I was thrilled when Kelly, owner of Card Me Kelly designs, agreed to sponsor a giveaway for my Mad About Mama event. I had seen her work featured on other blogs around the blogosphere, and I just knew she would be a perfect fit for my event! Let's face it....As moms, there is one thing we do a LOT of. (No, I don't mean deal with poop and spit-up,lol) We take TONS of pictures. Of everything. From sleeping baby shots, to photos of our newborn's scrunched up faces and tiny little toes...To first smiles, first steps, messes our children make, and let's not forget about holidays! As proud mamas, we want to document every little thing our babies do. We want to capture each and every singular detail, since babies grow and change on sometimes even a weekly basis! I know looking back at photos of Sophie when she was tiny seems almost surreal....She was so small, so delicate...And now she is a very active toddler, with a devilish smile and sweet disposition. (Unless you make her mad. Then she is 100% diva!) Even looking at Xander, my 2 month old, I see changes. I am one of those moms that takes a quadrillion photos of my kids. But I never DO anything with them! Sure, I share them on Facebook, but other than that, I haven't ever used them for anything, like making cute greeting cards or announcements to share with family and friends. Not because I didn't want to, but because I didn't know HOW. I lack the artistic ability and technical know-how to do so. And I usually don't order from expensive online photo retailers, as the costs of designing, printing, and shipping can cause a crunch on the wallet!
Well Kelly at Card Me Kelly has come up with a wonderful alternative to using these online services. Kelly is a very talented Mama who, like all of us, spent a lot of her time photographing her little guy after he was born. She then began creating unique and whimsical photo greetings that she sent to her friends and family who lived near and far. They all raved about her abilities, and encouraged her to go into business creating these special keepsake cards for others. Well, this is exactly what she did! And the best part is, all you need to do is choose one of her designs, send a photo, and she customizes it just for you. She can even create a NEW design for you based on your needs and desires.
The other very cool thing about Card Me Kelly is that you can totally bypass all of the printing and shipping fees associated with most photo services. That's right! Kelly offers her design services 100% digitally! (Although she DOES have the option to have them professionally printed on card stock, and shipped for a flat rate.) Once Kelly designs a card for you, she will send it to you in a digital file, and the image is YOURS. You can save tons of money by printing as many copies as you would like! You can also use these images in e-mails, on websites, or in any other way your heart desires, because they become YOUR images.
I personally couldn't decide what type of image I wanted to get to sample her work....I have a 2 month old, but thought that might be too late to do birth announcements, so I simply sent her one of my favorite Sophie pictures and told her to work her magic and surprise me. Boy, did she ever! She made a custom, NEW design for me, featuring my little "Bunny". I LOVE it! I know I should probably save this image for when I post the actual review and giveaway, but it is too darn cute not to share now!
How adorable is that? Kelly is incredibly talented, and her work can be seen here at her etsy shop. You can also visit her here on Facebook.
During my Mad About Mama event, Kelly will be offering one of my very lucky followers a custom design of their own!!
Want some early-bird entries? You know you do....I'm going to keep this simple. Please leave your early entry comments HERE, as there will be instructions during the giveaway as to how to redeem them. PLEASE LEAVE A VALID E-MAIL ADDRESS!!!
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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