Monday, December 21, 2009

Fresh Ideas for Hostess and Customer Monthly Incentives—January

Share the love this Valentine’s by displaying your cards of devotion using our MDF pre-drilled board. We applied Vinyl Effects to the hearts and sprinkled on glitter to give the project some sparkle. Our Bulldog Clips are a perfect card holder that will grip an array of cards. Add a bit of ribbon to the clips for a darling finishing touch.
· “Happy Valentine’s” expression #15850: Berry Red (9030)
· MDF Board—Pre-drilled (300132)
· Bulldog Clips (300134)
· Toolbox™ Paint—Whipped Crème (300144)
· Sponge Brushes (300156)
· Vinyl Effects (300155)
· Pearl glitter
· Ribbon
· Valentines

Welcome your friends and family into your home with this sophisticated square frame project. We applied a 12” hollow square to the acrylic insert to add a touch of color and bring more focus into the expression. It also pulls in the colors from the decorative paper and ribbon to unify the finished project.
Tips & Tricks: Decorative Paper with the Square Frame
Decorative paper is a great way to easily change the look and feel of your square frame without switching out the expression. Simply tape the edges of the paper to the back of the frame. When you want to change things up, switch out the paper and the ribbon for a quick makeover that leaves the expression you love intact.
· “Welcome” expression #15847: Slate Grey (9073)
· “12” Square” embellishment #4417112: Shoreline Blue (9054)
· Frameworks™ Frame—Square (300137)
· Decorative paper, 12” x 12”
· Ribbon
· Removable tape

Baa baa…pink sheep? Be on the lookout for color combos that break away from conventional choices and give projects a cute distinctiveness all their own. For this simple but darling project, we paired Fairytale Pink with Slate Grey for a fashionable spin on the traditional colors of love.
· “Love ewe” Two-Part Expression #15856: part 1, Fairytale Pink (9044); part 2, Slate Grey (9073)
· Punched Metal Tile (300111)

What’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate? This candy votive is a sweet and unique gift for your valentine this year. Once the candy is gone, replace it with an actual candle and let the gift serve two purposes.
· “Be mine” expression #15853: Bright White (9010)
· Glass jar (outer), at least 9” diameter and 10” tall
· Glass jar (interior), fewer than 5” diameter and fewer than 9” tall
· Decorative rocks
· Candy

The 2010 Spring/Summer Idea Catalog is launching January 6th and I can't can't wait to share it. Here's an exclusive sneak peek of its beautiful front cover and details on some of its most exciting features: Decorative Prints, a hot new, printed product that can be applied,removed, and reused; Grande Format,oversized versions of 6 brand new designs; Shimmer Vinyl is here to stay; New Accessories including a stunning white version of our Frameworks™ Frame.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Uppercase Living on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

Uppercase Living will be featured on the hit ABC show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”! on Sunday, December 13, at 8/7 Central on ABC.

The expressions that we have donated for the segment are as follows (so you can keep your eye out for them):

· Floral Blocks (Item #14562)

· Bloom growth chart (Item #13423)

· Vinetastic (Item #15690 & 15350)

· Playful aspen (Item #15340)

Uppercase Living is so excited to be a part of this opportunity and donate to a wonderful family in need. We support the efforts of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to make a difference in communities around the nation and look forward to any opportunities we may have to contribute in the future.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Spring/Summer Idea Catalog Sneak Peek!

How do you like the Preview Expressions? Here are just a couple of what's to come in January. You can begin ordering from the new Spring/Summer catalog on January 6 at noon (MT). I'm so excited to see what's coming. So, check back for further updates!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Teacher Gifts - our coasters with custom names!

Are you looking for a unique teacher gift idea this Holiday season? Look no further....a personalized coaster! Our coaster pack #300131 includes 4 glass coasters so all you need to add is the cup embellishment and name! How easy is that? Simply choose the cup embellishment #4502603 and then go into My Design Suite and add the name. Need help? I'm just a phone call or email away! Finish it off with some hot cocoa packets, a Starbuck's card or simply just "Thanks!".

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Black Friday!

Exclusive Black Friday Offer: Free Expression Sheet with Every Order! Place an order on Friday, November 27, between 12:01 a.m. (MT) and 11:59 p.m. (MT) and you will include a FREE 6" x 11" sheet of these exclusive holiday expressions! Each sheet features 10 holiday words and 14 snowflake embellishments that are unique only to this promotion—and every expression will be made from our exclusive holiday Shimmer Gold vinyl. They’re perfect for adding a little holiday shine to any surface!

Aren't these Black Friday Free Expression too darn cute? Just perfect for ornaments but here are some other suggestions.

Dress up your goblets for Christmas dinner. Each glass can feature a word or a snowflake, or both, depending on the look you’re going for
Use them to embellish dinner place cards
Put them on your cell phone or laptop to give them a little holiday bling
Add them to your gift tags
Add them to the packaging on your neighbor gifts for a special touch
Put one on each of your votive candle holders. The flame makes the shimmer really stand out
Embellish your existing expressions with the snowflakes to give them a holiday feel

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Creative and inspiring ideas using Photo Prints.

A recent contest at Uppercase Living highlighted some amazing useage of our new Photo Prints. Can you think of one for your home or business?

Let the Sugar High Begin!

Our 10” x 10” “Cookies for Santa” expression from the 2009 Holiday Mini (#16862; Herb Garden) is perfect on our Scalloped Charger (#300112). Why not use this idea when delivering treats to the neighbors this year? The recipient will be grateful every time they celebrate the season—just remember to place plastic wrap between your treats and the charger so there’s no need to wash!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

December Idea Spot

Wow! This holiday season seems to be a season of COLOR! With all the fun color ideas available to us now, why not change it up a bit?

To create this month’s Idea Spot, begin with some existing holiday décor (the glittering metal snowman, tinsel trees, and faux snow) and created a “wintry scene” by placing our Snowflakes Theme Pack (#16867, part 1: Berry Red; part 2: Robin’s Egg) randomly on the wall to create just the right “feel.” Because this is a theme pack, remember to cut out the individual pieces and tack them up with painter’s tape. Step back and see if they “feel” like they are in the right spots. Move them around so that they fill the space evenly. When you are satisfied with where they are placed, mark each edge of the piece lightly with a pencil on both the transfer tape and the wall, then remove the backing paper and apply them.

You may only need one theme pack, but if the space is larger, I would recommend spacing them out a bit or even ordering an additional theme pack to make sure they don’t seem too sparse. Don’t forget to go back and erase the pencil marks!

We also needed to add a bit of “winter” to the bronze color of the lamp base. Using the idea from last month, snowflake embellishments we added—3 each of “Bold snowflake” (#4501902, Bright White; 2”) and “Simple Snowflake” (#4502002, Bright White; 2”)—and applied them in a random fashion. Be sure to order several different styles to coordinate so that the theme is complete.

By adding a few more details (mini wrapped gift boxes filled with tea lights and a small vase with candy canes), you are ready to greet guests with a delightful scene and help send them off with a smile. ‘Tis the season!

Fresh Ideas for December Guests and Hostesses

Now that Thanksgiving is less than a week away, I think it is safe to say that winter and the holiday season are officially upon us! And thanks to this month’s incentives, you will be able to celebrate and decorate in style all the way through the New Year!

Usher in the Christmas season and celebrate Christ’s birth with this incentive design in Shimmer Gold! Increase the glistening effect by using our Vinyl Effects to add gold glitter to the raised dots on our 13” x 13” Square Charger.

Continue celebrating in style by adding this New Year’s expression to your favorite serving tray! Our Shimmer Silver vinyl is sure to add sparkle to any party and make your guests feel all the more festive.

Holiday Project Ideas

I wanted to come up with some gifts that were unique. In the end, I came up with three gift ideas that would be fun and easy and would fit a range of budgets. I am so excited to share them! So here are three holiday project ideas. I have a list of supplies so that you can recreate them yourself.

Not only is it simple to make and very beautiful, but it can also be given as a gift all year round. Everyone will love to display their favorite candles on top of our beautiful glass charger, complete with an etched glass medallion.

It is always fun to decorate for the holidays, and if you are looking for a fun addition to their holiday décor, this is the project for you! What makes this decoration even better is that it doesn’t have to be put away once the holidays have passed. Simply flip it over, and you have a Valentine’s Day decoration all ready to go.

For a unique, inexpensive gift that is sure to please, there is nothing better than our glass coaster set! By attaching personal photos to the underside of our glass coasters, you can express your individuality and share special moments with those you love.