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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Not Your Grandmother's Stationery

Do you ever think wistfully about the good old days, back when people wrote each other notes on something called paper? Using a strange, pointy instrument called a pen. And then they put those notes in the mailbox with stamps on the envelope, and hoped that the recipients would take out their lavender monogrammed paper and reply. And this was called writing letters.

It took time and was an art form. In carefully chosen phrases or hasty scrawls, emotions were carried by the tone of the handwriting itself. Writers communicated their hopes, dreams, and daily doings in forms of politeness long forgotten, including things like greetings and signatures to open and close their messages.

Not that long ago, when I was in college (okay, fine, it was 20 years ago, but in the history of writing, that's not a very long time), I wrote letters all the time. And because I wrote them, I also received them. I have a box full of them from old boyfriends that I can't bear either to throw away or to read, a whole drawer of them from my best friend since forever that I get a kick out of rereading occasionally. Now that I'm older, and I type about three times faster than I write, I rarely write letters any more. It's all email this and blog post that and cell phone call while driving.

But I miss it.

At Christmastime, I don't send out a photo card to everyone I know with a typed letter about the family's doings. Instead, I buy one box of cards, 20-25 of them, and I hand write notes only to the people who are out of town and who I wish I kept in better touch with all year round. One friend told me a few years ago that mine is the only handwritten card she gets the entire season any more. Which also means that last year she got no handwritten cards because last year I was so busy grading papers right up until my semester ended on Dec 22 that I never got around to writing cards at all.

I deeply regret that and have promised myself that I will make up for this gap by writing even better, more thoughtful cards this year.

I am always looking for the perfect cards to send. I want them to be beautiful -- either with a touch of elegance or with an old-fashioned feel to them somehow. I want them to be big enough to contain a real letter, since I don't just write a sentence or two and sign for the family; I write several paragraphs a piece. And I want them to come in an envelope sized right to contain a picture of the kids, rather than some awkward size that needs extra postage but won't fit a photograph. Most of all, they can't be pre-printed with the words "Merry Christmas" or have any design that's predominantly red and green or feature a decorated tree or hanging stockings or a jolly rotund man with a beard.

Why?
you might reasonably ask.

Because nearly half the cards I send out are going to dear friends who are Jewish or Muslim or otherwise don't celebrate Christmas.

These cards are my holiday moment of connection, my time to slow down, really think about friends and family, and write the old fashioned way. But it's almost impossible to find cards that meet my criteria around the holidays. (And that is part of why I never sent any out last year; I couldn't found ones I liked in time.)

Until now. (Full disclosure: yes, this is a product review coming up. Trust me that you want to read it because you will want these cards. And at the end of it, you will get the chance to have them. For FREE. So, carry on.)

Seriously, you absolutely must do yourself a favor and check out the most wonderful card company I have ever found. It's called Tiny Prints. What they don't have in beautiful designs hasn't been designed yet in the history of the world. And what they don't have in customer service? Well, if they don't have it, no one does. (Just to be clear: they aren't paying me anything to write this, only offering a giveaway for you.)

First of all, they have hundreds of designs -- holiday cards, photo cards, birth announcements, thank you notes, even Halloween party invitations. And their designs come in a range of styles from classic to cute, elegant to juicy pop art. There are mod designs with color combinations like chocolate brown with baby blue and raspberry with lime. And there are dozens and dozens of holiday cards with snowflakes and other wintery themes that don't necessarily scream "Christmas."

But what makes Tiny Prints so superlative is that every single one of their designs is customizable at no extra charge. THIS is a company that is really thinking. The card whose snowflake graphic looks non-denominationally festive but whose front says "Merry Christmas"? Well, that phrase is in a text box, so that if you love the design, you can make just a few clicks of your mouse and change that phrase to say anything you want. I am not even slighly exaggerating. You could change it to "Happy Holidays from the Time Family" or "Wishing you a Happy New Year" or "Buy Your Snowblower Yet?" (There are some designs whose cover phrases are graphics rather than text, but I've played around a lot on this site, and I can tell you that I've found far more of them that are editable than aren't.) You can upload photos, customize messages, even change the color that the message will be printed in -- and on some cards, even change the font! Here's what I managed in five minutes with that snow card:


Tiny Prints is a company that has figured out what most greeting card companies simply don't get: one size does not fit all when it comes to greeting cards. The only reason I haven't ordered from them yet is that I love too many cards to narrow down. Also, all my pictures of Son and Daughter together include at least one child with crossed eyes. Thankfully, if that's my only problem, Tiny Prints has solved that too by having some card designs with more than one picture on the front. Can't get all your children looking equally great in the same photo? No problem. Just upload two photos, or three, or four depending on the card you choose.

I am planning on ordering not only holiday cards from them this year, but also some personal stationery. I've fallen in love with several of their "thank you" card designs. And because the text boxes on these lovelies are ones I can edit, it will just take me a little tap tap tap on my keyboard to change the line to a monogram or my name. Now I just have to make up my mind between these:


I only wish these images half did justice to the beautiful quality and feel of the actual cards. (I have samples of both of these sitting on my couch as I type.)

Want to know the best part of all this? You can have Tiny Prints for your very own! Oh, so many Tiny Prints. When they contacted me and asked if I would consider reviewing their product, I said I would be willing to consider it if they would provide something for you, dear readers. And here's where I learned how much this company really cares about its customers.

First of all, Tiny Prints is giving one lucky reader at Mommy's Martini a $75 gift card to their store. I KNOW. So generous. And trust me when I say that you will have a hard time narrowing down all the cards you love to make your final choices. They sent me a few samples of different types of cards -- flat, folded, photo cards, invitations, personalized notecards, and even children's thank you notes with fun graphics. The quality is fantastic. They are on heavy stock with that lovely, matte, faintly slick finish that you sometimes find on the covers of very nice paper backs. The paper is appealing to your fingers and takes ink beautifully (oh, yes, I scrawled on a few samples). The graphics are crisp and the photo cards of really superior resolution.

And on top of all this, I would be remiss if I didn't tell you that the business development representative who contacted me was beyond patient and kind. He was geniunely interested. We even struck up an email conversation about what people really want in greeting cards: he actually asked me whether I thought something he had read was true: are there inherent gendered differences in what men and women want their cards to say? I'll spare you our discussion but do want to emphasize that this is clearly a company whose philosophy is all about finding out what customers want and need. (Along those lines, the only negative thing I could possibly find to say about them is that it took me a while of playing on the site to figure out that the cards in the "Merry Christmas" section, for example, in fact had editable cover phrases that could be changed to whatever I wanted. The fact that they are so innovative about customizing, letting you do far more than just add your name to their pre-set design should be highlighted more prominently on the site, with clearer indications up front about just how many choices people have. But seriously, the problem is only one of modesty. And a company that doesn't toot its own horn enough about its innovations? That's pretty rare and impressive.)

I also have to tell you that Tiny Prints is just plain awesome in its generosity. The rep offered a giveaway for you, and then at the eleventh hour, when I wasn't sure the large amount had been approved, I suggested that if the company didn't want to turn over a $75 gift card, they might prefer a gift card in a smaller amount plus a little donation to the DonorsChoose site. It was my thought that in October, I could have "Help Our Schools Saturdays" -- putting up review posts of products that I thought you would love that come from companies that are also socially aware.

Know what he said in response?
"At this time, we'd like to move forward with the $75 giveaway, but I will submit an approval for a donation."

Absolutely no kidding. His company believes in the power of word-of-mouth (word-of-blog?) support so much that they still want a lucky one of you to have $75 to try them out AND he will try to add to that with a donation to help out some school children.

Now THAT is a company I want to give business to.

So, here's what you have to do: go to Tiny Prints and browse around. Come back and leave me a comment naming a card you would choose if you won the $75. One card style = one entry in the drawing, and you can't name any of the styles I've shown here. For a second entry into the random drawing for the $75 prize, mention a second card in a different category that you also like. (For example, the first might be a holiday card, the second a thank you note.) That's it. A few minutes of browsing a site I promise you will fall in love with, then back here to leave a comment. Let's see how many comments we can rack up by Monday. I suspect if Tiny Prints gets enough traffic from this post, the kids at some needy school will benefit too. What could be better?

Random drawing for the $75 prize will happen next Friday night (Oct. 10), with the winner announced on the next day's Help Our Schools Saturdays post.

177 comments:

Mrs F with 4 said...

MT, I am in your debt! Again! I am an inveterate letterwriter - I just LOVE the smell and feel of stationery. In fact, Mr F recently discovered the true extent of my love of all things writer-y when he found my 'little' box of cards had grown to suitcase size. If I see the perfect card or paper, I *have* to get it ready for the perfect occasion.

A new little store has opened in our little town.... just stationery. I haven't dared to pass through the doors yet, for fear I will be lost for hours. Or perhaps days.

Perhaps it's because I have so many elderly relatives who (gasp!) don't have email, but rarely a day goes by without The Box being opened.

Tiny Prints is GREAT! And only $9 to ship to Canada - even better. I love the Dino Parade, and Mistletoe Moment - can't decide which!

MommyTime said...

Ah, Mrs. F! Why am I not surprised you were the first comment here? I certainly would imagine you as an inveterate letter writer! Good luck to you in the contest. :)

OHmommy said...
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OHmommy said...

Holiday Harmony has my name written over it.

And WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! Tiny Prints did not contact me. DO they not know how obsessed I am with holiday cards. I have started obsessing about them last month.

Hello? Tiny Print. I like cards.

lauren said...

ok... under thank you notes: for myself, classic floral (which i would possibly edit to plum rather than blue) or maybe summer garden... and maybe some zoo animals for my son.
and then, and this would be absolutely wonderfuly... baby lullaby in chocolate shower invites for the gender-neutral shower i'm throwing for my little sister!

Deb@BirdOnAWire said...

I just love the holiday photo cards. They're so beautiful and so unlike anything we've done before. I'm keeing my fingers crossed. Even if I don't win, I'm ordering these beauties! Thanks for the great find!

Tara @ Feels like home said...

I love so many of them! I think my favorite in the Christmas category is the Happy Penguin card.

Tara @ Feels like home said...

I really love stationary. I'm a letter writer from way in my childhood.

I was going to say that I like the stitched flowers, but you already mentioned it. So my next favorite would be the Winter Floral from the Corporate section.

calicobebop said...

Well, I'm going to have to go with holiday photo card Bright Branch (though I also like Santa's Sparrow). I'm a sucker for little birds.

We have a cool stationary shop called Papyrus in the mall - I always love perusing the note cards. Such a simple and pretty way to express yourself!

Elisa said...

I really like the zebra print thank you cards! Would love some personalized stationery! Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

Elisa said...

They have some pretty holiday cards! I think I would probably pick the "Gorgeous Gifts" one. I like that it has a white background.

Heather of the EO said...

WOW, I could give you a long list.
But two of my very favorites are
Painted Holly from the holiday collection,
and whimsical dove from the thank you collection.
This is fun! I want to WIN! :)

Desiree Fawn said...

They sound so nice & I love their website :D
I love sending cards for all sorts of occasions ^_^ I hope I win this for xmas this year!

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

I used to have a goal of handwriting a letter once a week to someone - a friend, a grandparent, etc. I kept it up for a while but slowly fell out of the habit. I've been thinking lately about starting it up again. It's kind of amazing how you will eventually get a handwritten note back. :D

Tiny Prints really does have a great selection of all types of cards. My favorite Christmas card isn't even one that has room for a photo. It's the Cheerful Carolers. They remind me of years gone by. I also like your choice of thank you cards but my personal favorite is the Summer Garden design.

american mum said...

I like the "Shining Star" Christmas card. Thanks for the giveaway.

american mum said...

Since my daughter's first birthday is coming up, I like the party stripes girl invitation as well. Thanks again.

Blessings From Above said...

It was hard to narrow it down, but I'd have to say my favorite is Winter Florals.

All of the cards at Tiny Prints were unique. Thanks for sharing!

Blessings From Above said...

For my second category, I love, love, LOVE the Turning Blue birthday invitations.

And I know it is not a card, but the mint tins are really cool!

All Adither said...

Wow, you've sold me.

I really like Evening Star.

Kim said...

Oh my goodness. I love stationary! I also love reading your blog! I stop by daily. Just to let you know! So, hello from Texas.

I am always looking for new places to buy cards for any and all occasions. My choice for a holiday card would have to be Striped Mittens.

I am looking around and know that there is some other card I would love to have, but I just cannot choose. Do I decide to have that Halloween party and therefore choose a halloween invitation? Do I choose an invitation for my December Bunco party? So many things to plan for and to need stationary for and so many choices.

Thanks for letting us who did not know about Tiny Prints in on the secret. I will be visiting often.

Kim Adams
Beaumont, Texas
kradams@cmaaccess.com

Michelle said...

Wow, lots of great ones! I think my fav thank you card is Baby Damask: Turquoise
Folded Thank You Cards and my fav in the holiday section is Holiday Blossoming : Holly Red. Thanks for the awesome info and giveaway.

IRISHKAT said...

Oh I vote for the red and black stationary! I too love stationary... I miss the days of writing using snail mail.

IRISHKAT said...

I think I forgot to mention that the stitched flowers were my favorite. Oh how I would love to win them :)

renatamic said...

i landed on your blog by way of my bff, ohmommy!! and boy am i happy i did. i'm having a jungle theme baby shower and puffy heart the jungle party invitations. SO hard to pick just one of the oh-so-fab invites, so decided to my own own cheesy themey self :)

Ree said...

Oooooh, I adore the Love Tree holiday card. Simple. And with most of my family not celebrating Christmas, they're my choice for my cards this year.

And for Shortman's graduation Thank Yous... Classic Monogram. It's just perfect for a 17 year old boy.

You're absolutely right - special, special cards.

The Glamorous Life said...

I throw my hat in the ring. But if I win I would ask Tiny to just donate another $75 to Save our Schools from me. well, from them actually.

I am sayin I would donate the win!!!

Auds at Barking Mad said...

Did someone say holiday cards! Yipeeeeeee!

Polar prints in my fav I think. I love cards with a little whimsy!

E... said...

My husband says, are you really looking at Christmas cards already? Aren't the Christmas trees in Lowe's in September enough? But I was seriously thinking about what my approach this year would be. I would LOVE to be able to write notes to everyone. With a gorgeous card like Striped Mittens, maybe I'd feel the need to rise to the occasion!

E... said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention, if only I had had Butterfly Garden for N's first birthday party last month! Oh well, suppose I win, there's always next year!

All Adither said...

Shining Star is gorgeous too. Love the browns. Kind of an unexpected color scheme, yet festive.

angie said...

Believe it or not, I also am a firm believer in writing notes in my card. No letters, no just photo, but real cards with real notes. But last Christmas I did not do them as i was interviewing for a job in Atlanta up until Dec 21st,, so not a whole lot of extra time.

BTW, I have been a tiny prints fan for a year--we got a beautiful birth announcement designed by them.

In terms of Christmas cards, my favorite is: Holiday Blossoming. I was a little bummed they only had15 cards that opened (rather than just being flat cards)

In term so of the other type, a birth announcement would come in handy. Irrationally convinced that I am having a girl, I am picking the Dandelion Dance birth announcements for girls. If Lila's the name, it's perfect :-) Though, this might be interesting as well: First Day: Peppermint. How to choose?

Aprille - The Muddled said...

I love the Floral Holiday cards but there are so many beautiful designs! What a fabulous company not only to do a giveaway but even better - a donation. Lookin good Tiny Prints.

Aprille - The Muddled said...

I also love the blissful bird waterfall but I would order them for my mom for personal thank you cards. so pretty!

Nicole Feliciano said...

My desire is to win the cityscape address labels. I'm a New Yorker and these would be awesome return address labels.

Oh and now a shameless plug for my first October contest on Momtrends. I’m giving away an oh-so-comfy picnic blanket valued at $97.

http://momtrends.blogspot.com/2008/10/momtrends-go-blanket-contest.html

capricornwriter (at) hotmail (dot) com

Zoeyjane said...

I don't even think I can explain my love for cards. I must have six or seven different kinds of thank you notes alone. So, you should know that this was like, eyecandy to me and I am now coveting aprox. 53 different designs.

But most of all, I want a holiday photo card - I do one every year for family across the country. And this year, I want Joyful Wishes.

Since I have to send out invites, if I want to rescue attendees from xmas parties (my bday - company party central, meaning no one comes and I drink alone...), I'm going to need some Pink Crown party invitations.

No, really. I do.

Kash said...

Cool stationary! OHmommy told me about it. Stripped mittens is the one I like best. Thanks for the great contest!

haniaski said...

Nice contest. OHmommy told me to enter. I really like Stripped mittens .Thanks for the find!

Dziadek said...

They have pretty Christmas card

photomommy said...

I like (no, looove) Frosted Snowflakse in the Christmas section.

(pick me! pick me!)

photomommy said...

Yeah, the first on was supposed to be Frosted Snowflakes...

I also really like Butterfly Garden in the birthday invites section.

Melissa said...

I love the Tinsel Tile flat cards and would order them up immediately if I won the gift card. That way, I could have them waaaaay before the holidays to love and hold and fondle, because I do love fine stationery!!

Melissa said...

For my second entry, I would have to say that I would order one of the business thank you cards, probably the Chocolate Soiree ones, because they are cute but still quite professional.

Beth said...

I love the Reindeer games holiday card!!! I love holiday cards! :)

Angela said...

I like the hopeful holly holiday card. This site is very cool!

Angela said...

And the Little Princess birthday girl invitation. Because who has a little girl who isn't a little princess?

Jaina said...

Oh wow, I love "Quiet Night" in the Christmas card category. :)

Jaina said...

Wow, I also love the Cityscape Sparkle under summer invitations. You could totally personalize that for multiple events. :)

Grace said...

Great contest! OHmommy told me about it. I really like Holiday Blossom.

Fawn said...

Ack! I love these! I think I'd pick "Winter Snowscape" for Christmas -- it's so classy. But since I'm function on only 3 hours sleep, I only looked at about half the designs, so I might have to change my mind. Uh oh, this site is going to be even worse than Cake Wrecks, darn you.

Fawn said...

And oh my goodness, the "Green Screaming Baby" is hilarious! I could use some of those after Nugget's born!

Fawn said...

Oh my goodness - you didn't even mention than they make matching address labels and envelopes and stuff!!!!!

Kimmylyn said...

Oh.. I love Tiny Prints.. I can stare at their website for hours!!! I love the Holiday Harmony as well!!!!NICE giveaway

Candace said...

I would have a terribly difficult time choosing just one but I really liked the Santa Sighting one. It just looked so sweet and innocenet. I hope I win!!! I will certainly pass the website on to friends and family!

Magpie said...

Lovely - I think I may go for "Light Snowfall". Of course, I need a photo...argh.

piece of me said...

I love the Cool Crystals Holiday Photo Card. This would be perfect for the extended family to see our new baby.
livlifelov at yahoo dot com

piece of me said...

Since we recently had a daughter the Girl Color Blocks Photo Birth Announcement would be perfect.
livlifelov at yahoo dot com

amy purple said...

I love the trimmed tree! Or maybe i'd be nice and give this to my friend (if i won) who is expecting any day now! In which case the mini posies is super cut!
pposwaps(AT)gmail.com

Beth said...

I love stationery. I love writing letters and getting letters. How exciting is it to see a hand-addressed envelope in the mailbox? Very cool.

I love the Vintage Print Christmas cards, so that's probably what I'd choose if I won. I have the perfect B&W photo of the kids to go on it, too, so I'm crossing my fingers!

basketmommy(at)gmail(dot)com

Beth said...

I love the Digger Truck boy birthday invitations, too. My younger son has a birthday coming up, and those are perfect!

basketmommy(at)gmail(dot)com

Cathy said...

I love the Christmas Card - Circled Stars. Colorful, big and square is just right! I REALLY love the Teachers Rule card as a gift to give teachers. Much better than a coffee mug.

cathy at domesticpsychology dot com

Audra said...

I just love the colors on the winter florals! They have a great selection of Holiday cards and I love the fact that they are so customizable!

Audra said...

Oh my goodness! The Choo-Choo thankyou cards are just darling! I would love them for my little guy!

Preppy Mama said...

I love tiny prints. They have such a beautiful selection of stationary. I can relate to your story about the Xmas cards. My husband is Jewish and I am Catholic and we send "Holiday" cards to both of our families and I used to send two different kinds until my son was born 3 years ago. Finding a neutral, pretty holiday card is hard.
Ok, I would definitely pick the "Blossoming Holiday" card for my family to receive.
Thanks for a chance to win!
preppymama@gmail.com

Preppy Mama said...

Ok, for my second pick...my sister is getting married and I would love to give her new stationary in her new monogram so the "Modern Vintage" note cards would be perfect.
Thanks!!!

windycindy said...

What a site! They are charitable and have fantastic products! The "Cheerful Carolers" is one of my favorite Christmas Cards. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

The "Rainbow Blossom" Thank You Cards are lovely. I would appreciate being entered in your giveaway drawing. How fun. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Stacy said...

The Bright Branch one is perfect for every family member.

hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

Heather R said...

I would choose the Holiday Blossoming cards.

marcyp06@hotmail.com said...

I love the Paisley Pair: Pink in Birth Announcements!

Lo said...

I love the Cool Crystals holiday photo card, because we're an interfaith family and it's winter-appropriate yet nondenominational.

marcyp06@hotmail.com said...

In the Holiday Cards I like the Frosted Jewel! :)

Lo said...

I also love the Teachers Rule thank-you card (since I'm a teacher)!

little cardinal said...

I love the Frosted Snowflakes and Simple Stars in the Christmas cards. And the Sweet Cupcakes was one of my favorites in the birthday invitations for girls. Very nice stuff!

jag said...

I love the teatime invitations. We are planning a tea party for my DD's next birthday and these invitations would be ideal.

jag said...

This might sound weird, but I kinda like the corporate photo calendar card for our Xmas card. I wish it was a bit smaller but...wouldn't it be cool to give all of the relatives a yearly calendar with your kids pictures on it. Hrmm..maybe I think too highly of my children.

Renee said...

Whoa, tough decision! I like the Apple Tree: Stream flat cars. I love stationary!!
Thanks
chefkate at aol dot come

Renee said...

I also like the Holiday Grosgrain photo cards, tags and address labels!
Thanks
chefskate at aol dot com

mamamymy said...

The "It's My Party Pink Photo Birthday Invitations" & whole set would be great for my little girl's 2nd Bday !!!

mamamymy said...

I also like the "Pink Screaming Birthday Party Invitations"...cute!

provencegifts said...

I love the Aloha Holiday photo card! I was married on the beach in Jamaica so this card immediately caught me eye. I would love to send this as my Christmas card this year!

Millie said...

I like the cool crystal holiday card! I just love these cards! Thank you for the chance to be able to show off my kids on such cute cards!

Millie said...

I love love LOVE the zebra thank you cards!! Thank you again for the chance to win!

Irishmama said...

The Nice List Holiday Care is awesome! I'm going back to look at more.

thanks.

Betsy said...

I like the "Three Kings" holiday card.

Betsy said...

I also like the "Teachers Rule" thank you cards.

Treasuresofjoy said...

I LOVE the fresh flowers thank you cards and so many others how CUTE!!!!

Margie said...

Such sweet cards! I would choose "Blooming Babe" for our impending birth announcements.

I would also choose "Blooming Holiday" for our holiday card (I guess I just love those blooms!)

Thanks for the fun contest!

Lindley said...

I like the Holiday Harmony and also the Shining Star- now I can't wait for the holidays. Thanks!
linjenals at yahoo dot com

MMM said...

Great post! I love Tiny Prints. I would love to get Santa's surprise for our Christmas Card this year and The Blue Monogram Ribbon Thank You Notes for our first baby due in Feb!

Kristy said...

I love the Reindeer Games holiday card.
ksieker(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kristy said...

I think the stitched ribbon: deep plum thank you card is so elegant.
ksieker(at)hotmail(dot)com

Landon, Kathrine & Greyson said...

wow these are awesome cards! i like the vintage looking christmas cards. i might have to place an order, i hope i win though!!! thank you!

thewehrungs@yahoo.com

Diana said...

Wow, so many to choose from but since Christmas is getting close...YIKES!!! My choice would be the Starry Snowfall Sparkle cards.

Kristie said...

I love the Frosted Snowflake holiday cards-beautiful!

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Viv said...

I absolutely love Tiny Prints, and I am so glad that you are doing this giveaway, and not just holding it but letting everyone know what a great company this is! I recently entered another giveaway (which of course I didn't win) for Tiny Prints, and in looking over the store I ended up buying a set of holiday gift cards for my friends with their new baby's picture on them! Tiny Prints make wonderful gifts, and I was pleased to discover them and to be able to share them with my friends. Their Christmas cards, with their new baby girl's pic on them and the Snowflake motif, are classically beautiful and will be a wonderful keepsake for them in later years as their girl grows older.

Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway! If I win this time, I'm going to be selfish and get OUR Christmas cards from them! LOL

Viv, from Cool Moms Rule!
vbruss AT cfl DOT rr DOT com

Bettina said...

You know, I was just telling my mother yesterday how much I love stationary. I have quite a bit of it myself. I liked almost all of the cards by Tiny Prints. I would like the Snowflake Banner photo Christmas card to send out this year.

bettinawellmaker@gmail.com

Bettina said...

For my second chance, I have picked out a Thank You note. It is the Stitched Clover design. Just lovely!

Erin said...

I want to send out the Blossoming Holiday for my cards this year!

scottanderinadams[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Chrissy said...

I just love the Love Tree card- it's perfectly suited for me. I'd love to have a chance to win it. Thanks!

Chrissy said...

In the thank you category I really like the Little Butterfly cards- they are sweet and I adore the addition of the simple little heart on it. Thanks!

Erin said...

My second category choice is the Modern Dot Thank You card. Beautiful & simple!

dcala said...

I like the Reindeer Games Holiday card.

Rebecca said...

I've been looking at Tiny Prints website for about 10 minutes and I'm hooked. All the photography for the Christmas cards started to get me in the spirit for Christmas. It seems a little early, but it did make me feel good inside.

Four of the cards that I liked (really I liked them all but can't post them all) were:
Bright Branch (Christmas photo)
Blessed Birth (Christmas photo)
Jolly Garden
Pink Birds on a Branch

I'm going to have to look again and start thinking about our own personal Christmas cards. I love writing letters (I agree with you that not that many people do that anymore).

My great-grandmother, who was in her late 90s, used to write letters back and forth and I have kept/cherished all of them.

Thanks for the post and for contacting Tiny Prints about the giveaway. I hope I win!!

Rebecca
rebecca.ddesigns@gmail.com
http://dragnflydesigns.blogspot.com

Kellys said...

I LOVE Tiny Prints!!

My favorite is the Ornament Joy. I have to use these this year!!!

salefski11@yahoo.com

The Saunders Family said...

I love the polar prints card!
mom2maria at hotmail dot com

The Saunders Family said...

Dandelion Dance would be great if our next bundle is a girl!
mom2maria at hotmail dot com

Heather said...

I really love Triangle Tree!

Bender House said...

Oh my gosh, you weren't kidding, it is really tough to pick a favorite as they are all so great. But I did happen to fall in love with one, Santa's Sparrow photo card. Thanks for the chance to win!

Stephanie said...

Like the bright branch holiday card.
tvollowitz at aol dot com

Stephanie said...

also like Stitched Ribbon: Blue folded thank you's
tvollowitz at aol dot com

kevnjacks said...

Oh gosh - I love that Big Bro and Big Sis and Little Sis Crib Birth Announcement! It's so cute and the caption is hilarious! :)

megankortepeter said...

I love the Holiday Harmony!!!

Ballenger said...

I like the smart owl, but mostly because we just released a screech owl into the nature preserve at my daughter's school and I'd like to send a thank you letter to the nonprofit who made it possible. But I would, you know, want to use my own words.

I also, embarrassingly (?) love the teen designs. I hope that doesn't mean I'm sophomoric.

Jen said...

I just had another son recently and I love the spring arrival card as it is spring in Australia making him a spring arrival!
Thanks
mountaingoats at hotmail dot com

Jen said...

My second choice would be either rocket ship or dino parade these are the two possible themes for my eldest sons next birthday!
Thanks
mountaingoats at hotmail dot com

chris said...

Happy Penguin - would be my choice

Kristen said...

SO HARD to choose my favorites. There are soooo many awesome ones to choose from.

I must say I really like the Frosted Snowflakes; Dark Chocolate

That could very possibly be our Christmas card this year.

Thanks for letting me enter.

tnajk at cox dot net

Kristen said...

Okay, now my favorite Birthday Invitation is: Girl Ric-Rac Birthday Party. It's so adorable and unique!

tnajk at cox dot net

Linda and Greg said...

Wow! What a great giveaway! I have spent forever on this site since I found out I was pregnant--they really have a great product! My favorite Girl Birth Announcement is the Daffodil Print--I love the colors! Thanks!
anthonlm01@aol.com

Linda and Greg said...

My second favorites would be from the Stationary section, both for a little girl--I love apple tree-tea rose, and sweet songbird-begonia. I love the simplicity and designs!
Thanks for a great giveaway!
anthonlm01@aol.com

Terra Jones said...

picture perfect boy...we are in desperate need of announcements!!!

terraLJones@gmail.com

Carolyn said...

Trimmed Tree Christmas cards would be my purchase. Lovely cards, very unique and what a nice company to do business with!

Garett and Maquel Christopher said...

I like the Colorful Ribbon holiday photo card.
maquel@emmiekate.com

kaylee8 said...

I would choose the Teacher's Rule cards to send out to my students welcoming them back to school next year!

sunnymum said...

I'd pick out birth announcement cards, like the Pink Monogram Ribbon Announcements, which are very sweet. Thanks for the chance to win!

sunnymum said...

For my 2nd choice, for my older child, I'd pick the Puppy Party
Birthday Party Invitations. She adores puppies!

mom2boys said...

I love the Blossoming Holiday photo card. It would look great with our holiday photo. Thanks for the giveaway!


hottmomma_03(at)yahoo(dot)com

mom2boys said...

My second favorite would be the Wild West Birthday invitations. My little boy would love that theme for his birthday. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

classic floral, Mini Flower,Green Screaming Baby Thank You Cards, Rainbow Blossomsare my favorites.
blims613@spetnik.com

Lara said...

I LOVE tiny prints. I ordered baby announcements for my first son there. It dooesn't look like they have it anymore, so I'll pick Sweet Dreams: Boy.

Lara said...

I also love the fire truck birthday cards.

Alisha said...

I love Contemporary Cheer!

PS said...

What a great giveaway! I would love to get the Santa's Sparrow card! What fun designs!! Thanks!!

gunzie said...

I love the frosted snowflakes from the holiday section, I just love the colors, the simplicity and it would look perfect with a black and white picture of my 3 kids. I love Tiny Prints even more after reading your story about them and the donation!!!
Thanks for the great giveaway!

ann dot guns at mac dot com

gunzie said...

My oldest daughter loves to write letters, so from the personal stationary, kids I love the playful daisies one.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

ann dot guns at mac dot com

NateAndJakesMom said...

AHHH!! There were 227 photo holiday cards to pick from!! After going through them all I ended up liking one from the first page (of course) best. The Gingerbread Kids would be perfect for this year since it will be our fist with 3 kids!

nateandjakesmom at gmail dot com

NateAndJakesMom said...

My second pick is a birth announcement - it matches our nursery perfectly, Chocolate Dots: Boy.

Tiny Prints did my shower invites and they were amazing!

nateandjakesmom at gmail dot com

valerie2350 said...

the pink leopard teen cards are really cute!

angela said...

I love the holiday night lights card.

angela said...

I also really like the stitched flowers stationary.

pintolinda said...

I like the Blue Monogram Ribbon Thank you cards.
pintolinda(at)hotmail(dot)com

pintolinda said...

I also like the Christmas holiday card Shining Star.
pintolinda(at)hotmail(dot)com

Pat Connors said...

Thank you for the contest. Your site is very enticing. Risanjax@Metrocast.net

saraG said...

I'd love the "Spring Branch: Boy" announcement. Ours is due any day now :)

saraG said...

Another one, this time from the Holiday category, is "Frosted Snowflakes".

Whimsical Creations said...

I love the drifting dandelions.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

I also love the peaceful posey thank you card.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Xenia S said...

I'm having my second girl in two months and I love the Hip Chicks: Pink sibling birth announcement, it's so sweet. I'd love to send that out to all of my family and friends.

Thanks!
xpsundell(at)gmail(dot)com

Xenia S said...

The Festive Fronds holiday photo card speaks to me in how simple yet beautiful it is. I also have always had a thing for square cards, even though it's annoying that they cost more to mail.

Thanks!
xpsundell(at)gmail(dot)com

mrs.mommyy said...

I like the shiny star Christmas card too and the dove thankyou. I tend to get so lost in stationary stores that when we were in Dallas a few years ago visiting I skipped out on hubs and kids and went back and shopped and was gone till late- oops

girlfiend said...

I love the beep beep turquoise birthday party invitation. I coveted it for my son's first birthday but did not have the funds. Maybe now I can use them for my second son's first birthday!

girlfiend said...

the address labels are to die for. I love the blue screaming one

girlfiend said...

My husband's family may be Catholic but I want to send out the Menorah magic greeting this year!

sarah said...

I love the Rainbow Blossoms thank you cards! I send out so many of those and always need to stock up.

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

sarah said...

I also love the Pretty Posy birthday card. That's perfect for a boy or girl!

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

Peggy said...

I have always enjoyed a handwritten note,I feel it says so much about the person and it is a dying art.My favorite is the Bee Sweet and one of my favorite holiday cards is the Polar Prints. Every card is beautiful,Tiny Prints is the best!

julie said...

Pink leopard teen thank you card
3beez at bellsouth dot net

Kris said...

I love the Flowers in Bloom Folded Thank You Cards,

Very cute!

Kris said...

I like the

Simple Snowflakes photo christmas cards too.

sheriamore said...

I love the birthday card for boys with the lion on it that says "Come for a roaring good time" so cute!

sheriamore said...

Oh the Frosted Jewel Christmas card is what I would love for my 4 month old and 7 year old

Jacqueline in Atlanta said...

I have my own business and send a lot of thank yous. I love that Chocolate Soiree card. It would be great and send just the kind of message I like: feminine, yet professional, not boring.

Great site, easy to navigate and great products.

Thanks for having the giveaway!

Physed said...

Cool Crystals is a great card!!

Rockin' Mama said...

The Santa's Sparrow holiday card is my fav!

jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

lattemommy said...

Ok, so I'm late getting here, but it was impossible to find the time to sit down and really look at the Tiny Prints site - so much to choose from! But, here I am, saying "pick me! pick me! they actually ship to Canada!!!!"

I was looking at the holiday cards in particular, since it's time I start thinking about cards (didn't get any out last year either!). I wanted a folded card rather than a flat one, which limited my choices a bit, but I went with "Joyful Wishes". Now pick me, dammit! ;)

lattemommy said...

And now I'm totally leaving another comment with a choice in another category, 'cuz I wanna win!!!! ;)

Since I've totally decided that this baby is a girl (it better be - another boy might put me in the looney bin) I chose one from the girl birth announcements. It was a tough choice between a cute one with a big sister and big brother announcing their new baby sister's birth and the "Little Butterfly" one, but "Little Butterfly" won out because I would want one with a photo.

So, pick me! Pick me! (Am I getting obnoxious now?)

socialwork4kids said...

This company is amazing and their cards are to die for! There is no way that I can narrow down my choices so I will just throw out some of my favorites. For holiday cards, I love this one...

http://www.tinyprints.com/products/ProductView_4872.htm

So fresh and modern! Thanks for the giveaway!! m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com

socialwork4kids said...

Okay and now for another favorite for my second entry...

I want these for my daughter's birthday invites!!

http://www.tinyprints.com/products/ProductView_1755.htm

m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com

rockle said...

I would either choose "Baby News
Adoption Birth Announcements" or "Drummer Boy : Holiday
Flat Holiday Photo Cards" which we would somehow turn into adoption announcements. (Our paperwork should be finalized just around the holidays.)

Shannon said...

Reindeer Games
Flat Holiday Photo Cards are my favorite!
Thanks

Elina said...

I love the Holiday card!

Jenni said...

So easy and so hard to choose all at the same time! I LOVE colorful dots - blue moon baby announcement.

thanks!

Jenni said...

I also love the thank you card Purple Polka Dot Momma Thank You Cards

Great giveaway

Lipstick said...

I love those cards and would love even more to be entered into your drawing!!!

Kritta22 said...

Kritta22@hotmail.com (so I don't forget)

OKay I love Jingle Bells! Oh cute is the brown!! I'm coming back for more!

Kritta22 said...

Kritta22@hotmail.com

I love the Tree Shopping for Christmas cards!!

(The last one was for Holidays)

Kritta22 said...
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