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Congrats on your new little… Filly!

Hi, all!

I had a blast this past weekend making this card to celebrate a new arrival at the barn.  Never before has the prime opportunity to make a baby card to welcome a foal been in my lap, and I sure wasn’t going to miss out on it!

I used several Splitcoast Stampers challenges to get my creative juices flowing in short order (I wanted to get the card delivered ASAP, as it had already been three days since the arrival of this sweet little filly!):

Ways to Use It Challenge 727 challenged us to use four letter words – “baby” and “foal” come to mind here! 🙂

Clean and Simple Challenge 513, “Stitch It Up,” gave me the perfect excuse to break out my new Kat Scrappiness dies that just arrived to give some fun texture detail to my main background panel, which I then stamped with images from Charlie Baby and the Hero Arts March 2018 kit using second generation stamping to make it more muted.

Free for All Challenge 465, “Things that go POP!” inspired me to use confetti stamps in my background mashup!

I decided to use distress ink on the “Congrats” die-cut sentiment, but I’m sort of sad to say that for the amount of time and effort it took to ink blend, spray it with water, and lift the water droplets, the payoff just wasn’t worth it on this design – I guess the body of the letters in my die just wasn’t big enough for the technique to show up.  Oh well!

Congrats on your new little... Filly! by Dances With Hooves Paper Design
Congrats on your new little… Filly! by Dances With Hooves Paper Design


Congrats on your new little... Filly! by Dances With Hooves Paper Design
Congrats on your new little… Filly! by Dances With Hooves Paper Design

After coloring in baby Charlie with colored pencils and blending with Gamsol, I stuck it back in my stamp platform and re-stamped the outline.  I think the payoff here was tremendous, as it really brightened up the outline of the image, making everything a lot more eye-catching.

Congrats on your new little... Filly! by Dances With Hooves Paper Design

It’s even hard to see in this close-up, but I added subtle sparkle to the foal’s blanket with my Wink of Stella brush.



Used fun foam to pop everything up and give it a solid, even surface – I really like using this with my clean and simple cards, where every detail counts.  The card feels much more substantial in your hand and therefore a bit more special. 🙂

Congrats on your new little... Filly! by Dances With Hooves Paper Design

Thanks so much for dropping by today!  I hope you enjoyed your visit and come back soon!



Keywords:  SC736 WT727 CAS513 F4A465 clear dollar stamps charlie charlie horse hero arts horses
Stamps:  Charlie Baby (Clear Dollar Stamps), Congrats Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts), My Monthly Hero March 2018 (Hero Arts)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Pixie Pink, Gray Granite, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Paper: Neenah Solar White, black
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Clean and Simple, 2nd Generation Stamping, Gamsol Magic
Accessories:    Wonky Wavy Stitched Rectangle Dies (Kat Scrappiness), Gamsol, colored pencils, Wink of Stella glitter brush pen in clear, fun foam


Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Paper Crafting · SCS Fan Club Monthly Theme Challenges · Stampin Up · Thank-You · Thinking of You

Grateful for Friends – Dances With Hooves Paper Design

Grateful for Friends - Dances With Hooves Paper Design
Grateful for Friends – Dances With Hooves Paper Design

A quick card (and a crummy photo – needed to get this in the mail this morning before the lighting was any good!) for CAS521 (“Thirds”) and CT0219 (“Friends & Flowers”).

For February’s Fan Club Central Theme, we’re asked to interpret “Friends & Flowers” in our cards – or either/or. I chose to go with the “friends” side of the theme and make a super quick card for my best friend – my momma – to go along with a little something I had to mail her. 🙂

As always, THANK YOU to the challenge hostesses for the creative inspiration to help me weed through all the “want tos” in my head and just pick one (or two) and get stampin’! 🙂

Thanks so much for looking!

Keywords: CAS521 CT0219 CAS
Stamps: Here Kitty Kitty (PrintWorks Collection), Acorny Thank You (Stampin’ Up!)
Paper: Neenah Solar White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Gamsol, colored pencils, black marker, ruler
Techniques: CAS, Gamsol Magic
Paper Crafting

FREE Stamp Set in the March 2019 Paper Pumpkin! Stampin’ Up

There has NEVER been a better time to subscribe to Stampin’ Up’s Paper Pumpkin!  Each month, for only $20, you get a full-sized stamp set, along with an ink cube, and all the supplies necessary to complete an impressive papercraft project you’ll be proud to show off to friends!  You’ll even get a FREE acrylic block in your first box, to use with your kits and any other clear-mount stamps you already own or purchase in the future!

These kits are always incredibly popular and loved by those who received them!  I’m still going bananas over my February box, which I ordered up as an early birthday gift to myself. 🙂

So, what makes March’s kit this year extra-extra special?   Stampin’ Up won’t give away all the details, but here’s what they will tell us:

Because it’s our birthday, we decided to create a kit that is perfect for making birthday cards!

  • The March kit features eight full-sized, mailable cards

  • Coordinating colors are Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, and Poppy Parade

  • This kit has an element that is sure to “pop”!

  • The FREE stamp set is even bigger and better than your typical Paper Pumpkin stamp set and can be used on a variety of crafting projects.


If you are familiar with Stampin’ Up’s exclusive color-coordinating products, you are already aware of what colors are in the kit.  But it not, or if you like visuals, here’s the color combination they are referencing above:

Basic Black  /   Bermuda Bay   /   Daffodil Delight   /   Flirty Flamingo   /   Poppy Parade

Contact me today with questions and if you’d like to try out Paper Pumpkin for the first time!  (No worries about being “stuck” with a subscription – you can buy one box or a subscription in 3/6/12 month varieties – YOU are in control and will only get what you want!)  But don’t wait too long – you have until March 10th to get your order in to receive the March kit with the FREE stamp set – after that, this opportunity is gone for good!

Birthdays · Paper Crafting · Seasonal · Stampin Up · Thank-You · Winnie & Walter · Winter

Splitcoast Stampers: Best of 2018!

Just dropping in with a quick note to share that I was notified this week that two of my cards have been named in the Splitcoast Stampers Best of 2018!

Neither card was shared on my blog, so I’ll share a quick photo and “recipe” for each!

I am SO incredibly honored and humbled and grateful!  If you aren’t already a part of the SplicoastStampers community, please, go check it out!

Happy Birthday Roger! Dances With Hooves Paper Design
Wonderland (Stampin Up), Winter Wonderland (Winnie & Walter)
Winter Woods Thank You
Challenges · Color Challenges (Tuesdays) · Fiskars · Free For All Challenges (Fridays) · Occasions · Paper Crafting · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Stampin Up · Thinking of You

Just Because… with the Occasions Catalog and “Let It Ride”

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I have been *dying* to use this stamp set! The horse-lover in me did not hesitate one second to order it when I saw SU’s Occasions release this year, but to be truthful, I was having a hard time deciding what to do with it. I like to color my images, and the “brushstroke-like” outline images don’t make that easy, yet just stamping it in black ink doesn’t do much for me!

I realized Wednesday night that the hardest part is always beginning (as it is in all things in life) so just decided to dive right in and see what I came up with – my only “idea” going into this was to give this stamp set some love!

I ended up drawing inspiration from three SCS challenges from the past week:

CC725 – Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Blushing Bride (I subbed Calypso Coral because that’s the closest I had)


F4A467 – “I Might Use That One Day” – you know those strips of cardstock that you save thinking “oh, I could use that again?” I have sooooooo many of those, especially in my neutral base colors! So, the very vanilla, calypso coral, *and* night of navy cardstock I used all came from said stash (aside from my card base panel itself).

I had to wait to see what this looked like in the daylight before posting (there’s really poor lighting in our house after sunset!), and thought I’d add more to it afterward, but I like how it turned out as it is just fine!

DancesWithHooves Paper Design Stampin Up Let It Ride
DancesWithHooves Paper Design Stampin Up Let It Ride

The larger very vanilla/embossed panel is raised with foam mounting dots, as well as the foreground “flag” panel featuring the horse head heat embossed with copper embossing powder.

DancesWithHooves Paper Design Stampin Up Let It Ride Occasions Catalog: Just Because...

The inside of the card is finished with the trio of horses stamp from the set stamped on a very vanilla panel cut slightly smaller than the card base.

Thank you all so much for viewing my card and *huge* thanks to the challenge hostesses for helping me get these stamps inky!

Blessings to you and yours,


Splitcoast Stampers Keywords: CC725 SC735 F4A467
Stamps: Let It Ride (Stampin’ Up), All Year Greetings (Fiskars)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Versamark
Accessories: Tin Tile embossing folder, copper embossing powder, copper glitter tape, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Techniques: Embossing (heat and dry), dimension
Challenges · Color Challenges (Tuesdays) · Occasions · PALS Blog Hop · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Stampin Up · Thinking of You · Ways To Use It Challenges (Thursdays)

PALS Blog Hop: Time to Sale-A-Brate!

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Welcome to the Pals’ February blog hop. We’re so glad you’re here because it’s “Time to Sale-A-Brate”! Our Design Team created projects using Sale-A-Bration items to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

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Hello, everyone! I am so excited to be participating in my first blog hop, and I am so grateful you’ve made it all the way to the last stop in this line up! I wanted to make it definitely worth your while, so make sure to read to the end of this post for a bonus project!

I have been paper crafting for the last 15 years or so, and I have my mom to thank for the hobby. 🙂 I remember helping her make her Christmas cards one year and thinking at first that it was an awful lot of work… before quickly realizing how wonderful it was to give something you made to others to brighten their day! Since then, I have loved being able to share handmade kindness with people through the cards I make. It seems like such a little gesture, but I have seen it bring so much joy to people that I am now hooked on the hobby! I hope my cards today will help encourage your own creativity!
I am excited to share the Home to Roost stamp set in today’s post! It is probably the best Sale-A-Bration stamp set that I have ever seen Stampin’ Up offer, in my opinion. It is so versatile, and I have already seen so many beautiful cards made with it.
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I wanted to feature a design that would demonstrate that a lot of time and a lot of skillful coloring isn’t necessary to make a card you can be proud of. There are so many other examples out there of these beautifully colored roosters, but I thought I would try featuring just the lovely image as it is. I also wanted to support the #simplestamping movement and give you a card that doesn’t take a lot of time or a lot of supplies to make… a perfect project for newbie stampers and seasoned crafters alike!
My first card uses just one stamp set, one ink color, two colors of paper, and a small strip of copper foil paper as an embellishment.
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I started by cutting my panels to size for an A2 card, and running one of the Very Vanilla panels through my Big Shot with the Tin Tile embossing folder. I stamped the rooster image in Soft Suede ink, and the wheat image in the same color for the inside panel. I also stamped the sentiment on a leftover scrap of Very Vanilla that I had in my stash. I like to be resourceful!



Speaking of resourceful, there are so many awesome gadgets out there for the paper crafting community, but most of us can’t afford to have them all! So I often make do with what I have, like using my scissors to make the banner panel. Simply use a ruler (I strongly recommend picking up an economical plastic T-ruler – I use mine constantly!) and marking where you want the center of your banner to fall. Then simply take your favorite pair of scissors and cut from the corner of the bottom of your panel to the pencil mark you made. Be careful not to close your scissors all the way at that center point, as you risk denting your cardstock… just readjust your scissors as you go and you’ll get the hang of it in no time!
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With relatively simple designs, it’s important to add detail and interest in the simplest of ways, like nice crisp folds, clean and straight lines, and my favorite… dimension! Using Stampin Dimensionals, I popped the Tin Tile panel up off of the Tranquil Tide base, and did the same with both the rooster panel and the sentiment. Simple dimension really adds a lot of interest with minimal effort and supplies. It is one of my most favorite ways to add a special touch to a card!
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Speaking of adding special touches, finishing the inside of your card always brings a wow factor as well. I kept it simple here also and just stamped the wheat image off first on a scrap piece of paper before stamping on my panel as I didn’t want it to be lighter in intensity to leave ample space for writing inside the card.
And now for a bonus card!
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For my second card, I wanted to show a unique and unexpected way to use the Home to Roost stamp set! Like I said, there are many examples out there already showcasing the lovely rooster image from the set, but truly there is another image in the set that I think needs an equal amount of love!  This card is another clean and simple design that can be made in a very short amount of time with very few supplies.
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I used Stampin Dimensionals again for visual interest to pop the Soft Sea Foam panel up off the background, as well as running my Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the Buffalo Check-stamped panel for visual impact. This literally came together in less than 10 minutes… probably could have been done in five but I’m not always the quickest when I craft! Ha! :0)
  • Stamps:  Home to Roost (Stampin’ Up), Buffalo Check (2nd card)
  • Ink: Soft Suede (1st card), Crumb Cake, Soft Sea Foam (2nd card)
  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Tranquil Tide (1st card), Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam, Crumb Cake (2nd card )
  • Paper Size: A2
  • Technique: Embossing, clean and simple, dimension
  • Accessories:  Tin Tile embossing folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush


More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “Spring Has Sprung” projects. Don’t miss the fun!


Blog Hop  Line-up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  4. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  5. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  6. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  7. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  8. Jill Killeen at The Killeen House Studio Blog
  9. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty
  10. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  11. Linda Suarez at All Night Stamping
  12. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  14. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  15. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  19. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  20. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  21. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  22. Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
  23. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  24. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  25. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  26. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  27. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot
  28. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  29. Christine Eck at Dances with Hooves <— you are here! :0)
Thank you again so much for finding your way to my blog in today’s blog hop! I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit and come back again soon!  Please stop by again later this week for another card based off my rooster card design from above, featuring the Occasions catalog stamp set “Let It Ride!”
Blessings to you and yours,
Paper Crafting

Happy birthday to my husband ♡

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Where to begin with this one? That’s what I’ve been thinking for the past few weeks, with my husband’s birthday coming up shortly. 🙂 He’s always a tough one to create for, through no fault of his own… I just want to always make him the best most extra special card possible!

Looking at challenges from Splitcoaststampers the past few weeks, and keeping in mind the plan I have for designing his cake this year (featuring negative space and bold pine trees), I came up with this this afternoon on a much-needed day off.

The one challenge I am partaking in that isn’t self-explanatory is the ways to use it challenge 723… Card making resolutions. This card actually hits my two main resolutions right on the head… To be ahead of schedule making cards this year for those that I can predict a need for (such as my husband’s birthday, which is about 3 weeks away yet) and to use what I already have (the leftover dsp from a past paper pumpkin, plus ribbon I’ve saved from various things – both examples on this card).

I added some dimension by fussy cutting out the tree lines that I stamped by hand, and added glitter Spritz to the back panel with the sentiment and the foreground line of trees.

Thanks as always to our selfless, creative hostesses for the perfect inspiration, and thank you to those of you who take the time to view my card!


  • Stamps: Trees (Inkadinkado), Love You (sentiment – from Stampabilities)
  • Paper: Neenah Solar White 80#, Paper Pumpkin October 2017 DSP
  • Ink: Old Olive, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Accessories: Frost shimmer spritz, foam mounting tape, ribbon
  • SCS challenges: TLC726 TLC724 TLC13 WT723