This post was written in partnership with Paperless Post. I was compensated with coins for my virtual cards but my thoughts and review are my own.

To me, there is just something about a person taking the time to send a card – whether virtual or in person. The person took the time to pick out a card for me, write a nice note and send it. It brings me such joy to receive cards with a thoughtful message. I truly feel that sending a card is a lost art. In this world of social media a lot of people take to leaving a quick facebook message instead of sending a card or text. Taking that extra time really shows that you care.

While I don’t normally send virtual cards, I was able to give Paperless Post a try and have fallen in love with it. One of the things that I love about Paperless Post is the fact that I can see when someone has viewed my card and they can also respond to it or RSVP if necessary. These would be perfect invitations to a baby shower, birthday party, or even a housewarming party. I look forward to continuing to use it with events that I have coming up.

Paperless Post was very easy to use. I simply browsed the cards, chose the one I wanted and got started. Today I’m sending a birthday card to my friend and mentor, Jen.

Paperless Post had almost 300 birthday cards to choose from, but I chose one with Happy Birthday in many languages because Jen is a missionary and is bi-lingual. I thought it suited her perfectly. You can customize the card if it has color variations as well.

You can also fully customize the text on the back of the card. I added a special message and increased the font size on certain words that I wanted to highlight. You can then customize your envelope, right down to the stamp and the postal mark.

I’m excited to use Paperless Post in the near future as I send out invites to some events that I have coming up. I love that people can RSVP direct in the website and everything is organized there in your account dashboard.

Today’s birthday card cost me 5 coins so this card would cost me $1.50 or less depending on the package I purchase (the package I was given makes this card just $0.45). You can hardly purchase a card and shipping for that price and you sometimes don’t know if the recipient even gets it. Paperless Post also has cards that are free that don’t cost coins.

Take time today to send someone a card – virtual or otherwise. If you send one from Paperless Post (which I hope you do), let me know which one you chose. I’d love to see it!

{While I’m away from the studio I wanted to revisit some of the most visited posts. I hope they inspire you this week!}

Another post that still gets a lot of views are the birthday cards below. A year ago I came up with a card design using transparency sheets and they quickly became my card of choice for all different events. I love to use transparencies for the welcome and birthday cards I make at my job and have also used them personally for people I know and love. They are no longer available for sale, but hopefully they’ll give you card makers some inspiration for your next set of birthday cards!

Take a closer look at the cards here.

Dave told me to make him a Valentine card this year, so I did! It’s simple and manly (I think) – that’s why I didn’t use any ribbon or glitter or girly stuff. I love the red and gray together and the mini file folder is from the stash that I pulled out of the garbage at work last week :).

The Loving Life and bottom stamps are from Ali Edwards

I added the hearts by hand to add some color. Paper is leftover from Project Life.
I love this man!

Did any of you hand-make your valentines this year?

My friend Jessica used a couple of my Cricut cartridges the other day to make some cards for her business. She’s donating a quarter for every new fan on her Facebook business page to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Her sister is running in the Chicago Marathon for a Cure in October and she’s selling cards to support the effort. Please check out her shop. She makes really cute cards for really cheap in her Etsy shop as well. Above is the one I got from her to give to my mom.