Friday, July 21, 2017

Feminine Happy Birthday Tag with Katelyn Grosart

Hey there Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here. Today, I've created for you a beautiful Happy Birthday tag, that's perfect to give to that special woman in your life for their birthday. You'll want to read below as I share with you how I transformed each of my chipboard pieces to create my Feminine Happy Birthday Tag.

To start, you'll need a half a piece of the Delicate Lace Doily. Once you have a half piece of the doily, cut the doily in half again. Apply two coats of Spun Sugar Distress Paint to each delicate lace doily piece. Set the pieces aside to dry. After the pieces have dried, apply the Spun Sugar Distress Crayon to portions of the doily. Rub the crayon in with your finger. 

Pull out two Mini Wood Feathers. Apply three coats of Bundled Sage Distress Stain to each feather. Set the feathers aside to dry. 

From the Leaves set, cut out one leaf of your choice. Apply three coats of Weathered Wood Distress Stain to the leaf. Set the leaf aside to dry.

Cut out one of the Happy Birthday Sentiments from the Birthday Greetings package. Apply two coats of Victorian Velvet Distress Paint to the Happy Birthday sentiment. Set the sentiment aside to dry. Once the sentiment has dried, go over it with a Victorian Velvet Distress Crayon. Rub the crayon in with your finger.

Trace the top portion of the dress form onto a piece of patterned paper. Cut the dress form image out. Using Antique Linen Distress Paint, paint both dress form pieces. Once the paint has dried, apply Antique Linen Distress Crayon to the chipboard piece. Rub the crayon in with your finger. Adhere the patterned paper dress form piece to the chipboard dress form. 

Adhere the wire portion of the dress form to the dress form. 

Now you can assemble your Feminine Happy Birthday tag. Start by adhering the large patterned paper piece to the tag. Adhere the doily pieces onto the patterned paper. Adhere the smaller patterned paper piece overtop of the large patterned paper piece.

Embellish and add whatever else you might want to your wire dress form. Foam square the wire dress form to the middle of the tag.
Adhere the Happy Birthday sentiment to the bottom portion of the wire dress form.

To finish off your tag, add a light pink ribbon bow to the top of the tag. Your Feminine Happy Birthday Tag is now complete. 

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Butterflies (coming soon)
- Leaves (coming soon)
- 10mm Roses: Light Pink 
-  15mm Roses: Cream

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Black Soot, Distress Paint -  Victorian Velvet, Antique Linen and Spun Sugar, Distress Stains - Weathered Wood and Bundled Sage and Distress Crayons - Victorian Velvet, Antique Linen and Spun Sugar.
- Tombow: Aqua Mono Liquid Glue
- Bo Bunny: Serendipity - Serendipity and Love
- May Arts Ribbon: Light Pink and White Ribbon
- Graphic 45: Large Ivory Tag Album

Until Next Time!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Every Day is Coffee Day with Sandy McTier

Hi Y’all!!

When I was newly married and living in Okinawa, Japan I learned to drink coffee. I say ‘learn’ because I never really liked the taste of it up to that point in my life. I worked in a Japanese/English Language School and helped young Japanese school kids with their conversational English. The owner of the school was a big coffee drinker and, rather than offering any of the wonderful Japanese teas you could get throughout the country, only offered coffee – strong, black coffee at that, with lots of sugar! I use the word ‘offered’ lightly because I really didn’t have a choice – he poured it and gave it to you; it would have been disrespectful not to drink it. So… that is where and when my love for coffee began – LOL! It’s the first thing I can’t wait to smell and taste each morning too – but it’s not black – I can assure you of that!

When I saw this SRTC “Every day is coffee day” chipboard piece, I couldn’t wait to make a piece of coffee art for my kitchen! Here’s how I did it, and I hope it inspires you to create one as well!
The surface is a tall wooden coffee cup available from Creative Arts Lifestyle. I painted it with Multi-Purpose Sealer and let it dry. Next, I painted a coat of Light Buttermilk over the cup and let it dry. Then I stenciled the Classic Quatrefoil pattern on using a stencil brush and Quinacridone Gold. Let dry.
TIP: Load the brush with paint, wipe the excess off on a paper towel and, using a light circular motion, brush over stencil.  

Using a dry, large foam brush, I painted the chipboard with White Gesso; then let it dry. I tapped the gesso on and then lightly brushed it to avoid build up between the letters. I painted the mug with Cobalt Turquoise Hue and then let it dry. Next, I loaded the large foam brush with Cobalt Teal Hue and painted the words; then let it dry. I mixed some Cobalt Teal Hue and Titanium White together, wiped the excess paint off onto a paper towel and stenciled over the mug. 

I shaded along the edges of the cup using an Angle brush and Raw Umber. Then I shaded along the edges of the chipboard mug with Paynes Grey. 

I added a shadow on the letters using a black Identi-Pen. You could also use black paint and a liner brush. Then I highlighted the letters with Titanium White.
I laid the chipboard in place on the wooden cup and traced inside the opening of the cup. I removed the chipboard and painted the oval shape in with a mixture of Raw Umber a touch of Titanium White. Then I shaded around the edges of the oval with Raw Umber and let it dry. I added some ripples on the coffee using an Angle brush and Titan Buff.
Next, I added white highlights on the mug. Using an Angle brush, I shaded inside and underneath the handle and underneath the bottom of the mug with Paynes Grey.

Finally, I added highlights on the main cup surface using Titan Buff.

To finish, I glued the chipboard piece to the surface using E6000 glue. I let everything dry completely and then sealed the piece with Soft-Touch Varnish. 

I hope this inspires you to create some Coffee Art today! 

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Surface: Tall Coffee Cup #WDSF1130_3 (Available from
- DecoArt Multi: Purpose Sealer
- DecoArt Americana D├ęcor Stencil: Classic Quatrefoil
- M2 Stencil: M2-3 (Available from
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Light Buttermilk
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Quinacridone Gold, Raw Umber, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Cobalt Teal Hue, Paynes Grey, Titan Buff and Titanium White.
- DecoArt Media White Gesso & Soft Touch Varnish
- Dynasty Brushes: 1” Faux Sable, 1/2" Angle, 1/4" Angle, IPC Large Foam Brush and Tracy Moreau Stencil brushes (Small/Med) (Available from – use promo code: sandymc for an additional discount)
- Other Supplies: E6000 & Black Identi-Pen

©2018 Every Day Is Coffee Day, Sandy McTier Designs ~ all rights reserved

Y’all have a GREAT day; Happy Creating!! 

 - Sandy

Friday, July 14, 2017

Scary Bones Halloween Mixed Media Canvas with Deb Riddell

Hello and thanks for stopping by, it’s Deb Riddell here today to share a spooky Halloween canvas with you that I created with some of Southern Ridge’s wonderful new Halloween chipboard releases!

You’ve probably heard of Christmas In July celebrations and creations but I decided that it was time we started to celebrate Halloween In July because it’s never too early (or too late!) to create for Halloween ;O)

I started with a 6” x 8” flat artists canvas, primed it with gesso and then added layers and washes of DecoArt Media Fluid acrylic paints in Paynes Grey, Prussian Blue and Quinacridone Violet followed by a final wash of Titanium White.

Halloween images from Stampers Anonymous’ Haunted Mansion and Undertaker stamp sets were stamped onto white tissue paper with Black Soot Archival ink and torn out.

The stamped images were then decoupaged onto the painted canvas with Distress Matte Collage medium and when dry the canvas was given another wash of Titanium White DecoArt Media Fluid acrylic paint.

Some bats were stenciled onto the canvas through Tim Holtz’s Batground Layering stencil (love the name of that stencil!) and a Black Soot Distress Crayon for dimension.

Southern Ridge’s brand new Scary Word was coloured with several layers of Distress Sprays in Barn Door and Festive Berries, drying in between each layer, followed with a final splatter spray of Aged Mahogany Distress Spray Stain and sealed with Americana Satin varnish.

The new Coming To Get You boney hands were coloured with Picket Fence Distress Stain and then sprayed lightly with Pumice Stone and Tea Dye Distress Spray Stains and splattered with Gathered Twigs Distress Stain.  A final spray of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain finished them off and then they were sealed with Americana Matte varnish.

Southern Ridge’s Corner Web chipboard piece was sprayed with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain and when dry, Deco Foil Adhesive was applied with Therm O Web’s Deco Foil Adhesive Pen.  Once the adhesive had dried clear and tacky, the web was foiled with Black Deco Foil by laying the foil over the web (remember, shiny side down!) and burnishing the foil with my finger.

I wanted to create a fence for those spooky boney hands to climb over as they were Coming To Get You so I inked up a piece of white cardstock with Distress Stains in Gathered Twigs, Pumice Stone and a top coat of Picket Fence.  Once the stains had dried, Tim Holtz’s Birch stamp was stamped on top with Hickory Smoke and Vintage Photo Archival inks.

The inked and stamped cardstock was trimmed down and adhered to one side of Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Foam Sheet from Therm O Web.

The ‘fence’ was then cut out by cutting irregular widths from the cardstock covered foam sheet and peeling off the adhesive backing on each piece and adhering it to the prepared canvas.

The Coming To Get You boney hands were adhered overtop of the fence, adding bits of Mixed Media Art Foam behind the chipboard fingers as necessary to support them.

The foiled Corner Web was adhered onto the top left corner;

And the Scary Word adhered over the middle of the canvas, supporting it as necessary with more small piece of Mixed Media Foam Sheet.

I needed a little something in the top right corner of the canvas so coloured a Steampunk Bat charm from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies with Pitch Black and Mushroom alcohol inks and adhered it to the canvas.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing my Scary Bones Halloween mixed media canvas and that it’s inspired you to join in the Halloween In July fun!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Therm O Web: Deco Foil Adhesive Pen, Deco Foil and Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Foam Sheets
- Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz: Undertaker Stamps, Haunted Mansion Stamps, Birch Stamp and Batground Layering Stencil
- Ranger Ink / Tim Holtz: Distress Crayon, Distress Stain, Distress Spray Stain, Alcohol Ink, Distress Matte Collage Medium and Distress Archival ink
- DecoArt: Media Fluid Acrylic Paints, Media Gesso and Americana Varnish
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Steampunk Bat charm
- Miscellaneous: 6” x 8” Flat Artists Canvas, Scissors and Adhesive

Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Let's Make Art Cards with Karen Bearse!

Today I have a simple technique that you can use with multiple products to get slightly different results on your chipboard pieces. The best part is it makes for really easy colour customizing.  All I did was to gesso my chippie, let dry, add colour and stamp on top. To get a more subtle look just stamp before the colour phase. Here are my art cards!

This has a fun, vintage, grunge feel to it. It also makes me think of a family member even though the photo is not of them.

This is a reminder of a garden friend that visits once in a while.

I collect gift cards, always intending to use them in Project Life or on a scrapbook page but then rarely do that. Part of the reason is I could never find the card when I needed it. Now I have a central place were all the cards go so that has made it easier. Celebrate Me events, like Mother’s Day… my go to is Red Lobster. The Ultimate Feast is the perfect seafood combo & the lobster tail is always (except that one time) cooked perfectly.
To see in more detail how I made these art cards & the supplies I used check out my blog post.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Karen

Monday, July 10, 2017

Beautiful Life with Charlene Byrd

Hello Bloggers!

Charlene here! Thanks for joining me on the blog!

Today I'm sharing one of my favourite pictures taken of my husband and I. We were on our way to a fundraising gala with some dear friends of ours when my friend said "We all look so fabulous let's take pictures"! We found this beautiful old red barn with a cool metal wheel that was a perfect backdrop for our black attire. With my love of all things old, this was the perfect improv photo shoot!

To create this tittle, I started by staining the entire piece with Walnut Distress Stain.

I then took a stipple paint brush and dabbed some white acrylic paint randomly on the chipboard.

Then I stippled some Tarnished Brass acrylic paint. Repeat this until you're happy with the look.

I used the same stipple effect on the clock face and the gears as I did on the title, only I used Tarnished Brass, Antique Bronze and Black Soot Distress Paint. I didn't clean out my brush in between colours, I just picked up the new colour and continued. 

The back of the clock was stained with Walnut Stain Distress Stain first and then I used the leftover paint that was in my brush from the clock face to give the background a distressed look.

The clock hands were painted with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Products Used:
- Bo Bunny Paper and Sticker
- Paper Flowers
- Hemp
- Distress Stain
- Distress Paint
- Paint Brush

Thanks for joining me today!

Happy Creating!
- Charlene

Friday, July 7, 2017

Pinot Noir with Tracy Moreau

The true value of laser cut surfaces is the level of detail that the designers can put into them.
Southern Ridge Trading keeps raising the bar in this regard , with creative and dynamic designs to tweak your creativity. This Gears frame had the juices flowing pretty quick!! The first thought is to go steam punk.. so I decided to go a bit more classic and keep the frame light and colourful.
I used DecoArts NEW Extreme Sheen Metallics, the Copper , gold, and bronze tones, and brought in a little turquoise to give it a light patina. I also tossed in a few small chip board gears and keys to give it a bit more dimension.

I added some shadows to separate the gears a little and create the illusion of depth. Then glued a few of the Keys and the smaller gears in place to enhance that. A few highlights, with some white adds to the dept and helps separate the gears and years more effectively.

The background of the panel is a light buttermilk colour, then Stamped with a Stampendous stamp to create the vintage script and the butterflies.  A little antiquing with the same colour gives it a parchment look. I traced and transferred my grapes design onto the background. 

I used light floats of transparent colour to create the grapes and leaves, I wanted the background to show through .. a little bit.

I used a golf leaf adhesive to paint in the lettering and the details on the leaves. Once it was dry I laid the ThermoWeb Foil onto the adhesive and burnished it with from pressure , with my finger tips. The flash of the metallic is just a fun punch of flash!!

The results are pretty cool I think!!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Other Supplies Used:
- DecoArtDecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallics - Copper, Antique Bronze & 24 Kt Gold and DecoArt Americana - Light Buttermilk, Asphaltum, Soft Black, Napa Red, Diox Purple, Lamp Black, Bahama Breeze, Warm White. 
-  Therm O Web: Gold Foil and Adhesive Old Gold
- StampendousVintage Script - CRP249 
-  Dynasty BrushesDynasty Black Gold Brushes - 1/2 angle, 10/0 liner, 3/4 flat wash, #4 Filbert

Designed by Tracy Moreau