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8th Annual Designer Challenge at CHA Winter

January 21st, 2013

As you may know, it has become a tradition of ours to entertain a Designer Challenge at the CHA Winter Show, and we are delighted to announce that this is our 8th year of hosting this notable event. We invited a group of designers we admire to participate based on their unique artistic style and creative talents. The challenge was to create a mixed-media piece on an 11” x 14” wrapped canvas board using one main color of Dylusions Inks Sprays, as well as Black Marble and White Linen Sprays for contrast, Dylusions Stencils, Black and White Gesso and various Ranger surfaces for them to alter and use to embellish their artwork.

We think you’ll agree that the entries this year are incredibly creative and imaginative. Each artist’s project is so inspiring in their use of the Dylusions product line and showcases its versatility for use with a wide range of artistic styles.

Our thanks go out to all the designers for the time and effort they put into the Challenge. For more fun and inspiration, take a look at each artist’s website!

Alisa Burke – Calypso Blue

 

Anna Dabrowska – Pure Sunshine

 

Claudine Hellmuth – Vibrant Turquoise

 

Dina Wakley – After Midnight

 

Dyan Reaveley – Funky Fuchsia

 

Jim R. Hankins – Crushed Grape

 

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer – Cut Grass

 

Kate Crane – Squeezed Orange

 

Kaz Hall – Postbox Red

 

Mackie Mullane – Fresh Lime

 

Pam Carriker – Dirty Martini

 

Paula Cheney – Cherry Pie

 

Suzi Blu – Bubblegum Pink

 

Tammy Tutterow – Lemon Zest

 

Tim Holtz – Melted Chocolate

 

Wendy Vecchi – London Blue

 

Ranger in Somerset Studio Jul/Aug 2012

June 26th, 2012

If you haven’t checked out the July/August 2012 issue of Somerset Studio just yet, you might want to pick it up.  Inside, you will find an eight-page feature on the Liquid Pearls and Stickles Designer’s Challenge entries displayed in the Ranger booth at the CHA Winter 2012 show!

Each designer was given an identical paper mache dressform, and was asked to use Liquid Pearls and Stickles to decorate it.  Beyond that, the possibilities were limitless!  You’ll definitely want to read this issue of Somerset Studio to see what eight of our designers came up with, to read about their creative processes, and to come away with some inspiration for using Stickles and Liquid Pearls in art projects of your own!

Ranger’s Easter Egg Designer’s Challenge! Day 4

April 6th, 2012

 
This week, we are presenting the results from Ranger's Easter themed Designer's Challenge: we gave craft eggs to some of our favorite designers and crafty employees, and asked them to decorate the eggs for Easter using Ranger products.

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Tim Holtz:

Tim's steampunk egg began as a paper mache egg, which was covered in pieces of Metal Foil Tape.  Texture and holes were added, and then the metal was inked with Alcohol Inks using Cut n' Dry Foam.  Finally Tim burnished off the inks to create an industrial look, and the idea-ology gears were added as a finishing touch.

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Alain Avrillon:

Ranger's Sales Director and Extreme "Stickler" Alain Avrillon dipped a styrofoam egg in Waterfall Stickles, and then used Multi-Medium to glue on a bunny made from UTEE and Heat It Inks.  (There is a video on the Ranger website that shows how this adorable bunny was made.)

And for those of you who can't get enough of Alain's Extreme Stickling antics, we will be presenting a brand-new installment of the series on Monday, so watch this space!

We at Ranger hope you all have a hoppy Easter and Passover weekend!  Enjoy!

Ranger’s Easter Egg Designer’s Challenge! Day 3

April 5th, 2012

 
This week, we are presenting the results from Ranger's Easter themed Designer's Challenge: we gave craft eggs to some of our favorite designers and crafty employees, and asked them to decorate the eggs for Easter using Ranger products.

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Debbie Tlach:

Debbie made this stunning Russian-style egg by applying Claudine Hellmuth Studio Black Gesso to a carvable egg, and she hand painted her flowers with Studio Paints, accenting with Perfect Pearls and Stickles.

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Bonnie Egenton:

Bonnie started out with craft foam and cut out egg shapes.  She ran them through the Vagabond machine in Embossing Folders and gessoed them, before painting with Studio Paints and Liquid Pearls. She then formed the eggs into a wreath by gluing them in a circle with Multi-Medium.

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Patti Behan:

Patti gessoed a Styrofoam egg and then painted it with an Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber.  The cheerful idea-ology Foliage accents were colorized with Vintaj Patinas.

Only one more day of Designer Eggs to go!  But don't crack under the pressure, there's plenty of time to be inspired before Easter!

Ranger’s Easter Egg Designer’s Challenge! Day 2

April 4th, 2012

 
This week, we are presenting the results from Ranger's Easter themed Designer's Challenge: we gave craft eggs to some of our favorite designers and crafty employees, and asked them to decorate the eggs for Easter using Ranger products.

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Jenni Bowlin:

Jenni painted wooden eggs with her Malted Milk Acrylic Paint Dabber, and accented them with colorful butterflies.  The butterflies were made by mixing various reinkers with water in the Mini Mister and giving them a spritz.

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Terry Horvath:

Terry started out with a styrofoam egg and paper mached it with Glue n' Seal and Tissue Tape.  She then gave it a wash of Antique Linen Distress Stain and used Picket Fence Distress Stickles to add some sugary sparkle to her flowers.

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Wendy Vecchi started out with a paper mache egg and used the following to make her magnificent creation:

If you are still scrambling, trying to come up with some ideas for Easter décor of your own, never fear!  We have even more egg-citing creations to share tomorrow!

Ranger’s Easter Egg Designer’s Challenge! Day 1

April 3rd, 2012

 
We at Ranger hatched a really egg-cellent idea for an Easter themed Designer's Challenge: we gave plastic and styrofoam eggs to some of our favorite designers and crafty employees, and asked them to decorate the eggs for Easter using Ranger products.

Ready to see the results?  Then let's get crackin'!

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Teresa Natividad:

Teresa painted her egg with Black Gesso, and once dry, she used colored chalks to draw her design.

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Susan Baldwin:

Susan paper mached a plasic egg using paper towels soaked in a mixture of water and Multi-Medium.  Next, she painted the egg with Studio Paints, cut twigs from cardstock and painted them Sable Brown.  She wrapped Composer Tissue Tape where the colors met on the egg, glued the twigs on top with more Multi-Medium, and then painted forsythia flowers on the branches using Dab of Yellow and Yellow Pastel Studio Paints.

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Claudine Hellmuth:

Claudine made a paper mache bunny and painted him with her Studio Paints.  She paper mached a plastic egg to create an Easter basket complete with a Sticky-Back Canvas handle.  Sticky-Back Canvas accents were added to the basket and painted with Studio Paints.

Stay tuned!  We've got even more great egg designs for you to lay your eyes on tomorrow!

Designers’ Challenge 2012: Day 4

February 10th, 2012

This week, we have been posting pictures of Ranger‘s Designers’ Challenge entries from CHA Winter 2012.  Our designers were given identical paper mache dress forms and we asked them to decorate them using Liquid Pearls and Stickles.

Let’s see the fabulous results!

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Debbie Tlach

tammy
Tammy Tutterow

brian
Brian Van Liew II

wendy
Wendy Vecchi

colleen
Colleen Verardi

dina
Dina Wakley

suze
Suze Weinberg

Thanks for checking out all of the great entries in this year’s Designers’ Challenge!  We hope you found it inspiring and have come away with some great ideas for rockin’ those Stickles and Liquid Pearls in your projects!

Designers’ Challenge 2012: Day 3

February 9th, 2012

Today and throughout the remainder of the week, we will be posting pictures of Ranger‘s Designers’ Challenge entries from CHA Winter 2012.  Our designers were given identical paper mache dress forms and we asked them to decorate them using Liquid Pearls and Stickles.

Let’s see the fabulous results!

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Tim Holtz

terry
Terry Horvath

sharon
Sharon Laakkonen from Prima Marketing Inc.

daniela

Daniela Mozo

lisa
Lisa Pace

dyan
Dyan Reaveley

Check back tomorrow for the final 7 pieces in this year’s Designers’ Challenge!

Designers’ Challenge 2012: Day 2

February 8th, 2012

Today and throughout the remainder of the week, we will be posting pictures of Ranger‘s Designers’ Challenge entries from CHA Winter 2012.  Our designers were given identical paper mache dress forms and we asked them to decorate them using Liquid Pearls and Stickles.

Let’s see the fabulous results!

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Paula Cheney, from 7 Gypsies

richele
Richele Christensen

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Vintaj Design Team

bonnie
Bonnie Egenton

marc
Marc Elepano

claudine
Claudine Hellmuth

Check back tomorrow for more creative inspiration!

Designers’ Challenge 2012: Day 1

February 7th, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  Today and throughout the remainder of the week, we will be posting pictures of Ranger‘s Designers’ Challenge entries from CHA Winter 2012.  Our designers were given identical paper mache dress forms and we asked them to decorate them using Liquid Pearls and Stickles.

Let’s see the fabulous results!

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Debi Adams, from Sizzix

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Alain Avrillon, from Ranger (Watch him make this Stickled creation in the debut episode of Extreme Stickling!)

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Patti Behan

jennibowlin
Jenni Bowlin

lindacain
Linda Cain

shari
Shari Carroll from Hero Arts

Check back tomorrow for more awesome Designers’ Challenge entries!