Archive for the ‘St Patrick Ecard’ Category

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!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Wherever you are in the world, there are bound to be some fun and festive celebrations going on. So don some green clothing, find your nearest St. Patrick’s Day parade and perhaps allow yourself to have a beer or two…

The Katie’s Cards Team x

St. Patrick’s Day Myth-Buster

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

As you are probably aware, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. Because we’ve been creating a new St. Patrick’s Day ecard recently, we’ve been busy researching the meaning behind the festival and St. Patrick himself. There have been a few surprises along the way:

  1. The symbolic colour of Ireland and of St. Patrick’s Day used to be blue. It only changed to green when various political groups started to wear green during the 19th Century.
  2. St. Patrick was Welsh, not Irish!
  3. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in Boston in the United States and not in Ireland.
  4. Some cities in the United States including Chicago, Illinois and Savannah, Georgia dye their rivers bright emerald green on March 17th.

So there you have it, four little St. Patrick’s Day facts to impress your friends with tomorrow! On the other hand, why not send them a personalised St. Patrick’s Day ecard containing some St. Patrick’s Day trivia? You can view our full collection of St. Patrick’s Day ecards here.

Saint Patrick and his Guinness

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

In this St. Patrick’s Day ecard, you’ll notice that Ireland’s patron Saint is subtly sipping on a pint of Guinness: an Irish speciality. According to an article about St. Patrick’s Day in National Geographic Magazine, an average of 5.5 million pints of Guinness are drunk around the world each day. On St. Patrick’s Day, this number increases to approximately 13 million!

Saint Patrick Ecard

Saint Patrick Ecard

If you want to send this ecard or any of the others from our St. Patrick’s Day collection, then simply click here.

Traditional St. Patrick’s Day Ecard

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

We have a small collection of St. Patrick’s Day ecards and many feature mischievous leprechauns and are set to jolly Irish music. This ‘Vintage Harp’ ecard is a little more traditional and is set to lovely Irish folk music.

St. Patrick's Day harp

As the saying goes, everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so why not spread some Irish cheer and send your friends and family one of our festive ecards.

St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day is on the 17th March and, though it has been celebrated in Ireland for over 1,000 years, it is now celebrated all over the world. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and it is believed that he brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle. St. Patrick’s Day is particularly widely celebrated in America, most likely because over thirty-four million Americans are of Irish descent!

St Patrick's Day

 

We have a selection of St. Patrick’s Day ecards on the Katie’s Cards websites featuring various cheeky leprechauns and more than a few shamrocks. You can view the full St. Patrick’s Day collection by clicking here.

March – it’s a busy, busy month.

Friday, March 1st, 2013

It seems hard to believe that it’s March already, it seems like only yesterday that we were clearing away those Christmas cobwebs. March is a busy, busy month this year since Easter falls so early. Mother’s Day is celebrated on the 10th in the U.K. and St. Patrick’s Day is on the 17th. The latter will be celebrated in Ireland and, no doubt, around the world: as the saying goes, everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Easter falls on March 31st (though it seems like there have been Easter eggs in the shops for months!).

If you fancy celebrating some more unconventional holidays, you may be interested to know that it’s National Noodle Month, National Peanut Month and National Cheerleading Safety Month. I’m afraid we can’t offer you any ecards for those occasions though…

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.


New Saint Patrick’s Day Ecard added

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

We set ourselves a challenge to create a St Patricks Day E card that did not feature a leprechaun this year, so we opted for Saint Patrick himself appearing in a cheeky way as an illuminated manuscript:

Saint Patrick's Day E-card

Saint Patrick's Day E-card

We are sure sure Saint Patrick would have liked the occasional Guinness, so hopefully it will not be viewed as being disrespectful.