Valentine-Schmalentine | Valentine gift ideas for her

This week, we’re introducing a couple new guest-bloggers who (we’re very happy to say) will also be contributing regularly in the future. We think they’re both awesome, and we hope you do, too! First up is our resident shopping guru and product development manager, Andrea.


Valentine Schmalentine!  Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be JUST for couples kissing in front of the Eiffel Tower.  It’s a day to have fun, be happy, and (if you’re single) take some time for yourself.  So… let’s kick off the holiday with some shopping!

I’ve put together a special collection of valentine gift ideas for her, that quite frankly, I am excited to scoop up for myself, as well as give to my very best girlfriends.


Looking for the perfect valentine gift ideas for her? Our list has ideas for your besties, yourself... and guys, don't worry, you can use these ideas too!


1. Crystal Earring | 2. Rose Gold Watch | 3. Love Bites Gift Set | 4. Black and White Twist Scarf | 5. Seafoam Nail Polish | 6. Good Morning Gorgeous Zip Pouch | 7. Perfume | 8. Makeup Brushes | 9. Love Stinks Card | 10. ‘Treat Yourself’ Tote | 11. Book | 12. Statement Necklace | 13. Lip Glaze Set | 14. Coffee Mug | 15. Envelope Clutch | 16. Wall Art


Love vouchers: free Valentine printables for your sweetie

Looking to put that special, personal touch on Valentine's Day? Here are some free valentine printables for your sweetie!

Valentine’s Day is steadily approaching, and I don’t know about you guys, but I always try to hand-make something sweet for my sweet (as in a craft—if I baked something it would only be punishment).

With the holidays behind us and winter in full force, I realize this is often easier said than done. So, I thought I’d save you some trouble and share a few pretty and printable love vouchers—made specially for you—here on the Cardstore Blog.

Looking to put that special, personal touch on Valentine's Day? Here are some free valentine printables for your sweetie!

Print, snip, and customize.

There are five favors everyone wants, and a sixth one that’s blank, so you can add a message that may hit a little closer to home.

Looking to put that special, personal touch on Valentine's Day? Here are some free valentine printables for your sweetie!

Assemble them with a hole punch and book ring, or with festive little clothes pins. I found these Valentine-themed ones at Target, in their scrapbooking aisle.

Looking to put that special, personal touch on Valentine's Day? Here are some free valentine printables for your sweetie!

They’re the perfect addition to that fancy shave set he’s been eyeing. Or from all you fellas out there, a bundle of flowers… or a puppy… or a diamond… (I’m trying, ladies).

Download your free Valentine printable love vouchers here!


Being grateful – free printable wall art

Free printable wall art to help you in being grateful every day.

This year, I decided to make my New Year’s resolution to show more gratitude toward the people in my life. I spend a lot of time thinking about how lucky I am to have such amazing family and friends, but then the craziness of everyday life gets in the way and I’m not always so good at remembering to tell them.

So, I designed this quote and plan to keep it in my office where I can see it every day, and remind myself to tell the people I love how grateful I am for them :)

If you’re inspired to do the same, you can download my design as free printable wall art!



Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your special someone

It’s January 14, which means Valentine’s Day is exactly one month away! And it’s never too early to make sure you have the perfect gift for your special someone :)

Whether you’re shopping for her or for him, we’ve rounded up plenty of Valentine’s Day gift ideas to get you started.

Happy Shopping!
Valentine's Day gift ideas for your special someone

1. Mr. & Mrs. Mug Gift Set | 2. Heart-Shaped Photo Collage Card | 3. Calendar | 4. Instax Mini Camera | 5. Beats Headphones | 6. Tall Boulangerie Jar | 7. Timex Weekender Watch | 8. ‘I Love You’ Heart Dishes | 9. Red Check Knit Scarf | 10. Cle USB | 11. Handmade Baking Cookbook | 12. ‘Home Is’ Print | 13. Hearts iPhone Case | 14. ‘Love That Burns’ Candle | 15. XOXO Key Tag | 16. Sunglasses

free printable calendars for 2015 {friday finds}

The new year’s here, and what better way to get off on the right track than with a new, cute calendar to help you stay organized?

I’ve found a bunch of free printable calendars and I’m dying to find places to hang them. Here are a few of my favorites.

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A collection of few of my favorite free printable calendars.     A collection of few of my favorite free printable calendars.

A collection of few of my favorite free printable calendars.     A collection of few of my favorite free printable calendars.

A collection of few of my favorite free printable calendars.     A collection of few of my favorite free printable calendars.

From top left:

I’m a bit obsessed with calendars so I usually have more than one hanging up, but these are all so cute, how will I ever choose which one(s) to print and hang? ;)

I’d love to hear which one you picked!

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Random acts of thank you

Did you know January is National Thank You Month?

Pretty much the perfect time to share this post from Buttercup Ink! It originally focused on good karma for the holidays, but I think it inspires creative ways to say ‘thank you’ on any day of the year.

I’ve been following Vari of Buttercup Ink for a while now. Mostly, it’s for her great design advice, but every so often, she posts an article about something she loves or does that’s just amazing. Her Good Karma Crimbo Project is definitely one of those stories, and as soon as I read it, I instantly knew it was something I wanted to feature here.

(In case you were wondering, “crimbo” is a slang term for Christmas. I had to look it up, but I think it might be something a little more common for Scotland-born, Melbourne resident Vari.)


Every few months, Gabe and I do what he calls secret letters.

We make some postcards with little nuggets of inspiration and love, then go around our neighbourhood leaving them for people to find.

Mailboxes, cafe tables, picnic benches, nestled in between the tomato sauce bottles at the supermarket, on car windscreens…

It is So. Much. Fun.

We love being super sneaky and spreading some secret love.

This was our last secret mission a few weekends ago…


How awesome are those little notes Vari and her son created?! I seriously got the warm fuzzies when I read the article. Even thought their little “secret letters” were for the holidays (Vari even provided some cute little printables), I thought it could be a great way to show gratitude any day of the year. I can just imagine sneaking little notes to people that have been nice to me (or even just thanking them for being awesome)!

I think all of us could use a little more gratitude in our lives, so hopefully, this inspires you to send a creative little thank you of your own :)


Hello, January 2015 {a free desktop calendar download}

Celebrate JANUARY with this free desktop and phone wallpaper.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Happy New Year!

To celebrate the New Year, we’re rolling out the latest installment of our Desktop Beautification Project (once again created just for us by Melanie Hudson).

Here’s to new beginnings, new opportunities, and all good things this year!


Celebrate JANUARY with this free desktop and phone wallpaper.

January 2015 Calendar

2560 x 1440 // 1680 x 1050// 1440 x 900 // 1280 x 800 // phone

For help on how to install, click here.

Happy holidays from the Cardstore blog

It’s been a great year for the Cardstore blog, and we hope you’ve enjoyed our content as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it.

We’ll be taking the next two weeks off for the holidays, and just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season and all the best in the new year!

See you next year with more ways to celebrate creatively!

7 gift wrapping ideas for the holidays

It seems like each year the holidays sneak up on me quicker and quicker, and this year may have been the sneakiest yet!

Even though I tend to finish up my holiday shopping late, I still love wrapping my presents with a little extra love—whether that means special gift tags, making my own gift wrap from rolls of paper, or adding decorative elements (other than bows). It’s a little extra work, but it’s the part I enjoy the most.

If you’re in the same boat as me and still have wrapping to do, I’ve pulled together 5 of my favorite gift wrapping ideas to help make all your gifts look extra special (and in no way like you did it last minute—that’ll be our little secret).


1. Patterned holiday gift wrap using items you already have in your house

I’m absolutely adoring all the different patterns Paper & Stitch came up and created using items she had lying around the house! What a unique and personalized way to wrap gifts.


2. Homemade holiday gift wrap

If you’re like me, you’ve noticed an abundance of kraft paper wrapping—and that’s probably because it’s so easy to get your hands on! This homemade paper by Eat Sleep Cuddle is so festive and looks so good, it’s hard to believe it’s homemade.


3. Inspirational wrapping paper

I’ve been hanging on to this goodness from Walk in Love since last year because every gift looks so spectacular! She took paper, markers, washi tape, and a few extra decorative items to make beautiful, handcrafted wrapping paper. I love that each one is different!


4. Gift topper ideas

How about different gift toppers for your presents? The House that Lars Built has 5 adorable ways to top all your gifts.


5.  Printable gift tags

If you’re all set with wrapping paper, but want a cute way to put the finishing touches on your gift, how about these free printable gift tags that we offered last year? Still just as good for this year… and, of course, still free :)


6. More printable gift tags

Instead of bold and colorful gift tags, maybe you’re going for a simpler style. How about these free black and white printable gift tags from Jasmine Dowling instead? I absolutely adore her style, and it totally elevates a simple kraft and twine wrapping job!


7. DIY photo gift tags

If you’re looking for a more personalized way to decorate your gifts, try these DIY photo gift tags that Kate made! They are the perfect way to finish off each gift.


I hope these ideas inspire you to have fun wrapping the gifts you’ll be putting under the tree.

Happy holidays!


Fun (and easy!) Christmas traditions for kids

To a lot of people, Christmas means traditions—but not all of them have to be a big deal. Some of the best ones are the little ones we start with our kids, that, eventually, they can pass on to kids of their own.

Here are some fun Christmas traditions for kids that people here in our studio have started with their own families.

1. The Very Special Ornament

Do your kids have a favorite Christmas ornament, or one that they just seem to gravitate to every year? If so, read on. (And even if not, you should still read on because it’s a pretty cute tradition.)

When Jessica’s husband Brandon was a little boy, his parents chose one ornament that the family especially loved and dubbed it the most special of all ornaments. Every year growing up, they would save that ornament for last, and either Brandon or his sister (depending on whose year it was) would get to put the last, most special ornament on the tree.

Even once they’d moved out, their parents still saved the last ornament for when they came home for the holidays. And now that they’re adults, the tradition has been passed on to the grandkids. Here’s Jessica’s son Carter doing his merry duty (with a little help from his grandma) for the first time:

Christmas traditions for kids that are cute and easy!

“Brandon and his sister love being able to watch their kids get just as excited about the ornament as they did when they were little.” -Jessica


2. Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Every year on Christmas morning, when Elizabeth’s boys are done opening all the presents Santa brought them, they get to go on a scavenger hunt.

It starts with a single clue (stuffed into an ornament on the Christmas tree), but leads them all around the house until they find a second batch of presents—from Mom & Dad!

Elizabeth says another member of our team gave her the idea, and even though her sons are now grown, she still keeps the Christmas magic alive by doing this for them year after year.

Christmas traditions for kids that are cute and easy! Love this idea of a scavenger hunt to find the presents from Mom & Dad.

“The thing I love the most about this is that it adds one more fun activity (and a few surprises) to the kids’ Christmas morning. I’m looking forward to doing this for lots and lots of Christmases to come!” -Elizabeth


3. Kids Leave Santa the Darndest Things

Santa delivers a LOT of toys to a LOT of kids.

Naturally, that means the jolly old elf probably consumes a BOATLOAD of milk and cookies. Why not look out for his cholesterol levels and let your kids pick something else out for him?

That’s what Meghan, our Sr. Social Media Manager, did with her daughter Lillian last year—and with pretty adorable results.

Check out Santa’s plate of parsley, half an onion, and bread below. The note you see was dictated to Meghan from her daughter :)

Christmas traditions for kids that are cute and easy!

“It’s been a challenge to let go of my former wedding-planner/loves to decorate-r mentality and let the girls have their Christmas, but it’s something I’ve made a conscious decision to do. Their glowing faces as they create what they see as beautiful are more magical and lovely than anything else I could have found on Pinterest or styled myself.” -Meghan


Have any traditions of your own you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about them!

However you spend your holidays, we hope you find yourself making lots of merry memories with friends and family.