Friday, March 16, 2012

"Candid" and a SMASH page

Sorry it's been so long again, but life has been crazy here! I think the kids have been in school two days this month, what with pro-D day, teacher strike, and spring break, and it's putting a serious cramp in my crafting schedule! I've also been reading some really good books - might be time for a book review pretty soon.

Did you see this inspiration photo for the March Challenge at Seriously Creative Challenges?
Oh my gosh, I love it! I had just the perfect photos for this one, and I looooove the way this layout turned out:
The background paper started out cream, and I inked it, stamped it, and sprayed it, not to mention the handmade chevron pattern made from scraps and stitched together - it was a time consuming process, but a lot of fun too! Remember those ghost letters from Heidi Swapp that came out five or more years ago? Well, I have almost a full pack of them so I painted the edges for the title and stitched them on with embroidery floss. Here's a close-up of the top corner, where you can see a bit of the shine from the Perfect Pearls Mist:

I sure hope you'll join us this month! This was my first monochromatic green page, and I love the result, so give it a try, and as always, there's a prize to be won!

When I was in my self-induced pinterest coma, I did manage to make this SMASH page about Brenna's birthday:
When I bring her around town or to different play groups, everyone thinks she's so cute and wonderful, but man, she's a stinker! So much energy and just wants to assert her independence all the time, it's exhausting, but I love her to bits!

And a quick mention of some blog candy you may want to check out:
If you like Magnolia and Tickled Pink stamps, you really need to follow Eulanda's blog, she's the master with Copics! And she's freakin' hilarious, too! Definitely a Cariboo gal at heart!

Well, I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! I'm counting down the days until the kids go back to school, and desperately trying everything I can think of to keep them busy. Ailis just went on a scavenger hunt with Nana - I thought they'd be out for at least an hour, but it turned out to be a 15 minute thing, sigh. Maybe we'll make some banana bread!



  1. I was wondering where you were! :) Our Spring Break just started so I am staring down the barrel of two full weeks alone with all 3 children! Gack! It does feel a bit like they've already been on holiday what with the strike and Marley being home sick two days last week. March just feels like a complete write off - educationally wise!
    Love your page - those paint(?) splotches are awesome. Looks like bubble wrap? Gotta try that! and great Smash page - Happy belated to Brenna!! LC will be 3 on Friday and I envision a similar theme (fellow Dora lover!)

  2. Love your candid layout. I have to admit I did not even notice the paint on my first look I had to go back and look. I love all the stitching, and journaling on this layout. It reminds me of a picture of my daughter that I really love. Hmmm. Look at a smash book this weekend - wondering if thats something I really want to start or not lol.

  3. Wow!!! What a gorgeous layout Rox!!! Your homemade paper always blows me away!!! I love how you revamped the letters, they worked perfectly with this page.
    Brenna is so cute!!! She is growing up fast!!!
    Isn't it a relief when the kids go back to school?! other then having to figure out what to put in their lunches of course ): I'm actually getting to enjoy a few days to myself at home (:

  4. Your layout is so beautiful!!!! As always the details in your work are stunning!!!

    Loving your smash book!!!

  5. I don't know why it's been so long since I've visited your blog?! Darn life just gets in the way of my computer time sometimes! haha! I soooo love your challenge layout! Those handmade chevrons!?!?! Holy cow lady! They're freakin awesome! Love the stamping, the misting, the stitching...those ghost letters ROCK! And I love how you stitched them on too! Oh, and those pictures of Nolan are soo great! Sorry I haven't popped by sooner!

  6. OH NO!! Kids not in did you get through it?! That's gotta suck tho. Your layout is great and I can't believe you had the patience to journal like that. Nice job!! Thanks for the shout out too!! I'm funny? AWESOME! LOL! hugs!