Happy October Birthday, Oh Iridescent, Remarkable You!


Those born in October fall under two signs:

Libra, the Scales, September 23–October 23

Scorpio, the Scorpion, October 24–November 21



Flowers of the Month…Calendula, Cosmos

Birthstones/Meanings…Opal, Tourmaline, Pink  Sapphire/Hope

To read more about those born in October, please see our October 2011 birthday blog

If you know someone having a birthday this month, ober Birthday blog from last year:

Why not check out the large offering of birthday ecards at Blue Mountain…there’s so many types to choose from including interactive ecards, Create & Print, postcards, talking ecards and so many more!






eCard of the week – Rain or Shine






Our pick for eCard of the week this week is Rain or Shine. This pretty eCard is a perfect send for someone you’re thinking about. Friends and family are always there for us – through the good and the bad, and especially in the in between. This eCard is a great representation of that. Blue Mountain artist Drew King beautifully designed this card with a sweet sentiment in mind.

From just-because eCards and friendship eCards, to talking eCards and birthday eCards Blue Mountain is here to help keep you connected to everyone you love and care about!



Christmas eCard of the Week – His Great Love
















Our eCard of the Week this week is His Great Love – one of Blue Mountain’s beautiful religious Christmas ecards that reminds us of the reason for the season. The above artwork gives us a sneak peak at this wonderous eCard!

This card features a gorgeous snowy night, which Blue Mountain artist Pam Trautman brings to life. When Pam was designing this card she was thinking about the magical feeling she gets when she steps outside during a big snowfall. “I get inspired from standing in the quietness and watching the snow fall,” she says.

Take a minute to enjoy this beautiful card today, and if you love it as much as we do, send and share it with everyone you’re thinking about this holiday season!









Remembering Woodstock

1969 was a monumental year in the United States: man set foot on the moon for the first time, demonstrators continued to protest the Vietnam War, hippie fashion was in style with peace signs and long unkempt wild hair adorned with anti-establishment phrases, and one of the greatest music festivals of all times was held – Happy Anniversary to WOODSTOCK!

Held August 15-18, 1969, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair was billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”. The epic music celebration was held at Max Yasgur‘s 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York, which is southwest of the town of Woodstock. The organizers assured the town of Bethel to expect no more than 50,000 people. We know now that they were a bit “far out” on their numbers!

Over 100,000 tickets were sold well before the weekend of the festival, rendering them useless as swarms of people overtook the concert grounds for the one of the grooviest events ever. The paid event became a free public concert. In the end, the peaceful hippies numbered half a million and the festivities were greeted with  rain, mud, traffic jams, and some of the coolest musical performers ever to gather in one place. How cool? So much so that Rolling Stone Magazine included Woodstock in the list of “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll”.

Thirty-two acts performed over the course of the four days. The line-up included  acts such as Ravi Shankar, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Santana, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band, Sly & the Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, The Band, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha-Na-Na, and Jimi Hendrix.

Two “soundtrack” albums came out of the event. The first was Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More, and Woodstock 2. Both albums included band performance and recordings of stage announcements between songs.

Too bad to those who declined to play the festival – you know what they say about hindsight! On the dubious list of those who “passed” on Woodstock: Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Jeff Beck Group, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Byrds, The Moody Blues, Joni Mitchell and Roy Rogers. Major bummer, man!

 Average 1969 Cost of new house = $15,550.00
Average 1969 Income per year = $8,550.00
Average 1969 Monthly Rent = $135.00
Average 1969 Cost New Car = $3,270.00
Average 1969 Price of Gas per Gallon = 35 cents

Value of “being there” for the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair = priceless.

 Those who were there will forever remember and be changed by the way the music brought everyone together.  According to Michael Lang, Woodstock Ventures festival producer, “That’s what means the most to me – the connection to one another felt by all of us who worked on the festival, all those who came to it, and the millions who couldn’t be there but were touched by it.”

Have you been to Woodstock?  Share memories of good times past with the friends who shared this historic and monumental experience with you – Send a ecard to let them know you care.

Who are your favorite bands and songs from Woodstock? Share in the comments section!

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$10,000 Mothers Day Sweepstakes & Mother’s Day Quiz

$10,000 Mothers Day Sweepstakes

This Mother’s Day we’re honoring motherhood and helping you celebrate Mom by sending her (or yourself… it’s up to you!) on a $10,000 dream vacation.  Here’s how…

  1. Click on the image to the right.
  2. Fill-in your registration information to be entered into the $10,000 grand prize drawing.
  3. Bonus: Find out if you’re an instant winner of numorous other prizes by filling in the blanks of a Mother’s Day Poem. (Prizes include an Amazon Kindle, spa, coffee house or restaurant gift cards and more!)

After you’ve finished filling in the blanks of your Mother’s Day poem, and  find out if you’re an instant winner, enjoy the option of sending your uniquely crafted poem to a special mom in a Mother’s Day eCard or by e-mail.

Honor mom and win big – good luck!

Fun Mother’s Day Quiz:

Another way to have fun this Mother’s Day is by playing a Mother’s Day Quiz: “What Makes a Great Mom.” What qualities in a mom inspire you to be a great mom, yourself? Take our quiz to find out, then see what your answers reveal about you.  Enjoy celebrating mom and learn something new about yourself!

 Happy Mother’s Day!



Interview with Artist, David Sommers!

This month’s featured artist is David Sommers! David was able to share some of his busy day to answer a few questions in an interview here at artist David Sommers

When did you first realize you are an artist?

In grade school I did a bad drawing of an eagle but when I looked at the drawings the other kids were doing, I thought “wow, I guess mine isn’t too bad”!

What is your position at Blue Mountain and what is your background as an artist?


I’m a Senior Creative Developer. Growing up in Montana I used to paint landscapes and wildlife paintings, I also painted murals on the walls of businesses.  At one point I even had a job painting decorative duck decoys at a log cabin in a very scenic mountain stream setting.  A few years later, even though I knew nothing about computers, I landed a job creating electronic greeting cards while still going to art school.  Nearly everything I’ve learned about electronic art has been on-the-job.  I still love to paint with traditional tools as well as create art with the computer in my spare time.


What inspires you to create your designs and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?

Natural designs are amazing, I love to be in nature learning from masterful designs everywhere.  The layers and movement of a landscape with plants, animals and people are inspiring.  Recently I took a trip to the art museum with my family and realized all over again how the works of master artists across many cultures inspire me. I’m also inspired by the work of the artists and animators here at BMA.  When things get tough in the studio I sit under my desk and cry.  No, just kidding, I love a good challenge, it keeps things interesting and I’m thankful for the learning and growth that comes from trying to solve a difficult task.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

It would be great to still be creating art and animation with this excellent team.  I keep hoping I won’t wake up from this dream job!  I enjoy the work, the people and the atmosphere here at Blue Mountain.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?

Figure out what your passions are and then follow them.  I didn’t realize that I could make a living as an artist so I just floundered for a while until the day I got encouragement from a wonderful family that saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself and they guided me to follow my passion.  Intelligently directed passion is the key ingredient for success.  Two more important pieces of advice:  Work hard and pray for guidance.

After the interview, we saw some of David’s favorite eCard creations, including ones he created for Thanksgiving.  David was one of the creative masterminds behind’s this year’s Thanksgiving eCard headliners, “Magical Wishbone” and “Dueling Banjos.” He’s also animated such eCard favorites as “A Woman’s Heart” and “Heard it was Cake Time!”  To read more about David, and see more of his beautiful animation work, visit his page in the artist gallery.

Thanks for a great interview, David!



Welcome, Friends, to the Blue Mountain Blog!

We’re very happy and excited to welcome you to our new Blue Mountain Blog!  You’ll be able to interact with our team members and get up-to-the minute news about the latest happenings here at  Be sure to check back often because we will continue to add new features and updates each week!