March Madness For Dummies


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This is so funny and entertaining! A Must Read for non-sports fans too! Enjoy this post and check out her blog– there is always something interesting to read! Enjoy your day! ~ Vickie

Originally posted on Peg-o-Leg's Ramblings:


Here’s a fun fact that you may not know about me; I am a Spartan.

No, I don’t mean that I am spartan: marked by simplicity, frugality, or avoidance of luxury and comfort. In that regard I am more of a sybarite: a voluptuary or hedonist.

I mean that I am a proud graduate and loyal daughter of Michigan State University. And just because I don’t follow college sports and, as a matter of fact, don’t know very much about such things, that doesn’t mean I can’t claim full bragging rights because the MSU men’s basketball team has made it to the Fantastic Four.

Go Green!

For those not familiar with this great tradition, a fever grips colleges all across the land at this time of year.   Students abandon their scholastic pursuits and get drunk because it is spring break. But that does not concern us right…

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Arches National Park in Utah


I have been absent from the blogging community for a bit and this is why! My husband and I took a trip to Utah to visit family, friends and two national parks. Since HorseMark Cards blog is about creativity, this post is certainly appropriate and I wanted to share it with you.

These are some images from Arches National Park in Utah. If you enjoy fantastic views of nature, and are up for lots of walking, this is a park you should visit. It was our first visit and we were so amazed at these natural rock structures created by water, wind, and time. (Lots of Time!)

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We were so impressed with the Balanced Rock formation. It amazed us how the wind and water carved out this rock structure over time. As you all know, pictures never do justice to many things we see – this is an example. If you ever get a chance, this park is a must see!
(No, that is not us sitting on the side of this Balanced Rock…these are two younger visitors with strong knees! But you can see the scale of how huge this rock is!)

The Landscape Arch is the longest natural rock arch in the world. It spans over 290 feet. You have to see it to believe it!

We also took an easy half-mile trail up to see the Double Arch. Once again, pictures cannot begin to give this formation the justice it deserves!

We also visited the Canyonlands Park in Utah. It reminded us of a smaller, but certainly no less spectacular, Grand Canyon. I hope to share pictures of this wonderful park in a future post.

Well, now that our vacation is over it’s time to get back to work. Cards need to be created and I am well rested to enjoy some time in my creative space.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day and time to enjoy your creativity!

~~ Vickie

Custom Cards for Sports Fans!


We live in a sports world! Most people I know follow at least one of their favorite sports teams, and they are not just men! Personally, I love to follow my Sacramento Kings basketball team and my favorite San Francisco Giants baseball team! I have followed the San Francisco Forty-Niner football team since college, so they are my favorite. However, since I have been married over 30 years to a Seattle Seahawk fan, I also find myself cheering for them. (We won’t mention the 2015 Super Bowl.) OK. Enough about sports. Now on to cards!

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I have created several custom cards relating to one sport or another. A birthday card for a Seattle Seahawks football fan has been a very popular card. I was asked to create a Denver Broncos birthday card for a special dad. Special thank you cards were created for my sons for our ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game‘ Mother’s Day celebration.

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Even if you’re not a sports fan, I hope you liked these special sports themed cards. A custom card can be created in team colors for the sports fan in your life. Stop by HorseMark Cards to choose your card today!

Thank you for visiting today. Enjoy your creative day!

~~~ Vickie

Rescued Zoo Animals!


If you’re like me, you save various items with the hope that you will find a use for them someday. Hopefully, that ‘someday’ will come sooner than later. One item I have saved, or rather tucked away in my craft supplies, were some puffy stickers of zoo animals. I vaguely remember purchasing these for a page in my sons’ Creative Memories scrapbooks I created over 10 years ago!

When a customer requested a birthday card for her grandson, I decided to use the die cut from Sizzix that has recently become one of my favorite dies. It is so versatile! I knew I wanted to have something fun on the card that a child would enjoy. Off to my stash I went and rescued my puffy zoo animal stickers from the depths of my storage vault. Their ‘someday’ was here!

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The little puffy animals were perfect for this fun card. I carefully cut around the backing so the stickers can be removed from the card and the birthday boy can use them. (I hope he and others will enjoy the card before they take it apart….that is the most important reason to give special cards!)

The grass was created from a die-cut from Die-namics. It was dusted with a bit of brown chalks to add to the zoo effect! You know what I’m referring to! :) Glittery papers added some sparkle.

I hope this little boy has a terrific time at his birthday party. He is so fortunate to have a grandma that will give him his own special birthday card!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit!

Have you visited HorseMark Cards lately? I would love to create a special card for you!

Enjoy your Creative Day!

~~ Vickie~~

Birthday Card for a Golfer!



Well, January is behind us and hopefully you are enjoying the days in February. Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, weddings, and other special events are all a part of February. Today’s post is all about birthdays! In this case, ninety-two birthdays!

I would like to share a birthday card I created for a 92 year-old gentleman that enjoys golf. Yep! Golfing is a sport one can continue well into their golden years, as long as their health allows them!

Creating this card was like a fun puzzle. The small die-cut golf cart set from Memory Box has several little pieces. I added some sparkling stickers for the wheels of the cart. The polka dot embossed background was inverted so it would resemble the tiny dimbles of a golf ball. The stamped balloons from Darcie’s Circus Birthday collection were hand cut and tied to the back of the golf cart with silver thread. They were also mounted on foam squares to add more dimension to the card.
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My customer requested a funny card, so I matched the inside message with the golf score. (Which is a golf score I would love to have!) I hope the birthday golfer will get a chuckle from this message.
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Creating personalized cards for special people is one of the reasons I enjoy handmade cards. When someone receives a card they know was created just for them, they are sure to appreciate the extra effort the sender gave to thinking about them.

Take some time to check your calendar for special cards that you need to send to someone special. A personalized card would put a smile on their face! If you need some ideas, I am here to help!

Enjoy your creative time and thanks so much for stopping by for a visit!

~ Vickie ~

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