Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Just Us Girls #542 Mod Squad challenge entry

So excited to have time to play in the craftroom today! Gives me a chance to play with some challenge blogs that I follow for inspiration!

This afternoon I am playing along with the Mod Squad Silhouette challenge and pairing it with the Just Us Girls #542 challenge!


Creating a card featuring Silhouette Scenes and coordinating Sweet Silhouette dies from Stampin’ Up! 


 I stamped using Memento Black ink and my Stamperatus to get the nice deep black ink onto a mixed media background using dioxide inks and sponges to blend.


Happy Stampin’

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

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Inspired by Cool Treats Sketch

Happy Canada Day!

Playing along today with a couple sketches from over at Inspired By Challenge
Inspired By 'Cool Treats' Challenge Inspired By - Cool Treats

Sketch Challenge
Used the Altenew Hug Me stamp set from Scrapbook Nerds coloured with my Blends from Stampin Up - went with the Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana and Daffodil  Delight colour palette!





The little fox is just adorable and I love colouring!

Happy Stampin’

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

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Is Universal Childcare what is 'best' for Ontario?

With all that is going on with Covid there is a huge push to 'unionize' and ECE Unite childcare by a few in the sector! I am in camp be careful what you wish for! There is a reason why there is not a strong union presence in the childcare sector over the past what 60 plus year since the development of the first Day Nursery Act regulating our industry - childcare is one of the oldest professions in the world even more it was 'regulated' and one that could actually use the collective bargaining power more than auto workers when it comes to protections yet unions went there the actual money was!
Typically it is not a wise 'business investment' for them and please do not be naive a Union is a BUSINESS - it charges members dues in exchange for a service that is a business and if the dues do not cover the cost of service that would be needed to effect change than there is no point in them continuing to provide the service but you could end up still stuck paying the dues to how difficult it is to break a union once it gets a foot in the door . That is why so many unionized childcares over the past decades have CLOSED because the employer could not provide what the union was demanding - we have seen so many well paying positions evaporate as college lab schools got closed and as 'regional operated' childcare centres were closed and the off loaded childcare to 'community partners'.

The challenge for our sector is NOT our employers and that is the only level that unions have the power to negotiate with - they collectively bargain with your employer .... also currently your 'collective bargaining' in a union would be the voices of the employees at that individual centre or if you work for a 'chain' of centres all operated by the same person than you could have a slightly larger collective voice but it is still going to be SMALL and therefore largely ineffective ...the fact is that you cannot get blood from a stone and the reason our wages are so low is that unlike auto industry there is no PROFIT in childcare sector to suck out of a business owner to raise wages and benefits and pensions out of and unlike TEACHERS our wages are reflective of the fees for service charged to individual parents not the collective tax payers! If parents had to pay out of their individual pocket for 'education' than the reality is that there would be a huge influx of one parent leaving the work force and HOME SCHOOLING because they would not be able to afford to pay for education - same goes for childcare. If the cost of childcare is MORE than a parent can hope to earn than there becomes no need for 'childcare' they will just remain home and provide it themselves!

In the current model of childcare in Ontario unionization will not produce the results ECE want like the College you will end up paying for something that in reality does not serve YOU it just serves someone else - so at a 2% of your wages due rate even if you only made $28,000 which is minimum wage now you will find yourself paying $560 or more if you make more annually in union dues with little more 'protections' than you have under the Employment Standards Act already because the cold hard reality of our field is that our employers do not offer us more because they are rolling in profits they have a limited revenue of fees capped by their license to balance their budget with ... the only reason why 'non profits' pay more than private sector is that non profits get more FUNDING from the government in way of operating grants, more wage enhacement grant and if they are non profit they often have chartible status so can access 'reductions/discounts' in rent, phone, tax prep and other overhead costs that a 'private' model can not ... we need to stop being naive there is no PROFIT in childcare - if there were there would actually be businesses rising to meet the demand - beside every Tim Hortons there would be a private childcare to match 'raking in the profits' ... the reason there is shortage of childcare is that no one wants to invest the time, energy and money into opening childcare - non profits cannot find people who want to 'volunteer' to do that hard work and private business can make AN ACTUAL profit for similar investment opening a TIM HORTONS which is why there is one of those on every corner instead!

If ECE want to see change IMO they should first join the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) for a far more reasonable fee of $60 .... as a professional association they can provide the collective voice of 50,000 ECE who are registered with the College of ECE and any who do not have to be to push government for UNIVERSAL childcare model where the GOVERNMENT becomes the employer of all ECE just like TEACHERS ... and THAN you can look to all unionize under the collective employer of the government and the collective pockets of ALL TAX PAYERS to bare the burden of increased wages and resources for ECE professionals.

IMO the AECEO can provide a much larger collective voice than 'individual centres' who manage to get a union into them and for FAR LESS investment from the ECE!

Start THERE is you want to actually see change ... the AECEO could do so much more than they already do if every ECE registered with the College also joined the AECEO .... their budget to advocate and increase their lobby reach of the government could be truly profound .... their current paid membership is so LOW and they already do more for ECE imagine what they could do with better resources!

Nothing will change in the licensed childcare sector under the current model of 'market can bare' fee collection! That is what changed FIRST for teachers too - the move from private education to public. If we want what teachers have we need to follow that same path - create a public universal childcare model and THAN form the unions under that!

even with universal childcare - we need to be careful what we wish for here in Ontario because we are not doing such a good job in public education the answer so shortage in funding from our leaders regardless of their political affiliation when they are in power they always seem to choose to cram more children into smaller spaces or to take away supports in some manner while the 'middleman bureaucracy' constantly grows and outpaces the frontline support .... so if to fund public education we need to see ratios of 1:20 ore more pupils imagine what the ration for childcare could erode too

Take Spain ratio for infants is 1:8 .... we need to be careful what we wish for because THAT could be our future - free or greatly reduced childcare cost for parents at the expense of QUALITY

Be careful what you advocate for - you might get more than you bargained for!

Take Care
Margaret

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Global Design #246 and Inspired by Challenge card

Margaret here guest designing for the Scrapbook Nerd - if you want to come play along join us Scrapbook Nerds & Friends on Facebook

For those who prefer to watch verses read I created a little process video over on my Youtube channel

 

Today I am using two challenges for inspiration for my card design! 


I created two cards featuring Vicki Boutin's Color Kaleidoscope line with some of the 12x12 paper and the coordinating stencil pack and the Wild Flower and Honey cardstock stickers. 


I used the blender brushes and a color palette featuring Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue and Rococo Rose from Stampin' Up!

 Finished products ....
 Everything About You ... Loved Beyond Words
 Adore Everything About You!

Happy Stampin'

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

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Join us for an Adventure Challenge this month

Margaret here guest designing for Scrapbook Nerds and Friends

Feels so good to see the light at the end of the tunnel and have a handle on my immune system once again which means more energy allowing me some left over to get back into the craft room and get my hands inky!
 
This month's theme is Adventure with a bonus color challenge! 


 I opted to choose my inks from Stampin' Up! The Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Grapefruit Grove, Petal  Pink and Soft Sea Foam were a perfect match in my opinion! 


My idea of an adventure is being out in nature with the flowers so I opted to play with the Vicki Boutin color kaleidoscope stencil and coordinating cardstock stickers for my sentiment and paired with the color challenge palette!

I am just loving the Picket Fence Studio brushes - the come in all sorts of sizes on the Scrapbook Nerd website!I l love how the varied sizes allow you to get into tiny spots and provide a lovely blend!




 Here is my finished card - a perfect card for either retirement, bon voyage or just because!  


 If you would like to see it come together check out my process video over on YouTube! 


 Happy Stampin'

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

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

June's Paper Pumpkin has arrived!

So excited when my Paper Pumpkin arrives each month! 


This month's Paper Pumpkin is all about #sharesunshine and this is the exclusive stamp set that comes with the kit!



If you love a good unveiling watch it here with my process video on Youtube! 


These are the 4 card designs that come with the box - perfect for new crafters or those in a hurry that do not want to have to think up their own designs - quick and easy yet totally adorable!!!!



 And these are 4 designs I came up with using the supplies from in my box but thing 'outside the box'!

I cut the sunshine card base in half for this card. Used the smile sentiment from the exclusive #sharesunshine Paper Pumpkin kit with versamark and black embossing powder and mounted on a new whisper white card base, basic black card front and embellished with some metallic pearls!



For my second card I cut a strip of the one card front and than mounted on white card base and used a black polka dot sticker, die sun die cut and a label and embellished with the kits bling!
 Card number three I cut the stripped card front in half and mounted on black card front on a white base and embellished with items from my kit! 
 Final outside the box design for today - again made use the card front by cutting it in half diagonally and than used kit embellishments to finish it off!

 Happy Stampin'

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

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

So Fun with Vicki Boutin

Margaret here guest designing for over at Scrapbook Nerds and Friends

Today sharing some fun I was having playing with the Vicki Boutin - Colour Kaleidoscope - So Fun Stamp & Die Set and alcohol markers with a pop of Nuvo drops!


Perfect card just to say 'love you' to someone special in your life!

Happy Stampin'

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