Monday, November 18, 2013

Ready or Not, It's Christmas Card Time!

Christmas season is just around the corner! I know it's sacrilegious to say before Thanksgiving, but it's a reality. This is the time of year when the real hard core moms start working on their picture-perfect family photo for their picture-perfect Christmas card. So they can WOW you with how they've got it all together and look good doing it. And if they're really driven, they'll include a double-sided, 10 pt. font, family newsletter re-capping their year's activities and children's successes. 

I'm not a total over-achiever, but I do like to send out nice photo Christmas cards each year, while trying to make them funny if at all possible. (See the funny ugly Christmas sweater at the bottom of this post to see what I think would be funny to wear in a family photo). This year, I'm happy to have been introduced to a custom card making company has an online community of designers that create awesome cards, stationery, party supplies and other quality custom paper products.They've been in business since 2008 and get thousands of new designs each month. has an extremely user-friendly site design and selection options. It's the premier marketplace for crowd-sourced independent designers from around the world and offers the best materials for the 'celebrations of life's most important events'.

When I was searching for the perfect Christmas card for 2013, I really appreciated how made it so simple for me. I like how you can sort through all the selections by number of photos you want to include on the card, the format of the card (flat, folded, mini book) and more economical options like petite size or postcards. You can also select your preferred color and paper quality. For each card, you can specify which holiday you'll want to feature on the card as well: Christmas, New Year or Holiday.  The cards come at different price points, which is helpful for frugal-tastic working moms like me!

It's extremely hard to choose, but here are five of my absolute fave Christmas cards on I've never been one to do a Christmas newsletter, but the mini book option seems like a great way to include extra family details without boring people to tears or provoking anger.

Newsletter alternative: 'Annual Nice List' mini book by Up Up Creative
Whimsical 'Holly Jolly Wishes' card by Griffenbell Paper Co.
'Santa Gram' card by Lori Wemple
'Holiday Map - West Coast' card by Jill Means
'Aquarelle' card by J. Bartyn

If you're a diehard Christmas card sender who loves beautiful designs, I highly recommend checking out You can also interact with them on their social sites:,,

By the way, before I forget to mention, Happy Thanksgiving to you!! I'm thankful that I have readers like you who take the time to listen to me ramble on and let me vent my disgruntlements. 

Disclaimer: I was provided store credit from to facilitate this review. All opinions remain my own.


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