Friday, February 16, 2018

A Dapper Happy Birthday Card with Katelyn Grosart

Hey Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here. Today, I've created for you a dapper Happy Birthday Card, that's perfect to give that special man in your life. You'll want to read below as I share with you how I created my dapper Happy Birthday card, so that you're able to recreate it at home.


To start, decide which Happy Birthday you'd like from the Birthday Greetings package and cut it out. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the Happy Birthday. Sprinkle Rocky Road Baked Texture Embossing Powder overtop of the word. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.


Take the large Abstract Frame out of the package. Apply one coat of Little Black Dress paint to the entire surface of the frame. Once the paint has dried,  apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the frame. Sprinkle Rocky Road Baked Texture Embossing Powder overtop of the frame. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.


Cut two pieces off of the Multi Gears Pattern piece. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to each Multi Gear Pattern piece. Sprinkle Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder overtop of the gear pieces. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.


Take out one Roman Clock Face from the package. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the clock. Sprinkle Ancient Amber Baked Texture Embossing Powder overtop of the clock. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Once the powder has cooled, rub Black Soot Distress Crayon randomly over the clock face.


From the Nuts and Bolts package, take one of the labels out. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the label. Sprinkle Ancient Amber Baked Texture Embossing Powder overtop of the label. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Once the powder has cooled, rub Black Soot Distress Crayon randomly over the label.


Cut three pieces from the Honeycomb Pattern. Apply two coats of Walnut Stain Distress Paint to the honeycomb pieces. 


From the Chain Border, cut two pieces that have 2 chains and cut two pieces that have 1 chain. Apply two coats of Hickory Smoke Distress Paint to each chain piece. Once the paint has dried, rub Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Crayon around the edges of each chain piece.


From the Nuts and Bolts package, choose six nuts and bolts. Apply two coats of Little Black Dress Paint. Once the paint has dried, rub Brushed Pewter Distress Crayon overtop of the nuts and bolts.


Choose two pieces of patterned paper. Cut the first piece of patterned paper to 4 1/2" x 5 1/2". Cut the second piece of patterned paper to 4 3/4" x 5 3/4". Distress the edges of the papers with an edge distressor. Ink the edges of the patterned papers with Black Soot Distress Ink. Adhere the 4 1/2" patterned paper piece to the 4 3/4" patterned paper piece.

Place the brick stencil in the bottom right hand corner of the patterned paper and apply Emboss It Ink through the stencil. Lift the stencil up and sprinkle Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder over top. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Repeat the previous steps, but this time in the top left corner of the patterned paper.


Pick out a found relative. Cut the found relative down to 4 1/2". Round the bottom corners on the found relative card. Cut a piece of black cardstock that measures 3 1/8" x 4 5/8". 


Adhere the found relative to the black cardstock piece. Adhere the black cardstock piece to the middle of the 4 1/2" patterned paper piece.


Adhere the abstract frame overtop of the found relative.


In the bottom right hand corner of the frame, adhere a two chain piece at the bottom of the frame and adhere the one chain piece going up on the right hand side of the frame.


Adhere a honeycomb pattern piece and a multi gear piece in the bottom right hand corner of the frame where the two chain pieces meet.


Overtop of the multi gear piece in the bottom right hand corner, adhere the label and Happy Birthday sentiment.


In the top left hand corner of the frame, adhere a two chain piece at the top of the frame and adhere the one chain piece going down the left hand side of the frame. Adhere the two honeycomb pattern pieces to each of the chain pieces.


Adhere the roman clock face and other multi gear piece where the two chain pieces meet in the top left hand corner.


Adhere three nuts and bolts down the bottom left hand side of the frame. Adhere the other three nuts and bolts at the top on the right hand side of the frame. To finish your card, cut a cardbase that measures 4 3/4" x 11 1/2". Score at 5 1/2". Adhere your cardfront to the cardbase.


Here are a few close up shots of my card.








Here's the finished Dapper Happy Birthday Card.


Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Brick Stencil

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Baked Texture Embossing Powder - Ancient Amber, Baked Texture Embossing Powder - Rocky Road and Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder
- Paper Artsy: Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics - Little Black Dress
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink Dabber
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Black Soot, Distress Crayon - Black Soot, Brushed Pewter & Hickory Smoke, Distress Paint - Hickory Smoke & Walnut Stain and Blending Tool with Foam
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Found Relatives
- Prima Marketing: Amber Moon - Amber Moon and Into the Woods
- Tombow: Mono Multi Liquid Glue
- Misc: Black Cardstock and Heat Tool

Until Next Time!

- Katelyn





















Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My Heart Belongs To You with Tracy Moreau

Valentines Day inspires many of us to proclaim our love for that someone special! Try making a statement with this Fun valentines  or anytime ornament. A little edgy and all Romance , this barbered wire heart is  a quick and easy project for a  proclamation of Love!

I started with a washed base coat of thinned  Tuscan Red over the panel and then stencilled that with warm white and my favourite Baroque background Stencil. While that dried I used a cosmetic sponge, to apply Extreme Sheen 24 Ky Gold to the Barbed Wire frame.
Once dry I applied a wash of Razzle Berry over the whole surface , to set the stencilled design back just a little. ( I only wanted a little light pattern in the background)




Once I traced and transferred the design to the surface , I based the floral with Tuscan Red and the leaves with Antique Green, then shaded around the floral with thinned Soft Black. I began shading and Highlighting the Floral and the leaves to bring the design forward. As I worked I balanced the design by Applying a wash of Heavily thinned Soft Black over the background to create more contrast.  While that dried I began adding some shading and some highlighting to the barbed wire to create depth and structure to the wire frame.








I glued the frame to the panel and then added a piece of bakers Twine to the top centre in the V of the heart. I borrowed a detail from a friend and added a small banner to the frame with my Own Declaration, but you could choose any message you like. I cut this from card Stock and chose a Lovely font to print my Declaration.


For this project you will need:

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:


Other Supplies Used:

- DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Tuscan Red, Soft Black , Asphaltum, Warm White, Antique Green , Margarita, Plantation Pine, Razzle Berry and Extreme Sheen 24Kt Gold
- Dynasty Brushes: Tracy Moreau Stencil Brush, Black Gold 1/4 Angle, Black Gold 10/0 Liner, Black Gold #6 Round and Black Gold  3/4 flat wash.
- Misc: E6000 Glue, and permanent (2) Glue Dots. ( for the paper Banner), bakers twine for the hanger.

Designed By Tracy Moreau













Monday, February 12, 2018

You make my Life Magical with Corina Finley


Hello fellow Crafters,

I hope everyone has had some time this year to craft and create! I was able to have some time in my studio to create a few Valentines Day! I chose this one, that I am giving to my youngest son, to share with you today.

I started my card off by cutting the cardstock layers. The card base, banners and two panels are from Bazzill smooth white cardstock. One panel and banner are from Bazzill Jade cardstock. I used stitched detail dies to cut the panels and I used a cloud embossing folder on the two white panels.


I inked and sprayed the Scroll Borders  and added Versamark  randomly on the chipboard so that the embossing powder would only stick in those places. I then sprinkled with gold embossing powder and heat embossed. I adhered one to the left side of my card. I used a small piece off the bottom of the second Scroll Border (come in a pack of two!) and tucked it under the top right corner of the small white cloud embossed panel.

I wanted to add some extra texture to the card layers so I inked a piece of cheesecloth and allowed it to dry. I then cut into strips and added under both the Jade panel and the small white cloud embossed panel. 

I stamped the cute dragons, heart and sentiment (MFT) with Versafine Black ink and heat embossed with Fine Detail Black embossing powder. I coloured them in, added shimmer and cut them out. Adhered them to the small white cloud embossed panel. Added the sentiment pieces and a few light pink rhinestones.


Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Remember to take a look at the Southern Ridge Trading Company website - Chipboard.ca for great Chipboard designs for your next card or project!


Thanks for joining me today! 

Happy Valentines,


Live, Laugh & Create!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Adore Valentine's Day Card with Deb Riddell

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by, it’s Deb Riddell here with you today to share a quick and easy Valentine’s Day card created with Southern Ridge Trading Company’s Heart stencil, Taneesha Heart and Love and Hearts Banner chipboard and Wood Adore Tags.


I was inspired by Julia Chupik of Paradise Lost who made a beautiful card with water based pigment ink (click here to see her process video).  I admired her use of white space on her card which I always struggle with so decided to give it a go myself.

I started with a piece of plain old white copy paper, spritzed some Frankly Scarlet and Raspberry Infusions with water  and dipped and dragged the copy paper through it.  Once dried, I randomly stamped the paper with the Ledger Script stamp and Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink and then stenciled hearts onto the background with Southern Ridge’s Heart stencil and Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture Paste.


The Taneesha Heart chipboard was covered with white gesso and then dipped repeatedly into diluted Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress inks on my craft mat.  The edges were inked with Ground Espresso Distress ink and then some Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse was diluted with more water and randomly applied to the heart with my finger.


I forgot to take a picture of the Hearts Banner before I put it onto the card, sorry about that!  The Hearts Banner chipboard was also covered with white gesso and this time I coloured it with Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide inks and more diluted Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse.  As you can see, the stenciled Heart background was adhered to a kraft cardstock card blank.


The Wood Adore Tag was first coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Stain and once it had dried, Tarnished Brass Distress Crayon was rubbed over the surface and then quickly removed to only leave it in the recessed ‘adore’ word.


And then the card was assembled, the Hearts Banner was adhered along the top edge.


And the Taneesha Heart nestled on an angle below the banner with the Wood Adore Tag added to the center of the heart with a brad coloured with Gold Mixative.


You can see the texture and shine from the stenciled hearts and the Nuvo Mousse in the picture below.


I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing how my Adore Valentine’s Day card came together, I haven’t quite mastered the use of white space as expertly as Julia but I do like the way it turned out.


Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:


Other Supplies Used:

- Paper Artsy: Infusions Coloured Stains
- Ranger Ink: Distress Oxide Ink, Distress Ink, Distress Stain, Distress Crayon, Gold Mixative, Distress Archival Ink and Transparent Gloss Texture Paste
- Stampers Anonymous: Ledger Script stamp
- Tonic Studios: Nuvo Mousse
- Miscellaneous: Copy Paper, Kraft Cardstock, Brad and White Gesso

Thanks as always for stopping by today and hope that you’ve been inspired to make a Valentine’s Day card for your sweetie too, happy creating!










Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Firefighter Valentine's Day Card with Erin Quiding-Sampson

After the big move and waiting for internet to be connected, I’m finally back creating with some SRTC chipboard! It feels so nice to have a place to craft again!!


I made a 5 ½ by 5 ½ Valentines day card. I used Southern Ridge Trading Company’s Firefighter Mix and Abstract Heart Frames.


I cut my 5 ½” by 11”card base out of recollections 110lb cardstock then scored the long side at 5.5.
I cut the inside panel and outside layer at 5 ¼ by 5 ¼

I used my water brush to do a quick wash with this Opaque white watercolour. I allowed it to dry then added more watercolours over to add a hint of colour to the firefighter and the heart.
I just added colour and wiped it off until it looked the way I wanted. Once I was happy with that, I put the card together and added Be Mine.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Thanks for stopping by
~Erin

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Meet the New Guest Designers!

First off, Karen and I would like to thank you for your submissions.

It was unbelievable to see all of the talent here and Canada, the States and the rest of the world. For those who applied and didn't make it, continue to apply when our call comes up again. We are always looking to add to our team, so don't feel discouraged. You are all very talented and we truly enjoyed seeing everyone's submission. 

We want to congratulate the new guest designers that we are adding to our team! We want to welcome Cathy, Emma and Dawn E.


Cathy Potosky



Emma Ivemey


Dawn E


Make sure to stop by each of the ladies blogs to congratulate them on making the team! Stay tuned to see their creations starting in April.

-Karen & Katelyn