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Why Do We Celebrate Birthdays?

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Sounds like a silly question doesn’t it?

After all, why wouldn’t we want to mark the very important day that we were born?

Not to mention that it’s basically a free 24 hour pass to do what you like; have a party, catch up with friends and family, open some presents and eat cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But this isn’t quite about why, but how we came to celebrate birthdays in the way we do.

So hold onto your party hats, because we’re going to have to go quite a way back to work this one out…

Lighting the candles on a Happy Birthday cake

Let’s Get This Birthday Party Started

Ancient Egyptians can be traced as one of the earliest civilizations to at least take notice of a birthday as recorded in the Bible. It was, however, a Pharaoh’s birthday and Egyptologists have suggested that this mention referred to a coronation anniversary rather than an actual birth-date. Once crowned, Egyptian royals were considered to have transcended mortality and entered the realm of the Gods.

Birthday Cake? Sounds a Bit Greek

As a tribute to the Lunar Goddess, Artemis, the Greeks made cakes in the shape of the moon. They used candles on the cakes to recreate the glowing effect of the moon – a symbol of the Goddess’ luminescent beauty.

What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us?

Well, they certainly seem to have been the first civilization to celebrate birthday on behalf of the common man. And when we say ‘man’, we mean it. Women at that time were not considered worthy of such a fuss. It took until around the 12th century for females to be able to celebrate on their birthday.

Romans lucky enough to reach their 50th would be rewarded with a cake made of wheat flour, olive oil, honey and cheese. And although they weren’t quite sending e cards yet, Romans did enjoy a good old fashioned shindig.

Christmas Birthdays – So Annoying

Original sin along with the associations to the worship of pagan deities prevented the Christian religion from adopting the idea of birthdays for quite some time. It wasn’t until the 4th Century and the introduction of Christmas as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ that they were no longer considered unholy and hedonistic.

Yet Christmas celebrations as we know them now didn’t really take off until the Victorian era. The first Christmas card was only introduced in 1843. Christmas e-cards on the other hand, are unsurprisingly a much more recent invention with the first ‘electronic postcard’ being sent in 1994.

Ein Kinderfeste Ist Gut, Ja?

It was in 18th Century Europe where the Germans seem to be the likeliest of instigators of the contemporary children’s birthday party. Kinderfeste involved a birthday cake with candles for each year – along with an extra one for the hope of another full year lived. Pretty morbid, we grant you. But infant mortality rates were high back then. It’s also thought that the tradition of making a wish when you blow out your candles was born out of the same superstition.

Happy Birthday was a Cover

Here’s a bit of a birthday bombshell for you. You know that song that everybody sings on your birthday, that you can’t show on TV without paying loads of royalties? It’s not even an original. Back in 1893, Patty and Mildred J. Hill wrote and composed a simple song called ‘Good Morning To All’ intended to be used in schools. It became prevalent all across America, sparking off variations left, right and centre, until Robert Coleman added some of his own lyrics then published it in his songbook in 1924. The rest, as they say, is history.

You could say it’s been a bit of a slow burn getting there, but just look at us now… We’ve got cake, we’ve got candles, a personalised song, party, presents and of course the humble birthday card.

As birthday traditions continue you to develop we also have the internet, that most marvelous of modern inventions, to thank for the introduction of Birthday ecards.

 

And that’s why it’s fascinating to think where birthday celebrations came from and where they might go in the future.

Birthday Ecard Happy Birthday Billboard Animation

The Animated Billboard Birthday Ecard from Katie’s Cards

 

 

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!

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.

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.  

What’s Summer Without a BBQ?

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

It’s a very British trait that as June approaches and there’s even a small chance of sunshine, the barbecue gets a good dusting off and the sizzle of sausages can be heard in almost every street.

So as the sun is furtively poking its head out from the clouds every now and again, we thought we’d get prepped by seeking out some interesting recipes that will enliven the usual burger and sausage fest that is the Great British BBQ.

We’ve got Pinterest  and its contributors to thank for the following unique ideas from the grill.

Asparagus Wrapped in Bacon

A great starter to introduce your taste-buds to the feast, wrap the asparagus in bacon and secure with toothpicks and chuck on the grill for ten minutes. Tasty! Try it with pancetta or parma ham for a bit of added decadence.

Onion Bombs

Who needs a boring burger, when instead you could be eating one of these Onion Bombs? Beef mince, sausage meat, breadcrumbs, Parmesan and selected seasonings combine to create an explosion of flavour, all wrapped up in layers of sweetened chargrilled onion-y goodness.

Beer Can Chicken

If you’re looking for something really different, choose Beer Can Chicken for the main event at your next barbecue. A half to three-quarter full can of beer in the cavity of a chicken will steam from the inside and create a really succulent bird.

We recommend using a meat thermometer to check the temperature of your chicken has reached at least 185 degrees Fahrenheit/85 Celsius and make sure that the juices run clear when you come to carving it.

Chocolate and Marshmallow Bananas

If you’re suffering from savoury overload at your barbecue, add something sweet to the menu with these Chocolate and Marshmallow Bananas. Just slice, fill and place them on top of the grill in a DIY foil boat.

Barbecued bananas are delicious… and technically, one of your 5-a-day!

It’s strange, isn’t it, how Eating ‘al fresco’ (that means outside, apparently!) always seems to make things taste better. Have fun experimenting, and let us know if you have any barbecue recipe ideas of your own that you’d like to share in the comments below.

Thinking of organising a barbecue for Father’s Day, don’t forget to send a card! Schedule an e greeting from Katie’s Cards for the 15th June and make Dad’s day. We also have a great range of Birthday e cards for those people lucky enough to have been born in the summer.

Calendar Countdown: Father’s Day (15th June)

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

As it’s just three weeks until Father’s Day, we thought we’d signal the alarm and get you thinking about sending that all important card.

True, you might not always see eye-to-eye but that’s only because he’s the only one who really understands you, as this rather adorable video shows:

When it comes to annual celebrations of parenthood, historically, you could say that Dads have been left out in the cold a bit.

Despite Mother’s Day being a fixture in our Calendars for hundreds of years, the first Father’s Day was only celebrated in 1910 – and it wasn’t until the late 70s that it really took off.

Which means the pressure’s on for us ungrateful sons and daughters to make up for all that lost time!

And whilst your Pop might not act like he cares, we all know that everyone loves being told how great they are.

So take a look at our wonderful and wacky Father’s Day Ecards today and do just that when you send a personalised message in your e greeting.

From wherever you are to wherever he is, send in an instant or pre-schedule its delivery for the 15th June.

Membership allows users to send unlimited e cards throughout their subscription. 

A New Happy Birthday Ecard… from a face that’s familiar

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Here at the Katie’s Cards blog, we like to keep our loyal followers up to date with any new designs added to our substantial catalogue of ecards.

So here we are, to tug at your shirt sleeve like an impatient child and point you in the direction of the rather fabulous Billboard Birthday Ecard.

We had a lot of fun creating this character, especially because he bears a slight resemblance to a certain leader of a marching band who features at the beginning of our Belated Birthday ecard. In the world of Katie’s Cards, perhaps they’re even related.

We hope your recipients enjoy this animated ecard as much as we enjoyed making it.

Don’t forget to customise your ecard with a few words from yourself to the Birthday boy or girl. You can also schedule this Birthday e card in advance.

And if you should forget to do that too, well, that’s exactly what the Belated Birthday Band e card was created for in the first place!

100 Years of Mother’s Day

Friday, May 9th, 2014

For those of us who celebrate Mom’s Day in March, our day of thanks has passed. Don’t worry though, we haven’t forgotten that in just two short days many of you across the globe will be celebrating the special lady in your life. This year isn’t just any old annual celebration of mom, its the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day. But hey, no pressure…

She’s endured sleepless nights, tantrums,  and probably been given advice about raising you from people who couldn’t raise an orchid. Let’s face it she deserves the best. So in light of all this, we thought we’d break down our top 3 Mom’s Day e-cards that will definitely count towards an appreciative token of love,

Number #1

The Supermum ecard is definitely one for the good books. This animated ecard shows how super moms really can be!

Mother's Day E Card - Supermum

Supermum – Mother’s Day Ecard

Number #2

Offer some tranquility to her day with our Water Lilies ecard. The soothing sounds and calming animation is a winner, every time.

Water Lilies Mother's Day ecard from KatiesCards.com

Water Lilies Mother’s Day ECard

Number #3

Last but most certainly not least, The Badgers ecard is ideal for showing the importance and loving nature of mother/child relationships.

Badgers Mother's Day Ecard

Badgers Mother’s Day Ecard

So make sure you’re impressing this year and also don’t forget Father’s Day is just around the corner. For some tips and ideas on gift ideas, take a look at our inspired Pinterest board. Happy Mom’s Daying!

May Day! May Day! Another Bank holiday!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Not that we’re complaining, but it’s bank holiday again on Monday (5th May).

It feels like the kids have only just gone back school after the Easter break (mainly because they only just have) and now we’re forced to think up some marvellous activities that will keep them out of mischief on May Day.

So we thought it should be Katie’s Cards mission to use this week’s blog to put together some useful suggestions on how to spend your Great British Holiday – without breaking the bank.

1)      Pick up your picnic basket

Everybody loves to eat al fresco, don’t you know. There’s just something nice about being in the great outdoors with a flask of tea and an egg and cress sandwich. So rather than stopping in for lunch why not pack up your picnic blanket and taking to dining outdoors, even if it’s just in your back garden. And if you’ve already planned to go on a day trip, save some money with a pre-packed meal that you can enjoy whenever and wherever you feel like it.

2)      Go on a treasure hunt

If your picnic involves a walk, consider incorporating a treasure hunt as well – it’s a great way to distract the small-legged members of your clan from complaining. Give Geocachinga go – download the geocaching app for free and search for thousands of hidden packages placed in secret locations all over the world. Just follow the clues and your map to find any nearby Geocaches.

3)      Be beside the seaside

One of the benefits of living on an island is that you’re never too far from the sea. So slap the sun-tan lotion and head to the coast for unlimited free sand-castle making, paddling and sun soaking. And the perfect place for a SAND-wich… pass the picnic basket, please.

4)      Get gardening

Spring is the perfect time to get your gardening gloves on, sow seeds and plant flowers that you’ll be able to appreciate all the way through to the summer months. Get messy in the soil and start your own vegetable patch whilst teaching your little ones all about nature.

5)      Visit the farm

Spring is also a great time to pop down to your local farm. It’s a lot cheaper than a visit to the zoo and there’s usually a chance for your children to interact with the animals.

Of course, most of these activities rely on the unreliable – the weather.

But here’s hoping for a lovely sunny day. And even if it rains… well, we’ve never let it stop us before, have we?!

Take care,

Katie x

 

Take a look at our Holiday Activities Pinterest board for more ideas of what to do on May Day or during other upcoming school breaks. 

And for our readers in the US, don’t forget to schedule your Mother’s Day ecard for the 11th May.

Hot (Cross) Bunnies Ecard

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Have you seen that we’ve added a new Easter ecard? 

Ok, so as you might be able to tell from the image below, the bunnies involved in our new animated ecard aren’t exactly what you’d describe as ‘cross’ but they are in ‘hot’ air balloons – just to prove that the title of this blog isn’t completely ridiculous.

New Easter Bunny E Card from Katie's Cards

New Easter Bunny E Card from Katie’s Cards

Bunny Balloons is a bright and colourful ecard, perfect for children anxiously awaiting a visit from the Easter bunny.

Not that us grown-ups aren’t all excited too!

Here at Katie’s Cards, we’re all really looking forward to a long weekend, filled with lots of fun family times.

And we hope that whatever you get up to – easter egg hunts in the garden, going on a short break or even just sprucing up the home – enjoy it!

Happy Easter – have a hot cross bun for us!

Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Hot Cross Bun Recipe – click to open

If you’ve not sent an Easter card yet, don’t fret, there’s still time! Browse our huge catalogue of ecards to find the right design for you. Become a member and send unlimited cards all over the globe in an instant.

Easter Ecards: How Do We Do It?

Monday, April 14th, 2014

With so many ecards for so many different occasions, you might wonder where we get all our ideas from.

Well most of the time, it all starts with a bit of a brainstorming session here at KC headquarters. We get a cuppa (and maybe a couple of biscuits) sit down, talk it over and eventually we’ll have something of an idea of what we want; what it’s for, what the wording of the greeting will be, what happens and how we want it to look.

And sometimes, we don’t even come up with the idea at all.

In 2012, we created the ‘Easter Sunday’ ecard in response to various requests from our members to provide a more religious Easter greeting.

Celebrate Easter with the Easter Sunday Ecard From Katie's Cards

Celebrate Easter with the Easter Sunday Ecard From Katie’s Cards

It was a great success. And since then we’ve been really keen for our members to let us know when they can’t find the right card or if they think there’s something we’ve missed from our range.

We’d hate to think our members might feel restricted by the designs we offer because we’re truly dedicated to providing a good alternative to the paper greetings card – which means making sure that there’s enough categories and cards to suit every taste.

So whether you want to comment below, get in touch via our Facebook page, by email, phone or post – we’d love to hear if you think there’s something we could add to make your job of picking the right card a bit easier.

In the meantime, if you’re thinking about sending an Easter card to family and friends near and far, take a look at the rest of our Easter category and don’t forget that membership allows you to send unlimited cards in an instant or for a date in the future.

Age is just a number; part three

Friday, April 4th, 2014

It is officially Spring. The clocks have gone forward and the days are getting warmer. May your winter blues make way for those debilitating Spring allergies. Aaah pollen. So as you grab for the tissues and try to remain safely within the confines your pollen free walls, take a look at the latest addition to our Katie’s Cards children’s birthday e card with a sneak preview of its first sketch out to the final design.

Astronaut-rough

For every age specific ecard we create, we get together and come up with an idea that will perfectly appeal to the demographic. So, the idea of astronauts for a 6th birthday ecard was precisely that- an e card that would appeal to the soon to be six year old masses. After all, being an astronaut seemed a pretty solid future career goal- you know, in the future when we didn’t have more important things going on like eating cake and napping.

6th Birthday Astronaut Ecard

6th Birthday Astronaut Ecard

So, for children celebrating their super sixth birthday, we are proud to announce our animated Astronaut ecard offering  a unique birthday ecard that’s out of this world. Don’t forget Easters just around the corner, preschedule your Easter ecards to go out now.

 

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.

Peacock Mother's Day

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.

 

What’s the Point of Mother’s Day?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

If you’ve ever been tempted to question why we celebrate Mother’s Day, take a look at the video below. It’s been watched over 3 million times (and counting) on YouTube and shared excessively on sites like Facebook and Twitter. So there’s a chance you may have already seen it – but we just couldn’t resist.

Cheeky yet adorable – a dastardly combination, don’t you agree?

Take a look at our Mother’s Day ecards, perfect for reaching Mums near and far – to let them know you’re grateful for all those times they said ‘no’ to cupcakes for breakfast.

Mothering Sunday is celebrated on 30 March in the UK this year and on the 11 May in the US.

Pour Another for St Patrick

Friday, March 14th, 2014

We didn’t want St. Paddy’s Day to pass us by without reminding you of some of our fun ecard designs celebrating all that’s grand about the Emerald Isle.

Here’s one for those partial to a pint of the black stuff – including Saint Patrick himself, apparently!

Saint Patrick Ecard

Saint Patrick Ecard

And another to send to those not quite blessed with the luck of the Irish:

 

Pot o' Gold ecard

Pot o’ Gold ecard

And a final proud and patriotic greeting for those lucky enough to call Eire home:

Vintage Harp Ecard

Vintage Harp Ecard

It might not seem the most obvious of occasions to send an ecard but remember if you’re already a member with Katie’s Cards it’s completely free to send as many of our designs, for as many dates in the calendar and to as many people in your address book as you like.

Take this opportunity to reconnect with family and friends in Ireland and beyond. And if you’re not a member, when you join consider subsequent Birthday and Christmas cards taken care of.

We’ll drink to that!

Age is Just a Number! Part Deux

Friday, February 28th, 2014

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve expanded our age-specific range!

Our new designs have been introduced to offer our members more than one option for each age group up to the age of ten, featuring animals and colour schemes to appeal to girls and boys.

For children celebrating their fifth birthday, Katie’s Cards offers a dinosaur themed ecard where different species bob to the music before a big ‘5’ appears in the centre of the frame. Alternatively, senders can choose a design of jumping pigs which is accompanied by a big pink ‘5’ to say ‘Happy Birthday’.

5 birthday boy and girl ecard

We wanted to create at least two options for each age, one which used colours and animals that might be more popular with boys and another that might be preferred by girls. After the popularity of our pink and blue versions of the Cake Game ecard, we thought it would be a good idea to expand our age-specific range in this way.

The Cake Game is an existing interactive ecard from our Birthday category. The platform game involves triggering booby traps to stop the attacking cake monsters attempting to get their hands on the birthday cake. ‘Attack of the Cake Munchers’ has also featured on GameNet where it has achieved over a million plays.

ATTACK OF THE CAKE MUNCHERS

After a few weeks story-boarding and animating, the result gave us designs that are quite versatile. They’re not necessarily just meant for either girls or boys but they achieve what we set out to do – which is offer greater variety for our members to send on that all important milestone birthday.

Check out our other age designs featuring mischievous monkeys and bonny bunnies, plus more in our birthday ecard category.

 

And the winner is…

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

KC’s Top 5

We know it’s never fair to have favourites and, really, we love them all equally… but seeing as it is awards season, we thought it might be fun to share our top picks from some our most popular categories.

Don’t worry – we’ll try to keep the speeches short.

#1 4th Birthday Monkey (Birthday)

4 birthday BOY

For your little monkeys on their 4th Birthday

This is one of our newest ecards added to the site. It’s just one of our new range of milestone age birthday cards for children which feature dinosaurs, lions, and fish. We really love these cheeky monkeys and something tells us that your cheeky monkeys will love them too.

# 2 Cheesy Valentine (Valentine’s Day)

MR-CHEESE

For Valentine’s puns riper than the bluest stilton check out Mr Cheese

We know we’ve been banging on about this one loads but we’re really proud of the idea and the way that it looks. Valentine’s is over for another year, but we’ve got a feeling this one will ‘Brie’ around for a long time to ‘crumb’. Eugh. We’re sorry.

# 3 Cake Game (Birthday)

The Cakemunchers Birthday game - nearly as addictive as frosted icing.

The Cakemunchers Birthday game – nearly as addictive as frosted icing.

The Cake Game isn’t just a really cool looking card but a really addictive game too. We’re ashamed to say that even out of office hours we’ve found ourselves loading up this one for ‘just a couple more gos’. And for little ones (yes, that’s who the game is really designed for) there’s a choice of pink or blue.

#4 Turkey Breakout 2 (Christmas)

Find out what happens our turkeys on the run in this entertaining ecard

Find out what happens our turkeys on the run in this entertaining ecard

Is it too early to send your Christmas cards? Probably a smigden. But we wouldn’t blame you wanting to send this entertaining ecard with a slightly dark, but ultimately funny, ending.

#5 Supermum (Mother’s Day)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Supermum, silly!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s Supermum, silly!

Christmas may be ages away, but don’t forget about Mum on Sunday 30th March (or Sunday 11th May if you’re in the U.S.) This ecard gives an exclusive glimpse at a day in the life of Superman – ahem – or should we say Mum (wink, wink.)

So there you have it. To the winners we say congratulations and to the runners up we say better luck next ye–

— Wait, please… don’t play the music yet!