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Cardstore Mantel Matchups Official Rules

CARDSTORE MANTEL MATCHUP FACEBOOK SWEEPSTAKES

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN

Void where prohibited by law.

PLEASE REVIEW THE CARDSTORE PRIVACY POLICY AT http://www.cardstore.com/privacy.htm, THE TERMS OF WHICH WILL APPLY TO YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, YOU AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH ARE A CONTRACT, SO READ THEM CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING. WITHOUT LIMITATION, THIS CONTRACT INCLUDES A LIMITATION OF YOUR RIGHTS AND REMEDIES. INTERNET ACCESS IS REQUIRED.

EACH WINNER MAY BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRIZE FULFILLMENT PROCESS AND SIGN DOCUMENTATION, SUCH AS A RELEASE AND LICENSING AGREEMENT, WITHIN THE TIME FRAME SPECIFIED BY SPONSOR, AS MORE FULLY DETAILED BELOW.

THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED, ENDORSED, ADMINISTERED BY, OR ASSOCIATED WITH, FACEBOOK. ANY REFERENCES TO CARDSTORE AND ITS PRODUCTS AND SERVCIES CONTAINED IN THE OFFICIAL RULES DO NOT CONSTITUTE OR IMPLY FACEBOOK’S OR SPRINKLR’S ENDORSEMENT, SPONSORSHIP OR RECOMMENDATION THEREOF.

YOU ARE PROVIDING YOUR INFORMATION TO CARDSTORE AND ITS AGENTS AND NOT TO FACEBOOK. THE INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE WILL ONLY BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENTER THIS SWEEPSTAKES, AND IF SPECIFIED, FOR RECEIVING NEWS AND INFORMATION ABOUT CARDSTORE’S PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND PROMOTIONS.

1. PROMOTION TIMING: Entry for the Sweepstakes begins at 12:01 pm Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 2, 2013, and ends at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Saturday December 21, 2013 (“Sweepstakes Period”). You are entering to win one of three (35) prizes that will be given out throughout the Sweepstakes Period.

2. HOW TO ENTER: To enter into the Sweepstakes, go to www.facebook.com/cardstore and complete the following:

• You must “Like” Cardstore on Facebook (if you don’t already)

• “Comment” on any “Mantel Matchup” updates posted by the Cardstore page, posted within the Sweepstakes Period.

By commenting for your winner choice in the daily Mantel Matchups you are entering to win the prize(s) of the day. Limit one (1) entry per person/authorized e-mail account holder per Mantel Matchup post. Entries received from any person or email account holder in excess of the stated limitation will be void and Sponsor will disqualify such entries. Only one (1) prize will be allowed per Facebook user for the duration of the sweepstakes. All entries must be received by the Sponsor by 11:59pm on December 21, 2013, to be eligible. Use of computer programs and other automatic means to enter the Sweepstakes is prohibited. Normal Internet access and usage charges imposed by your online service may apply. Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for late, lost, ineligible, incomplete, stolen, or misdirected entries. The Sponsor’s database clock will be the official timekeeper for this Sweepstakes. For purposes of this Sweepstakes, an entry, regardless of the method of entry, is “received” when Sponsor’s database servers record the entry information. Proof of sending (such as, without limitation, a printed, saved or copied automated receipt confirming entry) does not constitute proof of actual receipt of an entry for purposes of this Sweepstakes. Entries that are forged, altered, incomplete, lost, late, misdirected, mutilated, illegitimate, garbled, postage-due, illegible, or generated by a macro, bot, or other automated means will not be accepted and will be void. As a condition of entering the Sweepstakes, each entrant gives consent for Sponsor to obtain and deliver his or her name, address and other information to third parties for the purpose of administering this Sweepstakes and complying with applicable laws, regulations and rules. Conduct or activities in violation of these Official Rules, or any other content, display, materials and/or images that are or could be considered inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, are subject to disqualification. All federal, provincial, state, municipal, and local laws and regulations apply. By entering, you consent to the Sponsor or its designated representatives storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with your entry only for the purpose of administering the Sweepstakes and in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy.

3. SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNER: Thirty-five (35) winners (each may be referred to as “Winner” or collectively as “Winners”) will be selected from among all eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. Prizes will be awarded sporadically throughout the duration of the sweepstakes. Ten (10) winners will take home an Olympus Tough camera while Twenty-five (25) will take home a one-time use code to create a free card on Cardstore. The Winners will be selected at random throughout the duration of the sweepstakes. Odds of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. The Sponsor or its designated representatives will make two (2) attempts to contact each of the selected Winners through Facebook direct message or as comment in the comment stream of the entry posts within one (1) business week of selection. If the selected Winner cannot be contacted within seven (7) calendar days after the first attempt to contact him/her or if there is a return of any notification as undeliverable; then the selected Winner will be disqualified (and will forfeit all rights to his/her respective Prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select an alternate eligible Winner from among the remaining eligible entries (in which case the forgoing provisions of this section shall apply to such new selected Winner). If any Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, does not comply with these Official Rules, fails to claim a Prize, or if the prize notification or Prize is returned as undeliverable, an alternate eligible Winner may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, be selected. Sponsor will not be obligated to pursue more than three (3) alternate winners for each prize for any reason, in which case the prize may go unawarded. Sponsor reserves the right to modify the notification procedures in connection with the selection of any alternate potential winner, if any.

SPONSOR’S DECISIONS SHALL BE FINAL IN ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO THIS SWEEPSTAKES.

4. PRIZES, APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES: There are 35 (35) Prize Packages (10 cameras and 25 free card promotional codes) (each may be referred to as “Prize”): Each winner will receive either a prize package containing one (1) Olympus Tough digital camera (approximate retail value “ARV”: $189.99.), or one (1) Cardstore free code to redeem for 1 free card (approximate retail value “ARV”: $3.49.). Limit one (1) Prize Package per household. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Prizes will be awarded sporadically throughout the duration of the sweepstakes. Sponsor shall have no responsibility or obligation to any Winner or eligible Winner who is unable to accept Prize as described herein. Prize is neither transferable nor substitutable and may not be redeemed for cash. All federal, provincial, state, and local taxes incurred by any Winner as a result of receiving any Prize herein shall be the sole responsibility of such Winner.

TOTAL ARV OF ALL PRIZES TO BE AWARDED DURING THE SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD IS $1,969.70.

5.ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to enter and win a prize in the Cardstore Mantel Matchups Sweepstakes, entrant must be an individual 18 years of age, the legal age of majority, or older in his or her state of residence and must be a legal resident of the United States or the District of Columbia as of the date of entry. This Sweepstakes is void in all United States territories (including Puerto Rico), possessions and overseas military installations and where prohibited by law. Employees of Cardstore (or “Sponsor”), American Greetings Corporation (“American Greetings), and Mullen and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, promotional partners, subsidiaries, service agencies, independent contractors, and all of the officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, promotional partners, sales representatives, and Sweepstakes and other vendor agencies involved in this Sweepstakes (collectively “Released Parties”) and the immediate family (defined for the purposes of this Sweepstakes as parents, spouses, siblings, children) and household members of all such employees, are NOT eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes and/or win a prize. Sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject any entry for any reason. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine whether an entrant is eligible under the eligibility requirements provided in these Official Rules for all purposes.

6.GENERAL RULES: By participating in this Sweepstakes promotion, entrant agrees to be bound by and comply with these Official Rules. By accepting any Prize, the Winner agrees that the Sponsor and those acting under the Sponsor’s authority may use Winner’s name, picture/portrait likeness and/or voice, for advertising and promotional purposes without further consideration, unless prohibited by law. Entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. By accepting Prize, Winner agrees that the Sponsor, its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and their directors, employees, representatives and agents, will have no liability whatsoever for, and will be held harmless by Winner for any liability for any injury, loss or damages of any kind to persons, including death, and property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the Prize or participation in this Sweepstakes or any Prize related activity. All entries become the sole property of Sponsor and none will be returned.

7.LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; INDEMNIFICATION: Entrant agrees that Sponsor will have no liability whatsoever for, and will indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and its respective parent, subsidiaries, and affiliate companies, and their respective, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the ” Sweepstakes Indemnities”) from, any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Sweepstakes Indemnities due to or arising out of the entrant’s submission in this Sweepstakes, or the entrant’s conduct during and in connection with this Sweepstakes, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy, or defamation. By accepting a Prize, Winner agrees that Sponsor will have no liability whatsoever for, and will indemnify and hold harmless the Sweepstakes Indemnities from, any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the Prize or any Prize related activity. No liability or responsibility is assumed by Sponsor and its respective parent, subsidiaries, and affiliate companies, and their respective, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees, resulting from any entrant’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or ability or inability to upload, or download any information in connection with participating in the Sweepstakes. No responsibility or liability is assumed by Sponsor for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Sweepstakes: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any e-mail transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted e-mail transmissions; inaccessibility of the Sponsor web site (“Web Site”) in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the internet or the Web Site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the Sweepstakes, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Sweepstakes, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Sweepstakes.

Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Web Site. Use of Web Site is at user’s own risk. Sponsor is not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained to user’s or any other person’s computer or photographic equipment resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the Web Site.

Sponsor: Cardstore, One American Road, Cleveland, OH, 44144.

Construction Zone: Fun Ideas for a Transportation Themed Birthday Party

Does your son love to dig in the dirt and aspire to drive a massive dump truck? Does he love watching construction and dream of wearing a yellow hard hat? Why not throw a construction themed birthday party for his next birthday celebration? Follow these steps to throw the perfect transportation themed birthday party:

Decor: Buy as much black and yellow as you can find. Buy or make square construction signs with messages like Do Not Enter! and Work Zone! and place them strategically around the house and yard. Buy a few plastic cones, and, of course, plenty of yellow caution tape. Add various cars and trains around as decoration.

Activities: Offer each child a yellow work hat as they enter the house, and work them that there are kids at work. If possible, also provide them with a shovel. Fill the backyard or sand box with plenty of plastic shovels and tools so that they can move some dirt! Add mini dump trucks if desired. Set up other “work stations” with fun tasks that give them lots to do with their hands. Even have a station with blocks or Legos that they can build and demolish!

Food: Keep it casual with yellow frosting and chocolate cupcakes for dessert. Fill mini dump trucks with various snacks and treats on the table. Label the cups with “Wet Paint.”

The best part about throwing a transportation themed birthday party? No need to clean up the house too much beforehand! This is a Work Zone!

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Cool Back to School Supplies for Tweens

Whether your child is finishing up elementary school or just beginning middle school, now’s the time to get some more fashionable school supplies! Here’s a list of some fun ideas to add a little color to your tween’s school year this fall:

 

  • A Bright Backpack–the more colorful the better!
  • Erasers of all shapes, sizes, and colors
  • Patterned Pencil Case
  • A Tiny & Colorful Mini-Stapler
  • Folders featuring their favorite things
  • Sweet Notebooks with small designs and patterns
  • Sticky Notes in various shapes and themes
  • Highlighters in every color
  • Colorful pens for doodling
  • Shaped scissors for craft projects
  • A new cell phone case
  • Paperclips in fun shapes like hearts and stars
  • A hip agenda–have them pick it out themselves!
  • Magnets for their locker
  • Mini-posters
  • Locker Decor–including a magnetic pen and pencil holder

What are some of your favorite tween school supplies this year?

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Planning the Perfect Pizza Party

You might think that a pizza party is the best (and easiest!) kind of party. Every party is, after all, just one pizza away from becoming one! But, if you really want to go above and beyond, your pizza party can be more than just a few liters of soda and a couple of local pies.

Get your DIY on and munch on a slice of everyone’s favorite food with our quick and easy guide to throwing your perfect make-it-yourself pizza party.

  • Dealing with Dough: Making your own dough might be a risky endeavor, because so much can go wrong. The dough might fail to rise, be too sticky, or end up with a less-than-desirable consistency. Unless your an experienced pastry chef, there’s really no shame in outsourcing the dough making. Try getting pizza dough from your local shop to really get something tasty. Or, consider getting different types of pizza dough from your nearby gourmet grocery store–like wheat or cornmeal–to ensure that your guests will be able to customize their pizza to their heart’s content.
  • Provide Sauce Options: Everyone appreciates a good red sauce–so be sure to experiment with levels of tanginess for yours! Consider adding other sauce options as well–like pesto, creme fraiche, or other cream-based sauces.
  • Cheese it Up: Be sure to stock up on the shredded mozzarella–since everyone will need some of that. To add some new flavors to your pizza palette, consider Buffalo mozzarella,  feta cheese, goat cheese, asiago, blue cheese, and parmeggiano reggiano. Your gourmet guests (and your taste buds!) will love you!
  • Go Crazy with Toppings: Toppings are probably everyone’s favorite part because they offer the chance to really get creative. Accordingly, don’t skimp out on the toppings. Peruse a pizza menu to help you make a list of every topping you can imagine. Set up your own toppings station to avoid back-up.
  • Easy Decor: The only must-haves for a pizza party are plenty of paper tablecloths (things might get a little messy!), paper plates, plastic cutlery, and plenty of pizza cutters. Feel free to add a little old-school Italian restaurant to your home with red and white checked tablecloths and cheesy Italian music.
  • Don’t Forget the Drinks: Have plenty of options available, like soda, juice, and water for kids. Pick up some beer and red table wine for the adults!

What are your must-have toppings for your ideal pizza party?

 

Celebrate Friendship Day!

Your best friends comfort you when you’re down, celebrate your happy occasions, and generally step in where family can’t–so why not celebrate them with a card this Friendship Day? This year, Friendship Day falls on August 4th, 2013–which means that you have plenty of time to design a card for your nearest and dearest friends. Cardstore has a variety of friendship cards to help you celebrate your BFF in style, and today (Tuesday, July 23rd) we’re offering Friendship cards for only $1.99! Not sure what to write in your friendship card?

Friendship Day is the perfect opportunity to:

  • Commemorate a particularly funny inside joke.
  • Share a photo memory from the recent past.
  • Genuinely let your friend know what you love about them–and how much their friendship means to you.
  • Send hello to distant friends–or friends you’ve fallen out of touch with.
  • Highlight a retro photo from when you were kids.

What sort of friends are you grateful for this Friendship Day?

Take a Summer Staycation!

Don’t have the time or money to plan your next big vacation? There’s no need to sacrifice some quality R&R this summer! Instead of going all out for that big vacation, save the money for next year and celebrate summer with your own staycation instead. You’ll get all the relaxing (and good times) with none of the stress. Plus, you might discover some new things about your area that you didn’t have time to see before! Follow these simple steps to begin your summer staycation.

  • Set the dates: Take the time off of work and coordinate with family. Tell everyone to block off the time as if they were really going out-of-town–no exceptions. To really get into the staycation spirit, it’s important to really withdraw from everyday life. Stop the mail, set up an out-of-office message for your company email, and even hide the clocks if you want!
  • Outline an Itinerary: Decide which days will be for relaxing, or set aside a day to visit the town nearby. Make a list of all the activities in your own town you haven’t tried–like a mountain hike or a brand new gallery. You may think you know your city well–but pretend you’re a tourist–and really indulge your every whim!
  • Plan your Meals:  Unless you’re a real kitchen enthusiast, one of the best parts of vacation is going out to eat! Make a list of your favorite restaurants–or ones you want to try–and get excited for a few cooking-free days filled with delicious eats.
  • Indulge in your Favorite Leisure Activity: If you love to read, stock up on some books or magazines in advance. Make a list of some movies you want to see and make sure they’re available on Netflix! Plan a round of golf or brush up on your tennis game. The possibilities are endless–and you can make your staycation as relaxing or entertaining as you’re craving.

 

Celebrate Aunt and Uncle’s Day on July 26th, 2013

Most of us grow up celebrating Mom and Dad for Mother’s and Father’s Day, but all sorts of family members are worth treasuring–particularly your aunts and uncles. Not many people know that Aunt and Uncle’s Day exists precisely for that occasion. This year, Aunt and Uncle’s Day falls on Friday, July 26th!

If you’re like many of us, you grew up spending holidays and casual afternoons hanging out with your aunts and uncles–and you found all sorts of reasons to be thankful for them. Whether it was your Aunt Beth’s pie, your Uncle Tom’s grilling action, Aunt Jenn’s priceless dating advice, or Uncle James’ hilarious family stories, your aunts and uncles filled in the gaps your parents sometimes missed.

This year, let them know your favorite things about them with a sweet card for Aunt and Uncle’s Day, and show them what a special place they occupy in your childhood memories and present holiday fun. Include a picture to highlight one of your favorite memories with them and let them know how much you appreciate them this Aunt and Uncle’s Day!

The History of Parents’ Day: July 28th, 2013

You may have celebrated your mom and dad a ton these past few months with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but Parents’ Day is the ideal opportunity to  celebrate all the important parents in your community, and for parents and children to honor their special bond. Parents’ Day is on Sunday, July 28th this year, which means that it is the perfect day to celebrate as a whole family and engage in bonding activities.

Many people don’t know that Parents’ Day is a National holiday that was formally established in 1994 by President Bill Clinton to highlight the importance of a family upbringing to the community.  Parents’ Day falls on the fourth Sunday of each July and  many churches, synagogues and mosques celebrate Parents’ Day to honor the families that make their community whole.

If none of your local organizations are celebrating Parents’ Day this year,  why don’t you find a way to celebrate your favorite family activities as a child? Compile a list of possible activities to re-create the memories of your childhood and celebrate the great job your parents did. If you can’t get together with your parents for Parents’ Day, send a card to them and all the amazing parents you know who put the special family bond before work and other priorities this year. A family dynamic is worth celebrating and worth passing on from generation to generation; take this day to honor the family values your parents instilled in you!

Birthday Gag Gifts: Celebrate a Milestone Birthday with a Laugh!

For those big milestone birthdays, it’s tough to find the gift that’s just right for the birthday boy or girl. Whether they’re turning 30, 40, 50, or any other big birthday, sometimes giving a gift card just doesn’t seem like the best you can do. Along with giving them a great card to celebrate their milestone birthday, why not pick out a laugh-out-loud gag gift? Here’s a few steps to help you brainstorm the perfect birthday gag gift.

  •  Make it age related: Especially for a milestone birthday, age is the thing on everyone’s mind. If the birthday boy or girl is a little anxious about getting older, make anxiety into a laugh with a gift that seems designed for the elderly. Everything from a large print book to false teeth to a cane will help them realize they’re not over the hill just yet.
  • Focus on the wrapping job: Create a false sense of excitement by wrapping a tiny box in bigger and better packaging. Make your presentation be part of your gag gift!
  • Use unusual ingredients:  Make bubble bath, potpourri, or trail mix with slightly off or funny ingredients to make a homemade gag gift that will make them laugh. Just be careful to label the ingredients clearly so they get the joke.
  • Provide an incomplete gift: Offer the ringbox without the ring or the batteries without the toy. Include a picture of the missing object with a “Just add ___” label.

Our birthday board on Pinterest features plenty of fantastic gag gifts for a variety of different birthdays, making it easy to pick out the perfect gift to help make their day even more memorable. What are some of your favorite gag gifts to give for those major birthdays? Don’t forget to pick out a great milestone birthday card to help complete the gift.

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Don’t Forget About Your Summer Bucket List!

Now that July 4th has come and gone, we’re officially in the heat of summer–which means it’s time to get to all of the things you wanted to do this summer! Don’t just take it on a day-by-day basis–get organized and have some serious fun with your own summer bucket list. Need some ideas to get you started? Check out our summer bucket list for some fun-in-the sun ideas!

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What will you add to your personalized summer bucket list?