Tag: greeting cards

Celebrity designed holiday cards that give back. And they’re actually nice!

OK, so you’ve probably never wondered what a holiday card designed by Jennifer Aniston or Zoe Saldana would look like, but here’s a hint: They’re stylish. Stylish enough that it surprised us. And stylish enough that they are carried by paper goods powerhouse Tiny Prints this holiday, and come with a fabulous charitable component too.  You are familiar with Tiny Prints, aren’t you? They brought hip back to cute paper goods, and this celebrity-designed line of cards is no exception. The irony (and I mean this in a good way) is that these celebrities have come together to raise funds...

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Beautiful holiday photo cards that are easy to make. So you might actually send them.

Last year we discovered the beautiful new holiday card company, Pinhole Press. And this year, the company has a whole new lineup of cards–so I’m glad to have discovered them myself. Let’s just say making holiday cards stresses me out so much, I usually put them off for a long time. Like until February. But this year, I just may have cards out to family and friends in time for the holidays. And I don’t mean Groundhog Day. [don’t miss an exclusive discount just for cmp readers!] The process is incredibly simple. You choose from one of the stunning...

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Children’s thank you cards that will grow on you

Thank you cards can be a chore or an adventure. A joy, even. We vote for joy. The delightful Thank You Card Set from the wonderful shop Draw Me a Lion is the perfect way to make handwriting–and gratefulness–blossom. Two each of the three designs features a flower child that’s more hip than hippie, hearkening back to the retro designs of the 70s and reminding me of one of my all-time favorite kids’ books, The Phantom Tollbooth. The cards are handmade and shipped from Canada, so it may take a little longer than you’re used to. But it’ll be...

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Minted makes the holiday cards that make us swoon

We fell in love with Minted back when we first got wind of their holiday cards, all created by indie designers, many of whom happen to be talented stay-at-home moms. The customization process is a snap and the quality has never failed to make us say, “oohh…” So when they asked if we’d pick a few of our favorites and share them with you this year, we were like, where do we start? Here, a brief holiday mini guide to help you find the card you had in mind anyway. For families with a sense of humorHow can you...

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The holiday cards for people who love paper

One of my favorite holiday traditions is sending and receiving cards in the mail — especially the photo kind. (I can’t possibly be the only one. Who doesn’t love getting real mail? And photos? Everyone does!) It’s the best part of December, by far. Here’s the thing, though: Most of the photo cards out there are a little meh for my taste. I’m kind of obsessed with good quality paper. I want to send crisp photos that my friends and family will treasure — after all, it’s likely to be the only printed photo they will get all year....

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Thank-you cards that your kids will love to write

My mom was amazing with personal notes–she always produced the loveliest card, written just-so, perfectly on-time, for every occasion.  Her mastery of the art form skipped a generation. But the good news is that means my kids have a fair shot at note-writing expertise–and these adorable new educational cards can only help. Letter Learning is a line of educational greeting cards for kids, invented by teacher and mama Ellen Richard. There’s a card for every occasion–from birthdays to party invites to “just because,” with cute illustrations and pre-made words that kids trace out so that they’re “writing” while learning to write...

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A modern way to welcome baby

A lot of birth announcements seem to be designed with the premise that more is more–more typefaces, more photos, more duckies and bunnies crawling up the borders. Not so with the Hello Lucky! collection of modern cards. This modern birth announcement spotted at one of my favorite card shops, pops right off the page (and your refrigerator door) with a color appropriately called lucky red. For those of you kind of meh on pink and blue, I think it’s a neat way to welcome your newest Most Important Person into the world. If you are into pink and blue though? It comes...

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Announcing your excellent taste. Oh, and a baby, too.

We found (and squealed about) the delicious, inventive cards and invitations from Bird and Banner years ago, but it’s been a while since I stopped by to see what’s new. Let’s just say the selection hasn’t quite made me want to have another baby just for the shower invitations, but if I were to be asked to pick them out for you, I would jump at the chance. While Erin and Nicole made a name for themselves working with fabrics (check out the imaginative wedding invitations for Grace Bonney of design*sponge, printed on vintage handkerchiefs!) I love seeing what...

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Paperflavor – delicious!

What’s that delightful flavor? I mean, I know it’s paper. But there are essences of ballerina, candy, fruit, robot, and… do I detect the delightful aroma of ninja? It must be Paperflavor, the brand new site offering a truly creative range of invitations, stationery, and other beautiful paper goods that are just my cup of (flavored) tea. The stationery sets are unusually adorable–a great choice for a tween girl who likes that cute animé illustration style. And there’s a nice selection of baby shower invitations and photo baby announcements that are bright, colorful and modern. It’s a refreshing change...

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Hello, gorgeous

I am always amazed at how quickly bloggers–and especially mom bloggers–rally to support their fellow parents in need. One of those compassionate moms is CMP friend Christine Koh of Boston Mamas and the design firm Posh Peacock. Today, she took time away from her newborn to launch an exquisite set of greeting cards in memory of a friend. The Hello Gorgeous cards are, as I always say of my daughters, beautiful on the outside, but even more beautiful on the “inside” — 100% of the profits support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in memory of fellow blogger and mom...

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A printable Father’s Day card fit for a hero

I bought the photo mug for Grandpa, and the Kindle for my husband (lucky dog!), but I’ve yet to find the perfect card. Leave it to new discovery TinyUs to do the work for me, and even better, for free. All you need is a printer to give the dad in your life this adorable “Dad, You are my hero!” card, available as a downloadble, printable PDF on the TinyUs blog. Whether or not he has the ironic moustache, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate that special dad in your life for free. Besides telling him...

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Paper dolls so pretty you might play with them yourself

I’m a sucker for beautiful vintage-y paper dolls; they’re the perfect antidote to the plugged-in life my kids are living. And beautiful vintage-style paper dolls that help kids with disabilities? Sold. TinyUs is a creative charity set up to raise funds for Présence, a school for children with developmental disabilities in the south of France. The entire price of each card or paper doll purchased at their web site goes directly to Présence. Even better: the pieces have no set prices — you choose your donation. The site offers paper doll cards, traditional paper doll sets, and party invitations,...

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Fathers-in-law deserve love (and humor) on Father’s Day too.

It’s no news that Cool Mom Picks loves cards from Kiki Parry’s Alternate Greetings. Her slightly inappropriate and hysterical quips are perfect for those moments when you want your message to be just a little different. This Father’s Day card is perfect for the non-fathers in your life who have been influential and supportive and who, um, hopefully have a sense of humor. Maybe a father-in-law ? It reads: You’ve been like a father to me. / Except you never knocked up my mom. Did you? Now this is awkward. Just don’t give it to your grandfather. That would...

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Getting kids to write thank you notes–actually, not too hard.

I’ve been a fan of the fun color-your-own cards from Greenstarstudio since back when I discovered her cool holiday designs. So I’m happy to see some of the new cards at the shop, that can be good for slightly older kids too. The color your own cards featuring speech/thought bubbles are so smart! Kids can not only put crayon to paper and make illustrator Danamarie Hosler’s original creatures come to life, they can now fill in the bubbles with personalized messages–anything from happy birthday, to MOMMMMM which is all my four year-old wants to write these days. Grab the...

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Super cool – Make your own pop-ups!

My son has been totally into making pop-ups this week. Little paper springs, rainbows and jack-in-the-boxes are all over our kitchen table as I type this. (And a million tiny scraps of paper are still on the kitchen floor.) And now, your kids can get into it too. There’s not a doubt in my mind that crafty kids will go nutty for the adorable make your own pop-up tutorial at Oh Happy Day. Teeny, tiny balloons and a sweet message banner make this the perfect card for oh-so-many occasions. And the concept (which is actually easy enough for a...

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Chirply – Chirp if you love community design

As much as I love Threadless, I only need so many t-shirts, y’know? But it was only a matter of time before someone would realize that the model of letting the community submit artwork and then vote submissions up for production would catch on for other products, too. Like these greeting cards at Chirply Both the way the submissions and voting process work, and the wacky designs seem to take a page from my beloved crowdsourced t-shirt website, only here I can buy as many cards as I want. Because hey, there’s always a reason to send someone a card,...

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Talk about a sweet Mother’s Day card

What mom doesn’t love getting cards on the most important holiday of the year? Of course I’m talking about May 8th, (that’s Mother’s Day honey, in case you forgot). And while I’ve loved every glitter-laden handmade card I’ve ever received, I must say that this one might take the cake. Or chocolate. The chocolate postcards, by CMP Fave, Rogue Confections, would be a most welcome addition this year. Not only are they decorated with swoon-worthy Victorian themes, but they’re made of pure Belgian chocolate. Semisweet for the purists, milk chocolate for the masses, and white chocolate for…well, I’m not...

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The perfect Mother’s Day: French toast, bacon and just the right card

Now that I’m a mom myself, I realize that Mother’s Day is not just about getting breakfast in bed (not that I would turn that down) or a day off from housework (also, sounds awesome). Rather, I want to do something to honor my mom for all her hard work and I want her to feel appreciated. With a great card being a must (don’t all moms save all their cards?) CMP favorite, Shutterfly, has an incredible selection of Mother’s Day cards that will make any mom or grandma weak in the knees. You can upload your child’s artwork...

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The paper crown princess

If I had a dollar for every princess themed birthday party I’ve been to, including my daughter’s birthday party…well, I’d be able to pay for our next goodie bags. If you get suckered into hosting one with the ever-so-popular theme, I love these paper crowns which are so charming and special. They help me envision a new take on the princess party with a more classic than Disney vibe. The paper crowns (update: now available at Present and Correct) actually happen to be cards that fold up nicely and come with a matching envelope, all with a cool retro style. With the...

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Personalized gifts for kids at Snapfish. Way way way beyond photo mugs.

I’m one of those diehards (or gluttons for punishment) who still orders hard copies of digital photos so that I can shove them into a photo album. I’ve used Snapfish for years for these prints, including last month’s order of 1,370 prints. (No, that’s not a typo) But, outside of photo prints or the occasional calendar, I haven’t really thought of Snapfish as a must-visit place for gift ideas. Turns out, they’ve got a lot of cool partnerships with some very creative smaller companies which makes them a cool place to bookmark when you need a special gift. Keep...

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