Free Valentine’s Day Printable Quote

 

Free Valentine's Day Printable Quote

Valentine’s Day is coming up on Sunday, February 14th and to celebrate, we created this free printable Valentine’s Day quote just for you! This free printable artwork is perfect to frame and give as a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift or display in your home as holiday decor–and a lovely reminder of what’s really important in life!

Download and print this free Valentine’s Day quote PDF HERE to make a lovely gift they can display all year round!

Looking for other great ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Click here for date ideas, sweet treats, crafts and more! 

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Free Valentine’s Day Desktop Wallpaper!

Free Valentine's Day Desktop Wallpaper

Hello, friends!

With winter weather and record-level snowstorms blowing across the country, we thought we would help you make your computer, phone or social media just a little more cozy–just in time for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy this set of free Valentine’s Day desktop wallpaper as a little gift from us to you.

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Vintage New Years cards

Vintage New Years Cards

A brand new year is upon us, and we’re all in the groove of, “New year, new you!”

We’re clearing the clutter, hitting the gym, and starting out fresh. But it’s hard to dive into a new year without reminiscing about the year’s past (“auld acquaintances,” and all).

We always wonder ‘where the year went’­­– ­­time moves pretty fast, right? Which is why we love looking back to revel in favorite memories and happy times, hoping for more of the same in the months ahead. With that, we offer up some vintage New Years cards we’ve pulled from our archives–letting these irreplaceable wishes and images send us off into 2016 with hope and possibility.

We’re not clearing out these babies anytime soon, however. Some things are just keepers.

 

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Vintage Christmas Cards

 

 

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We think it’s safely fair to say that no holiday makes us travel down memory lane more than Christmas. As we unpack old ornaments and dig out those flour-caked recipe cards tucked in worn cookbooks, we are loving the fact that we have these tried-and-true gems of eras gone by.

The same is true of those Christmas cards we’ve all saved from year to year–hidden in boxes and drawers because they’re too special and too magical to ever part with. Here at American Greetings, we prize our old cards, too, and we merrily went in search of some vintage Christmas cards to display for you. You can almost smell the chestnuts roasting…

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Christmas Decoration Ideas

…that are simple, cute and fun!

There are years when you have the time, energy, and resources to go all out and decorate for Christmas in the grandest of fashion…  And there are years when time, energy, and/or resources might be in short supply. Which doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t want your home to look absolutely festive, bright, and merry.]!

That’s where we, your friends at American Greetings, come in. We’ve gathered some really creative Christmas decoration ideas that don’t require much time, material, OR money—but are still adorable. In other words, stress-free cuteness. Just pull together whatever you have around the house: some glue, a marker, extra Christmas ornaments and bows, a few candles, etc. Then start having fun. And quicker than you can say ‘Merry Christmas,’ you’ll have finished a lovely holiday decoration for your home. In fact, share the fun by having your grandkids help you, too. It’s a wonderful way to bond!

So if you want to keep your DIY Christmas decorating simple, sweet, and low-cost, these easy-to-do ideas are just for you. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Wintery Slide Down the Banister by Me and My Kiddywinks

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Holiday Bow Wreath by Mom Spark

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Last-Minute Holiday Décor by V and Co.

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Snow Candles by Reckless Glamour

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No-Sew Fa La La Pillow by Confessions of a Plate Addict

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 Candy Cane Name Holders by Fun Holiday Crafts

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Easy Gingerbread House with Graham Crackers by Serious Eats

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Snowman Refrigerator by Hometalk

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Free Printable Christmas Cookie Recipe – Easy, no bake!

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With Christmas right around the corner, there’s still so much left to do…and so little time to do it. Hang the lights. Decorate the tree. Wrap the gifts. Write the cards. And bake the cookies!

Ahhh, the cookies! After all, what’s Christmas without cookies?!

Of course, you probably have a favorite Christmas cookie recipe that you make year after year. It may even take all day to bake. But during these last hectic days before the holiday, we’d like to share a very special—and super simple—recipe for a Christmas cookie recipe that will not disappoint: Turtle Cookie Balls from My Baking Addiction.

They take only 30 minutes to prepare. There’s no baking involved. They make a whopping 42 servings. They can easily be given as gifts. And they’re so delicious, no one will be able to stop at just one!

Here’s a free printable recipe card just for you. Merry Christmas, everyone, from your friends at American Greetings!

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TURTLE COOKIE BALLS
Recipe courtesy of Kraft Foods
Yield: 42 servings

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

70 vanilla wafers, finely crushed (about 2-1/3 cups)

3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping

4 (4-ounce) packages Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted*

¼ cup chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Mix first 3 ingredients until blended.
  2. Shape into 42 (1-inch) balls. Freeze for 10 minutes.
  3. Dip balls in melted chocolate. Place in a single layer in a shallow, waxed paper-lined pan. Sprinkle immediately with pecans.
  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

*Place broken chocolate pieces into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat and stir. Continue cooking and stirring in 10 second increments until completely melted and perfectly smooth.

 

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Christmas cards for Safyre

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**Thank you to everyone who helped us to make Safyre’s Christmas wish come true. Since last Wednesday, we received more than 19,000 submissions for Christmas cards for Safyre. We knew our fans were amazing, compassionate people… but this has been incredible. On your behalf, we hand-selected and signed your names and locations on more than 10,000 individual cards. Additionally, we are printing the rest of the names/locations on oversized cards for her to enjoy. The cards (and some other goodies) are on their way to Safyre and her aunt. To view pics of the card packages we’ve shipped so far, please visit our Facebook page.  **

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Two years ago, little Safyre was the only member of her family to survive a tragic arson. She not only lost her father and three siblings in the fire, but sustained extensive injuries. She has endured dozens of surgeries since the fire, but burns cover 75% of her body and she has since lost both her hand and foot.

Now 8 years old, Safyre lives with her aunt and will undergo yet another surgery in early January. This Christmas, her aunt purchased a card tree that Safyre would love to see filled with holiday greetings.

We are no longer accepting names to be printed on cards. However, please consider donating to Safyre’s  YouCaring fund here.

 

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Make Christmas Count: A Gift Guide to Giving Back

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The holiday season is about family, friends and gratitude for the wonderful people and things in our lives.

While thoughtful gifts from the heart are always appreciated, this year, consider giving loved ones gifts that give back and that can be shared with others. In this guide, you’ll find charitable gift ideas and gifts with a cause. Whether your loved one has a charity that’s near and dear to their heart, or there is a cause they’re passionate about, you’ll find Christmas gift ideas that will warm their heart and help others in the process.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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With tens of millions of people hitting the roads, railways and sky this week to be with their loved ones, the nostalgia-tinged ecard “Home for Thanksgiving,” is a certainly a fitting way to send a holiday hello.

Even though today, it’s planes and fast moving cars that carry us home, the greeting, set in 19th Century rural America, resonates with 21st Century travelers for a few simple reasons. The speed, modes of transportation, and even the scenery may have changed, but the pilgrimage we undergo to reunite with our people is still part of who we are today.  As the soundtrack of the card suggests, “Over the River, and Through the Woods…”

From all of us at American Greetings–safe travels, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Vintage Thanksgiving Cards

Vintage Thanksgiving Cards 

As the Thanksgiving holiday gets closer and we swap favorite recipes for stuffing and pie, our thoughts are full of family, friends, and feelings of gratitude. As part of your preparations, you may have already picked out a few Thanksgiving cards to connect with loved ones far and wide. We’re in that mode, too!

Plus, nostalgia got the better of us this year and we went in search of some favorite cards from the archives to see how thankfulness was passed around years ago. We hope you enjoy these vintage Thanksgiving cards as much as we do–the art of being grateful and saying ‘thanks’ never goes out of style, does it?

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What to write in a Thanksgiving card

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Between the festivities of Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving can sometimes feel like an afterthought. So often, the real meaning of the holiday gets lost in the rush of cheering for football games — and the challenge to determine once and for all just exactly how much turkey (and stuffing, and gravy) a person can eat.

But Thanksgiving shouldn’t feel like an afterthought. It’s a day dedicated to acknowledging the people who make a difference to us every day. It’s a chance to stop taking the best things in our lives for granted. And what better way to say “thank you” than with a Thanksgiving card?

Of course, it can be hard to find the words to express what so often goes unspoken. If you’ve ever wanted a little help when crafting your personal message of thanks, you’re in luck! Read on for a few helpful tips and suggestions for what to write in a Thanksgiving card.

Reach out

Take advantage of the opportunity to re-establish and strengthen connections. Even a simple wish lets someone know you’re thinking about them.

  • “So grateful to know someone like you.”
  • “Lucky to have met you.”
  • “Glad to have you in my life.”
  • “So happy to call you my friend.”

Make it personal

Think of something about your intended recipient that’s unique to your relationship. What do they inspire in you that nobody else does? Use this holiday to tell someone exactly what they mean to you.

  • “I don’t know who I’d be without you.”
  • “You’ve changed my world for the better.”
  • “I wouldn’t be the same without you.”
  • “You’re such an important part of my life.”

Keep it simple

It doesn’t have to be a grandiose action to be meaningful. What seems like a small gesture can actually make someone’s day — whether it’s something someone did for you, or you thanking them for it later.

  • “I bet you thought I wouldn’t notice, but I did.”
  • “I can’t tell you what that means to me.”
  • “People don’t say thanks enough, so I’m saying it now.”
  • “I’m so grateful for what you did.”

Be specific

Sometimes it’s okay to throw a “thanks for all you do” out there, but expressing gratitude for someone’s specific actions or influence on you, no matter how big or small, will create a more memorable experience for you both.

  • “I’ll always be thankful for the time…”
  • “You might not remember, but I’ll never forget…”
  • “I may not have thanked you at the time, but…”
  • “How do I know I’ll always be grateful for you? It’s because…”

Now that you have a few tools under your belt, just remember: the most important thing when writing out your card is that it comes from your heart. If you make sure to write down why you’re thankful and what you genuinely feel for that person, you’re on the right track!

It’s one thing to feel thankful, but truly showing gratitude takes it to a whole new level! That’s why, at American Greetings, we created the #ThankList movement. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to take that extra step and publicly acknowledge the people who have made the most difference in your life and shaped you as a person.

Tell us in the comments below who your biggest motivators, inspirations, and supporters are. Who are you most grateful for in your life?

Let it inspire you to spread gratitude and appreciation throughout the year!

Kelsey Rubenking is a five-year veteran of American Greetings and comes from a long line of greeting card enthusiasts. She believes that making connections with other human beings, whether friends, family, or strangers, is the most positive and rewarding thing you can do, for yourself and for others — and how better to do it than with social expressions? This Thanksgiving, she’s grateful for love, clarity, hope, and community — especially the community that gives her a chance to share this message with you!

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Creating Fun New Halloween Traditions In Your Neighborhood

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If you celebrated Halloween growing up, no doubt one of your favorite memories is of trick-or-treating with your friends. Hot masks you could barely see through weren’t even a care as you trampled from house to house to see if the neighbors could recognize you. Screams of excitement and laughter were heard up and down the block.

How can you create this same feeling of community and start some memorable traditions in your area? Check out these fun ideas from our Halloween celebration mavens at American Greetings to help spark a fresh idea all your own.

  • Pass out a flyer inviting everyone to participate in a house-decorating contest. Select a date for the judges committee to view all of the houses and decide the winner. Consider purchasing a small trophy that can be passed down each year to the next winner.
  • Similarly, it’s easy to host a pumpkin-carving contest. After circulating flyers and selecting a judges committee and judging date, be a little sneaky in the announcement of the winner. Consider surprising the winner by placing a ribbon on the pumpkin or their front door in the early morning for everyone to see as they leave for work or school.
  • Have you ever heard of ‘booing’ your neighbors? Instead of knocking and waiting to be handed a treat, leave a small bag of goodies at an unsuspecting neighbor’s house. Include a note asking them to pay it forward to someone else and a small pumpkin or ghost sign to hang in their window to show that they have already been booed.
  • Block parties aren’t just for summer months anymore. Contact a few friendly neighbors and plan an old-fashioned apple themed fall party. Serve up some spiced cider, set up a caramel apple dipping station, and have the kids bob for apples.
  • If you’re familiar with other parents on your block, why not invite their families over after trick-or-treating for some goodies and a candy swap? The parents can trade stories while the children barter for the perfect assortment of Halloween goodies.

However you decide to celebrate in your neighborhood, grab the opportunity to embrace your inner child and have a little fun. Starting your own traditions not only will improve your relationship with everyone on your block, but it will create awesome memories for the children in the neighborhood for years to come.

What’s your fondest Halloween tradition from childhood?

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Adorable Pet Halloween Costumes

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People go all-out on Halloween with awesomely creative costumes, and we’re not just talking about the costumes they create for themselves, but for their pets! If you have a fur baby at home (or a feather or scaly baby), then you probably align with the many thousands that like to get their pets in on the Halloween act, too.

If you’re trying to come up with that just-right costume for your pet, we’ve collected a few of our faves that will help you make your best buddy the hit of Halloween.

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  1. Harry Potter Pup via All Free Holiday Crafts

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Do you dress your beloved furbaby up for Halloween? If so, we’d love to see pics! Share in the comments or on our Facebook page!

 

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What to Write in a Halloween Card

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Do you shudder with fear when you try to think of what to write in a Halloween card? Does your blood run cold at the thought of what to say? Would you rather face a thirsty vampire than figure out what to scrawl in the card? Well relax boys and ghouls. I will be your ghost host for this quick lesson that, hopefully, will take the terror out of…”What to Write in a Halloween Greeting Card.”

Halloween isn’t just for costume-clad, candy craving kids anymore. Statistics and sales figures (Ugh—math!) show that “big people” like to get their spooky on, too.

Halloween has grown into one of the year’s biggest party occasions. More and more adults are dressing up and getting down to celebrate this frightful fall festivity with parties and haunted happenings. You might say Halloween has turned into a monster!

Or you might not. We don’t really know if you’re into puns.

So if you decide to take advantage of this spook-tacular opportunity to reach out to those people you consider card-worthy what do you write in it? This might help…

What to Write in a Halloween Card

As with any card, a good place to start is to think about what the person means to you and any unique connection you might share. It’s that personal touch that makes any card special.

You might want to make a reference to the holiday itself. Throw in a horror-themed pun before adding your signature:

  • From my crypt to yours
  • With my undying affection
  • Thinking of you—and the upcoming zombie apocalypse
  • Have a frightfully fun Halloween

Try some fun ways to let them know that you’re thinking about them:

  • Wishing you a Howling good Halloween
  • Beast Wishes
  • Fangs for being my friend
  • To my BFF (Best Fiend Forever)
  • Happy Halloween, Ghoul friend!

Sure, the fact that you actually went to the trouble to send them a card is already a pretty good indication that you’re thinking of them, so feel free to go a little deeper. Tell them that you wish you could be with them with a little personalized message:

  • From my crypt to yours
  • Tomb it may concern
  • Something possessed me to send you a card
  • Happy Halloween to my beastie

If the card is for a child you can emphasis that you hope they have a fun Halloween and maybe get lots of candy. Keep it light and cheerful– you don’t want to give the kid nightmares. Most kids love monsters and puns so some possible messages might include:

  • Have a spook-tacular Halloween
  • Keep it creepy
  • Happy Halloween to a cool ghoul
  • Have a good Halloween night. Don’t let the bad bats bite!
  • Happy hairy, howling Halloween!

Have fun with whatever message you decide to write. Halloween is primarily a fun holiday so have fun with it!

What do YOU like best about Halloween? Do you have a favorite Halloween memory that you would like to share? Your favorite costume? Have you had a real-life ghost story? Are you a vampire? We’d love to hear from you in our comments section.

Need some more macabre messages and creepy card products? Come visit us at AmericanGreetings.com.

 -Bryan

Hi. I’m Bryan White. I am a 30 year veteran of American Greetings. In that time I have had a number of card creating jobs. I’ve planned card programs, written all kinds of cards and done finished art work on them as well. Of all the cards that I’ve created over the years, Halloween cards, especially the funny ones, are my favorite. Maybe because Halloween is my favorite holiday.* I’ve been a horror fan all my life and something about this autumn holiday appeals to me and makes me want to “share the scare” with people I care about.

 *Rumors that I am a lycanthrope are totally unsubstantiated.

 

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