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

17 August, 2008

A Cold, Wet Day

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As much as I have been enjoying the bit of rain we have had recently, the cold is sure bothering me this year.  Must be getting older eh? LOL  I would love to be tucked into my studio creating, but have to go and brave the elements and go to work.

My appologies for no update in the last few days, good intentions and all.  I have spent some much needed time in the garden weeding and attending a myriad of other tasks that I have not had time for in recent weeks.  Playing catchup can be all consuming as we all know too well.

I intend to lock myself in here tomorrow and create up a storm.  So many new ideas I have found lately that I want to try.  Inspiration comes from many places.

Keep smiling and stamping,


13 August, 2008

Wacky Wednesday

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Funny title I know, but that totally describes my day.  Go to do one thing, interrupted by phone or doorbell, forget what I was doing and start something else.  I give up LOL.  So I have just been playing around with my blog and adding some new items here and there.  

Time to head off to work.  Hope you are all having an awesome day.

Happy Stamping,


9 August, 2008

Saturday’s Share

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Hi everyone.  This will be a quick post to share some of the lovely birthday cards I have received from friends around the world.  Enjoy!


Vases In Vogue - Carol Dunstan






Hugs & Wishes - Edie


Lovely As A Tree - Lori Maxson


Friendship Blooms - Margaret Ashby

Friendship Blooms - Margaret Ashby

Petals & Paisley - Pat Washburn

Petals & Paisley – Pat Washburn

Be back soon with more of my creations.  Until then, Keep Smiling and Stamping


3 August, 2008

Hubby’s Birthday

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My husband Shane had a birthday recently as well.  Ok, so it was before mine and I am running late.  What else is new these days, right?  I would like to share the card I made for him just last night.  Why is it you find that inspiration strikes at the most inopportune times?  I should of been tucked up in bed asleep, but instead I was in my craft room in my element, surrounded by supplies I had pulled out from various sources.  Oh that looks good, no, maybe this?  You get the drift.  By the time I finished and presented hubby with his card, it was after 2 am when I got to bed.  That’s ok, but I definitely suffer for it the next day LOL



Shane's Birthday Card

Shane's Birthday Card


Cardstock:  Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Sage Shadow and Naturals Ivory

Papers:  Outlaw Double Sided Designer Series Paper

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Stamp Sets:  Wanted, Genuine Articles

Accessories:  Chocolate Chip wide Grosgrain, Natural Hemp Twine, Chipboard Lots of Letters, Distressing Tool, Scallop Circle Punch, 1″ and 3/4″ circle punches, SNAIL, Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Trimmer/Scorer

Hope you enjoyed this project using the Boho West Style.  I will be back again soon with another project.

Keep Smiling and Stamping,


1 August, 2008


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I FINALLY got that last post up.  It has been a VERY frustrating few hours of work.  Firstly, learning how to use Photoshop Elements 6 on the macbook to edit and save the photos and then insert the said pics into my post.  I got to the end and lost the majority of my work!!!  Argh, it took long enough to figure it out once without that happening.  Giggle!!!  Oh well, all’s well that end’s well as they say, and I can add a few new skills to my list of life’s achievements!!!  Of course, provided I can remember what I have done this time LOL



Friendly Friday

Today I am starting a new trend here on Innovative Designs.  I will be sharing some friends creations with you.  My first contributer is Annette.  We have been working together (nursing) for a few years now and have gotten to know each other better through our love of papercrafts.  Annette is very gifted in many areas of crafting including Folk Art.  Hence card making and throwing colours together comes naturally.


For her first contribution, I have chosen two cards and a Treat Box she has made with a baby theme.  I don’t know about all of you, but I seem to know of so many people having babies this year.  I am sure these projects will be very handy.


          Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink

          Ink: Stazon, Pretty in Pink

          Punches:  Scallop, Circle

          Stamp Sets:  All In The Family, Warm Words

          Other:  Pink Ribbon, SNAIL, Aquapainter



          Cardstock:  Whisper White, Bashful Blue            

          Ink: Stazon, Bashful Blue

          Punches:  Scallop, Circle

          Stamp Sets:  All In The Family, Warm Words

          Other:  Blue Ribbon, SNAIL, Aquapainter




                    Cardstock:  Whisper White, Barely Banana

                    Ink:  Stazon, Barely Banana

                    Punches:  Scallop, Circle

                    Stamp Sets:  All In The Family, Warm Words

                    Other:  Yellow Ribbon, SNAIL, Aquapainter


I don’t know about you, but I think these projects are adorable.  So thank you Annette for being my first guest blogger on Friendly Friday.  I look forward to sharing more of her projects with you in the future.  I will be putting up some of my latest work soon and please come back next Friday when I introduce you to another guest blogger.

Keep Smiling & Stamping,


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