Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fresh Ideas for Hostess and Customer Monthly Incentives—December

Some great (and inspiring) ideas for this December Hostess and Customer monthly incentives. 

This charming display was inspired by the beautiful colors found in a French Country kitchen. When painting any of UL’s melamine foundations, remember to use a spray paint formulated for plastic and give it enough time to dry and fully cure before applying the expression.
•     “No place like home” Two- Part expression (17855): part 1, Honey Wheat (9003); part 2, Bright White (9010)
•    Scalloped Charger (300112)
•    Decorative Easel (300114)
•    Red spray paint

Simple, yet functional is what makes this message board a great addition to any home. Use it to post a daily inspirational message for yourself or your family. It’s a constant reminder that love really does live here.

•     “Love lives here” expression (17856): Herb Garden (9064)
•    Frameworks Double Frame—Black (300217)
•    Frameworks Frame—Rectangle Galvanized Steel Insert (300200)
Think outside the box with this delightful “Hugs & Kisses” banner. Don’t be afraid to cut apart expressions and use them in creative ways. Each letter was applied to a coordinating decorative paper and then cut out before being applied to chipboard covered in a different decorative paper.
•     “Kisses xoxoxo hugs” two-part expression (17854): part 1, Whipped Crème (9005); part 2, Shoreline Blue (9054)
•    MyDesign text “&”, Garamond: 3”, Fresh Linen (9082)
•    Chipboard (2 packs) (300106)
•    Gems (300104)
•    Mini Blooms—White (300191)
•    Blooms—Chocolate (300103)
•    Toolbox Paint—Hot Cocoa (300147)
•    Decorative paper—11 varieties
•    Ribbon—brown, cream, red, white flowers
•    Buttons—brown, green
•    Felt flowers

Create a playful welcome for any season with this versatile expression. As pictured, the welcome becomes a wintry wonderland in Robin’s Egg on the navy board. You can also turn it into a spring or summer welcome by using Wild Raspberry on the crème board. Want a fall look? Try Pumpkin Spice on the cocoa board. For a little additional bling, add little rhinestones to the dots on each letter.

•     “Welcome” expression (17858): Robin’s Egg (9058)
•    Vintage Embossed Metal Board—Navy (300195)
•    Vinyl Effects—Shimmer (300226)
•    Rhinestones

This sweet sentiment is perfect in the traditional colors of love: red and pink. Instead of using vinyl effects on the letters, we used it to fill in the hearts, creating a fun, unexpected display.

•     “Hugs, kisses & Valentine wishes ” expression (17857): Berry Red (9030)
•    MDF Board—Rectangle (300107)
•    Vinyl Effects—Shimmer (300226)
•    Pink spray paint

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Holidays Expression Ideas

 I can’t think of a cuter way to decorate this holiday season than with the latest Customer Celebration Expression
Our MDF Pre-Drilled Board (#300132) with a set of four Bulldog Clips (#300134) is perfect for hanging stockings, Christmas cards, or even your kids’ lists for Santa. Just paint it with our Whipped Crème Toolbox  Paint (#300144) and tie coordinating ribbon through the top of each clip.

Add a little extra “bling” to the ornaments in the expression in both of these projects to give them a little extra sparkle. On the Crème Vintage Embossed board (#300155) simply add our Dress-Up Gems (#300104) to each of the ornaments and on the MDF Rectangle board (which is painted with our Whipped Crème Toolbox Paint [#30014]), just apply Clear Vinyl Effects (#300155) and then sprinkled gold glitter on top.  When placed on our Simple Easel (#300201), both of these projects make a terrific centerpiece in your entryway or on your dining room table. You can also hang either of them in any room in your home to add to the festive spirit of the season. 
Wish your friends, family and neighbors a very charming Happy Holiday season by placing the expression on your front door.  Just an extra little tip: to  easily remove the vinyl after the holiday season, use a blow dryer to warm the vinyl and the adhesive before peeling it off the surface.
This fun seasonal expression is available exclusively in Shimmer Cranberry for one day only and is perfect for enhancing any holiday décor. You can apply it in an entryway, to a front door, or to any of our 22" x 4" accessories as shown above to create a festive display.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fresh Ideas for Hostess and Customer Monthly Incentives—November

The holiday season is a time to sparkle and shine.  Add bling”! UL’s Dress-Up Gems and Shimmer Vinyl Effects paired with soft silver and etched glass is the perfect recipe for a holiday project.    

•     “Home for the holidays” Two-Part Expression (17852): part 1, Etched Glass (7010); part 2, Soft Silver (9090)
•    Glass Charger with Easel (300159)
•    Vinyl Effects—shimmer (300226)
•    Gems (300104)
A paper nest adds dimension and a bit of playfulness to this cozy expression. Use crinkled paper to create the nest. Paint it using the Toolbox paints and glue it on using a bit of hot glue.

•     “Home” expression (17853): Green Tea (9062)
•    Frameworks Frame—Rectangle Chocolate (300222)
•    Crinkled paper (200459)
•    Toolbox Paint—Lemon Chiffon and Hot Cocoa (300153, 300147)

Shimmer Vinyl Effects isn’t just for vinyl. For this sparkling holiday project, mix it into the sage brush paint for the second coat. The results? An overall glittery look. •     “Happy holidays” expression (17851): Vintage Bordeaux (9002) •    MDF Board—Rectangle (300107) •    Toolbox Paint—Sage Brush (300146) •    Vinyl Effects—Shimmer (300226)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Customer Celebration Day #3

Fall—the color, the smells, the activities! Are you looking for beautiful and stylish ways to decorate your home for this “post Halloween, before Christmas” time of year? Here are several elegant and creative ways for you to use our latest free “Customer Celebration Expression” on one of our many affordable accessories.  
 Double Frame Magnetic Memo Board
It’s a crazy time of year, so keep all of your pre-Thanksgiving reminders on this stylish Frameworks Double Frame (#300217) memo board.  Put a piece of fall colored 12" x 12" scrapbook paper over our Frameworks Frame Square Galvanized Steel Insert (#300199), add a 10" Traditional Turkey embellishment (#4532410) in Soft Copper(#9092), and applied the “Gather here” Customer Celebration expression to the included acrylic rectangle insert.  Just add handmade fall leaf magnets for that special finishing touch.

One or both of these beautiful centerpieces is sure to fit your decorating style.  Our round chargers create two very unique looks.  On the round Glass Charger (#300159), add an 8" Cornucopia embellishment (#4532508) in Soft Copper (#9092), while on the Scalloped Charger (#300112)add a Chocolate Bloom (#300103).  Below the “Gather Here” expression  is used to finish the look. Don’t forget to add Mistick (#300115) to your order to ensure all of your installations on nonporous surfaces (like our chargers) are a success.
 Frameworks Rectangle Frame
Invite your friends and family to gather in any room with this simple yet elegant frame. Our Rectangle Frameworks Frame in Chocolate (#300222) is used to display the free Customer Celebration expression.   Add Vinyl Effects in Shimmer (#300226) to add a little extra glimmer and dimensions to the leaves and acorns. And since the rectangle Frameworks Frame comes with 4 acrylic inserts  this project creates the perfect opportunity for you to purchase three more Simply Words expressions (found on pages 130 –133 of the 2010–2011 Idea Catalog).  Click here to "flip" the pages of our current catalog.  Don’t forget, your only chance to get this exclusive seasonal Customer Celebration Expression is Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.  E-mail or call me today!  Or, visit my website and order directly!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sampler Suggestions

There are so many Projects you can create with this exclusive FREE Sampler expression, and the Soft Gold (#9091) color is so versatile and coordinates with almost any home decor.  Did I mention it is FREE and EXCLUSIVE?
Our new black Frameworks Photo Frame (#300236) is such a great surface for vinyl.   The miniature Dandelion Dance included in the Free Sampler expression in combination with the Simply Words expression Breathe (#16552) (also in Soft Gold) to create a beautiful and serene frame that reminds us that we all need to take a few minutes to just “Breathe”. 
Create an inexpensive holiday coaster set using our Set of Four Glass Coasters(#300131) and the snowflakes from the Free Sampler. Apply the snowflakes to the backside  of the coasters to ensure they stay beautiful use after use. 

Bring a little bit of Paris into your home or office with this simple yet very elegant black Punched Metal Tile (#300214), featuring the 9” Eiffel Tower from the Free Sampler. Add raw magnets from your local craft store to the back of our Mini Blooms (#300192) and you have a perfect memo board!

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and you can use the leaves from the Free Sampler to create a simple yet stunning centerpiece or a memorable gift for the host or hostess of your Thanksgiving meal. To complete this project, apply the smallest size of the Give Thanks expression (#14279) in Hot Cocoa (#9084)to our Clear Acrylic Block (#300130), added a row of the gold leaves above and below the expression, and tied it up pretty with the chocolate ribbon from our Trimmings Ribbon (#300105).

Don’t forget this fabulous Sampler will be added to all customer orders (web and open-house) submitted Monday, October 4. E-mail or call me today and make sure you don't miss out!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fresh Ideas for Hostess and Customer Monthly Incentives—September

It’s ok to cut apart the expression.  This expression works perfectly on UL’s new Photo Frame.   All you need to do is get over the fear of taking a pair of scissors to the expression.  All that’s missing is a fantastic photo to complete the piece.  
 This display is a real treat and illustrates the playfulness of Halloween. The multi-colored embellishments were created by combining two embellishments into one. The message board is great for leaving messages for your little ghosts and goblins—or to remind yourself to buy a treat or  two. 
I love Halloween decorations.  At first glance the simplicity of the black and white combo is quite striking and stands on its own.  To add texturizing and “shimmering” apply the our new Shimmer Vinyl Effects in a striped pattern across the skull. Let it completely dry, then go back over and fill in the gaps. You can also build upon the already dried vinyl effects to add more depth to certain areas.

Create an inviting sign that reflects the hospitality of the season using the Punched Metal Tile in the new Cocoa color. The warm tones of Cocoa, Pumpkin Spice, and Terra Cotta work together wonderfully to complement the sentiment “make yourself at home”.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Personalize Your Space

Create a homework station in your kids’ rooms. Our new Retro Tiles on page 98 in the Idea Catalog has awesome sets to choose from to help their study areas feel more inviting and personal. Choose the Classic Sports (#18385) as shown here or Groovy (#18383)and add Dry Erase Tiles (#80136) as shown here or Chalk Wall Square Tiles (#80136). Order an extra set of the Square Tiles and add one to the top of the study table for working out math problems, practicing handwriting, or just doodling.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Make a Grande Impact!

Shoes… can’t have enough of them! We have amazing designers at Uppercase Living and this was just one of the boutiques that came to life in 3D. The great thing about our Grande Format expressions (besides how beautiful the designs are) is that they work well in large area.

Combining the Grande Chandelier and an Outside the Home expression (or any one of our larger-sized expressions) works wonders in a large space… just remember that proportion and color are the keys to successful décor. When choosing expressions for a space, be sure to choose something to be the focal point. In this case, “Treat Yourself, Because You’re Worth It” in Berry Red & Crimson Red works perfectly because it stands out against the taupe wall. To add to the chic feel, a single Grande Chandelier and its matching smaller-sized Vintage Chandelier (two were used here) create a tone-on-tone effect to allow the expression to be the focal point. Our new baroque clock complements the look.

It’s always better to use larger expressions since smaller ones can get “lost” in larger spaces. Our Grande Format expressions are just perfect for that visual impact.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fresh Ideas for Hostess and Customer Monthly Incentives—August

October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness month, but you don’t have to wait until then to share the message of hope. This simple project stands out even more with the addition of Vinyl Effects over the Shimmer Pink. Host a party in August and this expression is yours for FREE with a $300 party.

Cupcakes, cookies, “finger” sandwiches, whatever your favorite Halloween treat, serve them up on this playful charger. Terra cotta and lemon chiffon paint were used to match the colors found in the decorative paper and then used it to paint the dots on the charger. After letting the paint dry, the charger was sealed with a layer of Vinyl Effects.

Using the Glass Charger as a template, cut and piece together a background from paper and mod podge it to the backside. Otherwise leave the charger as is with the clear background

Fashion a cozy and inviting welcome by dressing up our UL Vintage Embossed Metal Board with the addition of buttons and ribbons. An added glow of warmth was created by mixing in gold glitter into the Vinyl Effects and applied to the leaf embellishment.

Supporting a good cause! This 9.75” expression is just the perfect size for vehicle windows and our August monthly incentive. Purchase $50 and it's my gift to you!

Friday, July 23, 2010

New accessories and designs from Uppercase Living

The best part of attending convention is seeing what's new and getting to make new displays. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays right after Christmas so I was so excited to see the new black metal tin board decored with our new "Eat, Drink and Be Scary" expression. The Noel coasters are a cool Holiday gift idea. Did i hear project night? Watch for details. Our coasters make a fabulous wedding or shower gift personalized with the couples initials. And, to top it off is one of our new Frameworks Picture Frame. I've added "Family" but you could do Friends, or any personalized expression of your choice. Need project details? Contact me!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Our latest Idea Catalog!

It’s easy to make a statement in any space with our newest Grande Format expressions! With new designs in a variety of styles, our Grande Format expressions add stunning decor to almost any large surface. And every design is made from our Classic vinyl, so you can really make an impression without the mess and hassle of paint.

There’s something for everyone in our new collection of Decorative Prints. From botanicals to sports to nursery favorites, we’ve got a style to fit every personality. Each of our designs features removable and repositionable vinyl that can be applied, removed, and then used again!

If you love Chalk Wall, then you will love Dry Erase! Choose from 13 new and existing designs—in both Chalk Wall and Dry Erase—it's easy now to stay organized, inspire your creativity, or add flair to an office, kitchen, or bedroom.

The perfect project begins with the perfect accessory, and we have several exciting new options to choose from. Our Frameworks™ Double Frame and 16" x 16" Photo Frame provide a unique surface to display expressions, while our new Dimensionals™ Loopy Flowers are great for adding depth to on-the-wall expressions. And if you want to add a little shine, we’re now offering our Vinyl Effects Dimensional Accent in Shimmer.

Our new UL exclusive colors: Spring Hyacinth (9069), Concord Grape (9065), Wild Raspberry (9066), Royal Blue (9068), and Stone Cottage (9067). We’ve also added some brand new and special edition holiday colors to our permanent Shimmer Collection: Shimmer Charcoal (7018), Shimmer Orange (7019), Shimmer Gold (7011), Shimmer Cranberry (7013), and Shimmer Evergreen (7014).

The new catalog goes live this Tuesday, July 20 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) MT, so don’t miss out on the excitement!

Friday, July 2, 2010

The last of the retiring expressions.....what do your walls say? Let Uppercase Living define your space!

2010 Retired - Extra Spaces
Uppercase Living goes just about anywhere. Simply clicking on the titles will show you....but remember, they retire on July 19 so order before they're gone forever!

2010 Retired - Embellishments, Monograms, and Languages

2010 Retired - Off the Wall

2010 Retired - Nursery and Kids Bedroom

Retiring Expressions on July 19

Thought you might like to check out what's retiring on July 19th. So excited for the new 2010 Fall/Winter Idea Catalog but we must say goodbye in order to say hello to all the new ones. Click on the titles to see what expressions are retiring in each of the categories. There are others so for a complete listing contact me. Simply visit my website at and order 24/7.

2010 Retired - Kitchen, Bath, and Laundry

2010 Retired - Bedroom

2010 Retired - Family and Home