16 November 2016

Holiday Photo Card Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Holiday Photo Card Blog Hop hosted by Darlene from LiveLoveCards! I’m SO excited to share this post with you! Thanks so much for having me in your line up, Darlene! I’m thrilled to be part of the hop. 





This hop is about holiday and Christmas cards that incorporate a personal photo. Darlene from LiveLoveCards creates one each year and this time, she thought to make a hop out of it! How fun is that? I love the idea. Make sure you hop around to all of the blogs featured in the link list at the bottom of this post. You will find lots of inspiration for your own Christmas cards! 

Here is what I came up with: 




I had a hard time choosing a photo for the card. I had so much ideas and photos. I first wanted to use a Christmas photo of my cats with a santa hat. But I then came up with the idea to use a photo of my Christmas cookies! I decided to combine this photo with a fabulous clear stamp set from Lawn Fawn called Baked with Love. It matches so perfectly! I first printed my photo with a white frame (it looks like it was matted on a white cardstock). I created a top-folded card base from white cardstock. I glued red gingham paper to the background and fixed my framed photo on top. I only placed glue on the center. If the edges are free, it gives more dimension to the layout. I squeezed the photo and the patterned paper with a stapler tool from Tim Holtz to add interest. Next, I colored the images from the Baked with Love set with Copic markers and fussy cut them with scissors. I fixed them to the background with foam pads. I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas die from black cardstock and fixed it to the background with Multi Medium Matte glue. The "wishes" sentiment and the star cookie are from the Lawn Fawn Sprinkled with Joy set.

I’ll send this card to a US friend with the recipe included. So I decided to share this with you too to celebrate this blog hop. I wrote and printed the recipe of these traditional Swiss Christmas cookies and will insert it into the card. I hope my friend will like it! Here is the recipe of these cookies called Mailänderli for you (click to the image to enlarge the recipe): 



  



If you like cookies, you should give it a try! They are so easy to make! I hope you like this "out-of-the box" holiday photo card using a picture of my cookies instead of my family LOL! Maybe you'll send your favorite recipes to your friends too?


***HOP PRIZES***

There are 9 amazing prizes to win thanks to our fabulous sponsors: 

Two yearly subscriptions to LiveLoveCards.com
$25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp
$25 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson
$30 gift certificate to Altenew
MISTI (or mini MISTI!) from My Sweet Petunia
$25 gift certificate to Paper Smooches
$25 gift certificate to Lawn Fawn
$25 gift certificate to My Favorite Things






Winners will be selected at random from the comments left on each blog hop stop.  Be sure to leave a comment on each stop to increase your chances to win!  Leave your comments by Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 11:59pm CT.  The winners will be announced on LiveLoveCards on Wednesday, November 23rd, just in time for Black Friday. 


Here is the list of all the hop participants:

Francine Vuillème << you are here


Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

Francine

351 comments:

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Anna C said...

Great idea to use a picture of Christmas cookies! Thanks for sharing!

Mirella said...

What a fantastic and fun idea! I really like it! Those cookies look delicious - thank you for sharing the recipe, I might give them a go! :-)

Leanne said...

What a great idea!

Preety said...

wow! how cool is that christmas and cookies :)
thanks for sharing
cheers
preety

Maaike Uijthoven said...

Lovely cards and those cookies look yummy, Do you cats stay dressed up? I tried a santa hat once...stayed on for 10 seconds if that, could take one photo before it was gone lol

Danielle Dietz said...

Fabulous idea to use a baking photo. Love the little Lawn Fawn embellishments!

Heidi said...

What a neat idea for a Christmas card! Love it!!!

Amelialesley said...

Very clever thinking using a cookie photo.

luvhymns said...

Lawn Fawn has the best baking stamps and I love how you used them in your card. I can almost smell the cookies cooling on your table. yum!!!!

Judie said...

Delicious card! LOVE this idea of the cookies!

Nana Jo said...

Great idea!

Annette:) said...

How amazingly adorable! Love the Christmas cookie idea for the card front. I think that second to Christmas cards, we all bake a few cookies, as well. Your recipe looks yummy. Well done!

Tami in Texas said...

That a great blog hop - fantastic products and equally fantastic designers!!!

Marcia said...

That is just an awesome idea!! And a nice surprise!! I have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!!

cantsitstill said...

Christmas is all about baking and a great way to share a favorite cookie recipe. What a fun card! It would also make a great scrapbook page. Thank you for sharing.

Rose said...

What a clever idea for a photo card. It would be great to get with a sample of your cookies.

Karen B said...

The photo and stamp set go together so beautifully

Katy said...

What a great idea. The cookies look delicious! Thanks for sharing.

Jackie S said...

Cookies look yummy! Your friend is sure to love it

A Crafty Person said...

I really like this style of Christmas card, very fun, creative and unique.

LI$@ A creations said...

This is an out of the box holiday card. Thanks for sharing!

Nox said...

I love this idea! The photo of the cookies are delicious - my mouth is watering looking at it. But what a wonderful way to make a handmade gift even more special! The wonderful packaging, the delicious cookies, and then sharing the tradition by sharing the recipe! Such a thoughtful, thoughtful gift, and I may steal this idea.

CraftyPaws said...

Fabulous idea to include a picture with recipies that we share. Yours looks absolutely yummy!

Judy M said...

Just a great idea! Love your card and the stamp set. Thanks for sharing idea and recipe, Yum!

Ericka Strange said...

What a yummy idea! Love that you include the recipe too. So fun.

Tracy Brown said...

What a great idea for those of that don't send the family photo anymore. And those cookies look so yummy

TLady said...

What a SUPER IDEA to make your Christmas Cards a RECIPE for them!!! A PERFECT GIFT, I THINK! (Of course, I am a COOKIE MONSTER! LOL) ;) LOOOOOVE YOUR "OUT OF THE BOX" Christmas Card!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! ;)

Sabrina said...

What a fabulous and fun idea!!!

Amy from NOLA said...

What a clever card! The cookies look delicious!

Robin R said...

This is a wonderful idea! The picture is perfect and including the recipe is a nice touch.

Karine said...

What a great idea! Thanks!

bev p said...

What a great idea! I have some favorite recipes that only come out at Christmas. I love that you used the photo card to share a favorite recipe. It makes our Christmas greetings so personal. Thanks for a great idea. Oh, yes, and the gingham is the perfect touch!

Jess said...

Your Lawn Fawn set is perfect for your cookie cards! For friends that are near, you could add the card to a box of cookies, or even gather the pre-measured dry ingredients and package with the card to make the cookies and think of you as they gather around the kitchen to make them. I'm craving cookies just thinking about it! Thank you for sharing!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Back Porch Smiles said...

love it! thank you very much!

Kailash said...

We are blessed to come through to hop here. Amazing card and those cookies look so delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

Nancy Ketcham said...

What a cute idea. Love your card!

Linda T said...

My goodness what a lovely idea for a card. I just LOVE it!What a great idea. Thank you for sharing it.

Sakeenah said...

What a great idea. This would surely be a keeper.

Judy said...

Oh Francine, this photo is sure to make the recipient hungry when they see your card. The little baking images added to it just make it all the more adorable. Thanks for sharing.

Judy said...

Ah, Francine your photo of these cookies is sure to make whoever is lucky enough to receive a card from you so hungry. The little baking images and the recipe just add to the sweet card. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy S said...

Great idea for a card! Beautiful!

Victoria Milam said...

Great idea! Our children are grown also and I do a lot of holiday baking, so this is perfect for me! Thank you!

Clara Callon said...

OH my goodness, what a good idea! My family is huge with baking and people are always asking for recipes, soo awesome! Must use this idea!

TillamookLJ said...

What an awesome idea. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

What a cool different way to send cards, I love it, very unique. They look so Yummy. Tracey Magner

MajdaP said...

Another super clever and cute (and yummy!) idea! Love it!

Sugar N Spice N Little Boys with Dirt N Noise said...

Ok, I love, love, love that I did a recipe instead of cookies! U Francine win the internet today!!!

Jeanne-Marie said...

What a cute idea! I like that you shared a cookie recipe. One of my favorite Christmas parties I ever went to was a cookie exchange party where we exchanged cookie recipes. Love the idea! Very cute card!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your unique card.

D.Ann C said...

Thanks for the cookie recipe - they look yummy! Love those Lawn Fawn kitchen goodies! How sweet of them to be one of the sponsors of this hop!

mandalj said...

What a great card - love the photo of the yummy biscuits and the recipe too!

Super Stick Chick said...

What a delightfully delicious post and wonderful recipe!

Rebecca Romines said...

Oh my what a fun card idea!! lol I can smell them cooking in the oven. It's so fun to see all the different spins to the hop theme. Thanks for ides

Margaret Quintana said...

What a fun card, Francine. And thanks for your recipe. I'll have to make some of these lovely cookies for my family.

Geri Stuart said...

Sweet! I wouldn't have thought of a baking photo but it is a great idea showing a taste of home. Thanks for the idea!

Bev B said...

How clever and unique! Love it!

Bev B said...

How clever and unique! Love it!

Alma Dirpaul said...

This reminds me of a Christmas cookie/card exchange I was part of last year. Good job.

mssgrz said...

Oh those cookies look yummy! The card is adorable also!

Amy C. said...

I love the idea of sharing a favorite recipe...so cute!

Patt H. said...

An awesome card & a wonderful idea! Love the concept 7 may have to semi-case this one! :)

Cindy Thick said...

This is a great card. Love the cookie theme.

Gwen said...

This is such an fun and original idea! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Really cute card! The photo is great. I love that it's not the typical family photo, but yet a special moment celebrating the season.

Loly Borda said...

Thanks so much for the recipe Francine! I love your fun picture! TFS

Linda M said...

This is such a cute idea! Your card is so pretty and your recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

C Cee said...

I loved that you thought 'out of the box'. You've got me thinking now... Mmmmm, thanks for the receipe!

C Gray said...

Great for sharing recipes. Very unique!

Nota Bene said...

What a beautiful card - it looks delicious!

Jenn Paci said...

Love that you used a non traditional photo for your holiday card!

T Hill said...

This card is so clever. And it has given me an idea for a card too. So, thanks very much for inspiring me by sharing your beautiful card.

Debbie l said...

Such a great idea to share your Christmas recipes! Love it

Elaine Horton said...

Cute idea. If you want to include family members they could be shown baking the cookies.

sammi said...

Oooo those cookies look delicious! Way to make me hungry for cookies! LOL! Love your unusual approach and out of the box project for this hop!

Sammibug in Ohio

DianeK-Minnesota said...

Delightful card and I took your recipe as well.

Pam Pam said...

What a clever card idea! Love it!

Marsha Stehle said...

Great idea and thanks for sharing the recipe!

Tracey M. said...

I have never thought about taking a picture of Christmas Cookies for a holiday card! What a fun idea! It is very personal and you get to enjoy cookies!

Jackie said...

Oh what a great card, love to get recipes too!! I think I will make some cookies, thank you for the recipe!

KristieZ said...

What a great idea to use a photo of a treasured recipe. It's like a gift and a card all in one! Thanks for sharing!

Amanda Hayes said...

Beautiful cards!

Laurie said...

I really like this idea. My kids are out of the house and I don't like my picture taken. Great idea!

Angelika said...

Very nice. Thanks for showing and sharing

JimandPeg Zeleznik said...

I love your idea! I do A LOT of Christmas baking and have for years. I think combining some baking pictures along with a "flashback" picture that was done in one of the earlier posts would make a great Christmas card. I have so many memories of baking with my children. Everyone had their own job to do and we made 100's of cookies. My girls did most of the fancy cookies with me while my son did all of the pizzelles. He didn't like the chaos in the kitchen so he would sit at the dining room table turning out 2 cookies at a time on the pizzelle iron!

Diann Brodnax said...

What a yummy idea for a photo option! Love it! :)

Cindy G. said...

What a wonderful idea for a Christmas card! So clever!

Cindy C. said...

How delightful!! So fun to use a photo of baked goods on a card!! Thanks for the inspiration.

Carey Nusbaum said...

I love your photo card idea! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

Rose Mary Smalley said...

I loved this idea for a Christmas card. And thank you so much for the wonderful recipe. Happy Holidays!

OH Babs said...

Delightful card full of homeyness and how lovely to share your recipe.

Amy Lim said...

It's such a great idea to share photo and recipe of your homemade cookies !! It's awesome !!

Judy Holbrook said...

Very creative idea. I love the photo and the inclusion of the cookie recipe! Super!

Eileen said...

Oh my, you are so clever, great card! I just LOVE this idea!

Stacy said...

This is my fave photo of the bunch! VERY creative and I love the design.

CathyL said...

Very fun photo card! The cookies look delicious!

Bev Karolak said...

What a great idea! I'd love to receive a Christmas card like yours! :-)

Silvia Galloni said...

Simply adorable!!!

Unknown said...

What a clever idea. Especially is you don't have a good photo to use. I'll have to remember this idea. The cookies looked yummy!

Alaska .Kris said...

Yummy idea!

Anonymous said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

( Annie )

Anita in France said...

How cute, Francine ... love the idea of the cookie photo going with the recipe to create them ... and they look so scrumptious! Anita :)

kittykat3308 said...

Your cookies are beautiful. I would love to make them but your recipe is much to small

Kathleen

Valerie Rancourt said...

What a great idea.

Mary-Anne V said...

What a great idea to use a picture of the cookies.

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Awesome card. I like out of the box ideas.

Laura Dovalo said...

Love your cute and original christmas card! Your colouring is flawless as always! Thaks for the inspiration and for the recipe. ^_^

pcm said...

what a great idea! those cookies sound delish!

Lagene said...

I love the cookie idea! Nothing says love like homemade cookies!

Marta said...

This was a clever way to use that stamp set. Very cheeky :)

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

What a wonderful and yummy card! Love the stamped embellishments!

Linda said...

I never like photos of myself so I like the idea of using a picture and the recipe of one of your favorite desserts. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Noe I.G said...

Oh my gosh!! Love your cookie photo on your card!! Awesome!!

Miriam Prantner said...

What a wonderful idea! I love that you get a recipe to go with the photo!

Sundaystamper said...

A recipe Christmas photo card...genius!

Andrea1702 said...

What a fun card! Love the stamps you used!

Russell Productions said...

Nice job making me hungry. Love the display.

Indy's Designs said...

Fabulous card and wonderful idea!

Ann said...

So cute!!! Love that you used the "Baked with love" stamp set with the photo of your cookies. And your cookies look delicious too.

Kathy Congreve said...

Great idea--thanks for sharing!

Gail Plaskiewicz said...

Oh my gosh, I love cut out cookies! I make them every year although I didn't make them last year. I hope I get to make them this year and I think I would like to try your recipe too. You are the 3rd person who thought out of the box and you used the photo of your Christmas cookies. I belong to a Christmas card swap group and we sometimes send each other a recipe but no one has ever sent in a picture of the recipe they sent. What a great idea! I love this! Those cookies look so yummy.
Are they like butter cookies or sugar cookies? Everyone in my family loves soft butter cookies but they aren't to fond of sugar cookies. I can't wait to make them and thank you for that yummy recipe and for showing us how your cookies came out. Now I'm hungry! LOL

Flo said...

What a wonderful idea, a cookie recipe card. Love it.

Andrea @TwiceTheFun said...

Yummy!!! :-D Your card design is so adorable!!! How fun that you're also including the recipe. Traditional recipes from another country are such a great gift.

Nicole Jones said...

What a clever idea! Love the recipe!

TracyM #6773 said...

FUN & TASTY photo card!!!
LOVE how you have combined the photo of your cookies with the stamps and included the recipe inside!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your INSPIRATION and your recipe :)

Alicia Merline said...

You really went outside the box with this. All the other cards on the blog hop featured pictures of people, but no one said they had to. Shows what a creative mind you have.

Michelle said...

Very creative!

Connie MacFarlane said...

What a cute idea Francine! Love that you included a picture of your Christmas cookies in your card. Thanks for the recipe, the inspiration and chance to win!

Laura P said...

What a great idea for a photo card, and how kind of you to share the recipe! I love the colors you chose, especially the red gingham!

Stephanie Savidge said...

Such a cute idea to do a Christmas recipe! Looks delicious.

Claudia Henderson said...

Gruerzi in die Schweiz....Weihnachtsplaetzchen... What an awesome idea. I never thought of using my Weichnachtsplaetzchen (Christmas cookies)photo for a Christmas card. I have to try this too...awesome I just have a ton of ideas coming up...Thanks so much for sharing! I love your card Francine...Frohe Weihnachten :-)

Char K said...

and now I want some of these cookies!

Helen F. said...

This is such a fun and fantastic idea! Love this! thanks for sharing :-p

mtscrapgal said...

What a novel idea for your Christmas card. Thanks for sharing your idea.

Neha said...

This is such a beautiful card design! Love the sweet photo!

Ina Nelson said...

This is the cutest card and I love that you sent a recipe with the card.

Irina said...

Yummy! :) I like it very much!

Joyce said...

What a great idea of photo of Christmas cookies. Thanks for the receipe too.

Joyce said...

What a neat idea a photo of holiday cookies.
Joyce Soo Hoo

Tina Z. said...

wow, great idea, I love it, yummy ...

Jean said...

What a wonderful project! Sounds yummy!

Vivian Piper said...

Oh, I love how you were able to match the Lawn Fawn stamps to your photo! And those cookies look divine!

Vivian C. said...

What a scrumptious idea!!! So clever and original. Love it!

Anonymous said...

This card is such a great idea! Love it!!

Unknown said...

Francine, This is very original! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kristen Olsen said...

Wow! A Christmas card and a recipe gift all in one! What a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

Helen Gullett said...

On this is great idea too for christmas photo card. Recipe! Lovely and does sound yummy too! THANK YOU for the inspiration!

Susie Sonnier said...

Such a great card!!

Berina RGA said...

Such a beautiful one!! The cookies look yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe1

Andrea D. La Vigne said...

Neat idea to use a cookie photo and include the recipe! Love the layout of your card, and the colors. Looks very kitchen-y! :) ~ Andrea

Danielle Whitehead said...

Love your cards. Such beautiful work. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Kate B said...

What a great card! I love your idea of the cookie picture and including the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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