Creative Sand Sculptures!

Today I wanted to share a beautiful sand sculpture that was created in Seattle a couple of years ago. This incredible work of art was about seven feet tall! There were so many sand sculptures, like the lion in the background. You can see why this horse sculpture is my favorite!

sand sculpture of horse created in Seattlephotographed by HorseMark Cards
One of my favorite sand sculptures!

Enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie ~~

Thank you card created by HorseMark Cards


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 with your request and I can create your custom card!


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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.

How Do You ‘Stick It’ ?


I hope this title didn’t offend you, but sometimes we all have to ‘stick it’ to something! (Hopefully not someone!) The crafting market is filled with so many choices of adhesives to use on various projects. If you are like me, chances are you have tried several types of products and found favorites that work for you.

When you use a lot of adhesive products, cost becomes a ‘sticking’ point. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) I have found that one of the most economical products is Miracle Tape. They offer these adhesive strips in many sizes. You can tear off the amount you need or cut it. I cut it with my ‘Sticky Scissors’.

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I can even trim some of the pieces to fit into corners or make them even thinner. They offer 1/8″ wide adhesives, but sometimes that may be a bit too wide for some projects. When I need a skinny strip of adhesive, I usually cut a portion from the 1/4′ wide roll and it works just fine! I also cut angles on them, like I did with the tiny heart.

The corners of all the cards I make are adhered with Miracle tape, and I usually fill in the sides of the papers with tape from my tape glider. (I use and love the Scotch Advanced tape glider. It works for me!)

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These adhesives are used on every card I create. Of course, the Glue Dots are also one of my favorites. They also come in many sizes and types so they are useful in many applications.


Speaking of ‘Sticking It’, I also use a small piece cut from a larger mouse pad to use as a cushion when I need to punch a hole with my paper piercer. I can insert a brad and also use the tiny mouse pad to invert it so I can close the clasps without damaging the brad.

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These are just a few of the ‘sticky’ products and ideas I use when I create my cards. I know you have your favorites too! Since I ‘stick’ to these products, I don’t know if any new adhesives have hit the market. (OK. I’m done. 🙂 )

Thank you for visiting me today and I hope I have given you some ideas on using adhesives in your projects!

Enjoy your Creative Day! ~ Vickie ~

(I am not affiliated with any of the above mentioned companies in any way, or receive compensation from them. I just happen to like their products.)

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PreSchool Teacher Thank You Card

Hello my Creative Friends!

It is always nice to receive a card in the mail, but it is extra special if that card you get is personalized.

I was delighted to get an e-mail from a mother requesting a thank you card for a preschool teacher. (Actually, she requested three thank you cards. I will share the other two later!) The customer requested a card that included crayons, letters, and numbers.

There is a very fortunate preschool teacher that will receive this thank you card that I designed just for her! It was so fun to create and I am pleased with the results. What do you think?

teacher thank you card, card with crayons, letters, numbers

I would love to create a personalized card for someone you know. Contact me at with a couple of details and I will design a card for you!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie ~~

Another Wedding Invitation Becomes a Wedding Card!

Hello Friends!

It has been an exciting time at HorseMark Cards! Graduations and weddings are happening everywhere and creating cards for these special events has kept me busy. Congratulations to those who became Mr. & Mrs. and all the 2014 graduates! I wish you all a bright, happy future!

Here is another wedding invitation I received from a customer who requested that I use it to create a personalized wedding card. These are my favorite cards to design! This is also the second wedding invitation that I received with the special day happening on May 31, 2014. (You can see the first invitation I received here.)

A wedding card will be created from this wedding invitation!
A wedding card will be created from this wedding invitation!

The colors of the invitation are a muted lavender and my camera does not do it justice. I was happy to see that the back of the invitation was lavender with lines of tiny white dots. The ribbon is a lavender-gray color.

The back of the wedding invitation I used to make a wedding card.
The back of the wedding invitation I used to make a wedding card.

I designed the inside of this card using some coordinating papers I had that matched the lavender of the invitation. The message was stamped on white card stock and I used a die-cut to make a decorated shape. The ribbon and tag from the invitation accents the bottom of the card. Using a Di-namics die-cut, I made two tiny butterflies from the back of the invitation.

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The inside of this wedding card was created from the wedding invitation!

This is the front of the wedding card I created. I used some of the ribbon to weave two silver wedding rings on the card. The bride and groom’s names from the announcement were shaped into ovals. They were placed over the dotted paper that was on the reverse side of their invitation. Another tiny butterfly flutters on the front. (Can you tell that I love butterflies!)

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This custom wedding card was created from the wedding invitation!

The bride and groom have a special friend that decided to have this personalized wedding card made just for them. I hope everyone had a wonderful time at the wedding! Congratulations!

I love creating personalized cards from invitations. Last year I also created a wedding card from the invitation for my nephew and his wife.

Your comments are so appreciated and provide me with encouragement with my creative endeavors. Thank you for visiting!

Enjoy your Creative Day!

~ Vickie ~

Thank you card with little bird and polka dot ribbon