Archive for June, 2014

Ramadan Mubarak

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Ramadan is celebrated in the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and is intended for focus on prayer, spirituality, charity and purification of the body and mind through abstinence. Share this annual occasion with loved ones and wish them well by sending one of our Ramadan ecards.

With Ramadan beginning this Sunday, all of us here at Katie’s Cards wish you the best of luck with your abstinence over the coming month. I’m sure there are some of us who will be joining you in a little late night food binges!

Football, Sports and Katie’s E Cards

Friday, June 20th, 2014

“Yes! Good footballing.”

“Congratulations on that dribble”

“That ball nearly went right between those poles!”

These are just some of the things you might hear some of our very own team shouting as they watch their 4-yearly scheduled intake of football.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are those in our office who thoroughly enjoy a game of two halves. Every other day it’s “football is lovely”, “I do enjoy a nice kick-about myself of a weekend”, “that referee was wonderful, extremely balanced and impartial” and so on.

Needless to say that they, in particular, were a little bit glum this morning after last night’s World Cup performance. And to be honest we all are. Even for non-football fans, there’s something quite exciting about everyone coming together to root for the same team – so it is a little bit sad that it looks like we’re coming to the end of that brief period of soccer solidarity.

Of course we’re all secretly hoping that there’s some light at the end of the players tunnel and that we’ll still manage to scrape our way through to the next round.  If only to have to have a few more chances to bond over our mutual disappointment. After all, another four years is a long time to wait.

For fans of the beautiful game, send the footie-themed Soccer Birthday Ecard. Browse our extensive e card categories for more sport-related greetings, including golf, rugby and fishing cards in our Birthday and Father’s Day collections. 

 

Stamp Out Postal Costs with Ecards

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Recently, the Guardian reported that Royal Mail share prices had dropped rapidly following the privatisation of the postal service last year.

The article also reports a drop in the sending of letters and cards in favour of online methods of communication.

And with the recent rise in stamp prices, meaning that a book of 12 first class stamps now costs £7.44, it’s not hard to see why.

When you tally the number of Birthdays, annual occasions like Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day along with one-off celebrations such as Weddings and Births that occur in the calendar, annual membership with Katie’s Cards at £7.50 (just 6 pence more than a book of stamps) seems very reasonable – especially considering that this allows the sending of unlimited ecards to friends and relatives all year round.

But we’re not just advocates of ecards because they save money or because they’re kind to the planet – even though that IS another reason why we love them so much – but they also save time and worrying too:

You can send ecards to individuals or to many. You can send them near and far in an instant. Or, schedule for a later date if that suits.

The point is you don’t have to wonder whether your Auntie’s Get Well Soon card got lost in the post or whether your brother’s Birthday card will arrive by air mail to Australia in time.

So if you find the time, head over to our ecard categories and consider stamping out postal costs for good.

We’ve got a great selection of animated ecards, including some lesser-spotted greetings for occasions such as Canada Day, Ramadan and Grandparents Day

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s our #1 Father’s Day Ecard

Friday, June 13th, 2014

After some rooting around in our virtual filing cabinet, we thought you might be interested to learn that our most popular Father’s Day ecard is the  ‘Superdad’ ecard.

If you’ve not already seen it,  the retro-style design features a costumed comic-book style hero as he flies, runs and jumps through the streets of the city.

A caped superhero crouches on a rooftop, a night-time city skyline in the background.

Superdad Ecard for Father’s Day

It’s not surprising that the ‘Superdad’ ecard has proven popular; Father’s Day is the time when we get to let Dad know he’s our hero and this funny yet meaningful e greeting is a great way to do just that.

Narrowly missing out on the top spot for Father’s Day was the ‘Perfect Dad’ ecard, a humorous look at the qualities required of the ideal dad. The ‘Animals’ Father’s Day design followed in the ratings as the third most popular ecard within the category.

Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday in June meaning that the annual day for Dad this year is Sunday 15th.  And unlike Mother’s Day, this celebration is observed on the same date in the UK as in the US.

It’s really important to us that we’re clued up about which cards are performing well for each and every celebration. Whether for Birthdays, Christmas or Father’s Day, keeping track of this gives us a good idea of what we’re doing right and helps us to formulate plans for our future animated ecards.

Midweek Sneak Peek – New Holiday Ecard

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

But for which holiday is it?

Eeeek… Today we’re giving an exclusive sneak peak of our latest animated ecard.

We’re really very excited. And although we don’t want to give away too much just yet, we couldn’t resist sharing a little animated gif of the character featured in this ecard.

8 bit design of Ben Franklin pushing a box labelled 'Tea'

Preview of new 4th July Ecard: Who could it be?

Can you guess who it is?

You might not get it straight away, and if you did – well, we’re impressed! But if not, and we tell you that this is a 4th July ecard, does that help?

I’m afraid that’s all we can reveal for now, but other clues about what this future Katie’s Cards design might bring can be gleaned from the style of our sneak peek – Let’s just say, we think that this Independence Day ecard is on another ‘level’.

We promise to keep you posted on our progress, as usual, so stay tuned for more updates as well as arts and craft tips, recipes and news on those all important dates in the calendar.

One Week until Father’s Day!

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Do you remember when we got you all worked up about Father’s day being just three weeks away?

Well, that was two weeks ago, which means Father’s Day is just one week today!

But before you worry too much about how time keeps on sneaking up on you, take a look at this video of a son creeping up on his (very easily startled) Dad. Lots of times.

(Please be aware that the following video contains strong language)

Ah Fatherhood. It’s a thankless task.

So now you’re feeling better (partly because you can take comfort from the fact that you’re a better son/daughter than this guy… and partly because, well, it was pretty funny) maybe now’s the time to sort out that Father’s Day card and present.

After all, there’s no one quite like Dad.

Katie’s Cards offer 3 month, 12 month and 24 month subscriptions for a small fee which allow users to send unlimited cards, and to as many contacts as they like, throughout their membership. 

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Prime growing season is upon us, so with this in mind, we thought it’d be a perfect time to share some growing avenues for this summer. If you’ve been put off from growing due to lack of time or space, do not fear, as we’ve got tips for the hands on harvesters, to the slower growers. Growing your own food has a huge range of benefits so, your days of coming home from work and attempting a gourmet meal with a slice of questionable ham and some ketchup, are numbered.

Allotments

If you’re fully committed, allotments are a very satisfying experience producing massive amounts of fresh food and produce. Be warned though, you can easily end up feeling like your allotment is plotting against you – pun intended – as they require a lot of time and dedicationtop 10 if you want to keep up the maintenance. There are loads of online blogs that tell you how to begin this somewhat daunting challenge and we’ve laid out the top ten easy grow vegetables to get you started. Also, did you know that half an hour spent on your allotment burns 150 calories? We don’t need much more persuading than that! Not only can herbs and fresh produce spice up meal times, it is a massive money saver.

Home Grown Patches

 If you don’t have time to maintain an allotment, and you’re lucky enough to have some garden space, growing your own greens is much easier. With a little maintenance, you can grow anything you like. Take a look at these nifty tomato growing bags. We had a browse around for the simplest advice for DIY growing and found a handy step by step from the Guardian.

 Window Herb Garden

If you have a lack of space, growing herbs on your windowsill can provide very beneficial to a tasty meal. Having a little fresh basil in a pasta or coriander in a salad or soup is delicious.  We decided to take a look around to offer you all a few starter tips to get you motivated.hdygg

  • 1. Pick your pot – choose from vintage tins to pretty pots, whatever you like!
  • 2. Part fill the pot- find a sunny window spot and part-fill your pot.  Using peat-free compost, fill it at around 5cm deep.
  • 3. Choose your herbs – sprinkle some of your chosen seeds on top. Cover the sprinkled seeds with another thin, loose layer of  compost.
  • 4. Wrap the top of the pot with some cling film, creating a greenhouse effect, and then remove after a few weeks when they start to sprout. Voila!

 

While you’re at all this gardening malarkey, take a look at our Floral birthday e-cards. Don’t forget, before you write yourself off as a home grower, remember its many benefits. Besides, stranger things have happened, like Kim Kardashians bum implants…

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Katie’s Cards Top 10 Summer Beach Reads

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Summer holidays are ahead of us, but only just. In order to get you ready for relaxation and those lazy days by the beach, here’s Amazon’s top 10 beach reads.

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

A teenage girl suffering with lung cancer is reluctant to attend a cancer support group… until she meets a fellow patient who changes her life.

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood – Diana Gabaldon

The eighth book to be released in the Outlander series continues in the year 1778.

The One & Only – Emily Giffin

After tragedy strikes in her hometown, Shea Rigby begins to question whether the life she’s chosen is really good enough for her.

The Vacationers – Emma Straub

A vacation doesn’t go to plan when the secrets and humiliations they thought they’d left at home in Manhattan, follows a flawed family of sun seekers to Mallorca.

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

A sophisticated, suspenseful novel about a privileged young girl named Cady and her group of friends. Together they are ‘The Liars’.

All Fall Down – Jennifer Weiner

Looking in, it might seem like Allison Weiss has it all, but an addiction to prescription pills could be her downfall.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair – Joel Dicker

A young author is able to break through a period of writer’s block when he begins to pen a book based on a murder case that he hopes will exonerate his recently convicted college professor.

The Romanov Sisters – Helen Rappaport

Using previously unseen letters, diaries and archival sources, Helen Rappaport pieces together a rich and poignant picture of the young royals Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov leading up to the Russian revolution.

And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

A series of interlinking stories told over half a century and across continents, this is a story showing how the choices we make now, live on through generations.

I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes

A fast-paced espionage thriller about a world class secret agent who returns from retirement to take on an anonymous adversary who poses a biological threat to the U.S.

Off on holiday to a faraway destination? Let your family know you arrived safely with a quick greeting from Katie’s Cards. Better than postcards, your ecard will reach them immediately and not after you’ve got back home!

And if you’re away when family and friends are celebrating a birthday, schedule your Happy Birthday ecards before you even think about buying your Factor 30.

No matter how many ecards you send, Katie’s Cards Membership is unlimited so don’t forget to take advantage of our wide range of e cards all year round.