Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Happy Fall Y'all Wall Hanging with Sandy McTier

The colour of leaves will soon be changing and pumpkin spice everything (my favourite) will be available! I love the colours of autumn, and two of my favourite colours together are aqua and orange! And, if you haven't guessed, I'm from the south and say "y'all" on a daily basis.

I hope you enjoy creating this little sign to decorate during the fall season!

I loved all the pieces that come in the SRTC Canada 150 set and couldn’t wait to incorporate some of them into a painted project. 

Using a Dynasty Palmer brush, I base coated a thin layer of watered down Gesso over the wooden plaque and let it dry. Then I painted it with a coat of DecoArt Vintage Effects Turquoise.

Next, I stenciled on some beautiful scroll work using an M2 Stencil I created with fellow SRTC Design Team Member Tracy Moreau. I used DecoArt’s Chalky Finish Paint Revive and applied it with a Tracy Moreau Stencil brush. 

Once dry, I drew the basic shape of a pumpkin using a white chalk pencil from General Pencil Company. Next, I base coated the pumpkin with watered down Gesso and let it dry. Then I floated in some shading between the sections with DecoArt Premium Raw Umber. I used Matte Medium on the brush to help the colour float a bit better. 

I picked up Cadmium Orange Hue and Vermillion Hue on the Angle brush and painted in each section. I was pleased with the shading that came through the paint so didn’t add any other shading. 

I loaded the Angle brush with some Sap Green and Raw Umber and painted the stem. Once dry, I floated on some Raw Umber around the base of the stem where it meets the pumpkin. I dry brushed some highlights using a small Dynasty Mezzaluna brush loaded with Green Gold. TIP: Load brush with paint and then wipe off almost all of it onto a paper towel; dry brush in a small area. It’s easier to build up the highlights with additional layers. I finished by dry brushing a mixture of Primary Yellow and White on some of the sections around the front and on the right as well as on the top of the stem.

I dry brushed highlights on the pumpkin sections using a medium Mezzaluna brush loaded with the same Primary Yellow and White mixture. Then I dry brushed some Quinacridrone Gold along the bottom of the sections to make them appear a little bit darker. 

I printed out a cute little saying on my computer, transferred it on using graphite paper and then painted the letters with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White. I finished them by coming back with my Dynasty Round brush and shadowed the letters with Sap Green. You could use the Premium Titanium White if you don’t have the DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Titanium White. 

Now for the stars of the show! I wanted the wooden leaves to be all sorts of autumn colours! I added some paint to DecoArt’s Metallic Lustre White Frost and randomly brushed them on the leaves here and there – exactly what I was looking for! I loved the way they sparkle and added a bit of shine to the piece. TIP: Load damp medium Mezzaluna brush with some Lustre; mix with just a touch of the paint and it will make it metallic; brush here and there on the leaves. Repeat with different colours. Once dry, you can buff to a desired shine using a soft cloth!

To finish, I glued the wooden leaves to the piece using E6000 glue. I let everything dry completely and then sealed the piece with Soft-Touch Varnish using the Palmer brush. 

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

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Maple Leaves from the Canada 150 Set

Other Supplies Used:

- Surface: Wooden Plaque #3132 -
- M2 Stencil: M2-2L (Available from
- DecoArts Vintage Effects: Turquoise
- DecoArt Chalk Finish Paints: Revive
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Titanium White
- DecoArt Premium Acrylics: Raw Umber, Cadmium Orange Hue, Vermillion Hue, Sap Green, Green Gold, Quinacridone Gold, Primary Yellow and Matte Medium
- DecoArt Media White Gesso & Soft-Touch Varnish
- DecoArt Metallic Lustre: White Frost
- Dynasty Brushes: 2" Palmer, 3/8 Angle, Mezzaluna (Sm. & Med.)
- Tracy Moreau Stencil Brush (Med.) (Available from - use promo code: sandymc for additional discount)
- Other Supplies: E6000, White Chalk Pencil (by General Pencil Company) and wired ribbon of choice to hang piece

©2018 Happy Fall Y’all, Sandy McTier Designs ~ All Rights Reserved

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

Journey Card with Corina Finley


Summer has gone by very quickly is seems! I had the chance last week to spend a few hours in my Studio. I created a few cards that I will be sharing with you over the next month or so. Just like my last post on my blog, I decided to use Distress Ink Oxides and a Stencil for the back drop of my card.

To create the background, I second generation stamped using a large Prima Script background stamp with black archival ink directly over top of the Distress Oxide background.  I applied grey metallic paint over the Gear Stencil with a blending tool.  I used my heat tool to dry.

I painted the gears with the same grey metallic paint. I spritzed and inked some roses in a variety of colours and sizes. I set these aside to dry naturally. 

With an extra piece of the inked background paper and decided on this large bold sentiment from a Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Stamp set. I stamped with versamark and applied ultra Fine black embossing powder and heat set. I then used a clear glitter pen to enhance the words, Journey, Truely, and Changed. 

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Gear Stencil

Mini Wood Gears

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!

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