Today is the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the US by al-Qaeda. In some respects, it seems like a million years ago… after all, my son wasn’t even a year old when they occurred and he’s a middle-schooler now. But in other ways it feels like it was just yesterday: the looks and feelings of terror, of confusion, of loss, of horror. I’ve never written about it, but I wanted to share how I coped with all of […]
Book Review: 30 Minute Rings 60 Quick and Creative Projects for Jewelers by Marthe Le Van From the back of the book: “60 Ring Projects by 40 top jewelers in 30 minutes flat!” “Are you smitten with silver? Gaga over gold? Wild about wire? Then don’t waste another second because you can make totally chic ring you’ll love in just 30 minutes!” From me: “Uh, what is a bench tool kit?” “What does it mean to Anneal the wire?” […]
Darice Hole Reamer I have quite a few of these little metal awls (hole reamers, piercing tools) in my studio. I use them for lots of different purposes. This one can be found at Consumer Crafts and is only $1.47. It’s perfect for paper and lighter force applications as I have been known to bend the tip. But hey, I’m a crafter. Most of the time I only need a lighter weight tool. Unless I need to break […]
This post brought to you by Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine. If you've been around CraftTestDummies even a little, you'll know that I take "doing good" seriously. I love making cards for charities as well as incorporating recycled elements into my crafting. The folks at Tom's of Maine feel the same way and asked me to share how I do good. So I'm going to show you how to make texture stamps out of items that are […]
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. For a few years now, I’ve been adament that my kids make summer scrapbooks. Not only will it help them remember our warm-weather adventures, but it also keeps their minds sharp with spelling, grammer, and art! Since my younger girl is quite the junior crafter, she goes through quite a few! Here’s a fun project using AstroBrights […]
Yesterday I showed you how I altered fabric with Gelatos™ Colors from Design Memory Craft and made a sassy sunglasses case. Today I’m gong to continue the fiber arts theme, but focus on a different product from Faber-Castell: Stamper’s Big Brush Pens. Just to refresh you memory, here is some information on Stamper’s Big Brush Pens: • Perfect for even, crisp and controlled stamped images • India ink won’t bleed through paper crafts, cards or journals • Unsurpassed lightfast quality • […]
Have you ever looked at a craft product and wondered “How else could I use it?” I asked myself that very question last week while I was playing around with some Gelatos™ Colors in the Design Memory Craft Collection from Faber-Castell. Now, just as a refresher here’s a bit of info on Gelatos™ Colors from Design Memory Craft: Gelatos™ Colors are creamy sticks infused with brilliant color. The color slides easily onto papers and can then be dissolved with water to […]
Whenever I get together with crafty friends, they always ask me “What’s NEW?” (And they don’t mean in my life, they mean in the craft world!) So I’m starting a new column just for new release information. It will give me the space to share with you new lines from favorite companies! Today I’ve got a video to share- some of the new releases from Stampin’ UPs new catalog, just out on June 1 2012. Like I said, my sister […]
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of wayward, tangled cords plugged into my power strip on my craft table. My desk lamp, radio, heat gun, and mug warmer all have permanent places- but every now and then I need to unplug one to plug in something else- like my Dremel or Vagabond. But which cord is which? On more than one occasion, I chose the wrong cord and left myself in the dark. Grr. So I […]
Get creative in your garden by upcycling old pots to create an organic garden!
Happy Mother’s Day! That is all.
Mother’s Day is looming- and after making the Mini-Clipboard for my gift idea, of course I needed a card to match. Luckily, I have my Elmer’s adhesives and X-Acto tools on hand to make crafting my card a snap. First, I’ll show you the finished card: Inside: Making this card is easy! Just cut your cover paper the size of the card blank that you are using…and then adhere with a dry adhesive. My choice is the Elmer’s CraftBond Dot […]
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Leviton for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Remember how proud I was of my photo-studio update? That I had finally painted the area and cleaned out the clutter?? Well….now it’s time to come clean. The rest, friends, ain’t so pretty. Here’s how the hallway leading to the studio looks: I’ve stripped almost all of the hideous paper off…almost… but the walls need to be primed and painted, and […]
From my front yard, the signs of spring….a beacon of hope… a promise if renewal.
If you know me, you know I love a challenge! So when the folks at ScribbleShop.com offered me a box o’ goodies and the challenge to use as many as I could in ONE PROJECT…well, I was all like “It’s ON!” Wanna see what they sent me? And friends, I am happy to report that I used it ALL- even the candy wrapper, the box AND the tissue paper! I make a cute little mixed media book. I used the […]
The other day I got a tweet from #TeamCTD reporter Haley from TheZenofMaking expressing that she knew I’d be horrified to discover that she doesn’t have a single stamp pad in her crafting space. GASP! Yes, I am a little horrified…but then I got to thinking- how would anyone even begin to know what basic stamp pads you should have on hand? (Yes, you need more than one!) So I thought I’d take moment to share which stamp pads you […]
Jenny’s Note: Today we have another fabulous guest tutorial by the talented Melony Bradley on behalf of Jacquard Products! I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to get enough of birds. And burlap. When I created these wool felt bird clips and wedding table markers, I immediately fell in love with them and decided that I had to see them on some burlap totes. Enter Jacquard Products Indigo Tie Dye kit, which I played with this past Saturday. […]
One of the most amazing things about polymer clay is it’s versatility- it can mimic so many other things! I am captivated by Liquid Polymer Clays, especially. (I wrote two posts comparing the three major brands of liquid clay, as well as a test on which performs better with multiple layers.) I though it only made sense, then, to share with you some different ways you can tint liquid clay to get different effects and colors- and maybe even using […]
Without a doubt, I inherited my mother’s love of crafting.Â She is a serial crafter, much like myself, meaning that she loves to try everything that’s out there in any way, shape or form when it is within the crafty vernacular.Â When I was about nine years old we went to our first rubber stamping convention.Â I remember being lost in a world of ink pads, wood mounted stamps (clings were JUST coming out at that time and most people […]
I’ve written posts before about how I like to use kitchen items in my craft room. Today I’m going to add one-more- Q-Tips! I use them all the time & when they asked me to share that on their behalf, I was more than tickled! So let’s get started! I use a lot of different paints in my studio- both acrylics and watercolors. Some of my acrylics (like the yummy Lumieres by Jacquard and Viva Decor Precious Metals) have mica […]