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Guest Designer; Heather Telford

February 3, 2012

We have a special treat today as Heather Telford joins us for a spotlight! Heather creates amazing greeting cards and I know you’ll love what she’s done with Penny Black stamps…

Although I have lived in Canada for eleven years I was born and raised in Australia. My husband, our two daughters and I moved to Canada seven weeks before my son was born. I have always loved arts and crafts; I currently sew, stamp, draw, paint, knit and print but have also dabbled in quilting, embroidery, beading, spinning and weaving. My main creative pursuit at present is definitely card making as there are so many possibilities for completing a mini “artwork” in one sitting! My days are spent teaching and supporting my children in their sporting, musical and school activities.

My stamping style has evolved quite considerably over the years, most recently becoming cleaner and simpler. One thing that has not changed is my preference for nature images. I love creating scenes and landscapes and have found Penny Black stamps to be wonderful for doing so. Many Penny Black nature stamps are silhouettes which are perfect stamped in black with a colorful sponged sky behind. They can also be inked with markers if I want a realistic colour scheme. There is so much detail in many Penny Black stamps that even a small section of a stamp can be featured as the main focus of a card. The Penny Black background stamps are also wonderful to use as they are so big and versatile.

You can click on one of Heather’s cards to head over to her blog and see more Penny Black. Thank you, Heather, beautiful work! Have a great weekend — we’re back on Monday with a full week of LONDON!

47 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2012 12:54 am

    Wow they are all so gorgeous;-))m

  2. Cathy A permalink
    February 3, 2012 2:18 am

    Heather these are beautiful, your scenes are amazing!

  3. Katie permalink
    February 3, 2012 2:37 am

    Her cards are works of art. Love her take on the one with the small squares, would have never thought to do it that way. Just bought that stamp a few days ago, and have yet to get it inky yet. I can see many uses of it in the near future. Thanks for featuring Heather.

  4. February 3, 2012 3:04 am

    Such beauties, Heather! Very artistic and unique style.

  5. February 3, 2012 3:38 am

    Such beautiful cards!

  6. Karen from Ontario permalink
    February 3, 2012 3:40 am

    I love Heather’s work…always so pretty and so creative.

  7. Ann permalink
    February 3, 2012 3:51 am

    Beautiful! Heather’s cards are certainly works of art, worthy of a place on a gallery wall.

  8. February 3, 2012 4:32 am

    absolutly wonderful creations, hugs, patty

  9. Maureen Chandler permalink
    February 3, 2012 5:10 am

    These cards are just gorgeous! Heather, you have an amazing talent and I have really enjoyed seeing your work!

  10. diana permalink
    February 3, 2012 5:25 am

    Wow!!! TFS 😉

  11. February 3, 2012 6:03 am

    Heather’s cards have always been an inspiration to me and these gorgeous creations are no exception!
    What wonderful work!

  12. Missy (aka Badgeracat) permalink
    February 3, 2012 6:05 am

    What is the stamp used on the red berries and blue sky?

  13. February 3, 2012 6:08 am

    Amazing work! Thank you so much for featuring Heather’s work!!

  14. February 3, 2012 7:42 am

    Such lovely cards Heather! The scenes you created are terrific. Beautiful work.

  15. February 3, 2012 8:05 am

    GORGEOUS Cards….WOW….Love each and every one!!!!

  16. Flo permalink
    February 3, 2012 8:38 am

    Your cards are beautiful. Thanks.

  17. Mildred Mildew permalink
    February 3, 2012 8:53 am

    Such lovely cards, Karen. Thank you for sharing your talent with us today.

  18. Mildred Mildew permalink
    February 3, 2012 8:54 am

    OOoops, meant to say Heather…sorry!

  19. teregee permalink
    February 3, 2012 8:56 am

    Heather, your cards are stunning. I popped over to your blog because I just had to see more. I’m so glad you were featured today because I found your blog. I will be following your beautiful creations every day now. You are so talented with just gorgeous layouts.

  20. February 3, 2012 9:01 am

    Wow those are amazing Heather! Great job!

  21. Judy permalink
    February 3, 2012 9:12 am

    Beautiful cards, Heather! I really admire your wonderful creations!!

  22. February 3, 2012 10:03 am

    Wow, absolutely gorgeous cards! Love the scenery ones, they look like pieces of art!

  23. Bahb permalink
    February 3, 2012 10:15 am

    Would love to have the names of the stamps used so I could buy them.
    I can’t duplicate Heather’s artistry but I could have fun trying, I know.

  24. kim permalink
    February 3, 2012 10:51 am

    you have such lovely work
    you inspire me on such a hard day today

  25. Joan V permalink
    February 3, 2012 2:02 pm

    Heather, these are all so gorgeous.

  26. February 3, 2012 2:40 pm

    Fabulous to see more of Heather’s incredible work. She truly is an inspiration!

  27. February 3, 2012 3:20 pm

    HEATHER! LOOK AT YOU! All this beautiful eye candy!! WTG GF!!

  28. February 3, 2012 3:49 pm

    I am a big fan of Heather’s style — these cards are lovely!

  29. Dianne Beans permalink
    February 3, 2012 5:03 pm

    Your cards are lovely.

  30. Catherina fong permalink
    February 3, 2012 11:00 pm

    Wow!Heather, you turn your card into an artwork, like a painting on canvas. i love your style 🙂 So happy to see you guest desigining at Penny Black blog. 🙂

  31. Marie Moore permalink
    February 4, 2012 5:52 am

    Heather, these are works of art. I love the shading of the backgrounds and the scenery you set the stamps in! I have tried to find the stamps for your last two cards – the red flowers with green stems and the last one with the flowers with the beautiful sky shading. Could you please help me with the names of the stamps?

    Thank you so much!

  32. February 4, 2012 6:50 am


    sorry we did not list all the products..

    the ones you are looking for are : 4144k and 4155L
    thank you

  33. February 4, 2012 6:54 am


    Your cards are so beautiful – just beautiful! Each and every one is a work of art! Wishing you a happy weekend!


    Barbara Diane

  34. February 4, 2012 7:12 am

    amazing! bautiful! unbeliveble! great!

  35. February 4, 2012 7:46 am

    These scenes are amazingly beautiful & so restful. The first is my favourite the way the snowdrifts undulate beneath the low sun & the way the white space above & below serve to elongate the card design.
    Paula (PEP)

  36. Pai permalink
    February 4, 2012 11:14 am

    gorgeous works of art!

  37. February 4, 2012 5:00 pm

    Heather, you are so clever, you gave us so many option and highltght to us that pb stamps also can versatile and are able to obtain various ideas. WOW WOOW you awe me wooow love that!

  38. February 5, 2012 9:16 am

    oh my, these are totally fabulous, Heather!! WOW!

  39. Susan permalink
    February 5, 2012 10:27 pm

    Your cards are amazing Heather. Congratulations on being featured on the Penny Black Blog and for sharing your talents with us.

  40. February 6, 2012 6:39 am

    gorgeous creations Heather! so glad you share!

  41. Sandy Knecht permalink
    February 6, 2012 10:22 pm

    Heather your cards are amazing. I love them all. I can’t wait to see more. I love your use of color and the clean cards. I wish I had the vision like you have.

  42. Barbara Schemmel permalink
    February 20, 2012 5:06 am

    Your scenic cards take my breathe away. I love the beauty of the colors you choose and the simplicity of the scene.

  43. February 20, 2012 8:37 am

    Yea … Heather , has made my craft ,move steps up ..And one layer art ..Better than all that bling and extra stuf… Plus they always make there destination .. nothing to rip throught he envelope..( which Ive had happen on more than one occasion ) So I make nice and follow her instructions … And bam .. beauty .. with out all the hype.. She great right !!! Go back and see , she s been ,this good for like ever … (Thanks Heather you so rock ) Congrats on being in the Lime light with Penny Black .. Her stamps are the best .. love em .. cant wait to see what else you’ll do .. hugs Anne

  44. Nancy Riley permalink
    February 23, 2012 8:45 am

    Beautiful cards!! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

  45. ronnieswife permalink
    February 2, 2013 1:28 pm

    Heather uses a stamp called Wishes(?) And i cant find it in the penny black catalogue anywhere. It looks like a really cool pine branch.

  46. November 26, 2017 3:50 pm

    Your beautiful blended colors in the background are a masters hand! It is so subtle and soft. Thankyou for your tutorials.😍

  47. SharonAnn permalink
    March 9, 2019 7:07 am

    Heather, your beautiful cards have inspired me to go back to the stamping I so loved for so long! Thank you for opening that long-ago door!!!

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