Spring is in the air at Stamp Nation

I am celebrating the arrival of spring over at Stamp Nation today with their inspiration challenge.

Stamp Nation inspiration pic sneak peek

I had fun creating a bright sunny card as did several more designers .





Backgrounds in Bloom

Floral Tapesty Flame colours Heather Telford

I have made several cards with this pretty background stamp lately and there are more to come. For this one I tried something new, a technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog and in a few other places too. To begin I stamped the background stamp on watercolour paper with versamark ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. Next I applied several different distress stains taking care to blend them in some places and keep them separate in others. I then spritzed the whole panel with water and let it dry naturally. Finally I placed the panel between two pieces of printer paper and ironed all the embossing off. The effect reminds me of batik, something I did a lot of in high school. I added the “Smile” die cut in the same “Fall festival” cardstock as the mat.

Background stamps have been the feature all week on the Penny Black blog so if you are looking for inspiration pop on over.

Cheryl has set us a  new challenge on the One Layer Simplicity blog which will be a delight to try. Go and take a look.


Stamps: Floral Tapestry (PB)
Dies: Hooray (PB)
Inks: Versamark (Tsukineko) Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Mustard Seeds  Distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, PB Fall festival mix & match paper

Sapphire Tapestry

Sapphire Tapestry Heather Telford

When I recently created these two cards I was so taken with Chipped Sapphire distress stain and the Floral Tapestry stamp I kept it out on my work table and kept playing with it for several days. The panel above was created by inking the stamp with distress stain then spritzing it with water that had pearl ex mixed into it. The water reacted with the stain and the pearl ex created a lovely sheen that is unfortunately not apparent in the photo. The sheen has a gold tint so I matted with dark blue and gold cardstock. (a little hint for those who are all about the ‘matchy-matchy’ like I am: if you do not have the exact colour cardstock to pair with your stamping you can apply the ink you are trying to match to a similar coloured cardstock or even white cardstock)

When I stamped this image in the spritzed distress stain the first impression was much darker and some of the flowers were getting lost in all the stain. This panel was made from the second impression. I find that I can often do two or three impressions when I have inked a stamp with distress stain because a little spray of water spreads and dilutes the stain left on the stamp.

Do you have a favourite ink colour at present? Blue happens to be my favourite colour anyway but at different times and in different seasons I reach for other colour favourites in my artistic endeavours.


Stamps: Floral Tapestry, Gratitude (PB)
Inks: Memento Paris Dusk (Tsukineko) Chipped Sapphire Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth , Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, PB Periwinkle mix & match paper, gold card


Flowers under the sea?

Floral tapestry in blues2 Heather Telford


Even though these stamped panels are small they are from a much larger background stamp, Floral Tapestry from the new Bloom release. I used some distress stains on the whole stamp to create a panel (to be seen another day) then, because there was still plenty of stain on the stamp, spritzed it with water and stamped it again. These watery images are the result. When I look at the feathery plant it reminds me of a seaweed and, of course the colours are also nautical, so it could almost be an under sea scene.

I think I might have a new favourite ink colour. Chipped Sapphire distress stain is the dark blue in these panels and it is quite lovely. Expect to see more of it! The colours happen to be three of the colour choices for the current Mod Squad Challenge so I will link it up over there.

Thanks for dropping by.

floral tapestry in blues Heather Telford


Stamps: Floral TapestryIn my Thoughts Special Wishes (PB)
Inks: Versafine Majestic Blue (Tsukineko) Chipped Sapphire, Evergreen Bough, Broken China Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Classic Crest Solar White 110lb smooth ( Neenah)
Also: Purple hemp twine

Watercolour butterfly tutorial

Watercolour butterfly Heather Telford

Believe it or not here is my second tutorial for the year and it’s still January! You will see in the video I am using a different watercolour block to the one I usually use. It is 7″x 10″ so I divided it into four panels to create four little watercolour pictures. Only two will end up on the blog, this one and a little snowscape. The other two were tossed. I flicked masking fluid over the watercolour paper before I began filming the tutorial. Embarrassingly the panel was not centred  at the beginning of the video but I corrected it after a minute or so. You can see that some of the ink seeped under the painter’s tape I masked with. I didn’t crop that out because I thought it added to the whole “vintage-found it in the attic” feel of the card. As you know usually I would not mat with a patterned panel but I just wanted more of the lovely elderberry & cantaloupe colour combo so it is a little busier than my usual.

Stamps:  Soft Wings,  Decadence, Schizea (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Rich Cocoa, Elderberry, Olive Grove (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: CartieraMagnani 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid

A Valentine wish

Rose die cut Heather Telford

In honour of Penny Black’s newest collection, Sending Hugs, there is a challenge on the PB blog and a chance to win stamps. The challenge is running all January so you still have plenty of time to play along.

The rose on my card today is just one of the beauties featured in the Sending Hugs collection. I created the background  by sponging the rose twice through a die cut mask, then adding music, script and some perimeter sponging. The feature rose was diecut from watercolour paper then painted with distress stain.

Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps:  From the Heart, Music Background, Letter background
Creative Dies: Rose
Inks:  Memento London Fog, Lady Bug (Tsukineko) Distress Stains Barn Door, Peeled Paint ( Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Solar WhiteFabriano 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Very Vintage Christmas


Not my usual Christmas card or colours that’s for sure. It does seem vintage in it’s emblems and colour scheme but at the same time it reminds me of a wild west wanted poster! We have friends at church who have horses and love all things western so I think this will be their Christmas card.

I often create my own collages by combining a couple of background or pattern stamps with a couple of images. Penny Black has several new Christmas collages that do all that for you.  I have used the Christmas Notes collage stamp in the background on the right hand side of the card and repeated the pattern stamp from Holiday Collage on the left hand side. The edges of both the panel and the card base have been darkened by sponging with Memento Espresso Truffle ink on cream cardstock.

The One Layer Wednesday challenge is all about “Love” this week and you can find it on Susan’s blog.


Stamps:  Winter Scroll, Christmas Notes, Winter Village , Decadence, Holiday Collage (Penny Black)
Inks:  Espresso Truffle, Desert Sand (Tsukineko)

Snowflake dies

snowflake dies

The Penny Black blog has continued to showcase the new Christmas dies this week. I have featured two on this card.

The layout  was inspired by a lovely earth toned card by BIrgitta. I blended three blue gelatos with water on a piece of cardstock then cut the snowflakes and word out of it. The diagonal section was first masked with a torn post-it note then stamped with Music background and sponged with Memento Summer sky and Danube Blue.

Thank you for your kind words and your prayers for my family.  My mother was very happy to come home from hospital today and we were very thankful that the home was safe from threat of fire.  I must admit it is a little crazy for me to be posting a snow flake card from a hot dry sunny land. On the other hand I believe Ottawa had its first frost last night so snowflakes might even have fallen by the time I get home!


Stamps: Music Background (PB)
Creative Dies: Snowflake Trio, Love and Joy (PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Danube Blue (Tsukineko)
Gelatos: three shades of blue

White berry collage

white berry collage

I made this one layer card weeks ago so I am no longer sure of my order of stamping. This is what I might have done:

  1. position a post-it note mask
  2. emboss winter berries in white
  3. sponge grey ink from bottom left hand corner and teal ink from top right hand corner but keep a centre strip paler to create a highlight area
  4. stamp letter background stamp in grey and lace border stamp in teal (lace stamp is probably patchy because I may have wiped some of the ink off on purpose.)
  5. stamp the word ‘smile’ and the berry branch in teal

I  vaguely remember dropping a stamp on the panel at some point which almost made me toss the card.  Sorry I can’t be more precise; I guess it really makes sense to write about the cards as soon as I make them!

I just realized that I can add this to Karen’s One Layer Wednesday challenge this week. It is a free for all so go and check it out


Stamps:  Berry Branch,  Lace Trims, Winter Berries Letter BackgroundEdge to Edge (PB)
Inks: Memento Teal Zeal, London fog & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Also:  white embossing powder

CAS(E) this sketch 42

green floral one layer

I am playing along with CAS(E) this sketch#42 this week. I didn’t set out to create a one layer card but managed to follow the sketch fairly closely without adding a layer. I used a technique I have used before and explain in a tutorial here. Before stamping the background stamp on the card base I masked a narrow margin on each edge as well as positioning an oval mask where the sentiment was to be.  It took me approximately 325 attempts to get that bow how I wanted it but other than that it was a very straight forward card!


Stamps: Glory of Modesty Sweet Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves (Tsukineko)
Also: Narrow satin ribbon