Archive for March, 2011

Cool card trick Ecard for April Fools Day

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Amaze your friends and family with our first April Fools Day Ecard. This mind bending cool card trick will surely have them scratching their heads.

Cool trick for April fools

Cool trick for April fools

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The Origins and History of Mother’s day

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Many people assume that Mother’s Day was thought up by one of the large printed cards manufactures, of big florists, but to find the historical origins we have to go way back in time.

The earliest recorded day to honour ‘mothers’ date back to the spring festival the ancient Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities, and also to the offerings the Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele. It is also believed that many Christians celebrated a special festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honor of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

In England the religious holiday was subsequently expanded to include all mothers and was named Mothering Sunday. Workers would return to their homes on Mothering Sunday with gifts, or special cakes for their mothers. The whole family would attend church together and  a lavish dinner of roast lamb, or veal was prepared, at which mother was treated as queen for the day and everything was done to make her happy and comfortable.

The custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday became common practice during the 19th century. The day was celebrated with a festive mood and the dish of the day was called furmety. It consisted of wheat grains boiled in sweet milk, then sugar and spice was added. In recent times, as society has evolved the day is now generally referred to as Mother’s Day in many western countries.

The above mentioned ‘mothering cake’ also went by the name of Simnel cake, similar to a Christmas cake. It was first boiled in water and then baked and it sometimes had an almond icing at other times the crust was of flour and water, coloured with saffron, but usually it was covered in  a layer of marzipan, then toasted, and eaten during the Easter period. A layer of almond paste was also baked into the middle of the cake and the top of the cake, around the edge, were eleven marzipan balls to represent the disciples of Jesus with Judas omitted. In some variations Christ was also represented on the cake by a ball placed at the middle.

In the United States, Mother’s Day has been observed for over 150 years. Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian housewife, organised a day to raise awareness of the bad health conditions suffered by many in her community, a cause she believed would be best served by the local community mothers, she called it ‘Mother’s Work Day’. It did not take long to spread all over the states, the governor of West Virginia issued the first Mother’s Day proclamation in 1910 and Oklahoma followed suit and celebrated it in that same year. By 1911, all of the states in the Union had its own Mother’s Day celebrations.

Anna’s daughter, after her death (who was also called Anna) began to lobby prominent businessmen and politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create a day in honor of the all mothers. At one of the first church services organised to celebrate Anna’s mother in 1908,  Anna handed out white carnations which happened to be her mother’s favorite flower. A few years later, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the government to also wear a white carnation on Mother’s Day. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson finally signed a bill creating Mother’s Day as a national holiday and it has been an entry on the spring calendar ever since.

People observed Mother’s Day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and also by giving greeting cards, presents, and flowers. With the increasing prevalence in gift giving activity associated with Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis became very angry, she believed that the day’s sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of business greed and profit. Despite Jarvis’s misgivings, Mother’s Day has flourished in the United States and all over the world and has become one of the years biggest celebrations with a large associated industry providing cards, gifts and flowers.

Mother’s day is a wonderful way of thanking your Mother for all she has done for you and many people show their thanks in different ways with cards and gifts, chocolates, flowers, breakfast in bed, days out or even weekends away. Why not try something new this year and send a mother’s day e card, we have many wonderful animated e cards which I am sure any mother would love to receive! But don’t forget to get her lots of gifts too!

Soulful Sympathy Sunset Ecard

Friday, March 25th, 2011

If you need to send someone a message of sympathy when time is of the essence, sending a sympathy ecard could be just what you need. Our sympathy ecards are beautifully designed and animated with subtle music. Our new sympathy ecard evokes a feeling of sadness, but with a sensitive, calming mood.

Sympathy Sunset Ecard

Sympathy Sunset Ecard

In difficult circumstances an animated ecard can express complex emotions and feelings, we hope this one succeeds.

Supermum! zooms into Mother’s Day E card

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

For all those really SUPER-mums out there, we have created the perfect Mother’s Day E card. Only after she has saved the planet from a series of near calamitous disasters, can she go home to celebrate her special day with her children.

Supermum zooms into our Mothers Day Ecard

Supermum zooms into our Mothers Day Ecard

We have nine other Mothers Day Ecards to choose from, not only to delight your mum, but also you will be doing your small bit to save the planet as Ecards have a very tiny carbon footprint!

Make someone smile with an Artistic E card

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Is one of your friends or family in need of a little cheering up? Life does get tough at times for all of us, so to receive a humorous personalized ecard out of the blue with no specific reason other than to say ‘Hi! Thinking of you’ would brighten anyone’s day.  Check out the the blank ecards section, there are many to choose from but two of my personal favourites are the card ‘Fox’ and ‘Turkey Breakout’ – short simple and witty, perfect to bring a smile to anyone’s face!

Don’t forget Mother’s Day This Year

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Don’t forget Mother’s Day, it is on the 3rd of April in the U.K. this year (it’s Sunday May 08 in the U.S.A.)

Mother’s day is the perfect time to show how much you love and care for your mum and thank her for all she has done for you. Your gift does not have to be terribly expensive; she will not mind how much you spend, because any gift you give will be cherished by her forever.

Why not send a Mothers Day e card this year, we have a wide range for you to choose from!

And for the gift, flowers are always a first thought and chocolates are a winner. However there are so many choices these days, from a pamper session at the spa, a day out shopping, a meal, or even the cinema. There are so many fantastic things you can do together!

Dancing Easter Eggs and Rabbits, the perfect Easter Ecard?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

At Katie’s Cards we just love dancing Easter Eggs and Bunnies, so we could not resist filling our new Easter Ecard with them. Inspired by the films of Busby Berkeley and a little nod to Austin Powers with a cool latin 1960s music track.

Dancing Easter rabbits ecards

Dancing Easter rabbits ecards

We hope you enjoy sending it to all the younlings in your family or friends family.

Send an Ecard ‘just because!’

Monday, March 7th, 2011

We all know that Mother’s day and Easter are just around the corner, perfect ecard sending times of year, but perhaps the nicest reason to send an ecard is for no reason at all. Pick from my big selection of blank cards and write your own personal message. You know how nice it would be to receive a card for no particular reason other than to say ‘I’m thinking of you” or just a plain, simple old ‘have a nice day’.

We are all so busy that sometimes we lose contact with some of our closet friends. Sometimes it feels like we are on different planets from one another, wrapped up in our own little worlds. So how nice it would be to send our ‘Rocket’ blank ecard with  your own personal message – this would say it all!

I know a quick ‘Hi’, out of the blue from a friend I had not spoken to for a while would really make my day.