Celebrating Future Dads! (Wednesday, 5.30.12)

may 30, 2012

Celebrating Future Dads!

Father to be

Father’s Day is always a special day for dads, but if you’re a dad-to-be, or even a first-time dad-to-be, celebrating your first Father’s Day is a memory to cherish. While moms-to-be are busy dealing with everything that comes with being pregnant, dads-to-be are busy supporting,  helping, planing and worrying. Father’s Day should be a well-deserved thank you, and a day to take a minute to relax and have a deep breath before the little bundle of joy arrives. Know an awesome dad-to-be this year? Send them a personalized paper card for Father’s Day to let them know you’re thinking about them during this exciting time. Don’t forget – the shipping deadline is June 10th – so make your picks today!

In the mood board: Future Dad Father’s Day Greeting Card by American Greetings

Happy Memorial Day! (Friday, 5.25.12)

may 25, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

We would like to wish everyone a Safe &  Happy Memorial Day weekend! Ring in the summer with good friends and great food, but also remember to take time out to thank all of those who’ve helped keep our country safe throughout history!

Memorial Day Celebration! (Wednesday, 5.23.12)

may 23, 2012

Memorial Day Celebration!

Memorial Day Celebration

Summer is so close we can taste it! The unofficial start to summer is Memorial Day weekend – which of course means it’s time for sunglasses, flip-flops, grilling, and all kind of picnics and parties. Our favorite parts of Memorial Day weekend and summer in general, is coming together with friends and family to spend time with people we love. What are some of your plans for this special weekend?

In the mood board: American is Family digital postcard from American Greetings

Dear ol’ Dad! (Tuesday, 5.29.12)

may 29, 2012

Dear ol’ Dad

Father's Day

Teacher. Leader. Supporter. A dad is so many terrific things—no wonder there’s a day set aside to honor him!

This year, Father’s Day falls on June 17th—it’s always the third Sunday in June—and even though that’s still a few weeks away, it’s never too earlyto  think about Dad.  (After all, we bet he thinks about you all the time!)  The first thing to do, of course, is send him a Father’s Day card, and with so many to choose from, it’s easy to find one that’s right for your relationship and expresses exactly how you feel. For some, a personalized paper card is a great choice, especially if you’ll be spending the day together and you can give it to him in person. You can even print your own Father’s Day card from home. And don’t forget, whether your dad is tech-savvy or old-fahioned, a  Father’s Day ecard is fun for everyone to send and receive.

Need some help on what to write inside the card? Here are a few picks we like:

  • Thank You for being the World’s Best Dad!
  • I hope happiness and love fill your Fathers Day.
  • Thank you  for being my pillar of strength and fountain of wisdom.
  • I am blessed to have someone like you as my father, and I would like to thank you for everything.  Happy Fathers Day!
  • For who you are and everything you mean to me. Happy Father’s Day!
  • Dad, you are awesome. Thanks for being such a great part of my life!

Just as a dad means so many things to his family, there are also lots of ways to celebrate with him on Father’s Day, so start planning now. Why not consider what he likes to do and then share in the fun with him? Does he have a favorite hobby such as fishing or camping? June is a great month for both of those!  Ditto for outdoor sports like golf or tennis. A relaxing family get-together is a wonderful way to spend the day, too.  Maybe Dad will finally share his secret barbecue recipe with you, or simply enjoy hanging out and passing along some words of wisdom. Who knows—you might find out you have even more in common than you realized.  And, remember: even though Father’s Day is officially just one day, you can enjoy these activities together any time. After all, he’s your dad every day!

How to Choose the Perfect Birthday Card (5.21.12)

may 21, 2012

How to Choose the Perfect Birthday Card

Everyone has birthdays, and whether or not you send a gift or flowers, you should always send a birthday card. There are so many great ones to choose from, and it can be overwhelming! So how do you decide? Here are some tips we think will help:

- First, start out by thinking of who the person is and what he or she is like. Consider things such as whether they are serious or silly, young or old, trendy or traditional.  Next, consider what your relationship is: are they family, friend, co-worker? Are you heart-to-heart close, or just acquaintances?

- Next, you can decide on the tone of the card, such as “Funny,” “Heartfelt,” “Cute,” or “Romantic.” You can select a general card, or one that is specifically for the recipient—“Grandma” for example. If you’re very close, such as a parent, child or spouse, try looking at photos of the special times you’ve shared for inspiration. The memories can help you decide on the type of card and what you’d like it to say.

- Now you’re ready to add just the right message inside. Here are some great choices:

  • May this year be your best ever.
  • I hope all your birthday dreams and wishes come true.
  • I hope that for every candle on your cake you get a wonderful surprise.
  • May your birthday be filled with sunshine and smiles, laughter, love, and cheer.
  • Hope your birthday blossoms into lots of dreams come true!

The list of card choices is long these days, and while everyone is familiar with paper cards, there are lots of other options, too.

Birthday ecards are a quick and easy way to send your wishes, and Personalized Paper cards add an extra-special touch. You can even shop the card aisle right from your home computer or even find printable birthday cards you can print from home!

The bottom line –  a birthday card not only brings happy wishes, but it’s also a reflection of the relationship you have with the receiver. So, by thinking about that first, it will make it much easier to choose the perfect one.

Happy Armed Forces Day! (Friday, 5.18.12)

may 18, 2012

Happy Armed Forces Day!

Where liberty dwells, there is my country. - Benjamin Franklin

Tomorrow is Armed Forces Day – celebrate by taking a minute to thank someone you know who helps protect and serve our country!

Sweet Birthday Wishes (Wednesday, 5.16.12)

may 16, 2012

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Sweet Birthday Wishes

It’s officially birthday party season, and who doesn’t love that?!? No matter what age you’re celebrating, bringing a little sweetness to the table is a great way to have fun and bring people together. Traditional birthday cake is always a great staple of any good birthday party, but you can always use your imagination and add extra birthday flavor through cupcakes, candy,  cake pops, and even ice cream sandwiches - yum! If you’re throwing a large party you can make a little of everything and fill the dessert table with all of these choices and more.

No matter what you decide to munch on, don’t forget that birthday parties bring us together to laugh, smile and celebrate with our friends and family. Birthday cards and Birthday ecards help the celebration continue and are a great way to express how you feel while letting the birthday guest of honor know you’re thinking of them on their special day.

In the mood board: Cake Makin with Baker Bob (birthday ecard) from American Greetings, Cupcake Wrappers from Mignon Kitchen Co.

What the heck do I write in this birthday card? (Monday, 5.14.12)

may 14, 2012

What the heck do I write in this birthday card?

Birthday Cards

Celebrating a birthday is special, and sending a greeting card is the perfect way to add your wishes to the day. But once you’ve picked out the card, it’s nice to include your own personal message, too. You don’t need to be long—just sincere!  So get your favorite pen ready—why not pick out colored ink for a fun touch?—and get writing!

First, consider how close your relationship is. If it’s a family member or dear friend, and you know what they have planned for their birthday, you can add a special wish such as “I hope your celebration gives you many happy memories to treasure always!”  However, you can also write heartfelt words that will fit any relationship, and including a compliment is always appreciated. For example, “May your birthday be as special as you are!”  or, “Wishing you all the happiness someone as nice as you deserves!”

For an added touch of thoughtfulness, include a quotation. There are many great quotation sites, or you can select one from a favorite book. Here are some that we especially like:

  •  Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others can not keep it from themselves. -Sir James Barrie
  •  And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln
  • This is the day the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24
  •  A friend is, as it were, a second self. -Cicero
  •  You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. -C.S. Lewis
  •  We turn not older with years, but newer every day. -Emily Dickinson
  •  Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! -Henry David Thoreau
  •  A true friend is someone who knows all about you and likes you just the same. -Elbert Hubbard
  •  Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. -Woodrow Wilson

Keep in mind that a warm closing will bring an extra smile for the birthday person. Consider phrases such as Thinking of You, Love Always, Your Friend, or Best Wishes. And, of course, don’t forget to sign your name!

A Mother’s Love (Friday, 5.11.12)

may 11, 2012

A Mother’s Love

We would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Mother’s Day this weekend! Have fun celebrating all the moms in your life = )

Kathy Davis Celebrates Mothers & Daughters (Wednesday, 5.9.12)

may 9, 2012

Kathy Davis Celebrates Mothers & Daughters

We are super excited to share a look at one of our favorite artists, Kathy Davis, as she introduces a great new series on her blog.

Kathy is a great friend of American Greetings, where it’s not hard to find her work – through both eCards and Greeting Cards.  An avid lover of nature, and color enthusiast, Kathy’s belief in giving back and “scattering” joy pervades all aspects of her life and art. And, as a creative woman entrepreneur, she understands the journey and process of turning a passion into a business, a dream for so many people.

Now through Mother’s Day, Kathy is featuring creative Mother/Daughter duos on her blog, where she shows the bond a Mother and Daughter can share, both through life and art. It is such an inspirational idea that we had to share. Learn more about the series in Kathy’s own words…

Mothers and daughters share a lot of things in common – from how they look – to the things they cook – to what inspires them to follow their passions and dreams. In my own case, I chose to alter my path as a teacher to pursue my passion for a career in the arts. That choice to follow my creative instincts has proven to be very rewarding for me in many ways.

However, little did I know that my own daughter, Katie, who grew up playing sports, watching TV and hanging out with friends, would choose to pursue her passions in the arts. As a young child, she watched me paint and did some dabbling herself, but she soon followed her peers into the world of whatever seemed “cool” for the moment. Just before her senior year in high school she decided that art might not be such a bad way to make a living, after all. Today, at age 26, she has a degree in Photography, works as a designer at Kathy Davis Studios and has started a photography business on the side with her soon-to-be husband.

My own experience is one I heard echoed in some of my artist friends, whose daughters, or mothers, are also involved in the arts. It gave me the idea for an interview series that would be timely for Mother’s Day.

Is creativity genetic? Is it a natural instinct or instead is it inspired or acquired by osmosis? Whether hereditary or acquired, the love of art often passes from one generation to the next. While daughters may be inspired to follow in the footsteps of their mothers before them, each of them are creating a path that’s all their own.

In this blog series, you’ll meet 6 different mother-daughter duos – each with their own unique story of how art has played a role in their lives – and how that passion for art creates a shared bond between them.

_ Kathy Davis

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