Thank You Card Time!

Hello Readers!

When the holidays roll around, gifts are exchanged, parties are held, and special events keep us busy with family and friends. As the year continues, birthday parties and special days, (Mother’s and Father’s Day, Graduations, Weddings and Baby Showers) bring us more gifts and gestures of kindness.

Once the gifts are opened and the parties are over, we need to remember to share our appreciation toward others. Yes, I am referring to sending an actual thank you card!

Thank You card created with leave die

A verbal thank you should always be given at the time of receiving a gift or a thoughtful gesture from someone. When a person receives an actual thank you note in their home mailbox, they will be so appreciative of your effort. After all, they took the time to purchase, perhaps wrap and deliver your gift. Taking a few minutes to write them a thank you note will make you feel better too!

Thank you card with yellow flower strips

Children should also write a thank you note. Perhaps making a drawing or a simple thank you on a card will let them know how important it is to show appreciation to others. When they put the stamp on the envelope, it can give them a sense of accomplishment of sending something important through the mail. It is also a great way for them to develop communication skills.

LEGO thank you card created by HorseMark Cards

When we are surrounded with texts, emails, and other electronic forms of communication, we tend to forget the more personal ways of connecting to people. Let’s bring back these more traditional ways of reaching out to one another. They do say history repeats itself! I hope sending actual mail to others will become popular again….we can make it happen!

Thank you card with blue flowers and ribbon, note card

I truly believe the pendulum will swing the other way, as many of us are looking for more personal ways to communicate with others. Taking a few minutes to call, (not text or email) someone to see how they’re doing, or sending them an actual card or letter can bring everyone closer in their relationships to others.

Thank you card created with playing cards

Everyone loves to receive something special in the mail. When you sift through the flyers and junk mail you receive, it is especially nice to find an envelope from someone you know. You will open that envelope first! Right?

Thank you card with umbrellas, double folded card

I do hope you and your children send thank you notes to others, and that you receive notes of thanks from your family and friends! It’s the right thing to do!

Enjoy your day and thank you for visiting!

~~ Vickie


A Very Different Retirement Party!

Have you ever been to a retirement party that was very different and original? My husband and I recently attended such a party for a dear friend, Lisa. This was not your typical celebration. It had a few surprises and so much laughter, mainly due to one thing…

It involved making greeting cards!

There were several women, but the best part was seeing five men sit at a table to make 5 different greeting cards! Needless to say, it was so much fun to watch these guys try to attach tiny embellishments and fiddle with the backing of the miracle tape adhesives. You would think that using tweezers would have helped ~ well, it just added more laughs to the process!

These men had very different day jobs that may have helped them, (or not), navigate the process of making their cards. One was a chef and another man was an event supervisor. A retired TV station technician, a CEO of a food safety organization, and an event coordinator rounded out the career backgrounds of these talented men.

Creating handmade cards, retirement party,
Card-creating party men!
Men creating cards, making handmade cards, retirement card making party
The men were very focused on creating the cards!

Here are some of the cards we created at this fun party! These cards were designed by my friends, Sharon and Ann. Thanks ladies for creating these great cards for us!

Stand-up card with Owls, handmade cards, sequins on cards
Stand-up card with Owls.
Handmade fishing card with gift card, cards for men, sports card
Fishing card with gift card slot inside!

This card was the most challenging for all of us! But isn’t it cute?

Handmade card with elephant and mice, snap camera card design
Cute elephant taking a selfie!
Handmade card with elephant and mice, snap camera card design
Camera Elephant Note Card
Handmade card with elephant and mice, snap camera card design
Cute mouse!

Thank you for retiring Lisa and bringing this great bunch of people together to enjoy way too much fun and laughs! Happy Retirement!

~~ Vickie ~~

Paper Trip to Paris!

The opportunity to visit Paris has not crossed my path. Yet. I have been fortunate to have visited other places — Japan, Singapore, England and Australia, to name a few. I hope to travel to more places in the future, but for now I will stay near my zip code.

I have visited the sale aisles of several craft stores in my area though! On one such visit, I came across a selection of craft paper books that normally sell for $20 that were on special for only $5. Well, every crafty person knows you can’t pass on a deal like that! Especially when they have several selections of themed craft paper books!

These papers were purchased a few years ago and I have used many of them. Today I would like to share some handcrafted cards I designed using the Paris collection of “My Favorite Things.”


Several papers in this collection have larger images on them that can be used for scrapbook pages. Since I need smaller images on my cards, I cut out portions of these images. I also use them as backgrounds on my cards.


funny birthday card of an old woman in bed created by HorseMark Cards, embossed quilt, funny birthday cards

Paris themed funny birthday card

Custom card created with Paris theme, funny message

It feels good to use older papers that have been in my paper stash. When I see new papers I always want to get them, but then remember that I already have so many. A true case of ‘too many papers, not enough time to use them!’

Since these papers are probably out of stock, I will only be able to create one or two of these. If you know someone who loves all things ‘Paris’, I would like to create a card for them! Contact me at for more information.


Enjoy your creative day and thank you for stopping by my little creative corner of the blogging world!

~~~ 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 for special requests or more information.

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

~~ Vickie