Tim Holtz taught the entire last day and we learned so many ways to use the entire line of Distress products ~ Inks, Stains, Embossing Powders, Stickles, Paints, Crackle Paints, and Markers.  I learned a ton about the Paints and Markers in particular, and can now use them in many more ways than I have so far… what fun to learn all those techniques!


Patti Behan works at Ranger and kept everything running so smoothly… she is super organized and kept us on track with supplies to get through all the techniques each day.  She's was so nice and patient with all of us and I'm so happy to have finally met her.


Here's Mario with Key from South Korea. Mario planned all the food & beverage and let me tell you, you won't go hungry with him around!  He took incredibly good care of us. Thanks, Mario!


This is one of my absolute favorite pictures from the whole weekend – Jim Hankins and Ellen Vargo getting a bit crazy with their Distress Embossing Ink Pads.  It smells a bit like Cinnamon and when they were sniffing it I thought  it looked like Jim was taking air hits from a scuba mask… rescue breathing or some such thing… and Ellen reminded me of the TV show Get Smart from back when I was a kid, as if she was talking into the Ink Pad like it's a phone.  Back when phones had two parts.


It was a pleasure meeting Karen from France, who I've corresponded with on the All Things Tim Yahoo Group for years.  She's delightful and I wish we'd had more time to talk.  We'll have to figure out another meeting someday!


Loved meeting Susan Weckesser from Canada!  She designs for Unity stamps and I loved her creative designs.


Fun evenings out… here's Annette Green with Karen from Australia.  Wish I could see Karen's store some time!


And me with Jim Hankins, with his shirt much inkier as the day wore on (which is of course, a good thing).


I miss this gorgeous work table already.  Thanks to Tim and Ranger so much for this amazing experience.  I appreciate your making your way through these longs posts. Now for a giveaway:



Ranger sent us home with a very generous product box and I would like to send these 3 items to someone who can use them.  I actually do have a craft scrubbie at each sink in my house so I wholeheartedly recommend that product in particular.  And you can't go wrong with an extra Mister and stamp cleaning pad.

Just leave a comment and I'll pull a random name on Monday.  If you'd “like” my Facebook page, I'd appreciate it, but it's certainly not required.  Open to all countries… I'll ship anywhere.

Thanks for the visit!



  1. Gigi on May 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Oh what fun that must have been. I hope to be able to do that some day.

  2. Lucy Edmondson on May 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Those messy craft tables made me laugh – when my friends come round they always clean up after them selves! I wonder what happened when Jim put his shirt in the wash?

    Lucy x

    • Marjie Kemper on May 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

      LOL, Lucy… hopefully he remembers they react with water and never washes that shirt… otherwise he’s going to have one very different outcome. xx

  3. Sheila Wayne on May 5, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Looks like you had a lot of fun. Would love to be in your shoes at Ranger U. What an awesome adventure. It’s great to have a lot of other creatives to PLAY with.

  4. kathy/NorthCarolina on May 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I am so glad you were able to do this, Marjie! I can feel your happiness bubbling up through this post. I can’t wait to see all that you learned work its way into your blog posts. I always say “oh goodie!” when I see a new post from you. Great giveaway…my craft scrubbie is worn down to a nub, and I would love another mister. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Anita Houston on May 4, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Love seeing all the people! Glad you took note to meet everyone! Great photos!

  6. Kimmie H on May 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Color me green…. that Ranger U looks like loads of fun. You got to meet so many wonderful artists from all over the world, and you got to play with all those fun products. My bucket list is to own as mant Ranger products as possible. So your GIVEAWAY would be a nice start. Thanks for sharing all the pictures.
    Kim H. <3

  7. ConnieM on May 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

    gorgeous marjie!

  8. Jules on May 3, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Wow! Just found your web site. You are so creative!

  9. Fern Edwards on May 3, 2013 at 6:29 am

    What a great glimpse of Ranger U and creative spirits!

  10. Kate on May 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    So fun! Glad you had a great time!

  11. Laura Spano on May 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    So much fun Marjie! Thanks for sharing your adventure and I am looking forward to seeing even more amazing projects from you.

  12. linda on May 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful weekend with us!

  13. Stephanie Rodgers on May 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    What fun you had! I think a weekend at Ranger U would be better than winning the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes! lol Thanks for all the pics. Looks like you make some new lifelong friends there.

  14. McStamper on May 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks Marjie. I would love to win these goodies. I am a FB fan.

  15. Sandra Mouwen on May 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I can only imagine how much fun you had and how much you’ve learned! So happy for you that you had that chance! So well deserved! Hugs, Sandra

  16. Stacy on May 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Wow, looks like you had an amazing time. Can’t wait to see what you create with all of the new techniques you learned. Thanks for sharing all of the pictures.

  17. butterfly on May 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Looking at the pictures from your Ranger U posts (and Annette’s) just leaves me with a big smile on my face every time… everybody looks so lit up from the inside, beaming smiles and such positive energy that you can feel even just from the photos. Thanks so much for sharing the experience, as well as the giveaway goodies!!
    Alison xx

  18. Ellie Knol on May 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I can see you enjoyed! Thanks for wanting to share wth us!

  19. Freda Cannon on May 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for the peek at what goes on at these workshops, makes me want to go instead of living vicariously through blog posts…lol…!!! Would love to win these products and give them a home with my ever growing Tim Holtz line of products. I don’t have any of these yet so they would be well loved.

    Thanks again,


  20. Toni Leli on May 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Looks like you guys had a great time! I’ll be taking classes from Dyan in Florida on May 7 and 8. Can’t wait! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Judy Shea on May 2, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    All 3 days sound amazing and with incredibly talented artists. You don’t need to enter my name. I just wanted to say congratulations again and how excited I am for you.

  22. karen on May 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    And pray tell what did you make?

  23. Redanne on May 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Great photos again Marjie! Everyone looks so happy (and who wouldn’t be!). What a wonderful experience you all had – looking forward to seeing your future projects and learning lots from you. Hugs, Anne x

  24. Debbie on May 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Loved reading about your adventures at Ranger U.

  25. Jim The Gentleman Crafter on May 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Good Lawd! Yes, Fantastic picture of Ellen and I sniffin’ the ink. Has a wonderful aroma of cinnamon…well with a little glue mixed in…LOL! But I love the picture of you and I too! The proof of a very long day. Actually, our last night for us all to be together. Wonderful post Marjie…too bad you didn’t share with everyone the Clementine story. Bahahahahahaha. Hugs to you my friend. Thanks for sharing. Jimbo

  26. kazooMI on May 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing these photos and your fantastic experience. I’ve been following your blog for a while, it’s wonderful. I look forward to learning more!

  27. Kay Wallace on May 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I have so enjoyed your recap (as well as some other I follow–like Ellen!) of Ranger U!! It must have been with mixed emotion when it was over! Loved seeing you photos of other attendees, Marjie…almost always paired with your smile!! Thanks for the opportunity to win a piece of Ranger here on your blog!!

  28. Christine Ortman on May 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! You’ve been a joy to follow and I look forward to learning from you with this wealth of knowledge and creative inspiration.

  29. Victoria Sturdevant on May 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I’ll bet you miss that table – so much inspiration!

  30. Helen Tilbury on May 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Oh it was an absolute pleasure strolling through these posts – absolute awesomeness!! I am positively green with envy. I have a limited selection of Ranger products & on the whole, quite truthfully, do not know what to do with them beyond the glaringly obvious!!

  31. Silvia on May 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos and the story. Seems that you’ve had a great time – lucky you :)

  32. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on May 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Your three days at Ranger has been great, watching your pictures, your happy smiles and reading your story Marjie. Great memories for ever…and lucky you to have been there!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  33. Alison/craftytrog on May 2, 2013 at 11:58 am

    What a lucky lady you are Marjie! I’ve enjoyed reading about your adventures at Ranger U, thanks for the candy opportunity!
    Alison x

  34. Nancy Walker on May 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

    So glad you had fun at Ranger U. I knew you would—everyone does! Your class looks huge compared to the one I went to in 2005. Of course there is so much more to learn now, with all the new products! Distress was brand new at the time!

  35. Brenda Brown on May 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

    The photos are fabulous Marjie, looks like you had an incredible time and I am so looking forward to learning more from you. Go girl xxxxx

  36. Diana on May 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

    what a wonderful recap of what must of been a whirlwind of a weekend!
    thanks for sharing it with us!!!

  37. Donna on May 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Margie what a wonderful experience! So glad you shared with us!
    Thank you

  38. Renee Zarate on May 2, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Love the pics! Looks like you had a blast. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us, can’t wait to see the techniques!

  39. Kim Humbert on May 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

    thanks for sharing with us! pretty safe to safe everyone had a wonderful time!

  40. Patti Sokol on May 2, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I love your recaps. Makes me almost feel as if I was there. Your excitement is contagious!

  41. Valerie-Jael on May 2, 2013 at 11:12 am

    You all look so HAPPY! No wonder, huh? Thanks for the chance to win those clean looking items! Valerie

  42. Kathryn Moffatt on May 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Loved seeing your pictures from Ranger U. Wish I could attend sometime…Thanks for the chance to win a great prize.

  43. Marilyn H on May 2, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Okay, I’m envious. I would LOVE to attend Ranger U. As for the items in your giveaway, I could definitely use all of them. And having a craft scrubby would be sooooo wonderful.

  44. Anna-Karin on May 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

    It looks like you had a fabulous time Marjie! Thank you for sharing all the photos.

  45. giogio on May 2, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Such a fantastic experience you lived !!
    And thanks for your generosity!

  46. Astrid on May 2, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Marjie I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts each day, it gave us all a little glimpse into the marvelous experience that is Ranger U. Such great photos and fun descriptions, thank you!! Thanks also for the opportunity to win these goodies, I have neither the scrubbie nor the stamp cleaner, and as you say anyone can do with an additional mister…. keeping my fingers crossed!

  47. Jenn on May 2, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I just love hearing all about your time at Ranger U!! Hopefully one day I’ll be able to go myself =)


  48. Trace metcalfe on May 2, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Thanks for sharing the Ranger experience…cannot wait to see you next creations! Trace x

  49. Maria McGuire on May 2, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Marjie–what a wonderful group of posts about Ranger U. What an incredible experience you must have had!

  50. Vicki Poole on May 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Marjie thank you for all the interesting pics and posts from Ranger U. looks like wonderful people and lots of fun and learning had by all.

  51. Alison on May 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I hope you learned a lot, so know you can pass the knowledge onto me!!! Thanks for sharing the experience with us!!!

  52. Caroline D. on May 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    It’s been great seeing all the photos you shared…. know it takes a lot of time to do that. And all the comments to go with them… Thank you!! I just don’t know if I could contain myself if I had a whole day of taking classes with Tim… hehe… I’ve been wanting to take his classes for a while now. Looks like you had a great time!! I loved seeing the work tables get messier and messier as people were uploading pics over the weekend… I thought it was a Pretty sight to see!! Glad you had a wonderful time!

  53. Gloria L. on May 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    What a hoot! Thanks for sharing the event with us!

  54. SusanK on May 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    So glad you were able to attend Ranger U! Obviously am very Peeled Paint with envy and would blush Barn Door should I be so lucky as to win your giveaway. Can’t wait to see the ideas you’ll be sharing with us in the days to come!

  55. ellen vargo on May 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    OMG Marjie that picture of me and Jim is *hysterical* !!! Just call me “Agent 99” … ROFL! Fantastic recap of Day 3 – love your pix. I’ll definitely be “borrowing” that one of me and Jim… too funny! Miss you! xxx

  56. susan salyer on May 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    congrats..the pictures are so beautiful full of wonderment for you and beautiful friendships.I am so happy for you.
    susan s

  57. Julie Tucker-Wolek on May 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing all these photos with us this week! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

  58. Karen Buchanan on May 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us all!

  59. Sara Jansen on May 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks again for sharing the experience. It’s kinda like….well, never mind. Just thanks.

  60. Anne V on May 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks for the great pics-especially the table-looks like lots of crafty-ness happened!

  61. Rhea on May 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for taking us along! Someday I will hopefully be able to have this experience as well! Cheers!

  62. Kathi R on May 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    It’s been such fun reading the updates on your blog about Ranger U, though I’m a bit green. One day!

    Thanks for the offer of the giveway, but don’t count me in as I’m good for all of those.

  63. Claudine C. on May 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    What a great wrap up post of your three days. Looks like you met some really fantastic new friends. So happy for you Marjie! It’s well deserved and congrats on your new badge, Ranger U certified!!! Woot!!!

  64. Terry on May 1, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Really love the pictures and all that you shared! Lovely giveaway, but don’t count me as I already have these and I know someone would really appreciate this! Hugs!

  65. Boo on May 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I really enjoy seeing all your pictures from Ranger U. Thanks for sharing the fun with us. Cool Giveaway. Thanks