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.

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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.
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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.

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5 August, 2009

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.

Cheers,

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26 April, 2009

A Bitterly Cold Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — maggie mathern @ 12:27 pm

Boy it is FREEZING here today.  Currently it is 8 C here in Geelong and very windy.  The best news is that I took 13 mm or rain out of the gauge yesterday, 6 mm this morning and it is raining again now.  We desperately need the rain, not only for our farms and gardens, but to put some water back into the catchments.  Fingers crossed this happens.

13 April, 2009

My Mini Holiday…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — maggie mathern @ 11:04 pm

I had the bestest day today. A Mini holiday if you like. I have been feeling pretty tired lately and today was just the break I needed.

Shane and I went to Bellarine Adventure Golf down the Bellarine Hwy.  Last time we went there the park was closed .  Management gave us a free round as compensation as their website had said they would be open on that day.  So today we chose to play  The Mill Course.   Mini Golf is terrific fun!  Shane won by 6 strokes.  It was hillarious!!!  We were also lucky as it was such a gorgeous day to be out and about.

After the game we enjoyed a much deserved ice-cream .  Shane had boysenberry and I had rum/raisin. Yummo.  We then went to Van Loon’s Nursery across the highway.  I haven’t been there for some time either.  I managed to buy some more of the miniature lavendars I have in my front garden, so will be able to fill in the area properly.  Lavendar has been one plant I have never been able to propogate successfully.  Not sure why.

By the time we got home I collapsed with exhaustion.  I had had a very busy weekend and needed some time with my feet up and a nice cuppa.  I now feel so much better and am prepared to move from holiday mode to work mode again tomorrow.  Mini vacations,  even just one day, is all we need sometimes to rejuvenate our body and soul.  With any luck I will have some time to share something new with you tomorrow.

Cheers,

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12 April, 2009

Happy Easter!!!

Filed under: Stampin' Up!, Stamping, Uncategorized — Tags: , — maggie mathern @ 1:55 am

I hope everyone is enjoying the Easter weekend.  I am still doing my nursing shifts, but have found some time to relax as well.  I made this card and Easter treats on Thursday.  The choccies are going to the staff I am working with tomorrow…shhhh…don’t tell them in advance 🙂

Firstly, the card.  Not sure it is exactly what I had in mind in the first place.  This will be going to my mum.  She has been unwell with a virus over the past few weeks, so hopefully she will be feeling better soon.  Maggie’s mobile lunches hit the road today to help her out.

 

 

Happy Easter Card

Happy Easter Card

 

I have used the stamp set called “A Good Egg” for this one and did some paper piecing.  I blinged it up with some crystal effects and dazzling diamonds glitter.

 

Easter Treats

Easter Treats

Again I have used “A Good Egg” stamp set to create a tag and punched it out with the 1 3/8 circle punch which I layered onto a Tempting Turquoise Scallop Circle.  I then added the dots with the white gel pen.

Thanks for looking and I hope you continue to receive the blessings of Easter.  Stay safe on the roads if you are out and about.

Keep Smiling and Stamping,

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8 April, 2009

A Bright Bouquet

Filed under: Uncategorized — maggie mathern @ 9:00 am

A friend and work colleague of mine is currently traveling in Europe – lucky duck!  I made this card for her and gave it to her on the eve of her trip recently.

 

Bon Voyage Bouquet

Bon Voyage Bouquet

 

I am sure she is having an awesome time as I type this post.  She loves really bright colours and this stamp set just screams “Bright” to me.  It is really easy to make a card and impact with this stamp set.  A great set for those new to stamping as you can simple stamp up and cut out the flowers as I have done here and it doesn’t get much easier than that.

  It is a really good set to have in your stash as it is very versatile.  For example, I thought it is also the type of set to use to cheer someone up, for sending when the weather is cold, to scrapbook with or to celebrate an occasion.

On this card I also blinged it up by using the clear jewelled brads from the pretties kit and the stylized silver hodepodge.  Gives an elegance to the card which would have been lacking otherwise.  A girl can’t have too much Bling afterall!!!!

 

Supplies:  

Stamps:  Eastern Blooms

Inks:  Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron

Cardstock:  Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White

Accessories:  Stylized Silver Hodgepodge, Pretties Kit, Old Olive Grosgrain, SNAIL, Dimensionals

Til next time, keep Smiling & Stamping,

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7 March, 2009

Retired List – updated 30 March 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — maggie mathern @ 12:22 pm

Final chance to purchase from the 2008-09 Idea Book and Catalogue.  Please call or email me with your order before 5pm.

 Page Item #  Description  Availability 
    Stamp Sets   
 125   112229  ABC Images  Low 
62   108720  Ahoy, Matey   Unavailable 
75  108722 All I Have Seen  Low 
40   108728  *All Through the Year    
34   108992  *All-Year Fun    
  110   108734  *Alphabits   
48  108738  *Artfully Asian   
  102   108742  *Background Sampler    
 53   111229  *Backyard BBQ    
 86   108740  Bareback  Unavailable
 51   108744  ***Be Happy     
83  108998  Beautiful Life   Low 
124  108746  Best Friends Alphabet Lower   Unavailable
 124  108747 Best Friends Alphabet Upper   Unavailable
 124   108748  Best Friends Numbers   Unavailable
88  110250  Big Pieces   
51   108753  Birthday Best    
79   108755  *Blossoms Abound    
80   108756  ***Bodacious Bouquet     
81   108757   Bold Butterfly  
 101   112294  Brocade Basics   
65   112376  *Bronc Buster   
78  111232  *Bud Basics   
58  110255  Bundle of Joy  Unavailable 
 63   108763  By Land  Unavailable
 116  112326  Calendar Cues   
 108  108764  *Canvas   
94  111234  Carte Postale    
 115   108765  Cheery Chat   Unavaiable
 112   108767  Circle of Friendship   
30  108768  City of David    
 102  112272  Classic Backgrounds   Low 
55  110246  Crab & Company    
28   108772  Crazy for Christmas   
33   112253  *Dad’s Day   Low 
42   108781  *Eat Cake    
 106  112300 Elegant Notes  Low 
 116  108785  Everyday Flexible Phrases   
58  112391  Everything Baby    Low 
 117  108786  *Expressive Flexible Phrases    
79   112310  Fabulous Flowers    Low
27  108790  Festive Favorites    
 40   108805  Figures of Speech   
 108   108806  *Fine Lace   
 95   108807  *Finest Flourishes   
 67  108809 Fishy Friends   
 107   108811  *Floral   
 32  112316  Forever in My Heart    Low 
 108   112397  *Friendly   
 115   111973  ***G’Day Mate   
 110   108820  Genuine Articles   
68   111975  *Go Team    
56   108828  *Greetings Galore    
 92   112306  *Happiness   
28  108840  *Holiday Wishes   
26  108842  *Hung Up on the Holidays    
 116  108847  It’s a Date    
 112  112320  It’s All Good   
 111 108849 It’s Your Birthday  Unavailable
 97   108850  Itty Bitty Backgrounds    
68  112330  *Just Golf    
 68   112332  *Just Tennis    
 31   112216  *Keep Christmas  Low 
122   111989  *Kia Ora    
96   112338  *Labelicious   
 113  108855 *Lexicon of Love   
53   110254  *Like It a Latte    
 107  108857  Linen   Low
 88  108860  Little Pieces   
 76 108864 ***Looks Like Spring   
 29   112223  *Merry, Merry    
 77  108874  Mostly Flowers  Unavailable
  118   108875  Much Appreciated   
 84   108877  Natural Beauty   
 90  110243  *Office Accoutrement    
  107  108884  *On the Spot   
  108  108887  *Paisley   
 31  108888  Peaceful Wishes    
 74   108890  Petal Prints   
 46   110247  ***Polka Dots & Paisley    
 47  110248 Polka Dots & Petals   Low 
38  108894  Pretty Princess   
  126   108904  *Rough Edges Mini Alphabets   
 83  108906  *Sassy Stems   
 32   112362  Sealed with a Kiss    
 122  112346  Seasonal Wishes    
 124   112402  Short Order Numbers  Unavailable 
43   108913   Simple Somethings  
29  110244 *Snow Flurries    
27  108934  ***Snowflake Spot, The    
30 108918 *Solemn Stillness   
 122   112395  Spring Pictograms    
91  108920 *Stamp of Authenticity   
65   108921  Starstruck    
 74  108923  Stipple Rose  Unavailable 
84   108924  Summer by the Sea    
  100  112284  *Sweet Sampler    
  93   108927  *Sweet Shapes    
 60  112290  *Sweet Thing    
 49  108929  Symbols of Solicitude   Unavailable 
 43  108930  Tag Time    
 38   110249   Tagger’s Dozen  
49  108931  Take Three   
 75   108937  Touch of Nature   
 54   108944  Unfrogettable  Low 
  108  108954 *Well-Worn Words    
36  112336 Whale Wishes   
 72   108960  Wild Rose   
 49   108962 Wishing You the Best    
   120   108963 Wonderful Words    
       
    Stampin’ Around Wheels   
 29   109690  All about Christmas   
 78   106610  Basics Outline   Unavailale
 42   107467  Birthday  Unavailable
 80   107466 Bodacious   
 81   104156  Flitting By   Unavailable 
 95  108423 Leaves à la Carte   
 62   107212  Matey’s Map  Unavailable 
 47   108980  Petals   
  104  107464 Rough Texture   Unavailable 
 91  107465  Speckled  Unavailable
 65  109672  Bronco   
 54   106662 Daisy Field    Unavailable 
 67   104065  Fishy  Unavailable
 53  107565  Flip Flops   Unavailable
 40  107561  Garden Annuals  Unavailable 
 28  103195 Gifts Galore   Unavailable
 32  109678  Kisses   
 74  104279  Leaf Prints   Unavailable
54  107482 Lily Pad   Unavailable
 125   109568  My ABCs   
55   108978  Sandy Shells   
28   101638  Star   
 154  104061  Star Studded  Low 
       
    Hostess Sets   
 24  109812  All about Occasions Bundle   
 21  112393 Cause for Celebration    
 18  112261  For a Friend    
 18 112239 From the Garden    
 22  112340  In the Spotlight    
 21  112233  Infinite Goodness    
 19  112259  Little Bit of Happiness, A    
 17  112214  Oh, So Lovely   
 17  112243  Party Punch   
 19  112245  So Many Sayings    
 20  111127  Spring Solitude Bundle   
 23  112263  Time Well Spent   
       
    Accessories   
     Brads, Buttons, Eyelets  
 145   105320  Basic eyelets   Unavailable 
 147  103977  *Bold Brights buttons    
 145   100375  Bold Brights I eyelets    
 147   103981  *Earth Elements & Neutrals buttons   Unavailable
 147   103978  Earth Elements buttons    Low
 145  100381  Earth Elements eyelets    Unavailable
 145  105319 Metallic eyelets   
 147   105446  Rich Regals buttons  Low
 145   105316 Rich Regals eyelets    Unavailable
 147   105445 Soft Subtles buttons  Unavailable
 145   100378  Soft Subtles I eyelets   Unavailable
       
    Designer Series Paper   
 135  110749  *Berry Bliss Designer Series paper   
 136   109174  *Brilliant Blue Prints Designer Series paper   
 134  109149 *Brocade Background Designer Series paper    
 136   109178  *Certainly Celery Prints Designer Series paper   
 136   109169  *Close to Cocoa Prints Designer Series paper   
 136   109150  *Dashing Designer Series paper   
 136  110699  *East Coast Prep Designer Series paper    
 134   109160   *Fall Flowers Designer Series paper  
 136  110479  Jersey Shore Designer Series paper   
 134  109151 *Le Jardin Designer Series paper   Unavailable 
 135  110748 *Notebook Designer Series paper   
 136  109176  *Old Olive Prints Designer Series paper   
 134   109148  *Outlaw Designer Series paper    
 135   108503  *Petals & Paisleys Designer Series paper    
 136  109170  *Pumpkin Pie Prints Designer Series paper  Unavailable
 136   109167  Rose Red Prints Designer Series paper   
 136   110698  *Spring Break Designer Series paper   
 135   110273  *Spring Fling Designer Series paper  
NA  106686  **Spring Flowers Designer Series paper   
 NA  106685 **Spring Showers Designer Series paper   
 135   110271  *Spring Silhouettes Designer Series paper   
 135   109157  Wintergreen Designer Series paper    
       
    Hodgepodge Hardware  
 144  105532  Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware  Low 
 144 105531  Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware  Low 
 144 105515  *Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware  Low 
       
    In Color   
 129   111860 Blue Bayou A4 card stock   Low 
 129  109018  Blue Bayou Classic Stampin’ Ink refill   Unavailable 
 129   109013 *Blue Bayou Classic Stampin’ Pad   
 146  109060  *Blue Bayou double-stitched grosgrain ribbon    
 129   111857  Groovy Guava A4 card stock    
 129   109019  Groovy Guava Classic Stampin’ Ink refill   Unavailable 
 129   109012 *Groovy Guava Classic Stampin’ Pad    
 146  109063  *Groovy Guava double-stitched grosgrain ribbon   
 129  108638 In Color 12″ x 12″ card stock  Unavailable 
 129  111856  *In Color A4 card stock    
 129   108694  *In Color textured 12 “x 12” card stock   
 129   111853  Purely Pomegranate A4 card stock  Unavailable
 129  109011 *Purely Pomegranate Classic Stampin’ Pad   
 146   109061 *Purely Pomegranate double-stitched grosgrain ribbon    
 129  109017  Purely Pomegranate Classic Stampin’ Ink refill  Unavailable 
 129  111852  River Rock A4 card stock  Unavailable 
 129  109016  River Rock Classic Stampin’ Ink refill   Unavailable
 129   109010  *River Rock Classic Stampin’ Pad    
 146   109062  River Rock double-stitched grosgrain ribbon   
 129   111851  Soft Sky A4 card stock   Unavailable 
 129   109015  Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Ink refill   Unavailable
 129  109009  *Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad   
 146   109059  *Soft Sky double-stitched grosgrain ribbon   
 129   111850  Wild Wasabi A4 card stock  Unavailable
 129   109020  Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Ink refill    Unavailable
 129 109014 *Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pad   
 146  109058  *Wild Wasabi double-stitched grosgrain ribbon   
 146   110716  *Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon   
       
    Miscellaneous   
 133  103604  *Days-To-Remember 12″ x 12″ Wall Calendar   
 148  103280  Embossing kit  Unavailable 
 133   100900 Gift sacksGift sacks   Low 
 132   106523  Five-in-One Card Cover Envelope Template  Unavailable
 133   110730 *Pockets & Pieces Office Accents   Low
       
    On Board    
  140   107307  *On Board Accents   
 141  109181  *On Board Blossoms & Basics   
 141  109179  *On Board Ginormous Pieces   
 140 107306 *On Board Simon Lower   
       
    Punches   
  142   104942  1/4″ Circle punch   
  142   104943  *1/4″ Square punch   
  143   104389  Double Circle punch  
 143  106522  *Spring Flower Bouquet punch    
  143  112670 Three for You Punch Box   
       
    Ribbon   
 147  109189  *Beachfront Ribbon Originals    
  147   101259  Black hemp twine   Unavailable
 146  104830   *Caramel gingham ribbon  
  147   109187  *District Ribbon Originals   
  147   109188  *Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals    
 147  109185  Jersey Ribbon Originals   Unavailable 
 146  104829   *Light Blue gingham ribbon  Low 
 146  104828 *Light Pink gingham ribbon   
  146   109037 More Mustard 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon   
 146  104831 *Moss gingham ribbon    
 147  109184 Sherbet Ribbon Originals    
  147   109186  Theater Ribbon Originals    Unavailable 
       
     Rub-Ons   
 141  110282   *Anchored Rub-Ons   
141  110281  *Cherished Memories Rub-Ons    
141  110285  *Urban West Rub-Ons   
       
    Simply Scrappin’   
  138   109610  Confetti Simply Scrappin’   Unavailable 
  137   110572  *Crew Kids Boy Simply Scrappin’   
 138  110567  Crew Kids Girl Simply Scrappin’    
  139  109649 Round Up Simply Scrappin’    
 139  109635  Secret Garden Simply Scrappin’    
 138  109663  *Winter Bright Simply Scrappin’    
       
     Simply Sent   
  13   112664  *Friendly Notes Simply Sent   
 12  112666 *Lifelong Notes Simply Sent  Low 
  13   112665  *Sending  Happy Thoughts Simply Sent   
  14   112667  *Simple Delights Simply Sent   
 14  112668 *Three Thoughts Simply Sent   
       
       
       

5 March, 2009

Back Again

Filed under: Uncategorized — maggie mathern @ 11:02 pm

Sorry for the lack of posts.  I went to a conference in Albury on Sunday and took my macbook with me so I could do some posts etc, only to find the broadband at the motel did not work.  Sigh!  So much has been happening in my absence and it has taken me ages to go through the 800 odd emails and 350 or so items in Google Reader.  Then there was the retiring stamps and accessories lists from Stampin’ Up! and catching up on all the news from my family and friends.

Off to do some more posts for you.

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28 February, 2009

Fire Appeal Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — maggie mathern @ 10:04 pm

What a wonderful achievement.  Stampin’ Up!, Demonstrators and Customers have gotten together and to date have raised $34,653.80  That is a fantastic result and there is still another month to go!!!  I’m sure that together, we can raise the roof on this amount.  Thank you for your support.

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