queenie’s cards is a stationery and gifts company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Founded by Queenie Best in 2008, the cute, cartoony designs that make you smile and say “awww!” are inspired by everyday life, puns and inside jokes. The illustrations start off as greeting cards before they are designed into additional products, such as our popular enamel pins and plushies. Each cartoon has its own punny story to tell.
In May 2017, queenie’s cards opened up a brick and mortar shop! The grand opening drew hundreds of visitors and we also became an authorized retailer of popular licensed brands including Pusheen, tokidoki, Sanrio and Squishmallows. In September 2019, we moved to our current bigger and better space and grew even bigger. After pivoting to meet COVID-19 requirements, we closed our storefront in 2021 to refocus the company back to online online. Read the update HERE!
Queenie Best, Owner & Designer
It all began when Queenie received her first Valentine in kindergarten. This sparked her love of snail mail and passion for paper goods. Although the company was founded in 2008, it wasn’t until 6 years later that Queenie left her 9-5 to focus on the company full time. One day she was rocking her baby to sleep and she realized her calling went back to when she received that heart-shaped Valentine. queenie’s cards debuted at the 2014 National Stationery Show in NYC and Queenie has been busy creating punny cartoons for you ever since!