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Archive for December, 2009

Current Trend: New Year’s Cards

Did the holidays get away from you, leaving no time to send out your annual Christmas cards?  If so, you’re in luck, because one of the hot new trends is sending out New Year’s Cards in lieu of Holiday cards.  Who knew procrastinating could be so chic?  We have a brand new collection of snazzy New Year’s cards that can easily be personalized with photos and messages.  To get a 15% discount on your New Year’s Cards order from Cardstore.com, just order by January 15th, and enter code celebrate15 at checkout. Here are a few favorites:

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Donate Holiday Cards for a Good Cause

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I’m a huge fan of recycling, but this year, all the holiday cards I’ve received will not be making an appearance in my recycling bin. Instead, I’ll be donating them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.  The children and volunteers will repurpose all donated holiday cards into new cards for the next holiday season, and sell them with all proceeds going to benefit the Ranch.  To support the cause, all you have to do is send your previously used holiday cards to the following address by February 28th, 2010:

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
Recycled Card Program
100 St. Jude’s Street – Boulder City, NV 89005

What a great way to let your cards continue to spread cheer after the holidays are over!

Happy Holidays from Cardstore.com!

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Warmest Wishes for a Happy Holiday from all of us at Cardstore.com!

Our Creative Artists

It’s always neat for us to see how our artists are approaching the holidays in ways other than their holiday cards designs.  Here are a few glimpses into how a few of our artists are expressing their holiday creativity!

Ink and Paper’s Creative, Award Winning Wreath Interpretation of the Nutcracker Land of Snow:

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Ink and Paper Wreath

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Ink and Paper Wreath Close-Up

Driscoll Design’s Paper Christmas Town:

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Driscoll Design's Hand Cut Christmas Town

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Driscoll Design's Hand Cut Cathedral

Sam Posnick’s Adorably Easy DIY Sparrow Ornaments:

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Sam Posnick's Sparrow Ornaments

february 13 creative’s mod DIY photo ornaments:

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february 13 creative's Photo Ornaments

Better TV Cardstore.com Giveaway Winners!

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The Better TV Cardstore.com Giveaway Winners have been chosen by Random.org and have been notified with instructions on how to redeem their gifts.  Thanks to everyone who participated and stay tuned to our blog for more Cardstore.com giveaways!  To view Lisa Chin Potash from Pipo Press discuss Holiday Card Etiquette on Better TV, click here!

Thank the Santa’s in Your Life with Style

Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus, the holidays are a time of giving and receiving.  And while days are filled to the brim with last minute shopping, holiday parties and shuttling the family from one relative’s house to the other, it’s still no time to forget your manners.  Nothing can quite replace thank you cards for the lovely party your colleague hosted, or the exquisite bracelet with which your best friend surprised you.  So to keep the daunting task of writing thank yous to a minimum, here’s a few tips to help you stay polite during the busy holiday season:

  1. Stock Up! Make sure you have plenty of stamps and thank you cards during the holiday season so you have no excuse not to send one.snowman thanks 300x210; Thank the Santas in Your Life with Style
  2. Plan Ahead! Before attending a family gathering that you know will involve presents or a holiday party, address and stamp the thank you cards before you go so you can quickly jot a thank you card as soon as you get home.thanks brown 300x210; Thank the Santas in Your Life with Style
  3. Make it Memorable! Use Holiday Photo Thank You Cards to add a special photo to the front of the card, either of you and the gift giver or of you using/wearing the gift.blue thank you photo2 201x300; Thank the Santas in Your Life with Style

Just remember, as G.B. Stern said, “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”

Free 2 Day Shipping Offer from Cardstore.com!

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Have the holidays got you so busy that you haven’t had time to order your holiday cards?  Well, lucky for you we’re having a special offer for FREE 2-Day Shipping at Cardstore.com.  For those of you who aren’t procrastinators, this is a great offer to use when stocking up on thank you cards for all those holiday gifts you’re bound to get from Santa.  Hurry, the offer ends tomorrow night (12/18).  Just select 2nd Day shipping and enter 2dayfree at checkout!

Keeping Dinner Fun!

Many people say that having family dinner—like that intimate, technology-free dinner—is a lost tradition. So I thought it would be nice to find ways for you to bring your family back to the table. And what better way to make the table more attractive than dinner table games! Not to mention, these are great gift ideas and useful tips on how to keep kids at any holiday party or dinner entertained:

Table Topics Family Edition
Table Topics is a fun game designed to help you learn about your kids and teach them the art of conversation.  Topics are creative and cover areas like ‘if you could meet one famous athlete, who would he/she be?’ and ‘is it more fun to be a parent or a child?’.
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Mr. and Mrs. Freeze
This is a fun game that keeps everyone on their guard to make sure they’re not the last one standing—or in this case freezing. It’s simple: you pick a person to be Mr. or Mrs. Freeze and during the night, they decide when they want to freeze (meaning stop all movement, including their mouth). Everyone must be on the look-out for when Mr. or Mrs. Freeze freezes so that they too can freeze. The last person to catch on is out.

Construction Utensils
Although this is not a dinner table game, I thought it was a cool way to get your little ones to sit at the table without complaining about eating their veggies.  Construction cutlery is designed to make the most finicky of eaters reconsider their peas and carrots.
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Cardstore.com in Boho Magazine

We’re thrilled that a few of Cardstore.com’s Apiary Design holiday cards were featured in the winter issue of Boho Magazine.  The new magazine has quickly become one of our favorites, as they focus on two of our favorite things, style and sustainability!  Not to mention, they have impeccable taste in greeting cards (but we might be a bit biased on that last point).
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Better TV Cardstore.com Giveaway

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Cardstore.com is offering Better TV viewers the chance to win 4 – $100 gift certificates to Cardstore.com.  Gift certificates can be used towards all of our products, from holiday cards and photo cards to personal cards and boxed stationery sets.

Ways to enter:

  • Leave a comment on what you’d use your Cardstore.com gift certificate for if you won
  • Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment here letting us know
  • Become a fan of Cardstore.com on facebook and leave a comment here letting us know
  • Blog about giveaway and leave a comment here with a link to the blog post

The giveaway ends Sunday, December 20th at midnight PST so be sure to get all your entries in by then!

To see Cardstore.com artist Lisa Chin Potash, be sure to tune in to Better TV on Monday, December 14th!