Desktop beautification project – September 2015 {a free desktop wallpaper}

Download your free September 2015 wallpaper, and stop back on the first of every month to get your new, free background and iPhone wallpaper.

Hi all, Lisa Rae here! I’m so thrilled to be sharing my little slice of gold with you in this desktop-wallpaper!

These past few months, I’ve been in love with desert sunsets and golden summer days—and that inspired me to create this background. (Watercolor, sunsets, and gold everything?! Yes, please!)

I hope this serves as a reminder that every single day is a golden memory. Soak it in!

Download your free September 2015 wallpaper, and stop back on the first of every month to get your new, free background and iPhone wallpaper.

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

For help on how to install, click here.

Looking for more? Check out all our past desktop wallpapers.


Lisa Rae has been studying/doodling/breathing art ever since she could remember. Under the name The Dancing Pine, she creates with a brush in hand while soaking in the beautiful California sunshine.

Good Friends & Great Adventure – a free printable friendship quote

Keep those summer vibes alive with this free printable wall-art friendship quote!

Recently, I’ve been sorting through memories and keepsakes (and so much rogue sand) from this summer’s ventures and getaways.

As much as it pains me to say, summer is coming to a close, so I thought today would be a great day to share a simple memento to help keep those summer vibes alive.

Hope your summer was filled with the warmth of sun and loved ones!

Download: 5 x 7 | 8 x 10

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A back to school keepsake with Creatacard

My oldest daughter started kindergarten last week, which basically blows my mind.

Like any 21st century parent, I wanted to document her first day of school and what she’s like as a five year old, in a way that would be easy for me to store and also keep up on year-to-year.

Celebrate the start of each new school year with a personalizable back to school keepsake from Creatacard!

I snapped a few pictures of her on the big day, picked my favorite, and then added them to the “Say Cheese” card on the Creatacard app. Read More »

Survival guide – a back to school supply list for moms

School supplies – check.

Book bag – check.

Lunch – check.

Mom’s sanity – check!

Nice work mom!  The kids are either already off to school or they’re prepped and ready, (possibly) sleeping in their clothes and new book bag, in anticipation for the first day of school.

Well now, it’s time to get you suited up and ready for the amazing race of school drop-offs, pick-ups, play-dates, and PTO meetings.

With my back to school survival guide for moms, you’ll be perfectly caffeinated, accessorized, and equipped with the tools to keep you on your game!

Enjoy and happy back to school!

Every school has a back to school supply list, but moms need one, too! Here's my back to school survival guide for moms.

1. Ban.do Agenda  |  2. Nail Polish   |  3. Pineapple Studs   |  4. Scarf   |  5. Portable Charger   |  6. Lip Gloss   |  7. Key Fob  |  8. Card   | 9. Sunglasses   |  10. iPhone Case   |  11. Coffee To Go   |  12. Tote   |  13. Colored Pencils   |  14. Adult Coloring Book   |  15. Booties   |  16. Make-up Bag   |  17. Book

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Desktop beautification project – August 2015 {a free desktop wallpaper}

Download your free August 2015 wallpaper, and stop back on the first of every month to get your new, free background and iPhone wallpaper.

Growing up on a large plot of land in Michigan meant that we had gardens. And each muggy summer week, a new crop was ready to be picked.

To this day, my favorite of all the weeks is the first week of August, which is when the raspberries are begging to be picked. Aside from the obvious gorging on berries, the happy and bright colored fruit, the cute little flowers, and the orchestrated buzzing of bumble bees instantly put a smile on my face.

I hope this ode to berries brings you a summery smile and inspires you to go out and enjoy a raspberry field near you!

Download your free August 2015 wallpaper, and stop back on the first of every month to get your new, free background and iPhone wallpaper.

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For help on how to install, click here.

Looking for more? Check out all our past desktop wallpapers.


Melanie Hudson is a designer in the Retail Design & Experience department at American Greetings. In her spare time, she enjoys picking raspberries, creative problem solving (by making cute, pretty, and totally useful things), and hanging out with her husband (our very own Mike) and their dog Yogi.

Back-to-school paper chain – a summer craft for kids

Make the most of your summer AND celebrate back to school! This paper chain filled with fun activities makes a great summer craft for kids!

Summer is more than halfway over, and that means school is just around the corner.

I know it’s not something a lot of kids look forward to, but my oldest daughter is starting kindergarten this fall, so it’s extra exciting for our family this year!

In celebration, and to help pass the days before school begins, we came up with a list of activities to do before the summer is over and made a fun jar with the activities listed on colored paper strips. Every time we do an activity, we add the link to a paper chain.

Make the most of your summer AND celebrate back to school! This paper chain filled with fun activities makes a great summer craft for kids!

It’s so exciting for all of us to see the chain getting longer as school gets closer!

I love this project because it’s easy and colorful, and once school starts, we’ll have a fun decoration to hang for first-day-of-school breakfast!

Make the most of your summer AND celebrate back to school! This paper chain filled with fun activities makes a great summer craft for kids!

You’ll need:

  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen or marker
  • Tape or stapler

Cut out strips of paper for each day left of summer.

Write down your activities (if you need some ideas, I’ve shared thirty of them at the bottom of this post). You can color code them, if you like, with some colors being low-key and quick activities, and other colors being better for weekends or days when you have more time.

Every day, choose a strip from the jar, do the activity, and add a link to your chain!

Make the most of your summer AND celebrate back to school! This paper chain filled with fun activities makes a great summer craft for kids!

Ideas for summer activities:

  1. Make cookies
  2. Play hide-and-seek
  3. Go swimming
  4. Fly a kite
  5. Go to a movie matinee
  6. Have a breakfast picnic (Indoors is fine, if the weather doesn’t cooperate!)
  7. Go for a bike ride
  8. Make freeze-pops
  9. Blow bubbles
  10. Write a letter to a cousin
  11. Have a water fight
  12. Read books in bed before getting dressed
  13. Get slurpees
  14. Run through the sprinklers
  15. Make an origami crane
  16. Visit the library
  17. Paint your toenails
  18. Make leaf print artwork
  19. Have a dance off
  20. Play freeze-tag
  21. Put on a puppet show
  22. Go to the pet store
  23. Do a jigsaw puzzle
  24. Go geocaching
  25. Catch fireflies
  26. Draw with sidewalk chalk
  27. Talk in Pig Latin for 10 minutes
  28. Make friendship bracelets
  29. Play a board game
  30. Build a blanket fort

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Oh, baby! Baby gift ideas for moms-to-be

Goo-goo, ga-ga!  Ever notice how much stuff babies need to be equipped with at any given time? It’s A LOT.

Whether you or someone you know is ready to have a baby, being prepared is super helpful. (As “prepared” as you can be, anyway…)

That’s why my gift guide offers moms-to-be some things they didn’t realize they’d need (like baby friendly nail clippers), and maybe even a little bit of sanity (indestructible story books).

And I couldn’t forget to include something special just for Mom… I know bathing becomes a luxury after baby arrives, so the Hello Gorgeous bath set makes the perfect little gift!

Enjoy and happy baby shopping!

New babies need a LOT of stuff. Help out a new mom, or prepare a mom-to-be, with these 13 baby gift ideas!

1. Honest diapers | 2. Nail trimmers | 3. Frog playmat | 4. Aden+Anais swaddle cloth | 5. Sophie the giraffe | 6. Card | 7. Hello Gorgeous bath set | 8. Lemon leggings | 9. Mustela gift set | 10. Baby outfit set | 11. Elephant bank | 12. Boppy | 13. Indestructible book set

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A totally awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party

Let's party, dude! A totally awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party

One of the perks of being the office’s resident party planner is getting the opportunity to try out a bunch of super-fun party supplies for free!

This time, I got some brand new TMNT party supplies. (So, of course, I had to try a few Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DIY projects as well.) As you can tell, my boys were pretty excited that I took on this project :)

I combined my own DIYs with TMNT party supplies to throw a totally awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party!

Before I started planning the decorations and turtle games, I made personalized Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles invitations.

Let's party, dude! A totally awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party

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Chill out this summer with watermelon mint ice pops

Chill out this summer with a refreshingly unique frozen treat — watermelon mint ice pops!

One of my go-to summer recipes is a spin on this salad, but given it has made an appearance at a picnic or two every summer, I couldn’t help but think I’d hear a collective sigh of boredom this year if I showed up with the same dish. I love the refreshing quality of watermelon and mint, so I decided to ditch the savory cheese for an even sweeter treat — watermelon mint ice pops!

Chill out this summer with a refreshingly unique frozen treat — watermelon mint ice pops!

What you’ll need (makes approx. 6 ice pops):

  • 3 cups of cubed watermelon
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • ice pop molds

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desktop beautification project – July 2015 {a free desktop wallpaper}

Download your free July 2015 wallpaper, and stop back on the first of every month to get your new, free desktop background and iPhone wallpaper.

Kelsey here, and I’m so excited to be back on the Cardstore Blog, sharing this bright and cheerful desktop-wallpaper with you!

I love creating patterns with texture, flow, and pops of bright color, so today’s wallpaper is a watercolor background inspired by summer and all the beautiful shades that I see showing up in nature.

To me, working with watercolor just has that fresh summer feel and brings an extra burst of spontaneity. I hope this brings a bit of that essence to your life this summer—especially while you’re indoors at your computer!

Download your free July 2015 pink wallpaper, and stop back on the first of every month to get your new, free desktop background and iPhone wallpaper.

Pink Wallpaper Backgrounds: 2560 x 1440 // 1680 x 1050 // 1440 x 900 // 1280 x 800 // phone

Download your free July 2015 aqua wallpaper, and stop back on the first of every month to get your new, free desktop background and iPhone wallpaper.

Aqua Wallpaper Backgrounds: 2560 x 1440 // 1680 x 1050 // 1440 x 900 // 1280 x 800 // phone

For help on how to install, click here.


Kelsey Cronkhite is a designer in the Surface Design Studio at American Greetings. In her spare time, she runs Pinegate Road, a studio blog and shop for creative makers and shakers.

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