Archive for July, 2011

Beautiful hand-made gifts and knick-knacks that you might like…

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Hi all,

This week as well as working hard and spending time with the kids, I have been searching around for a gift for my niece’s 2nd birthday. I have been trying desperately not to go down the usual route and get her something that lots of other people will buy her and I was really struggling for new ideas so I decided to do a bit of hunting around on the internet. After what seemed liked an age, I eventually came across an adorable website selling some beautiful crafted cards, mugs, textiles, knitted toys and other interesting knick-knacks and I’m pleased to say I found something perfect for her!

She loves animals you see and I didn’t want to buy her yet another soft toy, so when I came across these Japanese paper animal balloons I was over the moon!

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She can have them hung in her bedroom and they’ll look wonderful. They’re made from a light paper, so they will float around the ceiling and look like they are flying or dancing!

The website was called www.petraboase.com and on further inspection I also came across some lovely baby clothes, handmade greetings cards (for those of you who use paper cards as well as e cards), wall art, home textiles. See some examples below:

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I’m really looking forward to her birthday party at the weekend and giving her her present now.

I thought it would be nice to share this since it can be soo hard to buy presents sometimes. Let me know if you have come across any gems, I’m sure we’d all like to hear!

Hope you all have a great weekend,

Katie x

Last weeks sad news showed the best and worst of humankind

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Last week was filled with sad and distressing news. The news of Amy Winehouse’ death, although to many, not a huge shock, was a premature end to an extremely talented life. Her poor family seem understandably devastated but it was nice to see that they took some comfort from the support they have received from her devoted fans. Its very hard to see someone so young struggle with an addiction and lose the battle, but one positive is the news that her father, Mitch Winehouse, is planning to set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation in order to help those struggling with addiction.

The terrible news about the Norwegian terror attacks is almost too ghastly to talk about. All those young peoples lives have been taken away from them by a man who has a deluded master plan. So unjust, so sad, but again heart warming to see a crowd of 150,000 of the Norwegian people coming together in Oslo for the ‘rose march’ to support each other, the devastated victims and their families members through a terrible time.

Its moments in life like these that truly show the worst attributes of the human condition but also show some of the best.

Sending love to all those out there troubled by these sad events.

Katie x

Sending e cards saves the environment and your pennies!

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Hi all,

I was doing a bit of rooting around on the internet this week and I managed to find some statistics that I thought you would find interesting…

  1. The average person sends approximately 30 cards a year
  2. Including postage, the majority of people spend around £88 a year on sending cards to loved ones
  3. Over 312,000 trees are cut down each year for greetings cards for the UK, USA and Australasia

I thought it was interesting that these figures seemed so high in a world where we are worrying both about climate change AND the Global Financial Crisis but there must be a reason that we, as a collective of human beings, feel it necessary to send messages to our family and loved ones on special occasions?

I know what my reasons for sending messages are; I like to make the special people in my life feel that they are significant to me. I want all of my loved ones to feel special at least twice a year and by remembering an occasion or a special day, I feel like I do this.

I am not one for buying expensive gifts. The gifts I give to my loved ones are either inexpensive tokens or (on the odd occasion) quite expensive items that are perfectly suitable for one special person in my life that I just couldn’t possibly ignore, but whether the occasion requires a gift or not, one thing I always send is an ecard.

The cost of a subscription for e-cards is so little that its almost embarrassing to mention in comparison to paper cards. £7 to send as many cards as you like in one year, saving the average person £81 a year. Why would you ever want to send paper cards?

It a no-brainer for me. Especially when taking into consideration the affect cutting down trees is having on climate change…

Anyway, just some food for thought for you, please add your comments as I would love to know what you think of this information.

Have a nice weekend,

Katie x

Why not be extra organised – start planning your companies annual Christmas card!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Hi all,

I know its only half way through the year, but we all know how quickly Christmas actually comes around and how manic it can be to get everything organised before the day! Thats why I think its never too early to get some things planned and ticked off the list, namely your company Christmas e card .

At Katies Cards we can help your corporate ecard organised so that you can focus on all the other things you need to do for the festive season!

We have a range of options to suit small or large budgets. Choose from static, animated or bespoke business e card designs and add your company logo, message and a weblink.

Business ecards are a great way to communicate with your customers and clients at Christmas time as they are cheap, engaging and environmentally friendly!

To find out more about how we can help you visit www.katiescards.com/company/, and please let us know if you have any questions – we are happy to help!

Katie x

New Birthday Cake Game ecard for girls!

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Great news – we have added the new Birthday Cake Game e card to the ecard collection so you now have versions to send to both males and females!

Please take a look and try the game out by clicking here - its so much fun and a great way to say Happy Birthday to someone special.

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We’ve had so much fun making this game that we are planning to make more so look out for news of new e card games available for Christmas!

Once again it has been an extremely busy week for us at Katies Cards and I am looking forward to having some time to relax with Nick and the kids. I’m hoping the weather is good (please, please!!) so that I can take Plum (our dog) for some nice long country walks and get some inspiration for new e-cards.

I hope you all have lovely weekends planned but remember to schedule in birthday ecards for any birthdays coming up in the next few days – its not too late and you can send as many cards as you like with your subscription, so come on and get your monies worth!

Take care

Katie x

Katies Cards welcomes new team member Racheal!

Friday, July 8th, 2011

We’re delighted to welcome the new marketing manager Racheal to the Katies Cards team. Racheal will be here to help get the Katies Cards message out to more people and help with customer service enquiries and other queries – which is great news because this will mean that Nick, Barry and I can focus on making more cards!

Racheal’s background is in marketing and she has worked for both large and small companies heading up and developing marketing strategies. The first thing on her list was to create a Katies Cards facebook business page which you can find here. Please take a look and ‘like’ us to help us spread the word!

This week has been very busy for us all but we’re delighted to have been able to complete another fantastic card for you to use! We’ve created the fabulous Boys Birthday Cake Game which is a card and a game all in one! Please take a look and let us know what you think. I think that this game is fun and entertaining and is the perfect card to send to a boy of any age. We are finalising the design of the girls version which will be available to you very shortly.

And finally, its Friday! Why not celebrate the beginning of weekend relaxation by sending you friends and family an ecard? Choose from our wide selection of blank e cards here.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Katie x

Don’t forget to send an Independence Day e card to your loved ones!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

This year, make sure 4th of July goes with a bang!

Send your friends and loved ones a special and personal animated  Independence Day e card from Katies Cards.

We have a range of fabulous musical ecards to suit everyone. Simply choose the one you like and add a personal message and we’ll do the rest to make sure that your special message arrives on time.

An example of one of the newest to the range is below.

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Pay once, use as many e-cards as you like

A yearly subscription to Katies Cards costs only £7 and gives you access to a varied range of over 160 high quality animated e cards. We’re constantly adding more cards and have something for every occasion – birthdays, Christmas, Easter, April fools, Mothers and Fathers days, thanksgiving, Valentines day, engagement, wedding, new baby and many more!

Click here to see the full range of the ecards available.