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A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Cards

It’s almost November–and you know what that means! Thanksgiving is on its way–time for giving thanks, delicious food and lots of family time and festivities. Sometimes, however, our most loved ones can’t always make it to the Thanksgiving festivities, and that’s when Thanksgiving cards come into play. In the flurry of tasty homemade food and meal planning, it’s easy to forget the spirit of gratitude that underlies the holiday. Thanksgiving cards give you the opportunity to put your gratitude into words, and–if you choose–to share a personal Thanksgiving photo of the whole family. Cardstore Thanksgiving cards and photo cards make sharing your thankful message easy. Just browse through our cornucopia of Thanksgiving cards, select a photo, and compose your own easy Thanksgiving message. Friends and family are sure to appreciate your thoughtful message and Thanksgiving greeting card, and writing to those you so appreciate is sure to put you back in touch with the spirit of the Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Cards

Rustic Barn Thanksgiving Greeting Card, Thanksgiving Homes Thanksgiving Greeting Card, & Wrapped Up Turkey Thanksgiving Greeting Card

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Thanksgiving Photo Cards

Thankful Photo Thanksgiving Holiday Card, Joyful Thanks Thanksgiving Holiday Card, & Thankful Thoughts Thanksgiving Holiday Card.

Hostess How To: Sending Holiday Party Invitations

It may still be October, but every day brings us closer and closer to the holiday season.. which means it’s time to start thinking about what holiday celebrations you’ll be hosting this year! Save some time and stress by getting started with your holiday planning now. Start your holiday party invitations now, and you’ll be thanking yourself when the date of your event is fast approaching! As you get started, we have these three tips for you:

  1. Determine the theme and general atmosphere for your party. Will it be a black tie affair, or a relaxed gathering? For a more upscale party, pick a holiday party invitation that shows what attire you’ll be expecting everyone to wear. If it’s a kid-friendly event, choose an invitation featuring some cute holiday characters and more vibrant colors.
  2. Select the time of day for the event. An afternoon pot-luck can be much more laid back, whereas an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres would be more formal. Include the time of day, location, any instructions on what to bring, as well as a way for guests to RSVP (email or phone number). Knowing how many people plan on attending will help you tremendously when planning seating arrangements and a menu.
  3. Create a guest list. Decide who you’d enjoy celebrating the holidays with the most, but also be sure to consider how many people your venue can comfortable hold. Gather their names and addresses together to create a fun mix of family and friends who will make the holidays even better. (Don’t forget that you can to load addresses into your Cardstore Address Book now, even before you finalize the rest of your party planning details!)

Once all of your planning and preparation has been taken care of regarding the style of the invitation, the time and place, and the guest list, it’s time to send out your invitations! Send invitations out six to eight weeks prior to the event to help ensure your party is number one on their list, and avoids any holiday rush from last-minute party invitations.

Now is the perfect time to create and send your own holiday party invitations to help get the season started off right, the question is… what themes are you considering for your holiday party?

From Me to You: Halloween Cards

While it’s always sweet to send a Halloween card personalized with a photo to a big group of family and friends, sometimes it’s even better to send a unique Halloween card that’s just for one “faboolous” friend. In these days leading up to Halloween, why not create a card that your recipient will know was meant just for them?

First, pick a card with a style that’s frightfully fun. Whether characters from Sesame Street, a cute black cat, or Frankenstein decorate the card, there are cards perfect to send to kids and adults alike. Add the recipient’s name to the card, or choose one that’s just for your granddaughter or grandson, to show you’re thinking of them during Halloween. You even have the option to add a custom note inside to wish them a happy Halloween full of Trick-or-Treating and a howling good time.

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Who will you send Halloween cards to this year, and how will you personalize it?

Count Dracula Halloween Greeting Card, Faboolous Halloween Greeting Card, Halloween Black Cat Halloween Greeting Card, Frankenstein Grandson Halloween Greeting Card, Purple Sesame Halloween Greeting Card

Pinterest “Pin a Pet & Win” Contest

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Cardstore “Pin a pet & win” CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

These Official Rules govern the Cardstore “Pin a Pet and Win!” Contest (the “Contest”) offered by Cardstore, Inc. (“Sponsor”).  Contest begins at 12:01 a.m. ET on October 18, 2012 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on November 9, 2012 (the “Contest Period”).  This Contest is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Pinterest.

Eligibility: Contest is open to members of Pinterest who are legal residents of the United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico who are 13 years of age or older as of the date of entry, except employees of Sponsor and its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and the immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each such employee. Contest is void where prohibited by law.  Membership to Pinterest is free.

To Enter: To participate, visit www.pinterest.com to request a free Pinterest membership. To enter the Contest, go to http://www.pinterest.com/cardstyle and pin to a Pinterest board created by you and named “Pin a Pet & Win”, one (1) photo of your or any pet in a Halloween costume or in a “human-like” situation, along with our crazy hot pink contest pin.  Your photo must be original, created entirely by you, and must not contain any copyrighted works or other intellectual property rights of others.  Sponsor has the right to review and disqualify your entry if it is obscene, indecent or is otherwise considered inappropriate, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  Once your photo has been pinned, you will be entered into the Contest, and your image will be re-pinned onto Cardstore’s “Pin a Pet & Win” Contest Pinterest board.  Only one (1) complete entry per person/Pinterest member permitted during the Contest Period.

 

Winner Selection: One winner will be selected based on receiving the most re-pins of an entrant’s pet photo.  The potential winner will be announced on or about 12:00 p.m. ET on November 13, 2012 on the Cardstore “Pin a Pet & Win” Contest Board. All decisions of the judges are final.  In the event of a dispute, all entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the Pinterest account associated with the entry.

Prize:  One (1) winner will have his/her photo featured on a card at Cardstore.com and will receive a $50 Cardstore Gift Card. Approximate Retail Value: $50.  Prize consists of only those items specifically described as included in the prize.  All federal, state, and other taxes, costs and expenses, if any, relating to the use, acceptance and possession of the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

Notification: Sponsor will contact potential winner via a comment on potential winner’s board and request that the potential winner contact Sponsor via email at contest@cardstore.com by 4:00 p.m. ET on November 16, 2012 to accept or decline the prize. ALL ENTRANTS ARE ADVISED TO MONITOR THEIR ENTRY BOARD ON THE DRAWING DATE AND REGULARLY THEREAFTER IN ORDER TO RECEIVE NOTICES TIMELY. SPONSOR WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY POTENTIAL WINNER’S FAILURE TO RESPOND WITHIN THE REQUISITE TIMEFRAME. If a potential winner does not timely respond or if prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, an alternate potential winner will be selected. Upon prize forfeiture, no payment or other compensation will be made to the original potential winner. Recipient of such notification (parent/legal guardian if potential winner is a minor in his/her state of residence) must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, liability and publicity release within fourteen (14) days of acceptance or an alternate potential winner may be selected. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining entries. There will be three (3) alternate drawings. After the third such drawing, the prize will remain unawarded. In the event of noncompliance with this or any other requirement, the non-complying potential winner will be disqualified. No substitution, exchange or transfer of prize except by Sponsor, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be substituted.

 Release: By participating, entrants agree to these Official Rules. entrants are solely responsible for their own actions and agree to hold harmless Sponsor, Pinterest and its respective parent, subsidiaries, divisions and related companies, together with and the respective officers, directors, employees, agents, successors, assigns and licensees of each of them, and those companies supplying prizes (collectively the “Released Parties”) from any liability for losses, damages or injuries arising in connection with their participation in the Contest or the award or use of a prize.

Publicity: Acceptance of a prize constitutes consent to Sponsor’s use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, (including but not limited to internet and television broadcast) without further consent or compensation except where prohibited.  YOU WARRANT AND REPRESENT THAT YOUR PHOTO (a) IS ORIGINAL TO YOU AND HAS BEEN LEGALLY OBTAINED AND CREATED, AND (b) DOES NOT INFRINGE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, PRIVACY OR PUBLICITY RIGHTS OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR MORAL RIGHTS OF ANY THIRD PARTY, OR VIOLATE APPLICABLE LAWS OR REGULATIONS.

General Conditions: Sponsor and each of its affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporations, and their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees and agents, are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries; any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission of any Contest-related website; failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems or human error; printing or other errors. Sponsor reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest in the event that it becomes necessary due to circumstances beyond Sponsor’s control. In the event the Contest is terminated early, a potential Winner will be selected from all eligible entries received at the time of termination.

Disputes: The Contest is governed by the laws of the United States and, by entering, Winner and entrants hereby submit to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts located in Cleveland, Ohio. ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE RELATED TO SPONSOR OR THE CONTEST OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
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Cardstore Goes Behind the Scenes at Mary Engelbreit Studio

A few of us on the Cardstore team recently had the pleasure of going to visit the Mary Engelbreit team at their studio. Mary’s studio is situated in a historic neighborhood in St. Louis that feels very eclectic – just like Mary!

It’s hard to explain the feeling you get when walking into the studio – sort of nostalgic warmth that feels like you’re being dropped into a really great story book. There are one-of-a-kind collectibles, artwork and books everywhere, creating a vibrant and exciting environment where you can’t help but feel inspired!

Mary has a lovely team of artists who work in her studio, helping her with everything from digitizing art to working with licensing partners & managing approvals. We spent the majority of the day learning about their process, and brainstorming creative opportunities for our partnership moving forward.

Later that afternoon, Mary stopped by and we had a chance to visit with her for a bit. She’s such a delightful person  — warm, welcoming, and more than anything, she’s a riot! It’s very clear that she lives a creative lifestyle and is inspired by things all around her.

We were also able to see the evolution that Mary’s style has gone through over the years. Some characters and elements are distinctly known as her classic style, such as the checkered border, cherry pattern & her best-known character, Ann Estelle.

Mary’s latest work is a modern twist on the same great characters and editorial. Much of it has a whimsical, modern feel, incorporating bright colors and fun patterns. In fact, most of her new patterns begin by taking elements out of her drawings and combining them to make something new & unique.

It was a short trip, but definitely a success! More than anything else, we loved learning what inspires Mary to create, and feel that we left with a much better understanding of the Mary Engelbreit brand.  Thanks for the great trip, MES team!

Want more Mary Engelbreit? Check out the new Halloween cards we’ve launched on Cardstore. Plus, keep an eye out for new cards coming soon for Christmas… and beyond!

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Celebrate Baby’s First Halloween!

Trick or treating takes on a whole new level of adorableness with a new baby in a tiny Halloween costume–and Halloween festivities and pumpkin patches make the perfect photo opportunity for sharing an adorable moment! Your baby’s first year is replete with memories, and friends and family want to take part in the milestones. Show off your baby’s first Halloween celebrations with one of Cardstore’s Halloween photo cards, and send a happy Halloween message to your loved ones in the process.  They’ll love being in on the action of your baby’s first Halloween, and appreciate you spreading the spooky spirit. Simply snap the perfect personalized photo of your baby in their costume or grabbing their first pumpkin and customize one of our Halloween photo cards to share a photo that’s sure to be a treat!

Do you know a family celebrating their baby’s first Halloween? Check out this Sesame Street Elmo Halloween card that’s made just for celebrating the first Halloween. Wish them well on their trick or treating expedition, and send them plenty of Halloween love.

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Do you have any pictures of your first Halloween? What were you?

first halloween; Celebrate Babys First Halloween!Halloween Cards pictured: Boo Frame Halloween Photo Card, Happy Ghosts Halloween Photo Card, & Boo Candy Corn Halloween Photo Card.

Sending Thanksgiving Invitations

Thanksgiving may be more than a month away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about this deliciously fun holiday. Why not start the process of preparing for the feast by finalizing your guest list? How many people do you plan on having around your table, and will there be both family and friends? Once you’ve compiled your list of guests, collect their addresses together to make sending the cards even easier. Once you’re fully prepped, pick a Thanksgiving invitation that fits your style from our personalizable collection. Add the date of the celebration (Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 22nd this year), your address,  the time all the food and fun will be served, and information for RSVP purposes.

Sending Thanksgiving invitations out at least a month in advance will give people plenty of time to plan their visits accordingly, and will put you at the top of their Thanksgiving day plans. It also encourages RSVPs, which will save you time and money in planning and prepping for the Thanksgiving meal. You may even be inspired by one of our Thanksgiving invitations to help with your decorations! Done in rich fall shades, the design of the card can help to plan how you set your Thanksgiving table to give the day an even more cohesive feel.

Even if you’ve never sent Thanksgiving invitations before, there’s no better year to begin. Be sure to browse our collection of invitations to help get you started on hosting a Thanksgiving meal that will leave family and friends thankful for your love,  friendship, and fantastic cooking! Stop by our facebook too where you can participate in a poll and tell us if you send Thanksgiving dinner invitations to friends, family, friends & family, don’t send them at all, or are always on the receiving end.

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Cards featured: Thanksgiving Family Dinner Invitation, Autumn Leaves Party Invitation, Orange Flower Fall Invitation, Falling Leaf Party Invitation

Sweetest Day: What Is It?

For those of you who aren’t from the Great Lakes region, all of the chatter you may be hearing over the upcoming celebration of “Sweetest Day” is probably a bit confusing. As a West Coast native, I had never even heard of this holiday until recently, but with its cute intentions I’m pushing for it to gain in popularity throughout the country!

The first official Sweetest Day was celebrated on October 8th, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio. Attributed to Herbert Birch Kingston, it was meant as a way to remember those often forgotten by the community like the sick, aging, and orphaned. That year, over 20,000 boxes of candy were distributed to these forgotten members of society with the help of some of the biggest movie stars of the day.

Since that original celebration in 1921, Sweetest Day has continued and is now celebrated on the 3rd Saturday of  October each year. This charming holiday has evolved to become a celebration of loved ones and a chance to make someone happy through a thoughtful word or kind deed. Couples and friends often give each other cards, candy, and flowers in heart-shaped red and pink boxes reminiscent of Valentine’s Day.

If there’s someone in your life who you think deserves recognition for all their kindness and love, why not use Sweetest Day as a chance to show how thankful you are by personalizing an adorable Sweetest Day Card? Add a note inside telling your loved one what makes them so special, along with a photo of the two of you for a custom touch, and be sure to include some yummy treats with your card. Even if you’re from a region that doesn’t celebrate this holiday, there’s no reason why you can’t start a new Sweetest Day tradition on your own!

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Sweetest Day cards pictured: Fish Love Sweetest Day Card, Exciting Love Forever Card, Best Freakin Friend Card