Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Launched our Christmas Baby!

We have added a touch of Holiday Spirit to our site as well as new cards. Take a moment to visit with Baby Santa and let us know what you think! Here is our new Baby Whale Stationery Card available in both customized sets of 25 or as a boxed gift set. Boxed gift sets include 10 cards and 10 envelopes.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Don't forget to Bee Thankful

Yes, we all love our iPhones and Blackberries but technology should never put being gracious in the backseat. Writing thank you notes is always appropriate. Thanking your friends and family for their generosity is important and it is appreciated. I have a good friend that writes thank you notes for everything and sometimes it seems like we are writing thank you notes for the thank you notes. I absolutely love it! She was having a rough week so I made her dinner one night, a few nights later I was having the rough time and she brought me dinner. A few days later, we each opened our mailboxes to find beautifully, hand written thank you notes! It was hilarious but it was also a testimony of our friendship.

Next time a friend watches the kids for you or picks up your mail while you are out of town, send them a thank you card via the good old fashioned postal service. I can guarantee your card will make them smile.  Handwritten thank you notes say what words and text messages can never translate - that you sincerely appreciate the gift, favor or thoughtfulness. 

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Let's have fun with color!

For the past year, we have been so thankful that Casey Cooper has generously allowed Belle to use her stunning photography. This new photo was too cute not to use immediately. When selecting your Christmas card it is important to view your photo options. If you have a gorgeous photo such as this, consider using it as the main design. You can add names and info in a subtle way that doesn't take away from your family photo. In this case, I wanted to show her photo in black and white but highlight Rudolph's red nose. The end result is a simple yet classic design on a modern 5 by 5 cardstock.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Dirt Bike Rider & Buzzing Bee's

Here is a preview of two new children's stationery designs. There is a matching Dirt Bike Invitation coming soon as well! If you have any ideas you would like to see used on new designs, please let us know!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Living my charmed life...

Living My Charmed Life is one of my favorite blogs to follow. Sarah is a mom of three beautiful children. How she has time to blog, I don't know! But thank goodness she does because her blog has a little bit of everything from hilarious family times to giveaways. She also posts fun crafts, activities and recipes! Who doesn't need a simple recipe!?  

We recently sent Sarah our Holiday Paper Pack which you can purchase here and she has written a beautiful review! Sarah, thank you!!! And to all her blogger fans, here is our thank you- one lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate! You can't beat that with Christmas right around the corner.  

Check out her blog and read her product review! Then follow her blog for your chance to win!

4 New Stationery Cards Coming Soon!

We are adding 16 new stationery cards, here are four! You are previewing only the front, remember that there are backsides to all of our stationery. Enjoy the preview and comment about any new card designs you would like to see!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Adventure awaits...

Remember when you were a kid, and running out to the mail box was like a mini Christmas Day? You never knew if today would be the day you received a card and a crisp five dollar bill from Grandma! Think of the joy in receiving a snail mail card from friends backpacking across Europe, your pregnant best friend having a baby shower or a college friend celebrating a Master's degree.
Snail mail is quickly getting lost in the “information overload” era of Twitter and Facebook.  At Belle Announcements, we are dedicated to preventing the extinction of the magical art of letter writing. Born in 2007, we have spent the past two years building a family of photographers, graphic artists and a collection of custom designs printed on quality cardstock. 

We are also dedicated to the best customer service in the industry, something we believe has taken a backseat to speed and automation. We offer a toll free number with live operators, email with responses within hours and snail mail.  There is nothing automated about ordering with Belle Announcements. Our staff of graphic artists will work one on one with the client to design each card, photographers will professionally enhance every photo and knowledgeable customer service representatives are ready to respond to any request.

Fun times are ahead as we grow our business and we hope you enjoy the ride as much as we do!