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Birth Announcements Series #7: Baby Thank You Cards

Now that you’re little one has arrived, it’s time to thank all of the loved ones who thought of your family when you were expecting! Cardstore has an adorable selection of baby thank you cards just perfect for the occasion. With pink girl thank you cards or blue boy thank you cards, baby thank you cards with or without photos, and everything in between, there’s certain to be a baby thank you card that matches your new baby. Customize your thank you card with a photo of the charming boy or beautiful girl and add your own thank you message inside. Family and friends will love hearing how your family and the baby are doing. Include a cute story about the baby to really make their day!

Get a taste of our selection below, or go straight to the site to see all of the Cardstore baby thank you cards.

Baby Thank You Cards Pictured: Music Show Note Baby Thank You Card, Noah’s Ark Thanks Baby Thank You Card, Charmed Blue Gratitude Photo Baby Thank You Card, & Pink Bird Thanks Baby Thank You Card.

Staff Favorite Birthday Cards

My favorite way to view Cardstore cards—especially when there are a lot of cards in a category, like with birthday cards—is to see some of my co-workers’ favorites. It makes sense, then, that I love perusing the staff favorites section on the site! When it comes to birthday cards, Cardstore has a huge selection—the number of birthday cards is almost overwhelming. If you’re a little indecisive like me, the staff favorites section is a great place to start. Here’s a few of the staff favorite birthday cards below, but you can check out the whole staff favorite birthday cards on site, too!

Birthday Cards pictured: Cupcake Happy Day Birthday Card, Empty Calories Birthday Photo Birthday Card, Truly Belated Birthday Card, Beer for You Photo Birthday Card, Happy Birthday Boy Photo Birthday Card, & Big Fat Birthday Photo Birthday Card.

What to Write in your Graduation Thank You Cards

Writing graduation thank you cards can be a daunting task! When countless friends and family take the time to think of you on graduation day, you want to make sure you thank them with love.  It can be especially tough to think of unique and sincere graduation thanks messages when you have so many to compose. Rather than agonize over what to write in your grad thank you cards, just follow this quick and easy graduation thank you card guide to learn how to compose a quick, easy, and heartfelt graduation thank you message.

A picture is worth a thousand words: Show them how happy you were on graduation day and give them a keepsake photo that they can treasure. Employ one of our photo graduation thank you cards and put a visual to your thankful message.

Include your future plans—even if they aren’t conventional: Friends and family will love hearing not just about the job or school you’re moving on to, but also the sort of things you plan to do in the interim. Going on a backpacking trip? Include the exact details. Moving to a new home or apartment? Tell them about it, and be sure to include your new address! Loved ones will love hearing about the new adventures that you’re embarking on. Plus, including details that they might not usually hear is sure to make your graduation thank you card come as breath of fresh air!

Thank them for their time and their money: If friends and family made special effort to attend your graduation or your graduation party, make sure you note that before you note the graduation present they gave you. You don’t want them to feel like they’re just another check that got sent your way—let them know what their presence, not their present, meant to you. Then you can thank them for the cash!

Include something about them or their family: Don’t make your graduation thank you card all about you. Note something special about their kids, or mention how excited you are for the next time you’ll get to see the family. If you can manage it without seeming forced, include a special quality about them that always makes you smile. Show them that just like they value your growth and graduation, you value their life as well!

With these few ideas to jumpstart your graduation thank you card, all you have to worry about now is having too much to say—now get writing!

Graduation Thank You Cards Pictured: 2012 Blue Thanks Overlay Photo Graduation Thank You Card & Blue Burst Teacher Thanks Graduation Thank You Card


New Hybrid Cards: Prepare Personalized Cards in Advance for Any Recipient!

Sometimes it’s difficult to remember every birthday or thank you card a week in advance, and you need to work with the cards that you have on hand. Cardstore’s new hybrid cards—which integrate a custom photo of or caption pertaining to you, your family, or family pet into their design—are the perfect solution; Cardstore hybrid cards allow you to create highly personalized thank you and birthday cards that can be sent at a moment’s notice.  These greeting cards feature a photo of you or your family to be personalized so that all you have to do is fill out the inside of the card before sending or giving to your friend or family member.

Check out a few of our favorite hybrid cards below to get an idea of how they work, and then order a bunch to ensure that you have personalized cards ready for any occasion and any recipient!

Hybrid Cards Pictured: Around the World Thanks Photo Thank You Card, Party Hat Birthday Photo Birthday Card, and Birthday Greetings Postcard Birthday Card.

Summer Party Invites: Happy First Day of Summer!

Today is the first official day of summer—which means it’s time for barbeques, pool parties, and beach bashes galore! Whether you want to throw a cook-out for the 4th of July, or a fun evening bonfire get together to celebrate long summer nights, Cardstore has a huge selection of summer party invitations to kick off your summer event in style!  Browse our summer party invites to find the perfect invite for your 4th of July party or other summer get together to get started.

Below, we’ve included a few of our favorite summer-inspired party invitations to get you in the mood for summer sunshine.

Summer Party Invitations Pictured (Top to Bottom, Left to Right): Summer Foods BBQ Summer Party Invitation, BBQ Beer Birthday Party Invitation, Pot Luck Party Summer Party Invitation, Buns Over Here Summer Party Invitation, and Make a Splash Summer Party Invitation.


Birth Announcements Series #6: What’s in a Name? Monogram Birth Announcements from Cardstore

Birth announcements are all about announcing the name of your little one—and there’s no better way to draw attention to your baby girl or boy’s name than a monogram birth announcement! Monograms seem to be popping up everywhere these days—in everything from home décor to jewelry to stationery.  Adding a monogram to your birth announcement adds both a stylish touch and helps you to celebrate your new baby’s name!

Check out a few of our favorite Cardstore monogram birth announcements below, or head over to the site to check out our whole selection of birth announcements on your own!

Birth Announcements Pictured (Top to Bottom, Right to Left): Square Photo Boy Birth Announcement, Scalloped Monogram Pink Photo Girl Birth Announcement, Pink Star Monogram Girl Birth Announcement, Blue City Scape Boy Photo Birth Announcement, and Pink Zigzags Girl Photo Birth Announcement.

What to Write in Your Graduation Announcements: A Grad Announcement Checklist

Making a custom graduation announcement should be simple—and it can be—but in the haze of planning for graduation, it’s easy to forget a few grad announcement essentials. Do yourself a favor, and go through this easy checklist of vital grad info before printing your photo graduation announcements:

The Basics

  • Graduate’s Name
  • Name of School
  • Graduation Year
  • Photo of the Graduate (Senior Portrait)

Hosting a Grad Party?

  • Place
  • Time
  • Date
  • Food or Event Details
  • RSVP Information

Graduation Details

  • Time of Ceremony
  • Date of Ceremony
  • Place of Ceremony

Fun Extras

  • The Graduate’s Future School or Upcoming Plans
  • Baby and Childhood Photos
  • Candid Photos
  • A Sweet Message or Signature Quote from the Graduate

Simply go through this quick and easy checklist to ensure that your graduation announcements turn out perfect and error free!

Pictured Above: Bold Red Grad Photo Graduation Announcement

Birth Announcements Series #5: Cardstore’s New Moms!

You wouldn’t believe all of the new moms and moms-to-be at Cardstore these days–it’s a full-on baby extravaganza! So far, we are overjoyed to announce that we have welcomed 3 new additions to the Cardstore family. 1 super handsome and healthy baby boy, and 2 very precious and sweet (and healthy) baby girls. Before they had their little ones, we captured photos of the mamas-to-be with their chosen birth announcements.  We hope you enjoy seeing the new moms with their favorite photo birth announcements, and that it inspires you to find the perfect birth announcement for you and your newborn or baby-on-the-way.

Pictured Birth Announcements (Left to Right, Top to Bottom): Pink Hi Girl Photo Birth Announcement, Four Photo Pink Monogram Girl Photo Birth Announcement, Blue Balloons Boy Birth Announcement, Pink Balloons Girl Birth Announcement, Pink Girl Border Girl Photo Birth Announcement, Blue Boy Border Boy Photo Birth Announcement, Pink Hello World Girl Photo Birth Announcement, Blue Hello World Boy Photo Birth Announcement, Four Photo Pink Monogram Girl Photo Birth Announcement, Four Photo Blue Monogram Boy Photo Birth Announcement, and Twinkle Twinkle Photo Birth Announcement.

Father’s Day Shipping Cutoff

Order your Father’s Day cards by June 10th at 11:59 EST to receive them in time for Father’s Day, June 17th. Browse our selection of photo Father’s Day cards, funny Father’s Day cards, and more to personalize and send today!

Pictured Above: Bunting Flags Dad Photo Father’s Day Card and New Dad and Baby Photo Father’s Day Card

Cardstore @ the National Stationery Show

Hi! My name is Gwen and I’m a designer for Cardstore. Recently, several of us went to New York City for the National Stationery Show. It was such a rush to see all those designs and all that paper!

For those that don’t know what the NSS is, it’s a convention held once a year where hundreds of artists, designers and paper enthusiasts gather to show off their work, see trends and build relationships.

For a couple of us, this was the first time ever being in New York City, myself included! We all took advantage of any extra time to see the city. I was able to fly in a day earlier than the rest of the team to explore with a friend living in the city – there was a LOT of walking involved! I had a jam packed day starting with seeing a photo shoot in action, which was very cool! The rest of my day was filled with lunch in SOHO, riding the subway for the first time, taking a walk in Central Park, seeing the Prada exhibit at the MET, walking through Rockefeller Center, getting shakes at Shake Shack (I’d recommend peanut butter!), a stroll through Union Square and ending the evening out in Manhattan.

The rest of the team arrived Sunday late afternoon. We enjoyed a rooftop dinner in the remaining evening sun followed by a walk to Times Square to see all the lights in action! We returned for the night to Ink48 hotel – I enjoyed the designer themes here. The floors dedicated to business conference rooms were named after fonts, the hotel restaurant’s name was PRINT., and I even found coasters in my room with design terms. What can I say? I’m a bit of a design nerd and loved this!

In the morning, coffee in hand, we headed to the Javits Convention Center to find a staircase lined with American Greetings J There was so much paper and fun designs to look at I think we all felt over stimulated – in a good way – by the end of the day! I was excited because this was a chance to not only see a lot of amazing work but also a chance to meet bloggers and designers in person that I have been following online. For Cardstore, it was a chance to strengthen relationships with existing artists on our site and build new relationships with people we would love to work with in the future!

We spent the day walking around the show, talking to artists, looking at designs and making new connections. We took note of trends: letterpress is still BIG in the paper world, neon paper and inks were prevalent, hand lettering and strong typography, clever editorial with simple design and metallic foil (gold was big!), and we were happy to see a trend we love – transparent overlaying colors!

That evening, we held a little get together with some of the Cardstore artists that were in town for the show. It was great to meet several in person! Being able to hear their personal stories and what inspires them to create was pretty amazing. They all have such unique stories and it’s very cool to hear how they got where they are now!

We spent our last remaining morning reference shopping in SOHO. I was checking out hand lettered signs in store front windows, patterns and textures in clothing and house wares, and enjoying the warm sun as I sipped on my iced coffee J

The trip was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to start using new art we purchased and contacting artists to work with on future cards!