Stretch Your Stamps 2 Giveaway and OCC Sale

Hello. who wants to win a spot in the latest Online Card Class – Stretch Your Stamps 2? If you do, keep reading.

Look at your stamps in a whole new way! Back by popular demand, join Online Card Classes for another great installment of Stretch Your Stamps!

Join instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Debby Hughes, and friends (including me!), to discover just how far you can stretch your stamps—whether you’re an expert stamper or just getting started. In Stretch Your Stamps 2, you’ll learn how particular styles of stamps can be used in a variety of creative ways to expand your card-making skills. Over the course of this two-week session, you’ll be introduced to techniques and concepts through expert instructor videos, and then build on your new knowledge with the help of inspiring guest artist examples. Stretch Your Stamps 2 includes over 30 videos and 40 card ideas, along with instructional PDFs, a forum, galleries, shopping discounts, prizes and more.

For more information Stretch Your Stamps 2 from Online Card Classes, click HERE. Class starts August 4, 2014, but you will have lifetime access to the content.

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I am super pumped to be involved in another Online Card Class and I have a spot in the class to give-away to one lucky person. All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post by Thursday 31st July. Please comment by 11pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

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AND one more thing before I go…Online Card Classes is having a sale! Who doesn’t love a sale?

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For the first time ever, you can take any (or all) past Online Card Classes at a discount! We’re offering $5 off each of our previous independent card classes — no coupon code needed, just register for the classes of your choice. Tell your friends! Now is the perfect time to stock up on inspiration! Visit Online Card Classes to join us.
Hope to see you in class.

Marion

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Owl always love Muse

Another month has rolled around and it is my turn at the Muse Card Club.

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I simple little owl card for you this time using the Hero Arts Playful Animals stamp set. I had to extend the branch to have my owl centred. Coloured with Copics and Glossy accents added to the eyes.

Hip hip hooray owl | Marion Vagg

Here are some of the guidelines if you are unfamiliar with how Muse works.

  • Use the Muse card as inspiration, explain your interpretation and link back to Muse.
  • Provide supportive comments to at least 3 of your fellow member’s submissions.
  • Vote for 3 of your fellow member’s submissions that you find inspiring, once voting opens.

For the full challenge guidelines go here.

Supplies

Stamps: Hero Arts Playful Animals Stamp set

Card: Xpress it Blending card, Hero Arts folded notecard – Azure

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Other Supplies: Copic markers, Glossy Accents, Copic Marker fine top pen,

 

Hope you can find some time to play along at Muse this week,

Marion

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Tag – You’re It Challenge #2

We had a massive response to the first Tag You’re It! Challenge. What’s more, you are in for another treat, as our guest designer for Challenge #2 is one of my all-time-favourite card makers – Laura Bassen! And what a beauty it is as well.

TYIC_2I took some of the elements from Laura’s tag – the leaves, the die cut and the colour. To create the multicoloured sunburst background, I used Distress markers and coloured each ray individually and then spritzed lightly with water before stamping.

Hello Tag | Marion Vagg

For more details on the challenge and the guidelines, go here.

Supplies

Stamps: Impression Obsession Sunburst stamp

Card: X-Press It Blending card, Canson watercolour paper, Bazzill card – grey

Ink: Distress Markers – Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Distress Inks – Festive Berries, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon

Other Supplies: Paper Smooches Quote Tag hello die, PTI Tag Sale die, Spellbinders circle die, Wplus9 Folk Art Floral die, Cuttlebug, Foam dimensionals, Wink of Stella Glitter brush pen – clear, MME Enamel dots, AnnaBelle Stamps hemp twine, water spritzer

Hope you can find some time to play along. To link up your creations head to the Tag You’re It! Challenge blog.

Marion

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A challenge with Therese

Today my blogging buddy Therese Calvird and I have a little treat for you. When we met in person over a year ago, we decided that we should have a mini challenge between us. It has taken a little while to get off the ground, but better late than never right?

For today’s challenge we are using this gorgeous cake as our inspiration.

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I loved the airy look of the butterflies and the overall colour scheme. Here is what I came up with.

You're Loved | Marion Vagg

I white heat embossed the Hero Arts Antique Engraving’s butterfly onto vellum and cut it out. The leaves are also die cut from vellum to replicate that airy look on the cake. In order to create some interest in the background, I blended in some distress inks and then using a Studio Calico Chevron mask, I lightly spritzed it with some water. The water reacts with the distress ink and created a watermark look.

You're Love - Detail | Mario Vagg

Well I am off to Therese’s blog – Lostinpaper, to she what gorgeous creation she has made. How about you hop on over as well?

Supplies

Stamps: Hero Arts Antique Engravings stamp set, AnnaBelle Stamps Scribble Scrabble 1 – Round and Round Stamp set (sentiment)

Card: Xpress-It Blending card, Vellum, Black cardstock

Ink: Distress Markers – Salty Ocean, Broken China, Peacock Feathers

Other Supplies: Hero Arts white embossing powder, Heat tool, Anti-Static pillow, Water spray bottle, Studio Calico Huey’s Masks – Chevron Mask, AnnaBelle Stamps clear sprinkles, WPlus 9 Folk Art Floral’s die, Cuttlebug, Glossy Accents (to adhere sprinkles an butterflies)

Thanks for stopping by,

Marion

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Christmas in July at AnnaBelle Stamps

Hi! Andrea has all the Christmas sets at the AnnaBelle Stamp’s store reduced by 30% for the month of July! What a great discount. Why not go and stock up?

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For today’s Friday Feature, the Belles have been busy making Christmas cards. I created my own patterned paper by repeatedly stamping the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Holly Jolly Stamp set. I white heat embossed the baubles from the Ornamental Christmas set onto vellum and added some clear Wink of Stella glitter pen for some shimmer. I popped up the baubles with some mounting foam and in order to conceal the adhesive, I cut it the same shape as the inner part of the bauble.

Merry Christmas | Marion Vagg

Supplies

Stamps: AnnaBelle Stamps Holy Jolly Stamp set, AnnaBelle Stamps Ornamental Christmas stamp set

Ink: Versamark watermark ink, Hero Arts Tide Pool ink

Card: X-press it Blending card, Hero Arts Pool layering papers, Vellum

Other Supplies: Hero Arts white embossing powder, heat gun, Anti-static pillow, Foam dimensionals, AnnaBell Stamps metallic sprinkles, Wink of Stella glitter pen – clear, Silver thread, Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Make sure you stop by the AnnaBelle Stamps blog to see what the other Belles have been up to.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Marion

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Tag – You’re It!

You may have heard of a new challenge that has popped up in blogland – the Tag You’re It! Challenge. Well today I am excited to announce that I have been asked to be on the Design Team for it. If you know me and follow my blog, you will know that I do love making tags! To meet the other talented Design Team members, head over to the Tag You’re It! Challenge Blog.

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So, if you LOVE creating Clean and Simple tags or cards, this challenge is for YOU! Every two weeks we’ll feature a designer’s project for inspiration. You’ll link up your creation, then come back to see if IT was TAGGED as the winner! Our focus will be tags, but a card or a scrapbook layout with a tag, even if it’s teeny tiny, is acceptable. Even bookmarks can take the form of a tag. Just have fun and be creative with TAGS!

To get the ball rolling at Tag You’re It! Challenge, we are having a 5 day mini challenge to get you warmed up. This week we have a guest designer, Karin Åkesdotter who has created this cute summer scene tag!

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For my tag, I used the same layout as Karin and created this using Lawn Fawn’s Blue Skies stamp set.

Hot air balloon tag | Marion Vagg

For more details on the challenge and the guidelines, go here.

Supplies

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Blue Skies

Card: Roman Tags – white

Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black ink, Distress inks – Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Colorbox – white pigment ink

Other Supplies: Copic markers, Stickles – red, Sponge dauber, AnnaBelle Stamps Twine, Foam dimensionals

Hope you can find some time to play along. To link up your creations head to the Tag You’re It! Challenge blog.

Marion

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Happy Birthday at Muse

Welcome back to another week at the Muse Card Club.

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This week’s card is a very CAS card with some simple Copic colouring.

Happy Birthday Muse | Marion Vagg

Here are some of the guidelines if you are unfamiliar with how Muse works.

  • Use the Muse card as inspiration, explain your interpretation and link back to Muse.
  • Provide supportive comments to at least 3 of your fellow member’s submissions.
  • Vote for 3 of your fellow member’s submissions that you find inspiring, once voting opens.

For the full challenge guidelines go here.

Supplies

Stamps: PTI Quilled Elegance Stamp set, Hero Arts Envelope pattern

Card: Xpress it Blending card, Hero Arts folded notecard – Pool

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Teal Zeal

Other Supplies: Copic markers

And just before I go, my family and I had the privilege of accompanying my husband to the USA on a business trip this past few weeks. We spent one week in Florida and the other in California. When in San Francisco we hired bikes and rode across the Golden Gate Bridge. I must admit I was unprepared for the cold weather in San Francisco!

Golden Gate Bridge SF | Marion Vagg

And no trip would be complete without a visit to Disneyland. Here is my daughter finally getting to meet one of her favourite Disney characters.

Micky Mouse | Marion Vagg

Hope you can find some time to play along at Muse this week,

Marion

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