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Sunday, October 15, 2017

DT Project Share ~ Fantasy Box Card




Hey Crafters!  
We are on day 2 of the KoalaTCrafters October Blog Hop and I wanted to share a special project by Design Team Member Alina Florea.  




Alina made many wonderful creations featuring the new Fairy Wings and Magical Things 
digital Fantasy series. 



***Visit the hop for a special coupon code to save 50% on the 
Fantasy Bundle and all digis through October 19th*** 





This card hides a fairy surprise!  

For detailed info and template for making this Box Card, head over to AlliEllaCraft.



Saturday, October 14, 2017

October KoalaTCrafters Blog Hop

Thankful Digis

Hey Crafters! We are Thankful for you, our loyal fans! 
Our community is an inspiring place to craft and play and try new  things because of members like you. To show our appreciation, KoalaTCrafts is hosting our first ever Blog Hop featuring digis from the brand new Fantasy, Monsters and Thankful series. Check out these projects by our amazing Design Team members for a chance to win some fun prizes. Winners announced on Monday October 23rd right here on the blog.  
Monster Digis
Fantasy Digis 











Everyone wins with our special coupon code!  OCTHOP gets you 50% off all digis in the shop. 
ALL! That includes new release , bundles or just that special one you really want. Don't delay! 
The code expires when the Hop contest ends,  Midnight October 19th.


Links to the hop are below, click on the blog name. You may go in any order, just be sure to visit each one, subscribe and comment to be eligible to win a prize.   


Jen Evers ~ KoalaTCrafts
Michelle Calvert ~ PaperCraftingOnADime    
Donette Robertson ~ Donette Scraps
Neha ~ CrescentCreation
Ashley ~ MarineWifesScrappinLife
Denise ~ DennysCraft
Alina ~ AlliEllaCraft 
Jeanie ~ ScrapbookingMamaw
Carol ~ CreationsByCarol
Ruthie ~ MyHobbyMyArt 
Neha ~  YouTube Video   
For a chance to win a fun prize from our team: 

  1. Visit each blog / video between October 14th - 19th midnight CST.
  2. Subscribe to each member.
  3. Leave a comment on each.
  4. Reply to winning notification within 3 days. 
  5. Its that easy! Check out some of our talented Design Team and you can win. Winners announced on Monday, October 23rd.
The Fine Print: Each participant that completes the requirements has an equal chance in every blog to win a prize but may only win 1 prize. Winners who do not reply within 3 days of notification will forfeit and new winners will be drawn. Digital prizes are for personal use only and may not be mass produced or sold.
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    PATREON - Patreon.com/koalatcrafts 
Discount adhesives and other supplies available

"I can't wait to see you next video!"
XOXO Jen


AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:
When I need certain supplies I turn to Amazon because they have a great range of supplies, in one place, that's easy to navigate, and I am able to find what I need with ease. I am part of various affiliate programs including Amazon – when you click on an affiliate link and then go on to make a purchase, at no cost to you, I receive a small commission. I use the money raised towards the cost of running this blog. I hope if you like the content of my blog, you will support me by clicking through these links to make your purchases. Thank you!


Friday, October 13, 2017


Hey Crafters! Happy Fantasy Release Friday!! 

Design Team member Alina Florea has been busy creating with Fairy Wings and Magical Things series of digital stamps now available at KoalaTCrafts

Check out Alinas fantasy projects at AlliEllaCraft



Don't forget to check back HERE on Saturday, October 14th for the first ever KoalaTCrafters Blog Hop! We have lots of great projects by our Design Team to inspire you, a deep discount coupon code and some fun prizes too! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fantastic Fantasy Friends availble Friday!




Hey Crafters! 15 Fantastic Fantasy creations are coming to  KoalaTCrafts 
on Friday, October 13th!  Fairy Wings & Magical Things! 

These are like nothing we have offered before! 
There are natural elements for building a scene, creatures and even a magical door! 
Where will your imagination take you? 

Here is a sneak peek of a fun 3D project by DT member Alina Florea we have coming later this week ... 

3D Project by Alina Florea
AlliEllaCraft



Sign up for the KoalaTCrafts email list HERE for
special announcements, flash sales and exclusive coupon codes. 



 Join me LIVE on YouTube! 

Wednesday at 5PM is 1 in 10 by Jen! from Mailbox to Masterpiece
I create a card in just 10 minutes from unknown supplies mailed in,
you never know what will be in the envelope.  



 Free Play Fridays at 5PM  Central Standard Time 

Join us early for our community chat,
Tutorials begin at 5 after the hour with lots
of tips & tricks and KoalaTCrafting Fun!


This week we will be creating with Shimmer Sprays! 

Recommended Supplies for the DIY Shimmer Spray Recipe:
Spray bottles - http://amzn.to/2vmcrPg
Mini Misters - http://amzn.to/2x5yCd0
Pearlizing medium - http://amzn.to/2iBuYkF
Pearl Ex - http://amzn.to/2vEphDz
Alcohol - (get this from your local store, it’s cheaper!)
Food Coloring - http://amzn.to/2wjFJve
Gelatos - http://amzn.to/2iE65oe


Saturday is Hopping! It's the KoalaTCrafters first ever Blog Hop featuring DT members from both the Blog and YouTube channels. They will be bringing you great ideas using digis from Fantasy, Monsters and Thankful. Be sure to check out the blogs for a chance to win some exclusive digis and other fun prizes. 


Share your creations with the KoalaTCrafts community on FACEBOOK.    
It is a fun group of crafters offering support and inspiration 
in a no commitment, no drama atmosphere.  



 ***VISIT ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA!!*** 
    PATREON - Patreon.com/koalatcrafts 
Discount adhesives and other supplies available


"I can't wait to see you next video!"
XOXO Jen




AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:
When I need certain supplies I turn to Amazon because they have a great range of supplies, in one place, that's easy to navigate, and I am able to find what I need with ease. I am part of various affiliate programs including Amazon – when you click on an affiliate link and then go on to make a purchase, at no cost to you, I receive a small commission. I use the money raised towards the cost of running this blog. I hope if you like the content of my blog, you will support me by clicking through these links to make your purchases. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happening This Week at KoalaTCrafts

Hey Crafters! It is a busy week over at KoalaTCrafts, 
I hope you will join in the fun.

Head over to the October Challenge and enter for a chance to win exclusive digis and prize packs from our newest sponsor, PaperCraftingOnADime.  New products will be going into her Etsy shop next week. 

Tuesday is Sketch Day in the Patrons Facebook group. We put up a new sketch and give participants a week to create something from this inspiration.  You can enter your sketch project in the October Challenge! 

YouTube

Wednesday is 1 in 10 by Jen! 
Tune in at 5pm CST and I will open a subscriber envelope and create a card for them in just 10 minutes live. We start at 5 after so join us for a bit of community chat before hand.  Want to get in on the fun and receive your very own Jen Evers Original Card? Join Patreon for as little as $2 a month and you will be added to the Facebook group with info on how to participate.

Thursday we will have a project share featuring the newest line of Digis, Fantasy! They will be releasing on Friday.  Sign up for the email list HERE for special announcements and coupon codes. 
Here is a Sneak Peek!
  

Free Play Fridays at 5PM  Central Standard Time 

Join us early for our community chat,
Tutorials begin at 5 after the hour with lots
of tips & tricks and KoalaTCrafting Fun!


This week is Shimmer Sprays! 
(Recommended Supplies)
DIY SHIMMER SPRAYS
Spray bottles - http://amzn.to/2vmcrPg
Mini Misters - http://amzn.to/2x5yCd0
Pearlizing medium - http://amzn.to/2iBuYkF
Pearl Ex - http://amzn.to/2vEphDz
Alcohol - (get this from your local store, it’s cheaper!)
Food Coloring - http://amzn.to/2wjFJve
Gelatos - http://amzn.to/2iE65oe


And .... did I mention the newest line of Digis releases Friday!?! 

We will have another project featuring FANTASY for you Friday.  

Saturday is Hopping! It's the KoalaTCrafters first ever Blog Hop featuring DT members from both the Blog and YouTube channels. They will be bringing you great ideas using digis from Fantasy, Monsters and Thankful. Be sure to check out the blogs for a chance to win some exclusive digis and other fun prizes. 



 ***VISIT ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA!!*** 
    PATREON - Patreon.com/koalatcrafts 
Discount adhesives and other supplies available


"I can't wait to see you next video!"
XOXO Jen



AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:
When I need certain supplies I turn to Amazon because they have a great range of supplies, in one place, that's easy to navigate, and I am able to find what I need with ease. I am part of various affiliate programs including Amazon – when you click on an affiliate link and then go on to make a purchase, at no cost to you, I receive a small commission. I use the money raised towards the cost of running this blog. I hope if you like the content of my blog, you will support me by clicking through these links to make your purchases. Thank you!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Gesso Recipe!




Hey Crafters! 
I recently shared a technique making DIY Washi tape and then, in part 2, we used the tape to make cards. I had lots of questions about, and requests for, the Gesso recipe.  

You can see the video HERE 



Lets get to it! 
What is Gesso and how do you use it? 
Gesso is thinner than paint, it dries hard, making a surface more stiff.  Think of gesso as a primer. It is a first layer. It is commonly used on canvas to give the surface texture and the paint something to adhere to. Without it, paint soaks into the weave of the canvas and it is difficult to get consistent results.  I applied a thin layer of gesso to Masking Tape for the purpose of the project in the video. It can also be applied to surfaces such as canvas, paper, chipboard, vinyl records, wood, and others prepping them to accept acrylic paint, ink, watercolor, or even marker. 

Apply & Let it Dry! 
You can use a heat tool to speed this process along, being mindful your original surface and how reacts to heat.  It is better to use thin layers. For something thin and less porous, like masking tape, a single thin layer is enough to give the paint a nice foundation to stick to. 

When prepping canvas or large surface for painting, make sure it is clean and free of dirt and oil. Alcohol on a rag or paper towel for a quick wipe down is generally sufficient; you don't want the surface to be wet with alcohol, use a light touch.   Apply a thin layer of gesso to your surface working in all one direction, vertical or horizontal, and allow this layer to dry. Apply a 2nd layer going the opposite direction and allow it to dry. You can lightly sand between layers for a smoother surface, or you can go over the area multiple times with layers of gesso to add extra texture, this is common in multi media projects.  

There are many brands of Gesso avail be to buy at art supply stores and it generally comes in White, Back or Clear.

Here is my quick and easy DIY Gesso Recipe:

1/4 Cup Baby Powder
2 Tablespoons School Glue 1 Tablespoon Acrylic Paint
1 Tablespoon Water

I mix and store my gesso in plastic container with an airtight lid. You can increase the quantity for large projects, adding the water slowly to get the consistency that is right for you.  White or Black is most common for the Paint choice as it will tint the Gesso, you can mix up white and add any color paint if you want to have a specific color background.  Keep in mind the darker you go with the gesso color, the more paint it takes to cover.


 

Join me LIVE on YouTube!







 * NEW FALL SCHEDULE *
_____________________________________________________________


Free Play Fridays at 5PM  Central Standard Time 

Join us early for our community chat,
Tutorials begin at 5 after the hour with lots
of tips & tricks and KoalaTCrafting Fun!

Wednesday at 5PM is 1 in 10 by Jen! from Mailbox to Masterpiece
I create a card in just 10 minutes from unknown supplies mailed in,
you never know what will be in the envelope.  

Share your creations with the KoalaTCrafts community on FACEBOOK.    
It is a fun group of crafters offering support and inspiration 
in a no commitment, no drama atmosphere.  




 ***VISIT ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA!!*** 

PINTEREST - pinterest.com/koalatcrafts

TWITTER - twitter.com/koalatcrafts
FACEBOOK - facebook.com/koalatcraft 
  INSTAGRAM - instagram.com/koalatcrafts
    PATREON - Patreon.com/koalatcrafts 

Discount adhesives and other supplies available


"I can't wait to see you next video!"
XOXO Jen







Tuesday, October 3, 2017

NEW Fall YouTube LIVE Schedule



Hey Crafters! 
I love this time of year, October truly rushes in a season of change! 
There are so many exciting things going on right now; the expansion of my Digital art line in the KoalaTCraft store, our new Design Teams for the Blog Challenge and YouTube, a new position at a new school, and we are buying a house! There areas many good things happening.

With that, I have decided to make a change I think many of you will really appreciate. 
We are starting a whole new schedule Beginning Friday, October 6th, with Friday Free Play! 
This will be at 5PM Central Standard Time where you can craft right along with me. We will be playing with paper and tools and techniques as we always do with lots of KoalaTCrafting Fun! 



 

Join me LIVE on YouTube!







 * NEW FALL SCHEDULE *
_____________________________________________________________


Free Play Fridays at 5PM  Central Standard Time 

Join us early for our community chat,
Tutorials begin at 5 after the hour with lots
of tips & tricks and KoalaTCrafting Fun!

Wednesday at 5PM is 1 in 10 by Jen! from Mailbox to Masterpiece
I create a card in just 10 minutes from unknown supplies mailed in,
you never know what will be in the envelope.  

Share your creations with the KoalaTCrafts community on FACEBOOK.    It is a fun group of crafters offering support and inspiration in a no commitment, no drama atmosphere.  




 ***VISIT ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA!!*** 

PINTEREST - pinterest.com/koalatcrafts

TWITTER - twitter.com/koalatcrafts
FACEBOOK - facebook.com/koalatcraft 
  INSTAGRAM - instagram.com/koalatcrafts
    PATREON - Patreon.com/koalatcrafts 

Discount adhesives and other supplies available


"I can't wait to see you next video!"
XOXO Jen