Monday, July 6, 2015

This is SO Not Coffee...

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

With the popularity of coffee and tea themed stamps, die cuts, and more, it was only a matter of time before we took this on as a challenge! You’re welcome to tea stain your paper, leave a coffee mark on your page, use Tim Holtz's new coffee or tea stamps or dies, or be inspired by your own favorite beverage!

The hubbs and I recently embarked on a 5 day juice fast. As in... nothing but fresh made vegetable juice for 5 days straight. That also meant no coffee. Oh my.... it was certainly quite the experience! And what does any sane scrapper do when they complete such a task?

Scrap about it, of course!

I have really enjoyed the transparent layering effects that the Dylusions paint allow, so I am going to get started with that...

After applying the brown and blue through my stencil, using the mini blending tool, I am now just going to apply the lime green and the yellow over the stenciling, using a straight edge...

Adding in a little white...

And with that all nice and dry, my stenciled dots are peeking through the lime green layers, almost like drops of coffee would...

Then, I simply grabbed my photo and some pretty papers and layered things up along the side. A die cut of a little mug starts off the embellishing...

And that is finished off with plenty of fun little bits...

I chose to journal sideways so that the script adds a texture to the page and is seen first as a visual element, and second as the story...

Ah - yes... that juice was SO not coffee....

But, I am glad we did it, and I was even more glad when our fast was over. The best part? Creating this layout, of course!

And now it's your turn to get crafty!
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  1. Ouch! No coffee? What a great journal page sharing the story! I don't drink coffee but am a soda fiend and giving up the caffeine would be tough! Beautiful layout!

  2. Love the side journallingand the layers of Dylusions paints! You are a very brave girl to take on no coffee!

  3. Neat page! I love the way you layer and add texture! Oh man, a whole week without coffee! Not sure I could manage ;)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  4. You are too funny! Glad to hear it was worth it at the end! I love how you did your green area with the dots poking through, those paints are lovely! I also really like how you used your journaling as a design element.

  5. Love your page with all the texture, layers, colors, journaling. Love the paper or is it vellum that you used for the die cut coffee cup?

    1. yep! vellum - from Webster's Pages :)

  6. LOve your page! Thank you for tutorial, it's wonderful as aleays! barbarayaya

  7. Such a beautiful layout, Ashli. The background you created is awesome! :)

  8. So many fabby textures and colors going on here! You have such a visual graphic statement going on with the sideways journaling. LOVE this!

  9. Wonderful layout, Ashli! Can't imagine only drinking juice for 5 days straight! Hugs, Sandra

  10. Gorgeous colours and so many wonderful textures on this layout ~ I love it Ashli and as always, it's so unique and so you!!! :)

  11. Beautiful page and love the green added to the layout.

  12. Lovely layers in this page--thanks for showing your technique and how you achieved such a beautiful result!

  13. Fabulous page! I love the colours and the great paint layers.


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