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Hobby Horse Thanks....

....for the Monkey Challenge 85.  I have to admit, I really, really like A la Card Monkey's weekly challenges.  I find the sketches so inspiring and even if I don't get my card posted in time each week I usually complete the sketch.  This week is no different, and look, I'm even posting on a Wednesday!  I must be doing something right this week to be early : )

This week's sketch was for a "Thank You" card and I took that as my inspiration to do a long overdue thank you to a family friend.  Here's the sketch:

And here is my version:

Hobby Horse Thank You
About a month ago, a close family friend made up a bunch of sock hobby horses (like a sock monkey but a horse instead) for her granddaughter's 3rd birthday party and made an extra for my son.  I've been meaning to send her a thank you card and I finally got some inspiration this week with this sketch.

I really needed a break from Christmas cards and colours so I chose to use the "Just Add Cake" DSP colour scheme for this one.  I also decided to go with lots of texture for the backgrounds and had lots of fun with my Big Shot and new scallop circle punch.  Here is a close-up of the hobby horse

Isn't he cute?!!!
 To make him (or her) you need the Stocking Builder Punch and then just turn the stocking part upside down.  I used lots of toe bits from the punch to make the ears and mane.  The only stamp I used is the "thank you" sentiment from "Family Phrases" which, sadly, is now retired.

Here are the other details:

Paper:  Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Marina Mist, Whisper White and Early Espresso card stock.  Just Add Cake DSP

Ink:  Marina Mist, Early Espresso

Big Shot:  Circles #2 Bigz Die, Square Lattice embossing folder, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder

Punches:  2 3/8" scallop circle, Stocking Builder Punch

Embellishments: Poppy Parade 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon, Dimensionals, googly eyes, Subtles brads, sponges

Before I sign off for the evening I want to brag a little bit....I've been waiting all week to do this and this seems like a fitting time to announce that I am a PRINCESS!!!!!   A "Monkey Princess" to be exact! 

I was SO thrilled to be chosen as last week's challenge winner.  Thanks to Shirley and Terry for choosing me and to DF for the great idea.  If you missed it check out my "Medallion for Monkey" post : )

Happy Stamping!!


  1. Super cute card Laura! And congrats on being chosen as last week's challenge winner. You rock!

  2. Congrats Laura! So glad that I showed you the card that night. :)

  3. Cute card. Love the stick horse.

  4. So Darn Cute!! Love the Colors! Great sketch for the Hobby Horse. Thanks for joining us at A La Card Monkey!!



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