Archive for the ‘xmas ecards’ Category

A very merry stress-free Christmas

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

We all know that despite the Christmas jollity and mince pies, the holiday season can become a little stressful at times. This stress is multiplied when there are families to feed, presents to buy and cards to send to friends who have moved to far-flung corners of the globe.

Christmas Elves

Though we can’t help cook your Christmas dinner or do your Christmas shopping for you, we can help you send out your Christmas ecards to friends and family all over the world, for minimal cost. By choosing to send Christmas ecards this year you can save yourself expensive postage costs and rest easy knowing that your Christmas wishes can be sent instantly to people in all corners of the globe.

It couldn’t be simpler. Simply fill in your details, pay a small membership fee and you can send unlimited Christmas ecards through the Katie’s Cards website

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…

New Jingle Bell Jive Christmas Ecard!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

We are delighted to announce that there is a new Christmas ecard on the Katie’s Cards website! The new ecard is set to a jazzy version of Jingle Bells. Watch the lyrics of this classic Christmas song dance across the screen as you try to resist humming along…

Jingle Bell Jive

Why not spread a little festive joy and send it out to your friends and family right away? Alternatively, schedule it to arrive in their inbox on Christmas morning so they can begin Christmas day with a Jingle Bells bang.

Pre-schedule your Christmas e cards now!

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

It’s just over three weeks until Christmas. That’s twenty-two days or, alternatively, just five hundred and twenty-eight hours from now. Why not avoid the inevitable Christmas rush and order your Christmas e cards now?

Christmas Presents

Sending your Christmas e cards early via Katies Cards is not only the eco-friendly way to send your holiday wishes to friends and family (as mentioned in our previous blog post) but it also means that whilst others are racing about posting their cards in December, you can be relaxing by the fire and avoiding the icy roads. Simply select the date you want your Christmas e cards to be sent and let us do the rest.

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Whilst it is easy to become all-consumed by the various festivities taking place at this time of year, we at Katie’s Cards have become increasingly concerned about the impact that the holiday season is having on the environment.

Turkey Olympics Xmas Escape

Turkey Olympics Xmas Escape

Approximately sixty per cent of greeting cards are sent at Christmas. This equates to roughly 1.7 billion Christmas cards being sent each year in Britain alone. How many trees will perish to feed this trade? At least two hundred thousand. Sending Christmas e cards instead of printed cards is eco-friendly, not only because no manufacturing materials are needed to make the cards but also because no fuel is needed to transport them by air or on the ground.

Stag in the Snow Ecard

Stag in the Snow Ecard

Sending Christmas e cards is, evidently, one way you can make your Christmas a little greener this year, but why stop there? Here are a few more handy tips to make your Christmas kinder to the environment:

  • Homemade presents such as chocolate truffles or jams make great gifts and are handy to have in stock for surprise visitors.
  • Try to avoid giving too many battery-powered toys and electronic devices. A huge amount of energy is needed to produce them and their batteries and they guzzle even more when being used.

Opt for a real Christmas tree rather than a synthetic one. Use a sustainable planter and recycle them afterwards. Voilà, you can be eco-friendly and also have the lovely pine smell wafting around your house!

New Olympic-themed Turkey Thanksgiving E card! 2012.10.30

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

In the wake of the Olympic fever that gripped the world this summer, we are pleased to announce our London 2012 themed holiday card! As the turkeys race to escape their festive fate, they may remind you of two of the much-loved heroes of the games…

Turkey Olympics Thanksgiving Ecard

Turkey Olympics Thanksgiving Ecards

We have created this Ecard for Thanksgiving and for the Christmas Holiday season, the snow covered yuletide version will be available to view within the next few days.

Katies Cards offer a selection of nine Thanksgiving Ecards to celebrate the start of the winter Holidays, perfect to send to family and friends.

Here is a new cute Christmas e card! 2012.05.22.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

I know its early, but we’ve been getting cracking on creating you some brand new Christmas e cards and I am delighted to be announcing the first addition; The Night Before Christmas. This cute card is perfect for sending to loved ones near or far. Take a look and see for yourself:

You can send this and any other e card unlimited times when you become a Katie’s Cards member. Click here for more information.

Katie x

What is your favourite thing about Christmas? 2011.12.21.

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Its the most wonderful time of the year….

Hi all,

I hope you are all well and ready for the festive celebrations this year! We’ve  been incredibly busy with the Katie’s Cards corporate e cards this year as well as doing the normal Katie’s Cards stuff and I have to say that I am very much looking forward to a rest!

I love Christmas time so I am planning to really enjoy myself over this break. My most favourite parts of Christmas are very simple – I love the smell of the spices for mulled wine, the cinnamon, cloves and oranges, the roasting turkey and the christmas pudding. I love the feeling that you get when you give someone a gift that you know they will love, I love the quirky traditions you pick up over the years – we always bake a ham for Christmas eve and although its a bit cheesy, I love Christmas songs being played loudly everywhere you go!

What do you love about Christmas?

Katie x

P.s. Remember, ecards are sent instantly so you have bags of time to send out your Christmas e cards to anyone you have missed off your list or recently added to it!

Here is one of my favourites for you:

Still searching for the perfect Christmas gift? Take a look at this years ‘books of the year’ for inspiration. 2011.11.09.

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Hi all,

It can be really hard to buy gifts for people at Christmas time. Budget and time does have a huge impact on this. I find that a a good book can be a fantastic gift and don’t usually cost too much.

Here is a link to the Telegraphs ‘Books of the Year 2011‘ to browse through. There is a description of the plot to help you understand what the book is about and pick the right one for your loved ones.

Hope you find this helpful!

Katie x

P.s. here is one of our most popular Christmas e cards for some Christmas inspiration!

Christmas (and all year round) kitchen wisdom. 2011.12.07

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Hi all,

As Christmas is nearing, we all need a few helpful tips which can help us get through the busiest and (in my opinion) one of the best times of the year.

You may remember that I wrote a set of four Christmas tips a few weeks ago, each of them focusing on a particular part of the Christmas season. I have linked to these below:

Christmas Tips 1: Buying Presents

Christmas Tips 2: Planning your Christmas Lunch

Christmas Tips 3: Decorations

Christmas Tips 4: How to Have  a Greener Christmas

I came across some fantastic additional and more general tips on the Nigella website here that I thought you might like. They are submitted to the Nigella website by visitors who are sharing their wisdom and there are some fantastic tips in the list!

I hope you enjoy them!

Katie x

P.s. Here is a Christmas e card from our collection that you might like. You can find and send the ecard by clicking here.

Click here to join Katie’s Cards and begin sending unlimited ecards throughout your membership for a small subscription fee.

Our brand new Christmas e card. 2011.12.05

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Hi all,

Christmas is well on its way and to celebrate here is another brand new Christmas e card that we have added to the collection. We’ve already had a very positive response to it, so I do hope that you like it too.

Let me know what you think!

Katie x

Click here to become a Katie’s Cards member today and send unlimited ecards during your membership period in return for a small subscription fee.

Have your seen our new “Runaway Turkey’ Christmas e card game? 2011.12.02

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Hi all,

I hope you’re all well and enjoying the start of December!

Have you seen our new Christmas e card game yet, if you haven’t, then take a look. Its called ‘Runaway Turkey’ and its great fun!

The game consists of a turkey running away from a hungry farmer. The aim of the game is to help the turkey escape by jumping over various obstacles that pop up as it runs trough a Christmas landscape.

Runaway Turkey e card game from Katie's Cards

Runaway Turkey e card game from Katie's Cards

Why don’t you give it a try now and see how good you are? You can try it out by clicking here.

What do you think of it?

It joins our popular ‘Turkey Breakout’ series. We always get very positive comments about them, but thought it would be good to make an interactive game ecard this time. I think it is a great option to send to children or those who like games and acts as a card and a gift in one!

Katie x

Christmas is coming! Brussel sprouts, love them or hate them? 2011.11.25

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Hi all,

Its the age old complaint and comes from young and old. Do you love or hate brussel sprouts?

I personally love them and over the years have tried out many various recipes for serving them, my favourite of which is a simple way to serve them with bacon:

Brussell Sprouts with bacon

Prepare your sprouts and pop them into steam or boil for 20 – 30 mins (depending on how you like them)

Fry some bacon lardons with1 finely chopped onion and a couple of cloves of garlic. When all these ingredients are cooked through, add a knob of butter and a small amount of chopped fresh sage, tarrogan or parsley (depending on your taste).

Once the sprouts are cooked, toss them through and serve.

What do you think of brussel sprouts? Do you serve them to on Christmas day?

Have any good recipes you want to share?

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Katie x

Christmas tips 4: how to have a greener Christmas. 2011.11.21

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a nice weekend.

As you may or may not know, I started to write a series of Christmas tips last week. I began with my tips for buying Christmas gifts, then went onto do tips on planning your Christmas lunch and finally give you some tips on decorating. Today I am sharing my tips for a greener Christmas with you. I hope you enjoy them and once again, please do leave a comment if you want to add one of your own tips to the list!

My tips for a greener Christmas:

  • Buy a real, living Christmas tree to decorate every year. They can replanted every year in your garden after the season.
  • Make sure that all Christmas lights are energy saving or solar. You can find a great selection of eco-friendly decorations and ligts here at Nigels Eco Store
  • Buy a holly tree so that you can use cuttings from the bush to decorate your house for years to come! You can buy holly and other beautiful trees here at Tree 2 my door
  • Buy eco-friendly gifts. There are some wonderful eco-friendly and ethical gifts available at Amnesty International
  • And of course, send your loved ones Christmas e cards! Our e cards don’t just have a pretty face, they are also extremely cost affective AND environmentally friendly!

Katie x

This weekend marks the beginning of my Christmas shopping. 2011.11.18

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Hello everyone!

I hope you have all had a productive week and i’m sure you are all looking forward to the weekend. I am going on my first Christmas shopping trip this weekend and hoping to pick up most of what is on my list!

We’re right in the middle of the busy period at the moment and are doing lots of work on corporate Christmas e cards for lots of businesses who want to send something special to their customers. Its very exciting work.

I have really enjoyed getting my Christmas tips together for you and will continue with these next week. Please do let me know if you have anything you want to add to my lists or have a subject you would like me to focus on.

Don’t worry if you missed out on the tips, you can read all 3 sets by clicking on the following links:

Christmas tips 1: Christmas shopping

Christmas tips 2: Planning your Christmas lunch

Christmas tips 3: Decorations

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Katie x

Christmas tips 3: Decorations. 2011.11.17.

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Hi everyone,

I hope you are enjoying my Christmas tips and are finding them useful! Remember, I really want to hear from you, if you have any tips to share please post a comment!

Today I am giving you some of my Christmas decorating tips:

  • Buy lots of festive looking ribbons. You can buy large quantities in sewing shops for a small cost and they can be used to decorate many things including presents, ornaments, fireplaces etc. Its also a nice idea to buy festive coloured buttons which can be used on decorations and stuck onto presents.
  • Pick up plain candles and add your own ribbons etc. to make it Christmassy. It is much cheaper than buying ready-made and you can make some excellent decorations yourself that no one else has!
  • Go outside and collection pine cones, branches and holly.
  • Use the branches to make your own Christmas wreath. Its very easy to do, just tie both ends together with string and add your desired decorations like ribbon, tinsel, ornaments, spray paint etc.
  • Spray your pine cones silver or gold (or another colour) and either display them in a bowl or large glass vase or attach string to them and hand them off your tree.
  • Lay holly and branches on your fireplace.
  • Buy a roll of brown paper to wrap your presents in. It lasts much longer, is so much cheaper and once it is jazzed up with your pretty ribbons, name tags, sprigs of holly and cinnamon sticks, it looks much better than shop bought gift wrap!
  • Remember that you can save money and the environment by sending Christmas e cards this year. For a small subscription fee you will be able to send unlimited e cards during your membership for no extra cost! Saving the average person over £15!

Please share these tips and let me know if you have any to add to the list!

Katie x

Christmas tips 2: Planning your Christmas lunch. 2011.11.16

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Hi all,

The grand Christmas lunch can be either a pleasant or stressful task and it all depends on how you prepare for it.

Here are some of my tips to help it go as smooth as possible. I hope they are useful! Once again, do share if you have anything you want to add!

  • Write a list of the guests you will have at your lunch.
  • Estimate how much food you will need and then estimate the cost of the food.
  • Order your meat in advance to avoid disappointment!
  • Assign one item from the shopping list to each person to reduce the overall cost. Maybe one person can bring the Christmas pudding, another can bring the piglets in blankets or everyone can bring one bottle of wine?
  • Buy all non-perishables early so that you only have to buy the essentials later. Supermarkets are a nightmare on Christmas eve so do your best to avoid them! I do my shopping online which is much easier though please make sure that you book your deliver in time!
  • Plan what time you want everyone to arrive. I like to give the family some time to relax in the morning so I ask people to arrive at around 12.
  • Set yourself a time to serve the food and then begin planning backwards. Make a timetable so you know what to do when.
  • Delegate a task to each of your guests (and family members) to complete.
  • If all this sounds too stressful, book a restaurant! (but remember to do it early!).
  • Send all of your guests a Christmas ecard as the invite to lunch.

Katie x

Christmas tips 1: buying presents. 2011.11.15

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Hi all,

Each year I plan my Christmas early, by writing a list to help me get organised. I do this because of all the events that suddenly spring up around the festive season and because it is the busiest time of year for us here at Katie’s Cards, there isn’t a minute to spare!

I find getting things planned early is a good way to manage the mammoth task of the festive season and thought you might find some of the tips I have picked up over the years useful to help you get organised for Christmas. Please share any additional tips you have with me!

I will add a different set of tips each day for each section of the planning. Today I am looking at buying gifts:


When it comes to gifts many of us feel obliged to spend lots of money and end up overspending.

Its very easy to do, I have done it many times in the past but over the years I have honed a way of organising my present buying which eliminates the stress factor and saves a bit of money. Here are some of my tips:

  • In early November, I sit down and work out what I have to spend on presents.
  • I then made a list of everyone I need to buy gifts for, adding any present ideas I have for those on the list as I go.
  • I set a budget for each person on the list and add it up to find the total cost. This helps me to make sure I can afford what I have planned and if I can’t, I edit the list and remove anyone who shouldn’t be there and re-budget anyone who can until the total matches what I have to spend.
  • I always set myself a present-buying deadline-date. I do an online deadline of 3 weeks before Christmas (I had an incident a few years ago when my order didn’t arrive until after Christmas) and traditional shopping 1 week before. This should give you enough time to get everyone a present and leave some time to browse for people you struggle to think of ideas for.
  • As soon as I can, I go online and try to find special vouchers or deals that I can use to buy my gifts. There are some great websites offering discount vouchers etc. I then browse online shops to see if there is anything else I can pick up. A great place to start is Amazon.
  • I try to plan my first shopping trip soon after completing my list and try to plan which shops I need to visit so I can get round them quickly. Remember to take any discount vouchers that you need and if you have a smart phone, try using the ‘Facebook places’ app once you have reached your shopping destination as you can find lots of special deals linked to specific shops just by checking in and they are usually not promoted anywhere else on the internet!
  • I often find that there are a couple of people on my list who would like some nice bath/beauty products and will try to pop into shops such as Boots who offer some great 3 for 2’s around Chritsmas time.
  • I make sure to tick off the people I have bought presents for and keep a rolling tally of what I have actually spent.

Following my plan, I always get my shopping done well before Christmas eve.

Thankfully you don’t have to be anywhere near as organised to send your Christmas e cards, as you can have them delivered instantly!

Katie x

Last post dates for 2011 – 2011.11.09

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Hi everyone,

For those of you in the UK, here is Royal Mail’s last postage dates for 2011. As you can see, some of the dates have passed or are very near! But don’t worry, as e cards can be sent in a matter of minutes, you can still send all of your loved ones a Christmas e card that they will receive on the day you schedule delivery! This is a brilliant reason to choose to send ecards to your loved ones this year.

Another great reason to send your loved ones a Christmas ecard is that they can save you money. It costs 46p for a first class stamp in the UK, so if you have over 30 Christmas cards to send, this is going cost you at least double the cost of a Katie’s Cards subscription, on top of the price of your Christmas cards. A subscription to Katie’s Cards only cost £7 and for that you can send as many cards as you like for a whole year!

Last recommended posting services

Standard Parcels – Wed 14th December

Second Class and Recorded Signed For™ – Sat 17th December

First Class and Recorded Signed For™ – Tue 20th December

Parcelforce express48 – Wed 21st December

Parcelforce express24 – Thu 22nd December

International Surface Mail

Non-European destinations except Middle East, South Africa, Far East, USA and Canada – Fri 30th September

Middle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore) – Tue 4th October

South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, the USA and Canada – Tue 18th October

Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta and Iceland – Tue 8th November

Western Europe – Tue 22nd November

International Airmail

South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Australia and New Zealand – Mon 5th December

Eastern Europe, USA and Canada – Fri 9th December

Western Europe – Mon 12th December

British Forces Post Office (BFPO)

Airmail to Operational BFPOs- Fri 2nd December

Airmail to Static BFPOs- Thu 15th December

Katie x

P.s this is a great one to send!

Only 9 weeks until Christmas… 2011.10.21

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Picture 1Hi all,

I hate that I have done it – but I checked as I was planning when we could get some of the new Christmas ecards up on the website and did a quick count and I couldn’t believe it. 9 weeks! It was only summer the other day, where has the time gone?!

Oh dear, now I have to start planning gifts, where and who we will be celebrating with and what we’ll be eating. Though there is one thing that I always look forward to – the Katies Cards christmas party! We’re not a big team (as you know) so we often do a joint gathering with the other small businesses who share our little terraced building. There’s only 3 people extra, but it means that our meagre little celebration of 3 turns into 6 (and this year it will be 7 with Racheal here).

Oh dear oh dear. Well, I guess I will start planning this weekend, though no matter when I start, its always a mad rush in the end!

Have you started your preparations yet?

Katie x

P.s. don’t forget to enter the Katies Cards competition before the 11th of November – you could be in with the chance of having your idea made into a Christmas e card as well as a £15 ($20 Amazon voucher!). Please click here for more details!