February 26, 2015

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Overview of Oly-Fun

Overview of Oly-Fun

Disclosure: Oly-Fun sponsored this video, but all opinions or my own and based on my first-hand experience with the product.  I’m so excited to bring you today’s post- I’m going to show you what I learned about Oly-Fun! Ever heard of it? From the Oly-Fun website: “The everything material” This is one of the easiest, […]

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February 23, 2015

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The Buckle Boutique Self-Adhesive Rhinestone Sticker Sheets

Buckle Boutique Bling Sheets

Hey crafters!  I am so excited to show you today’s product up for review by The Buckle Boutique.  These rhinestone sticker sheets are AMAZING and so unique compared to other rhinestone sheets on the market.  Before we get into the nitty-gritty lets see how The Buckle Boutique describes these gorgeous sheets of bling: “Add sparkle […]

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February 20, 2015

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Martha Stewart Crafts Cut and Fold Punch

Review of Martha Stewart Cut and Fold Punch

Sometimes I’m just walking through a craft store and a product catches my eye- this was the case with the Martha Stewart Crafts Cut and Fold Punch. I have another brand of cut/fold/tuck dies, so I wondered if the punch would be easier or more versatile to use, so I picked it up to review […]

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February 19, 2015

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Start-To-Finish Watercolor Cards

Watercolor Birthday cards, start to finish!

Last week I posted showing you how to make watercolor paints using your Perfect Pearls to add shimmer. I was so smitten with the technique, I decided to put the camera on and show you how I made a pair in under five minutes! OK… it was actually 22 minutes in “real time.” But in this […]

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February 18, 2015

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Gansai Tambi Watercolor Paint by Kuretake

Gansai Tambi watercolors by Kuretake

I spent quite a bit of time at the Kuretake booth at the CHA show in January- and one of the products that caught my eye were the Gansai Tambi Watercolors. Made in Japan, these highly-pigmented watercolors are rich and vivid- and I couldn’t wait to buy a set and try them out!   Here’s […]

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February 13, 2015

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More Comparisons with Home Made Gelli Plates

Comparison of Home Made Gelli Plates

A week or so ago I shared my Recipe for Home Made Gelli Plates. .. but you know my mind just keeps turning. I wanted to know if there was a difference between the ones with sugar or no sugar (some folks on YouTube insisted that ones with sugar would not mold) and if there was […]

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February 12, 2015

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Ron Lehocky and the Heart Pin Project

The Heart Pin Project of Dr. Ronald Lehocky

When is a craft project a work of art? When is a work of art an act of love? When is an act of love an accomplishment of a lifetime? These are just a few of the questions I ask myself as I contemplate Dr. Ronald Lehocky. You’ve got to get to know this amazing […]

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February 11, 2015

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Making Watercolor Paint from Perfect Pearls!

Using Perfect Pearls to make Watercolor Paints

This post is a direct result of a question from a YouTube Subscriber. She asked, “Can you make watercolor paints from Perfect Pearls?” And while I pretty much knew the answer would be “why not?” I decided to dig a little deeper and see how different methods might turn out. NOTE: I’m only referring to […]

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February 10, 2015

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How To Make A DIY Quilling Tool & Quilled Hearts Tutorial

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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February 9, 2015

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Iridescent Creative Medium (Texture Gel) from Imagine Crafts

Creative Medium Iridescent by Creative Imaginations

Creative Medium isn’t a new product- we reviewed it here over a year ago. However, mixed media is still on the upswing, and, as I reported in my CHA trends post, using black as a substrait/background is SUPER hot right now. Imagine Crafts is spot-on with this trend with it’s line of Iridescent Creative Mediums.   […]

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February 5, 2015

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Recipe For Homemade and Permanent Gelli Plates

how to make homemade and permanent Gelli Plates

Lately I’ve been obsessed with gelli printing. First I compared the Stampendous and Gelli Arts plates, and then of course I wondered how I could make my own? Out of the recipes I found, the measurements were confusing- ounces to tablespoons. UGH. So I simplified them so that the measurements were easy. Now I’m sharing it […]

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February 4, 2015

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Review of Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Markers

Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Marker Review CraftTestDummies.com

As I mentioned in my post from CHA, both neon and chalkboards or black backgrounds are still all the rage. So of course, we’re going to need some chalky and/or neon markers, right? Today we are looking at the Crafty Crock Liquid Chalk Markers. From the website: Crafty Croc™ Liquid Chalk Markers offer a versatile […]

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February 2, 2015

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Comparison Of Gelli Printing Plates

Comparison of Gelli Printing plates

Disclosure: this comparison is unsponsored and the results of my own first-hand experience with the product. Links below may include affiliate links.  Gelatin printing has become quite the rage with mixed media audiences with the development of commercially-available permanent printing plates, such as the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate and the Stampendous Creative Palette/Monoprinting Plate. […]

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February 1, 2015

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Printing on Fabric; Tests and Results from The Sewing Loft

From The Sewing Loft

I love it when I find a post that answers a question that I, myself, would have asked. I met my new friend Heather of the Sewing Loft at the Quilt Market last fall and she’s one sharp and talented cookie. Furthermore, she thinks like a “CraftTestDummy” and has posted her results of her experiments […]

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January 30, 2015

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CHA Show 2015: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

CHA Show 2015: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

Last year I shared with you my BTS CHA 2014: Behind the Scenes with Vicki post from CHA and I thought I would do the same this year. It’s fun to go to CHA as a designer member and as a member of the media for Craft Test Dummies. I get to attend lots of great […]

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January 29, 2015

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Feb 2015 & SIX Valentines!

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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January 28, 2015

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Just for Fun: Craft Haul!

The other day my crafty BFF Vicki O’Dell and I met for lunch and retail therapy. Here’s the video of my craft haul- all those goodies for under $50! I got all of these goodies for under $50! What should I play with first?

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January 26, 2015

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Six Ways to Add Foil to Your Crafting Projects Without a Machine

Six ways to add foiling to your papercrafts without a machine!

I reported that at CHA 2015 foil accents one of the big trends- so the big question is, “how do I get foil on my projects?” Well, I’ve go a handy list of ways right here for you. First, a word on foils! We are specifically talking about mylar-backed foils or transfer foils for these […]

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January 26, 2015

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The Best Stamp Pad for Copics (and other Alcohol-Based Markers)

Hero Hues Dye, Archival Ink, Versafine, Adirondack Earthtones, Memento, StazOn, Stampin' UP Classic, Papertrey Ink Dye, India Ink. Not pictured: Memento Luxe

Last week I posted a review on the Staz-ON solvent-based stamp pads, and based on the comments I received, it seems that there are a bunch of folks who purchased it to use with their Copic or other alcohol-based markers…and then were sadly disappointed when I shared that they were, by and large, not compatible. […]

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January 24, 2015

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Five Top Craft Trends at CHA 2015

CHA Trends 2015: Marquee /Lights

Going the the Craft and Hobby Mega Show is a must, not just to drool at the new product releases for 2015, but also to spot trends and colors that will be must-haves for crafting and home decor. Wanna peek? I made you a video: But just to recap….. FOILS: The trend of shimmer and […]

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January 22, 2015

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Staz-On Solvent Ink Pads (overview)

Staz On Solvent Based Ink Pads

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- a solvent-based stamp pad is a must-have for any crafters’ tool box. It will do what most stamp pads won’t- become permanent on non-porous surfaces. Today we’ll take a look at Staz-On, their new midi size stamp pads, the new colors, and even some tips for […]

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January 21, 2015

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CHA 2015; Precision Base Plate for Sizzix for Tim Holtz

Ever have difficulty cutting through certain materials while using your thin-rule dies like Framelits or Thinlits? Well, Sizzix has come up with a new metal base plate that allows you to cut more precisely and cleanly! Take a look: And don’t those new deco sheets look fun as well?? The Precision Base Plate will be […]

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January 20, 2015

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CHA 2015 Day 2

VANNA'S CHOICE Collage

Today was my 2nd day on the show floor. I concentrated on scoping out fashion brands and products for new things and people to work with. It was a crazy day of talking and walking. I saw more things than one post can contain, but I’ll share some highlights. I might go into depth in […]

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January 19, 2015

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CHA Show 2015 – New Jewelry Products to Watch For

CHA Show 2015 - New Jewelry Products to Watch For

The second best thing about going to the Craft and Hobby Association Trade show every January is seeing all of the new products being released. Of course the best part is leaving the snow and cold and going to Anaheim for a few days. There are several new products being released soon that we here […]

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January 17, 2015

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Hands On Crafts for Kids 700 Series Now Airing

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Hey crafty friends! I’m so excited to share that the TV show that I filmed last summer, “Hands On Crafts for Kids” is now airing! This show has a long history- it’s been on PBS for 18 years! I’m so thrilled to join Katie Hacker and Franz Spohn as your hosts. In case you don’t […]

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January 16, 2015

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CHA Show 2015: What’s New From Spellbinders

The new machine will accept steel rule dies and...wait for it... have a motor attachment released mid-year!

Spellbinders is again expanding their line of papercrafting into mixed media and home decor with new dies, embossing folders, and now…… rhinestones and trims! I was invited to the media breakfast and snapped these pics and video for you. I’m hoping we’ll get some of these goodies to review for you, too!     I […]

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January 15, 2015

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CHA Show 2015: Yarnia

CHA Show 2015: Yarnia

You just never know what you will find at the CHA show. Giant elephants, life size hot air balloons or a full scale knitted or crochet version of The Chronicles of Narnia. Or in this case YARNIA.     The folks at Spinrite (the makers of Patons, Bernat, Caron and Lily Sugar n’ Cream) went all […]

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January 11, 2015

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CHA 2015: Day 1

PLAID Collage

Technically this is my 2nd day at CHA, but the 1st on the show floor. Yesterday, I traveled from Richmond, CA to Atlanta, GA, to Los Angeles, CA, to Anaheim, CA. It was a long day of traveling, but I was happy to arrive in sunny California to see new products, companies and long time […]

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January 9, 2015

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Video Review: Ranger Ink and Dyan Reaveley New Dylusions Sprays

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Hello crafters!  Today I wanted to show you the six new colors of Dylusions ink sprays!  There were already 18 colors from the Dylusions line so these new six make 24 total.  New to Dylusions?  Check out this review by Jenny and learn the basics about these awesome sprays.   I am a huge fan of […]

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January 8, 2015

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#CHAshow 2015, Here We Come!

Tomorrow I head out with my crafty BFF Vicki to the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim, CA. If you have no idea what that is…well, check this out!   Follow along with us! TWITTER: Jenny: @CraftTestDummy Vicki: @CreativeGoddess Sara: @SaraJaneCrafts #TeamCTD/#CHAshow INSTAGRAM: Jenny: @CraftTestDummy and don’t forget YOUTUBE! New videos will be added daily!   […]

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