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iGIVEaSmile virtual greeting card app. Add a little life, love and laughter to your cyber friend's day. Original drawings, funny words.
iGIVEaSmile virtual greeting card app. Add a little life, love and laughter to your cyber friend's day. Original drawings, funny words.
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Give a SMILE, and then some! 

iGiveASmile is a free iPhone app. Shop a diverse line of artist illustrated greeting cards,  ideal for social media messaging. Buy once, use forever! Build your own quiver of visual one-liners ready when you are. 

Pick a card, choose or write a clever message. Share! Buy a card once for $1 and you own it for infinite sending. Collect a virtual drawer full of great, funny, quick and easy to send illustrated messages for all occasions. Write your own copy, make your friends laugh. Warning! These smiles are contagious.

MEET THE ARTIST

Denver Art Museum, Civic and University Collections Nationwide
Denver Art Museum, Civic and University Collections Nationwide

iGIVEaSmile

These illustrated greetings for all occasions come from the hand of renowned sculptor/illustrator Gail Folwell. Meet the Trailheads, Pinheads and friends. Make your big adventures come to life in the virtual world. 

iGIVEaSmile is the instant gratification cyber world greeting. Illustrated messaging at your fingertips.

Share with text, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, snapchat and more! These cards will give you and your friends many reasons to laugh. (We're considering a download to print option too! pending) 

HOW THE APP WORKS 

Step 1: Choose your occasion. 

Step 2: Scroll choices and pick a card. 

Step 3: Choose the scripted messages or write your own. 

Step 4: Buy that card for $1, or the whole set (7-10 cards in a set) for $4. You can use every card you purchase as many times as you’d like forever! And you can still customize the copy every time. 

Step 5: Share! with a click. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or text at the touch of a button! IMAGES 

OUR NEW REALITY

Virtual Greetings Card Industry Statistics & Market Size: Revenue $261m, Annual Growth 2.5%

The Online Greeting Card Sales industry is expanding rapidly as consumers shift to online shopping and e-cards. An increasing number of broadband and mobile internet connections has helped facilitate consumer access to online greeting card retailers. Additionally, the industry provides consumers with convenient and often more affordable alternatives to brick-and-mortar greeting card retailers… (IBISWorld)

Current Paper Greetings statistics :

Americans purchase approximately 6.5 billion greeting cards each year. Annual retail sales of greeting cards are estimated between $7 and $8 billion. (GreetingCard.org)

SPECIAL ALERT! GIVEaSmile, everyday ... but you still have to send mom a card on mothers's day ... in the mail too ... sealed with a kiss! ; )

WHY I'M RAISING FUNDS 

The art is done, the graphics for the app designed. The technical coding and app build is well underway. The iGIVEaSmile app is being built by Media Systems, Chicago. The web site is Acorn Computer Solutions, this cool video and marketing is by Post Digital Ginger and translations into 7 languages are in the works. I have 50 cards in the app already, plenty more on deck, many exceptional artist friends to grow the line with and two more iGIVEaSmile apps on the boards. Funds raised through Kickstarter will cover the last of the iGIVEaSmile 'Greetings' expenses and launch of the application, give us a leg up on the next iteration of iGIVEaSmile, 'thoughts', a line of beautiful cards, paintings and photographs with thoughtful prose for more poignant moments you want to respond to or inspire, designed with virtual and/or download to print versions ... the tactile way, for those special occasions, or for the retro inclined, or for mom (send with flowers).  

Risks and challenges

What risks?!! I'm already all in. Everyone likes to get cards! With you, our first believers, we start sending smiles!! Spreading the word is the hardest part. the iGIVEaSmile logo is discreetly labelled on each card. Send smiles, help us go viral. I'll add more occasions, easter, anniversary, sympathy … tell me what you want. Great card choices at your fingertips, adding to the happy factor in our lives and knowing that YOU like the cards is the most important feedback. A little capital will give us the last push and a Kickstart onto your phone - and virtually, make someone smile.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    $1 Believer!

    Thanks for believing! $1 starts your collection of iGive cards, 4 free digital greetings from the iGiveASmile app, announcements and a special thank you on Facebook and our website!

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    Honorary Trailhead!
    You're already good at giving smiles! $5 gets one of the iGIVEaSmile collections of digital greetings and a special thank you on Facebook and our website! Spread the good word, make lots of friends smile!

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    For Canadian Trailheads, my homies, any backer amount, I'll send you all the cards in the line and free app cards too. Hugs and kisses, I'm due for a visit anyway.

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    Trailhead! You're a bonafide member of the Trailhead Ski Team!
    **SPECIAL LIMITED QUANTITES**
    Backers will get eight (8) original paper Trailhead Ski greeting cards to send ... snail mail! AND be the first of your friends to give a smile online. You'll receive the trailhead ski digital card collection FREE! These cards will be available on the iGiveASmile app and yours with a super secret code given out once the app hits the stands. Get announcements from iGiveASmile, plus a special thank you on Facebook and our website!

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    Trailhead! You're a bonafide member of the Trailhead Mountain Bike Team!
    **SPECIAL LIMITED QUANTITES**
    Backers will get eight (8) original paper Trailhead Mountain Bike greeting cards for sharing by…snail mail! AND be the first of your friends to give a smile online. You'll receive the trailhead bike digital card collection FREE! These cards will be available on the iGiveASmile app and yours with a super secret code given out once the app hits the stands. Get announcements from iGiveASmile, plus a special thank you on Facebook and our website!

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    Trailheads get a jump on Christmas! You're a bonafide member of the ‘Late for everything Trailhead Team’ because you were out playing and it was too fun to stop. We understand!
    **SPECIAL LIMITED QUANTITES**
    Backers will get eight (10) original paper Trailhead Mnt Bike 'Here comes Christmas!" greeting cards! to mail to your 'besties' AND be the first of your friends to send a smile online. You'll receive the trailhead Christmas digital card collection FREE! These cards will be available on the iGiveASmile app and yours with a super secret code given out once the app hits the stands. Get announcements from iGiveASmile, plus a special thank you on Facebook and our website!

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    Traihead Climber Extraodinaire!
    For your amazing support at this level you get sixteen (16) original paper greetings, AND two (2) digital card sets through the iGiveASmile app, announcements, news and a HUGE thank you! Smile your proudest smile, because YOU are bringing the worldwide iGIVEaSmile team together.

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    Trailhead Downhiller!!
    **EARLY BIRD SPECIAL**
    **SPECIAL LIMITED QUANTITIES**
    A special offer for early birds and those in the know - get sixteen (16) good old fashioned paper cards, three sets of digital greetings through the iGiveASmile app, annoucements, news and a thank you! These paper cards are the last of their kind, designed by reknowned artist Gail Folwell.

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    Trailhead Thrill Seeker!!!
    Get a grab bag of twenty (20) original paper cards, five sets of digital greetings through the iGiveASmile app, annoucements, news and a thank you! These paper cards are the last of their kind, designed by museum collected sculptor and iGIVE artist Gail Folwell

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    Trailhead Master!
    Sometimes you’re just so excited about a thing you can’t sit still long enough! Well with a donation of $250 you don’t have to! Early access to the app as a Beta Tester and the whole line of digital cards to start sharing with! And if that’s not enough, how about sixteen (16) good old fashioned snail mail paper cards to sign with your own hand and give to some special folks in your life!

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    Trailhead Pro!
    Artist Gail Folwell will create one custom illustrated greeting for you! Pick your event, family or special occasion, your pet, kiddos, sport or local kickball team. Whatever makes you smilel! Get a digital print of this just for you and choose between 20 printed paper cards or one large high quality print delivered directly to you! See it on the iGiveASmile app, you’ll also get a grab bag of good old fashioned cards, digital card sets through the app, news, announcements, and special thank yous all over the place!

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    You are King of the Trailheads!
    Artist Gail Folwell will create a set of 4 custom greetings for you, your sport, namesake, favorite holiday, pet, adventure or anything else that strikes your fancy! These greetings will be available through the iGiveASmile app and you’ll know who brainstormed with the artist and inspired them. Pick your favorite and add a custom message anytime. Get a high quality print and a set of cards, delivered directly to you! As a bonafide BFF (best friend forever!) of iGIVEaSmile you’ll get early access to the app as a Beta Tester, the whole line of digital greetings, sixteen (16) good old fashioned paper cards, announcements from iGiveASmile and a very very special thank you on our website, and Facebook!

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Funding period

- (30 days)