Bear Hugs – Penny Black

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Hello friends! It’s been a little while since I have posted. Not because I haven’t been card making, just because life has been super busy and I haven’t got around to posting!

Today’s card is another adorable Penny Black critter from the Timeless release called Flower Teddy, which I haven’t had a chance to colour until now. I reached for Copic markers again (no surprise there), but I spiced things up a bit with an artsy and inky border.

The border was created by die cutting an oval from white card stock and then inking it with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink. I them spritzed the PB Honeycomb stencil with water and placed it randomly onto the inked border (where the water bleached the ink). To add to the distressed look, I also flicked on water, added some Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide ink and then in some places, inked over the stencil.

The sentiment is from the Happy Hugs stamp set (which I only stamped the Hugs and left off the Happy part). I finished off the card with some white gel pen details on the flowers and grounded the image by creating a floor with Prismacolor pencils.

Black products used:
30-543 Flower Teddy stamp set
25-012 Honeycomb stencil
30-524 Happy Hugs


Stamps: Penny Black Flower Teddy and Happy Hugs stamp sets

Card: Neenah Solar white card stock

Ink: VersaFine ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Distress Oxide ink – Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire

Other Supplies: Penny Black Honeycomb stencil, ink blending tool, Copic markers (I didn’t keep track of the ones I used!), Oval die cut, Cuttlebug, Water bottle for spritzing, Pentel pigment white gel pen, Prismacolor pencils (grey tones)

Thanks for stopping by today,

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Happy Heart Day – Penny Black Release Blog Hop and Giveaway

Hello! It’s a “Party with Penny!”. You’re invited to join in the fun over the next several days as Penny Black reveals their newest collection of stamps and dies, Happy Heart Day.

Penny Black is kicking off the party with a blog hop!

You should have arrived here from Susie Lessard’s blog. If you want to start the hop from the beginning, you can go to the Penny Black blog for a complete list of all of the blog hop participants.

For this blog hop I’ve created two cards using some A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E love-themed stamp sets. My first card uses the PB 30-535 ‘Reserved Space’ stamp set and the sentiment is from the PB 30-526 ‘So Much Love’ stamp set. I stamped the image and coloured it with Copic markers. I extended the grass line along the bottom with a Copic multi-liner and sponged on some clouds using a hand-cut cloud mask to complete the scene.

My next card uses the the PB 30-524 ‘Happy Hugs’ stamp set and the sentiment is from the PB 30-526 ‘So Much Love’ stamp set. I’ve also used some older Penny Black products to complete this cute little love bird scene – 51-057 Polaroid Creative die and 25-014 Oscillations stencil. I coloured this scene with Copic markers and added some fine details with a white gel pen.

I hope you will check out the latest Penny Black catalog – there are some awesome products in there!

And it wouldn’t be a party without a giveaway; right?  Penny Black is giving away a $50 shopping spree to the Penny Black online store to THREE lucky winners.  To enter, leave a comment on any blog hop post (this one included). The giveaway closes on Sunday, December 23rd at 11:59 PM PST and winners will be announced on the Penny Black blog on December 31.


Card 1: Just For You

Stamps: Penny Black 30-535 Reserved Space stamp set, PB 30-526 So Much Love stamp set.

Card: XPress It blending card stock, Black card stock

Ink: Versamark ink, Blue dye ink

Other Supplies: Copic markers (Bear: E00, E13, E19, E25, E31, E34 Seat: W1, W3, W5,W7, W9, Grass: YG03, YG17, YG67 Balloon: R05, R29, R35 Sign: B00, GG10), Copic multi-liner, Clear glitter brush pen, Masking paper (to create own cloud die), Ink blending tool

Card 2: With Love

Stamps: Penny Black 30-524 Happy Hugs stamp set, 30-526 So Much Love stamp set.

Card: XPress It blending card stock, Blue card stock

Ink: Versamark ink, Blue dye ink

Other Supplies: Copic markers (Birds: B02, B04, B06, B28, Y19, YR04, YR65, Tree: YG03, YG17, YG67, E47, Hearts: R29, R39 Flower: YR07), 51-057 Polaroid Creative die, 25-014 Oscillations stencil, White gel pen, Ink blending tool

Thanks for stopping by today. All these new products from the Happy Heart Day release are now available in the Penny Black online store.

And now… keep hopping! Your next visit is Sherry Hester.



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A couple of projects – Jane’s Doodles

Jane's Doodle Banner

Hello crafty peeps. I hope you have been getting in lots of crafty time – because I certainly haven’t. I feel like I am burning the candle at both ends at the moment – and to top it off I have hurt my back, at the gym of all places! I just can’t seem to win!

Anyway, I have a couple of Jane’s Doodles projects to share with you from the last couple of weeks. You can find the posts on the Jane’s Doodles blog here and here.

First up this little tag uses the Special Delivery stamp set. The stamp has a baby in the pram, but I swapped it out for the teddy bear.

JD Bundle | Marion Vagg

My second card uses quite a few Jane’s Doodle stamp sets. I created the bubbly background using the Stripes and Dots stamp set. I used first, second and third generation stamping in 3 different colours as well as white. I stamped onto watercolour paper, as that is what I had layering around. For the smallest dot, I used the eraser on the end of my pencil. The crab is from the Under the Sea set and coloured with Copics. The sentiment is from the Doodle Flowers stamp set.

JD Crabby | Marion Vagg

JD Crabby detail | Marion Vagg


Bundle of Joy tag:

Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Special Delivery stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card

Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black ink, VersaFine Onyx Black, Hero Arts Shadow Ink – Green Hills

Other Supplies: Copic Markers, Foam dimensionals, Penny Black Tagged die, Cuttlebug, Glossy Accents, Green Grosgrain ribbon, Hemp twine, Ink blending tool

Just For You card:

Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Under the Sea, Stripes and Dots, Doodle Flowers stamp sets

Card: X-Press It Blending card, Distress Watercolour paper, Hero Arts Layering papers – Azure

Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black ink, VersaFine Onyx Black, Hero Arts Shadow Ink – Green Hills

Other Supplies: Copic Markers, Foam dimensionals, Penny Black Tagged die, Spellbinders circle die, Cuttlebug, Glossy Accents, Green gingham ribbon, Hemp twine, Ink blending tool, Ranger Enamel Accents – Black

Thanks for stopping by today,


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New Arrival

I have been working on a cute little bear card this afternoon and I am really happy with the results. The bear is Bentley Bear designed by Adam Pescott and it came as a freebie set of cling stamps with the Cardmaking and Papercrafts magazine a while back. I had used most of the stamps and posted them here but I didn’t get around to using this little cutie until today. I thought it would be great as a new baby card. Seeing how the colours I have used are pink, white and brown (Bentley is brown) I decided to enter it in as my second card to the Scrapbook Boutique October Colour Challenge as well.

I am really pleased with how the flowers and bow worked out – thanks to Jennifer McGuire’s simple video instruction over at The Hero Arts Blog (it is on the end of her video about inking ribbon). I have also never used lace before – but see it on so many other beautiful cards, I thought it was high time I tried!!


Stamps: Bentley Bear Stamp Set – designed by Adam Pescott
Ink: Versafine Ink (black onyx), Versacolor (petal pink)
Card: Regal Craft Card (white square single fold), White cardstock, Pink Bazzill
Other Supplies: Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, stubbs, brown twine, white ribbon, Kaisercraft white flowers, S.E.I button, DMC pink thread, Wendy Irving “New Arrival” rub on, foam dimensionals, Zots adhesive dots, sponge daubers, white lace, pink gingham paper (not sure which brand), Glossy accents.

So what do you all think?


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CASE Study Challenge #3

Well I have recently come across another card blog challenge that I thought I would enter. Check out the Case Study Challenge #3. Each month there is a muse who provides inspiration for us to create a card or project of our own. This month’s muse is Maki Jones….my, she is one talented lady!!

Anyway this is Maki Jones’ inspiration card.

Maki Jones inspiration card

…and here is my card.

This is my first attempt at using a digi stamp. I found this cute little bear called Coco at the Digistamp Boutique. I coloured him in with Derwent pencils and Gamsol. To make the flowers shine, I used Glossy Accents.

Supplies: Regal Craft white textured card, K@Company patterned paper -Life’s Journey Pansy, Bazzill cardstock, white cardstock, Derwent pencils, Gamsol, Glossy Accents, Kaisercraft flowers, Kaisercraft pearl embellishments, Kaisercraft “thanks a bunch” rub on, Versacolor ink – umber, sponge dauber, foam dots.

Have a great day and thanks for looking.


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Bentley Bear cards

The other day and picked up myself a copy of a UK Card making and Papercraft magazine (June issue). Included in the magazine were some free clear stamps of Bentley Bear designed by Adam Pescott. I didn’t think that they would be very good, but nevertheless I decided to have a play around with these cute teddy bears and I am really happy with the results.

I used Gamsol to colour in the images. Gamsol is a GREAT product for making colouring in look soooo much better as it gets rid of the streaky lines by ‘melting’ the wax to create a watercolour effect. Check out how to use it here.

Supplies: White cardstock, patterned papers (no idea what brand as I have had these in my stash for ages!!), Derwent pencils, Gamsol, Tuxedo Back  Memento Ink, foam dimensionals, Versa Colour ink (blue, purple and pink), ribbon (grosgrain and sheer ribbon), Creative Memories circle and oval cutters, Pebbles Inc “Happy Birthday” rub ons, Kaisercraft gems, tiny love heart stamp (as I made my own patterned background on the pink one), Glossy accents.

I made the balloons and the cake stand out by using some foam dots and on each of the noses I used Glossy accents to give it some shine. I didn’t have any blue ribbon that matched so I inked up some white sheer ribbon.

I hope you like them.


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