March 24, 2011

Vinyl Frame, an offer, and last minute contest questions

Okay, we have a few things to talk about today.  First let's get to the tutorial and then we'll hit on some business items. 

I saw THIS frame from Less Cake More Frosting a while back.  Naturally, I loved the houndstooth, but I also loved the idea.  I hadn't really thought to put vinyl on a frame.  (While she used the vinyl as a stencil, I will be using it straight up and leaving it on the frame.)  On the other hand, I feel bad posting a lot of things that require a Silhouette, so I thought I'd show you a way to get the same feel without a cutting machine.

I used a paper punch instead.  It was a large scalloped circle.

I aligned the scalloped circles as best as possible.  (They aren't perfect, but I'm pretty sure no one is going to stand in my mud room long enough to analyze them.) 

When there was a circle that would run off the edges, I placed it where I wanted it (with the backing still on it) and made a crease using the edge of the frame so I would know where to cut it.  You can kind of see the crease here.

That's it.  It helps bring more red into the pale turquiose and red laundry/mud room.

Okay.  Now I'm going to answer a few questions I've received about the contest tomorrow.

Q: Do I have to have a blog to enter? 

A: No, but I'm hoping you can find a way to link up.  For example, you can try linking it from your flickr or photobucket account.  I haven't tried this, but I think it would work.  If it doesn't work just e-mail me your photo and I'll make sure it gets included in the judging.  We're definitely not disqualifying you because you don't have a blog.  (You could actually even set one up in minutes if you wanted though.  No pressure :) 

Q: Can I enter a jacket? 

A: Yes.  The criteria was that it was a wearable top for a boy.  To me, a jacket is okay.

Q: Do I have to have a tutorial for it?

A: No.  If you want to publish the tutorial on my blog after your big win you can, but it's not obligatory.

Q: How do I link up?

A: I answered that HERE in Tuesday's post. 

Alright.  That should cover everything.  Now I have one last thing.  I was contacted by Paper Coterie.  They are a new company about to launch their web site.  They have the most gorgeous books, calendars, and cards that can be personalized with photos.  (It's a bit like snapfish or any company that does photo books, but in my opinion their designs are a billion times better AND they have some really cool inspirational ideas.) 

So, why am I telling you this?  They need help getting feedback before the big launch.  That means the first 25 people to leave a comment on this post, including your e-mail so I can contact you, get any one FREE product from their site with free shipping.  You need to be willing to give them a little feedback on what you think of the site.  If you're not in the first 25 group you can still head over because until the final launch everything is 50% off (price is marked already) and there's free shipping.  (US only.)

I am telling you this because I really love what I see there and I am really excited to participate myself too. 

That's all for today.  Bet you're glad you read to the end of the post :)  Thanks.  See you tomorrow for the link party!


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