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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.

 

Green fingers

Monday, March 11th, 2013

March is the perfect time of year to get in the garden and get your hands dirty – the sun is (hopefully) beginning to shine more often and there are still enough rain showers to keep your garden fresh and hydrated. The Royal Horticultural Society provides a helpful guide of what to plant in March in terms of fruit and vegetables. March is the prime planting time for strawberries so if you get them in the ground on time they should fruit in time for summer. In terms of vegetables, it’s the perfect time to plant your potatoes, asparagus and shallots…

Gardening Ecard

Gardening Ecard

You can find out more about what to plant in the month of March here on The Royal Horticultural Society website. And if you know someone who is particularly green fingered, then why not send them this gardening-themed ecard?

Can e-cards help you achieve your goals in 2013?

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

New-Year-Lights-2013

January is a natural time to reflect, to turn over a new leaf and to (hopefully) build new habits. We all start with good intentions but they can fade over time.

Psychologists suggest that telling your friends and family of your New Year’s resolutions can help build motivation and new habits. The peer pressure, or the feeling that you have promised something seems to maintain the healthy habits we start.

Did you know that e-cards, specifically KatiesCards.com e-cards could help you in this process?

Here’s how:

  1. Send KatiesCards.com e-card messages to all your friends and family saying what you are planning to do, whether that is losing weight, exercising at the gym or giving up smoking. Ask them for their support and that you will keep them informed of your progress.
  2. Regularly, perhaps every 1-2 weeks, send them an update on your progress using e-cards. Let them know what you have achieved, what went well and the times when you struggled.
  3. Your messages and the habit of reporting back to your contacts will help motivate you and give you support from people who all want you to succeed.

You could use Note Cards e-cards to send these messages. Start changing your life now and use KatiesCards.com to help support you.

Good luck.

Good Luck Team GB! 2012.07.26.

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

I can barely contain my excitement about the Olympics. Its such a wonderful event and I have the upmost respect for all athletes. Their dedication to their passion is utterly inspiring and although I will be cheering loudly for Team GB, I do feel proud of every athletes’ achievement.

The opening ceremony commences tomorrow at 9pm British time and I have a feeling we are in for a real treat!

To show my support, I sent Team GB our specially designed London 2012 Olympics e card with a message from everyone at Katie’s Cards cheering them on. Take a look at the card here. You can post a message of support to Team GB too by visiting http://www.facebook.com/TeamGB. To send our Olympic e card to the page simply send the card to yourself (with your special message for Team GB) and when you receive the email with the link to the card, simply copy and past the link onto the Team GB Facebook page for all to see!

London 2012 themed e card from www.katiescards.com

London 2012 themed e card from www.katiescards.com

Katie x

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.


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

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

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!