Creating Your Own Craft Dies!

(This post was originally published in April, 2016.)

Over the years I have collected an assortment of crafting dies. When SpellBinders came out with their thin dies I was so intrigued with the many shapes they offered. I selected some basic shapes I thought I would use and soon found myself purchasing smaller label shaped dies.  (I know many of you have your own collections of die cuts too!)

When I create my cards, I usually use border shaped dies and labels. The stamps I use for the greeting are usually put on a popped up label, with a background label to accent it. Sometimes the next sized die is a bit bigger for my needs.  So, I discovered a way to create a die that is my right size. I thought I would share my little discovery with you!

using die cuts to fit your projects, created by HorseMark Cards

I simply cut out another die that I already used for the stamped greeting. Then I cut that die in half, so as to stretch it out to fit both ends of my original die cut message. I attach each piece to the message and I have a background accented greeting that is the perfect size!   Sometimes I just cut out the same  shape in the next size and us it as an added background. I think it adds a new dimension to the card. (I chose not to use the bigger background on this card as I thought it was too large.)

thinking of you card with die cut flowers and greeting created by HorseMark Cards

Many of the dies today are sold in nesting groups so you won’t have to use this technique. However, some of the labels in my stash may need a little background help. This is also a great way to use paper scraps!

I also decided to use a Memory Box flower die to accent this card.  I popped it over an embossed background and am pleased with the results.  What do you think?

I hope this little trick is helpful to you the next time you need to have the perfect size background die for your project!

Enjoy your creative day and thank you for visiting!

~~ Vickie

A Quick Hello!

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!

Too Many Embellishments?

Hello!

I’m popping in to share a little idea I came up with while I was sorting keys after our recent move.

There are many ways to identify keys. Instead of putting them on a bulky key ring, I decided to add a little tag to give the key a name.

Since I was sitting in my creative room to sort the keys, I realized I had so many embellishments that I could put to another use! These tiny metal tags were perfect! I have had them for so long and rarely use them, so I was excited to repurpose them.

Repurposing embellishments, craft supplies, keys

I just used my fine tip Sharpie permanent marker to identify the key. A simple idea, but it used up a few items in my craft stash!

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie ~~

Moving On with the Move!

Hello!

Remember me? I know many of you do, since you have been visiting my blog even though I have neglected it for the past few months. I thank you for that!

Since September, life in the HorseMark Cards world has been very hectic. Between nursing a bum knee, celebrating birthdays and holidays, bringing in the New Year, and something else. Oh yea! We moved from our home we had for almost 20 years into a single level home about 17 miles away. No matter how many or few miles you move, the packing and unpacking process is a big one!

It is amazing how much you can accumulate over the years. We raised our two sons in our old home and since they both live in San Francisco, they have limited storage space. Guess where some of their stuff is! Sorting through things to decide what to keep or donate took an incredible amount of time.
But, I am happy to report that the process is about complete!

crafts, moving, embossing, decorative boxes

Once again, I am fortunate to have my own creative space to design my cards. It is the last room in our new home that has been unpacked. The time it takes to organize my supplies is another process altogether! Like many of you fellow crafters, I will probably rearrange things several times before deciding what works best. Then I will change it! Sound familiar to you?

Anyway, I just wanted to update you on why I have been in silent mode. I hope to be back in the blogging world soon! I have posted a few items on my Instagram if you want to follow me there! I also share creative ideas on my facebook page. Come on by for a visit!

Enjoy your creative day and I will see you soon!

Thanks! ~~~ Vickie ~~~

Craft Room & Boxes!

Hello Readers!

I have been absent in posting in the past several weeks, with the holidays and various other personal events taking up a great deal of my time. It’s all positive though!

We have lived in our current home for almost twenty years and raised two wonderful sons there. It is finally time to move into another house and make it our home. We may be leaving the old homestead, but we are certainly taking all of our memories with us!

I am so fortunate to have a room all my own to create my HorseMark Cards, sew, and create other projects. The only negative thing is packing it up! I have so much stuff! Does anyone else have that problem?

Luckily, I will also have my own creative room in our new home, but of course it will take some time to get it all organized! So, I will still be absent in my postings for a bit longer, but am looking forward to getting back into my blogging world!

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Enjoy your creative days!

~~ Vickie