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cattyish

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A shopping trip to the sprawling metropolis of Inverurie this afternoon was unexpectedly difficult due to the lack of any suitable anniversary cards. Where is the nerdy sci-fi image of a fictional super villain accompanied by the caption, "You do not know the power of the dark side of marriage." when I need it?

Not only were there no nerdy anniversary cards, there were practically none I would consider suitable for a woman (such as myself) to give a blokey bloke (such as Mr C). Is it just me, or do other people suffer the same agonies?

Cattyish, considering branching out into nerdy card making.

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Galilit
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I make almost all my own cards and have done for 30 years...find a nice illustration from a glossy magazine or copy a suitable pic from Google images, glue onto card, fold, write the words inside ... Bob's your Uncle (or transgender Aunt)

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Cattyish, I agree with you! Anniversary cards tend to be either sickly sweet - bleurgh - or funny but with sexual innuendo, and not quite the sort of thing you want to display to visitors!

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Lamb Chopped
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Yep. There are others they don't make, such as "happy Father's Day" to someone who is perhaps not the "World's Best Dad" and similar.

Then, too, Mr. Lamb favors serious, heart-felt, high-sugar frills-and-chills cards for MEN, not olive drab photos of fishing poles for guys who never go near the water. So every Father's Day or anniversary, etc. I have the darndest time finding something that makes him feel valued (rather than blown off with a two-bit piece of crap).

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Nicolemr
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I always had trouble getting my mother particularly cards. It's hard finding ones that aren't sappy sweet. I needed something that got across the idea that I know she did the best she could, but she was by no means the perfect mother.

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Making cards these days of meme-ification is easy. If you have your sentiment, find an image to go with it (the number of cat photos on line is essentially as infinite as the mind of God). Or if you have an image, cook up the wordage. Card stock that will go through your printer is available, cheap, at the office supply store.

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Lamb Chopped
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I tend to buy blank-inside cards for those people (oops, hope they don't read this and recognize themselves). I just can't take lying, even at third hand through a sappy card.

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I was very surprised to receive a So sorry your cat died card, when my kitty of 14 summers passed away. On the other hand I live near a very small farming town and I swear you can not find a card at the local general store that does not have a cow, horse or windmill on it.
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Huia
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I post my brother who has Parkinson's a card every week. A couple of years ago I bought him a one of those calendars that has a small pictures of each of the big pictures. He used the calendar, then I took it back off him and I stick the small pictures on some colourful card stock, all it takes. If I'm feeling really creative I will make the matching envelope out of the large picture.

I used to ask people at church between Christmas and New Year if they would give me suitable used calendars and I was given heaps.

I'm also considering scanning some of the family photos onto cards because then I can refer to the photo in what I write in the card. Hopefully he will find it helpful, and from my point of view it will give me something to write about. It's difficult to find something new to write about each week when writing to someone with limited interests in common.

Huia

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I send Jacqui Lawson e-cards, with music and moving pictures. They are lots of fun, and there are other sites with varied offerings. Of course you can't put them on the mantelpiece.
Well, I know they're not right for all people.
I love the card my son bought for Mothers' Day, forgot to give it to me, so he gave me for my birthday. It says 'MUM you're AWESOME – Way cooler than all the other mums'
I love Huia's idea.

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You could always try Inspirobot for, um, different inspirational phrases and accompanying pictures - sort of the Uncanny Valley of Argus posters (for those old enough to remember the latter).

[ 02. August 2017, 07:02: Message edited by: Eutychus ]

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Galloping Granny
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One of our congregation makes beautiful cards and sells them for church funds. She has all sorts, I think all blank inside but with or without a greeting on the front.
My late husband's friend was for a while spending so much time and effort in working on the sale of Grandad's collection that I wanted something special for his wife, and she made me one to order, similar to one of hers but with my choice of colours.
I gave it to the lady with a big bouquet and she was very happy at the thought.

GG

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Moo

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For cards to send to fellow Christians, I like 'Really Wooly". Here are some of their birthday cards.

They are light-hearted with a serious underpinning.

Moo

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Trudy Scrumptious

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I am a big fan of Emily McDowell's Empathy Cards. Having only seen them online, I was pleased to find them in a shop when I was travelling this summer, and picked up two -- one for a friend with cancer, and one just in case another friend gets cancer.

Now if only I could find where I put them ...

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I used to make cards. My stepmother thought more of a shop bought card with a "lovely verse" than of something I'd spent hours on.
In the end, I'd keep my creations for people who would appreciate them [Mad]

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I was just reading about a local company called Banter Cards - look them up if you dare.

But it is.. well.. interesting to see how they've made pretty cards and other things with offensive slogans.

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Ideas for images here and here . OK, you'll be breaking copyright, but your recipient might like your card so much they ask for a copy of the artwork in a book, next birthday.

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Patdys
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I am a huge fan of these somewhat pragmatic illness cards.

They are not all polite, but incredibly heartfelt.

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Nicolemr
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I recently saw an ad, I think on facebook, for a company that does cards that are, on the surface, totally normal. Each card has a somewhat bland, quite properly polite written message, and artwork of beautiful flowers. However, if you know the old Victorian "language of flowers", the flowers in each picture have a distinctly hostile meaning. For the ultimate passive aggression.

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Nicolemr
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I googled "greeting cards language of flowers hostile" and found this one they made for Mothers Day.

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Go to Shopperfrolics (on t'internet): they stock cards by various brilliant cartoonists and illustrators. I especially like Jacky Fleming...

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basso

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quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
the number of cat photos on line is essentially as infinite as the mind of God

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I have a friend who had a potentially very nasty accident, when he got electrocuted by a faulty freezer. He went to the hospital where they monitored his heart for a bit, then discharged him as fit and well, though with instructions to take it easy for a few days.

I heard about it a few days after the event and wanted to send a card. "Get Well Soon" didn't seem to cover it, so I bought a generic one and wrote my own message. So if anyone is feeling entrepreneurial, I suggest a range of "Glad You Didn't Die" cards.

Friend is fine, btw. [Smile]

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Some of these cards are just wonderful!

[Overused]

As someone living with an invisible, but chronic, and potentially life-threatening condition (a form of Addison's disease), the pragmatic illness cards strike just the right note. Full marks to those who create them, and to those who use them.

IJ

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Jackie Lawson cards are fab - try them. Cheap too and she does brilliant Advent calendars that move, have games etc. Great fun for a rainy Dec morning - cheers you up.

There are loads of card shops in cities and big towns, so should be no excuse. Paperchase sometimes has good ones. But I agree smaller places don't have the choice.

Think I've got ADHD because I can't sit and do nothing when telly is on so, I cross stitch or draw cards. I can do specific ones for people or occassions. More personal. Cross stu=itch is easy - our son did quite a bit when he was in his early teens. Seems to have forgotten now he's grown up.

Then again you can buy blank ones from many different charity websites. I sometimes use UNICEF - well they have lovely blank ones at the moment by Scottish artists!!!!!

Be creative. Look on line, look for cartoons you can cut out and keep and then use. My Irish uncle, many, many years ago used to use the pictures in his seed catalogues to make cards with silly little rhymes, he made up attached. They were great - wish I had kept them!

Can't stand slushy, cringe-worthy patronising cards. As to some of these Christian ones with Bible verses.................yuck, yuck, triple yuck!!

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When I saw the title of this thread, I thought it would be about greeting cards for exotic occasions for which there are no cards. How about:

"Happy anniversary of your appendectomy"

"Congratulations on your first parking ticket"

"Have a joyous unbirthday" (useful 364 days of the year)

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Trudy Scrumptious

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quote:
Originally posted by Patdys:
I am a huge fan of these somewhat pragmatic illness cards.

They are not all polite, but incredibly heartfelt.

Yes, that's the same designer as the "Empathy Cards" I mentioned above ... she is brilliant.

For example, here's one she has for Mother's Day -- not to be given to your mother, but to someone who finds Mother's Day difficult because their mother was absent or otherwise not a positive force in their life.

[ 12. August 2017, 10:52: Message edited by: Trudy Scrumptious ]

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Huia
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Trudy thanks, those cards are brilliant.

Since I posted about the cards from calendars, and inspired by Brenda's post about pictures for cards being everywhere, I have bought a book on cars from a second hand bookshop and am photocopying some of the photos and text for cards for my brother with Parkinsons.

I am also going to get the local computer fix-it person to sort out my printer to give me more scope in using fancy fonts for messages.

Thanks for the inspiration everyone.

Huia

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Do you need to fix the printer or your word processing software to increase the fonts you can use?

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Huia
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Just the printer I think CK. I've barely scratched the surface of the fonts I have. I'm waiting until I am connected with my new fibre provider, then getting a tech person I've had before to sort out a number of issues I've been avoiding.

Huia

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