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Merry Christmas from Katie’s Cards

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Well, we can’t quite believe it’s here already but it is!

And so, we’d like to say thank you to our members for your support and wish a very Happy Christmas and New Year to one and all with a simple…

Merry Christmas 

 

Season's Greetings from our latest Turkey Ecard

Season’s Greetings from our latest Turkey Ecard

 

 

See you in 2015!

 

 

6 of the Weirdest Christmas Traditions from Around the World

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Here in the Katie’s Cards workshop, we’re all pretty excited about the upcoming festivities.

And to celebrate the fact that it’s just two weeks until the big day, we’re sharing some of the weirdest (and most wonderful!) Christmas Traditions from around the world.

First stop, Venezuela…

1) VENEZUELA

In Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, the roads of the city are closed to people travelling by car on Christmas Eve. Why, you ask? So people can roller-skate to Mass… obviously.

2) SWEDEN

In Sweden in a town called Gavle, a giant goat of straw is erected every year to mark the start of the festive period. Vandals try their hardest to burn the goat down to the ground before Christmas day. And in the 40 years of this tradition, the straw goat has only ever lived to see the bright lights of Christmas Morning 10 times.

3) JAPAN

When it comes to Christmas Dinner in Japan, you won’t find anyone slaving over a hot stove – instead, a growing number of the Japanese population decide to opt for KFC on Christmas Day to fill their boots with finger lickin’ chicken rather than turkey. In fact, thanks to the Colonel’s secret recipe used in creating the perfect Christmas marketing campaigns for Japan over the years, you’d need to book a table in advance to eat at KFC on Christmas Day.

4) GREENLAND

The Japanese aren’t the only ones to mix things up on the Christmas day menu. In Greenland, “Kiviak” is the dish of the day. This culinary delight is sort of like a pig in blanket — except the pig consists of the raw flesh of an auk (that’s the bird and *not* the goblin-type creatures found in the Lord of the Rings) and the blanket is seal skin. This is then placed under a rock for several months to decompose until, voila! It’s ripe and ready for eating…and just in time for the Queen’s speech too.

5) SPAIN, PORTUGAL & ITALY

In some nativity scenes across Italy, Spain and Portugal, you might be surprised to find a “Caganer” figurine beside Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. The “Caganer” is traditionally a male figure caught with his pants down, defecating. The origin of this Catalan tradition, which is thought to date as far back as the 18th Century, is unknown – as is the exact reason why you’ll find this little chap by the manger in some regions of Europe.

6) IRELAND

While everyone else is doling out the Egg Nog and Milk to Santa and his Reindeer, in the Emerald Isles, only a bottle of the black stuff (Guinness) is good enough. Ok, so this tradition’s not so weird – but it is very Irish and we love it. Particularly as it reminds us of a certain St Patrick’s Day E-card…

So that’s about it (for now) from our international tour of the weird and wonderful and we hope you enjoy sending out our wide range of Christmas ecards to family and friends – wherever they may be.

And whatever your traditions at Christmas might be – we wish you a very merry one.

Must Know Tips for a Stress Free Christmas… Yes, in July.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Every year, we live under the false pretence that ‘this year’ we’ll be organised for Christmas and swan around smugly while everyone else runs around like headless chickens. But in my case at least, before I know it it’s Christmas Eve and I’m in the biggest last minute shopper showdown of the year… over a chocolate Santa. So, it may be five months early but I’ve come up with a fool proof way to cut costs, budget, and be ready to enjoy the season stress free.

Christmas Wrapping Paper

Be prepared, or prepare to get creative, courtesy of http://imgur.com/5UGUz

#1 Make a list

Santa knows whats what. Make a list, you don’t have to split it into naughty and nice though, let’s not go overboard. Making a list helps you to distinguish who you want to get gifts for and what to get them. Otherwise we end up wasting money on things people don’t want or buying them more than one gift (heaven forbid). Doing a list like this early also means if someone says they like something in the coming months, you can get it on the list pronto. Voila, always listen to Santa.

#2 The genius monthly purchase plan

I really shouldn’t be sharing this with you or my smug swanning around will be completely negated by the fact that the rest of you are but, I have three words for you, monthly gift buying. If you buy two gifts per month starting from now to Christmas, your bank account won’t suffer in December and you’ll have 12 gifts in the bag!

#3 Online Shopping

There’s always someone who wants something that everyone else wants (me). If you wait until pretty much any time in December it won’t arrive till 2015 and you know it. If you see something at any time, order it – it’s worth it.

#4 Pre-schedule Christmas ecards

No, I’m not kidding. At Katie’s Cards, you could actually order all your Christmas e-cards now completely erase this tedious aspect of the holidays from your mind. You’ll save money, time, postage (yawn) and probably win some kind of Christmas award for sending the best card. Best of all, if you forget someone on your list, which we all do – don’t feel bad, you can pop on the site and send one in minutes, so they’ll never know.

Merry Christmas.

And the winner is…

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

KC’s Top 5

We know it’s never fair to have favourites and, really, we love them all equally… but seeing as it is awards season, we thought it might be fun to share our top picks from some our most popular categories.

Don’t worry – we’ll try to keep the speeches short.

#1 4th Birthday Monkey (Birthday)

4 birthday BOY

For your little monkeys on their 4th Birthday

This is one of our newest ecards added to the site. It’s just one of our new range of milestone age birthday cards for children which feature dinosaurs, lions, and fish. We really love these cheeky monkeys and something tells us that your cheeky monkeys will love them too.

# 2 Cheesy Valentine (Valentine’s Day)

MR-CHEESE

For Valentine’s puns riper than the bluest stilton check out Mr Cheese

We know we’ve been banging on about this one loads but we’re really proud of the idea and the way that it looks. Valentine’s is over for another year, but we’ve got a feeling this one will ‘Brie’ around for a long time to ‘crumb’. Eugh. We’re sorry.

# 3 Cake Game (Birthday)

The Cakemunchers Birthday game - nearly as addictive as frosted icing.

The Cakemunchers Birthday game – nearly as addictive as frosted icing.

The Cake Game isn’t just a really cool looking card but a really addictive game too. We’re ashamed to say that even out of office hours we’ve found ourselves loading up this one for ‘just a couple more gos’. And for little ones (yes, that’s who the game is really designed for) there’s a choice of pink or blue.

#4 Turkey Breakout 2 (Christmas)

Find out what happens our turkeys on the run in this entertaining ecard

Find out what happens our turkeys on the run in this entertaining ecard

Is it too early to send your Christmas cards? Probably a smigden. But we wouldn’t blame you wanting to send this entertaining ecard with a slightly dark, but ultimately funny, ending.

#5 Supermum (Mother’s Day)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Supermum, silly!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s Supermum, silly!

Christmas may be ages away, but don’t forget about Mum on Sunday 30th March (or Sunday 11th May if you’re in the U.S.) This ecard gives an exclusive glimpse at a day in the life of Superman – ahem – or should we say Mum (wink, wink.)

So there you have it. To the winners we say congratulations and to the runners up we say better luck next ye–

— Wait, please… don’t play the music yet!

The De-baubling Blues

Monday, January 6th, 2014

I’m probably not the only one who hates this time of year. Christmas is well and truly behind us, and the rest of winter we’ve yet to endure. But it isn’t the flood warnings, the cold weather, the early morning get-ups or the lack of holiday days left in the calendar, no. Of course, all those things don’t help – but the thing I like least of all is taking down the Christmas decorations.

Today is Epiphany or the twelfth day which well and truly marks the end of Christmas. If you’re the superstitious type, it’s widely accepted that taking them down any time after today is a recipe for bad luck. And if you’re really superstitious and not very organised you might be forced to leave them up all year. Either way, it probably won’t be the best start to 2014.

But I do detest all this de-baubling. It’s a terribly depressing thing to do – carefully packing away the Christmas tree lights and knowing that, inexplicably, you’ll return to them in a year’s time and they’ll be a bundled up mess of wires. Stuffing tinsel and decorations into boxes and suffering the scratched skin rashes symptomatic of folding down the branches of an artificial tree that surely never really fitted into that box??

And then there’s the Christmas cards. I’ve never really gotten over the pang of guilt as I remove each and every last Christmas card hung on strings or slumped by the mantelpiece. After all, someone took the time and effort to choose their cards, hand-write them and pop it in my letterbox or in the post. And here I am, hovering a glittery cartoon robin over the recycling bin, its eyes all of sudden filling with sorrow. And I would keep it if I could. I’d keep them all. Honest. But I can’t. Besides all the superfluous smellies and socks, there’s simply no room.

If only there was a way to send Christmas cards that didn’t use paper…

Fully fledged Christmas mode

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

There comes a time in each of our young lives when we learn that Christmas is not a celebration of how well we behave a few short weeks of the year. This unfortunate discovery can often lead to annoyance as we have to try a little harder to make ourselves feel Christmassy.

The point being, feeling Christmassy is something we may have to work at as we get older! Our Pinterest board has some wonderful DIY creative decorating and wrapping solutions that definitely have a boosting agent for that warm, fuzzy Christmas feeling whilst also helping get the family together.

Cornstarch and baking soda recipe

Also do not forget it is not too late to send holiday greetings from our Christmas ecard category to those people you may have forgotten about in the chaos of the season; that is forgotten about until you annoyingly receive a card from them a couple of days before Christmas!

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Have a lovely Christmas Eve, Katie x

Give these Birds a Break this Christmas

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Christmas dinner done differently

If our last post and latest Turkey Breakout ecard had you feeling sorry for our ill-fated feathery friends, we thought we’d take this opportunity to offer some alternative festive recipes to the traditional with some of these tasty twists:

• If you still feel like keeping things nostalgic, why not go all Dickensian this year and try cooking this classic roast goose with cider gravy. It’s a slightly pricier bird, but with its crisp skin and succulent, rich flavour, the turkey’s oldest Christmas contender is well worth it.

Give these birds a break this Christmas

Turkey Breakout 5 ecard

• Give the birds a break this Christmas and instead opt for an impressive feast of roast suckling pig for not much more than you’d spend on the average turkey.

• Whether your veggie or just looking for something that won’t leave you feeling bloated and guilt-ridden this Christmas, try the thoroughly festive parsnip, cranberry and chestnut loaf.

If none of those are quite alternative enough, maybe you could be tempted with a spot of reindeer? But surely, we couldn’t do that… could we?

 

Time, Turkeys and Traditions at Christmas

Monday, December 16th, 2013

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that Christmas is a really important time for us. Not only are we like little kids when it comes to the festive period but it’s also our busiest time of the year; answering emails, dealing with phone enquiries, as well as trying to expand our range to give our brilliantly loyal customers better and ever-growing choice.

But it might surprise you to learn that this year marks our fifth Christmas. And if truth be told, we can hardly believe it either. Time goes so fast and seems ever more fleeting, especially in December – can it really be Christmas next week?

Yet, amidst all the rushing around and excitement this Christmas, we didn’t want to forget to tell you about our new Christmas ‘Turkey Breakout’ ecard.

As sure as mistletoe under the archway and stockings hung by the fireplace, at Katie’s Cards we love a good Christmas tradition. Ours comes in the form of the release of our annual great-escape style animated ecard starring a couple of courageous turkeys that, over the years, we’ve really grown to love.

Turkey Breakout 5, our fifth incarnation, takes inspiration from the daring deeds of Evil Knieval as the turkeys attempt to escape the farm by jumping straight into cannon that’s ready to blow.

Watch Turkey Breakout 5 to find out if theirs will be a happy holiday.

Every year we try and outdo the last turkey card and we have to admit that we have great fun finding new methods of escape. And whether the turkeys are successful or not, you always end up rooting for them… so much so, that we often spare a thought for them whilst eating Christmas dinner!

Oh what fun…

Monday, November 25th, 2013

EMBRACING HOMEMADE

Less packaging, recyclable materials and money saving makes homemade an ideal way to go for Christmas.

With four weeks,  lots of presents and a huge dinner to go, we thought we’d give you some more food for thought on creative ways to deck your halls!

Homemade Tip #1

Origami makes an easy, colorful and creative solution to decorating the house! I’ve found an example of how fantastic it can look from the New York Museum of Natural History. For instructions on making origami click here, see below to find out how mine turned out!

How our orgami turned out!

How our origami turned out!

A more colourful example of our version of the Dragon

My more festive example of a Dragon!Museum of Natural History Origami Christmas Tree. Image courtesy of, http://tinyurl.com/p8z5aku

Homemade Tip #2

Gift wrapping small presents. These cones are easy to make and still look like high quality gift wrapping with the added bonus of being able to make them from almost any material around the house. I’ve found a link with templates for making them, click here.

Make your own cone wraps for small gifts! Image from, http://tinyurl.com/o65drub

Sending ecards is evidently another beneficial factor for a stress free Christmas. Check out the Christmas ecard‘s from our wide collection, you’ll be able to find something for everyone. You can also check out the Katie’s Cards Pinterest for more Christmas ideas!

New corporate ecard website Ecard Mint up and running

Monday, November 11th, 2013

We’re eager to share the launch of Ecard Mint with you today! The website, which is now live, will be taking over from the Company Christmas Ecard side of the Katie’s Cards website. A wide array of categories are available with ecards cards suited for a variety of different business applications. With a friendly user interface, businesses can enhance engagement with customers and staff with the beneficial aspect of boosting marketing avenues and conveying an environmentally friendly social ethos.

 

Anyway, we’ll stop telling you about it and just let you look! Click here to browse the site!

Brand new ecard in time for Christmas

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Christmas is a chaotic time of the year for us all what with buying presents, wrapping and sending cards! Here at Katie’s Cards, we’re already busy working hard to meet the high demands of Christmas and have designed a new Christmas ecard for you that we will be adding to the Christmas Ecard section of our site in time for the seasonal period.

 

Design Preview of New Christmas Ecard Featuring The Naughty Snowman!

Design Preview of New Christmas Ecard Featuring The Naughty Snowman!

 

Story Board For New Ecard

Story Board For New Ecard

This is a little preview of what we’ll be putting up. This ecard features the return of our naughty snowman who is causing all new kinds of trouble. In this animated ecard, the naughty snowman will be trying to destroy a beautifully decorated Christmas tree with a huge star on top but will he succeed?

Let us know what you think on facebook!

Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Here at Katie’s Cards, we care about the environment and know that there’s just under five weeks until the Christmas season is in fully fledged festivity mode. So, we’ve got some tips on how to make your Christmas a truly green one whilst also reducing the budget.

  • For a cheap and recyclable solution to your Christmas tree decoration’s, painted egg shells are ideal. Make a hole in the top of the egg, empty the contents and give it a wash. Then you can paint your egg shell however you like and alas you’ve got yourself a home made Eco friendly solution!

    Painted Eggs, courtesy of http://tinyurl.com/oht3lqc

  • Next on our top tips, pine cones! Pine cones are another wonderful and natural resource to add an Eco friendly seasonal feel to your home. You can paint them, cover them in glitter, stick sequins to them, pretty much do whatever you like! Then simply attach a string.

Beautiful Pine Cone Decorations Courtesy of http://tinyurl.com/nd23ufe

 

We’ve found some ways for you to create Eco friendly Christmas decorations that will also bring some fun to your household. In the countdown to Christmas we will be giving more tips! Also, here is a Christmas ecard from our collection you might like. You can find and send this ecard by clicking here. Look at our Pinterest for more Christmas ideas.

 

Share Your Appreciation This Thanksgiving

Friday, October 18th, 2013

We have a range of 9 Thanksgiving cards that are the perfect way to show everyone you care.

Katie's Cards turkey ecard

Thanksgiving Turkey Ecard

 

This wonderful animated ecard is one of our Thanksgiving cards that can also be used for Christmas! Its seasonal feel and beautiful design is sure to brighten anyone’s day! We also have a game ecards which bring lots of fun and entertainment!

With less than two weeks to go until Thanksgiving, we thought we’d give you some tips on how to get through the day relatively stress free!

  1. Delegate tasks to all members of the family; give everyone one job to do, it not only gets everyone involved and doing things together, it makes life a lot easier for you!
  2. Preparation: There’s a lot to be said for starting to prepare as early as possible! Imperishable  ingredients bought a couple of weeks in advance will take the stress off when everything else needs buying.
  3. Turkey: The most important part of the meal. Make sure you’ve arranged to get your turkey before hand whether its frozen or fresh!
  4. Decoration and guest list: Ensure you’ve invited everyone and find out what they’ll be bringing with them. Also start preparing your decorations which will add a little magic to your thanksgiving.
  5. Don’t forget to wish everyone a happy thanksgiving!

We also have a couple of fun trivia facts!

  • The average person consumes 4500 calories on thanksgiving and 229 grams of fat
  • Pumpkin pie is the most popular pie for thanksgiving
  • 400 million pounds of cranberry is consumed each year!
  • The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs 16 pounds

Share your Thanksgiving stories with us at Katie’s Cards 

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?

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas from everyone here at Katie’s Cards. The busy holiday season always seems to go by in a flash in the busy Katie’s Cards office and I’d like to thank you all for your support and positive comments throughout.

I look forward to designing many more ecards in the New Year!

Katie x

It’s still not too late to send your Christmas ecards!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

The big day is almost here! The final presents are being wrapped, the children are bouncing off the walls with excitement and Father Christmas is preparing his sleigh and feeding the reindeer…

Christmas Presents

Christmas Presents Ecard

If, in the midst of all of the preparations, you have forgotten to send out some of your Christmas cards then don’t panic! By joining Katie’s Cards, you can rest assured that your Christmas ecards will make it to your friends and family across the world by Christmas morning, even if you send them today. You can either choose to send them immediately or you can have them waiting in the inboxes of your loved ones as an extra little surprise on Christmas morning…

Three Beautiful Christmas Images on Pinterest

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

We’ve been avidly using Pinterest over the past few months and it’s a great site, especially at this time of year when it can be a fun way of finding new festive recipes or DIY gift ideas. I’ve loved collecting Christmas and winter images, it makes me feel so festive and some of them really evoke the magic of this time of year.

As we’re getting closer to Christmas I thought I would share some of my favourite images with you to really get you in the festive mood.

Sparklers

Pinterest Sparklers

Source: Babble (http://pinterest.com/babble/)

There are so many occasions for sparklers at Christmas and New Year – that’s why I love this image. Warm gloves, cold weather and the crackle of sparklers. Lovely.

Child pulling a sleigh

Source: Halina Lis (http://pinterest.com/halinalis/)

Source: Halina Lis (http://pinterest.com/halinalis/)

This image is so nostalgic and cute. Christmas is all about children and snow – if we’re lucky.

Stag in the Snow Christmas ecard

Stag in the Snow Ecard

Stag in the Snow Ecard

Of course, I had to pick one of our Christmas ecards. This ecard reminds me of the deer in the park near our offices.

Why not check out more of the holiday season images we’ve been collecting by following Katie’s Cards on Pinterest.

Which is your favourite image of Christmas and the Winter season?

The main benefits of sending Christmas ecards this year

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Christmas is a busy time. With all the organisation, the parties and the present buying you’ll always forget to send someone (or everyone) a Christmas card.

Jingle Bell Jive

More people than ever are sending Christmas ecards and there are many benefits of doing so:

  • Speed – there is nothing faster to send and receive than an ecard; it is practically instant.
  • Cost – Most subscription fees are minimal and for the cost of approximately two printed cards and postage you can send unlimited ecards.
  • Social – many people enjoy receiving their ecard on Facebook. You can post the card on their wall or send it in a message so they can view your greetings in a social media account they access multiple times a day.
  • Last minute – there are no last postage dates for ecards. You can send it all the way up to Christmas Day (or even on the big day itself!) and your friends and family will still receive it in time.
  • Animated – unlike a paper card, an ecard can be animated meaning it’s fun, dynamic and entertaining.
  • Interactive – an ecard can be a game to while away the hours at Christmas.
  • Sound & music – there is nothing more festive than Christmassy songs and sound effects and Christmas ecards can really capture the spirit of Christmas by playing your favourite Christmas songs as you view them.

There are many benefits to sending Christmas ecards and it’s not too late to send your ecards with Katie’s Cards now.

Five ideas to keep the peace this Christmas

Friday, December 21st, 2012

With the hussle and bussle of visitors and the rush of house guests, Christmas can be a stressful time. When all the family are at home it’s easy for tensions to rise and emotions to boil over.

Christmas Tree Ecard

To help you through this festive period here are our five top tips to help keep the peace:

1. Have a family meeting

Sit everyone down and discuss the plans over the Christmas period. Agree some rules and be clear about what’s going to happen and what’s expected from everyone.

2. Keep them occupied

Being busy usually helps distract kids from bickering. Give them things to do such as peeling the vegetables, doing a quiz, drawing or reading. However, don’t feel like you have to fill all of their free time. There are plenty of distractions at Christmas, so don’t pressurise yourself.

3. Keep rivals separate

Try to keep the people who may cause arguments separate from each other. Make sure they are in separate groups and, if they’re adults, reduce the drink you give them.

4. Be positive

A friendly, positive attitude always helps maintain a positive household. If you’re moody then it is likely they will be too, so keep positive and smile.

5. Random acts of kindness

There is nothing more disarming than being surprised by kindness. So give plenty of compliments and show compassion in the face of a bad attitude. Not only will it make you feel better but it will also help to defuse tense situations.

Finally, you could even use a Katie’s Cards ecard to say thank you and to surprise people with a nice gesture…You can see our full range of thank you ecards here on the Katie’s Cards website.

Our top three funny ecards to send this winter

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Christmas is a fun, jolly time of year. Well, that’s the theory anyway. However, how many cards do you receive that are, if you’re honest, a little bit boring? This year, why not inject some fun into Christmas by sending one of our humorous animated Christmas ecards. We’ve listed our top three funny Christmas ecards below:

1. Turkey Olympics

The Olympic Games was the highlight of 2012 for many people and the Turkey Olympics ecard celebrates this. The turkeys in this card are trying to escape their inevitable festive fate and only some serious Olympian efforts will help them.

Turkey Olympics Xmas Escape

Turkey Olympics

2. The Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse….’ Hang on a minute, there is a mouse stirring in this ecard. This card follows one mischievous mouse as it climbs up the Christmas tree to hug the angel at the top.

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

3. Lob the Leader

This political game let you throw snowballs at your favourite (or not so favourite) party leader. You can choose from David Cameron, Ed Milliband or Nick Clegg. You’ll have to be fast though because they duck and hide very quickly. Let them have it!

Lob some snowballs at your favorite party leader.

Lob some snowballs at your favorite party leader.