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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

COLORING DIGITAL STAMP: PETEY PIRATE

Coloring Petey Pirate and Creating a Project


October's Digital Stamp (Digi) is Petey Pirate! The Digi Stamp was resized and printed to fit an A2 (4 1/4"x 5 1/2") size card. After being glued to #110 cardstock with Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue, he was temporarily set aside until the background of the card was created.


Petey Pirate, digital stamp




Background

White cardstock was chosen as a base for the card. A piece of light blue cardstock was cut to 4"x 5 1/4" and attached to the base with Scor-tape, leaving a 1/8" border. Next, a piece of tan pattern paper was cut 1"x4" and attached to look like sand. How clever!


Double-sided tape was added and a
bone folder used to burnish before
 peeling off backing paper





Coconuts, trunk and palm fronds were hand drawn on scraps of cardstock and hand cut with scissors! Double-sided tape and foam tape were used to attach the fronds to the top of the palm tree. Foam tape also has adhesive on both sides so using it behind an element gives the item dimension.


                                 


Palm tree with raised palm fronds to give them dimension

    Coloring Petey Pirate

    A combination of Sharpie Black Fine Line Marker and assorted colored pencils were used to color Petey. The black marker was used to color the eye patch and shoes a richer black. A graphite pencil was used to highlight the shoes.




Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils


The lightest areas were colored first to show where the light source was coming from. I bet the light source was the sun!

Beginning to color Petey Pirate

Petey slowly started showing some color as he came to life! (tee-hee) Coloring with small circles softens the look of harsh lines. All the color was filled in, gradually blending from light to dark. A paper stump was used to blend further. You could even use your finger! It won't look like you used a pencil at all!

The highlights didn't show well so a Crayola pencil, moistened, was used on the red stripes and black pants and hat.

Petey Pirate colored!




Use a paper stump to blend coloring further!


The finished Petey Pirate! Worried about coloring out of the lines?


Finishing touches

Just fussy cut him out of the paper! Fussy cutting is the technique used to cut the picture out. The closer to the outline the better! There is also a fussy cutting technique where a thin white space is left around the figure. Some crafters call this a halo. A small, very sharp scissors work best for these techniques. 


                           

Petey the Pirate! Ready for his placement on the card!

To finish up the card, a cloud along the water's horizon, a few birds in the air and a pirate chest was made for the spot under the palm tree. The pirate chest was freehanded and tabs were added to the sides and bottom. This was cut from the brown cardstock. The tabs were folded and double-sided tape added to them.

The pirate chest had detail added to it then a slit was made using a knife with a very sharp blade.


 Pirate chest with tabs


Using a sharp blade to cut a slit. 

Why cut a slit? Why is Petey trying to scare you from the pirate chest?


Petey Pirate giving you a warning!



That's WHY!! Petey Pirate is a treasure chest!

This card was made for a birthday! How clever!

You don't need the most expensive items nor the most popular. Use the items you have available to you. That is all you need...and your imagination! Look at how wonderful this card is and the recipient will love it!

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)
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

GIŃA K. DESIGNS, WHO IS SHE?

Gina K., who is she?

Gina K. is the driving force behind Gina K. Designs. She is admired among the crafting community for her products as well as technique tutorials. In the past few years, she began a YouTube Channel called StampTV which has become very popular!

Gina K from Gina K. Designs

Gina K, or Krupsky, was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She moved to Madison, WI when her husband attended the University of Wisconsin. He then went to Marquette University to study Law. They liked the area so much they decided to stay and raise a family near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As a young mother, Gina found stamping just like you or I would, at a stamp party. She enjoyed this new hobby and soon became a demonstrator (to get the discount on merchandise!). Soon she was winning trips on cruises for doing so well as a demonstrator. 

She began doing workshops and it became a full-time job. Gina found she loved teaching something she was passionate about! When the company that she demonstrated for changed their career policy, Gina decided it was time to change her career!

In 1998, that's when Gina K. Designs, LLC was born!

In 2007, her husband after many years as an attorney quit and is now working for Gina K. Designs as well as their two daughters, Alicia and Rina. 

Walking through an empty formal dining room that was only used twice a year, Gina decided to move from the tiny guest bedroom space to her dining room! A trip to the IKEA store in Chicago, a desk, a shelving unit, and a couple of small cupboards later she had her dream little studio. She had room to work, her supplies close at hand and she was close to her family!


Gina Kś little home Studio


Gina K. Designs sells their products in many stores. They also sponsor artists and help them get their foot in the door. But the teaching continues with StampTV. Gina is passionate about helping others and shows techniques along with showcasing her products.

On Tuesday, September 18th, 2018, Gina K. Designs and ThermOWeb released their two beautiful Stamp-n-Foil collections! Each collection comes with stamps, detail sheets for foiling and the dies.

Holly Jolly
is a collection of bold, fun designs!

Holly Jolly Stamp Set


Holly Jolly Foil Detail Sheets


Holly Jolly Die Set

Baby It´s Cold Outside
has a beautiful two-step snowflake which works well for cards, tags, and gift giving!

Baby It´s Cold Outside Stamp Set



Baby It's Cold Outside Detail Sheets for Foiling



Baby It's Cold Outside Dies


Adhesive Dot Runner
The new Gina K. Designs Adhesive Dot Runner and Refill Packs are now available! The larger size has 30 feet of tape that is easy to refill!

Gina K. Adhesive Dot Runner

These tools will help to make the Holiday season fun and special. Holiday Cards and gift-giving will be a breeze to make while watching Gina's instructions and inspiration!  Watch the video below to see Gina make a card from each of her new sets!

VIDEO: New Holiday Collections

Gina K. has her studio located in Glendale, WI. She also has a brick-and-mortar shop called Village Paper and Ink located in the historic district in Glendale, WI. Her stamps and dies are made in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She does classes at her shop on Saturdays. I would like to take a day trip to visit since I live about an hour away and never knew it! Maybe I can talk Jen into coming with me! (Penny too!)

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!

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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)
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Sunday, September 30, 2018

TIM HOLTZ RELEASES NEW HOLIDAY IDEA-OLOGY

 HEAR YE, HEAR YE!¨

Tim Holtz Released
Monday, September 10, 2018, the
2018
CHRISTMAS IDEA-OLOGY RELEASE!

What could be sweeter sounding than that? Any of you that have been following my blog know that I SWOON over Tim Holtz! (Well, not HIM, of course!) But this is my 2nd most favorite holiday (Halloween, my first!)!! Even over my birthday and that's big, right?!

I am so excited to be bringing you this news! Maybe some have already heard it and if you have, isn't it exciting?? 

There is so many NEW things as well as some good old favorites! Because there is so very many items I won't have enough room, (Or you'll fall asleep by the end)I will just mention the older items and give you as many photos as I can of the new stuff. Please be forgiving of the blurriness in some photos. It was a Facebook video and no matter how I tweaked it, I just could not make it go away. So, it is what it is.

Let´s look at some Christmas items!

8¨x 8¨ Paper pad had some favorites from years past. You will find new colors added of coral and a light teal. Unique but they fit in with the vintage feel.


8¨x 8¨ Paper Pad, 2 sheets of each,
 back-to-back design

Teal and pink added for Christmas



There are some specialty papers like the one similar to the flock in the Halloween pad, this mini polka dot black flocked paper feels just as rich. There is one foil design, an old ledger background with golden stars. Then my favorite, an acetate with sparkles and snow flurries!! Can you say "Festive"!?


Great for shaker cards or snow globes!

We have to talk about the design tape! They are rolls of washi tape in different widths. They just so happen to match the pattern papers exactly!

On to the Worn Wallpaper-Christmas! It was first seen at Halloween and was such a huge hit that they decided to bring it back. Worn wallpaper, with all it's rich colors and texture, was inspired by vintage gift wrap!


Bold, rich holiday colors and everyday specials

Holiday Box tops are cool. They fit right over the vignette boxes to create shadowbox or a vignette! (I will have to make one of those!) 

4 sizes of box tops to glue together

There are also holiday clippings. There are so many new holiday sayings added that they had to add an extra sheet. These parts of sentences are actual clippings from vintage books! The type is exactly how they were found. They are cut wonky on purpose, by design. 

Holiday Rub-Ons can be put on anything!

Noel Holiday Paper Dolls have a seasonal flair! Love the way the kids look! And the warm coats everyone has! There is even a gentleman with a walking stick! These can be distress tinted using Distress Markers and a Q-tip!

Fancy and fun addition, Paper Dolls

43 pieces of Seasonal Fun!

Then we have Ephemera! Die cuts, labels, journaling cards, tags and more! 

Holiday SNIPPETS are the exact items that you would find in the larger package only scaled down to do pocket watches, shadow boxes and the like!

86 Christmas Snippets!

NOTE for Online Shoppers; Pay attention to what the name of the product is. DON'T go by picture alone! (INSIDE HINT: the ephemera and Snippets sell out the fastest!)

Holiday Red Fringe, Quote chips have been favorites. Along comes the NEW Collage Paper! First introduced at Halloween, thought to be a favorite once people had the chance to view tutorials on it. When put on wet glue or watercolor, the liquid seems to almost absorb leaving only a translucent print. Not just in black and white, the NEW addition is colored. Can you see this popping on a card?

Colored collage sheet

Woodlands aren't new but the holidays will be the only time you can purchase them! If you want Easter or summer scenes, make sure you have purchased enough of these! Three regular sizes and a ginormous one, cut in half to add to the bunch! It fits the vignette trays perfectly!

Woodland trees can be colored
and decorated in many ways

There are Woodland Slices, real slices of trees with real bark and rings in the wood. Trinket tins are just adorable and I would want them just to hoard!

Check on Google, YouTube, and Pinterest for ideas on all of these items!

Items making a Come Back!

Jingle Brads-great for the center of flowers
Tiny Bells-bells of all sorts that actually work!
Adornment Snowflakes
Adornment Pine cones
Holiday Word Bands
Tokens
Countdown Brads-31 in sequence debossed #s

New Cool Items- Trinkety Trinkets

Story Sticks-tiny, one word, embellishment
Quote Tokens-all different, endearing words
Beaded Berries-white with a bead on top, can
    be colored any color!
Tiny, skinny Reindeer-adorable glittered 
Angelic-flat-backed adornments, come in three sizes and have incredible detail

Angelic Adornments come in
three sizes with a left/right wing each

All adornments are vintage inspired. Tim spends quite a bit of time all year looking for new and unique vintage adornments!

Vintage reproductions: Christmas Star and Christmas Coins



Tim loves these Thimbles so much that he declared they will be available all year round! There is so much detail that the camera cannot pick up!



Icicles inspired by the icicles that Tim puts out every year for the winter holidays. Small enough to adorn your vignettes!

Plain and colored Bobbles
These pearl-like Bobbles are perfectly round and have NO hole! Excellent idea to change them to Mercury Glass with Distress alcohol inks!



And finally, what would a holiday release be without a Santa. Here, he was colored with Distress Paint and while it was still damp, it was rubbed which removed some of the paint. A Distress crayon in vintage photo antiques the piece when wiped away. 



Vintage resin Santa

His partner in crime...a vintage SNOWMAN! He was search for just the right detail. Created from a vintage image, the hat and carrot nose are perfect to pair with Santa's smile and sack of toys!   


Vintage resin Snowman
                         
So, this ends the long list of the Holiday Release of Idea-ology! Watch your Instagram and Facebook for mini-tutorials and snippets by Tim Holtz and friends teaching techniques with many of these pieces. Clicking on the picture or the description below will take you to the Tim Holtz video on YouTube. It may be slightly different than this blog because I saw it on Facebook the day he released it! 


Video of 2018 Christmas Release

These cool 2018 Christmas items will be shipped to your retailer sometime next week. Watch for them to be available at your favorite craft store! But REMEMBER these items are just available for the holiday release! When they are gone, they are gone! 

There is one thing I did learn from Tim that amazes me. (We are on first name basis...
wink, wink) All Idea-o-logy items are ALWAYS
vintage inspired! If it's not an exact replica, it is very close! Torn Wallpaper is inspired by vintage wrapping paper. Adornments that are exact replicas of vintage trinkets that Tim has found. Icicles that are created after the vintage full-size ones along Tim's bookshelves at Holiday time. 

I want to leave you with his smile. Please excuse the arrow from Facebook.


Artist-Tim Holtz

 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!


Remember, great things happen to
 those that create!

Artistically yours,


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