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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.

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

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!


Halloween Invitations- How to be the Ghostess with the Mostest!

Be the “ghostest with the mostest” with party invitations to die for. From little goblin gatherings to an all-out monster-mash bash, create the perfect invite that’s oh so bewitching!

With witching hour fast approaching, it’s time to begin planning your Halloween party–and the first step to getting your spook on is selecting and sending your Halloween invitations. But how do you create a Halloween invitation that’s more of a treat than a trick?

  • Match your invite to your bash. Half the fun of Halloween parties are all of the shapes they can take. Gather all the kids together for a pre-trick or treating bash. Throw a pumpkin carving party one evening for an artistic twist on the traditional Halloween party. Transform your home into a spooky haunted house, and invite guests to brave it if they dare. Gather friends and family for a good old fashioned costume party. Host a spooky soiree with creepy cocktails. The possibilities are nearly endless! They key to throwing a great Halloween party–and finding the perfect Halloween invite–is to decide what kind of party you envision, and go from there.
  • Go batty with puns. No other time can you get away with as many puns as in a Halloween invitation–Halloween is a time for topsy-turvy fun, and your invitation language should show that off! Invite guys and ghouls to partake in some spooky fun. Let them know that it’s sure to be a fright of a night–truly a spooktacular occasion. If the party is BYOB–encourage guests to bring their own spirits, and ghosts too! Check out our invites that employ puns of their own–telling guests not to be a scaredy cat, or encouraging them to scare up some fun!
  • Be clear with the details. Because a Halloween party can take so many forms, you need to be especially clear with your Halloween party invitation wording. After supplying the basics, like date, time, meal/drink provisions, and RSVP info–be sure to include the most important part–whether or not it’s a costume party! From there, be sure to provide some other clarifying details–like whether its a kid Halloween party, or an adult Halloween party. Finally, spell out any supplies they might need for your party–like a pumpkin, trick or treat bag, or favorite scary movie.

Hopefully, we’ve sparked a few boo-tiful Halloween party ideas for you. Now go check out all of our Halloween invites on site and get planning your night of fright!

Halloween Invitations Pictured: Pumpkin Halloween Party Invitation,  Bad Cat Invite Halloween Party Invitation, Vampire Halloween Poison Halloween Invitation, & Cute Witch Invite Halloween Party Invitation.

What to Write – Kids’ Halloween Cards Edition!

Create a treat of a card for the little ghouls and goblins in your life. Add your own photo and a personalized message as an extra special treat! Need help on what to say? We got you covered…

The little ones in your life have been waiting for months to put on their costumes, grab handfuls of candy, and have a blast with friends. Why not send them a Kids Halloween Card to help them get even more excited for this devilishly fun holiday?

If you’re sending a card to a younger child, be sure to pick a design that’s not too spooky and instead pick one featuring a cute and friendly Halloween character. Inside, add a note that encourages them to organize a Trick-or-Treating group with friends and family, enjoy plenty of chocolate and candy (but to be sure to brush their teeth after!), and to take plenty of pictures in their costume so you can see what a great time they had celebrating this year. A great note to send would be something like “Happy Halloween Addison! I loved your pumpkin costume last year, and can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with this year. Have a great time Trick-or-Treating, and be sure to save me some Hershey’s!”. Sweet but simple enough for the little one to read, it will easily make their Halloween even more special.

Whether it’s a card for a granddaughter, grandson, niece, nephew, or any kid in between, they’ll love to receive a custom Kids Halloween Card from you. Which little ones in your life will you send a Halloween Card to this year?

Kids Halloween Cards

Happy Halloween!

We hope you’re having a spooky Halloween this Monday! Here’s to lots of candy corn and happy trick-or-treaters.

Take Two Tuesday: Pretty Pumpkin Patch

I like to keep a little greenery on my pumpkins–I think that pumpkin vines are such a nice touch in creating more natural fall decor. It’s no surprise, then, that I love these pumpkin cupcakes with vines attached! Pumpkin Vines Photo Halloween Card

Duncan Hines Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

Inspiration Board: Shocking Skeletons

Create a skeleton party themed around this spooky skeleton invitation. I particularly love the skeleton gingerbread idea from Family Fun–so adorable and easy! Skeleton Drink Halloween Invitation

Dollar Store Crafts Skeleton Lights

Family Fun Gingerbread Skeleton

Take the Cake Skeleton Cupcakes

Martha Stewart Glittered Skulls

Martha Stewart Sugar Skulls

Take Two Tuesday: Spooky Owls

Owls are some of my favorite autumn icons, and as far as Halloween creatures go, they’re certainly the cutest. The owls below might be more spooky than cute, but I guess that’s the way it should be what with October in full swing! Owl Silhouette Halloween Greeting Card

Owl Photo Here

Inspiration Board: Candy Corn Decor

If you have as serious a sweet tooth as I do, then candy corn is your best friend during the Halloween season. Why not organize your Halloween bash around this Halloween greeting card and its bright candy corn colors? Using candy corn as your inspiration is sure to create a Halloween party that’s both cheerful and focused on the sweeter side of Halloween. Boo Candy Corn Halloween Card

Martha Stewart Candy Corn Jello and Pom Poms

Country Living Candy Corn Cookie

Raising Arizona Kids Candy Corn Candle

Take Two Tuesday: Bats Everywhere!

Make your entryway match your Halloween invitation with this pairing, each featuring a majestic flurry of bats gathering to make Halloween that much more frightening. Purple Bats Halloween Invitation

Country Living Bats at the Door