Creating Your Own Craft Dies!

(This post was originally published in April, 2016.)

Over the years I have collected an assortment of crafting dies. When SpellBinders came out with their thin dies I was so intrigued with the many shapes they offered. I selected some basic shapes I thought I would use and soon found myself purchasing smaller label shaped dies.  (I know many of you have your own collections of die cuts too!)

When I create my cards, I usually use border shaped dies and labels. The stamps I use for the greeting are usually put on a popped up label, with a background label to accent it. Sometimes the next sized die is a bit bigger for my needs.  So, I discovered a way to create a die that is my right size. I thought I would share my little discovery with you!

using die cuts to fit your projects, created by HorseMark Cards

I simply cut out another die that I already used for the stamped greeting. Then I cut that die in half, so as to stretch it out to fit both ends of my original die cut message. I attach each piece to the message and I have a background accented greeting that is the perfect size!   Sometimes I just cut out the same  shape in the next size and us it as an added background. I think it adds a new dimension to the card. (I chose not to use the bigger background on this card as I thought it was too large.)

thinking of you card with die cut flowers and greeting created by HorseMark Cards

Many of the dies today are sold in nesting groups so you won’t have to use this technique. However, some of the labels in my stash may need a little background help. This is also a great way to use paper scraps!

I also decided to use a Memory Box flower die to accent this card.  I popped it over an embossed background and am pleased with the results.  What do you think?

I hope this little trick is helpful to you the next time you need to have the perfect size background die for your project!

Enjoy your creative day and thank you for visiting!

~~ Vickie

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Funny Birthday Cards!

Many people enjoy receiving a birthday card that makes them laugh! Especially birthday people who have celebrated many, many birthdays!

No matter what kind of a birthday card you choose to give, it is extra nice to present a real card! They can look at it later, display it, and remember their celebration. Plus, they will appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Here are two funny birthdays cards I created that will result in a smile, maybe even a chuckle or two!

Scratch off birthday card, funny cards, funny words, cards for baby boomers, designed by HorseMark Cards

I used the stamp set from ‘Inky Antics‘ to create this funny birthday card. When you scratch off the circles, the words ‘liver spots’, “wrinkles”, and “adult diapers” are revealed. There are many other words included in this set, and you can even create you own!

There are many embossing folders on the craft market. I chose one that looks like a quilt to create this next card. I used the top portion of an “Art Impressions” stamp of an old woman and tucked her in bed. My customer really liked this card!

funny birthday card of an old woman in bed created by HorseMark Cards, embossed quilt, funny birthday cards

If you know someone who will be celebrating a birthday, I would love to create a funny card for them! Each card is only $3.50US and you will have it in a couple of days!
Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or more information.

Enjoy your creative day, and don’t forget to share a smile!

~~Vickie~~

What Can You Do with a Graduation Gown?

(I thought I would share this idea I posted a few years ago, since graduation time is here again! )

This is the time of year for graduations and celebrations! Many graduates will be bringing home their grad caps, tassels, and graduation gowns after their commencement ceremonies. Chances are, they will not be taking them when they move to college or start their new careers. These once treasured items will be left at home.

repurposing graduation gowns, using graduation gowns This graduation gown can be re-purposed to protect clothing!

When my eldest son graduated from high school in 2007, he kept his graduation gown and cap. (Of course, since we had to purchase them!) His cap was put in a drawer, along with his tassel. His graduation gown was hung in his closet.

When he went away to college, I was organizing his closet a bit to make room for some of my clothes that I didn’t wear often. (His room has the largest closet in our home.) As I was hanging some of my ‘dressy’…

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Time for Thank You Cards!

School days are coming to a close soon, so there will be more activities planned around kids and their families. Perhaps a vacation is in the horizon, or just getting together with family and friends for a BBQ or event.

Sailboat thank you card created by HorseMark cards

Everyone usually shares in providing food and supplies to family events or gatherings with friends. It is a team effort to make the event come together, especially when you are the host!

Whatever your plans are, remember to thank everyone for their help. A couple of days after, it will be nice for someone to receive a thank you card in their street mailbox. It will show them how they are appreciated, and remind them of the good time they shared with friends or family.

Geometric thank you card with flowers and ribbon created by HorseMark Cards

Flowers & sunshine thank you card created by HorseMark Cards

Do you keep thank you cards on hand? There is always a reason to give one, and having them available makes it easier to jot a personal note inside and put it in the mail! (Remember to keep some postage stamps around too! There are so many different images on them to add variety!)

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

Thank you for visiting, and remember to give a card today!

~~Vickie