I want to let you know how much I appreciate all your thoughts and notes about my lost Toby.  So far we have not found him but I haven’t given up hope.

I know that you would not normally see windows right up against a brick wall but I love how this turned out.  I recently got the Tim Holtz brick embossing folder and love the rustic look.  I couldn’t resist pairing the brick with windows and window boxes filled with foliage and flowers. 

KC Poppy STamps Madison Window 4 right

I embossed a piece of vanilla cardstock and then ran my Fired Brick ink pad directly across the top of the high parts of the embossing.  This created a really rick dark red brick color.  I then used a sponge and applied Vintage Photo to the grout and open areas. I did this to make the brick look more rustic but also to cover where some of the red ink got on those spaces.

I cut two windows and then cut the inner side of each of them off so I could fit them together to create a double window. I did the same with the two window boxes and then mounted it all on the brick background.

KC Poppy Stamps Madison Window 4 close

I didn’t get a great cut to match the two windows together so I added the tall flourish to draw the eye away from the upper gap in the seam.  It sort of looks like jack in the bean stock doesn’t it? LOL! I die cut and punched four different kinds of foliage to fill the window boxes.  I wanted them to be more about foliage with just little hints of flowers.  I used red to match the brick for the flowers so they would be seen but would blend in well. I used two different shades of cardstock for the foliage to add contrast. Click on the photos if you would like a little closer view.

KC Poppy STamps Madison Window 4 left

The foliage reminds me of the large dish gardens my mother used to make in the flower shop.  She always put a little bit of everything in them.

Have a great Sunday.  I will keep you posted about my lost Toby.  Thanks again for all your warm support.  It means so much to me.

Paper:  Vanilla, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Ruby Red  

Ink:  Fired Brick, Vintage Photo

Accessories:  Our Daily Bread Fanciful Flourish, Poppy Stamps Madison Window,  Window Box and Gentle Leaf Dies, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, EK Success Rock Fern, 1/4” Fiskars Flower Punch, Glossy Accents, Stylus, Mat