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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?

Spring Clean

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Though it seems (here in the U.K. at least) that spring will never come, we are told that it’s on its way. Besides longer daylight hours, warm breezes and spring flowers, this can only mean one thing … It’s time for a spring clean! For many people, this means sprucing up their house, giving the rooms a lick of fresh paint and getting out in the garden to do the jobs which were put off during the chilly winter months.

New Home Ecard

New Home Ecard

For others, this means buying or renting a new house and we have some lovely New Home ecards which are perfect for this occasion. Our ‘New Home’ ecards are a fun way of welcoming someone to their new house and, since they are sent straight to the recipient’s inbox, they won’t take up valuable space in amongst all of the boxes! You can view our ‘new home’ ecards and can find out more about becoming a member of Katie’s Cards on our website.

Birthday Ecard of the Day!

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Our birthday ecard of the day is this Katie’s Cards classic, ‘The Birthday Cake Maker.’ This has always been one of our most popular birthday ecards, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a fun, quirky birthday ecard which would be suitable to send to most ages. Watch the various mind-boggling contraptions whir and spin around to finally produce a wonderful birthday cake!

birthday cake maker

Birthday cake maker ecard

This ecard, and all of our other fun, animated birthday ecards are available to send for Katie’s Cards members and we’re always adding new birthday ecards to the collection. To view all of our birthday ecards and to find out more about joining Katie’s Cards, simply visit our website.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Happy Easter! I hope you all have a lovely day with your friends and family.

Katie x

Floral Easter Ecard

Floral Easter Ecard

 

You can still send you Easter ecards today!

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

If you haven’t sent your Easter greetings to your friends and family yet then don’t panic, you can still send one of our Easter ecards today and it will arrive by tomorrow. When you send an Easter ecard from our collection, it whizzes around the world and instantly arrives in the inbox of the recipient. Alternatively, you can schedule your Easter ecard to be delivered first thing on Easter morning and, since each of our ecards can be customised to include your own personal message, what could be nicer to wake up to on Easter morning? Except for a visit from the Easter bunny of course…

You can view our full Easter collection by clicking here.

What’s the story behind the Easter bunny?

Friday, March 29th, 2013

For many children around the world, the excitement of hunting eggs left by the Easter bunny is part of the magic of Easter. Rabbits are often associated with Spring due to their fertility at this time of year … but where did the story of the Easter bunny come from? The story of the Easter bunny dates back to the Anglo-Saxons and their celebration of Eostre – the Goddess of Light and Fertility, whose earthly symbol was the rabbit.

Dancing-rabbits-1

German settlers in the U.S.A then introduced the story of the Easter bunny in the 1700s – children believed that if they behaved themselves, then they would be left a basket of eggs. The boys turned their hats into baskets and the girls did the same with their bonnets. We couldn’t resist including this adorable photograph of some little Easter bunnies! We have a funny animated ecards featuring a group of dancing Easter bunnies which you can view here.

 

Seasonal Food Ideas

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Here at Katie’s Cards, we’re always thinking about ways in which we can be as ‘green’ as possible. We’re proud of the fact that our ecards are very environmentally friendly but there are tonnes of other choices that we all make every day which impact the environment. One way we can be a little kinder to the environment is by buying and eating as much seasonal, locally-produced food as possible. I thought it would be helpful, therefore, to suggest a few seasonal recipes perfect for Easter weekend:

– In terms of vegetables, spinach, shallots, leeks and, of course, spring onions are all in season. Why not whip up this vegetarian ricotta and spinach lasagna?

– Meat wise, it’s all about rabbit and lamb at this time of year. For a twist on the classic Easter meat, try these lamb and apricot meatballs.

– Rhubarb is also in season at this time of year, and this Easter rhubarb and apple pie would be the perfect chocolate-free dessert for an otherwise cocoa-rich Easter.

We’re very excited about Easter here in the Katie’s Cards office and you can spread the Easter cheer by sending your friends and family members one of our colourful, animated Easter ecards.

Homemade Easter Eggs

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

If you feel like getting creative then why not try your hand at making some homemade Easter eggs? You can find a good recipe here. One of the perks of making your own Easter eggs is that you can mix and match different types of chocolate – you can make an egg which is half dark chocolate and half white chocolate or you can carefully mix two different types of chocolate together to create a marbled effect on your egg. Though the heating of the chocolate may not be appropriate for children to help with, children of all ages will love the opportunity to pipe their own shapes and Easter messages onto the eggs.

Easter Ecard

Easter Ecard

The best part of it is, of course, eating your egg when Easter Sunday comes! We have an EGG-Cellent collection of Easter ecards available on the Katie’s Cards website which are perfect for you to send this week.

Easter treats

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Easter is certainly a good time of year for those with a sweet tooth. In fact, only Halloween tops Easter for the amount of confectionary sold. The amount of chocolate eggs, bunnies and chicks made is staggering: approximately ninety million chocolate bunnies and sixteen billion jelly beans are produced for Easter each year!

Easter Ecard

Easter Ecard

We have a selection of Easter ecards available for you to send on the Katie’s Cards website and you can view the full collection here.

Why do we hunt eggs at Easter time?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

One of the reasons that eggs are associated with Easter is because they conjure images of revival, renewal and rebirth. Historically, eggs were forbidden by Christians in the days leading up to Easter and so they became a treat when they were finally allowed on Easter day. So why do we hold Easter egg hunts? There are many explanations from all different cultures behind this but one of the reasons that spans across cultures is the belief that finding eggs brings good luck. Apparently, decorating Easter eggs is also an age-old tradition that people have been doing for thousands of years. The first chocolate Easter eggs were made in 19th Century France and  Germany.

So, now that you know a brief history of the Easter egg, you’d better get decorating/hiding/eating yours! We also have some EGG-cellent Easter ecards on the Katie’s Cards website.

Easter Ecard of the day!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Our Easter Ecard of the day is this lovely ‘Gardening’ themed Ecard – perfect for you to send to a green-fingered friend or family member. This time of year is perfect for getting out in the garden and planting flowers or vegetables. If you want to know what to plant and when, then head over to the website of the Royal Horticultural Society – it’s full of handy hints and tips.

gardening ecard

This ‘Gardener’ ecard joins a diverse collection of spring and Easter-themed ecards on the Katie’s Cards website.

Easter Ecard of the Day!

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Our Easter ecard of the day is this beautiful ‘Green Flowers’ Ecard. Painted in an abstract artistic style, this ecard depicts the sun warming the flowers and plants, making them burst into to life. It perfectly illustrates the magic of this time of year when the flora blossoms in every corner of the garden.

Green Flowers Ecard

Green Flowers Ecard

To send this ecard or others from our Easter collection simply visit the Katie’s Cards website.

Dancing Easter Rabbits Ecard

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

This ‘Dancing Rabbits’ ecard is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face as they watch the Easter bunnies move and groove to the music…Though geared towards children, I’d challenge any adult not to chuckle when viewing this card!

Dancing Rabbits Ecard

Dancing Rabbits Ecard

Dancing Rabbits Ecard

Dancing Rabbits Ecard

Dancing Rabbits Ecard

Dancing Rabbits Ecard

Rabbits have always been considered a symbol of spring due to their fertility during the spring months and this funny animated card is the perfect way to spread some Easter cheer. If you’re after something more traditional, then you can view our full collection by clicking here.

Easter Ecard of the Day

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

This ‘Spring Sewing’ ecard, with its tumbling Easter eggs and patchwork flowers, perfectly represents this time of year. If any of your friends or family members are particularly handy with a needle and thread, then this is the perfect ecard to send to them!

Spring Sewing Ecard

Spring Sewing Ecard

It is part of a beautiful collection of Easter ecards on the Katie’s Cards website.

Easter Ecard of the day!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

This animated Easter ecard features a daring bird who has laid its eggs (which begin to hatch!) in the Easter bonnet of an unsuspecting woman…

Bonnet Ecard

Bonnet Ecard

To send this ecard, simply log in to your Katie’s Cards account or, if you’re not yet a member, pay a small membership fee. You will then be able to send as many ecards as you like for the duration of your membership! To find out morning information about joining Katie’s Cards, simply click here.

EGG-cellent Easter Craft ideas

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

There are so many creative Easter craft ideas on Pinterest and I thought it’d be helpful to select a few of the best to help anyone who needs some inspiration:

These painted Easter eggs filled with gold glitter would add a touch of sparkle to any Easter table.

confetti eggs

Image courtesy of Gaby Burger http://pinterest.com/pin/47358233554035047/

This is an adorable idea for decorating a kids’ table – Simply cut out a flower shape from colourful paper, fill a cupcake case with sweets and voila, you will have little edible daffodils strewn across the table.

Easter crafts daffodils

Image courtesy of Denise Abreu http://pinterest.com/pin/47358233553981093/

These eggs capture the current ombre trend and look beautiful when hung in amongst a bunch of Spring tulips.

Ombre eggs

Image courtesy of Hannah Dollery http://pinterest.com/pin/47358233554029138/

 We’ve put together a whole board of inspiring Easter images on our Pinterest page. Click here to view them all.

 

Easter Ecard of the day!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Our Easter ecard of the day is this lovely ‘Easter Chicks’ ecard, illustrated in various pastel colours, it features all of the signs of spring. It ends with some beautiful Easter eggs cracking open to reveal some adorable little chicks inside.

Easter-chicks-ecard

You can view this ecard and the other ecards in our Easter collection by clicking here.

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.

Edible Easter Egg Nests

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

I have such fond memories of making Easter Egg nests when I was a child. They’re so simple to make, so delicious and they add a lovely festive touch to any Easter table. That’s why I wanted to share a great Easter nest recipe with you all. This recipe will make twelve crispy, crunchy, chocolaty nests…

Image courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk/food

Image courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk/food

Have you seen our Easter ecards yet? Lots of them feature beautifully painted eggs…though (unfortunately) not ones you can eat.