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Mini Holiday Notebook by Yvonne Blair

November 10th, 2014

Mini Gift Jouranl by Yvonne Blair |

With the holidays quickly approaching, you may find yourself in need of quick gift ideas.  This fun and simple mini journal is both quick and inexpensive to create.  Make several at one time and you will have a perfect gift on hand ready to go! Continue reading

Be Thankful Card

October 28th, 2014

Liquid Pearls Be Thankful Card

We have an awesome tutorial by Michelle McCosh to share with you today.  You will learn how to make this Be Thankful Card that features Liquid Pearls! This card is perfect to send to friends for a lovely fall or Thanksgiving greeting.  You could even use the ideas and look to create stunning Thanksgiving place settings!

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Distress Halloween Box

October 13th, 2014

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross |

For many crafters, fall and Halloween is their favorite time of the year because it means getting to create projects that are spooky and creepy!  This fun Halloween theme box by Carolyn Ross combines a bit of both.  We shared it with you last year and loved it so much that we thought you would enjoy seeing it again this fall.

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Distressed Pumpkin Fall Decor

October 8th, 2014

Distressed Pumpkin Fall Decor by May Flaum |

We shared this project from Guest Designer May Flaum with you last October, but it is so good, we wanted to share it with you again in case you missed it the first time around.

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DIY Fall Tattered Leaf Napkins

September 26th, 2014

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Creating handmade projects is a great way to add unique touches to your home.   Today we are excited to share a guest tutorial from Paula Cheney!  She shares a lovely fall napkin project that takes a simple cloth napkin into a centerpiece fall table settings.

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Melt Art Noel Frame by Candy Colwell

December 20th, 2013

Melt Art Noel Frame




Step 1. Turn Melt Pot to highest setting to melt the Natural Beeswax and then reduce heat to around 180. Paint a couple of light coats of Beeswax over the entire surface of the wooden frame.


Step 2. Lay tissue or top layer of a napkin over the top of the beeswax covered frame and begin fusing the two together with a heat stylus. Start in the center of the wooden sides of the frame. Press and move the stylus across the paper towards the outside edges, smoothing the surface as you go.

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Getting Ready for the Holidays!

December 19th, 2013


As we head into the holidays, be sure to stay tuned to our projects section and our blog for great holiday crafting ideas such as these Melt Art Christmas Panels or this Distress Snowman Card!

Finished Card

Today we have a Shrink Plastic Christmas Window Card by Annette Green! For this project you will need:



Step 1: Cut from Merriment paper stash: Red with polka dots – 4 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches. Music notes – 4 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches. Distress edges then ink distress with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.

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Step 2: Die cut the Window and Window Box from dark brown Kraft Core cardstock and sand distress the tops and edges of each.

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Festively Distressed Blog Hop with Ranger & Dreamweaver Stencils

November 7th, 2013

Displayed plaque

Ready to be festively distressed once again? The Dream Team at Dreamweaver Stencils have been playing with Tim Holtz Distress Paints, and are ready to inspire you to be distressed as well…paint distressed that is! Dreamweaver Stencils are the perfect choice to mix with all things festively distressed, as nothing shows off color and texture better than great designs. Follow their hop and leave some love for an opportunity to win a great prize package including five Ranger Distress Paints and five Dreamweaver Stencils! The hop starts at the Dreamweaver Blog. Enjoy!

Halloween Crafting Contest

October 25th, 2013

Distress Halloween Headstones

We’ve been sharing some great fall and Halloween projects lately and will continue to do so all next week. Today we have a Distress Halloween Headstones tutorial by Candy Colwell! Check out the project page here for a full materials list, instructions, and step-out photos!

Now we want to see what you’ve been making. From now until noon eastern time on Halloween you can submit a photo of your fall or Halloween themed project for a chance to win some awesome Ranger products! What are you playing for you ask? Well… While getting ready for the big Warehouse Sale tomorrow, we found 3 leftover VIP bag from the CHA Summer Show. Each bag contains a mix of the new products we launched at the show and an awesome Ranger apron.


Ready to craft? Great! Submit your project using the InLinkz form below:

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Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross

October 17th, 2013

halloween-box-014We have a great Halloween project for you today. Take a look at this Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross! Wow! After reading all about how to make this amazing project, head over to Carolyn’s post over at the The Crafty Scrapper to enter their contest!

Ok, let’s get started! For this project you will need:




1. Using Tim Holtz Alteration dies from Sizzix, cut out two plaque edges, crow, moon, graveyard edge, branch tree, 31 and cut two ¾ x 4 ¼ strips from grunge board.


2. Glue plaque edges and strips to the edge of a small configuration box. Paint with Black Gesso. When dry, coat with Rock Candy Crackle Paint (do not use heat gun to dry crackle paint).


3. Dab Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint on frame.


4. Mist with water allowing the paint to go into the crackles. Dab excess off with paper towel. Brush paint around the edges.


5. Using Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Forest Moss And Mustard Seed Distress Paint, paint the moon, branch tree and “31” grunge board pieces. Paint crow with Black Gesso.


6. Apply the metallic brushed pewter and tarnished brass distress stain to the graveyard edge piece.


7. Sand grunge board pieces and ink with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink using a Blending Tool with Foam. Ink edges of graveyard piece with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.


8. Cover crow with Glossy Accents. It will look milky but will dry clear, do not use heat gun to dry.


9. Apply Mustard Seed Distress Stickles to the moon, spread with your finger.


10. Cut one 5 x 5, one 1 ½ x 7 and four 1 ½ x 5 stripes of pattern paper. Stamp (CMS139) “trick or treat” on 7 inch strip of paper.


11. Using stencil stars (THS008), tape with tissue tape to 5 x 5 papers to secure. Using tissue tape, tape over stars that you do not want to show. Using Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste and Ranger Craft Scraper apply embossing paste to stencil.


12. Apply Seedless Preserves Distress Glitter to paste, shake excess onto a scratch piece of paper and pour back into glitter jar.


13. Glue strips of paper in the insides of the box and the 5 x 5 piece in the bottom of the box. Using Ranger Pop-It Shapes, glue moon to upper right hand corner. Glue crow in the branch tree, glue graveyard edge and branch tree in the box creating a 3-D effect.


14. Put cover on and glue “31” to the center top of the frame. Banner fold the stamped paper, snip ends and glue to the bottom of the frame.