Monday, December 2, 2013

A quest for Christmas cards.

I can hardly believe that we are just 3 weeks away from Christmas.  I am in complete denial that 2013 is quickly coming to a close.  But try as I might, it's happening and there's nothing I can do to stop it!

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is going out to the mail box every day to check for the "happy" mail that floods our box this time of year.  It sure beats all of the junk mail and bills we normally get!

Before I was blessed with 3 kids, I would painstakingly design my Christmas cards and hand make every single one of them.  I loved the process of working with the paper to create something unique and  personalized to us.  I STILL love that process but there simply isn't the time to realistically get that done anymore.  I've been looking for something to ease this process, and I've found a solution I wanted to share with you.

Enter Minted.  They are an online stationary company that specializes in cards, stationary, photo gifts, invitations, and party decor.  The unique thing about Minted is that all of their designs come from independent designers that submit their designs to Minted.

They have recently launched their 2013 Holiday Card designs and they've asked me to tell you all what I think!  I've long admired Minted for their beautiful designs and extremely high quality products.  I love that they are unique and I know I won't be sending a design that everyone else is sending out.  This totally soothes my creative side now that I'm not personally crafting all of my cards.

Their site is easy to navigate with easy filters to narrow down the holiday occasion, number of photos, card style, color, and even card shape...cause really, the fancy edges are where it's at!

The coolest feature of their site though, at least for me, is the "find it fast" feature.  You upload your photo and it pops up in the designs so you can preview various cards at the same time to really solidify your decision.  I LOVE that.  It makes my decision so much easier when I can see my own family photo in there.

I thought I would give you a few of my favorite designs as suggestions.

I just LOVE this first card. Super customizable and adorable.  It's called "We Are Family" designed by Oscar and Emma.  You can change the style, the color, even the holiday message from Happy Holidays, to Merry Christmas, to Happy New Year.

We Are Family

Anyone that knows me well knows that I love the color teal.  I'm a total sucker for it and one day I will have an entire room decorated in teal and white.  It's so soothing to me!  I fell in love with this design the second I saw it. It's called "Pom Pom Fun" and designed by Carrie ONeal.

Pom Pom Fun
Minted has these precious White Noel Ornament Cards designed by Hooray Creative that come complete with a hanging ribbon.  I think you'll agree that they are stunning. Who wouldn't love to get one of these in the mail?! I'm thinking these would make beautiful annual keepsakes for family members.

White Noel

They also have several more "traditional" designs like the "Splendid Pinecone" designed by Pistols. Also super customizable with colors, number of photos, and even the flip side of the card! 

Splendid Pinecone

There are so many beautiful cards to choose from, it's hard to narrow it down!  If you're still looking for holiday cards, check out Minted.  I guarantee you'll find something you love and then you can get those cards done and shipped off in no time! 

Disclosure: All opinions of this site review are my own.  I was compensated in free product for this review.

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