Friday, September 23, 2016

Love Letters Storage Box with Deb Riddell

Hello, Deb here to share with you another project featuring some of my favourite embellishments and stencils from Southern Ridge Trading Company for our current challenge.  I used the Mini Nested Stamp Frames, Iron Hinges 1 and the 4 Leaf Clover stencil in the making of my card or letter storage box.


The mini nested stamped frame was the inspiration for this project; the stamp shape of the frame made me think of letters which led me to love letters, which led me to the idea of making a box to store those letters in and the rest was history!

I started out by choosing a paper from Tim Holtz’s Correspondence paper stash and then used the Postage Stamp die with a Mini Heart Mover & Shapers die inset to cut out my postage stamp background.  I then embossed the die cut with Southern Ridge’s 4 Leaf Clover Stencil and highlighted the embossed areas with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.


One of the gents from Tim Holtz’s Possibilities stamp set was stamped onto white card with Black Soot Archival ink and clear embossed.  The background around the stamped image was then coloured with more Frayed Burlap Distress ink.

I chose the third largest nested stamp frame and coloured it with Blueprint Sketch Distress stain and sealed it with some satin varnish once it had dried (sorry, I got carried away and forgot to take an in progress picture so here’s a closeup of the finished project).  As you can see, the gentleman was centered behind the heart cut out on the postage stamp die cut and then the mini nested frame was centered overtop of the heart.


I repeated the same colouring and sealing procedure with one of the decorative hinges from the Iron Hinges 1 set (again no in progress pics, sorry!) and then chose the ‘love’ Typed Token and coloured it with some Aged Mahogany Distress paint.  A small heart stud from my stash was coloured in the same way and adhered overtop the hole in the Typed Token with E6000 glue.

I stamped ‘love letters’ from a Fiskars stamp set onto a vintage ticket I had in my stash.  The red ticket was a bit bright for my layout so I first coloured the ticket with some Barn Door Distress ink and then added some Frayed Burlap.


I chose some vintage ephemera from Tim Holtz’s Emporium Ephemera pack and coloured the edges with a bit of Frayed Burlap Distress ink.

All of the elements were added to the postage stamp die cut background.


And the assembled collage was then adhered on to the top of a box I made using papers from Tim Holtz’s Crowded Attic paper stash.  I randomly stamped some script over the top of the box using the Ledger Script stamp and Jet Black Archival ink and then drew around the edge of the stamp die cut with a black Pigma Micron pen to give it some definition.


I now have a box to store some of my completed cards and tags rather than having them in a plain old file folder, yay!

Hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing my love letters storage box made with more of my favourite supplies from Southern Ridge Trading Company.



Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:


Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Postage Stamp die; Mini Hearts Movers & Shapers die
- Tim Holtz/Advantus: Correspondence paper stack; Crowded Attic paper stack; Typed Token; Emporium Ephemera pack
- Tim Holtz/Ranger Ink: Distress ink; Archival ink; Distress paint; Distress stain
- Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous: Ledger Script stamp; Possibilities stamp
- Fiskars: Love Simple Stick stamps
- Pigma Black Micron Pen
- Miscellaneous: Scissors, E600 glue, adhesive, Aleene’s Box Maker, paper cutter, paint brush, satin varnish, metal heart stud

I hope that you will be inspired to join in our My Favourites challenge.  You have a chance to win 4 designs from the online store - chipboard.ca - a $20.00 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING!  Can’t wait to see what you link up, happy creating!

Deb xo







Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Altered Mixed Media Bicycle Decor with Karen Bearse

I was given the opportunity to work with a new d├ęcor chipboard piece by Southern Ridge Trading Co. I had a lot of fun using multiple techniques and working on a larger scale than normal. If you happen upon their booth at the trade shows in Canada this month you can see it live!!


Here it is!! It took a while for me to figure out where I was going with this. I was thinking steampunk, maybe bright & colourful and playful. The bike sat in my kitchen where I would see it throughout the day as the ideas marinated in my brain. It took a few weeks but then bam inspiration hit and I started working on it.


In the end I went with a combo of the two. Photos don’t do this justice, live it is super shiny, with glimmer and metallic touches. The flowers are layers of crinoline, leather paper & tulle.

Southern Ridge Trading Co. Supplies Used:

- Stand up Retro Bike (coming soon)

Other Supplies Used:

- Eileen Hull flower dies by Sizzix: Hydrangeas, Flower Layer #9, Heart Petals and Paper Leather
- Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Glam

 I hope you take the time to join in our challenge this month! Enjoy!

- Karen Bearse


Monday, September 19, 2016

Charming Layout with Charlene Byrd

Hello ladies,


Today's layout features my 3 favourite guys using one of my absolutely favourite paper lines ever! It's so easy to play and design when you love the colours you're working with!




For this page I knew I wanted to play with the chipboard frame. So I pulled it out, found a picture that fit in it perfectly and then picked my papers. It honestly came together so quickly, the longest part was waiting for things to dry!
I first painted the chipboard frame with Black Gesso. I wanted to start with a black base. You could also use stain or paint for this. Then I used a favourite technique that I love…mixing gesso and embossing powder. This creates a really cool gritty texture. Simply mix the 2 together until you get a paste and stipple it on with a paint brush. Just be sure to work QUICKLY as the mixture dries rather fast.


Now for the label! I again started with a black base painting on black gesso. I then used a stencil and applied some modelling paste (you could also use texture paste). Once it was dry I sprayed it with black Dylusion spray. To finish it off I sanded the edges lightly. Voila done!


The Charming word was painted with black gesso first. I then added some VersaMark and black UTEE and heat set it.


The honeycomb pattern was simply stained with Black Soot Distress stain.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Chipboard used:


Other Products Used:

- Kaisercraft paper and die cuts
- Prima Marketing flowers
- Paper Doily
- Lace
- String

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 - chipboard.ca -$20 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING! 

Happy Creating!

- Charlene







Friday, September 16, 2016

Happy Birthday Steampunk Tag with Katelyn Grosart

Hey Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here and I'm back on the blog today to share another project using inspiration from our current monthly challenge which is "Your Favourites".  For me, I will share with you today my favourite chipboard and embossing powder that I love to use, plus my love for creating birthday cards and tags as you always need them.  Today I've got a steampunk birthday tag for you that will be sure to inspire you to create. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and learn how I transformed my chipboard pieces to create the perfect additions to my steampunk birthday tag.


To start, you'll want to place the fence stencil in the top right hand portion of your patterned paper. With the stencil down, take a palette knife and apply Texture Paste - Transparent Matte through the stencil, making sure you apply a thin layer. I used a 1/4 of the stencil in the top right corner. Clean your stencil. Place the fence stencil in the bottom left hand portion of your patterned paper. With the stencil down, take a palette knife and apply Texture Paste - Transparent Matte through the stencil, make sure you apply a thin layer. I used a 1/4 of the stencil in the bottom left hand corner. Set your patterned piece paper piece with the texture paste on it aside. Clean your stencil and palette knife.


With the patterned paper set aside, it's time to move on to the large Chain Frames and four Mini Wood Gears. Apply VersaMark ink to all five pieces and cover them with Slicked Smoke Embossing Powder. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Let each piece cool for a minute. After the pieces have cooled down, with a blending tool, add Gold Mixative Alcohol ink to the top of each embossed piece. If you get too much ink on each piece, take a piece of paper towel and take off the excess. Set these pieces aside.


Next, you'll need a Happy Birthday from Birthday Greetings, three Mini Wood Gears and three Med. Gears. Cover each piece with VersaMark ink and cover with Slicked Smoke Embossing Powder. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Set pieces aside to cool. 


The next set of chipboard you'll need is five Mini Wood Gears and cut apart both Gears Corners so that you end up with six small gears and one medium gear. Cover each gear VersaMark ink and cover them with Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Set the gears aside so they can cool.


Next you'll need the small Roman Clock face and five Mini Wood Gears. Cover all six pieces with VersaMark Ink and cover each chipboard piece with Hammered Metal Embossing Powder. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Set the gears aside so they can cool. 


Next you'll need two small pieces cut from the Fence Pattern, five Med. Gears and four Mini Wood Gears. Cover all eleven pieces with VersaMark Ink and cover them with Hammered Metal Embossing Powder. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Let the chipboard pieces cool for a minute. After the pieces have cooled down, with a blending tool, add Pitch Black Alcohol ink to each embossed piece. If you get too much ink on each piece, take a piece of paper towel and take off the excess. Set these pieces aside.


The last piece you'll want to use is the clipboard. Cover the front and back of it in a layer of Vintage Photo Distress Stain. Use a paper towel to wipe off some of the excess stain. Set aside to dry.


When placing the fence patterned pieces, make sure to adhere one piece in the top left and one piece in the bottom right hand corner before adhering the patterned piece of paper that has the texture paste on it.




Once the patterned paper with the texture paste has been adhered to the tag, start adhering the pieces for the middle of the tag onto the tag. With foam squares, adhere the large chain frame to the centre of the tag. Once the large chain frame is adhere, with foam squares adhere the small roman clock in the middle of the large chain frame. To finish the small roman clock adhere the clipboard in the middle of it. To finish the clipboard, adhere the Happy Birthday sentiment to the middle of it. To finish off the large chain frame and small roman clock, added three different gears. 


For decorating the bottom right hand side of the large chain frame, use a variety of the chipboard pieces that you've embossed. I also added in some of Tim Holtz's mini gears in with the rest of the gears to give some different texture.


For decorating the top left hand side of the large chain frame, use a variety of the chipboard pieces that you've embossed. I also added in some of Tim Holtz's mini gears in with the rest of the gears to give some different texture.

Here's my steampunk Happy Birthday Tag finished.


Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Roman Clock Face - Small (coming soon)
- Clipboard (coming soon)
- Fence Stencil

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder, Slicked Smoke Embossing Powder and Hammered Metal Embossing Powder
- Ranger Ink/Tim Holtz: Distress Ink - Black Soot, Distress Stain - Vintage Photo and Alcohol Ink - Pitch Black & Gold Mixative
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Mini Gears
- Ranger Ink: Texture Paste - Transparent Matte & #12 Kraft Tag
- Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts: VersaMark
- Prima Marketing: Vintage Emporium- Verona & Maestro
- Hug a Bug Seam Binding Ribbon: Cream & Black
- Misc: Heat Tool

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 - chipboard.ca -$20 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING! 

Until Next Time!

-Katelyn  















Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Shine with Ava Gavaloski

Hello, Ava here to share with you a home decor item to brighten your home.  Gold has made the cycle back into the Planning world.  Do you have a planner or have you noticed the planning trend?  To-day’s post is inspired by the gold mint colour trend within the planner industry.

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Southern Ridge Trading Co. has a range of home decor words that would satisfy a wide range of rooms in any home or office.

Lets get started on Shine……

Collect your supplies.

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ICraft, Deco Adhesive and Foil along with Deco Art Acrylic Paint.

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Start by painting the wooden Shine word edges.  Apply 2 coats of paint.  Dry.

Next up is the base of the word.
Apply a layer of Deco foil Adhesive and allow to dry tacky.  Read the instructions carefully before starting the application process.
Apply a layer of deco foil over the top of the tacky glue  flat surface of the base stand.  Move slowly and apply lots of pressure to the base to transfer the foil.  The glue has to be just tacky enough to adhere the foil and not dried completely, otherwise the foil will not stick.  I use a bone folder, popsicle stick and the  flat part of your thumb nail to ensure a solid adhesion.  Lift the corner of the foil to see how the adhesion is working before lifting the full sheet off the wooden base.  Deco foil is very forgiving, so you can re-apply (adhesive/foil) many times until coverage is to your satisfaction.  Let it rest for an hour before proceeding to next step.

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Next apply some gel medium and sprinkle on your beads of choice.  Dry overnight.

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Apply foil to the word shine and let the project rest an hour.

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Here is a close up of the final embellished word SHINE.

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Be sure to visit Southern Ridge Trading Co. for your home decor word at the shop.

Southern Ridge Trading Co. Supplies:


Other Supplies Used:

- ICraft Deco Foil and  adhesive by, Therm-o-Web
- Deco Art Americana Acrylic Mint paint
- Gel Medium, by Faber Castell
- Beads & gems

Hope you have been inspired to join in our September challenge, Your Favourites, you have a chance to win 4 designs from the online store – chipboard.ca. Can’t wait to see what you link up, happy creating!

- Ava


Monday, September 12, 2016

Enjoy the Ride Card with Corina Finley


Hello & Happy September!

I am back on the blog today, to share my card using the awesome Retro Bike. I absolutely love altering the Chipboard pieces. It allows you to make each piece special and colour coordinated to each project.


For the Retro Bike, I used True Blue Stickles on the bike frame and Brushed Pewter Distress Stain on the spokes & basket. I applied Black Enamel to the tires, chain, pedal, seat and handle bars. Add a tucked stamped sentiment that worked perfectly!


I used white Paper Roses and coloured them using Glimmer Mist and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray. I added a little True Blue Stickles to the edges of the blue dyed roses.

For the Gears, I heat embossed using silver embossing powder and versamark.

Southern Ridge Products used:

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

Thanks for joining me today!

Take care,

Live, Laugh & Create!