Monday, October 8, 2012

A Rusty Work in Progress

Here we are at a new week again! And, you know what that means? It's another challenge and chance to win over at the Simon Says Stamp and Show Blog. This week we are all about rust. From the Rusty Hinge distress products to rusted bolts, rust cardstock to aged or tarnished metal - we want to see your take on rust this week. Will you use crackle paints or alcohol inks to rust or add age to your project? Or literally use a rust color something? Perhaps you’ll take a ‘rustic’ approach instead and stretch the meaning. Whatever you’re up to, we can’t wait to see your inspired creations. I do hope you will play along...  after all, there is a $50 gift card to up for grabs! Head on over to Simon Says Stamp and Show for all the details.

The first thing I think of when I hear the word "rust," is our home of 10 years. We love it and bought it full well knowing it would be quite the fixer upper. We have had tons of fun over the years making it our own and well... I have lots of picts of that! So, let's get one scrapped, shall we?

First up, I have a bowl of metal washers that I soaked in vinegar overnight to make them rust. I also have a lovely selection of papers to play with:
Alrighty, since this is about building and construction, I am envisioning lots of blocks of paper. Here they are, with edges all inked. I LOVE that Lily Bee paper and I think it will soften the theme of this layout a bit:
 Now, let's stack them up:
All stacked up, now it's time to think about those rusty washers. I want them to be my little embellishments, but I think they need a little punched paper action to spruce them up a bit:
 All dotted around on the page, but it is lacking a certain something, wouldn't you say?
 I know! Stamping!
 Luckily, my other little pieces cover up the fact that after 5 times of stamping this, I still couldn't quite get it even in the center! HA!
 Ah well, it is a work in progress after all!
 For some extra texture and interest, I am thinking those washers should get stitched on:
And after a bit of Stickles... there they are!
Complete with a little sequin action...
And there we have it!
I'd say that this work in progress is lookin' pretty good! Now, if only I could say the same for our house...


What will you make for our rusty challenge this week? I want to see! And, if you fancy a bit of what I did above, a complete supply list is below: (affiliate links used)


  1. Fantastic! Love your layout and how amazing does those rusted washers look! Great technique!!!

  2. I love all the strips of paper and how you sewed on the washers (and rusted them up).

  3. Lovely way to showcase your fabulous photograph and keep your memories alive from decorating and fixing your home, memories to treasure. Love the addition of the rusty washers. Tracy x

  4. love all the strips of paper! very cool

  5. Great design! I love the layers and the little clusters!!xxx

  6. Love your rusty bolts! Cool layout with the strips and the movement in the design! Fab Work in Progress!

  7. Ashli....your layout showing the "work in progress" of your house really captures you style. I love the way you introduced the rusty metallic pieces with the bling. Very creative. What a nice way to remember your progress on your house in such a fun layout. <3 Candy

  8. Great design, Ashli! Love all of the PP strips and the washers are the perfect touch!

  9. Great page and design. Very fun!!! Love all the layers and the washers. Great idea............need to go loot DH's toolbox LOL!

  10. Such a fabulous page!
    And so love how you used the washers!
    I have to say, I have had the same problem with a few of my background stamps like that.
    Very frustrating!

  11. This page totally reminds me of the game Jenga with all those strips and how they're placed! Really cool - especially with that yellow floral paper!

  12. Beautiful work, as usual! Love all the strips and how you used the OA papers for home renos is genius!

  13. Great layout! Love those washers!

  14. Really, really cool page, Ashli! The layering and 'rusty' embellishments really make for a fantastic & more masculine page!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  15. Great idea layering the paper like "building" things. Terrific layout.

  16. Pretty layout, Ashli! So cool that you actually made something rusty and added it to your page! Really amazing! Hugs, Sandra

  17. Beautiful layout, I really like the way you stacked the papers :D

  18. Great layout! I love all the blocks of paper and the way you angled the yellow floral. The embellishment clusters are very cool too. Love this! :)

  19. Trying not to start my comment with WOW, cos I think that's what I always do here! Fabulous layout, the higgledy-piggledy angles are terrific for the fixer-upper DIY work going on. And thank you so much for the washers-in-vinegar tip - had no idea it was that simple to rust some funky metal bits! Great inspiration as always... thank you.
    Alison x

  20. LOVE LOVE LOVE this LO Ashli!!! You are amazing at creating such texture with layers on your LO girl!!Adding the rusty washers and then adding sewing and bling to them....brillant... BUT who thinks to do that...did I say brillant !!! LOL!! We are on year 8 of our house build...hope to be done by 10 :)


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