Birthday Card made with Cards!

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Our home has been filled with playing cards since my eldest son was in the fourth grade. He would practice different shuffles and tricks, and leave decks and single cards in just about every room in our home. A few even ended up on a high window ledge in our living room! (I have yet to see that card trick!) His interest and passion for magic did pay off though, as he has been a professional magician and entertainer in the San Francisco area for several years now!
(Proud mom moment to share! Ryan Kane (Horsfall).

Anyway, in spite of always have playing cards around our home, using them to create my handmade cards had not even crossed my mind. A loyal customer recently requested some humorous birthday cards to share with her bridge playing friends. Well, this is when I realized I could open a fresh deck of cards and put them to good use! This is what I created.

Birthday card for card players, gals, guys, or anyone!

Birthday card for card players, gals, guys, or anyone!

Even if you don’t play bridge, poker, or other card games this card could be fun to present to the birthday ‘shuffler’. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by for a visit! ~ Vickie

*Includes trademark material of Bicycle Cards.

Cards with Flowers, Lace, and Ribbons!

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Cards with Flowers! Cards with Lace! Cards with Ribbons!
These are all wonderful features to have on a handmade card, but when you combine them all on one card you can create so many beautiful cards! I would like to share one card I created that features all of these decorative ideas.

Let’s begin with the flowers. There are so many beautiful patterned papers with images that are perfect to use as backgrounds for projects, but you can also ‘fussy’ cut images from these papers to accent these designs. Some patterned papers are not card stock weight and need to be ‘reinforced’ when you cut images from them. The extra weight on the image can then be ‘popped’ on the card to add dimension. You can see how I use labels to add weight to these papers in one of my previous posts. This flower image was perfect to accent with the lace flowers on the paper.

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Combining different techniques to create handmade cards

Lace is so nice to use as it adds a soft and delicate feature to handmade cards. My favorite lace has sections so I can ‘weave’ ribbon through to give it a different look. This wonderful technique was presented to me a few years ago by my friend, Sharon. Tiny rick rack can also be woven through lace, as I did on this custom card I created.

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Tiny rick rack was weaved through lace on this custom card I created.

There are so many types of ribbons available and so many ways to use them. On this particular card, I used ribbon in two different ways; weaved through the lace and to made the flower stem and leaves! Ribbons can be used to make pretty stems and leaves for flowers. Tiny rick rack can also be used for flower stems and leaves! A tiny glue dot held the ribbon leaves together on the stem, then I adhered the stem to the card.

This is the final result of combining these different materials to create one card!

handmade card using Lace, ribbon and a few tiny sparkles

Lace, ribbon and a few tiny sparkles were used to create this card.

You can think of endless ways to use these techniques on your projects! I would love to see and hear your ideas and what you have created!

Enjoy your Creative Day! ~ Vickie

handmade cards using lace, flowers

Wedding Card with ChalkBoard Theme

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Wedding invitations are found in mailboxes all year long, but especially during the spring and summer months. I received a wedding invitation from a customer requesting that I use it to create a personalized wedding card for the couple. These are my favorite cards to create!

This wedding invitation used the popular ‘chalkboard’ theme.

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Wedding invitation used to create personalized wedding card.

The top portion of the invitation was perfect to put on the inside of their wedding card. I added a punched heart and flower sticker to ‘balance’ the look. The newlyweds are sure to recognize this when they open it!

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Wedding card created using the wedding invitation!

I printed a message that kept with the theme of ‘happily ever after’ to complete the inside of this personalized wedding card.

When I created the front of this one-of-a-kind wedding card, the names of the couple were cut from their invitation.

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‘From this Day Forward’ kept with the theme of this personalized wedding card.

One of my favorite wedding verses is “From this Day Forward”, and it seemed to pair well with the couple’s ‘happily ever after’ theme. I added some beautiful paper with swirls of gentle sparkles and a few punched hearts to accent the card. A pretty flower from Starfoam Stickers was perfect to complete this special card.

Congratulations to all the happy couples!

My regular readers know that I love to create these very unique cards, which you can see here and here, just in case you missed them.

Do you know of an upcoming wedding? I would love the opportunity to create a personalized wedding card from the invitation you receive. Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com or leave a comment!

Enjoy your Creative Day!

~ Vickie

thank you cards, using die cuts

HorseMark Cards

Wishing You a Wonderful Day!

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Summer is here and it has proven to be very busy so far! School is out and I hope all my teacher friends enjoy their time off to be with their families. Wishing all my readers a wonderful day!
~ Vickie~

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New blog posts are coming soon! Creating lots of special order cards for my HorseMark Card customers! Thank you for your support!

Extra Labels? See How I Used Them!

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There are several packets of various labels tucked away in my computer work unit. These labels are used so infrequently, except the address labels I use to mail cards to my customers. :) I can’t toss these abandoned labels, it goes against my motto of ‘I may be able use it someday!’ Well, that ‘someday’ has arrived!

I have labels that are the type you print on your computer and attach to CDs or DVDs. My husband used these to record theater productions and events at our sons’ high school. Since they graduated in 2007 and 2010, these left-over labels ended up in my supplies stash. These are great labels as they are circular in shape and have lots of white space on them. I found a great use for these, and other labels!

Many printed papers I use in creating my cards are not card stock weight. There are so many different and fun images on these papers that are perfect to cut out and use. They are too fragile to pop on my cards, so I simply adhere the image to a label and ‘fussy’ cut it. The label adds enough weight to attach foam squares so it can be popped to add some dimension to the card.

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I like to cut images from the printed papers, add foam squares, and attach them over the exact image to add elevation to the card. This is an example of a Father’s Day card I created, using the tie image. I used an Art Impressions ‘Shake Your Booty’ stamp on the inside so it wiggles!

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Another example of attaching labels to the back of a printed image is this cute sock monkey from the Recollections ‘Monkeying Around’ collection. I received a request for a custom card for a little boy celebrating his 5th birthday. I knew this little monkey would need to hold 5 paper balloons, so he needed to have additional weight. Adding the label to him before I cut him out gave his little arms the strength needed so he could hold the birthday balloons. You can see the card I created with this little monkey here.

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Do you have labels that are not used? How do you use them? I would love to hear your ideas and suggestions, or any comments you may have! Hearing from my readers is so encouraging!

Thanks for stopping by my little creative corner.

~ Vickie ~

Thank you card with little bird and polka dot ribbon