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New 2015 Holiday Cards by Studio Designs

27 Oct

This year flew by so fast, didn’t it?  Before we knew it, it was summer and now we are just days away from Halloween.  And of course, that’s the official start of the holiday season, it’s a well known fact!  So start your engines, the gifts, the cocktail events, company dinners, family parties, Thanksgiving feasts, Hanukkah treats and Christmas day followed by New Year’s Eve.  Then we welcome in 2016.  But before all of that, it’s a perfect time to think about and order your holiday cards.

We’ve been very busy creating unique and special personalized Christmas cards and are ready to reveal some of very favorites.  This is the season when we create special memories with family and friends.  It’s the season for connecting with those close to you and reconnecting with others.  And in the time honored tradition of mailing holiday cards, we want you to be prepared with some wonderful fresh designs.  So, drum roll please… our new 2015 collection of great designs, created in our very own studio, are ready for you to view.

Studio Designs new for 2015

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We have created a unique line of holiday cards which features fabulous quality and classic and fashionable imagery.  Our Studio Designs are colorful, bright and happy and will make a great presentation for your special cards.  There are many many designs to choose from and it will be joy when those on your mailing list opens their mailboxes and see your gorgeous cards.

Die Cuts

Our vibrant colors, classic designs and wonderful shapes are reason to celebrate.  There is something for everyone.  And, while it’s not like us to boast, we are very proud that we do not charge any additional fees for any of the great great die cut shapes we provide.  This includes our medallion shapes, rounded corners, scalloped edges or classic rectangles.  Whichever stock cut you prefer will be done with no extra fees, which is very unique.  So take advantage of this fabulous offer and check out a few of our favorite die cuts designs: oct-holidayCards-002

Foil-Stamped

Our Christmas Foil Stamped Cards provide some shimmer and fun and unique accents with the perfect amount of shine.  You can combine these new and fun looks with traditional holiday designs and your own special wording.   So, it’s a great time to celebrate the season with foil-pressed Christmas photo cards for a fresh new and in-style look.  To help you identify the foil accented items, we have added a gold foil ribbon under the images of all of our holiday cards which provide foil options in many great colors such as gold, silver, red, green and blue.

Christmas Card Sale

oct-holidayCards-004And who doesn’t like a smart deal?  We have carefully provided some great values for our customers so look at our smart shopper Christmas Card Sale as it’s a great time to take advantage of some savings and still great some wonderful designs on great quality which you will be proud to send out.

So make this Christmas season really special this year.  This is the time to start getting your holiday mailing list together, revise any addresses that need updating, and pick your favorite holiday card.  Then, snap that special photo or look for some great pictures you took earlier in the year, perhaps from a family trip, a birthday party, from summer at the beach or from the fun hayride, apple picking or visiting pumpkin patch that you may be doing this week.  And to help you make sure your order is just right,  you will see how it all comes together when you are on our website with our exclusive virtual proofing.

Relax, we have make this all very easy.  Check out some wonderful designs to make this holiday season and make it truly memorable… dare I say, even picture perfect!

Best wishes,

Renee

Unique Personalized Gift Wrap

20 Oct

Create a special memory this year with wonderfully unique custom gift wrap.  Those holiday packages will be extra special and they’ll love the wrap as much as the gift inside.

oct-giftWrap-001Our personalized wrapping paper is of the highest quality.  Some of our favorite gift wrap designs are the classics like the batiks and the polka dots, featuring an imprint of your choice.  We also love many of the more vintage looks for holiday.  This is not the generic gift wrap you will find at your local store.  This is truly special quality wrap that is personalized.  Both unique and functional, this gift wrap will provide fun and fashion to your gift giving experience.  Oh, also it’s really nice to remember that no gift card is needed, as your custom message is printed right on the wrapping paper!   In fact, we’ve really never given a gift in our special wrapping paper where the recipient didn’t ooh and ahh.

oct-giftWrap-002Our wrap is printed using a unique multi-step process similar to embossing or letterpress printing. Our wonderful stock is made from heavy weight genuine gift wrap and you will appreciate the quality thickness when you use it as it holds up to the folding and cutting very well.   You can select from a nice selection of designs from floral to holiday, for kids and adult gift packaging, and perfect for every occasion.

You can make your presentation as unique as the gift itself.  Gift wrap also makes a unique gift to give to friends and family and is also easy and fun to use for yourself.   We offer a 12-foot rolls and 24-foot rolls personalized with your imprint. Many of the designs have glossy finishes and some are more traditional and non-glossy.   Width of each roll is 24-inches or 30-inches long depending on the design. To give you an idea of how much wrap this is, one 12-foot roll wraps approximately 5 or 6 shirt boxes.  Your imprint will repeat continuously and for most designs you can select from the typestyle and imprint color you prefer.

Make a hit this holiday season with personalized gift wrap for a very unique gift giving experience!

Summertime is Perfect To Work on Holiday Card Lists

14 Jul

july-xmas-cardsSummertime is a wonderfully quiet and relaxing time of year for many people.  If you are looking for a little project to work on, consider updating your holiday mailing list.  No matter whether you computerize your mailing list or keep it as a hand-written list, reviewing it for accuracy is a great idea.

Throughout the year, when I get moving card announcements, wedding invitations and birth announcements from family and friends, I keep them in a folder along with my mailing list.  Usually once a year I update all the information.  I happen to keep my holiday card list on a spreadsheet on my computer which makes it easy to update. As the children of my friends marry I also add them to my list with their new information and as babies are born they are listed as well.  My list continues to grow and I love it!

Summertime weekends make a great time to go through my phone book and all those cards and announcements and I update my spreadsheet so I can be sure my holiday card envelopes will be as accurate as possible.

I love to order personalized holiday cards, sometimes with a family photo and sometimes just with a pretty design.  During some quieter weekends, I’ve been able to get my children together and we’ll get a family picture taken and many summertime backgrounds make for a fabulous holiday card photo.  The inside of my cards usually has a printed sentiment that I either create or select and it’s followed by our family names.  You can also opt to write a little message even if the cards are printed, if you want an extra personal touch, even if it’s something as simple as “wishing you holiday joys” and a signature.

A great time to order your holiday cards is in fall, as early as September or October, to give you ample time to have the order printed and arrive at your home, and then allow you plenty of time to address them.  Aiming to mail your holiday cards just before Thanksgiving is perfect timing and is a really nice way to kick off the holiday season.  If you get a later start, no need to panic.  It’s never too late to mail a holiday card.  I have even, on some years, chosen to mail a Happy New Year card featuring my family holiday trip photos.  But by then, certainly, my mailing list is updated and ready to go.

july-xmas-cards-001Once your cards and stuffed into envelopes and sealed, It’s time for the addressing.  I highly recommend hand writing your envelopes, even if you don’t have the best handwriting.  It really looks nicer than anything computerized and adds a great  personal touch.   By all means, try to stay far away from computer labels!

Find a nice pen that is comfortable and provides a nice smooth imprint.  Some enjoy using a metallic pen, especially when the envelopes are darker in color, such as cranberry or red or navy or evergreen.  A fine tip Sharpee is usually my go-to pen as it is easy to use and makes it easy for me to create nice lettering.

When you address your envelopes, you can either use the formal “Mr. and Mrs. David Carter” or  if you prefer to be more casual, you can write “Caroline and David Carter” followed by the address.  Of course, if there are children, either state “and family” after the parent’s names or list the children’s names names on the second line. Generally spell all the words out on the address, rather than abbreviating.

Finally, bring a finished holiday card to the post office so it can be weighed and measured and they can quote you the proper postage.  Sometimes cards will require extra postage if they are in square envelopes or if they exceed certain weights.   Your post office also usually offers holiday-themed first class stamps as you get closer to November and they are very nice to use on the envelopes.

So, by all means enjoy the summer.  Eat ice cream.  Get some sun and go for plenty of walks.  But, reserve a little time to work on that mailing list and you will make your Fall season a little easier!

Best wishes,

Renee