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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
Baby · Challenges · Fiskars · Occasions · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays)

SC765 Oh Baby! – 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!


It’s baby season!  At work, we have recently had several mothers welcome newborns into their families, and two ladies in particular I work with fairly closely – so of course I want to celebrate their new arrivals!


However, babies… well, I don’t have any of them myself (human ones at least!), and baby cards aren’t the most natural thing for me to come up with.  But forest animals are, and I remember the forest animals that decorated my own room from infancy to early grade school days, and animals are something I can work with… so with that, I got busy! 🙂


One boy and one girl to craft cards for, and I got to meet the little girl (Olivia) on Tuesday!  (She’s TINY – she was a little early, but oh goodness she’s tiny!)


It’s been a rainy, dreary last three days – but I’m not complaining, because cozy indoor weather this time of year is perfect for crafting.  And baking.  And cooking. And reading. And…. (sorry.  I just really love fall. 🙂   In fact, I think I’d like to go make a fall-themed card right now.  Too bad I have to get up and go to work tomorrow. 😉 )  But it was a perfect excuse to spend a little extra time pretty-ing these up with my beloved colored pencils.  The best kind of therapy, in my opinion.  Aside from one-on-one time with my horse of course. 😉

Anyway, to bring a little fun and life to the cards, I popped the little hot air balloon passengers up with a Stampin’ dimensional:



And then of course added glitter accents to each to round them out. 🙂

Where has the time gone?  With this card, I’m embarking on my last month as a part of the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge Design Team.  It has been a whirlwind but an opportunity I am deeply grateful to have been a part of.




Title: SC765 Oh Baby!
Keywords: SC765
Stamps: Lia Griffith by Fiskars
Ink: Gray Granite, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Misc white, gray, and patterned (various ‘generic’ brands)
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: coloring with pencils, dry embossing, second generation stamping, dimension, distressing, sparkle
Accessories: colored pencils, SU by Sizzix embossing folders, Crayola glitter glue, sponge, Stampin dimensionals
Baby · Challenges · Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Clear Dollar Stamps · Free For All Challenges (Fridays) · Hero Arts · Paper Crafting · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Ways To Use It Challenges (Thursdays)

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


Baby · Clear Dollar Stamps · Occasions · Stamp Companies

9.19.2010 Eggs-Pecting a Baby?

  • Stamps: Farm Critters, Clear Dollar Stamps 
  • Paper: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue, Sahara Sand
  • Accessories: Colored pencils, Aquapainter, Sponge, Edge distressing tool
  • Technique: Distressing, tearing, watercolor
  •  Ok, so I’m getting around to this a good two days after I had hoped to be able to, but here’s the other card I made over the weekend!  A beloved family member is expecting her first child, and I made this card for her upcoming baby shower. 

    Again, please excuse the blurry cell-phone picture.  This card actually looks a lot cleaner in person!

    If you could take a moment to let me know what you think, I would be ever so grateful.  Leave a link back to your blog or online gallery and I promise, as always, to return the favor!

    Blessings to you and yours,