Tag: greeting cards

Lovely printables for Valentine’s Day

If you’re a mom, you could pretty much rename Valentine’s Day, Lots and Lots of Random Paper That My Kids Won’t Let Me Recycle Day. Wouldn’t it be great if you could start with a PDF and just print the paper you actually wanted? And wouldn’t it be even greater if that PDF was so cute that you wanted to print everything? If you’re finding yourself in a panic about the yet unmade Valentine’s Day cards for your kids to hand out, enter the Lovely Print-It-Yourself Booklet by Joie from IndieFixx. This adorable–and extremely useful–collaboration brings together 18 different...

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Valentine’s table for two. Hold the whining.

During these days of expensive childcare and daytime exhaustion, I’d imagine that for many of us, a romantic Valentine’s Date means putting the kids to bed and praying they stay there while you sit down to a romantic dinner in the dining room. Fondue perhaps? I thought this Valentine’s Card from Cocodot was kind of a cool thing–send it to your love digitally or the ye olde fashioned snail mail way, and make a stay-at-home date for the 14th. Then put on something lacy under your clothes, grab some bubbly and you’re ready to go. Romance is still alive....

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Dandy address labels for holiday cards with style

If I’ve learned one thing after years of sending holiday cards, it’s buy the darn address labels. Not that the free ones you get from various charities can’t be lovely at times. But if you ever have the choice between hand addressing envelopes and sticking a label on them? I think the choice is clear. I was just browsing over at Minted and found these super smart skinny labels. [don’t miss a nice discount after the jump] The labels basically wrap around the side of the envelope, putting your return address on the front and a message of your...

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Holiday photo cards with flair? Reader Q&A

Can you suggest some more holiday photo card sites? I’m a little bored with the same ole, same ole every year. Or, what about a site for creating your own cards with flair? -Ginger I am fairly certain that Holiday Rule #1 states that you must send out photo cards once you have children. A lot of people must agree since I get a loads of holiday photo cards each year. But after getting, and sending, the same basic photo card year after year, I too yearn to see something a little more design-y and inspired, like these options we’ve...

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Coming to your mailbox: Joy, Peace, and Cheer.

I cringed on that day back in October when holiday cards replaced an aisle of Halloween costumes. It’s not that I dislike the holiday season or have a soft spot for grown men dressed as plates of spaghetti. It’s just that the cards were all somber and religious, and, well… not my style. But even a bah-humbuggle like me can get on board for non-denominational photo cards that use positive words and my own beautiful photographs to spread happiness. We’ve long been big fans of Paper Culture, thanks to their hip designs, lovely cardstock, and chic rounded corners. But...

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Photo cards and gifts for the design snobs

Is there a single mom who isn’t stressed out by holiday cards? Like I don’t already have enough to do, let alone trying to find one picture where everyone in the family looks halfway decent and then praying that the photo cards we order will be halfway decent. Well, this year, we have the chance to order our holiday cards from a brand new site that may very well make the most beautiful holiday cards in everyone’s mailbox. I was lucky enough to sample the offerings from Pinhole Press, and love my holiday cards so much, I am counting...

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It’s a card. That’s a gift.

I love the idea of giving out a little something more than a holiday card to my friends and family. Of course, I wish I could give everyone a gift, but since money doesn’t grow on trees, here’s another idea.[don’t miss a great offer after the jump] The WOOD Holiday Greeting Cards at Night Owl Paper Goods are adorable as a step up from a card but maybe not quite a gift. Made from eco-friendly birch wood, they have a personalized image on one side, and a calendar on the other. That way family and friends can remember you...

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I’m dreaming of a big city holiday

I’m dreaming of a picture perfect holiday season, like a vintage postcard, with over-sized snowflakes and smiling kids singing songs at my door. I’m also dreaming of taking the perfect holiday photo of my two girls and they’ll both smile at the same time and sit still long enough… right. We all have our idealized images of the perfect holiday season and mine happens to look a lot like these charming holiday cards designed by Lab Partners. [don’t miss an awesome giveaway after the jump!]  The Twice as Nice Greetings  aren’t just beautiful holiday cards–with a winter wonderland image...

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Winter wonderland photo cards, even in warmer climes

At the first sign of snow, every parent in our neighborhood bundles up their little dumplings and runs outside with three or four cameras– because it’s Georgia, and we go crazy over a little snow. But when we get back inside, the photos are ruined by slushy bits and gray clouds and smudgy fingers and babies crying because 1/4 inch of snow doesn’t really make concrete soft. Not exactly holiday card material. The best solution I’ve seen? Having professional artists take the most amazing photo you’ve got and transplant your little darling onto this adorable holiday card. CMP favorite...

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Anniversary cards for the 21st century

Your spouse fell in love with you, married you, and actually consented to create tiny people with you. And when you get to the Happy Anniversary section of the greeting card display, what are your choices? Gold-trimmed champagne glasses with sappy poems in curly script. Or fart jokes. If that’s not your style, skip the sap and crap and click over to see the new anniversary cards by CMP favorite shop, mom-run Alternative Greetings. Our love is here to stay. Our wedding photos we should probably back up. Truer words were never said in the digital age, right? There’s...

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Frighteningly artful Halloween invitations

I’ve been thinking about having a small Halloween party for my three-year-old and her friends. Nothing elaborate. No baking required. And I’ll send out the invitations on-line because who has the time to dig up everyone’s actual address?  Fortunately pingg, one of Cool Mom Pick’s favorite free on-line card store, has a new collection of Halloween invites and cards by actual artists, and they’re so cute, it’s scary. (Ha.) Browsing the selection of Halloween e-Cards and invites at pingg will definitely put you in the Halloween mood. I love the Dapper Skeleton design by Etsy artist Katie Crawford, and...

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Fighting fire with Halloween cards

When an enormous fire roared across San Bruno, California, on September 9, it destroyed homes and uprooted hundreds of people. Scary–unbelievably scary. But it couldn’t have been more terrifying for anyone than the children and families whose lives were suddenly changed forever.  So as Halloween slinks into view and we start planning parties and costumes for out little ghosts and ghouls (and–sigh–wannabe Lady Gagas), here’s a good way to help those in San Bruno who have had to face real-life scary stuff. Paper Culture, a Cool Mom Picks favorite, is donating 100 percent of proceeds from its amazing Halloween...

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Modern telegrams -(STOP)- For real -(STOP)-

It’s unlikely that you need to let anyone know that the stagecoach is likely to be late or that there’s trouble at the train depot, but why should that stop you from adding a vintage twist to that special message? If you go to Telegram Stop, for under $6 you can send an official-looking old-time-y telegram anywhere in the world. How great is that? If you don’t mind straying from the retro theme, you can even include pictures. Send a single message (Congratulations on your new baby -(STOP)-) or use their handy bulk interface to send duplicates to multiple...

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When you care enough to lick a stamp.

My birthday is coming up tomorrow (happy birthday me!) which means I have cards on the brain. If not in the mailbox. As much as I love ecards and send them with abandon, there’s still something nice about getting something in the mail that’s not a bill, a bill, or a bill. Or a political solictiation. Feel the same way? I’m kind of in love with the hand letterpress cards from Minneapolis’s Zeichen Press. That is, when I’m not feeling jealous that I didn’t come up with them. A writer feeling jealous of a greeting card writer? That’s saying...

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Cool Jewish New Year’s cards! Who knew?

Trust me when I tell you that finding cool High Holidays card is not easy. Which would explain why every year I receive duplicates, sometimes triplicates, of the same cards. I’m sure you fellow MOT’s know of which I speak. Thank you, Hi There Press, for coming out with a collection of beautifully designed cards that I’d imagine will even make non-Jews wish they could send them. The Jewish New Year’s cards range from classic to cute and trendy to traditional. The customization process is super quick. Select your style, stick in a oh-so-fabulous picture of your family, change...

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Hallmark.com launches personalized baby announcements. Finally.

I guess I must have just assumed that Hallmark already offered customizable baby announcements because they’re pretty much the greeting card pioneers. But apparently, that was not the case, since I just got word that their brand new line personalized baby announcements just hit their site. From what I can see, they look pretty darn cool. I’m equally impressed with the simple, stylish designs as I am with the ease of ordering and sending them (I tried out their thank-you cardsĀ myself), and the fantastic prices. Hallmark has got everything from the cute girl announcement that turns your full-frame photo...

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New custom photo cards so cute I don’t actually want to mail them.

It was her very first ballet recital, and I wanted everyone we know to see her joyful smile as she hugged her first bouquet of roses. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to just give away our new custom photo cards from Shutterfly. I might just keep them all for myself. [don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!] I’ve never actually had photo stationery made — I know, shame on me. But the options on Shutterfly are mind boggling. Choosing from among the new 3×5 folded notecards collection alone is difficult, since there are a full 26 options, each...

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Last-minute Father’s Day cards that are worthy of the World’s Greatest Dad

I’m not exactly a procrastinator, I just tell myself  I can always do something tomorrow. As in, I’ll go out and get that great Father’s Day card tomorrow. Guess what? Tomorrow is now, and the Father’s Day card rack at the local store looks like it was attacked by hungry wolves. But, no worries, because some of our favorite websites have got our backs covered, with great Father’s Day ecards that won’t look like we waited until “tomorrow” to get. -Christina Start his day off with a song, preferably one sung by someone who sounds better than I do before...

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Handmade Father’s Day cards – only not by your own hand

When your kids are still too young to break out the glitter glue and make dad a Father’s Day card–or too old–a printed card can still go a long way. So to keep you from the card aisle crush the next Saturday, I searched through Etsy (with the help of some of our friends over there–thanks Adam!) and tracked down a few clever handmade Father’s Day cards that help show your love both for the rockin’ dads of the world, and for independent artists too. –Liz I’d imagine this “daddy issues” Father’s Day card (above)was designed for adults to...

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Ecards of the rich and famous

Ecard sites are no longer what they used to be, even a few years ago. I can’t even imagine why anyone besides your grandma would still send those digital cards made of stock photography rosebuds and garish wedding type. Well now here’s another one to add to your bookmarks: ecard website to the stars, Cocodot. While the service isn’t free — a very basic annual membership starts at $29 — it’s definitely a savvy choice for those of you chronic entertainers, birthday-rememberers, and general well-wishers who want to make an excellent impression without the use of actual stamps. The...

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