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~~~

Junk Mail or Treasured Mail?

Junk mail fills many of our mailboxes, both online and in our physical mailboxes. We quickly toss this junk mail and look for the important envelopes.

Little girl holding sign saying thinking of you, butterflies

One of the best items you can find in your mailbox is a special greeting card! It can really make a difference to someone, especially in today’s world.

Cute poodle card created by HorseMark Cards

It makes me feel better when I send a card to someone, and I know they appreciate it. Who will you send a card to today?

Thinking of you with colorful hearts created by HorseMark Cards

Enjoy your day!

~~Vickie

A Bit of Greens to Take Away the Blues!

Hello!

These are difficult times in our world today and I hope you and your families are doing well.

Since so many people are sheltered in place, I have been creating and sending cards to residents of senior citizen homes and veterans.

Creating cards has given me a new purpose for my work. It relaxes me when I am creating, and I feel better giving my cards to so many who are not allowed to visit with their families and friends. It is a win-win project!

I am sharing this short post with a few cards I designed using colors of greens. I hope you like them.

Floral shaker card in shades of greens, scalloped framed VM VM border, handmade cards created by HorseMark Card

Golfer Dressed in Green, birthday card, layered card for men designed by HorseMark Cards

Frog printed paper with ribbit prints, google eyes, green colored handmade cards by HorseMark Cards

Green Argyle Birthday Card for men, green balloon card designed by HorseMark Cards

Sharing cards has always been important to me, but today it becomes more vital. To receive a card in the mail can make a big difference when they are feeling lonely. It can brighten someone’s day and maybe even make them smile.

Thank you for visiting today. Remember to send a card to someone and pick up the phone and let them know you care.

Enjoy your day and stay safe,
Vickie

Valentine’s Day Cards!

Hello!

February has arrived and I would like to share a few cards I have created for Valentine’s Day.

The first card is a pop-up card, which are fun cards to design!

Valentine’s Day card created by HorseMark Cards, pink and red hearts, fun border, handmade cards

Most Valentine’s Day cards are usually made in shades of reds and pinks. Since there are no rules in creating handmade cards, I have designed a couple of cards ‘outside the box’ in terms of the colors I used.

These cards can be given to men or women who like natural and muted colors.

Floral framed Valentines Day card created by HorseMark Cards, floral printed papers, cards for sale

This final card is one of my favorites. I wanted a simple design and decided to use white and gold as my color scheme. Once I created this card, I realized it can also be used as a wedding or anniversary card!

February 14 is a special day for many people, not just couples. Valentine’s Day cards are not only for kids to exchange in a classroom, but older folks like them too! Remember to give a card to friends and family to brighten their day!

I would love to create a card, or two, for you! Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or information.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog. Enjoy your day!

~~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