‘Ranger Ink’ Category

  1. Frilly & Funkie: 2018 – The Year of…

    24th January, 2018 by iGirlZoe

    It’s Wednesday and time for the funkie side of the design team to share our projects for the current challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

    The current challenge is hosted by fellow funkie team member Suzz (Suzz’ Stamping Spot), who has chosen the theme 2018 – THE YEAR OF… …SUZZ says, “Welcome to a brand new year! I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year. To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018. The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art.”

    iGirlZoe: 2018 The Year ofMuch like our lovely host Suzz, I’m not very good at new years resolutions, so it took me a while to find a suitable word. I wanted to combine travel and time, as this year I plan to do more of one and get better at keeping the other. Then I stumbled upon the “expedition” word band and it was a match! Expedition can be a journey undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose (travel) and it can also mean promptness or speed in doing something – promptitude (time). OMG I love that word! “Promptitude!” I digress, which only adds to my time keeping issues!
    …I’m a work in progress…

    iGirlZoe: 2018 The Year of
    I have been desperate to use the new Tim Holtz inventor stamps and it was perfect for the challenge. I had to use my favourite stamp from the Tim Holtz Dapper set as well (of course)!

    iGirlZoe: 2018 The Year of
    I used faded jeans and brushed corduroy distress inks and a waterbrush to watercolour the hat and suit. I added the expedition word band and globe from the adornment souvenir set.

    iGirlZoe: 2018 The Year of
    I confess I am a little addicted to these adornment index clips. I altered it by adding picket fence distress paint and, once dry, adding archival distress ink. Wendy Vecchi has this brilliant technique on her blog.

    iGirlZoe: 2018 The Year of
    I hope you will find time to join in the challenge and pop over to Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the rest of the DT’s projects. All the products I used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

    I will be back to share the samples that I made for this years Creativation (CHA). Thanks for stopping by.
    Zoe

     



  2. Holiday 2017

    11th December, 2017 by iGirlZoe

    Happy Holidays friends! Whether you celebrate Christmas or just enjoy the magic of the festive season, I hope that you have found some inspiration from Tim Holtz’s holiday inspiration series. Check out all SIX incredible weeks of festive follies over from week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5 and week 6.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday 2017
    Here’s the recap of my holiday makes…

    iGirlZoe: Fa La La La
    Fa La La La

    iGirlZoe: Joy to the World
    Joy to the World

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Inspired December Daily
    Tim Holtz Inspired December Daily

    iGirlZoe: Tis the Season
    Tis the Season

    iGirlZoe: Oh Starry Night
    Oh Starry Night

    iGirlZoe: O Christmas Tree
    O Christmas Tree

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Card Holder
    Holiday Gift Card Holder

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Tidings of Comfort and Joy

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    It’s a Wrap

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    Another big thank you to Tim Holtz, Mario Rossi and Paula Cheney. And a big thank you for the lovely comments you have left over the past few weeks, here and on social media. Merry Christmas!

    Zoe


  3. It’s a Wrap!

    8th December, 2017 by iGirlZoe

    I’m bringing you my final piece for the Tim Holtz holiday inspiration series. I hope you’ve been following along with Tim on instagram and facebook throughout November and December. If you’ve missed anything, you can catch up with all the inspiration on Tim’s blog from week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5 and week 6!

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    As there are only 17 sleeps until Christmas, (yes, I’m counting), this is a nice quick and simple way to give your gifts a little personal touch with a gift adornment!

    Using the Sizzix gift tag thinlits die and sidekick, as well as the Stampers Anonymous holiday and stripes stamp set to create the background. I added foil and vintage photo distress ink to the edges and vintage twine to the top. Then decorated…

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    ..die cut from the festive berries thinlits set, christmas paper doll, metallic holiday sticker and mercury glass stickles.

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    ..die cut from the christmastime village thinlits set and metallic holiday sticker.

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    ..die cut numbers that came with the Sizzix sidekick (LOVE THESE), christmas remnant rubs and stickles mercury glass.

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    ..die cut from mini festive greens thinlits set edged with mercury glass stickles, idea-ology bells covered with red pepper alcohol ink and metallic holiday sticker.

    iGirlZoe: It's A Wrap
    …Okay, I literally couldn’t stop myself from making another gift card holder, decorated in a similar way as the gift adornments and adding holly form the mini festive greens thinlits set and christmas ephemera.

    Thanks so much to Tim Holtz, Mario Rossi and Paula Cheney for inviting me to be a part of this years seasonal team and for all of their hard work, guidance and support. Thanks to all of you for your kind words of encouragement. I will be back on Monday with a recap of all my holiday inspiration series makes. Hope you have a great weekend.

    Cheers
    Zoe

     



  4. Tidings of Comfort and Joy

    4th December, 2017 by iGirlZoe

    Hello friends. I’m back today with another gift card holder I made for the Tim Holtz holiday inspiration series. If you’ve been following Tim on instagram and facebook throughout November and December, you will have seen his holiday inspiration series. If you’ve missed anything, you can catch up with all the inspiration on Tim’s blog from week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4 and week 5.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Part of what I love about the festive season is there’s so many reasons to get creative. I love to use the seasonal products in my stash to make matching stationery. As my current obsession is with the gift card package die, I thought I would make another gift card holder to match a card I made for the holiday inspiration series and uses only 2 additional products, (idea-ology wood slices and the gift card package thinlits die).

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 1: Die cut 2 pieces of kraft cardstock and the rest distress mixed media heavystock using the Tim Holtz Sizzix gift card package thinlits die. The bow and ribbon die cuts were sprayed with frayed burlap distress spray stain and the mini tag I didn’t end up using but put into my december daily stash.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 2: Fold the pocket and secure to a non stick craft mat with tape.
    Step 3: Secure the mini plaid stencil over the top and blend candied apple distress ink through the stencil.
    Step 4: Blend in vintage photo and walnut stain distress ink into the edges and stitch with a sewing machine.
    Step 5: Apply distress collage medium to the side tables, fold and glue into place.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 6: Follow steps 3 and 4 on the package topper, (the long kraft cardstock piece from step 1).
    Step 7: Adhere the package topper to the gift card insert with distress collage medium.
    Step 8: Place the gift card insert onto the Tim Holtz Tonic stamp platform and secure in place with magnets. Stamp the tree stamp from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous great outdoors stamp set with peeled paint distress ink. Slide the insert to the right, keeping it butted up against the top and keep stamping.
    Step 9: Place the bow and ribbon die cuts onto the Tim Holtz Tonic stamp platform and adhere with a pin prick of distress collage medium. It will easily pull away afterwards and the magnets won’t get in the way. Stamp with the background stamp from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous sparkles and christmas stamp set.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 10: Stamp a sentiment over the trees. This will be hiding under the gift card for the recipient. You could add “congratulations” – “thank you” – “happy birthday” – “happy anniversary” for a non holiday gift card holder.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 11: Line up the ribbon with the bow and glue the ribbon onto the pocket with distress collage medium.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 12: To decorate the pocket, I stamped the wood slice from the great outdoors stamp set and used a 3/4 inch paper punch to punch the center and adhered to a wood slice with distress collage glue. Die cut greens from classic kraft stock with the Tim Holtz Sizzix festive greens thinlits set. Add idea-ology baubles dyed with red pepper alcohol ink.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 13: Bend up the tabs on the gift card insert very slightly.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 14: Slide your gift card in from the bottom.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Step 15: Push the insert into the pocket and you’re done.

    iGirlZoe: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Thanks for stopping by. I will be back with my final project for the holiday inspiration series on Friday. Hope you have a great week.

    Cheers
    Zoe x

     



  5. Holiday Gift Card Holder

    1st December, 2017 by iGirlZoe

    Hello friends. With December here, like many of you I am getting ready to celebrate Christmas and have been making cards and buying gifts and gift cards. I wanted to share this gift card holder I made for the Tim Holtz holiday inspiration series. Follow Tim on instagram and facebook to see inspiration throughout November and December. You can catch up with all the inspiration so far in week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Card Holder
    Giving a gift card can seem less personal than an actual gift, so why not make it personal by making a gift card holder. I created this one using the products and techniques from my oh starry night card, with the addition of the Sizzix gift card package thinlits die.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Card Holder
    I die cut the package base from metallic kraft stock and the bow and ribbon from distress mixed media heavystock. You can see how the background was created HERE.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Card Holder
    I added festive greens under the bow, like on the matching card. I adhered an idea-ology fluted star in the center of the bow which I aged with picket fence distress paint and mushroom alcohol ink.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Card Holder
    Again, I wanted to mirror the products and techniques from the card, so I chose one of the smaller Christmas paper dolls. This one just seemed to fit, I blended in some vintage photo distress ink to take away the white edges and adhered with distress collage medium.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Card Holder
    I added a sentiment from the Stampers Anonymous holiday postmarks stamp set and slid my gift card into place.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Card Holder
    You could tuck the gift card holder inside the card, but I feel like the gift card holder could do with it’s own box… I will definitely make some more of these, and not just for Christmas!

    Thanks for stopping by. I am excited to be doing December Daily this year for the first time using my handmade album. I’ll be sharing my pages on instagram. Hope you have a great weekend and I’ll back back here on Monday.

    Cheers
    Zoe x