Senior Citizens and Kids!

Hello! Welcome to my HorseMark Cards blog page!

Postings on my blog have not been as regular as I would like; sometimes life gets in the way. However, I feel very passionate about sharing cards, so I think this post is very important. I hope you do too!

Technology has made it so simple to send a ‘thank you’, happy birthday’, ‘feel better soon’, or ‘congratulations’ greeting to someone. These greetings take a moment to send, and the recipient receives their message instantly!

Hello Card with flowers

Online greetings can be nice to send, however many people do not have access to smart phones, laptops, or computers. Many of our older senior citizens are included in this group. Some of them feel lonely when family and friends are not able to visit, and keeping in touch can sometimes be difficult for them. This is one of the reasons giving an actual greeting card is so important.

Thankfully, there are so many wonderful groups that have been working to make sure people receive an actual card in the mail. These are just a couple of the organizations that help make sure cards are sent to people who may need to be remembered the most.

Cards for Kindness

From the Heart

Kind Cards for Cool Kids

Let’s remember the kids! Many need some encouragement, happy birthday, and congratulations greeting cards sent to them. Many kids are dealing with an illness, bullying, and feeling of loneliness. Siblings also appreciate being thought of and all kids love to receive mail addressed to them!

Birthdays, Thinking of You, or just a simple Hello card is a wonderful way to let people know they are not forgotten.

I am thankful for the many talented handmade card makers who help make the lives of our senior citizens and kids a bit brighter when they send them a card.

I have also contributed to these organizations and I am honored to be a part of making sure people are not forgotten.

Remember to give a card to someone special today!

Thank you for visiting my blog today. Enjoy your crafting day!

~~~ Vickie

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Scarecrow Season!

When I stamp this scarecrow on a card and then dress him in layered papers, he comes alive and makes me smile! He can be a simple note card or a thank you card. I can imagine him holding balloons to celebrate a birthday!

Scarecrow, note card, pumpkins, fall card,layered papers, handmade card with scarecrow, paper grass

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

Thanks for visiting by my blog! Enjoy your creative day!

~Vickie

Something Special in the Mailbox!

Taking my key and opening my home mailbox in December was a nice experience. I quickly sifted through the flyers and unsolicited advertisement letters to find the special envelopes. Most of them had handwritten addresses and some were labeled with our address neatly typed. What was tucked inside was most important—a Christmas card from members of our family and special friends.
December mail is the best!

Christmas cards, trees, holiday greetings, love, joy, merry and bright

Christmas, kitten, wreath, sparkles, snowflakes, stars

I enjoy December for a variety of reasons. December birthdays! Our youngest son, my brother, our niece, our nephew (born on my birthday, several years later!), and a few friends all got to celebrate with birthday cake. Of course, December also brings Christmas, which is a wonderful time we share with our family and friends.

Birthday card, playing cards, balloons, handmade card created with cards,

Now that the Christmas card rush is over, I return to my mailbox, as many of us do, to find advertisement flyers, unsolicited notices from companies wanting my business, and perhaps an invoice inside an envelope. This is also the time when the credit card statements come, reminding many that the holiday gifts and expenses still need to be paid. Now, going to the mailbox is not as exciting, and can even be depressing for some.

However, as the New Year begins, we need to remember our family, friends, customers and clients on a continued basis. A thank you card is certainly appropriate and should be given if you have received a gift over the holidays. Thanking the host for a wonderful dinner or party you attended will show them how much you appreciated their efforts and generosity.

Thank you card with ribbon, embossed birds,

Sending a birthday card to acknowledge someone’s special day is always appreciated. Many of us may not exchange gifts, but giving a card to someone to let them know you are thinking of them is in many ways better than giving a gift. They will know you took the extra time to select a card for them and write a personalized message.

Thank you card with ribbon, embossed birds,

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. Who is the lucky person you will be giving a card to?

 

Why Create Handmade Cards?

When you give or receive a greeting card that was created by a person, it shows that special care was involved in selecting the card.

One of the reasons I enjoy creating cards is the ability to personalize both the text and the features of the card.

For example, I recently created a card for a couple who moved into a house near the ocean in San Francisco. The view from their balcony includes house boats and sail boats in the marina. They also have two cats that share their home. The elements I included in the card were: a house, cats, and a sailboat. I doubt you will find a ‘Congratulations on your New Home’ card with these three elements included in the greeting card aisle of your favorite store!

Welcome to new home with sailboat, house and cats

Creating handmade cards is enjoyable for me, but even more so for the simple reason that someone will be receiving a card that was designed just for them. Many people still give cards for special occasions today, and some send cards just to let someone know they are thought of by a friend who cares.

Cat note card, friendship card

As long as there is someone that needs a card, I will continue to create them. I hope you continue to give cards to the people in your life.

Thanks for visiting my blog! Enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie

Banana Split!

I was asked to create a going away card for a woman who was leaving her place of employment, for a good reason. There was a personal reason behind using the banana split theme.

Going away card, banana split, funny cards,

Designing this witty and personalized card is another reason why I love creating handmade cards!

Remember to give a card, for any reason, to someone you know! They will appreciate it!

Enjoy your creative day! ~~~Vickie