I absolutely love this time of year and all that goes with it - the decorations, twinkly lights, Christmas music, delicious food, and of course all of the Christmas shopping and card buying you have to do.
Today on the blog I'm going to share with you my very favourite Christmas cards on the market this year. I've had great fun selecting these brilliantly quirky cards to feature on the blog - I hope you love them all just as much as I do.
This year I am determined to support independent artists, illustrators and shops when choosing which presents and cards I give. All of the cards featured in today's post are there because I truly love and appreciate the incredible talent of these designers, and the final products they have for sale.
I love to think that all of the artists featured in this post will benefit from me sharing the Christmas love and featuring their designs on my site, so come on, support independent artists this Christmas and purchase some of these brilliant cards!
There's still plenty of time to order your cards and get them in the post in time for the big day!
SALLY RENDEL - LASERCUT REINDEER
Reindeer Cutout Cards by Sally Rendel
They are available from her Etsy shop Fuzzy & Beakle in packs of 6 priced at £13.50. She also makes Elf, Snowman, Father Christmas, Holly and Angel laser cut cards - go and check them out they really are super cool!
DOODLE LOVE DESIGNS - DECIDEDLY DIFFERENT CARDS
These cards make me smile so much - and what more do you need than smiles this Christmas? Fun and definitely living up to their name of "decidedly different", these hilarious slogan cards will bring festive cheer to any household. Lela from doodle love definitely lives up to her tag line of 'paper + personality' with these great designs.
Pack of 4 (1 of each design) priced at £6.50
Pack of 24 (6 of each design) priced at £20
NIKKI MCWILLIAMS - NICE NOËL & SEASONS EATINGS
The perfect card for any biscuit muncher this Christmas - Nice Noël
Nikki's beautiful biscuity designs will be a sure fire winner this Christmas - Seasons Eatings
I am a MASSIVE fan of Nikki McWilliams' biscuit inspired empire: from her fab cushions, to her adorable stationary and jewellery, there isn't a single item on her site that I wouldn't love to receive this Christmas.
I was lucky enough to be bought one of her custard cream cushions for my birthday this year, and I just totally adore it! When I saw that she had released these Christmas cards I did a little happy dance! These cards are just perfect for all my fellow biscuit-lovers out there...
Priced at £2 per individual card or sold in packs of 2 (£4), 4 (£6) , 6 (£8), 12 (£15) or 20 (£24). (Mixed packs of both designs also available)
ALICE PALACE - MAGNIFICENT CHRISTMAS
Alice has illustrated the most stunning collection of Christmas cards for 2014 - you can see the full collection here. I just love her 'Magnificent Christmas' stag card, and the personalisation available makes these cards simply perfect. I love adding that personal touch with the "FROM The Bishops" printed at the bottom: her cards are a beautiful way to add a touch of class to your personalised cards this holiday season.
Priced at £2.25 per card
LITTLE SHED DESIGNS - AY UP DUCK
My little son Bert is completely obsessed with ducks - "duck" was his first word, and he is at his happiest when we go and feed the ducks at our local country park - he laughs, sneakily eats the bread himself, and shouts "DUCK!" at the top of his voice, much to my amusement!
When I saw these "Ay Up Duck" cards by Little Shed Designs I fell completely in love with them...who wouldn't love a duck wearing a Christmas hat on their mantlepiece this Christmas?
Ay Up Duck cards are priced at £3 including postage and packing.
TATTYPUSS - BLACK CAT CARDS BY JANE CROWTHER
For all you cat lovers out there, if you haven't discovered Tatty Puss yet then where have you been? This fab online shop is dedicated to all gifts cat-related, and they have a brilliant selection of cat themed Christmas cards available this year designed by the very talented Jane Crowther.
Cat in Tree with Birds - I love the little owl with her festive santa hat on! Such a cute design!
Just like my own cat this Black Cat & Christmas Decorations design reminds me of my inquisitive little puss, and how much she loves to bat baubles all over my house during the festive period!
Black Cat Watching Santa - I love how the cat is nestled in amongst the tree with his birdie friends!
Black Cat with Christmas Presents - I can't help but think that my presents wouldn't remain remotely as neatly packaged as the beautiful ones on this card if Pickle-Lily had anything to do with it - she's a sucker for a length of ribbon!
Who could resist this Black Cat & Baubles design?
All of the Black Cat cards come in packs of 5 for £5.50.
SOPHIE MORRELL - CATS/REINDEER/SHEEP/PENGUINS
I discovered beautifully talented illustrator Sophie Morrell a little while back while surfing the internet looking for a birthday gift for my good friend who is a big art/cat lover. I instantly loved Sophie's work and fell for her charming designs (especially her very elegant cats) - so I knew I had to include my favourite cards from her awesome Christmas card collection within my roundup...
I think Sophie's designs are so cheerful and funny - every single card in her collection brings a smile to my face - her cute characters are nothing short of adorable, and I love the titles she gives her works, such as 'Mint Sauce' and 'Pierced Dear'. Just brilliant!
Sophie has even more designs available in her Christmas Cards Collection over on her website - be sure to take a peek.
Sophie's cards are priced at £3 each, but if you buy more than 6 cards they cost just £1.25 each - so why not order in bulk and save yourself a pretty penny or two!
THE PRIZE: One of my lucky readers can win a stunning Sophie Morrell framed print of their choice (up to the value of £30) from Sophie's website, just by entering the Gleam giveaway below.
The giveaway will run until 31.12.14 and your prize will be posted out in the New Year directly from Sophie Morrell.
UK entrants only.
Disclaimer: I was sent cards from Sally Rendel, Doodle Love Designs, Alice Palace, Little Shed Designs, Tattypuss and Sophie Morrell for the purpose of this review.
*I have also included cards from Nikki McWilliams because I am huge fan of her designs - I bought these cards myself, but loved them so much I had to include them in the roundup.*
A huge extra thanks goes to all at Sophie Morrell for supplying such a beautiful giveaway prize for my readers.