Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Classic Stampin’ Spot Techniques

The new Classic Stampin’ Spots Assortment on page 147 of the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog that goes live this week is the perfect little ink collection for your stampers. 

With eight colors including Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Real Red, Shaded Spruce, the lovely array of colors hits the spot. 

Here are some fun techniques to prove that some of the best things come in tiny packages.



  • Block Background: Use the spot as a stamp. Turn it over and apply it directly to the paper for the cutest card on the block.
  • Tasteful Texture: To mimic the wood grain of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper, swipe the spot across the stamps instead of pressing the stamp to the ink.
  • Layered Colors: Use the Stamparatus and apply the darkest colors around the edges of the image. Stamp. Then clean the stamp with your simply shammy and apply a lighter color in the center. Stamp again to create the look of a multicolored markered image
You can also create your own 'custom mini spots' using the uninked spots just add your own reinker color choice!

Happy Stampin'

Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawak4-life

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Rhubarb Season!

Strawberry Rhubarb low carb grain free muffins for the win - they are nice and moist with a nice tangy rhubarb zip!

Recipe adapted from here - I added some xanthum gum and psyllium fibre because I didn’t have have baking soda in house.


Now I need a nap  cause seems even baking is zapping my energy right now!

Bon Appetite 

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

Sunday, May 3, 2020

On the Go Diffuser - Yes Please!

So excited about this new rechargeable Pilot diffuser! 

Be lovely to be able to use out on the deck or for a picnic to help create a bug free bubble!


Have a zen field day!

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

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Grain Free Focaccia Yes please!

Nom nom thank you my friend Lynn who offers an amazing Healthy Keto Life Community on Facebook  for sharing this grain free focaccia bread recipe the other day!





 Made some up to go with tonight’s soup supper!


Recipe here:


It was totally tasty I cannot wait to try some different versions of spices for it! 

Bon Appetite

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






Friday, May 1, 2020

Orange Mixed Media Challenge for International Scrapbook Day tomorrow

Today starts the kick off of an amazing fun weekend because tomorrow is International Scrapbook Day
 
I am exited to be guest designing for the Scrapbook Nerds International Scrapbook weekend crop with a 'Orange ~ Mixed Media challenge' ~ join us over on Facebook Scrapbook Nerds & Friends to share your mixed media inspired layout! 





My layout today features products from the shop with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks, Concord & 9th Faceted stencils and Vicki Boutin's gorgeous Colour Kaleidoscope ephemera and a pop of Tonic Studios glitter paper!! 


Process video for those who like to see pages coming together! 

Happy Stampin'

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

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Guest Designing for the Scrapbook Nerds

Good morning!

Hope everyone is doing well keeping safe from all that is going on in the world right now! It has been a roller coaster for me over here ~ was hoping being home in islolation mandate would mean more time for crafting however my auto immune system had other ideas and the past month has been ups and downs with a struggle between hives and digestive issues! 

However today seems to be a manageable day so havingg fun today finally able to spend some time in the craftroom catching up on some challenges and doing a guest design post for the Scrapbook Nerds!

I used a The Cupcake Inspiration #492 combined with the Inspire. Create. sketch challenge #068 to get my creative juices flowing to make my projects today!

I also wanted to play with the Concord & 9th Faceted Gems stencils available in the Scrapbook Nerds online shop as well as some of their fun Tonic Studios glitter papers!





I loved the color combo inspiration and chose to combine Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Pretty Peacock with Gorgeous Grape for my stencils! 

 The turnabouts are so easy to use! Here is a little process video from Concord & 9th





 I used my Stampin' Blends to colour the basic pearls for a coordinating pop of colour on my sentiment! 

Just love love love this colour combo however I can see that this stencil will look amazing in an array of colours and cannot wait to try out some more of them!!!

 Have an amazing day!

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

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Do you ENJOy cleaning your floors?

I wished I had taken a before picture but I was wanting to get them done quick while the cats were sleeping and Paul is off doing the fresh produce restock but they were a mess of little cloudy muddy paw prints cause the girls come up from downstairs with cats litter feet so this area gets icky looking quickly even without the daycare crew here using the foyer and cubby area!


Less than 5 minutes to sparkly clean, polished and dry floors on my entire main floor - quickly move from ceramic to hardwood with ease!

The floor system is the BEST investment I have made not just savings or environmental footprint wise (that’s awesome too) but for me this was BEST investment in my BACK health - no more debilitating pain due to have to be scrubbing high traffic areas on my hands and knees and no more heavy “steam mop” that was a pain to lift or to have to stop to refill as I went but on top of the physical pain it actually financially painful as the steam ruined the floors that were initially here when we bought the house causing the glue from the laminate to disintegrate and lift and shift and make a mess despite them saying it was “safe” for those floors!

Plus shhh but these are my original floor fibres I invested in that are technically well past the end of their recommended 3 years of life so they’ve totally paid for themselves well over in peace of mind at children and pets being able to play on these floors moments after they were cleaned, savings with no floor product being needed in over 3 years, the reduced environment footprint that represents but the most IMPORTANT benefit is that they are so light weight and easy to use I have no PAIN from doing the floors which makes it a reality that, with how many people are through them daily, I don’t mind having to do these areas a couple times a week to keep on top of the dirt tracked in from the front door or from the kitty’s litter!

Thank you @lynngrushka  and ENJO IMO every house with floors needs the Enjo floor system to make their lives easier!

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