Tag Archives: upcycling

“Surprise” Acorn Ornaments or Gift Boxes

November 12, 2014


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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Instagram Book Segment LIVE on Scrapbook Soup TV!

June 20, 2014

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Last season I appeared on Scrapbook Soup for four segments- and one of them was this little mini book for your Instagram photos!  The secret? Using up old scrapbook by covering it with gesso and stenciling!  If you missed it live on air, it’s on the home page all this week at ScrapbookMemoriesTV.com!  Here is […]

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Handbag Upcycle Featuring Scrapbooking Attitude by Avatrex

September 13, 2012


Handbag Upcycle tutoria featuring Scrapbooking Attitude

Yesterday I shared my review and video overview of Scrapbooking Attitude by Avatrex- that whole “printable film” thing is wicked cool! And if you remember, what I was most excited about was not its uses for paper, but for cool substrates like leather, wood, and craft foam.  As I was doing my swatch tests, I kind […]

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Recycle Crafting: Runway Re-View Challenge

August 8, 2012


Taken with Lo-Mob app.

If you’ve been to CraftTestDummies even a handful of times, you know that I love to craft with found/recycled objects. (Or make “outsider art”- we don’t get hung up on semantics here.) I was invited to participate in a challenge for the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo– a “Runway Re-View”! Here were the challenge guidelines: […]

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Craft Book Review: Upcycled Accessories-25 Projects Using Repurposed Plastic by Tracie Lampe

September 15, 2011


Let me start by stating the obvious: I love recycling and making crafts out of objects that are headed for the trash. So when I heard of Tracie Lampe’s book “Upcycled Accessories: 25 Projects Using Repurposed Plastic” published by North Light BooksI was half sold before I even opened the cover. Let’s start with a […]

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Thrifting Finds!

June 9, 2010


Lovely ceramic bust

Over the past two weeks I got to go to some great yard & estate sales– and looky at what I got! …and lastly I got some amazing resin urns…but they are already outside hosting my geraniums. Now, I have some ideas for the pins- I think they would make great hair fascinators….but those doll […]

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Cricut + Vinyl = Upcycled Bike Helmet

April 21, 2010

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Now my boy will be "cool" AND safe.

When you have a kid, there is a zone in which “cool” trumps “safe”- so when it was time to replace my son’s bike helmet, I KNEW it had better be cool, or else he just wouldn’t wear it. Sadly, the safest one was  plain white. (Lame-O!) So we had to jazz it up, STAT. […]

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