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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
Paper Crafting

Let’s Make Art Matter: In Memory of Emma ❤

Last night I spent with paintbrush in hand and watercolors at the ready, in hopes of creating something beautiful to share with a family who is facing this holiday season without their young daughter, Emma.  This is my contribution to this effort; please see below the photo for additional details and how you, too, can support this worthy cause!

in honor of Emma | Dances With Hooves Paper Design

Originally published on the Let’s Make Art blog on Monday, November 25th:

For more information, project outline, and full details, please visit the Let’s Make Art page for Emma at

Let’s Make Art Matter for Emma- November 2019

Emma was 8 years old when she was diagnosed last January with a very rare and inoperable brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma or DIPG. The weekend before receiving this news, she was having a fun time playing with friends, playing in the snow, and wrestling with her brothers. That Sunday, she got a headache and started having flu-like symptoms. By Wednesday, she was rushed into surgery to reduce the swelling on her brain. Throughout her battle, Emma endured multiple surgeries but never let it dim her sweet spirit.

An avid animal lover who dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, Emma was a fighter. This year she requested no gifts for her birthday but instead asked for donations to local animal shelters. In August, Emma and her parents started a non-profit organization to help the animals she loved so much. To date, they have helped provide assistance to Police K9 units and no-kill animal shelters. To learn more about their mission, check out their website at

Before Emma’s passing in the third week of November, family and friends asked that pictures of animals, specifically dogs, be sent to her to help lift her spirits. The request was answered with a flood of love from all around the world. As her battle has ended, we encourage you to not only make art matter for her family during this hard time, but to do what Emma would do and make a difference at your own local animal shelter.

A LIVE tutorial will be released on Tuesday, November 26th at 1:00 P.M. CST and can be viewed on Facebook and Youtube.    
If you are not a subscriber and would like to participate, please email for the address.
Thank you for making art matter with us!
Autumn · Avery Elle · Birthdays · Challenges · Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Falliday Fest · Occasions · Paper Crafting · Seasonal · Stampin Up

Happy birthday Roger (inspired by nature masculine card)

DancesWithHooves Paper Design - masculine tamarack tree birthdayToday I finally got some time in my craft space to work on some looming projects.  We all have those people who we feel obligated to give handmade cards to vs purchased, and I’ve got several such must-makes that fall this time of year, topped off by the ~25-30 Christmas cards that I try to ensure are handmade (the rest of our Christmas card list I buy for 😉😶 ).

This particular one is for my father-in-law’s birthday this month.

For Anita’s Falliday Fest tree challenge: my husband just LOVES it when the tamaracks turn golden yellow in the fall, and he says his dad enjoys the turn, too. I usually draw inspiration from nature for Roger’s cards, and I saw it from behind the windshield on one of my drives this fall- the perfect contrast between the turned tamaracks and the bold pines they were nestled behind. I did my best to recreate the detail in the trees by first inking my stamp and then adding interest by a bit of water spritzed on the wet ink before I stamped them.

DancesWithHooves Paper Design - masculine tamarack tree birthday

Additionally, the pines are accented by some subtle glitter to help them stand out from behind the burlap ribbon

DancesWithHooves Paper Design - masculine tamarack tree birthday

Lately, where there’s glitter you’ll find foam on my cards, to add dimension, substance, and interest to my designs. I just LOVE what you can do with some cheap craft foam and glue.  This card has the statement sentiment die cut out of foam also (adhered to the cardstock die cut sentiment with glue), as well as the main panel lifted off the craft backdrop with foam.

And of course, to finish the inside:

Additional SplitCoastStampers challenges I’m entering:
For CAS559: my trees go vertical, though I’m thinking with the die cut top panel, perhaps I went too far for this to be considered “CAS?” Ugh! I’m not sure anymore!
For CAS554: this card is definitely “for the boys.” 😉

Thanks so much for looking!!!!



Stamps: Wonderland (SU!), Simply Said: Amazing (Avery Elle)
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80#, Paper Studio Craft, black shimmer
Ink: Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Card Front Builder Thinlits (SU!), Simply Said: Amazing die (Avery Elle), Gelly Roll glitter pen, foam craft sheets, burlap ribbon (JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby find)
Autumn · Birthdays · Occasions · Paper Crafting · Seasonal · Stampin Up

Happy Birthday M.E.! – with Stampin’ Up Painted Harvest

Dropping in with a Clean and Simple CASE of a lovely card I came across last fall (I will try to find the author to give credit where it’s due – I had saved the picture but not the original post, unfortunately. 😦 ). I needed a last-minute card for a coworker and after selecting the stamp set I wanted to use, I got busy!


This was a very fun card to create and one I was delighted to give to her this morning!

Keywords: CAS Painted Harvest Autumn Fall Acorn Foliage SU Stampin Up
Stamps: Painted Harvest
Paper: Crumb Cake, White, Mint Macaroon
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Mellow Moss, Old Olive, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Baker’s Twine, Sizzix embossing folder, gelly roll glitter pen, decorative scissors
Techniques: Dry embossing, CAS, layering, two-step stamping

Thank you so much for dropping by!



Autumn · Challenges · Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Color Challenges (Tuesdays) · Free For All Challenges (Fridays) · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Sunny Studio · Thinking of You

SC768 – Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.



Wow.  Time flies, doesn’t it?  Sometimes not so much. And more often, it’s more of a combination of the two – parts of something seem like only yesterday (like when I was asked to be a part of the Sketch Challenge Design team) while others seem like forever ago (like those first few cards I made for it!).

But today, I proudly, humbly, somewhat sadly, and somewhat triumphantly, present to you my last card in my six months of the Sketch Challenge Design Team!

Alley had a good one for us, too:


The inspiration for the card came from the lovely autumn we’ve been having, as well as a mismatch of other recent challenges:

  • CC756 – Crushed Curry/Poppy Parade/Pumpkin Pie
  • CAS551 – Happy Fall
  • F4A450 – Spice It Up – because pumpkin spice is all the colors of pumpkin 🙂

The card I wanted to create for today is for my still-relatively-new-to-her-position boss, who seems to be a bit heavy-hearted, stressed, and less-cheerful-than-she-came-to-us as of late.   I wanted to bring her some cheer, and to let her know that despite how she might feel, she is doing a stellar job, and our team is the happiest we have ever been in the four years I’ve been here – hands-down, she’s the best boss we’ve known!

I wanted to get a little unique and make this card as clean and simple as possible, so I decided to give the background panel (the shutter-looking part 3 from the sketch) a score board treatment.



When I first “completed” the card last night, it looked like the above, but after seeing it in the morning, I decided the fire and our little friend needed a little dirt to sit on, so watercolored in some creamy caramel beneath them.



And of course… the sparkle.  Between the mutlicolored sequins reminiscent of those little embers that float away at your campfire, and the added heat of some red fire flames in the middle of it. 🙂 Looking at it now, I may just have to go back and add some clear sparkle to those tiny little marshmallows too! 🙂

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




Title: SC768 
Keywords: SC768, CAS551, CC756, F4A450, Sunny Studio, sunnystudio, CAS
Stamps: Critter Campout (Sunny Studio)
Ink: Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Early Espresso, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: White 
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Clean and Simple, Dry embossing/scoring, watercoloring, sparkle/glitter
Accessories: Martha Stewart scoring board, watercolor brush pen, foam mounting tape, glitter glue, sequins
Autumn · Challenges · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Stampin Up · Teapotter Challenges (Tuesdays) · Thinking of You

SC766 “Love & Cheer for Judy” – Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration

Here it is – my last month as a member of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  This has been an incredible opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!


Sometimes when you least expect it, inspiration comes through.

Diane has a GREAT sketch for us this week, one you want to be sure not to miss! But if it wasn’t for the nonstop downpour Monday, I would have had to miss out as I was all out of time after working all weekend on laundry, our property, and a super quick run down to get some work in with Mr. Dreamer (of which I may have surpassed the speed limit at times returning home from 🤫).  Frankly, I almost didn’t have the day off but a change in the forecast Monday morning resulted in me keeping it off, and getting down to Dreamer just in time for some short work bareback before the Heavens opened and saturated the atmosphere for the remainder of the day.  But at least I got a card made! 🤗


I decided to turn to the Teapotter Challenge for a starting point for the card as my next family-circle card need is a ways out yet and I sure enjoy the chance to participate in Teapotter challenges and sending to someone I’ve never met, but when I read that last week’s destination station went to none other than the Jennifer McGuire’s beloved mother-in-law, I nearly chickened out entirely. Because How On Earth could I ever make something that a close family member of the Jennifer McGuire could ever consider nice when she’s likely used to Jennifer’s incredible work?!


However, the Lord stirred my heart to give it a try anyway, and after learning miss Judy loves the color blue and picking out a blue-inspired autumnal color scheme, I just got lost in the process.


I pray Judy feels the love and encouragement and support of a group so blessed to be able to create for her when she opens this along with what are sure to be countless other Teapotter creations. 💜

An extra surprise when the card is opened is the “birch bark” lining I added in order to bring some interest to the Plain Jane craft envelope I had:


Judy, we’re praying for you. May God not only bring you healing (and swiftly at that), but while He works, may He envelope you in a undeniable, clearly tangible, comforting embrace.  May God bless you!

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




Title: SC766 MMTPT580, Love & Cheer for Judy
Keywords: SC766, MMTPT580, Stamping Up, SU, autumn, fall, leaves
Stamps: Lighthearted Leaves, Birch
Ink: Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Old Olive, Crushed Curry
Paper: white, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, pearl/champagne vellum
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: heat embossing, fussy cutting, second generation stamping, watercolor 
Accessories: white embossing powder, jute string (Hobby Lobby), foam mounting tape, gold leaf pen, watercolor brush pen/aqua painter