Monday, January 19, 2015

Some Frozen Stamping...

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

Winter isn’t just coming – it’s fully here! With the holidays behind us and spring seeming so far away, let’s focus on the season at hand. Will you stamp a snowy scene? Try a new use for a snowflake stamp? Perhaps be inspired by the colors of winter in your ink choices… however you decide to get stamping, we hope you’ll join in the challenge and share.

I was inspired to stamp up a background for a layout about my daughter's "Frozen" themed birthday party. Here are all my supplies gathered...
And then.... this hot mess happened. I mean really... what was I thinking? Well, I know what I was thinking. I wanted a "messy" blue and gold background. But, I forgot to factor in the whole bit about kraft making colors look darker than they are and I ended up with areas that were too dark. As a last ditch effort, I tried some white doodles and as you can see, that was NOT a good idea.

Ah - but not to worry! The back of this paper is still just fine! Onward we go...
 And, yes! Chalk ink is much better!
 And some subtle white, then some dots of gold using a pencil eraser...
That is what I call a good base! Now, to figure out my page composition. I could go with something freeform, like the stamping...
Or, I could contrast the messiness of the stamping and do more of a grid design. And yes! That is what I am liking...
 Using my finger, I spread some more white chalk ink around the page...
 And there we have it!
 Some winter stamping and plenty of yummy paper layers...
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. Oh, wow. So beautiful. I love this layout. So pretty. Michelle t

  2. First of all... LOVE that you shared the doodle mess. I have about 3 of those for every project and like to know other people explore on the way to the final art. :) I love this layout and that you created a visual sentence with the words strung across intermixed with layers and embellishments. Your daughter is so sweet and the layout beautiful!

  3. What a cute layout! Love the way you cluster things! So very pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  4. Adorable layout, Ashli! It really POPS on kraft paper :)

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  5. Beautiful layout and thank you for sharing your process (and what you learned.....did not know that kraft makes ink darker).

  6. Great Frozen layout Ashli! I love the contrast of the Blue and a White on the kraft!

  7. As always an adorable layout! I love your choice to work on Kraft cardstock! Beautiful ! BArbarayaya

  8. This is perfection! I mean I love grids, but then I love the mixed media as well. You did such a great combo.
    And the gold ink on pencil eraser tip idea is one I am using :) Off to pin

  9. Great layout. Thanks for showing your 1st stamped effect and the comparison with the 2nd. The grid style did come up well. I learn a heap from your posts thanks for sharing

  10. Lovely layout! The background you created and the layers of embellishments are so beautiful. :)

  11. Such a pretty layout Ashli! Love all the layers!

  12. Loved seeing your inked fingers making just right smudge here and there. Wonderful project--you inspire me to get out my scrapbooking things and begin again!

  13. Such a pretty layout Ashli and I love how you've created the background and added all those wonderful embellishment! I adore it... :)

  14. Beautiful page Ashli!! Love all your wonderful layers and the background.

  15. Another great layout, Ashli! And I always enjoy the writing part of your posts as much as I enjoy the art. I love to see your creative journeys! On this page, I thought it was especially genius of you to go with a darker background and use white for your writing and outlines. Great inspiration!

  16. Love the fun, embellishment clusters. Great layout, Ashli!


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