Posts Tagged ‘father’s day’

Football, Sports and Katie’s E Cards

Friday, June 20th, 2014

“Yes! Good footballing.”

“Congratulations on that dribble”

“That ball nearly went right between those poles!”

These are just some of the things you might hear some of our very own team shouting as they watch their 4-yearly scheduled intake of football.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are those in our office who thoroughly enjoy a game of two halves. Every other day it’s “football is lovely”, “I do enjoy a nice kick-about myself of a weekend”, “that referee was wonderful, extremely balanced and impartial” and so on.

Needless to say that they, in particular, were a little bit glum this morning after last night’s World Cup performance. And to be honest we all are. Even for non-football fans, there’s something quite exciting about everyone coming together to root for the same team – so it is a little bit sad that it looks like we’re coming to the end of that brief period of soccer solidarity.

Of course we’re all secretly hoping that there’s some light at the end of the players tunnel and that we’ll still manage to scrape our way through to the next round.  If only to have to have a few more chances to bond over our mutual disappointment. After all, another four years is a long time to wait.

For fans of the beautiful game, send the footie-themed Soccer Birthday Ecard. Browse our extensive e card categories for more sport-related greetings, including golf, rugby and fishing cards in our Birthday and Father’s Day collections. 

 

One Week until Father’s Day!

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Do you remember when we got you all worked up about Father’s day being just three weeks away?

Well, that was two weeks ago, which means Father’s Day is just one week today!

But before you worry too much about how time keeps on sneaking up on you, take a look at this video of a son creeping up on his (very easily startled) Dad. Lots of times.

(Please be aware that the following video contains strong language)

Ah Fatherhood. It’s a thankless task.

So now you’re feeling better (partly because you can take comfort from the fact that you’re a better son/daughter than this guy… and partly because, well, it was pretty funny) maybe now’s the time to sort out that Father’s Day card and present.

After all, there’s no one quite like Dad.

Katie’s Cards offer 3 month, 12 month and 24 month subscriptions for a small fee which allow users to send unlimited cards, and to as many contacts as they like, throughout their membership. 

100 Years of Mother’s Day

Friday, May 9th, 2014

For those of us who celebrate Mom’s Day in March, our day of thanks has passed. Don’t worry though, we haven’t forgotten that in just two short days many of you across the globe will be celebrating the special lady in your life. This year isn’t just any old annual celebration of mom, its the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day. But hey, no pressure…

She’s endured sleepless nights, tantrums,  and probably been given advice about raising you from people who couldn’t raise an orchid. Let’s face it she deserves the best. So in light of all this, we thought we’d break down our top 3 Mom’s Day e-cards that will definitely count towards an appreciative token of love,

Number #1

The Supermum ecard is definitely one for the good books. This animated ecard shows how super moms really can be!

Mother's Day E Card - Supermum

Supermum – Mother’s Day Ecard

Number #2

Offer some tranquility to her day with our Water Lilies ecard. The soothing sounds and calming animation is a winner, every time.

Water Lilies Mother's Day ecard from KatiesCards.com

Water Lilies Mother’s Day ECard

Number #3

Last but most certainly not least, The Badgers ecard is ideal for showing the importance and loving nature of mother/child relationships.

Badgers Mother's Day Ecard

Badgers Mother’s Day Ecard

So make sure you’re impressing this year and also don’t forget Father’s Day is just around the corner. For some tips and ideas on gift ideas, take a look at our inspired Pinterest board. Happy Mom’s Daying!

Happy Father’s Day

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Father's Day Ecard

 Happy Father’s Day! I hope you all have a wonderful day with your families. And, if you’ve accidently forgotten to send a Father’s Day card then don’t panic! You can still send one of our Father’s Day ecards and it will arrive in your dad’s inbox instantly. To view our collection of Father’s Day ecards, please visit the Katie’s Cards website.

Katie x

 

Tomorrow is Father’s Day!

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

It’s not uncommon for people to forget this holiday (poor dads!) and if you haven’t sent your dad a card yet then don’t panic. If you send one of our Father’s Day e cards it will arrive in your dad’s inbox immediately so you could even send the e card tomorrow morning and your dad would never know…

Superdad E card

Superdad E card

Alternatively, you can schedule a card today to be sent tomorrow so you can rest assured that it will arrive on time. You can view our full collection of Father’s Day e cards here on the Katie’s Cards website.

Two thirds of people don’t know when Father’s Day is! Are you one of them?

Friday, June 14th, 2013

A recent survey by the Royal Mail found that more than two thirds of people in the U.K. don’t know that Father’s Day is this Sunday, the 16th June. This seems odd considering that seventy per cent of people surveyed thought that Father’s Day deserves the same recognition as Mother’s Day.

Father's Day Ecard

 

Over half of the fathers surveyed said that they would love to receive a card so what are you waiting for? Choose an ecard from our brilliant Father’s Day collection and make sure your dad knows that he hasn’t been forgotten this Sunday!

Is Father’s Day less important than Mother’s Day?

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16th, yet will many people be celebrating it? For some reason, it is often treated as second best to Mother’s Day. Many people argue that, since Father’s Day was officially acknowledged more recently than Mother’s Day, it lacks historical and religious significance. Others argue that it is a purely commercial holiday.

In Thailand, Father's Day is celebrated on December 5th - the current King's birthday. Traditionally, people give their fathers a Canna flower to show their appreciation.

However, Father’s Day was first celebrated approximately four thousand years ago and, since then, it has been celebrated all over the world. We think it’s important to carry on this legacy of showing our dads how much we appreciate them.

So, if you can’t be with your dad this Sunday, why not send him a Father’s Day ecard and let him know that you’re thinking of him.

Father’s Day Celebrations Around The World

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

We have a number of Father’s Day e cards on the Katie’s Cards website and, since we’re thinking of adding more, we’ve investigated some Father’s Day celebrations from around the world for inspiration:

– In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on December 5th – the current King’s birthday. Traditionally, people give their fathers a Canna flower to show their appreciation.

– In Germany, ‘Vatertag’ is said to have been around since the year 1000 and is celebrated today by men gathering together and having a ‘man’s day’ which involves drinking beer and eating lots of food. Hmm…

– In Japan, cards are not usually given on Father’s Day or ‘Chichi no hi’ (父の日). Instead, cologne, sandals and flowers are given as gifts.

How do you celebrate Father’s Day? Are there certain customs or traditions that you honour every year? If so, we’d love to hear from you. We hope that our Father’s Day e cards will suit a range of different tastes but we’re always looking for inspiration and ideas.

Father’s Day Banquet, 1939

Monday, June 10th, 2013

I recently came across this wonderful advert from 1939 when the Savoy Ballroom in Chicago hosted a father and son banquet in honour of Father’s Day.

Retro father's day poster

I can definitely see this inspiring a retro Father’s Day e card

 

Superdad to the rescue!

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Our Father’s Day E card of the day is this brilliant animated ‘Superdad’ e card. If your dad has always been your hero and has soared to your rescue, then this is definitely the right card for you to send!

Superdad Ecard

Superdad Ecard

Watch Superdad fly through the night sky, run alongside cars and make daring leaps from building to building…

Superdad Ecard

Superdad Ecard

This e card provides a fun and quirky way of sending your Father’s Day wishes to your dad and is sure to bring a smile to his face. To send this e card, and to view the other Father’s Day e cards in our collection, simply visit the Katie’s Cards website.

How is Father’s Day celebrated in your country?

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Father’s Day falls on June 16th this year and, though it is often neglected, surely it’s important to celebrate all those wonderful dads out there?

Father's Day Ecard

Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June in countries all over the world – from Afghanistan to Albania, from Mexico to Myanmar and from Peru to Puerto Rico.

How will you be celebrating Father’s Day this year? Do you have any special Father’s Day traditions? If so, do get in touch with us by commenting below, emailing us at katie@katiescards.com, tweeting us or writing on our Facebook wall.

Put your feet up Dad, it’s Father’s Day! New Father’s Day e card. 2012.06.14.

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

What would we do without our Dad’s?

They pick us up when we fall down, make our cuts and scrapes better and are always there to give  us a lift (in the car or otherwise!) when needed.

Daddy’s allover the globe provide for, protect and swell with pride as they watch their children grow up, make mistakes and become adults. I couldn’t do without mine and so I like to make sure that he knows how important and special he is by sending him an e card with a personal message telling him to enjoy his day.

We have a great range of Father’s Day e cards to choose from – there is something suitable for all types of Dad’s out there. We’ve also just added a fun new card which encourages those special guys to put their feet up on Sunday!

New Father's Day e card from www.katiescards.com

New Father's Day e card from www.katiescards.com

Hope you all have a fantastic time celebrating Father’s Day!

Katie x

A sneak-peek of some new ecards! 2012.05.08.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Hi all,

We’ve been extremely busy recently making lots and lots of new ecards for you. If you have a browse through the collection you will see that we have added some new sections to the website for Note cards and invitation e cards and there are lots of new cards in there for you to send to your loved ones for many different purposes, or just to say hello!

At the moment we are working on a brand new ecard that will be suitable for sending to loved ones who enjoy flowers. We are making several different versions of it so you can send it for a whole range of different occasions. Here is a sneak peak of it – it will be available to send very soon so keep your eyes peeled!

New e cards coming soon from www.katiescards.com

New e cards coming soon from www.katiescards.com

Katie x

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.


The Perfect Dad, ‘NEW’ Fathers Day E card.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Just uploaded our latest creation for Father’s Day, it is still quite a few weeks away (actually this year Father’s Day is on Sunday June 19th)  but we have completed this one nice and early. The idea for this Fathers Day Ecard came from 1950 advertisements, we thought it would be good to create a slight twist on the concept of a perfect Dad, where he still seems to have some very human attributes.

Perfect Dad - Father's Day Ecard

Perfect Dad - Father's Day Ecard

The collection contains seven Father’s Day Ecards, so there is a varied selection of styles and subject matter, hopefully you will find a suitable option. The Perfect Dad E card is also available as a Birthday E card.

Father’s Day on June the 10th

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Fathers day is almost upon us and it is that annual occasion we all scratch our heads over trying to think what to get him. Fathers are notoriously hard to buy for, if he is ‘the man who has everything’ then it’s probably best to present him with something amusing on his special day.

There are a multitude of shops offering all kinds of interesting new gadgets and electronic gizmo that might amuse the big man, or perhaps something for his latest hobby, a new fishing rod or golf club.

It is traditional to give a card to accompany whatever gift you decide on, we have a selection of fun and amusing Fathers Day Ecards which are sure to brighten up his day.