Tuesday, December 29, 2009

After Christmas Update

Hope you had a nice Christmas! We had a blessed holiday. The boys are off for the rest of the week, and I am working on getting our house back in one piece while also moving my office to a different space, which has left me with limited internet access through the beginning of next week.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Merry Christmas From Our Family to Yours!

I finally got my own Christmas cards finished this week, and mailed the first batch out! I was really happy with how they came out. My card is a tri-fold panel card printed on linen cardstock. The photos just do not do it justice. This paper is gorgeous, and looks so beautiful with vintage type prints. Trifold cards have 6 panels, so they are perfect to showcase lots of photos--a nice choice for birth announcements or holiday cards. I will be offering trifold cards in 2010, and can adapt any design on the side to a trifold panel design.

This is the front of the card.

Inside panel

Full inside spread

Entire outside. (the middle here is the back of the card)

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Saturday, December 12, 2009


I just drew the winner for the 30 holiday cards, with the help of random.org.

Congrats to Peace, Love, & Applesauce, who was commenter #6 on my blog!

And... since we are getting close to holiday, rather than holding another giveaway BEFORE Christmas, I decided to choose an additional recipient! Since the first winner was a blog commenter, I drew from the Facebook entrants, and Shannon was the lucky number 2!

I have a busy week ahead--still lots of orders processing (and not too late to order!) as well as lots of baking and last minute details to attend to for the family here, so I probably won't have much to post. (I am FINALLY getting my Christmas cards this week though, so I will try to post a pic of those to share when they are done!)

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Photo Card Giveaway!

You would think that I would have my Christmas cards done super early... not so much! Last year, I think was my record. Mainly because the "photo session" I did with my boys when surprisingly well & I got some great "card-worthy" shots on the first try. I tend to dread the annual Christmas card photo session, because I find that most of the time when I am trying to take pictures for a very specific purpose, I am inevitably disappointed, and the boys are...well, let's just say, less than cooperative! I have not even attempted photos yet... BUT, as a disclaimer, this is partly because I had picked out some custom shirts I wanted to have done for them to wear in the photos and there have been some unexpected delays with those. I prefer to have my photos first to serve as the inspiration for my card. Anyway-- I know there are plenty of others who are in the same boat, and if so, you are in luck! I am kicking off a Christmas card giveaway this week, so maybe this is just what you need to get your cards ready to mail! To enter, just leave a comment on my blog or on Facebook telling me which design you would choose if you win! *Just be sure I can contact you via your comment, or leave your email. Good luck!!!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Shop Cutie Pies Custom Creations for perfect teacher gifts!!

As many of you know, I used to be an elementary school teacher. I highly value the teachers in my childrens' lives...teachers have a huge impact on kids, and they spend a large part of the day with our bigger ones! Teaching takes a lot of patience, and a genuine love of kids, yet the job is still not often valued by the public. We have been blessed to have some wonderful teachers working with our boys.

Some of the first items I offered when I started this business were designed as ideal teacher gifts. The thought certainly always counts, but my line of teacher products provides gifts that will be put to great use!

Here are a few of my current favorite gift ideas for teachers...

I love the rainbow name pad collection. This one was designed especially for teachers/school staff with the red/green theme, but you can make yours in any color combination you'd like. The rainbow pastels & primaries work perfectly too!

These notecards make adorable gifts! Last year, my sons designed a different set for each teacher.

Stick kid stationery designs are always popular. I ♥ this design! Remember that these can be customized to suit. I like to make these cards with a quote at the bottom and name at the top. For our preschool teachers last year, for example, I personalized them with the quote "Preschool teachers love the little things in life."

Also keep in mind that you can customize other items that are not exclusively teacher products. This customer customized the Heart Message pads for her gifts, which came out so cute!

Monogrammed items are another popular teacher gift idea this year as are cute goodies like the owl stationery that work for anyone!

And, I also have cute notepads/cards for other teachers & staff too; everyone from secretaries to coaches to bus drivers!

Besides giving a gift that will be useful, these are also very affordable! Many more items available on the website. But, get your order in soon! It takes time to craft your personalized goodies and December is a very busy month here at Cutie Pies Custom Creations.

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