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Let Cardstore Take Over

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Cardstore. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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Taking care of Christmas  cards is rarely just a one-night event.  It used to take weeks to design them, wait for shipping, address by hand, and then mail them out.  All of this CAN be done in a single sitting if you let Cardstore.com take over!  We used Cardstore last year for our Christmas cards, and I was 100% pleased and amazed with how easy and how fast I was able to create our personalized cards with a cute message and signature, and then hand them over to Cardstore to stamp and ship.   If you order cards before Nov. 20th, you can get $20 off your $50 order!  Time to cross this one off your holiday to-do list: http://po.st/PersonalizeYourCard

 

It’s Christmas Giveaway! ($500 Sears Giftcard)

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It's Christmas GiveawayIt’s Christmas Giveaway Event

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Christmas is ridiculous at my parent’s house!  We have DOZENS of fun traditions that make Christmas magical, from “Santa-look-a-like” contests with shaving cream, to having a sleepover in the basement on Christmas Eve.  One of the very first Christmas traditions of the year begins months ahead of time, and involves thinking up this year’s Christmas card.  Now that I have my own tiny family, I want to keep up a tradition of sending out memorable Christmas cards every year!  Here’s ours from two years ago:scannedccardMPM Network Bloggers are super excited to share their Christmas Recipes, Crafts, Decor Ideas and much more with you this holiday season. Make sure you take a peek at the fabulous posts below. Surely you will find something that makes your holiday even brighter!

One lucky reader will receive a $500 Sears Gift Card!

Giveaway ends December 2nd at 11:59pm, open to US, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Cards

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IMG_6369Every year I battle the Christmas card clutter.  I struggle to find a way to keep all our cute cards on display without having them take over our counter.  This year, I’m ready for the mass of adorable family pictures and seasons greetings after putting together a clock-like clutter control decoration that is perfect for holding Christmas cards.

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First I set out painting solid wood clothespins.  I think painting these up in Christmas colors and prints would be darling!

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Wood glue and clamps do just the trick.

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Start arranging them around the a circular piece of wood.  I used particleboard and shaved a circle using a Dremel.

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Add watch hands with or without a working motor behind it, and start pinning!

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Wouldn’t a clothespin wreath in Christmas colors and designs be just darling?!  I’m so tempted to make another one Santa and reindeer style!

Melissa Davis Designs {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I am by no means a professional photographer or blogger, but I’ve still spend HOURS and HOURS of my life on Photoshop doctoring pictures and just trying to take something average look nice.  Practically everyone has a blog and a nice camera nowadays, but not everyone has the time to tinker with intricate cropping techniques, or the artistic eye of composing a lovely collage of pictures.  Pre-made templates are such a fantastic way to save time and add a special element of design and color to your pictures!
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I think taking our pictures to the next level of professionalism is on many of our minds, and you’re going to swoon when you see these templates from Melissa Davis Designs!
Melissa let me try out the Rounded Corner Collages/Storyboards set and OHMYGOSH I am the happiest blogger ever!  The files I received contain four different layouts in four different sizes.  These could used for blog posts, or even large-scale posters and projects.  I’m excited to next try out the 10×20 template and create a cute facebook timeline picture.
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This set is WORTH EVERY PENNY!  I watched Melissa’s 2 min video on how to use them, and instantly was creating these beautiful collages!  I dropped in a few pictures of past giveaways on Dandy–see if you recognize any of them from over the past few months.
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I love tinkering around on Photoshop, but I don’t consider myself an expert, and these templates are so user friendly.  Meaning, you don’t have to be a pro to really see the value in these and understand how to use them.  All you need is any edition of Photoshop and some basic knowledge about layering.  What would have taken me a huge chunk of an afternoon was done in minutes!
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I’ve been searching and experimenting with the best and fastest way to arrange pictures and create those beautifully rounded corners for quite a while.  There are many ways to skin a cat, but these templates save a boat load of time and frustration, and I don’t have to go look up the instructions every time.  Easy peasy, and so professional.  I will use these practically every day!!
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Here are some extremely useful and attractive templates you might also love!
Birthday Invitations:
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Facebook timelines:
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Birth announcements:
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And Christmas cards:

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And so many other beautiful designs!  Take a few minutes and enjoy getting lost in the possibilities of what you could also create with these templates!

And one lucky duck is going to win a $50 coupon code to Melissa Davis Designs!!

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*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Friday, March 15th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Melissa Davis Designs, but all opinions are strictly my own

Custom Stamp Place {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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If you’re really on top of things, you may have your Christmas cards already planned out, but have you thought about how to dress up and personalize the envelope?  Wouldn’t a personalized message or seal on the back of your letter be such a classy addition and bring a smile to whoever opens it?  Have you seen the beautiful creations at Custom Stamp Place?

Look at all these lovely options for the back of your Christmas cards or gifts:

 

And there are so many more great ways to use these stamps than just for Christmas cards!  What about a stamp for your return address?

 

A teacher’s stamp for homework, a job well done, or a note going home…

 

…and wedding invitations!  Its almost proposal season!

And here’s one I love: a stamp for all your books, so they will all return home to you after you’ve loaned them out to friends, since it is just the kind of weather to be indoors cuddling up with books.

Custom Stamp Place also carries stamp pads and re-inkers so you’re all set!  Every stamp has the several different mounting options.  You can choose a rubber stamp/wood mount, a rubber stamp/handle mount, a self-inking mount, a pre-ink mount, or no mount at all.

Custom Stamp Place so generously let me pick out a stamp!  I wanted something that we can use every year on every Christmas card, no matter how big our family gets or where we move to, so I went with something without names or an address, but classy nonetheless.  I love the font and the clean picture it creates.  The ink they sent along with the stamp is top quality, and looks like it will last for several years.

Thank you, Custom Stamp Place, for making adding that special touch to our Christmas cards!  The best part is that I can pull it out and use it year after year!

Well, its your lucky day, Dandy readers!  Here is a 10% off Custom Stamp Styles Coupon Code: “DANDY10”.

Wouldn’t you love a custom stamp of your own?!  Custom Stamp Place is offering one lucky winner a $20 gift certificate to spend at their store!  Stamp away!

 

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*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, November 19th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Custom Stamp Place, but all opinions are strictly my own

Purple Trail {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Christmas is ridiculous at my house!  We have DOZENS of fun traditions that make Christmas magical, from “Santa-look-a-like” contests with shaving cream, to having a sleepover in the basement on Christmas Eve.  One of the very first Christmas traditions of the year begins months ahead of time, and involves my mom trying to think of this year’s Christmas card.  She does such a great job, and they always turn out so creatively adorable!  In fact, I once ran into a stranger at college who told me she recognized me from our family Christmas cards up on their fridge every year—I guess our mother’s were friends, but we had never met.

Now that I have my own tiny family, I want to keep up the tradition of sending out memorable Christmas cards every year!  Purple Trail has a number of lovely Christmas cards to choose from!

I had a chance to look over some Christmas card samples from Purple Trail, and I was so impressed; the color printing was quite vibrant, the paper was a sturdy cardstock weight, the graphics were clean and creative, and time and attention has been put into tiny details that make these cards stand out above others.  It seems like creating your own custom cards would be a simple and speedy process if you were pressed for time, but you could also customize a number of things to make them look just how you imagined.  I would be happy designing our Christmas cards from practically any of Purple Trail’s 2012 designs.  So many of them are just my style.

  Whether you’re a Christmas card junkie, or this is the first year you’ll be spreading Christmas cheer with family Christmas cards, you’ll love today’s giveaway!

One winner will receive $40 towards any product at Purple Trail!

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