2018 Holiday Card Round-Up: Zazzle


It’s officially that time of the year again. Get everyone together for family photos, search through various stationery sites to find the perfect card and then find the best deal you can before ordering them (at least, that’s how I roll.) Now that it’s Black Friday week, you can get Zazzle’s best deals of the year and up to 60% off! So without further ado, here are my top holiday card picks from Zazzle for 2018.

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When you can’t pick just one photo for your cards a design like this is key! Three square photos are encircled by contemporary, illustrated pine boughs with simple and chic text.     Evergreen Pine by Paper Dahlia

When you can’t pick just one photo for your cards a design like this is key! Three square photos are encircled by contemporary, illustrated pine boughs with simple and chic text. Evergreen Pine by Paper Dahlia

How could you resist these adorable, hand-painted winter and Christmas icons? They frame your vertical photograph so cheerfully!   Iconic Christmas Watercolor by Erika Firm

How could you resist these adorable, hand-painted winter and Christmas icons? They frame your vertical photograph so cheerfully! Iconic Christmas Watercolor by Erika Firm

Bold fonts with ball terminals are so in right now and the swanky swashes feel super fun and hip. The candy rainbow of color is so sweet you can’t help but feel happy looking at this card.   Bold and Bright by Stacey Meacham

Bold fonts with ball terminals are so in right now and the swanky swashes feel super fun and hip. The candy rainbow of color is so sweet you can’t help but feel happy looking at this card. Bold and Bright by Stacey Meacham

Classic plaid gets a charming update with this Christmas card made for those living in the South. Deep green and black plaid with a faux gold foil accent feels modern and refined.   Southern Christmas by Banter & Charm

Classic plaid gets a charming update with this Christmas card made for those living in the South. Deep green and black plaid with a faux gold foil accent feels modern and refined. Southern Christmas by Banter & Charm

A festive alternative to the traditional holiday card, this pine wreath peace symbol is wrapped with colorful string lights and Christmas cheer.   Peace Wreath by Bah Humbug Design

A festive alternative to the traditional holiday card, this pine wreath peace symbol is wrapped with colorful string lights and Christmas cheer. Peace Wreath by Bah Humbug Design

A fantastic way to announce a pregnancy, marriage or anything at all, this photo card feels sophisticated with elegant typography and festive with the little snowy accents.   Overjoyed by Lea Delaveris Design

A fantastic way to announce a pregnancy, marriage or anything at all, this photo card feels sophisticated with elegant typography and festive with the little snowy accents. Overjoyed by Lea Delaveris Design

I love how modern and simple this design is while still giving the feeling of Christmas with a modern tree of paint strokes in a muted color palette.   Abstract Modern Art by Maison Yellow

I love how modern and simple this design is while still giving the feeling of Christmas with a modern tree of paint strokes in a muted color palette. Abstract Modern Art by Maison Yellow

Something about the colors of this hand drawn frame of foliage feels so fresh and new while the whimsical strokes give it a cheerful and lighthearted feel. This holiday card seems like the kind you’d find in a hip, scandinavian-bohemian home full of natural wood, white walls and lots of plants.   Bramble by MontgomeryFest

Something about the colors of this hand drawn frame of foliage feels so fresh and new while the whimsical strokes give it a cheerful and lighthearted feel. This holiday card seems like the kind you’d find in a hip, scandinavian-bohemian home full of natural wood, white walls and lots of plants. Bramble by MontgomeryFest

Simply beautiful, this holiday card puts your favorite photo in a wreath of cotton and greenery giving it a sweetly simple Southern vibe.   Southern Cotton Wreath by Fine and Dandy Paperie

Simply beautiful, this holiday card puts your favorite photo in a wreath of cotton and greenery giving it a sweetly simple Southern vibe. Southern Cotton Wreath by Fine and Dandy Paperie

This nine photo card feels a little rustic with the kraft paper background and a little vintage with the Polaroid style photo frames. It’s a great choice when you can’t choose one photo or you never got around to a family portrait session and you’d rather use your best shots of the year from Instagram.   Kraft Memory Book by 2birdstone

This nine photo card feels a little rustic with the kraft paper background and a little vintage with the Polaroid style photo frames. It’s a great choice when you can’t choose one photo or you never got around to a family portrait session and you’d rather use your best shots of the year from Instagram. Kraft Memory Book by 2birdstone

Last but not least, here is a snippet of my entire 2018 Zazzle Holiday card collection. To see all of my designs shop HERE.

Zazzle Holiday 2016: Non-Traditional Style Card Round-Up

This selection of cards is perfect for the family or couple with a modern aesthetic and non-traditional edge. Do you have a pink tree? Do you decorate with all the colors of the rainbow because red and green just aren't fun enough? Then you'll love these fresh takes on the traditional Christmas card and still come away feeling joyful.

"Inline Peace Everything" by Hooray Creative

"Boho Joy Watercolor" by Paper Dahlia


"Holly Jolly" by Christina Novak Designs


"Modern Joy" by Hooray Creative

"Blue Floral Christmas" by Phrosné Ras Design



"Mid Century Ornaments" by 2birdstone


"Big Noel" by Andi Pahl


"Photo Tree" by 2birdstone


"Starlight" by Leah Busch Studio


"Fa La La" by Montgomery Fest


"Iconic Nativity Scene" by Becky Nimoy

Black and White Geo-Garden Tote Bag

November was a big month for one of my favorite patterns, Geometric Blooms in black and white.

A fellow stationery design friend, Sandra Picco of Sandra Picco Design, selected my Society 6 tote bag for her Friday Faves Black Friday Edition gift guide.

See her whole post and shop the items here.

Another stationery design friend, Renee Pulve of Smudge Design Co., Instagrammed the same tote bag. 


Many thanks to Sandy and Renee for putting this pattern in the spotlight!

(If you'd like to get your mitts on this pattern check out my Society6 and Zazzle shops for additional items like pillows, napkins, prints and more.)


Client Spotlight: Shanna Russell

It's been a long time since I shared a client project with you. This one is a bit of a departure from the stationery items that I frequently post. This time a good friend asked me to create a couple custom art prints for her first child's nursery.

Shanna and I met while living in England. She's an independent creative like myself working as a photographer. She is the genius behind the lens of many of the "stock" photos I use in my shops and has taken the very best pics to date of me, my hubs and our pup. While she lives in Idaho now, she wanted to imbue her son's nursery with a sense of adventure and love of travel.

Our first step toward collaboration was the Pinterest board she'd created of inspiring images.


I LOVE when clients do this, it gives me such a great sense of their aesthetic and the kinds of elements and colors that they are drawn to. I prefer the "show me" angle Pinterest allows so much more than the "tell me" of written notes.

With all of that visual stimuli in mind and her request for the "oh, what a wonderful world," quote, I was off to the digital drawing board. I knew I had to do something with a globe for the travel aspect and figured the quote would go well with that image. I also wanted to pay homage to the Russell's roots in Texas, where I knew there had to be a legion of adoring baby Russell fans just waiting to shower their love upon the little one. Shanna wasn't convinced because she had never seen any "Texas art" that she loved (this girl has the best taste, I can't say I was very surprised to hear that). Challenge accepted.

Fast forward ... check out the final prints and her chic nursery.



How cool is that vintage camera?! (Awww, big brother Chuck loves that sheepskin!)

What a sweet little corner of handmade goodness and family heirlooms.

So clever to put baby shower notes and foreign coins under a class side-table top. Plus, how cool is that textured lamp?

Sweet chevrons in blue, grey and orange. 

An old dresser is given new life as a changing table with a coat of rich glossy blue paint and new handles.

 One last look at the knock-out nursery!

Don't forget to check out Shanna's Pinterest  for tons of style inspiration and and follow her page on Facebook to keep up with her wonderful photographic work.

Pretty Awesome New Years Cards

The time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a whirlwind of activity. It's a wonder so many people manage to send out holiday cards that arrive before Christmas. I, however, am not one of those people. I'm no busier than a normal person, I just like how much easier it is to not add the holiday card dance to my plate. In order to avoid total Scroge-hood, I like to send Happy New Year cards. Maybe you're like me, maybe you missed the Christmas card train or maybe you want to spread cheer without being pigeon-holed into one of the religious holidays of December.

So my fellow procrastinating or non-denominational cheer sender, check out this crazy fun selection of New Year Cards.

The Classic in real foil(!) at Minted.com










What's that? You already sent your holiday cards? Then take a gander at these festive and fun new year party invitations.







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