Fussy Cutting Tips!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Die cuts for images are very handy, especially if you are not fond of fussy cutting. I happen to enjoy cutting images and would like to share a couple of tips.

When you are cutting an image, turn the paper – not your scissors! I learned this effective technique years ago from a dear friend. It really helps with the ‘flow’ of your cutting and makes the finished images look sharper. It is also very helpful to use good quality small scissors!

Good quality small scissors help make fussy cutting images much easier!

Some stamps or digital downloads of images have very fine outlines. I have found that taking a marker and tracing the outline to make it larger helps with cutting the image. This adorable dog bone from Inky Antics had fine lines, but using a brown Sharpie made fussy cutting easier.

Tracing the fine outlines of stamped images with a larger marker makes it easier to cut!

Another tip for cutting smaller papers has helped me use up most of my small paper scraps. I wanted to cut a strip from this smaller paper, so I taped it to a larger scrap so it would fit in my trimmer. You can see the line I drew so I would line up my dog bones just right!

Attaching smaller papers to a larger one helps to cut strips with your paper trimmer.
Adding papers on the inside of cards helps use up papers and carries the theme from the card front.

These tips were used when I created this adorable card! This cute puppy stamp is from Dare2BArtzy

I hope these tips help you with your crafting projects. Thank you for visiting my blog today! Enjoy your crafty day!

~~Vickie~~

Older Still Works!

Hello Crafty Friends!

I know we all have a few supplies in our stash, and if you are like me some of them have been around for awhile. How many of you remember these punches from Fiskars?

I love these edge punches and used them several times in the past. Somehow they got lost in the back of my stamp drawer, but I found them and created this card.

I thought this leaf pattern paired nicely with the image of the tree on the paper. I sprayed the front of the card with Imagine Sheer Shimmer Spray. It gives a nice finish to the card, it reminded me of the morning dew you find on the tree leaves.

This is a card I created several years ago using one of the Fiskar punches. Looking back at the cards I created, I can see the progress and changes in the cards I have made. Always room for improvement!

I will be creating more cards using these punches now that I have rediscovered them. Punches seemed to have been tossed to the way side to make room for the many die cuts we use in our machines now, but I will continue to use my old supplies. Older still works!

Enjoy your crafty day and thank you for visiting my blog!

~~~ Vickie Horsfall ~~~

‘Button Up’ a Card!

Hello Crafty People!

I am still trying to use up my massive collection of embellishments, some of which I have had for several years!

Today, I am focusing on the decorative buttons you find at the fabric stores and on the craft aisles at many stores.

Many buttons are flat and easy to attach on a card, but some have the little sewing loop on the back. This adds bulk to a card, so I decided to snip it off!

Once the loop is snipped, the button can be attached to a card. There is still dimension from the flat button and it may require extra postage if the card is mailed. I usually tuck the card in an embossed folder, then put it in an envelope. This method helps protect the button from being damaged when it is processed through the mail.

I attached this little hedgehog button to this birthday card for a special little kid! It ties in with the little forest critters paper I’ve had in my stash for a few years. Creating this card was a wonderful way to use up items from my patterned paper and embellishment collections!

Birthday card with hedgehog button and cute animal printed paper

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to use buttons you may have stashed away! Buttons are always in a crafter’s collection!

Thank you for visiting my blog today! Enjoy your days of creating awesome cards and projects!

~~~ Vickie ~~~

Senior Citizens and Kids!

Hello! Welcome to my HorseMark Cards blog page!

Postings on my blog have not been as regular as I would like; sometimes life gets in the way. However, I feel very passionate about sharing cards, so I think this post is very important. I hope you do too!

Technology has made it so simple to send a ‘thank you’, happy birthday’, ‘feel better soon’, or ‘congratulations’ greeting to someone. These greetings take a moment to send, and the recipient receives their message instantly!

Hello Card with flowers

Online greetings can be nice to send, however many people do not have access to smart phones, laptops, or computers. Many of our older senior citizens are included in this group. Some of them feel lonely when family and friends are not able to visit, and keeping in touch can sometimes be difficult for them. This is one of the reasons giving an actual greeting card is so important.

Thankfully, there are so many wonderful groups that have been working to make sure people receive an actual card in the mail. These are just a couple of the organizations that help make sure cards are sent to people who may need to be remembered the most.

Cards for Kindness

From the Heart

Kind Cards for Cool Kids

Let’s remember the kids! Many need some encouragement, happy birthday, and congratulations greeting cards sent to them. Many kids are dealing with an illness, bullying, and feeling of loneliness. Siblings also appreciate being thought of and all kids love to receive mail addressed to them!

Birthdays, Thinking of You, or just a simple Hello card is a wonderful way to let people know they are not forgotten.

I am thankful for the many talented handmade card makers who help make the lives of our senior citizens and kids a bit brighter when they send them a card.

I have also contributed to these organizations and I am honored to be a part of making sure people are not forgotten.

Remember to give a card to someone special today!

Thank you for visiting my blog today. Enjoy your crafting day!

~~~ Vickie

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Vintage Craft Supplies!

Hello blogging friends!

Once again, my blogging posts had been put at the bottom of my ‘to do’ list since the holiday season took my time in other directions. But I am back and want to share this short story with you.

I have several items that my two sons had when they were younger. These stencils were theirs and, if I remember correctly, were included in one of their McDonald’s Happy Meals in the 1990’s.

When I was creating a New Year’s card, I needed smaller numbers to match the snowman on this card.

These number stencils were the perfect size! Now these ’vintage’ stencils are in my crafting stash! Thanks McDonald’s!

What is the oldest item in your craft space that you have used recently? I’m sure I am not the only person that hangs on to things from their children’s past!

Enjoy your crafting day and thank you for visiting my blog!

~ Vickie ~