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 ~~~

Enjoy Your Celebrations!

Hello!

This is such a busy time of year and the calendar is filled with so many different things to do and places to go!

Aside from getting ready for the upcoming holidays, many of us will be celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. Some of you may even be planning a fun filled vacation with friends! Other events may also be taking up so much of your time and the planning and organizing stages are set in motion. So many things….so little time!

anniversary card created by HorseMark Cards, ribbon, lace

(This year our 32nd anniversary happens to fall on Thanksgiving! So many things to be thankful for!)

Happy Birthday cake card designed by HorseMark Cards

(Happy Birthday for those celebrating in November and December!)

Several items and events on my schedule are requiring a good portion of my time and will keep me busy for the next couple of months. It is because of these things (all very positive and good) that I must take a break from blogging and social media for a few weeks.

I would like to thank all my regular followers, and those of you that are just discovering HorseMark Cards, for your continued support. Your encouragement has meant a lot to me! I will be back soon!

turkey thank you card, ways to create a turkey card

Have a fun time with your family and friends and enjoy all of your upcoming celebrations!

Enjoy all of your creative days!

~~ Vickie

I will be off the grid for most of November, but you can contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com if you do need a card! There’s always time to create and send a card!

A Special Happy Birthday Card!

Hello!

I hope all of you are doing well and are having a good time with your creative projects! I’ve been ‘in the air’ and ‘on the road’ these past several days, so my blogging efforts have been lax. Life always takes priority and it has been fun and enjoyable! But now I’m back to my routine.

This is a special card I wanted to share with you. I created it for my mother-in-law, who just celebrated her 92nd birthday! It was fun visiting with family, as we celebrated with her. (More on that party later!)

She likes funny and goofy cards, so I couldn’t resist using this birthday lady stamp from Inky Antics. I also love the ‘Happy Birthday’ die from Memory Box. Adding the #92 was a must! (I don’t know if there are many cards in the stores to celebrate a 92nd birthday – another reason I love creating cards!)

birthday card created by HorseMark Cards for 92nd birthday

June is filled with graduations, weddings and birthday parties! I hope you enjoy celebrating these wonderful events with your family and friends!

Thank you for visiting today! Enjoy your creative day!

~ Vickie

Thank You for Your Blogs!

Hello and welcome to my blog!

While browsing through my Facebook feed, I noticed that some of my favorite blogs and friends’ pages were absent. Well, this seems to be the ongoing problem with Facebook as it tries to determine what we want to see. That’s another story.

This did prompt me to switch over to my wordpress blog feed and check out some bloggers that I was also not seeing in my reader. As I began to click on blogs that I was following, I found the reason for their absence in my feed. Many bloggers were no longer blogging, or had not posted for quite some time.

card with cats created by HorseMark Cards, family, friends, communication with cards

Blogging takes an incredible amount of time, so I can understand why some of these blogs became dormant, or were dissolved. Most of the blogs that I followed that no longer exist were not blogs that were sponsored or produced income. I would hope they were blogging for their own personal interest and they decided to take a break or move on to something that gave them the same sense of accomplishment that inspired them to begin a blog in the first place. I will miss them, but wish them success in their new ventures.

sorry to see you leave card created by HorseMark Cards, girl in robe with tissue box, cards for friends

My blog is about four years old now and I still enjoy it. Many times I have slacked in posting on a consistent schedule, but I have always come back within a short time. Sometimes a break is needed to recapture the spark of blogging , or personal life takes priority over preparing a post.

If you have a blog and are still enjoying it, I wish you well and hope it continues to give you good feelings. For those that have stopped blogging, or those that are thinking of starting a blog, I also wish you the best. Whatever one decides to do, much happiness to you!

thank you card with tree, hearts, butterflies created by HorseMark Cards, appreciation cards, followers

Thank you to all the bloggers that have shared their ideas. A huge thank you and shout out to the readers that have read, liked, commented, and even follow me on my blog! I appreciate it!

Enjoy your creative day!

~ Vickie

‘Thinking of You’ Flower Card!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I spent some time in my craft room with scissors, inks, stamps, and some imagination.

"Thinking of You" flower card with butterflies created by HorseMark Cards

This is one card I created using a flower stamp from Great Impressions. I blended red and orange inks over this pretty flower stamp, then cut it out. I also stamped and cut the leaves from some small paper scraps I wanted to use. The striped leaves give them a different look. To give this card a balanced look, I also used the striped paper as side borders to tie in with the leaves.

You know me! The butterflies had to be added to this card! I decided to include the stamped “Thinking of You” messsage on this card, but I know I will be making other cards similar to this one. Perhaps a “Happy Mother’s Day” or a “Thank You” card will be created soon! This layout would also be appropriate for a sympathy card. So many ideas!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you also had a creative and fun day!

~~ Vickie