Tim Holtz is the Creative Director for Ranger Industries, one of the leading manufacturers of innovative inks, paints, and embossing products. Tim plays an integral part in the development and design of cutting edge paper crafting products. Tim has teamed up with various key companies like Advantus, Tonic Studios, and Stampers Anonymous to bring unique products that work hand in hand with Ranger’s extensive lines.
As a well known designer, Tim travels across the country and internationally to educate and introduce people to his world of ink techniques, clever projects, and so much more. His book "A Compendium of Curiosities" is filled with creative and inspiring ideas for beginner paper crafters and beyond. He truly lives his motto that creativity is an endless journey where we should always take the scenic route.
"In a world where the moments of our lives can be captured and created in art of the everyday, it’s important it reflects our own unique personality. Finding just the right objects, accents, and tools to use are most important. Whatever your artistic vision is, exploring the imaginative is a chance for our creativity to escape understanding. Remember life isn’t about finding yourself - life is about creating yourself…"
For more information on Tim visit www.timholtz.com
Ali’s passion resides in that very special place where the stories and images of life intersect.
Designer, blogger, author, and mother of two, Ali is well known for capturing everyday life with photos and words and creating scrapbooks from those moments that often pass by in an instant.
Since embarking on this creative career, Ali has written four books about scrapbooking, authored a popular monthly column for Creating Keepsakes magazine, conducted workshops around the country, internationally, and online, and currently designs digital scrapbooking products for Designer Digitals and stamps for Technique Tuesday.
Hels SheridanHels' Blog
Hels has been crafting in one form or another since she was a little girl when she used to cover herself, her Grandma and every available surface with glitter and cotton wool. She really got bitten by the paper crafting bug back in 2003 when she took up card making and scrapbooking. A chance meeting with Tim Holtz in 2007 made Hels realise that her true passion lays with anything inky and stampy. She created her blog, the aptly named Ink On My Fingers (pinkleart.blogspot.co.uk) in September 2007, and she shares snippets from her daily life along with tips, techniques, tutorials and artwork.
Hels is a Train Driver by profession but sadly had to retire due to ill health in 2009. She candidly says that the only things that kept her sane during those first dark months are her husband Graham, her cat Alfie and her love of crafting.
Since then she has been published in several craft magazines and is currently on the Craft Stamper Design Team. Hels is a Certified Ranger Educator and travels the country teaching workshops and in-shop demo days and she is also a member of the 2013 Darkroom Door Design Team. You can also see Hels demonstrating for Creative Expressions on Create & Craft TV. Hels has brought her art and passion for crafting to Create & Craft with her favourite products: the wonderful Studio 490 range, Tim Holtz Signature lines, Ranger ink and paint and the Ranger Melting Pot.
Melanie HeatonMel's Blog
My name is Melanie Heaton and its seems like I have been crafting forever...in a good way of course.
I started my creative journey on Long Island NY when I was 18 and I worked in a country gift store creating flower arrangements both for homes and dolls houses.
When I returned to the UK I set up my own business and after a break to have my son I turned to fabric painting and supplied a Manchester wholesaler and cruise ships with hand painted garments.
Fourteen years ago I discovered paper!!!!! Trust me when I say life has never been the same since. I have worked as a paper craft tutor ever since and now I am fortunate to represent some of the top crafting companies in the world like EK Success, Martha Stewart, Colorbok, American Crafts and many more on Create and Craft.
I love doing television work as it allows me to share all my creative ideas with a large audience. Every day is wonderful when your job is your hobby.
Jodie JohnsonTonic Studio's Blog
My name is Jodie Johnson I'm 39 years old, a wife and mother of two wonderful children. My career started when I first trained as a Chef and later front of house in 4 and 5 star hotels.
How does this apply to crafting? Well, all my crafting skills are to do with moulding and shaping. Whether it be sugar paste for flowers, fancy folded napkins or card and paper; it is all really the same. I've always been 'crafty' in one way or another, sewing at home e.g. curtains, soft furnishing etc. I started to really paper craft about 10 years ago for a hobby. I started hand sewing my Christmas cards but soon realised I needed a faster way, hence paper craft. Things soon dropped into place when I started mixing the sewing and paper crafts selling them at Craft Fairs and Farmer Markets; you could say been there and 'got the tee shirt', producing x amount of hand made products and selling them like most of our crafters do. I found some petal pair punches one day in a local craft shop and the love affair with Tonic studios soon began. My skills from long ago came back to the surface moulding and shaping as I went. The Tonic products are so robust (me been no wall flower) it was a match made in heaven and have never looked back since. Tonic products allow me to create the most beautiful 3D design work, whether it be a centre piece on a table or a simple greeting card, the choice is endless.
Kaz HallKaz's Blog
Kaz lives in a beautiful little village in the heart of England, she is a mum to two gorgeous children, one of which has already flown the nest and is very lucky to be married to her soul mate...
From a very early age Kaz has always been creative, "growing up with very little money I was always looking to create something out of nothing" she is a self confessed hoarder of things, stuff, junk... she has a passion for all things vintage and loves to incorporate her vintage finds with her love of distress products in her work.
Kaz is incredibly proud to be a Certified Ranger Educator and has created projects for Ranger ink, Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley. Her work has been published in Somerset Gallery and Craft stamper magazines, she regularly teaches workshops in the UK and loves to demo Ranger products. Kaz designs and creates from "The Little Shabby Shed "which is her little creative haven in the garden of her home.
Kaz loves to have fun... laughter is a must... she lives by the words Carpe Diem- seize the day!
Karen Russell grew up in Southern Oregon and now lives in Grants Pass, Oregon with her family. She is the designer behind the innovative line of scrapbooking products; Narratives by Creative Imaginations. She has always had a love of photography and began incorporating her photography into scrapbooking six years ago.
Karen has taught scrapbooking classes from Grants Pass, Oregon to San Paulo, Brazil, including instructing at Creating Keepsakes University. Her work has been published in a number of magazines and books, including Creating Keepsakes 2003 Hall of Fame, Hot Looks for Scrapbooks and other CK monthly publications, Lil' Davis Full Circle, Creative Imaginations Your Sentiments Exactly and Totally Transparent, Memory Makers and Scrapbooks Etc. Along with her scrapbooking line, Karen also designs rubber stamps for FontWerks and Photo Inlays for ScrapbookPictures.com and is part of the editorial advisory board for Somerset Studios, Legacy magazine.