Milestone Greetings For Extra Special Birthday’s

September: a birthday-filled month where the only thing harder than organising your social calendar is thinking of what to write in those greeting cards! We know all-too-well the knee-shaking feeling of trying not to stuff up the message inside that perfect card you found (our handwriting feature on the thortful app takes care of that FYI), so we thought we would put together some handy suggestions of what you can actually write inside those special milestone birthday cards.


Writing a card for a 1st birthday can put you under the spotlight, as it’s entirely possible all of the cards will be kept as a keepsake! For now though, it’s the parents you’re trying to impress (the one-year-old will be thrilled by just the envelope, let’s be honest!).

To the beautiful birthday baby: who knew that one tiny little ball of sweetness (YOU) could light up the lives of so many of us! We are all looking forward to another year of joy as we watch you grow.

I hope you have a ONE-derful birthday! Enjoy it like the special boy/girl that you are.

Happy 1st Birthday! I know that no matter what gift I got you, you’d still be more interested in the wrapping paper than the actual present so.. go crazy!

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Turning ten is a huge milestone for kids – hello double-digits! It’s the year they want to be seen as a ten-ager (that’s just short of a teenager in case you didn’t know!), and not a little kid anymore.

What a milestone, you’ve just finished your very first decade! May your 10th birthday be as special as you are.

We wish that the years to come will mean more success and happiness for you. Enjoy the last part of your childhood, Mr/Miss 10-year-old!

Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up because in dog years, you’re already a senior citizen today! Happy 1-0!

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The big 18, where the world officially classifies you as an adult and everything (ok, most things) are finally legal.

Happy birthday to a wonderful 18-year-old. This is truly a fun time to celebrate life, so enjoy!

Happy Independence Day! Growing up might seem scary until you realise that none of us really know what we’re doing…

Happy first day of legal drinking! Remember, just because it’s legal now doesn’t mean it’s a good idea!

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The age when the real growing up happens. Job hunting, household bills, real responsibilities.. what a milestone.

No matter how old you get, remember this one piece of advice: Have fun! There’s no age in experiencing the joys of life, so make the most of it while you’re young. Happy 21st!

I hope that turning 21 is tons of fun. May you feel inspired and empowered to do great things this year. Happy 21st Birthday!

I remember my 21st… wait, no I don’t. You’ll soon find out why… Enjoy your special day!

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Exiting your 20’s can be an unnerving time for many, but age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter!

Wishing you a very warm welcome to your third decade. Happy 30th birthday!

On your 30th Birthday, look back and think about what a long way you have come. We are all so proud of the person you have turned out to be. Happy 30th!

May you be blessed with more style, charm, panache, confidence and personality on your 30th Birthday. After all, 30 is the new 20 these days! Happy 30th Birthday.

The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits. (Theodore Roosevelt).

You’re not really 30, you’re 18 with 12 years of experience and you’ve never looked better!

Congratulations, from now on you are officially old! But don’t worry – you’re only one third of the way to your 90’s so that’s a bonus! 

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A great milestone to celebrate a great achievement of turning a half-century old.. or young! 

May every unfulfilled dream of yours during the past half century come true. A very happy birthday to you!

I feel blessed to have known you for some of your 50 years. Congratulations on today’s milestone!

Here’s a toast to 50 beautiful years of your life, in which you have spread so much joy and happiness to others. May you live to be a hundred. Happy 50th Birthday!

Unfortunately ageing is the only scientifically known way to live longer. Here’s to 50 more years!

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We hope we’ve sparked some heartfelt ideas to get you started on your card-writing quest, but if you’re still stuck then just stay original, stay warm, and stay witty. Remember, birthdays come around once a year but milestone’s come around just a few times in a lifetime!

Collections: How to Use Them to Market Your Cards!


Our thortful collections are a handy tool for customers to create lists of cards and share them with their friends. However, not only are they a fun feature for customers, but they can be useful for you as a creator too! Read on for some top tips on using collections to market your cards…


First things first, here’s how you create a collection and add cards to it:

Log in and go to the handy ‘Collections’ link at the top of the page.

Find the Collections page

Here you’ll see any collections you already have, including your Favourites.

Note: your Favourites will always be a private list, only available for you to see. You’ll need to create some new collections to share with customers! 

Find a card you want to add to a collection: for this example, we’re using ‘Birthday Cards’. Click the small plus icon below the card, and then click ‘Create new collection’.

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Name your collection – something clear, catchy and appealing – and add a short description of its purpose or theme.

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Make sure you make your collection public, so that people can find it! Once you’re done, click ‘Create collection’ and get adding more cards!

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Now that you’ve got the basics, have a think about different collections you could create to market your cards: how can you group them together? We suggest that you create collections based around:

  • Occasions (e.g. Birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day)
  • Specific recipients (e.g. Girlfriend, Husband, Dad)
  • Themes (e.g. Humour, Dogs, Cats)

The most important thing is to make your collections relevant to both your customers and the style of your cards.

Finally, once you’re happy with your collections don’t forget to start sharing!

thortful Promotional Assets for Social Media

We’re letting the cat out of the bag early on our upcoming promotion which will be running from Monday 22nd until Friday 26th of August. During the final week in August, we’re going to offer a promotion of 20% off all of our greeting cards!

Don’t fret, your usual 50p royalty per sale will still apply (as is the same with all thortful promotions) because we’re taking the 20% off our end!

We want all of you to get the absolute most out of what we’ve forecasted to be a winning offer for our customers, so we’re going to open up the sale a few days early exclusively to you, your friends, family and fans on social media. We’ve even created some snazzy social media assets for you to use on your social media accounts to help spread the word, so make sure to use them to promote your cards!

A few pointers from the thortful marketing team:

1. Your audience, your profile!

Don’t forget to include a link directly to your thortful profile. (Note: if you haven’t customised your thortful URL yet then make sure you do! Just go to “edit profile” and click the link sitting under your profile name and location.)

2. Code, code, code!

Re-quote the promo code “AUGUST20” in the copy of your post. The offer is for 20% off every card, site-wide! The code has to be entered at checkout and applies only to the card price (P&P will still apply as normal!).



3. End date

Keep the expiry date of Friday 26th of August in mind in case you get asked. Orders placed before 2pm on this date will be dispatched on the same day and delivered via 1st Class (expected delivery of Saturday 27th).

Important: As this weekend is a Bank Holiday, any order placed after 2pm on Friday will have an estimated delivery date of Wednesday 31st of August.

4. Add and tag us!

Don’t forget to add thortful on your social channels and of course, tag us in your posts!
Facebook: thortful
Twitter: @thortful
Instagram: @thortful

5. Be mindful of correct sizes.

Take note that landscape assets are suitable for Twitter and Facebook, whilst the square assets can be used on Instagram and Facebook.

Design: Dark Blue Flowers

Design: Light Blue Flowers

Design: Watercolour Splatter


TO DOWNLOAD: Just click on the image you want, and when it opens, right-click and select ‘Save image as’ to save to your computer. 

How We Protect Our Creators’ Work

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Copyright and copyright theft is something that thortful takes very seriously! We know how hard you work to come up with those fabulous designs, so we want to help you make sure they’re in safe hands and aren’t liable to being downloaded, copied or ripped off 🙂 Here we run you through all the ways in which we strive to protect your work!

All of the images you upload are stored in their original format in a secure location. (It’s top secret – we cant even mention it here!) We then create five – yes, five! – different versions of the original design at a lower resolution and higher compression level, to be displayed in our mobile apps and on our website. Of course, the resolution used will depend on the device & screen resolution: the image used for an iPhone 4 is a much lower resolution than the image needed for an iPhone 6, but the main thing is that these images are not of a high enough quality to be printed at card-size.

The only time the original high-res image which you upload is used, is over the secure connection to our printers, when a card is ordered.

We have also made sure to disable the ability to right click on an image and save it, to prevent those sneaky people with ulterior motives from copying creators’ designs!

Our technical team are currently working to further reduce the quality of the image that we display on our website and apps too: our aim is to ensure the customer buying the card is satisfied with the quality of the image used (so that they’re still keen to buy your card!), but still restrict the ability of someone to copy a high quality image. The good news is that as it currently stands any image would be pixelated if printed directly off the website 🙂

Here at thortful we like to go the extra mile too, so we are also looking to implement a service called Tineye, which is a piece of software that checks all cards uploaded to our platform and informs us if these cards are displayed anywhere else on the internet. This service carries out a search on the web to see if any of our cards are being marketed and sold anywhere else, and therefore ensures that we do not sell work that belongs to someone other than the creator who uploaded it.

Hopefully you’re satisfied with the measures we’ve taken to ensure your designs are protected, but we’re always open to suggestions on how we can improve. Send us your feedback to team@thortful.com and we’ll do our best to make thortful a safe and secure space for you and your work!

Hot Off the Press: thortful in Woman’s Weekly

Woman's Weekly - 3rd August 2016

‘Until now, the only way to customise a greetings card online was to upload a photo or change the words on the template. But new company thortful.com has taken the personalisation to another level, by allowing people to upload a handwritten note. Simply download the app from the App Store and follow the instructions. And unlike its competitors, thortful gives 50p from the sale of every card back to the designer who created it, which means it’s fast becoming the preferred platform for innovative, new talent. So, next time a text message won’t cut it, keep thortful.com in mind as an easy way to get a heartfelt message to a loved one.’


Woman’s Weekly Magazine

Circulation: 293,718

Featured on: 3rd August 2016