Thank you

simplicity sister

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We have had our house full of people, 12 in total, so it has been very busy in the kitchen, but loads of fun as well.

I can’t believe that today is the last day of 2015. What are your plans for celebrating New Year’s Eve? We are heading down town for an annual firework display over the harbour and then we’ll play some games to bring in the New Year.

Today I am sharing a thank you card as I want to thank all of you, my blog readers, for your support and encouragement this year. I hope that you have found some inspiration from the cards that I make. I really appreciate all your comments.

Today I’ve used Penny Black dies, stamps and stencils on this card. And I got to use my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour set that my hubby got for me for Christmas. Wow they are so creamy and luscious.

Thank you Penny Black | Marion Vagg

Thanks detail | Marion Vagg


Penny Black products used:
Oscillations Stencil 25-014
Flights of Fancy Die 51-132
Good Day Stamp Set 30-241


Stamps: Penny Black Good Day stamp set (sentiment)

Card: Tim Holtz Watercolor card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock

Ink:Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour set, VersaFine Onyx Black ink

Other Supplies: Penny Black Oscillations stencil, Baby wipe, Paintbrush, Vellum, Glue dot, Gem

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll see you in 2016! Happy New Year!


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Butterfly thank you

simplicity sister

Hello! I had a lot of fun making this card. I wanted something colourful and ombre – hence this card was born! It uses this small Penny Black butterfly die that I had to run through my die cutting machine 18 times. But I had an idea and I had to go with it!

PB Thank you | Marion Vagg

PB Thank you - detail | Mrion Vagg

I coloured each butterfly with 3 colours of Copic marker – it wasn’t hard at all. After I had die cut 3 butterflies, I put them back into the negative space and coloured them quickly. To help me line them up, I drew a grid on the white panel, then erased it once they were adhered.

Butterfly colouring | Marion Vagg

Penny Black products used:
Flights of Fancy Creative Die 51-132
Kind Words Stamp set 30-226


Stamps: Penny Black Kind Words stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card, Black card stock

Ink: Versamark ink

Other Supplies: Copic Markers (B04, B06, B28, BG15, BG23, BG49, V15, V17, BV08, YR04, YR65, YR68, RV32, RV34, R32, R29, R35, R39, Y13, Y15, Y17), Hero Arts embossing powder – white, Heat gun, Anti-static pouch, Mounting foam, Matte Medium adhesive

Well we are into the second week of the school holidays. We have had some lovely family time together – fishing, building Lego and generally lazing around! That’s what holidays are for aren’t they?

Until next time,


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Penny Black and July PageMaps

simplicity sister

This month I had the privilege of using some Penny Black products and created a card for the PageMaps July card sketch.


In order to follow the sketch, but avoid an overly busy card, I created a lot of subtle textures using some Penny Black stencils. Both the pattern on the butterfly and the chevrons in the background were created by running the stencil through my Cuttlebug with a rubber embossing mat. The blue dots were created with a stencil and coloured embossing paste.

Penny Black Thank you | Marion Vagg

Penny Black Thank you detail | Marion Vagg
Penny Black products used:

Zigs and Zags stencil 25-010
Hypnotic stencil 25-015
Oscillations Stencil 25-014

Flights of Fancy 51-132

Kind Words 30-226


Stamps: Penny Black Kind Words stamp set

Card:  X-Press It Blending card, Blue card stock

Ink: Versamark ink, Distress Ink – Salty Ocean

Other Supplies: Various Penny Black stencils (see above list), Hero Arts White embossing Powder, Heat gun, Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste, Palette knife, Pearl, Liquid adhesive, Spellbinders embossing mat.

Thanks for stopping by,


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Muse #114 – Thinking of You


I have a really CAS design for this month’s card at the Muse Card Club. Hope that you can find some time to play along.

Thinking of You | Marion Vagg

Thinking of You - Detail | Marion Vagg

For the full Muse challenge guidelines go here.


Stamps: Avery Elle Petals and Stems Stamp set

Card: Simon Says Stamp Wood grain card stock, Hero Arts Layering Papers – Cerulean

Ink: Versamark  ink

Other Supplies: Memory Box die – Vivienne Butterfly die, WPlus9 Rounded Rectangle dies, Cuttlebug, Anti- static pillow, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Heat tool, WRMK Corner Chomper

Thanks for stopping by.


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Tag You’re It Challenge #10

It’s time for another Tag You’re It! Challenge. We had an amazing 44 entries last challenge. You guys rock!

This week we have a very sweet card made by Lynn Put. I just love that gorgeous cluster of pretty flowers!


I fell in love with the softness of her colour scheme and I used her layout, just changed the placement of the sentiment. I switched up the flowers for a butterfly and some vellum leaves. The pink chevrons are embossing paste (coloured with some dye ink).

You Tag | Marion Vagg

You - detail | Marion Vagg

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


Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Expressions of You stamp set, Hero Arts Friend Definition Stamp set

Card: X-Press it Blending card, Vellum

Ink: VersaFine – Onyx Black, Hero Arts – Charcoal, Bubblegum (used to colour the embossing paste), Distress ink – Picked Raspberry

Other Supplies: SSS ‘You’ die, Penny Black ‘Leaves’ die, PTI Sale Tag die, Cuttlebug, MFT Stencil on the Diagonal, Dreamweaver embossing paste, Spatula, AnnaBelle Stamps pearl, Martha Stewart butterfly punches x2, Tombow mono-multi liquid adhesive

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,


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