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Project: Ice Pearl Journal

April 23rd, 2012


New project on  Check out this gorgeous Ice Pearl Journal created by our very own Debbie Tlach, using the beautiful palette of Liquid Pearls along with Ice Stickles accents!

Greetings from CHA!

January 31st, 2012

Greetings from CHA Winter 2012!  We have a few pictures from the Ranger booth that we wanted to share with you today:

Our fabulous "What's New" wall, featuring Dylusions, Distress Markers, Liquid Pearls, Inkssentials Clear Fabric Medium, Inkssentials Collage Glue Stick, Ice Stickles, Inkssentials Surfaces Specialty Stamping Paper, Melt Art Texture Treads, Vintaj Patinas and more!

Our Designer Challenge for this show was to decorate a paper mache dress form with Liquid Pearls and Stickles.  (Those of you who watched Alain's Extreme Stickling episode will no doubt recognize the dress form on the far right!)

The other side of our Designer Challenge display.

Wendy Vecchi demos in the Ranger booth.

Debbie Tlach demonstrates Melt Art.

Tim Holtz's demo was mobbed!!

If you're at CHA, please stop by Booth #1338 and say hello!  We always love to hear from our fans.

NEW!! Ice Stickles and Liquid Pearls colors

January 26th, 2012

Attention, decorative glue fans!  Big news for all of you: Ranger has 12 new, bright colors of Ice Stickles and 15 new colors of Liquid Pearls, all of which will be launched at CHA Winter 2012!

You know and love the original Ice Stickles: large, chunky glitter in soft Aurora Borealis colors.  Well, now we are proud to introduce Ice Stickles in 12 bold, bright colors as well!  The same shades of our original Stickles are now available in the large, chunky glitter size of Ice Stickles.

If you prefer a pearly finish to a blingy one, fear not: we have new colors of Liquid Pearls, too!

We've doubled our Liquid Pearls palette with these 15 fabulous, beautiful hues:

With the built-in easy flow tip, Liquid Pearls can be used straight from the bottle to create dimension, or brush them for a pearly shimmer on all of your craft products. The versatile, waterproof formula is great for many surfaces such as Grungeboard, Sticky-Back Canvas, Inkssentials Surfaces, wood, acrylic, metal and more.

Read the official press releases to learn more about the new Ice Stickles and new Liquid Pearls!

12 Days of Ornaments! Day 12

December 24th, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!  OK, we know some of you like to wait til the last minute, but… this is it!  This IS the last minute!  So let's get these holiday ornaments all wrapped up for 2011, yes?  It's the final day of Ranger's 12 Days of Ornaments!

Diane Spiak's 2011 bauble was created with:

Debbie Tlach painted a glass ball with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso and dripped Stickles in Christmas Red, True Blue, Eucalyptus, Waterfall, Star Dust, Platinum and Lagoon, and Ice Stickles in Arctic Ice, Grape Ice and Crystal Ice.

Well, that does it for this year's ornaments, everyone!  We hope we inspired you to create some ornaments of your own and to share them with your friends, family and loved ones.  Don't forget to leave comments on Friday's post and yesterday's post in addition to today's, because we will be drawing winners once we're back in the office on Monday.

Happy holidays to all!!

12 Days of Ornaments! Day 1

December 13th, 2011

Like so many of you, we at Ranger are sad that Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas 2011 has come to an end.  But we're on a creative roll, so let's keep the holiday momentum going all the way til Christmas!  Thus, we are proud to present Ranger's "12 Days of Ornaments"!  Every day we will present some fun handcrafted ornaments for your viewing pleasure, along with some opportunities to win more great prizes (but more on that in a bit…)

Ready??  Let's get started!

Teresa Natividad created a cheerful ornament using:

Debbie Tlach's deer ornament was crafted with:

You can check out the full project instructions for Debbie's ornament on our website, too; it's being featured this month on the homepage!  Also featured on the homepage throughout December is a video from Ranger's most recent Craft Night, where the Ranger Team had a blast creating ornaments with Memory Frames.

Time to choose our final three winners from our "Ranger's Inspired by Tim's 12 Tags" series!  Congratulations to:

NanaBeth W: "It has been a fantastic 12 days. I have really enjoyed seeing all the variations of Tim's tags. I've been motivated to step out of my comfort zone and try something new."

Nitasha Griffin: "Sad that the 12 Tags has come to end, but so happy to hear that the Ranger blog is going to keep the inspiration flowing! I have enjoyed each Tag inspired project and can't wait to see what else you all have in store for us!"

LorraineN: "OMG, I was starting to say "Ooh love the bookmark…then said ooh, love the wineglass charms…then ooh…" So I'll stop and just say I love all of the creations, lol! So inspiring!"

Thanks, everyone!

If you'd like to win a prize from Ranger, too, all you have to do is comment on the posts during the 12 Days of Ornaments!  We have a brand-new prize pack during this event:

If your comment is chosen (at random), you will receive:

Wow!  So keep those comments coming, and we'll keep the inspiration (and the prizes) coming too!  Deal??

Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas: Coming Soon!

November 29th, 2011

It's that time of year again!  Tim Holtz will be presenting the 12 Tags of Christmas on his blog for the 5th consecutive year, starting this Thursday, December 1st!  For those of you unfamiliar with the 12 Tags, Tim designs a holiday tag every day and photographs it, creates a supply list and instructions for it, and posts it on his blog at midnight PST.  It's Tim's way of sharing his love for the holiday season while challenging himself creatively and, hopefully, inspiring you at the same time!  Be sure to check out the amazing results from previous years: 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

While you're checking Tim's blog every day to see that day's tag, be sure to stop by the Ranger blog as well.  A few of us at Ranger will be using Tim's tags as inspiration to create our own projects, so please keep an eye on our blog to see what we come up with.  Plus, we will be picking a random comment from each of our posts during the 12 Tags of Christmas and awarding the lucky author the following holiday-inspired Ranger prize pack:

That's right!  Just for leaving a comment on our blog each day, you could win all of the following:

Are you excited yet?  We are!  And if that isn't enough excitement, we'll leave you with this clever "trailer" Tim created for this year's 12 Tags:

Happy holiday crafting to all!!

Tim on QVC UK: Ranger Craft Designers Hour

February 23rd, 2011

Hi everyone!  It seems that a lot of you were able to catch Tim on QVC UK the other day, and a lot of you even made a purchase or two!  For those who weren't able to see the show live, or for those who would just like to experience it all over again, here are some screenshots from the Ranger Craft Designers presentation.

Let's join Tim Holtz and Dawn Bibby for demos and samples of all things Ranger!


First up: it's the Today's Special Value!  The Tim Holtz Inks, Stamps & Surfaces Technique Kit consisted of three bottles of Adirondack Alcohol Ink in primary colors, a bottle of gold Adirondack Metallic Mixatives, a bottle of Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution, a sheet of mini Tim Holtz cling stamps, a Jet Black Archival Ink pad, an Alcohol Ink Applicator and Felt, a pack of Inkssentials Surfaces Shrink Plastic, and Gloss Paper cards with matching envelopes.  Not a bad deal at all!

Tim demonstrates the properties of Adirondack Alcohol Ink by dripping some of the colors along with Metallic Mixatives onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet

… and swiping Gloss Paper through it.


Tim then applied some Alcohol Ink to Metal Foil Tape Sheets with the Alcohol Ink Applicator and Felt.

Tim used one of his rectangular Fragments to make a mini-acrylic block for his mini cling stamps and stamped the Archival Ink onto the newly colored Gloss Paper.

Dawn demonstrated our Shrink Plastic by coloring it with a little bit of Alcohol Ink and heating it with the Heat It Craft Tool.  The color intensified and the shape of the plastic shrunk down…

…which Dawn pressed under a Fragment for a few seconds to help smooth it out…

…resulting in a cool little embellishment!  The color of the Alcohol Ink really intensified during the shrinking process, so Tim noted that you might want to do a test run if you color the plastic before shrinking it to make sure the intense color works for you.  If not, you can color the plastic after shrinking.

You can even stamp onto the Shrink Plastic before shrinking to create the cutest widdle iddy-biddy embellishments!

Tim's mini cling stamps were exclusive to this collection and not available anywhere else!  Wow!

Next up: Distress Stickles!


Tim explained that Distress Stickles are made of a chunky mica instead of a fine, blingy glitter, which allows Distress Stickles (a) to have a subtle nostalgic shimmer similar to crushed glass, and (b) to be heat-set for faster drying times.  Here, Tim points out the wider nozzle of the Distress Stickles bottle to accommodate the chunkier glitter.


Tim also demonstrated that the best technique for using Distress Stickles is to squeeze out a little bit and then spread it throughout the area using the tip of the bottle, rather than piping it out in a thick line.

Tim then presented two of his red rubber stamp collections.  The Going Somewhere kit was comprised of tickets, slogans and other imagery Tim collected throughout his travels.  The Eclectic Palette stamps were large collaged images allowing the stamper to easily create interesting backgrounds for ATCs, cards and tags.

A sample of a background from the Eclectic Palette stamps.

Update: the Distress Stickles are now in limited quantities!

Next up were the Inkssentials Cut n' Dry Foam and Felt, as well as the Cut n' Dry Pen Nibs.

Tim demonstrates how the Cut n' Dry Nibs can be used to add ink to stamped images.

Dawn shows how easily Cut n' Dry can be cut to make custom stamp pads!

The Perfect Pearls Cafe kit was next in the line up.

Tim shows off how Perfect Pearls can be used with stamped images…

…or used to color Grungeboard or chipboard letters!

Then came Claudine Hellmuth's Creative Layers stamps.  These coordinating stamp sets are available in both foam…

…and clear sets!

Tim uses Claudine's Studio Paints to stamp an image using one of the foam stamps from the Dwelling collection…

…then stamps over the dried image with the coordinating clear stamp, making sure to keep the clear stamp slightly off-register for a whimsical effect.

Ta da!  So cute!!

And speaking of Claudine's Studio Paints, QVC was offering a set of five of them, too!

Tim demonstrates how creamy and intensely colored Claudine's paints are, and how perfect they are for painting onto….

Sticky-Back Canvas!  QVC was offering a pack of 10 sheets along with a bottle of Matte Multi-Medium.

Tim shows how Sticky-Back Canvas can be painted on, run through an inkjet printer….

…or even twisted up into flowers!

QVC also offered a Claudine Hellmuth Essentials kit which was comprised of the Craft Bucket, a pack of Studio Craft Sticks, a color mixing chart for Studio Paints, and….

…a pack of Claudine's wonderful paint brushes!

Hooray!  The Distress Stickles set has now sold out!

But never fear, we still have Ice Stickles available! Dawn shows how the Ice Stickles comes in a larger bottle than the standard Stickles due to the large, chunky glitter inside.

…Oh.  Now Ice Stickles have sold out too!  Apparently the UK just loves Stickles!

That was a great hour for Tim and for Ranger on QVC UK!  Thanks to Tim, Dawn, the QVC staff, and to all of you for watching and ordering some wonderful craft products!

Project: Ice Stickles/Memory Frames Ornament

December 6th, 2010

Here is a quick and easy project created by Ranger Artist/Photographer Debbie Tlach using Ice Stickles, Inkssentials Memory Frames and Frosted Memory Glass. This would be a fun activity for the whole family to make together to give as gifts or use to decorate your tree.

Here's how it's done:  Cut two 2 x 2 pieces of colored cardstock and set aside.  This will be your background.  Next, stamp an image on the frosted side of the 2 x 2 Frosted Memory Glass with Adirondack Pitch Black Pigment Ink.  Let Dry.  (Debbie used Paper Artsy's Partridge from Egg Nog #5 set.)  Then decorate the glass (still on the frosted side) with dots, stripes or color the entire piece of glass with Ice Stickles.  Let dry.  Insert the glass and 2 x 2 cardstock into a 2 x 2 Memory Frame, add a ribbon on top, and that's all there is to it.


The large glitter crystals you find in Ice Stickles really make the background of these ornaments sparkle and glisten.  So festive!

Do you make our own Christmas ornaments?  Always love to hear new ideas.