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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 St. Patrick’s Day (FREE downloadable recipe!)

Happy St. Patricks Day (FREE downloadable recipe!)

It’s the day to don green clothing, get ye’ eyes smilin’, and put a bit of a jig in your step!

It doesn’t matter if you’re Irish for the day or Irish all the way—Saint Patrick’s Day
is the day for song, lilting laughter, and spending time with family and friends.
For a wee bit o’ fun, we thought you might enjoy discovering how our Blue Mountain family likes to celebrate this festive day. From favorite foods to timeless traditions,
here’s how our “resident leprechauns” celebrate the wearin’ o’ the green!

“I’ll get together with a group of friends and cook some traditional St. Pat food               like corned beef and cabbage, or colcannon sometimes. The best part is we’ll make     black and tans and use the spoon to actually separate the 2 ingredients, preferably    Harp and Murphy’s.” –Tom Page; Art Director

I always spend St. Patrick’s Day with my family and friends.  All the men wear kilts,    we drink green beer, and we all go watch the parade.” –Jess Buse; Designer

I don’t make food, but I do eat it. The green I wear is the green frosting on my lips     from eating green cookies. I’ll listen to lots of Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, and I always like to see the parade.” –Matt Friske; Designer

“We always go to my brother-in-law’s house and then walk over to the Irish bars, enjoy some Guinness and some Irish music, and then walk back for a corned beef and cabbage dinner made in the crock pot. What I’ve loved about St. Pat’s in recent years is that the weather has been so nice. It’s like the first taste of spring; something to look forward to.” –Kristin Thorne; Manager

“Even though we’re Italian, we like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day each year in the same manner we would any special holiday: with food, of course! In honor of the Irish, we always make the same special annual dinner: corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage. And then for dessert, we have home-baked Irish soda bread that I think is the best I’ve tasted anywhere!” –Maria Isabella; Editor

“I’ll definitely play some Irish music, including Tommy Sands, and also The McNulty Family’s ‘O’Hara from Tara, McNamara from Mayo,’ which my father would play every St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll also be on the phone a good bit with calls to my family. Wherever we are, we always raise a pint to my father, who has been gone from us now much too long. (Just like the Irish to end with a twinkle and tear in ye’ eye!)”                                           –Liza McNamara; Sr. Editor

B’gosh ‘n Begorrah!  As the luck of the Irish would have it, Maria agreed to share her     Irish Soda Bread recipe with us!
Happy St. Patricks Day (FREE downloadable recipe!)

Warm up the oven and join us in baking this tasty treat for St. Paddy’s Day.  Either click the image above to download your very own recipe card or CLICK HERE!

Sláinte!

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Irish Blessings

Irish Blessings

Whether you were born Irish or not, everyone turns a wee bit Irish
on St. Patrick’s Day.  This day of fun and frolic is perfect for sharing
heartfelt wishes with family and friends, and what better way
to get all those eyes smilin’, than by adding a fun or heartfelt
Irish blessing to your St. Patrick’s Day greeting.

We’ve collected some favorites that are perfect for adding to your
eCard wishes.  And some of us here at BlueMountain.com are going
to literally put these Irish words in the mouths of our St. Patrick’s Day Talking eCards
for a wonderfully-fun surprise for our friends and family —you should too!

Plus – discover the meaning behind some favorite Irish sayings here!

Classic Blessings:

  • May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields
    and until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

  • May you always have…
    Walls for the wind
    A roof for the rain
    Tea beside the fire,
    Laughter to cheer you
    T
    hose you love near you
    And all your heart
    might desire

Heartfelt Blessings:

  • May you always walk in sunshine.
    May you never want for more.
    May Irish angels rest their wings
    right beside your door.

 

  • May you have warm words on a cold evening,
    a full moon on a dark night,
    and the road downhill all the way to your door.

Cute Blessings:

  • May God grant you always…
    A sunbeam to warm you,
    A moonbeam to charm you,
    A sheltering angel,
    so nothing can harm you.

 

  • May you have all the happiness
    and luck that life can hold,
    And at the end of all your rainbows
    may you find a pot of gold.

Friendship Blessings:

  • A special Irish blessing
    From the heart of a friend—
    “May good fortune be yours,
    May your joys never end.”

 

  • May the hinges of our friendship
    never grow rusty.

 

 

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How Sweethearts Find Their Love Song [Infographic]

Did you ever wonder how couples find their song, or how many couples have had a song right from the very start? Did you ever stop to think about what the most popular love songs throughout history are, or what genre they come from? Scroll through our very special infographic, based on results from our Valentine’s Day survey, to find out some sweet tidbits about love songs, and even sweeter commentary from BlueMountain fans about their very own songs. And don’t forget, it’s the perfect time to pick out your Valentine’s Day eCards from BlueMountain.com

How Sweethearts Find Their Love Song [Infographic]

 

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How to Sign Your Valentine’s Day Greeting

 

How to Sign Your Valentines Day Greeting

Trying to select the absolute most perfect Valentine’s Day card for a loved one is only half the challenge. Once you’ve chosen just the right image and just the right message, then you’ve got to personalize it with just the right wording and closing salutation. If that seems a bit daunting, we can help!

For suggestions on how to write a really meaningful Valentine’s Day message, click here. And for 25 really sweet ideas of how to close out your message, consider these absolutely lovely options:

• Sealed with a kiss
• Your admirer
• Fondly
• Be mine
• Your sweetheart
• Hugs and kisses
• Yours always
• With all my love
• Affectionately
• Lovingly yours
• Forever and a day
• xoxo
• Luck, laughter, and love
• Truly yours
• Missing you
• Now and always
• Sweetly
• With all my heart
• Ever yours
• Adoringly
• Hopelessly in love
• Your #1 fan
• Devotedly
• Yours faithfully
• Always by your side

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

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

Thank you for your participation!
Our 2014 Valentine’s Day Sweepstakes is now closed.

Good luck to everyone who entered! Don’t forget to visit BlueMountain.com for the sweetest Valentine’s Day ecards around!

 

The special songs shared by sweethearts everywhere, are undoubtedly some of the strongest memory triggers couples have. Whether you immediately turn the volume up when you hear one of these songs come on the radio, or share a glance with your special someone when you hear it at an event or wedding, these songs evoke the timeline of couples’ love stories, and we want to find out how “your song” came to be.

Take a few minutes to complete this fun and easy survey for the chance to win a Mrs. Fields Cookie Gift Basket, as well as a FREE gift membership to BlueMountain.com to give to someone you love. Plus, one winner will have the opportunity for their very own love story to be featured on the Blue Mountain blog.  Enter today!

 

 

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

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EACH WINNER MAY BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRIZE FULFILLMENT PROCESS AND SIGN DOCUMENTATION, SUCH AS A RELEASE AND LICENSING AGREEMENT, WITHIN THE TIME FRAME SPECIFIED BY SPONSOR, AS MORE FULLY DETAILED BELOW.

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1.         PROMOTION TIMING: Entry for the Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on January 20, 2014, and at 11:59 PM EST on January 24, 2014 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).  Eastern Standard Time shall control for all purposes of this Sweepstakes.

2. HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Sweepstakes, during the Entry Period, visit http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/2014/01/valentines-day-sweepstakes (the “Website”), and follow the instructions to complete the displayed survey and sweepstakes entry form.

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3. SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNER: Ten (10) winners (each may be referred to as “Winner” or collectively as “Winners”) will be selected from among all eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. Prizes will be awarded by random drawing at the end of the sweepstakes. Ten (10) winners will one (1) Mrs. Field’s “Cute as a Cupcake Bundle” gift basket mailed to the address provided on their official entry form and one (1) one-year subscription to BlueMountain.com. Odds of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period.

Potential winners will be notified on or about February 14th, 2014 by email using the information provided on the potential winner’s entry form and may 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.

The Sponsor or its designated representatives will make two (2) attempts to contact each of the selected Winners through email within one (1) business week of selection. If the selected Winner cannot be contacted within seven (7) calendar days after the first attempt to contact him/her or if there is a return of any notification as undeliverable; then the selected Winner will be disqualified (and will forfeit all rights to his/her respective Prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select an alternate eligible Winner from among the remaining eligible entries (in which case the forgoing provisions of this section shall apply to such new selected Winner). If any Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, does not comply with these Official Rules, fails to claim a Prize, or if the prize notification or Prize is returned as undeliverable, an alternate eligible Winner may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, be selected. Sponsor will not be obligated to pursue more than three (3) alternate winners for each prize for any reason, in which case the prize may go unawarded. Sponsor reserves the right to modify the notification procedures in connection with the selection of any alternate potential winner, if any.

SPONSOR’S DECISIONS SHALL BE FINAL IN ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO THIS SWEEPSTAKES.

4. PRIZES, APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES: There are ten (10) Prizes (each may be referred to as “Prize”): Each winner will receive one (1) Mrs. Field’s “Cute as a Cupcake Bundle” gift basket sent to the mailing address provided on the official entry form (approximate retail value “ARV”: $39.99) and one (1) one-year subscription to BlueMountain.com for themselves or someone they love (approximate retail value “ARV”: $19.99.) Limit one (1) Prize Package per household. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Sponsor shall have no responsibility or obligation to any Winner or eligible Winner who is unable to accept Prize as described herein. Prize is neither transferable nor substitutable and may not be redeemed for cash. All federal, provincial, state, and local taxes incurred by any Winner as a result of receiving any Prize herein shall be the sole responsibility of such Winner.All winners also have the opportunity to have their survey answers featured in the BlueMountain.com blog.

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.

TOTAL ARV OF ALL PRIZES TO BE AWARDED DURING THE SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD IS $599.80.

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.

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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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12 Gifts of Christmas Kindness

12 Gifts of Christmas Kindness

Everyone at Blue Mountain is excited to share our 12 Gifts of Christmas Kindness. We created a special new collection of FREE digital postcards this year – each with a simple act of kindness that you can easily complete. Our own Blue Mountain team will be completing several of the acts ourselves and we encourage you to do the same. We will be highlighting the 12 Gifts on our Facebook wall, and we hope you will share the postcards via email, Facebook, mobile and more. These gifts are a simple and beautiful way to pay it forward, and give the gift of kindness this year and always!

 

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Place Setting Etiquette

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, we know you’re busy reviewing your guest list, making centerpieces, and digging deep into your cabinets to pull out Grandma’s very good china.  Whether you’re planning a formal affair, or gathering friends and family together for a casual day of comfort food and football, we thought it would be helpful to share this handy infographic of varying place settings to help you set a festive Thanksgiving table with the “proper” flair.

Place Setting Etiquette

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How to write a Thanksgiving blessing – Part II

How to write a Thanksgiving blessing   Part II

Now that you’ve had some time to pull your own ideas and thoughts together using the tips from our last blog post, we thought we’d share with you some favorite traditional prayers and inspirational poems that you may like to lead with, or combine with your own expression of thanks.

Remember, gratitude in and of itself is a beautiful thing and there is no right or wrong way to speak about it. Simply relax and speak from your heart, and enjoy the opportunity to let those around you know how thankful you are that you’re all together for Thanksgiving.

Poems, Graces and Prayers:

  • Bless us, O Lord
    and these Thy gifts,
    which we are about to receive from your bounty.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.
  • Bless this home
    with love and cheer,
    And bless all those
    who gather here.
  • Thank you for the day so sweet,
    Thank you for the food we eat,
    Thank you for the birds that sing,
    Thank you, Lord, for everything!
  • Every so often, we all need a day to stop everything we’re so busy doing
    and simply be. A day to turn off all the noise and step outside to breathe
    in the air, and to know we are part of something bigger than ourselves.
    A day to realize the richness of our blessings, the miracles we are,
    the wonder that is our lives, the gratitude in our hearts.
  • With a prayer that this beautiful season
    gives us many new reasons
    to rejoice and thank the Lord.
  • Thanksgiving is a time of awareness,
    of caring and sharing —remembering the best,
    seeing the beautiful,
    being grateful for the fullness of life.

Chinese Proverb
When you eat, remember the farmer.

From the Poem i thank You God
by E. E. cummings
i thank You God for most this amazing
day…for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

Servant’s Heart
Dear Lord, thank you for this gift of food
You’ve placed upon our table.
And help us all to do your work
In any way we’re able.

Serving Food by Thich Nhat Hanh
In this food, I see clearly
The presence of the universe
Supporting my existence.

Grace
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
We offer thanks. Amen.

A Blessing based on Gandhi’s Principles
Oh God, bless this food we are about to receive.
Give bread to those who hunger; and hunger for justice to us who have bread.

Shortest Grace by Dag Hammarskjöld
For what has been—thanks! For what shall be—yes!

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