. Especially new products! I just found your site and I”m in love!!!

  188. Emily H Says:

    I would like to see a how to on mailing projects. It seems no one hardly talks about this.

  189. Jennyfer l Says:

    I want to know more about the envelope punch maker from We R Memory keepers and the silicone moulds.

  190. Miranda Says:

    Happy blogaversary! You run one o my favorite blogs! I love your ideas. I love sewing, so anything sewing related is right up my alley!

  191. Rebecca Ednie Says:

    I’d like to see more videos of new products. I like to hear someone else’s opinion and tips.

  192. Carmen Says:

    I love tutorials and ideas on how to use the products I already own

  193. Lisa P Says:

    I personally like to see reviews of products. I am one of those who likes to get facts and lots of them before making a purchase. Thanks for sharing your ideas and thoughts with us.

  194. Deb Fagnant Says:

    I would love to see more ideas for organizing all of our “stash”!! What products are out there to make our live easier

  195. Mara Weber Says:

    I would also like to see more crafts for kids.. I am new to your blog and was steered here by the cricut Facebook page… Your blog is great and I found some great tutorials so far!!! Can’t wait for my little one to nap so I can hunt some more!!!

  196. Thomas Murphy Says:

    I would like to see more reviews of popular products

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