Friday, July 20, 2018

Blue Winter with Sandy McTier


Christmas in July!!!! Do you start painting your ornaments and gifts early or are you like me, waiting until the last minute to get a month’s worth of work done in a few days?? Here’s a sweet little winter scene, using SRTC deer chipboard to get you started on that holiday painting now!!

 Ornament Prep:
  • Using a 3/4" Wash brush, I painted the surface with DecoArt All Purpose Sealer and let completely dry.
  • Once dried, I gave it a light sanding. Then I painted on a smooth layer of DecoArt Media Gesso and let completely dry. Once dried, I gave it another light sanding, removing any dust.

Fawn Prep:
  • I painted the chipboard piece with Gesso using an IPC Large Oval Foam brush.


  • I spritzed the ornament with water and then spritzed it with DecoArt Shimmer Mister Turquoise.
  • I tilted it back and forth and up and down to get the paint to move. Then I dried it with a heat tool.
  • Next, I used a #8 Shader and painted thin trees in the background with DecoArt Media Titanium White – making some trunks shorter and some longer.
  • Then I added some strokes with Titanium White to give the appearance that the trees were evergreens.
  • I added in some snow using Titanium White and a side-to-side motion. The key is to not cover up too much of the blue as this will give some shadows to the snow.
  • Once I got the trees the way I liked them, I decided I wanted to add some water. So I painted in a stream using DecoArt Media Phthalo Blue, adding a snow bank around the stream with more Titanium White.
  • I repainted the branches on the two evergreen trees and while wet, sprinkled some DecoArt Glamour Dust on them.
  • I added a darker border around the edge of the ornament with DecoArt Media Paynes Grey.
  • I also painted some little stars in the background between the trees using a liner brush and Titanium White.









  • I painted the fawn with a mixture of DecoArt Media Quinacridone Gold and Titanium White and let dry. Then I…
  • Shaded him with DecoArt Media Raw Umber using a Dynasty 3/8" Angle brush.
  • Added white accents on his chest, tail, ears, snout and eye.
  • Painted his hooves, eye, nose, mouth and the edge of his ears with DecoArt Media Carbon Black.
  • Added a highlight on the eye, nose and hooves with Titanium White.
  • Dry brushed some Titanium White on the front of his legs.
  • Finally, I added some dots on his tail end with Titanium White. Then I let dry and painted a wash of Quinacridone Gold over them. I let dry again and repainted some of the dots with Titanium White.



Finishing Touches:
  • I let everything dry and then glued the deer on the ornament with E6000.
  • I varnished the piece with DecoArt Media Soft-Touch Varnish and added a ribbon.
  • Hang it on your Christmas tree or give it as a gift!
Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Fawn

Other Supplies Used:

- Surface: Wooden Ornament – #207-0521
- Dynasty Brushes: Black Gold 3/4" Wash, IPC Large Oval Foam, #8 Shader, 3/8" Angle and a liner brush of choice. (All available from – use promo code: sandymc for an additional discount)
- DecoArt Americana All Purpose Sealer
- DecoArt Media Products: White Gesso & Fluid Acrylics – Titanium White, Phthalo Blue, Quinacridone Gold, Raw Umber, Paynes Grey and Carbon Black
- DecoArt Shimmer Mister: Shimmer Mister Turquoise
- DecoArt Media Varnish – Soft-Touch
- DecoArt Glamour Dust
- Misc. Supplies: E6000 Glue, Sanding Block, Palette Paper and Water Basin

©2018 Blue Winter, Sandy McTier Designs ~ all rights reserved

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Ocean Gulls with Erin Quiding-Sampson

Hello, I hope everyone’s summer is off to a great start!
My project this week is an ocean scene that I’m calling Ocean Gulls on a 12 by 12 canvas. I had a project that I didn’t looove so I took it apart and re-used the canvas for this project.

To start off, I mixed acrylic paints into plastic cups with a bit of pouring medium and water to make it flow. I made the mixture very thin because I wanted the background to move quickly and the weight of the canvas to remain light.

Setting the canvas up on a level surface I poured the paints in a side to side motion. First pouring white though out, the brown tones towards the center and the blues in a zigzag motion from top to bottom. I then lifted the canvas and moved the paint off the edges and side to side until I felt it had the look of water flowing over a sandy beach.

While the canvas dried, I prepped all the chipboard pieces with gesso.

Painting the sea gulls grey, the grass green, and the posts brown. I painted them quite dark with the intention of white washing them after they were adhered to the canvas.

I placed all the pieces on the canvas, gluing them down with matte gel medium. After they dried, I mixed white acrylic paint and water to create a very watered down, white wash. I white washed over each piece of chipboard using my fingers to get the effect I wanted.

I then added a few shells using gel medium to the posts and all along the bottom of the canvas to give it a more anchored feel.   

I painted some sea gull “foot” prints on the background and added black for the eyes and yellow onto the beaks.

As a final touch, I mixed together some Kosher salt and acrylic paint to make sand. I added the sand to the bases of the posts and in and around the sea shells.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- 12 by 12 Canvas
- Seashells
- Acrylic Paints: White, Brown, Blue, Yellow, Green and Black
- Cups to mix paints in
- Stir sticks for mixing
- Pouring Medium
- Water
- Gesso
- Kosher salt or sand if you have it
- Paint brush
- Tarp or non- stick craft mat

Thanks so much for stopping in today 😊

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Keep Calm Card with Emma Ivemey

Hello crafty friends! Today I would like to share a fun card I made with the help of Southern Ridge Trading Co.

Us English people have a love-hate relationship with football (soccer), which has been going on for quite a while. Every four years, there is a World Cup competition, and it tends to make us all go a bit crazy for a few weeks. Usually our team plays badly, and goes home in some sort of disgrace. This year however, we actually did get through to the semi-final. We lost, but it was still a huge improvement on previous years.

With this in mind, I decided to use the Southern Ridge Trading Co “Tea Time” set to make a “Keep Calm” card. We may have lost the football, but at least we still have tea!

I used Tonic Studios Nuvo Drops in bright white on the milk jug, which gives it a ceramic look. (Allow to dry overnight for best results!) The teapot and teacup have been painted white and decoupaged with chintz-style patterned paper to remind us of those happy days when tea was always served from pots.

I guess we’ll have to wait another four years for another shot at the World Cup, but in the meantime, we’ll just have a cup of tea and everything will be right with the world.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Crafter's Companion: Rustic Cottage Patterned Paper 
- Reminisce: England Stickers 
- DecoArt: White Paint
- Tonic Studios: Nuvo Drops - White and Gold
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Antique Linen
- White paper doily 

Happy crafting!
~~ Emma ~~

Monday, July 16, 2018

Journey Mini Album with Katelyn Grosart

Hey Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here. For today's post, I'm thrilled to share with you my Journey Mini Album that's perfect to add your own photos to or to give as a gift.  To embellish my Journey Mini Album, I featured a variety of our popular and western themed chipboard pieces. You'll want to read below as I share with you how I embellished the chipboard pieces for my mini album.

Here's the front cover of my mini album. For the base of my mini album, I used the plain chipboard mini album available on our website. The mini album measures 3 7/8" x 7 3/4".

To embellish around the photo, I used the Oval Chain Frame and three Mini Wood Horseshoes. The oval chain has two coats of Walnut Stain Distress Paint on it and the mini wood horseshoes were left plain. For the Journey Fun Word, I embossed it using Burnt Copper Leaves.

To embellish the top right side of my mini album, I used three Plain Banner and covered them with patterned paper.

Here's page 1 & 2.

To embellish the left side of Page 1, I cut out one of the cowboy boots from the Boots. I embossed it using Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder. I chose one of the horses comes from the Horse Mix. To colour the horse, I used two coats of Walnut Stain Distress Paint.

To embellish the photo mat I used the Elegant Vintage Flourishes and Wood Horse Shoes. The elegant vintage flourish is embossed with the Weathered Wood Embossing Powder and the two wood horse shoes are embossed with Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder. To add some extra interest to the flourish I added some flowers. To embellish around the two horse shoes, I added some fussy cut images and flowers.

Here's page 3 & 4.

In the top left corner of the photo mat I layered a Elegant Vintage Flourish embossed with Weathered Wood Embossing Powder and a Wood Horse Shoe embossed with Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder. To decorate the banner, I blended Ground Espresso Distress Ink over two Mini Wood Horse Shoes.

For page four, I repeated the same embellishments. This time the flourish and wood horse shoe is in the bottom right hand corner of the photo. Add two more wood horse shoes to the banner at the top of the page. 

Here's page 5 & 6.

For the bottom of the photo mat, I embossed an Elegant Vintage Flourish with Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder. Once the flourish was adhered at the bottom of the photo mat, I added a few flowers. 

On the same page in the top left hand corner, I added two Mini Wood Horse Shoes which I blended Ground Espresso Distress Ink on to. 

On page.6 I used the Scroll Borders and two Wood Horse Shoes. I blended Ground Espresso Distress Ink over the Scroll border. To embellish the Wood Horse Shoes, I embossed Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder. I adhere the border down first and then the horse shoes over top of it.

And here is the back cover of my Journey Mini Album.

 Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Chipboard Mini Album

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder and Weathered Wood Embossing Powder
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Ground Espresso, Distress Paint - Walnut Stain and Blending Tool with Foam
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink Dabber
- Authentique: Frontier - Frontier 1, Frontier 2, Frontier 3, Frontier 4, Frontier 5, Frontier 6, Frontier 7, Frontier 8 and Frontier 9
- Tombow: Mono Multi Liquid Glue
- Misc: Flowers - Blue, White, Cream & Red and Heat Tool

Until Next Time!

- Katelyn