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

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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

Mother’s Day Cards!

Mother’s Day falls on May 13 this year and we should all honor our moms on this special day. Actually, every day should be Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day, cards for moms, butterflies and flowers on  Mother’s Day card

There are new moms who will be celebrating their first Mother’s Day, and there are moms who have great grandchildren that have celebrated several Mother’s Days. Some people have a special mom in their lives, while others have fond memories of their moms who are no longer here. We should all be thankful for the moms in our lives.
Mother’s Day, butterflies, love, guidance, encouragement, strength

Remember to give your mom a card with your written expression of love and graditute inside. She will really appreciate it!

Mother’s Day, cards, flowers, ribbon, paper flowers

I thought I would share some Mother’s Day cards I have created in the past, and a few new cards. I would love to create a card for your special mom!

Mother’s Day card with flowers, butterflies, handmade card

Colorful flowers on Mother’s Day card, butterflies

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

Thank you for visiting today!

Seashells by the Seashore!

“She sells seashells by the seashore.” This tongue-twister is about as old as the beach shores themselves! It is still a fun little vocal warm-up for theater performers. I was reminded of this twisty little phrase when I created this Sea Creatures card.

In keeping with the beach theme, I had an idea to use seashells with this card layout. I can just see this card displayed on a table or mantle in a beach house! It can also be a thank you card to a friend that let you stay at their little hut on the beach!

Starfish, seashells, Thank You card

If you know someone who loves the beach, this birthday card would be appreciated. A thank you card would also be perfect for a person who loves seahorses and seashells.

Seahorses and seashells Birthday Card

Watching the waves on an ocean beach is such a beautiful and calming experience. Thinking of this peaceful feeling was the inspiration for these cards.

Seashells sing a song, music, seashells note card

Card with seashells, making memories card, seashells, note cards

Loving the seashells and beaches made me think of the many couples who have spent time on the beaches. I know a few of these walks have resulted in marriage proposals. This love was the inspiration for this card.

Seahorses Heart card

Seashells and other sea critters on greeting cards have endless possibilities. I hope you agree and remember to give a card to someone you know!

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

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.

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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 ~~