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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!

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!

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Diane Spiak's 2011 bauble was created with:

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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 10

December 22nd, 2011

 
Welcome to Day 10 in Ranger's 12 Days of Ornaments series!  Only two days left to get all those ornaments crafted before St. Nick arrives!  (No pressure or anything…)

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Teresa Natividad's pearly, dimensional Geo ornament was created with:

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That's not ribbon wrapped around Bonnie Egenton's ornament: it's embossing powder on top of Wonder Tape!  This deceptively easy project was made with:

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Graphic designer Lisa Bihuniak's typographic ornaments were created with:

Congratulations to our newest winner from yesterday's post: Bunnyfreak!

"Everyday you guys surprise me with more great ornament ideas. I am just wowed."

For a chance at winning a Ranger prize pack of your very own, just hit the lil' "comment" button below and show us some holiday love!  We will be announcing the winners from Days 10, 11 and 12 after Christmas when our Ranger "elves" are back in the office… so you have even more days to get those great comments in!  Good luck!

12 Days of Ornaments! Day 7

December 19th, 2011

 
We're in the homestretch, everyone: only 6 days til Christmas! Did you all have a busy weekend of crafting, shopping and gift-wrapping?  Well don't count your to-do list as finished just yet, because Ranger's still cranking out the ornament inspiration all the way til Christmas!

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Debbie DiStefano's cheerful angel ornament was made with:

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Patti Behan made a shabby chic ornament with:

We've got three days of comment winners to announce, too.  Congratulations to:

Day 4: Barbara Washington: "More fabulous inspiration. Love the stained glass technique ornament. The ornament wreath is one of those 'Why didn't I think of that?' projects…so cool."

Day 5: Ellie knol: "Amazing how each day it is so different and yet so beautiful, LOVE them all!!"

Day 6: Karenajo: "What a clever idea to personalize an ornament by using an initial – very pretty! Cindy's 3D ornament is very striking, elegant ! Thanks for sharing such great ideas with all of us!"

Don't forget to comment on today's post for a chance to win a Ranger prize pack of your very own!

12 Days of Ornaments! Day 6

December 18th, 2011

 
Sunday Funday!  Hello Ranger fans!  We are happy to present Day 6 of our 12 Days of Ornaments! (Wow, halfway through already?!)

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Kelly Schwartz created a lovely monogram ornament with:

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Cindy Rescorl made this 3D ornament by diecutting multiple ornaments, folding them in half and gluing them together with Wonder Tape. She used:

We'll be selecting our winners from the weekend's ornament posts tomorrow morning, so be sure to post a comment if you haven't already done so!  You could win a prize pack from Ranger just for leaving a comment on our blog!

12 Days of Ornaments! Day 5

December 17th, 2011

 
Happy Saturday, everyone!  We're back with more craft-acular Ranger goodness for your ornament-making pleasure!  Welcome to Day 5 of our 12 Days of Ornaments!

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Cindy Rescorl made this dazzling rosette ornament with:

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Terry Horvath's wishful star ornament was created with:

We'll be announcing the winner from yesterday's ornament post on Monday, so be sure to leave a comment on that post, as well as on this one, for a better chance at winning a Ranger prize pack!

12 Days of Ornaments! Day 3

December 15th, 2011

 
Welcome back!  We're rolling right along with Ranger's 12 Days of Ornaments, with some beautiful treats for you on Day #3:

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Cindy Rescorl's clever ornament has three Shrink Plastic ornaments hanging inside of the glass bulb, with homemade "snow" on the bottom!  She created it with:

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Terry Horvath created a pair of matching ornaments with a musical theme.  On the larger one, she used Cindy's technique to create snow from Distress Crackle Paint, along with:

Congratulations to our winner from yesterday's Ornament post, Retta!

"Very Pretty! Keep them coming, Ladies :) I haven't had time to make ornaments. I need to wrap presents first. In the meantime, I'll admire yours, if that's okay :)"

Leave a comment for a chance to win a Ranger prize pack of your very own!