A New Blog Feature!



Hello Readers!

Today I would like to share a new feature that I will be adding to my blog. Several of the cards I write about are also available on my website, but I am now offering a chance to buy a card directly from my blog! It is secured by *PayPal and offers a more convenient way for you to purchase a card! (I will not overwhelm you with this new feature, I promise!) :)

This scarecrow note card I created seemed perfect to debut my new blog feature! You can see how I created this adorable little scarecrow on my previous post on Fall is Here!

He, (Why do I think all scarecrows are male?) has been created with lots of layers and details! This card is a **note card, however I can also create a similar card for a birthday or any type of greeting you may want. Send me an email at horsemarkcards@gmail.com with your request and I can create your custom card!


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Do you know someone that would like this cute scarecrow card? (It comes with a free smile!) He is only $3.00 and you can purchase him today! Just click on the Buy Now button and he will be sent to you immediately!

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What do you think of my new ‘Buy Now’ feature? Do you think you would use it? I would love to hear your thoughts!

I appreciate all the encouragement of my long-time readers and followers! If you’re new to my blog, Welcome! I hope you enjoy what you see and leave a ‘like’ or a comment! I love ‘talking’ to you!

Enjoy your creative day!


* PayPal is a secure way to pay, using your credit card or your PayPal account. (I do not see any of your credit card information! It is all kept secure through PayPal.)

** All HorseMark Cards include a mailing envelope and are packaged in a protective sleeve.

Fall is Here! You Need a ScareCrow!


YES! There is finally a chill in the air, at least in the mornings! Hopefully the weather will be cooler during the days too, and perhaps some much needed rain will follow! Pumpkins, recipes using pumpkin, autumn wreaths and other fall-related items can be found everywhere on blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, and so many other internet sites. (Visit Time with Thea for her wonderful ideas!) I love it all!

Today I am going to share another fall related item….a Scarecrow!

One of my favorite stamps I purchased from Craft Lounge, before they went out of business :( about two years ago, was a cute scarecrow. It made me happy just to look at him! I thought he would be perfect to feature today. I would like to share a card I created using this cute stamp and one of my favorite techniques – layering!

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These are the first 4 steps I used to create a cute scarecrow card!

Once I stamped my scarecrow on white card stock, I used my pencils to give him some color. I always color my stamps when I intend to add a layer over them – they look better from a slight angle when the colors match. When I took this picture, I wasn’t sure what color shirt I would use, so it was not yet colored.

I stamped another image of the scarecrow’s head and colored it the same as the entire image. (There are two stamped, one was a bit too close to the edge….my bad!) I stamped both sides of the shirt on a scrap of tiny reddish polka dot paper. When I cut these images, I made sure to cut outside the lines of the image. It looks better once you layer it. This is also a great way to use up little scraps of your papers!

how to make a scarecrow card using layers and baker's twine, created by HorseMark Cards

I added layers to my scarecrow and prepared the embossed base with baker’s twine.

I attached the polka dot shirt with Miracle Tape as I didn’t want it elevated. Foam squares were used to attach his head over the image; he seemed to come alive with this added dimension! Since I love polka dots and wanted to complement his shirt, I embossed the base of the card with polka dots. Using Miracle Tape (my favorite adhesive), I attached a small piece in the corner of my base to adhere the baker’s twine that I wrapped around to make a border.

Now for the fun part! The details! I decided he needed to be nestled in a bed of straw grass and have a couple of birds around him. I added him to the base of my card and he was ready to make anyone smile!

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This adorable scarecrow is ready to make anyone smile!

This card can be created for a note of thanks or even a fall birthday! I can see this adorable scarecrow holding some balloons! He can be nested in a fall arrangement, perhaps next to those little pumpkins! (I always seem to think of scarecrows as male, don’t know why!) My mind is so busy with ideas on how to use this cute scarecrow stamp! What would you do with him?

You know I will be creating more cards with this cute stamp! Remember, I can also customize this scarecrow for you! Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com and you can have your own scarecrow card in a few days!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit! I look forward to your comments! Enjoy your creative day! ~ Vickie

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Thank You for Visiting HorseMark Cards

Creative Idea on How to Re-Purpose Old Photographs!



We all have them…lurking in old photo binders, stuffed in photo safe boxes, tucked in a drawer or cupboard that rarely gets opened. Of course, I’m talking about actual photographs that were printed at your local film-processing store, Costco, and FotoMat (remember those little photo processing buildings?)

What could I do with all these old photographs that are taking up precious space in my home? Somehow, just *tossing them into the trash bin seemed too cruel for these precious memories, they still had some life in them. I knew there was an answer somewhere.

After browsing all around the internet, including Pinterest and other popular crafting and re-purposing sites, I could not find an idea that I liked. A friend told me about a man she once worked with who cut up his old photos and crafted them into a beautiful mountain scene, which he framed and had on his office wall. She said it looked nice, but I think that idea was out of my creative range. I guess I had to turn on my ‘thinker’ to come up with an idea on my own.

While going through my old photographs, I came across an envelope that held duplicate pictures of a river cruise I took with my sons several years ago. While taking a picture of a birds nest in a tree on the bank of the river, I captured the back of a fellow passenger’s head. (Not the photographs I wanted to remember for this adventure.) What caught my eye in this particular photo was the beautiful blue sky that took up most of the space. Bingo! My ‘thinker’ worked and I knew how I could re-purpose this picture! (This is also the teaser picture I posted earlier!)


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I quickly took out my flower die, and place it over the blue sky, and created petals of a flower! The photo paper is thick enough and of such great quality that this flower was perfect to place on a greeting card!


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Well, once I created this card, there was no stopping me! I looked through my dies to find ones that were thin enough to use on more photographs. One picture of a group of people with different colored clothing was perfect to use, however I did not want images of eyes or heads peering out of a flower or swirl. (Too creepy!)


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I love this pretty swirl die cut from Di-Namics and decided it was perfect to use to create this note card. It was thin enough so the fragmented image of someone’s leg or head would not be seen at the end of a swirl!


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The pictures of scenic views were more appropriate for thicker dies and cuts. Seeing a portion of a tree or river on a finished flower provided the right combination of colors, as you can see on this card I created. I adjusted the cuts of the scalloped pattern to balance the colors of the flower.


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The different finishes on photographs (matte or glossy) can add some variety to this technique. I also thought about other dies I could use to create cards with my new idea. A rainbow die from Di-Namics was used to create this thank you card.


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I also took the portions of photo paper left over from printing my own photos to use as the backgrounds or accent pieces on my cards. My post on Thank You Cards shows you how I used photo paper to make snowflakes, a snowman, and a snowflake wreath!

Since we camped several times when our boys were younger, I have many photos of trees. I used my Stampin’Up die cut to create some leaves from one of these camping pictures and created a nest for the bird. I needed a sympathy card, so I used the leaves to create this muted card.


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Many times I have to control my urge to purchase more papers to add to my ever-growing collection. Now, I have added more ‘papers’ to my collection, in the form of these old photographs! Not a problem, as I am re-purposing these to create something useful!

So, what do you think of my idea? Would you re-purpose your old photographs using this technique? Do you have other ways to use old photographs? I would love to hear about the ideas you have!

Thank you for visiting my little creative corner. I hope you have a wonderful day in your creative world!


*Here is a link for ideas on how you can safely recycle old photographs, as some of the old photos and negatives contained harmful chemicals.

Simple Gift Ideas – Handmade Coasters



Many people who enjoy creating things use items like paper, fabric, wood, or most anything! Today’s post will feature fabrics, and falls under my blog category, ‘…and a little bit more!’

One of the reasons I enjoy blogging is ‘meeting’ new people and sharing the ideas we learn from the blogs we follow. One of my favorite blogs is Sew Many Ways. Karen is the crafty author of this fantastic blog. She has so many creative and clever ideas for so many projects, so make sure to pay her a visit!

A few years ago, Karen posted a tutorial on making coasters using a CD. Since these are made from fabric, they soak up the condensation from cold drinks. (Many of the coasters with the cork or other hard surfaces tend to leave a ‘puddle’ of water on them and they often stick to the glass.) I also love that you can easily attach the coaster to a stemmed glass or pedestal cup, or use the reverse side for a regular cup or glass. So, these fabric coasters are perfect and I thought they would be fun to make! I thought I would share a few that I have made, perhaps to inspire you to create some too!

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These coasters can be made using a variety of fabrics!


Scraps of various fabrics I had in my stash were used to create a variety of fun coasters. Since I usually don’t use a pattern when I create quilts, there are usually several cuts of unused and left over fabrics that fill my stash. Several squares of denim fabric from my son’s jeans were left over from the quilt from toddler’s clothes I made him years ago. I combined these with a bit of red fabric to make fun coasters for our family room.


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Coasters of my favorite NBA team – the Sacramento Kings!


I had an idea to use the extra fabric I had after I created a favorite sports team quilt for my husband to make some of these coasters. I had to purchase some sports fabrics online and ordered more than I needed for his quilt. The fabric for the Sacramento Kings basketball team was perfect to make several coasters! We share season tickets with friends, so I gave them each a set of four coasters when we hosted our game selection get-together last year.


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Coasters I made for our favorite baseball teams!


The only fabric I could find for the San Francisco Giants was in a fleece, which I felt would not work well for these coasters. But, some left over baseball fabric from a quilt I made for our nephew was perfect to pair with the Seattle Mariners baseball team fabric I used in the sports quilt!


coasters made from leaves and acorn fabric

This fabric with tiny leaves and acorns is perfect for autumn.


I also created a few for my living room to use during the fall. We have a huge 300 year old oak tree in our front yard. I found this fabric in colors that matched my room, with a bonus — it has acorns! These coasters are perfect for my cup of foo-foo coffee or a nice glass of wine!

So, if you’re looking for an idea to create some fun gifts and use some of your fabrics, these coasters are perfect! They are very easy to make too! They can also be used like wine charms; they can identify your drink from others. This is a good reason to make a variety of coasters using the same theme, but perhaps in different colors.

Thanks again to Karen for the inspiration and all of her ideas!

Enjoy your Creative Days! ~ Vickie

A Busy Time of Year!



Hello Friends!

We are all so very busy this time of year! School is back in session, the seasons are changing, and like it or not — the holidays are approaching!

Like many of you, I have been spending lots of time in my creative room and at my computer preparing some new cards and other fun ideas!

I will give you a little peek into one of my projects!

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Curious? Well, I must admit that I am proud of this idea and I will be sharing it with you soon!

I have enjoyed seeing all the wonderful ideas many of you have already shared! So many creative people – I love it!

Take care and enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie