Monday, January 12, 2015

Inky First Words

Hello, hello! It's Monday and that means we have a new challenge waiting for you at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

Anna-Karin proposed an inky background challenge – we are intrigued! Will you create a messy effect? Do some distress stamping? Directly apply inky to your background? Take this as a chance to explore and play with ink…

One of my favorite ways to use ink is with a blending tool and a stencil, so for this week, I am going to do just that!

Here, I have gathered my chosen ink colors, little blending tool, and a stencil that I made myself using a Tim Holtz Alpha Die:
I simply blended the two inks around with the stencil in place, and now I need to figure out my page design...
After a bit of noodling around, I decided to turn this sideways so that the stenciled letters would become more of a visual texture than literal letters...
 I stitched down some cut out letters...
and added some lovely embellishments...
and there we have it!

 A fun layout, complete with fun ink, to document my little one's first word!

Now it's your turn! I can't wait to see what you do with this week's theme! Go get crafty and don't forget to link-up with us! Every week a random winner is chosen to win a $50 spending spree from

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  1. As always , stunning layout, wonderful picture! BArbarayaya

  2. Inspiring layout! Adorable photo! I love that journaling around the edges of the balloons!

  3. Such an adorable layout. Love the beautiful background patterns and embellishments. The photo is super cute. :)

  4. This is so cute! Love the picture! Hugs, Sandra

  5. What a lovely layout and adorable photo! SSS always has such great challenges :)

  6. Oh, wow, that's so awesome. Bet it was a joy to hear. She's adorable. And so is your layout. Love it when you ink things up a bit. Your layout is awesome, wonderful. Love it. Michelle t

  7. Such a sweet layout Ashli! I love that you turned the stenciled alphas to the side! Great idea!

  8. Adorable!!!!!! Love SSS challenges :)

  9. How absolutely precious this is! Great tribute to some fabulous first words!

  10. Such a fun layout!! What a cutie, too! Kodak moment for sure!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. Very clever use of the die. Really inspiring!

  12. As always, this is such a stunning layout and a beautiful photo ~ it's gorgeous, Ashli!

  13. This is so sweet, both the topic, photo and layout. Love the balloons with the journaling written on them.

  14. Lovely page! The soft colors and stenciled and fussy cut images are perfect with the super sweet photo! TFS!

  15. Gorgeous!! Love that you turned the alpha stenciling on its side. :)


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