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I love Shutterfly and have used them at least twice in the past years for my Christmas cards. This is why I am excited to share with you my favorite holiday card options available this year and host a giveaway for a $50 code. Shutterfly not only has great holiday cards but they have photo gift options, which would be the perfect type of gift for my sister with being her daughter’s first holiday.

Photo Pillow from Shutterfly

I love this photo pillow {shown in image above}, as a great holiday gift idea. Smile, love, laugh are the perfect sayings and what better way to show that than to place a cute picture of my baby niece in the center for a memory of her to last always for my sister. Giving a gift like this photo pillow is really more heartfelt than any toy that you could give this family. I know my sister would cherish this photo pillow for years to come and be able to pass it down to her daughter once her daughter is grown to remember the love of her family.

Live Laugh Love Holiday Card

Those who know me know this; I love positive quotes and anything that can bring a smile to someone’s face. With the Live, Laugh and Love holiday card shown above, I think that would pass along the best smiles ever to my family this holiday season. I still mail holiday cards every year just about now to the family so they can 1) see updated pictures of my children and 2) know that I am always thinking of them. Wishing family members from afar a happy holiday means so much with this technologically driven world we live in. I love snail mail holiday cards.

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How to Make DIY Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are a staple of the festive season. We send Christmas cards to friends and relatives all over the world. They are a great way to keep in touch and pass on the year’s news. But sadly Christmas cards can be pretty expensive if you have dozens of them to buy. Thankfully there is another way—make your own Christmas cards this year and save some money in the process.

Reasons to Make DIY Christmas Cards

  • The personal touch – It’s easy to buy some generic cards from the local store, but it is far more meaningful to make your own. Sending out homemade cards tells people you have put a bit more time and effort into your cards, which they are bound to appreciate.
  • A money saving idea – Making DY cards is cheaper than buying them, so if you are looking to save money this year, don’t bother buying any Christmas cards—get creative instead.
  • It is fun – Making DIY Christmas cards is not a chore; rather it is good fun and it is also a good way to get the kids involved in preparations for the festive holiday.

Recycle Old Christmas Cards

If you have a box full of old Christmas cards sitting in a cupboard somewhere, it makes perfect sense to reuse them instead of throwing them away. Buy or borrow some crimping scissors and cut out the pictures. Decorate them with glitter or mix and match different cut-outs and then stick them on some new card. Add a message and you have a brand new card to send out to friends and family.

Make Christmas Stencils

You can either buy some Christmas stencils or make your own using a sharp craft knife and a template. Once you have a few simple templates, use them to create lots of identical cards that you can decorate in a variety of different ways. Simple easy to make shapes include Christmas trees and Christmas baubles, but there are many more you may wish to try.

Print Your Own Cards

Printing Christmas cards is another way to make lots of cards with a similar design. Kids enjoy potato printing because it is nice and easy, albeit a bit messy, but if you want to make cards that are a little more professional looking, invest in some rubber stamps or similar. You could also use small pieces of vinyl or linoleum to create a printing surface.

Encourage the Kids to Help

Christmas is very much about children, so why not encourage yours to get involved this year? Kids like the opportunity to be creative and if you ask them to help you make some Christmas cards and Christmas decorations, they are bound to have a ball. Depending on the age of your children, making homemade cards could be a messy job, but at least the task will keep them amused for a few hours.

Don’t forget to make or buy envelopes when you make Christmas cards. If you don’t want to make envelopes, they can be bought online or from craft stores. Just make sure you choose the right sized envelopes for your cards.

Nancy Baker is a very creative person and she thoroughly enjoys making her own arts and crafts at Christmas time. She also likes blogging about her creative activities and last year she had a go at making some homemade decorations for the house.  She recommends others do the same.

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Time for Christmas Card Shopping or Creations

Every year I enjoy making photo Christmas cards because it’s a great way to share an annual picture of the kids. Last year was our first year with the pug so we had her picture and the three kiddos on the front, super cute. One year, the first year K-man was born was my most favorite three kid photo Christmas card ever. Ki and Aj were on the side of a pampers box that had been decorated with wrapping paper and K-man (baby K back then) was inside the box, as if he was our present that year.

I always have so much fun creating fun pictures with the kids so why not use them to my advantage by sharing a fun, happy smile each year during Christmas? This is the time when I start researching the best prices online for photo Christmas cards and get the best possible deal out there because after all, I think it’s important to snail mail my Great Grandparents, Grandparents, aunts, uncles and mom and Dad as well as my sister a cute family Christmas photo card every year!

So far, I am not sure which photo will make the cut for the Christmas photo card, but I am sure once I figure it out I will share it with you all here. Do you all snail mail Christmas cards? Do you ever do photo cards for the holidays like me?

$50 Off anything from Minted.com with Free Shipping Giveaway

Minted.com offers a wide range of stationery, greeting cards, art and more for every family, every where. As an avid stationery addict, I can say Minted.com is a place I have bookmarked for my future needs. I love their Halloween greeting cards that are currently featured on their home page.

Image Courtesy: Minted.com

Halloween is just a few short weeks away and yet I haven’t really thought much about it, it seems my brain is more on Christmas already. Having three kids and loving the joys of Christmas lights means my mind starts thinking ahead to the holiday season of the red and green. Minted.com has a wide range of holiday gift cards and Christmas cards for you to choose from and personalize in your own unique way.

Image Courtesy: Minted.com

I always seem to go more for the different colored Christmas or holiday cards each year when I make my personalized cards to mail to the family. The brown color in the card pictured above really is something that caught my eye out of the lot of holiday cards.

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