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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See the World with Tim Holtz and Sizzix


Happy Tuesday, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! Today I have another card to share that I made for the Creativations show in January. This time, a beach-inspired card for the Tim Holtz Alterations booth featuring his fun Seashells, Planks, and Stacked Postage dies from the new April Sizzix release.


Aren’t the Seashell dies amazing? Love that they come with matching embossing folders for adding that bit of lifelike dimension. I did some Distress ink smooshing to add color to the shells, and then blended more ink over the embossing with an ink blending tool. Clear embossing powder was added to the raised areas for a bit of shine. And finally, a touch of crackle paste on the shells and card corners adds that shabby aged appearance that I adore.


The Planks were embossed with the wood plank embossing folder. The coral are actually from the holiday greens die set from a previous release. I added cheesecloth for extra texture, and layered all the pieces onto one of the Stacked Postage dies. A chipboard sentiment completes the scene.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! And thanks so much for all the well wishes for my birthday girl. I read her each and every one, and had her grinning ear to ear! I’m still trying to process the fact that she’s now two decades old, though! 😀


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 - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die with Texture Fades - SeashellsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - PlanksSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - Wood PlanksAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Quote ChipsRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Embossing Powder - ClearRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive BerriesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Peacock FeathersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Seek Happiness with Ranger Ink

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends!

I’m back today with another card that I made for the Creativations (CHA) show in January. This time, a fun Distress project for the Ranger Ink booth featuring the new Funky Floral #1 dies by Tim Holtz.


The Funky Floral dies are one of my favorite new sets from Tim’s CHA release. I love that this set has lots of dies for building lots of different flowers. The stacking possibilities are really endless, and the flowers look great in all sorts of different color ways. Last time I shared this set in bright and happy colors of spring. And today, I’m going with a more elegant red and gold floral pattern set against crisp black cardstock, reminiscent of the style design of Rifle Paper Company’s amazing stationery line.


I die cut the flowers and leaves from a mixture of gold, black, and watercolor cardstock, and inked the flowers in two shades of red Distress inks. The pieces were stacked and arranged into a outline frame design, and layered with papers to pull all the colors together. Distress Crayon was added to the edges of the papers and the black stems, too. The sentiment is a combo of a Clippings Idea-ology sticker with one of the word dies from the Shadow Script #3 dies, part of the upcoming April Alterations release.


Hope your week is going great so far! Thanks so much for stopping by!

P.S.-
If you’re interested in any of the products I’ve used, be sure to check out the awesome sales right now at Scrapbook.com on all Ranger, Sizzix,  and Tim Holtz products!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Gina K. Designs Premium Cardstock • Black OnyxRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - MetallicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Shadow Script 3Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Clippings StickersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Fired BrickRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive BerriesTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

A Letter It Thanks with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, Friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Today I’m sharing a card project that I made for the Creativations (CHA) show in January for the Ranger Ink booth featuring their artsy new Letter It collection.


If you haven’t checked out the Letter It collection yet, you should take a peek at all the fun products available in the line. For my card here, I focused on stamps and embossing ink, and seeing how many ways I could use the beautiful metallic gold Perfect Pearls powder. According to the descriptive information, these powders are specially developed with a built in resin, and are easy to use wet or dry. So I tried it out both ways.


One of the fun things you can do with Perfect Pearls powders is to combine them with water and a water brush or paintbrush for painted pearlescent watercolor effects. And that’s what I did here with the Flutter butterfly background panel. I used a mix of Distress Inks and gorgeous Sunflower Sparkle powder to add color to the butterflies, which were stamped in clear embossing powder onto Letter It Ivory Cardstock.


The bold sentiment image is from the Letter It Thank You stamp set, which was also stamped with embossing ink and brushed with the gold powder. The edges of the black panel were pressed into the ink and brushed with powder to match. And then for a dry technique, I simply brushed powder onto some ivory photo corners to tie everything together.

I do love the Letter It product line, and am looking forward to playing with it more. And if any of you are interested in trying it out, be sure to check out the awesome sale at Scrapbook.com right now on all Ranger products! Woo Hoo!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a wonderful day!


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Cardstock - IvoryRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Thank YouStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - FlutterDecorative Photo Corners • IvoryRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Embossing Ink PadRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Pearl Powders - Set 2Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Acrylic Stamping Block - 4 x 3Ranger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

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Missing You with Ranger Ink


Happy Wednesday, friends!

I’m reaching back into my archives a bit to share this card that I made for Creativations (CHA) last year. Yup, we’re going all the way back to January 2017 today, with this crazy cat card that I made for the Ranger Ink booth.


I am such a fan of the Tim Holtz crazy critter collection. These silly guys make me smile, every time. This little kitty here was colored with Distress inks, in a splotchy alley-cat sort of style. A pretty brocade background stamp, and a simple die cut frame. I added a snippet of patterned paper to the bottom, and die cut berries and hearts. It’s got a bit of a Valentine look to it……. in a Crazy sort of way, of course!


Hope your week is going great! I’ll be back tomorrow with a special guest post that I’m super excited to share. Have a wonderful day, everyone! See you all then!


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

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - MemorandaStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Crazy CatsTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps WALLPAPER and WOOD cms126Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Crazy TalkSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Crazy CatsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Garden GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - HeartfeltTim Holtz Idea-ology CRINKLE RIBBON TH93020Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival WATERING CAN Ink Pad AID39006Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive BerriesTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Spun SugarRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersTim Holtz Distress Markers BLACK SOOT Ranger TDM32458Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Collage Medium - CrazingRanger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Distress Cardstock- Nostalgic Collection
My Creative Time- Stitched Squares Inside & Out die set

Valentine Monsters with Sizzix


Hello, hello friends, and happy Valentine’s Day! Any special plans with your sweeties in the works for today? I’m having more of a “Galentine’s” crafty day with a gal pal today. Laughing and crafting, maybe coffee and treats, sounds like my kind of day. And I couldn’t let the day pass without creating some little goody bags for my two Valentines. My kiddos may be all grown up now…. but who doesn’t like a few sweet treats, right?


Of course a treat bag needs a good tag tie. So I pulled out some of my favorite dies and lots of pretty new Distress Oxide inks to whip up my tags for this year. Who says monsters are only good for Halloween?


To create these tags, I die cut and layered two tag shapes together from the Tim Holtz Tag die set, die cutting an oval shape from the center of the second tag. I used a layering stencil on the top tag, ink blended in my all time favorite Valentine color palette of pink and brown. I used the same colors to create a smooshed ink background for the window opening, and then added those silly pieced monsters. Those guys really make me smile.


I hand-cut polka dots to add to my monsters, and hand-cut hearts, too. I am crazy about Ranger’s Opaque Crackle Texture Paste these days, so that was rubbed into the corners and spots. A bit of Distress Crayon really brings out the great cracks and texture. I added dots of Glossy Accents to the eyes. The sentiments are stamps from my sweet friend, Emma, at My Creative Time.

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12 Paper Pad 365096Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS Colorcore 2.25 X 12 Cardstock 278921Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784Tim Holtz Sizzix SILLY MONSTERS Thinlits Die 662374Sizzix Framelits DOTTED OVALS Wafer Thin Die Set 661840Tim Holtz Layering Stencil DIAMONDS THS081May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Wendy Vecchi Archival WATERING CAN Ink Pad AID39006Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger tdo56263Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad AGED MAHOGANY Ranger tdo55785Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad VINTAGE PHOTO Ranger TDO56317Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLACK SOOT Ranger TIM19541Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 10 TDBK51800Ranger TEXTURE PASTE OPAQUE CRACKLE 4oz INK57505Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Sakura BLACK GLAZE GEL PENS Pen 2 Pack 38495Tim Holtz Distress Markers BLACK SOOT Ranger TDM32458Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

My Creative Time- Best Bots stamp and die set
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A Winter’s Wonder Tag & BIG Sale News!


Hi Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy weekend to you all! We’re already a couple of weeks into January, and I am still no closer to reaching my New Year’s goal of a regular blogging schedule again. Creativation (CHA) projects have been keeping me busy in the background, and I have been soaking up as much family time as I’ve been able this past month with both my kiddos and parents here visiting. So once again I’ve not much new to share at the moment… but I do have a few projects from Creativation 2017 still waiting in the archives to share, like this winter wonders tag I made for the Ranger Ink booth.


The focus here was on Distress Markers, which I used to create the free-hand funky plaid in the background of this Ranger Ink #8 manila tag. I selected brown and green markers for a natural woodland look, and used both the thick and thin tips of the pens to create a variety of lines in different widths… using a ruler for part of the design, and just winging the rest. To tone down the colors, the tag was heavily doused with water and blotted dry. Softens the design so it can fade into the background. Added die cut winter greens and some real mini pine cones I managed to find on a trip to the mountains last year.  Added a Sizzix sentiment and Clippings sticker, too.

Creativation is now less than a week away, so that means new products and new projects are coming soon! But until then, I’ve got some great deals and fun news to share with you!

Starting today, and running only through the 17th, Sizzix is offering a new Limited Edition Big Shot that features a gorgeous new mint color and a silver geometric pattern. This exciting new machine is a limited release and can only be purchased exclusively on sizzix.com. (Click on the photo above for a direct link with more information and availability).


And if you’re looking to stock up on accessories for your new Big Shot machine, or pick up the supplies I’ve used today, then I’ve got some news for you! All Sizzix and Ranger Ink items are on sale right NOW for a limited time at Scrapbook.com (excludes the exclusive Limited Edition Big Shot machine available only through sizzix.com). This great discount expires soon, so shop NOW for big savings on Sizzix Products!

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Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS Colorcore 2.25 X 12 Cardstock 278921Ranger MANILA TAGS #8 Craft Inkssentials Surfaces ISM27973Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Garden GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Thin Holiday WordsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Clippings StickersTim Holtz Idea-ology CRINKLE RIBBON TH93020Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Gathered TwigsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Vintage PhotoRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Walnut StainTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Glitter Dust - Vintage PlatinumRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesTonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Paper DistresserRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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