Birthday Card for a Classy Guy or Gal!


Hello Friends!

Happy Halloween and Happy Last Day of October! Most of the blogs I follow have been posting Halloween or Harvest ideas, but I am a bit different today.

This is a quick post to share a card I created for a guy that loves old trucks!

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I thought about coloring this truck in the traditional red or blue, (my grandfather had a blue truck like this one), but decided that the yellow really made it pop!

When we search for cards for guys, sometimes it a bit more challenging, but I think this card would be perfect for any guy! After all, most of them love to drive on 4 wheels!

Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting!

~~ Vickie

Custom Card for a Girlfriend…from her Boyfriend!


Hello Blogging Friends!

We finally got a bit of rain, which we really need! It has been a bit chilly in the early mornings, which makes that first cup of coffee tastes even better! October is just about gone, and the holidays are here…in the retail stores at least! I know many people are working on their Christmas and holiday gifts and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to. It will be fun to read your blogs in the next couple of months! I am also working on some ideas and projects, which I will share later, since some of them are surprises. But, for now I would like to share a card I was asked to create.

It is so wonderful to receive e-mails from men requesting me to design a card for them. I recently received one from a young man, asking me to create a custom birthday card for his girlfriend.
How thoughtful, and how lucky this young woman is! He stated that she was going to be celebrating her 22nd birthday and wanted a card that had roses. He also requested that it be simple, but sweet!

This is the card I designed for him.

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As with all custom cards I create, I sent him a picture to be sure it was what he wanted. His response…..”Yes! That is perfect. It looks amazing!”

I think he liked it, and I know his girlfriend will love it. Not necessarily because I designed it, but that she received a card from her boyfriend that he ordered several days before her birthday! And, he ordered a custom card for her! What a guy!

My customers are wonderful! A huge “Thank You” for allowing me to create special cards for the people you care about!

Thank you for visiting my blog! Wishing you all a wonderful, creative day!

~~ Vickie

Custom Cards & Cursive Writing


Hello Dear Friends!

My posts have not been as consistent these last few weeks, but I have been reading what most of you have been posting! We all know how much time it takes to prepare our blogs and it seems that recently other projects have kept me away from my blog. I miss posting and hearing from my readers, so my goal is to get back into my routine of posting once a week! I also post some fun items and share what other creative people are doing on my HorseMark Cards facebook page, which I hope you will visit soon! Now, on to my blog!

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a customer asking me if I could personalize a card she found on my website. Of course I said Yes! She composed a personal message and asked that I ‘write’ it on the inside of a card and mail it for her. I was happy to do this, but when I sat down to write the message, a thought occurred to me…does the person know how to read cursive?
Since I had no idea of the age of the person or where he was educated, I did not know if he was taught cursive writing. In the end, I printed the message on the card.

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It was a beautiful message of love, and I believe the romantic style of cursive would have been more appropriate for the lovely message. I felt it inappropriate to ask if they knew cursive, but now I feel that I should have been more specific on the style of writing I used. The customer was extremely satisfied with the card and the printing looked very nice.

This experience prompted me to think about current views on cursive handwriting. I know many schools are no longer teaching cursive to our youngsters, and many more school districts across the USA are considering deleting this class. Many people think it is not relevant today, given that keyboards have taken over our writing tasks. However, there are also many people that think learning and writing in cursive is a positive learning experience. Cory Turner wrote an interesting article on this for nprED that is worth reading.

This experience got me to thinking if other languages and countries still use cursive. I knew Mr. Google would know, so I did a bit of research for my own curiosity. Many other countries still use cursive and I found it very interesting when I began my research. I did find some articles that have been written recently. Lisa van de Geyn wrote an interesting article for Today’s Parent. Another article I found was written by Katherine Collmer.

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I do believe cursive should be taught and used in our world today. There are a variety of reasons that are mentioned in the above articles and I do believe we can keep skills from the past and incorporate them with our current technology. Moving forward doesn’t always mean that we need to replace skills, we can just add new skills!

When I began this blog over two years ago, I knew I wanted to have it be a ‘Creative’ blog. So, talking about cursive writing fits right in. After all, it is a very creative skill!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit today. Your comments are always appreciated. Wishing you all a wonderful, creative day!

~~ Vickie ~~

PreSchool Teacher Thank You Card


Hello my Creative Friends!

It is always nice to receive a card in the mail, but it is extra special if that card you get is personalized.

I was delighted to get an e-mail from a mother requesting a thank you card for a preschool teacher. (Actually, she requested three thank you cards. I will share the other two later!) The customer requested a card that included crayons, letters, and numbers.

There is a very fortunate preschool teacher that will receive this thank you card that I designed just for her! It was so fun to create and I am pleased with the results. What do you think?

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I would love to create a personalized card for someone you know. Contact me at with a couple of details and I will design a card for you!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie ~~

Re-Purpose Cotton Rounds & Candle Holders


Hello Dear Readers!

Life and other activities have kept me away from my blog duties in the last several days, I hope to get back to my regular posting schedule soon!

In the meantime, I did want to check in and share something different that is a bit creative. (That is what my blog is all about!) We are all looking for ways to use items in different ways; aka re-purposing. Well, I have have a different way to use those little cosmetic cotton rounds and a candle holder!

A friend gave me a lovely cactus planter as a hostess gift. (I have wonderful friends!) There was a drain hole in the bottom of the planter and I needed something to set it on. Re-purposing came in twos! I used a candle holder as the stand since I didn’t want anything flat or too high. Since the candle holder was slightly curved, it could hold a tiny bit of excess water that leaked through the soil. As an added precaution, (I am one of those people that always have a plan ‘B’) I decided it needed something extra to absorb excess water. Cotton round to the rescue! Since the cotton rounds are inexpensive, I can replace them as needed. I love using items in different ways!

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Do you have any other uses for the little cotton rounds or candle holders? It would be nice to share your ideas and comments ~ I love hearing from my readers!

Enjoy your Creative Day! ~~~ Vickie