Friday, April 20, 2018

Shine On with Sandy McTier

I’ve always loved the mystical, magical and whimsy of fairies!  
When I saw the SRTC Fairy chipboard pieces, I just knew I had to create with them!!

Prepping the Pieces:
  • I painted the Mason jar surface with DecoArt’s All Purpose Sealer and let completely dry.
  • Once dried, I gave it a light sanding and then painted a smooth layer of DecoArt Media Gesso and let completely dry again. Once dried, I gave it another light sanding to remove any dust.

  • I painted the fairy with Lamp Black and let dry.
  • I wanted her to be just a silhouette but also wanted her wings to shine just a bit. So, I painted DecoArt Interference in Violet and Turquoise on her wings.

Mason Jar:
  • I painted over the jar with some Glazing Medium and then, using an Angle brush, floated White in the center, Desert Turquoise on the outer edges of the white and then finished with Dioxazine Purple along the edges. I softly blended between the colors with a mop brush so that the colors would transition into one another. I let the purple run right up into the lid too.
  • Next, I stenciled some of the colors used in the jar over a piece of Punchinella and finished by stenciling some White here and there. I also wanted some smaller dots, so I stenciled over a piece of dry wall tape with circles on it.
  • Using a liner brush and thinned down White, I added some sparkles here and there in the jar.
  • I dry brushed some Dioxazine Purple swirls up from her hand and, once dried, I dry brushed some White over that… going for a misty look. I added some dots and sparkles with the liner brush and thinned down White.

Mason Jar (cont.):
  • I painted the lid with a mixture of Lamp Black and White and then floated in a line to separate the sections.
  • Once dried, I dry brushed some Dioxazine Purple and Desert Turquoise on the sections. Then, I dry brushed some White on the left side and on each of the sections, as shown in the picture.  

Finishing Touches:
  • I used a small letter stamp set and stamped the words “Shine On” using a black Staz-On ink pad. Even though I lined it up with a piece of painters tape, those letters aren’t always straight on the block, so I wasn’t too fussed if they lined up exactly or not.
  • Once dried, I painted a layer of DecoArt Media Soft-Touch Varnish over the entire piece.
  • Next, I used the On Point Glue by Imagine to glue the fairy onto the jar and then shaded underneath her arm, skirt and lower wing with Dioxazine Purple.
  • Finally, I looped some armature wire through the holes and, using needle nose pliers, wrapped it around the back wire and then into a little twirl.  

Optional:  Glamour Dust the swirls, if desired.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Surface: Mason Jar from Item#31-L352
- Dynasty Brushes: Black Gold 1/2" Angle, 3/8" Angle, IPC Large Oval Foam, Medium Tracy Morea Stencil Brush, Small Mezzaluna, and a liner brush of choice.
(All available from – use promo code: sandymc for an additional discount)
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Desert Turquoise, Snow Titanium White, Lamp Black and Dioxazine Purple
- DecoArt Media Interference: Turquoise and Violet
- DecoArt Media Gesso: White
- DecoArt Media Varnish: Soft-Touch
- DecoArt Glazing Medium
- Imagine On Point Glue
- Misc. Supplies: Punchinella, Circle Dry Wall Tape, Needle Nose Pliers, Staz-on Ink Pad, Small Sanding Block, Wire and an Alphabet Stamp Set.

©2018 Shine On, Sandy McTier Designs ~ all rights reserved

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happy Birthday Card with Jessica Kaiser

Hello crafty friends!

I'm here today to share with you another Southern Ridge Trading Company Design Team Project!

I used the following Southern Ridge items on this card:

Alrighty!  So, this card is quite a departure from last time!  I loved that the Cats had different poses to choose from!  I picked 3 of them and embossed them with various shades of SNS Embossing Powder. I covered each piece of chipboard with Versamark ink and covered them with multiple layers of embossing powder, heat setting each time.

To create the background, I tried some "mixed media" - now this is a big deal for me as I don't really think I'm GREAT at it...yet!  But, I like to try.

I used Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Mother of Pearl and Lilac Lavender to create some dimension with stencils! I used the Cherry Blossom Stencil and Butterfly Field Stencil and just randomly added them to the background. I sprayed the Turkish Rose Mica Mist over some of the flowers, the background and just randomly all over (look at me go with all the medias! Haha). I added some Fuschia Glass Glitter to the center of some of the flowers using Fresh Snowfall Glitter Accents.

My sentiment was stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Gold Detail Embossing Powder. Finally, I used some Crystal Drops in Party Pink and Gold to randomly add accents. I love that the playful cats are peeking out to wish the recipient a happy birthday!

I can't wait to see you all again in two weeks or so to share my next creation!  Now, head on over to to grab your fave chipboard! :)

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:


Other Supplies Used:

- SparkleNSprinkle Embossing Powders: Cotton Candy, Rosa, Gold Detail, Heliotrope and Flashy Flamingo 
- Tonic Studios: Nuvo Embellishment Mousse -Lilac Lavender and Mother of Pearl, Nuvo Crystal Drops - Bright Gold and Party Pink and Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
- Metal Stencils: Butterfly Field and Cherry Blossoms
- Tsukineko: Versamark Ink
- Foam Squares
- White Cardstock and Scrap Patterned Paper

See ya soon!


Monday, April 16, 2018

Adore Spring Tag with Katelyn Grosart

Hey Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here. Spring is definitely here and the flowers are starting to bloom here on Vancouver Island. So for today's post, I've created this Adore Spring Tag that's perfect for that special someone in your life.  You'll want to read below as I share with you how I created my Adore Spring Tag at home.

To start, take a Chipboard Tag out of the package. Trace the chipboard tag around the cherry blossom patterned paper. Cut the patterned paper tag out. Ink the edges of both the chipboard tag and the patterned paper tag using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam. 

Trace a circle around the bird and cut the circle out. Ink the edges of the circle using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Take two of the Bare Branches out of the package. Ink the entire surface of the branches using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Take the Daisy Frame out of the package. Apply two coats of Rose Quartz Dylusions paint to the frame. 

Apply a coat of Peony Blush Dylusion Paint to an Wood Adore Tags. Before it completely dries, rub off some of the paint using hand sanitizer on a paper towel. Ink the edges of the tag using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Adhere the patterned paper tag to the chipboard tag.

Foam square the bird circle to the middle of the tag. Adhere the branches down the left side of the bird circle.

Adhere the daisy frame over top of the bird circle. Adhere the adore tag to the bottom middle of the daisy frame.

In the top right hand corner of the tag, adhere the white lily and two medium dark pink flowers.

On the left hand side of the tag, adhere a dark pink lily, two medium white flowers, four light pink small flowers and three dark pink small flowers.

To finish the top right hand corner with the flowers, add a medium pink flower, a dark small flower and two light pink flowers.

To finish the top of your tag, add some white ribbon.

Here are a few close up photos of the finished tag.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
- Dyan Reaveley for Ranger Ink: Dylusions Paint - Rose Quartz and Peony Blush
- Alexandre Renke: Cherry Blossom Patterned Paper
- Hug N' Snug Seam Binding Ribbon: White
- Tombow: Mono Multi Liquid Glue
- Flowers: Small Light Pink Flowers, Small Dark Pink Flowers, Lilies and Medium Sized Flowers

Until Next Time!

- Katelyn

Friday, April 13, 2018

I Believe In Fairies Mixed Media Tag with Emma Ivemey

We are excited to welcome Emma Ivemey to our Guest Design Team. Emma is up on the blog today sharing her fabulous I Believe In Fairies Mixed Media Tag, that's sure to inspire you. Sit back and relax and learn all about how she created her first project for us!

Hello crafty friends!  I am Emma Ivemey (from Emmanade Crafts), and I am so happy to be here as a guest designer for Southern Ridge Trading Co.  I have been admiring these products for a while, so it is such fun to be working with them!

This project is a fun mixed media tag, using a couple of characters from the Lil Fairies set. The tag is kraft, from Ranger Inkssentials (size #12).
First, I gave the tag a coat of gesso, then used some patterned tissue paper to cover the entire front of the tag.  I dry-brushed some more gesso on the front of the paper when adhered.
Now for some colour!  I absolutely love DecoArt’s Media line, so here I’ve used Cobalt Teal Hue, Primary Magenta and Primary Yellow to create my background.  I love the cool green created by the mix of the yellow and blue.

Sticking with the DecoArt Media products, I used the modelling paste to add some texture with a fun stencil.

To finish off the background, I used some flower and butterfly stamps from Taylored Expressions, and Versafine Clair ink.

To decorate the chipboard fairies, I first painted them with DecoArt acrylic, then used Bo Bunny glitter paste to add some shiny accent to the wings.

For the fairies’ ‘clothes’, I’ve used some sequins and ribbon to give them some modesty!

So here is my finished tag: I’ve added a quote from Peter Pan, and little of the same ribbon as the fairy skirt through the eyelet at the top of the tag just as final touches.

I’ve had a great time creating this project!  What will be your next project with Southern Ridge products?

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Ranger Inkssentials: Kraft Tag
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Patterned Tissue Paper
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
- DecoArt Media White Gesso
- DecoArt Media Modelling Paste
- Taylored Expressions: Make it Amazing stamps
- Bo Bunny: Frost Glitter Paste
- Tsukineko: Versafine Clair Inks
- Wild Whisper: Sequins
- Pink ribbon

~~  Emma ~~

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring Dragonfly Frame with Erin Quiding-Sampson

Hello, I’m back to share this pretty Dragonfly d├ęcor piece with you. I started off by putting a thin coat of gel medium onto the front and back pieces of the frame. I then added some decorative tissue paper to that. I set them aside and allow to dry.

After the tissue is dried rip away any excess, then use a sanding block or nail file to smooth out the sides.
I added metallic paint in copper, peridot green and white to add some interest to the frame.
I cut apart and coloured the leafy branches and added a thin coat of white acrylic to the dragonfly.

When the dragonfly was dried I painted the wings in a muted purple and blue. I also coloured the body in the peridot green.
I put a coat of Mother of pearl structure gel over everything. I thought this might give the whole piece the iridescent of a dragonfly wing.

Now it's time to assemble. I used gel medium to adhere the whole project together. Glue together the front and back pieces of the frame.

I then added the leafy branches starting from the largest to smallest.

I did the same with the flowers. I opened the flowers toward the bottom and squished together the ones closest to the top. I wanted to make them look “bud” like.

I added pop dots to the back of the dragonfly and gently curved the wings to make it stand off the frame.

Here’s a couple close ups so you can see the colours better.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Stampin' Up!: Ink pads in Garden Green, Island Indigo and Rich Razzleberry
- Close To My Heart: Sanding Block
- Liquitex: Matte Gel Medium
- Folkart Acrylic Paint: Metallic Copper and Metallic Peridot
- DecoArt: White Acrylic paint
- Daler Rowney: Mother of Pearl Structure Gel
- Decorative Tissue paper
- Paintbrush and something for water
- Small flowers
- Pop dots

Thanks so much for stopping in.  
~ Erin