When Tim Holtz Sends You an Email . . .

Who here wouldn't be surprised to have an email from Tim Holtz in their inbox?  You can imagine how shocked I was to receive an invitation from him, as Creative Director of Ranger Ink, asking if I would be interested in taking part in Ranger's Annual CHA Designer Challenge!!!  But wait, there's more . . . he said "Dina Wakley had selected me personally . . . "  Whoa!  Was this some kind of joke?  After pinching myself, then freaking out for a few minutes, I composed myself and answered, "Of course Tim, I would be honored!"

And so, I was sent a lovely box of Dina Wakley Media products and told to make whatever I wanted on a 9x12 canvas panel and it would be displayed in the Ranger Booth at the Craft and Hobby Association Show in Anaheim California!  It was like Christmas--opening the box and then given the freedom to play and create with Ranger & Dina's amazing products!  {No pressure at all-haha!}

I loved playing with the heavy body acrylics and using all of the texture elements that were sent to me: Dina Wakley White Gesso, Gel Medium, Texture Paste, Brushes, Textures Stamps & Swirls Stencil!  I had a hard time editing my piece but in the end, settled for two sweet faces stitched side by side on tags, then adhered to the canvas!

It was fun to have my friends who were attending the show send me pictures of my artwork hanging!  I especially love this one of Dyan Reaveley sent to my by Jill Orobello of Whim So Doodle in St. Petersburg!  Surely Dyan has an "I love it!" face on, right???

I was doubly blessed to have Cynthia Shaffer, an amazing photographer (among many other things) take some gorgeous photos (below) and send them to me.  I am so grateful to have professional photos of this special event and  I am deeply touched by her kindness and generosity!

So, just remember . . . if you ever get an email from Tim Holtz . . . it could be some very good news!  Thanks to Dina, Tim, and everyone at Ranger Ink for giving me this opportunity!