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Monday, December 10, 2018

COLORING DECEMBER 2018 DIGI PANDA PAL

December Digi: Panda Pal


Here it is! The latest Digital Stamp, Panda Pal, was created to finish up the Progressive Digi Challenge for 2018! FREE FOR ALL MEMBERS of Koala T Crafts, this cuddly little guy would make an adorable tag for that special little person in your life! What a great idea!! Let's do it!

Simply click the picture below and it will take you directly to the KTC Store. Follow the easy directions and add him to this year's digi collection! Here you will also find other digis to color as friends for Panda Pal!

Panda Pal FREE DECEMBER DIGI

Note: Panda Pal will no longer be available after December 31, 2018.

Coloring Panda Pal

Let's get started! 

After downloading and printing the image on Neenah 100# White Exact Index cardstock, I pulled out my Prismacolor colored pencils. I have not used them in a long time! I enjoy just lazy coloring with the creamy pencils. They glide over the paper so nicely and make it easy to build layer after layer of pigment.

Panda Pal Digi made into a tag!

Creating the Holiday tag

After coloring, I used an Exacto Knife to cut around Panda Pal's paws to tuck the gift in. Of course, he had to have a Santa hat! He is raised by fun foam and attached to a manila tag. Clear flat sequins, a red/white twine bow and a sentiment of "DO NOT OPEN until Dec 25th" from the Hero Arts Christmas Messages stamp set was added. 

Deciding he needed a little sparkle and dimension, I used a black gel pen for his eyes, put Wink of Stella glitter pen on his nose, paws, and fur on the hat. Another possibility to add sparkle would be to use Stickles Stardust Glitter Glue on his hat. Last, I put Glossy Accents on his nose and finished the back with a to/from. I tried to capture the sparkle in the photo I took!

I hope you will download this guy and create! Show us your project! We would love to see it! 

List of Supplies


Some of the items that I used are listed below. Click on the item and be taken to Amazon where you can get more information about it. These are called Affiliate Links. Koala T Crafts is an affiliate of Amazon. 

This simply means that KTC will get a small commission for any Amazon sales. Even if you decide that you are not interested in that item, you may decide to look at other items and purchase one of those. Because you used a Koala T Crafts link, KTC will get a commission. The neatest part is, there is NO cost to you! It will not change the price of the items you purchase to cover this commission! 



Please think about our Community, the Koala T Crafts family, when deciding to shop at Amazon. These funds are used to keep Koala T Crafts on YouTube and Facebook. If you have more questions, please message Jen Evers or any other administrator and we will gladly help!

To make it easy to find Jen's favorites in Amazon, there is a section in the Koala T Crafts Store which lists many items that are used by Jen so they are tried and true! Click the picture below and you will be linked directly to the Amazon page. 

Koala T Crafts Amazon page


All you need to do is remember koalatcrafts.com and you will find everything, the Amazon Store, the KTC store where you can find adhesives, the Facebook Community, a link to go to Patreon to become a patron of Koala T Crafts, the Blog, the Digi Store, and a chat box if you need help!

Remember to watch the Facebook page for announcements and updates about the Community! If you're not a member, join us! We would love to have you! Watch the Jen Evers Youtube Channel Wednesdays at 5pm CST for One in Ten In'Jen'uity: From Mailbox to Masterpiece and on Fridays at 5pm CST for Friday Free Play! 

Remember, great thing come to those that create!
(I purchased this stamp set from Jen at a discounted price at her Crafty Garage Sale. She MIGHT have a few left. Please check with her.)




Manila Shipping Tags

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

HOW TO: DOUBLE DUTCH FANCY CARD

Double Dutch Fancy Card

What beautiful Holiday cards this would make! This card design is unique and easy to create! The bottom flaps open to reveal a secret message and aid in standing it up for display. Make a Birthday card and the recipient can display it on their desk, countertop or mantle.


Deciphering Measurements

After you have picked your pattern papers, sentiments and image for the front of the card, you will need to cut the card base. Use a sturdy cardstock like Neenah Exact Index #110 cardstock or another that you prefer. 

Neenah Exact Index #110 Cardstock

65-lb Cardstock Value Pack 



The main part of your card will be the size of an A2 (4 1/4"x 5 1/2") card plus the size of the flap. The size of the flap can vary depending on the size of the image chosen for the front of the card. Let's use these measurements, you will need two strips of paper, both can be cut from a single sheet of 8 1/2"x 11" cardstock:
  • 4 1/4"x 9"
  • 8 1/2"x 2"
On the piece that is 9" long, score it at 3 1/2".




On the piece that is 8 1/2" long, score at 2 1/8" on one side, turn it around and score at 2 1/8". 


Fold at your score lines.

The center of the 2" strip should be 4 1/4" between score lines. This part should line up perfectly with the end of your 9" piece of cardstock. Attach it to the bottom of the larger side from the scoreline. (The side from the scoreline that is 4 1/4"x 5 1/2".) This will create the card base and should stand on your work table.

Finishing the Card

Add patterned papers, embellishments, and sentiments to your liking. For a small border (1/8") around your pattern paper, cut your paper into:
  • 4"x 3 1/4" for the top
  • 1 3/4"x 1 7/8" for the bottom (cut 2 for flaps)
For the inside of your card, there are two ways that it can be decorated. 

One: have a full piece of cardstock for sentiment and signature:
  • 4"x 5 1/4"
Two: have a larger piece above for sentiment, a smaller piece on the bottom to hide behind the flaps:
  • Top 4"x 3 1/4"
  • Bottom 4"x 1 3/4"
For alternate measurements and decoration ideas watch Double Dutch Fancy Card video by clicking on the link below. (You will find a list of supplies below the video.) 

Double Dutch Fancy Card

This is a beautiful card, easy to make and can be created for any occasion! Tune in to Friday Free Play on the Jen Evers YouTube Channel for other crafting ideas, DIYs, tips, and tricks at 5pm CST on Fridays and get a chance to chat LIVE with other viewers as well as Jen. Viewers can offer ideas and sometimes the show goes a different direction than planned. That's what Free Play is all about!! Having fun while crafting!

You are personally invited to watch Koala T Crafts LIVE on the YouTube Channel on Wednesday for One in Ten by Jen: from Mailbox to Masterpiece at 5 pm CST. This program is so popular! Viewers enjoy and get a chance to participate! Not only can you chat with the community and Jen but you can send in your scraps and Jen will attempt to make you a card in 10 minutes! She DARES you to stump her! 

Then on every other Saturday from 10 am-2 pm, Koala T Crafts has been offering a Garage Sale for the Facebook Community and the Public!! This too is a LIVE event! You will find discounted prices on tools, stamps, embellishments, markers, Tim Holtz, Stampin´ Up, Close To My Heart, Jolees, Fiskars, and so much more! If you ever have any questions about the events:

koalatcrafts.com

Wait! There's MORE!

Patrons have had the chance to get specials or preview sales on the Friday evening before the Garage Sale. After Friday Free Play at 6 pm CST, Patrons, only on the Patron Facebook page, get to view and participate. 

How can you get into this sale? It's oh, so easy! Becoming a Patron means making a monthly, or one time pledge, for as little as a $1.00. You are able to access special videos, additional swaps and challenges like the Envelope Challenge, Sketch Challenge, and receive free monthly digital stamps!  Just come in your pajama pants, hang out, bring a friend and have fun! Your support helps Jen continue her tutorials! It's easy to sign up with Patreon!


As always, thank you so very much for the continued support of the Jen Evers YouTube Channel! She has hit over 15,000 subscribers! Thank you for supporting and caring about the Koala T Crafts Facebook Group, Patreon Group, and the Blog! Please remember that you can always ask questions;
1. On the Facebook page, many in the Community are willing to help you out! 
2.  Private Message (PM) Jen Evers (Admin.) or Penny Jo Ratcliff (Admin.), Lori Ellen (Blog), Pamela Wilber (Card Swaps) or Susan Baker (Moderator)
3.  If you are a Patron of Koala T Crafts, you can post your question and the Patron Community will help happily! 
4.  Jen Evers is always available at her email address:koalatcrafts@gmail.com.

Remember, great things happen to
 those that create!

Artistically Yours,













Tuesday, November 27, 2018

TIM HOLTZ HOLIDAY HACKING

Tim Holtz & Holiday Hacks

Yes! The HOLIDAYS are here! I've been making holiday cards since September when school began. But there is just something magical about making holiday projects during the season. They seem to sparkle more. Everything seems magical!

Tim Holtz feels the same way. He is always so jovial on his videos. (He has a gleaming smile!) But at this time of the year, he literally sweats glitter! Well, he has come up with some easy hacks to help you sparkle up everything and save time doing it!

Part I

Tags made from Ideology Quote Chips and some string is an easy way to dress up a gift package! Just punch a hole through the sturdy chipboard and set an eyelet. You don't have to add an eyelet although it is a way to dress up the tag!



Trinket tags are a great way to use up some of your scraps and embellishments. Using Ideology Tag Press Rings, a Charm and a Loop Pin make easy tags to dress up your "brown paper packages tied up with strings! (Hint: Make in bulk at one time to save time later!)




Using Shifters to stencil shipping tags is also an easy way to decorate packages. There is usually difficulty holding paper and stencils still at the same time. Using washi tape helps but it leaves a blank edge when removed. 



Sizzix has a product called Sticky Grid that was designed to hold dies in position when going through a Die Cutting Machine. It has adhesive on both sides. Much like Post-It Notes, it can be used over and over again and then returned to the backing sheets for use another time. 



Sticky Grid 6" x 8.5" (5PK)




Tim goes through several other hacks, ways to help you make time for those holiday project ideas. Watch the video by clicking on the picture.

Tim Holtz Holiday Hacks Part 1

Part II

Now Tim has ideas for decorations and gift giving. He shares ways to add sparkle to everything HOLIDAY!

Make your trinkets shine in the light by adding Ranger Alcohol Inks to the smooth surfaces. When dry, brush with Distress Collage Medium and add Rock Candy Glitter with the NEW Glitter Duster! Arrange nature inspired die cuts and a bow made of twine atop your gifts. 




Turn Rock Candy Glitter into many different colors to add sparkle to your stamped cards and tags!



Use your die cuts like Sizzix FRESH BAKED 1 & 2 Thinlits to make gift cards that are as cute as gingerbread cookies!



Surprise your holiday guests with standing cardstock die cuts by using a fancy fold and any steel rule die.




Find other surprises, tips, and tricks in Holiday Hacks: Part 2! 

Stampers Anonymous stamp set Festive Overlay helps to create beautiful holiday cards and tags swiftly. Tim's tip: Have everything ready in assembly-line fashion. Doing that will aid in using your time efficiently. 


Festive Overlay stamp set was created specifically with the idea of stamping the sentiment over the image. All of the sentiments work with all of the images.

In the video, Tim talks about what type of inks to use and whether one type of ink stamps better on another. In some cases, it boils down to personal preference.



Watch Part 2 by clicking on the picture below.

Holiday Hacks: Part II


I've been so busy making cards for others that I haven't started on my own. There are a couple ideas in these videos that have inspired me to get going on them! I hope you feel inspired too!

I know of another thing to help inspire you and get those creative juices flowing! Watch Koala T Crafts on Wednesdays at 5 pm CST for One in Ten with Jen: In´Jen´uity from Mailbox to Masterpiece and Fridays for Friday Free Play at 5 pm CST. There are special sales and events posted in the Facebook groups for Patrons and Garage Sales usually every other Saturday from 10 am-2 pm CST. Join our Facebook Group to stay updated on events. We hope you will join us!

Koala T Crafts FaceBook Group

Remember, great things come to those that create!


Artistically Yours,

As always, thank you so very much for the support of the Jen Evers YouTube Channel! She has hit over 15,000 subscribers! Thank you for supporting and caring about the Koala T Crafts Facebook Group, Patreon Group, and the Blog! Please remember that you can always ask questions;

1. On the Facebook page, many in the Community are willing to help you out! 
2.  Private Message (PM) Jen Evers (Admin.) or Penny Jo Ratcliff (Admin.), Lori Ellen (Blog), Pamela Wilber (Card Swaps) or Susan Baker (Moderator)
3.  If you are a Patron of Koala T Crafts, you can post your question and the Patron Community will help happily! 
4.  Jen Evers is always available at her email address: koalatcrafts@gmail.com 

Becoming a Patron is so easy and fun!

What is a Patron?

When you make a monthly, or one-time pledge, for as little as a $1.00, you are able to access special videos, additional swaps and challenges like the Envelope Challenge, Sketch Challenge, receive free monthly digital stamps and get a free preview of the crafty items that will be for sale at Koala T Crafts bi-weekly Garage Sales. Just come in your pajamas, hang out and have fun! Your support helps Jen continue her tutorials! Sign up with Patreon!


All things Koala T Crafts




Many thanks to:
Tim Holtz blog  http://timholtz.com/2018-holiday-hacks/ 
Simon Says Stamp  simonsaysstamp.com
Scrapbook.com
Amazon.com



Saturday, November 24, 2018

HOW TO : STAMP LAYERING

STAMP SCHOOL 101: V

Stamp Layering
Stamp layering is an amazing way to easily create realistic looking florals and other objects such as deer, cardinal, hummingbird, flamingo, goldfish, trees, and even an octopus. These unique stamps give you the ability to create masterpieces with very little effort! 

Matching Each Layer

Some companies now show grouped stamps, numbered order, pictured diagrams and even markings such as a small dot to match up not only the stamps but the dies as well! This makes it a much easier task than turning the image around and around hoping you will find the right place. 


Layered floral groups that have been
 circled on the plastic protection sheet

Layering guide on the back of the package. 

A thin clear acrylic block can be used on the layering. Once you know the matching point, it will be easier to see through a thinner block. 

One other tool you may consider using would be a stamp platform of some kind. There are so many on the market now, you should get the same results with any of them. I used my Misti to make some of the following prints. 


Misti Stamp Positioner 

This works best for me. It is a pricey item but one that can be used every time I stamp.  I can position the stamp exactly where I want it before I ink. If the image didn't stamp properly, without moving the stamp, it can be inked again and stamped in the exact spot. 

The Misti also makes it easy for me to use for multiples or to use at Make-n-Takes (Crops).
Everyone has their own way of doing what is most comfortable for them. Below you find an easy DIY (Do-It-Yourself) stamp positioner that is great for the beginner or to take on the go!

DIY Stamp Positioner


Stamping The Image

I decided just to make a rose to show you how it's done. Choose three shades of the same color of ink. 


A dye-based ink works very well with this type of stamping. (Distress Oxides do not look right when used. They have a chalky finish and the colors do not seem to blend on their own.) A dye-based ink will absorb into each other. There will not be harsh lines to see where one shade starts and another begins.

DETOUR: Inks
Just a side note, I happen to like a particular ink for this project though I have used many different kinds.

The one I like is most important to me because of certain properties:
-It's a water-based ink that dries right away
-It's a crisp image right away
-Color stays, some inks fade when they dry
-They can come in a collection of 4 from light to   darkest
-A collection takes the guesswork out of finding     the right colors
-They work well with other inks

Decide which properties are important to you before purchasing your inks.

Stamp Away!

Find and remove the set of stamps that create the image you desire. Set them in order on your craft mat starting from the first to the last. 

 Choose a color of ink that has several shades from light to dark. Ink the most solid stamp with the lightest ink. The next stamp will be a shade darker and have a little less definition. The third will not look like a flower at all! Some images come with a 4th layer and some come with an outline when the layers are done. 


When placing your stamp, look for an
edge that matches on each layer

Your next layer will be aligned at the pencil mark.

The second stamp layer

The third layer will be aligned in the same spot. This spot can be marked with a black Sharpie on each stamp to make it easier for next use.

Preparing for third layer

And the finished flower...

A peach peony on creme cardstock

Second Generation Stamping

An acrylic block must be used for this next technique. It's the same layering process but after you stamp the first time, stamp a second time near it. The second stamping of each layer creates a softer, lighter colored layer.

Second Generation stamping

Spotlight Stamping

Once your first flower is finished, use your lightest shade and your second layer and make extra prints randomly around your cardstock, making sure to leave room for your sentiment.

When I stamped my sentiment, I used the darkest shade I had and stamped right onto the cardstock. The sentiment can be any design you'd like. 

Now use it to make a beautiful card. You just finished the background paper and focal point all in one!










A stamp positioner helps to get a great alignment of images but so does a sharp eye and an acrylic block! Stamping layers is simple when you take your time. Don't fret about not lining up exactly and then throwing the paper away after one or two layers. Both of my cards had a layer that was not aligned!

Walk away from your card for a day. You'll see a masterpiece when you come back!

Remember to watch Koala T Crafts on Wednesdays at 5 pm CST for One in Ten with Jen: In´Jen´uity from Mailbox to Masterpiece and Fridays for Friday Free Play at 5 pm CST. There are special sales and events posted in the Facebook groups for Patrons and Garage Sales usually every other Saturday from 10 am-2 pm CST. Join our Facebook Group to stay updated on events. We hope you will join us!

Koala T Crafts Facebook Family

Remember, great things happen to
 those that create!

Artistically yours,



As always, thank you so very much for the support of the Jen Evers YouTube Channel! She has hit over 15,000 subscribers! Thank you for supporting and caring about the Koala T Crafts Facebook Group, Patreon Group, and the Blog! Please remember that you can always ask questions;
1. On the Facebook page, many in the Community are willing to help you out! 
2.  Private Message (PM) Jen Evers (Admin.) or Penny Jo Ratcliff (Admin.), Lori Ellen (Blog), Pamela Wilber (Card Swaps) or Susan Baker (Moderator)
3.  If you are a Patron of Koala T Crafts, you can post your question and the Patron Community will help happily! 
4.  Jen Evers is always available at her email address: koalatcrafts@gmail.com 

Becoming a Patron is so easy and fun!

What is a Patron?


When you make a monthly, or one-time pledge, for as little as a $1.00, you are able to access special videos, additional swaps and challenges like the Envelope Challenge, Sketch Challenge, receive free monthly digital stamps and get a free preview of the crafty items that will be for sale at Koala T Crafts bi-weekly Garage Sales. Just come in your pajamas, hang out and have fun! Your support helps Jen continue her tutorials! Sign up with Patreon!




For All Things Koala T Crafts
































https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJI4UP9mEf8 Sprinkled with Glitter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4r8ujv4HmA Spotlight Stamp layering
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwhYm9sN-FA&t=161s Second Generation Stamping