Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mosaic Monday: Christmas Cards






This is a somewhat unusual mosaic, but I thought I would show you what I have been working on for the past week -- Christmas cards for my portrait photography business. They are all designed to be printed as 5"x7" flat cards. Two of the designs are made for ornate die cut shaped cards.

Most of the digital papers used here are from Sarah Gardner Photography. The vintage frames and tape are from Florabella. The red bird in card #2 is from The Graphics Fairy.

I will be printing the first card as our family Christmas card this year. And can I tell you a little secret? I have never been this early with my Christmas cards. In fact, some years they just don't get done at all... ;)

Here are the instructions to join today's post:
1. Publish your Mosaic Monday post. The post may be about any subject you wish. The only stipulation is that it include a collage, or mosaic of photos.
2. Once it is published, click on the title of the post. This will lead you to the static link for your post. The static link is the page with only that post on it. Copy the url from your browser at the top of the page.
3. Paste the url into the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
4. Type your name in the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
5. Click on "Enter."
6. Please link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics.
That's all there is to it! It's always a good idea to then check and see if your link is working. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: mrcarroll(at)optonline

And a quick reminder: if you would like to join Mosaic Monday but don't know quite where to start, there is a tutorial on mosaic-making on my sidebar. Just scroll down, and click on the small blue mosaic.


47 comments:

  1. Beautiful family and cards, Mary!

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  2. Hi Mary, what a great idea for your business. The last two samples are my favorite. The little babies are so adorable. I hope you have a great week ahead.

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  3. Mary, Those cards are so personal and so lovely!!

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  4. Sorry, I almost forgot. I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  5. Beautiful cards, Mary. Beautiful family!
    Have a great week and a very happy Thanksgiving.

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  6. Wonderful cards Mary! I'm sure your clients love them!

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  7. What lovely cards! You are so talented, my friend! Happy Thanksgiving! ♥

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  8. These cards are all SO beautiful! These would be so much more personal and fun to send than the kinds of cards I normally buy. Maybe one of these days I'll have to try my hand at making my own cards with photographs. Don't have your eye or skill though!

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  9. What a beautiful collection of cards! All the children in them are adorable, especially the little trio! Thank you for the links, Mary!I will be attempting to make bridal shower invitations for my daughter, and perhaps some of these links will be helpful? I'm not the most crafty person so I have much to learn and explore.

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  10. Hi Mary
    I've been taking workshops to make cards with stamps and punches which are fun but there's something to be said for those made with photographs. Yours are lovely.
    Judith

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  11. I love your unusual mosaic and the beautiful photos.

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  12. Christmas just around the corner! what delightful cards you have made. Oh for the time to be so creative. Have a wonderful week and thankyou again for the opportunity to be a part of Mosaic Monday.

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  13. Mary, all of the cards are wonderful! Thanks for sharing them with us. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. Your cards are beautiful I especially love the B&W one of the three children. So cute!

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  15. What beautiful cards...tender, loving and ones to be cherished! Happy Thanksgiving to you!!! CAthy

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  16. These are all beautiful but I love the very first one! Thanks for hosting Mosaic Monday Mary! Blessings, Pamela

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  17. Beautiful cards, Mary. They would be lovely even emailed and not printed.

    Thanks for being such a wonderful hostess for Mosaic Monday. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  18. Beautiful cards, very personal.

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  19. These cards are mini works of art!!! Well done!!! Applause!!!

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  20. Love, love the cards! Cute family!

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  21. Beautiful cards! I have the perfect card-holder... :-)
    Have a nice week,
    Markus

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  22. Such beautiful cards! This is my first submission to Mosaic Monday, I want to thank you for hosting such a lovely project :)

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  23. These are all very nice. My favourite though is the last one... :)

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  24. Lovely Mary, absolutely lovely. It looks like a project to keep you plenty busy alright! Nice to see your photography business taking off a little at a time. I used to be early with my cards but now with the price of stamps, I'm not sure I'll send any.

    Thank you for the links. I'll have to check out the Graphics Fairy.

    Have a good Monday!

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  25. Enjoyed your blog! Fun to happen upon one while viewing another!

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  26. Beautiful beautiful Christmas cards!

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  27. Very lovely Christmas cards. Love them all.

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  28. Mary these are darling. Puts me in the mood. I always paint all my hands I only send a few so it does not take long. Be sure to use the new Christmas stamp unveiled in my town Friday. It is on my Sat. post. Blessings.
    QMM

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  29. Mary these are wonderful. They make me want to get my act together so I can send out cards early this year!

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  30. I love your card selections, Mary.
    My sister and I have decided to make our own cards this year.
    Thanks for hosting Mosaic Monday.

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  31. Your cards are absolutely stunning! They all have such a personal feel to them. Beautiful layouts. My granddaughter has created some art that I think I am going to use as our Christmas card this year. Thank you for sharing all of these lovely cards.
    Happy Holidays,
    Brenda

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  32. Ssometimes your cards never get sent? I am SHOCKED, I tell you, shocked!
    Yes -- Mary, we are peas in a pod in that regard. I used to just send out New Year's cards, knowing I'd never get them out in time for Christmas. One year it was Epiphany cards!

    I drew the line at Groundhog Day cards, though. If I went past Jan 6, I'd just say, "Oh well, next year."

    Your cards are beautiful -- very dreamy and evocative. Love the one you are sending this year.

    I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. Are you cooking? (We already know you are smoking! :-)

    Cass

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  33. Beautiful family and beautiful cards. Thanks your for hosting.......
    Happy Thanksgiving

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  34. The last couple of years I will admit to not sending any cards out either...I do love your selection though...That photo of the children in front of the doors is a favorite of mine!

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  35. Love those cards! Especially the black and white and blue one. So gorgeous and precious! :)

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  36. Wonderful cards! So very pretty! Kit

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  37. The cards are simply beautiful. I know that your friends and family will be thrilled to receive such a beautiful card from your house. It is so elegant and lovely.

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  38. What a talented photographer you are! I love the Christmas cards. Such sweet children.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  39. Mary I love your cards and your work.
    Thanks for leaving the link up. I haven't been able to be here in a while and had a post but I couldn't load my photo's yesterday. I finally got it up today and combined it with my Tuesday post. Hopefully next Monday I'll get it up on time!
    I love visiting on Mondays. Thanks for doing this. Have a great Thanksgiving.

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  40. Your portrait Christmas cards are really special...such sensitive combination of graphics and the photography.
    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Carrie

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  41. Truly beautiful Mary...you are so far and away more talented at this than anyone I know. I envy you!
    Happy Thanksgiving dear heart.
    Love,
    Sue

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  42. These are really, really beautiful, Mary! I love them! Very classy and elegant. Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving, dear friend. :) xo – g

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