It’s a Cover-Up!

Hello! I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog today!

When I create cards, sometimes a design requires a bit of a ‘cover-up’ to make sure the completed card meets my high standards.

The front of a card is the star. When you look inside the card, the printed message and any decorations must also shine. Even the left inside, or top inside, of the card needs to look polished.

If the front of a card has been cut to reveal something on the inside, both sides must look finished.

This heart card is one of my favorites! When I finished the front and lined up the heart on the inside, I goofed. It was a bit off and you could see a part of it when the card was closed. Luckily, the pretty paper has the beautiful flowers which were easy to fussy cut. So, the white inside heart where you would write a message has a flower added to the top! Problem fixed!

When I created this ’Strength and Hope’ card, I realized after I adhered the front panel that the top corner was a bit off. The solution… A purple heart covered it and I don’t think it looks out of place.

Sometimes fixing a problem on a card requires a ’snip’ or two. When I opened this ‘Hello’ card to finish the inside, the top corner accidentally came in contact with an open ink pad. (My fault..always close your inks when not using.) Since it resulted in a smudge, I simply cut the corner and also cut the bottom to match.

I am a fan and frequent user of the ’cover up’ technique in creating cards! Spending time creating a card means I want it to look nice in every way when finished. I am proud of my cards and I hope the people who receive them enjoy them.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit to my blog. I hope you have a wonderful time in crafting your creative projects! Enjoy your day!

~ Vickie ~~

Scarecrow Season!

When I stamp this scarecrow on a card and then dress him in layered papers, he comes alive and makes me smile! He can be a simple note card or a thank you card. I can imagine him holding balloons to celebrate a birthday!

Scarecrow, note card, pumpkins, fall card,layered papers, handmade card with scarecrow, paper grass

I would love to design a scarecrow card for you! Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or information.

Thanks for visiting by my blog! Enjoy your creative day!

~Vickie

Something Special in the Mailbox!

Taking my key and opening my home mailbox in December was a nice experience. I quickly sifted through the flyers and unsolicited advertisement letters to find the special envelopes. Most of them had handwritten addresses and some were labeled with our address neatly typed. What was tucked inside was most important—a Christmas card from members of our family and special friends.
December mail is the best!

Christmas cards, trees, holiday greetings, love, joy, merry and bright

Christmas, kitten, wreath, sparkles, snowflakes, stars

I enjoy December for a variety of reasons. December birthdays! Our youngest son, my brother, our niece, our nephew (born on my birthday, several years later!), and a few friends all got to celebrate with birthday cake. Of course, December also brings Christmas, which is a wonderful time we share with our family and friends.

Birthday card, playing cards, balloons, handmade card created with cards,

Now that the Christmas card rush is over, I return to my mailbox, as many of us do, to find advertisement flyers, unsolicited notices from companies wanting my business, and perhaps an invoice inside an envelope. This is also the time when the credit card statements come, reminding many that the holiday gifts and expenses still need to be paid. Now, going to the mailbox is not as exciting, and can even be depressing for some.

However, as the New Year begins, we need to remember our family, friends, customers and clients on a continued basis. A thank you card is certainly appropriate and should be given if you have received a gift over the holidays. Thanking the host for a wonderful dinner or party you attended will show them how much you appreciated their efforts and generosity.

Thank you card with ribbon, embossed birds,

Sending a birthday card to acknowledge someone’s special day is always appreciated. Many of us may not exchange gifts, but giving a card to someone to let them know you are thinking of them is in many ways better than giving a gift. They will know you took the extra time to select a card for them and write a personalized message.

Thank you card with ribbon, embossed birds,

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. Who is the lucky person you will be giving a card to?

 

Seashells by the Seashore!

“She sells seashells by the seashore.” This tongue-twister is about as old as the beach shores themselves! It is still a fun little vocal warm-up for theater performers. I was reminded of this twisty little phrase when I created this Sea Creatures card.

In keeping with the beach theme, I had an idea to use seashells with this card layout. I can just see this card displayed on a table or mantle in a beach house! It can also be a thank you card to a friend that let you stay at their little hut on the beach!

Starfish, seashells, Thank You card

If you know someone who loves the beach, this birthday card would be appreciated. A thank you card would also be perfect for a person who loves seahorses and seashells.

Seahorses and seashells Birthday Card

Watching the waves on an ocean beach is such a beautiful and calming experience. Thinking of this peaceful feeling was the inspiration for these cards.

Seashells sing a song, music, seashells note card

Card with seashells, making memories card, seashells, note cards

Loving the seashells and beaches made me think of the many couples who have spent time on the beaches. I know a few of these walks have resulted in marriage proposals. This love was the inspiration for this card.

Seahorses Heart card

Seashells and other sea critters on greeting cards have endless possibilities. I hope you agree and remember to give a card to someone you know!

Thank you for visiting today! I would love to create a card, or two, for you! Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or information.

My Turn to Say ‘Thank You!’

Hello Readers!

I am sending out a special ‘Thank You’ to welcome the new followers on my blog and my Instagram and Facebook accounts. Of course, I continue to be thankful for my longtime followers. Much appreciation to you all! I hope you enjoy the cards I create and share them with others.

Butterflies thank you greeting card

Remember to say ‘Thank You’ to the people in your lives that give or do something special for you. Giving them a thank you card is like the cherry on top of your appreciation gesture!

Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by for a visit!

~~ Vickie