Total Pageviews

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Horsey Birthday! - Thursday 19th March 2015

Hello Friends,

Thank you for you visits and comments,  I love reading them! 

Thank you so much to those of you who sent me a birthday card, that was so kind of you and of course they are gorgeous! I've had a quiet day, but Tom and I are going out for a meal in a country Inn near Tetbury tonight and he has tomorrow off work, so we are going to the Cotswold Farm park, one of my favourite places, especially around lambing.

I had lots of lovely craft presents..dies and stamps so lots of new 'toys' to play with!

Today I am sharing a card I made for our God-daughter's 21st Birthday, which is tomorrow...goodness I still remember her Baptism as if it were yesterday! She is the daughter of two of our best friends, her dad has been Tom's closest friend since they were babies.

Natalie loves horses and riding and with a lot of saving and a little help from her parents, she finally got her own horse last November. It was after  a lot of searching and a few hopefuls that didn't pass the vet's examination, that she found Tara. Sadly, since the beginning of the year, Tara developed a few health problems and Natalie is unable to ride her at the moment. Fortunately, she does still ride friends' horses, but I do hope she is able to get back on Tara soon.

I made her a horse themed card:

I do have some lovely horse stamps, but this is an 8x8 card and they weren't quite large enough...I did use them on the envelope and forgot to photograph it. I used a purple base layer, die-cut using Spellbinders Grand Squares, and using the heart card, I cut the next layer with the next size die.

The main image is a digital stamp by Dragonslairdesigns, which I coloured using distress inks as watercolours. The image comes with a wreath surrounding it, but I decided instead to cut out the head and use the Catalina Wreath die by Memory Box.

The rosette is a Sizzix Alterations die and the '21' from a numbers set of dies by Tonic. I typed the greeting and cut it out into a banner shape. To finish I added ribbon and gems.

 I also decided to decorate the inside, using the same digital stamps, plus another horse from Starglow Studio

I followed through with the design from the outside and also made a pocket to hold her gift of money, so she can buy something for herself, or as I suspect, put it towards something to help with the horse. 

 That's all for today, thank you for stopping by, always much appreciated!

We had  visit from a juvenile Sparrowhawk in our garden this morning...I was on the phone to a friend so snapped this with one's too small to be any threat to our large hens but it was very interesting because it sat on the fence for almost 10 minutes, with it's back to them, but during all that time they just froze, standing in one place like statues, no movement whatsoever and as soon as it flew off they just went about their foraging.

Love and Hugs
Carole X


  1. Brilliant card, love that beautiful Horse image.
    Great colours and fantastic design.
    Great photo of the Hawk
    Patricia xxx

  2. Happy Birthday Carole it sounds like you are having a fab time. I like the Cotswolds Wildlife Park we have been there a few time. The card you have made is gorgeous a real horsey card your God daughter will love it. What a shame she can't ride her own horse at the moment I hope it gets better soon. Eanjoy the rest of today and have a brilliant day out tomorrow. Hugs Jackie

  3. Well happy belated birthday, Miss Thing! I sure do love this gorgeous card you created - and the fact that the inside is just as stunning as the outside floors me! That little wispy circle of flowers around the horse is BEAUTIFUL! Have fun playing with all your new goodies!

  4. Fab card Carole, beautiful horse image & the 21 rosette is perfect!. I love the pocket inside too.
    Hope you had a lovely day yesterday & enjoy your weekend.
    See you soon
    Amy x

  5. Fab card Carole, beautiful horse image & the 21 rosette is perfect!. I love the pocket inside too.
    Hope you had a lovely day yesterday & enjoy your weekend.
    See you soon
    Amy x

  6. Morning Carole,
    Belated birthday greetings, sounds like you had a good day. Love your card, it's gorgeous.

  7. Fabulous horse card Carole amazing colouring ... Stunning colours too


  8. Hi Carole,
    oh what a really great card for your god daughter.
    She is going to love this.
    Beautiful colouring of that wonderful stamp.
    Superb designing of the card too.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  9. Beautiful card Carole, you did a wonderful job colouring the horses! What a gorgeous bird, so regal! Have a great weekend, hugs :)

  10. OMG so your birthday is the 18th of march? so sorry But I didn't know...happy belated b'day! big hugs across the ocean...thinking on you today!
    beautiful card the one for your daughter too,,,wow 21!!!

    1. Hi Bibiana, it's the 19th and no Children.. our God Daughter!

  11. Such a beautiful and personal design. I love how you've framed the image with those gorgeous die-cuts!