Sunday, 8 April 2018

cards and stuff






So I was in the library trying to get my head around the patterns of inheritance module in my biology textbook (the worst thing ever) and then I got an email. It wasn't quite the animated 'ding' as I would've probably convinced myself that everyone else in the silent study area wanted to kill me. Instead it was a muffled vibration which still somehow sent my adrenaline rushing. Well the adrenaline kept pumping through as I read the email from thortful.com that told me all about this company that sells independent artists and photographers artwork through greeting cards and how I could pick out something to review and also offer a discount code. With my revision break made up in my mind in a second (so quick to initiate a break, painfully slow to start working) I looked through the site before deciding whether to accept or decline the offer. I never get fun emails from brands, they're usually just ones that ask me to review a prom dress for $8 or curtains. I'm not going to lie and say that as soon as I launched the website I was like "yes, this is what I want to do" because a few of the main designs didn't really appeal to me. But then I browsed a bit and came across a plethora of 'cooler' quotes and designs and there we go, I was sold. I leisurely looked through the selection before picking, confirmed my order and then emailed the PR to tell them that I would be totally cool with reviewing their service.

I have a pen-pal (yes, this stuff still exists) which has kind of evolved into a sisterhood rather than just mere letter writing so I looked through the range with the intention of picking something out for Katie. We're both full fledged worriers and over thinkers so I thought this design would provide some rationality in times of distress. I read it over and over again and it's true, you've survived 100% of your worst days so far. The card came the next day which was a very pleasant surprise and I mentally commended the royal mail staff and then realised that it was sent first class which probably has everything to do with the fast shipping.

Okay so I don't know how I can describe a card without it sounding mundane but the actual card itself is really good quality. oh gosh are you hearing reading this? the card is good quality It's super sturdy and just feels so smooth and is definitely miles away from your regular supermarket bought card. What I love the most about the site is that there's a section dedicated to "just because" as well as the rest of the more conventional occasions you'd need a card for. I think we associate cards as simply a birthday or wedding or christmas thing and brand its exclusivity to special occasions but they can be so useful in helping express appreciation. I typed a message into it that said "you're doing amazing sweetie" for some reassurance (and to quote momager, Kris Kardashian) and added a rainbow emoji just because. The whole process was a happy one, I don't know how else to explain it, the process of picking a nice card, writing a message and confirming your order with the idea that you'll soon be bringing some happiness to another person just makes you feel good. So now the adrenaline was replaced with dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins instead!

The artist I picked from was Veronica Dearly and oh my god her designs are the loveliest things ever. They're like Pinterest on a card. Her artwork includes puns, reassuring quotes and cards directed towards LGBTQ+ people who've come out as well which I found really lovely as you don't really see such niche cards. I really like that when you buy a card, you're essentially investing in a person's work. Again, with general cards from the high street the connection with the actual artist is very much stifled but shopping through thortful actually does reinforce that connection to the person who created the card and it does feel a little more personal. I genuinely adore all of Veronica's prints and designs and I think you guys will too.

This section from the sites about us page sums it up perfectly

Not so long ago we found ourselves let down by the lack of creativity, diversity and poor quality of the online greeting card offering. The high street wasn't much better, and we could see people settling for cards that would 'just do' rather than thinking 'this is a beautiful card that sums up my feelings for the recipient'. Enter thortful! We're striving to offer the best card shopping experience with the ability to find the perfect greeting card quickly (and not one that'll just do!).
thortful is a creative card marketplace supporting a community of designers, illustrators and photographers who create beautiful, unique greeting cards (most of which you won't find on the high street!). We believe that our creators should be appropriately rewarded for their creative talents, so we pay them an industry-leading royalty rate too - they deserve nothing less!
I should probably also mention that the cards can be directly sent to the person you want them to go to which is what I would've done but I needed to actually see and photograph the card. You can select an option for the card to be sent to you with an extra envelope that you can use to send it on which I thought was such a thoughtful option to add in because I'm pretty sure a plain manila envelope would've definitely ruined the allure.

Whew, that was slightly stressful to write as I really wanted to cover all the ground on the service and encapsulate all my opinions within. I'm so grateful to have been able to collaborate with this company as it honestly did feel like the best match for me as a lover of affirmative quotes and nice stationary and cards (and an avid post-card hoarder) I was kindly given a discount code for 20% off which makes the cards £2.60- the discount code is DALALTAHIRA* so cool to have a discount code with my name on and it's valid until May!

I hope you enjoyed reading and are having a great Sunday!
Dalal

*postage price is not included and it is one time use. I don't make any money off it, I just wanted to share in case you were interested.

20 comments:

  1. Love the photos Dalal! I would love to have a pen pal, it would be so nice to just sit and write out a card or letter to someone you haven’t met or someone who lives far away. Ive had a browse of the site and I am definitely going to order a few cards for some upcoming birthdays, using your discount of course!

    Fran | www.franciscarockey.co.uk

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    1. The lighting was so good and I was so happy to actually be enjoying the blog photo taking process! Pen-palling was definitely one of the best things I've chosen to do, it's so therapeutic to write out everything that's been happening in your life and mailing it away- definitely recommend it, Fran. Ooh, let me know which ones you pick ;)

      Dalal <3

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  2. yeaa gurl this is so cool!! I adore the card (and its totally true, I've got one in permanent position on my wall that you sent me–"fabulous woman you") and am hoping it comes my way lmao. So totally going to check out their website!x

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    1. wooo! haha I'll be sending this card very soon so it can quickly take a place on your wall and help ground you bit if you ever need it

      Dalal <3

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  3. Yesss! Their website looks really good, I love little cards and things with quotes on them n stuff, can't wait to check it out in greater depth! <3

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    1. It does take some browsing to the more aesthetically pleasing cards but it's so so worth it- let me know how you get on with the site etc!

      Dalal <3

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  4. I have so many little cards like this dotted around my room to give me motivation when I am always lacking it! I also always keep any good birthday cards with quotes or cute illustrations - will definitely be checking this out! xx

    www.beyondimagination12.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I have a wall that's full of film photos, post-cards and cool quotes- it's my favourite part of my room by far! Glad you liked the post

      Dalal <3

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  5. I love collecting little cards like these and the one you picked is so lovely! Definitely going to give that website a look. I think the idea of ‘Just Because’ sold me - how sweet! Thanks for sharing!!

    Phoebe x

    itsphoeberose.com

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    1. Thank you, Veronica's work is amazing- definitely one of my favourite discoveries this month so far. Yess it's such a cute concept

      Dalal <3

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  6. These photos look amazing Dalal!!! I'd love to have more opportunities to send little cards like this to people, they're so cute

    Sophie's Spot

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    1. Thank you! You can always send cards even if there's no special occasion, a just because card is the perfect opportunity

      Dalal <3

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  7. Love this card in all it's meaning! Also the '$8 prom dress and curtains' made me laugh, so true. Gorgeous photos too, I'm loving your whole vibe atm!!! lots of love xox
    www.lexiealexandra.com

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    1. Me too, it's one of my favourite things now! Honestly it's such a struggle, the amount of weird emails I get is a joke. Thank youuu Lexie, it means a lot <333

      Dalal

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  8. Great post, dear. I really enjoyed reading it. Stay happy always.

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  9. This card is so cool! I wish I had read this post sooner, as I have so many birthdays going on in April that a fun card would've been so necessary, but all the birthdays are over now. Seems like such a great company though, going to go have a browse now :)x
    constantlylibby.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ah that sucks, let me know if you find anything cool- I love judging people's card choices lol

      Dalal <3

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  10. These are super cute cards, ideal for birthdays! Would definitely purchase these for upcoming birthdays!

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    1. They are! Let me know what you think :)

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