What the heck do I write in this birthday card?

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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!

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Kathy Davis Celebrates Mothers & Daughters

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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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Famiglia!

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Families come in all shapes & sizes, varieties & personalities. We all have different interpretations of what makes a family and that’s what makes every family unique and wonderful. It seems like life gets busier and busier with each passing year, but time spent with family is irreplaceable. There’s no better time than right now to reach out to someone in your family and tell them that you love them, are thinking about them or miss them. Staying connected to family – near and far – is easier than you think. Make someone’s day and send them a Thinking of You greeting card, or a Funny eCard. If you’re lucky enough to have family living close by, throw a family dinner party to catch up with everyone. Remember, every family tree needs love and support to grow!

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