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It’s Holiday Card Time!


Holiday Giveaway - Win $350 to Minted!

And just like that, it’s holiday card time again! Can you believe it!? Jeff and I have had a ton of fun creating our holiday cards over the past couple years. We always try to get creative and have fun with it, and we’ve teamed up again with Minted this year to create our cards AND help one of you lucky folks out with yours!!! Working with Minted for our cards is basically a no-brainer. I mean, they have a gold foil line…. SOOO! This year, they also introduced coordinating envelopesΒ and booklette cards! If you come from a family that puts out one of those lengthy holiday letters (ehm… mine) , I think the booklet makes a pretty schnazy alternative! Minted is giving away $350 towards holiday cards to one winner and you can enter to win below! In the meantime, I wanted to share the cards we chose, for both our personal cards and my business ones!

Minted Card Giveaway

While we’ve done our own little shoots in the past for our cards, this year our wedding took care of that for us!!! Our AMAZING wedding photographer, Katie Stoops sent over an early edit of one of our favorite shots from the day and it just had to a part of our holiday greeting for 2014. I mean, not to toot my own horn but.. THAT CAR! THAT BOUGAINVILLAEA! We loved how this calligraphed “Merry” card looked with the photo. Simple, perfect and GOLD FOIL! Ba-BAM!

For Studio DIY I’ve made it a habit (tradition?) of sending out cards + a DIY ornament to all those who have played a big part in my business that year. Brands I’ve worked with, photographers and vendors who I’ve collaborated with, contributors, the list goes on! This year, well, I may have given you a hint at the ornaments they’ll be getting…. but here’s the card! EEP! What I loved about this card was that I could customize the phrase and the font. If you’re like me and want to DIY everything, being able to edit the whole card to your liking is probably right up your alley! Next year I’m thinking it could be fun to do a booklettte card with some highlights from the year!

Minted Card Giveaway

Top Photo: DIY Balloon Ornaments, photo by Mary Costa / Middle Photo by Katie Stoops / Bottom Photo by Jeff Mindell / Card Designs by Minted

And there you have it! Our 2014 cards. But now… about you guys! Check out Minted’s full holiday collection then use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win $350 to Minted for all your holiday card needs this year! This giveaway is open to US residents only. Winner will be announced Monday, December 8th.

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  • Dale

    Great giveaway, this would be great for holiday shopping! Fingers crossed!

  • Kimbercrafts

    This is my first Christmas with two kids, which makes this time of year extra special. I’d love to win so I can send out awesome holiday cards to friends and family.

  • sina

    I am OBSESSED with minted! I love that they have art prints and nearly any type of card you could EVER want!!!

    I am getting married at the end of next Summer, and we have been browsing through Minted’s site for some invitations and things wedding related!

    Oh- and a BIG congrats on your recent wedding! Looked beautiful!

  • Aston

    I’m looking forward to my baby’s first Christmas! Children make the holidays all that much more fun.

  • Savannah

    I’m looking forward to going to admiring all the neighborhood lights!
    First you have to go buy some huge ridiculous coffee, then open all the windows on your car and drive through nearby neighborhoods. Such a fun holiday tradition!

  • Tiffany

    I can’t wait to see my family again! Moving to a new state for a new job at the beginning of the year means I haven’t seen them in too long.

  • Jes N

    What a nice way to spread Christmas cheer. Thank you for the opportunity to participate!

  • Mili

    I’m looking forward to spending time with family this holiday season!!

  • emily

    I’m looking forward to making cookies with my nephews and nieces!! Thanks for a great give away!

  • Kristin

    Definitely most looking forward to my sons reaction to Christmas! He is 2.5 and it is the first time he really seems to get what is going on.

  • Rebecca

    I am always most excited for food and nothing trumps holiday food!

  • Johanna

    I am most looking forward to spending this Christmas with my daughter who is seeing everything for the first time. So magical.

  • Rachel

    I’m looking forward to spending the first Christmas in 10 years with all of my brothers present!!

  • Melissa

    I love MINTED! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Brooke S

    I’m looking forward to picking out a tree, and christmas crackers… I really love wearing the paper crowns and reading the cheesy jokes!

  • crystal wall

    I love seeing my guests come through the door knowing they are there to share time with loved ones. Thanks! Great giveaway! I follow!

  • Stephanie

    Time to laze around with family doing nothing!

  • Krista

    I’m looking forward to decorating our Christmas tree (first we need to buy it)!

  • Britney

    Loving all the gold foil being used this season! Minted has the prettiest things πŸ™‚

    • Britney

      I got distracted by the cards! I’m looking forward to some time off work, making jewelry, baking, and being with my beau and pup!

  • aimee

    I am most looking forward to time to relax and celebrate and enjoy my family!

  • Mary P.

    Love Minted and love your cards! I am looking forward to being with my entire family (for the last 5+years someone has been somewhere else). It will be special and we’re looking forward to a family picture! Thanks and Happy Holidays!

  • Marlene

    I’m so excited to spend time with our family and see friends come into town! I love how nice people can be at this time of the year! And let’s not forget crafting holiday decor!

  • Kate B.

    I am excited to spend time with family and live in the moment! Thanks so much, love your cards

  • Ana

    I’m looking forward to start giving the handmade presents I made! πŸ˜€

  • Bridgette

    Christmas Morning! My kids remind me of all the simple joys!

  • Cara N.

    I’m looking forward to time spent with family…and cookies!

  • Miranda

    I’m looking forward to our baby’s first Christmas. That and a book club potluck!

  • danielle @ this picture book life

    I’m looking forward to making creative stuff with my beau over our holiday vacation, the way we always do! πŸ™‚

  • Stephani

    I’m looking forward to sledding in Rocky Mountain National Park on Christmas day. I hope it is a white Christmas!

  • Courtney

    I am most looking forward to flying home and spending the holidays with my family!

  • Eloquence

    Having time with family!

  • Alyssa

    Being with family and friends!

  • Cameron

    Love this giveaway! I’m excited about all the celebrations – including the Crafternoon I’m hosting next weekend!

  • Shayla

    I am looking forward to spending time with family and getting my new apartment decorated! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Stacey

    I just got married at the end of September, so I’m looking forward to spending this holiday season together with my husband – our first as a married couple!

  • Amy

    What a great giveaway for the holidays!

  • Katie

    I love Minted!!!

  • Jillian

    I’m most excited for holiday-themed cocktails πŸ™‚

  • Anna

    Im looking forward to seeing friends and doing fun fun christmasy things.

    p.s. just saw last years holiday card and its the best ever!!!!

  • Kelley

    I moved about 500 miles north from home at the end of September, so I’m looking forward to going home! It’s cold up here and I miss the sunshine!

  • melanie

    Love minted and this give away!

  • Jordan {Queen of LA}

    i love minted and their gold foil is unreal!

    i started reading your blog after i realized that melissa and sydney at BP were planning your wedding too – they did mine 2 weeks before yours! congratulations πŸ™‚

    im looking forward to our HONEYMOON! we go to fiji and australia in 2 weeks, i cannot wait!

  • Courtney King

    This year I’m most looking forward to Christmas with my 2.5 year old nephew. He’s finally getting old enough to be excited that Santa is coming and the expressions on his face while he opens gifts this year will be priceless. If I won this giveaway I would share it with my sister so she can create photo cards staring my nephew. The kid should seriously be a toddler model!

  • Brittni

    Great giveaway! Love all the pictures your chose for your cards, especially the wedding one in the car.

  • Melody

    I’m looking forward to seeing all of my family members.

  • Laura C

    I’m looking forward to watching my 2 year old ENJOY Christmas for the first time!

  • Christine

    Thanks for the giveaway and happy holidays!

  • kimberly michelle

    I’m looking forward to trimming the house with new and old decorations! It never gets tiring!

  • Amy

    Looking forward to my first Christmas being married!

  • Erin E.

    I’m looking forward to snow and spending time with friends and family!

  • natalie

    I’m looking forward to giving the best gifts this year! I started early and really did my research.

  • Gabby

    This would be perfect for Christmas! I love Minted and the option to customize cards!

  • Joselyn

    I’m making all of my gifts this year. I’m looking forward to sharing my creations with everyone and being done with the crafting frenzy!

  • sangeetha

    Some unadulterated family time!

  • Jordan Troublefield

    I am looking forward to getting to see my best friends that live far away from me now! Also- apple cider and stockings… stockings are my favorite!

  • Aimee

    I’m looking forward to all of the holiday baking and extra time to spend with my family and snuggle with my dogs.

  • Heidi Robbins

    I’m looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus and reading the Nativity story with my daughters!

  • Lauren

    I’m looking forward to spending time with family and taking a trip to Colorado πŸ™‚

  • Alison P.

    I am most looking forward to listening to Christmas music and wrapping presents!

  • Maddy @ Splendid Supply Co.

    Totally got Minted holiday cards this year as well!

  • Alisha

    Love Minted cards! Might do a Chanukah/Christmas card with the boyfriend!

  • Leslie Galloway

    I’m looking forward to taking my family on a carriage ride downtown!

  • Nancy K.

    Looking forward to relaxing at home with family, fireplace and popcorn.

  • Vanessa

    Love your holiday card!! I’m looking forward to spending some time with my family after the crazy holiday photo season is over πŸ™‚

  • Jessica Wagner

    Looking forward to winning a $350 minted gift card

  • Jamie G

    I’m looking forward to the food and wonderful drinking festivities!

  • Jessica Wagner

    ^ it cut mine off because I used an emoji. Lol! Also looking forward to starting new traditions with my 1 year old. πŸ™‚

  • Ariel

    I am excited about family traditions with my little ones.

  • Annie Cassell

    I am so excited to spend time with my family, especially my sister who will be coming home from the Navy this Christmas. I am also excited to do my first Christmas card with my husband this year; I LOVE minted’s designs!!

  • Lisa

    I just ordered the holiday ornament cards from mint! I am so excited for them to arrive!

  • Lisa

    And I am looking forward to time with family, and some relaxation before I start a new job!

  • Rachel

    Minted is absolutely amazing!!!!!!! I NEED some of their cards!!!!

  • Carissa H

    Looking forward to baby’s first Christmas

  • Andrea

    Love minted!! Your cards are amazing! I would love to win!!

  • Daisy C

    I’m looking forward to making a sparkly pink DIY wreath and of course, spending time with family & friends!

  • Danielle Emerick

    Yay!! I love love your Christmas card!! We have our engagement photos that I would love to turn into some cute Christmas cards!!! And anything minted is fab.

  • Kate Richards

    I’m looking forward to snow in the local mountains **fingers crossed**!! (and also hopefully winning me some minted christmas cards!!!)

  • Linda

    I am looking forward to having all of my kids home for the holidays and listening to Christmas music!

  • Ashley

    Looking forward to creating new memories with friends and family. Also looking forward to spending christmas day with my hubby to be πŸ™‚

  • lynn @ the actor’s diet

    My birthday is Dec. 24 – I’m excited for my birthday month!

  • Courtney stover

    You and I share the same wedding date!! Like you, I’m sure, I’m looking forward to spending the holidays with family and my brand new, stud muffin hubs!!!

  • Amanda Davis

    This is our first Christmas alone since we’ve moved cross-country, without extended family! It may sound sad but we’re actually so excited to have our first Christmas as a family of 5, just us, in our home, with no need to entertain πŸ™‚

  • Virginia

    Just ordered our cards from Minted!

  • Gwen

    I’m looking forward to my husband and 3 kids being off from work and school so that we can do fun holiday stuff.

  • Hallie

    Awesome giveaway. I’m looking forward to sharing all the Christmas joy with my kids, now that they are getting old enough to enjoy.

  • jenn

    I LOVE minted! The quality is stellar and the designs are the best. One question about sending ornaments in mail… do you ship them in small little boxes? And if so, where do you purchase them? I wanted to send ornaments as thank you gifts to those that gave wedding gifts, but I’m having trouble locating some good small sized boxes. thanks!

  • Andrea Kelly

    My Dad coming to visit and baking cookies for our friends!

  • Liz

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Matt

    I love minted! Thanks!

  • Molly

    You could put gold foil on pretty much anything and I’d sign right up

  • Alana

    I’m so excited to spend time with family, eat cookies, and have a 4-day weekend!!

  • Lynda M.

    I’m looking forward to spending time with family, watching Christmas movies and baking lots of cookies! Love Minted!!

  • Janice Carnevale

    So many things to look forward to this holiday season. First and foremost is all the mail! Second, is getting a 2nd tree and putting all my jewel toned ornaments on it πŸ™‚ Third – trying to convince Larry to build a mantel on our fireplace so I can hang stockings there πŸ™‚

  • Daisy Rivas

    Spending time with friends and family!

  • Mary B

    Of course I love all the family/friends stuff, giving (and getting!) gifts, etc… But I’ve gotten some great vintage Christmas decorations this year & Im excited to add them to the rest! Doing that tonight, actually! Tinsel trees!! Love it!!

  • Allison Meza

    Just got married in Palm Springs too! Looking forward to making our holiday cards and I would love to do it with minted!

  • Sarah

    This is my daughters first Christmas (my first baby!) and I cannot wait to see the magic of Christmas through her eyes! I am obsessed with traditions and celebrating the holiday season so I am giddy over this time of year, more than ever now with my baby girl by my side!

  • Catherine

    I’m looking forward to being near my friends and family. I live far away because of my job so I especially love the holidays when I come home and spend some much needed quality time with my loved ones!

  • Danielle

    I am having my 21st and (hopefully) final surgery the day after Christmas. I am going to cherish this Christmas with my fiance and family. I am so excited to have a relaxing holiday surrounded by love from everyone!

  • Amanda

    I am so excited about this Minted giveaway! I got married about 6 weeks ago (October 24th), and I am still waiting for my wedding pictures. But if they get here in time, I have every intention of sending holiday cards! I’m loving the Married + Bright design by vellum and vogue. And yes, it’s foil-pressed too.

  • Alivia

    Love all these minted cards! The booklet is such a fun idea too!

  • Cathy

    Love your card! mint has the best options and cutest designs!

  • tammigirl

    I am looking forward to all the kids being home from school, spending time cooking, baking, eating, and playing games.

  • Jen keough

    Love it!! Would love to win thus giveaway! Thanks!

  • Sara Miranda

    I honestly just wanna go home to my mommy. I’m 31 years old, btw.

  • LunaRaven

    Good food and good company.

  • Lea anna

    Hot chocolate and the smell of pine

  • Kat

    What a gorgeous wedding photo and card! Congrats!

  • Emily K.

    I’m looking forward to spending time with my husband – we live across the country from each other!

  • kelli

    i’m looking forward to seeing how my 22 month old reacts to the holidays this year.

  • Taylor Winkelmeyer

    I am most looking forward to spending lots of time with my family and friends. This is my first Christmas in a different state, so I cannot wait to go back and visit and spend time with them for Christmas! πŸ™‚
    ps. AMAZING giveaway. Thank you!!

  • Beth K

    I am most looking forward to spending time with family and friends this holiday season. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jennifer

    I can’t wait to see my family!

  • laura

    Wow! What a freat giveaway πŸ™‚
    I look forward to my fiancΓ© seeing snow for the first time, being from Southern California he has never seen snow and since we are in Germany for Christmas this year the chances are pretty high he will finally see snow πŸ™‚

    Keeping my fingers crossed

  • Gucki

    Oh, I really really love golf foil! I’m trying to decor every surface in my home for holidays! Great mission! Love you Kelly! You are so great! Congrats again for your super sparkling wedding! I did love your flamingos! But also flowers, tables setting, invitations, dressES, the energy, everything!

  • Nicole Underwood

    This Holiday season is the first one my fiancΓ©, myself and our children have all lived together. Looking forward to celebrating as a family and enjoying the little things like baking, tree trimming and Christmas Movie marathons!

  • Jill

    Love the wedding pic. This holiday I plan to relax!

  • Kelley B

    Looking forward to having my family come visit!

  • Julia

    I can’t wait to see Christmas lights and listen to holiday music! Also, Christmas cookie decorating on Christmas Eve – my favorite tradition!

  • Danielle

    I’m looking forward to lots of time with family and friends this holiday season.

  • Megan

    I am looking forward to all the amazing food!! πŸ™‚

  • lesley

    just spending christmas day with my hubby – we usually go to a movie and eat somewhere. it is just the two of us with no family in the state so we enjoy the time together.

  • Jillian

    Looking forward to my husband returning home from deployment.

  • Bmerry

    Time off work! Yay!

  • Naomi

    We moved from Australia to L.A. two years ago as newlyweds, and we’ve embraced the American Christmas card tradition big-time! Each year we’ve gone with Minted… It would be lovely to win this!
    Naomi x

  • Naomi

    Oh and I’m really excited for the Ugly Sweater party we’re hosting! Ha!
    Naomi x

  • Leigh Anne

    I am most looking forward to my first Christmas with my fiance (and my last Christmas as an unmarried gal!)!!
    p.s. I can’t WAIT to see the rest of your wedding pictures. Ahhhh!!

  • Jeauxdi

    I’m looking forward to spending time with family and friends! With lots af food of course! Thank you for such a wonderful give away! Merry Christmas!

  • Olivia

    I am completely obsessed with the ornaments and the cards. I adore how they work together, and I now feel like I absolutely should have done coordinating gifts and cards – next year! One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is all the post I get because I send quite a bit during the year, but many people only send it during the holidays. I love getting updates from people I may have not heard from in a while or seeing the cutest picture of my neighbor’s daughter. I can’t wait to read it all!

  • Lori

    I’m looking forward to stolen quiet moments with my family – eating cookies, sitting by the fire, looking at pretty lights, playing our ‘ornament game’ as we look at the tree.

  • Donna

    I’m looking forward to counting down the days ’til Christmas on the advent calendar.

  • Rebecca

    I’m most looking forward to spending our first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs.!! So excited to have our own little Christmas tree and start our own traditions together!

  • Renee

    Spending quality time with family

  • Amanda

    I’m most looking forward to time off work and time spent with my son and my family.

  • Kallie B

    I’m most looking forward to my daughter being out of school for two weeks to play and explore our city at Christmastime with me! (So happy we’re not leaving town this year!)

  • kathrynelise

    Looking forward to time spent with family and friends.

  • Elizabeth Smillie

    our kids’ expressions and reactions as we do all of our normal Christmas stuff – they’re another year older and seem to be be experiencing for the first time πŸ™‚

  • keshakeke

    I am looking forward to spending time with my daughter!

  • Allie S

    Looking forward to some much needed down time, and some sweet family time!

  • Sarah

    I’m looking forward for holiday cards! It’s a family tradition at my house to get the perfect picture and design it on Minted!

  • Christina Peeples

    I am looking forward to seeing my aunt that I haven’t seen in awhile! As well as my family

  • Jess Z

    I’m looking forward to our annual tradition of baking with all the women in my family. We get together once at my aunt’s house and make 5 different types of cookies, 2 types of brownies, 3 fudge recipes, and the staple chocolate covered pretzels and puppy chow. We then sort them out on trays for neighbors, local hospitals, fire and police stations, and a couple extras for office parties. After being together all day, the men in the family bring us dinner and tell us how they did stringing the lights outside and how they fared at the mall getting our gifts.

  • Elizabeth G.

    I’m looking forward to spending time with friends and family.

  • ericka

    Christmas Eve is my favorite! We host and it’s super laid back and fabulous and wraps up with Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas!

  • Jenny @ Hank and Hunt

    As crazy as it sounds, I’m looking forward to a season where it’s calm and quiet and I’m knee deep in crafts with the boys that might not be Pinterest worthy but way more fun. I can pick up the chaos another season. πŸ™‚

  • Rachel


  • Stacia

    I’m looking forward to creating more memories with my husband. We have a bucket list of things we want to try this year, and it’s been so fun to check them off together!

  • Kristen

    I’m looking forward to get togethers with friends and family.

  • Jenna Edwards

    I’m looking forward to sending out Xmas cards, decorating our tree, Xmas parties and family!

  • Becca

    I convinced my parents to up their holiday letter game with Minted this year! I’ve been wanting to be an adult and send out my own cards… For now, I just can’t wait for holiday baking & crafting galore! Garlands & gold & egg nog for miles.

  • Heidi

    I looking forward to the experience of Christmas in Disneyland.

  • Maggie

    I’m looking forward to spending time with family and friends…and enjoying lots of delicious christmas cookies!!

  • Cindy

    The thing I look most forward too are the Christmas break days I get to spend with my daughter, all day baking and laughing and enjoying this holiday season.

  • Erin

    We just bought a new house and I’m most looking forward to having multiple trees and sooooo much space to decorate! But first, boxes. :/

  • Eleanor

    I am most looking forward to time off work and spending time with my family!

  • Kimberley

    I’m most looking forward to seeing my nephew’s faces Christmas morning!

  • Caitlin

    seeing my litlle brohter!

  • Friend gray

    This will be my daughter’s first Christmas. I’m looking forward to celebrating the season with her and our family.

  • Tori

    I’m looking forward to my son enjoying his first real Christmas and all the baking πŸ™‚

  • dawn

    I can’t wait to not have any work obligations over the holidays.

    LOVE minted!

  • Hazel M.

    Seeing my kids’ faces on Christmas Day, especially my 17-month-old baby girl who will actually get to open her gifts on her own this year!

  • Julie Phineas

    I work in law enforcement and I am usually scheduled to work holidays, but I am truly looking forward to spending the holidays home with my 8 month old daughter on her 1st Christmas along with my 4 year old son and our entire family!

  • Carli

    christmas cookies!!

  • Gina Guthrie

    I’m looking forward to celebrating with my family and friends.

  • Erinn

    A move and a new home!

  • Amy Z.

    I’m looking forward to seeing my family and baking treats for them!

  • anne

    I’m most looking forward to celebrating with new friends.

  • Colleen Boudreau

    Getting together with family.

  • A

    Being with friends and family!

  • Audra

    I am looking forward to my first real tree with my husband in our new(ish) home! We moved in last year around the holiday, but didn’t decorate or buy a tree. This year I am making our stockings, decorating with garland, and so much more! Could not be more excited!

  • Jennifer

    I’m looking forward to flying home to IN and spending time with family and friends!

  • Dzifah Danso

    I am most looking forward to decorating the Christmas tree while listening to Christmas music and drinking hot chocolate.

  • ET Pruitt

    I’m looking forward to eating lots of soul food, catching up with my family, and being merry!

  • verity

    looking forward to all the parties with all friends and family and of course the food! the lights and decorations everywhere are a big plus too πŸ™‚

  • v

    all the holiday cheer!

  • Debbie Igram

    Looking forward to time with friends and family!

  • tiff

    just spending time with the fam – the simple stuff!

  • Sarah

    Building a gingerbread house!

  • Natasha Garcia

    I’m looking forward to my son really getting Christmas this year. Introducing him to the magic of Christmas has been the most amazing thing.

  • Ashley Statema

    This would be heaven! Thank you for being so generous!

  • Hannah Wray

    I have been obsessed with a madsen cycle for a year now. I want one so bad so I can take my kids and dog around town without loading up the car! Crossing my fingers and toes that I win!

  • jen larsen

    it’s been a tradition for over 6 years to ride our bikes to see the Christmas lights I cannot wait!

  • Leanne Dillingham

    I have been wanting a Madsen Cycle bike for a LONG time but cant afford one.. they look AMAZING! I have a special needs daughter that is 4 and she doesn’t walk yet or ride a bike.. so when my hubbie and boys and I want to go on a bike ride one of us has to stay home or get someone to watch her.. we tried a bike trailer and its too low and far from us and enclosed.. I think she would LOVE this. praying we win!!

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