A Friendly Hello with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! Today I have the great pleasure of guesting on the Ranger Ink blog. The focus of my project this time around is Distress Oxides… and I put these fun ink pads through a variety of techniques to make a bright and happy friendship card inspired by the pretty colors of spring.


I think the most notable difference between the Distress Oxides and the regular Distress inks is their opaqueness and chalky finish. To me, they feel almost like a cross between Distress Ink and Distress Paint, and I love that unique look. Best thing is, all the techniques we’ve learned for the regular inks can be used on the Oxides, as well.


To put the Oxides through their paces, I experimented with all my favorite techniques here. There’s ink smooshing and ink blending. I stenciled and stamped, and watercolored with the Oxides, too. I even played around to create some Oxide stripes and polka dots… a little funky touch to go along with these Tim Holtz Funky Florals dies.


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 had a wonderful weekend! We hit 80 here, and yucky green pollen is coating everything. The carpenter bees are in full swing, too. But today we’re back down to a low in the 40’s. What a crazy spring.


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:
(Affiliate links used where possible at no extra charge to you)

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched RectanglesTim Holtz Layering Stencil DIAMONDS THS081Stamper's Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps REFLECTIONS CMS111Photo Play Paper - Luke 2 Collection - Christmas - Enamel DotsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Wilted VioletRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Bundled SageRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Inspired By Challenge- Foxy Succulents

Hello, Friends!

Have you all seen the fun news? The Inspired By challenge blog is back with new weekly challenges and a new design team, too. And today I am super excited to be joining in with a guest project for challenge #8, Foxy Succulents!


How will this photo inspire you? Theme? Colors? Placement? Well you all know by now what a big fan I am of cute little critters… so of course I went very literal with my project for today, with a fox, and some succulents thrown in, too. 😀


Lots of crisp white layers here, and stamping and stenciling. I layered Tim Holtz’s new Stacked Postage dies with his Stitched Rectangles for the framework. The background is stenciled with Distress ink using a Simon Says Stamp stencil that really put me in mind of the shape of succulent leaves.


The cute little fox was stamped, die cut, and colored with my Zig real brush markers. The succulent spray and sentiment are from a set by Sizzix. I added some white gel pen marks to the fox’s face to mimic the cutie in the inspiration photo.


Can’t wait to see what you all do with this fun challenge. Be sure to check out the Inspired By blog to play along, and a huge thank you to Laurel for letting me join in today! Have a great day, everyone! And a great weekend, too!


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

Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12 Paper Pad 365096Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched RectanglesRESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix STACKED POSTAGE Thinlits Die 662696Zig CLEAN COLOR 48 SET Real Brush RB6000AT48VRanger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersUni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE Two Pack 1919994Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

Simon Says Stamp Ledger Drops stencil
My Creative Time Fall Friends stamp and die set

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My Creative Time Frightful Greetings Kit Blog Hop & Flash Sale

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by, and welcome to the My Creative Time “Frightful Greetings” Kit reveal Blog Hop and Flash Sale! You should have arrived from Ruthie’s blog, but if you’ve gotten lost anywhere along the way, you can start back at the My Creative Time blog.


Today is a very exciting day, because for the first time ever My Creative Time is offering a brand new KIT which consists of the frightfully fun stamp set, coordinating die, and fabulous stencil design that you see here. This exclusive kit is available now, while supplies last, at My Creative Time.


We are all about the Halloween treats here at my house, so for my kit project, I have made a little goody bag for my college kiddos, filled with their favorite candy. Such a fun way to surprise them both with a little treat from mom, and so quick and easy to put together using the kit supplies.


Isn’t that stencil pattern absolutely amazing? I used it to decorate the outside of the candy bag, and then added a bit of extra embellishment with one of the small sentiments included in the stamp set. For the insert that fits inside the bag, I created a simple layered watercolor panel with stamped sentiment at the bottom. The skeleton was stamped and water colored, and then die cut with the coordinating kit die before being sandwiched between the layers of papers on the card insert. Love how the skeleton peeks from the top edge! And he makes a perfect pull tab for the card insert, too.

I added a quick sentiment banner band to the top of the bag, tied with twine and decorated with sequins. Then all you need are a few of your favorite sweets. ❤

I am the last stop along the hop, so thank you for joining us!

And here’s more information for you about today’s blog hop and sale.

***BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY***

For our blog hop giveaway, Emma is giving away a $25 gift card to the “My Creative Time” store to ONE LUCKY winner! ALL you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the MORE chances you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case “YOU” are the lucky winner!

***FLASH SALE ALERT***

The Frightful Greetings Kit Flash Sale starts NOW and runs for 48 hours ONLY & will end on Sunday, September 3, 2017 @ 7am PST.
Be sure to use the code FLASH at checkout to get 20% off of your entire “in-stock” only purchase! 

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My Creative Time 70th Edition Release Blog Hop

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Welcome to the My Creative Time 70th Edition Release Blog Hop! Today is a happy day, because finally it’s release day for all of the wonderful products you’ve been seeing in the sneak peeks throughout this past week. I am so excited to be joining in on the fun with a special guest project. You should have arrived from Ruthie’s blog, but if you’ve gotten lost anywhere along the way, you can start back at the My Creative Time blog.


We are huge Halloween lovers here at my house, so for my project today, I couldn’t resist making a spooky sweet gift set for a surprise treat for my daughter who’s just recently headed off to college. Can’t wait to see her face when she gets a hold of these!


These cute treats were made with the new Stitched Bat Die and the matching Bat Sentiments stamp set, which is the freebie set for this month’s release. I absolutely love how versatile this bat is, and know it’s going to be a big hit this holiday season. Makes the most adorable candy holder, and works great on cards, layouts, and home decor projects, too.


I am the last stop along the hop, so thank you so much for joining us!

And here’s more information for you about today’s release.

“FREEBIE STAMP”

Starting THIS Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 8am PST ~ Our “Freebie” for this release is the “Bat Sentiments” stamp set. It will be given to the FIRST 75 shoppers! If you are one of the 1st 75 shoppers it will be automatically added to your package at the time of packaging/shipping. Once 75 shoppers come through, this stamp set will be available for purchase. So, if it’s for sale in the store, you are not one of the 75. No exceptions will be made. This freebie set is not a part of the “bundle” and will be sold separately!
***BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY***
For our blog hop giveaway, Emma is giving away a $50 gift card to the “My Creative Time” store to ONE LUCKY winner! ALL you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the MORE chances you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case “YOU” are the lucky winner!
***SALE ALERT***
ALSO, DON’T FORGET our sale starts RIGHT NOW here:http://shop.my-creative-time.com/Ne…! Use the code: AUG2017 to receive a discount off your entire purchase! This sale applies to “IN-STOCK” items ONLY. This sale will end on Fri, August 25th, 2017 @midnight PST.
Friday, August 18, 2017

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below for your convenience:
My Creative Time: Stitched Bat Die
My Creative Time: Bat Sentiments Stamp Set
My Creative Time: Stitched Squares Inside & Out Die Set

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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My Creative Time 70th Edition Release Week- Build a Fall Wreath

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It’s sneak peek week over at My Creative Time for their 70th Edition Release, and I am so excited to be joining in on the fun with a special guest designer project. Today is day three of peeks, and Emma is showcasing a new fall stamp and die set called Build a Fall Wreath.


As the name of this new set implies, Build a Fall Wreath is filled with oodles of small greenery stamps and matching dies that are perfect for layering and “building” up images such as wreaths and swags. But today I’ve used a handful of the different images to build my own patterned paper on this set of fall-inspired tags.


I love how the smaller size of these images are the perfect scale for smaller projects, like these gift tags that I made with the previously released Holiday Tags set. And by placing all of the images together onto one acrylic block, all the stamping for even a big batch of tags is a super quick and easy process.


I used watercolor cardstock for my background and banners and added a loose watercolor wash to the images using a variety of fall colored Distress inks. The sentiments and banner also come with the set, and the matching banner die, as well. Patterned paper is from Photo Play Paper.

***Sneak Peek giveaway!***

Emma is giving away a free set of today’s new products to one lucky commenter, so don’t forget to leave a comment here, then pop over to the My Creative Time blog to see what the rest of the team has for you. Emma will announce today’s winner on the MCT blog tomorrow. Remember, as always, the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win. VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case “YOU” are the lucky winner! For EXTRA entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even instagram it! #mycreativetime! Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!


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

My Creative Time: Build a Fall Wreath stamp and die set (available on the MCT website 8/18)
My Creative Time: Holiday Tags stamp and die set

Photo Play Paper - Campfire Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Dried MarigoldTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Aged MahoganyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Forest MossTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackZIG - Memory System - Wink Of Stella - Glitter Brush Marker - Glitter Clear

My Creative Time 70th Edition Release Week- Spooky & Creepy Night

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Hi everyone! It’s sneak peek week over at My Creative Time for their 70th edition release, and I am so excited to be joining in on the fun with a special guest designer project. Today is day two of peeks, and Emma is showcasing a new Halloween stamp and die set called Spooky & Creepy Night.


I am a huge fan of all things fall, and this sweet new set is at the top of my list of favorites for Halloween crafting this year! This adorable set includes the spiderweb, the pumpkin, and the ghost, and lots of silly faces that interchange between. And wait until you see all the great sentiments included, too.


I made a fun little scene for my card today, framed within Emma’s previously released Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More die set. And the patterned paper is from the Idea-ology Materialize paper stash.


***Sneak Peek giveaway!***

Emma is giving away a free set of today’s new products to one lucky commenter, so don’t forget to leave a comment here, then pop over to the My Creative Time blog to see what the rest of the team has for you. Emma will announce today’s winner on the MCT blog tomorrow. Remember, as always, the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win. VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case “YOU” are the lucky winner! For EXTRA entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even instagram it! #mycreativetime! Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!

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

My Creative Time: Spooky & Creepy Night stamp and die set (available on the MCT website 8/18)
My Creative Time: Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More die set

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsTim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Idea-ology Materialize Paper Stash
May Arts Ribbon

My Creative Time 70th Edition Release Week- Scallop Stitched Rosette

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Hi everyone! It’s sneak peek week over at My Creative Time for their 70th Edition Release, and I am so excited to be joining in on the fun with a special guest designer project. Today is the first day of peeks, and Emma is showcasing a new die called the Large Scallop Stitched Rosette.


This new die is a larger version of Emma’s previously released rosette dies, and if you have that earlier set, you can now create three different sizes of the most adorable rosettes. Now how fun is that?


Once assembled, these new rosettes measure about 3.25″ wide, and are perfect for adding to all sorts of paper crafting and home decor projects, and even gift packing, too.


I added my rosettes to some gift tags made from the Stitched Squares Inside & Out die set, and topped them with accents die cut from the Bunch of Fun Circles die set. Little banner strips were stamped with Halloween sentiments from both the Prehistoric Holidays and Too Cute to Spook sets from previous releases.

***Sneak Peek giveaway!***

Emma is giving away a free set of today’s new products to one lucky commenter, so don’t forget to leave a comment here, then pop over to the My Creative Time blog to see what the rest of the team has for you. Emma will announce today’s winner on the MCT blog tomorrow. Remember, as always, the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win. VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case “YOU” are the lucky winner! For EXTRA entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even instagram it! #mycreativetime! Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!


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

My Creative Time: Large Scallop Stitched Rosette Die (available on the MCT website 8/18)
My Creative Time: Stitched Squares Inside & Out Dies
My Creative Time: Bunch of Fun Circle Dies

Patterned Paper: Authentique Thrilling Collection

Tim Holtz Idea-ology HALLOWEEN Deco Sheets TH93314Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackAmerican Crafts - Hemp Twine - Straw

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