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

12 February, 2009

Bushfire Appeal

Filed under: charity, Stampin' Up! — Tags: — maggie mathern @ 1:40 pm

I, like you, have been absolutely horrified by recent events in Victoria.  It is unfathomable that someone may have lit some of the bushfires that have ravaged our state.  I have had both family and friends affected. Some had been evacuated but have since returned home unscathed, whilst others have lost their homes but thankfully are still alive.  As we all know, others were less fortunate, losing their lives.  A reminder to all as to how precious and fleeting life is.

I prepared and was about to send an email to all my customers about this and how they can help me to help the bushfire victims.  Since preparing this, Stampin’ Up! ® have also made a very special announcement about their commitment to help.   I will now amend the newsletter before sending it.  I was and still am donating my commission from February sales to the Australian Red Cross for the bushfire victims.  I can now add to this Stampin’ Up’s! ® contribution to this cause.  Details below:


From now until 31st March they will be donating 50% of the retail value from sales of the following stamp sets to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal:


Seeing Spots

Baroque Motifs

Live Your Dream (Summer Mini)

Looks Like Spring*

The Snowflake Spot*

Bodacious Boquet*

Polka Dots & Paisley*

G’day Mate*

Be Happy*

* sets marked with an asterix will be retired at 31st March 2009

If you would like to view the official flyer from Stampin’ Up! ® please click here.  One of the many reasons I love being involved with Stampin’ Up! ® is their ongoing commitment to people, family, community. 

As I said before, I will be donating my comission (20%) from all sales from now until the 28th February to the Bushfire Appeal.  Sale-A-Bration is still running until February 28th, so if your order reaches $100 you will also receive a free SAB stamp set & if your order includes any of the above stamp sets 50% of their value will be donated. Email me today to place your order & together we can help those that have lost their homes & loved ones.

On their behalf – Thank You!!!  Let’s work together to make a difference.


2 January, 2009

Sale-A-Bration is here!!!!

Filed under: Promotions, Stampin' Up! — Tags: — maggie mathern @ 4:38 pm


2009 SAB Catalogue

2009 SAB Catalogue













I have to say that this is my favourite part of the Stampin’ Up! ® year!!!  From January 1st to February 28th join in the Sale-A-Bration with me.  Want FREE stamps?  Of course you do, so what do you need to do to qualify I hear you ask?

Customers – Spend $100 on product from either the main Idea Book & Catalogue or the current Summer Mini Catalogue and you may select one stamp set FREE from our Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.  There are 4 sets to choose from.  There is no limit – for every $100 you spend, you can choose a SAB set for FREE!!!

Want more FREE stamp sets??

Spend $300 and you will get:
3 of the SaleABration stamp sets,
PLUS a level one hostess stamp set from pages 17 – 19 of the main catalogue)

PLUS $30 to spend on other items from the catalogue.  

Hostesses – In addition to the normal hostess benefits, you can get a free SAB set if your net workshop sales goes over $600, 2 free SAB sets if your workshop sales goes over $1200 and 3 free SAB sets if your workshop sales goes over $1800.  

New Demonstrators – Interested in becoming a demonstrator?   Please email me and I would be happy give you further information about this wonderful and flexible business opportunity.  Join my team during January/February and in addition to receiving the starter kit (product and business supplies valued at $560 for $324, that is 40% off) you can choose an extra stamp set up to $79.95 in value as an added bonus.   How great is that?  

So don’t wait…it’s time to Sale-A-Brate!!!!


17 December, 2008

Another Eastern Bloom

Filed under: Stampin' Up!, Summer Mini 2008-09 — Tags: , , , — maggie mathern @ 11:44 pm


Hi everyone, I have just arrived home VERY late from work.  Time to draw breath.  ahhhhh….that’s better.  I am sitting in the loungeroom watching the tree lights and finally having a drink.  I think I might just sleep in tomorrow…oh it already is tomorrow LOL.


Bali Flower Trio

Bali Flower Trio


I used Versamark ink to stamp up the small flowers on the Pomegranate cardstock base.  Then I adhered a piece of Bali Breeze Designer Series Paper.  Next I stamped the large flower from Eastern Blooms in Pumpkin Pie, Purely Pomegranate and Tempting Turquoise.  I cut these out and adhered them with Dimensionals to add some “lift” to the project.  I then used a sponge dauber to put some versamark to the centre of the flowers and added some heat n stick powder, blasted it with my heat gun to melt the powder, then sprinkled on some chunky glitter from the summer mini.  Another quick blast of the heat gun and the glitter is set in place.  Gotta love it when the glitter stays where it should be….on the project.  Thanks for looking.

Keep Smiling & Stamping,


16 December, 2008

East Meets West

Filed under: Stampin' Up!, Summer Mini 2008-09 — Tags: , , , — maggie mathern @ 11:42 pm

I just love the new Eastern Blooms set in the Summer Mini Catalogue.  I have seen some really awesome projects from crafters all over the world.  I look forward to playing with this set more.


Eastern Delight

Eastern Delight



Stamp Set:  Eastern Blooms

Inks:  Purely Pomegranate, Close To Cocoa, Old Olive markers

Paper:  Old Olive, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White and Bali Breeze DSDSP

Accessories:  Scallop Edge Punch, SNAIL adhesive

Ok, will catch up with you all again tomorrow.

Keep Smiling & Stamping,



15 December, 2008


Filed under: halloween, Stampin' Up! — Tags: , , , — maggie mathern @ 8:52 pm

funny, but when I think of Halloween I think of the Adam’s Family theme song LOL  I promised to share these pics with you weeks ago and never got around to it, so am playing catch up yet again.  It’s like digging out the family album and looking through and reliving events.

To recap, my neighbours had a birthday party with a Halloween theme and I made a few goodies for them.  



Spooky Scene


Ok, so now the scene has been set.  The deck looked magnificent with fake spider webs, spiders etc.  They don’t quite have the same effect in the photo’s as they did in real life.



Jack-O-Lantern lit with candle from within

Jack-O-Lantern lit with candle from within


The Jack-O-Lantern was in the centre of the table surrounded by all the goodies.



Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats


I made bags of popcorn and used the limited halloween stamps I had at hand to make the toppers.  The spiders are made using punches and I put some “gold” chocolate coins inside them.  The kids loved them, so that is the main thing.  I’m hoping we will actually get at least one Halloween set next year as this had become a more popular theme in Australia in recent years.



Gold Chocolate Coin in Spider

Gold Chocolate Coin in Spider


Aren’t these just so cute?  I have seen these done a lot this year in the USA/Canada and loved to make them.  I must admit it took a lot of punching to make them all.  I hope you have enjoyed going back to Halloween tonight with me. 


Tomorrow I have some up to date stuff to show you.  In fact I think it is time to share some new summer mini projects with you all.  Till then take care and remember….


Keep Smiling & Stamping,



14 December, 2008

Going Back in Time….

Filed under: Stampin' Up!, Vellum Projects — Tags: , , — maggie mathern @ 11:39 pm

to November when I went to Melbourne and joined some fellow SU Demos for a fun day out to the Melbourne Regional Training Day.  We get to be instructed in business ideas as well as watch other demonstrators show us some “wow” projects and do make n takes just like our customers do.  All in all a wonderful day of fun and fellowship with friends both old and new.  It’s always fun to put faces to names we have only known “online” previously.

I would like to share with you some pictures of the swaps I made and took with me.  It is yet another wonderful dimension to the day.  It is not compulsory, but a very enjoyable part of the day.  I always learn something new, whether it be a technique, a colour combination I would not have thought of or a design feature.













Parchment Card

Parchment Card












I love to use our Vellum Cardstock.  It is time I got it out and had another play soon.  Might even have to see if I can come up with a Christmas Card using it….hmm…ideas are already formulating in my mind.  I had better go and jot down my ideas and I will have a play in the morning before I brave the shopping centre to do some shopping.

Keep Smiling & Stamping,


12 December, 2008

On The 12th Day of Christmas

Filed under: 12 Days of Christmas, Stampin' Up! — Tags: , , , , — maggie mathern @ 8:14 pm

I can’t believe the 12th day is here…where did this time go?  It’s not called the silly season for nothing!!!  Now to today’s project.  Another of Beate’s wonderful projects.  This one is called a treat box.  I just love this.  I have made this one for our table on Christmas Day and have filled it with choccy’s.  One less job to do *smile*  I managed to fit a 600g box of Cadbury Favourites in there….Yummy!!!!  I have already decided to make several more of these for gifts.  Like many of the projects I have shared with you recently, these too would be adaptable for any occasion. 


Treat Box

Treat Box


Treat Box filled with 600g box cadbury favourites

Treat Box filled with chocolates










This project did not even require any stamping.  It was just scoring, cutting designer series paper and adhering it, punching holes, inserting eyelets and threading and tying a ribbon…can’t get much easier than that, yet it looks so impressive.

I hope you have enjoyed and been inspired over the last 12 days to create some handcrafted projects for yourself and the loved ones in your life.  Until next time,

Keep Smiling & Stamping,


11 December, 2008

On the 11th Day of Christmas

Filed under: 12 Days of Christmas, Stampin' Up! — Tags: , , — maggie mathern @ 10:20 pm

I am sitting here with a dripping nose and aches all over…not a good start to the festive season eh?  Oh well, time to get over it before the big day comes around.  Today I am presenting you with yet another gift box.  This one is called an Origami Box which I cased from the incredibly talented Beate and I have topped it with a Paper Bow.  I’m sorry but I don’t recall who first did this one.  Let me know and I will give you the credit you deserve!!!


Origami Box & Paper Bow

Origami Box & Paper Bow










The great thing is you only need minimal supplies to make these.  There is no adhesive necessary for the box and the bow is held together with some adhesive, brads and glue dots.  Very quick to whip these up and they look so gorgeous.  Who wouldn’t like to get one of these under the tree with their name on it?

Til next time,

Keep Smiling & Stamping,


10 December, 2008

On the 10th Day of Christmas

Filed under: 12 Days of Christmas, Stampin' Up! — Tags: , , , — maggie mathern @ 11:43 pm

Hi everyone…another long work day and I am running late yet again.  Even had to go shopping after work so I could have a cuppa as I ran out of milk.  Finally got home a short time ago.  So after photographing and editing the pictures, here I am ready to share my next project…a real Christmas staple…the humble Christmas Cracker!!!!  Enjoy.











Stamp Set:  Party Punch (level one hostess set)

Inks:  Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi

Cardstock:  Holiday Harmony DSP (retired), Wild Wasabi, Whisper White

Accessories:   1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Designer label Punch, Wild Wasabi & Purely Pomegranate DS Ribbon

Hope this inspires you to try your hand at making your own Christmas Crackers this year.  After all, you can make your entire place setting match and you can fill the crackers with items to suit each person.  Till tomorrow,

Keep Smiling & Stamping,


9 December, 2008

9th Day of Christmas

Filed under: 12 Days of Christmas, Stampin' Up! — Tags: , — maggie mathern @ 10:14 am

What do I have for you today do you ask?  Let me see…ah yes, today it is all about a little Triangular Gift Box which Fleur and Michelle made and put gifts in for me at Convention earlier this year.  Yet another simple little gift box you could make and it only uses 1/3 of a piece of A4 cardstock, so economical too.  I decided to cut some triangular panels of designer series paper (wintergreen) to decorate the main outside areas.  My earlier versions of this project I used the Stampin’ Around Wheels or stamps to make my own background decoration.  Then you simply use the horizontal slot punch to punch through the 2 layers on each side and then thread through some ribbon to secure the box…no adhesive required!!!  These would also look nice with a loop of ribbon and on a Christmas Tree.  I plan of filling mine with some treats for the neighbours kids…shhhh…don’t tell them.


9th Day of Christmas - Triangular Gift Box

9th Day of Christmas - Triangular Gift Box










Ok, stay tuned for tomorrow’s project.

Keep Smiling & Stamping,


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