christmas cards + Tiny Prints giveaway - The Dainty Squid

christmas cards + Tiny Prints giveaway

Wednesday, November 16, 2016



the dainty squid

I did it. I fiiiiinally did it. It's mid November and I have Christmas cards already! Wooo! I'm pretty sure it's been on my to-do list every single year for basically forever. Only once in the past have I ever gotten cards printed. Even then I used a photo from the previous year and it was one of just one cat. This year my Christmas card is bringing you the whoooole family. Well not in one photo because let's be real, we would definitely need helpers but that's not to say we didn't try (and end up with hilarious results!) I'm so stoked about these!

I think I had really been putting it off all this time because I was intimidated by the idea of having to design them. Shooting photos is fun for me, but your girl isn't a designer. Luckily Tiny Prints has a ton of different cards that are super cute and stylish to choose from where all you have to do is upload your photo and fill in a little area of what your names are. Although if you don't share a last name with your partner that's not so easy. I debated for quite a while on what to put on our cards. In true Jeff + Kaylah form I wanted to do something silly and combine our last names but I figured just putting first names would save everyone from confusion. In hindsight I probably should have just gone for "Stroolans" and put it in personalized gold foil to make it really pop! Hehe!


I chose gold foil stamped cards, which look sooo much prettier in person than I could ever capture in photos. They also offer silver, rose gold and red foil, so it was a tough choice. Our cards are also flat which I purposely sought out so I wouldn't have to think of anything to write on them when I send them. Just being real here, that might be one of the worst parts about sending holiday cards!

 If you'd rather your holiday card serve a purpose, Tiny Prints also offers ornament cards so the recipient can just hang them on their tree. It's such a good idea I almost feel guilty having not gotten them because I know my mom would have loved one. She already said "You have to mail me five of those!!" about the cards. Oh mom...

I'm beyond happy with how the cards turned out. I envisioned this perfect family photo of Jeff, the two cats, Klaus, and I but like I said above that just wasn't going to happen. What we ended up with is even better though. I love how Klaus is giving us some sort of weird face on the front and how stoic he looks on the back in the shot of him and Jeff. Swoooon! I think my favorite part might be the shot on the inside of the envelopes though. That's like the icing on the cake. I'm really excited to send them to everyone in our families but on the other hand I kind of just want to hoard them for myself. One is definitely getting saved to hang on the fridge in our new place.

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Tiny Prints was kind enough to offer to sponsor a giveaway as well! You could win $100 TinyPrints.com store credit to purchase whatever your heart pleases. Enter using the widget below, you have until Friday, December 2, 2016 at 12:00am PT.

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Winners will be randomly selected and notified by CLEVER by Friday, December 16, 2016 Terms & Conditions: The official Terms & Conditions are included in the widget; here is the high-level eligibility criteria: Age 18+ US resident only Only one winner per household

One last thing, a stack of the cards featuring the very best part, Klaus' crazy eye. You're welcome.
xoxo
 
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  1. These are fantastic! We're thinking of actually send Christmas cards this year too. Trying to photograph five cats whom may or may not be in Christmas attire is difficult!

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    1. Haha! Oh goodness! I need to see the outcome of this!

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  2. I definitely want the Colorful Everything ornament cards.

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  3. I think my favorite card is the "Effortlessly Simple Dijon Flat Holiday Photo Card". Sending out cards on time is always SO hard! You have to find the time to take the picture, order the card, and send them out. I'm always late!

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  4. I'm dying at that stack of photos of Klaus' eye. That is fantastic.
    These are super adorable!!

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    1. Haha! I couldn't resist. One time when I set them down they kind of did that on their own and I was like "okay, I have to lay these out like that for a photo!" Such a goofy dog.

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  5. Those cards are freaking adorable! I can't even stand crazy Klaus in those photos, dogs are the absolute best.

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    1. They really are! Sometimes he's the most annoying thing ever but I don't know what I'd do without that silly dog.

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  6. P.S. I would totally choose the Glimmering Snowfall for my own crazy family cards.

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  7. Oh my gosh, these are the CUTEST!!! I love that expression on Klaus' face!

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  8. Ooh, I'd pick the Peace & Love glitter card in smoke & silver glitter. I feel the sentiment is needed in these times :)

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  9. Love how bright and festive your green hair is against the black. Very cute cards!

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  10. I like the gleaming frost design!

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  11. I haven't sent holiday cards in years but I've been feeling the itch to send them out this year. I really like this design: https://www.tinyprints.com/product/73907/glitter_holiday_cards_graceful_lettering.html?productPageTest=1
    But there are so many others that also look great!

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  12. Oh man, I love the Lined Tradition lay out!! I mean, the photo in the sample helps too, haha.

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  13. You guys look fantastic! I will be checking out this site! We just a new pup and I can't wait to see how cute we look with him on a Christmas card. Great layout.

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  14. Charming Circlet is so cute! I've never recieved a personalised christmas card before let alone given one, now might be the excuse to start!

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  15. Your holiday cards are so cute! I love the Stamped Suede and Gingerbread Galore ones on the website, too! So much good stuff!

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  16. Okay these are precious. The Gingerbread Galore card is too cute to pass up. We do Christmas cards every year since having kids and I get nervous that I am just choosing similar designs every year and that one is so different compared to the others. I really love it!

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  17. Klaus is killing me here! I would definitely choose Polished Strokes for my Christmas cards.

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  18. Oh man, so many cute cards! I really like the ornaments but the Bitty Heart and the Framed Snowfall flat cards are also neat <3

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  19. Ooh, I love the glitter one! So simple yet beautiful. Maybe I'll get some out this year! Haha.

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  20. Adorable! I've always wanted to get cards printed for my boyfriend and I. I also like the idea of not having to write anything on the card... haha!

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing this-I had no idea where to get our cards done. We're trying to figure out how to photograph us and our three dogs!

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  22. I would LOVE to win this! My favorite designs are the Joyfully Modern card and the Framed Snowfall.
    PS Which design is your card Kaylah?

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  23. Ooh, I love the gold foil Merry & Bright one!
    And where did you get that fabulous pen?!

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  24. Oh my gosh. I love the last name combo!!! As far as our holiday cards I would love to do the Surreal Surroundings OR swirling magic. How does one decide! I really love the foil stamp though. Thanks for sharing your adorable cards!

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  25. I like Extensive Joy, everybody needs more joy.

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  26. Your pictures turned out great! I really love the dark wall & white tree... and you all are adorable and amusing, as always! Also... I seriously can't choose a tinyprints template...I've been trying to pick one for this years cards for weeks 😑

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  27. Glimmering snowfall is actually perfect omg

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  28. OOoooOOO would love the Stamped Suede design!

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  29. Ooh, I just love the foil stamped ones. I'd choose the Delicate Holly design!

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  30. Your cards are so adorable! I love all of the photos you used. I also absolutely adore how the dark colors look on that card stock too, it has a really nice texture to it. I'm hoping to get some family photos of my son, husband and I soon - my son just turned 1 - for our Christmas cards this year. If I won, I would definitely want the letterpress filigree cards, those are so cute and I adore letterpress! I also love the tri-fold shiny droplets card, so I could add plenty of photos. :)

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  31. Love these!!! my favorite was the framed snowfall witefoil stamped holiday cards!!!

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  32. Love Klaus's face! I would choose the delicate holly design.

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  33. I like the Glorious Rejoice card.

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  34. These are the best! Usually photo cards are a little too LOOK AT ME for me, but you've managed to make ones that are TOTALLY cute and funny and sweet. I've dreamed of getting a "family" photo of Mozart and I but she'd probably bite my face off.

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  35. love these, every year I promise myself that I'm going to print Christmas cards but nothing, maybe this year...

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  36. Love these! I would chose the bitty heart or swirling magic if my hedgehog could sit still enough for a family photo...!

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  37. So cute. I love the dark wall and the white tree with the gold. Klaus' face is perfect.

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  38. The Season Streamer is my perfect pick! :) With 2 dogs, 4 cats and the 2 of us on continual adventures, I think a simple card highlights our chosen photo.

    Also, MEGA KUDOS to the company for being so inclusive re: the wonderful variety of families that exist. :) It makes me happy!

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  39. Tiny Prints always has such great designs. I've been eyeing the Joyfully Modern card for this year.

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  40. These are so sweet! They look very high quality, too!

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  41. These are super cute! Great job! I'm still on the search for the perfect Christmas card! Hopefully I find them sooner, rather than later!

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  42. Those turned out amazing! I would go with the cute ornaments.

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  43. Those look great. I think I would choose to make notebooks!

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  44. Your cards are perfect! I just might have to order the Impeccable Wishes cards, because I am all about that personalized foil...

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  45. I LOVE you hair in these cards. Super festive & cute. I'd totally go for the Hope design. Love the recycled look!

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  46. These cards are too cute! Love Klaus's face and your hair looks amazing! I want everything on the Tiny Prints site! :) x

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  47. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!♥

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  48. I love the 'Swirling Magic' design the best! So simple. :)

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  49. Love this one: https://www.tinyprints.com/product/73451/flat_holiday_photo_cards_sparkling_merry.html?productPageTest=1#trim/1

    I believe in "one holiday at a time," but I'll admit I need to get my butt in gear regarding our cards!

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  50. Wow! The colors on these are amazing.

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  51. I like the festive twinkle holiday cards! I'd love to do this with my two rabbits! I'm sure they would LOVE to sit still for it, hahah!

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  52. these are so great!
    and apparently easy.
    hope i win!

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