Dusty Pink Poppies

Pink poppies Heather Telford

I have poppies for you again today, in pink. The only poppies in my garden are orange; they are quite cheery and bright but the lady down the road has dusty pink poppies which appeal more to me. I cut out the poppies with the Field of Dreams die then coloured them with distress stains. I added some watercolour pencil as they were drying and finished them by stamping parts of the co-ordinating stamp from Blooming Garden to add a little shape and shading. Before sticking them on the card front I ran a rich cocoa marker around all the edges.  The left hand border is from the Lace Edgings set and is stamped in a mix of memento rich cocoa and vintage photo distress stain.

Thank you for all your lovely comments about my simple watercolour card. I enjoyed reading them all and was interested in the suggestions for making subtle additions. It was a simple card to make and I did the watercolouring while watching tv so I might remake it and try a little embellishing just for the fun of it.


Stamps:  Blooming Garden, Truly Great, Lace Edgings (PB)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils Vandyke Brown 176, Medium Flesh 131 (Faber-Castell)
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa  (Tsukineko) Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint & Victorian Velvet distress stains (Ranger)
Creative Dies:  Field of Dreams (PB)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

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May Arts Creative Collaboration

Tulips tag Heather Telford

Penny Black and May Arts have been collaborating all week and today is my turn to show how easy it is to pair ribbons with stamping. I decided to make a few tags but if you are looking for more ideas check out both the Penny Black blog and the May Arts blog for all sorts of creative projects. (Instead of listing the supplies at the end of the post I have linked to them in the descriptions)

On both the tulip tag above and the poppy tag below I stamped Memento inks onto wet watercolour paper causing the colours to bleed and blend. When the paper dried a little I added foreground tulips or in  the case of the poppies  centre details and a blue distress stain background. As watercolour paper is rarely pure white I dyed the white cotton lace ribbon from May Arts in tea to give it a natural off white colour.  The tulip tag features luxurious velvet ribbon from May Arts tied with a bow of crochet trim ribbon . The stamps are Promise Me and Special Wishes.

I used a different crochet trim ribbon to tie the versatile Faux Burlap Wired Ribbon on the poppy tag. I left the wire in the edges of the ribbon at the top of the tag so I could shape wavy edges then cut a little mat for my sentiment out of the burlap. The stamps used are Poppy Pattern and Special Wishes.

Poppy tag Heather Telford

To create the Hollyhocks tag below I stamped, coloured the tiny tag and dyed the crochet trim with Victorian Velvet distress stain. I used the Hollyhocks stamp as my main image, a little bit of a sentiment from the Eloquence set on the tiny tag and the Hugs diecut from the Love Expressions set. I cut both the tiny tag and the lower rectangle using dies from the Chat Bubbles set. All large tags were cut using the large tag die from the Tagged set

Hollyhocks tag Heather Telford

Negative space rose

Love & rose die Heather Telford

I found this rose panel under a pile of scraps  a few days ago. I had created it back when I was making this card. When die cutting a negative rose mask out of masking paper to sponge through I naturally ended up with a rose out of masking paper too. I stuck that on the watercolour block and used some Memento pink and green inks that were open on my table. I painted diluted ink over the mask which did make the masking paper a little waterlogged but I let it dry completely before I peeled it off.  I used the 1 Corinthians text stamp to add background interest and sponged a little Sweet Plum in the corner before adding a fading green sentiment.

Have a lovely week.


Stamps:   Letter background, Love Chapter
Creative Dies: Rose
Inks:  Memento Sweet Plum, Angel Pink, Bamboo Leaves (Tsukineko) 
Cardstock:  Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Warm toned collage

Heart Smile Heather Telford

I am not quite sure what style this card would be. Perhaps Vintage floral grunge with a side of chalkboard?? I had fun layering colour, particularly a few yummy sounding distress inks. I don’t have many distress inks but I surprised myself in realising that spiced marmalade is currently my favourite. I rarely reach for  orange inks, or orange anything really, but the spiced marmalade is just so rich and bright and happy and yes, yummy. And that wild honey sounds nice too.

I brayered Antique Linen and Wild Honey on the cream panel as a base. Next I added some text inked with Spiced Marmalade and spritzed with water in a couple of places. On the left side and in the corner of the panel I stamped the flourish strip from the Twirls set. I chose one of the new chalkboard style sentiments which I stamped in water first to create some watermarks then brown ink. When dry I used a marker to add black shadowing down the left hand side of some of the letters. To complete the panel I used the same inks to colour and stamp a scrap of card out of which I die cut the fancy flourish. I matted the panel in dark brown then added some stamping and sponging to the card base.

Thanks for all the lovely comments you left on my watercolour florals this week both here and on the PB blog. It is a thrill to get such positive feedback on my designs and the wonderful new stamps.


Stamps: Cupcake Day , Twirls , Letter background(PB)
Inks: Memento Espresso Truffle (Tsukineko) & DistressWalnut Stain, Antique Linen, Wild Honey 
Distress Stains: Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo (Ranger)
Creative Dies: Fancy Flourish

More from the Garden

This is my second post for today. I’m posting  some of the same cards featured on the Penny Black blog today with a little explanation of my techniques. If you haven’t visited the PB blog yet this week make sure you do as there are giveaways and a new contest. All the new ‘Happy Everything’ release is available in the online store today.

Garden Letter Heather Telford

Both the Hollyhock and Garden Letter cards were made using some watercolour techniques but not the same way I made the poppy cards in the previous poppies post.  To create the Garden Letter collage card above I wet the paper first then stamped first in Memento Pistachio ink which bled enough to lose most of its definition but not so much that I couldn’t see where the images were. I used a paintbrush, Memento inks and Ranger Distress stains to add colour to the bird, butterfly and flowers. To finish I re-inked the stamp selectively in Memento Rich Cocoa and re-stamped the design.


Stamps:  Garden LetterSpecial Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa, Pistachio, Pear Tart  (Tsukineko)
Distress Stains: Victorian Velvet, Crushed Olive (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Hollyhocks Heather Telford

I used a similar technique to create the Hollyhocks panel, inking the stamp with green and pink markers and stamping it on watercolour paper. I spritzed the image taking card to direct the spray from left to right so the image did not bleed everywhere. I used a paintbrush to spread and direct the ink where I wanted it then re-inked parts of the stamp with markers then re-stamped to give the flowers and stems more definition. I coloured the flower centres with a watercolour pencil. The panel is popped up on a diecut mat cut with the new Interlocking die.


Stamps:  HollyhocksSpecial Wishes (PB)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils (Faber-Castell)
Inks: Memento Rosebud, Bamboo leaves, Olive Grove  (Tsukineko)
Creative Dies: Interlocking (PB)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Poppies Galore

Orange poppy trio Heather Telford

All this week on the Penny Black blog you can see projects made using the products from the new Happy Everything collection. The blog is featuring designs from several members of the design team and you will find plenty of inspiration when you pop over there. You will also find the details of a new contest and give away.

All the new products go on sale today in the online store. ( I have included links in my supplies sections)

The card above was made using the “Poppy Parade” stamp and the new poppy die “Field of Dreams”. If you know me you will probably have guessed that this card is features three tiles because my full design didn’t work out! I inked the stamp in green and orange with markers, spritzed it and stamped on damp watercolour paper. It bled a little then I began adding more colour with Memento inks and watercolour pencils. I continued the poppy theme using the diecut ‘Field of Dreams’ as a base for the sentiment.


Stamps:  Poppy Parade, Special Wishes (PB)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils (Faber-Castell)
Inks: Memento Tangelo, Bamboo leaves, Tuxedo Black  (Tsukineko)
Creative Dies:  Field of Dreams (PB)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

happy everything

Poppies feature several times in the new ‘Happy Everything’ collection including in this large background sized brush-stroke stamp. I inked the stamp with markers and stamped it onto watercolour paper then spritzed the paper to encourage the colours to bleed a little. I then created palette of Memento Rhubarb stalk ink by impressing the stamp pad onto an acrylic block. I picked up ink from the palette and painted it on as well as using watercolour pencils to add colour especially to the centres of the flowers. I painted a pale blue background around the flowers. The sentiment is one of eight new die cut sentiments.

Poppy Pattern Heather Telford


Stamps:  Poppy Pattern(PB)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils (Faber-Castell)
Inks: Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo leaves, Tuxedo Black, Dandelion  (Tsukineko)
Creative Dies:  Celebrations (PB)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Butterfly Chapter

Butterfly chapter Heather Telford

Penny Black is revealing designs and projects from the new ‘Happy Everything’ catalog all week and I have another card featuring a new stamp and die cut today. Check out the  PB blog today to see Elizabeth’s wonderful creations and find out about the new contest also.

happy everything

To create the picture panel for today’s card I stamped on watercolour paper with Memento Teal Zeal ink. I then added all my colour with watercolour pencils. As the Memento ink is a water-based dye ink it blended with the watercolour pencils as I coloured. I used a waterbrush to pick up colour from the lead of the pencil then painted it onto the panel blending with more water when a paler colour was desired. The mat is Purple Mountain Mix & Match paper stamped with the letter background stamp. The word die is new from the ‘Wishes’ set. Gluing those little cut outs from inside the letter loops was downright finicky. Any suggestions will be gratefully received!

Butterfly chapter detail Heather Telford

I expect you will see more of this stamp from me; it is so delicate and pretty.


Stamps: Butterfly Chapter (PB)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils Night Green 155, Blue Violet 137, Ochre 184, Light Orange 113 (Faber-Castell)
Inks: Memento Teal Zeal  (Tsukineko)
Creative Dies:  Wishes (PB)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, PB Mix & match Purple Mountain 

Die cut blooms

flower die Heather Telford

I have a card to share today made using a Penny Black creative die which co-ordinates with a stamp from the transparent set Enjoy. The stamp and die are not the same size but the image is very similar. My colour scheme was almost the same for the panel and the die cuts. I sponged the top third of the panel in memento summer sky, the bottom third in olive grove and pistachio,  then added dandelion in the middle. I inked the flower stamp with olive grove and cantaloupe memento markers and stamped on the background panel. I sponged the flowers with the same olive grove and dandelion then added canteloupe over parts of the petals.

I have been busy on some projects I will be sharing later. Several people have asked me specific questions about the watercolouring I have been doing lately. i plan to work on a water colour tutorial next I do so I will answer as many of the questions as possible in my tutorial. Stay tuned…


Stamps: Gratitude, Enjoy (PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Cantaloupe, Dandelion, Olive Grove, Pistachio (Tsukineko)
Dies: Bashful
Cardstock: PB Mix & Match Olive Grove

Merry Christmas with holly

merry holly panel Heather Telford

These two cards are the result of some playing around with distress stains on watercolour paper. For the one above I stamped the holly (in memento ink) and coloured it(with distress stain) first, added the background (distress stain) with a paintbrush and stamped the letter background (memento ink) over everything. For the ornaments below I painted a wash of blue first and stamped the holly and music over the wash. Because the distress stain and the memento ink are both dye inks the colour intensified when I painted green over the blue background. The baubles were cut using the Penny Black die “ornaments.”

I finally sat down yesterday and wrote in 90% of my Christmas cards. I still have a few  to write.  Yes, I know there are only a few days before Christmas Day, but there are twelve days of Christmas aren’t there?

holly and music baubles Heather Telford

(the card above has balance issues; can you see them?)


Stamps A Wish for Peace, Music Background, Letter Background, Dear Friend (PB)
Creative Dies: Ornaments, Love & Joy (PB)
Inks: Memento Pistachio, Summer Sky, Lady Bug (Tsukineko)  Broken China & Peeled Paint Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Penny Black mix & match olive grove paperFabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Red ribbon from Lorraine’s stash


 Joy Heather Telford

This is the second card I created to play along with the  Through the Purple Haze Challenge Blog where the theme is Christmas.  Just as I did with my Monday card I used only die cuts, masking fluid and ink to make this card, no stamps. It did not start out as a three square layout even though this design is a favourite of mine. It began as a one layer design with a lot of masking fluid and ink involved. Things got a little messy so I decided the best thing to do was to save the best parts of the panel and create a new design. I punched three squares, popped them up and added a die cut sentiment.


Inks:  Memento Rhubarb Stalk (Tsukineko)
Creative Dies: Snowflake trio, Love & Joy
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid


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