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Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC748

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

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!

Dances With Hooves Paper Design Mother's Day 2019

Last week, I made the sketch challenge into a Mother’s Day card for my own mother.  But I just wasn’t happy with it.  And I couldn’t figure out how to fix it!  I admittedly didn’t even want to show it on the blog… so I didn’t. Instead, I decided to “fix it” another way entirely by scrapping it and starting over from scratch. 🙂  And this week’s sketch from Diane was exactly what I needed to come up with something I will feel good about giving my dear momma!

Dances With Hooves Paper Design Mother's Day 2019

I went with clean and simple, as that seems to be more up my alley lately, and I ran with it.

Dances With Hooves Paper Design Mother's Day 2019

I decided to break out my beloved colored pencils and one of the most magical tools I know of, gamsol, to color my lone blossom to coordinate with last week’s color challenge and keep the softness I wanted in my design.

Dances With Hooves Paper Design Mother's Day 2019

Inside, I used the stencil from the Tim Holtz set that came with the floral stamp to sponge Gray Granite as a backdrop for the sentiment from Clear Dollar Stamps.

THANKS so much for dropping by!  I hope you enjoyed this post and take the time to say hello!



Title: SC748 Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!
Keywords: SC748, WT738, CC737
Stamps: Tim Holtz Mixed Media Stamps & Stencils (flowers), Hero Arts “Happy” Stamp & Cut (outside sentiment), Clear Dollar Stamps The Gardener (inside sentiment)
Ink: Versamark, Gray Granite
Paper: Neenah Solar White (80# & 110#), Old Olive, metallic silver
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Gamsol magic, stenciling, heat embossing, die cutting, dimension
Accessories: Colored pencils, Kat Scrappiness Stitched Rectangle Dies, Foam mounting tape, silver rhinestones, Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail Embossing Powder in white, Tim Holtz Blending pen, Gamsol, foam mounting tape
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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


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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,

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    AVS202 Winter Trees


    • Stamps: Trees Three, Clear Dollar Stamps Argyle Factory
    • Paper: white, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, textured grey
    • Ink: Certainly Celery, Going Gray, Basic Black
    • Accessories: ribbon, snowflake brads; scallop-edge scissors, Basic Black marker, glue pen, glitter, brayer, white gel pen
    • Technique: sponging/distressing, braying, glitter

    Oh how I enjoy challenges that really test my creativity!  The Verve Stamp company celebrated their anniversary last month by hosting a series of special sketch challenges as part of a celebratory contest.  I printed off the list of challenges for future inspiration and on Labor Day pulled out AVS202 to help me celebrate the recent arrival of my very own Trees Three stamp set (one that was only released in a SU Mini Catalog during my year-and-a-half away from stamping, and I have been dying to own it ever since I got back into my creative groove!)!!!


    Looking at the sketch above, you’re probably wondering what was so challenging about it – after all, the sketch itself is pretty detailed, with shapes and cardSep7a2embellishments pretty much already added in.  But you see, that is exactly why it can be such a challenge! (Are you confused yet? haha)  The challenge comes in trying to create a card that is truly unique and different from all the other cards that were created with the same sketch.  It’s more than just using a different stamp set and color combination than everybody else – it’s about owning the sketch and making it your own!  Hopefully, this card reflects my style and not just the Verve sketch.

    It may be pretty hard to see it in the photographs, but I stamped an argyle pattern in black ink on the two black panels on the left to add a little texture, as well as sponging Basic Black cardSep7a3around the edges.  I also sponged matching inks on the Certainly Celery and gray panels and ended up adding a little Basic Black on the corners as well.  The two back panels aren’t exactly the same proportions as shown in the sketch… I sort of flipped them, as I felt it balanced out my particular card a little better.

    Thank you so much for visiting my stamping blog today!  I hope you have found something here to get your own creative juices flowing.  If you have a minute, please leave me a comment with a link back to your own blog or online gallery so that I may come see how your crafting has been going!

    Blessings to you and yours,

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    CDSGDC0909 Window of Wonder


    • Stamps: Pretty Perches and Argyle Factory by Clear Dollar Stamps, Autumn Harvest by The Paper Company Studio (sentiment)
    • Paper: cream, Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
    • Ink: Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
    • Accessories: “Wonder” brad, paper raffia ribbon, Big Shot, “woodgrain” embossing template (Fiskars), sponge, foam mounting tape
    • Technique: embossing, direct-to-paper inking, sponging, 3D

    I had a great time at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday!  I hope you all had an enjoyable and re-energizing weekend also!  Today I am thrilled to bring you my creation for the September ’09 Guest Designer Challenge at Clear Dollar Stamps.  Last month was my first time entering their contest and I had so much fun that I’m back at it for this month’s challenge as well!  This month, Lori gave us an “Either/Or” challenge:  use either the posted color combination (Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, with an optional Always Artichoke), or the sketch challenge (see below for sketch), or combine the two.  Not one to ever turn down an opportunity for extra credit, I opted to do a combination of the color combo and the sketch challenge. 🙂

    CDSGDC0909sketchI love the color combination that was posted – it has a nice, cozy, fall-like feel cardAug30of2009bto it – and I felt it gave me a wonderful opportunity to create an autumn sunset with my brayer.  And what set would work better with a fall sunset than Pretty Perches?  I love stamp sets that allow me to play around and build my own scenes!

    I created a wooden window frame to highlight my outdoor nature scene by first cutting out the frame in Chocolate Chip cardstock with my paper trimmer and then running it through the Big Shot with our Fiskars “woodgrain” embossing template.  I then used direct-to-paper and sponging with Chocolate Chip ink to further bring out the texture.  The frame was then mounted using foam mounting tape to raise it off of the background and bring extra dimension to the card. cardAug30of2009c

    Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Please take a moment to leave me a comment so I have the pleasure of getting to know my visitors a little better! 🙂   Here’s to a delightful and fulfilling week for all of us!