Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall Memories by Charlene Byrd

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month's monthly challenge. The response was great and we loved seeing all of your creations. Thank you to everyone who entered our challenge last month and stay tuned for the winner in Katelyn's post on Tuesday.

This month's will be an easy one as it's all about Fall! This could mean anything Fall, Halloween or giving thanks.

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 October.31st, 2016 at 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!! 

Charlene has created a fabulous layout for you today to get our new challenge started!


Hello ladies!

Bring on FALL….It’s one of my most favourite times of the year! Last year we took the most amazing all day boat ride with friends along the St. Lawrence River. It’s was an absolutely perfect, sunny, warm day and the river was so calm in some parts. Along our journey we pasted Boldt Castle, an enchanting castle that I have toured several times.

For those interested in this beautiful castle here is a bit of background info. Construction began on Boldt Castle in 1900 at the bidding of millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt as a tribute to his beloved wife Louise. Boldt Castle was designed as their summer dream home on the St. Lawrence River, in the heart of the 1000 Islands. However it was not to be, Mrs. Boldt passed away suddenly just months before the completion of the castle. Mr. Boldt was inconsolable and immediately stopped all construction on Heart Island, leaving the property vacant for over seventy year. Today Boldt Castle, located near Alexandria Bay, NY in the famed 1000 Islands is once again becoming what it was always meant to be, the premier home and attraction in the region. 

Ok, now that we’re done our history lesson for the day let’s get back to what we’re really here for…creating!

To create the berry branches I simply used Walnut Distress Ink and dabbed or pounced the ink onto the chipboard. With the pads linen like texture it make a very nice finish on the chipboard.

I started with the same technique as I used on the berry branches to start making the hinges. I then added some VersaMark and UTEE to the hinges and heat set it. Once it was dry I randomly dabbed a little Antique Gold paint to the top of the hinge. Then a hinge wouldn’t be complete without some cute tiny brad fasteners!

To create the Memories title I simply dabbed Black Soot Distress Stain on it. I liked the matte finish of the stain as it coordinates with the pattern paper.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Chipboard Used:

Other Products Used:

- Bo Bunny Paper
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Walnut Stain Distress Ink
- Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts: VersaMark
- Ranger Ink: UTEE
- Antique Gold Paint
- Lace
- Hemp
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Mini Brad Fasteners
- Alpha stickers
- Pearl
- Seam Binding Ribbon
- String
- Edge Distressor

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!
Happy Creating!

- Charlene


  1. Thank you for a new challenge! Fall is my favourite season - I love this theme! Charlene's LO is stunning! Her photos are gorgeous and she showcased them beautifully with those wonderful chipboard pieces! The effect she achieved on the hinges is fabulous! Hoping to be back to join your challenge! Enjoy your day!

  2. Gorgeous layout Charlene and thanks for the info on Boldt Castle, will definitely have to add that to our places to visit bucket list! Love the finish you achieved on the hinges, great texture and those fabulous brads were the perfect finishing touch. Great introduction to our Fall challenge, can't wait to see what everyone links up! Deb xo

  3. Charlene great layout. Beautiful pictures and thanks for sharing the deets on how to treat the chipboard by Southern Ridge Trading Company.