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.

1ST BIRTHDAY

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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10TH BIRTHDAY

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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18TH  BIRTHDAY

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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21ST BIRTHDAY

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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30TH BIRTHDAY

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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50TH BIRTHDAY

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!

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!).

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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.

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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. 

thortful Greetings For Wedding Season

We know that thinking of something special and heartfelt to write in a wedding card is often a difficult task, especially when you want it to reflect your particular relationship with the person who will be receiving it. As wedding season is in full flow, we’ve sourced some really great one-line-wishes to get you started: so you can write the perfect thoughtful message in your perfect thortful card!

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FUNNY WISHES

  • “Thanks for the free booze! Best wishes on a long, happy marriage!”
  • “I predict cute babies.”
  • “You two make this ‘love and marriage’ thing almost seem worth trying. Just kidding—you look so happy, and I’m so happy for you!”
  • “Love is all you need… stick with that crap and you’ll do great!”
  • “You may be married, but you don‘t have to grow up! Congratulations on your wedding!”
  • “No amount of wishes or luck will protect you from the life of slavery you are about to start as a doting husband. Congratulations!”

WISHES FOR FRIENDS 

  • “Of all the big life events we’ve celebrated over the years, today tops the list. Congrats!”
  • “May you bring each other as much happiness as your friendship has brought to my life — and more!”
  • “Congratulations to the two of you: I’ve never been so excited to inherit a new best friend!”
  • “You’ll always remember this day. Hope it’s even more beautiful and perfect than you’ve been dreaming”
  • “I hope through the years you become even better friends and share every possible kind of happiness life can bring.”
  • “It means so much to witness the joy of your wedding day. Congratulations to you both on finding the perfect person to share all your days with.”

WISHES FOR FAMILY

  • “Lots of love and happiness to you both on this exciting and joyful day for our family.”
  • “I’m so thankful to have a sister/brother/son/daughter like you, and so happy to add be gaining an awesome new brother/sister/son/daughter to make more happy memories with!”
  • “Lots of love to the best sister/brother in the whole world and your new partner for life. May you have a marriage full of love and happiness!”
  • “What a wonderful day for our family, and especially you two. May the joy you feel today last a lifetime.”
  • “Today, we add one more member to our family, and we couldn’t be happier. Best wishes to you both.”
  • “I/we feel so many emotions on this day, but most of all, I’m/we’re happy you’ve found someone wonderful to share your life with. “

GENERAL WISHES

  • “We’re thrilled to be celebrating with you! Let’s get this wedding party started!”
  • “Here’s a little something to start your life together.” (Use this if you’re including a gift.)
  • “May your wedding day be filled with love, laughter and happiness (not to mention lots of fantastic pressies)!”
  • “Wishing you the best today and always.”
  • “Best wishes for a fun-filled future together.”

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And if you’re still searching for that card that sends the perfect message, take a look at our diverse selection of engagement and marriage cards on thortful.com. Now to enjoy that open bar…happy wedding season!

Summer Time Fonts For Free

Make a splash with these FREE summery fonts we’ve put together to brighten up your designs this season. All fonts are free of charge for both personal and commercial use (thanks Free Design Resources!) so you can incorporate them into your new thortful designs! We look forward to seeing your new uploads. Stay cool, creators!

1. Luna

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2. Hanken

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3. Aroha

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4. Dewi Typeface

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5. Kano

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6. Break

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7. Anana

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Summer colour trends spotted in our card designs

Hello sun, Summer is officially here! In honour of this wonderful time of year, we’re paying tribute to the trending seasonal tones of 2016 that have managed to sneak in to our bespoke collection of greeting cards.

“Colours this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.” Leatrice Eiseman (Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute) hit the nail on the head when describing this season’s colour palette that transcends cultural and gender norms. We always knew our designers were ahead of the curve!

1. Buttercup, 12-0752

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2. Limpet Shell, 13-4810

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3. Peach Echo, 16-1548

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4. Rose Quartz, 13-1520

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5. Serenity, 15-3919

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6. Fiesta, 17-1564

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7. Green Flash, 15-0146

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7 inspirational photographers you should be following on Instagram

A picture can speak a thousand words and evoke so much emotion, so with that in mind, we wanted to celebrate all things photography here at thortful this month.

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Aside from our talented photography creators who capture beautiful moments from behind the lens, Instagram is an exceptional platform to seek photography inspiration.

Search a host of popular hashtags such as, ‘#photography, #photographer, #photooftheday, #photographylovers’ etc. and you’ll discover a treasure trove of imagery waiting to be devoured.

Here’s some of the best photographers we uncovered on Instagram who left us wanting to brush up on our photography skills…

1. Simone Bramante: @brahmino

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2. Victoria Siemer: @witchoria

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3. Sarah Palmer: @heysp

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4. Theron Humphrey: @thiswildidea

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5. Annonymous: @sejkko

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6. Will Burrard-Lucas: @willbl

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7. Dirk Bakker: @Macenzo

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Check out our photography collection on thortful here.

If you have stunning images you would like to share with the world in the form of a greeting card, we’d love to see them in our catalogue. Size them perfectly using our downloadable template and guides and upload away!

Brush up your designs

Let your imagination run wild with these free PS brush sets hand-picked by the thortful team. Download our favourite kits of high-res brush strokes to fuel your creativity. Why not show us the results and upload those card designs here!

1. Coloured Pencil Brush Pack

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Download Pencil Brushes

2. Paint Brush Pack

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Download Paint Brushes

3. Watercolour Brush Pack

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Download Watercolour Brushes

4. Watercolour Splatters Pack

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Download Watercolour Splatters

5. Spray Paint Pack

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Download Spray Paint Brushes

6. Drip Spray Paint Pack

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Download Drip Spray Paint

We hope you enjoy these brush packs as much as we do! Happy installing 🙂