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

1 December, 2008

On the first day of Christmas….

Ok, it is time to show you some projects I have been making lately.  The first project I wish to share with you is called a Box in a Bag.  I have used Christmas as my theme, naturally, but it could be adapted for any occasion.  This would make a nice gift bag for the holiday season.  What do you think?

Wintergreen Box In A Bag

Wintergreen Box In Bag















Stamp Set: The Snowflake Spot

Designer Series Paper:  Wintergreen

Cardstock: Always Arthichoke, Soft Sky and Whisper White.

Inks: Versamark

Accessories:  Fairytale Ribbon Originals, Blue/White striped Ribbon, Heat n Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 1/4 inch, 1 1/4 inch, 1 3/8 inch and scallop circle punches, Scallop Edge Punch, Round Tab Punch, Mat Pack, White Gel Pen, Sticky Strip and Dimensionals.

Keep Smiling and Stamping,


10 November, 2008

Another Promotion!!!

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how cool is that?  A second promotion for the month.  

20% off Rub-Ons Promotion
If you have never used rub ons before, here is your chance to do so at a reduced cost.  They really are a quick, easy and versatile way to add extra pizzazz to your card, scrapbook page or off the page projects. Read more about this wonderful promotion HERE

Spend $20 on regular catalogue merchandise and qualify to purchase any Rub-Ons assortment at 20% off! Once you spend your $20, you may purchase as many packs as you like!
Only $15.96 per pack (regularly $19.95). There are 2 sheets in every pack, one black and one white.

2008-09 Catalogue:

Page 141 – Urban West Rub-Ons
Page 141 – Cherished Memories Rub-Ons
Page 141 – Anchored Rub-Ons

Spring Mini Catalogue:

Page 6 – Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons
Page 11 – A Perfect Day Rub-Ons

Ok, I better go and have my shower and get dressed so I can go to my studio and create some projects to share with you.  Yes, I have been working in my pj’s…..yet another benefit to being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!!!  If you are interested in more information about how you can have a fun, flexible business, please drop me an email (details are on my contact page) and we can get together over a coffee to discuss YOUR options.

Keep Smiling & Stamping,


9 November, 2008

It’s Good To Be Single Again…..

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with the Stampin’ Up! marker promotion!!!!!

Now is the time to purchase markers if you are interested in getting a few from several different colour families without the cost of purchasing them in sets. How wonderful is this company to listen and respond to what customers and demonstrators wanted.

From 10-30 November, purchase single Stampin’ Write markers for only $4.95. Stampin’ Up!’s versatile, dual-tip markers have never been offered singly before, so be sure to take advantage of this special, limited-time offer.  Please email or call me today if you would like to take advantage of this offer.

Individual Marker Chart

Individual Marker Chart


As the internet is very slow for me tonight, I will put up some samples tomorrow showing various ways to use markers

I apologise for the lateness in getting back to you with the Halloween pics, but between work, my mum having surgery and Regional Training on yesterday I have been pushed for time.  I will get this done over the next couple of days.

Keep Smiling & Stamping,


1 October, 2008

Happy 20th Birthday Stampin’ Up!

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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

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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

24 September, 2008

Gift Cards & Envelopes

Filed under: Stampin' Up! — Tags: , , , — maggie mathern @ 2:23 pm

This is just a quick update to let you all know that gift cards and mini envelopes (item#101307) on page 132 of the main Idea Book & Catalogue 2008-09 are available for purchase again.  These make lovely quick personalised gifts for family and friends.  Order yours from me today!

Keep Smiling and Stamping,


19 September, 2008

A Long Day….

Filed under: craftroom — Tags: , , , , , — maggie mathern @ 10:14 pm

Ok, it’s official, I am pooped.  I never realised how much of a job a revamp of my studio was going to be.  After getting the computer and desk out the day before, I thought today was going to be a breeze.  Think again.  I never realised now much ribbon I have purchased over the years and not used *red face*.  You know the story, gotta have it but can’t possibly cut and use it cos it is too pretty!  I have culled and given away a lot of it and the rest I am revamping the storage of.

I started, yes you heard right, I started to put the bookcase together today.  I opened the instruction book and took out ALL the pieces of wood and hardware and thought, hmmmm lots of stuff here.  Now anyone who knows me well, knows I have had considerable experience in putting together flat packed stuff in the past.  My major problem is I get to the end and usually have bits left over LOL.  BUT, in my defence, the item still worked well LOL.

So armed with all this stuff I set about matching the hardware to the diagram of them in the manual.  Mission accomplished.  I went from steps 1-5 in 30 minutes, not bad, but took 1 hour to get to step 6 hmmm.  Well it really isn’t easy to hold stuff together on ones own, line up nails and drive them home, and don’t even get me started on the lack of space and the awkward positions I had to work in.  No wonder my shoulder is sore tonight.  So tomorrow I have to put on the shelf supports on the two fixed shelves, add the decorative moulding and fit the adjustable shelves.  Oh and get it off the floor and stand it up.  Will definitely need help with that job.  Fingers crossed I can get this accomplished AND get my stamp collection in it BERFORE I have to go to work LOL.  I’ll keep you apprised of developments and I hope to uncover the camera so I can post some pics of the changes.

Keep Smiling & 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,


2 September, 2008

Free Wheelin’ in September

Filed under: Stampin' Up! — Tags: , , , , — maggie mathern @ 11:41 am

No, I am not about to go doing burnouts on the roads LOL.  This is the new promotion for Stampin’ Up! for September 2008.  Read all about it here.

Purchase any of the six stamp sets in the promotion and receive the matching Jumbo wheel FREE!!!  How good is that?  Stampin’ Around Wheels are a great way to enhance your projects.  In just minutes you can have a card, envelope and gift wrapping to match.  Or maybe you would like to make your own stationery. The possibilities are endless!!!

I will upload a few pics later.  Have to go and run a few errands before heading off to work.  Be back later today or tomorrow morning.

Keep Smiling and Stamping,


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