Tuesday 15 January 2013

Giving Horse Frontier a bit more exercise

If you're a regular reader of my blog you won't be surprised to hear that I forgot about the one layer element of the Less is More challenge on Saturday. No it isn't the first time (hangs head and shuffles about with feet) but I'm trying to make up for my banana-headedness with today's card. The challenge is to make a One Layer Card (yes, Vicky, ONE layer!) along the theme of Sports or Exercise. Come and have a look at my second try:

I've used my lovely horse from Horse Frontier again because riding is a sport (isn't it?!) and apparently it's excellent exercise for your derriere and thighs too! I stamped the horse into a mask made with my 2 1/2" circle punch and sponged a sky-ish background. I went a bit mask-tastic and made a mask for the horse too so that I could add a bit of hedge!

The horse was coloured with markers and a sentiment stamped over the image. Are you wondering if burglars have broken in and stolen all my other stamp sets?! I have got a bit carried away with these sets over the last few days haven't I - but I love the horse and the sentiment set too and so I've given myself free rein with them (oops, did you see what I did there?!)

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Horse Frontier, Serene Silhouettes, A Word For You
Ink: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Raspberry Ripple
Card stock: Very Vanilla
Other: 2 1/2" circle punch, Early Espresso marker, stamp-a-majig
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I went through my horsey phase when I was nine or ten but my daughter got the bug quite a bit earlier. She was only two years old when she heard the sound of horses hooves outside and rushed to the window to watch a rider pass by outside. Suddenly she burst into tears and since she was inconsolable for some time I began to worry that she'd hurt herself somehow. Eventually she calmed down and was able to tell me that she wished so very much that she had been on the horse! What a funny, passionate little noodle she was! We got her a little rocking horse shortly after this which she never looked at, but when she got a plastic toy stables play set for Christmas, she played with nothing else for ages!

See you tomorrow,


  1. Love the way you have off set your image Vicky..lovely card


  2. Love how you've inked this one up xxx

  3. Fabulous card Vicky - I went horse riding once and fell off - never again!! - Jacqueline xx

  4. Oh I've done that Vicky, been in such a rush to get started I don't read the brief properly. Glad it's not just me then! Love the hedgerow peeking from behind Dobbin and the lovely font.

  5. Oh dear you'll be having your own cushion on that naughty step soon :0)
    Your faux pas hadn't registered here but I love this remake... the hedge is a great finishing touch :0)
    Jenny x

  6. Gorgeous card Vicky-it's a lovely winter scene and a warm winter coated neddy !! Take it from one who knows-you had a lucky escape with your daughter and the neddies-they certainly do give an enormous amount of pleasure(but boy are they hard work-and they leave the parents pockets poor tee hee!!)

  7. Fab come back Vicky. Love the circle off set and of course your "exercising" of your horse stamp again!! x

  8. Another great card Vicky! (And I never noticed the 'more' than one layer on the other one...... LOL)

  9. Another one of your fab horse cards, Vicky! x

  10. Keep going my friend - I have this set and a horse-y client (my sister, the equine surgeon), so that more I see of this set, the better. I love what you did with it here - I feel a case coming on! PS - I had the same thought of using a horse for less is more and stumbled on the one layer criteria, too! lol!

  11. I just love the horse, like you, this is a great card.

    One of my neices when younger "borrowed" a horse from a neighbour to ride and then took the horse on as a rider to excercise it, she rode him for at least 8 years.
    She has now had 2 Spanish horses and is still horse crazy at 50!

  12. This is lovely Vicky. And yes, take it from me, horse riding is a sport (didn't you notice all those gold medals in the Olympics?!)

  13. Loving the equestrian theme Vicky. Great card and clever masking - I think you are the Queen of Masking! x x

  14. What a precious card...and love the way you did the masking, sponging technique. That takes a lot more time & effort than plain ole stampin' & colorin'. Yet it stayed nice & soft looking too. I think all little girls must go through a horse phase. Our daughter did, but eventually I think we outgrew it! Thank goodness. Thanks for sharing a lovely card.

  15. It's SO easy to get carried away with ideas and forget the one layer bit Vicky, I've done it so many times myself, but this one is just super!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  16. Love the card Vicky, great horsie image too. I forgot to make my first card carried away doing a background lol.Our daughter first had her own pony aged 9, she still
    has her own horse ( been through several now over the years). All cost a fortune but she didn't grow out of it....ever! She loves her 'Harry':) Viv xx

  17. I'm loving all your horse stamps...super card!

  18. lol.. great card vicky... funny thing is the first time i made the footballer i forgot too

    Thanks for joining us
    Jen xx
    "Less Is More"


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