A Little Trick for Die-Cut Users!



I hope all of you are doing well today and are busy with your creative projects! I have been keeping myself occupied redesigning my HorseMark Cards website. And as the song says, …’all by myself.’ What a learning experience! There is still some ‘fine tuning’ I want to do, but it is finally back up! Please stop by for a visit and tell me what you think!

Now on to something fun! Creating! Many of you have worked with various die cuts and I would like to share a little trick I use to line them up with printed papers. I have a few die cuts that are ‘solid’, so you can’t see if you’re placing the die over the center of text or a pattern. My solution? I simply use the die to cut a piece of vellum to make a template. This die from Di-namics is one that I frequently use.

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You can see how I needed this die to line up evenly with my text. I simply place the vellum piece over my text, secure it with a piece of removable tape. When I place the die over the vellum and make sure it is lined up properly, I add another piece of tape to secure it when it goes through my Big Shot machine.

This same technique was used for the balloon die from Taylored Expressions. I wanted to make sure the card suits lined up to make my balloons for this card. I used the small hole from the Builder Owl punch from Stampin’Up to cut the smaller card suits I placed at the bottom of the card.

Since I wanted to highlight the text on the front of this card, I used red paper and cut two more of the same shape. I lined up the top and attached it to the greeting, then lined up the other at the bottom, careful to keep the same width on the border. This is a technique I use when I don’t have the slightly larger die to accent smaller cuts.

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Birthday cards created from playing cards are very popular. It is great for guys, and gals too! You can see another birthday card I designed using playing cards here.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Don’t forget to visit my new website!

Enjoy your creative day! ~~~ Vickie

Special Friends & Thank You Cards


I hope you had a wonderful week and are looking forward to a restful, but fun weekend! Today I would like to share some thank you cards that I was asked to create recently.

We know that thank you cards can be one way of showing how much we appreciate someone. Usually these cards are given for gifts we received. However, they can also be sent to share our gratitude for things done for us by a friend, especially when we needed help.

A customer requested several thank you cards to send to the many people who helped her while she was recuperating from surgery. She wanted some of them personalized. She gave me some ideas on what they liked or their hobbies, and in some cases, what they did to help her during her recovery.

One friend drove her to the many appointments she had with physicians and physical therapy sessions. I was happy to create this card for her to show how much she appreciated her friend.
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Another friend creates quilts and loves to sew, so I created this thank you card for her.
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Special notes of gratitude were included in the cards I created, since my customer had surgery on her shoulder, arm, and hand. She was only able to sign her name with her ‘good’ hand. (She requested twenty cards, so that would have been a lot of writing for her!) I was happy to compose various messages of thanks for her friends, with a bit of information from her.

My customer’s husband worked long hours, and was often out of town. She was fortunate to have a male friend come by to assist her with things she needed around the house. When she told me her friend was a contractor and built homes, I knew exactly what I would use to create his card! ( Darcie’s Home is Happiness stamp set included this image of a house.)
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When I receive requests for personalized cards through e-mail, the bits of information customers give me is so very helpful to create the special cards for them. In this case, it was so gratifying to know that there are so many people who help others when they are in need of assistance.
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This special woman is so fortunate to have so many generous friends in her life. I wish her a full recovery so she can enjoy the company of her many friends! I also thank her for the opportunity to create these cards for her. I enjoyed personalizing them!

Speaking of thanking people, I do appreciate you visiting my blog and supporting my handmade card business. Creating cards is so satisfying for me, and I know customers, friends, and family enjoy receiving cards. Thank You!
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Enjoy your creative day! ~ Vickie

Dreaming of a ‘She Shed’?


Hello Blogging Readers!

I usually compose my own blogs, but I found this article that I thought I would share, since I know you are all so creative! Some of these would be fun to have!

Have fun dreaming of these ‘She Sheds‘!

Enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie

Community Responses to Lost Dog


Hello Dear Blogging Friends,

Today’s post is a bit different from my previous posts about creating handmade greeting cards and other creative ideas or projects. This is a more personal post.

A recent event has prompted me to write this post. My friend posted on Facebook that her little dog had escaped from their yard and was asking everyone to keep an eye out for her. This post reached all of her friends and reached more when her friends shared the post with others. When I saw her post on my Facebook feed, of course I also shared it and some of my friends also shared it on their feeds.

I posted my friend’s lost dog picture and information on my local Nextdoor site and was totally amazed at how many people responded. Many shares and comments resulted from this post as it was shared through several other social sites.

The local lost pets Facebook page was recommended to me by a NextDoor neighbor member, and of course I posted it on their site. (This was a site I did not know existed.) Well, you can imagine how many shares that received! A local pizza chain even posted the lost dog information on their business page.

To sum it up, the information spread quickly throughout our community. One lead proved hopeful, but it was not my friend’s dog. I was truly amazed and very thankful for the tremendous response of friends (known and unknown) in my community that took the time to share this lost dog plea. Many responded with comments and questions and took an active role in getting the information out so this little dog could be found.

I wish this had a happy ending, but the little dog was found and did not survive. It was so heartbreaking and many more people again took the time to leave comments and condolences. It is so emotional when we have to say a final goodbye to our pets, especially under difficult circumstances.

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This event has made me realize even more that there are so many people that care about others and take a bit of time to reach out when a neighbor needs a helping hand.

I wanted to share this story with you. Many of you own pets and I know you can relate to this article. Give them an extra treat today and let them know you care for them!

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Thank you! ~ Vickie

**This post can also serve as a reminder to keep identification on your pets’ collars and get them chipped. (Remember to update the information if it changes.) Gidget was chipped. Keep a recent picture of your pets, just in case it’s needed.

** My only association with the NextDoor site is being a member within my own community. It is for all news, events and sharing information within your designated neighborhood. It is national, so you may want to check it out in your area. You may also want to check to see if there is a local Facebook page devoted to lost and found pets.