white blossoms Heather Telford

I have been wanting to create a white floral panel by relying on the background colour to frame the white petals. It’s hard!

I was inspired by this lovely watercolour painting by Maria Stezhko. I stamped the Delicate Blossoms stamp in memento London Fog grey to get a pale image then painted blues and greens around the petals using the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints. The colours on the flowers are a combination of the same paints and Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils. I also added some fine black lines with a Prismacolor Premier fine line marker.

In my backyard I am enjoying the real thing.





Gentle Breeze Tags

Gentle Breeze tags Heather Telford

The new Penny Black release, Sunshine and Smiles, is now available. Jill Foster has been sharing beautiful projects on the PB blog all week. My card today features the new stamp, Gentle Breeze. I inked the stamp with distress stains and markers, spritzed it with pearl-ex spray then stamped on watercolour paper. I did this a couple of times on a large panel and added some splatter here and there with a paint brush. When the panel was finished I couldn’t decide on the orientation or whether to add a sentiment, a die-cut or a mat; I tried several things without satisfaction. Finally I tried a curved edge cut which ended up looking no good at all but left me with a strange shaped panel from which I managed to cut two tags. I added a little texture stamping, a sentiment and ended up with a CAS card. Speaking of CAS cards make sure you check out Penny Black’s second blog, Simplicity at its best; there is all kinds of cleverness shared over there. And, before I end off, don’t forget there is the ‘Blossom’ challenge in progress at One Layer Simplicity.


Stamps: Gentle Breeze, Textures, Heartfelt (PB)
Creative Dies: Tagged (PB)
Inks: Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss distress stains (Ranger) Northern Pine memento ink (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock
Also: Twill tape


Irises Heather Telford

These little irises are a bit of a contrast to the large floral brushstroke stamps Penny Black released a few months ago. The iris is from a transparent set called Allegro and is one of six flowers in the set. I used a selection of distress and memento markers to ink the stamp and watercolour paints to create a soft wash in the background. I spritzed the stamp before stamping and also used a brush to blend colours on paper once stamped. I think I prefer working on a slightly larger scale but it was an interesting exercise to see how much detail I could get on such a little watercoloured scene.

There are brand new stamps and dies on the PB blog this week with give-aways! I hope to feature them here on Bits & Pieces very soon.


Stamps: So Lucky, Allegro (PB)
Inks: Forest Moss, Pine Needles, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Distress Markers(Ranger) & Grape Jelly memento marker, Imperial Purple versafine ink  (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Avon Brilliant white, Purple  cardstock
Also: Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints

Roses and wishes

Roses and best wishes Heather Telford

Today’s card is the one which produced the pretty coloured baby wipe that made the previous card possible. The watery rose panel above was initially much larger and there were red roses down below the orange ones. I used the wipe which ended up covered with orange, pink and green stain to clean off the rose stamp after each impression. I can’t really give you a play-by-play for this panel because I just kept on stamping, spritzing, painting and blotting until I ended up what you see above. There is a fine line between a soft blurred floral design and and a mess of washed out colour which some of you might think I have definitely stepped over (hehe) but I like the way the roses bleed into the background and the leaves bleed into the roses.

I cropped the red roses out because they were not so pretty then added a shaped border cut with one of the ‘stitched edge’ dies. I put ‘stick it’ adhesive on the back of the green cardstock before I cut the ‘best wishes’ sentiment which makes it very easy to attach to the card base.


Stamps: Efflorescence (PB)
Creative Dies: Stitched Edges, Wishes (PB)
Inks: Ripe Persimmon, Worn Lipstick, Forest Moss, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Green paper, Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb cardstock

Love is..

Love is by Heather Telford

Although not designed as a Mother’s day card this one featuring the well known passage from 1 Corinthians 13 would be perfect to give my Mother as she has modeled the characteristics listed in this passage throughout her life. It could also work for a wedding or a special friend.

This panel was a very experimental one. I stamped the verse stamp from ‘Love Chapter’ in clear powder on cold pressed watercolour paper. I was aiming for an incomplete impression so I wiped off a bit of versamark before I stamped. I set aside the embossed panel while I worked on another panel using a single stamp but many distress stains. Each time I reinked the stamp I wiped the distress stain off on a baby wipe. The baby wipe ended up being quite saturated with pinks, yellows and greens but in quite a pretty, not muddy way. I lay the stained wipe over my embossed panel then soaked it with water so the colours transferred to the paper.

The large flower stamp is from the transparent set ‘To You’. I inked it with red, orange and pink stains, spritzed it with water then stamped over the embossing. Before it could dry I used a damp brush to draw the colours into the petals.

I hope you are having a happy Mother’s day. I am feeling well fed and well loved by my sweet family.


Stamps: Love ChapterTo You (PB)
Inks: Forest Moss, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries Distress Stains(Ranger) & Versamark  (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% Cotton cold pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Avon Brilliant white, Burgandy cardstock
Also: Clear embossing powder


Tulip Festival

Tulip festival 1 Heather Telford

The Tulip Festival officially starts in Ottawa tomorrow, but as you can imagine the tulips have started celebrating ahead of the opening ceremonies. I decided to create a couple of tulip displays myself but on paper not in the garden. I do have two tulips in bloom which would make the ratio of blooming tulips to planted bulbs quite similar to yesterday’s sad daffodil ratio.

I worked on both these panels at the same time on the same piece of watercolour paper. They were only separated by a piece of masking tape which explains why there are little splatters of red on the panel below even though I intended to keep that one clean and white. When I finished these panels I was a bit ho-hum about them; they were ok but not exactly what I had hoped. Adding mats and sentiments made the difference. The one below had a blue watercolour border that I ended up cutting off to add a red border and sentiment instead. The blue border was too soft on an otherwise crisp contrasting card. On the one above the border was created by the tape so I decided not to add another colour cardstock for the sentiment but remove it with a die cut instead leaving a subtle but readable cream coloured sentiment.

Tulip Festival 2 Heather Telford

Both cards were stamped and painted with distress stains over ‘masking fluid-splattered’ hot pressed watercolour paper. The top one got the extra spritz and splatter treatment at the end to make the tulips explode a little whereas the lower one was left with the colour inside the lines.


Stamps: Blooming Garden(PB)
Creative Dies: Many ThanksFor You (PB)
Inks: Mowed Lawn, Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth, Neenah chilli cardstock
Also:  Stick it adhesive sheets,  dimensional adhesive, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints



Daffodils Heather Telford

I have daffodils happily blooming in my backyard. Last count there were ten, which is a little short of the 100 bulbs I have planted in the back garden over the years! Who knows what happened to the rest of them? Daffodils are such a happy flower; each year I debate whether to leave them in the garden to enjoy or bring them inside. I usually leave them where they are, after all there aren’t many so they should stick together. We have had really nice weather this week and it is getting hotter by the end of the week so that bodes well for the tulip festival starting on Friday.

Daffodil Dance is a brushstroke stamp so it works well with distress stains. I used the colours listed below and stamped on a piece of watercolour paper already splattered with masking fluid. The mat and ribbon trim are navy to co-ordinate with the chipped sapphire stain but it looks black in the photo.

Have you checked out the One Layer Simplicity challenge this month? The theme is Blossom and the link up is displaying some gorgeous blooms.


Stamps:  Daffodil Dance (PB)
Inks: Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn, Bundled Sage Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah natural white & patriot blue
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, Navy ribbon


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