‘She Loves Pink’ Thank You Card!

Hello Dear Readers!

We enjoyed our recent trip to Oregon and California to visit family and friends. We only stayed in a hotel one night, so I have several Thank You cards to send to express our appreciation for the wonderful hospitality we enjoyed during our trip.

Thank you card withLittle girl in bathrobe

This cute stamp from My Favorite Things is adorable. She is part of the Pure Innocence collection. I have had it for several years so it may not be available, but there are other cute stamps similar to this one!

I stamp the image on patterned paper and layer it on the image. It was perfect to put on a thank you card I created for a little girl that let me stay in her bed at her grandparents’ house. She loves pink!

Thank you card in pink using MFT stamp of girl in robe

The tiny rick rack was a perfect touch, along with the tiny butterflies! I usually decorate the outside of the envelope and I tuck the card between an embossed folder to protect it from the mailing process.

Decorated envelops and embossed folder for thank you card
I hope she will be excited to receive this card in the mail! Little kids love getting mail addressed to them!

My stash includes this tiny rick rack I had from my grandmother’s sewing box. As you can see, the price on this indicates how old it is! It was still sealed and was perfect for this card and I can use it on a baby card too!

Using rick rack and embellishments on cards
When I attached the rick rack to the card, I wanted to make sure it stayed in place. I wrapped it around the top and bottom of the card, then secured it with a bit of glue. I have a handy trick I use to secure small items on cards.
card making tip on how to attach embellishments

It was fun creating this card and I hope it brings a smile to a very special five year old girl!

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Enjoy your creative day!

~~~ Vickie ~~~

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‘Button Up’ a Card!

Hello Crafty People!

I am still trying to use up my massive collection of embellishments, some of which I have had for several years!

Today, I am focusing on the decorative buttons you find at the fabric stores and on the craft aisles at many stores.

Many buttons are flat and easy to attach on a card, but some have the little sewing loop on the back. This adds bulk to a card, so I decided to snip it off!

Once the loop is snipped, the button can be attached to a card. There is still dimension from the flat button and it may require extra postage if the card is mailed. I usually tuck the card in an embossed folder, then put it in an envelope. This method helps protect the button from being damaged when it is processed through the mail.

I attached this little hedgehog button to this birthday card for a special little kid! It ties in with the little forest critters paper I’ve had in my stash for a few years. Creating this card was a wonderful way to use up items from my patterned paper and embellishment collections!

Birthday card with hedgehog button and cute animal printed paper

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to use buttons you may have stashed away! Buttons are always in a crafter’s collection!

Thank you for visiting my blog today! Enjoy your days of creating awesome cards and projects!

~~~ Vickie ~~~

Thinking of You card, leaves,

Decorating Card Envelopes!

Thank you for visiting my crafting blog. I would like to share how and why I give my cards in decorated envelopes.

First off, when a HorseMark card is delivered to an actual mailbox, the envelope stands out apart from the other mail. I am sure the envelope will be opened first! (Junk mail and other envelopes filled with ads or other correspondence are the last items I open when I discover someone has sent me a card!)

Happy Fall Y’all  notecard  with squirrel, acorns, and pumpkins, decorated envelope

When my mail is delivered, I am usually home. I have met and talked with several mail carriers over the years and have found that many of them appreciate delivering different envelopes, especially those that are decorated.

When I have gone to the post office to purchase stamps or check the amount of postage on cards I am sending, I have been complimented on the decorated envelopes. They do stand out from plain envelopes!

Birdhouse and bird notecard with matching envelope

So, in a small, but important way, sending a decorated envelope through the US Postal Service, can help to brighten the day of some employees.

Decorated envelopes that I create are simple. Of course it doesn’t distract from the address on the envelope, it just enhances it. I usually stamp and color a stamp that has been coordinated with the enclosed card. It is usually on the bottom left-hand corner or the left side of the envelope. (I add my return address label on the back, which also gives an extra seal to my envelope.)

Wheat stalks and ‘Hope your day is awesome’ message, embossed and stamped background, by Taylored Expressions

It is very easy for me to add a little hint of what’s inside on the envelopes of my cards. I figure that I have made the effort to create a special card and it should have a matching envelope. It is just another way I hope to make a positive ‘mark’ or impression on the recipients of my cards. (After all, that is the reason behind the ‘HorseMark’ Cards’ name!)

Once again, I thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy your crafting day!

Take Care,

~~~Vickie~~~

Cards with Cute Hedgehogs!

Hello!

I wanted to share a few cards I designed using this cute little hedgehog stamp from Penny Black Stamps. This stamp is so versatile and can be used for all sorts of cards.

Three hedgehogs are dancing above a hello rickrack border with hello balloons
HedgeHogs Celebrating!

Hedgehog dancing above grass on leaves background paper, ‘You make me Smile’ message created by HorseMark Cards
Hedgehog Dancing on Grass

Baby card with hedgehog,raccoon, squirrel,and porcupine on layered card
Baby Hedgehog & Friends

Hedgehog in umbrella get well card created by HorseMark Cards
Hedgehog in Umbrella Get Well Card

Cards Created by HorseMark Cards using Penny Black Furry Affection Stamps
Penny Black Furry Affection Stamps

I would love to create a card for you with this adorable hedgehog. Just tell me what type of card you would like and I will design it and send you a picture of it for your approval!

Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or information.

I appreciate you visiting my blog and hope that I will be able to create a card or two for you!

~~ Vickie ~~

Colorful Ideas!

 

Hello Crafty Friends!

I hope you had a good year and find time to do some extra crafty creating in 2020!  I am planning to add a new post to my blog at least once a month.  (I do post regularly on my Instagram and Facebook pages!  I hope you get a chance to check them out!)

I decided to have my first post of 2020 be about colors, since that is so important in any craft project!

My creative room is almost overflowing with colorful markers. When I am at a craft store or happen to catch myself in a certain aisle in another store, I can’t resist looking at the extensive selection of colorful marking pens and pencils. A few years ago I would have had several in my shopping cart, but today I realize I own more than my share.

Colored Pencils and Special Markers
Colored Pencils and Special Markers

On occassion, I will use a marker for a small section on my cards. I do not have the talent to ‘blend’ the colors of markers so I can use them on large spaces of paper. (I continue to improve this skill, but even the best ‘blending’ pens and I don’t seem to get along. 😦 ) So, because of this flaw in my skill set, I use pencils (and chalks) to add color to my cards.

Sharpie Markers & Special Markers
Sharpie Markers & Special Markers

When I apply chalks to color images on my cards, I use a tiny cotton ball held with tweezers and hold it like a pencil. I like chalks as I can blend them more easily than markers.

EK Success Chalk Tower
EK Success Chalk Tower

 

Other items I used to purchase quite frequenty, were colored gems and stickers to use on my cards. I have since realized that I can just purchase clear gems and color them myself!  This makes it much easier to match the colors to the papers!  (I do find that the Sharpie markers are the best for this. They dry on most surfaces and don’t smear.)

Using markers to color gems
Using markers to color gems

 

HorseMark Cards created using colored pencils
A few of my cards I created and colored with colored pencils.

I think my love of these colorful tools dates back to my childhood. Colored pencils and crayons were my favorites. Coloring in books was something I was always doing, even in my teen years when I was babysitting. Once the little ones were tucked in their beds, I would enter my coloring world until the parents came home. I guess some things never change!

Thanks for visiting today! Enjoy your creative day!

~~Vickie