Guest Blog Post: Think Beyond the Stamp by Dina Wakley

March 28th, 2014


Hi, Dina Wakley here…I’m excited to have a guest post on the Ranger blog. I am thrilled to be part of the Ranger family.

I love to use artsy faces in my work. I always say there’s something satisfying about creating something that looks back at you. I created three stamp sets of my favorite artsy faces: Scribbly Women, Face in the Crowd, and All the Gals. All the Gals has the faces from both of the larger sets, shrunk down to a smaller size that is ideal for cards and other small mixed-media projects.

One thing I encourage students to do in my classes is to think beyond the stamp. For example, even though an artsy woman stamp has short hair, you can give her long hair with just a few strokes of a pencil. You can even change the shape of her eyes, give her a Frida-like unibrow, or even change her expression. You can alter and tweak the stamped image any way you want. I like to think of the stamps as paper dolls. You can create simple dresses or outfits for them to wear, or even create a ballgown! How about making them into mermaids? If you think out of the box, you will get excited about all of the creative possibilities.

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Inspiration from ’round the web and Dylusions Contest Winner!

March 25th, 2014


The web is a wonderful place to gather inspiration for your next project. We’ve spotted a few over the past few days that we just HAVE to share.

First up, Dyan Reaveley now has a new all Dylusions end cap at Joannes! You can head over to her blog here to see it, as well as photos of various other Dylusions samples!

Next up, we saw these tiny art journals by Kate Crane (pictured on the right) that feature Dina Wakley’s new stamp set. So cute and creative!


If you’re thinking spring and looking for some bright colors, take a look at Kaz Hall’s recent blog post where she recycled some old cardboard and used Distress Inks and Markers to create this fun Seahorse Clipboard!

Finally, if you’re not following Wendy Vecchi’s blog, you are missing out for sure! We shared an altering with archival post she did last week, but there’s more! Check out Part 2 here where you’ll learn how to make that gorgeous tag on the left!

Now, on to the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the winner of the Dylusions FriDay / PrizeDay project contest! With 81 votes, a big congratulations to sandeeNC’s Wizard of Oz Journal Page! Stay tuned… we’ll be sending you an email shortly with instructions on how to claim your prize!


A big thanks to everyone that participated. If you included a URL, we posted your project and a link to your blog on our Dylusions board on Pinterest! Your project were truly inspirational! Be sure to click the feed link at the top right of any of our pages to subscribe to our blog and be the 1st to know about new products, projects, and contests!


Dylusional FriDay / PrizeDay!

March 21st, 2014


It’s Friday and we have a fresh set of all the new Dylusions Ink Sprays just sitting here waiting to be used. So why not have a little crafting contest?!?

We’re looking for the most Dylusional project as decided by, YOU, our online community! To enter, simply submit any type of project below that features any one or combination of Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions products – ink sprays, stencils, stamps, journaling block, creative journal… you get the idea. Submissions will be accepted from now until 7pm eastern time on Sunday, March 23rd  then voting will be open until 12pm eastern time on Tuesday, March 25th with one lucky winner taking home Dylusions Ink Sprays in Slate Grey, Chopped Pesto, Tangerine Dream, Ground Coffee, Pomegranate Seed, and Polish Jade!

This time, to mix things up, we will determine the winner by number of votes. So, please feel free to encourage your friends, family, and technologically gifted pets 😀  to visit our blog and vote for your project. We’re super to excited to see what you all come with because you never cease to amaze us!

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Ranger’s inspired by Tim 12 Tags of 2014: March

March 20th, 2014

Thank You Card by Kelly Kronowski

  • Kraft Tag #12
  • Manilla Cardstock
  • Distress Ink- Evergreen Bough, Walnut Stain, Wild Honey, Dusty Concord, Victorian Velvet, Gathered Twigs
  • Distress Markers- Tumbled Glass, Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint
  • TH Waterbrush
  • Collage Glue Stick
  • Perfect Pearls Mists- Bronze

Butterfly Tag by Kathy Paglia

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Salty Ocean
  • Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers – Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany, Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Peeled Paint
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains – Walnut Stain, Broken China, Peeled Paint
  • Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Cut ‘N Dry Foam
  • Ranger Ink Blending Tool and Foams
  • Ranger #8 Manila tag

What’s Coming Next Tag by Debbie Tlach

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads – Peacock Feathers, Gathered Twigs, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers – Vintage Photo, Bundled Sage
  • Ranger Craft Tags – #10 Black, #10 Manila
  • Ranger Mini Blending tool Replacement Foam
  • RangerWonder Tape


Distress St. Patrick’s Day Card

March 12th, 2014


Looking for a fun St. Patrick’s Day project? Well, you’re in luck! Today we have this quick and easy Distress St. Patrick’s Day Card by Mou Saha. So break out the Distress Paints and Inks and get crafting! For this project you will need:



1. Cut white cardstock to fit inside the chosen embossing folders. Following your machine’s instructions, emboss the pieces. You’ll need three to four pieces of the Playing Games ticket.


2. On Non-Stick Craft Sheet, dab some Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Paints.


3. Spritz water over the paints using Ranger Mister.

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Stickles “Be Still My Heart” Card

March 6th, 2014


Whether it’s a special day or just because, now is always the perfect time to tell the important people in your life how much they mean to you. This Stickles Be Still My Heart Card by Linda Ledbetter is the perfect way to do just that.

For this project, you will need:

1. Cut a piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping paper 5” by 4.5” and stamp “David” from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Artful Artifacts set using Jet Black Archival Ink. Allow the ink to dry or speed up the process with your heat tool.


2. Scribble Tattered Rose and Antique Linen Distress Markers onto your Nonstick Craft Sheet.


3. Using the Detailer Waterbrush, blend the two colors together to create a natural skin tone to color David’s face.


4. Use a baby wipe to gently blot and further blend the color.

5. Use the same “scribble and waterbrush” technique to apply a mixture of Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries Distress Marker ink to the background of the image, using the Wide Flat Waterbrush.


6. Color David’s hair with Distress Makers in Tea Dye and Gathered Twigs, and his iris with Bundled Sage.

7. Use Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in Red Geranium to stamp the “Be Still My Heart…” text from Wendy’s “Lovely Art” set.


8. Rough up the edges of the card with an Idea-ology Sanding Grip (never sand directly on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet!).


9. Swipe the edges with Black Soot Distress Paint. Allow to dry.


10. Dab Stickles in Tropical Tangerine and Thistle onto the pink background of the card. Give David’s eye a sparkle with Peacock Stickles. Set aside the card to dry.


11. Meanwhile, cut a piece of scrap card stock the same size as your card. Take a roll of Idea-ology Tissue Tape and make a pleated edge all the way around the card by folding the tape over onto itself. See Tim’s blog post here for detailed instructions:


12. Apply Tropical Tangerine Stickles to the outside edge of the Tissue Tape.


13. Use Ranger Pop-Its to attach David to the Tissue-Taped background.


14. Cut a small piece of red ribbon and thread it through the #14 Idea-ology Plaquette.


15. Attach the Plaquette to the card with a Pop-it.BeStill_15