This post contains a sponsored giveaway and affiliate links. All opinions are mine.
We interrupt our Thanksgiving tour to bring you something wonderful to check off on your Christmas list. I know. I’ve repeatedly said No Christmas before Thanksgiving. (I even fussed at our daughter yesterday when she said she was putting up her Christmas tree this week. 🙁 ) And I have been a little stressed out seeing all these lists of things to do NOW for Christmas out in blogland. (I don’t even have my shopping list for Thanksgiving made yet!) Well I am eating my words today. This is something you really need to do before Thanksgiving.
You need to….
Choose your Christmas cards.
It makes sense. You’ll have them in time to get them addressed and mailed before Christmas. But I have an even better reason that I want to share with you today.
Do you know Minted? It is a group of individual artists and designers from around the world. The company was founded in 2007. They began with stationery but have expanded to include home goods, art, and gift ware. If you are a lover of pretty paper like I am, you will love Minted.
Now if you have been around here for any length of time you know I don’t usually do sponsored posts. I have done numerous giveaways with my own money, but there have only been 2 sponsored posts in the 3 1/2 years I have been blogging. I’m very picky, and even though I am bombarded with every kind of company wanting me to promote their product, I usually say no thank you. You deserve more than posts that are merely advertising.
A few weeks ago, I received an email from Minted. I was sooo excited they were contacting me because I feel they are a reputable company with products that I really like. Well…this division of Minted was their art line. They were offering me art and a giveaway for you. I really wanted to do it, but you know…. there is not one piece of purchased art on any wall in this house. All of our art is black and white photography…photographs we have taken. So…
I turned them down.
Not only am I picky, I also want to be true to me…and true to you. As beautiful as their artwork was, I didn’t want to do that giveaway and the sponsored post just to get free art (that I had no place for in our home.) Sorry if you are needing artwork…I’ve seen the giveaway on several other blogs out there.
Because I really wanted to work with Minted, I asked if they would instead consider sponsoring our Christmas cards and doing a giveaway for you. (I have always adored their stationery!) And lo and behold they said they would love to! 🙂 So I began looking on their site at all the many many choices of cards. You can do cards with or without photos. You can choose your paper. You can choose how you want them printed – even adding foil to many of them. You can change the messages on most of the cards, and you can choose what you want on the back. They will even address them for you!
You know I am a lover of lettering, so I fell in love with this one because it looks hand-lettered. Isn’t it pretty?!
I also liked the ones that have the look of a chalkboard.
You can pick from a variety of shapes for your cards.
How about sending an ornament shaped card (complete with ribbon for hanging!)
You can choose whether you want a flat card, a folded card, a booklet…
or a minibook!
Even their simple ones are gorgeous to me.
I wanted to do a photo card but knew I could not use the photograph of our children at the top of this post because it is 3 years old, and they do not look the same. And because they are spread across the country from Washington state to Connecticut to Georgia, a group photo is not feasible right now. So…I found this beautiful card and thought it would work with individual photos, and I could have all our big events from the year printed right on the front of it. It was perfect (and red! 🙂 )
But do you know how hard it is to get our children to send us current photographs??? It is no problem with our daughter, but it is like torture for our sons. So…I wrote back to Minted, explaining it all to them and said, Let’s not worry about my cards. Let’s just do the giveaway.
And here we are with a fabulous giveaway for you….and not just for one of you but rather for THREE of you! They generously want to give three of you wonderful readers $100 towards your order for this year’s Christmas cards. Now do you see why you need to be choosing your cards before Thanksgiving? 🙂
So how do you enter for your chance to win this giveaway? Because this one is sponsored, it is going to require one more step than we usually do.
Step 1 – Click on this link to go to Minted’s giveaway site. It is only for readers of Talk of the House. Fill in your name and email address. They need that for the random drawing, to notify the winners, and to email the winning $100 credits to. (Only 1 entry per individual and email address please.)
Step 2- Look around at their holiday cards. Find one that you love….perhaps even your favorite. 🙂 Then come back to the blog here and leave a comment telling which card you like. That’s it, and you’re entered.
The giveaway runs from 11/16/15 to midnight 11/22/15 Eastern time. Minted will do the random drawing after that and notify the winners.
So while you are looking around Minted’s site, I am going to as well.
I will be looking at their non-photo ones like these to purchase…
Perhaps this one will work for us this year…
if we personalize it with our gingerbread recipe. 🙂
(The post about making this gingerbread is here.)
Have fun shopping, and good luck in the drawing!
Until next time…
(when we will continue the Thanksgiving tour 🙂 )
p.s. My phone is still in the Dark Ages, but Minted would love it if you could follow them on Instagram.