Tuesday, October 8, 2013


It's my sister's birthday soon and I wanted, of course, to make a snazzy card for her.  She's the communicator in our family and I'm so glad she's there to make that happen!  She's also as passionate about animals and horseback riding as I am about papercrafting!  She's happiest outdoors, riding or working in the yard, or looking after her animals.

 She's a social worker and has an extremely tough, stressful job, and really doesn't get enough support to do the job.  They are consistently short-staffed and underfunded, but somehow they make sure the children in their case loads are safe.

So guess which stamp set I headed straight for when choosing one to do her card?

Did you guess Horse Frontier?  Bingo!  Here it is:

  • I looked for appropriate DSP with both Cajun Craze and Island Indigo in it, but it turns out there are none with Cajun Craze at all.  I turned to the Designer Series Paper Stacks, bless their little hearts, because they have 4 designs in every.single.colour Stampin' Up sells!  ( By the way, did you know that Stampin' Up has 50 Shades of ....cardstock?? Ha,ha!)
  • Because I knew I would stamp the horse from Horse Frontier in Cajun Craze, I went with the Island Indigo Chevrons from the Paper Stacks.  By cutting it exactly 1 1/2" wide, you can get 2 full chevrons across.  That makes it easy to find the center when cutting the flag in the end.
  • Rustic 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon seems to find itself at home on this equestrian themed card!

It's also created for Dynamic Duo's Challenge #73 with Cajun Craze and Island Indigo which made me think Western right away.

  • Love this particular design of Antique Brads.  It always reminds me of tooled leather.
  • The sentiment is from, once again, Express Yourself!  I think that stamp set has officially taken over from Teeny Tiny Wishes as my most used set for sentiments.  What am I going to do when they retire it, as they usually do with all the Hostess Stamp Sets??
  • Doesn't that horse stamped image remind you a bit of Sandi's horse, Belle?  I should have done some rock and roll technique with some Basic Black in on its lower legs.
I drove over 200 km today, delivering products!  Wow!  I'd had enough of the car when I was done, even though our new-to-us Nissan Murano is a dream to drive!  I almost got creamed in a construction zone at one point!  They had closed the northbound lanes to pave them.  With the two southbound lanes, one was for drivers heading south and one was for people like me, heading north.  I was doing just that, watching my construction zone speed, when a southbound truck comes hurtling toward me in my lane.  I braked and honked and he suddenly realized what he was doing and immediately tried to pull back into the southbound lane, but there was another southbound vehicle beside him.  That vehicle had to steer onto the shoulder.  Thank goodness a collision was avoided, or I probably wouldn't be able to write this post for you!  He was travelling far too fast for construction zone speed limits.  Now, I finally understand why they need to be so much lower!  I continued driving, but very warily until I was finally out of the construction area and using the northbound lanes again.

Well, I must get that card in the mail!  Thanks for dropping by.
Stamps:  Horse Frontier (w132019; c126347); Express Yourself * (w130336; c130339)
Paper:  Regals Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks (130139); Cajun Craze (119684), Island Indigo (122923) and Very Vanilla (101650) cardstock
Accessories:  1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon (132140); Antique Brads (117273)
Tools: Word Window punch (119857); Paper Piercing Tool (126189); Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199)

Horse Frontier Stamp Set

Paper Piercing Tool

Word Window Punch
1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon

Regals Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks


  1. Lovely choice of theme with our colours this week and the burlap ribbon fits so well :) Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Dynamic Duos, we sure hope to see you again soon!!!

  2. Love that you used burlap ribbon on your horse themed card. I be you sis will love this card!
    I'm so glad you joined us at Dynamic Duos this week. :)

  3. Heather, your card is beautiful! Cajun Craze is perfect for a horse! I'm so glad that you survived your near miss in the construction zone, scary! Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos!


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