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Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

Every year for every major holiday, Blue Mountain unveils several brand new, exciting, never-before-seen eCards. Which means we naturally now have some wonderful new Easter eCards waiting just for you! In fact, there are three special Easter eCards in particular that we’d love to share with you…along with some thoughts from the artists who designed them.

The cards are truly fun, fresh, and beautiful—which is no wonder, considering all the work that goes into them, from concept and composition, to design and production. In fact, it takes nothing less than a small village of creatively talented people coming all together to produce each and every eCard just for you on BlueMountain.com

So without further ado, here are three of our newest Easter eCards —along with interesting comments from the very artists who designed or directed each of them! Happy Easter, everyone!

His Shining Love
Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

“As I thought of the people who would be sending and receiving this design, I asked myself, ‘What will inspire them? And what is the best way to visually help them to communicate their feelings?’

“This particular card has a religious tone that is meant to inspire, so using that and the beautiful sentiment of the verse to guide me, I really just tried to complement that feeling through the visual design.

“The imagery represents the beauty of God’s creations in the landscape and animals, while the glowing rays of sunlight help to emphasize this feeling of warmth, peace, beauty, and love. Trying to give the environment a sense of atmosphere, I also added a subtle fog effect and floating particles in the air.

“The brief appearance of a simple cross over the sun at the end (as suggested by Assistant Art Director, Alison Osborn) reminds the viewer of the purpose for the celebration of Easter: Jesus Christ has risen!”

David Sommers, Sr. Creative Developer
Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

Bunny Fun
Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

“We actually adapted this eCard from a very high-rated paper card. I worked with one of my editors and animators to adapt it for animation.

“We loved the idea of showing the bunnies slowly multiply until they were all smashed up against the screen with very surprised looks on their faces. We went with characters that had very large eyes so we could show their expressions at the end.

“This design, as simple as it is, went through many changes to get it just right. We originally had a ‘Hugh Hefner-like’ character with a smoking jacket pop up at the end with a pipe, but we decided to take it out.

“I hope our audience gets a good laugh and then shares it with others so they, too, can have the same fun experience!”

 — Tom Page, Art Director
Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

Easter Garden
Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

“Knowing how much our Blue Mountain friends love flowers and gardening, we wanted to make a special card that celebrated Easter and spring.

“We contacted a Russian artist known for her beautiful renderings, and asked her to create a special garden where the receiver could mouse over each flower to discover their meanings. I really hope everyone will love this card as much as I do!”

– Alison Osborn, Assistant Art Director
Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

 

 

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What to Write…in an Easter card

What to Write...in an Easter card

The sun is starting to peek out a bit more these days and Spring is showing her beautiful colors more and more. With the entrance of Spring, also comes the celebration of Easter. Easter is such a special holiday because it can be celebrated in so many ways. It’s a time of renewal, and hope for the future, and also a time of joy and happiness for both young and old.

Whether you’re sending an Easter card in the mail, or an Easter eCard, adding a few of your own words, or even a special quote or saying is a great way to let those you love know you’re thinking about them. We have put together a quick list of some of our favorite words to add to any of the Easter greetings you plan on sending this year. As always, you can hop over to BlueMountain.com any time to read more  and find the perfect Easter ecards for this special season.

Easter Sayings:

  • Hop over here for Easter
  • You put the hip in my hop
  • You are some bunny special
  • A basketful of blessings
  • My Easter basket is filled with thoughts of you

 Easter Quotes:

  • Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in term of ideals. _ Charles M. Crowe
  • Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. _ S.D. Gordon
  • Let the resurrection joy life us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. _ Floyd W. Tomkins
  •  I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs…but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs. _ Caroline Rhea 
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HAPPY EASTER Mood Board

HAPPY EASTER Mood Board Although Easter Sunday is just one day in the year, the 40-day Lenten period before it combined with Eastertide following it, create the entire religious season of Easter, which coincides with spring and the earth’s renewal. It’s a time of great rejoicing among Christians worldwide and is considered the holiest day of the year.

As with Christmas, there are many other secular traditions that have grown up around this religious holiday in terms of food, festivities and celebrations. Of course those include Easter parades, Easter bonnets, Easter hams and breads, decorated eggs, baskets full of chocolates and jelly beans, and, of course, the Easter Bunny!

Here are somme Easter Fun Facts from PopSugar (http://www.yumsugar.com/Easter-Fun-Facts-200482). You can visit their website to learn even more!

  • When taking a bite into a chocolate bunny, 76% of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first. 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.
  • During the Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Peeps – making Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
  • Adults prefer milk chocolate (65%) over dark chocolate (27%).
  • 86% would prefer having chocolate bunnies instead of a live rabbit.
  • Each day throughout the year, 5 million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter.
  • 16 billion jelly beans are made specifically for Easter which is enough to fill a plastic egg the size of a 9-story building.
  • Eighty percent of parents carry on the tradition of the Easter bunny by preparing a surprise Easter basket filled with goodies for their children and 90% of adults hope for their own Easter treat.

Of course what they don’t list is how many thousands of pounds of egg salad will be made with all those leftover Easter eggs! Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

In the mood board: “Happy Easter” from bluemountain.com

http://www.bluemountain.com/ecards/easter/happy-easter/card-3289629

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EASTER CRAFTS & RECIPES

EASTER CRAFTS & RECIPES

 

Photo Credit: http://www.bhg.com/holidays/easter/crafts/pretty-easter-crafts-for-adults/#page=2

An Easy Easter Centerpiece

Want to add a touch of springtime and Easter whimsy to your family table this year? It’s easy to do with simple craft ideas designed to bring out the smiles at your house. Here are a couple of ways to add some yummy treats and fashionable colors to your Easter celebration, as featured on the Better Homes & Gardens website.

You can create your own sweet tree of edible and non-edible butterflies and flowers. All you need is a nicely shaped tree branch with numerous twigs, perhaps in its natural glory, or spray-painted in springtime green or white. You’ll also need blank card stock and some Easter cookie cutters.

  • Pop your branch into a basket or pretty pastel bucket that has some florist foam in it to hold the branch up nicely and then spread some Easter grass around it.
  • Next, pick out your favorite cookie cutters, trace those butterflies and flowers onto a good card stock and have fun coloring or painting them with glitz, sparkle, and your own unique designs. Of course you can always use rubber stamps or stencils for your designs if you’d prefer. If you like a simpler look, just use pastel colored card stock and leave the shapes design-free.
  • Tie a few of your finished shapes to your branch with invisible jewelry cord or narrow thread or yarn.
  • Save some room on your tree to add the real cookies in the same Easter shapes! Just bake your favorite sugar cookie recipe (or use the one below), using the same butterfly and flower cookie cutter shapes as above. (Don’t forget to add a small hole to the top of each cookie before baking for hanging.) Decorate the cookies, hang them on your tree and you’ll have an impressive and tasty Easter centerpiece.

Another Version

Simply place your beautiful branch in florist foam in a nice ceramic vase, and embellish with brightly wrapped candy or eggs. You can then attach some silk flower buds to the tree branch with a glue gun as well. Other suggestions for decorating the branch include hanging wrapped chocolate bunnies, pink and yellow peeps or little bundles of pastel jelly beans or candy-coated chocolates. Your guests will enjoy them all and you’re sure to create an Easter to remember.  This delightful centerpiece can even serve as a gift for your host for Easter dinner or for bringing to the Easter party at school to help make everything prettier and more fun.

For more ideas for decorative trees and other Easter crafts, check some of these websites.

http://pinterest.com/cindyodom1/spring-and-easter-crafts-and-recipes/

http://pinterest.com/livinglocurto/easter-crafts-recipes/

http://www.livinglocurto.com/2012/04/napkins/

http://vintagepaperparade.blogspot.ca/2012/03/special-guest-matthew-mead.html

Any holiday is about sharing special moments with those you love and you’re sure to bring extra joy to your family and friends with great ideas like these. You can add even more  the to the season by sharing wonderful Easter greetings from bluemountain.com with everyone on your list. Design and sentiment choices range from the most beautiful religious ecards to the most whimsical “you’re some-bunny special” styles!

EASTER CRAFTS & RECIPES   Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 1/2 c butter, softened
5 c all-purpose flour
2 c sugar
2tsp baking powder
4 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Nest, stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.

Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

Roll out dough on floured surface until approx. 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. (You can dip cookie cutter in flour between cuttings to keep dough from sticking to cutter.)

Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool on wire racks.
(Makes approx 5 doz cookies)

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Tips for Great Easter Greetings

Tips for Great Easter Greetings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter is right around the corner.  It’s time for coloring eggs, fluffy Easter bunnies, and lots of bright, colorful cheer to celebrate the holiday.  What better way to brighten someone’s Easter than by sending some heartfelt Easter eCards

Hunting for that perfect eCard can be fun.  The challenge, however, comes with matching the ideal Easter card and message with the right recipient when you’re not sure what to send.  To make it easier, ask yourself the following as you select your eCard:

  • Is your recipient more religious?
  • Do they enjoy having their holiday funny bone tickled? 
  • If it’s for a child, would they enjoy a cute cartoon character on an Easter card?
  • Would they get a kick out of a Talking Easter eCard? Or, does a general all-purpose Easter card hit the spot and show them you care?

These are just a few of the questions to ask yourself as you sift through and narrow down the choices for each recipient.  Once you’ve decided what kind of eCard your Easter bunny honey will love, another important question remains: what to write?

Unlocking the perfect Easter eCard message is key to making a memorable holiday.  Here are a few fun Easter sayings and quotes that will make a great addition to any Easter eCard Blue Mountain has to offer.

 Easter Sayings:

 

  • Hop over here for Easter
  • You put the hip in my hop
  • You are some bunny special
  • A basketful of blessings
  • My Easter basket is filled with thoughts of you

 Easter Quotes:

  • Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in term of ideals. _ Charles M. Crowe
  • Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. _ S.D. Gordon
  • Let the resurrection joy life us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. _ Floyd W. Tomkins
  •  I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs…but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs. _ Caroline Rhea       
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It's Easter! Put a Little Spring in Your Step

It's Easter!  Put a Little Spring in Your StepAnd Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”

Easter is alive with springtime rains and pastel flowers which nudge their sleepy heads through the greening grass and stretch toward the sunshine.  We, too  embrace the warmer light of spring and stretch and yawn and bring ourselves back to life.  With renewed hopes, our spirits soar and like the proverbial Easter bunny, we put more bounce in our steps.

Easter reminds us too of God’s love and refreshes us with spring’s celebration of budding trees and flowers.  Mother earth calls out to us to come to the garden and be renewed by her fragrant garments, ready to relax and rewind.  Tender flowers stand up and beckon us closer.  All winter, they stayed quietly rooted to their task and awaited the next call to action.  They weren’t out of the game, they simply stepped back and rested.

Sometimes we run the race, huffing and puffing to the finish line and bursting with excitement as we achieve the goal and take home the prize.  Other times we’re at rest, listening, waiting and watching for the moment when we will run again and fulfill our dreams.  It’s the resting and the waiting and the listening that bring renewal.

Martin Luther called the birds “theologians” because they sang no matter what the weather looked like.  They believed all was well.  We’re ready to sing along with them and create a little “hallelujah” chorus of our own.

Let springtime renew your spirit and bring you back to the light of God’s love. As sunshine pours into your heart, embrace a new mission and fulfill a new purpose. Chirping birds chant a new song, yellow daffodils and shy violets offer to color your world, and warmer breezes beckon you to come outside and join in on the chorus.  Easter is a feast to renew the spirit, and its partner, springtime, graces the table with gentle joy.

Easter is not only about your own spiritual renewal, but is also about rejuvenating the souls of your loved ones.  Want to encourage your family and friends to soak in the beauty of the season and remind them of Easter’s true meaning?  Send them a Blue Mountain Easter eCard today!

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Eggcellent Recipes for Your Easter Eggs

Eggcellent Recipes for Your Easter EggsDon’t know what to do with all those hard-boiled Easter eggs?  Eat them, of course!  (But remember to do so within 5 days.)  Here are some tasty, Easter-Bunny-tested recipes that are sure to tickle your whiskers!

First, you’ll want to begin with:

Eggcellent Recipes for Your Easter EggsThe Perfect Hard-Cooked Egg

  • Place eggs in single layer in saucepan.
  • Cover with at least one inch of cold water over tops of shells.
  • Cover pot with lid and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • As soon as the water comes to a full boil, remove from heat and let stand for 2-10 minutes (longest for large eggs).
  • Drain off hot water and immediately cover with cold water and add a few ice cubes.
  • Let stand in cold water until completely cooled.

Tips

  1. Never boil eggs.  It makes them rubbery.
  2. Use older eggs.  Fresh ones won’t peel properly.
  3. To keep eggs from cracking while cooking (before placing in water), pierce large   end with a needle, which will also make them easier to peel.

Eggcellent Recipes for Your Easter EggsDeviled-Egg Spread

Ingredients

  • dozen large eggs
  • tablespoons  white vinegar
  • 1/2  pound  sliced white sandwich bread
  • cup  mayonnaise
  • tablespoon  yellow mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Paprika, for dusting

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 450°. In a large saucepan, cover the eggs with water, add the vinegar and bring to a rapid boil. Cover the saucepan and remove it from the heat; let stand for 15 minutes. Drain the eggs and cool them under cold running water, shaking the pan vigorously to crack the shells. Let the eggs cool in the water.

Meanwhile, quarter the bread slices on the diagonal and arrange them in a single layer on a large cookie sheet. Toast the bread in the oven for about 6 minutes, turning once, until barely browned.

Shell the eggs and halve them lengthwise. Coarsely chop half of the egg whites and transfer them to a large bowl. Add the remaining whites and all of the yolks to a food processor along with the mayonnaise and mustard and process until smooth. Scrape the mixture into the bowl and blend with the chopped egg whites. Season with salt and pepper.

Top the toast points with the egg spread and dust lightly with paprika. Arrange the toasts on a platter and serve. Alternatively, serve the egg spread in a bowl with the toast points alongside.

Eggcellent Recipes for Your Easter EggsBaked Egg Casserole

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash white pepper
  • 3 dashes cayenne pepper
  • 6 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • 3 slices extra sharp Cheddar cheese, halved
  • 6 slices white bread, toasted and cut into triangles

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually      whisk in evaporated milk and water. Season with salt, white pepper and cayenne pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened.
  • Arrange sliced eggs in a medium baking dish. Pour sauce over eggs. Place cheese slices on top.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Place toast on plates, and spoon egg mixture over toast points.

Serves 6

Eggcellent Recipes for Your Easter EggsPasta Nicoise

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Cook pasta in boiling salted water until just tender. Drain well and rinse with cold water. Shake off excess moisture.red onion, garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Pour half of dressing over pasta and toss well.chicken, tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs. Sprinkle remaining dressing over salad. Top with parsley, capers, anchovies, and black olives.

Combine lemon juice, oil,

Cook beans until just tender. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again. Toss beans with half of remaining dressing.

Arrange pasta in serving bowl. Surround with beans,

Serves 4

Eggcellent Recipes for Your Easter EggsWarm Spinach Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon or 4 slices pancetta, chopped
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 pounds triple washed spinach, stems removed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, quartered lengthwise
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano, for topping

Directions

Heat the olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add bacon to skillet and brown, reserve the crispy bacon bits and add the shallots and garlic to the pan. Cook 3 to 4 minutes then deglaze the pan with vinegar, turn spinach into pan and wilt down a bit but do not fully cook the spinach, just give it a few turns with tongs. Season the greens with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Place spinach on a serving dish and top with quartered eggs, shavings of cheese and reserved bacon bits.

Serves 4 – 6

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The “How Sweet It Is” Valentine’s Day 2014 Sweepstakes from BlueMountain.com

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5.ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to enter and win a prize in the BlueMountain.com Valentine’s Day 2014 Sweepstakes, entrant must be an individual 18 years of age, the legal age of majority, or older in his or her state of residence and must be a legal resident of the United States or the District of Columbia as of the date of entry. This Sweepstakes is void in all United States territories (including Puerto Rico), possessions and overseas military installations and where prohibited by law. Employees of BlueMountain.com or American Greetings Interactive (or “Sponsor”), and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, promotional partners, subsidiaries, service agencies, independent contractors, and all of the officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, promotional partners, sales representatives, and Sweepstakes and other vendor agencies involved in this Sweepstakes (collectively “Released Parties”) and the immediate family (defined for the purposes of this Sweepstakes as parents, spouses, siblings, children) and household members of all such employees, are NOT eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes and/or win a prize. Sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject any entry for any reason. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine whether an entrant is eligible under the eligibility requirements provided in these Official Rules for all purposes.

6.GENERAL RULES: By participating in this Sweepstakes promotion, entrant agrees to be bound by and comply with these Official Rules. By accepting any Prize, the Winner agrees that the Sponsor and those acting under the Sponsor’s authority may use Winner’s name, survey answers, picture/portrait likeness and/or voice, for advertising and promotional purposes without further consideration, unless prohibited by law. Entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. By accepting Prize, Winner agrees that the Sponsor, its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and their directors, employees, representatives and agents, will have no liability whatsoever for, and will be held harmless by Winner for any liability for any injury, loss or damages of any kind to persons, including death, and property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the Prize or participation in this Sweepstakes or any Prize related activity. All entries become the sole property of Sponsor and none will be returned.

7.LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; INDEMNIFICATION: Entrant agrees that Sponsor will have no liability whatsoever for, and will indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and its respective parent, subsidiaries, and affiliate companies, and their respective, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the ” Sweepstakes Indemnities”) from, any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Sweepstakes Indemnities due to or arising out of the entrant’s submission in this Sweepstakes, or the entrant’s conduct during and in connection with this Sweepstakes, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy, or defamation. By accepting a Prize, Winner agrees that Sponsor will have no liability whatsoever for, and will indemnify and hold harmless the Sweepstakes Indemnities from, any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the Prize or any Prize related activity. No liability or responsibility is assumed by Sponsor and its respective parent, subsidiaries, and affiliate companies, and their respective, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees, resulting from any entrant’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or ability or inability to upload, or download any information in connection with participating in the Sweepstakes. No responsibility or liability is assumed by Sponsor for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Sweepstakes: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any e-mail transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted e-mail transmissions; inaccessibility of the Sponsor web site (“Web Site”) in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the internet or the Web Site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the Sweepstakes, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Sweepstakes, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Sweepstakes.

Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Web Site. Use of Web Site is at user’s own risk. Sponsor is not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained to user’s or any other person’s computer or photographic equipment resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the Web Site.

LIST OF WINNERS:  To obtain a copy of the winner’s list, after March 1, 2014, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by mail to:  Winner’s List, BlueMountain.Com Valentine’s Day 2014 Sweepstakes c/o AG Interactive, Inc., One American Road, Cleveland, Ohio  44144, Attn:  SEO Product Manager for Sponsor’s receipt by Sponsor no later than October 31, 2014.

Sponsor: American Greetings Interactive, One American Road, Cleveland, OH, 44144.
 

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MOTHER’S DAY POSTCARD DESIGN CONTEST

MOTHERS DAY POSTCARD DESIGN CONTEST Design a Mother’s Day Postcard and Win!

Are you a graphic design or illustration student currently enrolled in college or university?

Do you want a chance of having your artwork featured on bluemountain.com?

Do you want to win a new Pen Tablet to design to your heart’s content?!

Then this contest is for you!

Design and submit a Mother’s Day postcard to bluemountain.com by May 6th for a chance to have your design featured on the website and to win a Wacom Intuos5 Touch Medium Pen Tablet.

How To Enter:

  1. Review the contest ‘Official Rules’ below.
  2. Create an original design for the Mother’s Day postcard following our creative specifications below.
  3. Send us an email with your postcard image file as an attachment to contests@ag.com by May 6, 2013with the subject line: Mother’s Day Postcard Design Contest – [Your Full Name] and include the following information in the body of the email:
  • First and last name
  • Mailing address
  • City, state, zip code
  • Phone number
  • School-affiliated email address (i.e. Joesmith@school.edu)
  • School Name
  • Year in School
  • Major (if applicable)

Creative Specifications:

By entering the Contest, you agree to the Official Rules:

BLUEMOUNTAIN.COM MOTHER’S DAY POSTCARD DESIGN CONTEST
OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase or payment will not improve your chances of winning. The BlueMountain.com Mother’s Day postcard design contest (the “Contest”) entry period begins at 12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) on April 16, 2013 and ends at 11:59 PM EST on May 6, 2013 (the “Entry Period”), when all entries must be received. Eastern Standard Time shall control for all purposes of this Contest. The Contest is governed by these Official Rules, and is subject to all applicable U.S. federal, state and local laws. Void were prohibited by law.• ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, who are 18 years of age or older and enrolled in an accredited college or University at the time of entry. Employees of AG Interactive, Inc., and its subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates and advertising or promotional agencies, and the immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses, regardless of where they live. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year, whether related or not. In order to enter the Contest or receive the prize, you must fully comply with the Official Rules and, by entering, you represent and warrant that you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor-designated judges, whose decisions shall be binding and final in all respects relating to
this Contest.• HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest, during the Entry Period, visit the BlueMountain.com contest blog post at http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/2013/04/mothers-day-design-contest (the “Website”), follow the on-screen instructions and submit the required information to the email address provided (contests@ag.com). Participants are allowed one (1) contest entry by submitting a finished postcard design that follows the specified criteria (the “Entry”):
a. Send your postcard image file as an attachment to contests@ag.com with the subject line: Mother’s Day Postcard Design Contest – Your Full Name
b. Include the following information in the Entry:
i. First and last name
ii. Mailing address
iii. City, state, zip code
iv. Phone number
v. School-affiliated email address (i.e. Joesmith@school.edu)
vi. School Name
vii. Year in School
viii. Major (if applicable)
c. Submitted files with Entry must be created to 1024×768 pixels at 300 DPI
d. Submitted files with Entry must be submitted as finished JPG, GIF and PNG formats are accepted in RGB
e. Image files should include your full name and phone number (example: joe-smith-440-555-1234.jpg
f. Winners will be requested to provide layered PSD, AI, and TIFF files after the Entry Period.
g. Your Entry must: (i) consist only of your design or photo submitted in accordance with the above specifications requirements; (ii) be an original work created solely by you as the Entrant; and (iii) not have been previously submitted or used for any other commercial use or promotion. Entries cannot contain any trademarks or copyright material owned by a third party, including music, and you must, both at the time of entry into the Contest and at the time prizes are awarded, be the sole owner of all right, title and interest in the Entry (including copyright and moral rights).
h. Entry may not be offensive or defamatory, as determined by the judges. Sponsor may not verify receipt of Entry..Entry must use and only use the copy provided, “ Happy Mother’s Day” or “Happy Mother’s Day with love and thanks.”
i. Entry must adhere to the styling and color palette examples referenced in the included BlueMountain.com postcard guidelines.• ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 PM EST ON May 6, 2013. Limit one (1) Entry per person per e-mail address throughout the Entry Period. Entries by the same person in excess of the limits stated herein will be disqualified. Entries submitted to the Website will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of the entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.• CONTEST JUDGING: One (1) potential winner will be selected by the Sponsor-designated judges from all eligible entries received on May 6th, 2013. Judging criteria will be based on strength of concept or idea [ 33%], success of formal execution/aesthetics [33%], cohesiveness to the provided BlueMountain.com design guidelines [34%].• ODDS OF WINNING: Your chances of winning depend on the quality of your entry relative to the other qualifying entries, as well as the total number of entries in the Contest.• WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential winner will be notified on or about May 6th, 2013 by mail, email and/or telephone, at Sponsor’s discretion, using the information provided on the potential winner’s entry form and will be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release of Liability and Publicity Release (where permitted by law) (collectively, the “Affidavit”) within 7 days of date specified in notification or an alternate winner may be selected. If potential winner is under the age of majority in its state of legal residence, the Affidavit must be executed on its behalf by its parent or legal guardian. In the event: (a) potential winner cannot be reached for whatever reason after a reasonable effort has been exerted based on the information stated in the entry form, (b) of noncompliance with the above or within any of the aforesaid time periods, (c) potential winner is found to be ineligible to enter the Contest or receive the prize, (d) potential winner cannot or does not comply with the Official Rules, (e) potential winner’s prize notification or Affidavit is returned as undeliverable for whatever reason, or (f) potential winner fails to fulfill the Affidavit-related obligations, the potential winner shall be disqualified from the Contest and an alternate potential winner may be selected, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, from among the other eligible entries received.• PRIZE: One (1) grand prize winner will receive one (1) Wacom Intuos5 Medium Pen Tablet: retail value approximately $349.00 USD. Grand prize winner will also receive a chance to have the winning artwork featured on Sponsor’s BlueMountain.com website at the sole discretion of Sponsor brand team and judging panel. All prizes claimed will be awarded. All federal, state and local taxes on the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. Any portion of the prize not accepted or unclaimed and/or unused by the winner will be forfeited and will not be substituted. No transfer, refund, cash redemption, substitution or replacement of prize or any prize component permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute a prize of equal or greater value (or cash equivalent). ARV of all prizes is in U.S. dollars.• PUBLICITY RELEASE; USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION: Except where prohibited or restricted by law, winner’s acceptance of prize constitutes the winner’s agreement and consent for Sponsor to use and/or publish winner’s full name, city and state of residence, photographs or other likenesses, entry, pictures, portraits, voice, testimonials, biographical information (in whole or in part), and/or statements made by winner regarding the Contest or Sponsor, worldwide and in perpetuity for any and all purposes, including, but not limited to, advertising, trade and/or promotion on behalf of Sponsor, in any and all forms of media, now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, print, TV, radio, electronic, cable, or World Wide Web, without further limitation, restriction, compensation, notice, review, or approval. By entering the Contest, entrants will be sharing their personal information with Sponsor.PRIVACY POLICY: Handling of all participant information, including e-mail addresses, will be consistent with the Blue Mountain Privacy Policy (http://www.bluemountain.com/new_warrants.pd). All entries become the property of Sponsor upon receipt and will not be acknowledged or returned.• PERMISSION TO REPRODUCE ENTRY: By submitting an Entry into the Contest, (i) entrants grant to Sponsor an irrevocable, exclusive, paid-up, worldwide license to use, reproduce, translate, communicate, distribute, edit, adapt, copy and otherwise use all or any part of the Entry for any purpose relating to the Contest, for any other advertising or promotion or commercial use for Sponsor, or on BlueMountain.com or its affiliate websites; and (ii) entrants waive their moral rights, if any, in and to their Entry in favor of Sponsor, or its assignees and licensees.• NO TAMPERING; RIGHT TO CANCEL, MODIFY: Sponsor and its subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors shall not have any obligation or responsibility, including any responsibility to award any prize to entrants, with regard to: (a) entries that contain inaccurate information or do not comply with or violate the Official Rules; (b) entries, prize claims or notifications that are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient, in whole or in part, due to computer, human or technical error of any kind; (c) entrants who have committed fraud or deception in entering or participating in the Contest or claiming the prize; (d) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet or computer malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (e) any inability of the winner to accept the prize for any reason; (f) if a prize cannot be awarded due to delays or interruptions due to Acts of God, natural disasters, terrorism, weather or any other similar event beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control; or (g) any damages, injuries or losses of any kind caused by any prize or resulting from participating in this promotion or any promotion or prize related activities. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be (a) tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest, or with any Website promoting the Contest; (b) acting in violation of the Official Rules; or (c) entering or attempting to enter the Contest multiple times through the use of multiple e-mail addresses or the use of any robotic or automated devices to submit entries. If Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion, that technical difficulties or unforeseen events compromise the integrity or viability of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right to void the entries at issue, and/or terminate the relevant portion of the Contest promotion, including the entire Contest promotion, and/or modify the Contest and/or conduct a random drawing to award the prize using all eligible entries received as of the termination date.• RELEASE OF LIABILITY; DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY; FORUM SELECTION CLAUSE: By participating in the Contest, entrants and winner agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, Inc. and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors (the “Released Parties”), from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever, including without limitation, property damage, personal injury (including emotional distress), and/or death, which may occur in connection with preparation for, or participation in, the Contest, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of the prize or participation in any Contest-related or prize-related activity and for any claims or causes of action based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery. The Released parties assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to entrants or to any other person’s computer, regardless of how caused, relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with this Contest. Entrants and winner acknowledge that Sponsor has neither made nor is in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representations or guarantees, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize or any component thereof, including, but not limited to, express warranties provided by the supplier of the prize (or any component thereof) or their affiliates. Except where prohibited, all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant or Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Ohio, with giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Ohio, or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Ohio. In addition, any dispute relating to the Contest (including these Official Rules) shall be brought in the appropriate state or federal court having jurisdiction over the subject matter located in Cuyahoga County, State of Ohio. Entrants hereby irrevocably consent to the personal jurisdiction of said courts and waive any claim of forum non conveniens or lack of personal
jurisdiction that they may have.• LIST OF WINNERS: To obtain a copy of the winner’s list, after May 6, 2013, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by mail to: Winner’s List, BlueMountain.Com Mother’s Day Postcard Design Contest c/o AG Interactive, Inc., One American Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44144, Attn: SEO Product Manager for Sponsor’s receipt by Sponsor no later than December 31, 2013.• SPONSOR: AG Interactive, Inc. Any and all questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest must be directed to Sponsor.

Update 5/21/2013:
The contest has officially ended.
Congratulations to all participants.
See the winning Mother’s Day postcard design from Contest winner, Rory Duncan!

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