To create greeting cards which allow our customers to express in a simple, yet beautiful way, words of encouragement, gratitude, sympathy, joy, blessing, friendship, and love.
Cards by Anne strives to be a beacon of hope and inspiration in the lives of those we touch.
We are committed to delivering the best in customer service and will respond quickly to our customer's needs.
Anne was an engineer at Gulf Research in the early 1980s and used spare time at her desk to teach herself calligraphy. She left engineering a little less than two years later to work in youth and music ministry at a city parish in Pittsburgh, along with her husband, who had also resigned from his engineering job.
Anne designed her first card (T3, seen at right) to use as thank you notes after the birth of their first child, Sarah, in 1983. (Sarah is now marketing our cards in New York City! How time flies!) The local peace and justice center in Pittsburgh and the Sisters of Mercy then asked Anne to design cards for their use. A local card store began selling the card line on consignment, and Cards by Anne had begun.
In 1986 Anne registered the company with the state of Pennsylvania as a sole proprietership.
These first designs were printed in black and Anne would add color by hand-painting each one at her kitchen table. After some local bookstores and retreat centers started carrying the cards, she found the market was receptive enough to continue adding to the collection. In 1996 when her youngest child, Jackson, started first grade, Anne began exhibiting at various shows around the US, bringing her work to a larger audience.
Anne graduated with a BS in Environmental Engineering from Penn State and has an MA in Theology from Duquesne University. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband Jack and has three grown children.
Anne has been collecting quotes since high school and is an avid reader of contemplative and inspirational books. Some quotes come from everyday sources, such as the newspaper, songs, plays, etc, while others are recommended by customers and friends. Quotes are everywhere around us, if we just keep our eyes and ears open. We welcome your quote suggestions - click here to submit a quote.
Anne does all calligraphy and artwork by hand in black ink. She uses dip pens with India ink, the old-fashioned way, and feels a kinship with monks who spent their days painstakingly re-creating important texts, although the present comforts of electricity, heating and air conditioning are greatly appreciated! The artwork for the 2 colors is created separately and then taken to the printer, where colors are chosen.
Anne designs about 10-15 new cards each year and re-designs old cards frequently. She attempts to create designs which reflect current as well as traditional concepts. Designing new cards is Anne's favorite part of her work.
From the beginning of Cards by Anne in 1986, and because of Anne's first career as an environmental engineer, we have made a firm commitment to use recycled papers exclusively. At the same time, we wish to provide a high quality writing experience for our customers.
All of our papers are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, Green seal and carbon neutral certified, and made with 100% green electricity. FSC certification denotes products that do not contribute to global deforestation. Our most-used paper at Cards by Anne contains 100% post-consumer fiber and is processed chlorine free. Two of our papers use alternative fibers such as renewable sugar cane and bamboo pulp. No new trees are used in any of our products.
While this type of paper is significantly more expensive to purchase, we feel that it is worth the expense on many levels. At the same time, we have tried to keep the cost of the cards as low as possible. We hope that we have succeeded in creating a high-quality, unique and affordable collection of cards.
"Everyone to whom I send a card by Anne for the first time wants to know where I find such beautiful cards. I am known by my friends for sending particularly special cards for particularly special circumstances."
"The quality of your cards is only exceeded by the quality of your service to customers."
"I very recently ordered a gift box for my friend who is recuperating from major surgery--she received it yesterday and was absolutely delighted!...I was amazed how quickly she received it because I didn't order until Fri pm after work hours. Thank you once again for helping me bring joy to others."
~ Lori, Alpharetta GA
"Thank you for your spirit and creativity. Your sense of availability and service add joy."
~ Ann H.
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Cards by Anne
PO Box 99
Wexford, PA 15090