Giveaway: Brandy Mars Designs!

When Brandy got in touch to tell us about her line of hilarious and adorable LBTQ greeting cards, we couldn’t have been more excited! We here at A Bicycle Built for Two are all about romance via old-fashioned mail, and Brandy’s cards are the perfect medium, designed specially for queer folks.

Then, Brandy offered to send over some cards for free, and we decided that—as much as we’d like to keep them all for ourselves—this was the perfect time for a giveaway! Read more about Brandy and her amazing cards, then scroll all the way down for instructions on how to win a selection of these cuties.

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Tell us your story! How did you come to be a card designer/entrepreneur/Etsy genius?

I began my card company in October 2016. My fiancée and I were doing long distance, and I saw there was not much available for LGBTQ cards. A few years ago when I came out I had a popular funny lesbian blog, and the card line branched off from there. Sales have really taken off in the past few months, and the Etsy shop has a five-star customer rating! Customer service is super important to me. I studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design And Merchandising and have done fine art my whole life. I love merging humour and design in my card making!

What are a few adjectives you would use to describe your style?

Modern/classic, cute, funny!


What’s your design process like?

Whenever I have an idea I write it down on whatever I have nearby. Inspiration comes from all over, but mostly my beautiful fiancée! The “I want to whisper sexy things in your ear. Like “Grilled Cheese.”” is an actual quote from something I texted to my fiancée when we first started dating. It’s now my most popular card!

Why is it important to you to design cards specifically for the LBTQ community?

There isn’t a huge selection of cards out there for us, and I think it’s important to represent your community if you live in a safe enough environment to do so. Many parts of the world are still dangerous for LGBTQ people. I like meeting the customers and hearing how happy they are when they get the cards!


Are you married or engaged? Tell us about your proposal/partner/wedding day!

I’m engaged! She proposed to me, and it was a big surprise. We took a gondola up to the top of a beautiful mountain. There was a part of the lodge blocked by a curtain and when we walked around the corner there were photos of us and quotes on this wall. And then we walked around that and there was a wooden sign that said, “Will you marry me?” I went, “YES YES!” And then she said, laughing, “Let me ask!” It was pretty hilarious!

A photographer took photos of us! It was raining so we ended up drenched, but it was fun. She got me the exact ring I wanted: small and super sparkly. I wouldn’t change a thing. I got her wedding ring and planned to give it to her this New Year’s Eve. All the plans went sideways due to a crazy snowstorm, the custom ring I ordered couldn’t get made, etc., but I still managed to make some new last-minute plans and got a beautiful ring and gave it to her right at the midnight countdown. I was nervous and couldn’t get the box open, and then I slammed it down on the table. Such a spaz! We laughed a lot about that after. (She’s asking me why I’m smirking while I type this.) 


Proposal planned by Stephanie Reitsma.//Engagement photos courtesy of Christine Pienaar.

What do you envision for your wedding? Will you design your own invitations?

Definitely I will make the invitations! I want it to be warm (so probably summer), and she wants the colour grey. And not toooo huge. I like smaller weddings… more personal. 

What’s your favorite song to dance to at a wedding?

I love Ed Sheeran music!

What else would you like readers to know about you?

I also paint portraits of people and pets! You can check out all my artwork on my Instagram/Etsy/Facebook


In other news, Brandy’s selfie game is on point.


We’re keeping it nice and simple! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling us which of Brandy’s cards is your favorite AND/OR who you’d be sending your greeting cards to! One lucky person will win five cards (including the famous “grilled cheese” one!) to send to friends & lovers.

(If you can’t wait to see whether or not you won, head over to Brandy’s Etsy store to place your Valentine’s Day orders!)


The giveaway is now closed, and we’ll be announcing a winner shortly!

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  1. Danielle
    Posted Mon, Feb 06, 2017 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Such funny and adorable greeting cards! I would like to give one (or several on different occasions) to my wife. We got married six months ago and you featured our wedding at the Santa Barbara Courthouse on your blog – thank you! I am excited to be celebrating our first Valentine’s Day together and we actually leave in two days for our belated Honeymoon! My favorite card is “Spoon me. Come closer. Hug Me. Tacos.” because tacos are my wife’s favorite! Thanks for the consideration in the contest 🙂

  2. stacy
    Posted Mon, Feb 06, 2017 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE LOVE the “Congratulations on the “en(gay)gement card! I have the perfect couple to send it to, all the way over in London! One of my much loved, dear friends is getting married to the man of his dreams next Christmas in Capetown, South Africa. They’re the most adorable couple ever, and this card would be perfect to send. Loving this so much~ I always have a hard time finding cards for my lesbian and gay friends who get married!

  3. Kaysey
    Posted Mon, Feb 06, 2017 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    I love all the sweet and funny cards, but I must admit that the glitter bomb “Fuck You” card really floats my boat. I want to send them to all the people I love/hate the most!

  4. Posted Tue, Feb 07, 2017 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    I do love the grilled cheese card, of course, but the “I miss your vajay” card made me laugh out loud so that’s the winner. And I have a group of friends I need to send it to so it looks like I’ll be heading over to Etsy to buy 10!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Laura Beach
    Posted Tue, Feb 07, 2017 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Wow these cards are so awesome-so creative and funny! I love to send cards. I would send the homopowerRRRrrr to my good gay friend who is newly out and just started college in a city 2 hours away. We both live in the Deep South and he hasn’t met any other gay kids at his new school yet and has been feeling lonely. He needs to be reminded of his fabulousness and that he will find community. I would send the “woman what took you so long to find me?” card to my girlfriend because it’s awesome and we met each other when we were older and I’ve said something like this to her. Basically I love cards and can think of lots of people to send them to including the congrats on your en(gay)ment card to one of my closest friends!

  6. Andrea T
    Posted Tue, Feb 07, 2017 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Love the You + Me + The Cat card!

  7. Sam
    Posted Tue, Feb 07, 2017 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    These are so awesome! The vajay one is hilarious!

  8. Posted Wed, Feb 08, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    I would send the hand holding card with ‘love you’ written on it! I has been a month and a half since I have held my girlfriend’s hand (LDR problems!)

    Lovely post 🙂

  9. Sarah
    Posted Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    My favorite is “I’m in love with the shape of you”

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