Christmas tags – Penny Black

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Hello again! Three posts in three days is such a rarity for me! But I do have some fun Christmas tags using some new Penny Black  products that I hope you will like.

A couple of week’s ago, I made this card which uses the same technique as the tags below. I stamped a whole lot of images from the Penny Black Tiny Treasures stamp set onto water colour, and then loosely water coloured around the images to create a fun and whimsical effect. To add some extra sparkle, I coloured in all the white images with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. They are really sparkly and shimmery in real life, but was hard to capture in the photos.

PB Peace on Earth tag | Marion Vagg

The sentiments are from the Holiday Snippets stamp set, which has just about every Christmas greeting you will ever need!

PB Peace on Earth tag 2 | Marion VaggPenny Black products used:
Tiny Treasures Stamp set 30-268
Holiday Snippets Stamp set 30-30
Tagged die set 51-007


Stamps: Penny Black Tiny Treasures stamp set, Penny Black Holiday Snippets stamp set

Card: Canson watercolour paper, Black cardstock

Ink: Versamark ink, VersaFine ink – Onyx Black, Distress ink – Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry

Other Supplies: Hero Arts embossing powder – white, Heat gun, Anti-static pouch, Mounting foam, AnnaBelle Stamps hemp twine, Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush pen – clear

I can’t believe it is almost November! Yikes. Christmas will be here before we know it. How is your Christmas card/tag making going?

Until next time,


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Love and Hugs – Sunny Studio

I’m back today with some cards using Sunny Studio stamps and dies. You can find my post here on the Sunny Studio blog.

This week the Design Team have been using the Birthday Smiles stamp set and the Fishtail Banner dies.

First up I have created a watercolour-y ice cream scene that just reminds me of summer. I white heat embossed the images and then coloured them with Distress inks and a paintbrush.

SS Hugs | Marion Vagg

It’s a bit hard to tell, but the scoops of ice-cream are all shimmery from a coat of clear Wink of Stella brush glitter pen.

SS Hugs - detail | Made Marion

Next up, is a graphic card design using the Fishtail Banner dies. I just love the stitched banner die – it is one of 4 designs to choose from in the set. Both the Hugs and the Love sentiments are from the Furever Friends die set, as are the heart accents.

SS Love | Marion Vagg

SS Love detail | Marion Vagg


Card 1: Hugs

Stamps: Sunny Studio Birthday Smiles Stamp set

Card: Strathmore water colour paper

Ink: Versamark ink, Distress inks – Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberries, Festive Berries and Walnut Stain

Other Supplies: Sunny Studio Furever Friends dies, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts white embossing powder, heat tool, anti – static pillow, Paintbrush, Foam dimensionals, Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush pen – clear

Card 2: Love

Stamps: None

Card: X-Press It Blending card, MFT card stock -Persimmon and Coral

Ink: None

Other Supplies: Ranger Enamel Accents – Black, Foam dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be back real soon with some more cards.


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Just a note – Jane’s Doodles

Jane's Doodle Banner

Hello. Today I have two cards up on the Jane’s Doodles blog using three of her stamp sets – Doodle Flowers, Doodle Flowers II and Stripes and Dots. I created the backgrounds on both of these cards using the stripe stamps from the Stripes and Dots set and three shades of dye ink. I overlapped the stamping and double stamped some of the stripes to create the background. I love how the inks blended together and it looks as though I have used more than 3 colours on each card.

JD Just a note | Marion Vagg

Once the backgrounds had dried completely, I stamped various floral images from the Doodle flowers sets with VersaFine Onyx black ink, then added in some white gel pen detailing. I think I like the blue/green one. Which one do you like best?

JD Just a note 2| Marion Vagg


Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Doodle Flowers stamp set, Jane’s Doodles Doodle Flowers II stamp set, Jane’s Doodles Stripes and Dots stamp set

Card: X-Press It blending card

Ink: VersaFine – Onyx black ink, Hero Arts ink – Pool, Tide and Green Hills (Blue/green card), Butter Bar, Pale Tomato and Bubblegum (Pink/yellow card)

Other Supplies: Uniball Signo gel pen – white, Copic Multi liner

Thanks for stopping by,


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Purrfect Birthday – Sunny Studio

I’m back with a really quick and simple technique using some Sunny Studio products. You can see my post here. I used the Furever Friends stamp set and its coordinating dies, which have some really cute cat images.

If you are not confident with colouring images, or like me, was running short on time, then maybe this could be a technique for you to try. Instead of placing the colour onto my images, I created a really vibrant watercolour background with distress inks. I love the contrast.

To get the background to be so vibrant, I added several layers of Distress inks, making sure to heat set between each application. The colours used from the top down were Barn Door, Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon, a mixture of Ripe Persimmon and Wild Honey and Mustard Seed.

SS Purrfect Birthday | Marion Vagg

The black sentiment strip tied the whole project together. I love how it turned out – but my daughter just couldn’t understand why I didn’t colour in the cats!

SS Purfect tag | Marion Vagg


Stamps: Sunny Studio Furever Friends Stamp set

Card: Strathmore watercolour paper, Black card stock

Ink: Versamark ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Distress Ink – Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Barn Door and Wild Honey.

Other Supplies: Sunny Studio Furever Friends die set, PTI Sale Tag #2 die, Cuttlebug, Paintbrush, Hero Arts Embossing Powder – white, Heat gun, Anti-static pillow

Thanks so much for stopping by today,


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Snow Much Fun – Jane’s Doodles

Jane's Doodle Banner

I’m back with another card for Jane’s Doodles and I just had to create a card using the adorable mice from the Winter Wishes stamp set. At the moment the stamp set has sold out, but you can pre-order it as they will be arriving in the store next week.

I created my own mask and used distress inks to make some snow banks. The mice and the tree are coloured with Copic Markers.

JD Snow Much Fun | Marion Vagg

It is hard to tell, but I spritzed the blue background with some Perfect Pearls and it has a lovely shimmer to it. These mice look like they are singing Christmas (or is that Christmouse?) carols. Such cute little critters!

JD Snow Much fun detail | Marion Vagg


Stamps: Jane’s Doodles Winter Wishes stamp set, Jane’s Doodles Warm Wishes stamp set (tree)

Card: X-Press It blending card

Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black, Distress ink – Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean

Other Supplies: Copic markers (I forgot to write down my list!), Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Stax, Cuttlebug, Anti-Static pillow, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Heat Tool, Mounting foam, White Signo Uniball gel pen, Glossy Accents (for the noses)

Short and sweet from me today.

Thanks for stopping by,


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