Posts Tagged ‘Valentines Day’

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

Don’t panic if you’ve forgotten to send your loved one a Valentine’s Day card …

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

If you’ve forgotten to send your loved one a Valentine’s card then don’t panic! Choose one of the beautiful ecards in our Valentine’s Day range and it will arrive in their inbox instantly. Additionally, you can personalise each ecard with an individual message before sending.

Liquid Love

We have a range of ecards, from traditional images to more humourous ones, that suit a variety of tastes. You can view the full Valentine’s Day collection here.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone here at Katie’s Cards!

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Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten to buy your special someone a Valentine’s Day card, we have a lovely selection on the Katie’s Cards website which can be sent and received immediately so your loved one will be none the wiser if you’ve only just bought it. You can view our full collection here.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Katie x

Valentine’s Ecard of the Day

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

My Valentine’s Day Ecard of the day is the ‘Robot Love’ ecard. It’s a fun card with a cute story-line and it is certainly unique!

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You can find our full collection of Valentine’s Day cards here on the Katie’s Cards website.

Who will be your Valentine?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be about showing your partner how you feel, it’s also a good opportunity to show the many special people in your life that you appreciate them. When I was a child, I remember waking on February 14th to a little handmade gift on my bedside table and, even though I knew it was from my Mum, it made my day.

 Cupid ecard

Some of the Valentine’s Day ecards on the Katie’s Cards website are perfect for parents to send to their children, especially the Cupid’s Aim card. This ecard features an unlikely couple – a spindly giraffe and a stout little warthog – and the fun animation would bring a smile to any child’s face. You can preview the ecard here. It’s an entertaining way to send your Valentine’s Day wishes to one of the people you love, whatever their age may be.

New Valentine’s Day Ecard!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

We are delighted to announce that there is a new Valentine’s Day ecard on the Katie’s Cards website. The new ecard, entitled ‘Liquid Love’, is more abstract than many of the ecards in the Katie’s Cards collection. The warm palette of colours and the patchwork-like blending of the different hues of red and pink are used to illustrate an abstract, atmospheric image and signals a new creative direction for Katie’s Cards.

Liquid Love Ecard

Watch the bubbles of colour dance gracefully across the screen as calming music lulls the shapes together to form a pulsating heart. It’s the perfect way to tell somebody that you care this February 14th.

Valentine’s Day – What’s not to love?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

At the beginning of February, you often begin to hear the annual moans of those who claim to hate Valentine’s Day. With restaurants and some retailers hiking up their prices, and with the expectation of romance weighing heavy, it’s not difficult to see why.

However, what’s so bad about having a day which is about cherishing the people and relationships we love? After all, isn’t it love that makes the world go round? Surely even the Valentine’s day nay-sayers would be secretly happy to receive a little love note on February 14th.

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We have a selection of ecards on the Katie’s Cards website which cater for a variety of tastes so go on, pluck up the courage to tell that special someone how you  feel.

Valentine’s Day Sweet Treats

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Everyone knows that one of the best ways to any man or woman’s heart is through their stomach which is why we thought it was a good idea to recommend a couple of romantic recipes for you to impress your loved one with this Valentine’s Day

Red Velvet Heart-Shaped Macaroons

These chic bite-sized sweet treats are not only beautiful but they’re also seriously tasty. Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, they will not fail to impress.

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Source: http://justbesplendid.tumblr.com/post/366679452/red-velvet-valentine-macaroons

 

Raspberry Ripple Cupcakes

These fun cupcakes are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of anyone who receives them. If you’re feeling brave, you could chop some basil to add to the buttercream to give an unexpected, and surprisingly pleasant, flavour.

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Source: http://thecupcakedailyblog.com/valentines-day-raspberry-ripple-cupcakes/

To accompany your edible gifts, why not send an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day Ecard to your loved one. We have a beautiful selection of ecards on the Katie’s Cards website that can be sent all the way up to (and including) the day itself so whilst you may be slightly stressed and covered in flour in the kitchen, you can rest assured that your card will be delivered on time.

Pre-Schedule the Sending of your Valentine’s Day Ecard Today!

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Though many people are cynical about Valentine’s day, a lot of people will be eagerly awaiting a bunch of flowers or declaration of love come the morning of February 14th. In order not to disappoint your loved one, why not schedule the sending of your Valentine’s Day ecard now? It’s a personal and thoughtful way of letting that special someone know that you care and is also a discreet way of sending a heartfelt message to someone who will be at work all day.

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We have a diverse selection of Valentine’s Day ecards on the Katie’s Cards website. From our beautiful ‘Love Tree’ ecard to the more humorous ‘I Love Ewe’ ecard, there’s something for everyone’s taste.

Valentines Day – 1 month to go!

Monday, January 14th, 2013
Valentine Flowers Ecard

Valentine Flowers Ecard

Valentine’s Day is now less than 1 month away. For many people Valentine’s Day is about their husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend and buying them a special gift and a card. Sending an ecard for Valentines Day wouldn’t be something that everyone would consider.

Many years ago when visiting the US I was surprised to be given a Valentines Day card from a friend. Their intention was not romance but one of friendship. I don’t know if this was unusual, but I remember thinking that the sentiment was wonderful. Telling someone close to you that you care for them and that you’re thinking of them is something that is often forgotten.

Unfortunately, there is no friends day, Sisters day or Brothers day to appreciate the people in your life. There is no special day to wish all the wonderful people in your life your best wishes and love. I think it’s important to think about and tell these people that you care and that you think of them.

A brand new Valentines Day e card from Katie's Cards

A brand new Valentines Day e card from Katie’s Cards

So with less than 1 month to go before Valentine’s Day why not think about sending a Valentine’s Day ecard to those people that are precious in your life. The people that don’t have a special day but would really like to hear that you are there to care and support them.

The Valentines Day ecards at KatiesCards.com are suitable for your friends and family and, of course, your romantic partner too.

Share your love this Valentine’s Day to everyone you care for. Best wishes.

Happy Valentines Day! Its not too late to send a Valentines Ecard! 2012.02.14.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

I hope you’re all enjoying a lovely Valentines Day!

If you had forgotten all about it then you will be glad to hear that you still have time to send a Valentines day e card to your lover! Ecards are sent instantly so no need to wait for the postman to deliver it!

You can add your own personal message for that extra special touch and can choose from our large collection of humorous, romantic and beautiful cards, perfect for sending special messages of love to your hearts desire.

Simply browse through our collection here and choose your card. If you are not already a member, you can join for a small subscription fee in a matter of minutes and can then send your card to be delivered instantly.

Katie x

A preview of the new Valentines Day e card. 2012.02.08.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Here is a preview of the brand new Valentines Day e card that we added to the collection for you to send.

The design is funky and stylish. We wanted to do something a bit different and I think this works a treat. I hope you enjoy it!

Katie x

P.s. You can send this and any other e card from our collection by becoming a Katie’s Cards member. Simply click here to join today and in return for a small subscription fee you can send unlimited e cards!

You lift me up. A cute Valentines Day e card. 2012.02.02.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

When we made this cute Valentines Day ecard I wanted to symbolise the idea that being around someone that you love, who loves you back, can help you to be a more positive person and bring out the best in you. I also wanted a way of animating the age old saying that ‘opposites attract’ which is how I came up with the idea of using a tall lady Giraffe and a chubby little wild boar.

The wild boar finds a way to show the lovely lady Giraffe his gift of a romantic bunch of flowers and with help from Cupid, wins the Giraffes’ heart.

We have a whole range of different Valentines day ecards to choose from so take a browse through our online collection.

I hope you enjoy sending them as much as we have enjoyed making them.

Katie x

P.s. sign up today to send an e card for any occasion and in return for a small subscription fee you can send unlimited ecards for all occasions within your subscription term! Click here to join today!

Can you spot all of the film references in this Valentines Day ecard? 2012.01.30

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Hi all,

Valentines Day is on my mind as we only have about 2 weeks to go!

I made the ‘I Love Ewe’ Valentines Day ecard a few years ago. I wanted to make a light-hearted and humurous card that could be sent to the one you love, but also to anyone on this special day to raise a smile. The e card was made up of a series of references to famous romantic films – can you spot them? Take a look, the first person to tell me how many and what film they are from (by posting a comment on this blog) gets a free 1 year subscription!

Katie x

P.s. send unlimited ecards by becoming a member today! Click here for more details!

Getting new Valentines ecard ready for the big day – any ideas you want to share? 2012.01.27

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Hi all,

I hope your week has been enjoyable.

We are trying to come up with ideas for a new Valentines day e card at the moment. I have been looking through some of our old ones to get some inspiration and therefore I thought I would refresh your memory!

Here is a fun ecard we added last year that I think is very sweet an endearing. If this doesn’t win you the one you love, I don’t know what will!

If you have any ideas for ecards (Valentines day or otherwise) then why not share them with us? We love to hear your opinions and make sure that we are making cards that you want!

If you have an idea, you can either email me or leave a comment on this post.

Katie x

P.s. you can send e cards to your loved ones that will be delivered instantly. Click here to become a member today and choose from our extensive collection of e cards for all occasions to send to your loved ones.

How do you romance your Valentine? 2012.01.23.

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Hi all,

I’m sure you all know that Valentines day is a matter of weeks away (3 to be precise).

This day is celebrated across the globe by millions of people who send romantic messages to their lovers or mysterious  messages to those they admire from afar. Many people like to shower the ones they love with gifts of love poems, flowers, chocolates and an assortment of other gifts as well as spend a romantic evening together either in a restaurant, hotel or at home with special food, candles and champagne.

Valentines day does not need to be about lavishing expensive gifts, if you have a little time to plan, you can do something very romantic without spending £100’s of pounds. Here are some ideas of my own that you might like. I hope you find them useful, and please comment if you have any ideas you would like to share!

Katie’s top tips for an inventive, romantic, cost-effective Valentines day:

  • Collect together some photographs of the special moments in your relationship and put them together into an album as a keepsake. You can make a beautiful and smart photo-book here at tesco.com. They cost from £5.
  • If you are poetic, then write the one you love a poem and incorporate it into your Valentines day ecard, print it onto some pretty paper and give it as a gift or hide it somewhere that your loved-one will find it. If you’re not poetic, take a look here for some ideas for romantic poems.
  • Plan a special Valentines meal. Make sure to include your guest’s favourite food, or if you want to try something different take a browse through BBC food’s ideas for Valentines day menu’s here.
  • Do one small thing on Valentines day that is unexpected. Send flowers, plan a ad-hoc dinner, meet your loved-one after work and escort them home, buy a bottle of something sparkling to have with dinner (you can get your hands on some great Prosecco’s which are much cheaper than champagne and taste fantastic – I actually prefer it to champagne)
  • Dress up your dinner table to look romantic, buy a couple of roses to scatter the petals on the table cloth, rose scented pot-pouri and candles will look fantastic and fairly low cost
  • Get your kids involved! Here are some great tips on how to get your kids involved with this celebration – they can make cards and gift boxes as well as table decorations!

I hope you like these ideas!

Katie x

P.s. a subscription to Katie’s Cards allows you to send unlimited e cards for a small subscription fee. Click here to join today and begin sending beautiful e cards immediately.

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.


Delight Your Sweetheart with a Valentine’s Day E card

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year for you to let your heart take control of your head and do something romantic! Why not celebrate the most powerful emotion on earth, love and make your sweetheart feel extra special. Valentine’s Day provides a magnificent opportunity to express your affection for that special someone in your life.

Romantic Sheep for Valentine's

Romantic Sheep for Valentine's

Whether you want to re-kindle the romantic flame with your spouse or surprise your fiance or someone you’re dating, you can send your message of love easily via e-mail using one of our e cards. Of course, Valentine’s Day ecards aren’t meant to replace gifts, chocolates or the special candlelight dinner, but they can be sent as a teaser for what lies ahead on this most romantic day of the year. We have a selection of 13 e cards specially designed for Valentine’s Day offering an eclectic array of styles and moods to suit your romantic urges.