Jane’s Doodle Blog Hop – Simon

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Hello! Today is the release blog hop for Jane’s Doodles Stamps. You should have arrived from Zrinka’s awesome blog. If you get lost along the way, there is a blog hop order at the end of my post that should point you in the right direction.

Today the DT are showcasing the latest stamp set to the store called Simon. This stamp set is a lot of fun.

JD Simon

When I first get a new stamp set I often look at the sentiments and plan my card around that. I loved the ‘You rock my boat’ sentiment, so I knew that I would use the boat image and then to add some interest I popped the bird on the edge of the boat. My hubby is really into fishing, so with some masking I added the fishing rod in the boat as well. Lots of masking, ink blending and Copic colouring to create my scene.

JD You Rock My Boat | Marion Vagg

Next up I wanted to use Simon himself. To be different, I created a wine bottle tag – for the fishing enthusiast in my life…on a bottle of wine from his favourite wine region in New Zealand.

JD Fish in the Sea | Marion Vagg

JD Wine Bottle tag | Marion Vagg

Jane is generously giving one stamp set 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 20% sale on all stamps in the store. The winner will be announced on Friday.

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


You Rock My Boat Card

Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Simon stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card, Distress watercolor card

Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black, Distress ink – Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon

Other Supplies: Copic markers, Foam dimensionals, Post it notes (for masking), Ink blending tool, Tuxedo Black marker, Glossy Accents

Wine Bottle Tag

Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Simon stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card

Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black

Other Supplies: Copic markers,  Tuxedo Black marker, Sunny Studio Fishtail banner dies, Spellbinders circle die, Cuttlebug

Thanks so much for stopping by. Your next stop on the hop is Milka’s blog. Happy hopping.











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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.


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.


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,


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Dad You Rock!

*If you are looking for the AnnaBelle Stamps Blog hop and Giveaway, see post below this one*

I’m back with a card that I made on behalf of my kids for my hubby’s birthday which was yesterday. He told me it is the best card I have made him – so I guess it gets the thumbs up! Gotta love that.

It didn’t take long to put together. The chevrons behind the cut-out letters is washi tape.

Dad You Rock

Dad You Rock - detail

And what’s a birthday without a cake? There is ALWAYS time for one in our household. In my opinion you are never too old for a fun cake!

Clock cake


Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Expressions of You stamp set

Ink: Versamark watermark ink

Card: X-Press It Copic Blending Blending Card, Hero Arts folded Note cards – Azure

Other Supplies: Die-Namics High Rise Alphabet lower case, Cuttlebug, AnnaBelle Stamps white embossing powder, heat tool, anti static pillow, foam dimensionals, Smash washi tape

Thanks for taking a peek,


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It’s all about Dad

Hello again. This week at AnnaBelle Stamps we have a colour challenge for you…and I certainly did find this a challenge. It was the blue that I struggled with the most.


In Australia we don’t celebrate Father’s Day until September, so I am nice and early with this one! These colours seemed very manly to me – hence my male inspired card. See those flags in the corner? They are my newly purchased chipboard pieces that I coloured with Versacolor ink (pigment ink).

Dad - orange

Dad - orange detail

Now I wasn’t sure if I was happy with the orange background, so I tried a blue one as well – but in the end I think I like the orange better.

Dad - blue


Stamps: AnnaBelle Stamps Tree-MEN-dous stamp set

Ink: VersaFine – Vintage Sepia, Distress Ink – Wild Honey, Tea Dye, Tumbled Glass, Versacolor – Orange, Cyan, Distress Markers – Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain

Card: AnnaBelle Stamps smooth white cardstock

Other Supplies: Ranger ink blending tool, Finger sponge daubers, Scrapmatts Chipboard pieces – flags 02,  Foam dimensionals

Be sure to check out the rest of the Belles’ projects – their links are on my side bar.

Before I go, this past weekend I had the privilege of meeting (for the first time) my fellow DT and blogging buddy Therese. Therese and I started blogging around the same time (nearly 3 years ago now!) and she was one of my first followers. I flew up to Brisbane and we went to the Brisbane Craft Expo together. We had a lot of fun chatting and buying….but it was so lovely to finally meet her in person! Here’s a little picture my sister snapped of us from my phone. I’m on the left and Therese is on the right.

Marion and Therese

Thanks for stopping by,


About our challenges:

  • We post our challenges every Friday at 8:00pm AEST (AEDT during Daylight Savings).
  • Each challenge runs for a week, and will close on the Friday 10.00am so that we can announce and showcase our weekly winners prior to the next challenge.
  • Each weeks winner will receive our special blinkie to display on their blog and a $15.00 Gift Voucher to spend in store at AnnaBelle Stamps (or something equivalent).

How To Play Along:

  • Copy and save our challenge banner and include it and a link back to the ABS blog in your post.
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  • Please link directly to your entry not just to your blog.
  • Please don’t link to postings made prior to the date of our current challenge. All projects submitted must be new.
  • A maximum of 7 challenges may be combined including this one.
  • You may enter any of our challenges several times as long as each submission is with a new creation.
  • We would love you to use AnnaBelle Stamps and embellishments, but you can play along without using them, it’s all about sharing ideas 🙂
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Friday Feature at AnnaBelle Stamps

For this week’s Friday Feature at AnnaBelle Stamps, the Belles are showcasing the All Things Grow Stamp set. Such a great set to own as it has so many different uses. I wanted to use this set in a way I have never used before. I ended up using the reed image in the lower right hand corner and some masking, to make 3 different projects.

All things grow

I think these cards would be great for a male.

Happy Birthday


Hello Tag

Hopefully I have inspired you to look at your stamps in a new way. Andrea also has 20% this set for the weekend.



Stamps: AnnaBelle Stamps All Things Grow Stamp set, AnnaBelle Stamps Shape it Up (sentiments for the 2 cards), AnnaBelle Stamps Garden Silhouette Stamp set (Tag sentiment)

Ink: VersaFine – Smokey Gray, Memento Ink – Teal Zeal, Bamboo Leaves

Card: AnnaBelle Stamps smooth white cardstock

Other Supplies: Eclipse masking tape, AnnaBelle Stamps 0.8mm twine – turquoise, AnnaBelle Stamps DF Satin Ribbon – 16mm – Lime, WRMK Corner Chomper

Be sure to check out the rest of the Belles’ projects to see how they have used this set – their links are on my side bar.

Thanks for stopping by,


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Birthday Dandelions

Hello there fellow crafty people,

Today I am sharing a card that a colleague of mine asked me to make for her, for a male friend named Cliff who is turning 60. I needed some inspiration as man cards are not my forte, and then into my inbox popped this lovely card from Therese and this was all the inspiration I needed….thanks Therese!!

This is also the first card I have made using my first ever set of nesties – I know – a bit behind the eight ball, but I am in love with them! I want more!! The dandelions are from a set called ‘Just Dandy’ from Practicing Creativity and are white embossed.

A close up of the embossing.


Stamps: Practicing Creativity – Just Dandy
Ink: VersaMark Watermark Ink
Card: Regal Craft Card (white textured single fold), Turquoise Bazzill card – 2 shades
Other Supplies: Nestabilities -Labels 4, American Craft White embossing powder, heat gun, white DMC thread, Kaisercraft pearls – snow, Computer generated font – Segoe Script printed in grey, white striped paper from Fashion Textures Creative Stationery.

This card took many attempts to get to this finished product but I am pleased with how it turned out. Originally I clear embossed the dandelions but they didn’t stand out enough on the card.

Thanks for looking. I have another 60th b’day card to share with you soon.


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