Friendship Quote (5.31.13)

May 31, 2013

The Language of Friendship…

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Birthday Wishes (Wednesday, 5.29.13)

May 29, 2013

Birthday Wishes!

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Simply put, birthdays are special. If they weren’t, we wouldn’t talk about them so much, but who hasn’t been in the position of not knowing exactly what to add to a birthday greeting? We’ve written posts about what to write in a birthday card before, but it continues to be a tough thing to figure out, and it never fails that writer’s block will strike the minute you try to be creative – especially if you’re trying to find words for a specific kind of greeting.

Today, we’re talking about religious birthday cards. You want to share a special birthday wish, but also incorporate meaningful words that capture the faith and devotion this special person takes pride in. Pairing birthday quotes, religious quotes and even Bible verses can be just the addition you’re looking for. Try adding one of our favorites to your next greeting and please share some of your personal favorite quotes with us in the comments section below.

In the mood board: Wonderful You Religious Birthday ecard from American Greetings

Bible Verses:
  • “You have filled my heart with great joy.
    It is greater than the joy of people
    who have lots of grain and fresh wine.”
    (Psalm 4:7, NIrV)
  • “This is the day
    which the Lord has made;
    Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
    (Psalm 118:24, NASB)
  • “Dear friend,
    I pray that you
    may enjoy good health
    and that all may go well with you,
    even as your soul
    is getting along well.”
    (3 John 1:2, NIV)
  • “For we are God’s masterpiece.
    He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
    so we can do the good things
    He planned for us long ago.”
    (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)
Religious Quotes:
  • May the good Saints protect you and bless you today, and may troubles ignore you each step of the way_Irish Blessing
  • The more praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate._ Author Unknown
  • Your existence is my life is proof that God really loves me. Birthday wishes and blessings are coming your way. _Author Unknown

Happy Memorial Day (Monday, 5.27.13)

May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

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While each of us celebrates this three-day weekend in our own favorite way—whether it’s with a backyard barbeque, a family camping trip, or taking time to plant your flowers—we all know there’s a much greater purpose for Memorial Day than simply kicking off the summer season. Today is the day for us as a nation to pause and remember the men and women of the military who lost their lives serving our country.

Originally introduced in 1868 as “Decoration Day”, its purpose was to honor fallen Civil War soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers.  Renamed Memorial Day after World War I, it was then expanded to pay respect to all Americans who died in military service.  It’s believed the last Monday in May was chosen because that’s when flowers are in bloom all over the country.  President Nixon finally made Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971.

Today, there are countless Memorial Day events nationwide that range from lively parades to traditional ceremonies, like laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. But even if you’re celebrating in your own backyard, you can still pay respect to our nation’s heroes in simple yet meaningful ways:

  •  Observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 pm: “As we contemplate the comforts and blessings of our lives and the well-being of our nation, I ask you to pause just for a moment to remember those who gave their lives to protect the values that give meaning to our lives.” – President Bill Clinton, May 31, 1999
  •  Decorate a Veteran’s Grave: During Memorial Day Weekend, several thousand bouquets are placed at the Nations War Memorials in Washington, D.C.   You can sponsor a thank-you bouquet through the National Memorial Day Foundation.
  •  Show Your Sympathy:  Memorial Day can be a difficult time for those who have lost someone in the military.  Whether you reach out by phone, email or an  ecard, your thoughtfulness will be appreciated.

It’s important to remember that the brave men and women we’re commemorating today died not only for our freedom as a nation, but for each one of us personally to live a safe and fulfilling life. To those of you currently serving in the military, we honor you with the utmost respect and gratitude and wish you a happy and peaceful Memorial Day.

Courage Quote (Friday, 5.24.13)

May 24, 2013

Courage is…

Courage Quote from StayInspired365.com

Memorial Day Weekend is Here (Wednesday, 5.22.13)

May 22, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend is Here!

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On May 27, cities all around the U.S. will be celebrating Memorial Day with patriotic festivities to pay respect to the men and women who gave their lives for our country.  And since President Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Monday in May as a federal holiday in 1971, the extended weekend is also considered the beginning of the summer vacation season.  Outdoor plans and warm-weather traditions are stellar opportunities to share your personal star-spangled spirit.  Whether you wave a flag at a parade, sing America the Beautiful around a campfire, or bring a patriotic dish to a party, hopefully you’ll find a way to honor the meaning of the day while enjoying some long-awaited summertime fun!

In the mood board: God Bless America ecard from American Greetings

Meet the Artist (Monday, 5.20.13)

May 20, 2013

Meet the Artist…

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Just as music can enhance a movie, a party or a spin class, it can also do the same for a greeting card. Meet Mike Murray, one of American Greetings’ very talented audio producers, and read what he has to say about his love for music and how it has become his vocation:

When did you first realize your interest in music?

My earliest interest in music was memorable because it moved right past ‘enjoying’ into a state of total obsession, which is really what defines a person who chooses a career in this field, right? I was just 4 years old, adorned in over-sized headphones, listening to The Gambler by Kenny Rogers on my parent’s hi-fi over and over again.  In the unlikely form of a ballad about gambling, the music bug had bit! I remember, even at that age, being completely mesmerized by the textures, tones, layers, and overall depth of the track – and of course, the lovely and infectious melodies. That same feeling has lasted throughout my life, and in many respects, grown considerably.

What is your position at American Greetings and what is your background as a musician?

My position here at American Greetings is Senior Audio Producer, which basically means I help take care of any needs relating to sound or music. After I received my first guitar–(thanks Mom and Dad!),  I took lessons in classical guitar and eventually went on to graduate from the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN.  During that time I became very interested in the process of not only writing music, but recording and producing it as well.  This was quite possibly the most valuable part of my education, as it enabled me to bring ideas to life in the studio.

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Could you tell us more about the process of integrating music into a card and its importance?

One of my favorite mediums for music is the role it plays in Motion Pictures and Television. It can truly make or break a movie or show and some of my favorite compositions are ones featured in film. I like to think of our ecards as mini-movies, and I constantly strive to write or produce music that enhances the card and compliments it!

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What is it that inspires you when creating a piece of music for a greeting card?

Musical inspiration seems to come from everywhere like going to see the Cleveland Orchestra perform or seeing the latest blockbuster movie and hearing a great score. But it can also be as simple as waiting in line at the grocery store and hearing a song over the loud speakers that you like, and boom, an idea pops into your head that was inspired by what you just heard.

What’s your favorite piece/ecard ever created and why?

There was a piece we did for a Valentine’s Card called ‘My One and Only’ which was a real standout for me musically. We don’t often get to write original pop songs, but this afforded us that chance, and with the help of the editorial staff we were able to craft a song you could easily hear on the radio. The format allowed us to produce one version that was ‘ecard length’, and another, full-length version, which our customers could download upon receiving the card. We worked with a lot of great musicians during the production, and it has always stood out as a highlight for me.

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 What famous musicians have influenced you?

Wow, that’s a tough one. Umm…all of them? I guess it depends on the genre, but deep down my first true love is pop music, classic rock and soul to be specific, so I will always be influenced by the greats: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and the list could go on and on! I am also a huge classical fan; enjoying Chopin, Debussy, and Gershwin, to name a few.

What inspires you to create your music and how do you stay motivated?

As I said earlier, music is a huge part of my daily life, so whether it’s listening to a friend’s band play, turning on the radio, or watching a show, it’s always there to remind me of the great music being created every hour of every day. I want in on the creativity! The more I hear, the more I want to make my own mark, and create something I can be truly proud of.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I never ever want to stop growing as an artist. So, regardless of what I’m actually doing or where I’m living, although on a beach would be nice, I just hope I’m continuing to learn and enhance my musical toolkit.

What advice would you give to a musician just starting out?

I was at a music conference last year, and one of the speakers on a panel said: “a successful musician creates something new everyday”. I thought that was great advice and would definitely pass on that sentiment. In other words, don’t get complacent, always strive to create, and practice, practice, practice!!

What do you do for fun?

I play in a cover band on the weekends mostly for fun, although we do record some originals, which keeps the project fresh. I also play hockey a couple nights a week and I enjoy reading, cooking, running, and going to the movies as often as possible!

Freedom Quote (Friday, 5.17.13)

May 17, 2013

Thanks to Our Armed Forces

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 Tomorrow, we celebrate Armed Forces Day–a day to honor the men and women who serve in our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard as well as our National Guard and Reserves. This day, which is part of a week-long tribute, was first established in 1949 and stemmed from the unification of our military forces under the Department of Defense. Special dedications, parades, military exhibits, themed motorcycle rides and educational activities for children are some of the ways Armed Forces Day is acknowledged, so you’ll want to check out the local listings to see what’s happening near you. But, most important, be sure to say thanks to those who so bravely and unselfishly protect our freedom!

New Kathy Davis Card Assortment (Thursday, 5.16.13)

May 16, 2013

Scatter Joy with Kathy Davis…

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Keeping your friends close in heart is super important and this new greeting card assortment from Kathy Davis enables you to do that easily and sincerely. The set includes nine beautifully illustrated cards with heartfelt expressions that say “happy birthday”, “thank you” and “just thinking of you” making it easy to scatter joy on special days and every day. In addition, Kathy Davis and American Greetings have partnered with the National Guild for Community Arts Education – an organization dedicated to providing arts education to millions of students in the United States. Royalties received from this new line of cards will be donated directly to the National Guild thereby ensuring that more people have the opportunity to experience the joy of making art throughout their lives.

In the mood board:  Kathy Davis Birthday & Everyday Card Set from American Greetings

Hope Quote (Wednesday, 5.15.13)

May 15, 2013

The Gift of Hope

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Happy Mother’s Day (Sunday, 5.12.13)

May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day!

A Celebration of Moms from StayInspired365.com

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