Around the World Blog Hop!

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Hello!

I would like to ‘Welcome’ you if you are a first-time visitor to my little creative corner, and say ‘Welcome Back’ to my regular readers. The support and encouragement from readers like you is what makes blogging so worthwhile. I have met so many friends from many parts of our world since I began my blog about two years ago. It is exciting to share ideas, create, and learn from others!

HorseMark Cards, Around the World Blog Hop

Around the World Blog Hop

Today’s post will be a bit different since I am participating in the Around the World Blog Hop. My invitation to be a part of this fun blog hopping event, (my first!) was given to me my Thea. Her blog, Time with Thea ,is one of my favorite blogs! She always has such wonderful ideas and tutorials on gardening, making wreaths, organizing, and so many other DIY projects and techniques. She has a lot of wisdom to share and has more time to devote to her blog now since she has recently retired from her teaching career. Once you visit her blog, you will want to stay for a long visit! She is also one of the most generous and supportive bloggers. Thank you Thea for this invitation and all the creative ideas you share!

decorating, DIY projects, gardening

The Around the World Blog Hop involves answering a couple of questions so readers will better understand the process of each blog and the person behind it. Each participant invites another blogger to join the hop the following week. I have invited Tayna, the creative blogger behind Mrs. Hughes to join in on the fun. I have been following her blog for several months. She has a love for vintage sewing and shares lots of ideas on sewing, patterns, DIY projects and tutorials. You will love the dresses she makes! A visit to her blog will be very enjoyable and inspirational! Look for her post next week!

vintage sewing, wreath from thread spools.

So, now I will get on with my questions and answers as I participate in this fun blog hop! (I switched the questions around a bit, as I thought it flowed better with my thought process.)

Why do I create what I do?

Well, this is an easy question to answer….I enjoy it! I remember when I was much younger, I loved to make my own paper dolls. (Remember paper dolls?) So much time would be spent on coloring and creating different outfits for them. I think I had a couple of dolls, but I made several tops, bottoms, dresses, even shoes for them. I really enjoyed the designing, coloring, and cutting process!

So, fast forward a few years (well, maybe more than a few) and I find myself sitting in my ‘creative’ room cutting and coloring and designing handmade cards. It is relaxing for me to color and I love to fussy cut images from papers. Many of my cards have layered effects, which add dimension. Most of my coloring is done with colored pencils. My attempts at blending with the different markers have been not been successful, but I think the pencils add enough color. Maybe someday I will take the time to learn blending with markers, but for now I will stick with my pencils!

When my eldest son went off to college several years ago, I sent him cards for encouragement in his studies: Thinking of you, various holiday cards, and Get Well :( cards. I even sent him a card when he joined his fraternity! When he returned home, I found that he had saved every card I sent! My heart swelled two sizes that day! It made me realize that receiving a card in the mail really means something. (Of course, I also sent cards to my youngest son when went off to college. He saved his too!) These college cards were created almost eight years ago! Wow. I can see how I have evolved in my card designs over the years!

cards made for college student,

Like so many before me, I began creating cards to give to family and friends. Through the encouragement and support of my husband and two sons, I created HorseMark Cards so I could sell my creations online and share with others. There is some logic behind the name ‘HorseMark’. My last name is Horsfall and I wanted to make my ‘Mark’ in keeping in touch with the people I care about.

Our world is so filled with technology, which I love, but it seems the use of the old fashioned snail mail has slowed even more. I would love to be an influence in changing that. I do know some younger people are starting to send cards and that is so encouraging! Sending and receiving cards via my mailbox on the street is my social media!

What am I working on?

I am always working on ideas for creating new cards, but in recent days I have been working with fabric instead of paper. My nephew and his wife are expecting their first child next month, so making a baby quilt for them has been my main focus. I chose three prints from Jo-Ann’s that I just love. I had enough fabric left over to make my first bib. When I finished it I thought it was too small, then realized that babies are small!

I used a Speedy Baby pattern I found at Taffy Jane’s and I love the way it looks. Free motion quilting is on my list of things to learn. I have only tried it on practice items and it still needs a bit of work, so I just used simple straight line stitching to finish this special baby quilt.

I love to have things coordinate, so I used some of the left over fabric and created a baby card to match the quilt and bib. I must say, I am really pleased with how it all came together. What do you think?

Baby quilt, bib & matching card

Baby quilt, bib & matching card

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I have also been busy at my sewing machine making coasters using a pattern I found from Karen at Sew Many Ways. (Visit her blog and you will stay awhile! She has so many creative ideas to share!) I have been making many of these coasters from different fabrics to give as gifts. They are so easy and quick to make, and they launder very well! I lay them flat to dry, and they are ready to be put to good use again!

Yes, the holidays are approaching and I have also been creating a few harvest and Christmas cards. I must admit, getting into the holiday spirit in September takes a bit of encouragement, so I visit the Christmas section on Pinterest to help me get motivated. How many of you have used Pinterest for motivation?

christmas cards, christmas coasters, christmas thank you cards

Holiday Coasters & Cards

How does my craft differ from others in this genre?

I like to make my cards simple, yet different. Some require more detail and time than others, but I enjoy creating them all. The one type of card that I really love designing is to take an invitation and use it to create a card.

wedding cards. cards created from invitations

My favorite cards to create from invitations are wedding cards. You can see two wedding cards I designed from the invitations here and here.

I have not seen many people who take invitations, cut them up, and create a very personal and original card. So, I guess that is one way I differ from other talented people who make cards.

How does my creative process work?

Wow! That’s like asking me how do I think? My mind wanders frequently. It seems that I am always thinking of something else when I am doing something entirely different!

There is so much inspiration I receive from looking at what others have created. Sometimes I may take an idea from one person and combine it with another to come up with an entirely different idea for a card. I may think, if ‘they’ did ‘that’, why couldn’t I do something similar or do ‘this’ using ‘this”. (Does that make sense?) Whenever an idea pops into my head, I make a note of it immediately. (It seems that my mental filing system gets a bit mixed up these days!) Once I have an idea written down, I come back to it later and see how I can implement it. I love the creative process!

Many times I will think of a new idea from an item I see on my work table, like a scrap of paper left over from a die cut or punch. The light bulb goes on, like it did when I created these ladybug and purses cards. I love those creative moments! Don’t You?

cards with ladybugs, cards with purses, using oval shapes

There are so many talented people who make many creative cards and handmade crafts and share them on their blogs. They are wonderful and provide so much inspiration for me. I hope the ideas and cards I share on my blog inspire some people too! My blog and website keep me very busy, as I am always learning something new. It is challenging at times, but I still enjoy it!

Thank you for visiting today and letting me share a little of me and my creative corner of my HorseMark Cards world.

Look for another Around the World Blog Hop post from Tayna, the talented blogger behind Mrs. Hughes next week! Of course, you can always visit her anytime!

Enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie

card with squirrel & acorn

Thank You for Visiting!

Christmas Card with Ornaments

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Yes. I know. Some of us do not want to think about the upcoming holidays yet. We are wondering why the months have passed by so quickly. I would like to think that these previous months were busy, productive, creative, and exciting for everyone and those are the reasons the end of the year is approaching faster. At any rate, many creative people are busy making holiday gifts and I am also in the process of designing holiday cards. I would like to share one with you today.

Christmas card made with cut out ornaments

I must admit, I too am not quite ready for the holidays; but I am inspired a bit when I look through my holiday papers and craft items. It gets me a bit more into the spirit in September!

Reading comments from my readers is so encouraging. What do you think of this card design? Would you change or add anything?

Enjoy your Creative time and thank you for stopping by for a visit!

~ Vickie ~

Feel Better Soon!

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My husband and I were rarely sick with colds or flu viruses….until our two sons started school.  Washing hands was a habit I taught our sons, which paid off.  They seldom missed school because of illness.  But, of course, somehow the cold bugs would enter our home and we would  be under the weather every now and then.  

Now that school is back in session for many parents, we know that little ones bring home lots of bugs that can spread to other family members.  Fall and winter also seem to bring more illnesses since we are ‘cooped’ up inside more often.  Whatever the case, we all know someone that will unfortunately be bitten by some sort of ‘bug’. 

I created this get well card using this cute MFT Stamp.  I layered her robe using the background paper.  I had the tissue box stamp that I had never used before, but came up with the idea of popping it and putting a tiny bit of tissue paper in it.  I really like the way it came together and will create more like this one!  I added tiny butterflies, (of course!) and a flower on the inside.  I do hope this will make someone feel a bit better when they receive it.

get well card, card with girl,

Medicines, chicken soup, sleep, and extra special attention can make someone feel a bit better.  If they receive a get well card, it may even put a smile on their face.  If you know someone that could use a smile, this card is available at HorseMarkCards.

Once again, I thank you for stopping by my blog.  I do appreciate your comments and support!

Enjoy your creative day and hope you stay well!

~~ Vickie

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Card Created from a Baby Shower Invitation!

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Hello! I took a bit of a break from social stuff to take care of real life stuff. We all know how ‘that’ goes! Anyway, I did manage to peek at some of my favorite blogs and am once again amazed at the creativity of so many people. Very inspiring!

I have had some time to create some new cards, and would love to share a card I just completed. My regular readers know that I love to take wedding invitations and use them to create very personal wedding cards for the happy couples. It is so challenging to take the invitations and design something the same, yet different!

You can see my previous posts of a graduation announcement that I used to create a card for the graduate and a wedding card I created from the wedding invitation.

Today I would like to share a card that I created from a baby shower invitation. I love the cute little polka dots and the elephant is too adorable! I used most of this invitation, and only added a bit of gray polka dot paper and a ribbon I used on the border. Several hearts were punched and sprinkled around the card. I think it symbolizes the love this little newborn will receive once he arrives!

baby card created from baby shower invitation

When I create these cards from the invitations, I wonder what could have been done if I had two invitations and could make two cards. What do you think? Would you have done something different?

Enjoy your creative day!
~~ Vickie ~~

Cards for Men – ‘Timeless’ Note Card

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Hello Friends!

There are scraps of papers and bits of leftovers in my creative room now, as I have been very busy creating new cards. I love working with the papers from Graphic 45 and thought I would share this card I created. I used a tri-fold technique that I learned from my friend, Sharon. I fussy cut one of the pocket watches from the paper and elevated it with foam squares to add a bit of dimension. Do you think most men would like this? I could see a man receiving this at his retirement party!

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Timeless Note Card for men

Wishing you all a wonderful end of the week, and a great weekend! Let’s hope you get a chance to do something fun and creative!

~ Vickie ~