Monday, May 22, 2017

Junk Journal Pages by Corina Finley

Hello Everyone!

As you can probably tell from my last few posts - I am addicted to Junk Journaling! I have had a love of creating hand bound books and mini Album but I never Junk Journaled! It is a whole new world that I am learning and my favourite embellishments (Southern Ridge chipboard) is working wonderfully! Just meant to be! 

The best part is that because they are gorgeous just as they are 'raw', not much needs to enhance there detail or beauty. For my pages that you will see below, I used 3 colours of Treasure Gold that was gifted to me at the Creativation Mega Show in Phoenix this past January. Southern Ridges Booth was next door to the wonderful and talented owners of Paper Artzy out of England. Using my finger tip, I applied the wax gilt to the chipboard pieces. It goes on so smooth and tries incredibly fast! And that is it!  

Here I used the vintage scissors from the Dressmaker Mix set. Perfect!

I love how this one turned out! I only applied glue to the base of the wing. This will allow me to use it as a tuck spot for other items.

Above, I used a small bird from the Swooping Birds set. Love it!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

- Wings

Remember to take a look at the Southern Ridge Trading Company website - for great Chipboard designs for your next card or project!

Thanks for joining me today!

Take care,

Live, Laugh & Create!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Zen Dragonfly Garden Journal with Deb Riddell

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by.  It’s Deb here today and in keeping with Karen’s challenge to the design team to use her new Zen Dragonfly releases in our projects this month I created this Zen Dragonfly garden journal.

I used the Zen Dragonfly Journal kit, Mina Branch chipboard and the Intersecting Circles and Brick stencils in the making of my journal, read on for my how to.

I started with the Zen Dragonfly Journal kit as I mentioned, the kit comes with a laser cut front cover and five pages, the word ‘journal’ and three ring binders but I just used the front cover and one of the pages plus the ‘journal’ word for my project.

I brayered white DecoArt acrylic paint over the front cover, not being worried about any areas that weren’t covered completely.  I used the brayer to help keep any blobs of paint from obscuring the delicate details of the laser cut dragonfly.

Stenciling came next with the Intersecting Circles stencil and Broken China Distress Oxide ink.  The colour was a little too intense so I slip slapped some more white paint over top to tone it down.  I discovered that the Oxide ink migrated up through the paint here and there due to the wet paint activating the Oxide ink, love the effect!

I then added a coat of Distress Vintage collage medium over the stenciled cover.

Die cutting came next, I used Tim Holtz’s Wildflowers, Wildflowers 2 and Garden Greens dies to cut flowers and leaves from kraft cardstock.

I then used my laminator to cover a piece of Therm O Web  iCraft Toner sheet with Emerald Watercolour Deco Foil to place in behind the Zen Dragonfly laser cut.  The play of colours in this Deco Foil is so gorgeous!  

I wanted the back cover to look like a garden wall, so I inked it all over with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo ink and then used the Brick stencil with Distress paints in Rusty Hinge and Frayed Burlap.  Again, the wet paint activated the Distress Oxide ink for a wonderful mottled effect.  Once dried, I outlined each brick with a water soluble black pencil and then used a water brush to add shadows.

The Mina Branch chipboard piece was sprayed with a couple of colours of green Distress Spray stains, inked here and there with Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio Distress inks and then a bit of green Stickles Glitter glue was added to each of the flowers.

I then printed out a whole bunch of digital papers from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden onto copy paper or 110 lb cardstock.  I used image from their Cottage Garden and Vintage Queen Bee journal kits, resizing the pages to fit the Zen Dragonfly journal.  All of the pages were then tea dyed.

And then the journal was assembled.  I adhered the Wildflower die cuts to the front cover with Distress Matte collage medium, shading around them with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  The ‘journal’ word was coloured with a brown marker and covered with Gloss varnish and adhered over top the Wildflower die cuts.  Letters from Tim Holtz’s Alpha Tiles were chosen to spell the word ‘garden’ and adhered above the ‘journal’ word.

The Emerald Watercolour Deco Foil was adhered behind the Zen Dragonfly laser cut and one of the Garden Greens die cuts was added to the top of the journal cover with Distress Matte collage medium and shaded as previously described.  A phrase from Tim Holtz’s Clippings Stickers was added and shaded as well.

Here’s a picture to show you the amazing play of colour from the Deco Foil, it is so lovely!  Karen Bearse and I were obviously channeling the same muse this week because not only did she also use the Zen Dragonfly journal for her project but she also used Deco Foil behind here dragonfly!
Click here to take a peek if you didn’t see it ;O)

On the back cover, the Mina Branch was adhered overtop a couple of ephemera pieces.  The calendar is from Tim Holtz’s Emporium Ephemera pack and the seed packet from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden.  A length of Distress ink coloured Crinkle ribbon was used both to tie the journal closed and for the binding.

Here are a few pictures of the inside pages, all the papers and tags are from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden.  A pocket on the front cover with a couple of tags.

Tuck spots with more tags on these pages.

Another envelope on this page with a tag.

And finally, a belly band with several tags on the back cover.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing how my Zen Dragonfly garden journal came together, think it will be gifted to a very special person in my life who loves to garden, I hope she will like it!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Brick Stencil

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Oxide Ink, Distress Ink, Distress Spray Stain, Distress Paint and Distress Collage Medium
- Tim Holtz for Sizzix: Wildflowers Die, Wildflowers 2 Die and Garden Greens Die
- Tim Holtz/Advantus: Emporium Ephemera Pack, Alpha Tiles, Clippings Stickers and Crinkle Ribbon
- Therm O Web: iCraft Toner Sheets, iCraft Deco Foil and Mixed Media Adhesive
- Ephemera’s Vintage Garden: Cottage Garden Digital Journal Kit and Vintage Queen Bee Digital Journal Kit
- DecoArt: Americana Acrylic Paint and Gloss Varnish
- Miscellaneous: 110lb white cardstock, copy paper, computer and printer

Deb xo

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Memories Wall Hanging with Katelyn Grosart

Hey there Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here. This month, the design team decided that one of our projects would feature the new Zen Dragonfly chipboard piece. So for my project I used the Zen Dragonfly along with a few other chipboard pieces to create my beautiful Memories Wall Hanging. Grab a cup of your favourite beverage and read below as I share with you how I created my Memories Wall Hanging.

To start, place the Soda Fizz Stencil on the Square Lace Frame. Once the stencil is placed on the frame, apply a thin coat of Transparent Matte Texture Paste through the stencil. Lift the stencil off the frame. After the paste has been applied, let dry for 15 minutes. With the texture paste now dry, apply two coats of Black Gesso. Let the gesso dry for 15 minutes.

With the gesso now dry on the square lace frame, apply Vintage Silk Opal Magic Wax to the entire frame. Once the wax has been applied, rub the Black Soot Distress Crayon along the edges of the frame. With the Distress Crayon on the frame, rub the wax from the crayon into the frame. 

Paint a coat of black gesso on the Zen Dragonfly. Once the gesso is applied on the zen dragonfly, apply both the Green Brocade and Blue Velvet Opal Magic Wax onto the dragonfly.  

Apply Ranger Ink Emboss It Ink to the entire zen dragonfly. Once the ink has been applied, sprinkle Iridescent Shimmer Embossing Powder over the entire dragonfly. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with your heat tool.

Cut two pieces of Honeycomb pattern. Apply two coats of Black Gesso to the honeycomb pattern. Once the gesso has dried, apply Black Soot Distress Crayon to the edges of the pieces. Rub the wax from the distress crayon into the edges of the honeycomb. 

Apply a coat of White Gold Opal Magic wax to the Memories Fun Word. Once the White Gold wax has been applied, lightly apply the Green Brocade Opal Magic wax to the Memories Fun Word.  

To finish off the edges of the Memories Fun Word, apply Black Soot Distress Crayon to the edges of the Memories Fun Word. Once the distress crayon has been applied, rub the wax from the distress crayon in with your finger.

Cut two pieces of black patterned paper from the Nature Sketchbook 12x12 Patterns & Solids. One piece will measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and the second piece will measure 
4 1/2" x 4 1/2". 

Adhere one the honeycomb pattern pieces to the bottom right hand corner of the 
3 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of black patterned paper. Adhere the other honeycomb pattern piece to the top left hand corner of the 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of black patterned paper. 

Adhere the square lace frame to the 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of black patterned paper. 

Adhere the 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of black patterned paper to the back of the square lace frame making sure the black patterned paper side faces up. 

Foam square the zen dragonfly to the middle of the square lace frame. 

Adhere the Memories Fun Word to the bottom portion of the square lace frame. 

To finish the Memories Wall Hanging, add a piece of black ribbon to the top of the frame. 

Here are a some close ups of the finished Memories Wall Hanging.

Here's the finished Memories Wall Hanging.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Iridescent Shimmer Embossing Powder
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink:  Distress Crayon - Black Soot
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink - Clear (dabber) and Texture Paste Transparent Matte
- Prima Marketing: Art Alchemy Opal Magic Wax - Vintage Silk, White Gold, Green Brocade and Blue Velvet
- Graphic 45: Nature Sketchbook - 12x12 Patterns & Solids
- DecoArt Media: Black Gesso
- Tombow: Aqua Mono Liquid Glue
- Hug N' Snug Seam Binding Ribbon: Black
- Misc: Heat Tool 

Until Next Time!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Artful Adventure Journal Book with Karen Bearse

I am participating in a free class, Artful Adventures by Nathalie Kalbach. It is a wonderful idea about taking photos while "strolling through your hood" & documenting with these photos where you live. It is a 30 day challenge & will also give ideas about how to use your photos in your art. I decided to make a journal book that is fabulous on the outside & simple on the inside to document my strolling.

The design team as you have seen are playing with the wonderful new Dragonfly release. Here is my project using the journal book. It measures almost 4”x8”, has a delicate dragonfly design cut into the cover & comes with the “My Journal” title. I wanted this book to look grungy & metallic. I played with all kinds of products, layering & playing.

Adding Deco Foil to my title & chippies on the inside was an idea I had early on. I knew I wanted the inside of the dragonfly to be one of the watercolour foils showing through from behind. I have a tutorial on my blog with various foiling techniques on adding the foil to chippies.

I thought I would give you a peak at a few pages inside the book. The book comes with chippie inserts but I saved those for another project & added double sided paper for the pages. Wanting the photos to take center stage, meant keeping the pages simple. This book is about the photos & the stories. Another thing I am trying to do in general is use my stash! We all have lots of supplies so this is a way to add old to the new.

A fun place to use different papers, stamps and some stickers, post-it notes.

I will continue building my book as the class challenge goes on. The front & back inside covers are the same, each having a pocket to put something fabulous in!

Southern Ridge Trading Co. Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Therm.o.web: Deco Foil Transfer Sheets - Amber, Emerald Lapis Watercolour and Aqua, Deco Foil Liquid, Pen Adhesives and Transfer Gel, Peel & Stick Toner Sheets
- Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist - Black Magic & Sterling, Chalkboard Spray in Charcoal
- Finnabair Art Alchemy by Prima Marketing: Acrylic Metallique - Royal Red & Emerald Green, Acrylic Opal Magic - Pink Blue, Metallique Wax - Rich Copper & Aged Brass
- Frank Garcia Artisan Powder by Prima Marketing: French Blue & Trianon Patina
- Ranger Ink: Texture Paste Opaque Crackle & Matte
- Graphic 45: Nature Sketchbook
- Paper Studio: Patterned Paper
- Tombow: Mono Glue

Hop on over to my blog to see more photos & a Deco Foil tutorial on these chipboard pieces. I am also having the world’s smallest (I assume) blog hop & you could win a prize! hope you join in on all the fun!

- Karen

Monday, May 15, 2017

You Can Count on Me Scrapbook Layout with Charlene Byrd

Hello Bloggers!
Charlene here! Thank you for joining me today! I hope you’ve been enjoying the design team’s creations with the Zen Dragonfly and getting lots of inspiration from us.

For my take on the Zen Dragonfly I used Perfect Pearl Powders. With my black and white photo and the neutral pallet of colours on my layout I wanted to add a bit of shimmer to make the dragonfly pop.

I added some Versa mark ink on top of my dragonfly and then used a paint brush to brush on different colours of Perfect Pearls Powder until I created the desired look I was hoping for. To complete my dragonfly I added some pearls to the body. Because of the powder I had to use some Glossy Accents to adhere the pearls. (The glue dot on the back of the pearl didn’t stick; it just took off the powder)

For the Delicate Lace Border I swiped Pumice Stone Distress ink over the top to add some colour and then added some pearls.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Other Products Used:

- Basic Grey paper and stickers
- Paper doilies
- Ranger Ink: Perfect Pearls
- VersaMark Ink
- Flowers
- Pearls
- String

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you’re enjoying the Zen Dragonfly!!
Happy Creating!
- Charlene