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Some of you may think it’s silly to do a CSM Spotlight on Ranger Ink, after all ‘everyone’ knows who they are and what they do. While those of us who have been stamping, playing with mixed media or who have worked in the industry for some time, no doubt know who Ranger Ink is, we really do want to introduce these wonderful products to crafters of ALL levels! First up a little history. Ranger Ink was founded in 1929!!! I did the math…that’s 88 years in the INK industry…that’s a whole lot of homework backing their amazing products! Initially they manufactured commercial inks used in the banking industry. In 1979 they developed the first art stamp pads, and began doing private labels for stamp manufacturers in 1998. Since then they have grown to successfully market their own quality products that we have come to love! Products such as Distress…

Wouldn’t we all like one of these sitting on the table. What a pretty specimen this would make. Today I am sharing a tutorial for Sizzix using the Flower Garden and Mini Bouquet.  You can get the Framelits to go with the Mini Bouquet and Flower Garden Stamps.  No fussy cutting!  Well I was going through my “Library” of dies looking for the Apothecary die and I found the Bell Jar w/Pedestal first…so it wins! The best part about these stamps… no cutting!  Stamp and line up the Framelit.  Every flower needs a butterfly and the Butterfly Duo w/Texture Fade is exceptional. The Magrnetic Platform is essential for the Framelits and Thinlits.  It helps to use a little washi to hold the famelits in place so it won’t shift.  Plastic packaging is perfect for the Bell Jar glass portion. I used the new Mixed Media #8 Distress Tags with the Flourish Texture Fade.  Once the tag is embossed I covered the tag with gesso.  While that…

If you have any questions about adhesives, you will find ALL the answers in the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L booth! The exciting release that many of you will be happy to hear about is the NEW Refills for the E-Z Runner Grand… in Repositionable Dots and Ultra Strong. These replaceable cartridges in the E-Z Runner Grand make you feel like you will NEVER run out of adhesive! The Double-Sided tape comes in Premium and Extreme and really holds on. The Dodz are being re-branded as Adhesive Dots and come in a variety of sizes including “Micro”, which will make many crafters happy. The Adhesive Lines are also a wonderful addition to the adhesive family. There are 3D Foam Shapes in many themes for dimensional embellishments, plus they are now being packaged as Embellishment Kits with Foil Sheets included. If you haven’t tried the 3D Foam Shapes with Foil, you are…

Being asked to join Jackie at Ranger’s CHA media release was pretty exciting until my alarm went off so early that morning. Tired eyes were soon open with excitement at all the fabulous new releases being shared at Ranger’s booth. They had four stations set up, and we got to spend about 20 minutes at each one with Ranger’s Signature Designers; Tim Holtz, Dina Wakley, Dyan Reaveley and Susan Lenart Kazmer…pretty easy to get just a tad star struck! Each proved to be down to earth and all had a wonderful sense of humour…made you love them that much more! First up was Tim Holtz. Lots of buzz at his table with the release of his Oxide Ink Pads, new Distress Crayons sets, Crayon Tin storage, 1 oz. size of Collage Medium, storage jars and Woodgrain Cardstock. The new Oxide Ink Pads are the next generation of Distress Inks, combining…

Feeling Rusty by Kerry Engel This page looks like it should weigh about 3 pounds. But it doesn’t. Those gears – they are totally fake. What would take nature about 5 years to accomplish I created in roughly 20 minutes, with a little help from Pentart Rust Effects distributed by Bo Bunny The gears were cut using a Tim Holtz die cut from Sizzix. I covered them in Ranger black gesso and pressed the Rust Effect powder distributed by Bo Bunny into the wet gesso. Then I added the Rust Effect Reagent from Pentart distributed by Bo Bunny on top and brushed it around with an old paintbrush.  Once dry I covered in the Pentart Varnish. I thought that would seal in the rust shavings. The gears remain pliable and very light weight. They look very realistic and give my page some lovely texture.  I think I’ll do this on…

January is here, which means it’s time for another free colouring card from our illustrator and designer Betty Hung. This month Betty’s card celebrates 2017 as the Year of the Rooster. Betty used Tombow Dual Brush Pens to color and achieved beautiful gradient effects with her colouring techniques. Here is what the card looks like when you download and print it. It is sized approximately 5″ x 10″ and you can print it on regular copy paper or heavyweight cardstock. The paper choice for printing depends on which products you use to colour. To download and print this month’s card, click HERE. To learn more about colouring techniques, click HERE and visit Betty’s blog “Color Art” where she shares her ideas, tutorials and even video demonstrations.

Check out this layout Connie Nichol designed featuring products from Art-C, Clearsnap and Westcott! SUPPLIES: Art-C patterned cardstock, large alphabet stamps, stencils, texture cream and embellishments, Stampin’ Up! small alphabet, Clearsnap ink, Westcott paper trimmer and scissors. To create the chevron background Connie used an Art-C stencil and texture paste. She used Art-C alphabet stamps and Clearsnap ink to create the title. Connie cut everything out using a Westcott paper trimmer and scissors! Happy Sunday everyone and happy scrapbooking! Subscribe today to our quarterly publication; delivered right to your mailbox.

Hey Crafters, Nicole Wright here and I’m back to share my love for industrial crafting.  With the new Sizzix  Gears available I decided to haul out my Sizzix Gadget Gears die (I believe the first Sizzix die I ever bought) and have a little fun experimenting with my embossing powders and distress crayons. I cut a set of Gadget Gears with Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board.  I heat embossed a coat of Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Era Hammered Metal Embossing Powder.  This thick powder leaves open spots to add color.  I wanted to see if the distress crayons would work to create a weathered patina on the gears. On the set of gears I used Ranger distress crayons vintage photo, mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers and peeled paint.  The distress crayons fill in the areas the thick embossing powders don’t.  Once the colors are filled in I used a baby wipe to remove…

Here is my take on our October Sketch featuring Magenta, Clearsnap, Sakura and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.  I was totally inspired by my beautiful friend Christy Riopel, who passed away on August 21. As I created this layout using her techniques and tips and tricks – I found a little bit of healing. Through the tears many many many wonderful memories emerged – thank you Christy for so much. I miss you like crazy. SUPPLIES: Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock, Core’dinations ColorCore cardstock, Canson Mixed Media paper, Clearsnap Stephanie Barnard sprays and dye ink, Clearsnap ColorBox stylus and white foam tips, Magenta stamps and stencils, Sakura Expressionist oil pastel black crayon and pen, Imagine Crafts irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, unknown black paint, gesso, chipboard alphabet and tissue paper, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner and 3D Foam Squares. I had lots of fun spraying my Clearsnap Stephanie Barnard sprays to create the…

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