Christmas Cards Black River Imaging



We are huge fans of Black River Imaging…and the quality, uniqueness, and creative designs of their products.

If you love to infuse your own designs..or just love the creative look of their unique products, you will love using Black River for your photo printing!

Some of our favorite items are their thick loft Greeting cards.  They also offer shaped greeting cards…that are amazing.  Bi-fold and Tri-fold cards as well.  You can even choose your finish.  There are so many possibilities when designing your card/invite/announcement.

Below we are sharing our designs this year and a few favorite ones from the past!

And…we have a coupon code for our reader’s below!!!

01-loft-cards-thick-greeting-cards_4 01-photo-greeting-cards-holiday-cards 03-loft-cards-thick-greeting-cards_1   James-Family-Christmas2015 I chose to use the Loft 5 x 7 Greeting Card.  These Loft cards do not disappoint.  I receive several comments each year asking about my Christmas cards. I love the thickness and the amazing colors that show through.  Black River Imaging does an amazing job.

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This year…I was excited to print a folded card (8.5 x 11) that opens up!  I like having the space on top of the inside to write a nice message to family & friends!  I love the pearl finish to add to the card.  I went with a black & white design this year!

Like we said…we love being able to use our creativity with their downloadable templates…and make our own designs.



Last year Nikkala chose the 5×7″ tri-fold on linen paper. The texture of the paper is similar to watercolor paper and she’s a fan. The tri-fold ended up being bigger than she realized, but there was plenty of room to highlight each family member. Her husband teases her that this year they might as well send everyone on their list a complete family photo book for 2014…she doesn’t think he’s funny. The craft paper envelopes and the wrap around mailing labels tie it all together.


Black River Imaging is offering Crafting Chicks readers a 15% discount off all greeting cards & business cards (includes shapes, LOFT and ColorTHICK) plus envelopes & designer envelopeswith promo code CHICKSCARD14-    aaand it’s multi-use, so use as many times as you want per account through Nov. 17, 2014!

Past Cards we LOVED using Black River Imaging:


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Gift Idea: Custom Framed Pictures


We were provided a free Custom Framing experience with Michaels so we could review it for this post.  All opinions are ours. One of my favorite gift ideas is beautifully framed pictures of my children.  It’s the best idea for Grandparents and many other family members. We were excited to be invited to try out Michaels Certified Custom Framing and see how their experts worked.  Jamie and I were able to take advantage of getting a free framing consultation.  The Certified Custom Framing Experts were very friendly and helpful.  Did you know that they are available at all Michaels stores? Michaels is offering a great deal this holiday season, inviting you to custom frame any photo or piece of art up to an 8×10 for just $49!  The offer includes a choice of 9 metal frames, basic mats (100 colors to choose from), preservation mount and fit. Every detail is perfectly taken care of so you know you are giving a [Read More...]

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Halloween Doughnuts

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Growing up, we lived out in the country and didn’t have any neighbors within walking distance. So trick-or-treating was a family affair and my parents would drive us around to houses visiting widows, my great aunts, and old family friends in our area. We’d be bundled up with our costumes hidden under our winter coats. Some friends would have specially made goodie bags waiting for us, some would insist the whole family come inside and take off our coats to pose for our annual Halloween Polaroid photo. Obviously, this isn’t the key to filling pillow cases with candy in one night, but my childhood Halloween’s are full of fond memories of our traditional stops with the popcorn balls, the annual pictures and the special people we would visit on that night. Because of those memories, I wanted to do something a little different so our first Halloween in our home we (I) decided we’d hand out homemade doughnuts. If you [Read More...]

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Pumpkin Playdoh Mat *Free Printable Halloween Game

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Hours of Halloween fun for little ones with this pumpkin playdoh mat.  You can use it for preschool/class parties too.  Just download, print and laminate (or place in a page protector).  Grab some black or yellow playdoh, shape cookie cutters, and let the kids design their own playdoh jack o’ lantern.   PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE.  PROPERTY OF CRAFTING CHICKS, LLP.   Pin It

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Every Leaf Fall Printable


Hands up if you love the sounds of fall leaves crunching under your feet?  I love going on walks and hearing that crunching sound and smelling that sweet autumn air. I saw this quote and I just loved it.  I wanted to make a printable to display in my home and of course I wanted to share with all of you too! Pin It

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Holiday Hotlist Coupon Book

Today is your lucky day! YOU WON!! We have scored you something pretty amazing. The Crafting Chicks, and 3 other blogger friends were feeling bummed that all of our readers couldn’t be winners of a giveaway. So, we put our heads together and made it possible for you ALL to win something super awesome and super perfect for the upcoming holidays… What is it?!? Oh, just a little something we like to call: A digital coupon book, filled with lots of exclusive coupons from your favorite online shops. Hello, holiday shopping!!! And, when I say favorite online shops, I’m talking coupons to DownEast Clothing, Melissa and Doug, World Market, Kiwi Crate, and more! Believe me, you want it and you can totally have it… for free. All coupons are valid until right before Christmas, so if you’re not ready to start your holiday shopping, you can still use them when you are ready. Subscribe to our mailing list All you [Read More...]

10 Beautiful Thankful Buntings

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A Bunting is always something sweet and simple to add to any Holiday decor.  We are rounding up some of our favorite “Thankful” banners today.  Which one will you make? Thankful Bunting @ Landeelu Give Thanks Bunting @ A Pumpkin & A Princess Give Thanks Fabric Bunting @ The Lily Pad Cottage Amazing Thanksgiving printables @ TomKat Studio Give Thanks Leaves @ Just a Girl Blog Thankful Bunting @ Simple Fresh Vintage Colorful Give Thanks Bunting on Thankful Banner Free Printable on Shanty2Chic Thankful Instagram Bunting @ A Night Owl Blog Framed Give Thanks Bunting @ A Pumpkin & A Princess Pin It

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DIY Clay Pumpkin Napkin Rings

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Hi! Its Ali from Dream Crafter! Whenever I think about Thanksgiving crafts, the first thing that comes to mind is a beautiful table setting. I’m a real sucker for a pretty place setting with all the little details that make the meal special. My husband of course, could not care less as long as the food is good. But I guess thats why we make such a good team. So today I wanted to show you an easy way to dress up your place settings for Thanksgiving in one day! (My favorite kind of craft.) Here is what you’ll need: -A clay you can bake in the oven like “Sculpey” or you can make a homemade version like a salt dough. -Sculpting tools (like a fancy butter knife from your kitchen) -Spray paint. Ok, I have to admit something here. This is a total no no for crafters but I’m going to be honest. I was walking through the D.I. the [Read More...]

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Gratitude Fall Printable

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I shared this post and printable on A Little Tipsy a couple weeks ago but wanted to make sure no one missed out. I love Autumn and all the fun that comes with it. But one of my favorite things about this season, is the opportunity to reflect on what I’m grateful for. This quote helps me remember that I have enough and I should be grateful for everything I do have. I hope you enjoy it too.   All downloads are for non-commercial use.  If you feature a picture, or use this printable in anyway please link back to this post. Thanks! Pin It

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Apple and Pear Skillet Crumble

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Hey there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete.  Fall is in full swing (YAY) which means Thanksgiving will be here soon.  Today, I am sharing an Apple and Pear Skillet Crumble recipe.  Not everyone loves pumpkin pie so I wanted to have a non-traditional dessert this year but still reminds you of fall. This crumble is such an easy dessert to make.  It’s really hard to mess it up.  My home town just had their annual Apple Festival, so I had a big bag of Honeycrisp apples that I bought at the orchard.  For this recipe I like mixing a hard tart apple like Granny Smith with a softer and sweeter apple like the Honeycrisp.  The pears just give the crumble a great texture and some more sweetness. Let’s get started! To start, you combine apple and pear slices, freshly squeezed lemon juice, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and nutmeg.  Next, you make the amazing crumble topping [Read More...]

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