Monday, January 15, 2018

Guest Design Team Call - Winter 2018

Guest Design Team Call - Winter 2018 

We are excited to announce that we are looking to add 3 Guest Designers to add 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 1 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 $50.00 to spend in the Southern Ridge Trading Company store every two 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 Thursday, February. 1st.  Selections will be made Tuesday, February.6th.

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

Best of Luck,

Karen and Katelyn

Friday, January 12, 2018

Snow Day Mixed Media Canvas with Deb Riddell

Hello and thank you for stopping by today, Deb Riddell here to share a mixed media canvas with you that I created with Southern Ridge Trading Company’s brand new Winter Kids and Pine Branch chipboard.

I also added one of Southern Ridge’s Snowflake chipboard embellishments, it’s one of my favourites!  I’ve a few step out photos on how I created my Snow Day mixed media canvas, read on for the how to.

I started out with a piece of chipboard cut to 6 ½” x 7” (pssst, did you know that Karen sells 12x12 sheets of chipboard that you can cut on your own?  Perfect for cutting custom sized backgrounds or die cuts for your projects!).  I gave the chipboard a coat of white gesso and then sealed it with Distress Matte Collage medium.

Several shades of blue Distress Stains were swiped across the background in a random fashion.  I used a water soluble medium because I wanted the blue colour to slightly seep up through the layers of texture paste that I was going to be adding on top.

Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste was added next with a spatula across the top and bottom of the background and some Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter was sprinkled on here and there while the paste was still wet.

While the texture paste dried and crackled, the Pine Branch chipboard piece was painted with several shades of green DecoArt Americana acrylic paint, pouncing the various colours on wet on wet until I was happy with it.  The Pine Branch was then given a coat of satin varnish and set aside to dry.

Two of the adorable sledding Winter Kids were given a coat of Lamp Black Americana acrylic paint and a coat of gloss varnish.

And the Snowflake was painted with white acrylic paint and then embossed with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder for a little winter sparkle.

White sanded texture paste (this is Martha Stewart White Texture Effect) was then added to the middle of the background and a spatula was used to shape it into ‘hills’.  While the paste was wet, a variety of glitters and embossing powders were sprinkled on top for more winter sparkle.  The sanded texture paste was also added to the Pine Branch chipboard piece in ‘globs’ to simulate drifts of snow.

The texture paste was allowed to dry thoroughly and the whole canvas then sealed with gloss varnish.  Once the varnish had dried, the canvas was given a wash of Stormy Sky Distress Stain.  The blue stain was lifted off of the varnished surface with a paper towel right after it had been applied so as to only leave it in the crevasses and crackles.

More drying followed (there’s a lot of drying time on this one!) and the Snow Day sentiment was die cut from navy cardstock that had been adhered to some Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Foam Sheets.  The letters were die cut with Tim Holtz’s Broadway Alphabet die and adhered along the bottom of the background once everything had dried.

All the other elements were then adhered to the background, the Pine Branch was added along the top edge;

The Snowflake nestled on the left underneath the Pine Branch;

And the Winter Kids added to the snowy hills. The edges of the finished piece were then shaded with Faded Jeans Distress ink.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my Snow Day mixed media canvas came together, brings back childhood memories for me of those special days when school was closed because of a blizzard, what fun we all had!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Sizzix: Broadway Alphabet die
- Ranger Ink: Distress Ink, Distress Stain, Distress Collage Medium and Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter
- Therm O Web: Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Foam Sheets
- DecoArt: Americana Acrylic paint
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Iridescent Shimmer Embossing Powder
- Martha Stewart: White Texture Effect
- Miscellaneous: Blue Cardstock, German Glass Glitter and Gloss and Satin Varnish

Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Every Day is Coffee Day with Erin Quiding-Sampson

Hello and Happy New Year!!
Today I’m sharing a sign I created to hang by my coffee bar. I won’t have a coffee bar until I move into my house in February but in the mean time here is how to make your own 😊

I started off with SRTC’s, 2 different sized hearts leftover from a past project and one of the new stencils.

I painted all the chipboard with white acrylic paint then allowed it to dry.

I used the stencil over top of the cup, then started with my darkest shade at the bottom right then went lighter as I moved up the cup. When I removed the stencil, I lifted the white paint off in a few places, but I really liked the effect, so I left it like that.

I cut a piece of brown paper for the coffee cup and then added some foam dots to the hearts to pop them up and give them some dimension. Since I don’t have anywhere to hang this now, I have temporarily hung it one a piece of white chipboard.

Since I don’t have anywhere to hang this now, I have temporarily hung it one a piece of white chipboard.  
I love the colours of this and I can’t wait to hang it up in my new house!
Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Thanks for looking,

Monday, January 8, 2018

Create Wooden Tag with Corina Finley

Hello & Happy New Year!

I hope your New Year has started off well and that 2018 brings you happiness & creativity!

I have not had much time in my studio this past month, but I did manage to get some time today and create a tag. I had absolutely no plans except I wanted to use the Large Wood Tag!

I started by adding a light application of Gesso with a paint brush. I then selected Antique Linen, Broken China and Iced Spruce Distress Oxides. I used a blending foam tool to apply/blend the pigment ink and dried with a heat gun. 

Stamped the entire Large Wood Tag lightly with a script stamp and grey archival ink. Added distress dot stamp randomly on top and heat set that layer.

I chose the inspiration word 'Createand heat embossed with a mix of Frantage embossing powders. I layered the word on top of a piece of iced spruce coloured cheese cloth to the right side of the Wood Tag.

To make the Demask Corners pop, I heat embossed with gold embossing powder. Using a glue gun, I added a variety of flowers from Southern Ridge and seam binding to the top.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

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, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year!

From all of us at Southern Ridge Trading Company, we'd like to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year! We want to thank you for all your support in 2017. 

Just before Christmas we ran a promotion when you spent $50.00 in our retail store between December.10th to December.20th, your name would be entered into a draw for a basket of chipboard and wood pieces worth $200.00. Thank you to everyone who placed an order over that time period. With the craziness of Christmas now over, we have drawn our winner. We made a mistake and the winner for the basket of goodies is Karen Ellis. 

Karen Ellis, Karen will be putting your goodies in the mail and sending them to you next week. Thank you to everyone who ordered and stay tuned next week for some more beautiful inspiration from the Design Team.

Until Next Time!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Be a Wild Flower with Tracy Moreau

These wonderful silhouette cut outs from Southern Ridge Trading, Help create theme, and give more structure to a painted piece without overwhelming the Design. I love this Wild Flower Bouquet piece... delicate and yet has solid structure and detail.

To Begin you must prepare the surface:

I based my Multi Media Board with two light coats of Carbon Black ( or Lamp Black) Once it was completely dry, I inked the Stamp with The Sienna Vista Stamp pad. I pressed the stamp to the surface lightly, as I wanted a slightly distressed appearance. I set it aside to dry. 

Once dry, I traced the floral line drawing on, with white graphite paper.

I painted the Daisy with Gesso first, pulling the Gesso in the direction of the petals to create a little texture in the petals. I stipples the gesso into the centre of the flower to create texture. 

The Petals I painted With Titanium White and shaded with Floats of thinned Cobalt Teal Hue. The centre of the flower is based over with Diarylide Yellow and then Shade the centre and the petals with Thinned Asphaltum. The stem I painted with Green Gold and the shaded with a float of thinned Viridian Green

Once dry, scribble on the edges of the petals, centre and the stems with the gel Pen. 

I Decoupage the Small quote to the Bottom of the Panel with the Matt Medium.. I simply tore it out to create a rougher edge. Apply a generous coat of the Matt Medium over the entire surface.

Spatter the surface lightly with thinned Titanium White. And thinned Carbon Black. 

I used a simple rust technique for the Silhouette.. by mixing Texture Sand Paste with a small amount of Burnt Sienna and then stippling this mixture over the chipboard. I added a bit of dimension by tapping in a bit of the Red Iron Oxide here and there. Once dry I darkened a few places with a stipple of Asphaltum, and Carbon Black (sparingly).

Adhere the Silhouette to the left side of the Panel with the Matt Medium. Let it dry then dry brush the Silhouette with Orange Flame.

You Need:

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Dynasty Black Gold #4 Filbert & 10/0 Liner
- DecoArt Media: Media Gesso ( White), Green Gold, Viridian Green, Cobalt Teal Hue, Titanium White, Diarylide Yellow, Carbon Black, Texture Sand Paste, Burnt Sienna, English Red Oxide. Matt Medium
- DecoArt Americana: Asphaltum & Orange Flame
- Stampendous Stamps: Decor Background Stamp ( Decor Script) DCR103
- Multimedia Art Board: 5"x7" White (or black)

Designed By: Tracy Moreau

Friday, December 29, 2017

2018 Canvas Fabric Covered Calendar with Sandy McTier

A New Year is upon us, and, I don’t know about you, but I always love going into the new year with a clean, fresh calendar and watching it fill up with FUN travels and plans!
I loved this 2018 canvas fabric covered calendar I picked up on my teaching trip to Taiwan this year! What better way to enjoy it than to decorate it!!

The calendar came covered with this beautiful teal canvas fabric, and it was just screaming to be painted, so here’s what I did…
I loaded a Dynasty 1/2” Stencil brush with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Titanium White and then wiped almost all of it off on a paper towel. Using small circular motions, I brushed over the large Southern Ridge Trading Company Fireworks stencil. TIP: Go clockwise and counter clockwise to pick up any excess paint that might build up on the edges of the stencil. I stenciled the back cover as well.

I wanted the large design on the top right corner on the cover to stand out more than the other areas, so using my #2 Round, I accented it with some Titanium White

Next, I loaded up my bird stamp with StazOn ink and tested it on a piece of paper. I reloaded the stamp and stamped the image on the cover. Then, using the #8 Shader, I painted the shape of the bird with two coats of DecoArt Media White Gesso letting it dry in between coats.

Once the gesso completely dried, I reloaded the stamp with ink, lined it up with the bird and re-stamped the image.

I went back over the lines later with an Identi-Pen, so wasn’t too fussed if some lines weren’t as dark.
Note: I loaded the stencil brush that still had Titanium White in it with some Quinacridone Magenta and then wiped almost all of it off on a paper towel. Then I ran the brush over some dry wall tape.

It was finally time to add some color! I painted the bird with Titan Buff and the flowers with Quinacridone Magenta and Phthalo Blue. The leaves, scrolls and centers for the flowers were done with Green Gold. Then I floated in some Sap Green at the base of the leaves. I added a touch of Titanium White on the tips of the flower petals to brighten them up just a bit and then added a white highlight on each of the leaves and scrolls. I painted the center of the eye with Carbon Black and then when dry, highlighted with white. Once everything was dry, I went over the entire design with the fine tip of the Identi-Pen.   

The cover still needed a punch of color so I added some dots using the DecoArt paint pouncers and an old hotel key card. Pulling the edge of the card through some Carbon Black, I slid back and forth to paint lines in the areas where the polka dots will go. For the dots, I loaded the large end of the pouncer with Titanium White and then ran one side of the sponge through some Phthalo Blue, pressed, twisted and, wha-la… polka dots! I wiped the pouncer off and repeated the step with some Quinacridone Magenta and then used the smaller end with Titanium White and Green Gold.

Now to add the year! Still having a hard time believing that it’s almost 2018! Time sure does fly!!
The new SRTC Circle Advent Numbers were perfect for the cover of my 2018 calendar!! I painted them with a Dynasty Foam brush loaded with Titanium White. Then with the white still on the brush, I loaded it with Quinacridone Magenta and painted along the bottom half of the numbers. They were a bit bright, so I grabbed a font stamp, loaded it with StazOn Ink and stamped over the numbers. Once everything was dry, I glued the numbers on with E6000 and started filling in all my upcoming travel dates!!

Finishing Touches: I added a few more lines with Carbon Black around the dots and then added some splatters of Carbon Black and Titanium White. I added a little highlight of Titanium White on the right side of each of the dots as well. I loaded the toe of a slightly damp 3/8” Angle brush with Quinacridone Gold and shaded around the inside edge of the birds body, wing and tail feathers. Finally, with Carbon Black loaded on the toe of the Angle brush, I shaded underneath the tail feathers, body and feet. I also shaded underneath the polka dots to give them some added dimension.

I hope this inspires you to create something fun to organize your 2018!!!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Surface: 2018 Calendar
- Stamps: Live, Love, Laugh Bird Stamp – &
Vintage Note #RS-P249 –
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Titanium White, Sap Green, Green Gold, Quinacridone Magenta, Titan Buff, Quinacridone Gold, Phthalo Blue and Carbon Black.
- DecoArt Media White Gesso
- Dynasty Brushes: Black Gold #8 Shader, #4 Shader, #2 Round,  3/8" Angle, 1/2" Stencil &
IPC Large Foam
- Other Supplies: DecoArt Paint Pouncer, Identi-Pen, E6000

2018 Calendar Design ~ Sandy McTier Designs ~ All Rights Reserved

Y’all have a GREAT day and a super CREATIVE 2018!  Sandy