Thursday 14 November 2013


The Pony Girl aka Little Miss C turned 7 in October. My how those 7 years have flown by! It does not seem like 7 years since we saw the pumpkin on their porch carved into  "It's a girl".

She had a science themed party for all the girls in her class and some of her close friends from outside of school. This Grandma was kept busy making a rainbow Happy Birthday banner and was so happy to be doing it!

Once again, she chose to accept no presents from her friends and instead raised funds for the Bird Sanctuary. She raised $215.00 and was really happy with that. Instead of the birds that came to the party last year, there was a fellow who brought rescued hampsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, hedgies etc. He does not raise funds, just brings the animals and teaches the children and adults about how to care for them properly. His is just an educational display.

Friday night was the family party.  Their family tradition is to  have the birthday child chose their favourite restaurant and we all meet there for supper. She did receive presents from her Mum and Dad (a guitar) and also presents from both sets of Grandparents, so she was not totally without any gifts.

Here is the card I made her. I searched high and low for an image of three horses. While I have plenty of horse stamps, I could not find any with an image of 3 horses. Finally, I looked through my 12 x 12 paper that I used to scrapbook my daughters Pony Club days. Luckily, I found a paper that would work. It had several horses and I carefully cut out the three I needed.

Why three horses? Well, my present to her was a riding lesson for three people. She has a secret horse club with two of her childhood friends. I do not know the name as it is a secret! lol  She has been wanting to have a riding lesson for just the 3 of them and now she can! It seemed to be a hit so that made us happy.

The background DP is a pattern of horseshoes. I roughed up the edges of the papers I used to compliment the tattered look of the horseshoe paper. I just dragged the edges of all the papers with the back of my scissors.

I had a few sticker embellishments in my horse themed scrapbook files. I cut down a girth strap sticker for the bottom left of the card, and placed the boots and hat on it. Just managed to fit the Stampin' Up word window punched sentiment on it!

I used the same sticker set for the horse and rider on the inside of this card. Punched it out with Spellbinders Petite Circles and matted that with a snippet of brown card that was cut with a S/B Petite scalloped circle.

Are you wondering just what my card is leaning on? It is a cornucopia of autumn silk flowers that my eldest daughter picked up at Michaels last year for 90% off. She picked up two of them, rather beat up and skimpy with flowers...a few flowers missing or 3/4 falling out. Recently, the autumn  flowers and sprays were 80% off and I picked up a few and reworked the cornucopia. It looks so much better is full on picture...

Card base and envelope - from my stash
DP - Around The Block, Running Horses is the horseshoe paper. The three horses are unknown as they are very, very VOS
Cardstock - snippets of rust and brown from my stash
Stickers - Sandy Lion, Horseback Riding for the boots, hat, and image inside the card.
Stickers - Girth strap sticker is unknown as it is very, very, VOS
Punches - Stampin' Up, Word Window
Dies - Spellbinders Petite circles and Petite scalloped circles.
Sentiment - Front sentiment is StampCraft Happy Birthday and Inside sentiment is Hero Arts Happy Birthday Circle

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Sister Act Challenge - Always Anything Goes


Brenda Brown said...

What a fabulous card for your GD who obviously loves animals and birds and what a sweetie she is raising all that money at such a tender age too. How lovely to get a horse riding lesson she can share with her friends as a present, you are very thoughtful.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Pia S said...

I really enjoyed reading this post, Maureen! What a fine little lady she seems to be - I'm so touched by her will to raise money for a good cause rather than receiving presents - that says a lot about her!
I also think you made her such a lovely card. You made it so personal by carefully choosing the theme of 3 horses. I'm sure she appreciated it!

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

A lovely card for your granddaughter Maureen and I bet she was thrilled with her present! Susan x

Christine Harrop said...

What an amazing little girl Maureen. Foe one so young to put aside her birthday gifts to raise funds for such a cause!! Both you and her parents must be so proud of her! Your card was just the ticket! Love and hugs Christine xx

Di said...

What a brilliant card Mo, for such a sweet and kind Little Miss C. I love the way you did the horses and your present to her was such a fun idea too.

Hugs, Di xx

Redanne said...

How wonderful that she raises money in that way, she must be a very special little girl! Your card is lovely and your gift to her was so thoughtful. Hugs, Anne x

jimlynn said...

OMGoodness! I love everything about this card! Great find on that paper and it made an outstanding card!! SO pretty and cute! I know she loved it too. What a wonderful gift to give riding lessons for her and her friends! That's fantastic and know she is one happy little girl right now!
Love your arrangement pretty and a great deal at 90% off!

Carol L said...

I'm impressed not only with this great horse card (I'm a horse lover too), but even more so with your DG's character! To reject gifts at her age in place of raising money for a worthy cause is quite amazing! I hope she enjoys her riding lessons with her secret pals :)

MagsB said...

This is a perfect card for a little girl who loves horses! What wonderful details, all tying into the theme. And the cornucopia is gorgeous, too!

love Mags B x

MaryH said...

You are one artistic and very thoughtful, loving Grandma. I'm sure that Miss C really loved this special card. She is growing up to be a very caring young person it sounds like, to forego the "Me" that we see so much, instead wanting to help in another way. Admirable. I'm sure this springs from her upbringing as well as to her inner personality. Her parents are to be commended for teaching & encouraging her this way. That card is a beauty indeed, and had such wonderful embellishments that were special to her. A very thoughtful gift from ya'll too..I bet it was just exactly what she wanted. Lovely cornucopia too, and what a wonderful backdrop for your special card. TFS & have a great wkend. Hugs

Words and Pictures said...

Great horsy card - inside and out, such great attention to detail. Love that autumn cornucopia too - how lovely to be able to refresh its beauty!
Alison x

Mary Jo said...

What a sweet and thoughtful little girl!
And such a pretty card for her! :)

Sue said...

What a fab post Maureen I bet your granddaughter was over the moon! and the autumn flowers are just gorgeous huggles Sue xxx

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday to the Pony Girl! Perfect card and gift for her, love the newly fluffed up cornucopia too. You did dig out some interesting posts on my blog to comment about didn't you! Have a great weekend.


Greta said...

You are so creative--bet your granddaughter loved the card as well as the gift!

Sandy said...

You are indeed a special grandma with such a special family. Your grand daughter is a doll and what a wonderful idea she had for her party. And of course her Mum topped it off with the animals and how to care for them. I know she was thrilled with the horseback ridding lessons. What fun she and her friends will have. This is one birthday I know your grand daughter will always remember and I am sure she will keep your card!

cotnob said...

Such a fabulous card for your granddaughter, your three horses are perfect along with your horse themed embellishments. Your granddaughter sounds like a wonderful girl, caring for animals and sharing with her friends.
I have been having a look through your Twelve Days of Christmas posts - you have some gorgeous projects.
Have a lovely weekend.

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful and thoughtful card and gift for your granddaughter! Beautiful horses on the card and all the other details make it even more special! Love the cornucopia. It looks so full and beautiful!

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday to your pony girl.
I hope she is getting much closer to her pony dream:)
Lovely card and such a sweet gift you got for her and her friends :)

Glenda Atkins said...

Your granddaughter seems to have a wonderful level head on her for one so young. Giving up gifts would be so hard for some, so your gift of the three riding lessons is a marvellous thing to do for her and her friends. Beautiful card too!

nwilliams6 said...

What a great card for a girl - they all seem to love horses! Beautiful image and I love the details you added. Your flower arrangement is really great too - you did a fab job redoing it. I have a few I need to do the same for (some I have stolen flowers out of to make cards - my hubby is still made about that LOL). Hugz!

Hettie said...

Gorgeous card there Mo and what a lovely gesture your Grand daughter made not to have pressies, preferring money for charity instead. A true sweetie.
Hugs and extras for the birthday girl!