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Holiday Cards from Cardstore

It’s that time of year again to think about holiday cards.   This year I’m working with Cardstore to put a card together that is both playful and tells a story of us.

carsdtore disclosure is an online creator for cards, stationery, invitations and more. Each product has its own level of customization to fit your family or event.  With a Cardstore account, you can…

  • Browse our card collections, then save your favorites for later
  • The choice is yours – have your cards sent directly to your recipients or hand-deliver yourself
  • Design anytime, then schedule to mail in advance
  • Import addresses to make every order a breeze
  • Track the status of your order from print house to mailbox

Looking back at previous year’s holiday cards I noticed I like simple cards with very little embellishments or design. Since I always go for photo cards I want the photo to be the star.  Fancy frames and wordy greetings are a distraction for me.  I was able to choose a card design that fit my personal aesthetic. greeting card options greeting card options greeting card options

The choices available go way beyond my simple selection though.  Here are a couple options that did stand out that I thought with just the right photo would make for a gorgeous holiday greeting.

From whimsical to artsy to vintage to religious there are options for any family or even business to choose from.  The selection process is easy with sort options for how many photos you want to include, the size of your card and even the color theme you prefer. This way you can coordinate your card against the image of your photo.

I’m impressed with those that create newsletter instead of just sending holiday cards.  There is an option for that too. Keep your friends and family updated on the goings on in your home with this festive opportunity to stand out among the rest of the greetings.

Newsletter Greeting Card

Just to help you get started on your own holiday to-do list this year Cardstore is offering 30% off your orders till 11/26.  Hurry as this deal ends soon. for this years Holiday Card

Our holiday cards are in and I love them. I tend to choose a simple Christmas card and keep them to the point (best wishes from us) and it’s always a picture of the kids.  I used Minted this year and was more than pleased with the whole process.  I took my picture to, uploaded it and instantly was greeted by hundreds of card designs with my image already inserted. It only took me a couple minutes to choose. I went with Happy Everything. Whether those I’m sending it to celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years or nothing at all, I just want to wish them a happy everyday of the year forever. The cards arrived within a week and now they are waiting for me to address and stamp them! The actual card is printed in a heavy paper stock and has a textured feel, not a printed photo.
family non christmas card happy everything utilizes the talents of independent artists from all over the globe to design cards, stationery and other gifts to give or enjoy for yourself. The Minted community votes on new designs each month to encourage creativity and innovation in the current designers and up and coming artists showing off their work. These independent artists are free to create designs that will hopefully be used in the products that customers choose for their projects.

There are so many styles others that I loved while looking at their designs. The Storyboard cards caught my eye; a great way to update long distance friends and family with what happened all year long. Remind those of birthdays celebrates, milestones in growth and learning or even of 1sts like Shae’s dance recital. I think this will be something we do next year. isn’t just for holidays cards, visit them new baby arrivals, party invitations and wedding announcements.

I Disclose

Create Animated Photo Cards for $.99

Greeting cards are nice but personalized gifts are way better.  Send your family and friends a cool animated Photo Card instead from SNAPILY’s Valentine’s promotions for just $.99 each.

Snapily offers customized print products and photo gifts, allowing the customer, for the first time ever, to transform regular products into 3D and animated products such as Flip photo cards. Snapily is a cutting edge internet-based service for customers wishing to take advantage of 3D and animated photo cards.

This Valentine’s Day create an original animated card with 2 images you choose. The grandparents are going to love the changing picture of the kids. Make it extra special, choose the formal “everyone is smiling shot” then switch to the candid goofy faces for a sweet surprise.  Hey gentlemen, are you going to pop the question this Valentine’s Day? Be Original!  Give your lovely lady a memory to last a lifetime, one picture can say Marry Me the other I Love You.

This Valentine’s Day SNAPILY is offering their Facebook Fans the chance to win an iPod Touch and 20 Gift Certificates. Also shop at 20% off plus free shipping.  Help them get 400o comments and they’ll also give away an iPad. Contest ends February 14th.

Whatever the situation, holiday or meaning give the gift of fun with SNAPILY animated photo cards for just $.99 each.

We got our Holiday Cards!!!

Our holiday cards are ordered and received! Thank you Last year I was a complete slacker and never got around to ordering our photo cards. In the past I was on top of it, getting pictures taken of the kids early enough in the season to get them ordered and sent way before Christmas.

our holiday cards 2010

If it weren’t for and their exceptional variety of designs and layouts plus super quick shipping I wouldn’t already have my cards in hand ready to address and ship. I was especially impressed to the ability to choose specific card layouts to suit my preference such as 3 or 4 picture collage or design style such as vintage or modern. Besides cards and announcements you’ll find a list of appealing gifts and stationery for anyone on your list.

I go with simple collage photo cards  but if you’re the crafty type check out the Embellished Card Kits for a little DIY action. Order the card you love, personalized with your photos and message then order the Holiday Accent Kit that best matches its design. At home assemble the cards with accents such as gems, felt appliqués or rubber stamps. Kits start at $6.49 with enough supplies for 24 cards.

I’m a note taker and a list maker so I was immediately drawn to the personalized photo notebooks. This is such a cute gift for someone long distance; it gives them a glimpse of those special certain someones with each draw of the pen.
With products such as personalized gift tags, mommy cards, wedding thank you cards, business cards and stationery, easily complete shopping for many people on your gift list this year.

Shutterfly for Holiday Cards and Gifts Giveway

It’s here, holiday season. Along with the family gatherings, gift giving and excessive baking or eating you’re responsible for sending out greeting cards to everyone in your phone book. For many years I was on top of this task and always used Shutterfly not just for holiday cards but for calendars, gifts and extra prints.

This year Shutterfly has released some exclusive holiday designs that include currents trends like “Support A Cause” fundraising cards, classics such as snowflakes and mistletoe plus modern designs like circles and Story Card options. No matter how much time you spend on Facebook and Twitter updating profiles and uploading pictures, nothing beats a card in the mail with the newest family photo. My parents live 7 minutes down the road and I’ll still mail them a card because I know it’ll bring a smile to their face.

Shutterfly is also offering a new solution to the common holiday newsletter: the Holiday Story Card. Story Cards feature spaces for one or multiple photos, with corresponding text space for sharing highlights of the year. On many Story Card designs, there is space for 10 lines of additional text, the perfect amount for sharing without over-sharing.

One of my favorite designs on Shutterfly’s site is Initially Elegant. With 3 kids I need as much surface space I can get. This particular card lets the photos be the card. The messages can be written inside but the first look will be of the kid’s cute faces.

Are you planning on holiday cards this year? Let Shutterfly be there for you to choose the most unique and stylish design around. Be 1 of 2 winners to receive 25 holiday cards of their choice. Visit Shutterfly and tell me which 2 designs you like best.

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