Dawn’s Design – review & giveaway

Christmas cards are a big deal for me.  Even since I moved in with my now-husband, I’ve sent them out.  Before, they were pictures of our cats but now everyone wants a picture of our little girl.  It’s a great way to keep in touch, to send something “fun” for people to find in their mailbox instead of the usual bills, and when you do a photo card, it gives people an updated picture of your family or little one.

In the past, I’ve used photo cards from big box stores, and while they’ve always turned out well, I hate wondering who else in our families has chosen the same design.  This year I don’t have to worry about that because I’ve had a custom design created just for my family by Dawn’s Design!

Dawn’s Design is an Etsy store run by a Canadian mom who specializes in custom cards for all occasions.    For my card, I sent her a variety of pictures to choose from, told her that I liked the phrase “Believe in the magic of Christmas” that I had seen on one of her Christmas cards, and asked for our names and the year to be included.  Here’s what Dawn created for us!

I love that it’s festive but different from any other Christmas card that I’ve given over the past few years.  To show you how good Dawn is, here are the individual shots that I sent her to work with.  The family picture was taken using a timer and the back of our couch as a tripod, hence the tilt.  It was taken on Halloween so we’re all wearing orange and black.  The cats were from two different pictures taken Halloween night.

Dawn offers you the choice of 4×6 or 5×7 for your cards.  I love that I can get these printed off at anywhere and only get the number that I need – no need to cut people off the list or adding random coworkers just to get rid of the “extra” cards!

Dawn has tons of examples on her site of birth announcements, save the date cards, and thank you cards for you to browse through to get an idea of what you might like for YOUR special occasion.


One lucky winner will get a custom card of their choice from Dawn’s Design!


To enter, go to Dawn’s Design and tell me what occasion you’d like a custom card created for.

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Contest closes November 22 @ 10pm EST; open to US and CANADIAN RESIDENTS only.
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55 Comments on Dawn’s Design – review & giveaway

  1. susanmeep
    November 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM (7 years ago)

    I would like a Custom Christmas Card they are great! suelee1998 @ gmail.com

  2. Katy
    November 22, 2010 at 9:41 PM (7 years ago)

    I love the birthday invites :)

  3. Katy
    November 22, 2010 at 9:42 PM (7 years ago)

    I like dawns design facebook page :)
    Katy L

  4. Katy
    November 22, 2010 at 9:42 PM (7 years ago)

    I am your google friend :)