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

23 October, 2008

Criss Cross Cards

Filed under: Stampin' Up!, Stamping — Tags: , , , , — maggie mathern @ 3:45 pm


Criss Cross Cards

Criss Cross Cards


I finally sat down the other day and made some of these.  I have used the Apple Cider DSP for these.  I love this paper but had not gotten around to using it.  They would make great cards for Halloween or masculine cards.  I did not make a belly band for them, but they could be added for a bit more pizzaz.  Here are some pics.

Apple Cider Criss Cross Card

Apple Cider Criss Cross Card




Hope you enjoyed seeing these cards as much as I have making them.  

These can be made to suit any occasion…hmmm can see some Christmas cards coming up.


Until next time, remember 

Keep Smiling & Stamping,

Maggie xxx

18 October, 2008

My Studio Finally Has It’s Sign!!!

Filed under: craftroom, Stamping — Tags: , , , — maggie mathern @ 10:52 pm

Yep, this is one of the projects I told you about in my last post.  I did manage to complete and photograph it the next day, however couldn’t get the picture to load into PSE6 to edit it.  Don’t ya just love technology LOL.

Oh well, it is done now.  Let me know what you think of it.  If I did it over, would have made the main board green and maybe a different patterned paper behind the name, but went with what I had at hand at the time.  Besides, could always make a different sign for different seasons of the year *wink*.


Studio Sign

Studio Sign



Hope you are all taking time out of your busy lives to create some fun projects too.

Keep Smiling & Stamping,

Maggie xxx

13 October, 2008

A great day….

Filed under: Stamping — Tags: , , — maggie mathern @ 11:16 pm

YES!!!! I have finally had time to myself to create and I have had a ball…but guess what???….I have absolutely nothing to show for it!!!  How is that possible you ask?  I have done lots of painting, preparation and planning today.  I have also used crystal effects, so need to wait for it all to dry before I do anymore.  My studio looks like a bomb has hit it…but I LOVED every moment of it.

My beloved doggie kept me company all day.  She follows me wherever I go and even snored in time to some music LOL.  Every now and again demanding my attention.  She has a way of putting her snout in my way or using her talons to get my attention.

Ok, I am bushed and off to bed.  Hopefully will get some more done before work tomorrow.  Will photograph and upload as soon as possible.

Keep smiling and stamping,

Maggie xxx

Just another Manic Monday

Filed under: Stamping — Tags: , , — maggie mathern @ 9:06 am

The best plans of mice and men as they say…yep…my day.  I will NOT be deterred though.  Here it is 10 am and I am just going to have my shower and get dressed for the day.  I swear technology is all consuming of time LOL.  After my shower I am taking the phone off the hook and creating the day away…shhhhh…don’t tell anyone or that might not happen either *rolling eyes*.  This happens so often in our lives.  I worked my butt of yesterday so I could have today free…for ME!!!  (well…I still have my butt but you know what I mean)

Ok, off to have said shower and then into my room.  Time to create a sign for my door I think 🙂 and get cracking on some Christmas Cards..and it is time I started that Cruise album I have promised myself to do for years.  I went on TSS Fairstar in January 1990…it was a blast.  Need to find the box of pics/memorabilia.  I had a huge organising marathon a few years back to make the scrapbooking easier, but have not gotten around to it.

Keep Smiling and Stamping,

Maggie xxx

6 October, 2008

World Card Making Day

I held my world card making day event last Thursday and we made some Christmas themed cards and those adorable Sour Cream Containers (Sunny Boy Containers in Australia).  Nothing beats getting together with friends and having time to stamp!!!


World Card Making Day 2008 Projects

World Card Making Day 2008 Projects


I should add that one of the cards was a spiral card on the inside.  I forgot to photograph that in my hurry.  Will try and catch up and do this tomorrow.  I just love making these types of cards.  Suitable for every occasion and simple to do.

I am also chuffed that I have finally been somewhat successful at making a watermark for my pictures.  In time I will make another and fine tune it a bit more.

I hope you all had a lovely day celebrating our craft this year.  Don’t you just feel special that a day has been dedicated to our favourite hobby?  Not that we need any excuse mind you!!!

Til next time,

Keep Smiling and Stamping!


2 October, 2008

Taking a moment to reflect…

Filed under: Uncategorized — maggie mathern @ 10:27 am

on the life of one of our great musical theatre geniuses….Rob Guest.  I awoke to the very sad news that this beloved actor/singer of Australian music theatre died overnight from a stroke.  He will be sadly missed.

Here in Australia he starred in Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera, of which I was privileged to have seen for myself.  An extraordinary talent.  He was the world’s longest serving Phantom, having played the role a record 2289 times in performances over seven years.  More recently he played Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

Words cannot express how I am feeling this morning, think I will dig out a CD and put it on.  Go and give a loved one a cuddle whilst you can.  Life is too short.

Keep Smiling and Stamping,


1 October, 2008

Happy 20th Birthday Stampin’ Up!

Filed under: Stampin' Up! — Tags: , , , — maggie mathern @ 10:05 am

Yes, Stampin’ Up! has officially turned 20 this month.  To celebrate, I have a stamp set to give away.  To win this set all you have to do is tell me your favourite colour combination and why.  Entries close on 31 October 2008.  This competition is open to Australian Residents only and no demonstrators please.

Here is the official promotion from Stampin’ Up! for this month.  What a great offer!!!!


Baby Card

Filed under: Stamping — Tags: , , , — maggie mathern @ 12:12 am

Thought I would share the card I made for my friend Renee on the birth of her lovely daughter Sophie recently.  Don’t you just love going shopping for babies and little people.  Such fun!  So many adorable little things to ooh and aah over, just like the babies themselves.  


Welcome To The World Sophie

Welcome To The World Sophie

Looking forward to having a cuddle of this precious bundle of joy.  How appropriate that Stampin’ Up! have this stamp set of the same name.


Stamp Set: Bundle Of Joy

Cardstock: Whisper White and Pretty In Pink

Inks: Pretty In Pink, Black Stazon

Accessories:  Pretty In Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Stylized Silver Hodgepodge, watercolour pencils, aquapainter

Non SU:  Cuttlebug and folders

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