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Christmas Card Reveal

I started looking into newlywed Christmas card ideas back in November, and finally finished them yesterday. Technically, I can’t mail them until Monday, but I cleaned up the Christmas Card craft abyss in my living room, so it feels as though I’m done.

If you recall, I wanted to use leftover wedding vellum to make these cards. All of my inspiration pics are on this post. We ended up only having enough supplies left to make cards for some aunties and members of our bridal party, so I thought I’d share the results with the rest of you here. Think of it as your Christmas e-card :).

Torie & Tristan Christmas Card - www.torieandtristan.com

Note: Addresses shown are not real 🙂

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Up close:

Torie & Tristan Christmas Card - www.torieandtristan.com

Torie & Tristan Christmas Card - www.torieandtristan.com

The best part about these cards is that they ended up rivaling Costco for total card price. Since I already had the envelopes, gold brads, and most of the paper, the costs were mainly postage and printing. I went to Office Max to print the photos on matte photo paper, “Married & Bright” on velum, return address stickers, and text on the back. I bought red A-2 flat cards and a scrapbook tape runner at Paper Source. The most timely aspect was cutting out all of the components.

Side note: I’m all for DIY projects that are actually “D”-able. You will never find a project on this blog that requires intricacy AND mass production. Frankly, I just do not have the attention span, and get beyond upset when the results aren’t as nice as expected.

Since we had a short Christmas season this year with Thanksgiving being so late (it’s the same thing next year, too – booo!), New Year’s Eve is totes the new Dec. 15 for Christmas card delivery. I did get a few cards from friends in the normal time frame, but I’m definitely still receiving them. Here’s to being late and it being A-OKAY!

-t&T

T&T

Stacked

Am I the last to hear about Stack Wines? This would’ve been great to know about during festival season. Basically, you get an entire bottle of wine packaged in four stemless (plastic) wine glasses, stacked on end. With a few simple zip and snap maneuvers, you are ready to sip your own single-serving of wine. Perfect for beach, park, errands on foot, etc.

In their promotional video, they obviously want their viewers to think, “Look how much fun the people in the video are having! I too can classy-ly day drink, thanks to Stack Wines!” I myself had those very thoughts, noting the actresses’ cute outfits and gourmet food pairings throughout. Well played, Stack!

I like all of the activities shown in the video, and I like wine. In my mid/late twenties, I’m totally their target market – not too far off from the days of sneaking beer and liquor into public settings, but extremely grateful to have migrated more into the wine/microbrew/craft cocktail phase of life (1-2 at a time, in bed by 11.) Going wine tasting is the new Sunday funday.

I am only vaguely concerned about its taste. I mean, I’m sure it’s fine. While I do work with high-end wineries and premier wine auctions as a part of my job, I like to stay balanced by stocking my wine cabinet exclusively with $4 Trader Joe’s selections. When I met Tristan, my classiness level raised immensely when he got me into purchasing wine at Costco – you can almost always find selections that scored at 90 points or above for $10 or less. Fun fact!

…Back to Stack. Of the two varieties tasted on air (there are four flavors total), Hoda and Kathy Lee said that they tasted great, and that’s good enough for me. At $12.99 for four single servings, that’s only $3 more than my personal average, and the convenience factor really appeals to me. If anyone tries it before I do, PLEASE report back! You can order them here: http://www.liquorama.net/stack-wines/

Speaking of booze commercials, does anyone remember that painful Smirnoff Ice “…And We Were There” commercial clearly geared towards highschoolers? That was the WORST! I couldn’t find it on YouTube; I bet their advertising dept. has buried it in shame. Anyway. Stack’s commercial is, I think, what they were going for.