We hope our American friends are enjoying their holiday weekend! If you are looking for a new project to create on your day off, check out this sparkling tag by Ranger's own Patti Behan. Patti used Perfect Pearls Mists and Embossing Powders to create a tag with a heartfelt sentiment, perfect for expressing gratitude to that special someone in your life!
Summer is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with this bright, cheery tag from Claudine Hellmuth? In this new project tutorial on RangerInk.com you will learn how to use Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints and Creative Layers Stamps to create this sunny piece.
Stickes were also a favorite at the ScrapbookPal.com booth. We loved the way they displayed them:
Shari Morris, a teacher at Scrappers Cove, demonstrated a watercoloring technique using Distress Inks:
She wasn't the only one demonstrating with Distress Inks, though! Breigh Frances at the Melissa Frances booth was using Distress Inks in her Make and Takes:
Scrapbook Expo is holding several other trade shows throughout the year. Check out their website to find a show near you!
There's a great article in the May 2011 issue of Vamp Stamp News that focuses on 16 different techniques for creating backgrounds using Perfect Pearls! Nancie Waterman, the editor (and everything else!) of Vamp Stamp News, was inspired to create the article after seeing this ad that we sent to her, featuring a Perfect Pearls tag designed by Tim Holtz:
If you're inspired too and want to learn more about using Perfect Pearls to achieve amazing effects for your project backgrounds, be sure to track down the May 2011 issue of Vamp Stamp News at a craft shop near you! Or, you can order the issue directly from Vamp Stamp News via their online shop!
EDIT: Oops. As it turns out, the May 2011 issue of Vamp Stamp News becomes a "back issue" as of today. But never fear! Nancie says that you can still order it through her site.
From the class description: "Do you ever create a project or artwork and think – this just isn’t working, but I don’t know how to fix it!? This is where composition comes in! In Composition for Collage, you will learn tricks of the trade to help you create successful compositions without creating visual overload – specifically in regards to mixed media."
Pretty fun, right? The class lasts for 4 whole weeks from June 2nd to June 29th, and includes audio, video, slideshows, handouts, chats, message boards, and more. It's the next-best thing to having Claudine in the room with you! For further details and to register for the class, check out Claudine's blog.
Those of you who are loyal readers of Tim Holtz's blog and Twitter feed no doubt already heard the latest news coming out of the National Stationery Show: Tim is making his debut in the world of stationery, gifts and home décor with his new "District Market" collection!
This collection of note cards, journals, note pads, tissue paper and tote bags was inspired by Tim's idea-ology craft products. We are very excited about the District Market collection and we will have it on display in our booth at CHA Summer 2011, so be sure to stop by and check it out! We will also have the collection available to store owners via our Business-to-Business ordering site, with product shipping this September. So, keep an eye out for District Market at your favorite shops this fall!
To learn more about District Market, check out Tim's blog.
Congratulations to Kelly Massman who correctly guessed that this product:
Ranger's all-natural Melt Art BeesWax pellets are super versatile and perfect to use with the Ranger Melting Pot. You can brush melted BeesWax over paper or canvas projects, you can pour it into a mold created with Mold N' Pour to make unique embellishments, you can use it for encaustic techniques, you can tint it with To Dye For inks, and so much more! What is your favorite way to use BeesWax?
(Leave a comment on this blog post with your guess! One random winner will be chosen from all of the correct responses received before 12 noon EST on Friday, May 13.)
We will be playing another round of "Name That Product" tomorrow! This is a game where we post an abstract photo of a Ranger product (it could be an extreme close-up or a distorted shot) and you have to guess what the product is. The last time we played "Name That Product," we gave a prize to the first person who correctly identified the product in our blog comments, but this time, we will be setting a 24-hour time limit and choosing a random winner from all of the correct responses received within that span of time. We hope that this will give our international friends a chance to participate, too!
We will post the photo at 12 noon EST tomorrow. See you then!!
So now that the cat's out of the bag and you know all about our updates to the Archival Ink line, perhaps you are in need of a great new project tutorial that makes use of the brand-new Archival colors?
In that case, head on over to RangerInk.com and check out this new project tutorial by our own Debbie Tlach! Eight gorgeous shades of Archival Inks are used to create the butterfly tag shown. Try it out and let your creativity take flight!