Wednesday 24 April 2024

A Horsey Happy Birthday


At Kate Hadfield Designs there are so many fabulous sets it is really easy to get inspired to use them. There are digital stamps which you can colour, coloured versions you can scrapbook or make into digital layouts. Papers, patterned overlays and doodles galore. No matter what your skill level there are so many goodies to play with.

One of the most fabulous things about being in this Creative Team is that we have free rein to make anything we want to using the sets in the shop. This is amazing for inspiring creativity as there are so many amazing packs to play with. I feel very, very lucky to be able to have this opportunity.

I have used the Chinese Zodiac kit to make a card for a young lady's 11th birthday. She has recently become the owner of a horse who looks very similar to the horse in this kit so it is the perfect horsey to use for this project.

You can purchase this kit as uncoloured stamps or pre-coloured images. I chose to use the pre-coloured as unfortunately I am still having issues with stiffness in my hand and colouring is an issue for me at present.

I used the current sketch from Cheerful Sketches for the layout and printed my image to suit a 6" card. I distressed the edges with an ink pad and popped it up on 3d foam pads.

The main background paper is a lovely glossy sparkly floral which has a large corner motif which I thought would suit the large amount of open space in the sketch. I chose some semi plain green papers to pick up colours from this and the darker floral paper picks up the brown and provides a contrast. I was VERY annoyed at myself when I realised I had stuck the paper on upside down. I don't think it is really noticeable but I know it is wrong :( 

The final thibg to add was the sentiment from my stash which I matted onto a scrap of brown card.

Over at Kate Hadfield Designs there is lots going on. Kate is really generous with her freebies which are readily available. If you sign up to the newsletter you get access to an extra subscriber area the Doodle Den where there are loads more freebies. There is a gallery full of projects by the Creative Team and customers and so much inspiration for crafters and teachers. I would highly recommend you pop over there and join in the fun.

Card Details -

Size - 6”x6”

Digital Image - Chinese Zodiac (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Designer Paper - Desert Blooms 6x6” & Love Letters (First Edition Paper) Green At Heart (Basic Grey)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. I'm sure she will be impressed and like the card because it is so special. So glad you shared your horse with us at Critter Crazy, CarolG.

  2. A really bright and happy Birthday card, many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  3. Great personalised colourful card,love the p.papers and had to go back and check-it really is not noticable!
    Carol x
    Thank you for joining us at Scrapping4fun.
    Carol DT x

  4. Fabulous papers and design using this sketch. Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week.

  5. This is really cute, Mandy. You followed that sketch perfectly. The horse is adorbs! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful art with us at The Four Seasons Challenge. Please join us again real soon.

    I also hope to see you again soon at Word Art Wednesday.

    Karen L - my personal blog - my challenge blog

    Happy crafting!!!!

  6. Adorable! Thank you for sharing with us at The Four Seasons Challenge.

  7. Fabulous and sweet card.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  8. This is so cute, Mandy. It's a great sketch to show off the sweet image and pretty papers!
    Thanks so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  9. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the Outlawz Sunday Songs and Rhymes challenge and Creative Fingers. Hope to see you again.

  10. Sweet card!!! Thanks so much for participating in my IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE... challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

    1. ...and thanks so much for participating in our STAR STAMPZ challenge!!!

    2. ... and thanks so much for participating in our 613 AVENUE CREATE challenge!!!

  11. Wow! Everything is fantastic! I didn't memorize your link-ups so I might be back! :) Your pattern print mash-up is terrific and the sketch interpretation is spot-on! I love the horse focal! And for you linking your birthday card for HQCOLCB's April option! Thank you! --Becca

  12. Gorgeous card for the young horse lover.
    Thanks for joining us at Cheerful Sketches.
    xxx Margreet

  13. A fantastic card. That paper on the background is awesome and I also love the rest of the papers you've chosen. That horse is adorable. Thanks for joining us at A Place To Start. Hugs, María.

  14. Love your horsey card, Mandy. You really nailed that great sketch. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Sheepski Designs and best of luck with your entry.

    Gail DT for

  15. An awesome job with the sketch. This is beautifully crafted. Thanks for joining us at Outlawz Twisted Thursday. We look forward to seeing you again.
    Hugs, Berni DT

  16. Cute card. Great design. Thanks for sharing over at Crafty Catz

  17. So so cute! The background is perfect for this little horse!
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Blessings! Jeanie Ellis, DT, Crafty Gals Corner

  18. Great card, Mandy - love the layout you've used.

    Thanks for joining us at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge.

    Helen x

  19. Just beautiful Thanks for sharing over at 613 Avenue Create this month, hope to see you in future challenges.
    Elaine DT

    KraftiKards (my blog)
    613 Avenue Create DT
    Peace on Earth Christmas DT
    Simply Clean and Simple DT

  20. Sweet card Mandy, love the adorable horse and the sketch works so well to show off those pretty papers. Thanks for joining us at The Beautiful Blossoms Challenge. We hope you'll share again soon!
    Donna xx
    Beautiful Blossoms Challenge
    Inspiration Station Challenge
    Paper Funday Challenges

  21. Just adorable Mandy! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Sisterhood of Crafters
    Co-Owner … Can You Handle the Pressure, Double D, Four Seasons, Peace On Earth, Stencil Fun, Simply Clean & Simple, Two Old Bats, Triple B

  22. Beautiful floral background. Thanks for sharing with Outlawz Songs and Rhymes

  23. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Worldwide Crafters and Colorists Challenge.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx


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