Monday, November 30, 2015

Snowflake Joy Card with Corina Finley

Hello! Corina here with you today to host the blog and share my card! I can't believe how fast November has gone! Winter is here and the holiday season is upon us!

I have been playing in my studio with the wonderful detailed snowflake chipboard diecuts. They are sold in large, medium & small and there are a variety of different designs.

I applied Distress Stain in Pewter to each shape and let it dry before adding embossing ink and silver tinsel embossing powder to each. I heat set and added them to the front of my card. Some I layered with paper snowflakes and I double layered the largest with paper snowflakes and chipboard snowflakes. I added a rhinestone to each snowflake to add a little sparkle! 

Chipboard Designs Used:

Snowflakes 713

I hope you will play along in the monthly challenge over on the Southern Ridge Trading CompanyEach month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the SRTC online store $20 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING! 

Thanks for joining me today!

Take care,

Live, Laugh & Create!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

"Peace" Christmas Card

It's my turn back on the blog today with a vintage "Peace" Christmas card.  Just a reminder that there are still 8 days to participate in our Monthly Challenge. Head here to see all of the details on how to enter and add your project. 

Supplies Used: SRTC - Small Primitive Stars, Words of Christmas #2, 10mm Cream Flowers & 10mm Brown Flowers. Emerald Creek - Soft Fallen Snow & Iridescent Shimmer Embossing Powder. Glue Dots. Ranger/Tim Holtz - Ground Espresso Distress Ink. Maja Designs - Home for the Holidays 6x6 pad & Home for the Holidays 12x12 Die-cut paper. Bazzill Cardstock - Brown. Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts - Silver Delicata & VersaMark.

On the small primitive stars and Words of Christmas #2 featuring the "Peace" word, I covered the entire surface of all three pieces using Silver Delicata. Before the Silver Delicata dried on all three pieces, I sprinkled Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder over top and embossed them. I love how each piece turned out a bit differently but all three pieces have even more sparkle on now.

To finish my card I covered the edges of each of my patterned papers with VersaMark and sprinkled Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder around the edges. Once embossed, it gives the edges some more detail. I also added the matching flowers around the two corners to pull my card together.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my card. Stay tuned for some more fabulous projects from our design team this week. We would love to see your project for our monthly challenge. 

Until Next Time!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Christmas Card Time!

It is that time of year and I have done my first Christmas Card!  Whoot Whoot!  I was at a fundraiser crop and one of the challenges was to to make a card with what we had on hand and all we were given was the card stock strip and a piece of designer paper.  This is what I came up with.  I used the Seasons Greetings sentiment and the snowflakes chipboard from SRTC and added some colour.  The black bazzil card stock was what my chipboard was secured to when I got it., he, he!

I used Dylusions Post Office Red paint by Dian Reaverly by Ranger for the sentiment, coloured the Lily of The Valley image with copic markers and added snowflakes with a white chalk marker.  I used Yellow Gold Viva Decor Inka Gold for the snowflakes and added bling I had in my bag.  I added white liquid applique on the hat to make it look fuzzy and pop.

I just happened to have some wire and beads in my bag so thought, why not!

Voila!  My card.

Now I hope that inspired you to come play along at the SRTC Challenge, this month the theme is Christmas and if you do a non traditional project you can get an extra chance to win.  If you have SRTC products that is awesome but you do not need to use SRTC products!  If you would like to play along click here to enter your project here

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sleigh Ride

My youngest is obsessed with babies.
It's truly adorable.
So, this year when he started kindergarten it was fun to discover his teacher had a wee one.
 Of course, the Christmas card for her had to represent for her little one.
I've colored the new MIC image Geeky Rascal Box Sleigh in girl tones.
Then added these perfect pieces from Southern Ridge Trading Company:
Small Reindeer and Snowflakes 713
The cutest little Jingle Bell Die from Whimsy
Finishing off with LDRS Creative Christmas and Winter Sentiment
Copics used:
Suit: RV69, 09, 04 ,02
Fluff: C4, 2, 00
Bib: BV13,1, Y351
Box: E35, 33, 30
Reindeer: E44, 42, 40
Reigns: R39, 37, 35, 32

Don't forget, this month's Challenge theme is Christmas.
You do NOT need to use SRTC products but you can win some :D
Pop your projects in here

Monday, November 16, 2015

Blue Christmas

The words to Elvis' Blue Christmas rang in my head while I was creating this card! 

Karen's lovely 3D ornaments  are gorgeous -- all shined up on my card for this week's submission. For the first time, I tried LuminArte's Twinkling H2O's Shimmering Watercolors on the chipboard pieces. I think they turned out so pretty! The blues are vibrant and catch the light so nicely!

I added some bling to ornament tops and stamped a sentiment, adding some Wink of Stella to the words to bling them up too.

I finished off with a die cut from a Memory Box die. 

I love all the blue, white & silver on this card!

Thanks for looking - I hope you're taking part in our monthly challenge!

Cheers - Melissa :)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Noel Tag

Happy Saturday! This months challenge is all about Christmas which is fun and easy to play along with as I can imagine many of you are in full swing making Christmas cards. To participate and find out all of the details about our Monthly Challenge, you can head HERE.  Today, I have a fun Christmas Tag for you.

Supplies Used: SRTC - Snowflakes 713 & Words of Christmas 2, Ranger - Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Brushed Pewter, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain, Dylusions Paint - Postbox Red, Emerald Creek - Large Snowflake and Small Snowflake charms, KaiserCraft Holly Jolly Collection - Joyous & Hearty, KaiserCraft Home for Christmas Collection - Laurel, Graphic 45 Staples - Large Black Tag, White Cardstock,  Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts - VersaMark, Wink of Stella Pen - Silver, Sakura Gel Pen - Clear, May Arts Ribbon - White Seam Binding Ribbon & Kraft Twine.

For the snowflakes I used Snowflakes 713, which are chipboard and covered them first with a layer of VersaMark and then sprinkled the Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder overtop of them. I then used my heat tool to set the embossing powder. Once they were embossed, I added a layer of Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter. To make sure the snowflakes were dry from the stain, I ran the heat tool over top of them.  Below is a photo of how they turned out.

The "Noel" word can be found on the Christmas Words 2 set.  I painted the "Noel" word using Dylusions Paint in Postbox Red. What is cool with this word, is you don't have to cover the word in Gesso before painting it because it is made out of wood. I went overtop of the word with my heat tool to make sure that the paint was dry. Below is how the noel word turned out.

Here is my card with all of the elements together. I added some fun snowflake charms and sparkle to the christmas trees.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and check out my blogpost. Make sure you visit our blog regularly as well as our Facebook Page

Until Next Time!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Winter Wonderland Card With Corina Finley

Hello Everyone!

Corina here with you today to share a Winter themed card. I will showcase a few of the beautiful snowflake chipboard pieces that Southern Ridge has in there Winter Release.

I used the embossing dabber to apply embossing ink to the top of my 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 snowflake chipboard background. I covered the intricate snowflakes with a white sparkle embossing powder and heat set it. Then embossed the outside perimeter with silver. I placed it upon a dark blue snowflake embossed piece of cardstock and layered a matching tag on top. I added the Winter Wonderland sentiment which is also embossed in silver, white banner, rhinestones and three chipboard snowflakes (painted in three different shades of blue) to the card front.

Chipboard used:
Snowflakes 713
Snowflakes 712
Pattern Snowflakes

I hope you will play along in our Monthly Challenge. You can win 4 designs from the SRTC online store $20 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING!

Thanks for joining me today!

Take care,
Corina Finley
Live, Laugh & Create!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Miracle of Christmas

Hi Guys 
I am a scrapbooker at heart but I enjoy using my off cuts for  cards. Paper crafts is such a versatile hobby. We can use all the techniques,tools and stock we have to do so many different projects.

 Some days when I get home after a long day at work I crave to be creative but don't have enough time to do anything too time consuming. It is nights like these that I pull out my box with left overs and just play around. Some of us make time for our crafts and some of us convince ourselfs that we don't have enough time. Spoil yourself make a cup of tea and spend 15 minutes on yourself. Make an easy card to start with.

To embellish my card I used the mittens in this wonderful winter clothing set of Southern Ridge.

I colored the mittens with a Copic pen and then did the cuff with the Pearl touch to get n 3D effect on the chipboard.
 I used it on the inside of the card to duplicate the  theme.

Hope you enjoyed my card. Feel free to leave me a comment and if you have any special requests on techniques with chipboard or themes for scrapbook pages Don't hesitate to contact me, I would love to hear from you.

Enjoy your week, challenge yourself to to one small project if you haven't been doing much crafts lately. Just do it !!!!
Tanya Grimbeek 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Christmas is Coming!

Hello again!  Christmas is coming!  Ok don't throw stuff at me lol, I love Christmas!  I am sooo excited that the theme over at SRTC is Christmas!  Yay!  I chose to go non-traditional on a canvas so here it is.  All the chipboard I used is of course, is from SRTC.  I will update the products I used to create my canvas later today.  I hope you will join us at SRTC and if you do a non-traditional Christmas project you can get a bonus!

Each month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the
 SRTC online store $20 (before tax) retail value

And ... it's a completely RANDOM DRAW!


- Must follow the theme
 - Your item can be a card, mixed media piece or project, whatever you can call "ART".  
- You can use any image, embellishments and any chipboard pieces you like.
- As of now, there is no limit for entries
- Must be a new project
- Can be combined with 10 other challenges
- Please link back to our blog
- Ends June 30th 6pm PST

**If you use product from SRTC, that will count as TWO entries but please make sure we know via your blog post attached via Mr. Linky below or a message below this post!! 

I covered the canvas with white gesso to prime it then used a stencil and moulding paste for the textured bows in the corners.  The pine cones are from SRTC of course.

I added the pine cones and snowflakes then used Bubble Gum Pink Dylusions paint by Ranger over everything.  Once that dried I sprayed the whole canvas with Wild Plum and Coral Berry spray (Lumin Arte Primary Elements Powder mixed with water in a spray bottle.)

I added musical notes that I cut with a Memory Box Die, more pine cones, dear snowman and sentiments with Santa sleigh with his reindeer, ornaments, pasted them on and painted it all with Bubble Gum Dylusions Paint.

I added Black Diamond Stickles and Dylusions Black Marble paint to various pieces of chipboard to make them pop.  I added some flowers, a white snowflake and the word peace I found in my stash.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Let it Snow Card

Have you ever looked a piece of chipboard and just KNOW what you wanted to try with it? Well, when I saw Karen's patterned snowflake frame, my mind was racing! I had just tried a technique with a stamped card front that I'd seen on Pinterest that involved a used dryer sheet & glitter. Sound interesting? Well look how amazing it looks!! 

So how do you do this? First, save those used dryer sheets! FYI, I use Bounce and my girls looked at me like I'd lost my marbles when I told them to save the dryer sheets from when their laundry was done. Then I ironed them nice and smooth and enjoyed the lovely smell that was released when they were heated LOL! Don't have your iron too hot, you will melt the dryer sheets! Just keep it below a rayon setting and you'll be fine!

Next, I cut the dryer sheet down to 5.5 inches by 5.5 inches, the size of Karen's frame. Then I used a Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to colour the frame a deep teal green. Once that was dry, I sprayed one side of the dryer sheet with a permanent spray adhesive. Then I smoothed the dryer sheet over the top of the chipboard frame. Once it was smooth, I dumped a whole pile of Warm Highlight Glitter Ritz over the top and then tapped off the excess. I was left with a gorgeous gold toned glitter clinging to the dryer sheet and it stays because of the spray adhesive!

The pictures do not do this technique justice at all! I did a couple of close ups to try & show the sparkle on the project.

I also sprayed a mixture of snowflakes from Karen's Snowflakes 713 & Snowflakes 712 with the same coloured Glimmer Mist then added a couple of gemstones to finish them off. Then I die cut out the title & added one more snowflake to complete the look. 

As someone who loves to recycle & reuse items, this technique makes me happy... I hope you try it and share with us your projects! Have fun & thanks for looking! Cheers -- Melissa :D

Monday, November 2, 2015

October Challenge Winner

Happy Monday. I'am Design Team Member Katelyn and it's my turn back on the blog to announce October's "Fall" Challenge Winner. Thank you to everyone who participated this month. The participation was awesome for our October "Fall" Challenge, we hope that our monthly challenge in November will inspire you to submit. You will find all of the details on how to enter and what the rules are on now on our blog. October's Fall Challenge Winner is Julia. Who created this fabulous canvas set: 

Julia please contact me at Thank you to everyone who participated and we can't wait to see what you create in November for our challenge.

Until Next Time!
- Katelyn

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Monthly Challenge - Foil Ornamanets

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month's monthly challenge. The response was great and we loved seeing all of your creations. This month's challenge will be as an easy one as everyone is starting to think about it. Thank you to everyone who entered our challenge last month and stay tuned for the winner in Katelyn's post.

This month's will be an easy one because we are focusing on Christmas!

Each month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the
 SRTC online store $20 (before tax) retail value

And ... it's a completely RANDOM DRAW!


- Must follow the theme
 - Your item can be a card, mixed media piece or project, whatever you can call "ART".  
- You can use any image, embellishments and any chipboard pieces you like.
- As of now, there is no limit for entries
- Must be a new project
- Can be combined with 10 other challenges
- Please link back to our blog
- Ends June 30th 6pm PST

**If you use product from SRTC, that will count as TWO entries but please make sure we know via your blog post attached via Mr. Linky below or a message below this post!! 

Dorinda is sharing a fabulous Christmas themed project for you as well as a tutorial, to get this challenge started.

Hello all, it's been just over a year since I began with Southern Ridge Trading Company.
One thing that remains the same whether coloring, chipboard or anything in life;
  I like different.
Don't get me wrong, I learn loads from others but I like doing it my way.
With chipboard, there are endless ways to decorate the pieces.
I never stop looking for something new to do with them
 last year, I did a video tutorial using glitter making ornaments.
This year, I wanted to revisit that and try a new technique; Foil Art.
I took lots of pic, sorry no video lol. that was nerve wracking and I stuttered and stumbled.

I used 3D ornaments with my foil art opal to start with.


I cut my sheet just large enough to cover


The directions of the foil art glue say to apply and let dry; up to 2 hours. After doing this, I lay the pieces together and pressed it down.


Using my heat gun, I carefully heated to foil to help it adhere.

(I later found out the my flat iron works too)


Seriously gorgeous.


Moving on to the bottom portion; I wanted to try some flock.
Keeping my ornament on the delicate side, I choose I pink, glittered version by Paper Studio
 After applying glue and covering; gently burnish by rubbing with your finger to smooth it around and into all the areas.
One of my very favorite tools is this versamark pen. It's perfect for all the little areas I like to get into.
 It's so easy to apply the versamark just where I need it.
Like right here, on the ornaments top.

I use Zing embossing powder. I've chosen Gold Metallic
After heat setting this is my finished bottom

 Totally Loved it so much, I went back and got another foil color.

 Here's my finished products from different view. Metallic is a tough one to photograph.

These are perfect to add to a card for embellishments, Baby's first ornament tag, cover both sides and hang from YOUR tree and so much more.

I hope you enjoyed my little play and try it yourself. Let me know how you go with it. I am always welcome to ideas.