Friday, May 26, 2017

Zen Dragonfly Box with Sandy McTier

Hi Y’all!! I was super duper excited when I saw the new Southern Ridge Trading Company Zen Dragonfly items and couldn’t wait to create with them!! Of course I had a thousand and one ideas running through my head and initially planned to paint water lilies for my dragonfly (which I started but didn’t finish), then I saw this picture that INSPIRED my dragonfly creation! As I was scrolling through pictures on my computer, I found this gorgeous Art Deco Compact (pictured below) that was a silver brushed metal with a gold dragonfly on top, and it led to this catch-all box that I’m in love with.
The box is a 5” paper mache box from Hobby Lobby.

To give it that brushed metal look, it needed to have some texture. I used one of my all time favorite stencils. This stencil is actually from the M2 (as in ‘M squared’) line of stencils that Tracy Moreau and I have created. This particular stencil, M2-3, lends itself to the “Art Deco” feel. I used a palette knife to apply the DecoArt Media Black Modeling Paste to box, doing so in stages so that the sides, etc. had time to dry before moving on to the next area.

I didn’t paint the box first, but you certainly could with black paint. I chose to wait for the modeling paste to dry and then painted it with a very thin application of Lamp Black. Next, I loaded a sponge dauber with the black paint, pounced off the excess and painted the dragonfly.

Once the box dried, I brushed some of the Extreme Sheen Silver over the entire box and lid and then wiped back some of the excess paint with a paper towel. It was super shiny, and I loved the look, so I snapped a picture so you could see what it looked like. I even brushed on some Extreme Sheen Aquamarine to see how that would look, which you can see in the picture. However, I wanted a more subtle look to the metal shine, so decided to antique it with DecoArt Media Carbon Black Antiquing Cream. I brushed that all over the box and then wiped back the excess paint with a paper towel, repeating that step on the lid as well. While that was drying I painted the dragonfly with the Extreme Sheen Gold. I found it easier to load a sponge dauber with the paint and lightly pounce over the dragonfly to keep the intricate cutouts paint free.

To finish off the look, I loaded a 1” stencil brush with White Frost Metallic Lustre, working it into the bristles and then dry brushed the lustre on the box and the dragonfly. This added that perfect brushed metal look to the piece. You can buff to the desired shine with a soft cloth. Finally, I glued the dragonfly to box using E6000 glue.

I hope this inspires you to create it!! I think it would be cool to make some 4” coasters to match, using the M2 stencil and paint (without a raised texture) and then add the dragonfly using the new Southern Ridge Trading Company Zen Dragonfly Stencil.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

Surface: 5” Paper Mache Box (Available from Hobby Lobby)
- M2 Stencil – M2-3 (Available from
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Lamp Black
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Carbon Black Antiquing Cream
- DecoArt Media Metallic Lustre: White Frost
- DecoArt Media Black Modeling Paste
- DecoArt Extreme Sheen: Silver and Gold (Aquamarine – optional)
- Dynasty Brushes: 1” Faux Sable and 1” Stencil Brush (Available from – use promo code: sandymc for an additional discount)
- Other supplies: Palette Knife & E6000

©2018 Zen Dragonfly Box, Sandy McTier Designs ~ all rights reserved

Y’all have a GREAT day; Happy Creating!! Sandy 


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Zen Dragonfly Flower Pot Decoration with Ava Gavloski

Hello and Welcome to the Southern Ridge Trading Co. blog today.  Ava here to share inspirational ideas for you to find new places to embellish your world with chipboard from Southern Ridge Trading Co.

Lets count the ways to be creative in our decorating…..


Adhere your painted dragon fly chipboard to a wooden skewer and add to any floral or greenery decor item.  The results are fantastic.

Above I have added the dragonfly to a cut flower vase that I received for Mother’s Day.

Next up below is adding the dragonfly to a potted plant.


It was a sunny day out when I was photographing and I could not resist.


Add the dragonfly to your garden plants.  Really think about adding the spike to a pot of tulips in the spring, so pleasing to see the decorative addition of the Dragonfly.

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Oh my in the garden with the angels.  The different textures are a win win combination.


Apply any mixed medium treatment onto this zen dragonfly and you have unlimited possibilities.  When you order your dragonflies from the store HERE, be sure to get more than one as you can see these would be a great custom addition to any potted plant purchase to add sparkle to your presentation.



The dragonfly can be a great addition to any greenery item as well…


Be creative and have this beautiful dragonfly embellish many household decor items.  
Add sparkle to your world.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- DecoArt: Extreme Sheen
- DecoArt: Fluid Acrylics - Primary Magenta

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!