How To Write the Perfect Valentine’s Day Love Letter

loveLove is in the air. And, hopefully, on paper. Dozens of the finest roses and boxes of the most decadent chocolate can’t top a beautifully crafted love letter. Here’s how to create an amorous ode that’ll capture her heart forever.

Be Sincere
It may seem obvious, but don’t write a love letter unless you’re, oh, in love. If you’re not in that point in your relationship yet, don’t force it — better to share your desire for a romantic trip to Paris when you actually want to take one.

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Thank You Note Etiquette: How to be Wonderfully Gracious on Paper

Thank You NoteMy, what lovely loot. Now that the wrapping paper has been cleared, it’s time to thank everyone who wrote your name on a gift tag.

Here are our etiquette tips on how to craft the perfect Thank You Note.

Say it with style. Your Thank You Notes should reflect your aesthetic, whether it’s classic, romantic, minimalist or modern. The recipient of said note should know who it’s from even before he/she reads a word.

Be gracious in a timely manner. Thank You Notes should be sent out as soon as possible after you receive the gift. One to two weeks is the sweet spot, as your note should be a thoughtful gesture, not a reminder for what was given.

Give credit where credit is due. Make sure to address your Thank You Note to the person or persons who gave you the gift. If the gift was signed from your friend and her husband, your note should address both individuals (even if you know she “did all the work”). Everyone likes to feel appreciated, after all.

Name drop. Mention the gift you received by name. It may seem like a small detail, but in an era of generic, automated emails, it’s nice to receive something that is personalized just for you.

Go the extra descriptive mile. Everyone hopes that the gift they give isn’t going to collect dust, destined for the Goodwill bag when Spring Cleaning comes around. Prevent such worry with a sentence or two about how/when/where you might use the gift and how excited you are to do so.

Let’s practice, shall we?

Dear Lindsay, Jeff and Gabriel,

Thank you so much for the gorgeous silk Hermes scarf. You know my taste so well! I can’t wait to wear it out to dinner with Barrett, it really is the perfect accessory for a lovely night out in the city. I hope all is well, much love to you all.

Truly,
Olivia

And the winner of our “Love Is…” Valentine’s Day Pinterest Contest Is…

Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 4.16.51 PMThis past week we had the delight of viewing all of the entries for our “Love Is…” Valentine’s Day Pinterest contest. The task was to create a board inspired by our gold engraved #XOXO Correspondence Card, and in response we received a most creative assortment.

Just a few of items our enthusiasts love include:

Unfortunately, we had to pick (at random) one lucky winner. Take a peek at her “Love Is…” Pinterest board.

XOXO,
Crane & Co.

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Enter Our “Love Is…” Valentine’s Day Pinterest Contest

Engraved #XOXO Correspondence CardAmour. Amor. Love. XOXO. No matter how you express it, there’s only one feeling that gets its own holiday.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we would celebrate the holiday with the most heart by showing some love to our enthusiasts (that would be you!). Inspired by all things pink, red and amorous, we created a Pinterest board just in time for Valentine’s Day.

We’d like you to do the same, and one lucky Pinner will receive a box of their favorite stationery from our Catalog collection. Here’s how to enter:

1) Log onto your Pinterest account*, follow us and create a board called “Love Is…”

2) Using our engraved “#XOXO Correspondence Card” as one of your Pins, fill your board with 10-20 Pins inspired by anything and everything you love in life.

3) Email us a link to your board at concierge@crane.com

4) Tell all your friends to enter, too (a little healthy competition is good)

5)  Wait with baited breath until we announce the winner on Tuesday, February 16th via our blog  & Facebook page

6) Toast to all those who bring love into your life and wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day

Terms & Conditions 

By entering the “Love Is…” Valentine’s Day Contest, the contestant grants Crane & Co. permission to promote the contestant’s name and submission for marketing purposes. Slight alterations may be made by staff in order to fit size restrictions on our digital marketing platforms.

If children under the age of 18 are shown on the contestant’s submitted Pinterest board, a parent or legal guardian must approve the inclusion of said photo. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m., EDT on February 14, 2016. Entries must be received before the end of the contest to be eligible. Any received after February 14, 2016, will be disqualified. Only one Pinterest board per contestant is permitted, and it must be submitted via email.

All submitted boards have an equal opportunity of being scored by our judges. Boards are judged on quality, composition and ability to capture the spirit of the contest. Boards will be judged with no discrimination toward sex, race or age. All decisions are final. Crane & Co. reserves the right to refuse any board they deem unacceptable for any reason.

Contestants will be responsible for obtaining any and all consents, approvals and licenses required in connection with their participation in the contest. Crane & Co. expects to select a winner on or around February 16, 2016. The Winner will be informed via email and the prize will be release within two weeks of the announcement. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours of being contacted, a new winner will be chosen.

By entering the contest, contestants are automatically signed up for the weekly Crane & Co. e-newsletter.

The winner will receive one box of stationery from the “Boxed Note Cards” section of www.crane.com. The estimated value of this prize is $20.00. Crane & Co. reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. The winner may not exchange the prize for cash or any other merchandise or service. The winner will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize.

Contestants are granting Crane & Co. an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use your entry in connection with the contest and feature your entry and all its content in connection with the contest in all media (now known or hereafter developed). Contestants agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for us and our designees to make use of the rights contestants grant above. Contestants will not receive any compensation or credit for use of their entry, other than as described in these terms and conditions.

The potential winner may be required sign an affidavit of eligibility, a liability/publicity release and other documentation. If the potential winner does not and return these required forms within the time period stated on the winner notification message, Crane & Co. may disqualify that person and select an alternate winner. Crane & Co. is not responsible for any unauthorized use of contestants.

By entry this contest, each contestant is, to the extent allowed by law, releasing and holding harmless Crane & Co., Inc and its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability arising from or in connection with the contest or any prize won.

You are not eligible to participate in the contest if you are an employee or an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of Crane & Co. or any of its subsidiaries, or a person involved in any part of the administration or execution of the contest. This contest is void in Puerto Rico and wherever else prohibited.

Good luck!

Have a question about our contest? Email the Crane Concierge at concierge@crane.com.

Photos: Santa’s Elves are Hard at Work in the Factory

Stationery for Holiday Season Entertaining

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For the eager hostess, no time is more exciting than the holiday season. The delight is in the details: Festive garlands, perfectly garnished cocktails and, of course, beautiful invitations and stationery accessories. Below are our recommendations for making your soiree the toast of the town.

Invitations

The invitation sets the tone for the event. Exquisite printing in vibrant ink on our coveted 100% cotton paper will certainly evoke one of a soiree not to miss.

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Place & Table Cards

Create a feast most memorable by making guests feel impossibly special. Table cards, which guide them to their respective seats, and place cards, which greet them once they arrive there, do just that.

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Stationery Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

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A classic personalized monarch card paired with one of our handsomely patterned envelope linings is perfect for the gentleman on your list, while the new graduate will find his or her calling cards quite handy when it comes time to network.

For the charming little lady on your list, only a personalized card or note with a lovely envelope lining will do, and for the inspiring educator worth his or her weight in red apples, a box of our engraved stationery will earn you an A+ in gift giving.

For your staff, jotter cards will make their notes that much more memorable, and last but certainly not least, for the woman on you list with a timeless and classic style all her own, monogrammed stationery is sure to inspire a smile.

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Vintage Holiday Cards from Crane’s Christmas Past

Digging through the Crane archives is always such a treat—we have more than a century’s worth of stationery designs, after all. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, we thought we’d share some of our favorite festive cards from Crane’s Christmas Past.

bird wreath holiday card archive detail loresOrange usually isn’t a color we think of as “festive” this time of year, but we love it here, paired with verdant green and elegant gold it’s simply stunning.
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Photos: Holiday is Happening at the Factory

The holiday season may still be a couple months away, but our printing presses are already in full reindeer and nutcracker mode. Since this is our busiest time of year, we thought we’d give you a peek onto the factory floor, where the trimmings include lots of red and green ink, shimmering gold envelope liners and more than a few festive trees—on engraving plates, of course. Our paper is 100% cotton, after all!

A copper plate for our Engraved Harvest Wreath card gets ready for printing…

wreath copper plateGears with a touch of garland…

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An order of Engraved Santa’s Sleigh Cards out to dry…

sleigh card on beltAn order of Engraved Reindeer and Ribbon Cards almost ready to go to one lucky customer…

reindeer cardDreaming of a white (sand) Christmas…

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The Grinch who engraved Christmas…

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