A Quick Hello!


I thought I would share this birthday card designed with cards that I created for someone very special a couple of years ago.

Birthday card created with cards

Remember to give a card to the people in your life. They will appreciate it! In today’s fast paced world, receiving something in the mail that isn’t junk or a bill will certainly be opened first!

Hope you enjoy your creative day!

RePurposing Items to Create Cards!

We received two phone books in the last few days. I guess some people still use these, but I usually just toss them into our recycling bin. I decided to keep these, thinking I could use them in some way. Perhaps I could create a card! 🙂

Since I didn’t want the complete names and numbers of people to be shown, I decided to use a flower die that was thin enough to only reveal parts of the information. The flowers on these cards were created using a die from Elizbeth Craft Designs. I stamped the leaves and stem and cut them to finish the flower. I even used the ‘yellow pages’ to design my flower!

repurposing phone book pages to make cards, created by HorseMark Cards
The flowers are cut from pages from a phone book!

My family loves attending live theater, especially musicals. We received a flyer in the mail announcing that “Hamilton, the Musical” was going to be in San Francisco! I immediately knew what I would do with it!

Since the flyer was printed on sturdy card stock (and clean!), it was perfect to use to create a card.

Hamilton, musical, Father's Day Card created by HorseMark Cards
I repurposed the flyer for ‘Hamilton, the Musical’ to create this Father’s Day Card!

Since my husband is such a big fan of the broadway musical, “Hamilton”, I knew I had to create this card for his special day! When I gave it to him, he reminded me that Alexander Hamilton was one of our founding fathers. That made it appropriate for a Father’s Day card!

hamilton themed fathers day card

I still have several traditional papers in my craft room to design many more cards, but I like the idea of repurposing some items that add different elements.

Catalogs, magazines, and printed photographs can also be repurposed to create new items. I know many of you have used different things when you create your projects! It does add variety to our designs!

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I hope you like my ideas and are inspired to create something different!

Enjoy your creative day ~~ Vickie

Graduation Card Created from the Announcement!

Hello and welcome to my blog!

The month of June is filled with so many celebrations! Graduations, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, Weddings, and other special events. This post is focusing on graduations!

As many of you know, I specialize in creating custom cards for graduates (and newlyweds) using the announcements and invitations of these wonderful events. These are my favorite cards to design!

This is a high school graduation announcement I received from a customer who wanted me to create a graduation card from it so she could give it to the young graduate.

graduation announcement, high school graduation, graduation card created by HorseMark Cards

When I looked at this announcement, I began to brainstorm ways I could best use the elements of it to create a personalized graduation card. I like to use most of the design elements of the announcement, as long as it doesn’t get too ‘busy’ or cluttered. This is the card I created.

graduation card created by HorseMark Cards, high school graduation card, cards created from announcements, invitations, cards for guys

It is always interesting to see the various class mottoes of high schools, and I love this one:

‘We’ve come a long way,
but not half as far as we will go’

The Viking illustration had to be included, so I put him on the back of the card. Adding the graduate’s enclosed card added a personal touch. I created a tiny graduation scroll and tied it with some gold string to add another element and ‘balance’ to the card. A few dark blue sparkle sticker dots completed the card!

Thank you to my special customer for asking me to create this card! I would love to design a card for you too! Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com and I can give you more information.

Congratulations to all the 2016 graduates!

Thank you for visiting today! Enjoy your creative day!


Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

Yes, it is about that time of year again! Some college students may graduate in December or other months, but the majority of graduates get to celebrate and toss their graduation caps in May and June!

I wanted to share a couple of graduation cards I created. Most graduates receive a gift card or cash with the cards they receive. I created this tri-fold graduation card that includes a pocket inside to insert a monetary gift. There is also room inside to include a special message for the graduate.

Graduation card created by HorseMark Cards with pocket for gift card or cash, tri-fold card, girl with graduation cap and gown

This traditional wise owl card is appropriate for any graduate. It can also be created in any color to match their schools.

graduation card created by HorseMark Cards with owl holding scroll and graduation printed papers

A rolled scroll accents this graduation card that I created using printed papers and a popped up “Congratulations” message.

graduation card created by HorseMark Cards with scroll and parchment announcement

My favorite cards to create for this special occasion are made from the commencement announcements. You can see an example of a custom card I created from this high school graduation announcement here. If you receive an announcement and would like me to create a memorable keepsake card from it for the graduate, simply email me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com

Graduation card created by HorseMark Cards from this high school graduation announcement

I would love to create a card for the graduate in your life! Send me an email with your request and I will design a wonderful card for you to give to the happy graduate!

Congratulations to all the 2016 graduates and their families and supporters who helped them with their achievements!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit, I always appreciate your comments too! Enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie