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Thank You, Marika!

July 17, 2015

Throughout the month of July, we’ve invited some fabulous guest designers to visit here on our blog. They are sure to inspire us all to get a jumpstart on our Christmas creations. Join us over the next several weeks as these wonderful guests feature our classic Christmas stamps and dies. And just when your Christmas crafting mojo is kicking in, we will be here in August to share with you all of our NEW Christmas products!


It’s been a marvelous week with Marika, wouldn’t you agree?! Marika, thank you so very much for sharing your awesome card designs and leaving us itching to grab our Christmas stamps and dies!

For her last creation, Marika took artistic license and created a scene around the stamps from our transparent set, 30-260 On the Town.



It’s amazing what can be created with simple sketching, stamping, and watercolors.


Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.


And remember, TGIF!


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42 Comments leave one →
  1. Holly Saveur permalink
    July 17, 2015 12:21 am


  2. July 17, 2015 2:34 am

    Unique and wonderful Christmas card! xxx

  3. July 17, 2015 2:39 am

    Wooooooooowzer !!!!
    This is an amazing inspiration !!!
    Love how real all looks ….
    Your are an (real) Artist Marika !!!
    CU hellerlittle

  4. Jeanne permalink
    July 17, 2015 5:25 am

    Oh goodness! You’ve done yourself proud, here! Amazing work!

  5. Kathy H permalink
    July 17, 2015 5:59 am

    Wow! This card is fabulous!

  6. Laura Jane permalink
    July 17, 2015 6:09 am

    This is such a peaceful scene! I DO hope Marika will be back again on Penny Black 🙂
    Her cards are SO unique!

  7. July 17, 2015 6:25 am


  8. Harriet permalink
    July 17, 2015 8:07 am

    Thank you Penny Black for having Marika display her talent this week. Penny Black stamps are without a doubt wonderful and in the hands of Marika they become a treasure.

    • July 19, 2015 10:44 am

      Oh, Harriet! Now you just flatter me. Thank you so much!

  9. Sherry permalink
    July 17, 2015 8:07 am

    Beautiful! If I could only sketch……….

  10. July 17, 2015 8:47 am

    Oh my gosh! Marika is a magician! Everyone one of her Christmas cards has taken my breath away! Such stunning showcasing of these lovely stamps!

  11. Linda S. in NE permalink
    July 17, 2015 12:05 pm

    It has been a delight to see your creative talents this past week. Thanks for sharing with other Penny Black fans.

    • July 19, 2015 10:46 am

      Thank you, Linda! It’s been a fun week. So glad to hear that you liked my cards!

  12. Micheline Jourdain permalink
    July 17, 2015 2:49 pm

    It is very beautiful! My favorite stamps… very beautiful!

    • July 19, 2015 10:49 am

      Micheline, your cards always take my breath away! Your cards with this stamp set are truly artwork and I am so touched and humbled that you liked my version too. Thank you, Micheline!

  13. July 18, 2015 12:35 am

    AWESOME card !

  14. Carol permalink
    July 18, 2015 5:28 am

    OMG what an awesome card. How quickly can you make a clear stamp for Marika’s sketched street scene???? Her sketch to accompany the two stamp sets is brilliant and I MUST have a stamp for it! I follow Marika’s blog every day. Her work is awesome!

    • July 19, 2015 10:52 am

      Carol, my jaw hit the door when reading your suggestion.. a stamp from my card…? So glad that you like it though! It means a world to me to be a part of this amazingly supportive community of crafters. Thanks for following and your lovely, lovely words!

      • Carol permalink
        July 19, 2015 1:58 pm

        I’m totally serious. You are such a talented artist, and I see from all the comments here that I’m not the only one who thinks so. I read your blog every day. Reach for the stars, Marika. You are such a talented artist and a designer in the making. I’ll be looking for your street scene sketch to become a stamp, and will be the first to buy it, unless others here beat me to it!

  15. July 18, 2015 6:43 am

    Wow, I wish I could draw. Marika is so talented. But thank you for the inspiration.

  16. July 18, 2015 3:14 pm

    Marika is definitely a keeper. Her work is meticulous and jawdropping gorgeous. She’s an amazing artist and her work is completely gorgeous.

  17. July 18, 2015 3:57 pm

    These are beautiful card. Love what you have done with the street scene Marika, beautiful.

  18. Judy Sander permalink
    July 18, 2015 4:11 pm

    Marika, this is beautiful. Yea….amazing what one can do IF one knows how to draw! LOL I can copy, but not draw myself. You do an awesome job for sure!

  19. Donna Whitten permalink
    July 19, 2015 7:07 am

    Great card, Love it!!!

  20. Troy Louise permalink
    July 20, 2015 10:58 am

    Wow! This is gorgeous. Your sketching is really beautiful. Thanks for a great week.

  21. July 21, 2015 9:12 am

    OMG! Marika has such a great work on creating a scene, I have never thought of this stamp being used like that. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work and tutorial

  22. Bonnie Thrasher permalink
    July 21, 2015 11:32 pm

    OMG!!! This scene is so gorgeous. But for us that cannot draw a straight line even with a ruler, how about stamps to recreate this wonderful scene? Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us.

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