Happy Birthday – Penny Black

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Today I have a colourful card showcasing some Penny Black products. I started by stamping the hexagon stamp from the Penny Black Textures stamp set repeatedly down a piece onto watercolour paper. I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Next was the fun part – I went to town with a rainbow of Distress Ink colours, a paintbrush and some water.

Happy Birthday - Penny Black | Marion Vagg

I did some partial stamping to create the sentiment. The Happy is from the Sprinkles and Smiles stamp set and the Birthday is from the Good Day stamp set.

PB Happy Birthday - detail | Marion Vagg

Penny Black products used:
Textures Stamp set 30-240
Sprinkles and Smiles Stamp set 30-297
Good Day Stamp set 30-241
Chat Bubbles Creative Dies 51-003


Stamps: Penny Black Textures stamp set, Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles stamp set, Penny Black Good Day stamp set

Card: Canson Water colour paper, X-Press It Blending card

Ink: Versamark ink, Distress Ink – Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Dusty Concord

Other Supplies: Hero Arts White embossing Powder, Heat gun, Foam dimensionals,

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Jane’s Doodles Release Blog Hop

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Today I am taking part in the Jane’s Doodles release blog hop. Three new sets have been released into the store.


Jane's Doodles Anemone

Under the Sea

Jane's Doodles Under the Sea

Winnie Halloween

Jane's Doodles Winnie Halloween

First up I have made a card using the Anemone stamp set. I am really into adding texture with embossing paste at the moment. It creates subtle interest in background for a focal point. I coloured the white embossing paste with Antique Linen Distress ink. The Anemone is coloured with Copics and a Prismacolor pencil.

JD Anemone | Marion Vagg

Next up is a cute whale from the Under the Sea set (which is out of stock, but it can be pre-ordered). To create the background, I blended in some Salty Ocean distress ink and then created the splatters with some water and had a paper towel on hand to mop up the moisture – removing some of the colour.

JD Whale of a birthday | Marion Vagg

Speaking of whales, there are a lot of them migrating north at the moment along the east coast of Australia. The kids and I went looking for them this afternoon and I did manage to catch a glimpse of one. Amazing creatures.

JD Whale detail }| Marion Vagg

Want to win some prizes? Jane is generously giving a $50 gift certificate to the Jane’s Doodle store to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment on all the blogs along the hop for your chance to win. Jane is also having a 20% off sale today!

Blog Hop order
Marion (me)
Jane’s Doodles Blog


Card 1: Anemone Hello

Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Anemone stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card, Hero Arts layering paper – Eggshell, Black

Ink: Memento ink – Tuxedo Black, VersaFine – Onyx Black, Versmark ink, Distress Ink – Antique Linen

Other Supplies: Copic markers, Prismacolor Pencils, Wendy Vecchi Embossing paste, Palette knife, Penny Black stencil – Ocillations


Card 2: Whale of a Birthday

Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Under the Sea stamp set

Card: Canson Watercolour Paper

Ink: Distress ink – Salty Ocean, Black Soot, Pumice Stone,  Versamark ink,

Other Supplies: Hero Arts white embossing powder, Heat tool, Anti-ststaic bag, Ink Blending tool, Foam dimensionals,Watercolour paintbrush, water

Your next stop on the hop is the Jane’s Doodles Blog.
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I Love Ewe – Jane’s Doodles

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Today I have a cute Seamus card up on the Jane’s Doodles blog. Now there is a story behind this card. I actually can’t take full credit for it, as it is based on this card by Jenny Mullens. When Jenny made her Seamus card back in February, I fell in love with her design. When I came to make my card for Jane’s blog, I hadn’t seen Jenny’s card since January (and I didn’t look at hers until after I had made my card)…and well, you can see that her design must have been imprinted in my memory as its pretty similar. Thanks Jenny for your inspiration!

Seamus JD | Marion Vagg


Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Seamus stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card stock

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamark ink, Distress Ink – Salty Ocean

Other Supplies: Pink Thickers letter stickers, Sponge Dauber, Poppy Stamps Puffy Cloud border die, Cuttlebug, Glossy Accents, Copic Markers, Memento Marker – Tuxedo Black

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Happy Birthday at Muse and a Farewell


It is my week at the Muse Card Club and sadly, it will be my last Muse card. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 2.5 years of being a Muse and working with a fabulous team (both past and present). But alas, I feel it is time for me pass the Muse baton on to someone else. Who is that someone? Well you will just have to wait for that announcement in the coming weeks.

So, onto my card. A bright and happy birthday card using some My Favorite Things products. The subtle background chevrons were created with a metal die, but I used a rubber embossing mat, instead of a cutting plate. This is a great way to get more use out of your wafer thin dies. The balloons have some subtle Copic marker shading to add a little bit of dimension.

Happy Birthday | Marion Vagg

Happy Birthday detail | Marion Vagg

I hope that you will find some time to play along with Muse this week. For the full Muse challenge guidelines go here.


Stamps: MFT DC Banner Greetings stamp set

Card: X-Press It Blending card, Hero Arts layering papers – Pool, Azure, Blush, Black

Ink: VersaFine – Onyx Black

Other Supplies: Die-Namics Chevron Stripes, Die-Namics Balloon Stax, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders tan embossing mat, Silver Embroidery floss, Foam squares, Copic Markers

Thank you Ardyth and all the girls who are and have been on the DT, I have had a lot of fun. Who knows, I may even find some time to play along myself!

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