Archive for the ‘Valentine’s Day Ecards’ Category

Getting new Valentines ecard ready for the big day – any ideas you want to share? 2012.01.27

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Hi all,

I hope your week has been enjoyable.

We are trying to come up with ideas for a new Valentines day e card at the moment. I have been looking through some of our old ones to get some inspiration and therefore I thought I would refresh your memory!

Here is a fun ecard we added last year that I think is very sweet an endearing. If this doesn’t win you the one you love, I don’t know what will!

If you have any ideas for ecards (Valentines day or otherwise) then why not share them with us? We love to hear your opinions and make sure that we are making cards that you want!

If you have an idea, you can either email me or leave a comment on this post.

Katie x

P.s. you can send e cards to your loved ones that will be delivered instantly. Click here to become a member today and choose from our extensive collection of e cards for all occasions to send to your loved ones.

How do you romance your Valentine? 2012.01.23.

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Hi all,

I’m sure you all know that Valentines day is a matter of weeks away (3 to be precise).

This day is celebrated across the globe by millions of people who send romantic messages to their lovers or mysterious  messages to those they admire from afar. Many people like to shower the ones they love with gifts of love poems, flowers, chocolates and an assortment of other gifts as well as spend a romantic evening together either in a restaurant, hotel or at home with special food, candles and champagne.

Valentines day does not need to be about lavishing expensive gifts, if you have a little time to plan, you can do something very romantic without spending £100’s of pounds. Here are some ideas of my own that you might like. I hope you find them useful, and please comment if you have any ideas you would like to share!

Katie’s top tips for an inventive, romantic, cost-effective Valentines day:

  • Collect together some photographs of the special moments in your relationship and put them together into an album as a keepsake. You can make a beautiful and smart photo-book here at tesco.com. They cost from £5.
  • If you are poetic, then write the one you love a poem and incorporate it into your Valentines day ecard, print it onto some pretty paper and give it as a gift or hide it somewhere that your loved-one will find it. If you’re not poetic, take a look here for some ideas for romantic poems.
  • Plan a special Valentines meal. Make sure to include your guest’s favourite food, or if you want to try something different take a browse through BBC food’s ideas for Valentines day menu’s here.
  • Do one small thing on Valentines day that is unexpected. Send flowers, plan a ad-hoc dinner, meet your loved-one after work and escort them home, buy a bottle of something sparkling to have with dinner (you can get your hands on some great Prosecco’s which are much cheaper than champagne and taste fantastic – I actually prefer it to champagne)
  • Dress up your dinner table to look romantic, buy a couple of roses to scatter the petals on the table cloth, rose scented pot-pouri and candles will look fantastic and fairly low cost
  • Get your kids involved! Here are some great tips on how to get your kids involved with this celebration – they can make cards and gift boxes as well as table decorations!

I hope you like these ideas!

Katie x

P.s. a subscription to Katie’s Cards allows you to send unlimited e cards for a small subscription fee. Click here to join today and begin sending beautiful e cards immediately.

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.


Robot Love Valentines Ecard

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Send some love to your heartthrob with our new Valentines Ecard featuring a romantic little story about a male robot falling head over heels in love with a beautiful female robot. She does not seem interested in his initial advances but he eventually finds the key to her heart.

robot love Ecard

robot love Ecard

A Perfect Valentine’s Day Ecard

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

A bit of History

There is a lot written as to the origin of Valentine’s Day. Some Historians have theorised that the event is derived from various historical characters, but the consensus is that the occasion arises from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to denounce Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D which has become or current day of love and romance. Legend also records that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his special friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine”. Gradually, the 14th of February became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The day was marked by the sending of poems and simple gifts such as flowers.

In the USA, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the very first valentine cards. Commercial printed valentines cards were introduced in the 1800’s and the spirit of love and romance continues today as valentines cards are sent out with sentimental verses and many children exchange valentine cards at school. In recent years the rise of the Valentines Day Ecard has seen the birth of a new way of sending romantic messages to your loved one, and it has become one of the busiest days of the year for Katie’s Cards.

Valentine’s Ecards

If you’re new to e cards, sending them is easier than you might think. Why not visit our e card website, where you can browse the whole e card collection, and then choose the one that works for you. Membership to the site is low cost if you want to send e-cards to friends and loved ones throughout the year. You’ll have access to birthday e-cards, Christmas e-cards, Thanksgiving e-cards, anniversary e-cards, Halloween e-cards, wedding e-cards, and many others.

Once you select an e-card, you’ll be directed to follow the quick and easy steps to customize it. Add your recipient’s name and e-mail address and then send the e-card. Your recipient will receive a notification by e-mail letting them know you have sent an e-card. They must click a link and visit the website to open their e-card online. You’ll also receive a confirmation by e-mail once the e card has been viewed. If you don’t, you’ll want to e-mail your recipient to be sure they received it.
Personalize Your E-cards

The collection of Valentines ecards available at katiescards.com feature a variety of scenarios and designs, giving you a choice of diffeerent moods and emotions.  While creating an e-card, you’ll be given a space to type in a personalized message. Think of something romantic such as a poem or love letter. Or, reveal a surprise date or dinner within your message. Send the e-card to their work e-mail to give them something to look forward to after work. If writing a poem, be sure to limit it to a couple of lines so you’ll be able to fit the entire poem into the message field.

Delight Your Sweetheart with a Valentine’s Day E card

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year for you to let your heart take control of your head and do something romantic! Why not celebrate the most powerful emotion on earth, love and make your sweetheart feel extra special. Valentine’s Day provides a magnificent opportunity to express your affection for that special someone in your life.

Romantic Sheep for Valentine's

Romantic Sheep for Valentine's

Whether you want to re-kindle the romantic flame with your spouse or surprise your fiance or someone you’re dating, you can send your message of love easily via e-mail using one of our e cards. Of course, Valentine’s Day ecards aren’t meant to replace gifts, chocolates or the special candlelight dinner, but they can be sent as a teaser for what lies ahead on this most romantic day of the year. We have a selection of 13 e cards specially designed for Valentine’s Day offering an eclectic array of styles and moods to suit your romantic urges.

February Warms Up With Valentines E-cards

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

February is a traditionally a cold month, but Valentines day is on the horizon once more, promising to warm things up for you and the special person in your life. It’s not always easy to come up with an original or unique way to say ‘I love you’, but at Katies Cards we think we’ve created some ideas that will help you convey just how important that special person is to you.

Valentine Flowers Ecard

Valentine Flowers Ecard

Our Valentines range offers a great deal of animated fun to send to your lover; we’ve got traditional romantic stuff which is sure to warm the cockles of anyone’s heart. But we’ve also got a lot of comical e-cards which are sure to put a smile on their face before displaying your personally crafted romantic message.
As an alternative to an old fashioned postal card, they are hard to beat. Some people send them as well as a traditional card – especially if they think they missed the last post!

Cats Ecard

Cats Ecard

With so many of us spending so much time online, it is unsurprising that Valentines E cards are growing in popularity. We’ve been busily animating lots of e-cards to meet demand – why not check out our latest Valentines E-cards.