Junk Mail or Treasured Mail?

Junk mail fills many of our mailboxes, both online and in our physical mailboxes. We quickly toss this junk mail and look for the important envelopes.

Little girl holding sign saying thinking of you, butterflies

One of the best items you can find in your mailbox is a special greeting card! It can really make a difference to someone, especially in today’s world.

Cute poodle card created by HorseMark Cards

It makes me feel better when I send a card to someone, and I know they appreciate it. Who will you send a card to today?

Thinking of you with colorful hearts created by HorseMark Cards

Enjoy your day!

~~Vickie

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New Year! New Home!

Hello!

It has been a crazy year, as many of you know. Unfortunately, I have not kept up with my blog postings. So many things have happened and I really miss not having the time to devote to this blog, but I hope to be back soon!

We are in the process of moving from California to Washington, so my craft room has been packed up for a few weeks. I miss creating, but I have been posting some of my cards I have designed on my Instagram and Facebook pages. I hope you visit and follow my sites to see what I have created in the past. Perhaps it will inspire you to create your own cards!

A cheery card to say ‘Hello’

Thank you for your patience and I hope to be back in the blogging world soon!

Take Care and keep safe.

~~~Vickie

Embossed Card Repair!

Hello Readers!

I hope you and your families are doing okay, both physically and mentally. These are trying times and we must all do our part to get through these days.

One of the activities that has really helped me is creating my handmade greeting cards. It is a way for me to ‘escape’ the realities of today’s world and focus on something positive.

Yesterday I took a solid piece of card stock and embossed it with one of my favorite ‘swirly’ designs. The paper had a white core, and part of the embossed design revealed several white spots. Well, that was not going to work with the card I had in mind.

Embossed card, fixing cards, using chalks

Since I do not like to waste papers, I decided to fix the exposed white spots. I turned to my tried and true (and old) chalks. I found the perfect shade to match my paper and started covering up the spots! It worked! I went ahead and lightly dusted the entire surface to give it a more consistent look.

Using chalks, covering white core embossed papers with chalk

I was very pleased with the results of my repaired background. You can see cracks in the chalks, but they still work beautifully when I need them!

Embossed card, white core card stock, using chalks

This is the card I created. I love this little squirrel stamp, (also very old) and hope the person I am sending it to will like enjoy it.

Squirrel birthday card, die cut leaves, embossed background, funny greetings

(The background looks darker, but it is the same background. I need to work on my photography skills!)

Sending cards is more important now than before, as so many seniors, veterans and others are feeling isolated since they can’t have visitors. If they receive a card it will help them remember they are not alone.

Thank you for supporting HorseMark Cards. Stay Safe.

~~~ Vickie~~~

A Bit of Greens to Take Away the Blues!

Hello!

These are difficult times in our world today and I hope you and your families are doing well.

Since so many people are sheltered in place, I have been creating and sending cards to residents of senior citizen homes and veterans.

Creating cards has given me a new purpose for my work. It relaxes me when I am creating, and I feel better giving my cards to so many who are not allowed to visit with their families and friends. It is a win-win project!

I am sharing this short post with a few cards I designed using colors of greens. I hope you like them.

Floral shaker card in shades of greens, scalloped framed VM VM border, handmade cards created by HorseMark Card

Golfer Dressed in Green, birthday card, layered card for men designed by HorseMark Cards

Frog printed paper with ribbit prints, google eyes, green colored handmade cards by HorseMark Cards

Green Argyle Birthday Card for men, green balloon card designed by HorseMark Cards

Sharing cards has always been important to me, but today it becomes more vital. To receive a card in the mail can make a big difference when they are feeling lonely. It can brighten someone’s day and maybe even make them smile.

Thank you for visiting today. Remember to send a card to someone and pick up the phone and let them know you care.

Enjoy your day and stay safe,
Vickie

Colorful Ideas!

 

Hello Crafty Friends!

I hope you had a good year and find time to do some extra crafty creating in 2020!  I am planning to add a new post to my blog at least once a month.  (I do post regularly on my Instagram and Facebook pages!  I hope you get a chance to check them out!)

I decided to have my first post of 2020 be about colors, since that is so important in any craft project!

My creative room is almost overflowing with colorful markers. When I am at a craft store or happen to catch myself in a certain aisle in another store, I can’t resist looking at the extensive selection of colorful marking pens and pencils. A few years ago I would have had several in my shopping cart, but today I realize I own more than my share.

Colored Pencils and Special Markers
Colored Pencils and Special Markers

On occassion, I will use a marker for a small section on my cards. I do not have the talent to ‘blend’ the colors of markers so I can use them on large spaces of paper. (I continue to improve this skill, but even the best ‘blending’ pens and I don’t seem to get along. 😦 ) So, because of this flaw in my skill set, I use pencils (and chalks) to add color to my cards.

Sharpie Markers & Special Markers
Sharpie Markers & Special Markers

When I apply chalks to color images on my cards, I use a tiny cotton ball held with tweezers and hold it like a pencil. I like chalks as I can blend them more easily than markers.

EK Success Chalk Tower
EK Success Chalk Tower

 

Other items I used to purchase quite frequenty, were colored gems and stickers to use on my cards. I have since realized that I can just purchase clear gems and color them myself!  This makes it much easier to match the colors to the papers!  (I do find that the Sharpie markers are the best for this. They dry on most surfaces and don’t smear.)

Using markers to color gems
Using markers to color gems

 

HorseMark Cards created using colored pencils
A few of my cards I created and colored with colored pencils.

I think my love of these colorful tools dates back to my childhood. Colored pencils and crayons were my favorites. Coloring in books was something I was always doing, even in my teen years when I was babysitting. Once the little ones were tucked in their beds, I would enter my coloring world until the parents came home. I guess some things never change!

Thanks for visiting today! Enjoy your creative day!

~~Vickie