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Adirondack Ink: Ready For Its Close-Up!!

May 9th, 2011

Look at what was featured on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" last night!

Woo hoo!!  Congrats to Ranger's Adirondack Dye Ink Pads for being displayed so prominently on the show!  It was a very pleasant and exciting surprise for all of us here at Ranger.

You can view the actual clip here:

Tim on HSN: Behind the Scenes

March 22nd, 2011

Yesterday, Tim Holtz made three appearances on HSN and presented several collections of Ranger products, as well as items from his collaborations with Stampers Anonymous and Sizzix.  Thanks to Mario (King of Tweets!), we have a couple of behind-the-scenes snaps to share:

If you missed Tim's appearance, never fear!  Hop on over to HSN's website, where you can still purchase many of the collections and watch videos from the show as well!  (Just click on any product, and if a video is available, the link will be right under the main product photo.)

Happy shopping!

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!

Some Quick Announcements…

February 21st, 2011

Good afternoon, blog readers!  We interrupt your previously-scheduled Presidents' Day weekend in order to bring you the following announcements:

First of all, Ranger Creative Director and Signature Artist Tim Holtz will be on QVC UK tomorrow for five (count 'em, FIVE) hours of crafty, distressy goodness!  Tim will be debuting the Today's Special Value starting at midnight tonight (UK time, which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time), and then again at 4am, 8am, and 5pm.  There's even an hour dedicated to Ranger's Craft Designers at 2pm!  So we are very excited for Tim and we wish him the best of luck for tomorrow's broadcast (even though he doesn't really need it, pro that he is!).

Not in the UK?  No problem!  You can watch a live feed of QVC UK via their website, no matter where you are in the world!  And of course, we will be grabbing screenshots throughout the day and we'll do a recap of the show on our blog on Wednesday.

Secondly, we have more fabulous prizes to give away to five (count 'em, FIVE) lucky blog comment authors!!

We received such lovely feedback every day of our CHA Designer's Challenge recap last week that we decided to choose one comment at random from each day's post.  The lucky winners are:

Day 1: Rebecca Keppel
"LOVE Jennifer's heart!"

Day 2: Erika M

Day 3: Cheryl S.
"Those are all amazing pieces of art! Incredible talent from all!"

Day 4: Dee in N.H.
"OMG! Over the top amazing!!!"

Day 5: Lori
"Wow, all very inspiring! Seashells out of UTEE? Amazing! I thought they were the real deal! Thanks for sharing all this wonderful talent, I love that you can tell who created the piece just by their style…very cool!"

Congratulations, everyone!  Please send an email to and provide us with your shipping details, and we'll get your prizes out to you right away!

What are the prizes, you ask??  Each of you has won a goodie bag filled with a different assortment of Ranger products!  When you receive yours, why not head on over to our Facebook page and let us all know what it contained?  You can post a photo if you'd like, too!