Monday, February 16, 2015

Mixed Media Beachyness..

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

This week, we challenge you to find a piece of paradise. We are dreaming of sandy beaches and the sound of ocean waves, of sitting down to read a whole book and of quiet relaxation. Whether you’re inspired by a tropical shore, exotic travels, or simply want to play around with a new technique and be in a crafter’s paradise this week we invite you to share your creations and be inspired from a blissful place. Your personal happy place and paradise awaits…

I pulled my inspiration from beach houses this week. Staying in a quaint little home is perhaps one of my favorite parts of being at the beach. So, I decided to work up a little mixed media collage...
But, I gotta tell ya... I am still trying to find my mixed media footing. I am pretty comfortable combining photo, story, and embellishments... but, when the colors and media is going to stand alone... I still feel like I haven't completely found my comfort zone yet.

That being said, this piece took me on quite the adventure. Let's see what happened, shall we?

After working up the above, I decided I just wasn't liking it. When that happens, I just take scissors to paper and cut things up! 
Then, I started collaging pieces of the first collage onto a new background... 
Adding some lines...
And I kept on going until I had this. As you can see, I even photographed it and decided it was done. But... I just didn't like it. It kept bugging me. 
So, new background cut and new stamps at the ready... 
And it got cut up again! Into little tiny houses... 
All in a row... 
Some new stamping... 
Some tiny wood pieces...
And there we have it!
A mixed media piece that I truly like... 

Full of lovely color and texture!


Now, you might be wondering why I didn't just show you the final piece... Well, where's the fun it that? Ha! Actually, the truth is that I wouldn't have gotten to the final piece without the first two versions. It's all part of the process.

So, now it's your turn! Go have fun, enjoy the process, and link-up with us! Every week a random winner is chosen to win a $50 spending spree from

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  1. Beautiful! I love the soft airy feel of the pieces (I loved the other steps along the way). Always inspirational and a lesson in the journey found here. :)

  2. Wonderful creation! So fun seeing how you got there! I love the colors and the thought of these houses in a dreamy place to relax and just enjoy! TFS!

  3. Oh my gosh!!!!!! Amazing layout!!! I LOOOVED seeing your process! The final page is STUNNING!! I'm in awe!

  4. Ashli…your work is totally different that mine, but I love, love it…colours, softness and wonderful ideas…really stunning!
    Greetings from Slovenia

  5. Ashli, you are one of my very favorite mixed media artists, top 3. You really are talented. Your collage is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your process. Michelle t

  6. Such a fun layout Ashli! Lovin' the fun and whimsical vibe!

  7. Gorgeous layout, Ashli. Love that you've shown us the way up to the final result! Hugs, Sandra

  8. Thank you for showing the process. It is so helpful. It's also good to know that even ladies on the design team don't always get it right in the beginning.

  9. Sometimes home really can be the place you want to be most! I like the idea behind this layout and the puzzle piecing!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. I love this!! I think the end result is something I'd frame!

  11. Love your fun and beautiful layout, Ashli. Great inspiration! :)

  12. I love the way you create your embellishments! you are unique! Beautiful layout as every time! Barbarayaya

  13. Had to come tell you how lovely your light and airy beach huts are. So glad I did. I loved to see the process too. TFS.

  14. I love this Ashli!! The row of houses and all the textures of the background are absolutely wonderful. All the different versions of the houses are so interesting.

  15. This is fabulous, Ashli! I always admire the softness of your work and how you create such wonderful layers and embellishments ~ just beautiful! :)


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