Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Amazing how this cart consisted of a single seat with no back support and two large wheels harnessed to a horse.  WOW!  The horse looks well fed which makes me feel a lot better.   I thought this was a very cool photo (circa 1940’s) and wanted to give this working horse a little glory!  
This was my maternal Great Grandfather, Edouard.

The layout needed to have a vintage look and feel, so I chose plain craft paper. The edges were distressed, rolled and folded.  A distress design was stamped all around the edges and in random areas of the page.  I was so inspired by Pascale Bernard’s gorgeous layout Saint Cosmes Church that I got brave and lightly applied black gesso with a coarse sponge.  She is a source of many inspirations for me!  I LOVE this technique!  Lastly, I stenciled splatters using distress ink Vintage Photo. 
I added my favorite color, purple, to the vintage color palette. I love how it looks!
Here is a close up of the die cut title:
Using the same paper collection, I die cut some leaves.  Vintage Photo distress ink was used to darken them. Archival Jet Black ink around the edges, as well as scoring & folding down the center helped them to stand out and have some dimension.  Wild Orchid Crafts purple/lilac colored magnolias were the perfect choice, especially since the magnolia is Louisiana’s state flower!  Some I opened up full and others I pinched to make them more closed.  The purple tone micro beads & tiny rhinestones really added that little something extra. 

I had some fleur di lis embellishments in my stash and used the purple one on this layout. Another Louisiana symbol…
Thanks so much for taking a look and have a wonderful day!  Lisa : )

Products used:

The Paper Studio – Haberdashery paper collection
DCWV – 6x6 Gauze paper stack
Kaisercraft clear stamp – Distress
Stampersanonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Splatters
Sizzix Tim Holtz alpha die strip – Typeset
Spellbinders Shapeabilities – Foliage
Wild Orchid Crafts – Purple/Lilac Magnolias (QVR-075)
Distress ink – Vintage Photo
Archival ink – Jet Black
Fiskars rounder corner punch
EK Success Jolee’s Boutique – Fleur di Lis
Michael’s – purple & champagne stem balls;Fuschia microbeads; tiny purple rhinestones
Burlap sprayed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Moonshadow Mist Pegleg Pete Purple
Coarse sponge
Black Gesso


  1. Thank you Lisa! Beautiful composition!

  2. brilliant just brilliant . a perfect combination of colors and texture ... love x

  3. Beautiful! Love the design, distressing and stencilling!

  4. It looks like a sulky--I once owned a Standardbred horse who I adopted after he retired from the racetrack. They raced by pacing (both feet on the same side moving together) which is an unnatural gait for a horse. They pull really lightweight carts like this one! The sad part is that I understand they tie the horse's legs together to force them into that unnatural gait! I think he was happy living out his days in our sprawling valley instead of racing!


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