Friday, March 16, 2018

Easter Blessings Tag with Katelyn Grosart

Hey there Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here. With Easter only a couple of weeks, I created this pretty Easter Blessings tag which is perfect to add to an Easter Basket or write a note on the back of it for a loved one.  You'll want to read below as I share with you how I embellished the chipboard elements on my Easter Blessings Tag.

To start, I took the Easter Blessings Sentiment out of the Easter Wood Tags. Apply a coat of Spun Sugar Distress Stain to the entire surface of the tag. Once the stain has dried, apply a cost of Spun Sugar Distress Paint over the entire surface of the tag. Before the paint completely dries, put a bit of hand sanitizer onto a piece of paper towel and rub the paint off from everywhere on the tag except the Easter Blessings sentiment. To finish the tag, rub Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon on the surface of the tag.

From the Foliage Pieces chipboard, cut out the foliage piece with the dots on it. Apply two coats of Forest Moss Distress Ink to the foliage.

With the Foliage Pieces chipboard still out, cut out two matching foliage pieces. Apply two coats of Pine Needles Distress Paint to each foliage piece.

The last piece of chipboard that needs to be embellish is the Daisy Frame. Apply two coats of Spun Sugar Distress Paint to the frame.

For assembly of the tag, choose a couple of patterned papers as well as a vintage image. Trace the tag around one of the patterned papers. Cut the tag out. Cut the other patterned paper to 2 7/8" x 5 3/8". Ink the edges of the patterned papers using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Die cut the vintage image using the 2 3/4" Dashing Circles die. With the image cut, adhere the circle frame overtop of it. Foam square the frame to the middle of the tag. Adhere two of the leaves as well as the Easter Blessings sentiment to the bottom portion of the frame.

Adhere the other leaf to the top left side of the frame. Adhere a variety of pink, dark pink and cream roses as well as some pink flowers as desired around the left side of the frame.

On the top right hand side of the frame, adhere a variety of  pink, dark pink and cream roses as well as some pink flowers as desired. 

To finish your tag, create a bow using light pink ribbon.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- 10mm Roses: Light Pink, Dark Pink and Cream
- 15mm Roses: Cream
- Pink Flowers

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Forest Moss & Hickory Smoke, Distress Crayon - Hickory Smoke, Distress Paint - Pine Needles & Spun Sugar, Distress Stain - Spun Sugar, Blending Tool with Foam and Distress Tags
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: ModaScrap - Dashing Circles
- Authentique: Jubilee - Jubilee Six and Jubilee Two
- Tombow: Mono Multi Liquid Glue
- Misc: Light Pink Ribbon

Until Next Time!

- Katelyn

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Self Propelled Flowers with Tracy Moreau

Nothing invokes the spirit of Summer like the flutter of butterflies. Southern Ridge Trading has such wonderful chipboard butterflies in a wide variety of sizes and styles. They make great additions to any design.. toss in one of their delicate and intricate frames and you have more structure to build your design on. I love that I can add design elements to some of my mixed media work, so easily! The chip board takes paint easily and smoothly, and the resulting finishes are soooo pretty! This is an easy piece , very little painting skill is required,  and it is such a bright and sunny reminder that Summer will soon be here!!

I started with a base of a Warm White or a Light Buttermilk , you can use Gesso too.. as long as the base is light in colour.
once that was dry I used DecoArt Matt Medium to adhere the paper to the surface. I used a small brayer to press it down firmly.

I began adding colour, starting with the Magenta at the bottom, then adding Diarylide Yellow in the centre and over lapping the red, then from the top down and over lapping the yellow I used Cobalt Teal Hue. The Media Colours are quite transparent so this makes it easy to get those lovely blended colours.

I cut out the printed butterfly , and used Matt Medium to adhere it to the left side of the panel. I let the bulk of the left wing extend past the edge of the panel. I then started adding colour to the wings , first a wash of the Yellow , then a float of the Cobalt Teal Hue over the edges of the wings, and finally I added the Magenta to a few areas of the wings. I based the body with Lamp Black. I added a few shadows around the butterfly with a float of Asphaltum.

I sponged the frame with bronze metallic, and then added a few dabs of the Cobalt teal and the magenta here and there.

I cut a piece of  card stock to fit the back of the frame and stamped it with a Script Stamp ( I was not very neat .. I kinda like the irregularities it creates.) Then I washed the card stock with some thinned asphaltum.

I painted the chipboard butterflies with with Lamp Black and then added the wing details  to one with Sea Breeze and Diarylide Yellow and then added a few White dip dots.


I glued the card stock piece, to the back of the frame and then Glued the Butterfly to the middle. When it was dry, I glued two small wood blocks to the back.

I cut out the words with edging scissors and then  I decoupaged them in place using the Matt Medium.
I spattered the whole piece first with thinned Lamp Black and then again with thinned Warm White.

I traced the edges of the Large Butterfly with Pebeo Fixation relief ( dimensional adhesive.) And when that was dry I pressed Gold Foil into it. I aged the edges of the panel with the Black Ink Pad.

For this project you need:

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Small Oval Frame

Other Supplies Used:

- 6x6 Art Panel:
- DecoArt Americana: Media Fluid Acryclics - Primary Magenta, Cobalt Teal Hue, Diarylide Yellow, Matt Medium and DecoArt Americana Acrylics - Asphaltum, Lamp Black, Warm White & 24 Kt Gold
- Dynasty Faux Squirrel Brushes: 1/2 Angle, #8 Fat Shader and Dynasty Encaustic - 1/2 Oval
- Pebeo: Fixation Relief & Gold Foil
- Stampendous Stamps: Script Stamp - CRP249
- Tim Holtz Ideaology: Tissue Paper
- Misc: Shop Towels

Designed By Tracy Moreau

Friday, March 9, 2018

Happy Easter Spring Decoration with Deb Riddell

Hello everyone, Deb Riddell here today to share an Easter project with you.  I’m hoping that the spring colours and theme will speed up Spring’s arrival, it’s still very snowy and cold around here!

Now I have to apologize to you all, I neglected to check Southern Ridge’s website before I created this project and belatedly found out that a couple of the chipboard pieces I had in my stash are no longer available.  But I found lots of possible substitutes you could use to create your own so hope you will forgive my faux pas. I used the new Happy Easter With Eggs chipboard piece along with a floral frame (substitute the Elegant Vintage Flourish Frame, Foliage Round Frame or Oval Peacock Feather Frame) and some garden flowers (substitute the Wild Flower Bouquet or Foliage Pieces).

I started out by painting the Happy Easter With Eggs piece with Americana Dioxazine Purple acrylic paint and then embossed the lovely easter eggs with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.

I then painted the garden flowers with several different spring colours (greens, yellows and purples) and overstamped them when dry with a fine script stamp and Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink.

The floral frame was painted with Avocado Dip and Lemonade Americana acrylic paint and then some of the leaves were foiled with Spring Green Deco Foil.  I then spattered the frame with Lime and Gilded Color Bloom Sprays and finally added some drops of diluted Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse.

I chose three spring themed scrapbook papers from my stash that coordinated with the painted chipboard pieces and cut the smallest floral piece to 6” square, the second purple piece to 6 ½” square and the largest green piece to 7” square.  The edges were tattered with a distressing tool and layered on atop the other to form the background.

And that was pretty much it, easy peasy right?  The frame was adhered to the background with the Happy Easter sentiment centered overtop and the three flowers tucked in behind the sentiment.  Some K & Company scrapbook stickers from my stash were added to the corners and there it was done. Here are a couple of closeups.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Garden Flower Mix (substitute Wild Flower Bouquet, Foliage Pieces)

Other Supplies Used:

- DecoArt: Americana Acrylic paint
- Therm O Web: Spring Green Deco Foil and Deco Foil Adhesive Pen
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Iridescent Shimmer Embossing Powder
- Ranger Ink: Distress Archival Ink
- Prima Marketing: Color Bloom Spray
- Tonic Studios: Nuvo Mousse
- Miscellaneous: Spring Themed Scrapbook Paper, Spring Themed Scrapbook Stickers, Double Sided Tape, Liquid Adhesive and Script Stamp

Thanks as always for stopping by today and remember to Think Spring!  Happy creating,

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Set of 3 ATC's with Erin Quiding-Sampson


To start, I cut my Art Trading Cards (3.5” by 2.5”) out of 110lb card stock, then did a thin coat of gesso over the top.

Next, I cut scrap papers to use on the background and applied them using matte gel medium.

I used a bit of black paint and distress oxides (listed below) on my background.

I then did a white wash on both the lightbulb and the fly chipboard pieces.

I used a bright yellow embossing powder on the lightbulbs and used a pigment powder to colour the flies with.

I used a white gel pen to make markings on the tail end of the flies.
All the pieces were adhered down with gel medium, then I added white and teal paint splatters all over.

I also used a bit of the teal pigment around the edges to tie it all together.


South Ridge Trading Company Products:

- Bees/Flies

Other Products Used:

- Tim Holtz/Ranger Ink: Distress Oxides – Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber
- Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
- Acrylic Paint in Black and White
- Gesso
- Magical, Pigment Powder in Tibetan Poppy Teal
- Embossing powder

These little cards are so much fun to create and trade. I hope you give it a try.
Thanks for looking,

Monday, March 5, 2018

Design Team Call - Spring 2018

 Design Team Call - Spring 2018 

We are excited to announce that we are looking to add 2 Designers to our team for a 6 month term!

Southern Ridge Trading Company is a Manufacturer of Chipboard and Wood designs made in BC. 

If you love to create cards, scrapbook pages, altered items and mixed media projects we are looking for you!

Your term will start April.1st, 2018 and end September.1st, 2018.

This call is only open to those who live in Canada or the US.

Your responsibilities as a Design Team member are: 
  • Have an active blog. By active we mean posting regularly. We want to see you share as much as possible on all social media platforms such as: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, etc. and make sure to hash tag Southern Ridge Trading Company when doing so. Our hashtag is: #southernridgetradingcompany
  • We require 2 blog post per month with a minimum of 2 pieces of chipboard on your project. 
  • You must be able to write professional and personable posts as well as provide detailed photographs of your work.
  • You must be able to follow a schedule.

Benefits of joining our team:
  • You will receive $70.00 to spend in the Southern Ridge Trading Company store every three months. 
  • You will receive a discount in the Southern Ridge Trading Company Store during your 6 month term.

How to apply for our design team:

Email Katelyn at: and Karen at: with the following information:

Subject Line: Guest Design Team Call 
  • A bit about yourself, email address and where you live.
  • Your blog link and any social media platforms you are currently using.
  • A list of current and past design teams that you have been on.
  • We also would like you to send us three pictures of your projects that best describe your style.

The Guest Design team call will end on Monday, March.19th.  Selections will be made Wednesday, March.21st.

Due to the number of submissions that are sent in, we will only notify those who are considered. 

Best of Luck,

Karen and Katelyn