Monday, November 23, 2009

Mailbox Bliss Card Designs AND Giveaway #1!


It’s the start of Thanksgiving Week - the LAST week of November! Do you know where your Holiday cards are coming from this year? What sounds more appealing:

A.) In the name of frugality, sending out the leftover hodge podge of discount store box set cards you have leftover from years past...
B.) Picking a design from the local photo shop for your photo cards (and getting 20 cards from family and friends with the same design)...
C.) Have a unique holiday card design that is made with your needs and requests and mind and is VERY AFFORDABLE (or better yet, FREE!)

I’m sure you all got the right answer for that one! (for those of you who like to check your answers, the correct answer is “C”)!

Here’s how you can have it!

Marcy with Mailbox Bliss is a talented graphic designer whose Etsy store is stocked with nearly 50 digital card design choices! There are a ton of creative holiday card designs that range from traditional and classic to artsy and whimsical!

I picked a more traditional style with the Paper Holiday Ornaments design and submitted individual pictures of my kiddos to be inserted into the photo slots. I decided on our greeting and Miss Mailbox Bliss (aka Marcy) sent me a proof. Not much needed to be fact the design was perfect...I just decided to change the punctuation from what I had suggested before. End result:

There are many notable features of Mailbox Bliss designs...but some of my favorite are:

1 - The frugality! Digital files that include a personal photo (or two or three) are typically $14 regardless of whether you choose the 4x6 design file or the 5x7 file. Digital files that are design only (no personal photos) start at just $6! This includes design, revisions and gives you all rights to the file!

2 - The permanence! The design that you purchase becomes yours FOREVER! Though you can purchase the actual prints through Mailbox Bliss, you aren’t bound to. You can choose to have your 4x6 or 5x7 file printed at any retail photo place (think Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, etc.) simply by uploading it to their online sites or putting it on a flash drive and take it in to the store to have it printed. You could even pair your digital file from Mailbox Bliss with a deal like THIS and SAVE BIG! Or you can skip printing all together and send it out as a personalized E-CARD!

3 - The originality! You will not have a holiday card that you will receive from your friends as well...multiple times. Yours will be original, different, unique...MEMORABLE!

4 - The options! Though we focus on the idea of using the talent of Mailbox Bliss for holiday cards given the season that we are in, Mailbox Bliss has options for graduations, moving, baby announcements, save the dates, party invitations, and more. And really each of her designs include a ‘design your own’ element within them - you can change any wording, and can often change colors or other elements. So personal!

So without further ado, a few more glimpses of Mailbox Bliss’ handiwork!

Some of the nearly 20 holiday card designs Mailbox Bliss has in her online store include:

Do you have a recent addition to the family? Here’s a fun two-in-one idea...birth announcment coupled with a holiday card, like these (NOTE: all of these can be modified to be JUST a birth announcement too):

But maybe you have your holiday cards already all taken care of this year. Consider Mailbox Bliss for other announcement needs, like:



Save the Date

Party Invitation

(how CUTE is that little babyface peeking out of the dragon costume? LOVE IT!)


Miss Mailbox Bliss has offered a FREE photo card design of YOUR CHOICE to one lucky winner! This includes all design and proof revisions and the provision of the digital file for the winner to use to print or e-mail however they wish! Perfect for holiday cards, but equally useful for your child’s upcoming birthday party or to FINALLY get those birth announcements out, or to get Save the Dates out to friends and family for that upcoming wedding or reunion! So many options - this is a GREAT giveaway!

To Enter:

You can get up to 5 entries for this giveaway. This is how...

The 1st Entry (noted below) must be completed FIRST before any further entries can be made. (NOTE: Make sure to leave an e-mail address that I can reach you at in EACH entry comment!)

1st Entry: Visit the Mailbox Bliss online store and peruse the awesome selection. Complete the entry form here on the blog (below) letting me know the name of one of your favorite designs.

2nd Entry:
Sign up to receive updates from Gonna Want This - Handmade via e-mail OR become a Follower!

3rd Entry: Follow me (@bloggymama) on Twitter!

4th Entry:
Post about this giveaway on your own blog and link back to it. Leave a link to your blog post in your comment.

5th Entry:
Make a purchase at Mailbox Bliss and let me know in your comment what the purchase was (I will confirm with Miss Mailbox Bliss!)

The giveaway will close at 11:00 pm CST on Monday, November 30th
- so get your entries in now! If you are the winner there will be plenty of time to get your design ready to print, mail AND be received before the holidays (Miss Mailbox Bliss works fast)!

NOTE: When you complete the Entry Form below, your entry automatically is input into a spreadsheet online that I access with a password. It will NOT show up in the blog comments section. I utilize this Entry Form in order to protect your personal information from various forms of 'spybots' on the web! :)

Winner will be notified via e-mail and will be asked to respond within 3 days of e-mail. If the winner does not respond within the prescribed time period, an alternate winner will be selected and notified the same way.



  1. I absolutely LOVE Marcy's work! I'm already planning an invite for my son's 1st bday...which is 6 months away lol

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