What’s New on the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Show Floor

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I know it’s not Sunday, which is when you are used to seeing my posts. It’s Tuesday and I’m happy to have the opportunity through this new series to share some of the things that are all the buzz on our Stamp and Scrapbook Expo floor.  I have been in the paper crafting industry for over 16 years, so when things WOW me, I feel the need to share them with you. There is so much happening on our show floors and sometimes it can be overwhelming, but in a fabulous way!  I’m here to shed some light on things you might have heard about but haven’t yet experienced, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. While teaching at the Creativity Center, I am often asked what’s up with Ranger’s new Distress Oxides by Tim Holtz. People often ask if I “need” them in my life.  My answer is a definite “Yes, I do!” and I’m here to share a few reasons why.

Distress Oxide Ink is a water-reactive dye and pigment ink fusion that creates an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. The Distress Oxides work beautifully on their own  – but when you hit them with water the magic begins.

Here’s my first attempt at playing with the new inks. Did I mention that I’m in love with all the possibilities? This card is one of my favorites; I used watercolor paper with Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, and Faded Jeans.

Another bonus is that you can layer the colors without making “mud.” You know what I mean – when you’ve obviously crossed the line with your blending and your colors turn to a lovely muddy brown shade?  With Distress Oxides, you can actually layer your colors and they remain true. It’s a real game changer. 

Be fearless when it comes to your creativity; if you don’t play with your toys you will never know what they’re capable of. Have fun!

Here’s a background that I heat embossed using white embossing powder on watercolored paper, then I inked over the top and buffed it out with a baby wipe. Too pretty, don’t you think?

You will be amazed at how different the inks look on different types of paper. A perfect example is how they work on kraft paper which is more porous than regular card stock. It almost has a suede look, too; it’s gorgeous, soft, and chalk-like.

One of the main differences between Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink is that with Distress Oxide Inks you can apply them to darker colored paper. You’re no longer limited to light colored papers. The colors are much more subtle, almost like you chalked on an old chalkboard. On this card, I heat embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock then applied Distress Oxides over the top, then wiped over the embossed area with a damp baby wipe.

Because of the partial pigment in the ink you can even heat emboss with them, just remember you need to add your embossing powder right away before your ink dries. If you’re used to heat embossing with Vera Mark just know that Distress Oxide inks will dry a bit faster.  

A little tip when you’re playing and experimenting with your inks, remember that wet ink on wet ink will allow you to blend your ink whereas wet ink on dry will layer your inks, that’s why you always see Tim Holtz with that little white technique gun in his hand. He’s armed and ready to add that next layer of inky perfection.

The first 12 Distress Oxide colors that were released are Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, and Spiced Marmalade.

You will be happy to know that Ranger has announced that they will be releasing 12 new Distress Oxide colors this month. Are you ready?!  The new colors will be as follows: Abandoned Coral, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Candied Apple, Frayed Burlap, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, and Wild Honey. I’m doing the happy dance with you, too! I can’t wait to get to our Duluth show next week and pick up the entire set if they’re available yet. If not, I still have a few of the original colors to pickup, I was only able to score six colors at the Craft Fancy Booth before they were gone. Craft Fancy is an amazing paper crafting store in the Chicagoland area that carries just about everything you need for your paper crafting projects and they also exhibit at most of our shows. This is one booth you don’t want to miss!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you’ve been inspired to give these amazing Distress Oxide Inks a try; you’ll be glad you did!

With this many shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend but rather how many shows you can attend! Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Stamp & Scrapbook website so you can start planning your creative mini vacation; you deserve it! I look forward to seeing you in person at any of our shows – I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center and we will create some beautiful together. I’ll bring the chocolate! 😉  I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. Hugs to all!

Sundays With Lorraine


Welcome to Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that you’ve found some time to get crafty; after all, creating art is very therapeutic, a proven stress reliever. The secret to success is to have fun with your art, so don’t hold back, you will never know what you’re truly capable of unless you explore. Sundays are special to me because this is the time that I get to share my passion for crafting with you when I’m not teaching at a Scrapbook Expo. I just finished teaching at our last Expo of the year in Ontario, California and loved my year of interacting with my fellow scrapbookers. You are a fabulous bunch! Our next Expo will be in February in Grapevine, Texas, so if you are in the area, please stop by and see me! We are looking forward to all our 2016 Expos; I know you’ll have a great experience if you are able to attend. When you go, make sure to stop by the Creativity Center and tell me hello!  For today, sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s inspiration.

# Cousins created by Melinda Spinks

What’s not to love about this sweet layout designed by the very talented Melinda Spinks? What a great idea to have the hand-punched flowers act as a pedestal to support the precious photo. The simple elegance of this layout proves that letting your photo take center stage is definitely the way to go.

#Cousins Layout

I hope that you’ve been inspired to dust off those well loved punches that have been pushed to the side by your new toys. 😉 (It’s ok, we’re all a bit guilty of this on occasion.) I highly recommend stopping by the Bean Talk Blog and checking out the great tutorial that Melinda has put together; she shares some easy-to-follow instructions, fun techniques, and lots of inspiration; you’re gonna love it. Happy scrappin!

Apothecary’s ATC designed by Alison

Would you believe that this amazing ATC card started out as several plain wooden bottle shapes sitting on a plain ATC blank ATC cards are a great way to kick start your creativity. They’re small in size so many people find them less intimidating to design, you get instant gratification because you can finish a mini work of art in one sitting, and they’re absolutely gorgeous – who could ask for more, right? From the detailed crackle in the stamped background to the beautiful shine and colors of the apothecary bottles, this is one project that is definitely on my crafting bucket list. So many techniques to experiment with!

Apothecary's ATC - by Alison

I’d like to send out a big hug to Alison for sharing her valuable tips and techniques on recreating this work of art. Click here and I will be happy to take you over so you, too, can follow along with Alison’s step-by-step instructions. You’re gonna love it!

Easy Burlap Pumpkins

Whether you sew or not, you’re sure to love these oh-so-cute burlap pumpkins! They come together in no time and you will be enjoying them through Thanksgiving. Debbie has thought of everything while she offers both a sew and a no-sew version of this sweet fall-inspired project.

Easy Burlap Pumpkins

Be sure to check out Debbie’s No Sew Shirt version of these festive fabric pumpkins.

No Sew Shirt Pumkins

I hope you’ve been inspired to give this project a try. You might want to make several sets because the girls are going to love them and wouldn’t they make a cute pishky to give as a hostess gift or a “just because I love you” gift.

Organize Your Ranger Products

I came across these printable labels to help you organize your ever growing stash of Tim Holtz Distress products. Thanks, Ranger, for keeping us organized; it makes our crafting experience that much more enjoyable when we can easily find our tools. Here’s the link for the distress pad labels (large) and here is the link for our treasured mini distress ink pads.


It makes me smile seeing these stacks of distress inks all labeled and organized in color families. It’s a beautiful site, isn’t it? 😉

Organizing your Ranger Products

Whether you’re organizing your distress ink pads or your Dylusions Ink sprays, this site has a label and color chart for all your Ranger products. Now we can see at a glance what we have and what we need.

Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Fajitas

This recipe is super easy to make, even on weeknights, and it is full of flavor your family will love. It goes a bit over my usual dinner-in-30 minutes but the prep is easy and most of the time is cooking time; it’s definitely worth the extra 20 minutes. And you can shorten the preparation time by purchasing pre-cut peppers and onions if you’d like.

Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Fajitas

Top with sour cream, salsa, and cilantro, or your favorite fajita toppings and you have a great weeknight dinner with easy clean up since you basically cooked it in one baking dish. Bon appetit! Click here and I will lead the way over to the Betty Crocker Blog so you can print out the recipe.

Thanks for a great visit, I look forward to seeing you back soon. Have a wonderful week!