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Ornate Pink Valentine’s Inspiration

I love the elegant styling and light pink coloring of this Valentine’s Day card–there’s something so soft and romantic about it that would be perfect for a certain kind of sweet Valentine’s Day celebration. Mimic its design to create an equally elegant Valentine’s Day event.

Cardstore.com Pink Ornate Valentine Valentine’s Day Card

Anthropologie Pink Plate

Martha Stewart Lace Votive Holders

JCrew Pink Button-up

Saipua Flower Design

Style Me Pretty Pink Cupcakes

Make and Takes Heart Sandwiches

Red Heart Valentine Inspiration Board

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like an iconic red heart motif. Employ this sweet valentine icon in everything from your baked goods to your home decor to your stationery, of course! Whether composing a valentine card to a friend, lover, spouse, or family member, a bold red heart is sure to get your Valentine’s Day message across in style!

Cardstore.com Heart of Hearts Valentine Card

Cooking Classy White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

 Sprinkle Bakes Red Velvet Heart Cake

Etsy Sparkle Red Hearts

tiny white daisies Heart Wreath

Ravelry Heartdigan Cardigan Pattern

Kids School Valentine’s Day Cards

Cardstore’s new selection of school Valentine cards pair a personal photo with four adorable kids Valentine designs. Select a smiling photo of your daughter and add it to a variety of cute princess illustrations, or have your son blasting off into space–the variety of options ensures that you’ll find a school Valentine perfectly suited to their personality or interests. Each valentines day card features a fun game on the back, and with four different designs per sheet, you get four games and four personal photos per Valentine sheet. Just follow four easy steps to create some of the most personalized school Valentines around:

  • Select a smiling photo of your son or daughter where they are looking straight-on at the camera.
  • Choose a design that fits their favorite activities, hobbies, and colors.
  • Personalize the Valentines Day card with their name and Valentines message.
  • Pair it with their favorite candy or sweet treat, and distribute!

Pictured above, from left to right: Sports Valentine, Pink Valentine, and Robots Valentine. Check out all of Cardstore’s Kids School Valentines here!

 

Cardstore.com’s “Send a Little You to Someone New” Program A Holiday Hit!

The stockings are hanging askew, the toys are on their second round of batteries, and you’ll be finding pine needles in your carpet for weeks to come. The lights… well, ok, the lights are still up. And they probably will be until Easter. But, yep! The holidays are officially over. And while the tinsel-topped season of cheer always goes by too fast, everyone has something to take away from, arguably, the most wonderful time of the year.

This season, Cardstore.com created a sugarplum of a program to help spread holiday happiness across the United States. In an awesome mystery-pen-pal-type fashion, the program connected people who had never met, and who possibly lived hundreds of miles away from each other, through cards. 

The program was delightfully dubbed Send a Little You to Someone New. And, while many greeting card makers were offering discounts over the holiday season, this program was different – it was 100% free.

Just by signing up on Facebook, participants got to pick out a holiday card, write a message, a haiku (or whatever they wanted!) to their lucky recipient, including a Twitter handle or a way to get back in touch. Then, we stuck a stamp on their little envelope of glee and sent it on its way to someone new!  In return, senders were given a 60% discount on their next purchase at Cardstore.com and received a personalized greeting card from a new friend!

There was also another incentive for bloggers who wrote about our program. If a blogger posted about the contest, he/she was automatically entered to win a year’s worth of free Cardstore.com cards!

So, who won?! Drumroll, please… congratulations goes to Heather, who writes a fantastic blog called Freebies4Mom.com. Heather’s blog post regarding “Send a Little You to Someone New” was spread to thousands of her readers and resulted in hundreds of participants joining in on the fun. Freebies4Mom.com helps its readers find online deals, discounts and freebies. (Check it out here!)

And sure, some people say ‘tis better to give. But let’s be honest, people! We all love to be on the receiving end once in a while! Heather told us the best thing about holiday cards is finding one in her mailbox. She loves the surprise of getting a card and the stories and/or photos shared along with it. Heather saw the program as a great chance to make cool connections at no cost to her readers.

“I really like to spoil my readers,” Heather said. “I try to find entertaining freebies like books, apps, music, and movies to share.” The hassle-free process of online greeting cards is a major perk for her busy schedule. “I’m more likely to send a card on-time if I can design, personalize, and send it “hands-off,” so I’m a big fan of personalizing physical cards online,” says the savvy sender.

So, a huge smooch and an even bigger thank you to everyone who participated in Send a Little You to Someone New! We loved helping you spread your copious amounts of holiday spirit and connecting you to new friends.

Did you participate in Send a Little You to Someone New? Did you marry the person you sent your card to in a Vegas chapel last weekend?! Or did you just have a really good time?! If so, we’d love to see your photos or hear your stories!  Post on our Facebook wall, tweet us, leave a comment here or blog about it yourself! Thank you again to everyone who participated, and we can’t wait for next year!

Comic Book Party Inspiration

Throw a comic book birthday party that’s sure to be super with these superhero-themed ideas. Simply begin with a Comic Book Birthday Invitation that really pops and build the rest of the party from there. 

Cardstore.com Comic Book Party Birthday Invitation

Charmed Tasha Comic Book Make-Up Tutorial

One Charming Party Comic Book Bunting Flags

Kara’s Party Ideas Comic Book Cake

Catch My Party Superhero Capes

Pink Heart Inspiration Board

Take inspiration from the variety of Cardstore valentine cards and surround yourself with all sorts of adorable pink hearts this Valentine’s Day. Craft or bake a variety of heart items to add a sweet homemade touch to your Valentine’s Day.

Cardstore.com I Heart You Valentines Day Card

Martha Stewart Crayon Hearts and Sweetheart Pops

Made with Love Heart Cupcakes

Living the Swell Life Heart Garland

Inspiration Board: Bright Pink and Orange

During the rainy season, I add plenty of color to my life to make up for the lack of it in the nature around me. This eye-catching pink and orange holiday thank you card  has me dreaming of a life set in bright fuchsias, pinks, and oranges.

Cardstore.com Pink Stones Holiday Thank You Card

Anthropologie Hat and Shower Curtain

J.Crew Flats and Kids Top

Madewell Dress and Jeans

Bed pictured at Flickr, featured in Elle Decor

Cookie and kate and Blood Orange French 75 Recipe

Hello Kitty Birthday Inspiration

I loved Hello Kitty as a kid, so I’m pretty excited by the new line of Hello Kitty cards at Cardstore! Be sure to check out all of the adorable Hello Kitty birthday cards to get some inspiration for your daughter’s next birthday party.

Cardstore.com Pink Border Hello Kitty Kids Birthday Card

Hello Kitty Nails

Hello Kitty Cake Pops

Hello Kitty Room

Hello Kitty Cupcakes

Take Two Tuesday: A Very Green January

Add a pop of green to an otherwise dreary January with this holiday thank you note and these hunter wellies. The burst of color is sure to add some brightness to winter weather!

Cardstore.com Christmas Tree Green Thanks Holiday Thank You Card

Hunter Brixen Wellies at Madewell

Tips for Making Your Holiday Photo Thank You Cards Personal

In a previous post, “Some Easy Thank You Card Tips,” I provided a quick guide to writing personal and heartfelt thank you cards—but personalized photo thank you cards offer an array of diverse options for making your thank you unique, creative, and tailored to your recipient.  Here are a few ideas to ensure that the photo you include means as much as the message you write inside of your holiday thank you cards this January:

  • Highlight a Shared Moment from the Holiday Season: If you have a photo of you and the person to whom you’re writing your card in front of the Christmas tree or sharing a warm winter hug, by all means include it! A sweet memory together is sure to earn you a spot on the fridge all year round. If your friend or family member was unable to spend the holiday season in your presence, include a priceless moment from Christmas morning or your yearly snow trip instead.
  •  Snap a Photo of You Using or Wearing the Gift: This tip could easily become a little cheesy—but who doesn’t want to see someone enjoying the gift they’ve given? This tip works especially well for young children playing with toys from Grandma or sisters who received matching outfits.
  •  Share More Memories with Multiple Photo Thank You Cards: Include thanks from the whole family by selecting a card that offers room for 2 or 3 personal photos. Take the opportunity to share both your favorite memories from the year past and your gratitude for their thoughtfulness this holiday season!

I’ve included a few of my favorite holiday thank you cards below, but be sure to check out our whole selection of Christmas thank you cards for yourself!

Cardstore Holiday Photo Thank You Cards, Top to Bottom, Left to Right:

Holiday Thank You Border, Green Dots Tag, Multicolor Thanks, Red Thank You Overlay