And the winners are. . .

November 30th, 2010

Thanks to everyone for being a part of our Holiday Inspirations event! We hope to have sparked your creativity with the awesome projects from our very talented designers, and that you all had a chance to review the comments for more creative crafting ideas this season.


Now the moment you've been waiting for…we have 12 lucky winners!  Make sure you scroll all the way down to see if you won, and read how to claim your prize. 


The winners of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Products are below. To claim your prize, please send an email with your name, mailing address and phone to with "Claudine Hellmuth Studio Blog Winner" in the subject line:

Adrienne said: Love the flowers! I actually decked the halls early this year because of Thanksgiving plans. We usually decorate the day after Thanksgiving, since we were going to be out of town, I wanted everything up when we came back. Lights on the outside of the house, tree on the main level and one in the basement.

Joyce said: I made wreaths from Xmas papers, wire, bells and ribbons to go around candles. I like this simple idea from Claudine. You have to love the Sticky Back Canvas! Great product!

Leslie Brier said: These flowers are fantaastic! This year I am going to deck the halls with less traditional colors – I'm throwing in silver and pastels into the mix. Claudine's yummy paints have all the best colors!

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The winners of Jenni Bowlin for Ranger products are below. To claim your prize, please send an email with your name, mailing address and phone to with "Jenni Bowlin for Ranger Blog Winner" in the subject line:

Linda B. said: Ooh! So many lovely JBS stylin products on this "faux" tussie mussie. I'm going to be making desk calendars as some of my homemade gifts.  I hope the recipients will like them. vicki in MD said: This is a wonderful project – I am going to have to squeeze some time in to make this. I am altering those IKEA mirrors and embellishing 2 with angels for both my mother and mother in law.

vicki in MD said: This is a wonderful project – I am going to have to squeeze some time in to make this. I am altering those IKEA mirrors and embellishing 2 with angels for both my mother and mother in law.

Lisa S said: I always enjoy Jenni's projects–this one included! Love the colors. I'm making a lot of gifts this year, including mini books among them. Several of my books are specific for the hobbists in our family–the photography book keeper is my favorite so far…and still a work-in-progress. =)

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The winners of Tim Holtz Distress products are below. To claim your prize, please send an email with your name, mailing address and phone to with "Tim Holtz Distress Blog Winner" in the subject line:

Lynne W said: Gorgeous tag!!! Love the pop of red!! I pretty much distress everything. My new fave is to use distress embossing powder on the edges of my LOs….awesome look, and it adds more texture!!

Barb Cady said: Brilliant! Thats what I love about your products, whatever the time of year, whatever the season, whatever the occasion, whatever the weather, they can be adapted! I'm off to my room of stash to have a go!  Thank you.


Julie said: I love this tag! Love the crackle paint "snow" and the awesome woodgrain background! I had a similar idea to make red "cardinals" with the bird die! I don't make much of anything without pulling out my distress inks and inking tool to finish the edges. I also love to add a very light layer of old paper or antique linen to tone down colors on patterned papers.

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The winners of Suze Weinberg Melt Art products are below. To claim your prize, please send an email with your name, mailing address and phone to with "Suze Weinberg Melt Art Blog Winner" in the subject line:


Storm said:  That's an awesome technique that is next on my UTEE list! Up till now, I either use embossing-powder-coloured UTEE to fill Mold n' Pour molds of small toys and trinkets to hang as beads and charms, or I dip stamped and beautified paper directly into the UTEE pot to seal, crackle and sparkle it up! I use one UTEE pot, but I have 2, just in case!!!!! loveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEEloveUTEE

Donna said:  Fabulous card, love the snowman & snowflakes!! I made little Christmas tress last year using UTEE, turned out great!!

Lisa M said: This is SUPER adorable! (And I don't even like snow! LOL) Nice job, Suze, as always. I don't make a lot of holiday projects, so I can't say I've used UTEE for that, but I took a class last year wherein we made little "cubes" of UTEE w/ photos on the back and decorated a picture frame with them. It looks really cool. :)

Congratulations to all!   We still have more holiday projects to share, so come back to visit us.


Project: UTEE Winter Wonder Card

November 29th, 2010

Ranger Signature Designer Suze Weinberg takes the spotlight today with a frosty and fun holiday card that will nevertheless warm your heart.


You have to try this technique using UTEE and Wonder Tape to create a bumpy texture that looks like real snow.  How cool is that? 

Think cookie cutters are just for cookies this holiday?  Guess again…Suze dazzles us with these sparkly snowflakes that use UTEE, glitter, and yep – a cookie cutter! Here are the instructions to give it a try.  To see more of Suze' Ultra-fantastic techniques and to read about her interesting travels, be sure to stop by her blog.

Have you ever made holiday projects with UTEE?  We'd love to hear how.  From your comments, three winners will be chosen to win Melt Art products. 

Come back tomorrow to see the announcement of the winners from this post and all the other posts from our Holiday Inspirations event.

Project: Distress Festive Foliage Birdcage Tag

November 28th, 2010

Today we welcome Creative Director/Signature Designer Tim Holtz.  He shows you how to make a magnificent three-dimensional tag using Distress Stickles, Crackle Paint and Distress Ink.

Tim adds the perfect festive touch by adorning it with Idea-ology trinkets and treasures.

Here are the instructions to see how it's done.  For more holiday inspiration, pay a visit to Tim's blog on Dec 1 for his annual 12 Tags of Christmas.

So how do you Distress for the holidays?  Leave a comment about your favorite way to decorate with Distress.  Three lucky winners will be picked to win something Distress, of course.  Stop back on Tuesday, November 30th when we announce the winners.

Join us again tomorrow for Designer #4.  I think by now you can guess who it will be.

Project: Jenni Bowlin Vintage-Style Banner Ornament

November 27th, 2010

Today Jenni Bowlin is our featured Signature Designer.  She created this really simple and fun project that can be used to decorate your home this holiday season, for gift-giving or both!

The glossy finish on the JBS Chipboard piece is perfect for blending Jenni Bowlin Dye Ink (as you will see!), and the rub-on resists the ink and retains its shiny gold finish, even after rubbing the ink over it.

Jenni also rubbed just a bit of her Malted Milk paint across the star trim to make it stand out.  Here are the complete instructions.  For more inspiring projects created by Jenni, visit her website and blog.

Will you be making any handmade gifts this year?  Let us know all about it for a chance to win some Jenni Bowlin products.  Three random winners will be chosen.  We will announce the winners on Tuesday, November 30.  Come back to see if you won. 

Check back tomorrow for more holiday inspiration by Designer #3. 


Project: Claudine Hellmuth Whimsical Holiday Bouquet

November 26th, 2010

Thanks for joining in on our Holiday Inspirations event!  Our first project is a sweet and whimsical holiday bouquet created by Ranger Signature Designer Claudine Hellmuth using Studio Paints, Sticky-Back Canvas and Creative Layers Stamps.

Would make a great centerpiece on your holiday table or display it on an end table or mantle.  Here are step-by-step instructions.  It's so super easy to craft, you'll want to make a bunch.  For more delightful projects made by Claudine, check out her website and blog.

Leave a comment telling us how you deck the halls during the holiday season for a chance to win some yummy Claudine Hellmuth Studio products.  Three winners will be chosen and announced on Tuesday, November 30th. 

Be sure to come back tomorrow for another great project from Designer #2.


Happy Thanksgiving from Ranger!

November 25th, 2010

On this day of celebration, we'd like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support of Ranger.  We wish you, your family and friends a blessed Thanksgiving Day full of warmth and love. Thank-You-Card

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for the kick-off of our Holiday Inspirations event.  Get inspired each day with a special project created by one of our Signature Designers to jump start your holiday crafting!  There will be prizes given away daily as a way to thank you for visiting us.  See you then.

Project: Best Day Color Wash Scrapbook Layout

November 24th, 2010

Designer Dina Wakley had the Best Day playing with Adirondack Color Wash, as you can see in this artsy and vibrant scrapbook page that she created.


Layers of Sticky-Back Canvas painted with Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints and sprayed with Color Wash add interest and dimension.

Check out the instructions to see how the rest of the layout was made.

Dina's blog is a must-see for more creative uses of Ranger products, so we hope you will stop by and visit!

Project: Joy to You! Color Wash Wall Hanging

November 22nd, 2010

Take a look at Ranger Senior Educator Wendy Vecchi's newest holiday project!  Adirondack Color Wash was used to dye Grungeboard and Grungepaper, along with more Ranger goodies like Distress Ink, Perfect Pearls Mists and Distress Stickles.  Get the full instructions and enjoy putting your own creative spin to crafting for the holidays.

What a great handmade gift idea that is sure to spread lots of joy.

Don't you love how Wendy adds all those little details?  Just the perfect finishing touch!  Make sure you stop by Wendy's blog for more great ideas using Ranger products.

Thanksgiving Weekend Holiday Inspirations

November 19th, 2010

Join us beginning Friday, 11/26 and throughout the holiday weekend for festive and fun-filled holiday project ideas!  Get inspired each day with a special project created by one of our Signature Designers:  Claudine Hellmuth, Jenni Bowlin, Tim Holtz and Suze Weinberg, to jumpstart your holiday crafting!  And to show our gratitude for your support, we're having a daily prize drawing, so stop by all weekend long!! You don't want to miss it!


Project: Color Wash Thanksgiving Table Accessories

November 17th, 2010

As promised, here is another paper crafting project using Adirondack Color Wash-perfect for autumn decorating and gatherings.  Patti Behan created these colorful backgrounds on Inkssentials 12 x 12 Manila Cardstock with Color Wash, masks and stamps…

…and transformed them into gorgeous Thanksgiving table accessories full of rustic country charm.

Tattered Leaves die cut from mask sheets and colored with Adirondack Alcohol Inks add the finishing touch.  Instructions can be found here.

 Would love to hear how you decorate your Thanksgiving table.