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Let’s Have a Fiesta!

In honor of next week’s Cinco de Mayo, celebrating the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla, I’ve compiled a few items that will help you get the celebration started! And of course, the party doesn’t have to end there. You can use this theme for any birthday party (especially May birthdays)–so throw on your sombreros, raise the piñata, and let’s have a fiesta!

Birthday Fiesta Party Invitation by Cardstore.com, DIY Straw Flowers by Martha Stewart, Cake by El Cad, Piñata by Martha Stewart, Spanish costume by Costume Craze, Tilapia Ceviche by Martha Stewart.

Take 2 Tuesday: Brighten Their Day

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There’s something about the gift of flowers that just brightens people’s faces. This fantastic shot of a bouquet of bright orange Gerber daisies (by photographer Tengtan,) absolutely brims with life. Pair a bouquet of gorgeous flowers with this Orange Blossoms Friendship Card by Masha D’Yans to show any friend or relative what a special place they have in your heart.  With Mother’s Day coming up on May 9th, consider the timeless and thoughtful gift of her favorite flowers & a heartfelt personalized card.

Ann Scott Design Debuts on Cardstore.com

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Cardstore.com couldn’t be more excited to welcome Ann Scott Design to its line of incredible artists. Artist Deborah Koncon created the “whimsical, mischievous and at times a bit sassy” character of Ann Scott, reflecting “the different facets of a woman’s personality.”

Cards by Ann Scott Design are full of fun, fashion, bright colors, beautiful illustrations, and plenty of fabulous shoes! With such sassy designs, any girl will love the attitude seen in every one of these cards.

Perfect for a birthday card, birthday invitation, or party invitation, giving a card by Ann Scott Design shows how charming you and your event will be. Created using hand-drawn illustrations, every card is unique and full of personality. With a deep commitment to the environment, all cards created by Ann Scott Design are printed on 100% recycled paper, as are all Cardstore.com cards.

We hope you will join us in giving a warm welcome to such fun-loving and lively designs!

Celebrating Earth Day

Earth Day is a great opportunity to realize how important it is to maintain our gorgeous planet. For information about different events in your area or ways you can help celebrate this special day, visit Earth Day’s official website.

In the meantime, everyone can certainly start thinking of ways in which to contribute to sustainability efforts. From changing to CFL bulbs, turning off and unplugging electronic devices at night, using both sides of the paper, getting a reusable water bottle, and shortening shower time, everyone can easily make a difference. For more of these tips, along with instructions for carrying them out, visit this great blog post at Simple Mom.

Green is one of our favorite colors at Cardstore.com! We’ve worked hard to ensure our products are not only stylish, but also eco-conscious. We’re concerned about minimizing our impact to the earth. From using 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper and eco-friendly digital printing, to maintaining FSC certified printing facilities and partnering with carbonfund.org to offset our carbon footprint, we do our part to protect the environment. Read more about our sustainability efforts here.

You can thank the Earth, along with family and friends for any occasion by sending one of these gorgeous and eco-friendly thank you cards from Cardstore.com. To inspire some Earth-saving efforts, here are some stunning pictures of our planet. Happy Earth Day from Cardstore.com!

Take 2 Tuesday: Cappucino Loving

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What could be more delicious than a cappuccino that spells out your feelings for you? It’s almost too pretty to drink! This yummy photo comes courtesy of a talented Flickr photographer who certainly made someone’s day with this loving gesture. You can pair this cappuccino with an adorable Love Card (designed by Betsey Cordes of February 13 Creative) containing a special message for your sweetheart.

‘This is Home’ Project

I just stumbled across this wonderful DIY contest–the ‘This is Home’ Project. Contestants were to visually explore the concept of the ‘home’ for a chance of receiving their design on limited edition postcards. The projects were decorated with everything from Russian nesting dolls to sailboats, each with unique messages about what the home means to them.

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And to my surprise, I saw one of the Cardstore.com artists featured on the blog…none other than Tori Higa! Check out her interpretation of what the home means (pictured above) and see some of the other amazing entries below.

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The Cupcake Garden

Flowers and cupcakes are two of my favorite spring things and the Cakes and Kids has allowed me to have my cake and eat it too! It was love at first glance when I saw their Tulip Fondant Cupcake Toppers (and the cute Watering Can Toppers). With themes such as surfing, ballet, and sailboats, these cupcake decorations are a cute and easy way to incorporate the theme into your party. You can even get the Toppers tailored to the theme of your party by customizing the design.

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Cakes And Kids’ Edible Fondant Cupcake Toppers- Tulips and Watering Can

In the name of flowers and cake, I’ve also found a few other flowery desserts for you to feast your eyes on.

Desserts courtesy of Cakes and Kids, Twisted Sifter, Aaron Landry, Peggy’s Cake Decorations, Whipped Bakeshop.

Take 2 Tuesday: Follow the Leader

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We absolutely love this sweet ‘ducks in a row’ photo courteousy of photographer, Milov. You can personalize its matching  “Follow Mom” Mother’s Day Card, designed by Cori Dantini of Great Arrow Graphics on Cardstore.com. Mother’s Day is still a way’s away, but if you’d like to get a head start, you can save 15% on all Mother’s Day Cards with code: LOVEMOM. Enjoy!

Cardstore.com at the 24th Annual American Cinematheque Award

Last weekend, Cardstore.com stationary was featured in Jewels and Pinstripes’ VIP Celebrity Gift Bags at the 24th Annual American Cinematheque Event honoring Matt Damon. Held each year at the Beverley Hilton Hotel, the extravagant event was attended by such A-list celebrities as Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Garner, Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Jimmy Kimmel, Don Cheadle, Sarah Silvernman, Greg Kinnear, Robin Williams, and many more. The bags, worth more than $5,900 each, were filled with an amazing assortment of gifts including two sets of our personalized cards! OK! Magazine is extending the chance for one lucky winner to receive one of the American Cinematheque Award Gift Bags for themselves! Make sure to enter before April 16th, 2010 and good luck!

The Peeps Showcase

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The Washington Post did it again! For their fourth annual Peeps Diorama Contest, 1,100-plus entries submitted three-dimensional essays on the state of the nation’s collective consciousness. Contenders used their marshmallow mediums to showcase everything from the legacy of Michael Jackson to the victory of Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. Other dioramas depicted the recent Tiger Woods controversy and the ‘Balloon Boy’ hoax.  After intense deliberation, the magazine staff finally selected Michael Chirlin and Veronica Ettle’s diorama which was based on the Pixar film, “Up.” For more photos of the dioramas, click here. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

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Finalists: ‘The Mad Hatter’s Peep Party‘ submitted by Amy Billingham and ‘Goodnight Peep‘ (based on the children’s book “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown.

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‘Balloon Peep’ (based on the Richard Heene hoax) submitted by David Higginbotham, Coleen Kivlahan, and Peter Higginbotham.