Creating Seahorses and Seashells Greeting Cards!

When I first purchased my Cuttlebug die cutting and embossing machine many, many moons ago, I couldn’t wait to try all the new dies that were available for my new toy. One of the first theme sets I purchased were these two ‘under the sea’ dies.

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I have used these for a few projects over the years, but they eventually found their place in the back of my die cut storage bin. When I found this pretty paper from SEI, I decided to take these lost dies and put them to use.

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My Cuttlebug makes all sorts of grunting noises and the handle comes off if I don’t hold it just right when I’m using it. So, last year I decided it was time to upgrade to a Big Shot. Luckily, I am still able to use all of the Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders I had accumulated.

My old under the sea die cuts were used to create a birthday card for someone special that happens to live on a beach. How perfect is this?

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Well, once I finished this card, I loved it so much that I had to make another one. This time I changed it and created a thank you card.

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I love the sparkly papers and enjoyed creating these two cards. I will be making more of these for sure. It was also nice to use some older products that had been forgotten for a bit.

Do you have any older products that need to be brought back to life? I’m sure you can come up with some creative ways to use them!

Enjoy your creative day! Thank you so much for your support of HorseMark Cards and my little blogging corner. I really appreciate you all!

~ Vickie

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Playing with Cards!

Hello Dear Readers!

I’m back with a look at what I have been creating. My most popular birthday cards have been the ones created with playing cards. One of my favorite customers always requests different birthday cards to give to her card-playing friends. Since many of them know each other, I need to create many cards that are different. Today, I am sharing two cards I recently created. I hope my special customer likes them!

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Sometimes a bit of humor in a birthday card brings an extra smile! The tiny card suits were cut from actual cards, using my small circle punch. On the card below, I used the card suit dies I just received from Taylored Expressions. Aren’t they cute?

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A friend gave me some printed papers with vintage cards on them and I decided to use it for this card. I love the vintage look!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love to hear your comments on what you think about these two cards! Have you created something using playing cards?

I’m off to create more cards! I hope you enjoy your creative day!

(When I’m finished creating cards, I need to take another course in photography! Sorry for the quality of these picures. 😦 )


A Little Trick for Die-Cut Users!


I hope all of you are doing well today and are busy with your creative projects! I have been keeping myself occupied redesigning my HorseMark Cards website. And as the song says, …’all by myself.’ What a learning experience! There is still some ‘fine tuning’ I want to do, but it is finally back up! Please stop by for a visit and tell me what you think!

Now on to something fun! Creating! Many of you have worked with various die cuts and I would like to share a little trick I use to line them up with printed papers. I have a few die cuts that are ‘solid’, so you can’t see if you’re placing the die over the center of text or a pattern. My solution? I simply use the die to cut a piece of vellum to make a template. This die from Di-namics is one that I frequently use.

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You can see how I needed this die to line up evenly with my text. I simply place the vellum piece over my text, secure it with a piece of removable tape. When I place the die over the vellum and make sure it is lined up properly, I add another piece of tape to secure it when it goes through my Big Shot machine.

This same technique was used for the balloon die from Taylored Expressions. I wanted to make sure the card suits lined up to make my balloons for this card. I used the small hole from the Builder Owl punch from Stampin’Up to cut the smaller card suits I placed at the bottom of the card.

Since I wanted to highlight the text on the front of this card, I used red paper and cut two more of the same shape. I lined up the top and attached it to the greeting, then lined up the other at the bottom, careful to keep the same width on the border. This is a technique I use when I don’t have the slightly larger die to accent smaller cuts.

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Birthday cards created from playing cards are very popular. It is great for guys, and gals too! You can see another birthday card I designed using playing cards here.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Don’t forget to visit my new website!

Enjoy your creative day! ~~~ Vickie

Birthday Card with Cute Sea Creatures!

Hello Dear Blogging Friends!

I have given you a sneak peek of these cute little sea creatures earlier this week!

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Now I can show you how I used them to create something special for a little girl!

Several cards have been made using this die-cut from Sizzix, (like my Seahawk Party Thank You Card), and I thought I could also use if for a beach themed card!

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A customer requested several thank you cards a few weeks ago. She also wanted me to make personalized birthday cards for her grandchildren. This is one of the cards I created for her granddaughter, who happens to live on a beach!

These three stamps of a cute blowfish, dolphin and a whale have been part of my stamp collection for a few years. They are from Imaginisce. (You know how you just have to purchase something cute when it’s on sale, and I am assuming that was the case when I purchased these adorable stamps!)

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The paper I used has also been in my paper collection for a long time, and I can’t remember the designer. (If you recognize it please let me know.) 🙂 It is perfect for this card since the pattern reminds me of waves in the ocean. I trimmed along the top of the card to accent the wave patterns in the paper.

The little whale was put on a larger piece of paper on the last tri-fold so it would have the appearance of being in the distance.

I added a few puffy stickers of fish and seashells and a few sparkling stickers as the ‘bubbles’. (I usually don’t use puffy stickers on the cards I create, but these just seemed to be made for this card!)

This was a fun card to create and I hope the grandmother, and especially her granddaughter, enjoy it and have a wonderful time celebrating her birthday!

Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie