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Teachers Appreciation Week is May 6th – 10th!

Did you know that Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th – May 10th and Teacher Appreciation Day is May 7th? It’s the perfect chance to thank those special educators in your life, or in the life of your children, for all that they do. During this week, and especially on May 7th, we can take this opportunity to thank the educators for the important role teachers play in making sure every student receives a quality education.

One person here at Cardstore who takes special pride in thanking her sons’ educators is our Senior Product Manager, Elizabeth. She is the person around here responsible for managing our awesome card selection to ensure we have the best holiday and everyday cards to meet the needs of every Cardstore user. She also makes the most creative teacher thank you gifts, so we asked her to share with us her inspiration (and favorite Cardstore card for the holiday!).

Cardstore: Why do you take time to create a special card and gift? 

Elizabeth: As a fulltime working mom, I am entrusting that my 4 year old twin boys are in the best care, not only learning about letters, shapes, and numbers, but also that they feel safe and appreciated.  This is a huge responsibility for their teachers and I respect and appreciate all the hard work and attention they give to not only my boys, but all the class mates.  By giving them a personalized card and gift, I feel like I am showing them how much I appreciate them. 

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Elizabeth: I have little guys, so I try to find a card that looks more juvenile, but also touches on the fact that these teachers are not only teaching them, but taking care of them.  For example, the card I selected had this copy: “You get an A+, Teacher, for the helpful things you do, For your kindness and your patience, and just for being you! Happy Teacher Appreciation Day”  It speaks to so much more than just “teaching”. 

Cardstore: What message do you write in the card? 

Elizabeth: Well, the boys are now able to write their full names, so I ship the cards home so that my boys can personally write their own names in the card.  I also make sure to include a recent photo of the boys as well.

We’re certain that those lucky teachers will feel very appreciated after they receive their thoughtful gifts from Elizabeth! If you’re like us, you’re probably feeling motivated to create an awesome gift to give to the educators in your life. And if you’re looking for more Teacher Appreciation cards, check out what’s available at Cardstore

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The Story Behind the Card: Monster Truck Mama Mother’s Day Card

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, it can be really easy to pick out a generic Mother’s Day card that thanks mom for all she has done for you through the years. While that’s sweet and certainly genuine, giving mom one of those cards can sometimes seem to be lacking a personal element that shows off what an incredibly unique and amazing mom she has really been. That’s where this week’s Story Behind the Card comes in: how to celebrate Mother’s Day by showing Mom you know what makes her really special and different from every other Mom.

CS SC BLG 04102013 SHELF feat; The Story Behind the Card: Monster Truck Mama Mothers Day CardTwo of Cardstore’s designers, Becca and Elizabeth, were looking to create a Mother’s Day card that could be personalized with a statement that shows what makes an individual mom stand out, so they came up with a card featuring a fabulous Monster Truck Mama. The card was originally going to call out Mom’s skills in the kitchen, but Becca and Elizabeth quickly realized the card was forgetting about all the non-conventional, extraordinary moms who brighten their children’s lives with their one-of-a-kind interests and passions. Inspired by Elizabeth’s own love of monster trucks, this card became a celebration of all the moms who don’t necessarily fit in the conventional mom box.

This Mother’s Day, why not take a similar cue and personalize a card that shows you love Mom for just being who she is, and for inspiring you to be yourself too. Whether you’re celebrating her passion for running half-marathons, obsession with Jane Austen novels, or even her love of monster trucks, it’s a cute way to emphasize what a unique role she plays in your life. What makes your mom really stand out?

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Featured Cards: Mom Bulldog, One Hell of a Mom, Mom’s Sale Training

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo: Party Planning Tips

Here at Cardstore, we’ll use just about any holiday as an excuse to plan a party, which is why we’re so excited for all the upcoming Cinco de Mayo festivities. Held on Sunday, May 5th, this seems like the perfect excuse to send some invitations to friends and host a get-together in the gorgeous spring weather. To help with all of your party-planning, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Cinco de Mayo ideas that are sure to make your gathering a success.

  • Start with the invitations. Since Cinco de Mayo is normally celebrated with bright and festive colors, pick an invitation to send to friends which features vibrant hues. Check out some of our favorite options gathered below. 

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Featured Cards: Orange Join Us, Colorful Stripes, Colorful Party Invitation

  • Plan the menu! Bring out some classic Mexican food for the occasion by making sure there are plenty of tortilla chips, guacamole, and salsa (both spicy and mild!), as well as a buffet-style taco bar.  No Cinco de Mayo party could be complete without the addition of a great Margarita, so find a favorite recipe and perfect it before your guests arrive. Don’t forget to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth too with some adorable ideas like treat-filled pinata cookies or these ridiculously cute and detailed Cinco de Mayo cookies.
  • As a finishing touch, plan out your decor. Using your invitation as inspiration, incorporate plenty of bright colors into your decorations. Piñatas can take center stage for this holiday, so why not make some of your own mini piñatas? They would not only make a great decoration, but could be sweet party favors for any little ones you’re hosting. Decorating the taco bar or margarita station with fringed paper done in the colors of your invites also gives the party an authentic and fun-filled feel. As a finishing touch, create your own Cinco de Mayo playlist or take this favorite playlist as inspiration.

How do you plan on celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year? Share some of your own party tips below!

The Story Behind the Card: Long Distance Mother’s Day Cards

Cardstore’s peek into the story behind the card this week comes from our designer Emily, and her experiences with spending Mother’s Day away from her mom who lives in Houston. Having moved away from her family, Emily really wanted a card that expressed how far she sends her love to her mom every year, no matter the distance or where she’s living. With this as inspiration, Emily created the Mother’s Day card entitled A Mother’s Day Wish From Here to There that celebrates how she’s sending her love from San Francisco all the way to Houston.

As kids grow up and move away, spending Mother’s Day away from home has become almost second nature to many daughters and sons. Thanks to Emily’s very personal Mother’s Day card design, Cardstore now has other long distance Mother’s Day cards that show how no matter the distance, you’ll always be there to send her your love and appreciation. How far away will you be from mom this Mother’s Day, and how do you plan on letting her know you’re thinking of her no matter the miles?

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Featured Cards: A Mother’s Day Wish From Here to There, Grandma Across the Miles, Home is Where Your Mom is, Love Bunches Mom

Grandma Loves Photos–Send a Photo Mother’s Day Card to Grandma

It’s possible that no one loves photos like Grandma does–which makes Mother’s Day the perfect opportunity to share some with her! Cardstore’sphoto Grandma Mother’s Day cards allow you to choose from a multitude of colorful designs to find one suited to your grandma. Collect photos from the past year–including ones of her with her grandkids–and share them in a Grandma Mother’s Day card she won’t forget. Have each grandchild add their own message in their own words to add an extra personal touch, and share a photo memory with the mom who started it all.

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A photo Mother’s Day card for Grandma is sure to be remembered–and get a chosen spot on the refrigerator! What memories will you share with your grandmother this year?

Featured Cards: A Special Grandma Mother’s Day Card, Grandmother Definition Grandma Mother’s Day Card, Cute Mother’s Day Photo with Hearts Grandma Mother’s Day Card, and Grandma’s Family Tree Grandma Mother’s Day Card.

The Story Behind the Card: Mommy’s Little Angel Mother’s Day Card

How did our Mommy’s Little Angel Mother’s Day card become the comic gem that it is? Read the story behind the card:

Originally, this Mother’s Day card featured a picture of a decidedly angelic little girl. But, our team wondered, how much funnier would it be–and memorable–if it featured a picture of your child instead? From there, it became clear that this Mother’s Day card had some real comic potential. By selecting a picture that focused on a less-than-angelic child, we added a bit of ironic fun to this Mother’s Day photo card to ensure that mom gets a laugh and some love this Mother’s Day.

Our Mommy’s Little Angel Mother’s Day card isn’t the only Mother’s Day design to which that you could add a funny photo. Check out these two designs–one that features a child talking on the phone to the president, and another that sends a message from the good child–and consider adding your own inspired photo to send a funny Mother’s Day card she won’t forget!

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Featured Cards: Mommy’s Little Angel Mother’s Day Card, Call From President Mother’s Day Card, & From the Good One Mother’s Day Card.

Celebrating Firsts – First Mother’s Day Cards

For any new mom or mom-to-be, the first Mother’s Day is an especially memorable celebration that often doesn’t get as much attention as it should. This Mother’s Day, Cardstore is trying to help remedy that with a line of adorable Mother’s Day cards meant just for a new mom. Whether it’s being celebrated with a brand new baby or one who’s due to arrive soon, the first Mother’s Day deserves some special recognition. Paired with a thoughtful gift (check out our Pinterest board for plenty of inspiration!) or a sweet gesture like doing diaper duty for the day or making her all-time favorite dinner, a new mom Mother’s Day card helps to make the celebration extra-special.

 

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Featured Cards: A New Mom in the Nest, 1st Mother’s Day, First Mom Day

You can even extend the celebration to a first time grandma with a sweet Mother’s Day card for new grandmas that is sure to make her day. Whether it’s anticipation and excitement for the arrival of a little one or the overwhelming love for a brand new baby, Mother’s Day cards for new moms celebrate what a special time it is in the life of a new mom.

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Featured Cards: Mother-To-Be Watercolor, New Grandma Floral, Adorable Mom To Be

Count Your Blessings – Religious Mother’s Day Cards

Every family has their own special Mother’s Day traditions, whether it’s breakfast in bed, a spa day for the lady of the house, or taking over laundry duties for the day, but it seems that many involve a morning at church. Mother’s Day is the day of the year with the highest church attendance behind Easter and Christmas, suggesting many moms love a quiet morning at church with their family members. Cardstore has been inspired by this statistic to create plenty of new religious Mother’s Day cards for this year’s celebration that fit in perfectly for mom’s desire for a sweet and sincere day.

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Featured Cards: A Blessing of a Grandmother, Godmother Floral With Butterflies

Decorated in shades of pastel and featuring flowers or watercolor designs next to beautiful messages saying what a blessing she is in your life, religious Mother’s Day cards show just how much you’re thinking of her this Mother’s Day. Whether the card is personalized with a photo or a sweet note inside, any mom, grandmother, or godmother will notice what a thoughtful gesture it is. If your mom has expressed her desire to go to church this Mother’s Day, why not combine it with a religious Mother’s Day card to make the day even more special?

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Featured Cards: A Mother’s Joy Faith and Love, God Gave Me Mom, A Wife is a Blessing

The Story Behind the Card: Baby Mama Mother’s Day Card

Have you seen our Baby Mama Mother’s Day card?  Here’s the scoop on how it was created:

One of our designers, Lori Donaldson, was tired of all the Mother’s Day cards that specifically linked being a mom with being a wife. After all, there are plenty of ways to be a mom, without being a wife–many of us are raised by single moms, or moms that are unmarried to their partners. To protest all the Mother’s Day cards that specifically call out “wife,” she created this beautiful floral design that celebrates motherhood alone.

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Cardstore has a number of other nontraditional Mother’s Day cards that celebrate single moms, or simply address themselves to a mom instead of a wife. We have many times to celebrate the romantic relationships in our life–anniversaries and Valentines Day–but only one day to celebrate mom! Mother’s Day is for celebrating moms of all types, for all they do.

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Featured Cards: My Wonderful Baby Mama Mother’s Day Card, Amazing Single Mom Mother’s Day Card, & Like a Mom to Me Mother’s Day Card.

Sending Love to Mommy–Kid-Friendly Mother’s Day Cards

Mother’s Day is right around the corner–and kids want to ensure that their mom has the best day! This includes finding a Mother’s Day card that will make Mom smile from ear-to-ear. Finding the perfect card is as much about the sender as the recipient, which means that Mother’s Day cards from kids need to be not just Mom-friendly, but kid-friendly as wel.! Cardstore has created Mother’s Day cards with young kids specifically in mind to make sure that Mom will receive a card that reminds her of how adorable they were for years to come. Our Mother’s Day cards from kids feature plenty of photos–to capture some adorable memories of Mom spending time with her kids–and kid-centric imagery, including school buses and handwriting that looks like that of a young child. Just personalize them with your custom photo and a message directly from her kids.

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