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Meet the Katies Cards team

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Hi all,

As promised, here are a few snaps to help you get to know me and the rest of the team better.

Our office

First of all, here are two photographs of the Katies Cards office. The building with the bluey-grey ‘Engravers House’ sign above the window is the our office where all of our ecards are created. The building is a converted butchers shop and is bright and airy. There are 3 companies in the building altogether as well as my ceramics studio which was built at the back of the office.

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The Katies Cards office


The office is in Teddington, a small and pretty town in Middlesex in the south of England. Its right next to a gorgeous park called Bushy park, where we go at lunch time and where I walk Plum.

The team

We are a small, close-knit team who enjoy working together to create our e cards in our lovely office in Teddington. We often listen to music in the office and because of Nick’s wide taste, usually leave the selection up to him. There are a few pubs nearby where every now and then we go to have a lovely pub lunch.

Nick

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My husband Nick works with me to come up with ideas for new e cards and helps bring my drawings and paintings to life on the computer screen. He helped me to create my first e card for my Mum and has been instrumental in getting Katies Cards where it is now.

Prior to Katies Cards, Nick studied animation at University. Once qualified, he embarked on a successful 8 years as an animator before deciding to go it alone and use his skills to work as a freelance animator for TV and film, which was how we met Barry.

Nick has an eclectic taste in music and enjoys food, cycling, films and spending time with friends and family.

I am very lucky to be able to work alongside my husband who is extremely talented and committed to producing such high quality cards for you!

Barry

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Barry is a talented illustrator who has worked with us to create our e-cards from a very early stage. He has made many of the backgrounds and characters you see in our collection and has also been instrumental in helping to shape the seeds of my ideas and come up with new ones!

He studied illustration at University and has since had a very successful 7 year career as an illustrator. When I asked him for some facts to write in the blog, he proudly told me that as a student, he designed the characters in a number 1 Playstation game called ‘Prisoner of war’ which is very impressive!

He is a keen follower of football and art and enjoys playing golf.

Racheal

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Racheal is new to the team, having only joined us 1 month ago. She was brought on board to help us grow Katies Cards due to her 7 years experience in marketing for both large and small companies. Unusually for a marketer, Racheal actually studied Sculpture at University, but after completing the degree realised that she didn’t want to follow the creative path and went on a search to find the right career. After joining a small publishing company as a customer service advisor, she was quickly moved over to the marketing department and rose up the ranks. Since then she has worked for another large publishing company and a disability organisation, planning and implementing marketing campaigns and developing marketing strategies.

Racheal is a keen cook and a lover of all things food, fashion and interiors.

Me

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You may already feel like you know a lot about me so i’ll try to keep it brief. I am Katie and I am the person who started this process 5 years ago. I am passionate about saving the environment and I am always on the look out for eco-friendly ideas, which is how I realised that there weren’t any good quality e cards to send to people five years ago when I was looking for an eco-friendly e card for my Mum’s birthday. I decided then to make my own e card, taking some time to make sure it was really good quality and I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to do more! I came up with some more ideas for Nick and I to get to work on and then planned how we could sell them to people on the internet. 18 months later we launched katiescards.com with just 25 cards and have steadily been adding more to the collection over the years – we now have over 160 in the collection for all sorts of occasions such as birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s day, Mothers day, Fathers day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Independance day, St Patrick’s day, engagement, wedding day, anniversary, new baby, new home, Canada day and many more!


Click on the link to see the firstĀ birthday e card that I created for my Mum (you can send this card also if you like it).

I love what I do and that I am able to combine the things that I love in my job – art, environmental issues and working with Nick. Like Racheal, I also studied Sculpture at University and after leaving went onto become an art director for film and TV. After becoming a mother, I decided I wanted to take a step back from my career so that I could bring up our children Molly and Joe. Now that the children are older and turning into young adults, I have more time and thats another reason Katies Cards came along at just the right time for me.

I enjoy tennis, art, film, traveling and spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy taking long walks with our Jack Russell Plum (who you will hear more about later). I love making e cards and genuinely wish to make you and your loved ones feel special when one of our cards is sent.

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Plum (the office dog)

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Me and Plum in Bushy park


Plum is our Jack Russell but we bring her to the office every day so that she doesn’t get lonely. We have a garden here that she enjoys running around (and terrorising next doors cats!) and because we are right next to the beautiful Bushy park, I can take her for good lunch time walks which she loves.

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Plum


Plum is 5 years old, is great fun and a loving dog. She is, just as all Jack Russell’s are, she’s very stubborn and territorial and we often have moments when she goes completely crazy! But she is a great character and we love having her here in the office. She is also a brilliant source of inspiration and our walks together have been where alot of my ideas have formed.

She got her name when, at only a few days old, we took her to meet my mum. My mum has a Plum tree in her garden which some Plums had fallen off, and the new puppy picked one up in her mouth and brought it to me, dropping it at my feet. Out son Joe said ‘Plum’s a good name!’ and we all agreed!

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Me and Plum in Bushy park

That’s it for now. I will keep updating you on our team news and add some more pictures so that you know what is happening here but I hope you feel you know all of us a bit more now.

Hope you’re all having a nice Wednesday,

Katie x

P.s. I have recently joined Facebook and would be delighted to become your friend. I am new to social media but will be using my Facebook profile to help keep you up-to-date with the Katies Cards news as well as posting interesting gift and lifestyle ideas and advice. Click here to visit my Facebook page and request friendship with me.


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

We will be

The Face of Tammuz will fool you this first of April

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Since the dawn of time the Face of Tammuz has forseen the future and read the minds of mortal men. Lost for over 1000 years, the Face of Tammuz has returned to read your mind!

The Face of Tammuz April Fools Day Ecard

The Face of Tammuz April Fools Day Ecard

All you have to do is pick a two digit number. Add both digits together and subtract the total from your original. For example, if you chose 32, 3 + 2 = 5 therefore 32 – 5 will give you your number ’27’. Then use the chart provided to find your symbol. Concentrate on the symbol and click on the Face of Tammuz and prepare to have your mind read! Amaze and astound your friends and family with our new April Fools Ecard

Hilarious Classic April Fools’ Pranks from the Past

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

With April Fools’ day approaching I thought you might be amused by some stories of pranks from over the years:

1957, the BBC television programme Panorama ran a famous April Fools’ hoax, showing Swiss harvesting spaghetti from trees. They had claimed that the despised pest, the spaghetti weevil, had been eradicated. A large number of people contacted the BBC wanting to know how to cultivate their own spaghetti trees. It was, in fact, filmed in St Albans and not Switzerland.

1962, Swedish national television did a 5-minute special on how one could get colour TV by placing a nylon stocking in front of the screen. A rather in-depth description on the physics behind the phenomenon was included.

1976, British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore told listeners of BBC Radio 2 that at precisely 9:47 a.m. that day a unique alignment of two planets would result in an upward gravitational pull making people feel lighter. He invited his audience to experience “a strange floating sensation” by jumping up in the air. Dozens of listeners phoned in to say the experiment had worked.

1980, the BBC reported a proposed change to the famous clock tower known as Big Ben. The reporter stated that the clock was going to go digital.

1983, Australian millionaire businessman Dick Smith claimed he had towed an iceberg from Antarctica to Sydney Harbour. He covered a barge with white plastic and fire extinguisher foam to convince the witnesses.

1998, a classic April Fool jest where Burger King ran an ad in the USA Today, stating that you could get a Whopper specifically for left-handed people, it was said that the condiments were designed to drip out of the right side. Not only did customers order the new burgers, but some specifically requested the “old”, right-handed burger.

In 2004, GMTV the British breakfast show produced a story claiming that Yorkshire Water were trialing a new ‘diet tap water’ which had already helped one customer lose a stone and a half in four months! After heralding the trial as successful, it was claimed that a third tap could be added to kitchen sinks, allowing customers easy access to the water. Following the story, Yorkshire Water received 10,000 enquiries from viewers.

2006, the BBC reported that the door to No.10 Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, had been painted red. Showing footage of workmen carrying a red door. The political party which formed the government at the time, had red as their official colour. The story was also reported in the British newspaper, The Daily Mail which credited the new design to April Fewell (chortle!).

2008, on April 1st the BBC reported on a newly discovered colony of flying penguins. There was even a elaborate video segment produced, featuring Terry Jones (from Monty Python) walking with the penguins in Antarctica, and following their flight to the Amazon rain forest.

2010, The One Show did a story on “Cloned Unicorns” and then revealed that it was an April Fool’s Day joke.

Here at Katie’s cards we have been working on a mind bending new for April fools day ecard, which will be up on the site shortly.