Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Life's a Beach themed Holiday Ornament with Tracy Moreau

I love anything and everything about the beach.. spending time  by the sea is cathartic, restores my energy.. I am happiest next to the water.  I have been making quite a few holiday ornaments with this theme, and thought it would be fun to add a few of these wonderful laser cut items to add the Bling I needed for the Holiday feel.

First I had to decide on colour.. I chose Decoart Sea Glass, ( it’s a luscious Vintage green… perfect for that Weathered look.) A little thinned warm White,   I applied them in thin washes and then sanded back through to the wood and  then applied a  a touch of thinned asphalt, just to add to aged look.

I base coated all of the Shells, Coral and Sea Gulls with a sloppy coat of Warm White, then, while the paint was still wet, I Sprinkled them Liberally with my favourite glitter. (Glamour Dust)

While the bits were drying… I traced on the lettering and then painted it using Warm White, and a #2 Rigger brush. A fine line of Thinned Asphaltum is added to the right side of each letter just to give it a bit of definition.
I used a bit of twine to make a hanger and then Spattered the whole ornament with Thinned Warm White.  Using a good quality tack glue I arranged the Shells, Gulls, and Coral on to the bottom left corner of the  little Sign. Once they were dry I added a couple of small ( real Sea Shells) to give it a bit more dimension.

These are fun to do and very simple! They make great holiday Ornaments for your Own BEACH themed Tree or as a gift for a friend.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- DecoArt Americana Colours: Warm White, Sea Glass, Asphaltum, Glamour Dust ( Glitter)
- Dynasty: Faux Squirrel 1827, 1/2 Angled Shader, #8 Flat, #2 Rigger
- Misc: Tacky Glue

Designed By: Tracy Moreau

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Rejoice Christmas Tag with Katelyn Grosart

Hey Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here. I've been busy playing with the Chipboard Tag again and have created for you another Christmas Tag, that's perfect to give as a Christmas card to someone special in your life. You'll want to read below as I share with you how to embellish the chipboard and wood pieces for my Rejoice Christmas Tag.

To start, pull out one of the Chipboard Tags from the package. Ink the edges of the tag using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Next, you'll need one of the Snowflake Wreath - Small out of the package. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the entire wreath. Sprinkle Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder over the entire wreath. Tap off the excess powder. Emboss with your heat tool. Let cool.

Take the Rod Iron Circle Frame out of the package. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the entire frame. Sprinkle Weathered Wood embossing powder over the entire frame. Tap off the excess powder. Emboss with your heat tool. Let cool.

From the Lg. Wood Snowflake package, take two snowflakes out. Blend Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the entire surface of each snowflake. Set snowflakes aside.

Take out the Word Rejoice from it's package. Apply a coat of Candied Apple Distress Stain to the word. Before the stain completely dries, lightly go over the entire word with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain. Before the Tarnished Brass Distress Stain completely dries, lightly go back over the word with Candied Apple Distress Stain. Set aside to dry.

You'll need to pull out two Christmas Stockings from the package. Apply two coats of Candied Apple Distress Stain to each stocking. Set aside to dry.

Take out two of the Bare Branches from the package. Apply two coats of Gathered Twigs Distress Stain to the branches. Set the branches aside to dry.

The last chipboard piece you need are two Snowflakes 712 taken out from the package. Apply two coats of Tarnished Brass Distress Stain to each snowflake. Set the snowflakes aside to dry.

Now it's time to assemble your Rejoice Christmas Tag.

Adhere patterned paper to your chipboard tag. Adhere a bare branch in the top left corner as well as on the bottom right hand side of the tag. Adhere the Rod Iron Frame overtop of the branches. Adhere the Snowflake Wreath frame overtop of the Rod Iron Frame. Adhere an image in the middle of the Snowflake Wreath.

In the bottom right and top left hand corner of the Snowflake Wreath, adhere the large wood snowflake, stocking and small snowflake. With the elements adhered on both corners of the Snowflake Wreath, adhere the Rejoice word at the bottom of the Snowflake Wreath.

To finish off the tag, adhere flowers as desired throughout the chipboard and wood elements. Once your happy with how many flowers you have on your tag, add a ribbon bow at the left hand side of the tag.

Here are a few close up shots of my tag.

Here's the finished tag.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- 10mm Roses: Red, White and Brown

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder and Weathered Wood Embossing Powder 
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink Dabber
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Stain - Tarnished Brass, Candied Apple & Gathered Twigs, Distress Ink - Vintage Photo and Blending Tool with Foam
- Maja Design: I Wish - Ephemera, For Frosty Morning & For Lots of Snow
- Hug N' Snug Seam Binding Ribbon: Brown
- Tombow: Mono Multi Liquid Glue and Adhesive Dots
- Misc: Heat Gun

Until Next Time!


Monday, November 27, 2017

Reindeer Card with Corina Finley


Thank you so much for joining me today! Winter has arrived where I live and the holiday season is upon us! 

I have been playing in my studio with the wonderful detailed Snowflake #3 chipboard diecuts and the Wood Small Marked Reindeer. There are a variety of different snowflake designs on the website and the Reindeer come in a pack of 4!

I only used Distress Stain in Vintage Photo to the Wood Small Marked Reindeer so that the etched design was visible - so pretty! I let it dry before adding it to the center of my card for the focal point

I used the Snowflake #3 like last week, added glitter with a Stardust pen and tucked them under the edge of the circle.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

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,Corina Finley

Live, Laugh & Create!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Snowflakes and Holly Christmas Decoration with Deb Riddell

Hello everyone and a happy Thanksgiving to our American friends and followers!  Deb Riddell here with you today to share a Christmas decoration I made with lots of wonderful winter and Christmas chipboard from Southern Ridge Trading Company.

I used Southern Ridge’s medium sized Plain Banners, Holly Berry Assembly, Snowflake and Snowflakes 712 chipboard, read on for my how to.

I started out with a piece of Tim Holtz Tidings Paper Stash cut to 8” x 7” and backed it with a piece of white corrugated cardstock, inking all edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Five Plain Banners were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.

Grunge Block letters to spell out the word ‘merry’ were painted with Titanium White Americana acrylic paint and once dry were covered with Deco Foil Adhesive.  Gina K. Designs Sparkling Silver Fancy Foil was then burnished over top. (If you don’t have Grunge Blocks, any die cut letters will do, just stack up a few of them so you get some dimension on your banners).

The foiled letters were then adhered onto the top of each coloured banner and strung together with a piece of button thread coloured with some silver acrylic paint.

Two of the berry clusters from the Holly Berry Assembly kit (one large and one small) were coloured with Fired Brick Distress Stain and when dry, embossed with three coats of clear embossing powder for a wonderful glossy dimensional finish.   For even more sparkle and shine, a piece of Gina K. Designs Sparkling Silver Fancy Foil was adhered behind the berries.

Five holly leaves from the Holly Berry Assembly kit were inked with Forest Moss Distress Stain and when dry, embossed with three coats of clear embossing powder once again.

The holly clusters were then adhered on each end of the ‘merry’ banner.

As you can see, I also spattered the finished plaque with some diluted Titanium White Americana acrylic paint to simulate a snowy blizzard

Two of the large Snowflake chipboard pieces were painted and foiled in the same manner as the ‘merry’ Grunge Block letters.

And finally, three Mini Paper Snowflakes were die cut from white cardstock and foiled with more Gina K. Designs Sparkling Silver Fancy Foil and a couple of pieces from Tim Holtz’s Festive Ephemera Pack were edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The ephemera and snowflakes were then adhered to the plaque to complete the decoration.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing how my Snowflakes and Holly Christmas decoration came together, one more Christmas gift crossed off of my list!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz / Ranger Ink: Distress Ink, Distress Stain and Distress Embossing Ink
- Tim Holtz / Sizzix: Mini Paper Snowflakes Dies
- Tim Holtz/ Advantus: Festive Ephemera Pack and Tidings Paper Stash
- Therm O Web: Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils, Deco Foil Adhesive Pen and Mixed Media Adhesive
- DecoArt: Americana Acrylic Paint
- Miscellaneous: white corrugated cardstock, paper trimmer, scissors, die cutting machine, button thread, silver acrylic paint, paint brush, clear embossing powder and heat gun

Thanks again for stopping by today and hope that I’ve inspired you to break out some Southern Ridge Trading Company chipboard and to get into Christmas crafting mode, happy creating!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Winter Sign with Erin Quiding-Sampson

Today I've created a wintery sign using some pretty chipboard pieces that I layered over a wooden sign.

First, I used a distress dauber in peeled paint on the sign, then added 2 coats of picket fence distress paint to give it a very light green colour. I then coloured the corner pieces and the tree with Picket Fence Distress Paint. I let all the pieces dry and then glued them down using Matte Gel Medium. I finished it off by hot gluing a silver ribbon to the back of the sign.

I finished it off by hot gluing a silver ribbon to the back of the sign.

This was super simple but I love the way it turned out!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

- Wood Sign Shape (coming soon) 

Other Products Used:

Tim Holtz/Ranger Ink: Distress Paint - Picket Fence and Peeled Paint
- Liquitex: Matte Gel Medium
- Ribbon for hanging
- Glue Gun

Thanks for looking

Monday, November 20, 2017

Many Thanks Card with Charlene Byrd

Hello bloggers!

Charlene here! Thanks for joining me today. Today I'm sharing with you a special card I made for me dear sweet mother. If you read my last blog post you know that my brother passed away a couple weeks ago. My mom has been through so much lately and through it all she has been there for me. I expressed my gratitude and love for her by creating this beautiful card....made from the bottom of my heart! 

To begin creating the chipboard heart, I randomly stippled white gesso on the piece.

After the gesso was dry, I randomly dabbed copper paint on the chipboard.

I trimmed the chipboard hinges to the length I wanted for my card by cutting them with Tim Holtz scissors. I then painted them with the acrylic copper paint.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:
- Pion Design Paper
- Cheesecloth
- Paper Flowers
- Acrylic Copper Paint
- Heavy Gesso
- Twine & Paper Doily

Thanks so much for joining me today. Until next time!