Saturday, October 2, 2010

Storkie Express Holiday Cards {Review & Custom Postage Stamps Giveaway}

{This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, manthas24!}

I am one of those people who do more than just notice details. Call me a perfectionist, obsessive, thorough, neurotic... it doesn't matter, they don't bother me when I'm analyzing a 1 mm difference in border width. In fact, even though I've driven my fair share of friends, family and perfect strangers nuts over the years with my nitpicking on projects that I (or they) have been working on, I'm not satisfied until the end result passes my complete inspection.

Therefore, when it comes to the Holiday Cards that I'm going to send out to all of our family and friends, they have to be absolutely perfect. I'm not going to be happy with a site that has a small selection of standard (i.e. boring) designs that only allow you to upload a picture and you're done. I have to have options and I have to have creative control over what I can do with them or else there's no chance I'm ordering from there.

I mentioned I'm a tad on the picky side, no?

The most recent site to meet my high standards, Storkie Express, doesn't only have stylish Christmas Cards but has hundreds of modern, classic or photo designs to suit every taste. On top of that, you have the ability to change the colors, text and more to fit your needs precisely. I love the possibilities!

See that little icon in the middle up there? Whenever you see that symbol while browsing Storkie's large selection, it means that you can instantly customize the design in at least one way - with many having more options than that.

For instance, the Snow Globe Photo Card above allows you to choose the background color, scene in the snow globe (I added those cute penguins) and if you want the pine trees, poinsettia and even a flying Santa. You can even add a 3D BLING Gemstone to the center of the poinsettia for an extra 10¢! No matter what you select, you'll know no one else is going to send out cards like yours!

When it came time for me to order our cards, I knew I wanted to include more than one picture of my daughters, so I browsed through the Photo Christmas Cards for ones that allowed for multiple pictures. It didn't take too long before I had zeroed in on my favorite, the Cheery Trio Photo Card.
Simple, modern, whimsical... and place for three photos of my favorite little cuties. Even better, the block of color at the bottom had seven different options so that I was able to choose just what I liked best.

Uploading my photos took only a moment and I loved how easy it was to edit to get them just right. I was able to zoom in and slide the photo around to get the placement within the square just exactly how I wanted it. After quickly changing the text to our family's names, I was done.

Awww, c'mon. The cuteness!

I appreciated the three proofing options that Storkie Express includes, allowing me to either have my card printed exactly as shown in the preview, let Storkie make stylistic or grammar changes or have my order held until I approved a completed proof sent to my account.

After deciding on any extras to add to my order (such as extra envelopes, lined inner envelopes or return address printing), I chose between the four shipping options and put in my order late on a Wednesday night. Not even 48 hours later, I received an email confirming that my cards had shipped. Less than a week after that, a nicely wrapped package arrived.

Opening up the tissue paper, I couldn't wait to see how these cards looked in person. My proof had looked great, but would they meet my high standards?

I love these cards! Everything is just how I designed and the high quality cardstock is thick and strong. The pictures turned out crisp and clear (and adorable) and the colors are nice and bright. Having received return address printing on the back flap of the envelopes, I'm even more excited that I now have one less thing to do in getting these ready to send out!

The only thing that could make sending out these great cards would be including Storkie's great accessory: custom stamps. As they are the first thing that the recipient really sees, I'd love to set the festive mood with either the matching Funky Christmas Tree Stamps or, since I can never get enough pictures of my girls, the Custom Holiday Photo Postage Stamp.

What a perfect finishing touch to already-awesome cards!

Combine their large, stylish selection, low price guarantee and terrific customer service and Storkie Express is a great place to head for invitations, announcements and cards of all kinds. Plus, thanks to their generosity, one lucky person will be able to impress their friends and family this holiday season in a unique and fun way, because...

One lucky person will win one sheet of custom postage stamps* from Storkie Express! ARV $19.95!

*One sheet contains (20) 44¢ stamps and standard shipping is included in this prize.

To enter to win: Visit Storkie Express and tell me one of their stylish products that you would like to send out or use.

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

1 Extra Entry if you follow Storkie Express on Twitter and/or Like them on Facebook.
1 Extra Entry (per giveaway entered) - Enter any (or all) of the giveaways running on Thanks, Mail Carrier for the duration of this giveaway.
1 Extra Entry if you follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the tweet below and leaving me the link. Tweet daily for an extra entry every day!

#WIN 1 sheet of Custom Postage Stamps ($20) from @Storkie to get ready for the holidays! @thxmailcarrier http://bit.ly/bHzaSC #giveaway

2 Extra Entries (per follow method) if you follow me publicly with Google Friend Connect, subscribe to my RSS feed, subscribe to Thanks, Mail Carrier by email or become a fan on Facebook.
3 Extra Entries if you put my cute button up on your blog. Please leave an address where it can be found.
3 Extra Entries if you blog about this giveaway linking back to Thanks, Mail Carrier and Storkie Express. Please leave an address where it can be found.

Giveaway will end on October 22nd at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, as I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only.

A big thank you to Storkie Express Inc. for providing product samples for me to review as well as custom stamps for one lucky giveaway winner. This product review was made possible by the Double Duty Divas. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions shared are 100% mine and honest if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

574 comments:

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Eureka Mitchell said...

I follow Storkie on Twitter
I sent a tweet about this wonderful giveaway!
I Love the custom cookies for party favors they have on their site
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J.E. said...

They have so much good stuff to look at: I really like the Style in Three Yellow & Brown Kids Birthday invitations...

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Kristen said...

I like the Symphony Holiday Photo Cards.

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jagel888 said...

I like the Hello Deco in blue & grey

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i'd love to send out the Backdraft invitation for my son's birthday party

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strawberry said...

I would like to get the classic Christmas Cards in Stone Bridge. strawberry_sweetheart39@yahoo.com

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susan said...

I'd love to send out the Symphony Photo Card.

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Rita M said...

I'd love to send the Hello Deer holiday cards.

Susan said...

Can always use stamps and follow storkie on FB!!!! corrysue at yahoo dot com

Mamushi Love said...

I'd love to send out their non-photo Snowflake Ornaments holiday card.

mary said...

I'm in the market for nice birth announcements and this site looks great! I can't decide between the Polka What Polka Mint and the Chocolate and Mint Stripes and the Gumballs on Mint designs.
(I seem to have a brown and mint obsession.)
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mary said...

I'm a public follower with GFC. (1)

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ms-texas said...

i like the Reindeer games holiday card

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twinmomoftwins said...

I love the symphony holiday photo card
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Nebraska Fillemans said...

I like the Polka Dots Christmas Photo cards!
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Jenny said...

How cool! I had no idea you could make your own stamps!

Jenny said...

I like the FUNKY CHRISTMAS TREE PHOTO cards! I was just thinking about Christmas cards today!

Suzy said...

I like the Symphony Holiday Photo Cards!

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Leslie said...

I like all of the Holiday cards, with Christmas near it would be a perfect thing to win

Marlene said...

I like the Festive Duo Green & Red Christmas cards.

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Marlene said...

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COURTNEYSTOFFEL said...

I love the Backdraft announcement.

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aajacques said...

I like the Hello Deer holiday cards

Joy said...

I like the Engaging wine shower invite

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tatertot374 said...

I like the classic Christmas Cards in Stone Bridge
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samke23 said...

I like the Just The Girls part invites: http://www.storkie.com/p-4144-just-the-girls.aspx

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Sharon Harmon said...

I would like to send the modern "Snowman" Christmas card to my friends and family! I love snowmen!! ;)
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Freely Living Life said...

Not interested in the give away but I wanted to stop by and say hello.

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Michelle said...

Just stopping by from the Relax and Surf hop.

bethany said...

I adore the snowglobe Christmas cards!! Too cute!
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Cori said...

I love the Green Stripes Frame Photo. For sure going to order these!

Cori said...

I now follow Storkie Express on Twitter.

Michelle said...

I love the snowflake ornaments return address labels!

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i like the Polka What Polka PinkGirl Birth Announcements
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Kristy said...

I like the chocolate and pink stripes birthday invites!

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Jenndiggy said...

I like their silver foil cross and pearl ribbon baptism invites.

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