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From My Heart to Yours| DancesWithHooves Paper Design


Some days you feel like crafting.

Some days you don’t.

I had the day off yesterday, and grand plans to make both a birthday card and a Valentine’s Day card for my Valentine (aka husband).  Even though I got up at my normal “workday time,” all the other stuff that I hadn’t gotten to the day before (read: errands :-p ), took twice as long as I’d hoped and I didn’t get back home until late morning… and by that time I was fighting the crabbies from having to be up and down and around town that long (without even a visit to a fun store like Hobby Lobby! HA!).


After putting all my stuff away, I started my afternoon in the craft room, but it was only through forcing myself.  Instead of jumping into a card design, though, I decided to work on some of the techniques I’d learned in day one of the Coloring Challenge Road Trip Online Edition I’m currently enrolled in at OnlineCardClasses.  So I picked up a cute little image that’s been on my desk for about a month now that I’d colored with some alcohol markers I had picked up at the time at Hobby Lobby, and incorporated Kathy’s (genius) ideas into improving it.  Here’s the before and after:

I lost myself in the process for a few minutes, but then began to get a little impatient (I was fighting a bad mood, still!), so left the room and went and got in a good sweat session… those often help, and help it did, because I didn’t even take the time to change back out of my workout gear to get busy on making this image into a Valentine for my husband! 🙂

I had purchased the new Stud Puffin set from Lawn Fawn a week ago while at one of my favorite stores out of town, but that may have been where I got hung up earlier in the day – I just kept looking at this cute little pair laying there on my desk and felt drawn to it.  And I pulled out a few other elements that brought me joy to add to my collection but I haven’t gotten much use out of yet in the dies.  And then I went to town.


I’m particularly jazzed about my moon, which I masked, blended around, and then went back with a colored pencil to try to free-hand some sort of lunar craters to make it look more obvious as to what it is (vs. looking like a fortune-telling crystal ball).



So far, no glitter yet… but Valentine’s Day is still several weeks away… and I do intend to come back to this in the daylight anyhow to see if it needs any final finishing touches (I finished it up after dark after all in a room where the lighting just doesn’t help for anything other than locating the right top or pair of pants, and even then… lol).


Oh, and did I mention acetate?  There’s a reason I save some of the plastic packaging from some of my purchases… and I finally gave that reason a real purpose for the window in this card to allow the front sentiment to “hover” in the open air.



Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂



This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 


Title: WT775 From My Heart To Yours
SCS Keywords: WT775, CC774, CAS569, Lawn_Fawn, lawnfawn, Valentine, galaxy
Stamps: Winter Skies (Lawn Fawn), Love You (Stampabilities – outside sentiment), P.S. I Love You (Stampin’ Up – inside sentiment)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Night of Navy, Versamark
Paper: Core-dinations White 110#, Night of Navy
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: CAS, ink blending, heat embossing, window card, galaxy
Accessories: Subtle dynamic embossing folder (SU!), Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail White embossing powder, alcohol markers (Hobby Lobby), colored pencils (Crayola), White Gelly Roll pen, Martin’s bleed proof white, acetate
Birthdays · Challenges · Free For All Challenges (Fridays) · Lawn Fawn · Paper Crafting

It’s Your Birthday | DancesWithHooves Paper Design


Stoppin’ by with a simple and speedy birthday card – I made three of these yesterday afternoon so I’d have a few cards in my “stash” for upcoming birthdays; one of the three is in the mailbox on it’s way out already this morning.  In that snazzy envelope you see there. (Cute envelope comes from a Waffle Flower set I have that I don’t recall the name of presently. Whoopsies!)

And to give this something more than a basic colored image… Nuvo drops!  Done!


Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂




This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 

Title: F4A516 It’s Your Birthday
SCS Keywords: F4A516 Lawn Fawn CAS
Stamps: Seahorsin’ Around (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Amaglam Ink (Gina K), Fog (SSS), Green Galore (SU)
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80#
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Clean and Simple, Second Generation Stamping
Accessories: Nuvo glitter drops in Silver Moondust, Alcohol Markers
Altenew · Challenges · Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Paper Crafting · Stampabilities · Teapotter Challenges (Tuesdays) · Thinking of You · Try a New Technique Challenge (Mondays)

Eat.Sleep.Craft.Repeat| DancesWithHooves Paper Design

Would you believe I actually made a card -without- glitter?  That’s right – no glitter.   But it does have a rainbow and embossing, so that’s worth something, right?

Last year I was accepted into the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) and ended up reaching level 1 certification by that fall.  I’m currently working through level 2!  I recently finished their Color Your Day course, and this card is also my final project for that fun and inspiring class.   I learned so many things from the instructor, and was inspired by the homework for one of the classes to make this rainbow creation.  I can’t wait to try more of the fun techniques shared in this course!

Teapotter challenges are always fun to participate in, and the once-monthly tickle-a-teapotter challenge is always a thrill to join in on when I can!  I just had to join the last one for 2019, especially since the challenge involved artist easels.  What’s more fitting for a card for a fellow cardmaker?

I brought out my fun Crafty Life stamp set that I bought in 2019 (but hadn’t used really, because I rarely get a straightforward opportunity to just send a fun card to a crafter!), and used a rainbow watercolor wash I’d done earlier in the year also (I used part of it for a rainbow card I did at the time and saved the leftover piece for another opportunity) – both making this a perfect fit for this week’s Old New Stuff Clean and Simple Challenge, encouraging us to make use of stuff in our stash we already own but maybe haven’t used yet.  I added a somewhat subtle pattern with hashtags, envelopes, and hearts to the watercolor background for interest.

After stamping my sentiment in black ink, I heat embossed it with clear powder to give it a nice sheen, then added faux stitching by piercing holes along the outside perimeter to further set it off. I then used foam board to mount the sentiment on the background and then the background on the craft card base to give the card some dimension and further interest.

I then stamped the sentiment on a white panel before adhering to the inside of the card, and then stamped some detail on the envelope for fun!

I won’t know until Sunday who receives this card, but I sure hope they enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it for them!




Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂



This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 

Title: MMTPT597 Eat.Sleep.Craft.Repeat
SCS Keywords: CAS567, TLC775, MMTPT597, Altenew, AECP, CAS, watercolor
Stamps: Crafty Life (Altenew), Mail/Address (Stampabilities – face of envelope)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine), Fog (SSS)
Paper: Hobby Lobby craft, Neenah Solar White 80#, watercolor paper
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Watercolor, CAS, faux stitching/paper piercing, heat embossing
Accessories: foam mounting tape, jute cord (Hobby Lobby), Tim Holtz piercing tool, clear embossing powder
Baby · Hero Arts · Lawn Fawn · Paper Crafting · SCS Fan Club Monthly Theme Challenges

Welcome Adalee! – baby card | DancesWithHooves Paper Design


Round two of posts for today features a set of baby cards I made over my long weekend.

A past coworker of mine, who I adored working with, was pregnant with her first child when her and her husband moved away.

Much to my (happy) surprise, their Christmas card this year included the birth announcement of baby #3 (you can catch a glimpse of the pretty birth announcement behind the card, above)!  With the only baby card in my “stash” on it’s way to my cousin and her husband (who welcomed their first just before Christmas), I set to work to make something to welcome the new one as well as add another baby card to my stash… and here they are!

To make these cards in a flash, I drew inspiration from Splitcoast Stampers’ December Fan Club central theme (A Star is Born) and sketches – because what better an interpretation of the central theme than stars to welcome the birth of the newest addition to a family?

Thanks so much for looking!



SCS Keywords: CT1219 DDSketch1219 Lawn_Fawn baby CAS
Stamps: Hey There + dies (Lawn Fawn), Congrats Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts), Wedding (Hampton Art/Kelly Panacci – inside sentiment)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Crisp Cantaloupe (pink card), So Saffron (yellow card)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Gray Granite, Crisp Cantaloupe (pink card only)
Accessories: Unbranded circle/star die set, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen, watercolor pen
Techniques: CAS, die cutting, watercolor
Christmas · Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Mama Elephant · Paper Crafting · Thank-You

Merry Thank You – Christmas thank-you with ink blending| DancesWithHooves Paper Design



Ahh yes!  A few days off after Christmas meant I got some time to create!

Our parents blessed us not only with hosting us for Christmas Eve (at my in-laws) and Christmas Day (at my own parents’), but with very kind gifts… so naturally, only a handmade thank you would do.  I made a pair of these, quite similar to each other.

Though they look pretty simple and straightforward and like they didn’t take a ton of time, in reality, they took a few hours over the course of my entire Friday when my masking fluid blew up and ruined one of my initial backgrounds, and then a few other issues took place.  Such is life. 🙂

The initial “glamour shots” I took lacked the snow I added to the trees after the fact, but you can get the drift with this final shot alongside a picture of the coordinating envelope:


In the end, I’m pretty pumped with the results!  I hope you enjoy! (And I hope our parents do, too!!!)





SCS Keywords: CAS566 Mama_Elephant CAS
Stamps: City Sidwalks (Mama Elephant), Acorny Thank You (SU – inside sentiment)
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80#
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Distress inks in Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, & Blueprint Sketch, SU Archival Basic Black
Accessories: Blending brushes, watercolor brush, Wink of Stella glitter brush pen, alcohol markers, Dr. Phil Martens Bleed Proof White watercolor, white gelly roll pen, Kat Scrappiness Stitched Border dies, foam mounting tape
Techniques: Ink blending, die cutting, clean and simple, ink spatter


Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Color Challenges (Tuesdays) · Mama Elephant · Paper Crafting · Stampin Up · Thank-You · Winter

Friends make Christmas Brighter – clean and simple holiday thank you cards | DancesWithHooves Paper Design

Today I’ve got a suite of quick and easy thank you cards perfect for expressing gratitude to those who showed us kindness and generosity this Christmas. Six cards, six expressions of thanks… but not six hours of work! Thank goodness! 😁

Of course there’s always time for sparkle. 😇 (you should see the hoof boots my husband got me for my beloved baby, aka horse, for Christmas. 😍 You wouldn’t be surprised to see they’ve got a touch of it, too. 😊)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you are able to make some time to do what makes your heart sing today!



Stamps: Arctic Penguins (Mama Elephant) 
Paper: Whisper White 
Ink: Bashful Blue (for Pool Party), Versafine Onyx Black 
Accessories: Alcohol markers, blending brushes, Wink of Stella glitter brush pen, foam mounting dots, sequins
Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Free For All Challenges (Fridays) · Paper Crafting · Stampin Up · Weddings · Winter

5 Years ❤ Nature-Inspired Anniversary Card

img_1005It’s that time of year again!  The time of year I make “the card” – the one that I hem and haw over and look forward to with excitement and fear.

The Anniversary Card.

Of all the people in the world I make cards for, those that I create for my husband are the hardest – because he matters the most!  I want him to feel how much I care for him by the end result of the cards that I make for him.

And the hardest of all, for me, is The Anniversary Card.

Why is this the hardest?  Well, we have a plethora of wedding invitations left due to the printing companies mistake, and as such I have made it my mission to use a particular piece from those invitations for our anniversary card each year. Waste not, want not, right? In particular, I make sure I use the gold embossed pinecone. But, like the past two years’ cards, I also made ample use of the beautiful ivory cardstock our invitations were printed on – in fact, if you peeled off the panels of this card, you would find the embossed text of our invite itself appearing on the other sides of what you see facing out!

So, after weeks of deliberation and inspiration-hunting, I got to work.  And after much back-and-forth, trying this and trying that, I am pleased to say I’m happy with the end result.

Thanks so much for stopping by!





SplitCoastStampers Gallery Keywords: F4A510 BCE12062014 DWH Anniversary
Stamps: Winter Woods, Birch
Paper: Ivory invitation stock and gold envelope lining from our wedding invitations and envelopes (all)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Old Olive
Accessories: Stampin Up dies – swirly scribblets & winter woods
Techniques: CAS, tone on tone, nature