Carousel Birthday Horse

Carousel Birthday Horse

When I first perused the 2017 Occasions Catalog I was drawn to the Carousel Birthday stamp set.  First because I loved the Carousel Horse and second that it coordinated with the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  Woohoo!

I had been looking for inspiration to create this Carousel Birthday Horse card.  Well……I was finally inspired by the Global Design Project #077 Color Challenge (Peakaboo Peach, Early Espresso and Bermuda Bay) to create this bright and cheery design.

BASE:  I felt the layout lent itself to a square size (4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″) in Bermuda Bay (1st color – check).  Next I embossed in clear the “Tents” and “Ferris Wheel” images onto a Shimmery White square.  [Gloss on Shimmer – Love It!!!]  Then I layered the Shimmery White square onto an Early Espresso square (2nd color – check).

I wanted to add just a wee bit of Peekaboo Peach.  By taking a small-ish square and cutting it on the diagonal then placing the halves at opposite corners hit the mark perfectly (3rd color – check!).  Finally, I popped it with Dimensionals to add “more height”.  Lol!

HORSE:  The horse had lots of possibilities I chose to keep the coloring to a minimum.  Well……mostly because I don’t like coloring.  (grin)  It was calling out “emboss me”!  First I embossed the horse onto Shimmery White in Early Espresso.  [TIP:  Lightly ink image with VersaMark then ink with desired color and stamp, then heat emboss with clear emboss powder.]  After coloring I did a whole lot of fussy cutting.  Shew!  That was a lotta work.  Then to finish I popped it with Dimensionals and a ribbon bow to cover the top of the pole.

SENTIMENT:  One of the great things about stamps is they can be cut apart for use then put back together for it’s next use.  Sweet!  I heat embossed [same as above] “so much fun” from one of the sentiments in the Carousel Birthday stamp set onto a Shimmery White band and popped with a Dimensional.  Hello……it needed “more height”.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed today’s share.


  • STAMP:  Carousel Birthday
  • PAPER:  Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso, Peakaboo Peach, Shimmery White
  • INK:  VersaMark, Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Peakaboo Peach
  • ACCESSORIES:  Emboss Powder–Clear | 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon–Peakaboo Peach


Sparkly Hugs, Carol



  1. Anita says

    I love love love the clear embossing in the background of this card.. it’s so pretty and add’s such a nice detail that at first glance some might miss.

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