Spellbinders: New Tools at CHA 2016

CHA 2016: New Spellbinders Tools! See them in this quick 2-minute video.

Last week I was at the Craft and Hobby Association Megashow, commonly called CHA. Now that we are home and unpacking, expect to see a LOT of posts from the show- mostly videos and demos that were LIVE on the show floor and/or recorded on Periscope.   Since I uploaded this  THREE DAYS AGO, this 2-minute video has over FIVE THOUSAND VIEWS!!! So far it’s the “winner” video of CHA 2016. Take a look at the new tools from Spellbinders […]

Overview of new Spellbinders Celebra’tions by Richard Garay

Spellbinders Celebra'tions Overview

In case you haven’t noticed, Spellbinders Paper Arts has recently unveiled a new look and logo as well as some brand-spanky new products from the designer Richard Garay, called “Celebra’tions.”  They lovely folks at Spellbinders sent me an assortment from the new line, so I made you a video to share it all with you! What do you think? Do you like the new look? See anything you can’t live without? We’d love to hear from you!

CHA 2014 – Spellbinders A Gilded Life Booth and Video Demo


This year at CHA 2014, Spellbinders debuted their new line with A Gilded Life.  We caught up with A Gilded Life desiner, Shea Fragoso, at CHA 2014 where she demonstrated a make-and-take for us, creating a gorgeous necklace in mere minutes!  I was very excited to see the new acrylic covers that come with all of the bezels; now you don’t need to wait overnight for resin to set, you can just glue a quick cover on and you’ve completed […]

Jenny’s Picks from #CHAshow: Spellbinders Tool-in-One

Spellbinder's Tool-In-One was one of my favorite picks from #CHAshow. See the video demo on CraftTestDummies.com

As I mentioned earlier, I often have folks ask me what my CHA show favorites are. Sometimes it’s a wowzer new machine like the Brother Scan-N-Cut, but sometimes its a simple thing that makes life easier. Enter the new Spellbinder Tool-In-One. This cute little gizmo features a rolling brush and a little tool kit to help you separate your detail thin-rule dies from your paper without tearing. It will also eject the little paper bits from your dies easily. And […]

#CHAshow Jewelry – Vicki’s Favorites

Blue Moon Beads

  As you may know I usually cover jewelry related items here on Craft Test Dummies. Even though the summer show is traditionally paper oriented I was still able to find some really great products for jewelry making. One of the first things I saw that made me squeal in delight were these Mixed Media Mixage bezels (above). Do you remember the hat pin craze from the ’80’s? Now imagine mixed media hat pins. I don’t like wearing necklaces very […]

Artisan X-Plorer Manual Die Cutting Machine from Spellbinders

Artisan X-plorer by Spellbinders Paper Arts

I love papercrafting, mixed media, and jewelry crafting, so I was especially excited to see the Artisan X-Plorer debuted at CHA winter earlier this year. It’s a heavier-duty “press” type of manual die-cutting machine.  According to the website, Introducing the new Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine, a multi-purpose, high pressure machine! This elegantly designed, compact roller press is perfect for cutting, embossing and pressing with a multitude of materials, including paper, metals, fabrics, plastics and more! The Artisan X-plorer Machine accommodates Spellbinders Media […]

Majestic Elements Dies and Imperial Gold Dies by Spellbinders (and Giveaway!)

Majestic Elelments Dies by Spellbinders

I love paper crafting, and despite my *numerous* electronic die-cutting machines, I still turn to my manual dies more often than not. And with the new Majestic Elements Dies and Imperial Gold Dies by Spellbinders, it’s easy to get a detailed cut with embossing in one pass! Here’s how they are described on the website: Crown your creations with Spellbinders® Majestic Elements and reach the pinnacle of sophistication and elegance. These intricately detailed nesting die templates are perfect as single elements or can […]

CHA Summer 2012: Sara’s Top Product Picks

Some Odd Girl Stamps (2)

There was so much to look at this year at CHA this summer!  As I walked the show floor I took mental notes of what made me, “oooh!” and, “Ahhh!” the most.  There were lots of new, fabulous paper lines premiering that made my heart skip a beat as well as a few new crafty tools.  Take a look below at what caught my eye and let me know what you think! Spellbinders Majestic Elements Nestabilities– This was the winner […]

CHA Summer 2012: SpellBinders Wins Innovation Award

Photo Collage courtesy of Spellbinders.

Spellbinders is a company I’ve long admired for being innovative and original, and they sure showed off  their chops at CHA Summer 2012. It debuted new product such as the Majestic Elements line and the Card Creator. While we expect to have these products in hand soon to do a full review, in the meanwhile here are some videos from Spellbinders! Majestic Elements: Currently, there are 3 Majestic Elements Sets available. There is also a new Card Creator set- again, […]

Cutting Fabric with Spellbinders Grand Calibur

01_Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cutter

To wrap up National Sewing Month, I was really excited to try out the Spellbinders Grand Calibur and some of the new Edgeabilities and Shapeabilities dies, as well as some of the classic Nestabilities shapes for fabric-specific uses. (Keep in mind, this machine and these dies were designed with paper crafting in mind.) To be honest, after hearing about the difficulties that other people have had using die cutters with fabric, I came in with several expectations: First, I thought […]

Simple “Good Luck” Ladybug Card

Buttons galore and More Card

Did you know that ladybugs were symbols of good luck? I thought they’d be just the thing to put on a card for a new grad heading off to college, a kid getting ready for a play or competition, or even a friend heading off to a new job. With this sweet button/ribbon collection from Buttons Galore and More, I made this card in a snap. I started with the bottom portion of the card, “stacking” ribbons that came in […]