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Miles Apart for the PALS Blog Hop | DancesWithHooves Paper Design

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Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team created projects where “It’s the Sentiment that Counts.” We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments! We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Two cards with Forever Fern and Lovely You stamp sets.

Who loves fall? That’s me over here, waving my arms madly. What’s not to love? Fewer bugs, crisp and comfortable air, beautiful colors everywhere you look, and combines in the fields.

Ok, maybe the thrill of combines working on the harvest is just me, but I digress…

Card with Forever Fern and Lovely You stamp sets.
I debated between ideas I had for the main background panel, and ended up narrowing it to two – one for each card. Here, the Pinewood Planks embossing folder, and the Subtle folder for the second. Two of my favorites!

Naturally, I’m in an autumn mood. With the lovely cooler temps as of late here in Northern Minnesota, my mind has gone full-tilt toward all things fall. Beautiful oranges and ruby reds contrasting with a crisp blue sky and the still-green grass is about the epitome of God’s beauty in nature, in my humble opinion, so I had to use that as my inspiration for today’s card.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”

Psalm 19:1
Card with Forever Fern and Lovely You stamp sets.
I sponged the edges of each card with crumb cake, including some areas away from the edges, for a weathered feel.

I combined two of my newest Stampin Up sets, Forever Fern and Lovely You, grabbed a piece of the stunning new Plaid Tidings paper pack, and went to work.

With the focus being the sentiment for this design, I was a little hesitant to go too crazy with the color, so used crumb cake in order to provide less starkness and perhaps more of an autumn feel to the design.

Closeup of card with Forever Fern and Lovely You stamp sets.
You know I’d have to find a place to add glitter! Just a few accents on the leaves to add visual interest and contribute to the idea of a perfect, crisp fall day.

These cards are for a couple of friends – one celebrating her birthday in October, and I hope they bring them as much joy to receive as they gave me in designing them.

Closeup of card with Forever Fern and Lovely You stamp sets.
Masking and the same glitter accents on the foliage help to add interest to the inside of the finished designs.

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! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on October 14th when our theme is “Tag, You’re It!” Participants will showcase tags or 3D items that will be great for gifts for any occasion. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop Line-up

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  3. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  4. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  5. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  6. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  9. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  10. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  11. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  15. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  16. Dacia Smith at My Creative Days
  17. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  18. Diana Carr at The Secret Life of Paper
  19. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  20. Christine Eck at Dances With Hooves Paper Design <– You are HERE! :0)
  21. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  22. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  23. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  24. Pamela Sadler at Stampin’ Pink Rose
  25. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  26. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

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



Two cards with Forever Fern and Lovely You stamp sets.
This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 
Title:  Miles Apart
SCS Keywords:    PALS, Stampin Up,
Stamps:    Forever Fern, Lovely You
Ink:      Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:    Crumb Cake, Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper, White
Paper Size:   A2
Technique:        Die cutting, Embossing, ink distressing, masking
Accessories:       Forever Flourishing and Stitched Rectangle dies, Pinewood Planks & Subtle embossing folders, Gelly Roll glitter pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals, sponge
I’m celebrating World Card Day and invite you to join me!
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,