Friday, October 28, 2011

Getting Carded

I am a fan of Shutterfly.  I've used it for photo books and photo storage/sharing for years, so when they contacted me about doing a review and giveaway of their holiday cards, I jumped on the opportunity!  I've never sent holiday cards before, but I do think they're fun to receive! Why not be on the giving end this year? I just have to decide what to do!

We're planning to take engagement photos sometime next month, so I'm thinking maybe we'll incorporate some of those photos in our cards?  They have all sorts of designs, from Christmas cards (and Chanukkah cards too!) to just general greeting cards and holiday cards, including some cute ones that just say "Happy Everything".  I like the ones with the snowflakes and pine cones too...very wintery. And though it's just barely starting to feel like Fall up in here, I get excited about the spiced cider and scarves and blankets and general coziness.

Some of my favorite designs:

This one is pretty adorable. Wintery without going overboard.
Do I just like this one because of the wedding?
And because of the pine cones?
Also cute. Especially with the snow.
Get it? Warm wishes? Cause they're all bundled up?
Oh, that's just something people say?
I like this one a lot.

It's hard to decide what kind of holiday card to send, since we're about to send out Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations, and we'd likely send holiday cards to the same people...but I'm sure I'll think of something :)  In those cold winter months when we're all feeling cozy, people don't mind getting a little extra mail, right?  Especially if it's a warm wish or a happy face smiling back at them, I'd think?  We'll probably just go easy on the cheesy and make it fun.  Or make some more generic thank you cards to send at a later date.

Do you send out holiday cards?  If so, what do they usually say? Who do you send them to? What's your favorite part of sending cards?  If you've never done it before (like me!), how come?  Would you ever want to? So many questions! 

For those of you who like sending cards, or for those of you who never have but want to start, Shutterfly is letting me give away THREE sets of 25 holiday cards!  This is your chance to get a head start on those cute and awesome photo cards of you and your kids or pets or partners or just your super sassy self - don't wait until the end of the holiday season to remember that you wanted to send cards this year!

How to Enter:
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite part of the holiday season. Let's get all warm and fuzzy up in here!
  2. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, whatever, and leave a comment for each individual thing that you do
Comments will be counted and THREE winners will be selected by the Random Number Generator on Friday, 11/4/11 - all entries must be received by 11:59pm on Thursday, 11/3/11.  There is no limit to number of entries, so share away!

The fine print about the giveaway:
  • The prize codes are good for any 5x7 greeting or stationery card product. 
  • Note that they do not apply to the cheaper photo cards (with the glossy surface).
  • The codes can be used for any of the products found at the links below:
    • 5x7 Holiday & Christmas Greeting/Stationery Cards (here or here)
    • Other 5x7 Greeting/Stationery Card Types (here or here)
  • The codes expire December 31st, 2011.

In the interest of disclosure, Shutterfly is also providing me with a coupon code for my own set of free cards. They asked me to write about their holiday cards in exchange for free cards for myself and three readers, but I am receiving no other compensation for this post. They did not ask me to write anything specific, or to give positive reviews; my opinions and thoughts are my own.  Enjoy!


  1. Nice!  I love Shutterfly and use them every year for my holiday cards!

    My favorite part of this year is, in all honesty, just being able to spend time with my family.   I get to hang out in a house with a bunch of rad people and eat good food.  Because there are so many of us, it is too expensive to buy everyone a present so we do gift games where we all buy something and then try to steal the gifts from each other.  Always a blast.

  2. i'm TERRIBLE about sending holiday cards!  though i love receiving them.  this year, david and i want to take Embarrassing Family Photos of us with the dogs; maybe with matching Christmas sweaters.  My favorite part of the holidays, though, is the scent of pine.  Weird? Sure. But it's how you KNOW it's Christmas!

  3. This is only going to look like I'm copying my sister because she posted it first. My favorite part of the holidays is spending time with my family. It's really the only opportunity we have to see pretty much everyone at the same time. The food is awesome, the games are super fun, and indoor caroling on xmas eve is always memorable.

  4. Fave part of the holidays - food and family.  :-)

  5. I do send holiday cards. I think these days when most people only get bills, junk mail, and special delivery packages in the mail, getting an *actual* snail mail letter/card at holiday time is special. Collage style with the photos will be my way to go this year, I think.