Hugs of Love and Compassion

Sympathy card with flowers

Remember to listen, smile, and show generosity to everyone. Give the ones you care about an extra hug today, and everyday.

Life can change in an instant.


Card Design for Many Reasons!


Today I would like to share a card I designed that I thought would be a note card. However, once I thought about it, I decided this card can be used for many occasions!

birthday card designed by HorseMark Cards, thank you cards, get well soon cards, thinking of you cards, flowers

Note cards are popular as they can be used as a Thank You, Thinking of You, Get Well, or even a Sympathy card. This is another reason I enjoy designing handmade greeting cards; so many possibilities from one design!

I hope you enjoy your creative day and I appreciate you stopping by my blog today!

Many thanks ~ 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

People Still Give Greeting Cards!

Sending an actual greeting card through ‘snail mail’ is not as popular these days. Our current generation has grown up with greetings sent and received via the internet and cell phones. Wishing friends ‘Happy Birthday’ through their Facebook account is the ‘norm’ these days. It’s quick and easy to do in our fast-paced world.

birthday card with star balloons and banner

Many people think that sending an actual greeting card through the ‘snail mail’ is becoming obsolete. Allow me to tell you why I don’t think this will happen by sharing some actual experiences I have had with friends and family.

An elderly aunt loves to receive a card in her mailbox. She displays it for days for her family and friends to see, and she loves sharing it.

A dear friend suffers from migraines and the last thing she wants to do is look at a glaring computer screen or squint to see her cell phone messages. She appreciates the cards I send her and has even framed one!

Another friend looks at computers all day at work (usually 10 hour shifts) and she completely tunes out of the internet when she is at home at night and weekends. She says it helps to keep her ‘balanced’.

An actual birthday card was given to a friend at her workplace. She was able to display it on her desk and be reminded of her thoughtful friend. Her co-workers were also able to enjoy it.

I recently had a custom order of cards from a man who wanted a collection of note cards to give his mom for her birthday. He was at a loss of what to give her, and knew she liked sending notes to her friends.  (She does not have a computer or cell phone.)

notecard, card with cats, thinking of you card, cards for animal lovers, cards created by HorseMark Cards

Some people do not have online accounts, cell phones, or even access to the internet. These are not just elderly people of another generation. (My mother-in-law is 91 and is very active online!) Some people may not be able to afford a computer, a cell phone, or have access to internet service. (Yes! There are many people that fall into these categories.)  While many of us take for granted our ‘computerized’ world, there are some that are left out of this technology for various reasons. Some people simply choose to exclude this ‘online world’ from their lives.

wedding card, baby girl card, Mother's Day card, Valentine' Day card, handmade cards

I do know that many people, of all ages, still prefer to send an actual card for some special occasions:  Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, weddings, the arrival of a new baby, and other events or holidays.  There is also a time when giving an actual card is an absolute must – a sympathy card.

Thinking of you card, sympathy card, condolence card, cards with flowers and butterflies

The important idea is that we  need to stay in touch with our friends and family and acknowledge events in their lives. Saying ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Thank You’ or ‘Congratulations’ on social media is fine. I just think saying it with an actual card is a more personal way of expressing your feelings to someone.

What are your thoughts on sending greeting cards? I would love to hear from you!

Thank you for visiting today and enjoy your creative day!

~ Vickie

Disclaimer….In spite of having a card business, these feelings are genuine. Purchasing cards from me is desired, of course, but I feel it is more important to send someone a card, no matter where you purchase it.

Thank you card with lighthouse, clouds, cards for guys, cards created by HorseMark Cards

Did you like a card that was featured in this post?  If you would like a card simply send me an email at with your request and I can create your custom card!

Enjoy your day!

Sympathy Card Messages

Hello Readers.

Life brings us many experiences, both happy and sad. This post is about one of the experiences we will all have in our lives. This is not intended to be a sad post, but one that may be helpful to you in the future.

When you select a greeting card to give to someone it is usually for a happy occasion: a birthday celebration, a marriage, the arrival of a new baby, or a thank you. There is also a card that people send at a more trying time;  to express your condolences to the family who lost a loved one.

Sympathy card with flowers, ribbon & butterfly, condolence card

We have all had to give a sympathy card to someone in our lives. These cards are the most difficult to purchase. Before I began creating handmade cards, I remember standing in a card aisle browsing through the numerous sympathy cards to find one for my aunt. I must admit, I became a bit emotional remembering my late aunt as I read the cards’ messages.

Thoughts of you sympathy card with ribbon and flowers

When I needed a condolence card, I found it more difficult to create one at the time. I learned to create a few sympathy cards so they would be available when I needed one. If you keep one sympathy card on hand, you won’t have to make a special trip or struggle to find a card when it’s needed. A note card or thinking of you card can also be used to express your condolences. When you already have a card, your thoughts can be focused on what to write in the card.

Sympathy card with lavender flowers and ribbon, condolence card

The sympathy and note cards I have created usually have a simple, printed message. Some people choose to sign their name after the written message, while others may also include their own thoughts. Of course, this is a very personal choice and there are no set rules to express our feelings.

I would like to share some messages I have used, and perhaps will be helpful to you. These can be used alone, or combined to create a special message.

Sharing in your sorrow with prayer, love and friendship.

It is difficult to say goodbye to someone you love.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

May those around you help you through the coming days.

I hope you and your family find the peace you need to get through this time in you life.

sympathy card message

If you would like to have a condolence card created for you, contact me at and I can design a special card for you.  I will send you a picture for your approval before I mail it.

As always, I do appreciate you stopping by for a visit!  I love to read and respond to your comments too!

Enjoy your creative day!    ~~~~Vickie