Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Ornate Garden Scrapbook layout

Having fun with some scrapbook challenges over on Facebook with at Scrapbook Nerd -
 if you have not already please come join us Scrapbook Nerds - Friends Group for some crafty inspiration and fun!

My first page I had created as part of the March Layout tag ... if you have not played Layout tag you MUST come join us - it is so much fun!  The premise is that you form a group of people who want to participate in the game. The organizer sends the first person in the group a private message to tag them with a layout as inspiration to create their own with. They have 3 days to complete their project take a photo of it and return the photo to the organizer privately. She passes or 'tags' the next person with that photo as inspiration and it moves on each person getting tagged privately with the last persons inspiration. When everyone has been 'tagged' and had a turn to play with the person before thems photo inspiration than the organizer 'reveals' the tag layout progression ... it is AWESOME to watch how the layouts progress through each persons interpretation and inspiration of the layout they were given! 

I used the Ornate Garden Suite from Stampin' Up ... the DSP is just gorgeous with the copper embossing threaded through the designs on several of the papers and well look at the imagery in the stamp set and the intricate dies! I had a blast coloring with the Stampin' Blends!

ORNATE GARDEN SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER ORNATE STYLE BUNDLE

 I paired it with the Beauty Abounds and the Prose Alphabet dies .


Beauty Abounds Cling Stamp Set HAND-LETTERED PROSE DIES

I did sneak some retired fun in there too ... the Grapefruit Grover Foil paper from last years Sale-abration from my stash goes perfectly with this suite - I really wish they would bring that one back! It looks amazing with the Ornate Embossing Folder

ORNATE FLORAL 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER



Happy Scrappin'

Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life

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Global Design Project #235

Playing with the Global Design Project challenge which gave me a perfect excuse to use some more of my March No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin from Stampin’ Up! 

Made 6 alternative options in a Spring or Floral theme using the envelope liner as patterned paper for additional accents.

The first one I used a small strip of the So Saffron envelope on a So Saffron card base with layering in black card front with very vanilla and than used a retired embossing folder from Stampin' Up! for a pop of texture and than added some embellishments from the March kit to finish it off.

The second one used the remaining envelope liner paired with some basic gray card stock on a white card based. I just love the little rain drops that came with this kit they are adorable!
Third card is done with a Petal Pink card based paired with a Grapefruit Grove card front and a white layer ... how adorable is the little bunny stamp that came with this kit???
Fourth card made use of lots of scraps from the envelope liners and than added some stamping and embellishments from the kit and a sentiment from a retired stamp set!
Fifth care is on the Petal Pink cardstock based with a white front, the green striped envelope liner accent and stamped images from the kit with the little 'heart' popped up as flowers. I also did a hand stitched around it to try to pair the green DSP into the design cause I felt it was kinda just lonely! 
Sixth card is in the Petal Pink and Grapefruit Grove palette with the Swirly die from a retired set with some leaf punched leaves and than the floral embellishments from the kit and a little sequins add ons.

The Paper Pumpkin kits are SO much fun - perfect for new crafters who are just getting started as everything you need to complete your projects as outlined in the kit are included. Also a great add on for the avid crafter to help get the creative juices going with the base kit and than like I did here 'adding on' to the kit to create additonal projects. 

The cut off to join us for April's Paper Pumpkin is Friday .... sign up for a great little crafting escape delivered right to your door!


Happy Stampin'

Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Fat Bombs

Nom nom - today’s recipe attempt is Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Fat Bombs!


 Recipe was from a Pinterest find here  ... I opted to melt my chocolate rather than attempt to crush it and roll the balls in them.




I was very happy with the Nutritional breakdown on them! They make a nice little snack when my energy is low or I am having a 'sweet craving'! 


 
They got two thumbs up from my spouse!

Bon Apetite 

Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Soft & Chewy Keto Bagels

Nom nom ... slowly making my way through my wishlist recipe try outs from over at Gnomgnom.yum blog!


Up today is the Soft & Chewy Keto bagels ... they were so easy to whip up although I might need fresher yeast cause not sure mine was as frothy as it should be but work with what you have when in self isolation 🤣

I have a bagel/donut mold so I rolled mine into it but you do not need a mold you can roll out onto parchment paper. I also used the Everything Bagel topping from Epicure. 

They smell awesome and have a nice squishy feel to them when I transferred them to the cooling rack! Took me all I had to wait for them to cool down so I could turn one into my BLT! My tomato was a wee bit thick but it was SO GOOD!


They have a great Net carb option allowing for my lunch to come in under 5 net carbs with my bacon, lettuce, mayo, cheese and tomato add ons! 


Bon Appetite! 

Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Do young children REALLY need E-learning right now?

I am seeing a lot of stress and anxiety from my educator colleagues right now about the pressure to provide “elearning” to their students currently out of their program due to Covid closures!

I want to preface my following statement with the knowledge that I truly value the importance of early learning, the FDK program and well vital role of public education in general. Education matters!

However RIGHT NOW, for the majority of Ontarian’s or Canadians, I believe this is the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. So much fear and anxiety and added pressure of being home with multi aged children and not able to get out and do the things we’d would normally do to relieve that energy the create  ... the thought of trying to do formal “e learning lessons” with them well sorry but I honestly don’t think the majority of kids are going to be in that mental state right now to even process that method of learning! Nor are parents in the mental state to support them in that learning process - it’s just going to add more stress and anxiety to an already tumultuous situation for many 😞

Right now I personally think it’s more important for children and parents to be taking care of their MENTAL health than their academic progress! If you loose the first the later won’t matter and with the first you can CATCH UP on the later, later when life is back to normal!

Play board and card games, take this time to teach your kids to cook and bake as a family, read some books together, do art and sensory fun stuff like long baths there’s never time for when life’s busy and we rush through routines, make music and dance!

IMO right now in this unprecedented pandemic let the focus for parents to be to CONNECT with their loved ones and make POSITIVE MEMORIES to get them through this time! Please do not add mandatory e-learning to their already full plate ... there are lots of free only home school options for those who DO want to volunteer to continue to formally feed their brains ... but here is so much VALUE in PLAY TOO!

Let families choose to PLAY right now!

Let them learn THROUGH their play!

Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life

Vicki Boutin Wildflower & Honey DSP card 3 and bonus card


Sharing my guest designer post for Scrapbook Nerds with another DSP inspired card - playing with the Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey DSP, So Fun Stamp set and Concord & 9th Triple Step Thank You to make a quick and simple under 5 minute card!

Here is a quick little process video to show how quick and easy this paper is to make a lovely card!


Here is a recap of the 4 quick and simple cards I was able to make in under 5 minutes each using the Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey DSP as my inspiration! 

Happy Stampin'
Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

March Paper Pumpkin - Outside the Box Scrapbook edition

I am SO loving this Paper Pumpkin! The embellishments and stamp sets are just adorable!



Plus for their 7th Birthday we also got an additional stamp set in this months kit! 



I was so excited to share my sneak peek when it arrived I did not even bother to edit my video and just uploaded it to Youtube! 

 
 I was eager to whip up my 3 trio design cards in the kit! I mean see how I was not kidding on how adorable are the embellishments here?



Today I have been working o on my Paper Pumpkin Alternatives today for Paper Pumpkin customers virtual class support over on my Totallyawake4-stampin' - double layout! If you are looking to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin please make sure to choose me as your demonstrator so I can support you with lots of 'outside the box' options!


I focused on one traditional with mat for a 5X7 layout - I cut up the card bases and envelopes and on this particular layout I used envelope pieces to create the banners along the top here as well as the stamps from the stamp set to create imagery along the white background and than card kit embellishments to add dimension. 

And than did one pocket with 4 mats for 4x6 photos! I had used the 3x3 cut outs from the card bases for the focal imagery along the 3 4x4 squares in the middle and stamped and fussy cut using the coordinating Under the Umbrella imagery on this layout It’s such an adorable little set 💕💕💕

 UNDER MY UMBRELLA BUNDLE (ENGLISH)



Happy Stampin'
Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life

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