A New Blog Feature!


Hello Readers!

Today I would like to share a new feature that I will be adding to my blog. Several of the cards I write about are also available on my website, but I am now offering a chance to buy a card directly from my blog! It is secured by *PayPal and offers a more convenient way for you to purchase a card! (I will not overwhelm you with this new feature, I promise!) 🙂

This scarecrow note card I created seemed perfect to debut my new blog feature! You can see how I created this adorable little scarecrow on my previous post on Fall is Here!

He, (Why do I think all scarecrows are male?) has been created with lots of layers and details! This card is a **note card, however I can also create a similar card for a birthday or any type of greeting you may want. Send me an email at horsemarkcards@gmail.com with your request and I can create your custom card!


scarecrow notecard layered with papers, birds on scarecrow, fall notecards,


Do you know someone that would like this cute scarecrow card? (It comes with a free smile!) He is only $3.00 and you can purchase him today! Just click on the Buy Now button and he will be sent to you immediately!

Buy Now Button

UPDATE: This card has been sold, but I can make another similar card for you if you email me! Thanks!

What do you think of my new ‘Buy Now’ feature? Do you think you would use it? I would love to hear your thoughts!

I appreciate all the encouragement of my long-time readers and followers! If you’re new to my blog, Welcome! I hope you enjoy what you see and leave a ‘like’ or a comment! I love ‘talking’ to you!

Enjoy your creative day!


* PayPal is a secure way to pay, using your credit card or your PayPal account. (I do not see any of your credit card information! It is all kept secure through PayPal.)

** All HorseMark Cards include a mailing envelope and are packaged in a protective sleeve.

Making Cards for Guys

It is always fun to create a card for a new baby or a little child’s birthday, and I have love making cards for the gals! Making holiday cards is almost overwhelming, as I have so many ideas on what to include on each card. Sympathy cards are a bit more difficult to create, since I want to make sure I make it just right for the person who will receive it. But, I think the most challenging cards to create are cards for guys. I’m talking about any guy over twelve years of age.

Creating a birthday card for a guy usually starts with the paper. The colors I tend to use are browns, greens, dark yellows, black, and dark blues. The printed papers usually don’t include flowers or cute little animals. Stripes, argyle prints, and some printed papers that are more vintage are what I like to use. I have also used some of the printed papers with themes and things that guys really like…sports, adult beverages, sports, cars, sports, carpenter tools. (No, that was not a mistake to include sports 3 times!)

These cards were created with the idea that they would be for a man over 30.

I used the Graphic 45 ‘Olde Curiosity Shoppe’ paper to make this card.

Greens and blacks are great colors for creating cards for men.
Greens and blacks are great colors for creating cards for men.

We all know at least one guy who has gone through his mid-life crisis and purchased the car he wished he could have had in high school. With that in mind, I made this card for the middle-aged man. (Whatever age that may be these days….it keeps changing! Fifty is the new thirty? Really?)

birthday card with car
A perfect birthday card for guys that love cars!
over the hill card
This quote is perfect for a birthday card!

Argyle socks that so many men wear was the inspiration for me to make this birthday card. I have had this paper in my stash for a few years now and glad to use some of it, finally.

Argyle paper works well for a birthday card ,birthday cards for men, argyle printed paper
Argyle paper works well for a birthday card for that special guy!

Making cards for teenage guys is quite another challenge for me. When a guy turns 16, it is usually when he is able to drive. I have made a few cards for the guy turning 21, which is such an important birthday for them. Aside from these two birthdays, I have difficulty coming up with a theme for the card.

21st birthday card
…you can have root beer without the ‘root’!

Please tell me I am not the only person that finds making cards for guys a bit of a challenge. We have 18 guys and 9 gals in our immediate family. Needless to say, I do struggle a bit when it comes time to make birthday cards for the fellas in our family. I would love to hear your ideas or suggestions on how you create or choose cards for the guys in your life.

Thanks! ~ Vickie

flower thank you card
Thank You for Visiting!
Enjoy your Creative Day!

Handmade Cards to Celebrate a 21st Birthday!

Do you remember when you celebrated your 21st birthday? (Maybe someone refreshed your memory the following day if you had trouble recalling your celebration!) Anyway, either way, when you turn 21 it is another exciting, milestone birthday!
I received a request from a father to make a unique 21st birthday card for his son. This young man is attending a university in hopes of graduating into law school. I wanted to create a birthday card that had a fun, law-related theme that would tie in with the important events of turning 21.

Years ago when my husband and I had our wills and legal documents drawn up, they were bound at the top with a light blue covering. (I don’t even know if they still do this today, but I still used the idea!) Since this card was for a young man living in California, I wanted to make the card as if it were a legal document from the State of California.

card for 21st birthday for law student, birthday card for guys,

I need to give credit to my sons, who gave me some input into this card. They came up with the message from our governor….’Party Hard!’ I used my Happy Birthday embossing folder from my Cuttlebug collection to add some less legal fun to this card! Gold brads, stars, and gold sticker strips added a California gold appeal!

happy birthday embossed card, card for men

When the father received this card he was very pleased and sent me this message, "I received the card for Mitch yesterday, and absolutely loved it! It was very creative, humorous and really hit the high points for a 21 year old. Can't wait to send it." Needless to say, I was very pleased he liked this unique card.

Shortly after creating this ‘Legal Document’, I began to think about the card I would make for my youngest son, who also turned 21 in December. What would be the theme of this special card? I remembered he had wanted to see if he could have his white car painted blue. (Well, we did check into that, but the cost would be more than the value of his car!) Anyway, I thought I could include a blue car on his card.

21st birthday card, root beer, card with a car, cards for men

I really enjoyed creating these two cards to help these young men celebrate a very important birthday. I also have a few more ideas for making unique birthday cards to celebrate 16th, 18th, and 21st birthdays.When I have completed them I will certainly share them with you!

Thank you again for visiting my blog! I would love to hear your comments on these cards and what you have made to celebrate special birthdays! It would be wonderful to make a unique handmade card for you if you have a special celebration coming up! Send me a few details about the person at horsemarkcards@gmail.com

Enjoy your day! ~~~Vickie