Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Traveler's Journal for Canada's 150th Birthday with Karen Bearse

Very excited to be working with Southern Ridge Trading Co. debut chippies commemorating Canada’s 150th birthday. Living in the U.S. I go home at least once a year to visit family. I made a traveler’s journal that will be perfect for documenting my trips back home. Some members of our design team & the Emerald Creeks team are participating in a blog hop that goes live tomorrow, Thursday the 29th.


Here is a sneak peek at my project that will have a full tutorial on my blog tomorrow. You can join in the hop here http://mygrandmasteacups.blogspot.ca/  and all the links will also be in a post tomorrow right here on Southern Ridge Trading Co.
Stay tuned right here in July as I continue with the new chipboard release. I will be adding signatures &  pages in my book to get ready for my next trip. I hope you can join us!

- Karen

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bless Our Nest Project with Sandy McTier


Hi Y’all!!

I’ve so enjoyed seeing my friend’s pictures of bird nests, eggs and newborn baby birds all over social media. It inspired a nest painting in my head, and I just haven’t had the time to get it out. That is, until I got this great bird chipboard from Southern Ridge Trading Company, and I knew it had to be incorporated into this painting!

The surface is a wood canvas panel from Hobby Lobby, but I decided to use the back/inside of it instead of the front.  

I used DecoArt’s new Americana Premium Tube Acrylic paints as well as a new favorite DecoArt Americana Acrylic  color – Laguna – to paint this project. Of course I also used some of my favorite Dynasty Brushes, pictured below



I painted the surface with Laguna and let completely dry. Next, I drew out a little design using a white chalk pencil by General Pencil. I based the nest in with some of the darker colors – Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna and Carbon Black. Then I mixed in some Raw Sienna and Yellow Ochre along the top of the nest.






I darkened up the bottom of the nest with more Burnt Umber and Carbon Black and then added more highlights along the top with some Yellow Ochre mixed with touches of Titan Buff and Quinacridone Gold mixed with a little bit of Titanium White. I also added some touches of Laguna on the twigs to bring in some of the background color. The eggs are painted in with some Laguna mixed with Titanium White. I shaded along the bottom with a wash of Burnt Umber and Carbon Black and highlighted on top with some Titanium White. I finished the eggs by adding splatters with some very watery Quiacridone Gold.




I used a Large Oval Foam brush by Dynasty to apply Carbon Black to the bird chipboard, which worked beautifully!


I painted the letters and scroll bits with Titanium White and then gave them a little shadow using Carbon Black.

I splattered some very watery Titanium White here and there and then followed with some splatters of Carbon Black. I dry brushed some Titanium White along the frame edge of the surface and let completely dry. Once dried, I varnished with some DecoArt Soft Touch Varnish and then glued the Birds on a Branch chipboard piece to the surface using E6000 Glue.

I hope this inspires you to create it!! There were so many other great Southern Ridge Trading Company Chipboard pieces that could be added to a surface like this, adding a bit of dimension and layers!!   

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:


Other Supplies Used:

- Surface:  8x8 Wood canvas panel
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics:  Laguna
- DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics:  Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Carbon Black, Quinacridone Gold, Titan Buff, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna and Titanium White
- Dynasty Brushes:  #20 Black Silver, IPC Large Oval Wash, #12 Black Gold, 1/4” Angle, #0 Shader, #0 Liner and small Tracy Moreau Stencil Brush (Available from TheBrushGuys.com – use promo code: sandymc for an additional discount)
- Other supplies:  E6000, White Chalk Pencil, and DecoArt Media Soft Touch Varnish



©2017 Bless Our Nest, Sandy McTier Designs ~ all rights reserved

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



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Masculine Happy Birthday Card with Katelyn Grosart

Hey there Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here. It was my Step Dad's birthday a week ago and he loves photography. So with his birthday in mind, I set out to create him a masculine photography inspired Happy Birthday Card. This card is chalked full of chipboard pieces as well as different embellishments and it can be made for any special person in your life. Grab a cup of your favourite beverage and read below as I share with you how I created my masculine Happy Birthday Card. 



To start, cut a piece of patterned paper that measures 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".  Once the piece of paper has been cut, place the Brick Stencil over top of the paper. Using a palette knife, apply Black Texture Paste through the top left and bottom right of the stencil randomly. Set the piece of paper aside to dry while you work on the other elements for your card.


Cut two Honeycomb Pattern pieces that measure 2" x 3". Apply Emboss It Ink to the Honeycomb pieces. Sprinkle Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder over each Honeycomb piece. Emboss the Honeycomb pieces with your heat tool. 


With the Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder still out, choose two hinges from the Nuts & Bolts and cut the hinges in half. Apply Emboss It Ink to the hinges. Sprinkle Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder over the hinges. Emboss the hinges with your heat tool. 


Using the small Abstract Circle Frame, apply Emboss It Ink to the small abstract circle frame. Sprinkle Charred Gold Embossing Powder over the circle frame. Emboss the circle frame with your heat tool. 


Using the small Chain Frame, apply Emboss It Ink to the small chain frame. Sprinkle Hammered Metal Embossing Powder over the chain frame. Emboss the chain frame with your heat tool. 


With the Hammered Metal Embossing Powder still out, choose one med. key hole and apply Emboss It Ink to the key hole. Sprinkle Hammered Metal Embossing Powder over the key hole. Emboss the key hole with your heat tool. 


Choose a Happy Birthday sentiment from the Birthday Greetings. Cut your chosen Happy Birthday sentiment out. Apply Emboss It Ink to the Happy Birthday Sentiment. Sprinkle Midnight Black Embossing Powder over the entire Happy Birthday sentiment. Emboss the Happy Birthday sentiment with your heat tool. 


Take two Delicate Lace Bars out of the package. On both pieces, cut the long skinny bar off. Apply two coats of Vintage Photo Distress Stain to the Delicate Lace Bars.


Take one Drifting Feather out of the package. Apply two coats of Walnut Stain Distress Paint to the feather. Let the feather dry. After the paint has dried on the feather, apply Walnut Stain Distress Crayon to the feather. Rub the distress crayon into the edges of the feather.


Choose eight bolts from the Nuts & Bolts package. Apply two coats of Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to each bolt. Let the blots dry. After the bolts have dried, start by applying Pumice Stone Distress Crayon to each bolt. Rub the crayon in. Apply Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon to each bolt. Rub the crayon in. The last Distress Crayon you'll need to apply to the bolts is Black Soot. Rub the crayon in. 


Pick three keys. Using the Black Soot Distress Crayon, apply the crayon to each key. Rub the crayon into each key to give them a more of a worn look. 


Using the Black Soot Distress Crayon, apply the crayon to the pocket watch. Rub the crayon into each pocket watch to give it a worn look. 


From Pion Design "Mister Tom's Treasure" fussy cut a pocket watch, two cars and two license plates. Ink the edges of the images using a Blending Tool and Black Soot Distress Ink.


Cut one film strip piece that has 6 squares on it. Cut a second film strip piece that has 2 1/2 squares on it. 


Cut a 3 1/4" stitched circle out of black cardstock. Using the 2 3/4" stitched circle, cut out the photography image found on the Mister Tom's Treasures Images. Distress the edges of the stitched circles using an edge distressor. Ink the edges of the circles using a Blending Tool and Black Soot Distress Ink.


Distress the edges of the 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" patterned paper using an edge distressor. Ink the edges of the paper using a Blending Tool and Black Soot Distress Ink.


Cut a 5 5/8" x 5 5/8" piece of woodgrain patterned paper. Distress the edges of the 5 5/8" x 5 5/8" patterned paper using an edge distressor. Ink the edges of the paper using a Blending Tool and Black Soot Distress Ink.


Cut a 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" piece of black cardstock. Distress the edges of the 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" black cardstock using an edge distressor. Ink the edges of the paper using a Blending Tool and Black Soot Distress Ink.


Cut a 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" piece of patterned paper. Distress the edges of the 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" patterned paper using an edge distressor. Ink the edges of the paper using a Blending Tool and Black Soot Distress Ink.


Cut a 6" x 12" piece of White Super Stock Cardstock. Score the cardstock at 6". Fold card base in half.


Now it's time to assemble your card.

Adhere the black cardstock piece to the 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" patterned paper piece.


Adhere the woodgrain patterned paper to the black cardstock.


Adhere the brick patterned paper piece to the woodgrain patterned paper. 


Adhere the photography image circle to the black cardstock circle. 


Adhere the black cardstock circle to the middle of the brick stenciled image.


In the top left hand side of the photography/black circle, adhere one of the honeycomb pattern pieces. In the bottom right hand side of the photography/black circle, adhere the other honeycomb patten piece.


Adhere one of the delicate lace bar piece to the top of the photography/black circle. Adhere the other delicate lace bar piece to the bottom of the photography/black circle.


In the top left hand side of the photography circle, adhere one of the fussy cut cars and one of the license plates, the film strip with 2 1/2 squares, pocket watch, keyhole, the two hinges and a metal key.
In the bottom right hand side of the photography circle, adhere the other fussy cut card, license plate, pocket watch, film strip piece, three bolts and two keys.


Adhere the abstract frame overtop of the photography circle. Adhere the chain frame overtop of the abstract frame. On the top left hand side of the chain frame, adhere five bolts. In the bottom right hand corner adhere the feather overtop of the chain frame. Adhere the Happy Birthday sentiment to the bottom portion of the chain frame. 

To finish your card, adhere your card front to the cardbase.


Here are a few closeup photos of the finished Masculine Happy Birthday Card.




And here's the finished Masculine Happy Birthday Card.


Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Brick Stencil

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder, Charred Gold Embossing Powder, Hammered Metal Embossing Powder, Pocket Watch Charm and Key Charms
- DecoArt: Modeling Paste - Black
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Black Soot, Distress Paint -  Walnut Stain, Distress Crayons - Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone, Black Soot and Hickory Smoke and Distress Stain - Vintage Photo and Brushed Pewter
- Tim Holtz/Idea-ology: Film Strip Ribbon
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink - Clear (Dabber) and Glossy Accents
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Circles Die and Double Sided Adhesive Tape - 6mm
- Pion Design: Legends of the Sea - Sea Star and Mister Tom's Treasures - Vintage Automobiles, Images from the Past and Old Factory
- Creative Scrapbooker/Cathie Allan: Superstock Cardstock
- Tombow: Aqua Mono Liquid Glue
- Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L:  3D Foam Squares and Dodz
- Misc: Heat Tool and Black Cardstock


Until Next Time!

- Katelyn 








































Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mixed Media Cover with Ava Gavloski

We want to start this post off by thanking Ava for a wonderful year with us. This is her last post with us and we have enjoyed all of her projects over this year. We look forward to seeing what you create out in blog land. Make sure to continue stopping by Ava's blog, http://cottagerca.blogspot.ca/, to see all her wonderful creations.

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Hello and Welcome to Southern Ridge Trading Co.  Ava here today to share a mixed media cover that I created for my sister who has a cottage on a tiny lake called “Otter Lake”.

How cute is this little otter stamp by Unity Stamp Co. ? Here is the link to Unity.

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Well lets dive in, as an otter would do along a lake shore and play with all of these wonderful pieces of chipboard by Southern Ridge Trading Co.

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Notice the shaded sunshine on all of my elements on my studio table… This is what it’s like lakeside with nature…..so inspiring.  Played with all kinds of mixed mediums for this special layout page.  Once I was happy with my design, it was stencil and modeling paste time.

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The fishnet stencil has been retired, so your alternative is a wonderful Fibers Stencil.  I believe you will see lots of designs with  this fibers stencil.. Both stencils the feel of fishing nets.

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After drying the modeling paste overnight I started to assemble and adhere all the mixed media elements with gel medium by DecoArt.  Allow this to dry by using a heat tool and letting it rest for a bit.  Then I got out my Tattered Angels mist and gave the page a couple of layers of mist.

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Southern Ridge Trading Co. really has a wonderful selection of nature themed chipboard for all of us nature lovers.  Be sure to grab your favourite beverage and surf the store you will be so happy to see all the inspirational chipboard pieces.

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The texture on this album page is wonderful. The chipboard elements take you lakeside for sure.  

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All of nature’s creatures live in harmony on this layout.

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Can you hear this happy otter playing with his family along the lakeshore?  I sure can.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:


Other Supplies Used:

- Canvas Corp: Burlap
- Tattered Angels Simply Sheer Matte Mist Watercolour-Rose Leaf
- Muslin material
- DecoArt: Modeling Paste and Gel Medium
- Unity Stamp Co.: Little Otter
- Seed Beads