Father’s Day & CardStore

I failed Father’s Day miserably this year…

Matthew and I had date night the Friday night before, which was great as always. Saturday, we grilled out with Matthew’s parents, sister, and niece to celebrate. Sunday, we went to church and ate lunch again with Matthew’s family. Pretty much the same layout as most weekends, which always makes for awesome weekends just not a very special and memorable Father’s Day weekend.

No gifts (other than surprising Matthew with green plums and green tomatoes from the local market) and I barely managed to get a card in on Father’s Day morning. This was not entirely my fault, though… I had actually made Matthew a custom card from a popular card-service website using a promo code offered on Facebook. I had made the card in plenty of time for delivery and I was to receive it on Friday the 14th. Friday the 14th came and no card. Not a big deal, I still had Saturday. Saturday, no card. Sunday obviously we don’t get mail. Therefore, I was facing Father’s Day with no card for my awesome husband. Thankfully, though, the day before I had found the promo offer on Facebook for afore-mentioned delayed card, I bought a cheap-o Father’s Day card from the value section of Wal-Mart (only because I thought it was funny!!!!). Cheap-o card was my save for Father’s Day morning. I did explain to Matthew my dilemma and that I guessed his custom-made card had gotten lost in mail-land.

Now that you’ve got that whole back story, here’s where Cardstore comes into the picture. And before I go any further, I just need to say I wish I had gotten this e-mail just one day later because it would have saved me so much angst and guilt over being a crummy wife on Father’s Day. Matthew does get three cards out of my dilemma, though, so that makes it all worthwhile.

On Friday the 14th I received an e-mail from a super nice lady named Lauren with Cardstore asking if I would review one of their cards on All Glorious in exchange for a free one. Being the super-cardsy person that I am (I mean I bought a back-up card?!) and the type who finds any reason whatsoever to give someone a card, I gladly accepted. I initially planned to create a birthday card for my sister since her birthday is coming soon; but instead, what did I make? Of course another Father’s Day card to make up for the cheap-o card and the long-lost card! So I make the card and wouldn’t you guess the long-lost card comes in the mail the day after… I mean, really? Insult to injury.

And that, friends, is my tale of Father’s Day 2013. Now on to the precious Father’s Day card from Cardstore.

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From the start I was impressed with Cardstore’s card-making process.

I started off by choosing “Father’s Day card from Kids” and narrowed down my options to this cute card. The captions and quotes fit Matthew to a T and I knew he would love the sweet photos of him with our kids I was able to import. One thing I thought was really cool was the option to import your photos from Facebook (which for me narrowed down the billions of photos I would have had to dig through on my laptop). The photos uploaded can also be enhanced to black-and-white (which you can obviously see I did), sepia, a few other enhanced colors, or the original photo color. Another cool feature is the ability to scan your own signature instead of using a standard font. Seeing that my kids are below the age of three, I opted for a cute handwritten-style font. All texts are optional and fonts can be changed up to your preference. I always, always like my preference. Kind of like the whole “fake layering” deal with some clothing. Pretty sure I can just do that myself. The inside of the card is also optional. You’re able to add photos on the left side of the card or leave it blank, which I chose because I’m a fan of the classic look of most cards.

Once I was finished creating the card, I was given the option of having the blank envelope printed with my return address (for free!) or having it shipped to the recipient (with the additional cost of shipping). Setting up an account with Cardstore was also required before ordering, but it was super easy. Just my email address and a password. The form for ordering the card was also simple and auto-fill friendly (for you other Windows and IE users out there). I was also able to save my info for future purchases since I had an account already created.

The day after ordering I received an email letting me know my card had shipped via standard shipping (Wednesday) and it came in the mail Saturday.

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And here is where they completely won me over, other than their beyond-cute designs: You receive not one but TWO envelopes to mail/package your card. I cannot tell you how many times I have messed up the one clean envelope sent to me by other card-makers only to be left with either no envelope or a messy, crinkled, scribbled envelope. Props to Cardstore on thinking that one through.

So my review in a nut-shell:

  • user-friendly
  • more options available, because they are specific only to cards, invitations, and stationary
  • very, very cute layouts and fonts
  • more personalization options
  • extra envelope and sturdy shipping envelope

Friends, I highly encourage you try this site out if you like designing your own cards. They are currently running this special BIRTHDAY PROMO – cards $2.49 with code: CWG3249 valid thru 6/30/13. I may have already made a couple for two special ladies with birthdays coming next month.

**This review reflects only my personal opinion and experience with Cardstore. I was offered a promotional code for a free card in exchange for my personal review.

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