Photos and a little fun


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.


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.


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.


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


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


They even have top fold designs.


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?


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


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…


(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 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 and create an account
  2. Go to
  3. Add your uploaded photo to the Bakerella Sharesite
  4. Click the “Ask to become a member” link (see example below)


  • 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 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


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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434 comments on “Photos and a little fun”

  1. Please bring your book tour to Chattanooga or Knoxville!!!!!!

  2. I don’t have a shutterfly account even though I’d LOVE to win that camera! I wanted to say that your book tour has been wonderful to watch- yet I’m dying here without new recipes from you!!! I just recently started up my own baking blog- you are a true inspiration to me and I admire your constant creativity. Can’t wait to see what comes during the holiday season!

  3. I like the flat Merry Christmas Warmest Wishes…I am a sucker for snowmen so that means I also love the We Wish You a Merry Christmas snowmen card too….I did only pick 2 so I helped some right?

  4. What a GREAT giveaway!

    I love the tall card. I like the unique size and shape…can you imagine opening up an envelope and finding a tall Christmas card inside?! I love it. Man, I love the holidays.

  5. I LOVE the Frosty the snowmen pop card… but being Jewish makes me want it to have a HAPPY HOLIDAYS phrase up top instead of the traditional ‘Merry Christmas’ that I totally understand!

    This is the BEST giveaway I have EVER seen! I can’t even believe that it is real! An SLR, man what I wouldn’t give. I have been taking pictures of my work with a point and shoot for a while and it just doesn’t do it justice! You can just see the difference that a real and better camera makes. You can even tell on my website which photos are professional and which ones are done with my point and shoot :/ haha. Oh well! SO AWESOME for you to be able to offer this shot to everyone. THANKS BAKERELLA!

  6. Oh my wow I am excited about this contest!! I literally started bouncing up and down when I saw this post.
    I really can’t pick a favorite card. I have used shutterfly for a while now, but have never made cards. I usually make prints and send them in regular cards. I think it is time to make some photo cards!

  7. I like them all!! But the frosty pops jump out at me everytime I look. I like the flat cards better personally but I think that’s a ‘to each their own” type thing.

    Thanks for the awesome giveway. Can’t wait to upload my photo…I already know which one!

  8. I love your bear in the snow globe cards! And the Frosty the snowman ones!

  9. How fun! I could spend hours playing with card designs. I see why you’re having a hard time choosing – I can’t decide between the Frosty pops and the Frosty cupcakes. Good luck. :)

  10. I love the snowman card! They are all so cute!!

  11. I love your Frosty Pops and cards. Supercute! Thanks for the opportunity to win, this camenra is what I asked for as my Christmas gift. I doubt it will happen so I really hope to win!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  12. Awesome giveaway!

    I like the card with the tree on the cupcake (pink background)

  13. Oh Dooce is having this exact same contest.

  14. I like the Frosty pops card the most, although they are all really cute. My husband and I welcomed our first child into our family this summer so winning a fancy new camera to snap pictures of him with would be such a treat!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  15. I really like the card that’s half black with colors snowflakes on it with the other half a picture of your snowmen or the one you photographed with the envelope

  16. I think that Frosty one is my favorite – I love the red with the baby blue. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  17. I am, for the first time, sad that I live in Canada :(

  18. I like the Frosty ones best, and the pink Happy Holidays card (with the tree cupcakes) is a close second.

  19. I love the frosty pop card! :) But I love Christmas Cards in general!

  20. What a fun contest! I love all your cards. A lot. Good luck choosing!

  21. All your cards are perfectly wonderful…but I do seem to smile extra when I look at the tall Happy Holidays card with the Snowman cupcake photo and also the horizontal Happy Holidays card with the Christmas Tree cupcakes right next to it in one of the photos.

    Awesome giveaway. I uploaded a picture of my dad blowing out his birthday candles. He’s no longer with us, but today is his birthday. Happy Birthday Dad! I miss you! :-)

  22. I just love the Frosty pop cards! It looks perfect with the snowflakes and border.

  23. Those are the cutest Christmas cards ever!! I’d seriously frame a few of those to put in my kitchen for decor! Good luck choosing between those…

    And what a fantastic giveaway!!

  24. So impossible to pick. I love the ones with multiple pictures – but I have to say that my favorites are either the pink ones with all the trees or the tall ones with the Snowman… I like the “love Bakerella” afterward!

  25. i love the tall cards and the merry christmas 2010, they are just too adorable<3 and best website ever!!

  26. I just entered our picture and hope I win the camera! I LOVE the cake pops on all the cards. Any card with MULTIPLE pics is my favorite – I figure the more you can fit, the better!!!

  27. I’m so excited about this giveaway and I sooo love your flat card with small pictures and Merry Christmas in the middle.

  28. I ABSOLUTELY love the top fold card with the snowflakes!!! I love the lighting on Mrs Snowman and the briliance of the snowflakes!

    And this giveway is fabulous. I love Shutterfly! I’m dying to get home now to dig through my photos!

  29. I messed up. Accidentally posted my picture into a new album rather than one of the three already created. Can you delete it, it won’t let me. I’m sorry!

  30. I like any xmas cards! They are all so jolly. I just entered the contest and realized later that you have to live in the US….oh well, better luck next time. Keep Baking!

  31. Style-wise (fold, flat, etc.)…when it comes to CHRISTMAS cards…I like top-folded…I don’t know why…I just think they’re perfect. I guess because a lot of people will put them on their mantel above the fireplace and so…top-folded is just perfect for that. Side folded makes me think of birthday cards. LOL Flat can also be nice.

  32. I like the Merry Christmas Warmest Wishes 2010 card. Lots of colors and I like the overall layout of it. It’s very cute and festive.

  33. I love the card with the snowman pops. I’m in love with snowmen and that is probably why! Super cute!

  34. me encanta todo lo que haces es divino, lastima que vivo en el sureste de mexico asi que no puedo conseguir muchas cosas que se necesitan para hacer todas las maravillas que preparas…

    lo que me gustaria es comprar tu libro, espero localizar donde aqui en tuxtla.
    tengo tu blog enlazado al mio, siempre te leo, no me pierdo por donde andas….

    felicidades por ser una persona tan generosa y enseñarnos lo que haces.

    saludos desde chiapas. espero no te cueste traducir esto…

  35. I love the happy holidays one with the cupcake snowmen and snowflakes! That’s my pic for multiples!

  36. Frosty the snow man card is my favorite!!!

  37. Ohhh booo! Such an awesome prize but I’m missing out ’cause I’m from England :(

    I love those holiday cards you made – so damn sweet! :D

  38. Frosty cake pop card is my fave! But you can’t go wrong with any of them, they are all great!

  39. This is, by far, the absolute BEST contest I have ever entered. Just recently a photographer friend of mine told me that she wished I could get a good camera and go into business with her. I think this giveaway qualifies as a good camera!!! Thank you for the chance to win such a wonderful prize!

    P.S. My favorite card is the one with the snowglobe bear on it. VERY cute!!!

  40. I love the flat card that says Merry Christmas! So many of your great photos on one card. :)
    I am so excited about this giveaway! Thank you!!

  41. I got all excited reading this and had a photo in mind – then saw that us in the UK can’t enter :( never mind, maybe next time!

  42. So, does that include those of us who don’t live in the US but have a US address? We’re military, so have an FPO address. I never know which way it’s going to go with these things…

  43. Gave you a shout out on my blog today! Sharing my fav blogs. Stop by if you’d like! :)

  44. I love photocards! whenever i get them i put them up on my fridge until its all covered! I love the top fold cards too, i decorate my chirstmas tree with them. :)

  45. Love the snow men card!!

    Bakerella my heart just skipped a beat. No seriously i got a littlle dizzy. You know when you get excited and anxious at the same time. Im having that feeling right now. I dont think i have ever wanted to win something sooo badly. I often just go and visit that very camera at the store. Tell it softly that we will be soon together. Pictures and cameras are my passion.( Baking is a very close 2nd) And the world would be a little happier if I had that it. But it is way out of budget. Soo ** fingers crossed** i hope i win it. I could then combine my two passions!

  46. I LOVE the card in the 4th image down! (The one with Merry Christmas in the middle and square pictures all around) I love the colors, pictures, and sweets!

  47. My favorite is the “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” card that has the snowman cake pops on it and folds in half. LOVE IT! Wish I could order some myself. I love your baked goods.

  48. my 2 faves are the one with the snow globe and the one you’re sliding into an envelope. But I can see how it’s hard to choose, they’re all so pretty!

    thanks for the contest! awesome!

  49. I think they all look great, but i LOVE “Have a holly jolly Christmas” and “We wish you a Merry Christmas” is a very close second!

  50. I am a huge Rankin/Bass fan so I would go with the Frosty cake pop card.

  51. What an amazing giveaway! Thank you so much for doing all these amazing things for your fans and readers :)

    I love the cards with the snowmen cupcakes. The one with the lady snowman in the apron? To die for adorable :D

  52. They are all so cute, but I think my favorite is the Frosty. Or the Merry Christmas snowglobes.

  53. I love the gifted tag card. I really want that for CHRISTmas!! I love Shutterfly.

  54. I can’t tell if my picture uploaded or not! Help!

  55. Such a fun contest! I just ordered my holiday cards from Shutterfly! They arrived today and turned out amazing! I am crossing my fingers – that camera looks fantastic!

  56. I think I did it right! LOL! Just uploaded a picture of my pup as an elf. :)

  57. I love the Have a merry Christmas one with the Frosty the Snowmen on the front! Very cute!

  58. I like the Holly Jolly Christmas card!!!

  59. the snowmen cake pops… is cute and joyful

  60. aww T_T no international readers? sob sob.. will watch from afar.. *puppy eyes*

  61. GREAT giveaway!!
    I love the frosty cake pop card….they are so JOLLY

  62. Love Shutterfly’s new holiday designs, so much to choose from. I think I still like the tall cards the best, although all of your cards look super cute.

    Entered your great contest & hoping to make cake pops this holiday season with the kids for teachers gifts. Your ideas are awesome. =)

  63. the cards came out great and what a cool prize!

  64. I uploaded!! :)
    I vote for your Frosty the Snowman card! ADORABLE! :)

  65. What an exciting giveaway… You’ve inspired me with the wonderful treats and ideas on your blogs! I love sharing them with my five-year-old daughter as well as the rest of my family and friends!

  66. yowza, best giveaway EVER!

  67. I’m going to have to say your “Frosty the snowman” is the cutest!

  68. Are you KIDDING?!!? As if you can go wrong!? They’re all so dang cute. I love Shutterfly cards. They come out looking totally professional. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with whatever you choose.

  69. i like the card with the snowman head and pipe.. I’m trying to win this camera for my wife, she has been wanting on for ever but they are too expensive it will make a great christmas gift

  70. I love the Frosty the Snowman pops card. Soooo cute. They’re all cute, really–but that one stands out as ultra-cute!

  71. Frosty is definitely my favorite…makes me smile!

  72. I really like the long flat one with snowman cupcakes. It’s unique and those cupcakes look amazing! YUM!

  73. AH CANON 7D T.T I WANT!!
    I’m not at US though D8
    I love love love love the folding one!!!
    Opening one and read the message inside is fun.
    Message on the outside is not really surprising D8
    but, it nice to receive something -even a card- from some one though <3

  74. Love Shutterfly!!
    I like the first card the best…the Holly Jolly Christmas one. That snowglobe cupcake is just too cute!!

  75. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for participating :) I like your snowman pops the best :)

  76. I LOVE the “Merry Christmas Warmest Wishes” one. So fun and festive! And this is an awesome contest! I had never heard of Shutterfly. Thanks for introducing us to it!

  77. The Frosty card is adorable!!!

  78. I like the Holly Jolly Christmas one! It displays all of your talent with the “B” initial! Love, Love, Love it. You are such a generous person with all of your fun giveaways!

  79. Great giveaway!! I love all of the cards. I think my favorite is the flat blue card with the snowman on top of the cupcake with blue sprinkles :)

  80. I like the snowman pop cards. Could they say Have a Holly Jolly Christmas? That would be the bee’s knees!

  81. They are all so amazingly cute!! But I just love the tall flat card the best, it let you focus in on just one picture. Love all your cards! I would order them in a minute if they were available to us!

  82. What a great opportunity! I uploaded my picture. I like the Happy Holidays snowman card (IMG 1558) the best! Super cute!

  83. Love the Frosty card!
    What an awesome giveaway!!! I have a shipping address in the states – can I still enter even though I’m a Canadian resident?

  84. This is awesome. I have only a few holiday photos, because I normally take pictures of food instead of people. Most of the holiday pictures I actually have are pictures of me with sticky bows on my head.

    I think the ones i like best are the top fold with the holiday snowpeople cupcakes and the one with the coca cola bear cupcakes. They are all fun, but those felt most holiday-ish and a bit more sophisticated.

  85. Seldom have I been so disappointed to be British. A very Christmassy bah, humbug.

  86. Love, love, love this giveaway!! Your cards are so cute!

  87. Love the one with all the individual squares. So much to look at and it looks alot like the cover to your cake pops book!

  88. Love this giveaway!

    p.s. It says to load your photos on one of the three albums that are already started, but there are numerous albums started and I have no idea which one is “one of the three” – hope that 11-11-10 works just fine for entering …?

  89. I vote for the Holly Jolly Christmas cards. Those are by far my favorites and after that I would say the snowman cake pops one.

    Have a very happy holiday season! <3

  90. What a lovely idea for a contest! It’s lovely seeing everyone’s holiday images :-))

    For me, winning a camera would be one of me Christmas wishes come true!

  91. What a great giveaway!
    I like the We wish you a Merry Christmas card with the snowmen pops!
    Great idea to use your own sweets pictures.

  92. What fun! I’ve uploaded my photo and have my fingers crossed. All of your cards are adorable, but I think I like the snowmen pop cakes the best.

  93. Oh! I SO want to win! I’m an amature photographer trying very hard, and sowly saving up money for a SLR! This would be awesome to win! And I could send out the cards with my photos on them to new clients! Oh!!
    By the way, my photo is called ‘five’ it’s the black & white one, with five pretty deer!

  94. Shoot! I’m 12 years old and live in Canada.
    I want it SO BADLY! Oh, well. I’m sure I’ll live.

  95. Frosty is SO cute!! The picture matches the card perfectly! They are all really cute though :)

    Thanks for sharing your creations, such great ideas! & the camera give away is pretty awesome as well ;)

  96. Funny I JUST made a Shutterfly sharesite yesterday to share pics of my son with fam. & friends! I will def. be uploading a pic to enter the contest!

  97. The cards are all so cute. This is an AMAZING give away!!!!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed from now until Nov. 17th, hoping that I win!!!

  98. I sent in my picture. I really hope I win, I need a new camera SOOOOO bad!!!

    I really like the frosty card. I think that is my favorite out of all of them. :)

  99. Hope I did it correctly :) I love your site and your cards!

  100. Personally I really love the Frosty ones!

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