Creating Your Own Craft Dies!

Over the years I have collected an assortment of crafting dies. When SpellBinders came out with their thin dies I was so intrigued with the many shapes they offered. I selected some basic shapes I thought I would use and soon found myself purchasing smaller label shaped dies.  (I know many of you have your own collections of die cuts too!)

When I create my cards, I usually use border shaped dies and labels. The stamps I use for the greeting are usually put on a popped up label, with a background label to accent it. Sometimes the next sized die is a bit bigger for my needs.  So, I discovered a way to create a die that is my right size. I thought I would share my little discovery with you!

using die cuts to fit your projects, created by HorseMark Cards

I simply cut out another die that I already used for the stamped greeting. Then I cut that die in half, so as to stretch it out to fit both ends of my original die cut message. I attach each piece to the message and I have a background accented greeting that is the perfect size!   Sometimes I just cut out the same  shape in the next size and us it as an added background. I think it adds a new dimension to the card. (I chose not to use the bigger background on this card as I thought it was too large.)

thinking of you card with die cut flowers and greeting created by HorseMark Cards

Many of the dies today are sold in nesting groups so you won’t have to use this technique. However, some of the labels in my stash may need a little background help. This is also a great way to use paper scraps!

I also decided to use a Memory Box flower die to accent this card.  I popped it over an embossed background and am pleased with the results.  What do you think?

I hope this little trick is helpful to you the next time you need to have the perfect size background die for your project!

Enjoy your creative day and thank you for visiting!

~~ Vickie

‘Thinking of You’ Flower Card!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I spent some time in my craft room with scissors, inks, stamps, and some imagination.

"Thinking of You" flower card with butterflies created by HorseMark Cards

This is one card I created using a flower stamp from Great Impressions. I blended red and orange inks over this pretty flower stamp, then cut it out. I also stamped and cut the leaves from some small paper scraps I wanted to use. The striped leaves give them a different look. To give this card a balanced look, I also used the striped paper as side borders to tie in with the leaves.

You know me! The butterflies had to be added to this card! I decided to include the stamped “Thinking of You” messsage on this card, but I know I will be making other cards similar to this one. Perhaps a “Happy Mother’s Day” or a “Thank You” card will be created soon! This layout would also be appropriate for a sympathy card. So many ideas!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you also had a creative and fun day!

~~ Vickie

Teacher Appreciation Day!

Teachers should be celebrated and appreciated every day, but there is one special day set aside to acknowledge them ~ Teacher Appreciation Day!  This year this wonderful day will be celebrated on May 3.

Many students will be giving a card or picture they created, or a little gift to show their teachers how much they appreciate them. Some may give them a hug or a flower and wish them a “Happy Teacher Day’. Teachers feel extra special on this day just knowing they are being acknowledged for their extra efforts!

Best Teacher Appreciation Card with apples created by HorseMark Cards

Parents can also show how much they appreciate all the extra time these educators spend to help their students. Giving them a special card with a personal message of thanks or a little gift will mean so much!

Make sure you remember to honor the incredible teachers in your life on May 3, and everyday!

I have many teacher friends and I know some of my followers are also teachers. Thank you all for the time, effort, and the extra things you have done to make a positive  impact on so many of your students’ lives.

Teacher Appreciation Day Card with school bus created by HorseMark Cards

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

If you would like a personalized card created for your special teacher, I would love to design it for you! Just email me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com and you will have your card in a couple of days!

I appreciate your visit to HorseMark Cards Blog.  Enjoy your creative day!

~ Vickie ~

People Still Give Greeting Cards!

Sending an actual greeting card through ‘snail mail’ is not as popular these days. Our current generation has grown up with greetings sent and received via the internet and cell phones. Wishing friends ‘Happy Birthday’ through their Facebook account is the ‘norm’ these days. It’s quick and easy to do in our fast-paced world.

birthday card with star balloons and banner

Many people think that sending an actual greeting card through the ‘snail mail’ is becoming obsolete. Allow me to tell you why I don’t think this will happen by sharing some actual experiences I have had with friends and family.

An elderly aunt loves to receive a card in her mailbox. She displays it for days for her family and friends to see, and she loves sharing it.

A dear friend suffers from migraines and the last thing she wants to do is look at a glaring computer screen or squint to see her cell phone messages. She appreciates the cards I send her and has even framed one!

Another friend looks at computers all day at work (usually 10 hour shifts) and she completely tunes out of the internet when she is at home at night and weekends. She says it helps to keep her ‘balanced’.

An actual birthday card was given to a friend at her workplace. She was able to display it on her desk and be reminded of her thoughtful friend. Her co-workers were also able to enjoy it.

I recently had a custom order of cards from a man who wanted a collection of note cards to give his mom for her birthday. He was at a loss of what to give her, and knew she liked sending notes to her friends.  (She does not have a computer or cell phone.)

notecard, card with cats, thinking of you card, cards for animal lovers, cards created by HorseMark Cards

Some people do not have online accounts, cell phones, or even access to the internet. These are not just elderly people of another generation. (My mother-in-law is 91 and is very active online!) Some people may not be able to afford a computer, a cell phone, or have access to internet service. (Yes! There are many people that fall into these categories.)  While many of us take for granted our ‘computerized’ world, there are some that are left out of this technology for various reasons. Some people simply choose to exclude this ‘online world’ from their lives.

wedding card, baby girl card, Mother's Day card, Valentine' Day card, handmade cards

I do know that many people, of all ages, still prefer to send an actual card for some special occasions:  Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, weddings, the arrival of a new baby, and other events or holidays.  There is also a time when giving an actual card is an absolute must – a sympathy card.

Thinking of you card, sympathy card, condolence card, cards with flowers and butterflies

The important idea is that we  need to stay in touch with our friends and family and acknowledge events in their lives. Saying ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Thank You’ or ‘Congratulations’ on social media is fine. I just think saying it with an actual card is a more personal way of expressing your feelings to someone.

What are your thoughts on sending greeting cards? I would love to hear from you!

Thank you for visiting today and enjoy your creative day!

~ Vickie

Disclaimer….In spite of having a card business, these feelings are genuine. Purchasing cards from me is desired, of course, but I feel it is more important to send someone a card, no matter where you purchase it.

Thank you card with lighthouse, clouds, cards for guys, cards created by HorseMark Cards

Did you like a card that was featured in this post?  If you would like a card simply send me an email at horsemarkcards@gmail.com with your request and I can create your custom card!

Enjoy your day!