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

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Warm Holiday Greetings Card with Jessica Kaiser

Hello chipboard fans!

It’s Jess here today to share a new card with you!  I was feeling the “Christmas In July” theme – so that’s what I went with!  Here is what I created:

Let me share how I made it!  These are the Southern Ridge products I used on this card:

Pine Branches - (not current but you could use either Bare Branches or Pine Branch)

Ok!  Let's get crafting! :)

I covered my dual branch in green Glitter Accents using a palette knife and heat embossed the other branch with a dark green embossing powder, Magic Speckle Embossing Powder and Stampendous Embossing Ink.  I love that Magic Speckle adds a Pearlescent look to the piece!

My sweet little deer was embossed with Stampendous Embossing Ink, White Detail Embossing Powder and Magic Speckle Embossing Powder. I like to add multiple layers to my chipboard pieces to ensure there is full coverage of the piece! I also coloured a tiny bit on her horns using a Gold Glitter Marker.

I used a really cool background paper that looks like a book cover! To make "snow" I used the Nuvo Glimmer Paste and just smeared it on with a palette knife.

I also used the "snow" on my sentiment!

I hope you enjoy this sweet little Christmas Card!  I had a lot of fun making it - playing with "snow" in +30 weather seems much more fun than -30! LOL

Here are a few more pictures of my card:

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- White Cardstock
- Green Cardstock
- SparkleNSprinkle: Brushable Glue and Dimensional Glue
- Foam Squares

See you again really soon!


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Explore Canvas with Tracy Sagriff


Use distress ink and a ripped piece of paper to create the fluffy cloud background.

Colour your focal image, globe, banner pieces and title using multiple layers of water colour paint.

Use the gel medium to adhere it to the canvas.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Broken China and Blue Lagoon
- Water paints
- Gel medium
- Bakers twine
- Santoro Gorjuss stamp
- Canvas

- Tracy

Monday, July 9, 2018

Create From Your Soul Wall Hanging with Cathy Potosky

It's July and the sun is shining and making me melty if I go outside! So I'll turn on my little fan and stay in my craft room.

I am in the process of reorganizing my craft room, and the space in front of my desk is blank! Thanks to some great pieces from SRTC, I now have something to fill that space and inspire me!

This project is very simple, but I just fell in love with the chipboard piece "Create from your soul". I also love shimmer so I painted all my pieces with the Finnabair Art Alchemy Paints. The chipboard takes this paint so beautifully, it's amazing.

I wanted to keep most of my purple shimmer but to tone it down just a bit, so I just used my finger and rubbed some Finnabair Amethyst Magic Wax randomly over my piece. I love the effect I got with it.

While the wax dried a bit I painted the Pearl Strings with my Finnabair paints and did the strand with TH Distress Crayon in Brushed Pewter.

I put these pieces aside and gessoed a piece of wood that I had in my stash using the thick Black Gesso from Finnabair and then sponged and stenciled using TH Brushed Pewter Paint.

Once that was dry (and paint takes a long time to dry when it's crazy hot in my room) I attached my chipboard with Glossy Accents.

I am so happy with this one, simple, shimmery and will be a nice reminder on my wall. And seriously, the Pearl Strings...I will need to order more!! I want those strings on everything! In every colour!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Finnabair Art Alchemy Paints: Iris Potion, Ginger Magic, Mermaid Sparkle, Butterfly Spells, Magical Pond and Fairy Wings
- Finnabair Wax in Amethyst Magic
- Tim Holtz Distress Crayon in Brushed Pewter
- Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Brushed Pewter

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you head over to SRTC and check out all the amazing words and phrases there and "create from your soul" something that will inspire you all the time.

- Cathy