Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!!

 Happy Halloween Southern Ridge fans!!
 I LOVE this season! It's such a fun time of the year for the kids and FYI, it's also Hubs and I's wedding anniversary!! 10 years this year! 

I wanted to share a super cute layout I made using this awesome Halloween Set (CEL-413)!!

I painted the amazing spiderweb with black paint and adhered it with a hot glue gun. I left the wisps that the glue gun created because It reminded me of spider webs ;)

The bat and the ghost are also a part of that amazing Halloween set! I painted the ghost white then sprinkled it with the distress glitter. The cute little bat got a bath in some black paint and the sprinkled with black stickles glitter!

I'm so happy with how this layout turned out and the Southern Ridge goodies definitely made this layout! 

Happy Halloween Everyone!! 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Christmas Stocking

Ok have I got a loaded post for you!!  In September I had my sister (Simone) visiting and we created some gorgeous stockings (XMAS-472) using a chipboard piece from Southern Ridge Trading Company


We'll start with her amazing piece and I'll tell you all about them then I'll post mine in another.  The papers were bought from Live and Love Crafts and were last year's Maja Papers called "Vintage Frost Basics".  That collection was STUNNING!!  

These laces are also from Live and Love Crafts (LLC from now on), except for the burlap which is Bo Bunny.  The ribbons with pearl centers actually came like this and are now a staple in my lace collection.  LOL! 

Simone used some snowflakes from Southern Ridge Trading Company (SEA-164) and just left them bare.  See?  You don't have to do a darn thing with them to look gorgeous on your projects!  She used some twine to wrap the loop part of her stocking to reinforce in the event the stocking is actually hung.  

More pretty snowflakes from SRTC - SEA-165 and SEA-166.  The bark heart is from LLC and so is the Melissa Frances resin star. 

Another gorgeous snowflake, resin star and lock, key was some old stash and that big gorgeous flower is Prima - "Tattered Treasures Wheat".

This PEACE is more chipboard from SRTC - XMAS-160 - and Simone painted it with cream colored acrylic paint first and then covered it in Snowdust Stickles.  It's sooooo pretty!!

And the completing piece on the toe is filled with more luscious flowers.  She even stickled a lot of the flowers and other pieces on her stocking.  The vintage berries and frosted berries were from LLC.

There you have it!  One beautiful gorgeous Christmas stocking!!  Didn't she do such an amazing job?!!  Oh and she even distressed the edges using my Zutter Distrezz-It-All.  I freakin' love that thing and use it every weekend I'm sure!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Layout

I hope that you are having a wonderful Monday morning and have been enjoying our talented designers! I'am excited to be back up on the Southern Ridge Trading Company blog sharing with you a fall layout. 

My favourite time of the year is Fall, so what better way then to document it through a layout.  I used the amazing chipboard leaves, NAT-393 off of the SRTC website. On the chipboard leaves I used three different colours of Inka Gold to colour them and I love that all three of them turned out differently, since you are never able to find the same leaf out in nature. 

Products used: SRTC - NAT- 393, Patterned Paper - Authentique "Grateful", Bazzill Cardstock, and Inka Gold in: Gold, Orange, and Gold Brown.

I hope you are feeling inspired to create something on this wonderful Monday morning. Thanks for stopping by the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog and check back the rest of the week to see our other amazing designers and their projects.

Until Next Time!


Friday, October 24, 2014


Happy Friday to everyone! Gosh and welcome to another weekend!! We are so happy to see that you have dropped by today and hope to see you here often!!

Today I have used the most gorgeous piece from the Southern Ridge Trading Company...XMAS-467...and it is so beautiful that I wanted to feature it simply and without a lot of embellishments.

On the white card base, I used a sparkly red CS to mat the burlap. Then just a couple of red rhinestones for the deer noses and a SU striped ribbon tied into a single flat bow. As many of you know, this is not a typical card for me but I think the chipboard piece is much too beautiful to have anything take away from it. What do you think?

Thank you so much for coming by and we hope to see you again real soon!! Hugs from Jacque!! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Every year my kiddos have a theme to their Halloween.
Maybe it's because I started them out that way.
One year, we were the Wizard of Oz characters
One year pirates,
One year superheros. You get the idea.
Well, this year I have failed.
My kiddos have come into their own and have all gone different directions.
The devastation!!! 
So, I decided to theme my frame that will hold our family picture.
and the spooky house

I purchase the black frame.
Using cheesecloth, gesso and acrylic, I applied gesso to the cheesecloth
and dabbed it on the frame to give texture and lighten it up a bit.
Doing the same with the acrylic but covering less area.
 On the web, I've used black embossing power
 and then added Ranger Holographic embossing powder.
Versamark pen was used to draw where I wanted to roof and gates; then I embossed with purple metallic and copper glitter by Zing
Afterwards, I used Ranger DI to edge and emphasize the detail. Finally frantage was added.
The witch and black are black embossing

The text has red glitter emboss to give it a drippy effect.

I hope you and your family have a safe and Happy Halloween.

Spooky Hugs

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Balloon overload ...

            I made this fun 6x6" kids Birthday card using frame FRA-134 from Southern Ridge Trading Co,                               which I painted with acrylic paint and then added some white highlights to:
The idea came from wanting to frame the little Close to My Heart monsters and then for the balloon strings to be interactive with the frame. The middle monster is having a hard time holding into all those balloons ... lol
The balloons are just circle and oval punches, sponged around the edge and embossed in clear powder. It is compulsory when doing balloons to add the white light reflections - adding this suddenly made the balloons seem real and shiny. 

If you look up this frame, FRA-134 you will see that the frame on the website is larger than mine. Guess what, I trimmed it down ! I used my Tonic scissors and just cut off the large corner pieces as I felt they were too ornate for this project, but I loved everything else about the frame and its size. Having a chipboard piece/s doesn't mean you have to use it exactly as is ...

The pieces I cut off are awesome, I am thinking some sort of boarder, maybe in my art journal :
Thanks for stopping by, hope you found some inspiration and ideas here :)
Nikki x

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Christmas Deer

Good Afternoon Bloggers! Sarah here with probably the only Christmas card I'll make all year! lol I'm not a card maker, but when I saw these awesome chipboard deer from Southern Ridge I knew I wanted to make a Christmas card with him! 

Now, I'll tell you all a little story about how this adorable deer came about...I started off wanting to paint him I did...then I didn't like it on the background, so I thought he would be cool to be embossed with pewter embossing powder! So I went about making him...then my heat gun sparked and died :( Sooooo...I thought I'd try my Jamberry wasn't hot enough...but I've embossed with an iron before...only I don't own one! HA! The jig is up! I don't iron my clothes!@ lol I DO however own a flat thought I'd try that! I tested it out on a scrap piece of paper and it worked awesomely....but a piece of paper is a lot thinner than a piece of chipboard...sooooo....I tried it anyway...and it worked....kinda....but a little bit TOO good! lol it melted the embossing powder in places...So now I'm left with a pewter, whiteish dripping mess of a deer! lol My last resort was to cover it in glue and use this amazing Distress Glitter that I am ashamed to say I've had since it came out and haven't opened! Well, I think it kind of saved the day don't you?! I'm in love with my little deer again! And it doesn't look like the bad guy sidekick to the Terminator (ya know...melting molten metal? no? lol) 

The background was done using Hero Arts Daubers and just dabbing them on the background randomly...I think I'm in love with it! lol 

Well there you have it! I hope you like it! :)


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

All that Gliters

Hello I've decided to try my hand at a video tutorial,
I stutter and repeat myself a lot so bear with me.
If you've watched the video, I'd suggest a quick scan of the information here as I may have forgotten to share it in the video.
thanks for watching and be nice :)
I'm having so much fun with the chipboard,
I wanted to try some different ways to decorate
and I just loved how this worked out, I had to share.
I'm including the still shots with explanation as I know some may not be able to watch videos.
If you can, scroll on down and have a watch.
These are the pieces I'll be using today.
Using a white acrylic paint, Not too thin,
paint a dry or light layer down. Get the edges; inside and out.
Make sure not to have too much paint or your chipboard can warp. 
You can skip this step and the effect you have will be an antique looking finish
as the chipboard color will darken the colors.
I wanted my color to be brighter and therefore needed the white base.
You'll need to let it dry completely before moving on.
If you are creating a tree or package ornament, you will repeat the step on the other side.
Allow to dry first.
hanging the piece as you work may effect the outcome.
Next, you're going to add your thin, dry layer of liquid glue.
making sure to cover the entire surface.
Do not put your glue in the edges here
Use a paper or glitter tray to catch the extra glitter
Pour your Elizabeth Craft Design microfine glitter over top,
I'm using Cool Diamond
 shake off excess.
Let dry completely.
This glitter is created to use in coloring with any alcohol based markers and will not harm your pens
Once dry take a soft paintbrush, brushing to remove remaining loose glitter
You're ready to color up in your favorite combos.

This is actually a snowflake but I immediately saw red berries, leaves and the floral center.
So many possibilities. Go wild!
Once complete, you can run a metallic embroidery floss or thin ribbon through.
Adhere to card or package or hang from tree.
Sit back and gaze upon your beautiful embellishment or ornament.
Enjoy yourself and have fun.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mixed Media TAG - using NAT-306

Hello Everyone, it's me, Dunja, from Germany. Sorry for being quiet, but the health is more important than crafting, right? ;)  Well, I am happy, to be back again. I'm here today to show you my latest creation using the great Southern Ridge Trading Company stuff. I created a mixed media TAG and I've used the NAT-306 Leaves. They are available in two different sizes and I used both of them for my creation. The tag is full of layers, different styles, colors, mediums and pearls. I colored the leaves with my Faber-Castell Gelato's.  I love those colors. The size of the tag is 20x7 cm. 

Here is a little How To that'll show you how I created my TAG on the base. 

At first I've used Gesso and then I added the colors of the Faber-Castell Gelatos: Snow Cone and Acqua Dolce.

Then I did some stamping on the background. The lines are very delicate and it looks great. After stamping I have used the the Mask Art - Geometric Tiles with the texture paste, applied with a spatula, then it had to dry briefly. I have used a gel paste also and when it was dry, it sparkles a little bit, iridescent. After the next Drying phase I used the Mask A5 Burlap and some color sprays, once turquoise and even a pearl glitter. In the close-ups you can see the better.

After everything has dried, I applied gel medium on the tag. Because it dries so beautifully transparent, you can sprinkle the small beads (or glitter etc.). The effect is really awesome. I also add on my TAG some ribbon, flowers, a large organza flower and rhinestones

I'm really curious how you like the absolutely not cute TAG.  I / we would like to read your comments :) 
Have a great time and hope to see you soon. Check out our blog, there are so many gorgeous creations, just for you by my super lovely teamie's.

Thanks you very much for stopping by, have a wonderful day,

Much Love from Germany, Dunja

Sunday, October 12, 2014

So Grateful

I'm so excited to be sharing my first post with Southern Ridge Trading Company. I was fortunate to discover this amazing company when I was at a trade show in Edmonton last month.

Southern Ridge Trading Company chipboard and wood products are amazing and the potential to include them on page layouts and cards is endless.

This single page layout is very special to me as the pictures were Christmas presents from my step brother, my step sister and myself to our Dad.  I'm just now getting around to scrapbooking them and I felt there was no better way than featuring two different types of embellishments from SRTC.

Full view of the layout showing the wood and chipboard pieces from SRTC. The paper used is "Grateful" from Authentique and Bazzill cardstock.

The SRTC chipboard banner is BAN-284. I left it in its natural state as the detail on the banner is absolutely stunning. I added a label from the Authentique "Grateful" collection in the blank space so I could give my layout a title. 

The detail on the SRTC wood keys is amazing.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you have enjoyed my creation. Make sure that you stop by our Facebook group as there are other talented designers posting to keep the inspiration flowing. 

Until Next Time!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

She's Framed!!!

Happy Thursday to all of the SRTC fans. We are so happy that you came by today and hope to see you again and again. We love showing how we have used the wonderful products from the Southern Ridge Trading Company.

I have used the gorgeous frame - FRA-133 - which I painted with white spray acrylic paint. I then used square Spellbinders to frame and reframe the frame...haha The SB squares fit perfectly around and into the opening of FRA-133. I added some lavender stitched ribbon for the verticals and for the single flat bows. I used MS rose leaf cuts and some mulberry roses for the corners of the frame. The sweet image is a Wee Stamps digi Maya which I colored with Copics and Promarkers, adding Prisma Glitter to her wings. The DP is from the Memory Box Enchanted paper pack. Finally I added rhinestones to soften the corners.

Thank you so much for your visit today!! Until the next time, big hugs from Jacque!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Season's Greeting

  I know, wrong season.
Hey, I can never be too early right?
I'm super excited to be sharing my first post with Southern Ridge Trading Company
 I've loved these pieces for a very long time.
 Now for me, I've not used a lot of chipboard so I thought...I'll start slow.
Now I can't stop. I am having such a blast with them.
I'll hush now and show you my project.
using Santa Girl from Make it Crafty
and a few Marianne Designs dies

the SRTC tag used is Wood 239
they're are 6 choices in the pack
Using Tim Holtz DI, I've distressed the edge then taking decoart snow writer pen.
I've added a bit of snow on top, gave it a dusting of glitter for a real holiday feel,
Finally, added a bit of ribbon and I'm good.
 I just love it! 
I can't believe how versatile these tags and all the products are.
I'm going to have a lot of fun with these gems.
Hope you enjoyed my creation today.
See you soon,
Dorinda xxx

Sunday, October 5, 2014


I made this card for my stepdaughter's birthday and I cheated a little and asked her if she liked the artist's images before creating this card for her.

The papers are from Pion Designs and ironically I just realized they are called "My Precious Daughter".  ha ha ha!  The cute tassel is from Prima and the pen nib on my butterfly (hiding behind my bouquet of flowers) is from Tim Holtz.

The pretty frame (#FRA-10) is from Southern Ridge Trading Company and I added TH rock candy to distress it and then some painted it with Gesso. 

Just a quick share displaying the gorgeous frame!
Thanks for stopping by!!

V01, 12, 15, 17, 09
E000, 00, 11, 21, 04, R20
E50, 51, 53, 55
E55, 57, 59, 49
W3, 5, 7, 9
N0, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9