Monday, 6 January 2014

Thanks you Mrs A

In late 2013,  I was a lucky winner at Pixies Craftyy Workshop. I won a lovely set of heavily embossed floral vellum papers along with some lovely coordinating handmade butterflies. This lovely gift was donated by Mrs A of  It's an Alien Life   The velum is beautiful. It is deeply embossed and the photos do not do it justice. The weight is wonderful is the nicest vellum I have ever seen. It is very translucent yet I was able to mount my glue dots behind the flower centers and they do not show through...Wonderful!!! I know I told you before, but thanks so much, Mrs A

I have been saving these papers for Glamour Girls birthday card. She has sworn me to secrecy about how old she will be...the clue is in the number of embossed flowers in the pretty vellum papers! lol  Good thing that she does not read my blog or I would be in big trouble for that joke...

In keeping with my New Years goal to continue using up stash, both old and new, you might just remember the shabby chic painted Spellbinders Fancy Tag 2 Label I have used. I had a few painted ones leftover and thought it looked good with the floral tones. I am still soldiering on with my quest to use up some of my Prima flowers, so pulled a few of those out too.
Funny how I automatically reach for the Martha Stewart Branches punch.when I need greenery. I have several  foliage dies, but that punch is my go-to foliage maker! Here is a little closeup of Mrs. A's handmade butterflies.

I managed to stick to my goal of finishing up the insides of my cards as I make them...and here's the proof...

This was a fun card to make as it was not my traditional colours. It was fun to challenge myself to choose some greens and yellows that suited those pretty butterflies. I enjoyed planning and making this card...even if it did mean I had to cut into some NBUS (never before used stash). Hopefully, Mrs A will enjoy it too!

Card base and envelope - from my stash, square textured card
DP - heavily embossed floral vellum from Mrs A
Card Stock - snippets of kraft card,and green and gold textured card, from my stash
Dies - Spellbinders oval and Fancy Tag 2 Labels; and Memory Box Die Debutante
Flowers - Prima, from my stash (the tiny ones are some singes layered together
Brad - gold brads from my stash
Punch - Marth Stewart Branch Punch
Sentiment - Hero Arts Happy Birthday (inside Sentiment) front sentiment is
Ink - Momento, Rich Cocoa from my stash

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes (must be uplifting)
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Something New (my prize from Mrs A)
4. Marks Finest Papers Speedy TV Inspirational Challenge - used the yellow coat as inspiration to use the butterflies and thought the pink damask wallpaper reminded me of the embossed vellum papaer)
5. Allsorts - Free and Easy Week 240


  1. This is extremely pretty Mo, it's like Spring in January with those lovely fresh greens. And believe me that thought is very welcome in dull, windy and rainy East Anglia.

    B x

  2. A beautiful card Mo, a fabulous design and gorgeous embellishments.
    Happy new year.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  3. Your card is absolutely stunning! I love those punched branches and the butterflies are gorgeous! This card really does have the WOW factor. Hugs, Anne x

  4. This is so pretty Mo! I love the delicate flowers and the butterflies are gorgeous! SUsan x

  5. Gorgeous card Mo, I like the sentiment the butterflies and the flowers
    Kevin xx

  6. What a gorgeous card there Mo. Love that velum too. Wonder where she got it. Having had some flowers from Mrs A I know how gorgeous your embellishments are.

  7. Wow Maureen, this is absolutely STUNNING! Brilliant use of the parchment and butterflies from Mrs A, with your own lovely touch in the sentiment, flowers etc. and I adore the colours too.

    I do get a little thrill when I see folk using their Playground prizes :)

    Hugs, Di xx

  8. Your card is so pretty and elegant. I love the paper and the fancy die. You did a great job with your floral arrangement. Thank you, for joining us for the Speedy TV Inspiration challenge.

  9. Your very welcome. Those prima flowers look a perfect match for the vellum paper. A gorgeous card and gosh are those really my butterflies!! Glad you have found a use for your goodies. Hugs Mrs A.

  10. Smashing to say the least!!! I too love that gorgeous paper!!
    I am going to try really very hard not to buy anything this year and use my stash only. Wonder if I can. Once again, your card is so beautiful and the flowers and butterflies really dress up this fabulous design.

  11. Utterly gorgeous as always hun...:o)

    hope you are well and the biggest of crafty hugs Vicky xx

  12. This is a beautiful card Mo, beautifully embellished - everything goes so well together.

  13. At last.......I'm on your blog lol....hope you all had the most wonderful of Christmas' & sending you all the very best for the New Year! Love your card, so pretty & a gorgeous colour combo too. Those handmade butterflies look lovely, a perfect embellishment for that wonderful vellum! Off for a quick catch up of your makes.
    hugs Jo x

  14. Hi Maureen,

    Very nice card!! The vellum paper sounds like it worked very well. Funny how we have our "favorites" in our stashes.

    As for your question - yes, I am interested in selling my photo cards. I remember (how long ago was it?) that you suggested I do that. I sent out the Christmas cards to see what kind of response I'd get, kind of testing the waters. Send me an email.


  15. Beautiful card Mo!! that vellum is gorgeous and the butterflies of course huggles Sue xxx

  16. What a gorgeous card. The shabby chic label really fits the card to a tee, just like if you'd planned it that way. That's a great punch you used for the foliage. I think I have that somewhere... If so I need to make sure I use it.

  17. Stunning card. Live all the little details.

  18. Really lovely. How lucky you are with the beautiful vellum and handmade butterflies by Mrs. A. The b/fly appears to be just pretty as her flowers that she makes. You used the sweet gift amazingly, and I loved the colors. Nice way to use your VOS from last summer too! I thought I recognized the diecut. Loved your inside look too. Gonna have to borrow your goal on this finishing idea. TFS & Hugs

  19. Classy and delightful card, love the dies and colour combo.xx

  20. I think that is one of the prettiest cards I have ever seen!

  21. gorgeous! i love the colours; so soft and elegant and the butterfly is beautiful. i made the same goal to finish the insides, but i'm struggling already. lol. after hours of colouring and designing, i've had enough and want to move on. i'll try harder. :)
    happy new year.

  22. Oh this is absolutely gorgeous and so beautiful too.

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.



  23. Love this very pretty card. Beautiful die cuts and embellishments.

    Hugs, Sarn xxxx

  24. Absolutely gorgeous card - and what a lovely way to use the vellum you won - beautiful!
    Alison x

  25. A gorgeous creation indeed! It's such a beautiful color composition on this card, and the yellow and green makes me long for spring...
    Thanks for all the lovely comments you left me on my blog earlier, I really appreciate your visits :)

  26. Gorgeous - love that yellow butterfly!

  27. WOW, this is gorgeous! I love all the delicate die-cutting and fancy flourishes and soft touches you've added. It's one of the prettiest cards I've seen all week and I just LOVE it. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your talents with us, and please know how much it means to have you play along and share your talents with us.
    God bless you!
    Word Art Wednesday

  28. Mo, this is a Fabulous card! You really made a winner here with all your wonderful products!

  29. Oh my! This is just gorgeous, Maureen. Love the fancy flourishes and flowers. The colours are simply heart warming. Mrs A will adore it!
    xxx Asha - Sunny Summer Crafts

  30. Hi Maureen,
    what a superb card. I love the design, and that vellum is so beautiful.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  31. This is such a pretty card Mo, everything goes together beautifully, Cathy x

  32. Maureen this is lovely...I know Mrs. A is going to love what you have done...I know I do. Just beautiful...Hugz, joann

  33. What a gorgeous card! I love those flowers, butterflies and the pretty label!

  34. Hello Mo-Happy New Year!
    What a gorgeous card-so pretty,and so very detailed :)That vellum is beautiful no wonder you were so pleased with your win.
    Have a lovely day,Hugs,Nessa xx

  35. Very elegant and pretty and the colors are wonderful. I want some of that vellum! Thanks for sharing this with us in the MFPSpeedyTV Inspiration challenge.

  36. Love the way you've layered up all those branches to sit the flowers on. This is so pretty. Jenny x

  37. Don't know how I missed this absolutely gorgeous card Maureen. The vellum truly is beautiful! Hugs Christine xx

  38. Oh that is so very pretty! The vellum sounds and looks gorgeous and Your flowers and foliage look lovely as well.

    Sorry I didn't get by over the Christmas / New Year period - it gets a touch hectic here!!

    Hope you have a lovely 2014.


  39. What a beauty! I love vellum & this embossed kind sounds fabulous!

  40. Just so beautiful Maureen...wonderful prize too so kind of Mrs. A.
    Every blessing for 2014 thanks so much for popping over. Shaz in Oz.x

  41. I love this pretty vellum Mo, and the die cuts and flowers go perfectly. I really like the Martha Stewart punch used for the foliage too. A beautiful card. x

  42. So beautiful and love the way you have finished the inside of your card too.

  43. This is SO pretty and such a wonderful birthday card for the recipient! I love that vellum panel!!

  44. Your card is stunningly beautiful.
    That MS branch punch is my goto for foliage as well :)

  45. You were definitely the right person to win Mrs A's vellum and butterflies set Maureen as this is the most stunning card! Vicky x

  46. Love the unusual colour combo..I have that punch and now I will be using it more. Thanks for coming over and leaving such beautiful comments. Glad to hear you have been managing well for the most part. We have some of the same goals...use that stash!


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