Cards with Cute Hedgehogs!

Hello!

I wanted to share a few cards I designed using this cute little hedgehog stamp from Penny Black Stamps. This stamp is so versatile and can be used for all sorts of cards.

Three hedgehogs are dancing above a hello rickrack border with hello balloons
HedgeHogs Celebrating!
Hedgehog dancing above grass on leaves background paper, ‘You make me Smile’ message created by HorseMark Cards
Hedgehog Dancing on Grass
Baby card with hedgehog,raccoon, squirrel,and porcupine on layered card
Baby Hedgehog & Friends
Hedgehog in umbrella get well card created by HorseMark Cards
Hedgehog in Umbrella Get Well Card
Cards Created by HorseMark Cards using Penny Black Furry Affection Stamps
Penny Black Furry Affection Stamps

I would love to create a card for you with this adorable hedgehog. Just tell me what type of card you would like and I will design it and send you a picture of it for your approval!

Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or information.

I appreciate you visiting my blog and hope that I will be able to create a card or two for you!

~~ Vickie ~~

Rocking Horse Baby Card!

It is always exciting to be able to create a special card for a new mom to be! Baby cards are my favorite type of cards to design!

Baby girl card, rocking horse, pink card, hearts

I love rocking horses! The little puffy, silk rocking horses at the bottom of this card were cut from a string of ribbon. They fit perfectly on this card, once I cut each individual rocking horse. I decided to go all out with pink; I guess I’m a bit old school on this color for girls!

I would love to create a card for you! Only $3.50 a card and you will have it in a jiffy. Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or more information.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit! Enjoy your creative 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 horsemarkcards@gmail.com with your request and I can create your custom card!

Enjoy your day!

Baby Card Created from a Baby Shower Invitation!

Hello! I took a bit of a break from social stuff to take care of real life stuff. We all know how ‘that’ goes! Anyway, I did manage to peek at some of my favorite blogs and am once again amazed at the creativity of so many people. Very inspiring!

I have had some time to create some new cards, and would love to share a card I just completed. My regular readers know that I love to take wedding invitations and use them to create very personal wedding cards for the happy couples. It is so challenging to take the invitations and design something the same, yet different!

You can see my previous posts of a graduation announcement that I used to create a card for the graduate and a wedding card I created from the wedding invitation.

Today I would like to share a card that I created from a baby shower invitation. I love the cute little polka dots and the elephant is too adorable! I used most of this invitation, and only added a bit of gray polka dot paper and a ribbon I used on the border. Several hearts were punched and sprinkled around the card. I think it symbolizes the love this little newborn will receive once he arrives!

baby card created from baby shower invitation

When I create these cards from the invitations, I wonder what could have been done if I had two invitations and could make two cards. What do you think? Would you have done something different?

Enjoy your creative day!
~~ Vickie ~~

Coloring Ribbons to Match Your Projects!

If you don’t have the right color of ribbon for your project, you can color it with markers!

When I am in a creative mood and working on a project, my main objective is to finish what I am working on while I am in the creative ‘mode’. I have a good supply of ribbons, however sometimes the colors just don’t match up to the papers I am using.

This was the case when I was creating one of my baby cards. The printed paper I used as a base for the card had a bit of yellow in it, and I had yellow ribbon to match.

coloring ribbons with markers, ways to use ribbons
I added green to my hot air balloon, but decided to use green ribbon instead of yellow.

When I matched the yellow ribbon up to the hot air balloon, it just didn’t ‘pop’ enough. I needed a darker green ribbon that matched the paper, and of course I didn’t have that exact shade of ribbon. I did have a marker that matched the green color! Could I just color the ribbon with my marker to get the shade of green I needed? Yep! I could! (I tested the green marker on some light brown ribbon, since I had plenty of that color.)

coloring ribbons with markers, ways to use ribbons
The yellow ribbon was nice, but I needed green.
I used a marker to color the ribbon green!

I was able to complete my project without having to buy more ribbon. Since my markers usually don’t get much use, I am glad I found another way to utilize them. (I am more of a colored pencil and chalk person when it comes to coloring images.)

I love this little pony stamp wrapped in a blanket! Isn’t he adorable? This cute stamp is from Clear Dollar Stamps. They have converted to digi stamps now, and I believe this stamp has been retired. 😦

coloring ribbons with markers, ways to use ribbons
I colored the yellow ribbon with a green marker so it is a better contrast to the yellow baby blanket!

So, this is another idea on using different items to create the exact accents you may need for your projects! You know me, if I can create it, why buy it! I hope you enjoy your creative day and I appreciate you stopping by my blog!

~ Vickie

handmade card with hedgehog in flowers with butterfly
Thank you for visiting HorseMarkCards blog. Enjoy your Creative Day!