X-Mas cards featured on the Card & gift blog

My new X-Mas cards have been featured in the Christmas cards “Terrific Trees” round up on the lovely card & gift blog.

“From Eco-friendly wonders to luxury cards, today’s Christmas card pick are a ‘top ten’ of greetings cards decorated with fabulous Christmas trees and a few other festive treats.”

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You can find all my Christmas cards here.

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New Christmas card collection

It’s that time of the year again – Christmas! If you like a little variety, this Christmas card collection is just the right thing for you.

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This collection is a combination of triangles, plaid and Rudolf, the red nose reindeer. Since I’ve always loved everything about the forest, I chose Rudolf to represent Christmas. You can find all Christmas cards here.

Because each one of you has different preferences of buying your holiday cards, I’ve set up a variety of options:

1. Single cards

If you prefer single cards, choose from the following three designs (Click on image to jump to offer):

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2. Variety pack of 3 cards or pack of 6

If you’d like to have one (or two) of each design, then the pack of 3 (or 6) cards is for you (click on image to jump to offer):

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3. Pack of 6

If you’d like to have the same design, then choose the pack of 6 cards (click on image to jump to offer):

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Write & send anomis-postcards online

Great news, anomis is now available via Petite Poste.

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“Petite Poste is a gallery of unique postcards, created by artists from around the world. They feature photography, art and illustration, and can be written and sent online, by postmail or else despatched blank to you by post.”

If you’re looking for a convenient, quick – but unique and personal – way to say “Hi”, then this is for you.

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My favorite calendars for 2014

A list of my favorite calendars for 2014:

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I’ve always been a big fan of calendars. It’s such a practical thing and can be used in so many ways. 2013 is almost over, so I wanted to share my favorite calendars for 2014 with you.

1. Daily planner by Toodles Noodles 

This planner has it all: It features a yearly planning calendars, monthly calendars, and weekly organisational pages. Each month has it’s own unique illustrations.

2. Perpetual Calendar by PeraPress 

Track important dates with this bright and cheerful perpetual calendar. Cute illustrations of birds are displayed on each month.

3. Wall Calendar by CrispinFinn 

This wall calendar is an embossed 2 color screenprint and measures measures 99.7cm x 70cm. I just love the simplicity and poppy colors. This will look great in my living room!

4. Desk Calendar by doublebuttons 

If you’re in the US, this little desk calendar could soon be yours. The calendar with a self-standing jewel case features a colorful and fun illustration for each month of the year.

5. Weekly Planner by dozi 

This 12-month 2014 weekly planner has a spread for each week from January to December. It also includes a 2014 year at a glance, a 2014 overview, monthly planner pages, and 18 lined pages for notes at the back.

Do you have any other favorites? Post them in the comments.

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New Motivational Calendar

Any New Year’s resolutions yet? Me neither. But maybe we can work on some goals together.

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I’ve created the eager beaver calendar last year. I actually started a 3-day design challenge two years ago. Over the Christmas holidays I challenge myself to create a calendar within 3 days. I wanted a creative challenge, where I would create content quickly.

I’m a big fan of quotes, because when I have a bad day, these usually help me through the day. So I wanted to somehow include the idea of quotes. And since the new year is always attached to resolutions (that are usually not achieved), I wanted to find a way for people to stay inspired through the year and give them little hints to work on their goals.

Since I have a dog and practically live in the forest, it’s a big source of inspiration for me. I was researching animals that plan and achieve. And so I found the beaver! The beaver always has a goal – build a dam. And step by step he collects tree branches, carries it to the water, until he has accomplished his goal.

The eager beaver calendar is filled with 12 motivational quotes for each month to keep you inspired. Since it’s also a workbook, it will guide you step by step to get you closer to your goal each month. Watch as the eager beaver progresses each month by putting one branch in front of the other until he reaches the other side in the end. And if the beaver can do it, so can you.

You can get more infos and details on the beaver calendar on my etsy site.

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French Paper Company Halloween App

Just in time for Halloween, the French Paper Company has ironically not created anything with paper, but a hilarious app! Using animated characters that have the look and feel of ink printed on French paper, we are asked to download the app for free here and join their fony-face contest. The app lets you speak through the faces of animated characters and share the hilarious results with your friends. You can submit your creations here. Check out some examples below.

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The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap

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I am participating in this year’s The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap, where each participant creates a stitched postcard and receives one in the post from somewhere else in the world.

This year’s theme is “celebrate”. I started thinking about the biggest moments this year where I felt most overjoyed. The greatest moment that stood out and deserves most celebration, was definitely winning the Women’s Softball European Cup B with the London Angels. I’ve played softball for a long time and have been to many tournaments, but this one just stood out to me. I’ve never played such close games, where we almost lost but then came back to win it all again. Anyone playing softball, knows what I’m talking about.

But, as I know too well in my own country, not everyone knows about Softball in the world. I didn’t want to make my card specifically about Softball, it had to be something that anyone anywhere can grasp and benefit from. For that reason, I was looking for a broader term of my softball experience – Victory. I stumbled upon a quote that then tied it all together: “Celebrate your victories. You worked hard for them.” I wanted to appeal to anyone when it came to the imagery, so I choose a common object of celebration – balloons.

Check out lots of other cool cards of participants here.

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Less is more

As I am learning more and more about the blog-o-sphere, I have come to realize, that posting daily is not the way to go for me. In the future, I will be posting once a month, with more in-depth content on one subject.

Speaking of simplifying things, check out these great tips via Simplifyingfabulous on how to organize and simplify your home office.

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