Penny Black Sneak Peek

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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.

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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.

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Butterfly thank you

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Hello! I had a lot of fun making this card. I wanted something colourful and ombre – hence this card was born! It uses this small Penny Black butterfly die that I had to run through my die cutting machine 18 times. But I had an idea and I had to go with it!

PB Thank you | Marion Vagg

PB Thank you - detail | Mrion Vagg

I coloured each butterfly with 3 colours of Copic marker – it wasn’t hard at all. After I had die cut 3 butterflies, I put them back into the negative space and coloured them quickly. To help me line them up, I drew a grid on the white panel, then erased it once they were adhered.

Butterfly colouring | Marion Vagg

Penny Black products used:
Flights of Fancy Creative Die 51-132
Kind Words Stamp set 30-226


Stamps: Penny Black Kind Words stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card, Black card stock

Ink: Versamark ink

Other Supplies: Copic Markers (B04, B06, B28, BG15, BG23, BG49, V15, V17, BV08, YR04, YR65, YR68, RV32, RV34, R32, R29, R35, R39, Y13, Y15, Y17), Hero Arts embossing powder – white, Heat gun, Anti-static pouch, Mounting foam, Matte Medium adhesive

Well we are into the second week of the school holidays. We have had some lovely family time together – fishing, building Lego and generally lazing around! That’s what holidays are for aren’t they?

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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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