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

Time for Thank You Cards!

School days are coming to a close soon, so there will be more activities planned around kids and their families. Perhaps a vacation is in the horizon, or just getting together with family and friends for a BBQ or event.

Sailboat thank you card created by HorseMark cards

Everyone usually shares in providing food and supplies to family events or gatherings with friends. It is a team effort to make the event come together, especially when you are the host!

Whatever your plans are, remember to thank everyone for their help. A couple of days after, it will be nice for someone to receive a thank you card in their street mailbox. It will show them how they are appreciated, and remind them of the good time they shared with friends or family.

Geometric thank you card with flowers and ribbon created by HorseMark Cards

Flowers & sunshine thank you card created by HorseMark Cards

Do you keep thank you cards on hand? There is always a reason to give one, and having them available makes it easier to jot a personal note inside and put it in the mail! (Remember to keep some postage stamps around too! There are so many different images on them to add variety!)

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

Thank you for visiting, and remember to give a card today!

~~Vickie

You Know Someone Wants One of These!

You know they will open this first when they get their mail! Surprise someone with a greeting card for no reason other than to let them know you are thinking of them!

Bird on a branch with butterflies notecard, created by HorseMark Cards

Giving an actual card to someone is also a more personal social media way of communicating in our busy world!

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

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

~~ Vickie

Hanging Out at the Beach!

Many people enjoy being on the beach. Some are fortunate enough to live by the ocean water, while others choose to visit the seasides.

If you can’t be at the beach, at least you can have a card that reminds you of the beach!

Flip flops, hanging at the beach, notecard designed by HorseMark Cards

This is one of my most popular cards! It can be designed as a note card, birthday card, and a thank you card! Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or more information.

Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting!

~~ Vickie

Seashells by the Sea!

The ocean waves can be so tranquil. I can stare at the ocean and listen to the waves for hours; it is so peaceful. Maybe that is why I love to create cards that remind me of the ocean seashore.

I thought I would share a couple of cards that I created that remind me of sitting by the ocean.

Seashell notecard created by HorseMark Cards, Seashells, notecards

Seashells sing a song for me notecard created by HorseMark Cards,

These cards are perfect to send a note to a friend to say hi, or even say ‘thank you’ to someone. I can see these cards being displayed in a beach house!

I would love to create a seashell card for you! Who doesn’t love the ocean and seashells?

(Most of the cards I feature on my blogs can be created for you! Just leave a note in the comments section or contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or more information.

Thank you for visiting!

~ Vickie