Archive for the ‘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.

The Monday of Months

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

There are a couple of reasons why it’s really tough staying on the straight and narrow after all the excess of Christmas. Let us explain our experience of the reasons why we think dieting in January is ludicrous:

1)      January is depressing. There’s no getting around it. It’s the Monday of months, the elastic-less pair of underpants in your suitcase and the carrot sticks in your lunch box (sans hummus). Wouldn’t it just make sense to postpone all this healthy stuff? At least until the sun decides to stick around past 4pm?

2)      No-one knew quite what to get us for Christmas despite the numerous and very explicit wish list emails you provided in November. So guess what? They all plumped for chocolate, or booze. Or boozy chocolate. And we all know that leftover chocolate is the worst kind of temptation. Well, you wouldn’t want any hanging around at Easter now, would you?

3)      Everybody knows that in winter time you really need that extra layer to help keep you cosy during those long frosty nights. Take a look at bears. Before they hibernate, they store up as much fat to sustain it through the harsh climate. And as we tend to be battered with bad weather in the winter months after Christmas, it just doesn’t make sense to use up all that energy trying to get rid of a valuable layer of insulation – particularly, with the rise in heating prices.

4)      It’s tough adjusting from a diet of pigs in blankets and mince pies to one of spinach and quinoa. For a greater chance of success, we’d advise weaning yourself off rich foods, perhaps removing the blanket and leaving the pig, then eventually replacing the pig with a parsnip … over a period of several weeks, of course.

Ok, we might be exaggerating for comic effect – but, we do honestly think that it’s probably not the best time to go cold turkey… especially because that’s all we’ve been eating for the last three weeks.

We did however find a couple of recipes that we tried, tested, tasted and liked because they’re simple, tasty and don’t even make you feel like your cutting back.

Choc Truffle Cake

Our attempt at the Chocolate Orange Truffle Cake (we left out the alcohol element to keep it kid friendly). It was a bit on the wonky side but we had to do something with all that surplus Grand Marnier…

And, if like us you agree that now’s really not the time to be thinking about your waistline, try this recipe which might help you at least incorporate some of your leftover chocolate and booze into a really decadent and delicious dessert to share (or not).

The Final Countdown

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

It’s almost time! 2013 is almost history and the bright lights of 2014 beckon just on the horizon.

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Clock Strikes Midnight animated ecard

I don’t know about you, but when the New Year comes I can’t help feeling a little bit down anticipating the long winter months ahead. That and, with all the excess of this season, it’s just a matter of time before the most dreaded of all traditions rolls around:

Yes I’m talking about New Year’s Resolutions.

And while I thoroughly applaud the sentiment of self-improvement, I thought I’d share this funny quote about this subject to see if, like me, you empathise all too well:

‘The trouble with New Year’s Resolutions is that they’re in one year and out the other.’

Whatever you’re doing to mark the New Year, all of us at Katie’s Cards hope that you have a great time and eat lots of fabulous food and drink. Think about the resolutions later – or not, whatever.

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Big Ben Fireworks animated ecard

 

Don’t forget, New Year’s provides another great opportunity to get in touch with family, friends and co-workers far and wide. Browse our New Year’s category for loads of ecards to send your best wishes for the year ahead.

 

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.

How long can you keep sending New Year ecards?

Friday, January 11th, 2013
New Year Fireworks ecard

New Year Fireworks ecard

There always seems to be a desperate rush to send messages, texts and emails at New Year. People try to call and speak to their loved ones as soon as the clock strikes midnight, or so it seems. Phone, Social Networks and email inboxes get very busy in the hours after New Year.

Don’t worry if you haven’t managed to say Happy New Year to your loved ones, it’s not too late. Send friends, family and colleagues plenty of messages and don’t worry that we are moving away from the 1st January. The New Year celebrations extend into January.

Here is our full New Year e-card range.

Every subscription at KatiesCards.com allows you an unlimited amount of e-card sends so send your New Year messages, birthday greetings, thank you cards, new home – and the list goes on.

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

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

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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.

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2013?

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

It’s that time of year again when we review what we’ve achieved and think about our resolutions and goals in 2013.

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I don’t know about you but at this time of year I always think about my family and friends. The good times we shared, the memories I will always treasure and all of the celebrations we attended.

It’s important to share our love, best wishes and our thoughts with those we care about and, in the rush of work or home life, it’s all too easy to forget. So, in 2013, I will be making this one of my New Year’s resolutions – to keep in contact and to make sure that people know that I care about them.

Of course I will be using ecards, amongst our things, to keep in touch, to celebrate birthdays, holidays and to say thank you. If you’re interested, take a look at the full range of Katie’s Cards e-cards to see the variety of ecards available for different occasions throughout the year.

What are your resolutions for 2013?

Pedestal 2013 – A New Year ecard from KatiesCards.com

Monday, December 31st, 2012

(Almost) Happy New Year.

To celebrate the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 the team at KatiesCards.com have created a brand new New Year’s ecard called Pedestal.

Pedestal 2013 - KatiesCards.com

Pedestal 2013 - KatiesCards.com

This animated e-card truly ushers out the old year and into the new – by crushing it. Share the New Year’s celebrations with your friends and family by sending this fun and beautifully animated e-card.

Check out our full range of New Year Ecards over at KatiesCards.com

Have a great time and happy new year!

Say Happy New Year with KatiesCards.com ecards

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Wow, it only seems like yesterday that we were welcoming in 2012 and the New Year is almost here again.

Thank you to everyone who has used Katie’s Cards this year to send Christmas greetings to friends, family and business colleagues. Although Christmas has just finished remember that our ecards can be used all year round – including for the New Year celebrations.

Here are some of our most popular New Year’s cards or take a look at our full New Year e-card range.

New Year Fireworks

New Year Fireworks ecard

New Year Fireworks ecard

What’s New Year without fireworks? Here we have them across a New York city scene, with skyscraper lights spelling out Happy New Year.

Preview: New Year Fireworks – New Year ecard

Big Ben

Big Ben New Year e card

Big Ben New Year e card

Hearing the chimes of Big Ben in London is iconic for New Year here in the UK and this e card exudes the celebratory spirit.

Preview: Big Ben Fireworks – New Year ecard

There are plenty of New Year ecard choices at Katie’s Cards so have fun and send your best wishes for 2013 to your friends and family.

Happy New Year.

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.


Send Happy New Year Ecards

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

We received quote a few requests for New Year Ecards without a story or Characters, so we obliged by creating two for our members to send to family and friends. They are both quite abstract and visually interesting. You can view them by clicking on the images below.

Red lights New Year Ecard

Red lights New Year Ecard

New Year E card gold

New Year E card gold