Tag: greeting cards

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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When you care enough to send the very most completely awesome

Imagine a land where the world’s hippest Indie designers line up at your door to throw sketches at you for… whatever. Your daughter’s birthday party, your best friend’s shower, your “I Finally Lost the Baby Weight” champagne brunch. Okay, now imagine you don’t have to stand there in your pajamas and awkwardly offer them coffee as you sort through the portfolios. You just browse a website. This land is called pingg. For those of you already familiar with the free e-cards of pingg, you might agree that it’s the super cool lovechild of Hallmark and Etsy– with a dash...

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Martha Stewart Crafts says it with flowers

While the gorgeous spring weather is here and I want my kids out out out of the house, I still need to keep our craft supply drawers stocked for those stormy days. My kids have been going nuts lately for the Martha Stewart craft punches, and especially the new flower patch designs. They make the most beautiful little floral border around the edges of their construction paper projects–or you know, right in the middle if you’re my kids. Of course full-grown crafters will love them too, for making your own baby shower cards, spring party invitations, or scrapbooking pages....

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When your baby cares enough to send the very best

My husband has Mother’s Day pretty easy these days since my kids are now old enough to make me a card all by themselves. But giving a card from a little baby– aside from the little foot print signature that most parents are not brave enough to attempt–is a little tough. Alternate Greetings has a way better option, with their new, hilarious Mother’s Day cards from the baby. A few babbles and a couple drools (in the copy of course), and you’ve got the perfect way to celebrate mom from your baby. Just remember that along with an adorable...

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Custom hearts for the one you heart

I think I’m in love. The object of my affection: The selection of decorative artwork embellished with handcut paper hearts from the brand new Etsy shop Paper Cut Works. Ania Alyson, Seattle artist by way of Poland, creates artsy, anatomically-inspired hearts out of repurposed materials from an old dictionary page featuring the word “mother” to a custom map or vintage sheet music. She then mounts the paper hearts on either card stock, or small 4×4″ birch block frames which are finished to look like paintings. In the end, you get all the sweetness, but none of the sap. The...

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Talk about Pop Art

I’m a huge fan of Robert Subuda and Matthew Reinhart’s pop up children’s books. My son’s copies from the Encyclopedia Prehistorica series show the wear and tear of well-read books. So why am I not surprised that I am awestruck by their beautiful pop-up note cards collection? The cards are breathtakingly elegant and the Blossoms designs are a creative way of giving someone flowers for Mother’s Day that won’t end up dead and in the garbage within the week. Other three-dimensional wonders include cakes and hot air balloons. The sets contain four cards of two designs, with envelopes, for...

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Three dresses for Mother’s Day

Despite our incredible devotion to tracking down the most awesome Mother’s Day gifts around here, we recognize that not every family is gift-y. Sometimes it’s indeed the thought that counts, and that a beautiful card inscribed with a heartfelt sentiment goes a long way. The origami dress Mother’s Day cards from Kitty Kat Kards are just the thing to make more of a statement than your typical off-the-shelf card. Each of the three dresses are hand folded with love in Maryland, and subtle rhinestones are the finishing touch. It would be the perfect accompaniment to a donation to her...

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Big news for the littlest of people

We are so excited to make sure everyone hears that cardshop extraordinaire, Hello! Lucky, now makes super cool birth announcements. One of our favorite brands for hip holiday cards and stunning letterpress paperworks, it’s no surprise that we love their new line of announcements to welcome the world’s coolest babies to the planet. You can go with charming retro animals, including fawns, musical monkeys, and a velveteen rabbit. Or you can focus on spring with bright blooms and pastels. And, of course, there are several options that simply and elegantly focus on framing the photo of your newest star....

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What makes these custom cards special is the person doing the customizing

The world of custom cards and invitations has really exploded. I’ve written about tons of great companies on Cool Mom Picks alone, so it’s really exciting when one still makes me go “Oooh!” Mango Ink cards are beautifully designed and printed, and because you get to work with a talented designer, your cards will turn out exactly how you imagined them. Only better. Mango Ink’s new line of custom folded cards are printed on  eco-friendly FSC-certified paper, and come in two styles: A classic one with an image printed then mounted on a lovely piece of heavy matte card...

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The truth hurts

I needed a little laugh this week. Just a wee chuckle. And so I clicked over to mom Kiki Parry’s shop, Alternate Greetings, to see which witty bon mots have been popping up on her always pleasing handmade greeting cards. That’s when I stumbled onto this one. On the outside: Motherhood is beautiful. On the inside: Now let me pick that moist Cheerio out of your hair so I can say it with a straight face. Thanks Kiki. I needed that. Want it? Just three bucks. –Liz Find greeting cards just for moms online at Alternate...

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Children’s party invitations – now a piece of cake

Is it strange to be excited that an online correspondence site has just introduced children’s invitations? Because I am. Downright giddy, in fact. I’ve professed my love of Paperless Post before and now that there’s a whole new set of designs available (it’s their new Children’s Collection! Did I mention yet how excited that makes me?), I may just have to throw a bunch of parties for my kids so I can try them out. These beautiful paperless invitations are perfect for eco-conscious and style-conscious moms, alike. Featuring ballet-dancing-hippos, retro popsicles, bunny slippers, zoo animals, and a host of...

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Cool Mom Picks readers have a heart

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and now, a week later, we just want to say thank you thank you thank you for your absolutely overwhelming support for our artist-created color-your-own Valentine’s Day cards we put together with Etsy. The numbers are in and more than 400 of you helped us raise more than $1700 for The Children’s Heart Foundation. All $3.99 at a time. We couldn’t be more pleased! If you loved the work of the twelve generous artists who contributed their talent to the cause (and really…who wouldn’t?) feel free to visit their shops and support them...

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Valentines for kids with very big hearts

This is the week, mamas. The week that your kids are going to have to bring in Valentine’s cards for every single kid in the class, the teacher, the assistant teacher, the art teacher, the dance instructor, the janitor, and probably the neighborhood dog. But we’ve got you covered with our  affordable Cool Mom Picks printable, color-your-own Valentine’s Cards at the Etsy Store. For just $3.99 you’ll get 12 downloadable cards from each of 12 phenomenal artists, that you can print as many time as you’d like. Just print them on some nice paper and let your kids add...

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Paper Culture is giving it all to Haiti for Valentine’s Day

I’m not in the habit of sending out custom photo Valentine’s cards—heck, I can barely get my Christmas cards out in time—but CMP favorite Paper Culture has given me good reason to reconsider. Not only do their lovely modern cards give me another chance to show off my kids’ adorable mugs, but 100% of profits from this year’s Valentine’s Day cardss are being donated to Haiti Relief. Yes, 100%.As the big-hearted designers at Paper Culture describe it, they’re particularly empathetic to those in Haiti, considering their¬†location in earthquake-threatened San Francisco. And, while custom photo cards for Valentine’s Day may...

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Love notes you’ll love

Are you stuck in a never-ending search for Valentine’s Day cards that don’t embarrass you to send to anyone over the age of five? Let’s just say glossy, cheap, mass produced images of kittens tangled in yarn don’t always convey the message for me. Instead, check out the textured, funky, eco-friendly cards from Green Shanti. The cards are made by hand in India and Nepal by communities of artisans, and no trees were destroyed to get your love message out there–instead they use raw materials such as silk, jute, cotton rag, coconut shells, banana fiber, dried leaves, beads and spices. They’re expensive, so it’s definitely the kind...

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Our Valentine’s Day Card Contest entries are making our hearts go thump thump

We are so excited by the phenomenal entries flying in for our Valentine’s Day color-your-own card design contest in partnership with Etsy to support the Children’s Heart Foundation. Competition is getting so tough we may just have to let our kids call tiebreakers! There’s still time to get your entry in by linking it up in comments on the post, or emailing it to us directly, but make sure you get it in by this Friday, 1/22 at midnight PST. We want to make sure parents have plenty of time to buy the cards before Valentine’s Day, and that...

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Scribble me an I Love You

If I had to contribute one bit of mom wisdom to the new parents of the world, it would be to always have a stack of kid-friendly cards at the ready. My favorites have been the ones with space for your own children to scribble a drawing or scratch out their names, and make it personal. Even when the gift is not. (What! Sometimes I run out of ideas after the 15th classmate birthday party in a row.) So I was thrilled to learn that a friend with a family-run letterpress studio developed the brilliance that is letterpress Scribble...

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New Year’s cards for the frazzled but thoughtful among us

So once again it is December 23, and once again I have not yet ordered my holiday cards. Which means–once again–it’s New Year’s card time! If you’re in my boat, I happen to really like this Peace Love Joy holiday photo card which feels peaceful and loving and joyful as promised. You can absolutely personalize any of text on the card at all, so if you want yours to say …and hoping for a better 2010 for the Washington Redskins like my SigOth would do, you are more than welcome. On the more modern side, there are a lot...

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Eco-friendly holiday cards give you the best of both worlds

Every year we send special holiday cards to our close friends and family, so I’m always on the look out for cool, unique alternatives to the traditional Hallmark cards – like these festive letterpress and wood cards from Night Owl Paper Goods. We’re already huge fans of their wooden holiday cards, but these new beauties, like the adorable mistletoe panda (pictured) combine their signature eco-friendly sustainably harvested wood and my personal fave, gorgeous letterpress, making them the perfect pick for the close friends and family whom you might typically buy for individually.  In fact, these cards seem too lovely to be packed...

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Doesn’t everyone have their holiday cards done by a designer? Well, why the heck not?

There is nothing that beats the convenience of digital photo cards printed out at your local drugstore, but for something a little more distinctive, you have to check out the new digital holiday cards from Hello Lucky. The Moyle sisters of Hello Lucky are known for their high-end letterpress stationery and invitations and impeccable design sense, so it was totally worth a look-see when we found out that they now offer a customized digitally printed option for holiday cards. Choose your favorite vintage-inspired, worn-finish design, or even send in a favorite pic for one of their photo cards. A...

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