Valentine’s Day Cards!

Hello!

February has arrived and I would like to share a few cards I have created for Valentine’s Day.

The first card is a pop-up card, which are fun cards to design!

Valentine’s Day card created by HorseMark Cards, pink and red hearts, fun border, handmade cards

Most Valentine’s Day cards are usually made in shades of reds and pinks. Since there are no rules in creating handmade cards, I have designed a couple of cards ‘outside the box’ in terms of the colors I used.

These cards can be given to men or women who like natural and muted colors.

Floral framed Valentines Day card created by HorseMark Cards, floral printed papers, cards for sale

This final card is one of my favorites. I wanted a simple design and decided to use white and gold as my color scheme. Once I created this card, I realized it can also be used as a wedding or anniversary card!

February 14 is a special day for many people, not just couples. Valentine’s Day cards are not only for kids to exchange in a classroom, but older folks like them too! Remember to give a card to friends and family to brighten their day!

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

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog. Enjoy your day!

~~Vickie~~

Wedding Card Created from the Invitation

I hope this new year has started off on a positive note for you. Our calendar is filling up with all sorts of travel and fun events. One of the exciting celebrations was the marriage of my son’s childhood friend.

As usual, I took the invitation for the wedding and designed a wedding card from it. It’s always a bit tricky to decide how to create these cards, but that is part of of the fun!

This was the invitation, both front and back. Such pretty colors of dark blues, pinks, and creams.

Wedding invitations, wedding cards,

Wedding invitation, wedding card, flowers

This is the finished card I created for the newlyweds! Since we attended this wedding, I added a flower created from the back of the invitation on the envelope for an extra touch!

Wedding cards, wedding invitations, decorated envelopes

Wedding card message, paper flowers, card created from wedding invitation

Congratulations to Marissa and Matt and best wishes for a wonderful journey through life as husband and wife!

If you are attending a wedding this year, I would love to create the wedding card for you!
Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or information.

Thank you for visiting today!

~~ Vickie ~~

People Still Give Greeting Cards!

Sending an actual greeting card through ‘snail mail’ is not as popular these days. Our current generation has grown up with greetings sent and received via the internet and cell phones. Wishing friends ‘Happy Birthday’ through their Facebook account is the ‘norm’ these days. It’s quick and easy to do in our fast-paced world.

birthday card with star balloons and banner

Many people think that sending an actual greeting card through the ‘snail mail’ is becoming obsolete. Allow me to tell you why I don’t think this will happen by sharing some actual experiences I have had with friends and family.

An elderly aunt loves to receive a card in her mailbox. She displays it for days for her family and friends to see, and she loves sharing it.

A dear friend suffers from migraines and the last thing she wants to do is look at a glaring computer screen or squint to see her cell phone messages. She appreciates the cards I send her and has even framed one!

Another friend looks at computers all day at work (usually 10 hour shifts) and she completely tunes out of the internet when she is at home at night and weekends. She says it helps to keep her ‘balanced’.

An actual birthday card was given to a friend at her workplace. She was able to display it on her desk and be reminded of her thoughtful friend. Her co-workers were also able to enjoy it.

I recently had a custom order of cards from a man who wanted a collection of note cards to give his mom for her birthday. He was at a loss of what to give her, and knew she liked sending notes to her friends.  (She does not have a computer or cell phone.)

notecard, card with cats, thinking of you card, cards for animal lovers, cards created by HorseMark Cards

Some people do not have online accounts, cell phones, or even access to the internet. These are not just elderly people of another generation. (My mother-in-law is 91 and is very active online!) Some people may not be able to afford a computer, a cell phone, or have access to internet service. (Yes! There are many people that fall into these categories.)  While many of us take for granted our ‘computerized’ world, there are some that are left out of this technology for various reasons. Some people simply choose to exclude this ‘online world’ from their lives.

wedding card, baby girl card, Mother's Day card, Valentine' Day card, handmade cards

I do know that many people, of all ages, still prefer to send an actual card for some special occasions:  Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, weddings, the arrival of a new baby, and other events or holidays.  There is also a time when giving an actual card is an absolute must – a sympathy card.

Thinking of you card, sympathy card, condolence card, cards with flowers and butterflies

The important idea is that we  need to stay in touch with our friends and family and acknowledge events in their lives. Saying ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Thank You’ or ‘Congratulations’ on social media is fine. I just think saying it with an actual card is a more personal way of expressing your feelings to someone.

What are your thoughts on sending greeting cards? I would love to hear from you!

Thank you for visiting today and enjoy your creative day!

~ Vickie

Disclaimer….In spite of having a card business, these feelings are genuine. Purchasing cards from me is desired, of course, but I feel it is more important to send someone a card, no matter where you purchase it.

Thank you card with lighthouse, clouds, cards for guys, cards created by HorseMark Cards

Did you like a card that was featured in this post?  If you would like a card simply send me an email at horsemarkcards@gmail.com with your request and I can create your custom card!

Enjoy your day!

Chinese Wedding Invitation & Card


When I received this wedding invitation in the mail and opened it I was so excited! My mind began to swirl with so many ideas on how to use these special papers to create a custom wedding card for the happy couple.
 
 
Chinese Wedding Invitation
 
Red and golds are frequently used in Chinese weddings as they represent happiness, good fortune, success, honor, wealth, and joy. The dragon represents the groom, while the phoenix represents the bride. Symbols are very important in Chinese culture. The symbol on the front of the invitation is a wish for ‘double happiness’ to the newlyweds.
 
 
Chinese wedding invitation, custom wedding cards
 
 
The Chinese characters on the inside of the invitation were perfect to die-cut the flowers. Sheer gold paper was used for the flower centers and leaves. A small red and gold sticker was perfect as a finishing touch on each flower. I added some sparkly gold paper to make the ‘vase’ for the flowers. Gold string on the vase and side border added a bit more sparkle. The symbol representing double happiness was a good accent for the vase.
 
 
custom Chinese wedding card made from the invitation, custom wedding cards,
Chinese wedding card made from invitation, custom Chinese wedding card
 
Another flower accented the inside of the card, which also included the beautiful red and gold paper. A simple ‘Congratulations’ message was printed, with room left for a personalized note.

I must thank a special magician, Ryan Kane, for giving me the opportunity to create this wedding card. He performed at the wedding reception and presented the couple with this personalized card.

Creating this custom wedding card was a delight, and I do wish the new bride and groom much happiness in their new life together!

Once again, I thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy the different cards I create as much as I love sharing them with you!

(Ryan Kane is my son and a professional magician and entertainer based in San Francisco. Another proud mom confession. 🙂 )

Enjoy your creative day! ~ Vickie

Around the World Blog Hop!

Hello!

I would like to ‘Welcome’ you if you are a first-time visitor to my little creative corner, and say ‘Welcome Back’ to my regular readers. The support and encouragement from readers like you is what makes blogging so worthwhile. I have met so many friends from many parts of our world since I began my blog about two years ago. It is exciting to share ideas, create, and learn from others!

HorseMark Cards, Around the World Blog Hop
Around the World Blog Hop

Today’s post will be a bit different since I am participating in the Around the World Blog Hop. My invitation to be a part of this fun blog hopping event, (my first!) was given to me my Thea. Her blog, Time with Thea,is one of my favorite blogs! She always has such wonderful ideas and tutorials on gardening, making wreaths, organizing, and so many other DIY projects and techniques. She has a lot of wisdom to share and has more time to devote to her blog now since she has recently retired from her teaching career. Once you visit her blog, you will want to stay for a long visit! She is also one of the most generous and supportive bloggers. Thank you Thea for this invitation and all the creative ideas you share!

decorating, DIY projects, gardening

The Around the World Blog Hop involves answering a couple of questions so readers will better understand the process of each blog and the person behind it. Each participant invites another blogger to join the hop the following week. I have invited Tayna, the creative blogger behind Mrs. Hughes to join in on the fun. I have been following her blog for several months. She has a love for vintage sewing and shares lots of ideas on sewing, patterns, DIY projects and tutorials. You will love the dresses she makes! A visit to her blog will be very enjoyable and inspirational! Look for her post next week!

vintage sewing, wreath from thread spools.

So, now I will get on with my questions and answers as I participate in this fun blog hop! (I switched the questions around a bit, as I thought it flowed better with my thought process.)

Why do I create what I do?

Well, this is an easy question to answer….I enjoy it! I remember when I was much younger, I loved to make my own paper dolls. (Remember paper dolls?) So much time would be spent on coloring and creating different outfits for them. I think I had a couple of dolls, but I made several tops, bottoms, dresses, even shoes for them. I really enjoyed the designing, coloring, and cutting process!

So, fast forward a few years (well, maybe more than a few) and I find myself sitting in my ‘creative’ room cutting and coloring and designing handmade cards. It is relaxing for me to color and I love to fussy cut images from papers. Many of my cards have layered effects, which add dimension. Most of my coloring is done with colored pencils. My attempts at blending with the different markers have been not been successful, but I think the pencils add enough color. Maybe someday I will take the time to learn blending with markers, but for now I will stick with my pencils!

When my eldest son went off to college several years ago, I sent him cards for encouragement in his studies: Thinking of you, various holiday cards, and Get Well 😦 cards. I even sent him a card when he joined his fraternity! When he returned home, I found that he had saved every card I sent! My heart swelled two sizes that day! It made me realize that receiving a card in the mail really means something. (Of course, I also sent cards to my youngest son when went off to college. He saved his too!) These college cards were created almost eight years ago! Wow. I can see how I have evolved in my card designs over the years!

cards made for college student,

Like so many before me, I began creating cards to give to family and friends. Through the encouragement and support of my husband and two sons, I created HorseMark Cards so I could sell my creations online and share with others. There is some logic behind the name ‘HorseMark’. My last name is Horsfall and I wanted to make my ‘Mark’ in keeping in touch with the people I care about.

Our world is so filled with technology, which I love, but it seems the use of the old fashioned snail mail has slowed even more. I would love to be an influence in changing that. I do know some younger people are starting to send cards and that is so encouraging! Sending and receiving cards via my mailbox on the street is my social media!

What am I working on?

I am always working on ideas for creating new cards, but in recent days I have been working with fabric instead of paper. My nephew and his wife are expecting their first child next month, so making a baby quilt for them has been my main focus. I chose three prints from Jo-Ann’s that I just love. I had enough fabric left over to make my first bib. When I finished it I thought it was too small, then realized that babies are small!

I used a Speedy Baby pattern I found at Taffy Jane’s and I love the way it looks. Free motion quilting is on my list of things to learn. I have only tried it on practice items and it still needs a bit of work, so I just used simple straight line stitching to finish this special baby quilt.

I love to have things coordinate, so I used some of the left over fabric and created a baby card to match the quilt and bib. I must say, I am really pleased with how it all came together. What do you think?

Baby quilt, bib & matching card
Baby quilt, bib & matching card

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I have also been busy at my sewing machine making coasters using a pattern I found from Karen at Sew Many Ways. (Visit her blog and you will stay awhile! She has so many creative ideas to share!) I have been making many of these coasters from different fabrics to give as gifts. They are so easy and quick to make, and they launder very well! I lay them flat to dry, and they are ready to be put to good use again!

Yes, the holidays are approaching and I have also been creating a few harvest and Christmas cards. I must admit, getting into the holiday spirit in September takes a bit of encouragement, so I visit the Christmas section on Pinterest to help me get motivated. How many of you have used Pinterest for motivation?

christmas cards, christmas coasters, christmas thank you cards
Holiday Coasters & Cards

How does my craft differ from others in this genre?

I like to make my cards simple, yet different. Some require more detail and time than others, but I enjoy creating them all. The one type of card that I really love designing is to take an invitation and use it to create a card.

wedding cards. cards created from invitations

My favorite cards to create from invitations are wedding cards. You can see two wedding cards I designed from the invitations here and here.

I have not seen many people who take invitations, cut them up, and create a very personal and original card. So, I guess that is one way I differ from other talented people who make cards.

How does my creative process work?

Wow! That’s like asking me how do I think? My mind wanders frequently. It seems that I am always thinking of something else when I am doing something entirely different!

There is so much inspiration I receive from looking at what others have created. Sometimes I may take an idea from one person and combine it with another to come up with an entirely different idea for a card. I may think, if ‘they’ did ‘that’, why couldn’t I do something similar or do ‘this’ using ‘this”. (Does that make sense?) Whenever an idea pops into my head, I make a note of it immediately. (It seems that my mental filing system gets a bit mixed up these days!) Once I have an idea written down, I come back to it later and see how I can implement it. I love the creative process!

Many times I will think of a new idea from an item I see on my work table, like a scrap of paper left over from a die cut or punch. The light bulb goes on, like it did when I created these ladybug and purses cards. I love those creative moments! Don’t You?

cards with ladybugs, cards with purses, using oval shapes

There are so many talented people who make many creative cards and handmade crafts and share them on their blogs. They are wonderful and provide so much inspiration for me. I hope the ideas and cards I share on my blog inspire some people too! My blog and website keep me very busy, as I am always learning something new. It is challenging at times, but I still enjoy it!

Thank you for visiting today and letting me share a little of me and my creative corner of my HorseMark Cards world.

Look for another Around the World Blog Hop post from Tayna, the talented blogger behind Mrs. Hughes next week! Of course, you can always visit her anytime!

Enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie

card with squirrel & acorn
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