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Party On with Minted!

Many of you might be familiar with one of my favorite stationery brands, Minted, for their beautiful holiday photo cards or birth announcements, but today, I wanted to share their adorable indie-designed birthday invitations and matching birthday party supply sets for kids.

[Please note that all links in this post are affiliate links and very well might go towards my little one's upcoming birthday party!]

I am a big fan of receiving fun mail. You know the type of mail that arrives in a personally addressed envelope to brighten your mailbox? I am also a sucker for a cute  birthday party theme and gorgeous invitation. Minted puts my two loves together in their birthday party supply sets like these…

It might be the former wedding planner in me, but there is something that makes a party just that much more special when there is a theme and matching details.

The best way to incorporate these details are to use them from your guest’s first impression to the last. From the birthday party invitation to the party favor tag and thank you note, you can weave your party theme into each little detail to tie it all together with a pretty little bow.

Minted makes shopping for matching birthday party supplies easy, as specific themes offer many cute coordinating pieces like cupcake wrappers, welcome signs, table signs and bunting banners.

Minted Birthday Party Invitations 

Minted also has a ton of adorable birthday invitations for endless themes. Minted designs are simply synonymous with style.

All of Minted’s designers are independent, allowing them access to thousands of talented individuals.  Each month they hold design challenges and the Minted community votes on their favorites, producing the cutest designs.

The majority of their designers are mothers, and you know what they say, it takes one to know one and Minted’s mom designers sure know what moms are looking for!

Here are a few of my favorite Minted birthday party invitations….

Camping theme birthday party invitation

Breakfast theme birthday party invitation

Pirate theme birthday party invitation

Ladybug theme birthday party invitation

So, before you plan your next party, head on over to Minted to see if they have a fun theme you can use for your kids. The ideas alone are so much fun! Get ready to start pinning!

[Disclosure: Minted is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor and links above are affiliate links! Thanks for reading friends. I heart Minted - you will too!]

Cute Holiday Photo Card Sites

I am obsessed with holiday photo cards. Love getting them. Love shopping for them. Love sending them. So I wanted to share my picks for super cute holiday photo card sites for the 2012 season!

Start your shopping NOW mamas! Lots of these companies have special deals and coupons going on now before the December craziness starts…

Minted 

Lovely designs by multiple independent designers with a ton of customizing options.

Their unique minibook cards and yearline cards also allow you to tell your family story for the year. Love this.

Tiny Oranges pick: Sweet & Simple.

<— That’s my card this year! LOVE the shape and simplicity of this design. Squeal! Photo credit: Kristin Eldridge

Tiny Prints

Huge selection and lots of price ranges.

Cute designs, easy to narrow your search to find the perfect card.

Can customize shapes, paper, backing, lots of options.

Tiny Oranges pick: Frosted Filigree.

Paper Culture

Modern and eco-friendly. For every order, they plant a tree in your honor.

Free rounded edges, free addressing + mailing service for only the cost of the stamp (what?!), all cards printed on 130lb recycled paper.  Love.

Tiny Oranges pick: Gift Tag Card.

Simply to Impress

Unique and affordable. Quick turnaround.

Different paper options to fit your budget, some designs as low as $.73/each.

Tiny Oranges pick: Coral Adorable.

Storkie

Their holiday cards had lots of designs in fun round shapes that look like little ornaments.

Tiny Oranges pick: Merry Everything Photo.

Lemon Tree Paperie

How can Tiny Oranges not give a shout out to a fellow citrus company?

They also sell traditional cards where you can adhere your own photo.

Tiny Oranges pick: Chevron Green Holiday Photo Card.

Erin Condren

Bright, happy, fun, quality card stock and delightfully unique. Been a big fan for years.

Every order comes with your choice of colored envelope and matching return address labels. We heart Erin big time.

Tiny Oranges Pick: Reflections.

Happy shopping! Have a great weekend everyone!

[Disclosure: Tiny Oranges is an affiliate for the companies above, but I have looked around all of their websites and given them the Tiny Oranges "cute holiday photo card site" seal of approval!]

PosePrints Design Your Own Caricature Stationery [Coupon Code + Giveaway!]

I used this darling company for my daughter’s first birthday party invitation after falling in love with their products at an event a couple years ago. A completely unique stationery design company, PosePrints allows you to create your own custom stationery with look-alike caricatures in less than five minutes!  They recently launched a new line of custom business cards and super cute mommy calling cards and I have two sets to give away, make sure to enter below.

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Minted Holiday Cards & Giveaway!

For those of you who have been reading my blog, you know how much I love holiday photo cards. It’s a tiny obsession.

I get a rush when I get the mail in December. I quickly throw aside anything that is not a holiday card, then I sit with my stack of photo cards and open and appreciate each one and then carefully display them so I can see them all throughout the entire month.

I vividly remember a very unique, lovely design last from one of our friends so I quickly turned it over to see which company made such such a super cute card and found Minted.  Seriously, oh my holiday cuteness! I could hardly stand it!

AND Minted has offered me a $100 gift card to give away to one of my readers for your holiday photo cards or Christmas photo cards this year!! Read below and enter!

A few things I personally love about the designs.  They are really unique and different from things you have seen before.  That is because they do design challenges, where graphic designers from around the world submit entries and the Minted fans decide which designs to sell.  How cool is that?

They also have FUN features I have to point out.  You can opt on some designs to include a photo on the back along with a printed, personalized holiday greeting which can include a paragraph or two on some highlights from your year! So cute!

They also have something fun called the “Yearline” on some designs where you can include different photos on the back highlighting some family milestones.

And being a stationery buff, I love that the fact their Signature paper is printed on 130-lb textured matte paper and they also offer a thick 100% Recycled paper option.

One click and you will be in love!

Now that you have fallen, they currently have a Minted Coupon Discount Code of AFHOL20 for 20% off your holiday card order, but I would hurry and order as I don’t know how long it will last!

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

Minted is giving away one $100 Minted credit valid on any Minted holiday card order! Woo hoo!  Contest runs through Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at 5pm PST.  Make sure to leave your email address in your comment so I can email you if you are the lucky winner!  Please leave a separate comment for each entry option:

1. Click HERE and tell me which design is your favorite – 1 ENTRY
2. {Like} Minted on Facebook - 1 ENTRY
3. Follow @Minted on Twitter - 1 ENTRY
4. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
6. Subscribe to Tiny Oranges email updates – 1 ENTRY

GOOD LUCK!

{Disclosure:  Tiny Oranges is a part of the Minted Affiliate program.  If you do order from Minted, I would so appreciate if you started your shopping by clicking through here!}

Lil Bean Sprout Giveaway!

For those that have been reading my blog for awhile, you probably already know I am a stationery fanatic.  I get giddy when I receive cute invitations in the mail, and don’t even get me started on photo cards at the holidays…MY FAVORITE part of the season!   That’s why I am excited to share a giveaway from one of my amazing sponsors, Lil Bean Sprout!  Make sure to read the last paragraph on how you can enter to win 24 CUSTOM printed pieces! Yippee!

Lil Bean Sprout is also offering Tiny Oranges readers a special Lil Bean Sprout coupon code for 20% off all orders over $15.00 today through July 18th, 2010, so if you have a special event coming up, take advantage and use discount code “TINYFANS” at check out!

Lil Bean Sprout offers something for every occasion…either in her pre-designed cards or she can create a custom design just for you.  Announcements, party invitations, thank you cards, stationery, mommy cards, YOU NAME IT, she can do it!

What I love most about this company is that with Lil Bean Sprout you get a CUSTOM creation but then have two printing options {totally unique!}

DESIGN ONLY: Once the design is completed, you can take the emailed high res jpg file and print at any location of your choice or even do it yourself! No waiting and no shipping fee, how great is that?!?! This is a more affordable way to get the custom look you want for a great price and fast turnaround. If you are printing in a pinch, this is the way to go!  You can even opt to go GREEN this year, and save money by sending your photo card through email, post it on facebook or even your blog. Click HERE for some FAQs on how this works!

Or, if you are looking for EASE and convenience, you can also opt for Lil Bean Sprout to print your creations with their affordable printing.

PRINTING SERVICE:  Lil Bean Sprout offers Professional Printing on 5×7 Flat Card Stock in 4 finishes: Standard/Matte, Linen, Pebble and Pearl. You can click here to check out her Printing Prices.

Something important to note: when you purchase a custom card, Amy gives you one-on-one attention and will make changes until it is perfect.  She also offers customization with her pre-designed cards.

What is great about customizable stationery is that you have OPTIONS. Things like wording, for example. You can add a verse to change the Holiday to the one that you celebrate, or even turn a holiday card into an invitation or announcement if you like the design.

Or, if you see a font on another card that you like better, you just let her know and she can change it. She can even change colors to match your clothing in your photo or just change it to your favorite color combination.

Number of photos. This is a BIG one to me! With Lil Bean Sprout, you can have up to 5 photos on any design!!!  Amazing!  I love multi-picture cards – so cute!  Or, if a design has multiple photos and you only want one she can change that as well.  She can also change your photo in black and white at no extra charge.   Again, so much flexibility!

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive 24 pieces of a Custom Designed Printed Card!  She will design you a brand new card design to fit the colors and theme for any occasion *! And, if the winner needs more than 24 ea cards she will generously offer 20% off the additional sets.

Contest runs through July 11th, 2010 at 5pm PST.   Here are the entry options, please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for your entries to be counted!

1. Click HERE, visit the Lil Bean Sprout website, and tell me the design that caught your eye! – 1 ENTRY
2. {Like} Lil Bean Sprout on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
3. Follow Lil Bean Sprout Blog – 1 ENTRY
4. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
6. Subscribe to Tiny Oranges email updates – top right column – 1 ENTRY

GOOD LUCK!

{Disclosure: Lil Bean Sprout is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}