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SO Ready for Derby Day! | DancesWithHooves Paper Design

A challenge related to the Kentucky Derby?

… I’m in! 🙂

This week’s Tickle a Teapotter Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers is Hats On for the Derby, and though Sandy’s challenge was more about the fun Derby hats the ladies sport at the famous race, she did say “If you prefer horses to hats, that’s good too. We can’t have a race without horses,” soooooo… of course I went with horses! (I honestly don’t think I’ve got any stamps or dies with hats, anyhow.)

Usually run the first Saturday in May, the iconic Run for the Roses, like most other things in the world, had to see some changes for this year. This year, the Kentucky Derby has been rescheduled for September 5th. This is also the first time the three races of the coveted Triple Crown will be held out of the order they’ve been in since 1931 – and then, the Preakness was actually run before the Derby.

Someday, I hope to attend the Kentucky Derby with my husband. Not during a pandemic, however. And certainly not without a good hat in mind in which to wear.

I won’t know until Sunday where the Teapotter card will go, but I do know I have a dear horse-loving friend with a birthday coming up next week and quickly thought of another friend with an equine interest with a birthday coming this fall, so I made a trio of cards to check off all three boxes.

Of course, there’s ample mint (think Mint Juleps!) and bright pops of red (think the crown of Red Roses!) to throw in ties to the Derby!

…and check off three Splitcoast challenges:

MMTPT631Hats On for the Derby, CC806A So Poppy Party, and Sketch Challenge SC816. All three are fun challenges that helped me throw these cards together after work, between running to town for our Walmart pickup and getting dinner on the table and cleaned up. 🙂 SCS to the rescue!

P.S. – want to celebrate the 146th Kentucky Derby from the safety of your own home this year? You might want to check out these delicious-sounding Derby At-Home Menu recipes and mix up one of these Derby cocktails (mint julep anyone? Never tried it, but now might be the chance!), but first you best get your order in for Derby supplies so you can be sure to have them in-hand by next weekend! (I might consider attempting the Paper Flower Fascinator myself!).

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:  MMTPT631 CC806 SC816 So Ready for Derby Day
SCS Keywords:    MMTPT631, CC806, SC816
Stamps:    Let it Ride, Elemental Greetings
Ink:      Apricot Appeal (for So Saffron), Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana (for Pool Party), Gina K Amaglam ink
Paper:  Neenah Solar White 80#, Apricot Appeal (for So Saffron), Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana (for Pool Party)
Paper Size:   A2
Technique:        Watercolor, heat embossing, DIY DSP
Accessories:    Watercolor pencils, watercolor brush, clear embossing powder, Lovely Labels Pick-A-Punch (SU), fun foam sheets, sparkle Nuvo drops
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For My Mother with Hero Arts A Little Bird Told Me | DancesWithHooves Paper Design


Hello!  Thank you for finding your way to my blog today!

Of all the people that I enjoy making a card for, my mom probably tops the list.  After all, she is the one that got me started in this addictive hobby years ago, and I have her to thank for the peace and serenity I get from it, as well as the joy it brings my heart to give something away that I’ve worked hard on.

Mom celebrates a big birthday this weekend, and though I made this card a couple of weeks ago, and even authored this post prior, I’ve saved it until now to publish as though I don’t think she ever stops by the blog, I do know she had the address at one time and I don’t want to ruin any surprises for her, especially since there will be no surprise party or dinner out at her favorite restaurant this year.  Hopefully, prayerfully, we’ll be past the current state of crisis with the pandemic by then and next year I’ll be able to treat her to twice the food, fun, and family as she had this year. 🙂


Just a few words about my design choices, as I did everything in this card with my mom in mind.  She loves birds, especially canaries, and the color yellow, though not necessarily her “favorite color,” is the color she considers to be the happiest of all – so any time she wants to spread cheer, you can almost bet the color yellow will be involved!


Lots of layers in this design, from the embossed background, the tone-on-tone/watermark rear panel, gems, and of course different heights of the panels I hope add interest that would otherwise make this a pretty basic card.

And of course glitter.  Because I made this card, after all. 🙂


I am entering this design in Ways to Use It Challenge 796 (WT796) – “Unused Stamps,” as this is the first time these stamps have seen ink. 🙂

Also entering this in Understand Blue’s Dare to Get Dirty 2020 Challenge on Splitcoast – my first time playing along in that annual event!  Yay!!

Oh, and what kind of cake does she get? I opted for cupcakes (they’ll be easier to freeze and take one out when the mood strikes for those leftover) and to try out a girlie recipe I’ve had my eye on awhile… lemon cupcakes with lavender buttercream. 😇 She has requested lemon cupcakes and buttercream frosting so bam. Enough said – I had an excuse! I’ll be adding candied lemon slices to decorate them when served (and will try to snap a picture of that) but here they were Friday night after frosting and sprinkles of lavender flowers before going into the freezer until Sunday… 😊

Alright – so I did snap a picture yesterday after the cupcakes were assembled with the lemons I had candied (which were surprisingly tasty, I must say – mom thought so too so she got to keep all the extras of those also. 🙂 )  Definitely a girly look and flavor combination, but I would *totally* make these again!  (Recipe credit: Lindsay Conchar/The Cake Blog)

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂  And if you happen to know who my mom is, please wish her a happy birthday!




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

Title: For My Mother 
SCS Keywords: WT796, hero arts, DTGD20UnderstandblueA
Stamps: A Little Bird Told Me (Hero Arts) 
Ink: Delightful Dijon, Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake, Neenah Solar White 80# 
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Colored Pencils, dimension/layering, dry embossing, watermark  
Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen, colored pencils, lace ribbon, basketweave embossing folder, Studio Katia gem drops, Stampin’ Write Markers
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F4A543 – One Sheet Wonder Cards Made Country | DancesWithHooves Paper Design

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to participate in a “One Sheet Wonder” virtual card class with the wonderful Stampin’ Up demonstrator Mary Hanson of Up North Stampin’.  Due to technical difficulties on my end, I was late getting in to the class, and had to complete my cards on my own afterward… which, due to life and all it’s fun adventures, was delayed until a few weeks ago. 🙂

One Two sheets of 12 x 12 designer series paper, some scraps and card bases, and you’ve got 11 cards ready to roll!  Brilliant!

What an AWESOME way this is to increase your “stash” counts by a significant amount, so you have cards waiting and ready for when you need them!  Like today, when I quickly added a “Happy Anniversary” sentiment inside this card to pop in the mail for some friends of mine who will be celebrating 39 years of marriage this weekend!


Entering this in the Made Country Free for All Challenge on Splitcoast.

Updated to add directions for the cards – which is actually called a Double Wonder Card (whoops!  Blame it on the time delay from when I participated in the class to when I actually finished! LOL):

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: One Sheet Wonder Cards Made Country 
SCS Keywords: F4A543  
Stamps: Let It Ride 
Ink: Early Espresso, Mint Macaroon, Cajun Craze 
Paper: Early Espresso, Mint Macaroon, Cajun Craze, Come to Gather dsp
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: One Sheet Wonder 
Accessories: Various ribbon, brads, and punches/dies for sentiment panels; Stampin’ Dimensionals