Spotlight on Sweet Spring 2 – Penny Black

Hello again! I’m back with my second card using some of the awesome Penny Black products from their latest catalogue called Sweet Spring.

Today’s card features a beautiful creative die called Cherry Blossom. Cherry blossoms are so pretty – one day I would love to go and see them in all their glory in Japan.

Cherry Blossom

After cutting a panel from Strathmore Bristol smooth white card stock, I blended on some blue ink with an inking blending tool. I die cut several cherry blossoms and coloured them with Copic markers before adhering them to the panel.

The sentiment is from an older Penny Black set called Sentiment Collection. I then 3D mounted the focal panel onto a white card base.

 Penny Black products used:

Penny Black 51-419 Cherry Blossom creative die
Penny Black 30-350 Sentiment Collection stamp set


Stamps: Penny Black Sentiment Collection stamp set

Card: Strathmore Bristol smooth white card stock

Ink: VersaFine Onyx black ink, Inks – Salty Ocean

Other Supplies: Copic markers (YG03, YG67, RV 19, RV34, RV63, R39, E47 ), Ink blending tool, Cuttlebug, Penny Black Cherry Blossom die, Liquid adhesive, 3D mounting foam

Thanks for joining me. I’ll be back real soon.



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Thank You – Jane’s Doodles

Jane's Doodle Banner

I had a card over on the Jane’s Doodles blog earlier this week. It uses two (of three) new stamp sets that have just been released into the store – Bloom and Mother’s Day. I’m really loving the Bloom set, as I simply love floral stamp sets, and this one doesn’t disappoint.

These flowers were coloured with a mixture of Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils. I laid a base of Copic colour, but ended up adding the detail with Prismacolor pencils. I lost count of all the colours I used! I just enjoyed the colouring process. Once coloured, I fussy cut the flowers and leaves out. The sentiment is part of a larger sentiment – I just did some stamp surgery. A touch of subtle ink blending in the background was all that was needed to finish the card off, before putting it onto a blue note card.

I wasn’t able to participate in the blog hop last week, as my stamps didn’t arrive in time. I encourage you, if you haven’t done so already, to take the hop and see what the other DT members created with this new release. Start the hop here.


Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Bloom and Mother’s Day stamp sets

Card: X-Press It blending card, Hero Arts Cerulean Layering Paper, Black card stock

Ink: Versamark ink, Memento – Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers

Other Supplies: Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol and blending stumps, Ink blending tool, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Heat tool, Anti-static powder bag

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Penny Black Sneak Peek

simplicity sister

Hello! Today I have a project up on the Simplicity at its Best blog. I had fun playing around with my Distress Markers (which I haven’t used in ages) and created a water coloured card without needing any skills in how to water colour! Check it out the card with instructions here.

I’ve used a beautiful slapstick/cling stamp called Sunbursts.

PB Sneak Peek | Marion Vagg


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Thankful For You – Sunny Studio

Hello. I hope you are having a great week. Today I’m sharing some tags that are up on the Sunny Studios Blog using the Harvest Happiness stamp set and the coordinating dies.

I love making tags as they are quick and easy projects. We don’t have Thanksgiving in Australia, but I love the idea of taking time out to be thankful for the many blessings in our lives. Tags are a really simple way to say thank you and easy to attach to gifts such as a bunch of flowers or a treat bag filled with yummy goodness. Let’s face it, we all like being thanked!

SS Thankful for You | Marion Vagg

The first two tags are very similar, except the first one has a blue watercolour wash around the wreath (Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink). I started the tags by water colouring a panel of Strathmore watercolour paper with different colours of distress ink (Festive Berries, Mustard Seed and Ripe Persimmon). Once dry, I used the small leaf dies from the Harvest Happiness die set, and ran them through my die cutting machine several times.

To create the wreaths, I drew a circle in pencil to act as a guide (head to the Sunny Studio blog where I show a photo of this). Before adhering the leaves into position, I stamped the sentiment.

SS Tag 1 | Marion Vagg

SS Tag 2 | Marion Vagg

I added some gems to the second wreath to add some shine.

SS Tag 2 detail | Marion Vagg

This last tag was created using the negative die cut panel from the first two tags. I did have to die cut a whole lot of white leaves which I then inlaid into the panel. It was good to make a third tag with the scraps from the first two!

SS Tag 3 | Marion Vagg


Stamps: Sunny Studio Harvest Happiness Stamp set

Card: Strathmore watercolour paper, Black card stock, White card stock

Ink: VersaFine – Onyx Black, Versamark ink, Distress Ink – Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers

Other Supplies: Sunny Studio Harvest Happiness dies, Penny Black Tagged die, Cuttlebug, AnnaBelle Stamps clear Sprinkles, Glossy Accents (to adhere sprinkles), Paintbrush, Ribbon from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,


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Teacher Thank You – Sunny Studio

If you are looking for the Jane’s Doodles Blog Hop, go here.

Today I’m popping in with a card and tag that is up on the Sunny Studios Blog using the School Time stamp set. Being a teacher myself I know that little cards and gifts are very much appreciated, as it is certainly not just a 9-3 job.

SS Teacher Thank You | Marion Vagg

I found these little treat tubes at my local discount store and they were perfect to put large Jaffas in (orange flavoured chocolate if you hadn’t heard of these before – one of my favs). I love the shiny apples – some Wink of Stella brush glitter pen and a coat of Glossy Accents.

SS Thank You Tag | Marion Vagg

SS Thank you tag | Marion Vagg


Stamps: Sunny Studio School Time Stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card, SSS card stock – Schoolhouse red

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

Other Supplies: Copic markers (R05, R29, R39, YG03, YG17, YG67, E27, E25, 0), Foam dimensionals, Glossy Accents, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush pen, Die-Namics Stitched rectangle STAX dies, Cuttlebug, Uniball white Signo gel pen, Treat tube, Twine, Hole Punch, Chocolates.

Make sure you check out the Sunny Studio blog as there is so much going on over there – lots of daily inspiration.

Thanks for visiting today,


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