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Last Minute Valentine

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

So we’re going to assume that you’ve sorted your Valentine’s day card thanks to our new ‘Cheesy Valentine’ ecard - but what about a present?

Whether you’ve been trying hard to avoid it or just haven’t had the time to organise anything fancy, Valentine’s Day is almost here. But never fear, Katie’s Cards is here to share some of last minute gift ideas from around the web that just happen to be pretty economical too.

Personalised Sharpie Mugs

You can find design ideas for these all over Pinterest but we really liked the idea of personalised Mr and Mrs mugs. You could even add a special date to the handle. We’ve also heard on the grape vine that the cheaper the mug, the better the result – so don’t worry about raiding your Granny’s china cupboard, a cheap mug from the supermarket or Ikea should do the job.

DIY Mr and Mrs Sharpie Mugs

DIY Mr and Mrs Sharpie Mugs

Love Pegs

We saw these a couple of days ago and shared them on our Facebook page. Turn an everyday run of the mill clothes peg into a secret love message for a Valentine that won’t leave them hanging.

peg message

Secret Valentine’s Peg Message

Breakfast in Bread

Breakfast in bed is old hat, so liven things up a bit by getting creative in the kitchen.

egg in a basket

Love heart egg in a basket

Serve up a tasty treat of egg in the (love heart) basket with an extra decadent side of (love heart) bacon. Does there exist a thing on earth more overwhelming than love that’s bacon flavoured?

bacon hearts

A tasty side of heart-shaped bacon

Sweets for your Sweet

If breakfast in bed isn’t their bag, have a go at baking up a batch of these loveheart cupcakes to satisfy their sweet tooth.

loveheart cupcakes

Satisfy their sweet tooth with these Loveheart cupcakes

Whatever the occasion we’re always looking for new and creative arts and craft ideas so if you’re itching to share your tips and insights, we’d love to hear them! Contact us through our Facebook page or comment below.

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!

Host your own Barbecue Bonanza

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Nothing says ‘summer’ quite like sitting around a barbeque, cooking delicious food and enjoying dining al fresco with friends. We’ve put together some of our top barbecue tips so you can enjoy these summer nights as much as possible:

1. Try to vary the usual barbecue food – instead of just burgers and sausages, throw some prawns, salmon and vegetables onto the grill. And, to accompany your feast, whip up some different types of salad – quinoa and roasted vegetables or a light Asian-inspired coleslaw go perfectly with barbecued meats.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring contributions. Barbecuing can often feel like you’re spinning multiple plates at once so don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring a salad, a selection of breads or some fresh summery desserts to ease the stress.

3. The key to hosting a stress-free gathering, even a casual barbecue, is to know how many people are coming. Send one of our invitation ecards so people can send you a quick reply to let you know whether or not they’re able to make it.

4. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of sitting around a gently smoking barbecue well into the evening and talking with friends as the sun goes down. Try to have a couple of blankets to hand in case people get chilly – you don’t want to have to cut the party short!

Most importantly, enjoy it!

Katie x

Summer tipples to keep you cool

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Here in the Katie’s Cards office, we’ve been trying desperately to keep cool. England has been experiencing a heat wave this summer and, safe to say, no one really knows what to do with themselves! To cope with the soaring temperatures, we’ve hit the (non-alcoholic) bottle. Try making these refreshing tipples to cool you down…

(Photo Credit http://pinterest.com/pin/106890191128805323/)

(Photo Credit http://pinterest.com/pin/106890191128805323/)

Are you planning on hosting a summer drinks party? Then why not send one of our invitation ecards to your guests.

Flower Month

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

This month is flower month and what better excuse to get out in the garden and get your hands dirty. Though you need to watch out for late frosts, this is the time of the year when the air becomes filled with the smell of freshly cut grass and your garden bursts into life. The Royal Horticultural Society have a wealth of tips about what to plant and when which you can view here on their website.

gardening ecard

Gardening Ecard

Additionally, we’ve put together a Pinterest board dedicated to beautiful flowers and gardening ideas. You can find the board here (and you don’t have to be a Pinterest member to view it!).

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Cinco de Mayo is a wonderfully vibrant festival. Though it’s often confused with Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo commemorates The Battle of Puebla during which a small Mexican army was victorious over the French, who were invading the country. Today, Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated in the United States, and also in Mexico. The streets are filled with parades, the sounds of the mariachi bands and delicious Mexican food and margaritas are the order of the day!

We’ve put together an ‘everything you need to know’ Cinco de Mayo lens on Squidoo which you can view here. We also have a Pinterest board which is full of tasty Mexican recipes and fun decorating tips which you can view here.

May day!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

May Day is celebrated across Europe and has been for hundreds of years. In fact, the first May Day celebrations were in Roman times – the Romans would celebrate the Goddess of Flowers and the start of the warmer, more prosperous months. It’s a beautiful time of year with flowers blooming and trees blossoming and May Day signifies the start of summer throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

Green Flowers Ecard

Green Flowers Ecard

In the United Kingdom, traditions include Morris dancers, maypole dancing and the making of floral garlands. If you want to add a spring to someone’s step then one of our bright and beautiful e cards is sure to do the trick, and each one can be customised to include your own personal message. You can view our full collection of e cards here on the Katie’s Cards website.

Hot Cross Buns

Monday, March 18th, 2013

The fact that Easter is almost upon us provides an excellent excuse to roll up your sleeves and whip up some delicious hot cross buns. Hot cross buns have long been associated with Easter and with Good Friday in particular, but why? For some people, the cross on the top of the bun is meant to symbolise the crucification of Jesus whilst for others, the bun comes from a Pagan tradition of the Anglo-Saxons. Sharing the buns with friends and family is meant to bring good luck and friendships for the coming year.

So what are you waiting for? To make your own delicious hot cross buns, follow this recipe.

Green fingers

Monday, March 11th, 2013

March is the perfect time of year to get in the garden and get your hands dirty – the sun is (hopefully) beginning to shine more often and there are still enough rain showers to keep your garden fresh and hydrated. The Royal Horticultural Society provides a helpful guide of what to plant in March in terms of fruit and vegetables. March is the prime planting time for strawberries so if you get them in the ground on time they should fruit in time for summer. In terms of vegetables, it’s the perfect time to plant your potatoes, asparagus and shallots…

Gardening Ecard

Gardening Ecard

You can find out more about what to plant in the month of March here on The Royal Horticultural Society website. And if you know someone who is particularly green fingered, then why not send them this gardening-themed ecard?

It’s not all doom and gloom..

Monday, March 4th, 2013

I came across this ‘Quotes’ board when browsing Pinterest recently and some of the sentiments expressed made a wonderful change from the negative stories that often fill the newspapers. Some of these photographs give a view of humanity that we often forget – of people helping one another and putting the needs of other people, and even animals, before their own. If your Monday afternoon needs brightening up, then looking at these images should do the trick!

While you’re on Pinterest, why not check out the Katie’s Cards Pinterest page? We have a variety of boards full of inspiring images and handy tips.

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2013?

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

It’s that time of year again when we review what we’ve achieved and think about our resolutions and goals in 2013.

New-Year-Lights-2013

I don’t know about you but at this time of year I always think about my family and friends. The good times we shared, the memories I will always treasure and all of the celebrations we attended.

It’s important to share our love, best wishes and our thoughts with those we care about and, in the rush of work or home life, it’s all too easy to forget. So, in 2013, I will be making this one of my New Year’s resolutions – to keep in contact and to make sure that people know that I care about them.

Of course I will be using ecards, amongst our things, to keep in touch, to celebrate birthdays, holidays and to say thank you. If you’re interested, take a look at the full range of Katie’s Cards e-cards to see the variety of ecards available for different occasions throughout the year.

What are your resolutions for 2013?

Well done Team GB! 2012.08.14.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Well we’re part way through the London 2012 Olympics and Team GB have done a great job so far grabbing us a phenomenal 65 medals!

Team GB Medal record London 2012 from the official London 2012 website

Team GB Medal record London 2012 from the official London 2012 website

We’ve got a 15 days to wait until the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, which takes place on the 29th of August 2012. Here is a link to the schedule so you can keep track of the events!

Once again, good luck to all the athletes competing in this fantastic event – especially those representing Team GB. You are all inspirational!

Katie x

Top class customer service rule number 1; always reply to your customers! 2012.01.26.

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Hi all,

Those of you who are a fan of our Facebook page will have seen yesterday that I shared a fantastic photograph of a letter written on behalf on Lily Robinson aged 3 and a half to Sainbury’s about their Tiger bread and a wonderful response from Sainsbury’s (see below):

Correspondence from Lily to Sainsbury's

Correspondence from Lily to Sainsbury's

This gave me great joy to see and I just had to share it with all the Katie’s Cards Facebook fans immediately (one of the benefits of being a Facebook fan is I share little snippets of fun like this as well as news and updates about Katie’s Cards. If you would like to become a fan then please click on this link – Katie’s Cards Fan Page and press the ‘like’ button at the top of the page) because I thought it was an excellent example of really great customer service. The type that puts a smile on someone’s face and the type that I hope to emulate here at Katie’s Cards.

We’ve all been in a position at one point or another whereby our expectations have not been met when purchasing a service or product. It is not a positive experience and can leave you feeling unsatisfied. When buying something online I believe its even more important to feel like there is a human at the end of your transaction. It instills confidence and comfort to know that you can ask a person to explain something to you if the need ever occur.

Anyway, I just wanted to share this with anyone who didn’t see my post yesterday. It brought a smile to my face and I’m sure it will to yours!

Katie x

P.s. Send your loved ones beautiful ecards, delivered instantly, all year round choosing from our extensive collection of ecards for all occasions. Click here to join today.

Christmas is approaching – here is some useful information to help you get organised. 2011.11.29

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011



Hi all,

We’re getting close to the big day. Many of you will have everything under control and will be well on your way to having the day completely organised. If you have been too busy then why not take a look at the list of tips I posted a week or so ago? There may be some helpful hints there you can use:

Christmas tips 1: buying gifts

Christmas tips 2: planning your Christmas lunch

Christmas tips 3: Decorations

Christmas tips 4: how to have a greener Christmas

Here is a great article I found in the Guardian that you might useful which details all of the Christmas delivery dates 2011

Hope this helps!

Katie x

P.s. here is a lovely Christmas e card from our Christmas collection to get you in the mood.

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

Our trip to Hebden Bridge. 2011.11.10

Thursday, November 10th, 2011



Hi all,

You might remember that we took a trip to visit my brother who lives in the beautiful Hebden Bridge a few weekends ago?

We had a wonderful time walking in the countryside, eating and relaxing and I took some beautiful pictures that I thought I would share with you of us and the countryside:

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Things are getting busier and busier each day here in the office as we lead up to Christmas and we are making great headway on our new Christmas ecards which I hope you will love!

Here is a little reminder of an old Christmas ecard:

Katie x

Katie’s Cards website developments – 2011.11.07

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Hello,

It is very cold here today and feels quite wintery. Although I do like this time of year as it is so picturesque, I do wish it wasn’t as cold for my walks with Plum!

There are only a couple of weeks until Thanksgiving, and Christmas is not far behind. Have you done any of your planning for Thanksgiving or Christmas yet?

We’ve been updating a lot of things on the website which will all be fully working in a matter of days. The developments include some brand new features which will help you to manage sending e cards tremendously, such as the ‘bulk upload’ tool, which allows you to upload up to 100 contacts in one quick and easy go, as well as an exciting new Facebook app which will link with your Facebook profile, enabling you to send ecards to your Facebook friends and receive birthday reminders

A great way to get organised for this festive season is to pre-schedule your ecards to be delivered whenever you choose. You can do this from your personal membership account and it is so easy and quick, which is exactly what we all need at this time of year! E cards are a great way to send personal greetings to loved ones across the globe as they are quick to organise, cheap to send and environmentally friendly.

Please do let me know if you have any questions or need any help with your account. Remember, we are always happy to help you get the most out of your Katie’s Cards membership!

Katie x

P.s. here is an old Christmas e card that you might like.