Cats, Mice, Fish & Birds Pocket Card!

Hello Crafty Friends!

I wanted to share a cute pocket card I created. It was simple to make and is the perfect card to send a note of encouragement to someone. I hope it makes them smile!

pocket card with cats, mice and fish

I plan on creating more of these easy to make pocket cards. It is a great way to use up smaller pieces of my patterned papers. Have you made a pocket card?

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

~~ Vickie Horsfall ~~

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Re-Purposing Gift Bags!

Hello my crafty friends!

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and holiday celebrations with your family and friends!

Now that the holiday gift giving season is winding down, I want to share an idea I have for saving the gift bags that are no longer able to be reused.

Once the gift bags are torn or part of the design are covered with old ‘To’ and ‘From’ stickers, they need to be given a new life.

I cut out a portion of the bag and put it on a card front. I also fussy cut a sweater image and added some foam tape on it and attached it over the same image on the paper.

using scraps of border stickers

Bits and pieces of left over Starfoam border stickers were used to accent the edges of this new card.

Another Christmas gift bag that was used several times and could have been tossed into the trash was used to create two other cards.

This well-used gift bag had large panels of Santa Clause and some holly sprigs. One of the Santa panels had a crease in it that I was unable to completely get out. (I ran it through my Platinum 6 embossing machine to flatten the crease a bit.)

I placed a strip of paper with a thank you sentiment stamped on it across the creased part of the panel. Problem solved!

A panel of a sprig of holly from the same gift bag was used to create another thank you card.

These two well used Christmas gift bags could have been tossed in the trash, but instead they were repurposed into greeting cards that can be used as a note card or a thank you card. Hopefully these cards will used to send a note of thanks to someone special.

I hope this encourages you to save a gift bag and turn it into a note card or a thank you card. It always feels good to repurpose something into something new!

I appreciate you visiting my blog. Wishing you a good crafting day!

~~Vickie~~

Sharing Holiday Cards!

‘Tis the season to create and share holiday cards. I love to create Christmas cards and notecards with holiday and winter themes. Here are a few of my favorites! Hope you like them!

Holiday Joy card with deer, tree, and snowflakes, created by HorseMark Cards
 Christmas tree card with stars and happy holidays ribbon and star created by HorseMark Cards
Christmas card created by HorseMark Cards with gingerbread girl and boy, candy cane, Christmas love,
Christmas deer card made with fabric paper, holly printed paper, embossed dots created by HorseMark Cards
Christmas tree card with tiny mice and stars created by HorseMark Cards
Holiday card created by HorseMark Cards with deer, trees , snowflakes, and fabric paper

I hope some of my cards inspire you to create your own holiday cards to share with your family and friends!

Thank you for visiting my blog. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you!

~~~Vickie~~~

Airplane Pop-Up Card!

Hello Crafters!

Life keeps us busy and my posts are not as frequent as I would like, but I do try to post a card daily on my Instagram account. I would appreciate you visiting my other social media sites ~ just click on the icon on the side bar below.

Today I am sharing a card using older patterned papers from American Crafts. I have so many patterned paper packs I’ve ‘collected’ over the years and was glad that this paper worked for this card.

American Craft Papers

This stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn (Plane and Simple) was perfect for creating my card.

Lawn Fawn stamps & dies

I used the images of the plane and banner for my card. I filled in the plane windows with my clear star gel pen. I popped the plane using a small folded piece of acrylic. (Thanks to Jennifer McGuire for this handy and easy way to pop items on a card. ‘New Pop-Up Die-Cut Technique”)

Plane popped with acrylic tab

This is the card I created for a friend living several states away from me. I used coordinating paper to make a card protector to keep the plane and smile sign safe during its journey. It will also allow the plane and banner to ‘pop’ when taken out of the envelope!

I also stamped the envelope, which I do for most of the cards I mail. It adds a bit of something when the card is delivered, and the mail carrier may enjoy the images too!.

Birthday card with plane from HorseMark Cards
Birthday card with pop up plane and banner from HorseMark Cards

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope to have another post up later this month. Enjoy your creative days!

~~~ Vickie Horsfall ~~~

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~~