You are the best part of my day @ Muse

This year is certainly flying by! And another month has rolled around and it is my turn again at the Muse Card Club.

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It was my husband’s birthday a couple of weeks ago and this was the card I made for him. I find masculine cards difficult, but I think the colour scheme and some inlaid die-cutting did the job. Not too many layers, but still lots of interest.

You | Marion Vagg

You - detail | 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: Simon Says Stamp Expressions of You stamp set

Card: X-press it Blending card, Simon Says Stamp card stock – Slate, Sunshine, Lipstick, Black

Ink: Versamark Ink

Other Supplies: SSS You die, SSS Full Card Sunshine die, Cuttebug, Doodlebug Sprinkles – Swimming Pool Assortment, Foam dimensionals

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

Thanks for stopping by,

Marion

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Copic Class Cards

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I thought I would share some more cards which I created a couple of weeks ago now, right at the beginning of the Online Card Class – Copics Markers for Card Makers. I get a bit slack with photographing and then posting on my blog. I’ve really been enjoying the stamp set Up and Away by Mama Elephant. This has been a great set to keep on practising those Copic skills. I like these images as they are not too big as I get a little overwhelmed when I have to colour in large images with Copics.

The first one is my favourite. I like the shading on the bunny and those balloons were fun.

Birthday Bunny | Marion Vagg

I tried blending into white on the bear’s face and tummy using the colourless blender.

Birthday Bear |Marion Vagg

Each of the animals are popped up on foam dimensionals to add some interest.

Birthday Fox | Marion Vagg

I actually made 6 of these as gave them as a set to my sister for her birthday last week. I will be making more of these in the future as they are so much fun to make!

Supplies

Stamps: Mama Elephant Up and Away Stamp set, PTI Boutique Borders Birthday Stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card, Lawn Fawn notecards

Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black ink, VersaFine – Onyx Black

Other Supplies: Copic Markers (I don’t seem to take note of the colours sorry!), Foam dimensionals, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders nestabilities dies, Tombow Mono-Multi liquid adhesive

Thanks for stopping by,

Marion

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Creative Blog Hop

Today I am participating in the Creative Blog Hop. I’m sure you have come across this Blog Hop somewhere in blog land. I have certainly enjoyed reading about my crafting idols and getting to know them a little better. I was very honoured to be tagged by my sweet friend Therese Calvird from Lost in Paper. Therese certainly never ceases to inspire me with her colour choices and clever designs! Her blog is a must see!

So onto the questions.

1. What creative projects are you currently working on?
I have a few DT projects that are coming up, so I will be starting to create some cards soon, but currently I don’t have anything on the go. I tend to make cards in batches when I am feeling inspired. Then I might go for a week or two and not make anything. I tend to think about cards and ideas all the time, but only start to put them into action when I have time and I can’t keep myself away from my craft desk any longer. I also have to fit my crafting around my job (I’m a Primary School teacher and work part time), my two kids and their activities,  and I coordinate and run a playgroup and kid’s church each week. Life gets busy!

2. What inspires your designs?
I am often inspired by many of the crafting ‘greats’ (Laura Bassen, Cristina Kowalczyk, Jennifer McGuire, Melania Deasy just to name a few…). But I also find Pinterest to be a great source of inspiration as well. I love watching crafty videos and I have taken most of the Online Card Classes – these have been a great source of inspiration.

3. What method / process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?
I often start stamping images or combinations of images onto scrap paper before making a card, just to see if any ideas start to form. I am also very keen to try new techniques, so I am always playing around with something. Lately I have been making my own stencils out of acetate and playing with embossing paste – but my playing hasn’t eventuated into a card yet! Sometimes these practice ideas make their way onto a card, but sometimes they don’t. I am ok with that, as I am challenged by trying new things and learning new ways of using my craft supplies.

I am a very SLOW crafter! I can spend days on one card. I rarely finish a card in one sitting. I usually get part way through a card and then walk away, as I usually get called away for one reason or another, or just have to walk away as it just isn’t coming together as I had hoped. Often I come back with fresh eyes and come up with a way to finish off the card. I think I deliberate way too much over every detail, but that is me – I am a perfectionist, I will admit it.

4. If you had to describe your ‘signature’ style, what would it be?
I love clean and simple cards and I strive to make these the majority of the time. I love all the open space. I also love colour so usually my card has a pop of colour on it somewhere. I love how colour pops off a crisp white background.

5. What are 3 crafting products/tools you can’t live without?

1. I simply love my EK Success Cutter Bee scissors. They are sharp and have a nice pointy tip that makes fussy cutting easier.

2. My Cuttlebug (and dies). I love die cutting and so reach for this often.

3. My Fiskars cutting board. I have both the small one and the large one.

 

Now it is my turn to pass the baton onto another uber talented crafty wonder. Her name is Angelique Kelly from My Creative Inspirations. I have followed Ange’s blog for a very long time. I love her clean and simple designs and her cards just resonate with me. I often have ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ moments when Ange’s cards pop into my reader. I am privileged to be on the Jane’s Doodles Design Team with her.

I’ll leave you with some of Ange’s cards which I simply adore. She is so very clever and talented.

Ange Kelly bird cage

Ange Kelly Stars

Ange Kelly umbrella

Be sure to stop by Ange’s blog next Monday and find out more about her. I know I am looking forward to it!

Thanks for stopping by,

Marion

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Tag You’re It Challenge #8

It’s time for another Tag You’re It! Challenge.

This week we have a very sweet card made by Lisa Arana. I just love her little tag!

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It is not hard to tell where my inspiration came from. I basically used Lisa’s sketch.

You are loved | Marion Vagg

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

Supplies

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Expressions of You stamp set

Card: Simon Says Stamp card stock – Slate and Fog

Ink: Versamark ink

Other Supplies: WPLus9 Rounded Rectangle die, MFT Upsy Daisy die, Cuttlebug, Simon Says Stamp assorted Moonshine sequins, foam dimensionals, Simon Says Stamp You die, Amy Tangarine Yes, Please 6×6 paper pad, WRMK Corner Chomper, Heart brad (been in my stash for MANY years), AnnaBelle Stamps pearl. NB: Swirl die – I seemed to have lost my die and I have no idea what company it is from. It was in my stash (as was the flower!)

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

Thanks for stopping by,

Marion

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Copics and backgrounds

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Hi there. I have been taking the Online Card Class – Copics Markers for Card Makers and have really been enjoying learning new ways of using my Copics. I don’t have a ton of Copics, but I am trying to get more mileage out of what I have. For this card I was playing around with creating a brick background as taught by Sandy Allnock on Day 9.

Happy Birthday Dog | Marion Vagg

I was going to mount the doggie panel onto a white card panel, but it looked too plain so I went to town with Pumice Stone distress ink mixed with water and had some paintbrush flicking fun! I think it adds to the whimsical look of the card.

Happy Birthday Dog | Marion Vagg

Well I am off to keep practising with my Copics.

Supplies

Stamps: Dog image (Digital image from the Critters in the Burbs) courtesy of Lawn Fawn and the Online card class, PTI Boutique Borders birthday Stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card

Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black ink, Distress Ink – Pumice Stone, VersaFine – Onyx Black

Other Supplies: Copic Markers (N0, C3, C4, C6, YG03, YG23, YG17, G07, BG15, BG49,Y15, Y17, E34), Copic Multi liner – 0.3, Foam dimensionals, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders nestabilities dies, Paintbrush, Glossy Accents

Thanks for stopping by,

Marion

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Hello – Jane’s Doodles

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Hello. I have a really simple mini card up on the Jane’s Doodles blog today. The feathers and sentiment are from the Wise Owl stamp set.

I stamped the feathers in different shades of distress ink onto some watercolour paper. I then used a brush to watercolour the feathers. When they were dry, I used the fine end of the coordinating distress marker and went over the images again to make the edges more pronounced. Very simple.

Hello | Marion Vagg

Supplies

Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Wise Owl stamp set

Card: Tim Holtz Watercolour cardstock

Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink/Markers – Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers

Other Supplies: WRMK Corner Chomper, Derwent watercolour brush, water

Thanks for stopping by,

Marion

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Hello – Jane’s Doodles

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Hi there. I had a fun post up on the Jane’s Doodles blog the other day. I used the Garden Friends stamp set and also a new one to the store, Read All About It.

Hello | Marion Vagg

The apple is nice and shiny thanks to some Glossy Accents.

Hello - detail | Marion Vagg

Supplies

Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Garden Friends stamp set, Jane’s Doodle Read All About It stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card

Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black

Other Supplies: Copic markers, Glossy Accents, Foam dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by,

Marion

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