Archive for the ‘Chinese New Year Ecards’ Category

Brand New Animated Ecard Added

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

This February millions of people around the world will be celebrating in a spectacular fashion for the first day of the new Lunar Calendar. Although not everyone will have the luxury of being nearby friends and family during the celebrations, you can send them our brand new animated ecard to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Chinese New Year E-card

Chinese New Year E-card

Designed in an ink wash, hand painted style, watch as the delicate blossom flourishes across the frame in this traditional Chinese New Year e card. The blossom is accompanied by a message, written in both English and Chinese, at the end. If you’d rather browse the rest of our varied collection of new year e cards, please click here. Remember, you can send our ecards in an instant or schedule them to go out in your own time.

Happy New New Year

Friday, January 24th, 2014

If you’re a regular visitor to Katie’s Cards you might have noticed by looking at our homepage that we’ve added a couple more designs to the Chinese New Year category, ready for the celebrations which take place from January 31st.

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New Chinese Scrolls ecard from Katie’s Cards

Why the Long Face?

You might have also seen that the horse features quite heavily in a few of our designs… No we’ve not all turned into hippomaniacs (people obsessed with horses, apparently) but we did think it would be quite fitting as 2014 marks The Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac.

And while we’re here bragging about all our new designs, we might as well tell you that we’re currently in the process of designing a rather special Valentine’s Day card too – so look out for further blog posts on the design process as well as a couple of sneak previews.

Happy Chinese New Year from Katie’s Cards

If you happen to be in London during the most celebrated Chinese festival, take a look at Time Out’s Guide to Chinese New Year 2014.

But wherever you are in the world, we hope you have a very Happy Chinese New Year.

Happy Chinese New Year – 恭禧發財

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

The Katie’s Cards team would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year! Or, in traditional Chinese, 恭禧發財!

Don’t worry if you’ve left it too late to send a card to your friends and family across the world, take your pick from one of our Chinese New Year ecards to send your New Years wishes instantly…

Our full selection of Chinese New Year ecards can be found here.

Katie x

 

New Chinese New Year Ecard on the Katie’s Cards website

Friday, February 8th, 2013

It’s Chinese New Year on Sunday and we’re pleased to announce that there is a new ecard on the Katie’s Cards website just in time for the celebrations.

Koi Carp Chinese New Year Ecard

 

You can personalise this iconic image of carp swimming gracefully around a lilypad-filled pool to send your Happy New Year wishes to family and friends. You can either pre-schedule the sending of the ecard now or you can send it on the day itself and know that it will arrive in the inbox of the recipient immediately, even if they live on the other side of the world.

What does your Chinese Zodiac sign say about you?

Friday, February 8th, 2013

There are twelve different animals which represent the Chinese Zodiac, which correspond with years rather than months. We’re about to enter the Year of the Snake and, according to one website, people born in the Year of the Snake are wise and logical but are sometimes egotistical.

So what does the year you were born in say about you? Perhaps you’re an ambitious, hard-working rat. Maybe you’re an affectionate rabbit, or even a confident dragon? You can find out about the characteristics of your Chinese Zodiac sign here, it’s a fun way of learning more about this vibrant festival and maybe even about yourself…

Koi Carp Chinese New Year Ecard

Now that you know your sign, why not encourage your friends to find out theirs? You can send a personal Chinese New Year message by visiting the Katie’s Cards website and choosing one of our beautifully designed festive Chinese New Year ecards.

Three images which epitomise Chinese New Year

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

To me, ‘Chinese New Year‘ evokes so many different images: vivid colours, dancing dragons, noisy street celebrations and a rich assault on the senses. With the festival fast-approaching, Pinterest is brimming with pictures that evoke the vibrant nature and richness of these celebrations and so I’ve picked three of my favourite images which I think portray the Chinese New Year festivities.

The Dragon Dance

The Dragon Dance is a central part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Dragons are considered to bring good luck and the dance is meant to show the power and dignity of the creature.

The Dragon Dance

Source: Rachel Cabrera
(http://pinterest.com/rachelcabrera76/chinese-new-year/)

Lanterns

Source: Meredith Di Constanzo, originally from the telegraph.co.uk. (http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=chinese+new+year+fireworks)

Source: Meredith Di Constanzo, originally from the telegraph.co.uk. (http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=chinese+new+year+fireworks)

Fireworks

This photograph really seems to evoke the vibrant nature of Chinese New Year and shows some wonderful celebratory fireworks.

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Katie’s Cards has a selection of Chinese New Year Ecards for you to send. You can find the full selection here on the Katie’s Cards website.

Chinese New Year is approaching…

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

It’s only a few days until the vibrant festival of Chinese New Year. In China, fireworks and glowing red lanterns will no doubt be filling the skies as families gather together for the celebratory reunion dinner and the giving of red envelopes.

Chinese Lanterns Ecard

Chinese Lanterns Ecard

Yet the celebrations will not be confined to China, many cities around the world will be holding parades, ‘dragon dances’ and food festivals so why not investigate events taking place in a city near you?

If you can’t celebrate with family and friends this year, you can pre-schedule the sending of your Chinese New Year ecards now so you can rest assured that your loved ones in all corners of the world will receive their New Year’s wishes on time. You can find the full selection of Katie’s Cards Chinese New Year Ecards here.

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.

When is Chinese New Year 2013?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
Chinese New Year lantern festival Ecard

Chinese New Year lantern festival Ecard

Chinese New Year 2013 is on Sunday 10th February 2013. Celebrate the new year by sending your Chinese New Year e-card greetings using KatiesCards.com.

According to Wikipedia, Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and includes several myths and traditions – it’s also known as the ‘Spring Festival’. Chinese New Year is a public holiday in many countries where a significant Chinese population lives.

In the Chinese zodiac there are 12 yearly cycles each represented by a different animal. 2013 is the year of the Snake.

Chinese New Year ecard

Chinese New Year ecard

KatiesCards.com can help you celebrate the Chinese New Year with your friends and family with a range of different ecard designs to suit every taste.

Enjoy celebrating Chinese New Year 2013 and the year of the Snake.

Here is our brand new Chinese New Year ecard! 2012.01.20.

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Hi all,

Well the Chinese New Year celebrations are almost here. For those of you who don’t know, Chinese New Year is taking place on Monday the 23rd of January this year and this year is the year of the dragon – a powerful and lucky symbol, which hopefully means that its going to be a good year for all!

Whether you are taking part in the celebrations or not, why not send your loved ones a special Chinese New year greeting this year to wish them luck in the year ahead? We have just added a brand new Chinese New Year ecard to the collection including a beautiful dragon which is perfect to send to all of your loved ones! Here is a still from the e card itself below. Click here to preview and send the card.

Chinese New Year ecard

Chinese New Year ecard

Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Katie x

P.s. begin sending unlimited ecards immediately by clicking here to join today. Choose your subscription term, pay a small fee and then begin sending to all of your loved ones!

Chinese New Year – how you can take part in the celebrations. 2012.01.16.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Hi all,

Chinese New Year is approaching and this year is going to be celebrated on the 23rd of January. The coming year is the year of the dragon, which is exciting as Chinese mythology associates dragons with luck, power and strength.

This is a fantastic time to send your loved ones greetings (don’t forget to take a look at our collection of Chinese new year e cards) as well as to get involved with the celebrations, either by visiting a local parade (many cities will have street events planned for this occasion click here for some information on what is happening across the globe here) or by getting into the spirit with their own loved ones.

Ancient Chinese legends suggest that the first New Year began with a fight against ‘Nian’ – a mythical creature who would terrorise villagers, visiting on the first day of the new year and eating crops, livestock and villagers. People began to leave food outside of their door for this creature, and soon realised that it did not hunt for anything else if it had food. They also realised that the creature was scared of the colour red and from then on, people have left red lanterns and spring rolls outside of their doors to warn Nian away.

This fantastic event is celebrated for a number of days but many famillies will get together for a dinner on new years eve. This dinner will include many traditional fish and chicken dishes, as well as dumplings, mandarin oranges, melon, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, noodles and many other dishes. There are also an exchange of gifts of sweets and foods between friends and neighbours as well as the giving of red envelopes containing money from elders to the young.

This is a magical celebration full of tradition and myth and great fun to get involved with. If you want to hold your own celebration, here are my tips:

  • Visit your local Chinese supermarket to buy some red lanterns to hang outside of your home, or if you do not have somewhere you can go locally – there are some beautiful ones available to buy online here at Asianideas.com
  • Make some interesting and pretty cards that you can put on the table which contain some facts about the origins, myths and traditions of the Chinese New Year. A great way to get kids involved, you can ask them to make or just decorate the cards by researching the myths and traditions themselves.
  • Make some of your own fresh and crispy spring rolls. You can hang some outside (kids will love doing that) or just have them with your wonderful dinner. Here is a great recipe I found by Ching-He Huang
  • Make a selection of other traditional dishes to celebrate with your loved ones. Click here for a fantastic list of recipes that you might like, alternatively you could try finding somewhere to buy pre-made food or order in (if you can find anywhere that is open!)
  • An alternative to gift-giving for your guests is to buy red envelopes for each of your dinner guests (you will find them in your local stationary store or if not you can get a great selection here on Amazon) and fill them with some chocolate coins. This is a cheap yet fun way to honor the tradition.
  • Ask your dinner guests to dress in red
  • Add more excitement to your celebration by setting off fireworks (safely) in your garden

I hope you have a fantastic time celebrating!

Please do share any tips of advice by commenting, I love to have your feedback.

Katie x

P.s. Beautiful, animated and musical e cards for all occasions. Send unlimited e cards within your membership for a small subscription fee. Click here to join now.

Happy New Year! 2012.01.09!

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Happy New Year to all of you! I hope that you all have a healthy and happy 2012 ahead of you!

The festive season is well and truly over. No more mince pies until next year. I hope you all had a terrific time with your loved ones and enjoyed some special times. We had a lovely family Christmas and a nice rest and I am now raring to get going on this years new ecards!

We have lots of cards planned for the next year, starting with a brand new Chinese New Year ecard which I hope you will enjoy.

Anyone tried out the new Facebook app yet? Let me know what you think of it, its a great way to send greetings out to people and I would like to know what you think of it.

Katie x

P.s. Send unlimited e cards for a small membership fee. Click here to join today.

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.


Lanterns for Chinese New Year Ecards

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

We have created an ethereal and spiritual Chinese New Year Ecard. Someone mentioned that it looked a bit like an advert for HSBC but I don’t think so. The card we created for Chinese New Year last year was surprisingly popular so we are hoping this one is also received well.

Chinese New Year lantern festival Ecard

Chinese New Year lantern festival Ecard

To find out more about the lantern festival you can read about it on this wikipedia page.