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Artist Guest Blogger: february 13 creative

Cardstore.com is pleased to feature Artist Guest Blogger february 13 creative.  To see february 13 creative’s Cardstore Collection of Holiday Cards, click here.

f13 diygifttags new2; Artist Guest Blogger: february 13 creativeMost of you are probably familiar with Cardstore.com’s wonderful DIY photo card products, which you can use to create cards using your own full-bleed photos. Well, over here at february 13 creative, we recently thought of this fun new use for Cardstore’s DIY Photo Business Card product: custom gift tags!

Upload your own artwork, your kid’s adorable drawings, your photos or any high-resolution image file that you’d like to feature on your gift tags. We’ve even provided a handy-dandy downloadable image file here which you can upload for the back of your gift tag.

Here are some other quick tips for preparing and uploading your image files:

  • Cardstore’s DIY Photo Business Cards are sold in sets of 25, so you’ll want to choose a versatile design.
  • Your file should be formatted as an RGB JPEG (or Grayscale JPEG if your image is black and white).
  • Your final image file should be 3″ x 2″ if horizontally-oriented (900 x 600 pixels at 300 dpi), or vice-versa if vertically-oriented.
  • If your gift tag will be horizontally-oriented, use this product. If it will be vertically-oriented, use this product.
  • Be sure to click “View Back” after you have uploaded your front-of-card image.
    • This will take you to a pull-down menu where you can select the format for the back of your card.
    • If you select the second choice, you’ll be able to upload the full-bleed back-of-tag image file we’ve provided for you here.
    • Of course, you can always create your own back-of-tag design.
    • Or choose the first, blank option for a completely blank tag back.

Our back-of-tag design includes a light mark for placement of a hole-punch if you would like to use ribbon to attach your tags.

Order before December 31st and use Cardstore’s Friends and Family discount (code: FRIEND15) to save 15%!

Happy holidays from february 13 creative!

Biggest Sale of the Season at Cardstore.com!

biggest sale of the season1; Biggest Sale of the Season at Cardstore.com!We’re kicking off the Holidays with our biggest sale of the season!  Receive 10% off AND free shipping on all orders placed between now and Tuesday when you enter code WINTERSALE at checkout.  From Christmas and Holiday cards to Photo and Hannukah cards, there’s a greeting for every occasion.   Get a jump start on your holiday t0-do list by ordering your cards now.  Click here to shop now!

Cardstore.com’s Best Of: Thanksgiving

We’ve searched the web for the best tips and products for Thanksgiving so you don’t have to.  From gift ideas to recipes, our tips are sure to help make your Thanksgiving Day more enjoyable and less stressful.

Best Centerpiece: Disney Family Fun’s Tissue Paper Turkey
Before the real turkey comes out, this eye catching one will keep everyone’s attention.  It’s easy enough for kids to do with a little adult guidance and a few simple craft materials.  Click here to find out how you can make your own Tissue Paper Turkey.

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Tissue Paper Turkey from Disney Family Fun

Best ‘3 Ingredient’ Cranberry Sauce: Allrecipes Cranberry Sauce
When it comes to recipes, it seems the longer the ingredient list, the better the dish is supposed to be. Not the case with this gem of a recipe.  It’s almost as easy as opening a can of that dreaded canned cranberry jelly.  All you need are fresh cranberries, orange juice and sugar.  And if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, the sauce works great as an ice cream or toast topper.  Click here for the recipe.

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Cranberry Sauce Recipe from Allrecipes

Best DIY Project for Kids: Tori Higa’s DIY Thanksgiving Cards
One of our artists, Tori Higa, posted a brilliant DIY project on both our blog and the Designing Moms blog.  It’s a great way to inspire creativity (not to mention gratitude) in your little ones.  For instructions on how to make Tori’s Thanksgiving cards, click here.

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Tori Higa's DIY Thanksgiving Cards

Best Green Alternative to Disposable Plates: Bambu Veneerware from Sur La Table
When hosting a large group for Thanksgiving, it’s often difficult to steer clear of disposable plates and utensils.  But skip the paper or plastic and go with bamboo.  These nifty bamboo sets are not only stylish, but also biodegradable.  Click here for more details.

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Bambu Veneer from Sur La Table

Best Turkey Advice: The Turkey Talk Line from Butterball
When looking for turkey advice, why not go straight to the experts?  Butterball knows turkey, and they’re prepared for all your questions.  From selecting the right pan to figuring out what to do if your turkey catches fire, Butterball’s 50 turkey experts are here to help.  Just dial 1-800-Butterball or email them at talkline@butterball.com for help.

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Butterball's Turkey Talk Line

Best Host/Hostess Gift: Cardstore.com’s Boxed Stationery
Skip the standard bottle of wine this year and give the host or hostess something more personal, like a box of customized stationery from Cardstore.com.  With over 60 different designs to choose from, you’re sure to find something to fit their style.  Click here to order.

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Boxed Stationery from Cardstore.com

Best No-Roll Pie Crust: Recipe from Joy the Baker
Everyone in our offices confesses to using prepared pie crusts, but this recipe is so easy, we’re tempted to ditch the frozen crusts and give it a try.  For one of the few pie crust recipes that coesn’t require a rolling pin, click here.

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No Roll Pie Crust from Joy the Baker

Best use of Leftover Turkey: Martha Stewart’s Quick Turkey and Rice Soup
Leave it to Martha to have wonderful ideas on what to do with leftover turkey.  This recipe is quick and easy, and is sure to please even when your crowd has sworn off turkey till next Thanksgiving.  Click here for the recipe.

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Matha Stewart's Quick Turkey and Rice Soup Recipe

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

More New Artists at Cardstore.com!

Cardstore.com is proud to present 3 more fabulous designer artists!

The ultra glamorous and award winning Bonnie Marcus Collection was created by special event planner Bonnie Marcus when she was pregnant with her first child. Now, 7 years, 3 children, and over 500 stylish designs later, Bonnie’s gorgeous cards can be found at over 1000 retailers worldwide.  Her debut holiday cards on Cardstore are sure to add elements of fashion and flair to any holiday event.

Tilia Press made it’s debut at May’s New York Stationery Show and since then, Anne Hammes has been very busy filling orders for her exquisite line of stationery. We were thrilled to have Anne design a holiday collection for us and her coordinating invitations and thank you cards are the perfect combination for your upcoming holiday party.

Feterie is an elegant collection designed by world traveler and mom Cathe Huynh-Sison. She is also an award-winning freelance designer and art director as well as blogger (papercuts blog) and twitterer. Considering her hectic schedule, we are very happy she’s found the time to create a collection for us and are sure you’ll love her new holiday cards as much as we do!
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New Artists at Cardstore.com

We have just debuted a fantastic bunch of new artist collections and can’t wait to tell you all about them… the first three I will share with you are: Dutch Door Press, Pica Press and Fomato.

Dutch Door Press is housed in a lovely Victorian across the bay from us in San Francisco.  Mara and Anna are the fabulous creative duo who, in 2006, launched their line of folk art inspired stationery. The traditional patterns with a modern twist make for an immensely compelling collection.

Susanne of Pica Press is debuting her collection with a sophisticated line of holiday cards that are sure to please.  Based in Southern California, Susanne is endlessly inspired by her travels, found objects, vintage wallpaper, hand-written postcards and flea market finds.  Her style is simply beautiful.

Fomato (rhymes with tomato) is the wonderfully wacky and clever line created by Emmie.  The offbeat yet sweet characters gracing some of her new holiday cards will appeal to all ages and the funnybone in all of us!

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Cardstore.com’s Holiday Cards Giveaway Mania!

A big thanks to Bonggamom who co-hosted a fantastic Twitter Party last night.  If you weren’t lucky enough to win any of the great prizes given away during the party, you’ve still got a chance!  There are a bunch of giveaways going on around the web where you can increase your chances of winning great prizes from the Cardstore.com Holiday Collection.  Here are the details:

  • Designing Moms: Click here to enter to win a set of Holiday Cards, giveaway ends on Wed., Nov. 25th
  • Mom Finds: Click here to enter to win a Boxed Stationery Set, giveaway ends on Wed., Nov. 25th
  • Holiday Blog Hop: Click here to enter to win a Holiday Thank You Cards set, giveaway ends on Mon., Nov. 23rd
  • Oh So Beautiful Paper: Click here to enter to win a set of Holiday Cards, ends Thursday (tonight), Nov. 19th at midnight

Good luck to all who enter!2009 holiday collection at cardstorecom 299x300; Cardstore.coms Holiday Cards Giveaway Mania!

New Product from Cardstore.com: Boxed Stationery Cards

Cardstore.com is thrilled to introduce its new Boxed Stationery Cards.  Each set comes with 12 personalized thank you cards and envelopes, and are packaged in a stylish keepsake box.  The personalized gift is not only gorgeous but also easy on your wallet, with a price tag of only $21.  With the holidays just around the corner, give a stationery box set to a colleague, friend or someone you love…or keep it as an ideal gift for yourself to help write thank you notes for all those holiday gifts you’re bound to receive.

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Artist Guest Blogger: Tori Higa

Cardstore.com is pleased to feature Artist Guest Blogger Tori Higa.  To see Tori’s Cardstore Collection of Holiday Cards, click here. To learn more about Tori Higa and to find out how to enter her Blog Hop Giveaway to win a set of her new Holiday Thank You Cards, click here.

Thanksgiving has always been a favorite holiday of mine because of the emphasis on gratitude, counting your blessings, and spending time around a dinner table with family and friends.  The cozy feeling of Autumn and the smell of comforting food always makes for a great holiday as well.  We have recently moved out of state – far away from family and life long friends – so this will be our first Thanksgiving in a long time that we won’t be spending it in the traditional way.  And because our family is so spread out now, I thought it would be the perfect time for my two year old son to start his greeting card design career in order to keep in touch with all of his loved ones throughout the country.  Because he is only two, the thought of making multiple “original” cards for everyone seemed a bit daunting.  (He is a boy after all – in his “twos” – and would rather play with cars or run in the dirt than make crafts for too long with his mommy.)  It was the perfect solution to paint his little hand (he thought it was hilarious), stamp it on white paper, scan it, add a few photoshop touches, and import it to a blank photo card on Cardstore.com.  We were able to make ten “handmade” Thanksgiving cards in one afternoon.  Even if we can’t spend Thanksgiving this year with our usual family members, they will know that we are thankful for them.

This is such an easy project to do with your child – I highly recommend it.  It’s fun, not very messy or time consuming, and the grandparents will love it!tori guest 214x300; Artist Guest Blogger: Tori Higa

Cardstore.com Welcomes Dozi Design

Dozi Design is a new Cardstore Collection created by soon-to-be new mom Wendy Chung.  Wendy has been busily preparing for the arrival of her son by creating wonderful things for his nursery like this gorgeous crib bumper from the Lotta Jansdotter sewing book (one of my faves!)

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We are so happy that she made time to send us some of her lovely designs.  The name Dozi is Chinese for ‘bean’ and  her new Cardstore collection beautifully illustrates the elegant simplicity that a bean symbolizes.

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Cardstore.com and Bonggamom Holiday Twitter Party and Giveaway!

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Cardstore.com and Bonggamom are co-hosting a Holiday Twitter Party AND Giveaway, and you’re invited!  Here are the details:

When: Wednesday, November 18th, 4-5pm PT
Hosts: @Cardstyle & @Bonggamom
Hashtag: #CSParty

Follow us — @cardstyle and bonggamom — @bonggamom as we share tips on making the holidays less stressful and more memorable. Tweet with the hashtag #CSParty and join in — you’ll get some helpful tips for your own holidays, meet some great people on Twitter and get a chance to win fabulous prizes from Cardstore.com.

For a list of all the fabulous prizes you can win during the Twitter Party, check out the details at Bonggamom Finds.  You’ll also be able to RSVP to the party and if you leave a comment on that post, you’ll also be entered in a Giveaway to win a separate set of prizes from Cardstore.com!