Animated ecards that are beautiful and classy
Written: May 14, 2008 (Updated May 15, 2008)
$10 for 1 year
$16 for 2 years
Very pretty cards
Touches of humour and whimsy
Some categories (sympathy cards) not represented
Possibly too many cards featuring the trademark black Labrador
If I had to sum up the cards available on Jacquie Lawson's e-card site in one word, that word would be "whimsical". Jacquie Lawson and the team that help her create the cards are artists first and foremost, with a hint - or more than just of a hint - of folk art in their characteristic style. This e-card site is very distinctive and is a cut above many of the other e-card sites around (although www.ojolie.com is similar in terms of stylishness and artistic quality).
The combination of classical music, quaint teddy bears, flowers, pretty gardens and the almost trademark black Labrador that give these e-cards their distinctive styles. Thus, I have joined this site and sent a few ecards for the past Mother's Day. I will use this site when I need to send ecards to my mother and other "older" relatives. The e-cards are undeniably stylish and have the occasional touch of humour (for example, in the "Bubble Bath" cards where the cheeky blue-tit attempting to raid the bottle of bubbly gets rocketed off the screen when the cork pops, or in the "Teddy Bear Concert" where the pianist and the violinist start playing different pieces before agreeing to play "Happy Birthday").
As the chosen music seems to be quite an important component of the e-cards, the site tells you the music that accompanies each one, so if you're looking for a card with music by a particular composer, you can make your selection based on this (unfortunately, though, you can't search the card selection by composer, at least as far as I can see. This is one way that the site could possibly be improved). Not all the music is traditional, but the original music by Mike Hughes-Chamberlain is very much in the classical style.
The selection of e-cards is good but is not extensive - 108 cards are available in total - but you can find something for most occasions. One category that isn't specifically present is sympathy cards, but many of the basic floral e-cards would probably be appropriate.
It's hard to think of any other downsides to the site. Possibly the black Labrador, Chudleigh, is over-represented, but this dog is almost a Jacquie Lawson trademark, after all.
The site has the regular functionalities found on most ecard sites: scheduled card sending, card history, pending cards, address book, and birthday reminder for your contacts. You can be notified when your cards are sent and picked up. You can also send a gift membership along with the card to your recipient. This is a pretty neat feature.