Earth Day is Tuesday 22 April

Earth Day is this Tuesday April 22.  To show our support of this global initiative I have created a card inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote and we are making this card free for everyone to send along with our other Earth Day ecards all year long.

The card is part of our new series of Notes, for quick and easy sending, with full mobile support.  And best of all it features two of my favorite flowers, roses and peonies, all hand painted with loving detail!


Earth Day inspired ecard for Ojolie of Roses and Peonies

Launching All New Line of Notes

Spring brings hope, inspiration and the promise of new beginnings.  So of course I have been inspired to launch a new line of Notes and here are the first ones for spring.  Perfect for sending a quick and easy message anytime with our classic modern look and design, as always hand painted for that unique Ojolie touch.
Tulips, Hyacinths & Ranunculus handpainted flower ecard for Ojolie


Pansies, snowdrops and shamrocks bring  message of spring
Spring ecard for Ojolie

Easter Floppy - new release

A few weeks ago I posted a sneak peek of our work on our newest card for Easter, Easter Floppy.  I am delighted to say it is finally available for you to send.  Not just great for Easter, but also for sending all your other springtime messages.

Easter Floppy


























I thought I would share a detail of the final flower arrangement in the card - enjoy!


Easy and Fabulous Easter Surprises

Easter is just a few days away and while we were busy working on Easter cards, I collected an inspiration board of neat and unique ways to stay in touch, send a message or an Easter surprise.  My favorite has to be this ingenious idea from poppytalk, which combines a custom fortune cookie style message with a hand painted Easter egg.

Photo from poppytalk

Just remember to include some cushioning if you plan to really mail it, or your surprise might be ruined.  Check out my pinterest board for other ideas for how you could paint this egg or any of your easter eggs this year!


Make Your Own Very Unusual Spring Surprise

In my native Scandinavia we still practice the tradition of sending a surprise papercutting called a ‘gaekkebrev’, literally “guessing letter”, in April.  Usually the papercutting will include a pressed snowdrop, but more importantly a short rhyme will be written on the papercutting.  The greeting is left as a surprise and only a dot for each letter of your name will serve as a hint for the recipient.


Photo credit Rikke Storm



If you are not quite in the mood for writing your own rhyme, here is one in English you could include:


Snowdrop, snowdrop, snowdrop fine,
Omen true of hope divine,
From the heart of winter bring
Thy delightful hope of spring.
Guess my name I humbly beg.
Your reward: An Easter-Egg.
Let these puzzling dots proclaim
Every letter in my name


If the recipient guesses who left it, it used to be you had to kiss them, but now they are rewarded with a chocolate egg.  If not, tradition dictated that they would have to give you a chocolate egg.  But tradition or not, with or without a rhyme, a papercutting is by far my favorite way to send a special greeting and including any spring flowers will make it extra special.

Here is a short video about the tradition and in a way I agree that this could be considered the first poke long before the digital version. Click on the image below to view video.

 how to make a gaekkebrev

Working On New Birthday Card Designs

 Today I started work on a new series of notes, the first will be available soon for spring, Earth Day and birthdays.  I will be sharing a little bit here and there of what I am tinkering with in the studio ...

painting new birthday card designs in the studio
And while I had the camera out I couldn't resist including a photo of the lovely light that filtered in ... sending a little light from me to you!
inspiring light 
Oh, and before I forget, as always let me know what you think and if you have any special requests

Carve Out a Place for Creativity


Ever feel like there just are not enough hours in a day?  I sure do.  No matter how much I want to make finding half an hour - not to mention a weekend - to paint, write to friends or even just do one of the million little projects I love to plan (sometimes even start, but hardly ever finish), somehow by the time I finally carve out that free half hour, I would rather just take a nap.  


So how to get out of the rut, if one can call it that?!  After all, I know it is not a lack of motivation.  Here are a few handy things I am going to try that just might work for you as well:


you don't need an art studio to get started painting or writing, just a little corner in the house with great natural light and a spot where you can immerse yourself for a few stolen moments or days :)
find your own sacred little space
photo credit www.philippastanton.com

  • set the bar lower - maybe instead of starting a big project, just commit to doodling for ten minutes and see where it takes you.  Find a set time each day and commit to a very short time that is yours to use as you want.  For some the morning is best, others prefer night time.  You can use this time to write a short letter, sketch an idea in your journal or even just play with colors without a set goal in time.  Or meditate.  
  • make it a pleasant ritual - light a candle or an essential oil diffuser, make a cup of tea or pour a glass of port, put on a great peace of music if that helps you - this is your special time, so live it up.  
  • if you have the space, create a little nook in your home where you can leave things until the next day.  Ideally a favorite spot with great light or a nice view, few distractions and that won’t be used for other things.  It doesn’t need to be a studio - even a little section of a table will do.  I have created a pinterest board with some ideas to get you inspired to create your own sacred little corner for creative immersion. Remember not to make this a project in itself! :)

  • this one may in fact be the most important of all; slow down, become aware of stress and practice presence in your daily life.  I often get stressed when I realize how much I have to do and how overwhelming it can seem to get it all done.  One of my favorite sites that has helped me in so many different areas is zenhabits.net.  


A Little Easter Peek

Work is progressing nicely on our Easter cards, here a little preview of what is in the works, without giving too much away.

Here you can see how the layering technique we use for watercolor works

I can reveal that this card will make you feel like spring and summer cannot get here fast enough - if you don't already feel that way!

A background taking shape with the help of a latex mask to preserve areas that will be painted in later

April Fishy Fools Day

Nobody really knows for sure where the tradition of April Fools Day originated, although explanations abound. I will not bore you with a long list of historical guesses, which you can just as easily find on wikipedia and other sites.

 Rather interestingly, fish features prominently in the tradition in France, where the April Fool is called “Poisson d’Avril” or “April’s Fish”. No, I have been told this is not because they used to throw fish at each other on April first - a more likely explanation is that the zodiac sign falls in the month of April.


This year I am definitely going to have some fun devising a creative prank on my unsuspecting boys. Unsuspecting because I don’t think they read this blog. And if they do, they will be wondering all day what the prank will be ...

 Martha Stewart has also been known to pull some very convincing pranks on her show and you can find some hilarious versions on her site.

New eCards for Valentine Day

With Valentine's Day just a few days away, we have added two new Valentine ecards to the site.

Announcing New Holiday eCards

Somewhere in Buenos Aires in the 20s an unusual and passionate tango sets the stage for a special event. An funny yet elegant statement for any special message for Valentine's Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries or invitations to parties, wine tastings, etc.


Tango

Paint splatter and washes turn birds of a feather into an artistic statement for your Valentines or Anniversary cards.


Birds Of A Feather

Ecards Featuring Various Artists

We have featured a few artists' work in our ecards.

If you would like your work to be included in our ecards or if you know someone who might, please contact us.

Cheerful Christmas and Holiday eCards

We continue adding more ecards to the site for the Season and the newest three are perhaps are the most cheerful additions this year.

Announcing New Holiday eCards


Lighthouse

This card will literally light up your recipients face as they watch frosty and his little friends getting ready in anticipation of the light show. Great for sending your holiday greetings to just about anyone, including New Year's greetings.


Dare Devilish Santa

Santa is a real dare devil as he goes on a somewhat different sledding adventure at high speed that will leave you grinning or itching to jump on a sled yourself.


Special Christmas Delivery

Santa is a real dare devil as he goes on a somewhat different sledding adventure at high speed that will leave you grinning or itching to jump on a sled yourself.

These new cards are just a few of many in our collection, so don’t forget to check out our other wonderful Christmas and holiday ecards. And of course there are still more cards to come before the year is over - we will let you know as soon as they are available on our site.

Holiday eCards: Star David Snowflakes and Pure Joy

We are happy to announce that two more holiday cards have been added to the site, with more new cards to come very soon.

Announcing New Holiday eCards


Star Of David Snowflake

The first card is a festive interpretation of the Star of David that takes shape as snowflakes crystallize and glitter. It is perhaps not what some typically expect of a Hanukkah card, which will make it that much more special to send I hope. We have many good friends that celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas and I wanted to create a card that could work for them as well.


Pure Joy

"Pure Joy" is a bright modern card sparkling with holiday cheer, that will be sure to spread joy.

A few days ago we announced the other two new cards we have added to our site, but in case you missed that newsletter you might want to see them now:


Topiary of Joy


Jazz & Glitter

These new cards are just a few of hundreds of cards in our collection, so don’t forget to check out our many other wonderful holiday ecards. There are still more cards to come before the year is over. We will let you know as soon as they are available on our site.

Announcing New Holiday eCards

Each year around this time we start rolling out the results of months of hard work that often started way back in July when snowflakes and holiday cheer still seemed a long way away. This year we have more new cards in store for you than any prior year, as well as an exciting new project we look forward to unveiling.

But first, we are happy to announce that the first two new holiday cards are up on the site. Even if you think it is still to early to send your holiday ecards, you can write them now and schedule them to be sent at a later date.

Announcing New Holiday eCards

A classic card with a timeless message of joy and peace... Some people really go above and beyond decorating for the holidays ... sure to make your mistletoe green with envy :)


Topiary of Joy

Jazz, glitter and holiday cheer go in hand in hand perfectly in this warm and tasteful card. Great for sending our invitations to your very own holiday bash, but also suitable for many other uses.


Jazz & Glitter

These new cards are just a few of many cards in our collection. So don’t forget to check out our other wonderful Christmas ecards, including some for Hanukkah, warmer climes, secular and religious. There are still more cards to come before the year is over. We will let you know as soon as they are available on our site.

Why not join or renew your membership today and take advantage of our limited time special when you sign up or renew for two years - two whole years of sending our wonderful ecards to your friends and family, we will throw in one free 1-year gift membership you can send as a gift to someone you think would enjoy sending our cards as much as you do. And our membership fee is still only $12 for one year or $18 for two years.

Happy Thanksgiving eCards

I very much hope it will be obvious which American artist inspired our newest card for Thanksgiving titled "Freedom From Want". It doesn't really require a lot of explanation, instead I invite you to see it for yourself.


Freedom From Want

We also have lots of other choices for your Autumn/Fall occasions and Thanksgiving celebrations, including the card released last week called "Leaf Peeping".

Here are other Fall and Thanksgiving eCards.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Autumn!

Beautiful Thanksgiving Fall eCard

We have added a new card for Fall and Thanksgiving called "Leaf Peeping". I wanted to capture the bold color display of changing leaves with an artist's eye and translate it into an experience you can enjoy long after the colors have turned from their brightest to the muddled browns of late Fall. I hope you can almost feel the crisp air, the bright sun on your cheeks as you watch this card. Use this card for almost any occasion, such as Birthdays, sending Thanks and Sympathies, well anything really!


Leaf Peeping

Here are all our Thanksgiving eCards.

We will be adding another card for Thanksgiving in a few days. We have many more surprises in store for the rest of the year and look forward to sharing it with you.

Have a Wicked Fun Halloween

Our newest Halloween ecard is even more spooky fun that anything we have brewed up before. We invite you to see for yourself ...

Wicked Fun
Here are all our Halloween eCards.

Take the opportunity to sign up or renew now and you can enjoy sending our cards for all the holidays throughout the coming year. We have been hard at work on many new creation for the upcoming holidays, including many new cards for Thanksgiving & Fall, Christmas and New Year.

Express Your Gratitude with Thanksgiving Ecards

Shopping for greeting cards can be a frustrating experience. How many times have you found yourself in a store, standing in front of a huge display with a list in hand of all the people to whom you want to send cards? During Thanksgiving and other busy times of the year, the experience can become even more trying, as you bob and weave among the shoppers in the crowd, trying to read all of the cards and select just the right one.

Now imagine yourself relaxing in front of your computer, choosing and sending holiday greetings from the comfort of your home. Sending Ojolie ecards allows you to do just that.

Thanksgiving is a time when many people slow down to reflect on all the things that they appreciate. Sending a Thanksgiving ecard is the perfect way to express your gratitude and love for the important people in your life.

Perhaps you just want to send a simple “thinking of you” note, in the spirit of your favorite season. Choose one of our hand-painted watercolor images as the theme for your Thanksgiving greeting card for everyone on your list. You could also create personalized invitations for your Thanksgiving feast. Our unique ecards will help set the “mood” for any occasion.

If you send greeting cards throughout the year, an Ojolie membership is an economical and convenient option. Purchase a one-year membership for just $12, or two years for $18. Members can select cards from our growing collection of original artwork, and many cards have accompanying music and the option of including a personalized message.

Thanksgiving is the ideal time to reach out to loved ones, sharing with them your love of the season with an original Ojolie ecard.

Why Choose Animated Ecards For Your Special Occasions?

Are you tired of having to pick a unique birthday card in a heap of similarly-looking cards in a traditional store? If you have a lot of tech-savvy friends, your choice for greeting cards is even more limited. If you want your friend to scream in surprise truly because they love your card, you have to find some kind of greeting cards that is not too traditional and old-fashion. How's about animated ecards? Do you know that more and more people opt for ecard instead of traditional cards these days?

Why Should You Choose an Animate Ecard?

First of all, it is convenient. You can just sit in the comfort of your chair and pick from millions of ecards online. Surely you will find the most appropriate card for your friends. Online cards are animated cards as well, so most tech-savvy people will love them and find them interesting.

When choosing an animated ecard, make sure you keep in mind what personality the other person has and how would he or she love the ecard to be. You should include with every animated ecard a personal message written especially for that person to show your care and sincerity towards that friend.

Ecards are not only for friends, they are for lovers, family and colleagues as well. Whether it is Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, birthday, Father's Day, Mother's Day or Valentine's Day, you can always find the most suitable ecards to send to your beloved ones. Our ecard service is only $12 for a 1 year membership or $18 for a 2 year membership, and you could even send corporate cards if you own a small business.

Chopin Nocturne: Ojolie eCard for birthday, sympathy, etc.

We have added a new ecard to our site called "Chopin's Nocturne". The music piece by the same name perfectly sets the mood - turning a rainy day into something wonderful! The card is suitable for almost anything, especially Birthday wishes, Anniversaries, sending sympathies or just letting someone know you are thinking of them.


Chopin's Nocturne