Back in 2004, I wrote about my favorite online card site, Jacquie Lawson's cards, in this article: Win the Classiest Cards on the Web! I still think Jacquie's cards are terrific and I'm particularly smitten with all the cards that include her dog, Chudleigh. Great fun!
But over the years, I think I've sent out most all of her cards. In fact, I've resent some of my favorites over and over. However, I was recently introduced to a new web site that also qualifies under the moniker of Classiest Cards on the Web!
Ojolie is a fairly new online card shop, so their catalog of cards is not as vast, but Frederikke (the artist) promises one or two new cards a month to build up their library. And the ones she's posted so far are absolutely beautiful! Check them out for yourself: www.ojolie.com
And what's really cool is that Frederikke has given me six free memberships to give away! Yup, you can win one of these by simply entering your name in our drawing. Note you must be a free subscriber or paid member to enter our drawings. You'll find the link at the end of this article.
As you can see from the home page image below, it's a very classy web site.
Frederikke is also quite an accomplished photographer. You can check out her photo site here: http://www.frederikketu.com/gallery/index.php
You will instantly realize that Frederikke has quite an eye for beauty!
If you've never used an online card site, they're quite simple and nice to use to send greetings to your online friends. However, these high quality sites require minimal paid membership to allow you to send out as many of their cards as you want.
Why pay for a card site when there are so many free card sites? Well...this too adds to the classiness of your greetings because they're not loaded with free advertising and this also helps to ensure that your recipient's email addresses will stay private and not be farmed out to spammers, because some free sites collect email addresses and sell them! A paid membership site would never do that.
One important note of warning I want to pass along here to those of you who are newer to using the Internet and email. NEVER trust an email card notice that says "someone" sent you a card or has a name of a person you don't know. Why? Because there are a lot of spyware and spammer sites that send out bogus emails to people. The message says something like "you've received a greeting from a family member" (or friend). DON'T BELIEVE IT! Real card sites will include the email or name of the registered member who actually sent you the card so you will know it is legit. And if you ever are unsure, email that person and ask them if they really did send you a card, before you click the link.
Here's a spam card notice I just received. Note that it is from mypostcards.com and not from an actual person. Also notice that it says Neighbour has sent you a greeting card. Well, that would be nice if my neighbour actually did...but I can easily tell this is a scam because they didn't include any real/recognized name or email address. So I won't be clicking that link and this email is immediately off to the trash!
Alternatively, as a sample, I sent myself a card. You can see in this email notice below that the email itself comes from me (not some card shop). The email displays my real email address listed and the message explains that Dian Chapman sent a card, not some generic term like neighbour. So it is easy to see that this email is most likely legit. You should have no fear about clicking the link to get the card. However, if you don't think I would be sending you a card, you can always email me to confirm this fact before viewing the site.
Here's a sample of one of the cards I sent. How beautiful, eh? These cards are not just still photos, but animated cards with beautiful music.
And although the site is new, you can see that they have a nice collection of beautiful cards to get you rolling. I believe they currently have around 25 cards. (And yes, they have puppy cards...which gets a big thumbs up from me!<smile>)
You can go to their site to preview their cards, but you must be a member to customize and send a card.
Each card offers several greetings that you can choose to help you create the appropriate card. But they also allow the option to forgo their greetings and write your own.
You get your own address book on the site where you can add details about your favorite people. You'll obviously need to enter their email address to send them cards, but you can also add their birthday or other special reminders and have a reminder sent to you so you don't forget to send a card when special events arise.
As I was testing my new membership with Ojolie, you can see below that I only added one address, Greg's. To send him a card, I simply click on his name in the address book list (which would display several names if I'd taken the time yet to add more people...something I will be doing in the near future).
And as you can also see, you can pick the date when you want the card sent. Additionally, if you'd prefer, you could go to the site and setup a bunch of future card mailings with the dates they should be sent. Then you'll never forget to send a card because the site will do it for you, as per your scheduled mailings. How cool is that!
You can also choose to have a copy of the cards sent to you, or simply request that you receive an email notice when people pick up their cards. When you send out a pile of holiday cards, it's nice to know when people view their cards.
A one year membership, which allows you to send out all the cards you need, is only $10 at the time of this article. You can go to the site and click the Join Now link in the upper/right. You can then securely enter your personal information and credit card or PayPal details to acquire your one year membership.
If you should be lucky enough to win one of the free memberships that Ojolie has generously offered to our readership, you will still need to enter your details, but rather than entering your credit card information, you'll notice an area at the bottom of the sign up page where you can enter your coupon. Something you'll receive from me if you're a winner in our drawing.
But if you don't win a membership and you like sending out incredibly beautiful and classy greetings to your friends, you'll want to sign up for this site!
And don't miss clicking on their About Us link where you can read about how these beautiful cards are brought to life.
Note...another nice advantage of this being a new site is that few people will yet know about it, so they haven't already seen all these cards passed around the web, which will make you look so hip that you know about cool sites like this!<wink>
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Drawing will take place, September 4th, 2007