It’s Memorial Day, and I’m always conflicted. Yes, it’s a day for picnics and BBQ, but saying “Happy Memorial Day” seems the wrong message….but how to you express such a complex set of emotions? It’s a day to honor our service men and women, thank our veterans, and remember our fallen soldiers. My grandfathers both served- one in the Navy, another was a SeaBee. My dad served in Vietnam in the Navy, and my father in law was a Navy […]
To all mothers and those who have them, enjoy the day!
Start with two A2 pieces of complementary card stock, make ONE diagonal cut, and end up TWO super-easy cards- all in about 10 minutes! After this, you’ll have no excuse not to make a bunch of cards to have on hand. I started with this sketch from Operation Write Home- #222: And I made a SLEW of cards! I even made you a little video! This was such an effective sketch- the possibilities are entirely up to you! Which makes […]
You know, the life of a craft product reviewer and blogger is busy- and messy- one. New products coming in, packaging things up for our #TeamCTD reviewers, tutorials in process, and then piles and piles of things that need to be put away or discarded. I took the bull by the horns and had a crafty yard sale last week. It felt great to thin out my shelves and sell off extra machines, tools, paper and kits. But then I […]
Disclosure: this is a sponsored post from Tulip and iLoveToCreate. All opinions are my own. Post may include affiliate links. Ah, spring! Time to freshen up the house with some new accessories and color. And new pillows are perfect- but they can be SO expensive for a designer look! But I made my own using Tulip For Your Home Soft Fabric Paint from iLoveToCreate. Let me show you how! It was really easy to do- I was sent the entire […]
Not too long ago I wrote a Review of the Clover Bead Loom and in it I said that I’d always admired beadwork but that I was intimidated because of the intricate designs. If I had known how relatively easy weaving on a loom could be I would have checked it out sooner. But then, the Clover Bead Loom Kits make it easy to get started with bead weaving. Here is what the kits include – instructions along with […]
Jenny makes over a pair of rain boots to last one more season using Duck Tape® Minis!
I’m a week late with this sketch challenge- it’s OWH #219– but BOY do I love it! It’s been a great way for me to use up some scraps AND practice my coloring skills. First, the video: Now the close-ups! Personally, I love the watercolor technique better than coloring with markers- I’m just a little more “painterly” that way. Which do you like to do best? Also, I’d love your opinions on the color ways. I LOVE the orange/black/mint […]
Last year I reviewed the KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square- and while I liked the laser function, I found it a bit unwieldy and inconvenient to use because it had no mat or platform of it’s own. Now the folks at KellyCraft have remedied that situation by creating a mat that works both as a “home base” for the Laser Square or as an independent work surface. Here’s how they describe it on their website: The ONE mat that will meet […]
Jacquard Pearl Ex pigment powders are extremely versatile supplies for any artist or crafter. They now come in over 30 colors. I’ll be testing some of the brand new Chromatic Colors: Citrine, Emerald, Magenta, Sapphire Blue, Scarlet and Dark Brown. This collection is a really gorgeous intense set of jewel tones with a deep lovely brown. Here’s a description from Jacquard’s website: “Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments are our most versatile product! Jacquard Pearl Ex is a safe, pearlescent, non-toxic, inert […]
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Last week I shared that I'd had the luck and pleasure to head to the Duck Tape Headquarters to see the Duck Brand® Tape being cut and rolled, and to see more kinds of Duck Tape than I ever dreamed existed. While I was there, I kind of fell in love with the new Duck Brand Craft Tapes– and in this […]
Hands down one of the coolest new tools that I spotted at CHA was the brand spankin’ new Flower Punch Board from the geniuses at We R Memory Keepers. You may remember that Jenny has reviewed their envelope punch board, their gift box punch board, and their candy box punch board previously and has even offered up some updates on their use. We R has now stepped outside of the envelope and box niche and are using the punch board […]
CHA is kind of like the the most fun, crazy family reunion ever. While there, I get to meet up with some of my favorite designers and see what they are up to! I couldn’t miss a chance to see Ken Oliver at the (amazing) Spellbinders booth and film his demo of Media Mixage elements. (PS- note that awesome StazOn color and smaller stamp pad. We’ll be reviewing that soon, too!) Take a look: Now isn’t that fun? I’d love […]
Last year was epic for me and my family. I don’t use that word flippantly, either. Seriously Epic. But let me back up a bit. Last year I selected my One Little Word – Embrace. I wanted to hold my heart open t embrace new experiences and changes…and to do so gracefully. Now, for those who may not know what’s been going on, here’s a little list of some of those epic changes: I started working on HSN on LIVE […]
Learn how to make fun holiday cards and tags using EZ Start® Printed Packing Tape from Duck Brand®! From CraftTestDummies.com
Well, crafty friends, the holiday shopping frenzy is upon us! I am often asked for my recommendations for good crafty gifts. These are some of my picks from the things that is reviewed and/or used this year! (For the whole review, click over to see the link and/0r review video. Also, links below to Amazon are affiliate links and CTD will make a few pennies as a result.) Stocking Stuffers & under $25: Imagine Crafts Craft Mat. Everyone needs a […]
It’s rare holiday this year- both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving on the same day. Whether you celebrate one, the other, or both- we here at CTD wish you a wonderful holiday. We’re going to take a day off and enjoy some family time- but we’ll be back tomorrow with a gift guide for Black Friday. Thank you for stopping by. Happy Holidays!
As you can imagine, I get a lot of inquiries every week from companies, large and small, who want a bit of attention here on CTD. A few weeks ago I got just such an appeal from Rachel at Neat-os, a small start-up company based in California. She is launching a reusable bag line that is produced here in America. And since, sll of us crafters need storage: for pencils, glue sticks, etc, I decided to share it with you […]
Today I have a fun ornament or package topper for you- and you make it with some easy-to-find supplies. This is a pretty easy project, but there are a few supplies and tools you’ll want to have on hand. I made you a video to show you step by step! Here’s a tip: I used Krylon Glitter Blast for the larger version (the bleached trees) but it can be a bit fussy. If you want to work with an “easier” […]
We often travel over Thanksgiving, but this year we are staying home and offering the feast. It’s going to be extra-special this year as our Italian foreign-exchange student will be having her first American Thanksgiving. So of course, I’m going to make it a little extra-special with this pretty- but easy- tablescape (#turkeytablescapes) featuring decoupaged candles! These are actually VERY easy to do (and it’s not a new idea by a long shot). You could even get your kiddos to […]