Saturday, September 28, 2013

Holiday Cards

I love sending cards to my friends, so when the holidays roll around, I go nuts.  I spend lots of time picking out the perfect card.  For many years, my holiday cards had a motorcycling theme.  Last year, I shifted to a fashion theme.  I sent cards displaying a drawn image of a Christmas tree made from high heels.  People liked the card.

This year, I want something fashion-related but more personal.  Something me.  After hours canvassing the Internet in vain, a thought popped into my head -- why not make my own cards?!  After all, I have some skill at photography.  I own raw materials.  And it promised to be a fun exercise.  So I embarked on the creative journey.

The image I created is shown below.  You've seen me wear those heels before (here).

The cards are printed by a custom-printer (CafePress) so, if you want, you can order some for yourself.  Then again, if you're reading this, you'll probably get one in the mail!

What do you think of the image?  Do you enjoy sending out holiday cards?


36 comments:

  1. I think you need to quit your day job and start making cards full time. :o)

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  2. Woah, that's lovely! I just really like the lines, the colors, the amount of clean background... congratulations Ally, that's artistic. Have you ever worn that fascinator? :D

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  3. I like it! Very you. The personal touch is important. And it's nice to see a Christmas post, I get pretty excited about Christmas from here on in...! xx

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  4. that's so amazing! and so you!

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  5. festive and artistic, you have a good eye, it will make a great Christmas card - I am normally rubbish with Christmas cards, but this year I will actually have some time to write them! woop! x x

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  6. What a talent...this photo is beautiful. I'd suggest marking it in some way so people can't steal it; it's that good! Looks so professional.

    Can't to get mine! I always look forward to ALL your cards in the mailbox...I keep all of them.

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  7. Wow! You created that image? Excellent work. Really. Wow. I am beyond words impressed. The composition and the colors, and the clean lines/clarity of the finished photo... Not to mention that it is so very YOU!

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  8. The photo is great, you are very talented ! It's always special to receive a real card instead of just receiving a text message or a virtual one...it's so nice of you to take your time to surprise your friends with something so original !

    Fashion and Cookies

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! You are so artistic! Glad you decided to make your card yourself!

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  10. I love the new picture!! I always try to send out cards, even if I don't have the funds every year to send out gifts to everyone I do try to mail cards to everyone I have an address for.

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  11. Wow you are so creative. You have such a great balance of talents from being detail oriented and analytical (lawyer skills) to being so creative in the fashion and arts department!! I love this new card and thats the kind of card I would put in a frame if I got it :)

    love this idea!! happy sunday
    J

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    1. Yup, I'm a boy, I'm a girl, I'm a lawyer, I'm a biker, I'm a photographer, I'm a model... BTW, if you want a card, e-mail me your address!

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  12. Ally--these are just FANTASTIC!! I think you've found a new calling!! This would make a FABULOUS tshirt

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  13. So much better than anything you could buy!

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  14. that's awesome! I would definitely love such card more any other. obviously Christmas and very festive but so very fashionable. just like you

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  15. Oh wow, I can't even explain how excited and amazed I was when I saw this. Fantastic. It combines so many of my favourite things

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  16. I love that it's festive and has a gorgeous heel! I bet my hubby would've loved your motorcycle cards though...he rides a Harley :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Sept. Group Giveaway!

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  17. So cute! I love getting your cards...they always bring a smile to my face, even (and maybe especially) when I'm having a bad day. I don't usually send holiday cards, because my living situation (cohabiting with my bf) is a touchy subject for some of my family members. But I'm sure I'll jump on the bandwagon after we get married :)

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  18. OMG this is awesome! I love getting snail mail from you! I have this giant ribbon board with all of your stuff pinned to it! :D

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  19. Sparkly hats off, dear Ally, that is such a smashingly great card! I'm a paper crafter and love to make my own holiday cards (if my health is in the mood to cooperate as December nears into sight), too. There's something to deeply awesome about knowing you're sending a truly unique greeting to your nearest and dearest.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Thank you very much for your tremendously lovely comment about my writing today. It shall have me smiling and feeling, as they say, warm and fuzzy inside all week long.

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  20. Gosh you're sooo good. It looks like really, really professional.

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  21. OH my GOODNESS!! What a perfectly genius idea!! I love the card. It looks so professional. I love your idea!

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  22. I love getting your cards. AND THIS IMAGE IS PERFECT. Totally you. Major talent by the way.
    Daphne.

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  23. I love that image - nicely done; it's sparkly and made me smile.

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  24. this is such a thoughtful and personalized idea. this particular image is very representative of you and the holidays...nicely done! i love to send out cards, but i'm usually to buys and rushed by the time the holidays roll around, that they end up being photo cards of the minis.

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  25. I love sending and receiving mail! Your card is great, so cute!

    Daisy Dayz

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  26. That card is FANTASTIC! Full of holiday cheer!

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  27. I love the pop of color and the simplicity of it.

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  28. you did a great job! I'm the worst at sending cards. Basically I never send Christmas cards. I'm hopeful that will change once I have a family of my own lol

    Isabel @ Walk of Fashion

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  29. You did such a wonderful job designing your holiday card, Ally! I love it.
    (And, btw, the poses you commented on were inspired by YOU and YOUR femininity. I kid you not. Once I put the purse in the crook of my arm it made a world of difference in how I felt while posing and you immediately came to mind because I always admire your lovely poses so much. Truly I do. To feel I had acquired a bit of your grace and loveliness made me happy....and now every time I pose in this new for me way I think of you. Hugs.)

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    1. OMG! How amazing. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing this.

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