Innovative Designs: Ink It, Stamp It, Create It with Maggie Mathern

22 September, 2009

Missing In Action

Filed under: Uncategorized — maggie mathern @ 12:55 pm

Life has been hectic lately and I have been forced to take a break from crafting and blogging. I will be back but not sure when at this Stage.

2 September, 2009

Spring Into Spring With A New Promotion.

Filed under: Promotions, Stampin' Up! — maggie mathern @ 12:48 am

Today is the first day of spring (yes, I know there are those who love to wait for the equinox, but not me).  I got up today and the sun was shining and the birds were singing…at least for a few minutes *smile*

To celebrate the start of Spring, Stampin’ Up! has a new promotion where you can earn something for FREE…yes I said FREE.  So what do you have to do you say?  Easy peasy.  Either spend $100 on product or hold a workshop with product sales over $600 and you will be rewarded with two rolls of ribbon for FREE.  These ribbons are not available at any other time.  They are Certainly Celery (9.1m 5/8″ Poly-twill Ribbon) and So Saffron (9.1m 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon).

Promotion Runs 01-30 September 2009

Promotion Runs 01-30 September 2009

So what are you waiting for?  Contact me today to take advantage of this special time limited offer.  See you all soon with another project.

Keep Smiling and Stamping,


28 August, 2009

Birthday Celebrations

Filed under: Stampin' Up!, Stamping — Tags: , , , — maggie mathern @ 10:49 pm

It was my dear friend Julie’s birthday yesterday.  To help her celebrate I made her a Tri Shutter Card – my first.  I am so excited to have finally bitten the bullet and made it.  Special thanks goes to Leonie Shroder for the kick in the pants to make one, and to Beate Johns for her very helpful video.  I certainly am a visual person and I love to “see” something created.

I hope you had a lovely day yesterday Julie, even if you did have to play “mum’s taxi” last night.  I hope the family spoilt you rotten.

Bella Bleu Tri Shutter Card

Bella Bleu Tri Shutter Card

I used the lovely Bella Bleu DSDSP to decorate the card, pearls from the Pretties Kit, lots of layers and piercing with the SU template.  Tell me what you think.

Til next time, keep smiling and stamping.


20 August, 2009

Cupcake Birthday

One of my work colleagues had a birthday last Monday and this is the card I have made for her.  I have used one of my favourite colour combos of Regal Rose, Rose Red and Old Olive.  I stamped the cupcake from Party Hearty using my markers in Regal Rose and Creamy Caramel.  The candle is Rose Red and Creamy Caramel.  I stamped the cupcake image twice and cut out the icing and placed it over the first image using dimensionals.  I have layered several layers of cardstock and the pink spotted DSP is from Sweet Always DSDSP.  I added some Old Olive Ribbon and used the Birthday greeting from the new Spring Mini Catty, which I punched out using the mid sized Oval Punch and complimented this with using Old Olive Cardstock to punch a oval Scallop.  I then stamped the cupcake in the same colours onto my whisper white envelope.  I love to have my envelopes to match my cards.  The recipient gets a sneak peek at what is inside.

I hope you have had a Happy Birthday Dianne and that you like your card.


Til next time, keep smiling and stamping.



17 August, 2009

Artist Trading Cards

Filed under: Stampin' Up! — Tags: , , , — maggie mathern @ 2:52 pm

I love to create ATC’s or Artist Trading Cards.  What are they you ask?  They are small works or Art created to trade or swap with others.  Over on the Elite Stampers Forum, headed by Angela Sargeant, we have monthly challenges.  This is Angela’s Stampin’ Up! downlines forum.  I have taken part in a few of these challenges this year.  It is always fun to see what others come up with.  The variety of work is amazing and inspiring.  I thought I would share my cards with you.

This is the swap I created for Februarys challenge.  The topic was Stampless.  At first I thought, what on earth can I make that  has no stamping!!! *shock*  If you sit down and think about it, it isn’t actually as difficult as you first think.

This card is just squares of patterned paper set out like a quilt.  I have done some faux stitching around the edges to make it look sewn together.  Originally I was going to “sew” around all the “seamlines”, but I felt it looked overdone and only did the outer edge.  I have added some ribbon and hodgepodge to complete.

February 2009 ATC - Stampless

Over the coming weeks I will share some more with you.



7 August, 2009

Jeans For Genes Day 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — maggie mathern @ 6:11 pm

Today is the day in which Australians are asked to wear their jeans to work to support the charity Jeans for Genes. This charity raises monies to fund research for finding cures for many genetic disorders responsible for the death of many children worldwide. I think you will agree this is a very worthwhile cause to support.

I have made the following card today to help raise awareness of children whom have genetic disorders. Let’s do all we can to stamp it out.
Jeans 4 Genes Day 2009 a
I have used the retired Stamp Set “Pocket Fun” to make this card. The base of the card is Brocade Blue and I have used the same coloured ink to stamp the pockets.  I have sponged the edges of all the pieces in Brocade Blue.  The belt is Chocolate Chip Ribbon and I made the keepers myself. I stamped the “friends” from one of the sayings in this stamp set in chocolate chip to make the tag on the jeans instead of a brand name.

Til next time. Keep Smiling & Stamping.


5 August, 2009

Spring Mini Catalogue Has Arrived

Filed under: Mini Catalogue — Tags: — maggie mathern @ 1:08 am

To view this catalogue online, please click on the link on the right hand side of my blog.  If you would like your own copy, please send me an email and I would be happy to send you one.  There is nothing quite the same as flicking through your own copy!  Besides, if you are like me, you put little stickies in there to remind you of what you would like, or a layout/colour combination you would like to try.

I have received my pre order goodies and as I said in my previous post, will be back soon after creating some projects to share with you.  I have so many ideas swirling around in my head.  Off to add them to my notebook so I don’t forget.  Tip of the day – Carry a notebook with you at all times to jot the ideas down as they come to you, so you have a starting point when you do sit down to create.  I have clippings from magazines, sketches of layouts I have seen and want to try and colour combos.  There is so much inspiration all around us, but nothing is more frustrating than knowing you had a “brilliant idea” but not being able to remember it.  Don’t forget to make the book you jot things down in a chance to use your skills and decorate it.



It’s Been A While

Filed under: Uncategorized — maggie mathern @ 12:46 am

Since I last posted, that is.  What can I say?  Life happens.  Challenges present themselves and sometimes this means lessening the demands on our time.  For me this has meant not having time to create or update my blog.  There have been a few moments I have snatched and created, however I have not always photographed these projects or I have, but have not even taken them off my camera.

Time to create and blog again.  I’ll be back in a few days to show you some new things.



1 May, 2009

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Day in May

Filed under: Promotions — maggie mathern @ 3:45 pm

Whether you are a scrapbooker or just love to include Designer Series Papers on your cards or 3D/Off The Page creations, this special is for you.

Buy three packs of select Designer Series paper ($16.95 each) and get one FREE!

Item Page Description
112042 132 Urban Garden Designer Series paper
112470 132 Haiku Designer Series paper
113976 132 Pink Flamingo Designer Series paper
112468 132 Sweet Always Designer Series paper
113992 133 Tea Party Designer Series paper
113975 133 Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper
113966 134 Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series paper
112469 134 Holiday Treasures Designer Series paper
112041 134 Bella Rose Designer Series paper
113974 134 Bella Bleu Designer Series paper
113978 135 Urban Oasis Designer Series paper
112461 135 Washington Apple Designer Series paper
112039 135 Windsor Knot Designer Series paper
113980 135 Candy Lane Designer Series paper


Contact me today if you wish to take advantage of this special.  $16-95 value FREE!!!

Become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in May For Just $150

Filed under: Promotions — maggie mathern @ 3:33 pm

Yes, you heard right.  Just $150 to join my team in May.  In celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator for only $150 with our limited-time Scrapbooking Starter Kit.

You can even swap out the stamp set or papers for product you prefer. The product you’ll receive alone is worth over $180. On top of that you’ll also receive all the usual business products, catalogues, order forms etc etc. Why wouldn’t you join!

The Scrapbooking Starter Kit contains the following:

Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set* $77.95 
Simply Scrappin’ Petal Party $36.95 
Earth Elements Assorted textured card stock (12″ x 12″) $21.95 
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad $11.95 
Craft & Rubber Scissors $37.95

*Substitutable for any stamp set up to $77.95 value.

Please note: Each of the products listed above may be substituted for like items. Please see the Scrapbooking Starter Kit Order Form for details.

The Scrapbooking Starter Kit also contains all the business supplies contained in the standard Starter Kit:

Getting Started DVD 
Getting Started Guide 
Guest Invitation Postcard (100) 
Idea Book & Catalogue (8) 
To My Hostess Envelope (10) 
Project Sample Sheet 
Recruit Brochures (20) 
Hostess Brochure (20) 
Hostess Benefits Form (10) 
Customer Order Form (50)

Contact me if you would like any further details.  An opportunity too good to miss!

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