Monday, April 15, 2013

A Captivating Background...

New week, new challenge! Are you ready?

It's all about backgrounds this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Your challenge is to use a background stamp in some way, shape, or form on a project. You could also use any stamp you’ve got to create a clever background design as well - the possibilities are endless!

I so enjoy using hearts in my crafting projects and one of my recent favorites is this exclusive stamp and die cut set from I just love the way the hearts are arranged on their packaging... let's leave them there and use the whole sheet as its own background stamp!

Yay! Pretty!

A little gold spritzing and we have our own custom pattern paper:

Okie dokie! Now, we have our stamped paper backed with a sheet of kraft and the photos all placed:

I think it would be lovely to use the accompanying dies from this exclusive set to make the embellishments for this page...

Along with some lovely chipboard and vellum stickers...

Before cutting out our hearts, I have placed the doily stickers along side each photo and used the oversized chipboard heart to bridge the gap between the pictures:

There they are... all cut out:

Then, I just popped them about on the page, clustering them out from the pink heart, and added my title. Now, I want to tone down the patterns and shapes around the title so that it pops out a little more. Distress paint to the rescue!

Likey so!

A little twine...

And a bit of white journaling...

Complete with a custom background.... 


That was so fun!

And now it's your turn! I can't wait to see what you do with background stamps. Make sure to link-up with us for your chance to win! Remember, one random linker-upper is drawn to win a $50 shopping spree from Simon Says Stamp. How awesome is that?!?!

And... if you would like to try your hand at something like the above... a complete supply list is below: (affiliate links used)


  1. WOW! I love how you make busy look awesome.

  2. LOVE how you used those heart stamps in their packaging to make your background!

  3. Looks great as always...Loved the addition of the gold glitz! The girls looks so pretty all dressed up and girly!

    Sorry I'm not by as much...still struggling to recover, trying to do a massive perennial qarden project with DH and coping with his retirement. Thank goodness for spring as he has spring and summer/fall hobbies to keep him busy! Yay!!! teehee Then i can back to my own hobby...blogging!

  4. Great idea to turn a stamp set into a background stamp.

  5. I love that wall in Disney too. Your layout truly lives up to it!!

  6. Beautiful background! Love your creative background stamp too! The touches of gold are perfect! Lovely layout!

  7. So pretty with the gold and kraft, Ashli. I love how you created your own custom background!

  8. Ashli...your background of the gold spritzed hearts paper is so pretty. I really love the die cut hearts you've added amongst the photographs, too. That brings such dimension and really ties the background into the "story" of being captivated by that gorgeous wall at Disney. <3 Candy

  9. I love your background. My hose hearts are divine!!! Your finished project is just lovely.
    I love seeing your process.

    Blessings ~~ dawn

  10. Hi Ashli, love the heart background and your die cut hearts. The gold lettering adds an opulent touch to your layout too. The die cut hearts and lettering add wonderful dimension to your photographs. Lovely layout. Tracy x x

  11. That heart background is gorgeous! <3 Love the colors, too!

  12. what a fun background with those stunning SSS heart stamps! Really pretty layout! Hugs, Sandra

  13. Very creative page, Ashli! I love seeing a whole sheet of individual stamps as an entire background! I think it's a fun idea!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. Gorgeous Ashli!! Love your created background paper with the heart stamps!!

  15. Full of heart...beautiful background and page!

  16. Love how this turned out. Your custom background is amazing! Love all of the other details. Great page! :)

  17. Awesome custom background! You know I love making backgrounds!! May have to give this one a try :)

  18. So, so creative!
    Love your custom stamped paper!

  19. wow, gorgeous background created!! love the hearts!!


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