Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Gateway Drug

LOL I heard a fellow demonstrator make this reference today and it’s SO true ... the Paper Pumpkin is the perfect monthly subscription box for trying out paper crafting and it is so addictive - it’s a wonderful relaxation and great for supporting mental health!

Sale-a-bration is the perfect time to try out the Paper Pumpkin subscription boxes using the prepaid codes because you can earn additional FREE products to help you play outside the box with Paper Pumpkin alternatives!

Make sure to check out my Pinterest board for 'outside the box' alternatives for the various kits!

Happy Stampin'

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

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Monday, January 20, 2020

January Paper Pumpkin - Scrapbook edition

January’s Paper Pumpkin “Outside the Box” scrapbook edition ... paired the “Bee Ours” stamp set and kit embellishments with two card bases for my DSP strip and than used a dissected envelope for my corner edges along with the Detailed Hearts and Well Written dies coordinating with the Mint Macaroon and Highland Heather inks for this lovely layout I plan to use to journal a girls night out with my BFF!


Happy Scrappin'

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

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Alternative Treat Bag

When you think “Outside the Box” with the Paper Pumpkin you can make use of features that you think you might not use into things you WILL - so this is an example of how you can turn the treat bag into a card if you’re more inclined to use a card than a treat bag!

I carefully cut the seams with my craft knife and than trimmed it up on edges and to the size desired. The photo light never catches the gorgeous foiling properly but it is a lovely shimmering delight!  

Current Paper Pumpkin subscribers are invited to bring their kits along come play with their box at January’s kit class ... those wanting to check out Paper Pumpkin without the subscription are invited to come play with one of my kits - check out the event page on my website for more class details!

Happy Stampin'

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

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Paper Pumpkin Outside the Box cards

Two cute cards created from 1 card base and a couple kit embellishments from January's 'Bee Ours' Paper Pumpkin kit.

I used the Heart pack punch duo to punch the two  hearts from the centre of the front and back of the 3x3 card base and than used my mini paper cutter to carefully cut the two parts of base apart along the crease and than shaved off a wee bit from the white side of base to create two different layered looks for the cards!

Than I used the mint macaroon and coordinating rose rococo inks to stamp images from stamp set. Plus the Blends are perfect for colouring rhinestones to create coordinating gems for any project 💕

I also reused my Hey, Friend sentiment stamp set from the Something for Everything December Kit - the Paper Pumpkin kits can be used over and over again and are a great way to build your stamp collection!

Current Paper Pumpkin subscribers are invited to bring their kits along come play with their box at January’s kit class ... those wanting to check out Paper Pumpkin without the subscription are invited to come play with one of my kits - check out the event page on my website for more class details!

Happy Stampin'

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

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

'Bee Ours' January Paper Pumpkin Kit

Playing with the January Paper Pumpkin Kit “Bee Ours” ... love the fun colour palette of Crushed Curry, Highland Heather, Mint Macaroon and Rococo Rose! 

The treat bags are perfect to house gift cards, hot chocolate packs, a couple of your favourite tea bags or for the paper crafter lovers some embellishments! Perfect for Valentines but also for treat bags for birthday, bridal or baby showers as well or just because random acts of kindness in someone’s lunch box or desk!

The stamp set is just adorable for many occasions and I have lots of outside the box design ideas dancing through my head to make next!!! The fact that this kit coordinates with the Heart Punch pack plus the little Bee stamps and sentiment beg for the  Golden Honey DSP from Saleabration lends to LOTS of possibilities for projects 💕💕💕

I will be using inspirations from this kit at this months Stamp a Stack to help show customers how much fun it is to play with the Paper Pumpkin subscription kits!
Check back on Instagram, Facebook or my blog for my “outside the box” Paper Pumpkin alternatives!

Happy Stampin' 
Margaret

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

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Big Mac in a Bowl

When it’s 6:30 am and you’re scrolling on Facebook and thinking about what to have for lunch ... Big Mac in a bowl yes please  😋


I know it’s gross but Big Macs are one of the things I really miss about being Celiac like might consider one for my last meal things I miss 🤣 It is currently in the vault until Spring catalog but if you want some Big Burger sauce seasoning visit Lisa she can hook you up with some!

Have a great day

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

Photo credit Cassandre Eakin
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Friday, January 17, 2020

January Paper Pumpkin quick view

I haven’t had a chance to play with mine yet so sharing the corporate video teaser ... these are just so I cute!

Happy Stampin'

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

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

January's Paper Pumpkin box reveal

Whoot whoot this Paper Pumpkin kit is so stinking cute! Makes 10 3x3 cards with coordinating envelopes PLUS 20 mini treatbags for the upcoming Valentine season or they can be used for gift cards or other small offerings to loved ones! 

I love the exclusive stamp set that came with it! The imagines coordinates with so many of our other products which is awesome - I will be making some alternative projects with some of our DSP that I think will go amazing with this stamp set so check back!


If you’ve subscribed to January’s paper pumpkin your also welcome to bring your box and come play with me at the end of month - check my website for class dates!

Happy Stampin'
Margaret

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

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Book lover humour

I am a total book lover over here but in regards to #2 they have obviously have never heard me read the Mortimer by Robert Munsch book to the daycare kiddies 🤣🤣🤣


What’s your favourite childhood book?

Happy reading 

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


#homechildcare  #earlychildhoodeducation  #earlyyears #booklover #reading #literacy 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Dressed to Impress Purse

The Dressed to Impress Stamp and die bundle is one of my favourite from the mini catalog!



How adorable is this little stepped up purse duo from fellow demo Juanette? I just love the tufted embossing folder she’s paired with the purse designs!


These would be perfect little party favours for the purse lover! They’d also make great hostess gift holders for those who sell Thirty One or Poppy and Peonies or other direct sales purse companies!
Happy Stampin’

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



Friday, January 10, 2020

I am SO excited to share this ...

Introducing Aloette’s NEWEST Product - Lush Luxe Enhancing LASH SERUM!!! 



Who's excited to try this CLEAN BEAUTY product!! Meeeee! 🤚

Before and after 4 week interval use Lush Luxe Eye Serum
I can remember once upon a time a make up artist telling me what beautiful eyelashes I had - but ever since I my thyroid got fried I have always struggled with eyelash health - they break easy, are thin and the color is so light. I cannot wait to see if this natural alternative to eyelash support can help me to actually make my eyelashes I do have visible again!

More details!!! 

Natural alternative to many lash-enhancing products
Enhances the appearance of lashes
Helps create darker-looking lashes
Promotes healthier-looking lashes and lash vitality
Gives you the appearance of younger-looking lashes
Improves the appearance of brittle and thin lashes 
Fortifies the lashes to help protect against further damage
Moisturizes lashes
Enhances flexibility and resilience
Is prostaglandin-free, oil-free, silicon-free, fragrance-free, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly


 $75 RETAIL PRICE ... make sure to join my Awaken to Aloette VIP page to get the BEST savings options! 

Yours in health and beauty

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

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

New Coordinating Product Release

Mark your calendars for these goodies coming to the website February 1st ... I know I personally love the option of coordinating dies because fussy cutting is hard on my ole eyes! 








Happy Stampin'

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

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Frugal for the Win - Get the Most Bang for your Buck!

Ok anyone who knows me knows I am be frugal from time to time - I like to make my money stretch as far as I can when I can! That said I also have a paper crafting addiction so finding ways to make my crafting dollar go as far as possible is a WIN for me!


Enter Paper Pumpkin - I just opted to purchase myself a 12 month prepaid subscription. This bundle saved me over $40 over single month payments. Than because I added on a couple accent items to my order  - some scrapbook paper, a memories and more card pack and the heart punched that will coordinate with January’s kit plus my Valentines DSP this qualified me to reach the $375 host reward! 

Now that sounds like a lot of money upfront specially for someone frugal like me  - but remember I am going get a WHOLE YEAR of paper crafting enjoyment out of this investment as each months kit arrives prepaid now PLUS I will be able to make gifts and keepsakes to share with my loved ones - so added value of both entertainment for myself  and practical spending for gifts for others I won’t be spending in stores.

As a hostess reward I earned the Saleabration Ladybug Stamp set for FREE plus was able to choose 6 additional Saleabration items ... so I now have 4 more stamp sets, a card pack, some DSP and some embellishments that I can use to stretch my Pumpkin kits when they come! All for FREE that’s over $100 more in savings right there! 

I than earned $45 in free hostess rewards so I chose some whisper white thick cardstock for additional card bases, some gorgeous designer series paper and some snail adhesive!

That’s what I call BANG for my BUCK! 

Get your prepaid subscription and sign up for Pamper Pumpkin up before January 10th to take advantage of the Bee Ours Love Inspired kit! 


 


Happy Stampin'

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

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What's better than a box full of puppies?



Seriously how adorable are these puppies? 

I apologize for coming across like one of those friends on a new diet and all I can talk about is how much I love my new diet ... but the Paper Pumpkin is SO much fun I just want everyone to have fun with me! 

Look at the additional rewards you can get by choosing to get a prepaid subscription to Paper Pumpkin .... that is a LOT of added value in FREE product alone! Plus remember with the subscription bundle you also get discounted rate 'per box' so that you earn your 12th box for free!
 With prepaid subscriptions you can still 'pause' your subscription if you are going to be too busy and want to skip a month and pick it up again next month! 

What are you waiting for? Sign up for yours today and activate before January 10th because you do not want to miss out on January's surprise box - it sounds fantastic and I am so excited to play with mine!

Happy Stampin' 

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

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More Bang for your Crafty Buck!

Now is the PERFECT time to try out Paper Pumpkin and take advantage of the prepaid subscriptions! They will give you added savings with each bundle increasing in savings so that a 12 month prepaid subscription means you get basically get a month box free with the savings! 

PLUS during Saleabration the prepaid subscriptions of 3, 6 or 12 months all count towards earning free items from the Saleabration catalog which means even more bang for your crafting buck! 

Order your prepaid subscription today and sign up before January 10th to get the January Bee Ours 🐝 Kit this month ... January is a LOVE themed kit with 20 treat bags, 10 3x3 mini card with coordinating envelopes , exclusive Paper Pumpkin Stamp set, ink and embellishments to complete your projects! Plus this kit also coordinates with some product from the current mini catalog including the heart punch pack!

This kit will be perfect for all your upcoming 'love' oriented occasions - Valentines, Anniversary's, Wedding and all those 'Just because I am thinking of you' times throughout the year when you want to send someone a little pick me up!

Plus if your local to London and choose me as your demonstrator when you order you can join me once your box is here at the end of each month for my “outside the box” Paper Pumpkin kit class where we can work on completing projects and I can share ideas on how to make your kit even more fun! Check out my Events page on my website for the dates and details!

Happy Stampin'
Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life 
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Peaceful Poppy inspired layout


2020 crating goal is to stop neglecting my scrapbooking so joined a cropping group on Facebook called Scrapbooking Global - Stampin' Up!  that’s specific to Stampin’ Up! They have monthly challenges and lots of layout inspirations! 
Inspired me to get busy this weekend - so this is my layout from the January 2020 challenge inspiration layout. I reoriented a bit to be able to see the most of the gorgeous Peaceful Poppy DSP ... I shamefully admit that I rarely journal on the actual front part of the layout and am more the type to hide my journal in a pocket behind so I didn’t add that feature and left the space for the poppy’s to show through 💕

I still need to print my photos - I tend to wait until I have a layout all done and then print the photos to fit the mats plus sharing them photo free will hopefully help you to imagine how gorgeous your own photos would look on those mats ... shameless marketing or lazy scrapbooked you decide 🤣

Seriously if you have not checked out the Peaceful Poppy suite yet hop on over to my website and check it out - it’s SO STUNNING! Makes pulling together projects so easy! 
Happy Stampin’

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

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Low Carb Perfect Portions Banana Bread

Baking in the kitchen today to use up some ripe bananas - gluten free banana and dark chocolate chip perfect portion petites ... each one has 60 calories, 6 carbs, 2 fat and 7.4 protein - nice little breakfast on the go for Paul and I and snacks for the kids - ended up with 60 of them for the freezer so we should be good to go for a while 🤣 


I doubled the recipe that come on the gluten free flour bag as I had 6 over ripe bananas to use up and I used egg replacer cause I have a little one with an egg allergy and I used Stevia in lieu of sugar cause Paul needs low carb now with his diabetes. Also added 2 tsp of Epicure Apple pie seasoning cause I like a little extra flavour kick with my banana bread! 

Happy Baking!

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


Saturday, January 4, 2020

New Year - try New Veggies

Nom nom 😋 a huge thank you to my Epicure consultant Lisa Maybery for the nudge to try a new veggie to the palette today ... I am in 💕💕💕 with BOK CHOY 🥬 I tried it tonight in the Epicure Thai Green Curry dish - I am so glad I stocked up on this particular package because it has gone to vault but if you love Thai they have several others that are just as tasty!

Seriously I walk by the Bok Choy all the time in grocery store and had no clue what I was missing ... such a great texture of crunch and it added a nice pair to the flavour our favourite Green Thai Curry ... nom nom nom! If your looking to add new healthy veggies to your palette this year Bok Choy is a must! I am going to be making it a staple for stir fry’s and soups for sure!

Check out the nutritional info on this baby .... all that protien makes it an amazing add on for a vegetarian or vegan dish!

Do you love bok choy how do you cook with it?

Margaret 

Live Well, Laugh Often,Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-Life




Friday, January 3, 2020

Mini Catalog is Live!

Can anyone else relate to this when a new catalog comes out?? All the pretty papers I just want them all - and than I tend to horde them cause they’re too pretty to cut up 🤣

But all joking aside - check out these Suites!!! Seriously how can one not want ALL of them???

The Birthday Bonanza suite is perfect for the animal lover in your life ... make up your invitations, party decor, cards and scrapbook your event all using coordinating products!

Birthday Bonanza
I am loving the fun floral design of this suite perfect for the traveler in your life and good for so many different occasions - I personally am drawn to the Memories and More Card pack as I find this perfect for both card making and scrabpooking!
Topical Oasis
Do you love Valentines Day? This is one of my favorite holidays - not because I feel we need to set aside a day for telling others we love them - we should do that every day but because I just LOVE all the pink and red and hearts and well its just such a fun holiday! This bundle is perfect for those who love to do up treats for their loved ones! 

From My Heart
This Best Dressed suite spoke to me on several levels - as a paper crafter it is just so stinking cute and I can imagine making many projects for my friends and family who are into fashion and make up. As a home based business owner who also sells skincare and makeup I love this suite because I can envision making thank you cards and gifts with it for my loyal customers! I foresee this suite getting LOTS of use so imagine my glee when I WON it at the November On Stage - another amazing perk of being a demonstrator with Stampin. Up!
Best Dressed
Calling all Golfers in your life - cannot wait to make up some Father's Day and Birthday cards with the Designer Series paper and embellishment in this suite! 
Country Club
SQUEAL I literally squealed when they unveiled this suite at On Stage I just knew I would be adding it to my collection even though I swore I would not be adding more stamps this quarter as my craftroom is bulging it just spoke to my heart I had to have it  .... I cannot say enough about this suite so I apologize in advance if my feed gets bombarded with it! We are a Military family so the Poppies spoke to me immediately however I love that with this suite you can make so many different floral combinations and color palettes and well its just so well coordinated!
Peaceful Poppies  
I love the Parisian Blossoms suite - everything on it is on my wishlist but since I bought the suite above this one had to go on wishlist - I have invested in a couple pieces though cause I just had to have the embossing folder, champagne rhinestones and ribbon to start!
Parisian Blossoms
What is your favorite suite in the new mini???


Happy Stampin’
Margaret 

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

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Outside the Box - Paper Pumpkin Scrapbook Edition

OK - if you've been following along with Decembers Inside and Outside the box posts than this is the final way of how you can use your Paper Pumpkin to play outside the box ... I just LOVE how far I have been able to stretch my box so far. I have made the 3 card designs that came in the box, I created 3 more card designs with some add bases from my stash plus playing with my stash and than I made the right hand side of my coordinating layout below using the remaining card bases I dissected from the box and some add on products from my stash.  Plus I still have 6 cards based and coordinating envelops left in my paper Pumpkin box to play with at future date!


The right side page was inspired by a challenge by the Scrapbook Nerds and Friends group on Facebook designed by the lovely Milena! I used my Lily pad stamp, dies and coordinating designer series paper from the Sale-abration as well as some leftover strips of card base and embellishments from the December Paper Pumpkin.

The second pocket page was inspired as my desire to use up the remnants from my 3 'outside the box' Paper Pumpkin cards and than because I have crafting OCD and need my left and right page to coordinate I crossed over design features with some add on from the Lily Pad stamps, dies and coordinating designer series paper!


Together I think they are just stunning .... next I need to get off my butt and print my actual gardening photos and add them to complete my project but I was too excited to share them. Yes I tend to often scrapbook backwards to other people as I wait to print my photos until my design is finished so I know what size I want them to be! So these photos will be 2x3 in size to allow me to show off lots of gardening photos from our first attempt at a vegetable garden this past summer!


 If you ever wanting someone to crop with I offer a mini crop the last Sunday of each month - would love to have you come out and join the craft table!

Happy Scrappin'

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

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