Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Rockin' Birthday...


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This week I have the honor of being the Featured Artist on the Pals Paper Arts Challenge, which is a color challenge! The combo is a fun springtime mix of Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace, and Barely Banana. I thought I'd veer away from the Easter card frenzy today and do something a bit different. For all of you who read TSB regularly, you know I love punches and today I have a project that utilizes several Stampin' Up punches to create a cute little rocking horse.
The punches used are the Round Tab, Modern Label, Heart-to-Heart, and Designer Label. All are faves of mine, but the one that got me inspired to create today's project was the Round Tab. I've always thought the curve at the bottom looked like the legs of a rocking chair or horse, and I wondered whether I could create one with it. In case you are wondering, here is a list of horse parts and their corresponding punches used to make them:
*Rocking Horse Legs: Round Tab Punch. Fold the punched tab in half as you normally would. Cut out the middle to form legs.
*Body: Designer Label Punch. Fold punched label in half vertically.
*Head and Neck: Heart-to-Heart Punch. This was a little bit tricky, but the hearts used are the two largest (the smaller being the head and the larger the neck.) Fold each in half lengthwise. (Bean Tip: Score down the middle first for a cleaner and easier fold.) Glue the larger heart over the smaller after cutting a portion off the tip to trim. If I get enough interest in a tutorial, I'll take pictures! Snip the tip of the larger to create ears.
*Saddle: Modern Label Punch. Punch twice with two different colors. Glue one on top of the other and fold over to back, trimming away excess.
To make the tail and mane, I used brown embroidery floss and for the bridle I used purple. I was pleased with the results!
The remainder of the card is fairly straightforward, as I wanted to showcase the rocking horse. A big fat ribbon (sentiment stamped directly on with Craft Ink) and a few gemstones and I was all done. I chose to make this a birthday card because for now I don't have any expecting friends, but my son has plenty of little pals with what are sure to be rockin' birthdays!
BEAN NOTES: (Unless otherwise noted, all materials are Stampin' Up) Birthday Whimsy (sentiment) Stamp; Lavender Lace Craft Ink; Designer Paper (unidentified); Lavender Lace, Creamy Caramel, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery Cardstock; Sizzix Top Note Die; Big Shot; Ribbon Bundle Grosgrain Ribbon; Ticket Punch; Brown and Purple Embroidery Floss (generic); Gemstones (generic); Foam Dimensional Squares (generic)
HAPPY BEANS: Round Tab, Designer Label, Heart-to-Heart, and Modern Label Punches

35 comments:

Ann Schach said...

Adorable and creative, Regina! The rocking horse is spectacular!

Anonymous said...

This is sooo clever. Thank you for sharing. Heather

LeAnne said...

Regina, you are a genius! SO cute & clever!

Debbie Henderson said...

Awesome card! Made me say WOW!

Carla Bazhenow said...

How cool is that rocking horse. I love your card. Terrific. Hugs,

Katherine said...

AWESOME! Had to search for your blog when I saw this on Pals today. Thanks for the info on how to create the horse. So fun!

Tere said...

OMG!!! it's so sweet and cute and beautiful and awesome and... and... and...
I love It!! TfS.

Bye...Tere

Anonymous said...

PLEASE give us a picture tutorial for the rocking horse. I love any punch art I can find to use. Blessings, MaryS

Kathy Martin said...

EXTREMELY cute! I LOVE that rocking horse! Very creative! :)

Marisa said...

This card is beyond adorable!! LOVE that little rocking horse!!

stephpezstampin said...

What a creative gal you are!!! I love the idea for the rocking horse. I am going to give it a try for sure :-) TFS!

GCgirl said...

This is SO cute...and creative--LOVE IT!!

Patti MacLeith said...

One of the most darling cards ever, Regina!

Maree said...

The rocking horse is so adorable. I love it!! Thanks for the directions on how to make it :)

stampinbygenny said...

So creative. I love your rocking horse. Please create a tutorial. I can follow everything except how you used the hearts to make the head. Fabulous card.

TFS
Genny

Redwife said...

Gurl, that is just adorable!
You need to submit it to Stampin' Up! Can't wait to give it a try Ü
Thanks so much for sharing!

Christine said...

WOW! I am in love with this card!!!

Christine

Mary Fish said...

Just when I think the "Bean" couldn't get better, you bring it "on" even more with this clever and charming card. Wow! Hugs, M

Jen said...

WOW! This is So cute! Thank you for sharing. I will definitely have to give this a try!

Anthonette said...

Oh my...that rockin' horse is ROCKIN'! I found your blog from Nancy's iPICKS. Cute, cute, cute.

Dawn Hoffman said...

Too cute Regina--can't wait to go try and make one!

Anonymous said...

I have recently discovered your website and am completely taken in by your creativity and charm. Would love to see a tutorial on this "rockin!" horse! Thanks for all you do! Jenny

Mary (Happy Now) said...

This is one of the cutest punch creations I have seen. NICE work!!

Beth M said...

This is so adorable! Love it! Very creative use of punches.

kathleenh said...

So adorable! I love what you did with the punches!

Tina said...

WOW - That's a super adorable card.. how creative! You've got my vote for a picture tutorial - I can't wait and am putting in my order for a few punches I will need to give this a try - thanks for sharing!

Rebecca: said...

Oh yes, please! Could you do a more detailed tutorial of your adorable horse?!

Gina Wrona said...

Regina,

I hope you don't mind, but I cased your card with what I had on hand and gave you credit on my blog as well as facebook.

http://ginawrona.blogspot.com

Hugs,
Gina

I tried to email you a pic & link, but it was returned to sender.

Petra said...

BEAUTIFUL! I really love it! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Petra

Marsha said...

Hi Regina,
I am a newbie Stampin Up Demonstrator and just found your blog...I love it and all your creations. You are very talented. I was floored that you did not win with your big tent card! That was awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!
Marsha

Sheena said...

Absolutely spectacular rocking horse!

Annette said...

I just saw this cute little rocking horse on Sandra Farrell's artisan winning carousel. You have made an amazing little animal here Regina. Thank you for the inspiration.

Sandi Sakowski said...

That is just adorable!!! Would love a tutorial!!

Sandi Sakowski said...

I absolutely love the rocking horse!! So creative!! Would appreciate a tutorial!!! Please ;-)

Alison said...

I've just discovered this on Pinterest, it's fabulous. Did you ever make a tutorial for it?