Shabby Springtime Floral Pin by Tim Holtz

April 28th, 2014


Just in time for spring, this Shabby Springtime Floral Pin by Tim Holtz can be customized to express your unique style! For this project you will need:


1. Print desired artwork on to Sticky-Back Canvas using an ink-jet printer.


2. Remove canvas from paper backing exposing sticky-back.

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Earth Day 2014

April 22nd, 2014

earth_blogheaderIn celebration of Earth Day we have 2 projects to share with you today… a Recycled Trash can by Ranger’s own Kathy Paglia and an Earth Day Bookmark by Mou Saha!

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Easter Decor By Mou Saha

April 18th, 2014


With Easter just a few days away, here is a fun home decor project by Mou Saha that features Embossing Powders to create this adorable Easter decoration! For this project you will need:



1. Diecut Easter Elements once, Garden Greens branch twice, and a Pediment once from chipboard using Sizzix Big Shot machine. Also cut a 3” x 9” piece from chipboard using trimmer.


2. Color the chipboard block using Salty Ocean Distress Paint. When dry, lay Hearts layering stencil over the block and color through using Antique Linen Distress Paint.


3. Color the chipboard pediment diecut with Antique Linen Distress Paint. When dry, attach the pediment near the top of the chipboard block using Collage Glue Stick. Distress the edges of the whole piece using Walnut Stain Distress Inkpad and Ink Blending Tool.


4. Press down Distress Clear Embossing Ink pad on the diecut chipboard branches. Lay the pieces on paper, inked side up, and pour Lime Green opaque embossing powder to cover the surface. Shake off excess embossing powder back onto the paper and pour it back into its jar. Heat emboss the pieces using Heat it Craft Tool.

5. Repeat the same technique partly with Yellow and partly with Orange opaque embossing powders on the butterfly diecut. After heat embossing the first layer of colors using Heat it Craft Tool, ink the embossed surface again with Distress Clear Embossing Ink pad. Pour Magenta opaque embossing powder over the entire surface. Shake off excess powder and heat emboss allowing a little bit of the first layer of colors to show through.


5. Heat emboss the rabbit diecut with Basics White embossing powder and its ribbon with Opaque Yellow embossing powder using Distress Clear Embossing Ink pad and Heat it Craft Tool. Attach the ribbon to the rabbit using Collage Glue Stick.


6. Attach one of the heat embossed diecut branches from Step 4 near the top of the chipboard block with Collage Glue Stick. Be sure to apply glue only to the parts that will remain attached to the chipboard block. Press down Distress Clear Embossing Ink pad on the bottom part of the chipboard block and heat emboss with Opaque Lime Green embossing powder and Heat it Craft Tool.


7. With Collage Glue Stick, attach the rabbit above the green embossed part at the bottom on the chipboard block. With pencil, draw a speech bubble and color it with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Write Happy Easter inside the speech bubble and color it with color pencil. Doodle around the speech bubble with black pen.


8. Attach the remaining branch and butterfly near the bottom of the chipboard block with Collage Glue Stick.


9. Poke holes near the top part of the chipboard block where the pediment is attached with the die pick. Insert a 6” piece of thread through the holes and tie the ends in knots to make a hanger for the Easter décor piece.


Ranger’s inspired by Tim 12 Tags of 2014: April + Contest WINNERS!

April 14th, 2014

It’s been an exciting past few days here at Ranger with the announcement of 3 addition Distress Mini Kits! As promised, we have 12 winners to crown! Each will win one of the new kits signed by Tim Holtz! But 1st, we wanted to share some inspiration with you. Hopefully you’ve already read Tim’s amazing 12 Tags of 2014: April post… now take a look at how we were inspired by that post:

With Love Tag by Kathy Paglia

  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Water Mister
  • Ranger Ink Blending Tool, Foams & Felts
  • Ranger Multi-Medium Matte
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks – Mermaid, Sunset Orange , Butterscotch, Wild Plum
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paints – Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn & Broken China
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Forest Moss, Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves & Salty Ocean
  • Archival Ink Pads – Jet Black
  • Ranger Embossing Powder – Black

Life Mosaic Tag by Daniela Mozo

  • Ranger Surfaces #12 Manila Tag
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads – Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen
  • Tim Holtz Distress Marker – Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Spice Marmalade
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint – Pumice Stone and Peeled Paint
  • Ranger Foil Cardstock

Tissue Box Cover by Patti Behan

  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint – Seedless Preserves, Victorian Velvet and Peeled Paint
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains – Seedless Preserves and Victorian Velvet
  • Perfect Pearls Mists – Pink Gumball
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Dina Wakley Media Soft Gel Medium – Matte
  • Tim Holtz Distress Pads – Gathered Twigs and Victorian Velvet
  • Ranger Foil Cardstock

“Beautiful” Palette Clip Board by Terry Horvath

  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heat It Tool
  • Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks Pebble and Mushroom
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paints – Picket Fence, Weathered Wood, Broken China, Ice Spruce, Evergreen Bough
  • Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber Gold
  • Foil Cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Distress Mini Blending Tool with Foam
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains – Broken China, Weathered Wood, Picket Fence, Seedless Preserves
  • Ranger Multi-Medium Matte
  • Ranger Glue Stick
  • Perfect Pearls Mists – Grape Fizz, Forever Violet, Sunflower Sparkle and Heirloom Gold

Pearl Flower by Debbie Tlach

  • Perfect Pearls Mist – Blue Raspberry, Turquoise, Forever Green, Sour Apple, Sunflower Sparkle
  • Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Surfaces #12 Black Tag
  • Dina Wakley Media Black Gesso

Now… on to the WINNERS! A big congrats to the following people!

  • “I love how portable they are! Such a perfect size for taking to classes and art meet-ups.”Tracie
  • “Convenient.Versatile. lovely colors”Pat
  • “oh wow! What do I love most, well everything! That it is easy to do direct to paper, that they fit together, that I can buy more of them because of the cost. And they are so cute! Thanks for sharing.”Katie B.
  • “Because they are smaller, I love that you can carry every single color of the Distress Stamps with you to crops or a friends house etc. I want every single color!! BTW, if you didn’t already know, Tim Holtz is an artsy genius”Laura Strack
  • “I was so excited when I first saw these little guys. Great color combos, especially the set of the original browns. Perfect size for taking along to a friends house or to crops, but I would use them all the time. Can’t wait to get my hands on them so I can try them out. P.S. PLEASE Tell Mario I love the mini video, MAKES ME HAPPY!”Ruby C
  • “These are so cute!!! My FAV thing about them is how they stack, love that, so easy to take with you, don’t take up much room, and I love Ranger products and Tim Holtz. Thanks. “Tracey M.
  • “I love Distress Ink for the versatility! The types of surfaces you can ink is almost limitless! The Distress Ink minis size means ease of storage and that many more colors of Distress Ink I can collect. These are a must have!!”Lisa Antaya
  • “What do I LOVE about the Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mini’s? #1–They are so adorably mini! #2–Great for travel! I can bring all of the DI colors with me when I travel with my crafting supplies–No picking or choosing to save space #3–TIM HOLTZ! Need I say more?”Shari T
  • “I was really hoping you guys would come out with these mini inks in these colors. Most of the colors are colors that I do not already have in the full size inks, so it makes purchasing these a great buy. Very happy to see you are releasing more colors. They’re so cute and handy!”Jackie lage
  • “I love the small size which is perfect for those of us with limited storage space and I also love how they well they stack together! Thanks for the chance to win!”Sarah Seals
  • “Wow, I just love these! The fun I could have making watercolor type backgrounds with these cute little pads!”Kathy Camasso
  • “I love how portable these small ink pads are. Perfect for crops and pockets!”Kate

Congrats to all the winners, you’ll recieve an email from us shortly on how to claim your prize! A big thank you to everyone else for participating, we are so happy to hear that you all are so excited to get the new Distress Ink Minis!

If you didn’t win, don’t worry, head over to Tim’s Blog by clicking here. He and a few other bloggers are also giving away Mini Distress Ink Kits all day long!

The Next 3 Kits of Distress Ink Minis Are Here…

April 10th, 2014

Distress Ink Minis

The next 3 kits are here! That’s right, 12 additional colors of Distress Ink Minis – Kit #4 (Spun Sugar, Scattered Straw, Evergreen Bough, Shaded Lilac), Kit #5 (Barn Door, Pumice stone, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint), and Kit #6 (Rusty Hinge, Broken China, Gathered Twigs, Victorian Velvet), are available to order today and will start shipping on Monday, so let your local craft store know to place their orders!

We’re super excited about this release, these Minis have been our production team’s focus for quite some time now as you can see:


When Mario and Tim were in town last week, Mario even made this awesome video of our team hard at work:

Now we know you probably already have your cursor in the comments box to tell how much you want these… so how about we give some away?!? And not just any old kits… THESE!


That’s right! We have 12 Kits to giveaway and each one’s backer card has been signed by Tim Holtz! To enter, simply leave a comment on our blog telling us what you love most about Tim Holtz Distress Ink Minis! We’ll be picking winners on Monday and we have TWELVE to give away, so tell your all your crafty friends to stop by and leave a comment too!

P.S. We definitely recommend swinging by Tim’s blog too to see what’s going on over there:)

Dyan Reaveley Caption Contest Winners!

April 7th, 2014


The Dyan Reaveley Caption Contest has come to an end and once again you have wowed us with your creativity and humor! There were so many great entries on both our blog and our Facebook page we decided to give away 6 books! And the winners are!


  • WARNING: Creative block in progress. -Samantha F.
  • Just let me have ONE spray! Pleeeasse? I PROMISE I’ll be good (or I’ll TRY)! -Marissa M.
  • Caught in the Inky Jar again! -Kelly Gustus


  • Dyan moves into a gated community. -Sue Tucker
  • Not spraying well with others. -Colleen Lmo
  • I meant I wanted to be a pin-up, not pen up. -Janna Williams

If you included your email address, we’ll send you an email with information on how to claim your prize. If not, especially for our Facebook participants, send us an email to blog (at) with your full name and mailing address and we’ll get your prize out to you.

Dyan Reaveley Caption Contest

April 4th, 2014


It’s another Friday and we have a couple of autographed My Creative Journal Journey books to give away. We thought it would be fun to do another caption contest!

The lovely Lady Dy spent a few days here at Ranger HQ after the Collins Show. She said she was going to go make tea, but then we found her in one of the offices:


Leave a clever or funny or caption for this photo in the comments and on Monday we’ll select a few lucky winners to receive an autographed My Creative Journal Journey book!

Guest Blog Post: Think Beyond the Stamp by Dina Wakley

March 28th, 2014


Hi, Dina Wakley here…I’m excited to have a guest post on the Ranger blog. I am thrilled to be part of the Ranger family.

I love to use artsy faces in my work. I always say there’s something satisfying about creating something that looks back at you. I created three stamp sets of my favorite artsy faces: Scribbly Women, Face in the Crowd, and All the Gals. All the Gals has the faces from both of the larger sets, shrunk down to a smaller size that is ideal for cards and other small mixed-media projects.

One thing I encourage students to do in my classes is to think beyond the stamp. For example, even though an artsy woman stamp has short hair, you can give her long hair with just a few strokes of a pencil. You can even change the shape of her eyes, give her a Frida-like unibrow, or even change her expression. You can alter and tweak the stamped image any way you want. I like to think of the stamps as paper dolls. You can create simple dresses or outfits for them to wear, or even create a ballgown! How about making them into mermaids? If you think out of the box, you will get excited about all of the creative possibilities.

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Inspiration from ’round the web and Dylusions Contest Winner!

March 25th, 2014


The web is a wonderful place to gather inspiration for your next project. We’ve spotted a few over the past few days that we just HAVE to share.

First up, Dyan Reaveley now has a new all Dylusions end cap at Joannes! You can head over to her blog here to see it, as well as photos of various other Dylusions samples!

Next up, we saw these tiny art journals by Kate Crane (pictured on the right) that feature Dina Wakley’s new stamp set. So cute and creative!


If you’re thinking spring and looking for some bright colors, take a look at Kaz Hall’s recent blog post where she recycled some old cardboard and used Distress Inks and Markers to create this fun Seahorse Clipboard!

Finally, if you’re not following Wendy Vecchi’s blog, you are missing out for sure! We shared an altering with archival post she did last week, but there’s more! Check out Part 2 here where you’ll learn how to make that gorgeous tag on the left!

Now, on to the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the winner of the Dylusions FriDay / PrizeDay project contest! With 81 votes, a big congratulations to sandeeNC’s Wizard of Oz Journal Page! Stay tuned… we’ll be sending you an email shortly with instructions on how to claim your prize!


A big thanks to everyone that participated. If you included a URL, we posted your project and a link to your blog on our Dylusions board on Pinterest! Your project were truly inspirational! Be sure to click the feed link at the top right of any of our pages to subscribe to our blog and be the 1st to know about new products, projects, and contests!

Dylusional FriDay / PrizeDay!

March 21st, 2014


It’s Friday and we have a fresh set of all the new Dylusions Ink Sprays just sitting here waiting to be used. So why not have a little crafting contest?!?

We’re looking for the most Dylusional project as decided by, YOU, our online community! To enter, simply submit any type of project below that features any one or combination of Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions products – ink sprays, stencils, stamps, journaling block, creative journal… you get the idea. Submissions will be accepted from now until 7pm eastern time on Sunday, March 23rd  then voting will be open until 12pm eastern time on Tuesday, March 25th with one lucky winner taking home Dylusions Ink Sprays in Slate Grey, Chopped Pesto, Tangerine Dream, Ground Coffee, Pomegranate Seed, and Polish Jade!

This time, to mix things up, we will determine the winner by number of votes. So, please feel free to encourage your friends, family, and technologically gifted pets :-D  to visit our blog and vote for your project. We’re super to excited to see what you all come with because you never cease to amaze us!

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