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.

Mother’s Day is May 10!


The spring and summer holidays and events are just around the corner! Mother’s Day will be celebrated on May 10 this year.

A few Mother’s Day cards that I have created are on my website. This is my latest creation.

Mother's Day Cards, Mother's Day card with flowers, ribbon, lace

Many of the cards I have created for this special holiday are custom and personalized.

The last day I can accept these special orders will be on April 30 so they can be sent to you in time for your Mother’s Day celebrations.

Thank you again for supporting HorseMark Cards. I hope you enjoy your day!

~~~ Vickie

Anchors Away!


Hello Blogging Friends!

I shared these items earlier this week: blue & white baker’s twine, a wooden anchor charm, small candy buttons, and printed paper of anchors and a captain’s wheel. I also added a regular hole punch.

nautical themed paper, nautical themed birthday card, cards for guys

Why did I include the hole punch? The tiny candy buttons from Craftworks are small, but they were still too large for this card. I simply punched them with my regular hole punch to make them the smaller size I needed. (These come packaged with lots of buttons, so I have more than my share!) These remind me of bubbles in the ocean!

A larger circle die was used to punch out the anchor and captain’s wheel from the printed paper. I attached them with foam squares so they would be elevated and add more dimension to the card.

When I combined these items, this is the card that I created.

birthday card for men, birthday card with nautical theme, using a wooden anchor

The blues and browns in the printed paper, from Best Creations, looks so rich. I added some baker’s twine to the little wooden anchor charm and attached it to this card to add some depth. The navy blue paper is embossed with tiny stars and the Happy Birthday greeting was attached with foam squares to add some dimension.

When I was creating this card, I had a guy in mind because of the colors and it just seemed to be a masculine card. (I know there are lots of gals that love the nautical themes too, and this card would also be great for them! I know I love blues and browns together!)

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I know everyone is very busy with their own projects, gardening, cooking & baking, and doing so many other activities. I appreciate your time!

Enjoy your creative day!

~ Vickie

This nautical card is available for purchase at HorseMark Cards

Blue Baker’s Twine and an Anchor?


(to hail another ship or attract attention)

I thought this blog title would attract a bit of attention. These items have been shared this week:

nautical printed paper, wooden anchor charm, baker's twine

Visit to see what was created with these items!

Please visit my blog on Friday, April 17 to see what I created with these items.

Enjoy your day and have a great, creative week!

~ Vickie

Birthday Card with Cute Sea Creatures!


Hello Dear Blogging Friends!

I have given you a sneak peek of these cute little sea creatures earlier this week!

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Now I can show you how I used them to create something special for a little girl!

Several cards have been made using this die-cut from Sizzix, (like my Seahawk Party Thank You Card), and I thought I could also use if for a beach themed card!

Sizzix die cut for beach card, using die cuts for kid's cards

A customer requested several thank you cards a few weeks ago. She also wanted me to make personalized birthday cards for her grandchildren. This is one of the cards I created for her granddaughter, who happens to live on a beach!

These three stamps of a cute blowfish, dolphin and a whale have been part of my stamp collection for a few years. They are from Imaginisce. (You know how you just have to purchase something cute when it’s on sale, and I am assuming that was the case when I purchased these adorable stamps!)

birthday card with dolphin, card with whale, card with cute blowfish, birthday card for kids

The paper I used has also been in my paper collection for a long time, and I can’t remember the designer. (If you recognize it please let me know.) :) It is perfect for this card since the pattern reminds me of waves in the ocean. I trimmed along the top of the card to accent the wave patterns in the paper.

The little whale was put on a larger piece of paper on the last tri-fold so it would have the appearance of being in the distance.

I added a few puffy stickers of fish and seashells and a few sparkling stickers as the ‘bubbles’. (I usually don’t use puffy stickers on the cards I create, but these just seemed to be made for this card!)

This was a fun card to create and I hope the grandmother, and especially her granddaughter, enjoy it and have a wonderful time celebrating her birthday!

Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie