Friday, August 8, 2014

Cards for Any Occasion

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

How come I buy loads and loads of greeting cards so that I'm ready for ANY occasion, and yet I never have the card I need for an occasion that pops up?

Yesterday I went to a birthday celebration.  I did have several birthday cards in stock, but not one of them seemed appropriate.

A family member has an anniversary this weekend.  Is there an anniversary card in the bunch?  That would be a big NO.

It seems that my stash is mostly blank cards.  Yeah, you can use them for any occasion, right?  Well, not really.  Somehow a sailboat on the water does not convey birthday greetings, unless your pal sails.  Or how about a big bunch of sunflowers as a sympathy card?

So, off to the store I will go ... to buy yet more cards.

Do you have a stash of cards for every occasion?


Unknown said...

I have an array of cardstock mostly, but I do have a few cards for random occasions. I prefer the cardstock though. I find it's easier to slap a sticker or 2 on the front and write a small note on the inside.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a hoot, Lorraine! I do and I recently tried to use one for my husband's 85 year old uncle without reading the inside. The outside said "Happy birthday to a great guy" and the inside unfortunately said, "who's always willing to carry my shopping bags for me."

Luckily, the DH caught it and we reverted to a blank card with a butterfly.


Grandma Cootie said...

I had a stash and found like you that they were never quite right. So now I use a greeting card program on my computer and make my own on card stock. Not sure if everyone likes getting them, but I have a lot of fun making them.

Karen in Ohio said...

Ha! I think Hallmark, et al, count on exactly this scenario.

Recently, I was helping my mother organize her home prior to putting it up for sale. There was a large plastic bin, very heavy, and I asked her where she wanted it. Turned out, it was her greeting card stash (!), and she "needed" it handy. I guess so. She must have $3,000, at least, invested in cards. I was horrified, needless to say.

Laura W said...

I've got a shoebox full of cards, and like you Lorraine, never an appropriate one for the occasion. I'm seriously considering adding them to my donation pile for my next trip to St. Vincent. They actually have a lot of nice cards for sale there, but I hope that someday in the future, I don't end up re-buying one that I donated. Haha

Heather said...

This is the advantage of making your own cards -- I can easily whip up something for any occasion. ☺

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

A great blog and I can really relate! I do have a stash of cards-- I belong to about a dozen different animal welfare and wildlife organizations and they seem to send me tons of greeting cards every year. So all my cards have pictures of kittens/puppies/whales/wolves/ polar bears, etc. Luckily, my friends are animal-lovers, so I think they don't mind!

Dru said...

I used to keep a stash of greetings cards but as they diminished, I never replaced them. I do have a greeting cards software program that I use.


Aurian said...

Lol I do sometimes buy cards for charity, and I never use them, or can find them when I want to. So, off to the store indeed.

Melanie Backus said...

I do have a stash of cards for different occasions. I try to be very diligent in sending cards and always try to send just the right one.

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Annette N said...

I receive wonderful cards from charitable groups. I am flattered that the envelopes in which they come are not sent to SUCKER! I try to keep the different types of cards separate in collectible tins. At times, I find that the card I want to send is not among the cards I have, so I go shopping. But, slowly but surely, I am reducing the number of cards I have. I have a great plan, on a regular basis I send cards to people for no reason. That is cutting down on the number of cards - but I do have to keep a good supply of stamps on hand.

ceblain said...

For years I would buy up cards when there was a big 50% off sale and many of these were used for art projects like decoupage and to combine as a multi media project with some of my drawings or with Zentangle art. I do find that anniversary cards for anyone other than for your spouse are rather hard to find. I now buy quite a few Thinking of You cards so those can be used for get well wishes and also birthday's and sympathy cards too. You can be "thinking of" someone for many reasons, so I find I get a lot of use from that type of greeting card. Hope my way of making it easier helps someone else when shopping for cards.