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Celebrate National Candy Corn Day!

Who knew there was an official day to celebrate the sugary-sweet candy that comes around only once a year?  This fun autumnal treat originated in the 1880s and has become a Halloween favorite.  The sweet kernels are fat-free  and the amount eaten each year could circle the moon 4 times!  So celebrate the day by indulging in the sugary snack,  enjoying a Candy Corn cocktail or go the sugar-free route and send this adorable Zelda Wisdom Candy Corn greeting card to a friend.

Even Zelda Loves Candy Corn!

Even Zelda Loves Candy Corn!

Halloween Shadow Puppets

As a child, my brothers and I loved making shadow puppets.  While we only really mastered simple things like dogs and bunnies, the creatives over at Orange Moon Toy’s shop have taken shadow puppetry to a whole new level with their handmade artisan toys.  From ghosts and goblins to witches and pumpkins, these are sure to keep kids entertained for hours.  And they offer dinosaurs, marine life and other non-Halloween creatures perfect for after Oct. 31st (or for the ‘fraidy cats out there who might not appreciate their walls being filled with scary creatures).  Happy Shadow Puppet-ing!

orangemoonpuppets1 Silliest Costume Contest and Giveaway Winners Announced! would like to thank everyone who participated in the Halloween Twitter Party Giveaway. We had a great time discussing everything from what to do with your jack-o-lantern after Halloween to ways to avoid a trick-or-treat candy sugar crash.  We also announced the winners of our Silliest Halloween Costume Contest.  If you missed it, here’s a recap:

1st Prize-Johnny 5 from Short Circuit: This guy stole the show with his reboot of the 80’s Classic (or, for the younger folk, the robot that looks A LOT like WALL-E)

Johnny 5 from Short Circuit

Johnny 5 from Short Circuit

Runner-Up- Gnome Baby: You better watch out, Travelocity Gnome, you have a pretty stiff competitor with this little guy!

Gnome Baby

Gnome Baby

Runner-up- Zoltar: Who can forget this Tom Hanks classic that convinced us a carnival game could actually make us ‘Big’?



Thanks to all our contest participants, it was impressive to see how creative people can be.  And now we have a long list of costume ideas for future Halloweens!

Moving on to the Giveaway, the following lucky winners have been selected via

* $50 Kohl’s gift card: Debra M
* $50 Kohl’s gift card: Jodi
* $30 Olive Garden gift card: Caroline H
* $30 Olive Garden gift card: Michelle M
* $10 Blockbuster gift card: Melisa C

All winners have been contacted via email or Twitter with instructions on how to claim their prizes.  Stay tuned to the Cardstyle blog for future offers and giveways! Twitter Party Tonight!

Just a reminder that our Silliest Halloween Costume Contest Twitter Party Finale is tonight!  Be sure to join us to find out who won the contest, as well as a chance to win amazing prizes and learn fun facts about Halloween.  Here are the details:

You’re invited to: a Twitter Party
Why: to reveal the winner of’s Silliest Halloween Costume Contest, and win great prizes!
When: TONIGHT, October 27th, from 5-6PM PT
Where: on Twitter (You will need to have a twitter account, it is extremely simple to sign up!)
How: Follow the #CSSilly hashtag (You can use services like TweetChat or TweetGrid to follow the conversation)

Hope to see you there!

A Special Card to Honor a Special Life

kate-spain-2 is pleased to feature Artist Guest Blogger Kate Spain.  To see Kate’s collection of Holiday Cards and Greeting Cards, click here.

One day this August, I received an e-mail from a woman named Deloris in Mississippi through Cardstore’s site, which links to featured artists’ websites.

In her note to me, Deloris explained that her community of Greenville, Mississippi, had lost a great friend and leader this year, Malcolm Carl Walls, Sr. She and her friends were planning a memorial service in Malcom’s honor coinciding with the annual Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival that Malcolm had helped start and build into a world-famous annual event.

They needed a special card to send out for the event and asked me if I would design it.

It’s not every day that I get to connect with a consumer on such a personal level. I’m so glad that Deloris and I did. But it wouldn’t have happened without Cardstore. Everyone there, from CEO Marty Reed to Katy in Design to Tiffany in Marketing, really made it work.

Cardstore CEO and Chairman Marty Reed shared his thoughts on Deloris’ special request:

“We were inspired by Deloris and her friends’ efforts and by Malcolm’s work in raising the Mississippi Delta Blues Festival. Like Kate Spain, we wanted to pitch in. So Kate created a great custom design, and we produced it on the finest quality cards and had them delivered to Deloris’ door.”

Deloris shared with me and Cardstore that Malcolm Carl Walls, Sr., was an inspiring leader in MACE (Mississippi Action for Community Education, Inc.) over the past 3 decades involved in empowering poor and disadvantaged citizens within its service area by developing their individual and collective capacities to effect social and economic change and improvements within their lives and communities.

One of the more renowned projects that Malcolm took from vision to fruition was the regional blues festival, which has now become the world-famous Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival. Starting out as the producer and director of the event, Malcolm grew it into what it is today by building on the strengths of everyone in the region and bridging the region with the greater blues community. Thirty years since its first trial run under the guidance of Malcolm, the festival is recognized as one of the top arts and tourism events in the southeastern United States, attracting more than 10,000 attendees and participants annually.

Cardstore and I were very happy to help Deloris and her community get the right card to celebrate and honor this inspiring man.

The Finished Product!

The Finished Product!’s Best Of: Halloween

We’ve scoured the web for our favorite Halloween things.  From DIY projects to spooky videos, our list is sure to get you in the Halloween Spirit!

Best Halloween Party Theme: Hostess with the Mostess ‘Playful Mod Halloween Party’
We loved this fresh approach to Halloween.  Skip the usual ghosts and goblins and adding googly eyes to orange and green cups and planters with a healthy dose of spiders sprinkled around to add a little flair.  Click here to find out more details on how to throw your own ‘Mod Halloween Party’.


Photo Via Hostess With The Mostess Blog

Best Halloween Video: Michael Jackson’s Thriller
It may have been awhile, but it’s the perfect season to remember why he’s still the King of Pop. Click here to view the video, and be sure to pay attention to those dance moves. What a perfect group dance to get the party started (anyone remember Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30?).

Photo via

Best Pre-Trick-or-Treating Snack: Mad Scientist Wraps from Better Homes and Gardens
Fill their bellies with healthy (and cute) Mad Scientists Wraps before the candy gorging begins. These are easy to make and almost too cute to eat! Click here for the recipe.

Photo via Better Homes and Gardens

Best Pooch Costume: Sarah Palin from Wiggles Wigs for Dogs
She’s baaaaack.  But this time, you might want to call her Sarah Paw-lin.  Click here to find out how to dress up your pooch as your favorite SNL, I mean, political character.

Photo via Wiggles Wigs for Dogs

Best Halloween Photo Card: Boo Frame Card from
It wouldn’t be a holiday at our office if cards weren’t involved.  And this one is perfect to show off that brilliant costume you’ve been working on!  Click here to create a Halloween photo card to send to friends and family.

Photo via

Best Candy Alternative: Halloween Bubbles from Oriental Trading Company
This year, skip the candy and give out a sugar-free treat.  Bubbles are fun for kids of all ages, and these are sure to make any trick-or-treater smile.  Click here to purchase.

Photo via Oriental Trading Company

Best Halloween Cocktail: Black Devil Martini from
This drink is so attractive, you’ll want to serve it all year round.  And with only 4 ingredients, there’s no reason not to!


Best Kid’s Costume Made from Grocery Bags: Paper Bag Cowboy from Martha Stewart Living
Only Martha Stewart could make a cool costume from a mop and brown paper grocery bags.  This costume is not only easy, but also green!  Click here for instructions.


This list brought to you by, where you can customize all your photo cards and holiday cards.

Silly Costume Contest Twitter Finale Party & Giveaway

blog-banner-twitter1Join for a virtual Twitter Party on October 27th from 5-6PM PST to reveal the winner of our Silliest Halloween Costume contest! Will it be the Robot Boy, the Baby Gnome, or the Oompa Loompa Crew, perhaps?  Check out the photo album to vote for your favorite. The winner will be chosen based on the most number of ‘likes’ and comments on the official blog post, as well as by our expert panel of judges. Have a silly costume photo? You still have until Monday October 26th to enter your photo to

During the party, we’ll announce the winner of our Costume contest, give away over $300 worth of prizes (including gift cards from Barnes and Noble, Blockbuster and Olive Garden as well as an exclusive holiday stationery set), and offer helpful tips for making the best out of your Halloween night, including preventing a candy coma, and what you can do with your leftover jack-o-lanterns.

You also have the chance to win more great prizes by entering the Silly Costume Contest Giveaway!
Prizes include:
-2 Kohls gift cards for $50
-2 Olive Garden gift cards for $30
-1 Blockbuster gift card for $10

To Enter:
1. Leave a blog comment here on your favorite silly costume entry
2. Become a fan of on Facebook and leave a comment here
2. Follow Cardstyle on Twitter and leave on a comment here
3. Tweet about the party and leave a comment here
4. Tweet with the hashtag #CSSilly any time before 7pm PST on Tuesday, October 27th

Winners will be chosen via and revealed the following day, October 28th, on the Cardstyle blog. All entries must be completed by 7pm PST on October 27th.

Twitter Party Details:

You’re invited to: a Twitter Party
Why: to reveal the winner of’s Silliest Halloween Costume Contest, and win great prizes!
When: October 27th, from 5-6PM PT
Where: on Twitter (You will need to have a twitter account, it is extremely simple to sign up!)
How: Follow the #CSSilly hashtag (You can use services like TweetChat or TweetGrid to follow the conversation)

Sweet Letter Press Teams Up With

We’re thrilled to welcome  Sweet Letter Press to the artist community.  They offer a a delightful new card line created by the husband and wife team of Elizabeth and Matthew Winheld.  The retired modern dancers from NYC started their business after designing invitations for their wedding in 2006 and now run a thriving letter press studio in Boulder, Colorado.  We are very excited to offer their elegant holiday cards and save the date cards in their debut Cardstore collection.  Sweet…


The Love Letter Squad Comes to!


We’ve recently been introduced to the lovely ladies behind the Love Letter Squad, Janet and Tresa.  They are two women to are ‘changing the world for the better, one letter at a time’.  Through their seminars, weekly radio talk show, blog and column on the Examiner, they help people write letters to loved ones.  From penning a thank you to a helpful neighbor to writing a sentimental letter to your newborn child, they help you capture your thoughts and emotions into a gift that will be treasured forever.

We’re thrilled to announce that the Love Letter Squad has graciously offered to hold a free love letter writing seminar at our Cardstore offices!  Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis.  Here are the details:

Just in time for the holidays, learn how to create a custom-designed, one-of-a-kind gift for the person (or people) you love most. A love letter can be romantic, but it can also be an expression of gratitude and appreciation to a parent, child, friend, teacher, doctor, public figure — even someone in your life in need of an apology or forgiveness. Janet Gallin and Tresa Eyres, hosts of KUSF’s inspiring and compelling Love Letters Live radio show, will show you how to capture the essence of the people who have touched your life, identify what you feel about them, clarify your message, and express it in your own unique voice. Join them for this unique workshop hosted by, your place for stylish custom photo cards. Writing and sending a great love letter can change lives — including your own.

Admission is free. Attendance is limited to the first 15 participants.  To reserve your spot send an email to

When: Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where:, 918 Parker St. Suite A-14, Berkeley CA 94710
Bring: Your own pen and scratch paper

Hope to see you there!

Send Spooky Halloween Greetings

It seems like everyone sends out Christmas cards, but have you ever thought about sending out Halloween cards?  I can’t think of a better way to put a smile on a friend’s face when they open their mailbox and find a piece of mail that’s not a bill or advertisement.  You can even make a photo card with images of you or your kids dressed up in your 2009 costumes as a Halloween teaser. And while you’re at it, be sure to enter your costume photo in our Silliest Costume Contest!   To make sending a Halloween card even more enticing, we’re offering a 15% discount on all of our Halloween cards when you enter discount code spooky at checkout.  So send a card and spook someone today!    silly-costume-blog-collage