After 8 years and creasing, cutting, and folding 100,000's of cards by hand - this bad boy has become my uniform. It's okay though, don't worry about me... I'm totally at peace with my sexy new look. Thankfully it's just while I work (though there was a time several months ago where I had to rock it 24/7). Now I just wear it while I work so my tendons stay happy.
While it may only be February, we've already started working on getting our Christmas cards ready! Oye. It's so crazy how Christmas never really ends in the greeting card world. You spend January recovering from Christmas, February thru August is designing and getting stock ready, September thru November is shipping Christmas stock out to stores, then early December is spent filling and shipping online sales. Then Christmas actually comes and goes and it's back to the beginning of the cycle. It's a mad, mad season, but we love it.
For you retailers out there curious about the Alberta Gift Show - nope, we're not going! But we're always free to take your wholesale orders. If you don't already have an account with our fancy new wholesale site, just call or email me and I'll hook you up. Alternatively, Jannex is around to help you too!
Every so often I take time away from my creasing and cutting duties and I sit at my computer to make new cards! It's not always my favourite thing to do, but sometimes if the mood is right I can crank out several new cards in a single day! (Other times it can take DAYS just to get one card done right). I had a few good days a couple of weeks ago and I made several new cards that I've now posted under the NEW ARRIVALS section. Check them out then buy them all!
Most notably is a Get Well card that I came up with after hearing that a woman I know had just been diagnosed with a life changing illness. Seeing as this type of thing happens to men and women across the world on a daily basis, I thought that this might be a great opportunity for me to try and help... even just a little. So while it doesn't feel like much, I've decided to donate $1.00 from every sale of this card to cancer research! We'll go public with our earnings once in awhile and donate a lump sum to the Canadian Cancer Society once a year.
Now just because the money will be going to cancer research, doesn't mean the card has to be given to someone dealing with cancer. This card can be given to someone battling any illness or injury, or even a bad break up, or rough patch in life (job loss, death in family, etc). We just chose cancer because we fucking hate it (who doesn't?) and it affects so many people! So be fucking awesome and buy this card NOW!
Hey fools! First off, if you're one of the super amazing retailers carrying our cards in Canada, check your email! If you don't see one from us, contact us and make sure that we have you on our mailing list. We sent something this morning that you'll be interested in.
We have some fun new products to announce! We recently made Gift Tags and we're SO excited about them! They're the size of a standard business card and come with a small piece of twine so you can tie it to gifts. They are 100% made in Canada and are just like our other products.... sweet, but fucking sassy! They come in packs of 10 and we have 6 different designs (so far).
We also have some new Box Sets. Box sets are actually a great gift in themselves. If you know someone that loves greeting cards, you can give them one of our box sets so they can give out the cards! We have Christmas Box Sets too.
Finally, we've already mentioned it, but our 2016 Wall Calendars are ready for pre-orders! They're designed, but not ready for production just yet. We'd like to get an idea of how many are wanted before we decide on how many to make. So place your order today and you'll be guaranteed to get one before everyone else!
You might hate me for saying this, but before we know it Christmas will be here! Here at the hug and kiss headquarters we've been working on Christmas since late spring… So we're going to be prepared for the busy season... At least mostly prepared. What about you? How many freaks have started their shopping already? There's always a few. Anyway, we bring it up because our calendars are still at a special pre-order price of $15.00 each! But that's going to change real soon! In the next few weeks we'll be cutting and punching and coiling and shrink wrapping our little buns off getting the 2016 wall calendars ready. Once that happens, they won't be pre-orders anymore and you'll be paying $20 a piece (still a killer deal for how awesome they are!). Anyway, order soon and save.... Plus guarantee that you'll get one. We aren't making many, so they're probably going to sell out.
We just sent them to the printer a few days ago, so there's not much time left...
Wow, so that was fast. It's only October 14th and we're down to our last two calendars! Looks like we might have to make some more... YIKES!!! If you're wanting to get your copy shipped immediately, then order now! Otherwise it'll take weeks for our next batch to be ready.
UPDATE AS OF OCTOBER 23 - Calendars are back - though in limited supply! Order now here!!!
In other news, we did a little photo shoot with our Christmas gift tags and they look SO cute! So order these little cuties while you're at it.
Sure, it may be nearly 30 degrees outside my office, but I'm indoors thinking ahead to Christmas! Crazy retail world. But, like most of you I'm doing my best to enjoy the summer! I went camping for the first time in over 20 years (yeah, I'm old enough to say shit like that) and I think there's inspiration for a comic strip somewhere in that trip...
Anyway, I hope that you're enjoying your summer vacations/ trips to the lake/family bbqs/ and what-not.
But since you're here reading this, why don't you take a minute to order some magnets and greeting cards and shit. They're pretty fucking awesome and the post office is near a Starbucks, so when I send your order I can grab myself a frappuccino and make it a business expense.
Last year our 2016 calendars sold out fast. The first round sold out in October or something, so we were forced to make more to get us through the holidays! Even then, that second batch sold out before Christmas! We had several customers begging us to make more, but they're a lot of work... like a lot... so we didn't do a third batch. Now here we are in the final stages of designing our 2017 calendar and we're planning ahead on how many we should make! As we have in previous years, we're offering special pricing on all pre-orders! Not only do you save 25%, but you guarantee yourself a copy before they sell out!
Interested in coasters? We're getting some made REAL soon, so we have a bunch of our designs available for pre-orders! Until October 15th you can choose from over 60 different designs and we'll ship around the end of October!!! There are our usual sassy, sarcastic, vulgar "Go Fuck Yourself" type designs, plus our Fan Art Coasters with some of the top characters from our favourite TV Shows! Like "The Walking Dead"!!!! My god, we love that show! Anyway, if your living room is in need of a Daryl or Tara or Morgan coaster (or any of the other main characters)... order now! Or perhaps you'd prefer a Heisenberg (Breaking Bad) or a Matt Murdoch (Daredevil) or a Jon Snow (Game of Thrones)?!? Check them out!
When they go into production after the October 15th deadline we'll only be choosing a few of our designs and making limited quantities, so if you're at all interested, we strongly suggest ordering before the 15th so you guarantee to get the design and quantity you desire.
All the coasters are 3.75" x 3.75" x 0.125" (that's thin) and feature one of our designs printed on plastic resin with a cork backing. They're also extremely durable and flexible and they look really friggin cute!
PS- they'll make great gifts for friends! Think ahead to Christmas people... it's really not all that far way!
If you pre-ordered one (or more) of our calendars, then keep an eye on your mailbox! We shipped off the first batch of calendars this morning and our second batch will be shipping out tomorrow! We're excited for people to finally see the finished product... those dang things are a crazy amount of work and they damn well better be appreciated!!!
If you plan on visiting us at the Make It Show in either Edmonton or Vancouver in November (Edmonton) or December (Vancouver), you can plan to grab yourself a copy of the calendar there, but please keep in mind we have limited stock! (In other words it's safer to buy one right now from right here.)
Christmas is an insanely busy time for us. It gets quite stressful handling all the Christmas orders, Christmas craft shows, Christmas cards for stores, and of course Christmas shopping for our families.... so to help alleviate some of that stress, we've decided to have a CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE! We've done this a few times over our 10 years in business and it's always a huge success! So, for one week (starting today) you can stock up on Christmas and Hanuakkah cards at an amazing deal! There's no coupon code needed, all the cards are already marked down 40% (not including box sets).
For you wholesale accounts, apologies, but this deal doesn't apply to you. But, if you haven't already ordered your Christmas cards you might want to start thinking about it!
Oh, and for you folks in Toronto - We're going to be back at the One of Kind Christmas Show this year! Wahoo! So if you don't want to pick up your Christmas cards from us now, you can certainly wait and do it in person. We'll be in town for the final 6-days of the show!
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).
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).
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