Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I Heart Shutterfly!

Have you figured out your holiday cards yet? I know it's early, and believe me, I am usually still addressing cards at and/or after Christmas, but this year, I decided to start a little early. My coworker, Jodee, is super organized and told me how she planned her photos a couple weeks ago. She probably already has her cards addressed and is just waiting for the holiday stamps – yep – she is like that – ready way ahead of time!  I wish I could be more like her!

One of our family shots from last year!  Am still thinking of recycling it for this year!

 So, I decided to follow her lead and try to get some photos of Maddy too. Last year, we had a family Christmas card with Mr. Tennis and me too - I loved it and it was from Shutterfly.  Some friends told me that my card last year was the best quality and nicest they received, now who doesn't like to hear that! But managing to get my hair looking decent two years in a row in a photo is really asking a bit much, so this year I figured a card with just Miss M would be fine . . . unless I recycle a photo from last year!  Hmmm -- I do like deducting a year from my age whenever I can!

What a great family photo-card!
Somehow, I was able to get some photos I liked and went to Shuttterfly to look at their cards. Oh how I love Shutterfly! The holiday cards this year are gorgeous and always such great quality.  One of the many things I like about Shutterfly is that I can make as many draft cards as I want while attempting to get the perfect one.  This year, I made about four different drafts -- some with just one photo and others with two photos and you can add even more photos! I go for more traditional looks and Shutterfly  has those along with lots of fun funky styles too. I swear I could have spent an entire day playing on the site and making draft cards up.  This year I made 4 or 5 and then showed them to Mr. Tennis for his input.  Luckily (for him!) he liked the very same one that was my favorite.  But really, who says you can't go with more than one holiday card?  I went with traditional colors + fun polka-dots because Maddy and I DO love polka dots!

Another fave -- love the black and white photo and monogram ornament!

Since I'm not a scrapbooker, am horrible at keeping track of photos and lousy at journaling, I usually do a photo book after a trip and Shutterfly has come to the rescue for me there too!

This sample reminded me of the book we made after our trip to China to meet sweet Maddy as Maddy looked a lot like that adorable little one as a baby!
 Bonus -- last year, I even had one of those very cool canvas prints made – be still my heart – it turned out so beautiful! Do I sound like a commercial for Shutterfly? Really, they have the best products and service!

Anyhooo, Shutterfly has some really beautiful cards this year and your satisfaction is guaranteed! And you know what else I love . . . you can also order matchy-matchy return address labels!!! :) 

Can you tell that I love a monogram and red/greencombos?
 Do you blog? 
Want a chance at 25 free cards this holiday season?  Register here: http://goo.gl/DDw7Q 

And as much as I love Shutterfly, they evidently love me too and have given me prizes of  25 free cards for three of my readers. 
Leave me a comment and I'll pick 3 winners -- love me a giveaway, don't you!        


Lisa said...

woo hoo! I entered! (I usually have my cards around this time of year. No yet though)!

paige said...

yay you
i LOVE that shot of ya'll!!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

pick me! pick me! I love it!


Glinda said...

Pick me! Looks my odds are pretty good, I hope nobody else shows up ;)

Laurie said...

Great give away!! I'd love to do holiday cards with Shutterfly this year! FUN!!

The Byrd's Nest said...

I LOVE Shutterfly! I used to do our Christmas cards on there but now we don't send any since we moved out of the country. I have made the sweetest books for Lottie and Emma's friend Allie with memories of us in Texas and now I am making a cookbook with recipes from missionaries around the world for our daughter who is getting married in December. It is an awesome website and so easy!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that picture of you guys! You are do adorable!

One Happy Mama said...

Ooooh, I love freebies. Enter me please!! BTW, I would totally use that photo of y'all from last year, it's gorgeous!

Jodee said...

I am picking up my cards tomorrow and I can't wait!

I love, love, love the new picture of Maddy, however, I think you could easily use the picture from last year too.

I can't wait to see what you come up with! I think Shutterfly has fabulous cards and labels!

Kim K. said...

Pick me! Pick me! Gosh, I'm feeling spoiled between you and Jodee's blogs both sponsoring give-aways. Your family picture from last year is very handsome.

Patty said...

The shots are beautiful. I'd love to win the cards.....Love your blog.

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

I'm with you I never start early on my Christmas cards and I am usually scrambling for photos. Last year I used Snapfish and I have also ordered photo books from them. Good luck on choosing a photo.

Barbara Ann said...

Love the picks of your daughter in your heading! Gorgeous!
Columbus Day weekend was like summer in the NE so the girls and I went to the beach and took so many photos for Christmas cards. The best part is they were in their Christmas finest but with the sand I didn't have to worry that I hadn't bought shoes yet. Score 1 for Mama! Score 2 would be to win some cards for those pics!

Becky Rodli said...

I could use a little motivation to get my cards going! I, too, am sometimes working up till the last minute!

Football and Fried Rice said...

Sweet, sweet!! I LOVE the black and white and Monogrammed one! I am sooooo excited to order ours as soon as we get home with ALL of our kids!!

I LOVE the photo of you the - love Maddy's tiered skirt - sooooooooooo cute!!!

TanyaLea said...

awhh, so bummed I missed your giveaway... I LOVE Shutterfly, too!

It's funny that you post about this now, as I was just looking through my favorite cards from last year, and the same two names kept showing up... Shutterfly and Tiny Prints. I love them both. But the heavier cardstock that Shutterly uses is so nice! I am seriously thinking of using them this year. I just want to wait until I complete Lisa's photo class so I can capture some better photos this year! I seen you were one of her winners, so we're taking this session together!!! :)

I have a thing for the traditional red/green combos, too... and how I love monograms! :) What a great giveaway and congrats to the lucky winners!


P.S.>> I still love your photo from last year... is it really so bad to up-cycle just once and shave a year off our aging process?!? ;) LOL!!