Archive for the ‘artistic e cards’ Category

Mamafesto

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

It’s almost Mother’s Day- a day where we show our gratitude for all the hard work our mother has put in over the years. This gratitude however, cannot be proven with love alone, oh no. It must be proven (and subsequently measured) in the very real form of the ideal gift and card. A gift and card so ideal, it negates 364 days of smug thanklessness.

Let’s face it, it’s a challenge. Finding the perfect gift and card that says just what you want it to say can be oh I don’t know, hard work… to say the least. We must venture out, in to the cold winds, suffer through inside out umbrellas and scour the shops, because she’s worth it (begrudgingly).

Now, we can’t help you out with the gift side of things but we can most certainly help with the card part, oh yes.

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A frame from our animated Peacock Mother’s Day Ecard

Or for a message that’s a little less subtle…

Little Birds Ecard

Little Birds Mother’s Day Ecard

 

So for all those after school activities she took you to that you never had any intention of pursuing, take a look through our Mother’s Day Ecards at Katie’s Cards and find something that’s ideal for her.

 

Share Your Appreciation This Thanksgiving

Friday, October 18th, 2013

We have a range of 9 Thanksgiving cards that are the perfect way to show everyone you care.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Ecard

 

This wonderful animated ecard is one of our Thanksgiving cards that can also be used for Christmas! Its seasonal feel and beautiful design is sure to brighten anyone’s day! We also have a game ecards which bring lots of fun and entertainment!

With less than two weeks to go until Thanksgiving, we thought we’d give you some tips on how to get through the day relatively stress free!

  1. Delegate tasks to all members of the family; give everyone one job to do, it not only gets everyone involved and doing things together, it makes life a lot easier for you!
  2. Preparation: There’s a lot to be said for starting to prepare as early as possible! Imperishable  ingredients bought a couple of weeks in advance will take the stress off when everything else needs buying.
  3. Turkey: The most important part of the meal. Make sure you’ve arranged to get your turkey before hand whether its frozen or fresh!
  4. Decoration and guest list: Ensure you’ve invited everyone and find out what they’ll be bringing with them. Also start preparing your decorations which will add a little magic to your thanksgiving.
  5. Don’t forget to wish everyone a happy thanksgiving!

We also have a couple of fun trivia facts!

  • The average person consumes 4500 calories on thanksgiving and 229 grams of fat
  • Pumpkin pie is the most popular pie for thanksgiving
  • 400 million pounds of cranberry is consumed each year!
  • The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs 16 pounds

Share your Thanksgiving stories with us at Katie’s Cards 

Mother’s Day

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 10th March and we have a beautiful selection of ecards that you can send to your mother as a token of appreciation. One of my favourites is the ‘Terrace’ Ecard which depicts a tranquil seascape reminiscent of one of the Greek Islands.

 

Mother's Day 'Terrace' Ecard

Mother’s Day ‘Terrace’ Ecard

 

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Mother’s Day ‘Terrace’ Ecard

 

Watch as the watering can helps nurture the plant until flowers bloom and spell out a ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ message. This card is one in a wide-range of Mother’s Day ecards on the Katie’s Cards website and the collection, which you can view by clicking here, caters for various tastes.

Lovely customer feedback

Friday, February 15th, 2013

One of our users recently gave us this lovely feedback and we wanted to share it with you:

“Thank you for your very interesting newsletter. I’m an Aquarian so it was particularly interesting to me. I love your cards, especially the Chinese New Year card with the beautiful Coy Carp. I’ve sent that one to several of my friends even though we are not Chinese – I had to share it with them … I love your cards and always send them to my friends on the appropriate occasions because I love the art work.”

It’s always wonderful to hear such positive feedback and it’s equally helpful to get feedback from our users. So, if there’s a particular occasion that we don’t have any ecards for or if you’d like to see more ecards in a particular style, then please do get in touch with us. You can send your comments and suggestions to info@katiescards.com.

Additionally, keep your eyes peeled for our monthly newsletter and if you too are a fan of the Coy Carp ecard, you’ll be pleased to know that it will soon be available for you to send as a birthday card!

Katie x

Chinese New Year ecard from KatiesCards.com [Sneak Peak]

Monday, January 21st, 2013

The team at Katie’s Cards has been busy designing new ecards for 2013. We have a new Chinese New Year ecard in production so I wanted to give you a sneak peak of what it will look like. If you like the look of it then it will be available for you to send for the Chinese New Year celebrations on Sunday 10th February 2013.

 

Koi Carp Chinese New Year ecard from KatiesCards.com

Koi Carp Chinese New Year Ecard

 

The Koi Carp Chinese New Year e-card is zen-like in its tranquility and  beauty. See the fish swim gently around the lillpads before wishing your friends best wishes for the Chinese New Year.

I will let you know when it’s released and available on the KatiesCards.com website, I hope you will enjoy it.

3 Great Birthday E-Cards from KatiesCards.com

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Every day of the year is someone’s birthday. Here are three great birthday e-cards from KatiesCards.com that help you share your birthday greetings.

3 Great Birthday E-Cards:

1. Birthday Cake Maker

Birthday Cake Maker - a birthday e-card from KatiesCards.com

Birthday Cake Maker - a birthday e-card from KatiesCards.com

This Heath Robinson invention prepares, bakes and makes the perfect birthday cake. This intricate contraption whirrs and chugs to finally finish the cake and reveal your birthday wishes, great for all ages.

Preview: http://www.katiescards.com/preview/birthday-cake-maker

2. The Birthday Bear

Birthday Bear - a birthday e-card from KatiesCards.com

Birthday Bear - a birthday e-card from KatiesCards.com

If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise. This charming birthday e-card shows a Teddy Bear tucking into his birthday picnic, including lots of sweets and cake, and wishing you a very happy birthday.

Preview: http://www.katiescards.com/preview/the-birthday-bear

3. Cake Game

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Using traps and obstacles, stop the cake scoffing monsters eating your cake. This delightful birthday e-card game will amuse and interest both boys and girls of different ages. Have fun.

Preview: http://www.katiescards.com/preview/cake-game-boy3

Our Top 3 E-Cards of 2012

Friday, January 4th, 2013

The end of the year is always a time to reflect and look back on the year that was 2012. We’ve had a look through all the e-cards sent this year and have compiled our top three e-cards of 2012.

Here are our Top 3 E-cards of 2012:

1. Birthday Cake Maker

Birthday Cake Maker - a birthday e-card from KatiesCards.com

Birthday Cake Maker - a birthday e-card from KatiesCards.com

This fun and inventive birthday e-card shows an elaborate machine that makes a birthday cake. E-cards for birthdays are very popular but this one beat them all.

Preview: http://www.katiescards.com/preview/birthday-cake-maker

2. Christmas Cottage

Christmas Cottage Ecard

Christmas Cottage Ecard

This beautiful and elegant Christmas ecard looks like a chocolate box cover. With a traditional greeting this e-card captures the magic of Christmas and gives the viewer a warm and nostalgic glow.

Preview: http://www.katiescards.com/preview/christmas-cottage

3. Turkey Olympics

Turkey Olympics Xmas Escape

Turkey Olympics Xmas Escape

Not surprisingly our Turkey Olympics Christmas e-card proved to be a big hit in 2012. The London Olympics of 2012 was a definite highlight here at KatiesCards.com – it was great to see the Torch relay and Cycling near to our office.

Preview: http://www.katiescards.com/preview/turkey-olympicsxmas

2012 has been fun and our top 3 e-cards for the year include classics and new designs.

Which is your favourite?

16 days until the London 2012 opening ceremony 2012.07.11.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

There are only 16 days left until the London 2012 Olympic’s opening ceremony begins!

This an incredibly exciting time for many people across the globe especially those who live in England, who have been anticipating this fantastic event since 2007. The construction of the Olympic park and re-generation of the surrounding area has been the focus of much attention since work began in May 2008. The site contains the huge Olympic stadium, Aquatics Centre, the Olympic village which is used for accommodation for athletes, a Velodrome and a white water centre.

It’s quite unbelievable to think that such a huge amount of work has been completed in such a short space of time. Take a look at this fantastic time-lapse video which shows you the Olympic stadium and surroundings under construction to completion;

Olympic park construction time-lapse video.

The opening ceremony, named the ‘Isles of Wonder’ commences at 9pm on Friday the 27th of July and will sure to be entertaining. Danny Boyle, Artistic Director of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony said:

‘Our Isles of Wonder salutes and celebrates the exuberant creativity of the British genius in an Opening Ceremony that we hope will be as unpredictable and inventive as the British people’

I’m sure you’ll agree that this is definitely something to celebrate and enjoy with loved ones. Its not too late to organise your own opening ceremony party or get together so why not take advantage of our specially designed, London 2012 e card and send your loved ones an invite to your themed party?

Olympic's 2012 E card from www.katiescards.com

Olympic's 2012 E card from www.katiescards.com

Katie x

The week before the Diamond Jubilee. 2012.05.30.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Jubilee fever is upon us and people all around the country are getting well into the celebratory  spirit including me so I thought I would share some little gems with you. The house you see below is on our street. The owners decided to paint it for the jubilee and it looks amazing – its attracted quite a but of attention and even news reporter Faye Barker has written a story on it  here.

The street where Katie's Cards lives - Jubilee spirit! www.katiescards.com

The street where Katie's Cards lives - Jubilee spirit!

Close up of Union Jack house in our street. www.katiescards.com

Close up of Union Jack house in our street

Plum (our dog) is dressed and ready for the Jubilee partie's to begin!

Plum (our dog) is dressed and ready for the Jubilee partie's to begin!

Don’t forget that we have some lovely Jubilee e cards for you to send to your loved ones – you can use them for inviting guests to your get together. They’re sent instantly so they’re great if you have made plans last minute and need to let everyone know! (click on the images to see our full range of invitation e cards)

Jubilee e card from www.katiescards.com

Jubilee e card from www.katiescards.com

Jubilee e card from www.katiescards.com

Jubilee e card from www.katiescards.com

Katie x

Send your loved ones our new Labor Day e card

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Hi all,

For those of you who don’t know, Labor Day this year takes place on the 5th of September and to celebrate this historic event we have created an inspirational Labor Day e card that encapsulates the spirit of the day with an animation of people working together using various building and joinery skills to build a huge ‘Happy Labor Day’ sign. As usual with all Katies Cards e cards, accompanying the animation is some uplifting music which has been specifically composed for the card.

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Labor Day e card

Labor Day is an extremely historic day and the first time this day was observed was on September 5th 1882. It became a federal holiday in 1894 following a number of workers deaths during the Pullman strike. The first Labor Day celebrations were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday and were a street parade for workers and then a festival involving family and friends. Today people across the globe celebrate this holiday with barbeques and fairs involving their communities and the Labor Day e-card certainly reflects the ‘coming together of a community’. So in the spirit of Labor Day, why not use your Katies Cards personal membership account to pre-schedule a delivery of this commemorative card to all of your friends and family to show that you care?

You can easily pre-schedule cards in your membership account by selecting the card that you want to send, adding your own personal message and then setting the delivery date for the desired date you want the recipient to receive it. If you have any questions on how to use any part of your membership account please send us an email and Racheal will answer your query very quickly.

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.

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 first 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.


Photographs of summer trips

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Hi all,

We are in the process of taking some photographs of the Katies Cards team, the office and Plum so that you can get a better picture of what its like in the office where we create our ecards. I really want you to feel like you know us as you put a lot of trust in us to create heartfelt e-cards for your loved ones that are the perfect for the occasion and the person.

I am planning to finish the photo’s this week so look out for them. In the mean time, I thought you would enjoy some snaps I took recently whilst we were away in Cornwall with the kids. These beautiful scenes are a real inspiration to me, I hope you enjoy them.

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 aswell as posting interesting gift and lifestyle ideas and advice. Click here to visit my Facebook page and request friendship with me.

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

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.

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!