Enjoy Your Celebrations!

Hello!

This is such a busy time of year and the calendar is filled with so many different things to do and places to go!

Aside from getting ready for the upcoming holidays, many of us will be celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. Some of you may even be planning a fun filled vacation with friends! Other events may also be taking up so much of your time and the planning and organizing stages are set in motion. So many things….so little time!

anniversary card created by HorseMark Cards, ribbon, lace

(This year our 32nd anniversary happens to fall on Thanksgiving! So many things to be thankful for!)

Happy Birthday cake card designed by HorseMark Cards

(Happy Birthday for those celebrating in November and December!)

Several items and events on my schedule are requiring a good portion of my time and will keep me busy for the next couple of months. It is because of these things (all very positive and good) that I must take a break from blogging and social media for a few weeks.

I would like to thank all my regular followers, and those of you that are just discovering HorseMark Cards, for your continued support. Your encouragement has meant a lot to me! I will be back soon!

turkey thank you card, ways to create a turkey card

Have a fun time with your family and friends and enjoy all of your upcoming celebrations!

Enjoy all of your creative days!

~~ Vickie

I will be off the grid for most of November, but you can contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com if you do need a card! There’s always time to create and send a card!

Squirrels & Acorns!

There are many squirrels that scamper around our yard all year long. We also have several trees on our property, along with a 300 year old oak tree. Now that fall is here, I enjoy watching the squirrels gather acorns and bury them around our yard. I often wonder if these little creatures remember where they buried their food treasures. (I guess they do as every year we still have lots of squirrels!)

These little squirrels inspired me to create these two cards. I love this stamp which has been in my craft room for a few years. It is from Clear Dollar Stamps.

Notecard with squirrel and acorns created by HorseMark Cards

Squirrel & Acorn Note Card $4.00

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Squirrel with nuts & acorns birthday card $4.00

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You can get one of these little squirrel cards to give to a friend. Each card has a bit of hand cut work and layers of elements, which make them perfect cards to display!  Each card is $4.00  and you can purchase them securely through PayPal.  They are sure to bring a smile to someone!

 
Enjoy your day and thank you for visiting today!

~~ Vickie

Playing with Yarns!

Yes. I’ve returned to my basket of yarns. When I recently reorganized and cleaned my craft room, I realized how many balls and skeins of yarns I had. All sorts of colors, weights and types. What a waste of storage space and beautiful yarns! I decided to use them or donate them.

Basket of yarns, knitting, slippers, using scrap yarns

When I was in the 9th grade (many moons ago!) I learned how to knit these slippers. It was the popular item to knit during the time. I’ve been knitting these slippers off and on ever since. They were made with white and solid colored yarns when I learned how to create them. They can be thrown in the washer and dryer and come out looking new again!

In recent years I’ve used the different varigated yarns along with a matching solid color. They look so different when completed. It is a bit tricky to lose count on the varigated yarns, especially when you get to the same color as the solid yarn.

Checkerboard knitted slippers, slippers with pom pom,, knitting,

Checkerboard slippers, knitting slippers, varigated yarns, knitting

If I make these for a girl or woman, I usually put a pom pom on the top. The guys get a bow or a simple braided knot on the top of their slippers. I’ve even adjusted the pattern and made baby slippers and smaller sizes for children. I’ve used the smaller scraps of yarns to create colorful slippers too!

My stash had several smaller balls of yarn. I know I could never find the exact same weight and color, so I considered these colorful scrap of yarn. I needed a new pair, so I started knitting a pair using these scraps. Each foot is different, but that’s okay with me!

Ways to use yarn scraps, knitted checkerboard slippers created by HorseMark Cards, knitting, slippers

Do any of you remember these slippers? Do you still knit them? I could not even begin to explain how to make these, as I found out recently when I tried to teach a friend. She just watched and followed along with her own set of needles and yarns. There are a couple of videos online that show you how to make these, but they were a bit different than how I learned. One was in French, so that isn’t helpful for most people.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I create as I sit and watch a movie or a ball game. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope you have a creative day!

~~ Vickie ~~

Pretty in Pink Birthday Card for a Golfer!

Hello!

I hope all is well with you and you’re enjoying some creative time!

A special birthday card was requested for a female golfer. Yes, there are lots of girls and ladies that enjoy a good round of golf!

The only stamp or digital image I had for golfing was this little man that I’ve had for awhile and used a lot! I decided I would create my own golfing girl. I love the little girl stamps from My Favorite Things. You can see that this cute stamp has been used!

stamps for golfers, custom cards designed by HorseMark Cards

I wanted to fit a golf club in the girl’s hand, but decided a golf flag would also be appropriate. Since my customer wanted this card in shades of pink, this is what I designed!

birthday card for girl, female golfers, cards designed by HorseMark Cards, butterfly, golf cart

The outfit and shoes on this stamp are not colored; I cut out papers and layered them on the stamp. This is a great way to use those little scraps of papers! This was a fun card to design and I love the challenge of creating something original! I love to mix and match stamps to come up with different ideas.

My customer said this card was perfect, so I am pleased that I have another satisfied person that gives greeting cards!

I hope I’ve inspired you to mix up your stamps and digital designs to create something new!

Enjoy your creative day!

~ Vickie

Card Design for Many Reasons!

Welcome!

Today I would like to share a card I designed that I thought would be a note card. However, once I thought about it, I decided this card can be used for many occasions!

birthday card designed by HorseMark Cards, thank you cards, get well soon cards, thinking of you cards, flowers

Note cards are popular as they can be used as a Thank You, Thinking of You, Get Well, or even a Sympathy card. This is another reason I enjoy designing handmade greeting cards; so many possibilities from one design!

I hope you enjoy your creative day and I appreciate you stopping by my blog today!

Many thanks ~ Vickie