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How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday Cards

One of the most classic parts of the holiday season is the giving and receiving of holiday cards . It’s a special treat to see all of the colorful and happy greetings on display, but what do you with them once the holiday season ends? Throwing them away can be difficult, and can even bring a feeling of guilt for some of us! This year, why not turn those holiday cards into something really useful- gift tags for next year’s gifts!

Start by collecting all of the holiday cards you’ve received, and select those that are decorated with festive designs and messages you like best. It’s best to keep an open and creative mind when choosing cards… and yes, you can even use photo cards for this craft! (*Tip- Be sure there is not any writing on the opposite side of the design, otherwise there will be no where to add your “to” and “from” later on!)

Once you have your cards picked out, follow these simple steps and turn your holiday cards into gift tags that will be perfect to use on gifts during next year’s holidays.

CS SC BLG step 1; How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday CardsFirst, cut off the section of the card with the design or message that you want to use for the gift tag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS SC BLG step 2; How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday CardsNext, snip off the edges create a cute gift tag design. (*Tip- try using craft scissors to create fun edges!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS SC BLG step 3; How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday CardsThen, put a hole through the top of the tag with a hole punch for the ribbon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS SC BLG step 4; How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday CardsNow you can thread a festive ribbon through the hole. (*Tip- try using yarn for an extra-special handmade look!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS SC BLG step 5; How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday Cards Finally, when you’re ready to use your gift tag,  just flip it over and write in your “To” and “From” on the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS SC BLG crafts IMAGE; How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday CardsEveryone will love to receive your handmade gift tags, and you’ll love the feeling of putting those cards to good use after the season. Check out some “before” and “after” photos of gift tags we made from Cardstore cards, and then go give it a try!

Don’t forget to save your newly created gift tags with the rest of your holiday wrapping paper to add to gifts for next year! Will you try this fun and simple craft? Tell us about it below!

 

 

 

What to Send: Holiday Cards for Kids

As you gear up for the holidays, don’t forget to share the joy of the season with those who are most enchanted by it; children! With all the hustle and bustle surrounding the holidays it can be easy to forget to celebrate the true meaning of the season, so why not take a minute to show your love for a little one with a kids holiday card from Cardstore.

Help to get children in the spirit of season with a holiday card made just for them. Whether it’s made for your niece, nephew, grandson, granddaughter, or any little one in need of some holiday cheer, kids holiday cards help to get everyone ready to celebrate. Pick a festive card with a snowy scene, cute Christmas characters, and personalized details to show that you’re thinking of them during the holidays. Add their name to the card and a note inside to really make this card stand out from the flood of holiday cards they’re sure to see this year.

There’s no better way to add a little sparkle to their holiday celebrations than with a kids holiday card from Cardstore; who will you send one to this year?

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Cards shown above: Holiday Owls, Holiday Snowflake Sparkle, Polar Bear Holidays

 

Christmas Photo Ideas for Pets

Purrfectly personalized holiday cards starring your pet!

Pets are an important part of our families and absolutely deserve a starring role on holiday cards. But how do you get them to appreciate this honor and behave for the best Christmas card pet photos? Try these holiday pet photo tips, reviewed and approved by our own Mr. Buckles (star of Cat Makes Card video).

Find the best lap- If you’re including your pet in a group photo, be sure they are in the lap of the person they are most comfortable with.

Pet spotlight- Group photo not going so well? You may want to consider taking a photo of your cat or dog by themselves, and just selecting a photo card with multiple photos. Here’s an example!

No flash, please! Not only is using a flash annoying for your cat or dog, it also creates bright green/gray eyes, similar to human red-eye. There is no easy way to eliminate it from a photo, even with retouching.

Speed matters- If possible, set your camera’s shutter speed on a fairly fast frame to keep up with a squirming pet.

Be prepared- Help keep your dog or cat’s attention on the photographer by bringing some of their favorite toys and treats with you to the shoot.

 

Special tips from Mr. Buckles:

Stay calm- Pets don’t do well in stressful situations. Speak softly and calmly, and they will be more inclined to sit still.

Shoot at eye level- It’s usually the most flattering for everyone, anyway!

Keep it real- Take lots of photos, even between poses. Often you can capture a sweet moment that is even more representative of your bond than a perfectly posed photo.

Best Christmas cards for cats

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Christmas cards with cats shown above: Meowie Christmas and Green Merry and Bright

Best Christmas cards for dogs

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Christmas cards with dogs shown above: Dog Christmas Tree and Bow Wow Christmas

Of course, any of our holiday photo cards would look great starring your cat or dog…  which one will you choose?

Thanksgiving Deal: 75% off Holiday Cards!

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Families are finally all together to celebrate Thanksgiving, which means it’s the perfect time to take your holiday card photos and create your holiday card! To help make this process even easier, Cardstore is giving everyone 75% off holiday cards today, Wednesday November 21, through Sunday, November 25, with the code CCN2175 . Since it’s the season of thanks, we can’t think of a better way to show our appreciation for you than with this fantastic deal, just in time for your holiday shopping.

If you took advantage of our 10 free card deal a few weeks ago, why not take inspiration from your favorite card or two in the bunch to get your holiday cards now? A deal like this is one of a kind, so be sure to get 75% off of your holiday cards now! With so many festive, cheery, and personalized cards to choose from, all from the comfort of your own home, creating your holiday cards is the easiest thing you’ll do this entire holiday season.

 

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?

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?

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What to Write- Fall Holiday Cards Edition!

Creating a custom card to celebrate a sweetie? Looking to give your boss a shout-out on their big day? Here are some helpful tips on messages to include for fall holidays. We may not be in the full swing of the holiday season yet, but the beginning of fall brings plenty of other reasons to celebrate!

Boss’s Day, coming on Tuesday, October 16th, is the perfect chance to recognize your boss this year. Start by identifying what makes them such a fantastic boss (their humor? their attitude?), and then mention your hopes for an upcoming event (coffee? a big meeting?). Close by summing up what makes their leadership so valuable.  Your card should end up being sweet, sincere, honest and complimentary. Write something like, “Thank you for being more than a boss, but also a mentor. I really appreciate the time you take to share your feedback on my professional and personal development. Our weekly coffee chats are always a highlight; Looking forward to our next one!”.  Be sure to browse out selection of Boss’s Day Cards to find a card that fits your boss’s style today. CS BLOG image Fall Boss 09242012; What to Write  Fall Holiday Cards Edition!

Another fun holiday, Sweetest Day, will be celebrated on Saturday October 20th this year. It’s the perfect excuse to give your sweetheart, a loved one, or a great friend a card to show how thankful you are for all they do. Start your card by identifying your subject (husband? sister? best friend?), and thank them for something they’ve done recently that really stands out. Bringing up specific events will help them to reminisce on your times together too.CS BLOG image Fall Sweetest 09242012; What to Write  Fall Holiday Cards Edition!

A Sweetest Day card should end up being totally personal, and should read something like “Thank you to the moon and back for being the best sister I could have ever dreamed of. From late night chats over the phone to impromptu lunch dates in the city, I’m so proud to call you my best friend too”.  Personalize each card with a photo of the two of you together and a note to make this a Sweetest Day they’ll remember.

If you’re just feeling ready to welcome the fall with open arms, check out our Fall Cards that will leave everyone ready to watch the leaves change and cuddle up by the fire. In the card, write what you’re most excited about with the coming of the fall, and why you’re thinking of the recipient during this season. It could end up being a simple greeting like, “Dear Aunt Diane, I can’t wait for the cold to come this fall so I can finally wear the sweater you gave me again; it’s one of my favorites! Hope the fall brings you plenty of time to relax with a delicious pumpkin spice latte”.  Add a photo of the family on the first day of school, in a pile of leaves, or showing what you have all been up to lately along with a personalized note to catch up with family and friends before the start of the winter holiday season.

What holidays will you be celebrating this fall?

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Celebrate all Moms!

With Mother’s Day on the horizon, now is a good time to start thinking about all the moms in your life. Even though we call the holiday “Mother’s Day,” it’s really a day to take some time and appreciate all the special women in your life – which to many of us, can mean more than just our own moms – and Cardstore.com gets that. Whether you’re looking for a card for your Grandmother, Sister, Aunt or Wife, we have the perfect choices ready for you.

 

Maybe this is a 1st Mother’s Day for one of your friends, and we just know any mom-to-be would love getting a Mother’s Day card to celebrate!  Personalized Mother’s Day cards are great for every mom from A to Z, so have fun by adding a photo and their name, plus, you can add your very own signature too! Our Mother’s Day Shipping Cutoff is 5.6.12! View our Holiday Shipping Schedule for more details. CS SC MDayBlog2bottom 04182012; Celebrate all Moms!

Inspiration Board: Bright Pink and Orange

During the rainy season, I add plenty of color to my life to make up for the lack of it in the nature around me. This eye-catching pink and orange holiday thank you card  has me dreaming of a life set in bright fuchsias, pinks, and oranges.

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Cardstore.com Pink Stones Holiday Thank You Card

Anthropologie Hat and Shower Curtain

J.Crew Flats and Kids Top

Madewell Dress and Jeans

Bed pictured at Flickr, featured in Elle Decor

Cookie and kate and Blood Orange French 75 Recipe

Take Two Tuesday: A Very Green January

Add a pop of green to an otherwise dreary January with this holiday thank you note and these hunter wellies. The burst of color is sure to add some brightness to winter weather!

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Cardstore.com Christmas Tree Green Thanks Holiday Thank You Card

Hunter Brixen Wellies at Madewell