Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Making Mini Paintings with Tracy Moreau

Making holiday Ornaments doesn’t have to be overly taxing… Especially when you have one or two of these lovely little Laser cut frames on Hand. The dainty little things just cry out for Mini Paintings!! Being the festive season, I felt that a Christmas Tree was in Order.

I base the frame with a coat of  Bronze, and then apply a wash of Prussian blue to the top of the back panel. As Shown.

Add a little White to the Bottom portion blending it up and into the Prussian Blue. Brush the edges of the Frame with a Little Bahama Blue.

I added a small Christmas Tree in the centre of the back panel using a small angled shader and a mix of Greens ( Antique Green, Plantation Pine, Margarita) I then began adding a little snow to the ends of the branches with a touch of Warm White.

I decorated the Tree with tiny dots of red, blue, and Gold… and finally a star on top of the tree using Warm White.  Add a few tiny Dots of the Bronze to the background ( stars) Then pattern the panel with thinned Warm White.( Snow). Add some brighter White to the the Snow in the Fore ground to create texture.

A dry brush of Warm White to the top and bottom of the frame, and it’s ready to glue in place.

Add a small ribbon to hang and enjoy!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Other Products Used:

- DecoArt: Bahama Blue, Bronze Metallic, Prussian Blue, Warm White, Antique Green, Plantation and Margarita
- The Brush Guys: Dynasty Black Gold - 1/8 Angle Shader, 18/0 Liner and 1/2 Flat

Designed By: Tracy Moreau

Monday, December 11, 2017

Caribou Holiday Card with Corina Finley


I am back again to share with you another card created with Southern Ridge Chipboard die cuts and pattern paper from the Graphic 45 collection. I loved the first card I created last month with this paper and wanted to send a few more cards out to loved ones for the Holiday Season.

My card base is made from Kraft cardstock. I added multiple layers with pattern paper and Java cardstock. I loved the Caribou from the Pattern paper and wanted to highlight it. I used the small frame from the Abstract Frame Set and heat embossed the frame with Copper Tinsel embossing powder.

I loved how the frame looked so I continued with the Copper Tinsel embossing powder. I choose a Mini Wood Pine Cone and a snowflake. I embossed both and let them cool. Added the snowflake to the center of the poinsettia and tucked the pine cone under the side of the flower.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Abstract Frame Set

I also wanted to share with you that their is a giveaway over on the Southern Ridge Website. When you make a retail purchase of $50.00 or more between December 10th and December 20th, your name will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a basket full of chipboard and wood pieces, valued at $200.

Thanks for joining me today!

Take care,

Live, Laugh & Create!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Giveaway

Hey Southern Ridge Trading Company Fans!!

We are excited to share with you a giveaway starting on today, December.10th and ending on Wednesday, December.20th at midnight. When you make a retail purchase of $50.00 or more between December.10th and December.20th, you'll be entered into a draw for a basket full of chipboard and wood pieces, valued at $200.00.

We will post the winner of the basket on Friday, December.22nd.

- Katelyn


Friday, December 8, 2017

Peace On Earth Christmas Card Box with Deb Riddell

Hello everyone, Deb Riddell here with you today to share a Christmas card storage box I made with the beautiful Snowflake Wreath and Peace On Earth Words chipboard from Southern Ridge Trading Company.

This one is quick and easy and would make a lovely gift filled with handmade cards for someone special or would be a pretty Christmas decor piece where you could store all of the cards you receive over this holiday season.

First step is to make a box!  I made mine 7” x 7” x 2” from some Shimelle Christmas Magic paper in shades of teal green, red and white.  I found this very cool online template maker - - just plug in the dimensions you want for most any shape of box and they’ll make a template for you to download!

I wanted the Snowflake Wreath to stand out on top of the box so I added an inset piece of red foiled paper from my stash to the top of the box, tattering the edges.

The large Snowflake Wreath was quickly painted with Cool White DecoArt Americana acrylic paint (I sponge the paint on for these intricate chipboard pieces so that you don’t get an ‘blobs’ of paint inside those delicate cut outs).

Once the paint had dried, I added a coat of Deco Foil Transfer Gel, sponging it on in the same manner as the paint, and set it aside to dry for about an hour.  Deco Foil Transfer Gel is designed to be used with heat to transfer the metallic foils, so I activated the dried Transfer Gel on the wreath with my heat gun in small areas, burnishing on some Sparkling Silver Fancy Foil with a bone folder to the heated areas.  I repeated the heating and burnishing process until the entire wreath was covered with the Sparkling Silver foil.

The Peace On Earth Words were painted with Art-C Silver Metallic paint and then embossed with pearl embossing powder from my stash.  I ended up finger painting on some silver Stickles Glitter glue to give the words a little more shine as well.

Deco Foil PeelNStick Toner Sheet was covered with Sparkling Silver Fancy Foil and four decorative lace strips were die cut with a Spellbinders Shapeabilities Damask Accents die.

The die cut strips were then adhered around the edges of the box lid by simply peeling off the backing paper from the foiled Toner Sheet strips and pressing them into place.

Four snowflakes were also die cut from the same silver foiled toner sheet with Tim Holtz’s Mini Paper Snowflakes dies and one added to each corner of the box top.

The foiled Snowflake Wreath was centered on top of the red panel on the box top and glued into place with iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive.  The Peace On Earth Words were bumped up on a few pieces of black fun foam and adhered in the center of the wreath.

And that was it, the box was complete and was filled with some handmade cards all ready for gifting!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing my Christmas card box and that you’ve been inspired to make one of your own.  Southern Ridge’s wonderful intricate chipboard pieces make it so easy to create a beautiful gift or home decor piece with just a few touches of paint and sparkle.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Shimelle: Christmas Magic Scrapbook Paper
- DecoArt: Americana Acrylic Paint
- Therm O Web: PeelNStick Toner Sheet, Gina K. Designs Sparkling Silver Fancy Foil, Deco Foil Transfer Gel and iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive
- Sizzix: Mini Paper Snowflakes Dies
- Spellbinders: Damask Accents Shapeabilities Dies
- Momenta: Art-C Metallic Paint
- Ranger Ink: Stickles Glitter Glue
- Miscellaneous: Pearl Embossing Powder, Black Fun Foam, Heat Gun, Paper Trimmer and Scissors

Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy Christmas creating!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Photo Display with Erin Quiding-Sampson

Hi everyone, today I’m sharing a Christmas photo display. It can be hung on the wall or leaned on a shelf to show some of your favourite photos.
(I always like to lay everything out before I start to get an idea of the layout)
I started with the 9-hole square tray, I coloured both the background and frame using a combination of different coloured sprays and daubers. I keep the darker shades to the outer edges and light, towards the center of the tray. I wanted it to look like a winter night sky.
While the tray was drying, I gave a coat of white gesso to all the snowflakes and the Christmas scroll.  When those were dry, I did a very light spray of turquoise blue and allowed that to dry too.
After I looked at it I felt like it needed some more contrast, so I added splotches of metallic silver to the background.
When I was happy with the colours and placement, I used Matte Gel Medium to adhere everything into place.
My only task now, is to figure out which photos to display…

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Other Supplies Used:

Thank you so much for looking,

Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Tag with Charlene Byrd

Hello bloggers!

Charlene here! Thanks for joining me today! I can't believe we're already into December...where has the time and this year gone? With the holiday season upon us I thought it would be the perfect time to share a Christmas tag that I made. Simple yet beautiful! Create one for a Christmas gift for that someone special or for a wine bottle tag like I did. A bottle of wine is the great gift to take to a dinner party and with this beautiful, reusable tag it makes it the perfect gift!

I simply stained the pine branches with Walnut Distress Stain. Added a bit of dyed cheesecloth (I just used Walnut ink and my foam blending tool), jute ribbon, winter berries that I snagged from my outside winter pot and some real pine cones. You could also use the pine cone die from Tim Holtz. Then I tucked in a couple leaf punches to finish it off. Add a name tag and you're done!

Super easy and absolutely stunning! So quick you could whip a bunch up in no time at all!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Other Products Used:

- My Minds Eye paper
- Kaisercraft tags
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Walnut Stain Distress Stain and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
- Jute
- Cheesecloth
- Winter berries
- Pine cones

Thanks for joining me today! Until next time!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Life's a Beach themed Holiday Ornament with Tracy Moreau

I love anything and everything about the beach.. spending time  by the sea is cathartic, restores my energy.. I am happiest next to the water.  I have been making quite a few holiday ornaments with this theme, and thought it would be fun to add a few of these wonderful laser cut items to add the Bling I needed for the Holiday feel.

First I had to decide on colour.. I chose Decoart Sea Glass, ( it’s a luscious Vintage green… perfect for that Weathered look.) A little thinned warm White,   I applied them in thin washes and then sanded back through to the wood and  then applied a  a touch of thinned asphalt, just to add to aged look.

I base coated all of the Shells, Coral and Sea Gulls with a sloppy coat of Warm White, then, while the paint was still wet, I Sprinkled them Liberally with my favourite glitter. (Glamour Dust)

While the bits were drying… I traced on the lettering and then painted it using Warm White, and a #2 Rigger brush. A fine line of Thinned Asphaltum is added to the right side of each letter just to give it a bit of definition.
I used a bit of twine to make a hanger and then Spattered the whole ornament with Thinned Warm White.  Using a good quality tack glue I arranged the Shells, Gulls, and Coral on to the bottom left corner of the  little Sign. Once they were dry I added a couple of small ( real Sea Shells) to give it a bit more dimension.

These are fun to do and very simple! They make great holiday Ornaments for your Own BEACH themed Tree or as a gift for a friend.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- DecoArt Americana Colours: Warm White, Sea Glass, Asphaltum, Glamour Dust ( Glitter)
- Dynasty: Faux Squirrel 1827, 1/2 Angled Shader, #8 Flat, #2 Rigger
- Misc: Tacky Glue

Designed By: Tracy Moreau