Wishing You Well!

Hello Blogging Friends and Followers!

August is here and the summer seems to be speeding by! Hope all of you are keeping busy with fun and exciting things. Creating new cards and updating my website have certainly kept me very occupied! It is fun to be creative and design new cards, but I must admit, the work involved in maintaining a website has been overwhelming! (I have learned so many things in doing this myself – but I still need to know 99% more!) 🙂 I have an appreciation for professional web designers, but their services just don’t fit into my budget! 😦

So, I have been a bit behind on my blog postings, but thought I would check in and wish you all a wonderful day, week, and month!

note card with flower, notecard with butterflfies

Enjoy your Creative Days!


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

‘Yesterday’ Connections

Looking at today and trying to see the ‘yesterday’ elements we can keep or include in our lives.

We connect with people through technology today, but we should also remember to connect with them through ways of ‘yesterday’. Taking the time to visit with people in person, actually talk to them on the phone, or simply write a quick, thoughtful message on a card or letter that they receive in their home mailbox. Sometimes people need a break from the technology world. There are also some people, believe it or not, who do not communicate through computers or smart phones. I am referring to the many people we know of another generation. It is so very important that we take the time in our busy lives to remember that human communication is so vital for our family and friends. It is also very important for our customers and clients.

They will appreciate the time you take to show them a bit of ‘yesterday’ in their today.


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