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

12 September, 2008

A Fabulous Day…..

Filed under: craftroom, Stamping — Tags: , , , , , , — maggie mathern @ 8:38 pm

For the first time in a long time, I have taken time out for me.  Shane and I went by train to IKEA in Richmond today.  I feel it is time to rid my craftroom of second hand furniture, bit by bit, and create a space that is to be my sanctuary.  What better place to go for storage solutions than IKEA.

We took the train from Geelong to Southern Cross Station and went straight to our favourite coffee shop, Gloria Jeans.  Had a yummy Hot Mocha!!!!  Great start to the day and it certainly gives flagging energy levels a boost.  Have had a very busy week at work.  We then caught the 109 tram in Collins street to take us out to Richmond.  It has been a very nice sunny day today and it was very pleasant to sit on the tram and watch the world go by.

I just love IKEA.  Have I told you this before?  I love to spend time browsing around all their displays and day dreaming.  Ooh, look at this, look at that.  It was endless.  Time to go and have lunch in the restaurant.  Man do they know how to lay out a store.  By the time you are finished looking at the displays you are more than ready for lunch.  What’s a girl to have for lunch whilst there?  Why swedish meatballs of course!!!  Scrumptious.  Tanked up again and time to hit the market hall to find all the stuff I wanted.  Came home with some boxes, a shelf and a new waste paper bin.  BUT, my big purchase, which will be delivered on Tuesday afternoon, a beautiful new white bookcase.  It is called LIATORP.  If you want to view it either go to their online catalogue or pick up their catalogue and it is on page 84.  Very Martha Stewart like LOL.  I can’t wait to organise my stamp sets into this bookcase and other items.

This will be a work in progress that’s for sure.  As I change my furniture over, my old stuff is going to hubby’s shed.  So it won’t be wasted and he is happy to have it.  He already has some of the same stuff.  So a perfect solution me thinks )

Ok, well I am bushed.  Will come back over the weekend and share some more with you all.

Keep Smiling and Stamping,


4 September, 2008

Bloomin’ Beautiful Birthday

Filed under: Stampin' Up!, Stamping — Tags: , , , , — maggie mathern @ 5:38 pm

Yesterday I said I would post a pic of a card I made recently for a friend’s birthday.  I hope you like it.  I used a sketch for this card, but I have to admit I can’t remember where I got it from.  I keep a book of sketches that I like to refer to again and again.  If you are the original author of this sketch, please let me know and I will give you the credit you deserve.


Bloomin' Beautiful Birthday



Stamp Set – Bloomin’ with Beauty (Spring Mini), En Francais BG

Inks – Stazon Black, Rose Red, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Going Grey

Cardstock – Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Water colour Paper

Accessories – Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Aquapainter, Gold brads

Happy Birthday to Julie!!!

Hope you liked this card.  I have several other projects on the go right now that I look forward to sharing with you soon.

Keep smiling and stamping,


3 September, 2008

All About Christmas

Filed under: Stampin' Up!, Stamping — Tags: , , , , , — maggie mathern @ 12:53 pm

Sthe wheel that is.  Yesterday I told you about the Free Wheelin’ Promotion for September.  I made a few cards and promptly spilt ink all over them.  Urgh!  So I have just recreated one for now.  This is a card just using the All About Christmas wheel.  You can get this wheel for FREE with the purchase of the Merry Merry stamp set for $45.95…that is a saving of $15.95, a real bonus!


All About Christmas

All About Christmas


Stampin Around Wheel – All About Christmas

Stampin Around Jumbo Ink Cartridge – Night Of Navy

Ink – Whisper White

Cardstock – Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver Metallics

Accessories:  SNAIL adhesive, Navy Grosgrain, Silver Cord (retired), White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun


Will be back tomorrow to share with you a card I made for a friend’s birthday recently.  Till then

Keep Smiling and Stamping,


13 August, 2008

Wacky Wednesday

Filed under: Stamping — Tags: , , — maggie mathern @ 2:18 pm

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,


1 August, 2008

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,


30 July, 2008

Filed under: Stampin' Up!, Stamping — Tags: , , — maggie mathern @ 11:34 pm

Gosh, life has just been speeding by lately.  It seems that sometimes life throws lots of stuff our way and it can be very overwhelming.  I have had to take an enforced break from my Stampin’ Up! activities.  Thank you so much to you all for your support during this difficult time.  I really appreciate it.

I feel it is time to change some things around here.  I was bored with the look of my site.  Hence this small change.  I have some exciting projects to share with you.  A friend of mine has made a few cards for me to display here.  I will be photographing them and putting them up Friday.  So please drop by to have a look.

It was also my birthday yesterday and I have some lovely cards made by fellow demos and friends from all over the world to share with you.  It never ceases to amaze me what wonderful projects everyone comes up with using the same stamp sets, yet all so different.

Cheers for now,

Maggie M

10 June, 2008

Thought of the day

Filed under: Stamping — Tags: , , — maggie mathern @ 1:45 pm

Always leave enough room in your
life to do something that makes
you happy, satisfied, or even
joyous. -Paul Hawken

I just love this quote!!! We all lead such busy lives these days and it is so important to remember to take care of us as well.

Yesterday was a case in point for me. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon, with old friends and new ones stamping and laughing together. My friend Julie, whom was our hostess, made her world famous sponge recipe which we got to sample in between projects and many good stories from our lives. Stampin’ Up!® has been such a blessing in my life as I meet new people and get to share what i love.

I will get back with a picture of one of the projects as soon as I can get access to a camera…stay tuned

8 November, 2007

All In The Family

Filed under: Stamping — maggie mathern @ 12:37 pm

My first creation with this stamp set. What an awesome set it is…so versatile.
Card Sample - All In The Family

Images Copyright 1990-2007 Stampin’ Up!

If you would like to recreate this card for yourself, you will need the following supplies:

Stamps: All In The Family
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive and Whisper White
Inks: Basic Black, Earth Elements Markers
Accessories: SNAIL adhesive, Earth Elements Buttons, Wire Works (gold), Crafters Toolkit and pop up glue dots

Don’t forget my special promotion for this month (November 2007) only. Buy this fabulous set at 20% off and support Dave Abbotts family. Offer only available in Australia.

4 November, 2007

Spring Mini Catalogue Retires Soon

Filed under: Scrapbooking, Stamping — maggie mathern @ 12:39 pm

I just wanted to remind you all that this catalogue will be finishing on 30 November 2007. If you wish to purchase something from this catalogue please keep this date in mind. I would hate to see you miss out on getting a stamp set or accessories that you love. Some of the items in the catalogue may make it into the new IB&C 2008-2009, but as a demonstrator, I have no idea which they may be.

You can view the Spring Mini Catalogue here.

If you wish to make a purchase, I can be contacted on 0419 584 211 or email I remind you I am available for stamping/scrapping workshops and classes in the Geelong, Surfcoast and surrounding areas.

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