Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Photos and a little fun

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This is going to be fun. Shutterfly has offered to sponsor a giveaway that I think will make you happy. You know Shutterfly don’t you. I bet a bunch of you guys have used them before to print family photos or even photo books. I know I have. Plenty.

So what does this mean exactly? Well, this giveaway and prize – don’t peek yet – are sponsored by Shutterfly. Now, I usually handle giveaways on my own because I like to buy the prize and be in control of the things I give away. But this is one I would want to do … for a couple of reasons. One. I love using Shutterfly – their stuff is great. Two. The prize is awesome. So I feel good letting them offer it to you.

Before I go through how the giveaway works, let me show you some cute things I just made on their site.

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Photo cards! And lots of them. This is the first time I’ve used Shutterfly to make cards. I usually just do prints or enlargements or make photobooks. So this was fun to try out. I used a few photos of sweets I’ve made in the past for holidays as the subject matter. The colors worked out great with their templates.

I could have just as easily used family photos to make the cards, but this felt right. Sweet even.

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Look at this one. It lets you place three images and choose an initial as part of the design. Too cute.

It’s a flat card so you can write on the back or even add a message above the year as part of the design. I left that part blank.

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Here’s another flat one. Very cheery. I like. I do.

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And this one. It folds so you can write on the inside.

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They even have top fold designs.

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And these tall cards that come in packs of 12.

I don’t know which kind I like best. Do you? Folding cards? Flat cards? Photo cards? Square cards? Tall cards?

Too many cute choices. I need help picking. Which one is your favorite?

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Oh … and they all come with envelopes too …  if you were wondering.

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This is a screen capture of their website. If you have a Shutterfly account, you can add your own photos to your account and then visit the Cards & Stationary section to make holiday cards.

Pick designs based on format, card size, price, color or just sift through all of them until one jumps out at you.

That’s what I did. Except too many jumped out at me.

Once you pick your design, you can use images you have uploaded to your account and drop them into the template and create your very own cards. It was fun. Try it.

Or  … if you just want to know how you can win this…

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(Told you you’d like it)

…then, here’s what you can do:

  • Just upload your own holiday photo to the Bakerella Sharesite on Shutterfly to be entered to win. That’s it. You don’t have to make anything, just share a photo. Photos can display your family, the holidays or a favorite holiday baking experience. (I added pics of some of my holiday baked goods as an example of what you can do.) Only one photo entry per user please.
  • You will need to sign into your Shutterfly account or create one real quick so you can upload an image to the Sharesite.
  • Also, after you sign in to Shutterfly, make sure to add yourself as a member to the Bakerella Sharesite.  Here’s how: When you are logged into your account, visit http://bakerella.shutterfly.com. You will see the link “Ask to become a member” (see example below) Becoming a member will make it easy to contact you if you win. Follow the steps below:
  1. Go to Shutterfly.com and create an account
  2. Go to http://bakerella.shutterfly.com/
  3. Add your uploaded photo to the Bakerella Sharesite
  4. Click the “Ask to become a member” link (see example below)

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  • Oh yeah, you must live in the U.S. for this one (I’m sorry my international friends) and be 18 or over, too.
  • Here are the complete rules – All official like since this is sponsored by Shutterfly.
  • The contest runs from November 9, to November 17, 2010. So that’s plenty of time to go through some of your photos and pick one you want to add to the Sharesite.
  • Prizes? Yep, there’s more than one. 25 contributers to the Bakerella Shutterfly Sharesite will win a $30 gift card fulfilled as a digital code, redeemable on Shutterfly.com. And ONE (1) of those 25 winners will also win the grand prize. A Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera and Canon EF 28-135mm IS lens. Whoohooo! Approximate retail value $1,715.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly. That takes some stress off of which photo to upload. Winners will be announced the week of November 29, 2010 in a follow up post on bakerella.com.

<< WINNERS ANNOUNCED HERE >>

Sound good? Great. Can’t wait to see your pics.

Have a favorite holiday photo in mind already? Want to bake something yummy to show? You can. You have a little time. Have fun and good luck.

P.S. Which card of mine do you like best? Trying to decide which one to order multiples of and it’s not easy.

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Kathy C. said...

AWESOME giveaway!!!! I LOVE all your photos…but honestly, your Seasame Street is STILL my favorite! That and Cute for a Cure!
~ Kathy C (the gal in Oregon that gave yout the crocheted turtle at the Tigard book signing)…

November 9, 2010 10:50 AM
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lizzy said...

my vote is for the folded card with the frosty pops (PLEASE tell us how you made those. i’m dying over their cuteness).

November 9, 2010 10:52 AM
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Kitten with a Whisk said...

Such cute holiday cards!

November 9, 2010 10:54 AM
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Katie said...

I like the frosty folded card because then you can put a family photo inside with a personal message. All of them are great!

November 9, 2010 10:57 AM
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Elizabeth Ann said...

I like the merry chrismas one with the B! :-) Just entered with a photo of my puppy at Christmas! ;-)

November 9, 2010 10:58 AM
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Jenny M. said...

I like the flat card with “Merry Christmas” in the middle. I love flat cards filled with pictures–the less I have to write the better! :)

November 9, 2010 11:00 AM
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Sophie said...

The folded card with the snowmanpops is my favorite. Awesome giveaway. I’m from the Netherlands so I can’t enter, but I’m sure someone else is going to be really really really happy with it :)

November 9, 2010 11:02 AM
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Nicole said...

I like the frosty cake pop card best. THis is an amazing giveaway!

November 9, 2010 11:02 AM
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Clare said...

WOW great giveaway! My husband and I got married this year, so I know our holiday card will have at least one wedding picture. Choosing one (or a few) is so tough!

November 9, 2010 11:02 AM
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Lauren W said...

This is SO FUN!!! I definitely love the flat tall cards best for the shape, but I cannot get over how adorable the snowmen cake pops are. I love it :D

November 9, 2010 11:04 AM
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Alvina said...

I thought you were giving away photo cards. This is clearly, clearly, clearly better. :-P

My two favorites are the holly jolly Christmas one with the snowglobe bears and the one right under that that says “warmest wishes.” You have fantastic pictures and colors and themes for them!!

November 9, 2010 11:05 AM
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PamCakes said...

Hi Bakerella,
I gave a shoutout to you on my new blogsite. I used to concept to come up with a new fun design. Hope you like it!
http://pamcakediva.com/?p=49

November 9, 2010 11:06 AM
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Jessica said...

People seem to be making their own album each time they add a photo. Do you want each one in a separate album?

November 9, 2010 11:06 AM
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Jessica said...

The Frosty pops card is definitely my favorite!!

Thank you and Shutterfly for such an AMAZING giveaway! I’ll be entering for sure!!

November 9, 2010 11:07 AM
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Jennifer said...

Love the one with the “B” monogram. I’m Southern & we’re all suckers for a good monogram…

November 9, 2010 11:07 AM
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bakerella said...

Hi Jessica – not. I’m consolidating and then when an album fills up a new one will start. Thanks for asking.

November 9, 2010 11:10 AM
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bakerella said...

I meant no, not not : )

November 9, 2010 11:11 AM
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Marleen Viola said...

I love the card that you are putting into the envelope in your pics…that’s my FAVORITE!

November 9, 2010 11:13 AM
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EBPitcher said...

Totally over the top giveaway! Thanks!
I’m liking the Frosty pops!!

November 9, 2010 11:13 AM
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EG said...

Hi Bakerella – to be clear, is it one entry per Shutterfly member or one per photo? Meaning, are you and Shutterfly going to go through and weed it down to one entry per person before randomly selecting a winner? (Yes, I do like rules, why do you ask?)

And I think I like the frosty pops card the best.

November 9, 2010 11:14 AM
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Michele said...

Your photo cards are too cute. The images you selected work perfectly with the shutterfly cards. I would have never thought about that because I’ve only used photos of my family but that’s so clever.

I like the flat cards best. “Have a holly jolly christmas” or merry christmas 2010″ are my faves..

This is an awesome giveaway! I’m heading over to shutterfly right now. Thank you!

November 9, 2010 11:15 AM
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Jennifer said...

Photo cards are my favorite!! Great gifts for extended family members as well!

November 9, 2010 11:19 AM
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Jessica H said...

I would buy your cards. I’ll have to spend some time over at Shuttfly. I need to make a photo book for my parent’s 50 th anniversary. That would be awesome for them.

November 9, 2010 11:21 AM
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Alexandria said...

I like the one with the Frosty Cake Pops. The blue colors are pretty!

November 9, 2010 11:25 AM
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Tammie said...

I love all the cards but I think my favorite is the Merry Christmas one. AWESOME give away…I have been lusting for a good camera and it would be great to win one. Thanks for the opportunity!

November 9, 2010 11:28 AM
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amy2boys said...

The Frosty the Snowman folded card – SO cute! This giveaway is so amazing! All your cards turned out so cute.

November 9, 2010 11:29 AM
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DianneT said...

My vote is the photocard. After the holidays, the recipient can place the card in a frame or in a photo album to enjoy year round.

November 9, 2010 11:30 AM
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Sydney said...

LOVE the snowman card!

November 9, 2010 11:31 AM
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bakerella said...

Hey Michele – one entry per user name. Each person should only upload one image. Multilple entries will not increase your chances.

November 9, 2010 11:32 AM
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Alyssa Mae said...

Monogram, holly jolly one is my fave!

What an AMAZING giveaway! I hope I’m lucky this holiday season!!

November 9, 2010 11:33 AM
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Mrs. Smith at One Smith Day said...

I love the Holly Jolly one too!

November 9, 2010 11:35 AM
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Emma said...

Oh God, I don’t think I’ve ever been this disappointed not to be american :(

November 9, 2010 11:36 AM
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sarah said...

first I love shutterfly too! and I LOVE your snowman card- I would order those in a heartbeat!

November 9, 2010 11:40 AM
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Andrea said...

I *love* the Holly Jolly one! :)

Just to clarify … we should add our photo to an existing album that someone else already created, which you’ll consolidate into one big one? Or we should create our own album?

(giving a shout out to all the other anal retentives like me.)

November 9, 2010 11:40 AM
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Debby said...

Wowzers!!! What an incredible giveaway! I thought it was going to be cards from Shutterfly and I was super excited about that – when I got to the end and saw that camera, I about feel off my chair!

My fav of your cards is the Frosty one because the blues and reds look awesome together! I can’t believe how well all the colors work with the card and I love having an inside of a card to write in. Can’t wait to get my photo and enter the contest! This one is going to be huge…

November 9, 2010 11:40 AM
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Debby said...

Darn it – fell off my chair, not feel….

November 9, 2010 11:41 AM
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Kerry said...

Love them all…you should sell them!!!

November 9, 2010 11:43 AM
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bakerella said...

Andrea – Add it to the existing album. Eventually that album will get full and I will open up a second album and so on. I think they will only hold a certain number of photos. Unfortunately, I can’t stop individual albums from being created, so I’ll do my best to keep them consolidated as it goes. Hope that helps.

November 9, 2010 11:43 AM
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Shelby said...

I really love the Christmas tree/ ice cream cone card. That has always been one of my favorite treats you’ve ever made and I love the coloring for the photo…reminds me of the sweets on Nutcracker or something….

November 9, 2010 11:46 AM
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Awilda said...

Hi Bakerella! I love all of them but my favorite is the Holly Jolly Flat Card- very different!

November 9, 2010 11:48 AM
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Laura said...

My fav is the 3 photos with the initial. Why? I can’t tell you, really. I guess I just think it’s purty and all.
I am not sure I fully comprehend how to enter this contest. Photo uploading sites like shutterfly confuse me. I shun them. But it is a really great prize! Someone is going to have a fantastic pre-Christmas gift. Just in time for the Holidays!

November 9, 2010 11:49 AM
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Theresa said...

AWESOME giveaway! I like your snowman cuppies photo-it just looks so cute sitting on that card. :)

I just entered and shared a photo of my best cottontail friend by his mini-tree. :) Love it!

November 9, 2010 11:50 AM
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Libby's Library said...

Thank you sooooo much for this wonderful giveaway!!!!
I love your reindeer cake pops, but your snowmen cake pops
are my favorites.

Just wanted you to know that I made little wedding cake cake pops for my daughters wedding reception. They were the biggest hit…and I’ve been asked to do them for other receptions. Never would have thought of it on my own!

Hope you enjoy my “Toofbrush Fer Christmas” photo:-)

November 9, 2010 11:55 AM
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Anna said...

I love this! I was planning on uploading some photos to create a photobook this week so the timing is perfect!
(and I love all the holiday cards! not sure how you will pick but they gave me great ideas for my own holiday cards!)
Woohoo!

November 9, 2010 11:55 AM
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Amy said...

I love, love LOVE the tall Snowman card. What an awesome idea.

November 9, 2010 12:00 PM
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Misty in Utah said...

Awesome! Just added a couple of pictures. :)

November 9, 2010 12:05 PM
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Sarah Louise said...

My photo is uploaded and I’ve asked to become a member of the Bakerella Sharesite! Thank you so much for hosting this amazing giveaway!

Also, I like the card in the very last photo that says “Merry Christmas, warmest wishes.” It’s a tough call though – they’re all fantastic! :)

November 9, 2010 12:05 PM
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kalen said...

Great giveaway :) I just did a promotion for Shutterfly but this one has a *little* bit better prize! haha.

November 9, 2010 12:06 PM
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Carrie said...

First of all, thanks for an awesome giveaway! I love Shutterfly and use them for all my printing needs. Second, I uploaded a photo to an album and then realized I should have added it to the album you created. So, I deleted my album and then added my photo to your album. I wasn’t trying to enter twice. Just wanted my photo to end up in the right place. :) Thanks again. And I love your cards. I like the flat ones the best, but they are all adorable.

November 9, 2010 12:07 PM
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Ann Marie said...

Frosty Pops!

November 9, 2010 12:08 PM
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Jodi said...

My favorite card is the one w/ Frosty The Snowman Cake Pops “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”. My next fav is the one w/ the snowman & snow-woman. :o)

November 9, 2010 12:10 PM
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Christina said...

O thank you for sharing this, with this being baby’s first Christmas we needed some ideas on how to do photo cards for all the family since we live out of state from everyone and they wont meet him till Christmas. Cant wait to check out their selection
If I were to choose a card of yours you displayed it would be: the tall Mr. Frosty in front with Mrs. Frosty just behind him. My second choice would be the polar snow globe with inital, too precious!

November 9, 2010 12:13 PM
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Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. said...

What an amazing idea for Christmas cards, I love how all of yours turned out. My favorites is Merry Christmas warmest wishes…too cute! What a fabulous giveaway too!

November 9, 2010 12:16 PM
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Carrie Funk said...

I love the effect of the snow globe, so I vote Holly Jolly Christmas! I want to share a pic as soon as you accept my as a friend!! Thanks, love the give away!

November 9, 2010 12:16 PM
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Etta said...

I love the postcards :-) beautiful giveaway!! Thank you!
Kisses
Etta

November 9, 2010 12:16 PM
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Kati said...

LOVE your cards…so fun! Thanks for the contest..and the fact that it is random..makes the picture choices much easier than trying to find ‘the perfect photo!’

November 9, 2010 12:19 PM
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Andrea said...

Wowzers!! What a great giveaway, love Shutterfly!

November 9, 2010 12:22 PM
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Jamie Recalde said...

Love the snowmen!!! As if they were little Christmas carolers singing, “We wish you a Merry Christmas!”

November 9, 2010 12:25 PM
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maura said...

frosty pops are my favorite too! what a great card. thanks for such a great giveaway

November 9, 2010 12:43 PM
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Becca said...

Check out The Must List in the November 12th issue of Entertainment Weekly! Congrats! I always knew your book was a must, but now a lot more people do to.

November 9, 2010 12:44 PM
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Kate said...

The first one, with the Coca-Cola bottle snowglobes and the “Holly Jolly Christmas” :) They are absolutely precious!

November 9, 2010 12:52 PM
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Hol said...

I really like the “Frosty the Snowman” card. That blue really stands out with the red accents! Thanks for offering this contest to us as well.

November 9, 2010 12:55 PM
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Kelly said...

i like the frosty cake pops , the colors are so cute but they are all really cute, i had never thought about doing my cards with them but will definitely check it out this year! i don’t have any holiday photos yet!!!

November 9, 2010 12:59 PM
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Beth said...

I love love love the one with the Frosty cakepops. I <3 snowmen!

November 9, 2010 01:03 PM
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Jen said...

It is hard to choose!! But I really love the one with the snowglobe bear!!!! Way too cute!

November 9, 2010 01:07 PM
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pollydove said...

I think you should sell YOUR card creations to us!!!! All of your darling images are WAY cuter than most of the cards out on the shelves right now! (Seriously … good idea, yes? Because I would SO buy one, or more, of these card you put together.)

They are ALL SOOO darling and fun and festive and colorful … you’re amazing!

November 9, 2010 01:13 PM
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Charlotte@OhlalaLesCupcakes said...

Your cards are so cute!!! Too bad I’m not living in US!

November 9, 2010 01:18 PM
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the blissful baker said...

i like the snowman cupcakes! adorable! this is such an awesome giveaway!

November 9, 2010 01:18 PM
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Stoich91 said...

WOW! Already? Presents? It seems like *everyone* has gotten into the early spirit of giving this year! You are AWESOMENESS! :D Cute cards, too! I love all of them; the more varied, the better! It was hilarious because I was reading the post, thinking, NEAT! She’s giving away custom Bakerella Christmas Cards, then WHOA ME GORSH! I was like, what the heck, she’s giving away a REAL LIVE SLR! Holy cow, woman; what has gotten IN to you? :D Love!

November 9, 2010 01:25 PM
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www.MadeWithPink.com said...

Those are so cute! What a great idea. I love anything you can kind of personalize and make your own.

November 9, 2010 01:30 PM
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Kelly @ Mom's Kitchen Gadgets said...

Definitely some of the cutest holiday cards ever. Those “Frosty” cake pops are totally adorable!

November 9, 2010 01:34 PM
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Hilary Clark said...

It makes me sad that all of my favorite food blogs are jam packed with product placements and promos. Whatever happened to, you know, baking — without giveaways and photos of the Hershey products and cereals being used? I’m very glad, Ms. Bakerella, that you’re doing so well, but I think I have to go all the way back to the hi hat cupcakes in September to find a single entry that isn’t trying to plug, sell, or raffle something. Still not as bad as ‘Bake at 350′, though (I can’t believe she made Chevy logo and On*Star cookies)

November 9, 2010 01:37 PM
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laura m. said...

awesome! I submitted a photo!

November 9, 2010 01:38 PM
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Beth said...

I really like the one with several pictures of your sweets. It shows a little bit of everything!

November 9, 2010 01:42 PM
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Cindy said...

I agree with Hilary………too many steps to win………….and too much promotion. Promoting books, promoting this, that and the other…………..PFFT.

November 9, 2010 01:43 PM
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Lysana said...

I like either the Holly Jolly Christmas bear or the Frosty pops. Too cute for words! :)

November 9, 2010 01:50 PM
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Brandy said...

I like the blue one with the snowman head cake pops and the black one with the snowflakes and snowman cupcakes. But they are all really cute!!

November 9, 2010 01:52 PM
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Amanda D. said...

I love the “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” card!

November 9, 2010 01:55 PM
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jess said...

I personally, LOVE all the give-aways; so THANK YOU for posting it!!!!! :-D I’d rather have a chance to win something while reading one of my fave blogs than having to watch all the promos during my favorite t.v. shows that offer me nada! :-)

I have always LOVED your pink christmas tree cupcakes, so that card is my favorite. :)

November 9, 2010 01:58 PM
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Kristy R said...

Wow- what a great contest. I just signed up for shutterfly- it seems really cool! Thanks Bakerella!

November 9, 2010 02:01 PM
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Faith said...

The Frosties are my favorite!!!

November 9, 2010 02:04 PM
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heleen said...

I got more and more excited as I read on, and then the Words of Doom came: you must live in the US.

Damn it. :(

November 9, 2010 02:18 PM
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Angela Willis said...

What a great give away! Kind of a pain… but well worth it!
If I were you, I would choose a few of each of the cards you designed… I loved them ALL!

Angela

November 9, 2010 02:20 PM
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CakeStory said...

OH….MY…..GAWD… I am sooo excited about this giveaway! And you know what? I totally want to do my holiday cards with beautiful yummy treats… Because that’s what I do now. I bake. I’m known as the town baker, and it’s because of your inspiration, Bakerella. And if I get this camera, I will be even more like you! (Um, that was meant to sound admiring, not stalkerish…)

November 9, 2010 02:23 PM
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Rosie said...

I’m so in LOVE with the Mr & Mrs. Snowman top fold design. I love the black back ground and all the colorful snow flakes. Awesome awesome. Thats my favorite, but they are all awesome looking. Great Job. P.S someone on my Facebook was talking about cake balls and I got so excited because your really getting out there in the baking world. Feel like a proud sister :-) So sad I missed you when you were near San Fran.next time….

November 9, 2010 02:29 PM
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Jessica said...

I love the one with the Frosty the Snowman Cake Pops! so cute!!

November 9, 2010 02:32 PM
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Heather said...

I like both of the flat cards but the tall one with the snowman is my fave ;)

November 9, 2010 02:49 PM
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Laura Gomez said...

Usa residents only :( No fair!

November 9, 2010 02:49 PM
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Carolyn said...

What a cute idea for Christmas cards – they look very professional. I like the picture of the snowman pops =)

November 9, 2010 02:49 PM
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Kelli said...

What a great giveaway! I love Shutterfly. All of your cards are adorable! I think I like the one with Merry Christmas in the middle with the squares all around it.

November 9, 2010 02:49 PM
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Loren said...

Wow!! What an awesome giveaway! That is the exact camera I am saving for!!!!

I love the monogram one, but I am a little momogram obsessed sometimes! :)

November 9, 2010 03:06 PM
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Christine Wong said...

I love your cards! They’re all so cute! It’s so hard to choose a favorite, but I think the pink one that says “Happy Holidays” with your white Christmas trees has won me over :)

November 9, 2010 03:08 PM
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Sarah B. said...

I like the first one personally. :)

November 9, 2010 03:09 PM
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Dale said...

I love the top fold card with the snowmen. It’s so colorful and cute!

November 9, 2010 03:13 PM
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Melanie_S said...

Soooooo excited about this giveaway!!! I uploaded my picture ;) And I would have a hard time deciding between all your cute cards, too! I think I like the flat one that says “Merry Christmas” and under that is says “warmest wishes…”

November 9, 2010 03:13 PM
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Christy said...

I uploaded mine. I used my cake balls picture! So much fun :)

November 9, 2010 03:19 PM
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Nancy said...

I especially like the snowman pops card although they are all cute.

November 9, 2010 03:38 PM
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Sarah said...

Your cards turned out great! Especially the one with the Frosty cake pops and the one with the pink cupcakes with white trees.

We were planning to get a Christmas picture of our brand new little boy and have some cards made up with his picture on them. I’m a fan of folded cards, either side or top fold, for Christmas.

November 9, 2010 03:39 PM
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Lena said...

Can it be any winter holiday? Or does it have to be Christmas?

November 9, 2010 03:42 PM
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Sara said...

I love the Frosty card. And I REALLY REALLY hope that I win the camera cause mine is sooo dying and I really need and want this camera!

November 9, 2010 03:45 PM
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