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Over the past 6 weeks I've been busy shipping out card orders to some of my awesome retail accounts!  Including a few new ones!!!  (Welcome Mandala Design in Toronto, Epic Pharmacy in Tofino and Muse Studio in Milton!)

I've also been getting my shit together for my new friends over at Chewie Media to build a new website for me! Wahoo!!!  The new site won't be up for awhile yet (a lot of damn work goes into them!), but when it is, it'll be real and it'll be spectacular.  So stay tuned.

 

 

Back In Action

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Hi Friends! If you're a regular visitor here (or you follow us on social media), then you might have noticed that I've been a little quiet lately.  Apologies for that! Well, I'm not really sorry... I was on a much needed vacation to Disneyland (and who on Earth would apologize for that?!)  Anyways, after my hectic February/March/early April, the trip was much-needed and I feel refreshed and ready to get back to work!

Soooo, while I was in Toronto for the One of a Kind Show I collected email addresses for my mailing list.  If you signed up, but didn't receive an email yesterday (April 23rd), please be in touch... Sometimes it's hard for me to decipher other people's handwriting, so I may have signed you up with an incorrect email address.  For those of you that weren't at the show in Toronto and aren't on the list, please let me know if you'd like to sign up!  There's currently no link to do it yourself (I need my web people to help with that), but I can certainly add you manually!  (You get emails about contests and sales and shit).

Just a reminder that you might want to take this opportunity to buy a Mother's Day card for the moms in your life!  It doesn't have to be your mom... It can be your wife or baby-mama or your mother-in-law or step-mom.  Mother's Day is May 13th and our deadline for Mother's Day orders is May 7th (for Canada) and April 25th (for international).

Anyways, that's it.  Just wanted to let you all know that I'm alive and well.

BROKEN RIB + MOTHER'S DAY DEADLINE + SPRING SHOWS

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I hope you're all doing well and enjoying the first few days of spring!

How am I?  Well, I'm glad you asked... life has been a little tricky for me lately.  Long story short, I was sick for a few weeks (bronchitis) and then 2 weeks ago I coughed so hard I broke a rib!  No, I'm not an 92-year-old woman with osteoporosis, I'm just a really powerful cougher. (I know cougher isn't a word, but you get what I mean.)

ANYWAYS, it goes without saying that I haven't been able to work much lately despite having to get ready for the upcoming One of a Kind Show in Toronto!  The Toronto show is the only one in our calendar this spring (sorry Edmonton and Vancouver, we will NOT be at Make It this year).  For those of you folks in Ontario, we're giving away 4 free pairs of tickets to the One of a Kind Show over on our Instagram account.  Just like us, like the post, and tag a friend you'd bring.  Easy.  The show lands on the Easter Long weekend, so chances are you'll have at least one day off that you can attend... right?!?

For you Wholesale accounts out there - I emailed you about it today, but just as a reminder.... ORDER YOUR MOTHER'S DAY CARDS BEFORE APRIL 1ST!!!!!   For you wonderful customers that aren't ordering for a brick and mortar shop (ie. you are not wholesale accounts), no worries.  You have PLENTY of time to get your Mother's Day card orders in! 

Okay, that's it.  I'm going to get back to the slow and painful process of cutting cards.

Happy Goof Off Day!

Next Up

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Valentine's Day has come and gone and I'm finally settling back into my normal work routine... Creasing, folding and cutting cards for the masses!  Earlier this month my husband and I spent the weekend in Vancouver at the Taboo Show.  It was my first time at that particular show and it was such a warm welcome from lovely, sexy, hilarious, fun-loving people!  If you've never been, the show celebrates sex, self-love and everything taboo!  (So of course my cards were a perfect fit).  I've never been to a show with a strict 18+ audience and it was certainly a pleasure not having to turn kids away from my booth all weekend (the half-naked customers were just an added bonus).  Anyways, thanks to you of you that dropped by my booth at the show, I hope to see you again next year!

Next up on my list of Events is The One of a Kind Show in Toronto!  The show lands on the Easter long weekend this year for those of you wanting to add it to your calendar (that's March 28- April 1).  I've already started preparing by getting my Mother's and Father's Day cards in order.

In other news, Steak and a Blowjob Day is fast approaching.  Get your postcards now!

   

 

VALENTINE'S DAY

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Valentine's Day is just 4 weeks away!  If you're lucky enough to have a Valentine to call your own (or to share politely), you should check out our sweet selection of Valentine's Day cards.  We also have a large selection of Love cards!  If you're shipping address is here in Canada, we recommend ordering by February 5th to allow ample time for processing and shipping.  International orders should be placed by February 1st.

Now get to it!

Last Day of the Year

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Here we are, the last day of 2017!!!  The past 12 months were pretty good for Hug and Kiss Designs.  I hit a major milestone in January, when my cute little stationery company officially turned a decade old!  Can you believe it?!?  Back when I started Hug and Kiss Designs, swearing in greeting cards wasn't really a thing. Hell, swearing on merchandise of any sort wasn't really a thing.  At least not like it is now.  Now it's everywhere!!!  Companies are swearing on tea towels and coffee mugs and embroidered wall hangings.... It's really fucking cool!  So thanks to all of you that have supported my vulgar sense of humour over the years!

This year was also great because after being absent from the One of a Kind Christmas Show in Toronto for a couple of years, I finally got my butt back there to a very warm and friendly welcome (thanks for that Toronto!).  The show is so wonderful and it pained me not being able to attend for 4 years (I had a kid and kids are a lot of work, which is why I was away).  But don't worry Toronto, I'm going to be back on a regular basis now that my daughter is old enough to drive herself to school (she's a very gifted 4-year-old).

And now I'm gearing up for a very exciting 2018!  As of yesterday I uploaded a buttload of new cards (including lots of new Love and Valentine's Day) and my retailers are already jumping on board and restocking their card walls after the busy Christmas season.  So check to see if we have a retailer near you... (if we don't and you have one to recommend, contact us!)  (Or if we do have a store near you and their Hug and Kiss selection sucks, tell them to order more!)

HAPPY FUCKING NEW YEAR!


 

Christmas Shipping Is Done

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Hi friends!

So first off, PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR CHRISTMAS SHIPPING DEADLINE HAS PAST!

Any and all orders placed from now until Christmas will still be processed and shipped, but we are past the Canada Post deadline for shipping and you are highly unlikely to receive your packages in time for the holiday season.  So unless you celebrate Christmas in January, I wouldn't recommend ordering Christmas cards anymore.

In other news... I want to send a HUGE thank you to all you wonderful folks that stopped by to see me at either the One of a Kind Show in Toronto or the Make It Show in Vancouver!  It's always such a thrill to set up shop for a few days and see the shock, enjoyment and (sometimes) horror on people's face when they read my cards.  I hadn't been to the OOAK Christmas show since 2012 (my company was there in 2013, but I wasn't personally) and I was welcomed back with open arms!  And it was so nice to catch up with some long-time customers and meet so many new ones!  For you folks in Vancouver - holy cow!  What a show! Thanks for coming out and supporting the awesome talent that makes up the Make It Show! 
 

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

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Christmas Shows are coming!  I wrapped up the Fan Expo Vancouver just over a week ago and next up is Toronto's One of a Kind Show!  I haven't been at this show since 2013 (well, actually I was at home with a newborn, so I had people do the show for me), so it's really exciting to be going back!  If you're in the area, please note that we are only exhibiting for the LAST 6 DAYS!  So don't go within the first five days expecting me to be there.  I'll be at home. In BC. Watching it rain. For those of you in the Vancouver area, once I get home from Toronto I'll be heading to Make It at the PNE Forum!  Let's hope we don't have that crazy snow storm we did last year.  That sucked.

So, to summarize:
One of a Kind Show, Toronto November 28-December 3.
Make It, Vancouver December 7-10.

For all of you that plan on ordering online before Christmas, quick note - while I'm in Toronto (November 27-December 4), products will not be shipping out!  You can certainly still order, but your order just won't be sent until December 5th.  It's really not that big of a deal, it just means you'll have to wait an extra few days for your order.

FINALLY, for those of you wanting free tickets to the One of a Kind Show, check out my Instagram page for a contest tomorrow (Wednesday).

Show Season

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Halloween hasn't even happened, but we're in total Christmas-mode over here.  Have been for months, really!  If you're thinking about buying some Christmas cards, we're happy to help!  Now is a good time too, because we have everything in stock! You can always buy from us right here, or check out our awesome list of retailers here or come see us at one of our events!  This year we're only doing shows in Vancouver and Toronto, so sorry to you folks in Edmonton (and elsewhere).

Calendars + Christmas + Snail Mail

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Lately I've been trying to practice what I preach and sending more snail mail!  It seems to be mostly belated birthday cards (ya know, after I read about someone's birthday on Facebook and go, "Oh shit.  It's their birthday."  Then I trek downstairs to my office, write out a card, and pop it in the mail.  Anyways, now that I have POSTCARDS I'm extra excited to sit down and write out some good old fashion snail mail!  So, if I happen to have your address you just might wanna keep an eye on your mailbox!

(FYI - Coffee Day is this month, so you should probably stock up on Coffee Day Postcards like right now.  Now.  Just do it.
   

In other news, it looks like I've already sold half of the calendars that I planned to make this year.  So if you're at all considering buying one, you might wanna act fast!  Though if you're in Vancouver or Toronto, please note that I will be heading your way for the One of a Kind Show in Toronto (but just the last six days) or for Vancouver I'll be back at Make It in December and I'm setting stock aside for both shows.  But for those of you outside Toronto or Vancouver, you might have to order online unless a store near you stocks our shit!  Not sure if the store has our calendars?  Message me and I'll let you know! (Or get off your butt and go check the store!)

Finally, for all of you that wholesale our cards - Please get your Christmas card orders in as soon as possible (ie. before the end of the month... ideally).

 

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