Monday, May 30, 2016

Fly Beautiful Butterfly with Guest Blogger Kim Evans

We are excited to welcome our second guest blogger this month, Kim Evans, owner of Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.  Kim has created a beautiful card for you today using a variety of different chipboard pieces. Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy reading about how Kim created her card.

A while back I met an awesome lady, Karen Beaupre, owner of Southern Ridge Trading Co. Her chipboard and wood die cuts were amazing. The intricacies & details were absolutely divine.

When an opportunity came to guest design for her I was thrilled. The assignment - 'Anything Feminine' - piece of cake!

ha Ha HA!? I was so frustrated by my project and trying to narrow down what should go on it and what colour combos. I kept adding too many pieces NS did not have a flow but then, my sister routed through my bag, grabbed a random paper cutoff and Sizzix letter die, and I was off. When I was done, I carried the project with me for a day because I wasn't in love with it yet. I looked at it in different light, got people's reactions, and then took it apart.

I took my favorite parts and starting layering, then after stepping back, swearing and learning to breathe, my brain finally kicked in. Removal of one clock piece and replacing it with an Emerald Creek Butterfly, stamped and fussy cut several times and i finally had the completed project.

So here are the steps:

First) I grabbed the Mini Set 4 Gothic Stencil and inked it with Tim Holtz/Ranger Ground Espresso ink pad then placed it "dirty" on my cardstock.  I squeezed the texture paste onto my pallet knife and began to spread across the stencil. As I spread the paste around, the ink was picked up and started to marble through the paste, giving the perfect background.

Second) Using the largest Dress chipboard I painted with Picket and fence and Wilted Violet paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger), then Embossed with iridescent shimmer on the skirt, clear on the bodice and fallen snow on the bottom ruffle. then inked the fallen snow with the violet mini ink.

Third) spray stained the butterfly with Silver and Wilted Violet Spray Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger)

Fourth) Embossed the square frame with Verdi Gris embossing powder and inked with Espresso Alcohol Ink for a few second to dull down the green.

Fifth) Layered the papers using the pasted piece, the pink random printed card stock and a bunch of Core'dinations distress sheets. I then placed everything so I knew where to put the frame.

Sixth) I mixed up Ice resin placed the Shoe Charms in the frame, poured the ready resin over and let set for a few hours. then placed the butterfly chipboard to the top of the shoe straps.

Seventh) while everything dried I started pulling charms and paper flowers. then I grabbed the eighties dried flowers, something was still missing, perhaps a bit of sparkle, and I LOVE the Ice Resin German Glasses, but how to use them? A bit of smeared glue and then sprinkle excessively. AWESOME!

Eight) Cut out the letters F L Y and smear into the spray stain overspray from the chipboard butterfly. Edge the letters with the Wilted violet Marker, add more charms, ribbon on the dress and to tie the charms to the top

Ninth) Coat the mini fussy cut butterflies in Tombow glue and dip into the German Glass, bend up wings and glue over shadow stamped butterflies.

And we are DONE!

Thank you Southern Ridge Trading Co. for the fun products and chance to mix so many pieces.

Southern Ridge Items:

Other Supplies:
Emerald Creek Embossing Powders
Verdis Gris, Iridescent, Soft Fallen Snow, Clear Gloss
Emerald Creek Stamp
Small Butterfly
Emerald Creek Embellishments
Charms: Wish, Filigree Leaf, Violin, shoes, Daisy Brad

Stampers Anonymous by Tim Holtz
Mini Stencil set #4, the Gothic one

Sizzix by Tim Holtz
Boardwalk Die

Ranger Distress Inks and Stains by Tim Holtz
Ground Espresso, Wilted Violets, Brushed Pewter, Picket Fence, Emboss It

Ice Resin
Ice Resin, German Glass: Chartreuse, Salmon, Sky Blue

Dina Wakley 
Media Palette Knife

Cream Paste, Flower

Core'dinations - Distress by Tim Holtz
Peeled Paint, Old Paper

Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Misc Items
Glue Gun, Random 80's dried flowers, ATG Tape Gun

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mothers Love Canvas by Karen Bearse

Hi Karen Bearse here today with a fun canvas for this month’s challenge. This is one of my
favourite photos, when my daughter was young. I decided to use another page from the albums as my base. I realize that if I want to simply use it as a canvas it would be easy to fill the holes in with modeling paste.

I have a tutorial for you today and I encourage you to follow along, you can make this canvas
too! I started by marking off where my photo was going to go.

I knew I wanted to use crackle paste for the background and wanted the photo to sit nicely. It would be hard to adhere a photo to the paste so I left that spot open. Use a craft spatula or old gift card to scrape the crackle paste onto the background. You will want the paste to be spread a bit thick so it can crackle. Set aside to completely dry. This may take some time but let the paste dry naturally. For some colour Glimmer Glam is my go to. Start adding with a paint brush and wipe off excess with a paper towel. The colour seeps into the cracks and creates fabulous texture. I kept the colour light, more like a tint. Set aside to dry. Once dry I added some glass bead gel randomly. This product is super easy to apply, dries clear, you end up with clear tiny beads which adds great texture.

Time to colour the chippies! After a few attempts I went with 3 colours of emboss. Such a fast & easy way to add dynamic colour.

Painting the word Loveable with Glam left it shiny with a touch of glitter. Now for the magic!
This is one of my favourite techniques.

Adding highlights in copper really makes the texture pop. It gives the beads a metallic shine. I just put a tiny bit of Metallic Luster (a thick, creamy paste, with a metallic finish) on my finger tip, then brushed it across the top in spots to hit the high points.

Distress random bits of the background, edges, the beads, the title, flowers and edges of my
photo. Once this is dry it is time to assemble. For the photo I used Scor tape around the edges and glue stick in the middle. For the chippies go with a strong wet glue like Glossy Accents. Now that my assembly was done I ran into a problem.

The corner of the photo created a square edge in the middle of the heart, which did not look
good. Filling the heart with crackle paste helped to solve this problem.

After the paste was completely dry, I added a touch of colour with the Glam in the center of the heart. Once that was dry I put down a layer of glossy accents. Dropping glitter glass, micro beads, glitter shapes and some iced enamel made sort of a fixed shaker box look. 
Lastly I added a cute metal charm. I hope that you have time to get inky this month!

Southern Ridge Trading Chippies:

- Album (one page)

Other Supplies:

- Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam
- Liquitex Glass Bead Gel
- Ranger Glossy Accents, Glue Stick, Emboss Dabber & Glitter Glass
- Deco Art Metallic Finish & Crackle Paste
- Prima Micro Beads & flowers
- Bead Landing charm
- Thermo Web Tape
- Heat Gun

Remember to play along in the monthly challenge over on the Southern Ridge Trading Company blogEach month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the online store - -$20 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING! 

- Karen

Friday, May 20, 2016

Happy Birthday Card by Katelyn Grosart

Katelyn here, I'm back on the blog today to share with you some more inspiration for our current monthly challenge. This month's challenge is about anything feminine, so with that in mind, I created a beautiful feminine Happy Birthday card. Lets get started on how you can create my feminine birthday card at home.

To start, you will need to trim two patterned pieces of paper, one to 3 7/8" x 8 7/8" and the second to 3 3/4" x 8 3/4". Once the patterned paper is cut, you will need the smaller piece as that is the one that you will be working on. On the smaller piece, apply a thin layer of white gesso starting on the right hand side of the paper and spreading it in the middle to the left hand side. You will want to leave a 1" from the bottom and top free of gesso as well as 1/2" from the left hand side. After the gesso has dried, using the speckles stencil, apply a thin layer of texture paste through the stencil at the top and bottom of the patterned piece of paper. You don't have to worry about having the stenciled image in the middle as it will be covered.

With the patterned paper base complete, it's time to move on to the chipboard pieces. The first chipboard piece you will work on is the Honeycomb Pattern. Cut two pieces from the 6x6 square, one will measure 1 3/4" x 2 3/4" and the second one will measure 1 3/4" x 2 1/2". Once the honeycomb pieces are cut, apply two layers of white gesso to them. After the gesso has dried on the honeycomb pieces, apply a generous layer of Distress Collage Medium - Crazing. Once the crazing is on, it will take a bit of time to dry. After the pieces have dried from the crazing, using the Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Crayons, rub a layer of each colour onto the honeycomb pieces with your figure. Using the distress crayons gives it an aged look and will highlight the crazing effect.

The second chipboard piece is the Leafy Branches. You will need three leafy branches and they will need to be trimmed down to whatever length you desire as they will go around the flowers. Once the branches are cut down, apply two layers of Bundled Sage Distress Paint to them and let dry. After the branches have dried, with your finger, rub a layer of Peeled Paint Distress Crayon over top of all three branches.

The third chipboard piece you will use is the Vintage Oval Mirror Fancy. On the vintage oval mirror fancy, apply two layers of Vintage Rose Acrylic paint from Prima to it. Set aside to dry.

The last chipboard piece you will use for the card is the "Wishing you Everything Wonderful" Wood Tag. To start, you will need to apply a layer of Picked Raspberry Distress Paint to the entire tag. Once the paint has dried, add a layer of the Vintage Rose Acrylic Paint. Before the vintage rose paint layer completely dries, take a paper towel with a bit of hand sanitizer on it and rub off a bit of the vintage rose layer. This will give the tag a bit of sparkle.

For the finishing touches of your card, you will want to add a doily to middle of the card, so that it covers where the two honeycomb pieces meet. Once the oval is adhered, dimensionalize the saying in the middle and add flowers to the left of it as well as around the top and bottom of the oval. Use a variety of flowers in pink, white and peach to compliment the paper.  For the edges of the patterned paper, edge distress them and then ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Southern Ridge Chipboard Pieces Used:
- 40mm Pink Roses
- 15mm White flowers
- 10mm Peach Roses

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: 100lb White Cardstock
- Ranger Ink: Texture Paste 
- Ranger Ink/Tim Holtz: Picked Raspberry and Bundled Sage Distress Paint, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Distress Collage Medium - Crazing, Set 3 - Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain and Set 2 - Peeled Paint Distress Crayons
- Ranger Ink/Dina Wakley: Palette Knife & White Gess0
- Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous: Speckles Stencil
- Prima: Vintage Rose Acrylic Paint
- Bo Bunny: Small Doilies
- Craft and You: Tea Time -05 and Tea Time - 01

Remember to play along in the monthly challenge over on the Southern Ridge Trading Company blogEach month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the online store - -$20 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING! 

Until Next Time!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Love Canvas by Corina Finley


Thank you for joining me today for my Mixed Media Love Canvas. I created this canvas for decor in my studio. I won the easel & blank canvas at a scrapbook retreat and the canvas measures 8x10 inches.

I used one large & 2 small Butterflies from the Lg Frame Butterflies set, the OCT from the Month Circles, and one heart from the Love and Hearts Banner on the canvas. Embossed each of them with Ranger Clear Embossing Ink dauber and Frantage Embossing powder in Aged Black and Aged Spice.

I also trimmed out the LOVE from the Love and Hearts Banner and embossed each letter with Ranger Clear Embossing Ink dauber and Fine Detailed Black Embossing Powder.

Southern Ridge Chipboard used:
Remember to play along in the monthly challenge over on the Southern Ridge Trading Company blogEach month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the online store - -$20 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING! 

Thanks for joining me today!

Take care,
Corina Finley

Live, Laugh & Create!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Mom Canvas by Katelyn Grosart

Katelyn here, I'm back on the blog today featuring a canvas for my mom. Our Monthly challenge theme this month is anything feminine, so in light of Mother's Day being this month, I decided to create a canvas for my mom as I can't think of a better woman to celebrate who's in my life. Even though Mother's Day was on Sunday, why not celebrate your mom for the whole month of May!  Sit back, relax and read all about how I created my "Mom" canvas.

To start, you will need a 9"x12" canvas, I found mine at the dollar store. Once your canvas is unwrapped, apply Antique Linen Distress Paint 1/4" around the entire top of the canvas as well as completely covering all four sides.  You will only need 1 coat of paint. Set canvas aside to dry.

After the canvas has been painted, its time to move on to the chipboard pieces. The first chipboard piece you will work with is the Leafy Frame.  You will need to cut the two corners apart where there isn't the leafy pieces and then trim off the excess plain chipboard so that all you are left with is the leafy part of the frame. You will need both corners. Once the corners are cut, apply two coats of Antique Linen Distress Paint on them. Set the corners aside to dry.

Now that the Leafy Frame is done, it's time to move on to the Vintage Clock. The vintage clock will get a layer of Celestial Copper Ink from Tsukineko's Delicata line. This ink takes a bit of time to dry, so you can heat it with your heat tool or just set it aside to dry.

Now that the Vintage Clock is done, it's time to work on the Mother Word. For the mother word, you will want to apply a layer of Celestial Copper Delicata over the entire word. Once the entire word is covered with ink, sprinkle Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder over top of the entire word, tap off excess and emboss with a heat tool.  Because the Delicata is a slow drying ink, the embossing powder is able to stick to it.

The last chipboard piece you need to cover is the key. The key will get a layer of Jet Black Staz On. Set aside to dry.

After the chipboard pieces are all decorated, you'll want to cut pieces of paper from Graphic 45's "Ladies Diary" Deluxe Collectors Edition pack to fit your canvas. The fussy cut images also come from the same set of papers. Before adhering the papers down, edge distress and ink the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink. After everything is adhered, add Glossy Accents to the flowers in the bottom left and top right hand corners. 

Southern Ridge Chipboard Pieces Used:
- Keys

Other Supplies Used:
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder
- Ranger Ink: Glossy Accents
- Ranger Ink/Tim Holtz: Antique Linen Distress Paint & Ground Espresso Distress Ink
- Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts: Delicata - Celestial Copper & Jet Black Staz On
- Graphic 45 "Ladies Diary" Deluxe Collectors Edition: Delicate Details, A Ladies Diary, Lasting Impressions, Afternoon Tea, La Gazette, Timeless Memoir & Fashion Plates

Remember to play along in the monthly challenge over on the Southern Ridge Trading Company blogEach month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the online store - -$20 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING! 

Until Next Time!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Inky Fun Album Cover by Karen Bearse

Hi Chipboard fans! I hope all you Moms out there in blogland had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Karen Bearse here today with a quick project.

I made this fun album cover or art journal page, haven’t decided which yet. I took one of the pages out of the Chipboard albums as my base. The beauty of these pages is their versatility! The albums come with 9 pages so there are still plenty to complete a book.

Here is my finished cover. It is super shiny and glittery with lots of depth. I plan on using the gear piece to wrap ribbon through, as a closure, if I turn this into a cover.

Here is a quick summery of my process. Started by gluing random paper down and added modeling paste & a stencil. Instead of gesso I used paint with a dry brush and let some of the paper show through. Once that was dry I slapped on lots of Glimmer Glam and Glaze. These products love chipboard and are so easy to blend together! Once the cover was nice and dry, I hit the high points with copper paint. I found the images were getting a little lost so I hit some of the high points in the same paint I used as the base. This helped brighten my cover & made the stenciled images pop. For the bike I covered it in paint, glimmer mist, and embossing powder sprinkled randomly. The gear is embossed with multiple colours to give it a rusty look and the edges distressed in paint.

Lastly I assembled my cover adding flowers from my stash & some cute metal pieces. The quote was covered with that base paint then wiped off a bit so the words show & it has that nummy vintage look. This project took only 3 hours once the modeling paste was dry. Thanks for joining me, I hope you get some inky time in this week!

Remember to play along in the monthly challenge over on the Southern Ridge Trading Company blogEach month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the online store - -$20 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING! 

- Karen

Southern Ridge Chippies:

- Page from an album

Other Supplies Used:

- Glimmer Mist
- Glimmer Glam
- Seth Apter stencil
- Americana Paint- Buttermilk
- Embossing powder
- Embossing ink
- Blue Moon charms
- Tim Holtz word band

Friday, May 6, 2016

Sara Emily is Back!

Over the last couple of months we have enjoyed having Sara Emily as a guest designer. Today is her last post with us and we thank her for all of her wonderful inspiration. Stay tuned for another guest designer later this month!

Hello everyone! It's Sara Emily here, and I'm happy to be back to join the talented Design Team for a day as Guest Designer! I have made a vintage panel using two of Southern Ridge Trading Company's most delicate and feminine chipboard pieces.

My design came together with inspiration from a stash of wedding dress lace pieces adorned with the prettiest pearls and the dressmaker form from the Dressmaker Mix.  No, the lace is not from my wedding dress, but found in a box of other goodies at an estate sale. All I had to do was cut out appropriate pieces.

All chipboard was given a coat of gesso and dried. Next the body of the dressmaker form and the flourishes (end pieces cut from the Swirl Corners) were painted with Distress paint, Antique Linen, and the remainder of the pieces with Weathered Wood. Once dry I coated the body only with Distress Crazing medium, using wide strokes to give a linen look.  The "wooden" parts of the form and the frame, which is the outer frame holding all the Dressmaker Mix pieces together, were coated with DecoArt Crackle Medium, and all left to dry. I swiped on Distress crayons in neutral colours to show off the cracks and texture. Pearls were added to the flourishes.

The background was created using vintage book paper adhered to card. I splattered with watered down Gloss Modge Podge and left to dry. This was a technique my good friend Pamellia of My Little Craft Things used on the beautiful birthday card she so lovingly made and sent to me. Be sure to pay her a visit regularly, if you haven't already! You will be forever inspired not only by her lovely artwork, but her fabulous photography! When dry, I blended with Distress ink in Victorian Velvet and heat dried. Lastly, Golden crackle paste was applied thinly through a Tim Holtz mini stencil. I love how the colour bled through in a lighter shade--I knew this would happen from previous experience, and was intentional.

All I had to do now is to arrange my lace and chippies, add some additional bits of lace, a piece of tulle and some vintage buds, and I have a tag so feminine and perfect to adorn a wedding, Bridal shower, Mother's Day, or even a birthday gift.

I would like to thank Karen and Katelyn and the rest of the Design Team for allowing me to craft along side them today! It was such fun! Please be sure to check back frequently to see what  projects the Design Team has for you, and I encourage you to enter the current challenge Anything Feminine.

Hugs and Blessings!