Friday, January 13, 2017

It's Cold Outside Winter Canvas with Deb Riddell

Hello and thank you for stopping by.  Deb here today to share a canvas with you that I made for our current Winter challenge here at Southern Ridge Trading Company.  We’ve been enduring a cold snap here and I think that majorly influenced my design!


I used Southern Ridge’s Winter Clothing Set, Snowflakes 712 and Snowflakes 714 to make my canvas and I think the sentiment says it all!  I don’t have any step out photos for you this week as I was working on multiple projects at the same time in preparation for Creativation 2017 but here are a few closeups and I’ll explain how I put it together.

I started with a 5” x 7” flat artist’s canvas, painted it with gesso and then stenciled on some snowflakes through Tim Holtz’s Snowflake layering stencil with Transparent Matte texture paste.


Once the texture paste was dry, I applied Tumbled Glass Distress stain directly onto the canvas with the dauber top, not worrying about any streaking, and rubbed the stain off the transparent texture paste snowflakes so they’d pop off the background.  Some Stormy Sky Distress crayon was then rubbed around the edges to frame the canvas.

The scarf, touque (or stocking cap for those of you in the U.S.) and mittens from the Winter Clothing set were base coated with Buttermilk acrylic paint and random stripes of Antique Rose, Hauser Light Green and Antique Gold were painted on.


Some shading was added with a float of Bittersweet Chocolate and then enhanced with Walnut Stain Distress crayon around the edges of the chipboard pieces.


A simple snowflake shape was painted onto the touque and mittens with Cool White and a heart added to the center of the painted snowflake with Antique Rose.

Three snowflakes were embossed with some white sparkle embossing powder I had in my stash, I used one of the larger Snowflakes 714 and two of the smaller Snowflakes 712.


The sentiment was die cut with a Spellbinders Labels 8 die from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock that had been coloured with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress inks.


The sentiment was hand stamped with some $1 store alphabet stamps I had in my stash and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The edges of the label were outlined with Stardust Stickles glitter glue.

And that was it, hope that you have enjoyed seeing my Winter canvas, this design could easily be used for a scrapbook layout or card as well so lots of possibilities here.



Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:


Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous: Snowflake layering stencil
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Stain, Distress Ink, Distress Crayons, Transparent Matte Texture Paste and Stickles Glitter Glue
- DecoArt: Americana Acrylic paints
- Spellbinders: Labels 8 die
- Miscellaneous: 5”x7” flat artist’s canvas, white sparkle and clear embossing powder, mini alphabet stamps, liquid adhesive and paint brush

Thanks again for stopping by today and hope you will enter our Winter 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 make and I’ll see you again later this month, happy creating!

Deb xo






Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pocket Pages for December Daily with Karen Bearse

Happy post-Holiday season!!! Karen Bearse here to help you get that December album done. Every year I participate in Journal Your Christmas or December Daily. I get excited, buy a bunch of product, and figure out what mini album I want to make. I take a bunch of thoughtful photos. Some years I take detailed notes, family quotes…This year was no exception, except this year I am determined to actually make an album!!!! The closest finished album is my 2012 book- I am on New Year’s Eve. 2011 goes up to day 6, but it was my first year so I cut myself some slack. 2013 has 10 days completed- not in any particular order. 2014 has zero done. 2015 I made a small decorated box that housed equally small photos. This is the year my book will be complete I can feel it!


Here is my finished pocket page. My album is a standard 6x8 which is the size of the biggest photo that fits. This pocket page protector has 12 “2x2” slots which leaves room for a whole lot of fun!  Chippies are one of my favourite December embellishments & Southern Ridge Trading Co. has some great ones for the holidays. I am trying desperately to keep this project simple but still looking good. This means, what can I do that doesn’t take lots of time? I limited myself to 3 techniques and plan to carry this through the book.


Technique 1- embossing. The snowflakes are embossed using different Emerald Creeks powders. My white flake has soft fallen snow & while this was still hot I added a sprinkle of Onyx Frost- which adds a black sparkle & heated again until set. The red one was painted with candied apple distress & while the distress is still wet sprinkle Winters Mistake and heat emboss. I LOVE THESE POWDERS! Be sure to colour both sides of your chippies if they are going to be added in a clear pocket as I have done. When you turn the page the backside of the snowflakes will look good.


Technique 2-colour with markers. First I painted the chippie with gesso to create a white surface but also I wanted to do a bit of watercolour. The gesso prevents the paint from the marker from being absorbed into the chippie so I was able to add a bit of water to get a watercolour effect. The brown trunk was painted with Glimmer Glam.  If you are putting the trees in a clear pocket make sure to colour both sides. The great thing about this is you can change the colours on the back of the chippies to match your back page.


Technique 3- paint & glitter. The word chip “joy” was painted with Glimmer Glam & while still wet sprinkled with micro glitter. The paint dries and holds the glitter. I added a thin layer of glossy accents to give it a bit of an epoxy look. As Glam has glitter in it my piece now has 2 sizes & colours of glimmer.


Assembly- I added my pics for the day, including a piece of art I finished. Make sure you add your art into your scrapbooking. It is fun to look back & see the progression. Next I cut some sayings & the day (12) from my scrapbook paper. My snowflake chippies needed friends so I added some sequins, glitter shapes a pinch of iridescent shimmer powder which looks like fresh snow. To seal the pocket simply stitch across the top. Other options are to use a piece of washi tape.


A bit of coloured tinsel was put in the pocket behind the reindeer which was adhered to the front of the pocket. The pocket was sealed with washi tape. The backside of my page will already have 5 pockets full so I am almost halfway done with another day! I hope you take some time this month to reflect on your holiday & get some of your memories archived!

Southern Ridge Trading Co. Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Tombow: Aqua liquid glue, Xtreme tape runner and Dual Brush Pens.
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Soft Fallen Snow, Northern Lights, Winters Mistake and Onyx Frost Embossing Powder.
- Canvas Corp Brands: Paper - Jolly Countdown on White.
- Tattered Angels: Glimmer Glam in Espresso Bean.
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Stain - Candied Apple.
- Gesso.
- Recollections: Glitter Shapes Blue Stars.
- Misc: Sequins and Micro glitter.

Remember to join in this month’s challenge to win free chippies!!! There a lot of new fun holiday pieces. Have a great inky day!

- Karen






Monday, January 9, 2017

Hockey Scrapbook Layout with Charlene Byrd

Hello everyone, Charlene here!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season! Thanks for joining me today on the blog! Today’s layout celebrates Canada’s favourite sport, HOCKEY! People ask me all the time which team I cheer for. I tell them I don’t really watch NHL hockey, I cheer for Pittsburgh only because it’s my son’s favourite team but I am a HUGE Rangers fan! Last year I was so fortunate to have a hockey mom who was an amazing photographer, she had her camera on sports mode at every game! I have so many amazing pictures of Remington from that year; I really miss her this year!


I was so excited to see that Southern Ridge had a goalie in their hockey collection! Yay!! To create the word Hockey, I first cut off the hockey player (as it was part of the word) so I could add the goalie silhouette. I stained it with Black Soot Distress stain and then added black UTEE to the top. I simply stained the goalie silhouette with black stain and added foam squares behind it to make it pop up a bit.


I added Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Stain to the star chipboard and again added black UTEE over it. I also added blue pattern paper behind the star to make it stand out a bit more. I had a small piece of the fish net chipboard lying around; it reminded me of the hockey net so it was a perfect match for the layout.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Chipboard Used:

Other Products Used:

- Tim Holtz lettering
- Washi Tape
- Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts: VersaMark
- Black UTEE
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Black Soot Distress stain
- Basic Grey pattern paper
- Stamp
- Black ink

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! 

Thanks for joining me,
Happy Creating!

Charlene





Friday, January 6, 2017

Walking In A Winter Wonderland Scrapbook Layout with Katelyn Grosart

Hey Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here and I'm on the blog today to share with you some inspiration using our current monthly challenge which is all about "Winter". Today I've created a Winter Scrapbook Layout for you that will be sure to inspire you to recreate it at home. Read below and learn how I transformed my chipboard pieces to create my Winter Scrapbook Layout.


To start, you'll need the large nested square frame. Apply a coat of Ranger Ink: Emboss It Dabber to the entire piece. Once the ink has been applied, sprinkle Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder over the entire surface. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Set the frame aside to allow the powder to cool. If there isn't enough embossing powder on the frame, reapply the Emboss It Ink to the frame and sprinkle Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder over the entire surface. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Set the piece aside to cool.


Next you'll need two Lg. Wood Snowflakes. Apply Ranger Ink - Emboss It ink to both snowflakes. Once the ink has been applied, sprinkle Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder over each snowflake. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.  Set the snowflakes aside to allow the powder to cool. If there isn't enough embossing powder on the snowflakes, reapply the Emboss It Ink to each snowflake and sprinkle Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder over the entire surface. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Set the piece aside to cool.


You'll need to take five Snowflakes 712 out of the package. Make sure three match of the five and two match of the five. Apply Ranger Ink - Emboss It ink to both snowflakes. Once the ink has been applied, sprinkle Ultra Puff White embossing powder over each snowflake. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.  Set the snowflakes aside to allow the powder to cool. If there isn't enough embossing powder on the snowflakes, reapply the Emboss It Ink to each snowflake and sprinkle Ultra Puff White embossing powder over the entire surface. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Set the piece aside to cool.


Next, you'll need one Wood Small Marked Reindeer. Apply two coats of Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to the reindeer. Set aside the reindeer to dry.


Take one Sm. Wood Sleigh out of the package. Apply two coats of Chipped Sapphire Distress Stain to the sleigh. Set aside the sleigh to dry.


Next, you'll need two Mini Wood Stars.  Apply two coats of Chipped Sapphire Distress Stain to the stars. Set aside the stars to dry.


The last piece that you'll need is one of the Scroll Borders. Using a blending tool and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink, cover the entire surface of the scroll. Once the surface is covered, use a second blending tool and ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.


When adhering the chipboard elements to the layout, make sure to adhere the picture first and then adhere the scroll border. Once the scroll border is adhered, foam square the square frame over top of the picture.


With the frame adhered in the middle, now it's time to add the chipboard elements in the bottom right hand corner. You'll need to adhere two of the three smaller matching snowflakes on the left and right corner of the frame. Once they've been adhered, adhere the sleigh between them and adhere the large snowflake over top of the sleigh. To finish the corner add the two stars and last matching snowflake to the corner. To embellish the small snowflakes, add Red/Gold Glitter dots to the centres and a large jewel to the centre of the large snowflake.


In the bottom left hand corner adhere the reindeer.


In the top left hand corner, adhere the large snowflake in the top left corner of the frame. Once the large snowflake has been adhered, adhere one of the small matching snowflakes to the right of the large snowflake and adhere the second small matching to the left of the large snowflake. To finish the corner add the two stars and last matching snowflake to the corner. To embellish the small snowflakes, add Red/Gold Glitter dots to the centres and a large jewel to the centre of the large snowflake.


To finish your layout, take watered down white gesso and a splatter brush. Splatter sections of your layout as desired.


Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Nested Squares

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Soft Fallen Snow Embossing Powder and Ultra Puff White Embossing Powder 
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot, Distress Stain - Chipped Sapphire and Brushed Pewter & Splatter Brush
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink - Clear (dabber)
- Prima Marketing: Heavy White Gesso
- Authentique: Wintery - Wintery One, Two, Five and Six
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Red/Gold Glitter Dots
- Misc: Heat Tool and Jewels

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  


















Thursday, January 5, 2017

December Challenge Winner

It's the start of a new month and it's time to reveal December's Monthly Challenge Winner. I'm Design Team Member Katelyn and I'm back to announce December's "Christmas and New Years" Challenge Winner. Thank you to everyone who participated this month. The participation was great for our December Challenge and we hope that you will continue that momentum for our monthly challenge in January and that it'll inspire you to submit. You will find all of the details on how to enter and what the rules are here. December's Christmas and New Year's Challenge Winner is Nicole Wright. Who created a set of fabulous Christmas Tree Ornaments:


Nicole Wright  please contact me at Katelyngrosart@gmail.com. Thank you to everyone who participated and we can't wait to see what you create in January for our challenge.

Until Next Time!
-Katelyn

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year Card with Ava Gavloski

Hello, Ava here wishing everyone a Happy New Year!  All the best in 2017!

I have a very Aged Vintage Card to share with you from a past time era.  
The old wooden / steel blade type of sleigh.

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As you can see the sleigh is weathered, crackled and reflects the aged tones
from many winters of use on those hills of fun.

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To get the aged look, paint the sleigh with a vintage antique white acrylic paint from DecoArt Paint.  Two coats should do it.  
Apply a coat of Crackle medium and let the sleigh dry over night.

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When you look at this sleigh it appear as if the days gone by have made the paint on the sleigh start too flaking off in the warm winter sunshine.

The yellow tones of the burlap and the faded stamped sentiment truly takes the card back to an old era.  

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You can find these cute little small wooden sleighs in the shop
under the Christmas and Holiday Section.


Southern Ridge Trading Co. Supplies Used:


Other Supplies Used:

- My Favorite Things: Die-namics Leaf- Filled Flourish Die
- CS-Birthday Sentiments Stamp set
- DecoArt Acrylic Paints
- May Arts Ribbon
- Xyron Adhesive
- Canvas Corp: Burlap
- Clearsnap Ink
- Core’dinations Cardstock

Join our community at Southern Ridge Trading Co.
There are many inspirational creations that will jump-start your New Year.

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!

Have a great New Year!
Ava