Friday, August 18, 2017

Life Lesson Number 25 with Deb Riddell

Hello and thank you for stopping by, Deb Riddell here today to share a mixed media project with you that I’m calling ‘Life Lesson Number 25’.

It was created with Southern Ridge’s Foliage Round Frame, Birds On Branch and a page from the Sprocket Album chipboard album along with their Heart stencil, read on for my how to.

I started by using a Deco Foil Adhesive pen to apply some glue to the bare chipboard Foliage Round Frame and once the glue was tacky, Rebekah Meier Designs’ Patina Transfer Foil was burnished over top.  Perfect Pearls powders in Forever Blue and Forever Green were then dabbed onto the lost and found areas where the foil hadn’t transferred completely and the powders sealed into place by gently wiping the frame with a lightly dampened paper towel.

I had a portion of the Birds On Branch chipboard piece left over from another project, so I trimmed it down to size and basecoated it with Bittersweet Chocolate Americana acrylic paint.  The entire piece was then stamped with Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink and the Floret background stamp.  The contrast between the background and the stamped design was a little too bold for the look I was going for so I wiped the still wet Distress Oxide ink off with a damp baby wipe and shazam! look at the wonderful ghost print I was left with!!

I love it when a mistake results in a fabulous new discovery don’t you?  I will be experimenting with this technique lots more, love, love, love the effect.  I wanted to emphasize that ghostly design so I sealed the piece with some Distress Micro Glaze (so that any of the Distress Oxide ink left on the chipboard wouldn’t react), heated the piece to set the Micro Glaze and then finished it off with a coat of Gloss Americana Dura-Clear varnish.

A piece of Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Paper was cut out to about 6” x 6” and painted with a slip slap layer of Tumbled Glass Distress Stain.   Once the stain had dried, the Heart stencil was used to stencil some tone on tone hearts over the background with Tumbled Glass Distress ink.

A page from the Sprocket chipboard album was painted with a coat of white acrylic paint and the pre-punched holes on the page filled with hot glue to fill the voids.  The backing paper was removed from the prepared stenciled Art Paper (it has an adhesive backing) and the chipboard album page covered completely.  The edges of the album page were shaded here and there with Stormy Sky Distress ink.

The phrase ‘always be a dreamer’ was stamped onto the album page with a Simon Says Stamp BE 3x4 stamp set and Black Soot Archival ink.

I chose the number 25 Mini Plaquette and dipped the accompanying brads in some Snow Cap alcohol ink mixative to colour them white.  I wanted the Index Clip to have the same chippy enameled look as the mini plaquette so I coloured it with Pitch Black alcohol ink and then added some Glacier White Enamel Accents to the front of the clip, worked like a charm!

And finally a couple of Mirrored Stars and Mirrored Hearts were coloured with Stonewash alcohol ink.

The plaque was then assembled; the Foliage Round Frame was centered onto the plaque and the Birds On Branch bird positioned overtop, supporting the chipboard as necessary with small pieces of black fun foam.

The Mirrored Stars and Mirrored Hearts were scattered here and there,

the mini plaquette was added to the top right corner,

and the enameled Index Clip added to the left side of the plaque with a little ‘life lesson’ note inserted into it that I printed out on the computer and coloured with Old Paper Distress ink.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing how my Life Lesson Number 25 mixed media plaque came together, think that one of my nieces will be receiving this as a gift sometime in the near future!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz / Ranger Ink: Distress Ink, Distress Oxide Ink, Distress Stain, Distress Micro Glaze, Alcohol Ink, Enamel Accents, Archival Ink and Perfect Pearls
- Tim Holtz / Advantus: Mini Plaquettes, Index Clips, Mirrored Stars and Mirrored Hearts
- Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous: Floret stamp
- Therm O Web: Rebekah Meier Designs Transfer Foil, Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Paper, Deco Foil Adhesive Pen and Mixed Media Adhesive
- DecoArt: Americana Acrylic Paint and Americana Dura-Clear Varnish
- Simon Says Stamp: BE 3x4 Clear Stamp set
- Miscellaneous: computer and printer, scissors, E6000 glue and fun foam

Thank you again for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Whale Journal Art Page with Karen Bearse

Hello Blog Land, I am here today playing on another Journal Page. This book was made to hold my favourite photos and this certainly qualifies. We lived in Vancouver, Canada in 2005 and made many trips to the aquarium there. It is one of the memories I want to remember.

This whale paper was perfect to highlight our trips. I added a card with washi tape as a flip to put the beautiful turtle card & my journaling on the back. The anchor is a wonderful addition to use as a card tab.

The water fountain there is just incredible with a huge Haida whale statue. I am very happy to have a photo with my goofy kids in front of it.

Here are close ups of my chippies. Thanks for joining me today. If you would like to check out the Journal this came in you can see it on my site here. Have a great crafty day!

Southern Ridge Trading Co. Supplies Used:
- Fish Net Stencil

Other Supplies Used:
- Therm*O*Web: Transfer Foil and DecoFoil Adhesive Pen
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Salted Navy Embossing Powder, Vintage Anchor Charm, Killer Whale Stamp and Dream Stamp
- Marvy Uchida: Le Plume Alcohol Marker - Coffee
- Tombow: Mono Aqua Glue
- Bo Bunny: Paper & Cards
- Recollections: Washi Tape

- Karen

Monday, August 14, 2017

Enjoy the Journey Scrapbook Layout with Charlene Byrd

Hello bloggers!

Charlene here! Thanks for joining me today! I can't believe it's the middle of August already, summer has gone by so fast! 

This picture was taken last year of my hubby and I. We were enjoying a beautiful boat ride along the St. Lawrence river into town where we stopped at a local pub for dinner and drinks. I just love where we live that we can do such spontaneous and fun things!

I started by staining my journey word with Walnut Distress stain. My bottle was almost empty so as I was swiping what ink I had left in the bottle I realized I was getting a really cool wood grain effect! Sometimes the unexpected are what looks the best!

For the scroll I added Glue n' Seal over the entire chipboard piece and added Distress Glitter over the top. I was so happy how the colour matched my layout and the little touch of glitter added a little shimmer!

Remember to always enjoy the journey of life!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Other Products Used:

- Pink Paislee paper
- Tim Holtz paper
- Prima flowers
- Cheesecloth
- Paper butterfly
- Jute string
- Lace
- Tim Holtz embellishments
- String
- Paper doily

Thanks for joining me today! Be sure to enjoy the rest of your summer!
Happy creating!


Friday, August 11, 2017

Orchids and Dragon Flies with Tracy Moreau

Dragonflies are my Totem, By Spirit guide so to speak. I have an odd affinity for them and they to me. They frequently land on me when I'am out of doors. I love to watch them fly and am enthralled by them when at rest. The delicacy of their wings and the vibrancy of the colour are inspiring. They are...uniquely elegant.
I have used the laser cut dragonflies in a previous post, but NOT the stencil! And I loved this Tavern Sign piece so, I combined them to create this.

I started with the chipboard Vintage Sign Kit, using the middle piece for the surface (I have other plans for the rest of the pieces!) One chipboard Zen Dragonfly and Dragonfly Stencil. 
I love the Southern Ridge stencils...tons of details!!
I started with base coating the surface with Carbon Lamp Black. Then stencilled the dragonfly with DecoArts Bronze Dazzling Metallic. I just applied the image randomly over the surface taking care to allow portions of the image in a few places.

The stencils are easy to clean up with a little hand sanitizer!

I traced and transfer the floral to the panel and then based coated the Americana Acrylics. The petals are based with Warm White and the centre portion with Light Orchid. I based the leaves with Avocado Dip.

I shaded around the floral using a float of Lamp Black and began shading the floral with floats of Light Orchid, then deepened them with a float of Brilliant Purple. The leaves are shaded with floats of Plantation Pine and highlighted with floats of Margarita/Warm White. I then toned both the floral and the leaves and stems with floats of thinned Asphaltum.

I outlined the edge of the panel with a 18kt Gold Paint Pen. While this was drying I painted the dragonfly with a sponge dabbing first Bronze, then Gold, then Green Metallic and then Peacock Pearl Metallic. I glued a small wooden block to the back of the dragonfly. To give it elevation over the floral.

Here's what you need to complete this project:

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplied Used:

Other Supplies Used:
- DecoArt Americana AcrylicsLight Orchid, Brilliant Purple, Titanium White, Warm White, Lamp Black, Avocado Dip, Plantation Pine, Sunny Day, Persimmon, Margarita, Asphaltum. Dazzling Metallics: Crystal Green, Peacock Pearl, Bronze and Bright Gold
DynastyBlack Gold Brushes1/2 angle shader, 10/0 Liner and #4 Filbert
Tracy Moreau Stencil Brush1/2 stencil brush

Questions?? Contact me at

Designed by Tracy Moreau

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy Halloween Tag with Katelyn Grosart

Hey there Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here. It's hard to believe that August is here and Halloween will be here before you know it. Today, I've created for you a fabulous Happy Halloween Tag, that's perfect to give to that lover of halloween in your life. You'll want to read below as I share with you how I transformed each of my chipboard pieces to create my Happy Halloween Tag.

To start you'll need the Tombstone chipboard pieces.  For the RIP Tombstone piece, cover the piece in a coat of Emboss It Ink. Sprinkle Hammered Metal Embossing Powder over the entire surface. Emboss with your heat tool. Set aside to cool. 

For the large Tombstone piece, cover the piece in a coat of Emboss It Ink. Sprinkle Midnight Black Embossing Powder over the entire surface. Emboss with your heat tool. Set aside to cool. 

Pick two zombies out of the Zombie Gang package. Cut one of the zombies so that there's just the head, keep the legs. From the Halloween Header piece, cut one of the hands off. Using a baby wipe and Black Marble Dylusions Paint, apply the paint to each zombie and the hand. Set the pieces aside to dry.

With the Zombie Gang package still out, pick a zombie out. Now you'll need the other half of the body left over from the cut in half zombie. Apply Emboss It Ink to each piece. Sprinkle Onyx Frost Embossing Powder overtop of each piece. Emboss with your heat tool. Set the pieces aside to cool.

Next, you'll need a piece of the Grass Border, the Happy Halloween (cut off the ghosts and keep the ghosts to the side) and cut some hands off of the Halloween Header.  Apply two coats of Peeled Paint Distress Paint to the grass border, apply two coats of Carved Pumpkin Distress Paint to the Happy Halloween and apply two coats of Hickory Smoke Distress Paint to the Hands. Once the paint has dried on all three pieces, go over each piece with  the Black Soot Distress Crayon. Rub the crayon in with your finger.

The last piece to transform are the two ghosts that were cut off of the Happy Halloween sentiment. Using a baby wipe and White Linen Dylusions Paint, paint the ghosts. Set the ghosts aside to dry.

Now you can assemble your Happy Halloween tag. Start by adhering the large patterned paper piece to the tag. Adhere the small piece of patterned paper piece to the large patterned paper piece.  Adhere your RIP tombstone to your large tombstone. Decorate your tombstone as desired with the halloween chipboard elements. Foam square the tombstone with elements to the middle of the small piece of patterned paper. 

To finish the tag, created a bow out of black ribbon.

Here are a few closeup shots of the finished Happy Halloween Tag.

Here's my finished Happy Halloween tag. I hope that I've inspired you to recreate my tag at home.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Pumpkins

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Hammered Metal, Onyx Frost and Midnight Black Embossing Powders
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Black Soot, Distress Paint -  Carved Pumpkin, Hickory Smoke and Peeled Paint and Distress Crayon - Black Soot
- Dyan Reaveley for Ranger Ink: Dylusions Paint - Black Marble and White Linen
- Ranger Ink: #8 Manilla Tags
- Tombow: Aqua Mono Liquid Glue
- Graphic 45: Eerie Tale - Grand Illusion and Run & Hide
- Hug N' Snug Seam Binding Ribbon: Black

Until Next Time!


Monday, August 7, 2017

Secrets Tag by Corina Finley

Thank you for joining me Today!

This week I decided to create a Tag, played with a stencil and alter some awesome chipboard elements.

I created my layers from black and manila cardstock. I used a large Tag die to cut the black cardstock. The Tag base was stamped this a Distress Lined Background stamp with versamark, sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat set.

For the Manila cardstock, I applied Distressed Oxide in Fired Brick using an Ink Blending tool.  I dried the piece, then flicked with water and used a piece of paper towel to blot up the excess.

I used a stencil next with a metallic grey paint. I applied the paint unevenly with a Ink blending tool - wanting some lighter areas. Set aside to dry fully. Then the stencil was reapplied and each brick was traced using a black fine tip marker.

To alter the Med Key Holes, I used thick black embossing powder, while still wet (hot), I sprinkled with black glass glitter.  The Bolts and Plaque were painted with Black Gesso. The Mini Wood Key was painted with silver paint and a little was added to the 4 Bolts.

Seam binding, black twine and a metal Secret Charm was added for a finishing touch!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used: 

Nuts and Bolts

Med Key Holes

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

Thanks for joining me today!

Take care,

Live, Laugh & Create!