Poppy Love – Penny Black

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Hello! I’m back with another card for Penny Black. I really enjoyed making this card – it was a labour of love, as it took me hours, but I love the final result. Water colouring is such a forgiving technique to play with and it was fun to get out my Gansai Tambi watercolours again.

I white heat embossed the Penny Black Poppy Gems stamp onto some watercolour paper then went to town water colouring.The sentiment is from the Penny Black For You die set.

Penny Black - Love | Marion Vagg

PB Love detail | Marion Vagg

Penny Black products used:
Penny Black Poppy Gems stamp set
Penny Black For You die set


Stamps: Penny Black Poppy Gems stamp set

Card: Distress Watercolour card stock, Black card stock

Ink: Versamark ink

Other Supplies: Tambi Gansai watercolour paints, Various sized paint brushes, water, White heat embossing powder, heat tool, Cuttlebug, Penny Black For You die set, Liquid adhesive

I’m pleased to report that I have survived report writing and school holidays have started! Yay! It has been such a massive term, so it is an awesome feeling to be able to relax and have some time to make some cards. Bring it on!





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Watercolour Medallion – Penny Black

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I’m back with another Penny Black card using some products from their latest release.

I usually create a background like this one with distress inks. But this time I used Kuretake watercolours instead. What I love about these paints is that they are so creamy. I started by wetting some water colour paper with plain water and a paint brush. I then randomly painted on some teals and blues and let the water do the blending. I dried this with my heat tool, before putting some of the watercolours onto my craft mat and adding water to make little pools of colour. I then dabbed the paper into the paint to create the splotches. I did this several times until I was happy with the result.

Hello Penny Black | Marion Vagg

Once the panel was completely dry, I die cut it with the Penny Black Medallion Creative die. I removed some of the die cut pieces and then adhered the rest onto a card base with some liquid glue. The Hello die cut is from the Penny Black Hello Christmas word set. I really love how it turned out.

Penny Black products used:
Penny Black Medallion Creative die
Penny Black Hello Christmas Creative die


Stamps: None

Card: Tim Holtz Watercolor card stock

Ink: Kuretake watercolour paints – light and dark teal, blue

Other Supplies: Cuttlebug, Liquid adhesive, Heat tool

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Rain or Shine – Jane’s Doodles

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I’m dropping by today with a card that was over on the Jane’s Doodles blog earlier this week. It uses the Rain or Shine stamp set and I created the tone on tone background with some love hearts from the Love Birds stamp set.

JD Rain or Shine | Marion Vagg


Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Rain or Shine stamp set, Jane’s Doodles Love Birds stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card, Hero Arts Daffodil Layering Papers, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper

Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black ink, Kuretake water colour paints, Hero Arts – Butterbar shadow ink

Other Supplies: Copic Markers, MFT Stitched rectangle STAX, Wink of Stella glitter brush pen (clear)

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Jane’s Doodles Release Blog Hop

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Hello! Welcome to the release blog hop for Jane’s Doodles Stamps. You should have arrived from Jane’s awesome blog. She is the wonderful artist behind these fun and creative stamps. Today we are showcasing her latest two stamp sets which are available for purchase in the store.

Love Birds

Jane's Doodles love_birds

Coffee Time

Jane's Doodles Coffee Time

First up I’ve created a very CAS and one layer card using the Love Bird’s set. Coloured with Copics and I just love those google eyes – though the bottom bird looks a little coy 😉

JD I Love You | Marion Vagg

This next card uses the Coffee Time set which I love as I am a lover of coffee! My hubby is quite the coffee connoisseur so I have an in-house barista – and he knows exactly how I like my espresso 🙂 This card is painted with Kuretake watercolour paints. I’m still in love with them.

JD Thank's a Latte | Marion Vagg

Want to win some stamp sets? Jane is generously giving two stamps of your choice from the store to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment on all the blogs along the hop for your chance to win. In addition to this, there is 15% off all stamps sets over the weekend.

Blog Hop order:
Marion <—– You are here
Jane’s Doodles


Card 1: I Love You

Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Love Birds stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card

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

Other Supplies: Copic Markers, Googly Eyes


Tag: Thanks a Latte

Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Thanks a Latte stamp set

Card: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Hero Arts Layering Papers – Charcoal, Black card stock

Ink: Memento ink – Tuxedo Black, VersaFine – Onyx Black, Kuretake watercolour paints

Other Supplies: Foam dimensionals, MFT Stitched Rectangle Stax die, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts embossing powder – white, Heat tool, Paintbrush

Thanks so much for stopping by. Your next stop on the hop is Vika.


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Christmas tags – Penny Black

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Hello again! Three posts in three days is such a rarity for me! But I do have some fun Christmas tags using some new Penny Black  products that I hope you will like.

A couple of week’s ago, I made this card which uses the same technique as the tags below. I stamped a whole lot of images from the Penny Black Tiny Treasures stamp set onto water colour, and then loosely water coloured around the images to create a fun and whimsical effect. To add some extra sparkle, I coloured in all the white images with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. They are really sparkly and shimmery in real life, but was hard to capture in the photos.

PB Peace on Earth tag | Marion Vagg

The sentiments are from the Holiday Snippets stamp set, which has just about every Christmas greeting you will ever need!

PB Peace on Earth tag 2 | Marion VaggPenny Black products used:
Tiny Treasures Stamp set 30-268
Holiday Snippets Stamp set 30-30
Tagged die set 51-007


Stamps: Penny Black Tiny Treasures stamp set, Penny Black Holiday Snippets stamp set

Card: Canson watercolour paper, Black cardstock

Ink: Versamark ink, VersaFine ink – Onyx Black, Distress ink – Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry

Other Supplies: Hero Arts embossing powder – white, Heat gun, Anti-static pouch, Mounting foam, AnnaBelle Stamps hemp twine, Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush pen – clear

I can’t believe it is almost November! Yikes. Christmas will be here before we know it. How is your Christmas card/tag making going?

Until next time,


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Love and Hugs – Sunny Studio

I’m back today with some cards using Sunny Studio stamps and dies. You can find my post here on the Sunny Studio blog.

This week the Design Team have been using the Birthday Smiles stamp set and the Fishtail Banner dies.

First up I have created a watercolour-y ice cream scene that just reminds me of summer. I white heat embossed the images and then coloured them with Distress inks and a paintbrush.

SS Hugs | Marion Vagg

It’s a bit hard to tell, but the scoops of ice-cream are all shimmery from a coat of clear Wink of Stella brush glitter pen.

SS Hugs - detail | Made Marion

Next up, is a graphic card design using the Fishtail Banner dies. I just love the stitched banner die – it is one of 4 designs to choose from in the set. Both the Hugs and the Love sentiments are from the Furever Friends die set, as are the heart accents.

SS Love | Marion Vagg

SS Love detail | Marion Vagg


Card 1: Hugs

Stamps: Sunny Studio Birthday Smiles Stamp set

Card: Strathmore water colour paper

Ink: Versamark ink, Distress inks – Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberries, Festive Berries and Walnut Stain

Other Supplies: Sunny Studio Furever Friends dies, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts white embossing powder, heat tool, anti – static pillow, Paintbrush, Foam dimensionals, Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush pen – clear

Card 2: Love

Stamps: None

Card: X-Press It Blending card, MFT card stock -Persimmon and Coral

Ink: None

Other Supplies: Ranger Enamel Accents – Black, Foam dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be back real soon with some more cards.


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