Rustic Wreath

When I am designing classes, both online and in-person it can take many days and many samples before I settle on a collection of projects. This card is one that did not end up in a class but I love the rustic textured look of it.

I used two circle dies to cut a kraft ring as the base of my wreath. I stamped the background with the Darkroom Door ‘woodgrain’ stamp and a few brown inks. To create the holly leaves and berries I painted a few strips of watercolour paper with greens and also a strip of red then hand cut the leaves and punched out the berries. To fill out the wreath I used some Penny Black die cut twigs and berries in brown and gold.

The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions; I used the very handy stamp and die sentiment strips combo. My daughter joined me on Monday afternoon and we had fun decking the tree and living area. I now have a decorated wreath hanging over my fire place and greenery hanging either side of the front door.


Nature’s Song

Green heathers Heather Telford

I know there has been very little activity here lately. The season of track meets, soccer tournaments and end of year events is upon us!  I created this one a while ago thinking it could squeak by as a masculine card. I know it has flowers in the background but the colour scheme is more about foliage than petals!

I inked the ‘Heathers’ background stamp with Memento Pistachio & Olive Grove inks, spritzed them so they would blend a little then stamped on a white panel. I cut the branch from Olive Grove paper using the ‘Nature’s Song’ die and added a sentiment in Olive Grove ink.

Thanks for stopping by.


Stamps: Heathers, Wishing You  (PB)
Inks: Memento Olive Grove, Pistachio  (Tsukineko)
Creative Dies:  Nature’s Song (PB)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb smooth, Penny Black Olive Grove Mix & Match paper



 Peace Heather Telford

This week Penny Black is playing along with the Through the Purple Haze Challenge Blog.  The theme is `Christmas`so I pulled out the masking fluid again. Before I added masking fluid I die cut the word Peace and the Nature`s Song branches out of post it notes and stuck them on the card base as masks. I didn`t flick the masking fluid on for this design; I painted it on with a paintbrush. After it dried I sponged Memento Summer Sky ink over the masking getting gradually paler as I moved from right to left.

It`s nice to create a one layer card again, made even simpler by using only one ink and no stamps.


Inks:  Memento Summer Sky(Tsukineko)
Creative Dies: Nature’s SongLove & Joy
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid

Snow Storm

snow storm

This little scene ended up being considerably snowier than I first thought it would be, hence the title.  I double embossed the branches using the method shown here. Extra embossing powder stuck on and around the masking fluid droplets creating the appearance of very fine snow over most of the panel. The moon and snow banks were masked after the embossing using post it note masks. I did all the sponging with one colour, Memento Paris Dusk, and knew when I had finished that I needed some red somewhere to add a little contrast. I played around with adding a little red bird but seriously, what bird would be out in the snow at night during a storm? The answer was to add the sentiment in red. After messing it up on the panel I restamped and punched the sentiment out with a tag punch and totally covered my mistake.

To finish the card I tried several positions for the panel. To position it up the top or at the bottom meant leaving a large empty white space. I don’t usually mind doing that but neither up nor down looked balanced. In the middle looked better especially with a little texture above and below the panel.


Stamps: Berry Red Snow White, A wish for Peace (Penny Black)
Inks:  Memento Paris Dusk, Versamark , Versafine Onyx Black & Satin Red(Tsukineko)
Creative Dies: Nature’s Song
Also: Clear e.p., red ribbon