Adirondack Acrylic Dabber Bright Idea Tag by Michelle McCosh

June 4th, 2014

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Check out this Bright Idea and learn how to use Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers to make an interesting background for your next project. For this project you will need:

 

Instructions

1. Paint tag using Acrylic Lemonade Dabber. Dry with heat tool. Use the brayer to apply the following paint colors onto the Gelli Plate: Cloudy Blue, Sailboat Blue and Denim.

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2. Place Dylusions Stencil Chequered Dots onto Gelli Plate.

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3. Place scrap paper onto stencil, rub to remove some of the paint from the gelli plate.

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Ranger’s inspired by Tim 12 Tags of 2014: May

May 28th, 2014

Good Times Picture Frame by Teresa Natividad

  • Good Times Picture Frame
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paints: Picket Fence, Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn
  • Ranger Mister Bottle
  • Ranger Multi Medium: Matte
  • Tim Holtz Distress Marker: Picket Fence
  • Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
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ART JOURNAL PAGES by Teresa Natividad

  • Ranger Surfaces: Manila Cardstock
  • Ranger Wonder Tape: ½” and ¼”
  • Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink: Leaf Green, Orange Blossom
  • Tim Holtz Distress Marker: Salty Ocean
  • Dina Wakley Media: White Gesso, Palette Knife
  • Ranger Bubblegum Spray Cleaner
  • Dylusions Stamp Set: Doodle Parts
  • Dylusions Ink Spray: Pure Sunshine
  • Perfect Pearls Brush
  • Tim Holtz Adirondack Colorwash: Sailboat Blue, Sunset Orange, Lettuce, Butterscotch
  • Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
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Life is Good Tag by Kathy Paglia

  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Ink Blending Tool & foams
  • Ranger Surfaces: #8 Manila Tag
  • Ranger Mister Bottle
  • Glossy Accents
  • Ranger 1/4″ Wonder Tape
  • Ranger Pop-it shapes
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains: Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry, Picket Fence, Mowed Lawn, Antiqued Bronze
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, Vintage Photo
  • Tim Holtz Distress Glitter: Broken China
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paints: Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn
  • Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint: Clear Rock Candy
  • Perfect Pearls Mists: Sunflower Sparkle
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Wonderful Day Card by Patti Behan

  • Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink: Potting Soil
  • Ranger Archival Ink: Rose Madder and Olive
  • Ranger Ink Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Collage Glue Stick
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Craft Nib and Holder
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Spun Sugar
  • Ranger Multi-Medium: Matte
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  • Ranger Surfaces #10 Tag
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn
  • Adirondack Dye Ink: Pitch Black
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Pumic Stone
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Operation Write Home Bloghop

May 24th, 2014

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Once again, we are super excited to be a part of Operation Write Home’s Bloghop! Operation Write Home is committed to supporting our armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on. This time, Ranger’s Patti Behan created this whimsical Love you to the Moon Card that can be sent to someone special who is away from home. Be sure to click here to head over to Operation Write Home’s page to view the rest of the bloghop!

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For this project you will need:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint – Brushed Pewter
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain – Festive Berries
  • Ranger Archival Ink – Vermillion
  • Tim Holtz Distress Marker-Picket Fence, Chipped Sapphire
  • Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer
  • Ranger Surfaces – Watercolor Cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads – Chipped Sapphire
  • Ranger Mini Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Wonder Tape – ½”
  • Ranger Collage Glue Stick
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heat-It Craft Tool
  • Ranger Multi-Medium- Matte
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology – Chit Chat Stickers, Paper Strings Solids
  • Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix – Vagabond Machine, Crescent Moon and Stars Bigz Dies, Tattered Curvy Banners; Mini Hearts Set
  • Core’dinations Paper – Tim Holtz Distress Chipped Sapphire and Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No. 4 Red
  • Other- Hero Arts Stamp Sets: Pixie Letters (heart) and Printers Type; White Cardstock; Craft Knife with Self-Healing Mat; Paper Trimmer; Scissors; Scoring Board or Ruler.
  • Moon Card Printable PDF Template or Cutting Machine Template

 

Instructions

Cut an 8.5” x 5.5” rectangle from White Cardstock to make card liner. Use the template provided, craft knife and self-healing mat to cut out the Chipped Sapphire card front; or if you have a machine that cuts an SVG file, you can download the file here.

Step1

Cut the following pieces using the Vagabond Machine: Moon from Watercolor Paper; Banner from White Cardstock; two Hearts and Stars from Red Cardstock; Stars from Chipped Sapphire Cardstock. (Note: Do not score the card pieces yet. We will do this in a later step.)

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Sticky-Back Canvas Mother’s Day Wreath by Patti Behan

May 5th, 2014

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching, you may still be looking for inspiration for the perfect hand-made gift. Look no further then this spectacular Sticky Back Canvas Mother’s Day Wreath created by Ranger’s own Patti Behan! For this project you will need:

 

Instructions

Cut two large leaf stems and 4 small leaf stems out of grungeboard.

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Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, paint all of the leaf stems with Mowed Lawn Distress Paint. Set aside to dry. Ink the edges with Pine Needles Distress ink using the Mini Ink Blending Tool with foam.

Cut 20 of the smaller 6-petal flower, 3 of the large 6 petal flower, 6 of the small 5-petal flower out of Sticky- Back Canvas using the Jumbo Tattered Florals Die.

To make the big purple flower:

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Place the two big flowers and one small on the Non-Stick Craft sheet.

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Spray all the flowers with water to get them wet enough so the color will bleed, and then spray Funky Fuchsia toward the middle of each flower.

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Spray all the flowers with water again, and then spray Crushed Grape toward the outer edges of the flowers. Add more water and blot with a paper towel if needed. Set aside to dry.

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Once the flowers have dried, remove the release paper from the flowers and place them sticky-side up on a piece of scrap paper.

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Pour Seedless Preserves on top of the sticky flowers and remove the excess by gently rubbing with your fingers. Return the excess glitter to the jar.

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Cut slits into the center of each flower.

Grab three stamens and fold them in half.

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Start with the smallest flower, glitter side up. Wrap the flower around the stamen and glue it closed with the glue gun.

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Take the large flower and place it spray side up under the first layer.

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As you wrap the flower around the stamen, you are going to twist every other petal to expose the glitter, and glue the last petal down with hot glue.

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Apply small dots of hot glue to the center front of random petals and pinch closed.

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Take the next petal and repeat.

Insert a 10” length of wire into the folded stamens and fold in half. Set aside.

Repeat same procedure to make a large pink flower.

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To make small “purple” flowers, place three of the smaller 6-petal flowers and one 5-petal flower on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. (Note: You will need to make three of these flowers, but these are the instructions for one at a time.)

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Spray all the flowers with water to get them wet enough so the color will bleed, and then spray Funky Fuchsia toward the middle of each flower.

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Spray all the flowers with water again, and then spray Crushed Grape toward the outer edges of the flowers. Add more water and blot with a paper towel if needed. Set aside to dry.

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To make the “pink” flowers spray the middle of the flower with Bubblegum Pink and the outer edges with Funky Fuchsia. You will need three of these, as well.

Once the flowers have dried, remove the release paper from the flowers and place them sticky-side up on a piece of scrap paper. Pour Seedless Preserves on top of the sticky flowers and remove the excess by gently rubbing with your fingers. Return the excess glitter to the jar.

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Cut a slit in each flower by starting at any petal and going into the center.

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Take three stamens and fold them in half. Start with the smallest flower. Place it spray side up. Wrap it around the stamen and adhere with the glue gun.

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Take one of the remaining flower diecuts and place it glitter side up. Wrap it around the first layer and adhere it to the first layer and itself with the glue gun. Next, randomly add a small dot of hot glue to the center of various petals and pinch it closed. Alternate by adding a dot of hot glue to the back of the petals. At this point it does not look much like a flower, but it will as you continue to add the layers.

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Take another diecut flower, place it spray side up. Repeat the same technique or gluing this layer on.

Take the last diecut flower, place it glitter side up. Glue as before.

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Add length of wire through the folded stamens and set aside.

Make 2 more purple flowers. You can try starting with the spray side up this time.

Repeat the same procedure to make the three pink flowers. (Note: you can try to make some flowers with less or more layers as desired.)

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To make bow: Cut a 28” length of white ribbon for the double bow and a 34” length of white ribbon for the tail. Place on the Non-Stick Craft sheet and spray with Crushed Grape Ink Spray. Blot off any excess with a paper towel. Let dry.

Take the 28” length of the ribbon and make a loop that is 5” wide for the top layer of the bow and then continue by making a loop that is 7” wide. Pinch the loops in the center and take the 34” length of ribbon and tie a knot in the center and toward the back to create the tail. Trim the edges of the tail as desired.

Finished photo-To Finish: Attach the flowers to the wreath as shown with the wire and secure with more hot glue. Add in the garden greens as shown and attach with hot glue. Adhere the bow as shown with hot glue.

Shabby Springtime Floral Pin by Tim Holtz

April 28th, 2014

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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.

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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

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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:

 

Instructions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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
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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
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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
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“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
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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
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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

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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:

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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!

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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

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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!

Blog:

  • 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

Facebook:

  • 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) rangerink.com with your full name and mailing address and we’ll get your prize out to you.