Thank You Card Time!

Hello Readers!

When the holidays roll around, gifts are exchanged, parties are held, and special events keep us busy with family and friends. As the year continues, birthday parties and special days, (Mother’s and Father’s Day, Graduations, Weddings and Baby Showers) bring us more gifts and gestures of kindness.

Once the gifts are opened and the parties are over, we need to remember to share our appreciation toward others. Yes, I am referring to sending an actual thank you card!

Thank You card created with leave die

A verbal thank you should always be given at the time of receiving a gift or a thoughtful gesture from someone. When a person receives an actual thank you note in their home mailbox, they will be so appreciative of your effort. After all, they took the time to purchase, perhaps wrap and deliver your gift. Taking a few minutes to write them a thank you note will make you feel better too!

Thank you card with yellow flower strips

Children should also write a thank you note. Perhaps making a drawing or a simple thank you on a card will let them know how important it is to show appreciation to others. When they put the stamp on the envelope, it can give them a sense of accomplishment of sending something important through the mail. It is also a great way for them to develop communication skills.

LEGO thank you card created by HorseMark Cards

When we are surrounded with texts, emails, and other electronic forms of communication, we tend to forget the more personal ways of connecting to people. Let’s bring back these more traditional ways of reaching out to one another. They do say history repeats itself! I hope sending actual mail to others will become popular again….we can make it happen!

Thank you card with blue flowers and ribbon, note card

I truly believe the pendulum will swing the other way, as many of us are looking for more personal ways to communicate with others. Taking a few minutes to call, (not text or email) someone to see how they’re doing, or sending them an actual card or letter can bring everyone closer in their relationships to others.

Thank you card created with playing cards

Everyone loves to receive something special in the mail. When you sift through the flyers and junk mail you receive, it is especially nice to find an envelope from someone you know. You will open that envelope first! Right?

Thank you card with umbrellas, double folded card

I do hope you and your children send thank you notes to others, and that you receive notes of thanks from your family and friends! It’s the right thing to do!

Enjoy your day and thank you for visiting!

~~ Vickie


A Very Different Retirement Party!

Have you ever been to a retirement party that was very different and original? My husband and I recently attended such a party for a dear friend, Lisa. This was not your typical celebration. It had a few surprises and so much laughter, mainly due to one thing…

It involved making greeting cards!

There were several women, but the best part was seeing five men sit at a table to make 5 different greeting cards! Needless to say, it was so much fun to watch these guys try to attach tiny embellishments and fiddle with the backing of the miracle tape adhesives. You would think that using tweezers would have helped ~ well, it just added more laughs to the process!

These men had very different day jobs that may have helped them, (or not), navigate the process of making their cards. One was a chef and another man was an event supervisor. A retired TV station technician, a CEO of a food safety organization, and an event coordinator rounded out the career backgrounds of these talented men.

Creating handmade cards, retirement party,
Card-creating party men!
Men creating cards, making handmade cards, retirement card making party
The men were very focused on creating the cards!

Here are some of the cards we created at this fun party! These cards were designed by my friends, Sharon and Ann. Thanks ladies for creating these great cards for us!

Stand-up card with Owls, handmade cards, sequins on cards
Stand-up card with Owls.
Handmade fishing card with gift card, cards for men, sports card
Fishing card with gift card slot inside!

This card was the most challenging for all of us! But isn’t it cute?

Handmade card with elephant and mice, snap camera card design
Cute elephant taking a selfie!
Handmade card with elephant and mice, snap camera card design
Camera Elephant Note Card
Handmade card with elephant and mice, snap camera card design
Cute mouse!

Thank you for retiring Lisa and bringing this great bunch of people together to enjoy way too much fun and laughs! Happy Retirement!

~~ Vickie ~~

Wedding Card Created from the Invitation

I hope this new year has started off on a positive note for you. Our calendar is filling up with all sorts of travel and fun events. One of the exciting celebrations was the marriage of my son’s childhood friend.

As usual, I took the invitation for the wedding and designed a wedding card from it. It’s always a bit tricky to decide how to create these cards, but that is part of of the fun!

This was the invitation, both front and back. Such pretty colors of dark blues, pinks, and creams.

Wedding invitations, wedding cards,

Wedding invitation, wedding card, flowers

This is the finished card I created for the newlyweds! Since we attended this wedding, I added a flower created from the back of the invitation on the envelope for an extra touch!

Wedding cards, wedding invitations, decorated envelopes

Wedding card message, paper flowers, card created from wedding invitation

Congratulations to Marissa and Matt and best wishes for a wonderful journey through life as husband and wife!

If you are attending a wedding this year, I would love to create the wedding card for you!
Contact me at for special requests or information.

Thank you for visiting today!

~~ Vickie ~~

Creating Cards with a Layered Snowman!


(You can see the original post of Handmade Cards with Layering Stamps, which was published in 2012)

I love snowmen! Growing up in central California, the winters did not include snow that I could make an actual snowman.

I also created a Winter Wedding Card using this snowman stamp.

When I create a handmade card, I like to add a bit of layering with papers and embellishments. (I don’t add too many layers as the ‘bulk’ would require extra postage if the card is mailed.) I have learned that layering images of stamps is a perfect way to add dimension and some fun to cards.

I stamped this little snowman from Imaginisce on the paper I will use for my card. I think he is adorable; they have such cute stamps. I decided to color his ‘carrot’ nose, and outline his body with a glittery pen – including the buttons, eyes, nose, and smile!

handmade Christmas card with snowman
Stamp the hat and scarf on special paper
Handmade snowman Christmas card
Put a bit of glue on hat and scarf of snowman

The hat and scarf on this little guy are perfect to ‘highlight’ with layered paper. I used light blue sparkly paper for the background of this card, so I decided to use the same paper to make the hat and scarf. Stamp another image of the hat and scarf on a scrap of the blue paper. (Here’s another way to use your scraps of papers!) Carefully cut the hat and scarf out, leaving the black edges visible.

I put a few tiny dots of white glue on the snowman’s hat and scarf area on the stamp, then carefully placed the cutouts of the sparkly hat and scarf over the glue. (Tweezers really help!) Make sure you position them so they line up with the original snowman stamp on your card paper. Don’t press them down too much, the glue will dry and they will be slightly elevated.

Handmade Christmas card with snowman
Attach embossed paper to base, add strips of adhesive to oval die-cut

I cut a piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the card, then embossed it with my Cuttlebug tiny dots folder. It looks like small snowflakes. (I also have a ‘snowflakes’ embossing folder, but I think the snowflakes were a bit big for this little snowman.)

Strips of ‘Miracle Tape’ on the back of the oval die-cut of sparkly blue paper secure it to the card. I ‘popped’ the scalloped snowman over the blue paper. I punched a few snowflakes from scraps of photo paper I had – it has a glossy look that I like for snowflakes! A tiny, shiny sticker in the middle of the snowflakes make them sparkle! The stamped greeting ‘Winter Wishes’ is set over the sparkly blue paper and completes the front of this fun card! I also like to use the sticker greetings.

Handmade Christmas card with snowman
I used a ‘Season’s Greetings’ sticker on this card.

This little snowman is one of my favorites, and I have made several cards that feature him. These cards can be used for a thank you, a simple note card, or for Christmas and holiday cards. Today, many people wait until after Christmas has passed and send out New Year’s Cards instead of Christmas cards. What a great little snowman to receive to bring a smile to the beginning of a New Year!

Christmas Snowman handmade card
Snowman Winter Wishes Card

Thank you for visiting my blog. This is such a fun technique that I learned and I hope you will try it too!

I would love to hear from you! It is always fun to create and share ideas!