Call me crazy, but I honestly love sending out holiday cards. I always have, ever since I was little. I enjoy going through my list, verifying addresses, adding new names, thinking about people I haven’t been in close touch with … I guess that, since my friends and family are so spread out, this is one little thing that makes me feel a bit closer to them. Plus, it lets me practice good handwriting, which has gone SO downhill since I started blogging for a living. I ought to be a doctor for the scratch that comes from the end of my pen these days. Sheesh.

Although I’ve always loved receiving holiday photo cards, I’ve never made them — it’s just not something my family did when I was younger, and I’ve just kind of followed suit and sent premade cards. But this year, I’ll be sending out photo cards from Shutterfly — perfect timing since I’ve been playing around with my new camera like crazy, right?

Interested? You should be. Shutterfly has tons of great options from Thanksgiving cards to Christmas cards and Hanukkah cards, and even New Year’s cards for those of you who don’t like to send out your cards until you see who’s sent them to you. You know who you are.

After spending a few minutes playing around on the Shutterfly site, I realized just how quick and easy it is to create a delightfully fun card. No, seriously — as long as you have a few favorite photos (or even just one!) in a reasonably large size, the tools on the site make it super simple. You can crop, remove red eye, make it black and white, sepia tones, or increase and decrease the saturation and soft focus. No Photoshop skills required!

The biggest issue is clearly going to be choosing just one.

The first style to catch my eye was Initially Chic Green Christmas Card. I love the apple green color — it’s Christmas-y, but not glaringly so — and it has room for loads of pictures.

But, then again, I love the idea of focusing the card on a specific event. One of the most exciting things Jared and I did in 2010 was go on a cruise, and how pretty are the beachy colors with this bright and cheery Spot the Snowflakes Christmas Card?

As far as actual card designs go, though, I think my very favorite is probably the Fa LaLa Christmas Card — somehow, it manages to be totally retro and completely hip at the same time. And I love the way the bright colors and goofy expression on Rudi’s face work with that whole look.

Then again, maybe this is the year for me to send something a bit more serious and sweet, like the Hip Holly Berry Christmas Card. I love the peaceful design against Hollie’s sacked out little feet. After all, Hollie was originally a Christmas dog (hence the name), and this will be our first Christmas with her, so maybe this card is the winner.

Bottom line — I have NO idea what card I’m going to choose, but I have no doubt it’ll be fabulous.

Luckily for you, there’s no need for you to wait around and see which one I pick; pop on over to Shutterfly and start designing your own cards! Also, bloggers? There’s a special deal for you right now: Click here to go to Shutterfly for information on how you can get 50 free cards this holiday season, and make sure to select Clever 1000 as the referral source.

This post is part of a series sponsored by Shutterfly. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

I also endorse giving bottles of champagne as holiday gifts. Just so you know.

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