the ranger u experience…

hey bloggers…whew!  i’m finally back home to catch up from our whirlwind adventures at ranger in new jersey.  it’s always great to get to spend time at ranger headquarters, working on new product ideas, marketing, show planning, and of course education.  this trip was a big one since for the first time ever we planned 2 back to back ranger university sessions.  normally we teach ranger u two different times throughout the year, but with over 25 hours of teaching time and 80 techniques to learn per session it was definitely more efficient to teach two groups of students a week apart while we were in our groove.  this year we added some of ranger’s newest product lines including vintaj patinas and dylusions ink sprays to the education line up too so it was definitely busy for both the students and teachers…

a huge thank you goes out to many people for making ranger u all that it is:
– to patti and her team at ranger for taking care of all of the prepping and organizational details, everything was perfect.
– to mario for always being there to help with just about anything we needed and most importantly for feeding everyone so well with the traditional new jersey menu we’ve come to love so much.
– to the teachers claudine hellmuth and dyan reavely to sharing your talents of educating about your signature product lines.
– to ranger for sponsoring this one of a kind industry event.
– to the students for taking time out of your lives to share and learn about ranger products.
…thank you, thank you, thank you!

with that, here are some photos of the highlights of our adventures.  now it’s time to get things caught up around the studio.  i’m sure i have a tag or two to catch up on for the blog to i’d better get to work…t!m

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  5. Mandy-Jane Taylor says:


    I live in South Wales in the UK and am an avid crafter loving everything inky and messy (or maybe that’s just me!).

    I have loved reading about the university of Ranger’s adventures and have only ever dreamed of doing something like this.

    Could you please tell me how I can attend…how do you choose who can and can’t do it?

    What an adventure it would be!!

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Many thanks


  6. LOOKS like SO MUCH FUN!! =) THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  7. Cathy (luckysmom) says:

    It looks like so much fun!

  8. Jackie H says:

    Ranger U looks like a once in a lifetime experience!
    How do you become a student?

  9. Amy Bagley says:

    WOW! Would love to attend Ranger U someday. Looks like everyone had a lot of fun.

  10. Pam C says:

    This shade of green (called “Envy”) is so ugly on me…
    I am absolutely thrilled for those of you lucky enough to attend this great event!

  11. This looks SO AMAZING, congrats to all and WOW, the amount of people behind the scenes to get Timmy to shine is incredible!!!!

    Just one question, JUST HOW DO AUSSIES GET IN ON THE ACT???? Especially if unable to fly??????
    PS. I FINALLY have some timmy dies – and stuffed up royally (see blog!)

    THANKYOU to all, PLEASE someone show me some of the techniques, give me some links, videos, etc to follow, I wanna learn too!!!!! lol

    Gentle Hugs, Stacey

  12. Cristina says:

    How fun! Thanks for sharing pictures! Maybe someday I will be there too..!

  13. Ruth S. says:

    Lucky peeps! Would have liked to be there! Ted, is that you? Maybe i could sneak in on the next one?

  14. Terri Howe says:

    Looks like a blast! A great opportunity for them, to learn from you!

  15. Wow , by those smiles everyone graduated from Ranger U but with Professor Holtz why wouldn’t they, there isn’t a better teacher anywhere. Looks like everyone had a blast.

  16. TA Carbone says:

    Hi Tim
    I know you are busy, busy, busy, but I was wondering if the rest of the tags of Christmas will be loaded on this new Blog as there are a lot missing.


  17. Carrie says:

    Looks like you had a lot of fun at work! Good thing you have such dedicated people around you helping to bring things together!

  18. Paula says:

    Uy look at that friggin pizza! Being a Brooklyn girl,who now resides in so calii boy I miss my pizza!


  19. Sam says:

    That looks like it was so much fun! I can’t wait to have my friends over to have a crafting party in my room from .

  20. A dream come true for all the students! Can’t wait to see what’s up your sleeve!

  21. BJ says:

    Looks like a great time was had by all – BJ

  22. Terry says:

    I could not help but notice that while Mario was setting up for lunch, that one of the pizza boxes had a slice missing? What a fun time and I sure hope that one day, I will be there! It is all about the dreams!

  23. What a wonderful experience! I would love to learn about all the wonderful Ranger products with such extraordinary teachers. Welcome back!

  24. diana says:

    WOW!! look at all those lucky persons!!!! envious .. yes
    exciting to see what comes next from everyone .. totally!!!

  25. Mary Pendergrass says:

    Amazing. And it looks like a person could put on 10 lbs from the delicious looking food. Sounds like so much fun.

  26. Kathy Andrews says:

    Congrats to all; looks like everybody had a great time learning and creating. May I say, the girl with the ‘steampunk” mustache is a very special TH touch! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. And Mario… the food looks like a piece of creative art as well, not to mention M-mmmm good!

  27. Barb in VA says:

    Wow, looks like a fun time was had! Thanks for sharing your experiences for us.

  28. Johanna says:

    thats sounds sooooo coul, i wish i could go the ranger u… mayby in my next life.

  29. Celestine says:

    One day I will attend one of your classes. It’s a promise to myself. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Debbie says:

    Looks like everyone was having a great time! Thanks for sharing the adventure.

  31. Marilyn Nimmo says:

    What a fabulous experience! Maybe one of these days……

  32. Debby says:

    Great looking class. Nice to see Mr. Anonymous or is it his twin! hmmmm LOL In my dreams I’m one of those graduates. I guess I’ll continue to “follow my dreams.”

  33. donna metcalf says:

    you guys have more fun than a clown at the circus

    thanks for sharing
    donna in ky

  34. Congratulaitons to the new Ranger certified crew! And what a great lunch you all seemed to have!

  35. Karen says:

    am pea green with envy!!! looks like a wonderful creative time was had by you all! greetings from wet, cold and windy London hugs Karen x

  36. Marilyn C. Lojek says:

    Thanks for sharing the photos – wish I were there! When are you coming back to Buffalo?

  37. Eileen Turner says:

    Tim- Being born and raised in NJ, I know there’s nothing better than a NJ pizza! Having moved to Upstate NY 43 yrs. ago, I have dreams about a nice, greasy pepperoni pizza! Pizzas in NY are doughy and thick – guess I should open up a NJ-style pizzeria in my retirement!!

  38. rhonda nickol says:

    someday it will be me in the picture with you tim after i have completed Ranger U, on my bucket list just gotta make it happen!

  39. Nana says:

    Looks like everyone had a great time. Would love to attend someday.

  40. Inge says:

    WOW ! These were the chosen ones of this year ! 🙂

    Great boards on the walls of the classroom and the food does look yummy !

    greetings from belgium

  41. Angele says:

    Looks like it was perfect! Can imagine you had a great time over there.
    Glad you’re back and will share new tags shortly – looking forward to it!!!

  42. Deb Neerman says:

    Looks like such fun … and so much to learn! Wish I was there, LOLOL!

  43. barbara lassiter says:

    Wow! It looks like those in attendance learned a ton of stuff and had lots of fun!

  44. Jodie R says:

    Great pics! It looks like a great time was had by all!

  45. Kate says:

    I had the best time ever, the time of my life!! Thanks so much for a fabulous, fun-filled weekend, I learned absolutely loads. Thanks to all the team for organising everything so well, and to the wonderful teachers at Ranger U. I would do it all again tomorrow……
    Mr Tim Holtz, you freak my freak LOL!!

  46. Elaine Allen says:

    Great Photos Tim. Was that Ted (Mr. Stampers Anonymous) in photos 3 and 6? He is such a nice guy. And Mario, always taking care of everyone. What would you do without him? What would we do without him? Tell him thank you for all the things he does behind the scenes, and all the photos he takes.
    It looks as if everyone had a wonderful time. They all look happy and inky! Glad you are home safe, get some rest.

    Elaine Allen

  47. lucky people ! and look at Mario pizzaiolo !!! great time !

  48. Linda Barnett says:

    oh i wish i could go to the ranger station!! linda

  49. Eva R says:

    What fun, I wish I could attend. I hope that one day the university will open it’s doors to regular folks as well.

  50. Anne V says:

    It looks like an awesome time was had by all!
    Love the picture of Mario putting out the food….any connection between him and the already missing piece of pizza? LOL!!!

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