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These are our 2009 Christmas cards!  I couldn’t pick just one, so I ordered three different ones.  I then selected which card I thought the recipient would like the best!  The card wasn’t all my idea.  I knew I wanted a Christmas card and birth announcement combo and I knew I wanted the copy on the photo… and I also liked the idea of a striped blanket.  The rest of the credit goes to Marla… who is super talented, as you likely already know!  The only thing she didn’t create was the baby.  I ran out of cards this year… next year I’ll order more! 

We mounted the photo inside a red envelopment and sealed with our custom terrihuahua silhouette address labels from b.wise papers.  Alston@ b.wise papers has awesome card designs and sticker labels! 


 Hopefully when our friends and family opened their cards this little face brought some Christmas cheer…


From our little family to yours… Merry Christmas!!


  1. It brought me cheer just to see/read it on your blog! I am sure they were impressed. You, and Marla, did a lovely job. What a gorgeous little sugar plum you have! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Her hair is just beautiful. Merry Christmas.

  2. These cards are absolutely perfect! I love that you used all three designs. Just lovely.

  3. Angela Williams says:

    These are fantastic! Your Christmas Card recipients will just die. Darling, darling!


  4. well, you can’t go wrong with any of the photos, as sloane is super cute!

    merry christmas :)

  5. These are ADORABLE. Enjoy your first Christmas together!!

  6. This is so freaking cute! Thanks for sharing! I’m sure you hear it all the time, but she looks so much like you (and Darby haha). Merry Christmas!

  7. Wow. They are great. Did Marla print the cards for you too? I love how they look hand colored.
    Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas, xo, MB

  8. Awesome cards and sweet baby! Merry Christmas!

  9. These cards are precious! Merry Christmas!

  10. Your baby girl is beautiful and so are the cards! Have a wonderful Christmas. I look forward to reading your posts in the new year. All the best, Sarah

  11. All I can say is absolutely ADORABLE!

  12. She’s just perfect. So are the cards! Love them. Merry Christmas!

  13. Oh, my goodness! How absolutely fun to receive this very merry card! Smiles all around. This card will surely end up on kitchen bulletin boards for a good long time. Merry Christmas.

  14. adorable on so many levels!! she is the cutest! enjoy your first christmas with your little sugar plum!

  15. Absolutely love it!

  16. what an adorable little lady and card.
    Merry christmas.

  17. I love them all!! Merry Christmas!

  18. So precious! No wonder you all are merry. And what wonderful cards to celebrate. Happy Christmas!

  19. Adorable!

  20. Gorgeous girl! And the return sticker terrihuaha (is that right) are perfection as well. That Sloane bologna makes us smile.

  21. It’s AWESOME!! The kids are in on my card-critique game (awful, but true)! And…The Powells are the Grand Prize winner this year! Cutest Kid AND Best Overall. Roan l-o-v-e-d the clever red envelope wrap. MERRY MERRY to Y’ALL!

  22. Super cute cards! Sloane is a doll :)

  23. The second time was even better! What a cutie patootie!!

  24. this is beyond adorable! have a wonderful Christmas.

  25. Oh how beautiful she is. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

    Merry Christmas and God’s blessings on you all.

  26. Well that definitely cheered my day! That HAIR! I can’t believe how beautiful she is, congratulations to you both!

  27. I check your blog often and have never left a comment, but when I saw these Christmas cards I just had to say something! These are the cutest cards I have ever seen!! Love them all, especially the first one! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas with your beautiful daughter!

  28. I love them! They are absolutely adorable just like Sloan. She is gorgeous.

    Happy Holidays to you, your beautiful family, and all of your “Readers”.

  29. I can’t stop smiling! These cards make me so happy and cheerful for Christmas! Hope you have a very merry one!

  30. She is too cute! Cards look great! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  31. i am in love with these cards!!! so cute!

  32. The one of her in the striped hat is just too darn cute!!! Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!

  33. so. damn. cute. lucky recipients. merry christmas you guys.

  34. Adorable cards Erika! Merry Merry Christmas to ya’ll!

  35. This is so adorable. I absolutely love them!

  36. Oh my goodness – love it!!!

  37. absolutely adorable (both the cards and the baby)! God bless. Happy Holidays!

  38. Oh, I just LOVE the first one! Those are precious!

  39. Adorable! Super cute.

  40. Beautifully done…all three of them. And a Merry Christmas to you too!

  41. Becky Brodbeck says:

    The card was beautiful and it definitely brought a smile to my face when I opened it! Love all three designs. Merry Christmas to you all! Lots of Love from Louisville!

  42. what cute christmas cards/birth announcements! thanks for sharing! hope you all have a merry merry christmas!

  43. how could that sweet face NOT bring cheer to someone?! those are all such cute cards…no wonder you couldn’t choose one! thanks for posting them – Merry Christmas to you all! :)

  44. They’re beautiful! Like a little Christmas work of art!

  45. Akkkkk! Oh my gosh those are too STINKING CUTE! Probably the cutest Christmas card I HAVE EVER SEEN! LOVE IT. Merry Christmas.

  46. Oh, that little sugar plum!!She is just so lovely. Gorgeous cards. We wish you a beautiful, magical first Christmas as a trio :-) (or quintet if we are being terrihuahua mindful!). xxx

  47. Oh my goodness. That is so different! I love it! She is a sweet pea!

  48. These are absolutely adorable. How creative and perfect! The collaboration resulted in a perfect Christmas card. Merry Christmas!

  49. I have enjoyed reading your blog and can’t get over how cute your christmas card is! Enjoy Christmas with your baby- it is such a special time with children! They grow up so fast- my oldest is now 6! merry christmas to you and your family!

  50. SO CUTE!!! They’re absolutely perfect!!

  51. Melissa Wagner says:

    I loved getting your Christmas card. Little “Sloaney Bologna” just made my day when I opened my mail!!!! I’m glad you posted the other 2 cards too. She is sweet in all of them, and I can totally see why it was hard to pick just 1!!!! Have a Merry Christmas!

  52. Melissa Wagner says:

    This is Mackenzie! I just realized that me and my cousin have really cool birthdays! i was born on 6-6-96. (:

  53. e-
    that was the best card i got!! love that sugar plum!!
    merry merry!!

  54. Most adorable announcement I’ve ever seen! So glad you shared it with us, my curiosity was getting the best of me when you posted about getting them all sent!
    Safe travels, and the Merriest of Christmases!!!

  55. I can see why you couldn’t pick just one design… those cards are lovely! And what a face that Sloane has. Such a pretty girl with soulful eyes. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  56. Those are awesome Erika. I would LOVE to know how in the world Marla captures those photos of Sloane! Happy holidays to your family. Enjoy your first Christmas with a new baby–it’s the best.

  57. Dana Powell says:

    We too are the Powells and had a baby 09-09-09. I want to make happy New Year/birth announcements.

    How did you make a background, add type and lay on a picture?

  58. Dana Powell says:

    We too are the Powells with a new baby born 09-09-09. We will be making Happy New/birth announcement cards. How do you add a pic over a design and add type?

  59. I absolutely love the first photo. If I received this in the mail, it would bring a smile to my face!

  60. Love them and I could eat her up! :)

  61. so cute. what an adorable little girl. love the striped blanket and stocking cap.


  62. Wow! Sloane is a miniature Erika!!! What a cute card and an adorable baby.

  63. Erika, Merry Christmas and many blessing to you and your family! xo

  64. Precious as it can be! I love the stripped blanket, awesome effect! Merry Christmas to you three!!

  65. Those eyes!!! I love what a proud mama you are! She is adorable! Merry Christmas!!!

  66. Super cute Christmas card!!

  67. LOVE THEM ALL!! Totally precious! I could eat her up! Merry Christmas!

  68. Laurin Maddux says:

    Well you certainly chose well for me—the first one is my fave and is also the one I received. But, of course how could I now love seeing your sweet girl’s precious face in my mailbox and now on my fridge!

    Coming to Memphis anytime soon!?!?

  69. Laurin Maddux says:

    Ooops! Meant the last one was my fave…..

  70. E! I absolutely LOVEEEE them and that face indeed brightens everything. Merry Christmas to the Powells!

  71. oh, it’s the best. Sloane Chancy would make me merry, too. Just seeing her picture did! Precious girl. Merry, Merry!

  72. Ah that is soo cute and what a good idea!! I love her little hat and so much dark hair!! Our Amber is 10 days younger than Sloane! We took a picture of her in my stocking for our chirstmas card.

  73. Molly Dorman Flynn says:

    Erika…LOVE the Christmas cards!! Sloane is absolutely beautiful! Enjoy your first Christmas with her! Merry, Merry!

  74. Erika- The picture of Sloane is beautiful. She is so adorable! . I love your blog and look forward to your posts. Enjoy the holidays.

  75. These are so darling, anyone would be happy to recieve one! Thank you so much for sharing them with us, it is so fun to watch Sloane grow. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family, looks like your present came early this year!

  76. perfect card. what a beautiful baby! enjoy your first christmas with her. it just gets better and better. merry christmas.

  77. Absolutely beyond adorable!!! And Sloane is sooo beautiful.
    Merry Christmas!

  78. I LOVE these. best Christmas card Ive seen this year!

  79. i would have to have picked all three as well. the striped hat is so adorable. Merry Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  80. these cards are simple adorable. sloane is a doll-baby!

  81. These are the most adorable Christmas cards. Beautiful!

  82. i squealed in delight as i opened your card. thank you for thinking of us! sloan is such a treasure. this new mama’s heart was overflowing with joy this christmas- i know yours was too. merry christmas to y’all. and happy new year!!

  83. LOVE this. Sloane is beyond cute….and I just have to know what font that is? care to share?

    Merry Christmas!

  84. What gorgeous cards. Your baby is adorable.

  85. what ADORABLE cards. you are just like me…when you can’t decide on something, get them all!

    ps. i post a few pics of my sons room. would love your approval haha.

    happy holidays!!!

  86. She is so precious! It brings a smile to my face, to see these pictures!
    Hope you all had a merry, merry christmas!

  87. to. die. for. (Miss Sloane!)

  88. Erika: These are all so lovely. Sloane is just so adorable, I am sure and positive your family and friends were all so delighted to have received such a cute and festive Christmas/Announcement card. Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas Holiday.


  89. Tara McClendon says:

    We LOOOOVVVEEEDDD ours!! Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! xoxo

  90. merriest of holidays to you and yours!


  91. lu-huvvv.

    can we have one next year?
    send me your address and I’ll add you to our list too.

  92. Adorable! What a perfect way to combine these two lovely celebrations.

    { Lindsey }

  93. This is the most adorable thing ever. If I had a baby, I would totally copy! I’ll store it away in my memory for one day!

  94. I can’t even TAKE HER! She is so cute and I LOVE your cards! I thought about doing a combo card… and then I thought about doing a Christmas card… but I didn’t get around to the latter. Shame, shame. The holidays just snuck up on me this year, what can I say?!

    BTW Sloane looks like Devon to me sometimes… she really does!

  95. Oh and I just realized her bday is 090909. Like, could the kid be any freakin’ cooler? She is BORN to be an artist of some sort, with that name and bday! I’ve already thought about how cool Devon’s first bday invitations will look, all 10-20-10. Yep, I’m a loony toons!

  96. Adorable! What font is used on your cards? You are so blessed to have such a beautiful family!!! Happy Holidays!

  97. We still have our Christmas cards up so every time I walk through the living room little Sloane is smiling at me with her cute fuzzy hair. SOOOOOO sweet makes me want another, almost. ;)

  98. Too cute for words…I am going to remember this when I am a grandma (no one’s married yet, so it will be a while!)…just LOVE it!
    May your new year be perfect!

  99. I am dying to know where you got that sweet santa hat! We are expecting in November and I would love to use something like that for our announcment/christmas card.

  100. Would you mind telling me what the name of that font is? I absolutely LOVE these announcements and have been searching for this font all day! I absolutely love your blog…Darby’s too!
    War Eagle!

  101. Rachel Petersen says:

    I LOVE you and your sister’s blogs…your faith makes you both radiant. Furthermore, your interior design work is exquisite. My mom, sister and I have been following your blog for quite some time now. Now, on to why I am writing you a note on this post. I am pregnant and due in October and would like to combine our Christmas cards and birth announcements as well. I was wondering where you found the adorable red and white elf hat on Sloane? Your announcements are precious!

  102. Avery Essay says:

    I absolutely LOVE this Christmas Card/Birth Announcement! I am expecting a baby girl in November and would love to send out a Christmas Announcement just like this. Did you make the card yourself? Or did you buy it from a company?

  103. I love your christmas card/birth announcement!!! Can you share where you purchased them from? Thanks so much!!

  104. Hi! I came across your blog when I was searching for a combination Christmas card/birth announcement. I LOVE yours. I know you mentioned you designed it with Marla. Does Marla have a business I can purchase cards from? These are just so cute and perfect. Thanks!

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