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

30 September, 2008

A Beautiful Sunny Day

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I don’t know about you, but when the sun is shining I feel so much better.  Today is a very hectic one in my life and yet it cannot faze me.  I feel better than I have in a long time.  I am just posting to say I have a post I will publish after work tonight.  Have to ensure the recipient of this card has it before it goes live on the internet, I’m sure you can understand that!

I’m busy working on some projects this morning for my World Card Making Day workshop on this Thursday.  If you are reading this ladies, I have some really nice projects for you.  Ok, better dash and get back to work.  See you tonight!!!


18 September, 2008

A Messy Day….

Filed under: Uncategorized — maggie mathern @ 1:06 pm

I have finally started to redesign my craft studio!!!  The bookcase I ordered from IKEA arrived whilst I was at work on Tuesday.  Once I get the computer desk outta here I can assemble it.  It will be good to have my stuff openly displayed, as I have recently learnt I am even more of a visual person than I first thought.  What does this mean you ask?  If I can’t see it, it doesn’t get used *red face*.  So the old PC is sitting on the floor in a corner of the loungeroom awaiting it’s new home.  Office chair is on the back deck awaiting removal to hubby’s workshop.

I love the CD boxes that you can buy in IKEA called HASSETT.  They hold a myriad of different items and can be labelled on the front so you can find things easily.  So I have adhesives/refills in one for example.  I previously had them in a basket taking up way too much space and it had multiple unrelated items in with it.  Now i know exactly where to go with little effort.

I will keep you apprised of my updates as they occur.  I cannot show you a pic just yet as I have buried my camera somewhere in here LOL

Keep Smiling and Stamping,


PS…sorry about not getting back with pics of projects I promised, but life got in the way, as it has a habit of doing at times *sigh*

17 August, 2008

A Cold, Wet Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — maggie mathern @ 1:57 pm

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,


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

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — maggie mathern @ 1:44 pm

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


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — maggie mathern @ 9:31 pm

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



7 July, 2008

my poor baby….

Filed under: Uncategorized — maggie mathern @ 10:11 pm

and I mean my beloved dog, Missy.  She is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and over the past few days has been under par.  She had a dislocation in her back leg and suffers from some arthritis..and was having trouble moving.  I have had a few sleepless nights as I have tried to get her to sleep on a bed on the floor next to my bed.  Or maybe I should say…normally….I get to share HER bed.  You get the drift…she rules the house!!!!  It was so difficult to watch her go through this and yet look at me so trustingly that I would instinctively know what was wrong and could fix it.

As of today she is once more able to gingerly go up and down the couple of steps from the deck at the back of the house..I so did NOT enjoy the hour long trips to take her to go to the toilet.  What is it about dog’s and their ability to still be able to patrol the boundary fence to the neighbours and go off in search of imaginery beasts at 3 am???  I would get her back in the house and she did not want to sleep on said doggy bed on the floor next to me.  She would go to sleep after about an hour of testing me out…and then she would be snoring and I would still be awake *rolling eyes*..of course…the moment the alarm goes off…my body screams…go to sleep!!!!  But the cycle of the daily grind must continue….

Tomorrow is another day.

3 July, 2008

Excitement…mail has arrived!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — maggie mathern @ 1:28 pm

and this means my new stamps and accessories are here!!! Time to drool over them and make up the DIE-CUT (shouting out loud here) stamp sets, then it is off to work.  No matter how crook I feel tomorrow…I am having some me time and going to create something and post here.  I hope you are all faring better than me this winter in regards to illness, but it seems to be everywhere here at the moment.

4 June, 2008

eScape Promotion

Filed under: Uncategorized — maggie mathern @ 1:04 pm

Put down the phone, turn off the computer, and break free from the ‘e’!

Remember when you got letters in your mailbox instead of your inbox? On 25 June 2008, Stampin’ Up! is taking the day to unplug and unwind, and reconnect on a personal level with friends and loved ones through handmade cards. And we invite you to eScape with us throughout the month of June!

Reconnect with your “wireless network” by attending an eScape event or hosting one of your own! Take advantage of the 25% discount on products in the eScape bundle to help you create that special message from the heart.

eScape Bundle (item 113705):

Description Page Number Price
Circle of Friendship stamp set p. 112 $33.95
Love Notes assortment p. 132 $13.50
1-1/4″ Circle punch p. 142 $30.95
Total (non-bundled) $78.40
eScape Bundle price $58.80

4 May, 2008

Under The Weather

Filed under: Uncategorized — maggie mathern @ 3:10 pm

Sorry I have been missing in action lately, but I have been struck down with the dreaded flu bug!  I have totally lost my voice and it is soooo frustrating.  I hope to be back on top soon and be able to create and share some new things with you all.

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