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Christmas is approaching – here is some useful information to help you get organised. 2011.11.29

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Hi all,

We’re getting close to the big day. Many of you will have everything under control and will be well on your way to having the day completely organised. If you have been too busy then why not take a look at the list of tips I posted a week or so ago? There may be some helpful hints there you can use:

Christmas tips 1: buying gifts

Christmas tips 2: planning your Christmas lunch

Christmas tips 3: Decorations

Christmas tips 4: how to have a greener Christmas

Here is a great article I found in the Guardian that you might useful which details all of the Christmas delivery dates 2011

Hope this helps!

Katie x

P.s. here is a lovely Christmas e card from our Christmas collection to get you in the mood.

Poor Plum injured her ear. 2011.11.28

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Hi all,

I hope you all had a nice weekend.

We had an eventful one. Whilst taking Plum out for a walk, she ran off and went missing and when we found her she had injured her ear terribly. She was taken off to the vets to be looked at and the poor thing had to have a bandage put on her ear!

She is fine thankfully, but she really gave us a scare. She is so mischievous that little dog of ours, though not as mischievous as Fenton – the famous dog who’s video has gone viral on You tube!

Have you got any stories about your pets you want to share?

Katie x

Christmas tips 4: how to have a greener Christmas. 2011.11.21

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a nice weekend.

As you may or may not know, I started to write a series of Christmas tips last week. I began with my tips for buying Christmas gifts, then went onto do tips on planning your Christmas lunch and finally give you some tips on decorating. Today I am sharing my tips for a greener Christmas with you. I hope you enjoy them and once again, please do leave a comment if you want to add one of your own tips to the list!

My tips for a greener Christmas:

  • Buy a real, living Christmas tree to decorate every year. They can replanted every year in your garden after the season.
  • Make sure that all Christmas lights are energy saving or solar. You can find a great selection of eco-friendly decorations and ligts here at Nigels Eco Store
  • Buy a holly tree so that you can use cuttings from the bush to decorate your house for years to come! You can buy holly and other beautiful trees here at Tree 2 my door
  • Buy eco-friendly gifts. There are some wonderful eco-friendly and ethical gifts available at Amnesty International
  • And of course, send your loved ones Christmas e cards! Our e cards don’t just have a pretty face, they are also extremely cost affective AND environmentally friendly!

Katie x

This weekend marks the beginning of my Christmas shopping. 2011.11.18

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Hello everyone!

I hope you have all had a productive week and i’m sure you are all looking forward to the weekend. I am going on my first Christmas shopping trip this weekend and hoping to pick up most of what is on my list!

We’re right in the middle of the busy period at the moment and are doing lots of work on corporate Christmas e cards for lots of businesses who want to send something special to their customers. Its very exciting work.

I have really enjoyed getting my Christmas tips together for you and will continue with these next week. Please do let me know if you have anything you want to add to my lists or have a subject you would like me to focus on.

Don’t worry if you missed out on the tips, you can read all 3 sets by clicking on the following links:

Christmas tips 1: Christmas shopping

Christmas tips 2: Planning your Christmas lunch

Christmas tips 3: Decorations

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Katie x

Christmas tips 3: Decorations. 2011.11.17.

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Hi everyone,

I hope you are enjoying my Christmas tips and are finding them useful! Remember, I really want to hear from you, if you have any tips to share please post a comment!

Today I am giving you some of my Christmas decorating tips:

  • Buy lots of festive looking ribbons. You can buy large quantities in sewing shops for a small cost and they can be used to decorate many things including presents, ornaments, fireplaces etc. Its also a nice idea to buy festive coloured buttons which can be used on decorations and stuck onto presents.
  • Pick up plain candles and add your own ribbons etc. to make it Christmassy. It is much cheaper than buying ready-made and you can make some excellent decorations yourself that no one else has!
  • Go outside and collection pine cones, branches and holly.
  • Use the branches to make your own Christmas wreath. Its very easy to do, just tie both ends together with string and add your desired decorations like ribbon, tinsel, ornaments, spray paint etc.
  • Spray your pine cones silver or gold (or another colour) and either display them in a bowl or large glass vase or attach string to them and hand them off your tree.
  • Lay holly and branches on your fireplace.
  • Buy a roll of brown paper to wrap your presents in. It lasts much longer, is so much cheaper and once it is jazzed up with your pretty ribbons, name tags, sprigs of holly and cinnamon sticks, it looks much better than shop bought gift wrap!
  • Remember that you can save money and the environment by sending Christmas e cards this year. For a small subscription fee you will be able to send unlimited e cards during your membership for no extra cost! Saving the average person over £15!

Please share these tips and let me know if you have any to add to the list!

Katie x

Christmas tips 2: Planning your Christmas lunch. 2011.11.16

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Hi all,

The grand Christmas lunch can be either a pleasant or stressful task and it all depends on how you prepare for it.

Here are some of my tips to help it go as smooth as possible. I hope they are useful! Once again, do share if you have anything you want to add!

  • Write a list of the guests you will have at your lunch.
  • Estimate how much food you will need and then estimate the cost of the food.
  • Order your meat in advance to avoid disappointment!
  • Assign one item from the shopping list to each person to reduce the overall cost. Maybe one person can bring the Christmas pudding, another can bring the piglets in blankets or everyone can bring one bottle of wine?
  • Buy all non-perishables early so that you only have to buy the essentials later. Supermarkets are a nightmare on Christmas eve so do your best to avoid them! I do my shopping online which is much easier though please make sure that you book your deliver in time!
  • Plan what time you want everyone to arrive. I like to give the family some time to relax in the morning so I ask people to arrive at around 12.
  • Set yourself a time to serve the food and then begin planning backwards. Make a timetable so you know what to do when.
  • Delegate a task to each of your guests (and family members) to complete.
  • If all this sounds too stressful, book a restaurant! (but remember to do it early!).
  • Send all of your guests a Christmas ecard as the invite to lunch.

Katie x

Christmas tips 1: buying presents. 2011.11.15

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Hi all,

Each year I plan my Christmas early, by writing a list to help me get organised. I do this because of all the events that suddenly spring up around the festive season and because it is the busiest time of year for us here at Katie’s Cards, there isn’t a minute to spare!

I find getting things planned early is a good way to manage the mammoth task of the festive season and thought you might find some of the tips I have picked up over the years useful to help you get organised for Christmas. Please share any additional tips you have with me!

I will add a different set of tips each day for each section of the planning. Today I am looking at buying gifts:


When it comes to gifts many of us feel obliged to spend lots of money and end up overspending.

Its very easy to do, I have done it many times in the past but over the years I have honed a way of organising my present buying which eliminates the stress factor and saves a bit of money. Here are some of my tips:

  • In early November, I sit down and work out what I have to spend on presents.
  • I then made a list of everyone I need to buy gifts for, adding any present ideas I have for those on the list as I go.
  • I set a budget for each person on the list and add it up to find the total cost. This helps me to make sure I can afford what I have planned and if I can’t, I edit the list and remove anyone who shouldn’t be there and re-budget anyone who can until the total matches what I have to spend.
  • I always set myself a present-buying deadline-date. I do an online deadline of 3 weeks before Christmas (I had an incident a few years ago when my order didn’t arrive until after Christmas) and traditional shopping 1 week before. This should give you enough time to get everyone a present and leave some time to browse for people you struggle to think of ideas for.
  • As soon as I can, I go online and try to find special vouchers or deals that I can use to buy my gifts. There are some great websites offering discount vouchers etc. I then browse online shops to see if there is anything else I can pick up. A great place to start is Amazon.
  • I try to plan my first shopping trip soon after completing my list and try to plan which shops I need to visit so I can get round them quickly. Remember to take any discount vouchers that you need and if you have a smart phone, try using the ‘Facebook places’ app once you have reached your shopping destination as you can find lots of special deals linked to specific shops just by checking in and they are usually not promoted anywhere else on the internet!
  • I often find that there are a couple of people on my list who would like some nice bath/beauty products and will try to pop into shops such as Boots who offer some great 3 for 2’s around Chritsmas time.
  • I make sure to tick off the people I have bought presents for and keep a rolling tally of what I have actually spent.

Following my plan, I always get my shopping done well before Christmas eve.

Thankfully you don’t have to be anywhere near as organised to send your Christmas e cards, as you can have them delivered instantly!

Katie x

Our trip to Hebden Bridge. 2011.11.10

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Hi all,

You might remember that we took a trip to visit my brother who lives in the beautiful Hebden Bridge a few weekends ago?

We had a wonderful time walking in the countryside, eating and relaxing and I took some beautiful pictures that I thought I would share with you of us and the countryside:

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Things are getting busier and busier each day here in the office as we lead up to Christmas and we are making great headway on our new Christmas ecards which I hope you will love!

Here is a little reminder of an old Christmas ecard:

Katie x

Katie’s Cards website developments – 2011.11.07

Monday, November 7th, 2011


It is very cold here today and feels quite wintery. Although I do like this time of year as it is so picturesque, I do wish it wasn’t as cold for my walks with Plum!

There are only a couple of weeks until Thanksgiving, and Christmas is not far behind. Have you done any of your planning for Thanksgiving or Christmas yet?

We’ve been updating a lot of things on the website which will all be fully working in a matter of days. The developments include some brand new features which will help you to manage sending e cards tremendously, such as the ‘bulk upload’ tool, which allows you to upload up to 100 contacts in one quick and easy go, as well as an exciting new Facebook app which will link with your Facebook profile, enabling you to send ecards to your Facebook friends and receive birthday reminders

A great way to get organised for this festive season is to pre-schedule your ecards to be delivered whenever you choose. You can do this from your personal membership account and it is so easy and quick, which is exactly what we all need at this time of year! E cards are a great way to send personal greetings to loved ones across the globe as they are quick to organise, cheap to send and environmentally friendly.

Please do let me know if you have any questions or need any help with your account. Remember, we are always happy to help you get the most out of your Katie’s Cards membership!

Katie x

P.s. here is an old Christmas e card that you might like.

BANG! Its Bonfire night on Saturday – 2011.11.04

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Hi everyone,

Well its almost the end of the working week and I for one am looking forward to having a bit of a rest after a busy few days creating some new Christmas e cards and Thanksgiving e cards.

Its Bonfire night on Saturday and this year we have been invited to go to a party being held by some friends who live near Kew Gardens, which I am really looking forward to.

Quite a few of our friends will be there with their children and hopefully some delicious food on the go, as well as the fireworks, so I am very much looking forward to it!

I think fireworks make everyone feel excited, especially children and that’s why I made a birthday e card with fireworks on when we first started out. If you haven’t seen it, then take a look here.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Katie x

Get the kids involved organising Thanksgiving! – 2011.11.03

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Hi all,

Being a mum myself, I know how difficult it can be to organise a big event that pleases everybody. There is so much to do on big days like Thanksgiving and if you have children, it can be hard to manage looking after the food preparation as well as keeping them entertained!

I always think the best way to approach big events is to get the kids involved in the preparation, you get some help and they enjoy themselves and feel happy that they have contributed. The most obvious thing that they can help with is the food but this is not always a good idea; small children and hot pans do not mix and so depending on your set up, you may want to avoid this.

I always find giving them something that they can be creative with works the best, so I was delighted to find these brilliant Thanksgiving craft making instructions for the big day:

Make Thanksgiving party hats

Thanksgiving place cards

Not only will they help to give them something fun to do, but the end result will be lovely!

Please let me know if you try either of them and do send pictures if you would like to see them on the blog!

Katie x

P.s. We have a brand new Thanksgiving e card in the collection – take a look here

Turkey Shoot 2 [Thanksgiving ecard]

Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition at the National Gallery – 2011.10.28

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Hi all,

I am getting ready for the weekend away but thought I would share this with you before I go.

There will be a new Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition opening at the National Gallery on the 9th of November. It will run until the 5th of February so there is plenty of time for fans of him and his work to visit. You can find out more about this exhibition here. If you can’t get to the National Gallery, don’t worry as there is a new documentary about him that you might get a chance to watch on the 2nd of November for click here for details.

How exciting!

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Katie x

P.s. Don’t forget to schedule you halloween e card for Monday! Below is a preview of our brand new one!

Half term trips – 2011.10.27

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Hi all,

As its half term, we are planning a trip up to Yorkshire to visit my brother this weekend. He lives in a beautiful part of the country called Hebdon Bridge which is set in the middle of the moors, where we will go on some lovely walks and clear our heads. The town itself is very pretty, with old architecture, cobbled streets and a lovely canal. There are a few nice shops (if you like to go shopping) as well as pubs and restaurants to go to so is a really nice place to go for a little break.

I found the Hebdon Bridge website which has all sorts of information on it about upcoming events, the history of Hebdon Bridge, where to eat, where to stay and other really useful tourist info. It also has a picture gallery where I found some pretty pictures to share:

Katie x

P.s. don’t forget to schedule a Halloween ecard! Here is one from our collection:

Pumpkin carving and a seasonal halloween recipe – 2011.10.25

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Hi all,

I am getting more excited by the day about Halloween especially as our new Halloween ecard is so close to being ready!

Our kids are too old now to go trick or treating or have halloween parties like we used to, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t get into the spirit. I still like to carve some pumpkins to put on our doorstep and in the garden or house as they make beautiful seasonal lamps which can last up to 10 days if you soak the finished carving in bleach for 8 hours and then spray with a mild bleach solution each day.

I love to carve a couple and then make yummy pumpkin soup out of the carved flesh. I have used this great recipe a few times before and it is delicious:

Let me know what you think if you get round to trying it!

Katie x

P.s. send this funny Halloween e card of dancing monsters to your friends to get them in the mood!

Celebrating Halloween – 2011.10.24

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Hi all,

Halloween is almost upon us! We are just adding the finishing touches to the new Halloween e card which will be on the website very soon!

I love Halloween. Its such a magical time for children and there is excitement in the air. When my children were younger, we always used to have huge Halloween parties for them with their friends. We would spend all day decorating the the inside and outside of the house and Molly and Joe would be planning and then sculpting their pumpkins for the whole of the half term holiday!

All the effort was worth it, as everyone would have lots of fun. We played halloween games like apple bobbing and a special one that we made up using ringed doughnuts, tying string around the middle and then tying them to the tree outside. The aim of the game was to eat a whole doughnut without using your hands and once we’d crowned the winner,  we would all troop off to trick or treat around our neighbourhood.

I rooted out these old pictures of the parties and the doughnut game:

What do you do for halloween?

Katie x

P.s. below is a video of one of our old Halloween ecards that is perfect for sending to any loved one at this special time of year.

Find interesting and new ideas everyday with pinterest – 2011.10.20

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Hi all,

Almost daily, I am discovering new and exciting things on the internet since I began using Pinterest. Its a website that you can use as an online pin board and where lots of other people are putting things on their online pin boards too which you can look at and even add onto your pin board. You can even download a ‘pin it’ button that you can use while you are browsing the internet. The button goes onto your web browsers toolbar and means that you can ‘pin’ anything you see on any website that you like to one of your pin boards!

I know it sounds a bit weird, but it really is a lovely way to spend 20 minutes a day and really simple use (unlike other of these new fangled websites!) and a great way to keep reminders of things that you like in one place in a quick and simple way.

If you are interested, you can also have a look at my pin boards as I have set up my own account and I have been pin-boarding my heart out! Just visit and you will find all of the things I have pinned. If you join yourself, be sure to let me know and we can follow each other!

Katie x

p.s. don’t forget to enter the Katies Cards competition before the 11th of November – you could be in with the chance of having your idea made into a Christmas e card as well as a £15 ($20 Amazon voucher!). Please click here for more details!

Some beautiful nature photography – 2011.10.14

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Hi all,

I have been joining various sites over the past few days, one of which is Tumblr, where I have been adding some information about me and my cards but also having a look around for some interesting and new things that are being added and following them from my profile. Its a great way of finding new and interesting websites, blogs and individuals.

A recent find has been this fantastic website featuring nature photography –

There are some utterly stunning photographs on this website, my favourites being the animals and the birds (which i have featured below). Take a look at the website, the pictures are fascinating!

Anyway, I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Katie x

P.s. don’t forget to enter the Katies Cards competition. Post your Christmas ecard idea on our Facebook wall before the 11th of November. The winner of the competition will have their idea made into a real Christmas e card and win a £15 (or $20) Amazon voucher! For more detailed instructions on how to enter, please click here.

An unexpected but very pleasant encounter

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Hi all,

Yesterday I had a very unexpected but very pleasant encounter with another lady who has set up her own business.

The long and short of the story is that someone contacted me yesterday to tell me that there was a Facebook business page (The Supermums Craft Fair) using one of our e card images as a logo (the Supermum birthday e card).

Anyway the most interesting part of this story is that in contacting this person (Sarah) I got to find out what it is that she is doing and its great!

Basically, she has set up The Supermums Craft Fair to replicate craft fairs on Facebook. She makes her own crafts which you can have a look at here and as a craft maker, she has found it hard to make a living out of her produce and decided to set this page up to get other crafters together and help them to sell what they make!

The concept is brilliant, and because its on Facebook and there are no costs, it means even more people who have made crafts can get involved!

I am so happy to have met (online) this clever lady who has this brilliant and innovative idea and encourage all of you to have a look at her page as there are some beautiful handmade knick-knacks on there to buy and if you make crafts yourself, its also definitely worth a go selling them through the page also!



It was such an unexpected but very lovely encounter. I love it when things like this happen (though that is not permission to use any of my images without asking me first – this was a very special case!).

Katie x

P.s. don’t forget to enter the Katies Cards competition. Post your Christmas ecard idea on our Facebook wall before the 11th of November. The winner of the competition will have their idea made into a real Christmas e card and win a £15 (or $20) Amazon voucher! For more detailed instructions on how to enter, please click here.

Happy thanksgiving Canada!

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Hello there everyone,

If you are in Canada today you will most probably be getting ready for a lovely traditional thanksgiving meal with friends or family and getting ready to tuck into some delicious roasted turkey and pumpkin pie. I haven’t had pumpkin pie before but have always fancied giving it a go as I love roasted pumpkin and pumpkin soup and obviously this is the best time of year to eat it as its in season here in england!

As ever, before I try out any recipe, I have to do my fair share of hunting around to see if I can find the best recipe, and whilst I was doing that I came across this great article in the Guardian which compares pies made from different ingredients –  which should be very helpful! You can read the full article here. Let me know if you have any tips!

mmmmmm pumpkin pie

mmmmmm pumpkin pie

Anyway, hope you’re all having a great day!

Katie x

Katie Davies is an english artist who has been creating beautiful, fun and entertaining e cards for over 4 years. Choose from over 165 ecards for every age, taste and occasion such as birthday e cardsChristmas e cardsEaster e cards and many more.

Its the weekend!

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Hi all,

Here in England we have had very bizarre weather for this time of year. The beginning of the week was scorching hot and the last couple of days have been freezing, and there was talk of snow in Scotland!

Whatever the weather, I am looking forward to the weekend, spending time with the kids, Nick and Plum and cooking a big roast on Sunday, though I don’t think my yorkshire puddings will turn out as good as the ones in the picture!

What are you up to this weekend?

Katie x