Sharing Smiles with a Card!

Note card with cameras & stars with a smile message

Hello!

I found this fun paper in my stash that features cameras and stars. I can’t remember where I purchased it, but I decided it needed to be used!
Since we all smile when we take pictures, I thought this paper could be used to create some ‘smile’ note cards.
Note card with camera, ribbon and a smile message

This last note card was created with a tri-fold which opens up so a personal message can be included.
Note card with tri-fold and smile message

Note card with tri-fold  and smile message

These cards are available to purchase if you would like to send a smile to a friend or family member!   Each card is only $3.50 and comes with an envelope.  Simply click on the buy now button and your card will be mailed right away!

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Thank you for visiting HorseMark Cards Blog! Enjoy your creative day!

~~Vickie

 

 

 

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Back Online!

Hello!

Many of my regular readers have noticed my absence on blog postings. Sometimes one has to take a break from social media and enjoy life in the present, with the people that are important in your ‘offline’ life.  It was nice, but it is now time to join the online community again.

The recent combination of sunny days, followed by rainy days, have taken my thoughts to the beach. Sitting on the beach and watching the endless waves is so peaceful to me.  I haven’t been to a beach lately, but look forward to a visit soon!  (Hint to hubby!)

Here is a beach-themed card I would like to share with you. I love the pale aqua color and the seahorses in this printed paper from The Paper Studio.  I hope you enjoy it too!

 

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Sea Horse Thank You Card

 

printed paper with sea horses, sea life, sea shells
Sea Life printed paper from The Paper Studio

 

I am looking forward to catching up on all the great posts you have created!

It’s good to be back!

Enjoy your creative day!  Thank you for visiting!

~ Vickie ~

Creating Paper Ornaments for Christmas Cards!

Hello Friends!

The first leaves have fallen from our trees, the mornings have started to be a bit cooler, costumes and candy are featured in the stores, and pumpkins are everywhere! And yes, there are Christmas trees with lights displayed in most stores. The holiday are coming! Many of us prepare for them a bit earlier than others, especially if we are creating handmade items. So, it is time for me to start creating some holiday cards!

It is a bit difficult to get into the holiday spirit when the sun is shining and we are still having warm days here in northern California. I needed to find a bit of inspiration. I started to browse through my Christmas papers and previous holiday cards I had created. Of course, checking for ideas online also got me into the holiday spirit. It’s amazing to see so many creative ideas and such talented people in our world! I would like to add a bit of my creativity to this festive season!

Christmas paper ornament made with label die

I had used my swirl die to create cards from old photographs and a thought occurred to me. I remember seeing some delicate, lace-like Christmas ornaments on a card I saw online. I didn’t bookmark it at the time, since I wasn’t in the Christmas mood. Anyway, I thought I would use this swirl die from Di-Namics along with a circle to create a Christmas ornament for a card. Since my swirl die was rather large, I added a smaller scalloped ‘ornament’, which has a shiny silver star in the middle. (My photography skills are still a work-in-progress.) This is the card I created.

Christmas cards, ornaments, using dies
Christmas card with ornaments created from dies.

Looking through my collection of dies to find other ideas for Christmas ornaments turned into a fun treasure hunt! These scalloped label dies from ‘Nellie’s Multi Frames‘ would make wonderful paper ornaments. These dies are small enough that you can use paper scraps! I layered some different papers together and I created these cards with them.

Christmas card with paper ornaments
Christmas card with ornaments created from label dies
Christmas card from HorseMark Cards, paper ornaments made with label dies
Christmas card created with label dies. Add gems to make them sparkle!

Since I create all the Christmas cards we send to our family and friends, I need to make simple cards. A card with a single ornament on the front would be a simple, yet nice card to send out for the holidays.

Christmas card created by HorseMark Cards, using paper scraps
A Simple Christmas Card

I used many types of papers and soon found myself having lots of fun deciding what kinds of ornaments I could make. This was also a great way to use some of the paper scraps I have leftover from previous projects! Now I’m in the holiday mood, and keeping very busy creating cards! I know you are all creating wonderful projects for the upcoming holidays too! I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas you have for this festive season!

Thanks for visiting today! Enjoy your creative time!

~ Vickie ~

Thank you card with snowflakes created by HorseMark Cards

Creative Idea on How to Re-Purpose Old Photographs!


 

We all have them…lurking in old photo binders, stuffed in photo safe boxes, tucked in a drawer or cupboard that rarely gets opened. Of course, I’m talking about actual photographs that were printed at your local film-processing store, Costco, and FotoMat (remember those little photo processing buildings?)

What could I do with all these old photographs that are taking up precious space in my home? Somehow, just *tossing them into the trash bin seemed too cruel for these precious memories, they still had some life in them. I knew there was an answer somewhere.

After browsing all around the internet, including Pinterest and other popular crafting and re-purposing sites, I could not find an idea that I liked. A friend told me about a man she once worked with who cut up his old photos and crafted them into a beautiful mountain scene, which he framed and had on his office wall. She said it looked nice, but I think that idea was out of my creative range. I guess I had to turn on my ‘thinker’ to come up with an idea on my own.

While going through my old photographs, I came across an envelope that held duplicate pictures of a river cruise I took with my sons several years ago. While taking a picture of a birds nest in a tree on the bank of the river, I captured the back of a fellow passenger’s head. (Not the photographs I wanted to remember for this adventure.) What caught my eye in this particular photo was the beautiful blue sky that took up most of the space. Bingo! My ‘thinker’ worked and I knew how I could re-purpose this picture! (This is also the teaser picture I posted earlier!)

 

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I quickly took out my flower die, and place it over the blue sky, and created petals of a flower! The photo paper is thick enough and of such great quality that this flower was perfect to place on a greeting card!

 

flowers created from old photpgraph designed on birthday card

 

Well, once I created this card, there was no stopping me! I looked through my dies to find ones that were thin enough to use on more photographs. One picture of a group of people with different colored clothing was perfect to use, however I did not want images of eyes or heads peering out of a flower or swirl. (Too creepy!)

 

using die cuts from old photographs to create cards by horsemark cards

 

I love this pretty swirl die cut from Di-Namics and decided it was perfect to use to create this note card. It was thin enough so the fragmented image of someone’s leg or head would not be seen at the end of a swirl!

 

notecard created using die cut and old photographs

 

The pictures of scenic views were more appropriate for thicker dies and cuts. Seeing a portion of a tree or river on a finished flower provided the right combination of colors, as you can see on this card I created. I adjusted the cuts of the scalloped pattern to balance the colors of the flower.

 

Flower Card created from photo, Framed

 

The different finishes on photographs (matte or glossy) can add some variety to this technique. I also thought about other dies I could use to create cards with my new idea. A rainbow die from Di-Namics was used to create this thank you card.

 

thank you card created by HorseMark Cards from old photographs

 

I also took the portions of photo paper left over from printing my own photos to use as the backgrounds or accent pieces on my cards. My post on Thank You Cards shows you how I used photo paper to make snowflakes, a snowman, and a snowflake wreath!

Since we camped several times when our boys were younger, I have many photos of trees. I used my Stampin’Up die cut to create some leaves from one of these camping pictures and created a nest for the bird. I needed a sympathy card, so I used the leaves to create this muted card.

 

sympathy card with bird in nest, using old photos, butterflies on cards

 

Many times I have to control my urge to purchase more papers to add to my ever-growing collection. Now, I have added more ‘papers’ to my collection, in the form of these old photographs! Not a problem, as I am re-purposing these to create something useful!

So, what do you think of my idea? Would you re-purpose your old photographs using this technique? Do you have other ways to use old photographs? I would love to hear about the ideas you have!

Thank you for visiting my little creative corner. I hope you have a wonderful day in your creative world!

~~Vickie

*Here is a link for ideas on how you can safely recycle old photographs, as some of the old photos and negatives contained harmful chemicals.

Creating Seahorses and Seashells Greeting Cards!


 
When I first purchased my Cuttlebug die cutting and embossing machine many, many moons ago, I couldn’t wait to try all the new dies that were available for my new toy. One of the first theme sets I purchased were these two ‘under the sea’ dies.
 

horsemark cards, cuttlebug dies
 

I have used these for a few projects over the years, but they eventually found their place in the back of my die cut storage bin. When I found this pretty paper from SEI, I decided to take these lost dies and put them to use.
 

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My Cuttlebug makes all sorts of grunting noises and the handle comes off if I don’t hold it just right when I’m using it. So, last year I decided it was time to upgrade to a Big Shot. Luckily, I am still able to use all of the Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders I had accumulated.

My old under the sea die cuts were used to create a birthday card for someone special that happens to live on a beach. How perfect is this?
 

birthday card with seahorse, seashells, beach themed cards, horsemark cards
 

Well, once I finished this card, I loved it so much that I had to make another one. This time I changed it and created a thank you card.
 

thank you card with seahorse, horsemark cards, card with seashells
 

I love the sparkly papers and enjoyed creating these two cards. I will be making more of these for sure. It was also nice to use some older products that had been forgotten for a bit.

Do you have any older products that need to be brought back to life? I’m sure you can come up with some creative ways to use them!

Enjoy your creative day! Thank you so much for your support of HorseMark Cards and my little blogging corner. I really appreciate you all!

~ Vickie

This post was shared on Inspiration Monday. Check out this blog for creative ideas!