A challenge with Therese

Posted by on July 7, 2014 in Annabelle Stamps, Butterfly, Challenges, Cuttlebug, Distress inks, Embossing, Hero Arts, Love you cards, Stamping | 9 comments

Today my blogging buddy Therese Calvird and I have a little treat for you. When we met in person over a year ago, we decided that we should have a mini challenge between us. It has taken a little while to get off the ground, but better late than never right?

For today’s challenge we are using this gorgeous cake as our inspiration.

Ombre wedding ckae


I loved the airy look of the butterflies and the overall colour scheme. Here is what I came up with.

You're Loved | Marion Vagg

I white heat embossed the Hero Arts Antique Engraving’s butterfly onto vellum and cut it out. The leaves are also die cut from vellum to replicate that airy look on the cake. In order to create some interest in the background, I blended in some distress inks and then using a Studio Calico Chevron mask, I lightly spritzed it with some water. The water reacts with the distress ink and created a watermark look.

You're Love - Detail | Mario Vagg

Well I am off to Therese’s blog – Lostinpaper, to she what gorgeous creation she has made. How about you hop on over as well?


Stamps: Hero Arts Antique Engravings stamp set, AnnaBelle Stamps Scribble Scrabble 1 – Round and Round Stamp set (sentiment)

Card: Xpress-It Blending card, Vellum, Black cardstock

Ink: Distress Markers – Salty Ocean, Broken China, Peacock Feathers

Other Supplies: Hero Arts white embossing powder, Heat tool, Anti-Static pillow, Water spray bottle, Studio Calico Huey’s Masks – Chevron Mask, AnnaBelle Stamps clear sprinkles, WPlus 9 Folk Art Floral’s die, Cuttlebug, Glossy Accents (to adhere sprinkles an butterflies)

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. I love the idea of your mini challenge! Love your card too, the detail on the background is gorgeous. Two great cards to inspire, hope you do it again, Cx

  2. oh goodness, what a stunner of a card my dear Marion! The vellum was the perfect medium for that gorgeous inspiration piece. You and Therese should definitely do this again, what a treat for us!

  3. Hi Marion, what a fabulous challenge 🙂 Your Inspirphoto is just gorgeous (it makes me want to skip work and make a card)! Love that you both pulled vellum from the picture. Beautiful card, Marion 🙂

  4. I was late home from work tonight (don’t ask… it was a shocker) and the first thing I did was check out your take on the inspiration and of course you have not disappointed, it’s incredible Marion! Sooo many wonderful details, from the spritzed chevron background to the sprinkles on the forks of the leaves, I adore it. What a fun challenge, I’m so glad we made it lol!

  5. Anything you create is beautiful.

  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous – love both of your cards equally!

  7. What have you made Marion? It’s beautiful! Love the background – I must try it! Great idea for the challenge as well.

  8. Beautiful card. Great background and of course I love the butterfly.

  9. What a great challenge, so inspiring to see how you both responded to the task. Your background detail, embossed butterfly and the sweet accents on the leaves are all stunning…A lovely card. Thanks for sharing. Di

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