Monday, November 3, 2014

Holiday // 'Tis the Season for Minted (+Giveaway!)

Happy November everyone!

Now that Halloween is over, it's time to start thinking about the holidays! Granted, I love Thanksgiving and I'm not trying to rush through the seasons just yet. But this time of year inevitably goes by so fast that it can be great to get a jump on certain things vs. waiting until the last minute. That's why today I'm super excited to share my favorite Minted holiday cards with you!

I absolutely LOVE sending out Christmas cards and I get pretty into it each year. In a world where so much communication happens via a computer or phone screen, there's something really special about getting a beautiful card in the mail to celebrate the season. However, this year is obviously a different one for Cameron and I since we are going to be anxiously awaiting the arrival of our baby boy right around the time I'd normally be sending out my Christmas cards. In theory, it would be awesome to wait to send a combo birth announcement/Christmas card after he's born, especially because Minted has some super cute ones. However, since my due date is December 4th, if he decides to come a week or two late (which is totally possible), it would be extremely rushed to try and get any sort of photo card sent out by Christmas. Adjusting to life with a newborn is going to be overwhelming enough without worrying about trying to get Christmas cards out right after he's born, and so I decided to nix that idea. I am going to be sending out birth announcements, but I'm just going to wait to order and send those some time in the new year after things have calmed down a little bit.

However, I really do love Christmas cards and I can't imagine just not sending anything out to my family and friends this holiday season. That's why I decided that even though we're going to be sending birth announcement soon, I am still going to send out Christmas cards from Cameron, Lola, and myself as well. I'm just planning on getting them as early as possible so that way they're ready to go out (hopefully) before our little guy gets here! And yes, I realize some people (*cough* Cameron *cough*) will probably think it's slighty bit excessive to do both, but oh well :)

I've used Minted for our Christmas cards for the past few years now and I've always been incredibly pleased with the results. (The invitations for my Michigan baby shower were also from Minted and they turned out so beautifully!) Their designs are always gorgeous and their paper quality is fantastic. And sure enough, their selection of cards for the holidays this year is amazing! They have so many lovely designs to choose from that I don't know how I'm going to make up my mind and pick just one...so in the meantime, I thought I'd share a bunch of my favorites with you!

First of all, Minted offers beautiful foil-pressed cards, however, they previously just came in gold and silver. This year, one of the (many) new things they are offering is rose gold foil and I am obsessed with it! It's such a pretty option for the holidays, and I absolutely love the way it looks.

Peaceful Watercolor
Classic Holiday Wreath
Joy
Christmas Love
Joyful Type
Winter Brush
Snowflake Wishes
Confetti Toss

 That GIF gives you an idea of what the foil looks like - I think it's stunning!

However, in addition to all their foil-pressed designs, they also have a huge selection of their normal designs as well. They have holiday cards to suit everyone and I've already spent more time than I'd like to admit just pouring over all the different options. Here are a few of my personal favorites...

Chalk and Holly
Season to be Jolly
Whimsical Noel
Hand Painted Script
Block of Joy
Merry Little Chalkboard
I haven't decided for sure which picture we'll be using for our card, and because of that, I'm not 100% sure which design we'll be using just yet. However, I definitely plan on sharing our completed card with you all once I've sent them out so stay tuned for that!



Finally, I think my favorite new things that Minted is offering this year is their adorable new envelope designs/recipient addressing! Last year, I uploaded my addresses into Minted and it was so convenient to have everyone's address already printed on the envelopes when they arrive. But I just love that they've taken it a step further this year and are offering so many charming envelope designs to go along with printing the addresses for you. I'll definitely be doing this!


So that's why I'm very excited to announce that I've teamed up with Minted to help you get a jump on your holiday cards this year! First, I wanted to share a discount code that you can use to save $25 off you order AND get free shipping - just use the code CHEER25FS at checkout! And then in addition to that, I'm also giving one lucky reader a $125 credit to Minted!! I'll be announcing the winner of that giveaway on Monday 11/10 so be sure to enter ASAP!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cheers to the (unofficial) start of the holiday season friends! 


The fine print...in the spirit of transparency, I should note that today's post was sponsored by Minted in exchange for complimentary products. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. I feel strongly about their products after ordering them many times in the past and would wholeheartedly recommend them!

54 comments:

  1. i love the winter brush card!! minted has the prettiest designs -- i really need to get my act together and order some christmas cards soon! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  2. We were just debating about Christmas Cards (as usual), but a discount makes my argument a bit more persuasive! I hope you're doing well!

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  3. I love all the rose gold! I always look forward to your Christmas card the most each year :)

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  4. Oh man I've had my eye on the foil cards since last year, so if I win I'm DEFINITELY going to spring for those! I HOPE I WIN MY GOD.

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  5. One of the foil ones for sure this eyar!

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  6. I LOVE Minted.com - I used them for my wedding invites and got so many compliments on them.

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  7. i need to win this. omg. i really have my eye on all of the gold foil cards. particularly love the "joy" one!
    ladies in navy

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  8. I love Minted and have the same dilemma as you! I have Christmas cards to send with birth announcements shortly after. Love all of their designs.

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  9. I would definitely pick one of the foil-pressed designs. I think Snowflake Wishes is my favourite! And those envelopes? Oh my goodness. Love.
    Minted has such a great selection!

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  10. Super fun, love the envelopes!

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  11. Oooo I so love the extra detail on the envelopes! It's just such a nice touch so you can enjoy the packaging even more and get excited as soon as you get your mail, not just when you open it! I love many of the cards you shared, but particularly I like ones that have the different shapes rather than just rectangle in order to stand out a little bit more when all the cards are displayed!

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  12. Snowflake wishes is so pretty! I love it. I would definitely choose that one.

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  13. This would be a perfect gift for the holidays!

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  14. I love the Brightly Shining and Glimmer foil pressed cards!

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  15. Love Minted and the foil pressed cards! Beautiful!

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  16. I would choose a cute New Year's card to make into a birth announcement! :)

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  17. I like Wreck the Halls Christmas card :)

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  18. I'd have to see which pictures work best, but I do like the block of joy!

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  19. I like the hand painted script one. I agree, Christmas card giving and getting is such a fun tradition in our techno era. Yea to baby announcements for you guys!

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  20. I love all of the foil designs! It's so hard to choose one design that I like right now, because I don't know what photo we'll be using yet :)

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  21. I love the foil designs with gold but it's so hard to decide. The merry and bright wreath might be my favorite though!

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  22. I like the Spirited Holiday card!

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  23. I like the winter brushed cards.

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  24. these are beautiful cards. may have check out minted this year!

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  25. I love the More the Merrier Foil-Pressed Holiday

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  26. I love the winter brush! I'm a sucker for gold foil! Great giveaway!! Love your blog

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  27. I'm loving the Winter Brush design! It's so classy!

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  28. They are all so pretty! It will be a tough choice!

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  29. You got me started on Minted and I absolutely love the company! I haven't started looking at holiday cards yet, but I love the gold foil. I also love the idea of using their services for the envelope addressing!

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  30. We used Minted last year for our Christmas cards and they were SO perfect, I can't wait to use them again this year!! I'm loving that classic foil-pressed wreath design! It will depend which photo we use from our maternity photos too :) Can't wait to see what you pick!

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  31. I love Joy and Winter Brush! Crossing my fingers for this giveaway! Thanks so much for hosting!

    Paige
    tomatoesforcucumbers.com

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  32. So Hopeful for this giveaway! The "JOY" card is my absolute favorite! So excited for the new addressing option too!

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  33. i love minted! our save the dates and every single holiday card have been stunners xoxo

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  34. So many beautiful designs! I really like the Cheerful holiday postcard.

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  35. This is so hard to decide!! I love them all, but I think the "hap-happiest time holiday photo cards" are too cute!!
    heatherp626@msn.com

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  36. I'd probably choose the whimsical noel design!

    Thank you for the chance to win:)

    Joey J.

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  37. I could choose any of the gorgeous designs! But I love the gold foil on Refined Joy :)

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  38. I love the foil-pressed designs!

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  39. I would choose the Merry and Bright Handlettered

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  40. I love the Classic Holiday Wreath, the foil pressed designs are to die for

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  41. We are planning to use Minted for our cards anyway and do one of their joint christmas card birth announcements. I think the Love and Joy card is adorable.

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  42. I like to get the Adore Christmas card design.

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  43. I like their "Covered in Joy" card.

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  44. I would pick the holly jolly wishes holiday photo cards

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  45. I would choose an address book : shaunie on rafflecopter

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