Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Product Review: PolkaDotCardz

I'm clearly not a handmade goddess. I don't sew well {hello squiggly seams!}, and I'm really just lazy a whole lot of the time. I'd rather buy handmade than be the crafty queen {although, I have some projects to share soon!}. Still, I think its extremely important to highlight local/independent artists and businesspeople when they do amazing things and give wonderful service.

As you may know, I'm graduating with my Master of Science in about a month, and unlike when I got my Baccalaureate {doesn't that sound fancy?} I wanted to let people know. I'm pretty darn proud that I finished my thesis and did this thing! The announcements sold through my school were nice....sort of...but a little over the top, and extremely expensive. It cost around $75 for 25 invitations and they take about 1 month to process. So I turned to etsy, something I do quite a bit, and finally found Lara and PolkaDotCardz.

I'll let her introduce herself:

Hi everyone! My name is Lara, and I’m a music teacher turned SAHM turned Etsy shop owner! I taught for 10 years in a small Christian school, and I ended up making invitations every year for the Senior Formal, and Announcements for the graduates! My M-I-L suggested I give Etsy a try, and Voila! I found a new passion in paper. =o) My signature card is a circle that swivels. Most of my cards are either circle shaped or incorporate my beloved polka dots in the design. I also specialize in custom Graduation Announcements for High School and College.

Let me be clear: she is awesome! I contacted her with what I wanted and she not only made a sample for me to see, but also changed the announcement a few times with my nitpicky issues. Not only that, but she shipped extremely quickly, which gave me plenty of time to send them out.

And look how gorgeous they are?!

I *highly* recommend this shop for all of your invitation and announcement needs! Lara gives wonderful feedback on what she thinks will work {or not}, her products are high quality, and she is super quick!

And, guess what?! She is offering to give one lucky winner either three individual cards or a set of 5 custom invitations. How can you resist?!

How to enter:

Go to Lara's shop and leave a comment telling us what you favorite thing is!

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Blog, tweet, or Facebook about this giveaway! Feel free to use this: You should be jealous that I just entered to win stationary from PolkaDotCardz on @advntrsnflpflps's blog! {two entries total}

Blogging with integrity: I did not receive any compensation for this review. I bought my announcements with my own money and think its important to tell people when I get good, affordable products with excellent customer service. I'm pretty excited that Lara agreed to do a giveaway so you can experience her awesomeness for yourselves!


  1. You're right! Those are amazing looking cards! :)

    There are so many awesome things there, that it's difficult to choose a favorite... So I'm going to list several XD

    1. The reusable lunchbox notes... Ingenious!
    2. The Creepy, Crawly, Spider, Polka Dots, Halloween Card... they really pop!
    3. The lego inspired party invitations, because legos are awesome :D

  2. I love those lego cards, but I'm a major fan of those circular ones, too. Great giveaway!

    jaclyn1423 at yahoo dot com

  3. I follow you on GFC.

    jaclyn1423 at yahoo dot com

  4. I just tweeted (1 of 2)!/JacAndElsie/status/141578910403006464

    jaclyn1423 at yahoo dot com

  5. I just tweeted (2 of 2)!/JacAndElsie/status/141578910403006464

    jaclyn1423 at yahoo dot com

    Thanks for such a fun giveaway, Lauren!

  6. those lego cards are adorbs!