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The Real Cost Of Sending Paper Invitations

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Did you hear the news story about the little boy who was billed after he failed to attend a classmate’s birthday party?

Five-year old Alex Nash from Cornwall accepted the invitation to the dry ski slope in Devon but after his parents realised that the date clashed with other arrangements, he was not able to attend.

The official-looking invoice was found by the parents in the child’s school bag – which included banking information for payment to Julie Lawrence, the mother who had sent the bill for £15.95.

Alex’s father, Derek, has said that he has been told that the claim would be taken to small claims court following his refusal to pay the invoice. He commented:

“I can understand she’s upset about losing money. The money isn’t the issue, it’s the way she went about trying to get the money from me”.

Whilst the idea of invoicing a child for failing to attend a party seems ludicrous, no-shows at a birthday parties are a common gripe amongst parents – especially when the activity booked is a costly one.

In the article, Ms Lawrence argued that the necessary contact details were on the invite whilst the boy’s parents claim that, at the time, they did not have the necessary information needed to get in touch with her to cancel.

For us, this dispute highlighted the main problem with paper invites – you don’t always have them on you when you need them and they can be so easily lost, misplaced or left behind.

Invitation ecards on the other hand are much more accessible. An email card in an inbox can be found in a matter of moments, allowing attendees to view the details of the event, RSVP and (perhaps most importantly in this case) cancel by simply pressing the ‘Reply’ button.

Ecards aren’t just useful for hosts; replying in kind is a great way for those invited to pass on their response to a party invitation. And if you should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to cancel at a moment’s notice, a fun and entertaining birthday e-card addressed to the party thrower could very well soften the blow of a no-show…

…and avoid the need for those awkward and costly legal proceedings!

 

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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Age is Just a Number

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

When birthdays are just around the corner, kids love telling anyone who’ll listen how old they are.

And although this changes ever so slightly as we get older, we want to share in the excitement of your little one’s milestone birthday with the introduction of our age-specific range of ecards for children.

If you’ve been following our blog, you might recall when announced the introduction of this new selection and the sneak previews and sketches we uploaded during the design process.

Well, we’re very pleased to announce that this range is now up and running in the birthday ecard category and available for members to preview and send.

Take look at the third in our range of age specific ecards which uses simple shapes and block colours for the greeting, as well as a catchy soundtrack:

The ‘3rd Birthday Fish’ ecard features a school of brightly coloured fish as they swim into frame, letting out air bubbles as they go. One of the bubbles contains the number three, which grows in size to create part of the ‘Happy Birthday’ message.

Since added, the age-specific range for children is already proving popular and we’re now looking to extend this range to cover ‘special age’ ecards for both teenagers and adults in the very near future…

…Meaning, soon there will be no escape from those annual reminders of just how old we’re all getting!

Until then, we hope you enjoy taking a look at the new designs.

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.

KCchinese-scrolls

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.

New Ecard Category Announced!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

We are delighted to announce that we have a new ecard category on the Katie’s Cards website! Our new ‘Wise Words’ ecard collection, which we will continue to add to over the coming months, is very different from anything we have done before. These ecards feature some wonderful quotations from the likes of Gandhi, Twain and Thoreau, to name but a few.

Wise Words Ecard

Wise Words Ecard

If you know of someone in need of a little guidance and inspiration, these ‘notes on a postcard’ style ecards are just the thing. Although the first two in the collection are both about love, future designs will cover a wide range of themes. You can view the full collection by clicking here.

Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth!

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Today is the Queen’s 87th birthday and we at Katie’s Cards would like to send her the warmest of wishes on this special day. God bless her!

Jubilee e card from www.katiescards.com

Jubilee e card from www.katiescards.com

This was the invitation ecard that we created for the Jubilee in June 2012 and it is still available for you to send on the Katie’s Cards website if you’re hosting a Royal gathering in honour of the Queen this April!

Upcoming April Events

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

April is a little quieter than March was, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not plenty to celebrate:

The Queen’s Birthday (21st April) – This is the Queen’s actual birthday and not her official birthday (which falls in June). The Queen usually holds small private celebrations, though there will be gun salutes in central London. This year is her 87th birthday!

Earth Day (22nd April) – In the Katie’s Cards office, we’re all really looking forward to Earth Day and we released a sneak peek of our first ever Earth Day ecard in our most recent blog post. We’ve also made a donation to the Plant a Billion campaign, which you can learn more about here.

ANZAC Day (25th April, Australia) – This is the day that Australians commemorate those who have served and died in peacekeeping operations, conflicts and wars. Commemorative ceremonies and services will be held at dawn across Australia. ANZAC  stands for ‘Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.’

If you can think of any other important April dates then please get in touch! You can contact us via our Facebook page, Twitter, or by emailing us at katie@katiescards.com

Earth Day Ecard Sneak Peek

Friday, April 12th, 2013

We are delighted to announce that we will soon be unveiling our first ever Earth Day ecard! Earth Day is on April 22nd and is an important date in the eco-calendar. All of our ecards are environmentally friendly and we’re always thinking of ways in which we can be as green as possible, so Earth Day seemed to be the perfect opportunity to a create a new ecard to add to the collection.

Earth Day Sneak Peek

Earth Day Sneak Peek

We hope that each time our Earth Day ecard is sent, a little more awareness will be raised about the importance of protecting our environment.

Now, from this first clip of the ecard, can you tell what the story might be?

It’s National Poetry Month!

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

April is National Poetry Month in both the U.K and the U.S.A and so libraries, schools and publishers will be holding festivals, workshops and poetry readings to celebrate it. The month-long festival aims to encourage people to indulge in the joys of poetry and highlights the importance of poetry in the national curriculum.

So, if you’re a poetry buff, someone who would like to get more into poetry or if you teach poetry and literature to children, then National Poetry Month is the perfect way to get inspiration. Why not get creative with the way you celebrate this ancient art? Write a poem on the pavement in chalk, organise a poetry reading or sign up for a poetry class. If you’re looking for a good place to start with poetry then visit the Poetry Archive website where you can listen to over a hundred poets reading their work.

London Fashion Week

Friday, February 15th, 2013

London is buzzing with excitement at the moment, why? Because London Fashion Week starts today. This year, the Autumn/Winter 2013 event runs from Friday 15th February – Tuesday 19th February.

More than 120 designers have descended on London to showcase their work in front of buyers and the media. It’s an inspirational event for anyone interested in the creative arts: fashion designers are always trying to push the boundaries of convention. Somerset House will host a flurry of models, daring new styles and all of the big names in the industry for this five-day fashion extravaganza.

You can find all of the information about the shows and schedules here on the official LFW website.

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.

Our Top 3 E-Cards of 2012

Friday, January 4th, 2013

The end of the year is always a time to reflect and look back on the year that was 2012. We’ve had a look through all the e-cards sent this year and have compiled our top three e-cards of 2012.

Here are our Top 3 E-cards of 2012:

1. Birthday Cake Maker

Birthday Cake Maker - a birthday e-card from KatiesCards.com

Birthday Cake Maker - a birthday e-card from KatiesCards.com

This fun and inventive birthday e-card shows an elaborate machine that makes a birthday cake. E-cards for birthdays are very popular but this one beat them all.

Preview: http://www.katiescards.com/preview/birthday-cake-maker

2. Christmas Cottage

Christmas Cottage Ecard

Christmas Cottage Ecard

This beautiful and elegant Christmas ecard looks like a chocolate box cover. With a traditional greeting this e-card captures the magic of Christmas and gives the viewer a warm and nostalgic glow.

Preview: http://www.katiescards.com/preview/christmas-cottage

3. Turkey Olympics

Turkey Olympics Xmas Escape

Turkey Olympics Xmas Escape

Not surprisingly our Turkey Olympics Christmas e-card proved to be a big hit in 2012. The London Olympics of 2012 was a definite highlight here at KatiesCards.com – it was great to see the Torch relay and Cycling near to our office.

Preview: http://www.katiescards.com/preview/turkey-olympicsxmas

2012 has been fun and our top 3 e-cards for the year include classics and new designs.

Which is your favourite?

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.

The Night Before Christmas – New ecard on the Katie’s Cards website!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

‘Twas the night before Christmas,

When all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring,

Not even a mouse….”

The Night Before Christmas

Reading The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve is a much-loved tradition in many families. This classic Christmas book inspired us to create this new Christmas ecard. It features a mischievous mouse who takes advantage of the quiet Christmas Eve night to clamber his way to the top of the tree…

Well done Team GB! 2012.08.14.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Well we’re part way through the London 2012 Olympics and Team GB have done a great job so far grabbing us a phenomenal 65 medals!

Team GB Medal record London 2012 from the official London 2012 website

Team GB Medal record London 2012 from the official London 2012 website

We’ve got a 15 days to wait until the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, which takes place on the 29th of August 2012. Here is a link to the schedule so you can keep track of the events!

Once again, good luck to all the athletes competing in this fantastic event – especially those representing Team GB. You are all inspirational!

Katie x

London 2012 update. 2012.08.03.

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Here is the latest Team GB medal update for you:

Team GB Olympic medal update from www.katiescards.com

Team GB Olympic medal update (taken from the London 2012 website)from www.katiescards.com

Go Team GB!

Here is the schedule for the rest of the games!

Schedule of the games (taken from the London 2012 website) from www.katiescards.com

Schedule of the games (taken from the London 2012 website) from www.katiescards.com

You can keep up to date with all the latest news here. Enjoy the rest of the games!

Katie x

The Katie’s Cards ‘Attack of the Cake Munchers’ game has been played over 620,000 times! 2012.06.06.

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Hi all,

I hope all of you who celebrated, enjoyed the Jubilee celebrations! I have something else for you to celebrate now; our ‘Attack of the Cake Munchers’ game has been played over 620,000 times!

I am absolutely thrilled that people like it so much. We did put a lot of work into developing it. It was a birthday e card originally and  so we had to spend quite a bit of time making it more involved and playable, adding new levels etc. Its great to see that the hard work is paying off with lots of people enjoying the game across the world.

If you haven’t had a go yet, then click here to try it (its completely free!). The aim of the game is to try and stop the cake eating monsters from getting their hands on your cake. There are an assortment of booby traps to help you, but each level gets harder and it gets pretty tough by the end!

Have a go and see what you think – and remember to share it with anyone you think would enjoy it!

Attack of the Cake Munchers game by www.katiescards.com

Attack of the Cake Munchers game by www.katiescards.com

Katie x

The week before the Diamond Jubilee. 2012.05.30.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Jubilee fever is upon us and people all around the country are getting well into the celebratory  spirit including me so I thought I would share some little gems with you. The house you see below is on our street. The owners decided to paint it for the jubilee and it looks amazing – its attracted quite a but of attention and even news reporter Faye Barker has written a story on it  here.

The street where Katie's Cards lives - Jubilee spirit! www.katiescards.com

The street where Katie's Cards lives - Jubilee spirit!

Close up of Union Jack house in our street. www.katiescards.com

Close up of Union Jack house in our street

Plum (our dog) is dressed and ready for the Jubilee partie's to begin!

Plum (our dog) is dressed and ready for the Jubilee partie's to begin!

Don’t forget that we have some lovely Jubilee e cards for you to send to your loved ones – you can use them for inviting guests to your get together. They’re sent instantly so they’re great if you have made plans last minute and need to let everyone know! (click on the images to see our full range of invitation e cards)

Jubilee e card from www.katiescards.com

Jubilee e card from www.katiescards.com

Jubilee e card from www.katiescards.com

Jubilee e card from www.katiescards.com

Katie x

Begin your Jubilee celebrations in style – send one of our special Jubilee invitation e cards! 2012.05.16.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

2012 is full of celebration a patriosm with both her Majesty the Queen’s diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics, so to get into the spirit we have created some wonderful themed e cards for you, we hope you enjoy them!

Jubilee party invitation e card from www.katiescards.com

Jubilee party invitation e card from www.katiescards.com

London 2012 themed blank e card from www.katiescards.com

London 2012 themed blank e card from www.katiescards.com

Jubilee party invitation ecard from www.katiescards.com

Jubilee party invitation ecard from www.katiescards.com

Katie x

A sneak-peek of some new ecards! 2012.05.08.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Hi all,

We’ve been extremely busy recently making lots and lots of new ecards for you. If you have a browse through the collection you will see that we have added some new sections to the website for Note cards and invitation e cards and there are lots of new cards in there for you to send to your loved ones for many different purposes, or just to say hello!

At the moment we are working on a brand new ecard that will be suitable for sending to loved ones who enjoy flowers. We are making several different versions of it so you can send it for a whole range of different occasions. Here is a sneak peak of it – it will be available to send very soon so keep your eyes peeled!

New e cards coming soon from www.katiescards.com

New e cards coming soon from www.katiescards.com

Katie x