#Spring Cottontail Rabbit with Ranger Ink


Hi friends! I’m back with a new card today that I have the great pleasure of sharing as a project tutorial on the Ranger Ink blog this week. Of course Easter is coming up this weekend, so it’s a perfect time to be showcasing this adorable rabbit die. He so reminds me of those molded chocolate rabbits I always liked to get my kids for their Easter baskets. Lots of happy memories there. Love that he can also be just a spring rabbit out in the garden, which is how I’ve used the little guy today.

The Cottontail rabbit is such a classic and timeless shape. It looks great just as a simple silhouette, but for this card, I decided to embellish him with lots of Distress inks and add accent details with Distress Crayons. And since this is a Bigz die, you can dress up your project with the texture of fabric or burlap, like I’ve done on the bow here.


The background of the card starts with a layer of watercolor cardstock inked in a soft palette of Milled Lavender and Victorian Velvet Distress ink, which was then softly stenciled in a woven pattern and stitched to my card base. The frame, die cut from kraft stock cardstock, was made with the Stacked Postage die set… a great go-to set for creating easy layers. I added some greenery from the Wildflower Stems #2 die set. The sentiment was made with the new Labels Alphanumeric dies.


I’ve got the full step-by-step project tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope all my friends and family who celebrate have a blessed Easter holiday! Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Perfect Cardstock - White CardsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - CottontailSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Wildflower Stems 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric LabelStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - WovenAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - BouquetTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Milled LavenderRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Victorian VelvetTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Ground EspressoTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Spun SugarRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Victorian Velvet

Rawr Means… with Ranger Ink

Hi crafty friends! Before I get started with today’s card share, I wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you who joined along in the Tim Holtz Creativation 2019 Blog Hop last week. Hope you all enjoyed taking a closer peek at some of the amazing trade show projects as much as I did. The winners randomly chosen from all the comments left along the hop have been posted over on Richele Christensen’s blog CaliforniaARTgirl, so be sure to pop over there to see if one of them was YOU!


Today I have a bit of an nontraditional Valentine card to share with you that I made for the Ranger Ink blog using fun new die sets from Tim Holtz and some new Distress Oxide Spray ink, too. I know dinosaurs might not be your first thought for a Valentine design, but I am pretty smitten with these guys from the new Chapter 1 Prehistoric die set, and think they work for any occasion.


Of course Valentine’s Day needs hearts, so I started the card with a large heart-shaped die cut opening to frame my cute little dinosaur. Since the heart is quite large and symmetrical, I went with a 5×5 square card for my design, and layered the base with inked cardstock in a bit of a different take on Valentine’s colors using Iced Spruce, Spun Sugar, and Candied Apple Distress ink. It’s unusual, but I really love this combo.


The organic “tar pit” look to the window opening was made with the new Chapter 1 Splat die set. At first glance, this die set may seem a little tricky, but I love how it pairs with the dinosaurs, and love that you can use both the positive and the negative shapes it creates. I used just one of the dies from the set here, but there are several more that can stack to build really unique layers. The base and sentiment were stamped with a sentiment from Tim’s Simple Sayings stamp set. The Rawr means stamp and the large stitched heart are from my friend Emma at My Creative Time.


I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day! Any special plans in the works?


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - PrehistoricSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - SplatStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot FadeAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - BouquetRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Spray - Iced SpruceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Iced SpruceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Spun SugarRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Candied AppleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Iced SpruceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

My Creative Time: Prehistoric Holidays stamp set, Stitched Hearts die set
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Welcome Winter with Ranger Ink

Hello, hello friends! Long time no see! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Year, and that 2019 is off to a good start. It has been crazy town here at my house lately, between Christmas and work and my parents and kids visiting… and more recently, being holed in up my craft room working on secret Creativation (CHA) projects. But probably the biggest time consumer has been this little guy right here.


The sweetest wee baby pup. He’s an American Eskimo (Eskie) dog, 10 weeks old, name still to be decided… and he’s definitely keeping me on my toes, and rather worn out. But I’m smitten. Quite honestly in love.

So I apologize for being a bit MIA lately. I miss you all, and hope to be around to visit soon! CHA work is wrapping up shortly, and little buddy here should be growing in independence, and then things can begin to get back to a more normal schedule.


In the meantime, I wanted to share a winter-inspired card project and tutorial that I have up on the Ranger Ink blog today, featuring some favorite Tim Holtz stamps and dies and lots of beautiful Distress ink and oxide.


The background of the card was heavily inked in colors of a winter stormy sky, and stamped and embossed with large swirly snowflakes. Last year’s snow globe die set was used to create a window opening for my woodland scene.


Several die sets were combined in this snow globe scene, including Festive Greens, Alphanumeric Thin letters, Snowglobe #2, and Winter Wonderland, all from the Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix collection. The images were pieced from a variety of cardstock that were sanded, inked, or watercolored. Love the different textures those three mediums bring.


I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

The puppy is calling me, so off I go. Happy New Year, friends! May 2019 be good to us all!

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‘Tis the Season with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, crafty friends, and happy December! Did you all make any headway on your holiday to-do list this weekend? I broke into a few more tubs of decorations, but made very little progress, I’m afraid. You all know me by now….. you know these halls get decked in more than a few boughs of holly…. and these things just can’t be rushed. Or at least that’s what I tell myself when I’m as slow as a snail. Regardless of all that, I do love this time of year. ‘Tis the season to be jolly!


Today I have the great pleasure of sharing this holiday card and project tutorial over on the Ranger Ink blog. These sweet Christmas characters are from the new Cool Yule die set that Tim Holtz released with Sizzix this year. I just adore the personality on these guys, and have such fun dressing them up with all the different accessories in the set.  I used a mix of Distress watercoloring, sparkly deco tape, and bright red cardstock to create my images, and paired them with some fun new products from Ranger’s Letter It line.


Good grief, those guys are cute, aren’t they? Both Santa and Rudolph seem to have hit the eggnog a bit too hard with those bright red noses. I used a white wax pencil to add highlights in the shiny areas, and white embossing powder adds a bit of fluffy texture to all the white hair, fur, and frame pieces. I die cut some extra pompoms from Santa’s hat and cut them in two to create the little hands…. errrr, mittens…. um, hooves?


The oval window frame is from my well-used and well-loved Stitched Ovals die set. The ivory cardstock, stencil, and holiday stamp are all part of the Letter It collection. The bit of Perfect Pearls splatter is, too. I’ve got all the details and step-by-steps up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful week!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Perfect Cardstock - Grey CardsRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Cardstock - IvoryRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Red Velvet - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - ChristmasSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Cool YuleSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Background Stencil - Organic StripesB01CUTQXHWRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Pearl Powders - Set 1Ranger PERFECT PEARL Powder PPP17714Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Candied AppleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Frayed BurlapTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Gathered TwigsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Spun SugarTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Embossing Ink ClearRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - WhiteRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

White Wax Pencil

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A Candy Corn Trick or Treat with Ranger Ink


Spooky greetings, crafty friends, and happy Monday to you all! I am so excited to be starting out the week with a Halloween project tutorial over on the Ranger Ink blog for this set of silly sweet trick or treat goody bag tags.


I’ve mentioned here before my love of candy corn, and I always get a chuckle from the mixed reviews on the confections…. cause seriously, you either love them or you hate them, with very little in between. But to me, candy corn is super yummy and such an iconic fall treat, and also was the inspiration for my tag set today.


These cute tags were made with the new Stacked Tags die set from Tim Holtz/Sizzix (coming soon), along with the fall-released Frightening Faces set and lots of candy corn-colored Distress inks. I made a double layer of tags, die cutting a variety of faces from the layer on top, while the bottom layer was inked in an hombre shading of bright yellow to orange. You may have noticed that I keep returning to this Frightening Faces die set. I really do think that it’s ended up being my favorite set from the Halloween release, as there is just so much you can do with it. If you’re looking for a few other project ideas using this set, check out this post (here) and this one (here).


As always, I’ll have the full step-by-step project tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more. And I’ll link you to all of the supplies below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Frightening FacesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Crazy TalkStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - DiamondsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny StaplesHero Arts - Self-Adhesive Googly EyesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Squeezed LemonadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Spiced MarmaladeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Embossing Ink ClearRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - Super Fine - BlackRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 OunceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Fall Greetings with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, friends! Today I have the great pleasure of guesting on the Ranger Ink blog with the tutorial for this fall-inspired Distress card, and I wanted to share it here with all of you, too. To me, fall is all about woolly sweaters and blankets, and the rich colors of falling leaves, so I tried to capture that feel here with lots of layers of textures and deep autumnal colors using some of my favorite products from Tim Holtz and Ranger.


Growing up on the west coast, I didn’t get to really experience the changing of seasons. But here on the other side of the country is a different story, and one of my top highlights of the fall is seeing the changing of the leaves. It’s amazing how many colors can appear, even on one single individual leaf. And I tried to reproduce that look here on my leaf today. I absolutely adore this big Layered Leaf die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix, that comes with a matching embossing folder that creates those realistic impressions and dips in the leaf venation. I die cut the leaf from heavyweight Mixed Media paper so that I could put it through it’s paces with Distress inks, Distress crayons, sanding, and even Ranger Perfect Pearls and embossing powder, too.


To bring in even more texture, I added Idea-ology Textured Surfaces in burlap, corrugate, and cork, with a bumpy background made with the Rosettes Texture Fade embossing folder. The sentiment is a combo of Alphanumeric die cut lettering and a Chit Chat sticker. A bit of kraft paper and flecks of shimmery gold finish my fall design.


As always, you can find the complete step-by-step tutorial for this project over on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more. And thanks so much for stopping by!

HAPPY FALL!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Ranger Ink - Dina Wakley Media - Kraft Paper PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Textured SurfacesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die and Texture Fades - Layered LeafSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric, ThinSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesTim Holtz Sizzix GIFT TAGS Thinlits Die 662423Tim Holtz Sizzix ROSETTES Texture Fades Embossing Folder 662391Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TIM27201Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BUNDLED SAGE Ranger TIM27102Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad AGED MAHOGANY Ranger tdo55785Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 10 TDBK51800

Ranger Embossing Powder SUPER FINE GOLD EPJ37408Ranger Perfect Pearls SUNFLOWER SPARKLE Powder PPP17868Dina Wakley Ranger WHITE GESSO Media MDM41689Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger US HEAT IT CRAFT TOOL United States Use HIT00471Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

Idea-ology: Seasonal ChitChat Stickers, Sanding Grip
Stampin’Up: Twine

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A Glorious Bouquet with Ranger Ink


The weather forecast calls for solid rain and thunderstorms over the next 8 days… so things are kind of gloomy here in my neck of the woods right now. Not at all summer-like. I’m already missing the sunshine and blue skies, so thought I would cheer things up here with a summery card to chase away the grey. A sweet floral birthday card that I have the great pleasure of sharing today over on the Ranger Ink blog.


I love this Glorious Bouquet stamp by Tim Holtz, and thought it would be perfect to use for my friend, Paige’s, July birthday. I stamped a portion of the floral image in brown Archival ink onto a panel of watercolor paper, and then colored it in with Distress inks and markers. Added a drop shadow around the branches with marker. And blended things smooth with a wet paintbrush.


A pair of dimensional frames made with some Tim Holtz dies gives a bit of a shadowbox feel to the design. I inked the frames in a pretty Distress combo of Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet, with some Brushed Corduroy thrown in because, well…. that’s my favorite. Ranger opaque crackle paste was rubbed into the corners, then brushed with perfect pearls for a soft shimmery finish.


I love how this card turned out. So perfectly shabby sweet, like only Distress can do. As always, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I got together with some of my scrappy gal pals for a day of cropping…. but then found out my car battery was dead. But what’s life without a bit of sweet and a bit of sour, right? Hope you all have lots of sweet in the week ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Glorious Bouquet with Grid BlockSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched RectanglesAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Adornments - TreasuresRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting SoilTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Victorian VelvetTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Aged MahoganyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Pearl Powders - Set 1Ranger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

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