Monday, October 16, 2017

New Christmas Chipboard Pieces

Have you checked out the New Release section on our website? There are lots of fabulous pieces and with Christmas right around the corner, we have a ton of new Christmas Releases that are perfect for any of your holiday crafting projects. We thought that we'd share a few of them with you, but to see the rest of them, head here.

You'll want to make sure to keep your eye on our blog as our fabulous design team will be creating some wonderful projects with some of these pieces over the next couple of months. Also make sure to follow us on Facebook so you don't miss out on all the inspiration from our blog.

- Katelyn

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bone Yard Skelly Tag with Deb Riddell

Hello and thanks for stopping by, Deb Riddell here with you today on this spooky Friday the 13th to share a frightful Halloween decoration created with Southern Ridge’s Skeleton, Skull and Spider Web chipboard.

I have some step out pictures of how I created my Bone Yard Skelly tag, read on if you dare!

I started with a small Tim Holtz Etcetera Thickboard tag and covered it with some barn wood paper from his Materialize Paper Stash, inking the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink.

I painted the Skeleton chipboard with brown acrylic paint and then covered it with Deco Foil Adhesive.  After the adhesive had dried clear and tacky, I burnished on some Rebekah Meier Designs Antique Pearl Mixed Media Transfer Foil.  I loved the negative image left on the foil nearly as much as the chipboard skeleton so decided to use it as well.

I cut out the negative skeleton image left on the Transfer Foil and adhered it to a piece of Deco Foil Toner Sheet with my heat laminator.  I roughly tore around the image once it had transferred and inked the edges with more Ground Espresso Archival Ink.

The foiled toner sheet skeleton was adhered to the Thickboard tag along with some Halloween images from one of Tim’s Halloween Ephemera packs and a stamped and inked skull from his Regions Beyond stamp set.

Typography letters to spell out ‘bone yard’ were inked with multiple colours of alcohol inks (Mushroom, Ginger, Caramel and a touch of Rust).

The small Spider Web was embossed with Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

A Skull charm from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies was covered with Pitch Black alcohol ink and while the ink was still wet, it was gently rubbed of the front of the skull leaving the darkest colours in the recesses of the charm.  A piece of black thread was tied onto the Skull charm.

In my usual style I then got on a roll and forgot to take any more in process pictures so will try to describe what I did next!  I added Mushroom alcohol ink to a Crypt Cameo and tied on more black thread.  The word ‘boo’ was die cut from black cardstock (Vintage Spirits die) and mounted onto a piece of die cut black fun foam for dimension.  Some phrases from Tim Holtz’s Halloween Clipping Stickers were inked with Ground Espresso Archival Ink.  Boneyard bones were inked with the same colours of alcohol inks as the Typography letters.

A Halloween Word Band was inked with Mushroom alcohol ink and the lettering enhanced with a Black Soot Distress Crayon.  Pieces of rusty wire were twisted on each end and inserted through two small holes drilled through the Thickboard tag.  Another Halloween Clipping Sticker and Boneyard bones were added around the Word Band.

The Skull chipboard piece was painted with shades of beige, brown, green and red acrylic paint, stippling the colours on randomly and then stippling on some Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint once the acrylics had dried.  Ground Espresso Distress crayon was added to emphasize the cracks and texture and the edges inked with Ground Espresso Archival Ink.

Here are a couple of more close ups, the embossed Spider Web was added to the top left and the Typography words adhered over top.

And the foiled Skeleton chipboard was added to the upper right of the tag.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how my Bone Yard Skelly tag came together, it was a scream to make!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz / Sizzix: Vintage Spirits die
- Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous: Regions Beyond Stamp Set
- Tim Holtz / Ranger Ink: Distress Ink, Distress Archival Ink, Distress Collage Medium, Alcohol Ink and Rock Candy Crackle Paint
- Tim Holtz / Advantus: Etcetera Thickboard Tag, Halloween Ephemera Pack, Typography, Crypt Cameos, Boneyard, Halloween Word Bands, Materialize Paper Stash and Halloween Clippings Stickers
- Therm O Web: Deco Foil Adhesive Pen, Rebekah Meier Designs Antique Pearl Mixed Media Transfer Foil and Deco Foil Toner Sheets
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Oil Rubbed Bronze Embossing Powder and Skull charm
- Miscellaneous: black thread, scissors, acrylic paint, E6000 glue and black fun foam

Thank you again for stopping by today and hope that you have been inspired to make your own Bone Yard Skelly tag, there are still a few days left before Halloween so break out your Southern Ridge Trading Company chipboard and happy creating!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Christmas Keepsake Box with Erin Quiding-Sampson

Hi, I hope you all had a great long weekend!


 I’m back with another project for SRTC. This time I created a Christmas Keepsake Box. I used 2 of the new Holly Berry Branch chipboard pieces. I adhered them to the top of the box using a glue gun. 

I also glued SRTC Damask Corners to the bottom of the front and back corners of the box.

Then I took some Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Stain and covered the whole box and the chipboard pieces to give it that beautiful dark wood look.

Halfway through creating this I knocked over the entire bottle of distress stain so I had to improvise by using a spectrum noir marker (EB8) to complete the staining. It worked so well I think I will try it on purpose next time! 

I plan to keep this on my coffee table to hold all my received holiday cards but I think it would make a wonderful gift.  

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Thanks for looking ~ Erin

Monday, October 9, 2017

Laughter Scrapbook Layout with Charlene Byrd

Hello Bloggers!

Charlene here! Thanks for joining me today! Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

Today I’m sharing with you a page I designed of my dear friend and I. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and grateful for the family and friends in our life.Through the years I’ve learned that true friendships are precious, rare and sometimes hard to find. From the moment I met Rhonda I knew that we would become the best of friends, I’m so very thankful that this lady came into my life!

To begin creating, I added just a bit of Walnut Distress Ink to colour the 2 Queen Anne’s Drop. I didn’t have a round chipboard doily in my stash so I created one using 2 chipboard Queen Anne Drops, it worked perfectly!

The natural colour showing through the chipboard matched my layout beautifully!

Here's what I used to design this layout:

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Other Products Used:

- Bo Bunny paper
- Teresa Collins Paper
- We R Memory Keepers Paper
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Walnut Stain Distress Stain
- Paper Flower
- Lace
- Rhinestones

Thanks so much for joining me today! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Creating!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Joy Christmas Tree Ornament with Katelyn Grosart

Hey there Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here. Fall is here and I've been in starting my Christmas crafting. So today, I've created for you a fabulous Joy Christmas Ornament, that's perfect to hang on your Christmas tree this holiday season. You'll want to read below as I share with you how I embellished the chipboard elements on my Joy Christmas Ornament.

To start, pull out the Joy word from the Wood Words of Christmas - Joy. Apply two coats of Tarnished Brass Distress Stain to the Joy word. Set the word aside to dry. 

Take two Snowflakes 712 out of the package. Apply two coats of Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to the snowflakes. Set the snowflakes aside to dry.

Choose one of the Spruce Cones and take it out of the package.  Apply two coats of Walnut Stain Distress Paint to the spruce cone. Set the spruce cone aside to dry.

Pick one of the Small Merry Deer Mix out of the package. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the deer. Sprinkle Charred Gold Embossing Powder overtop of the deer. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with your heat tool.

Take one wood piece out of the package. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the wood piece. Sprinkle Charred Gold Embossing Powder overtop of the wood piece. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with your heat tool.

Take out one of the Snowflakes 714 and one of the Snowflake Wreath - Small out of the packages. Apply two coats of Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to the snowflake and the snowflake wreath. With the distress stain dry, apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the snowflake and snowflake wreath. Sprinkle Fractured Ice Embossing Powder overtop of each piece. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with your heat tool.

From the 3D Filagree Star Ornament package, take out the small circle piece. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the ornament. Sprinkle Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder overtop of the ornament. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with your heat tool.

To assemble the ornament, adhere and layer the snowflake wreath, wood piece, spruce cone and ornament piece together. With the base of the ornament adhered together, in the top right hand corner, adhere all three snowflakes to the corner of the ornament. To finish off the corner, adhere one white rose, a black rose and one brown rose.

To finish the middle of the ornament, adhere the deer and the "Joy" word.

In the bottom left hand corner of the ornament, adhere two white roses, three black roses and three brown roses. 

To finish off your Christmas Ornament, add a piece of twine to the top of the snowflake wreath.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Wood Circle (coming soon)
- 10mm Roses: Brown and Black
- 15mm Roses: White

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Charred Gold, Burnt Copper Leaves and Fractured Ice Embossing Powder
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Stain -  Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass and Distress Paint - Walnut Stain 
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink - Dabber
- Tombow: Aqua Mono Liquid Glue
- May Arts Ribbon - Twine
- Misc: Heat Tool

Until Next Time!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Give Thanks Wall Hanging with Sandy McTier

I love the colours of autumn, and some of my favourite colours together are aqua, red, purple, green and orange! Fall is also a time when we gather with friends and family! Giving Thanks always but especially during the holidays when we’re reminded to give thanks and - be grateful for all we have! 

I hope you enjoy creating this sweet little frame and add it to your fall d├ęcor – or give it as a gift!

Prep: I painted the chipboard with an even coat of Gesso using a large oval foam brush. This allowed me to either brush it on or tap it on for added texture. For this particular piece, I brushed on a smooth coat of Gesso. Once one side was dry, I repeated it on the other side. I think this gave the chipboard a bit more stability.

I painted all of the branches with Raw Umber and then added some Quinacridone Gold in places to give the branches some variation in colour. Next, I added some Raw Umber and Titanium White and added some highlights here and there.  

I painted in all of the elements with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics. For the leaves, I used Green Gold. For the purple flowers, I used Dioxazine Purple just along the edges of the petals and Titanium White on the inside of the flowers. For the two larger mums, I used Pyrrole Red and Pyrrole Orange. Finally for the smaller mums, I used Quinacridone Gold. 

While the base colours were drying, I painted the frame with DecoArt Vintage Effects – Turquoise and then let it dry.

I added petals to the large mums with a mix of Yellow Oxide and Titan Buff and then painted petals along the back with Vermilion. Once dry, I added some brighter petals along the front with a mixture of Hansa Yellow Light and Titanium White. I shaded inside the flower and along the base of the bottom petals with some Raw Umber. 

Using an angle brush, I shaded the base of each of the leaves with Sap Green. Using a liner brush, I added small stamens with a mixture of Dioxazine Purple and Titanium White and randomly topped them with dots. The dots are a mixture of Green Gold and Titanium White. 

I finished by dry brushing a mixture of Cobalt Teal Hue and a touch of Titanium White on the leaves. Then I added some Metallic Gold to the front petals of the mums. Finally, I darkened some shading between the branches, leaves and flowers. 

While the chipboard was drying, I added some subtle interest to the frame. I used an M2-2L stencil by Tracy Moreau and yours truly, a Tracy Moreau Stencil brush and Metallic Gold.

TIP: Load the brush up well and then wipe most of it off onto a paper towel. Using a circular motion, brush over the stencil. Repeat, reloading the brush and wiping it off really well, as needed. 

Turn the cardboard insert for the frame over and paint with Titan Buff; let dry. Splatter some Metallic Gold on the frame and let dry. Transfer the words on using transfer paper and a pen or stylus. Paint words with Raw Umber and then add a mixture of Cobalt Teal Hue and a touch of Titanium White to the right of the letters as shown. Let dry. 

Once everything is dry, varnish with DecoArt Soft-Touch Varnish.

To finish, glue the chipboard on the frame using E6000 and insert the card piece into the frame. Place on an easel or let it stand with the little stick that comes with the frame. Note: Make sure you know where the hole is on the back and position it at the bottom before gluing your chipboard into place.

I hope this inspires you to create some Happy Fall Art today!!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Floral Circle Frame (coming soon)

Other Supplies Used:

- Surface: Wooden Frame 
- M2 Stencil: M2-2L (Available from
- DecoArt Vintage Effects: Turquoise
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Titanium White, Titan Buff, Sap Green, Green Gold,
Quinacridone Gold, Pyrrole Orange, Pyrrole Red, Cobalt Teal Hue, Hansa Yellow Light, Yellow Oxide, Dioxazine Purple, Vermilion & Metallic Gold
- DecoArt Media White Gesso & Soft-Touch Varnish
- Dynasty Brushes: IPC Large Oval Foam, Black Gold 3/4" Flat Wash, Black Gold #2 & #4
Shaders, 1/4" Angle, & Mezzaluna (Sm)
- Tracy Moreau Stencil Brush (Med) (Available from – use promo code:
sandymc for an additional discount)
- Other Supplies: E6000, Transfer Paper and Pen/Stylus

©2018 Give Thanks, Sandy McTier Designs ~ All Rights Reserved

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