Penny Black and July PageMaps

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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.

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Thank you – Jane’s Doodles

Jane's Doodle Banner

I’m dropping in quickly with a couple of cards that went up on the Jane’s Doodles blog this week. CAS and very simple to make. The flowers and leaves are from the Smile stamp set. The sentiment is from an old Jane’s Doodle set, which I believe has been discontinued.

Thankful - JD | Marion Vagg

Thankful - detail | Marion Vagg

Thank you - JD | Marion Vagg



Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Smile stamp set, Jane’s Doodles Blessing sentiment stamp set (discontinued)

Card: SSS Wood grain cardstock, SSS Fog card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock

Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Other Supplies: Copic Markers, Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush pen, Annabelle stamps clear sprinkles, Foam dimensionals, Spellbinders circle dies, Cuttlebug, Liquid Adhesive

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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.



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!


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.


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.


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January 2014 Papertrey Blog Hop

I’m popping in just before the deadline for this month’s Papertrey Ink Blog Hop – Pretty in Pink.

PTI Pink

I layered strips of patterned paper onto some white card stock and then to create a softer look, I sewed a piece of vellum over the top. The sentiment is white heat embossed on top of the vellum.



Stamps: PTI Life is Sweet Stamp Set, PTI Think Big Favorites #3

Ink: Hero Arts – Bubblegum, Memento – Lilac Posies, Versamark ink

Other Supplies: Patterned Paper (brand to come), PTI The Sweet Life dies, Cuttlebug, Stamp-a-ma-jig, AnnaBelle Stamps pearls – 3mm, 4mm and 5mm, Sewing machine, Vellum

Until next time,


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AnnaBelle Stamps Garden Silhouettes Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to AnnaBelle Stamps Friday Feature Blog Hop. If you have arrived from Kylie’s Blog, you are in the right spot.

Today, the Belles are showcasing the Garden Silhouettes Stamp set. This is such a versatile set with so many stamps in it. Today I decided to challenge myself and use a stamp from the set I had never used before. I chose a little flourishy motif and after some playing, my card and tag were born. I wanted a sentiment that matched the flourish, so I used a portion of a stamp from the Standing Tall stamp set.

Thanks flourish

The little tiny hearts are covered in Ranger enamel accents. Love this stuff!

Flourish tag

Thanks flourish card and tag


Stamps: AnnaBelle Stamps Garden Silhouettes Stamp set, AnnaBelle Stamps Love Birds Stamp set (sentiment)

Ink: Versamark watermark ink

Card: AnnaBelle Stamps smooth white cardstock, Hero Arts Folded Note cards – Azure

Other Supplies: AnnaBelle Stamps white embossing powder, heat tool, anti static powder pillow, AnnaBelle stamps hemp twine – 0.8mm twine, Martha Stewart heart punch, Ranger Enamel Accents – white,  Tombow Mono Multi glue

Now if you would like a chance to win yourself a copy of the Garden Silhouettes Stamp set, leave a comment on all the DT’s blogs and then head back to the ABS blog and add your name to the inlinkz. Too easy.

Andrea also has generously discounted the Garden Silhouettes Stamp set by 20% for this weekend only. Go here to grab yourself a bargain.

Your next stop on the hop is my uber talented friend Therese (who I get to meet in person for the first time this weekend – woo hoo!)

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