It’s that time of year.  Grab your recent family pictures and start making your Christmas cards!

We are lucky to partner with Black River Imaging again, to not only show off the amazing possibilities they have, but to giveaway $150 credit to their site for one lucky reader!

Now onto the cards!

Nikkala is always killing us with her creativity.  This year she is using one of the LOFT shaped cards.  Love these. And I love how she was able to add the smallest details to the front of her card yet it is super fun. The back of the card is a fun twist on the typical newsletter, featuring each member of the family.  She designed her wrap around address labels, also from Black River Imaging to have their return address on the back of the card, and the front will add a fun burst of color to the front of the craft paper envelopes. Family photos by Carli Hobson Photography.




For Brooke’s card, she used the 5×7 inch wide folded card (Design 25) in the Specialty Shaped Greeting Cards section at Black River Imaging. She designed it in Photoshop using some digital papers and embellishments by Crystal Wilkerson. The “Merry and Bright” word art on the front was from some free Christmas card template downloads from Becky Higgins last year.

FRONT OF THE CARD (the bracket shaped top opens up the card)





BACK OF THE CARD 🙂 (you always need to add an element of surprise, lol!)


This is what the files looked like when ordering the card:






Jamie loves the look of these 5×7 folded specialty cards with the pearl finish.  She’s using the same template as Brooke, but you can see how fun it can be changed up a bit.


Her element of surprise was her kids breaking out into their rat face.  LOVE it!

Kirsten’s card is fun and a bit quirky every year, laden with inside jokes.  This year it seemed fitting for an “insta-Christmas” greeting complete with #hashtags.  She used the simple LOFT 5×7 greeting card. LOFT paper is AMAZING!!!  She loves the LOFT cards since they are thick and beautiful and well-printed.  She will be keeping the back a surprise!!  You never know what you are going to see in there.  @craftykirsten is one silly cat.


My husband likes simple so I decided to go with the LOFT 5×7 greeting card.  It’s double sided and I’ve added a few more pictures from our amazing family shoot done by Heather Cluff Photography with some fun family details.  I want to keep those details a fun surprise until they hit mailboxes across the country.  Christmas-card-2013

Now on to the giveaway!

One lucky Crafting Chicks reader is going to win $150 to use at Black River Imaging (expires on 12/31/13) Just right for those Christmas Cards and other gifts.

But of course we want everyone to have amazing Christmas cards so Black River Imaging is giving you all a one time use code for you next online LOFT purchase.  Just use CCCards20 for 20% off.  (One use per account. Expires 12/31/13)

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Good luck!


  1. So cute. Love these Cards!

  2. Sally penning Says: October 24, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I would use a cute shape with a photo of the world’s cutest Beagle.

  3. Love the instagram year in the life card!

  4. I love them all!

  5. Love the vintage styles.

  6. Kirstin K Says: October 24, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I’m not sure – love the loft cards but the flip open ones are pretty cute too!

  7. I love the speciality shaped cards and would love to try something new this year!

  8. Melissa K Says: October 24, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Those wide trifold cards are definitely tempting!

  9. I think I would do a specialty shaped card…they are adorable!

  10. Kinzie Jensen Says: October 24, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I’d love any of them but I like the speciality shape ones

  11. I love these. Nikkala always sends the best cards out!

  12. Emilee k. Says: October 24, 2013 at 9:33 am

    All so creative. Love the cards that open up or the specialty shaped cards!

  13. I really like the tri-fold cards. It seems like there are tons of opportunities for creativity.

  14. I think I would choose either the 5×7 folded card or the Loft 5×7 card:).

  15. Love, love, love. 🙂

  16. I would go with the loft cards. Very nice cards, can’t wait for Christmas!

  17. I could really use this, I love their website and card designs. I make personalized cards every year for family and friends.

  18. I would definitely do the insta card since I’m an instagram junkie!! =)

  19. Carla Hundley Says: October 24, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I’d like to use the
    5×7 folded specialty card.
    Carla from Utah

  20. I LOVE the loft style card. Too cute! 🙂

  21. I think Id go with one of the ornament cards – design 31 perhaps?!

  22. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the cards now i have one more place to add to my shopping list.

  23. I loved the shaped cards 🙂

  24. I love the loft shaped card-shape 1

  25. I love the shape cards, especially the shape #1

  26. I love the shaped cards! Gorgeous!

  27. I would use one of the ornament shaped greeting cards for a photo of my four girls!

  28. I love the specialty shape ones. But I also love simple and flat. I’m soooo torn! They are all awesome!

  29. I love the loft cards!

  30. I love the Loft shaped cards! So cute!

  31. I love the 5×7 folded cards. Would love to do something like this!

  32. I love the shape Nikkala used!

  33. I just sat down to start our Christmas card search. Think I found the answer….pick me!

  34. They all are so awesome! Can’t choose jut one! Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. I love these options. Too cute!

  36. Love the tri fold cards!

  37. So excited to find Black River Imaging. Love the shaped cards.

  38. I like the loft shaped cards – the first option being my favorite.

  39. Love em all!

  40. I love the card with the “joy to the world” embossed look!

  41. Audrey Crisp Says: October 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I’d get the merry and bright one!

  42. Rachel Ekman Says: October 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Christmas cards is one of my favorite parts of the season!

  43. Darla Bunyan Says: October 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I would love the specialty shaped ones like design 25. Pretty!

  44. Michelle Hansen Says: October 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Christmas cards are one of my favorite traditions! I hope I win! 🙂

  45. Heather Klain Says: October 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I would order the “loft” card. Love it!

  46. Michelle Morris Says: October 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    ADORABLE! I’d use the 5×7 folded specialty cards with the pearl finish! I love the gray/white/pink combo especially! I always prefer being able to use multiple photos, I can never pick just ONE!

  47. Love the insta card! Where can I purchase it?

  48. The cutest cards ever!!!

  49. Danelle Butler Says: October 24, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Love designing our family Christmas card every year. Makes it so much more personal

  50. will order their regular greeting cards .. thanks for the chance.

  51. I love every one of them!

  52. Monica Peterson Says: October 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Amazing inspiration! Thanks for this post now, as I am planning to order my cards by the end of this week. You do great work!

  53. I like the loft shaped cards

  54. I love the shape cards as well as the “Insta-Christmas” card. These are very cute cards, and it would be a difficult decision to choose!

  55. Cute cards! Like the instagram one!

  56. I like the speciality shaped cards. The Instagram one is tempting too!

  57. I’m pretty traditional – love the look of the Loft card but that Instagram idea is so cute!!

  58. Michelle T. Says: October 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I like the traditional 5×7 cards.

  59. love the merry and bright card!

  60. how to choose? probably the bracket one!

  61. I would go with the loft cards.

  62. I love the idea of a shaped card. These are ALL beautiful!

  63. These are beautiful! What awesome cards.

  64. I love the cards with the hats drawn on. How original and creative. Adorable!

  65. Wow, so many fabulous ones! Love all the Loft ones, especially the specialty shaped ones with a front and back.

  66. really cute ideas!

  67. Loved the first card. Great fun way to give update to those family friends that aren’t in touch often with out boring newsletter!

  68. Rachel Edgington Says: October 25, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I love the loft line!! it’s so top of the line

  69. These are all great cards! But the instagram one is so cute and different and modern! Thanks for sharing!

  70. Love the specialty shaped cards!

  71. Love the options and creativity. What fun!

  72. Love all of these cute ideas 🙂

  73. NOT SURE! They are all SO cute! I need to start sifting through this years photos to decide!

  74. love all the cards!!

  75. Meghan Landry Says: October 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I love the simpicity yet beautifulness of the LOFT 5 X 7 card. I would purchase that card or something like it.
    Thank you for bringing this company to my attention.
    Meghan L

  76. These look awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  77. Love these! So adorable!

  78. Ooh! I need to start thinking about Christmas cards! Thank you for the reminder!!

  79. Tara Stallings Says: October 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    LOVE BRI!!

  80. Elizabeth M Says: October 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I love these cards!! Just thinking about Christmas cards this morning while exercising…thanks for the inspiration

  81. Rebecca Badger Says: October 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I love these cards – I’m thinking the Insta-Awesome Christmas is awesome!

  82. Love the card ideas. I have no idea which one I would pick but it would certainly be a shaped one. I have never heard of this company so thank you for introducing me to them.

  83. I would love the Loft 5×7 card!

  84. Beautiful cards! I would pick one of the shaped cards too, thanks!

  85. All the cards turned out great!

  86. Such cute ideas! Now to get busy on my own! thanks for the inspiration!

  87. I LOVE cards and always look forward to sending my Christmas cards. This year I am definitely going to check out Black River!

  88. I love the loft shaped cards!

  89. Love the Merry & Bright…bright, fun, loving, & silly…that about sums up our family! 🙂

  90. I love the Split Image Metal Prints!

  91. Kathy Watkins Says: October 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Love ALL your card ideas!!

  92. I always love your card ideas!! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  93. The specialty shaped cards are so unique! They are all beautiful! 🙂

  94. I love the specialty shaped cards!

  95. What cute ideas!

  96. Great cards!

  97. The Loft cards are great!

  98. These cards are so cute – i love them!

  99. I like the Loft shaped cards.

  100. Brandy Kurth Says: October 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    The loft cards are beautiful. I love simple too.

  101. Decisions, decisions!? I would be happy to get any of them done and out by Dec. 24!

  102. Felicia Corage Says: October 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Great contest! I would love to win the 5×7 cards for Christmas! Beautiful work!

  103. Loft or joy to the world card

  104. I’d like to try the loft cards and the instagram card is awesome.

  105. Jessica B. Says: October 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    So cute. Loves the Loft shaped cards! 🙂

  106. Racquel S Says: October 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I like the loft shaped cards!

  107. Amanda Stone Says: October 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I like the Loft 5×7. It’s similar to what I normally send out. We had a baby this year so our card would probably be all her 🙂

  108. It is impossible to decide between the Merry & Bright card and the Loft Shaped card!

  109. I love the loft shaped cards!

  110. carrie reitz Says: October 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Oh, I would love to win this giveaway!!!

  111. These cards are gorgeous!

  112. Just took the kids pictures for Christmas! I’m READY for your cards! Yeah!

  113. Such a tough choice. They are all so great and would depend on the picture. The loft shaped cards are great!

  114. We like the 5×7 greeting card that says Joy to the World.

  115. Mary Kaye Jenrich Says: October 28, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Nikkala, Brooke, and Jamie’s card stood out the most to me. Since we are announcing an.engagement this year, I would finalize a decision later. Honestly though, each is exquisite, and of be proud tool share that information in any of these Christmas cards. Some people will be so surprised, What a fantastically generous giveaway!

  116. The cards look great. Black River does an excellent job!

  117. I’ve been lucky enough to get some Black River cards in my mailbox and they are gorgeous! I’d pick a LOFT design.

  118. I love that you fabulous ladies keep exposing me to fantastic new products. Thanks for helping me make my life more beautiful.

  119. Thank you for this opportunity- what beautiful cards! My little has her Santa photos this Sunday and I would love to showcase them in the LOFT shaped cards!

  120. I love all the cards, but I would probably do the Insta card! So much happened this year.

  121. I love the simplistic Santa hat, reindeer antlers and angel wings. So sweet!!!

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