Archive for November, 2011

Checkerboard Digital Photo Holiday Cards

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Get your cameras ready…it’s time to snap that perfect family photo for your holiday greeting cards!  If you’re like me, your annual holiday card isn’t just a Target card that you picked up in the side aisle as you were at checkout the other day – it’s a masterpiece that you spent an hour picking out and personalizing with five different photos to find out which one looks best.  It’s a reflection of your family and shows those you love how much the kids have changed over the past year; an annual greeting full of good wishes and memories.

One of my favorite holiday greeting card vendors this holiday season is Checkerboard.  They produce a digital photograph like no other.  Most digital holiday cards have a semi-gloss to them, however Checkerboard works their magic to give a matte approach to their digital photo greeting cards which gives off a contemporary feel.  Their most popular designs feature bleed photos, which bleed directly off the card’s edges and take up the entire background of the card.  Your holiday greeting is added to the card inside a delicate frame which blends into the photo.  Many of their designs feature colored envelopes to coordinate, or envelope liners for splash of color.

If you’re looking for something a bit more unique for your holiday card you won’t be disappointed.  Checkerboard has gotten creative with holiday cards made to look like die-cut bulb ornaments, (yes, a swirling hook is included), photo lollipop cards as well as cards with ribbon and crystal rhinestone details.  Think the holidays are about the cool weather outside?  Allow your recipients to warm up with their winter mittens holiday photo cards which feature your digital photograph tucked into die-cut paper mittens, which are strung together with a candy cane striped piece of yarn.  The designs are just as modern and unique as you can imagine during this wintery holiday season ahead!

Check out some of our favorite Checkerboard digital photo holiday greeting cards below and start shopping now!  Checkerboard has a 3-5 business day turnaround time – so if you’re looking to send out your holiday greeting cards within the next few weeks, now is the time!

Holiday Gift Ideas – Stationery

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

It’s that holiday gift-giving time of year again!  What do you get for that classy and special person in your life?  Or maybe you’re looking for a personalized gift for the person who has everything already? One of our most popular gifts this holiday season has been Embossed Graphics stationery!  There is something so refreshing and meaningful about giving the gift of stationery to a family member or friend.

The art of hand writing a note is a timeless tradition to which many have forgotten.  Though from watching trends this holiday season, seems to be coming back!  Our Embossed Graphics stationery collection offers a variety of stationery for men, women, couples and children, whether you’re looking for a folded note, flat card, embossed stationery or thermography inked notecard.  Personalize the cards with your name(s), monogram initial(s) or a fun holiday phrase.  Use them as your everyday stationery or as thank you notes for your wedding or everyday gift items.

Have a mom or teacher who likes to stay organized throughout her busy schedule? Embossed Graphics also offers stationery gift items for your home office, school or counter top by the fridge!  Choose from family organizer day slabs with the days of the week and your family’s names, doodle paper with your name and a monogram, fridge mates, lined lists for the grocery store, memo squares in cute acrylic holders and agenda sets.  We also have “from the mom of” squares for that mom that’s on the go.  Also, don’t forget about your kids’ teachers this holiday season!  We offer “an apple a day” themed notepad squares which are great for teacher’s gifts.  Add your teacher’s name or school name for a truly personalized gift that really lets them know you appreciate their efforts each day at school.

Ready to get personal and send a sentimental gift to your family and friends?  Check out some of the great stationery gift items we have below and merry shopping!

Holidays Are Here – Greeting Cards, Holiday Invitations & Gifts

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

From all of us at, we’d like to wish everyone a safe, healthy, happy and food-filled Thanksgiving holiday!  We will be closed on Thursday and Friday this week to celebrate Thanksgiving with our own families, and will return to normal business hours on Monday, November 28th.

Can you believe that Christmas is now just one short month away?  Is panic setting in yet?  If you haven’t ordered your holiday greeting cards or holiday party invitations, now is the time to start browsing our website to choose the perfect product.  We offer a wide variety of holiday items as well, including holiday photo cards (digital and traditional) and holiday gifts (pub sets, mugs, photo frames, Snap Stamps, stickers, gift enclosure cards and stuffed animals) .

Remember that we have rush processing options and upgraded shipping options on almost all of our holiday products, in case your a last-minute type of shopper, like myself!  You can also click on the ups “Quick” box when browsing to see all of our quick-ship items.  These items are ALWAYS in-stock and can be rushed out within 1 business day, if needed…just remember to select the Super Rush processing options!

If you haven’t already, join our mailing list, too, so that you can receive all of our discounts and special promotions for our mailing list members.  You just might see some great discounts coming within the next week or so, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday rolling around!

We are thankful for YOU this Thanksgiving season…

Thank you for your business, your continued patronage and for reading my blogs!!

Outdoor Scene Holiday Greeting Cards

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

There’s something so serene about a forest of trees after the first snowfall, when a white blanket covers the earth, which hasn’t yet been stepped on by winter boots or discolored by the ground’s dirt.  It gives off a feeling of simplicity in a calm winter environment.  Capture this touching feeling and pass it along to your friends and family members with one of our outdoor scene holiday greeting cards.

Our outdoor holiday greeting cards are some of my favorite designs for the 2011 holiday card season.  From snow covered river scenes at sunset to blustering blizzard scenes of bark benches in the snow, old towns covered in a white blanket or barnyard scenes with old wagon wheels after a season’s first dusting…there’s something so special about these cards.  The photographs will literally take your guests into a calm, peaceful place as they enjoy your holiday sentiment and greeting.

Below is a small preview of some of the amazing holiday greeting cards you’ll see in our fabulous outdoor scene holiday greeting card collection…

Peaceful Tidings Greeting Card by Birchcraft Studios – This serene and eye-catching top fold holiday greeting card is printed on white card stock and features an outdoor scene of a running river in the winter after a snowy day.  The sun sets behind an array of trees and the sun’s reflections casts it’s glow over the running waters in the center of the card.  “Peaceful Tidings” dons the front of the card and you can add your very own personalized greeting on the inside of the card.  Gold foil lined white envelopes are included at no extra cost, which will truly make your holiday greeting card design pop.

Down Memory Lane Greeting Card by Birchcraft Studios – This top fold white holiday greeting card almost reminds me of a scene out of A Wonderful Life as it details a picture of an old town in a black and white scene of snow falling about the streets, shops and trees in the town’s center.  A colored green wreath with a red ribbon adorns one of the trees, thus drawing your eyes to the right side of the card.  “Season’s Greetings” is pre-printed on the front of the card in bright red foil along the bottom left edge.  This nostalgic greeting card includes red lined white envelopes.

City at Night Greeting Card by Birchcraft Studios – Perfect for a corporate holiday greeting card or for the metropolitan couple, this top fold white greeting card features a dark crimson background which features a silver foil Christmas tree on the left side standing over a black and white city skyline scene under an array of silver foil stars.  “Greetings of the season” is elegantly written in silver ink at the bottom of the card and silver foil lined white envelopes accompany the metro greeting card.


Ready to send a holiday greeting to family and friends?  The above cards take a short 2-3 business days for processing and ship from Massachusetts, thus you have plenty of time to browse and order your holiday greeting cards.  Let someone special to you know you’re thinking about them this holiday season with one of these classic holiday greeting cards!

Accessories for your Snap Stamp

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Stamping is a SNAP with the Noteworthy Collections Snap Stamp.  And if you’re one of the lucky customers on our mailing list, you’ve received some pretty sweet holiday deals and discounts on our Snap Stamps over the past week!  So, now that you have your Snap Stamps ordered and ready for the holidays, why not jazz up your personal items even more with some Snap Stamp accessories from our Snap Stamp collection?

Stamps are great for making your mark on your envelopes, insides of book covers, kids belongings or bake sale items – pretty much anything you want to put your name or style upon1  One of our most popular Snap Stamp Accessories is our packages of round labels.  The come in a variety of colors in lime green, green, light blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow.  We also sell multi-packs of labels, (in regular colors AND holiday colors), if you can’t just decide on one sticker color.  Simply position your round snap stamp design over the labels and press down to stamp your mark onto the sticker.  Peel back the sticker and now you have a colored personalized sticker to add to your personal items.

Is black ink too plain for you?  We also sell replacement ink cartridges in a variety of colors so that you can swap out colors based on the holiday, event or mood that day!  Choose from black, blue, brown, grape, hot pink, lime green, magenta, maroon, ocean green, olive green, orange, purple, red or turquoise.  We also sell ink refill bottles in case you’ve already used up your 10,000 impressions – or just feel like you might!

With these fun Snap Stamp accessories you can create an entire gift package for your family, friends or maybe even your self.  Send someone a Snap Stamp gift box along with a spare ink pad or two and a set of labels and they’ll be all set to make their mark on their personal items!

Christmas Tree Invitations & Traditions

Friday, November 18th, 2011

One of my favorite activities during the holiday season is the trimming of the Christmas tree.  Typically a tradition done with close family members, many people are breaking the rules of tradition and are now hosting their own tree trimming parties or using their decorated Christmas tree as a focal point for their party decorations.

Have you thought about exactly why we saw down thousands of pine trees each year and put them up in our house, strung with lights, garland, ornaments and candy canes?  The legend ascends back to the 7th century when a monk traveled to Germany to teach the Word of God to it’s people.  He used a fir tree to illustrate the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The first decorated Christmas tree was in Latvia in 1510.  In the 16th century Luther decorated his tree with candles to show how stars twinkled in the dark night.  As time went by, Christmas trees were seen with presents decorated around the base of food, practical kitchen items, baking items, flowers and books.  The Christmas tree has evolved over the years and traditions have been introduced and passed on from generation to generation.

Do you have a love for the Christmas tree stemming from the traditions above?  This year I thought it might be fun to do a themed Christmas tree or a white Christmas tree decorated with one-color lights and ornaments.  Christmas trees seem to be the theme this year with holiday greeting cards and holiday party invitations.  They sparkle, they glimmer and they’re festive…why not?

Below you’ll see some of our favorite Christmas tree party invitations which are perfect for corporate holiday parties, holiday family get-togethers or tree trimming parties.  Choose from swanky silhouettes, iconic Christmas trees with presents, evergreen tree branches, holiday ornaments, tree trimming scenes, black tie affairs around the Christmas tree or tree toppers that hold your party wording…

Personalized Holiday Gifts

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

It’s almost Thanksgiving, so that can only mean one thing – Christmas is right around the corner!  Now’s the time to start building your Christmas gift list, especially if you plan on hitting those Black Friday sales, whether you’re shopping online or in stores.

Personalization is one of the large trends you’ll see this year for holiday gifts.  Giving someone a gift is great, however when you add their name, a holiday year or a personal message to the gift, it makes it THAT much more special, and shows you took time to personalize the gift especially for them!

Lucky for you, one of our gift vendors, Personalized Memories, specializes in personalized gifts for the season, whether you’re looking for a gift for a baby, child, teacher, family member or sports fanatic.  Their holiday collection includes personalized Christmas ornaments, customized holiday picture frames, coffee mugs, holiday signs and religious crosses.

Looking for a holiday gift for your boss or a fellow business professional?  Choose from cigar boxes, pen cases, stainless steel flasks, engraved cufflinks, pocket watches, wine gift boxes, poker sets, pint glasses or bottle openers.  All gifts are available with personalization or engraving of a name, monogrammed initials or business name.  For the sports fanatic we have personalized hockey sticks, autographed baseballs, MLB, NHL and NFL wooden frames, poker sets, game day coolers and vintage marquee signs.

Looking for something for that special someone in your life?  We also offer personalized holiday gifts for moms, daughters, sisters, girlfriends and wives – or any special woman you’d like to spoil this holiday season.  Choose from silver plated heart trinket boxes, cherry wood keepsake boxes, wine bottle stoppers, compact mirrors, tranquility spa kits, embroidered tote bags, wooden picture frames and customized coffee mugs.

Whatever type of gift you’re looking for this holiday season, make it extra special with a personalized holiday gift item from our fabulous Personalized Memories collection!

Embellished Holiday Greeting Cards

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

I will never forget the day my boss told me he thought that I’d be the kind of person that would have a Bedazzler at home.  Maybe it was my bold fashion choices or excessive shopping habits, or maybe it was just my sparkling personality 😉  But if you know me personally, one thing’s for sure – I never do the bare minimum when it comes to the holiday season, holiday decorating or gift giving.  If I am working with something in the end of the year months, you can bet that I’ll have it glitter, bling or a little extra festive touch to it!  It’s the holidays…why shouldn’t you celebrate and share that holiday cheer with others?

Does this sound like you, too?  For all of us holiday-nuts out there, this blog is for you!

When choosing the perfect holiday greeting card, you may want to select one from our embellished holiday greeting card collection.  Whether you’re a bow person, a sparkling rhinestone person or someone who likes to send a puzzle as their holiday card,  you’re in for a treat.  Check out some of our most festive holiday cards below…

RHINESTONES – The holidays wouldn’t be festive without a bit of bling!  And there’s no reason why your holiday cards shouldn’t be as sparkly as you are.  Some of our favorite holiday greeting cards this year feature shimmer card stock which offers an iridescent alternative to the traditional ivory or white card stock.  We also offer cards with rhinestone or Swarovski™ crystals.  The card to our left is the Believe Greeting Card by Checkerboard which features a rhinestone in place of the dot on the “i” in “Believe”.  A gold greeting with your salutation in the tail of the “e” creates a perfectly bling-y and contemporary holiday greeting.  Checkerboard and William Arthur will both be offering holiday greeting cards with rhinestones and crystals this year.

RIBBONS & BOWS – Ribbons, bows – everything goes!  One of the easiest ways to jazz up an invitation is to add a ribbon or stick-on bow.  The card to our right, Woodcut Black & Red Photo Card by Noteworthy Collections features a black velvet ribbon, one of the classiest ribbons we offer outside of silk or chiffon.  We also offer grosgrain and matte ribbons.  We can always swap a ribbon if you have a different color or design in mind.  Remember that ribbon greeting cards will likely cause additional postage to your envelopes as they create weight and bulk inside your envelope.  These cards are also more expensive than a traditional holiday card, however the outcome is always spectacular.

COOKIE CUTTERS, PENCILS, TEA BAGS & PUZZLES – If you can dream it, odds are we have it!  Checkerboard’s holiday greeting card collection always seems to amaze me with their variety of items for the holiday season.  This card to our left, Home Sweet Home, actually comes with a cookie cutter for each of your holiday card recipients.  It’s tied on with a silver satin ribbon to look like a holiday ornament and comes with a special padded envelope for mailing.  This card doubles up as a great gift for your friends and family as well as a holiday greeting card.  You’ll be sure to add a little sweetness to each recipient’s holiday season.  Remember, we also offer puzzle greeting cards, greeting cards that come with pencils and holiday face masks, as well as tea bags.


Checkout all of our holiday greeting cards at and spread some joy this holiday season!

Hanukkah Party Invitations

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

It’s time to celebrate the festival of lights!  Hanukkah begins at sundown on the 25th day of Kislev and ends on the second or third day of Tevet.  In 2011 Hanukkah will thus start at sundown on December 20th and end on December 27th.  That means eight opportunities to have a full-blown Hanukkah celebration with family, friends and colleagues.  I remember as a child having a best friend who celebrated this wonderful holiday and being so jealous at the numerous family events and parties she attended.

If you’re not celebrating the holiday from your own religion, what can you expect if you attend a Hanukkah party?  Or, if you are celebrating the festival of lights, what can you do to make sure your Hanukkah party is the hit of the block?  Start off by being organized and planning ahead.  Send out your Hannukah party invitations out approximately 3 -5 weeks before your event so that everyone can clear their schedules and plan on attending.  Set the scene for your party and make everything coordinating and festive.  Hanukkah has some of the best and easiest color themes with shades of blue, gold, silver and white.  Set your party table with navy table cloths and yellow napkins with details of silver and gold sparkles.

Plan a game or activity to keep your guests involved and having a good time.  Depending on the age of your crowd, you can tailor the types of games you play.  From dreidel to pin the candle on the Menorah, Hanukkah word search, a Hanukkah trivia quiz or a puzzle for the little ones.  Involve everyone for a very special lighting of the Menorah and prayer at the end of the night.

Send a warm Hanukkah party invitation to your guests to invite them to your festive soiree.  Choose from a variety of Hanukkah party invitations which range from traditional and classic designs of Menorahs, Star of David patterns and Dreidels to modern and contemporary with looks-like-me party people, holiday cocktails and gift themes.  Our Hanukkah party invitations typically ship in just 2-3 business days after your proof approval and all are available with upgraded shipping and rush options for last minute party planners.  Remember, we also offer Hanukkah greeting cards for those who wish to send a cheerful Hanukkah greeting card to their family and friends.  Order now to make sure your recipients receive your invitations and greeting cards before the holiday season begins!

Dirty Santa Party Invitations

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Waiiiiit a second…Santa is supposed to bring the gifts – not STEAL them!  We just took holiday party gift exchanges to the next level!  The name of the game is Dirty Santa, or you may have heard it called a White Elephant Gift Exchange.  It seems like Dirty Santa party invitations were the IT item this weekend at Ibox, so I wanted to share.

Dirty Santa is not meant in the literal “dirty” sense, but just gives a different approach to the typical giving Santa that we’ve all grown up to love.  When you host a Dirty Santa party, guests are to bring one gift item to swap with the group.  Set your price limit so that all guests gifts will be from the same genre, (personally I am always the person who walks away with the dollar store gift item when everyone else has a gift from Pottery Barn).  Most of the time with a Dirty Santa gift exchange you set the limit pretty low, think $5.00 – $15.00.  The whole reasoning behind this type of gift-giving party is that if you have a ton of friends to give gifts to during the holidays, you can feel like you’re going broke buying a gift for everyone.  With a gift exchange everyone brings a gift in the same price range and gets a great gift to take home.  Care to make it really eventful?  Put a really low price budget on the gifts and see how creative or funny everyone can get.

As your guests arrive, have them put their gift under the tree.  When you decide to play Dirty Santa, put a number in a hat for each person you have at the party.  The person who picks a 1 goes first.  They select their gift and open it for everyone to see.  Person number two can then “steal” the gift from number 1 or choose a new gift.  Person number three can then “steal” gift 1 or gift 2, or choose a new gift, and so on.  This is one of those games when the person who has the last number is one of the luckiest guests!  Make it more fun by letting number 1 choose after the last person goes, or make a rule that husbands/wives etc. cannot steal each other’s gifts!  It’s a really fun game that everyone will enjoy.

Ready to set the scene for your Dirty Santa party?  Start with a Dirty Santa party invitation from our holiday party invitation collection.  The image in the top left corner of our blog today is from our Jacked Up Santa invitation, which features a whimsical Santa Clause driving away with a reindeer in his green convertible – classic.  Our other Santa themed party invitations feature cartoon Santa faces, Santa hats, city and town scenes decorated for the holidays, gifts and presents, reindeer themes and holiday cocktail themes with Mr. Clause sipping a cocktail with a sultry elf.  Whatever you want the mood of your party to be – from fun and kid-friendly to wild and cocktail-filled, we have the perfect Dirty Santa Party Invitation to set your holiday scene.

Check out some of our favorite Dirty Santa Party Invitations below…