Friday, September 21, 2012

*Edited* Unique, Artistic Note Cards for Any Occasion! - ArtfulVision #Review and #Giveaway - #HolidayGiftGuide2012

As some of you may know, my father is an incredible photographer with decades of experience.  Very rarely am I as impressed with someone else's work as I am my dad (maybe it's because it's my dad) but I was recently contacted by a company called Artful Vision and had the opportunity to review some of the most beautiful note cards! 

More Information on Artful Vision
According to their website, "Discover a dazzling array of creative, American-made products and play a vital part in an innovative effort that supports worthy causes across the U.S.A."
"Experience our amazing selection of:

  • Jewelry and accessories
  • Photography and paintings
  • Pottery and home decor
  • Garden art and accents
  • Music and books
  • Prints and notecards
...and so much more!  Simply browse our wide array of gifts produced by creative Americans from around the country!  Purchase the perfect gift(s) to bring joy to your life, your home, or to family and friends!  Choose a participating non-profit to receive a donation from your order...and make an enormous difference for causes that matter!"
Here are just a few of the beautiful items I founds on their site that would make great gifts this holiday season.
Goth Clock in Vampire Red and Black
According the the artist, Christine Bailey Claringblold, "The Goth Clock in Vampire Red and Black features my original, psychedelic design, hand painted using high quality acrylics in glossy black on a blood red background.  It is made from an upscycled 12" vinyl LP record. (How neat is that?!) The painted record is assembled with a new quartz clock movement and simple black clock hands.  There is a heavy duty hanger on the back for hanging and this clock takes one 'AA' battery (not included)"
How I found My Family - The Importance of Family - Mom's Choice Award
According to the author, Linda Sicks, "As an overview, the Nick the Wise Old Cat Series books are warm, lovable and soon-to-be classic stories presented through the eyes of Nice, the "wise old cat" influenced by the world around him and the special loving relationship he has with his Nice Lady caregiver.  A 2010 Gold Recipient of Mom's Choice Award for Children's Picture Book Series- Values and Life Lessons."
"In 'How I Found My Family', Nick takes his young readers back to the beginning when he was just a young kitten finding himself and his sister up for adoption at Frank's Furry Friends.  Follow his odyssey from loss to attatchment as the Nice Lady walks into his life one day and they become family.  Taking place around the Thanksgiving holidays, the story reinforces not only the importance for reflection and thankfulness during this special holiday, but also the importance of family and how we all need to be thankful for ours."
Cherry Blossoms Chiyogami Glass Pendant, White

According to the artist Ann Williams, "A light background frames white and red cherry blossoms with orange, pink and gold accents.  Glass cabochon has softly rounded corners and is very light to wear.  Handmade by me in my home studio.  I use a non-toxic lacquer to seal the image on the back of the glass.  Japanese papers - Chiyogami, Washi and Yuzen - are absolutely gorgeous and make lovely accents to any outfit.  Individually photographed so you can see the exact item you will receive."

My Review 
I had the opportunity to choose between two different greeting card sets and since I live in Florida but have never had the chance to visit South Florida, I saw it only fitting to choose the Miami Beach Hut Note Card Box set.  This comes 8 cards in a box, two of each.   They also offer a variety of gorgeous boxed sets with butterflies, doors, windows, gardens, and religious images that also come 8 cards in a box, with two each of 4 different images. With these cards you can experience the benefits of  Florida without spending the money to actually take a trip down here.  
These note cards are perfect for any occasion and are unique from other note cards as a 4x6 photo is mounted on a signed 5x7 card that is suitable for framing.  The blank card is ready for any personal message you'd like to add and comes with a matching envelope.  
According to the photographer Maxine Gardner, A great way to spend the day relaxing in Miami is walking around the water's edge drinking in the sights and sounds of South Beach.  There's the boardwalk, palm trees, a turquoise ocean, beautiful breezes and miles of white sand.  Of course, there's also Art Deco, great good and beautiful people but what I remembered most about that day are the quaint lifeguard huts that dot the horizon."
This incredibly impressive array of beautiful note cards retail for only $4.00 each or a boxed set of 8 note cards and envelopes, packed in a gift box with a clear lid for only $22 - a great price at only $2.75 a piece!  This is a steal compared to how beautiful these note cards are in person!  Any of Maxine's gorgeous note cards would make an extraordinary gift for yourself or loved ones and I highly recommend them and all of Artful Vision's products to anyone looking for a special gift for that special person in their life.  
Shopaholic Rating: 5 out of 5 Shopping Bags - Style, Beauty and the opportunity to give back to those in need.  Artful Vision is amazing!
Where can you purchase your own set of beautiful notecards?
If you are interested in purchasing a set of Maxine Gardner's beautiful note cards, any of the items posted in this review or if you'd just like to take a look at any of the other gorgeous and interesting products they carry be sure to visit their website!  There you will also find information on special deals going on, new products and you can also set up a wishlist or purchase a gift certificate!  For more up to date information be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Giveaway Time!
One lucky Shopaholic is going to win a set of beautiful notecards from Artful Vision and Maxine Gardner!  You will have your choice of either the Florida Sunset cards or the Miami Beach Hut cards I reviewed OR a selection of your choice their website!  Here's how:

Mandatory Entry: Visit the Artful Vision website and tell me one other item you think would make a great gift and include a link!

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I will choose one lucky winner on 10/14 at 8pm EST using  I will announce and contact the winner soon after that.  That person will 48 hours to respond via email to claim their prize.  If I don't hear back within 48 hours I will have to hold a redraw.  This giveaway open to US residents 18+.    Good Luck!

I received a free product to help facilitate this review.  All opinions in this review are mine and unbiased.  For more information please see the PR section located on this site. 


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