Two AMAZING giveaways this week!  I’m really quite ecstatic to get to share them with you!  I have a ton of information for you today, so hang in there!

When Minted contacted me about taking a sneak peek at their Christmas and holiday designs, I answered with a big, fat, YES please!  I’ve loved their designs for sometime — their structure allows independent artists to design and make royalties from their designs.  Minted does the heavy lifting: the shopping experience, the ordering, the printing, the addressing {yes, it’s true!}… they make it so fun and easy to do.  Well easy after you decide which one to customize: there are so many amazing designs to choose from!

So.  I want to share a few things that I love about Minted.  I debated ordering and sharing our Christmas cards early, so I could share them with you  …. but it felt a little too early!  I know I’m still disrespecting the turkey a little bit, but at least I’ve waited until November– I’ve respected the pumpkin, at least!  I will, however, show you a few of the photos we didn’t choose for our card this year — that was another tough decision!  Rachel hit it out of the park with these photos.

Don’t have any photos to use this season?  Minted has a TON of gorgeous photo-free cards available too!  In the market for wedding invites or baby announcements?  They have those too!

Let me begin with the love-fest….shall we?  {Hang in there — there is a giveaway at the end of it all!}

8|  Unique and fresh designs. 

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Minted, as I mentioned before, works with designers to create an incredible collection of designs for every occasion.  Want to customize further?  You can make additional requests as well.

7| Paper Quality

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Each year, I pack away the cards and photos we receive.  Quality cards that keep well are important to me!  I love that Minted takes pride in the paper they print on — acid free and durable.  You can upgrade and choose from many weights, textures, and cuts.

6| Foiling


New this year!  You now have the option of selecting real silver or gold foil pressed onto your card!  I received a few samples and it is gorgeous in person.  The quality of the foil — and my love for everything gold right now — might just mean that you’ll be seeing some bling on our cards this year. :)

5| Too many photos?


If you have too many photos and you just can’t pick a few, now you can order Minibooks!  I absolutely LOVE these!  Each Minibook has 7 pages of photos and/or text!

4| Creative photo displays.


Not ready to commit to 7 pages, but have a few photos to share?  Choose a folded card when selecting your design, and add more photos and text inside!

3| Tired of boring shapes?

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Scalloped edges, decorative corners, and ornaments are a few of the fun shapes to choose from.

2| See what your photos look like on the designs!

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Using the Find it Fast feature, you can see your photos on the designs.  I loved being able to rule out some designs and favorite others, just by scrolling through!  You can tweak, zoom, and move your photo as you are finalizing your design, but this feature is awesome for trimming back your favorites list!

1| And my favorite: you don’t even have to address your envelopes 

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Yup.  You read that right.  Gather your addresses and import to Minted.  Receive your cards, add postage…and send!


This last photo?  I just wanted to prove to you what dorks we really are — just in case you were doubting that fact.

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