Keeping it Simple: September 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

UPrinting GIVEAWAY!! (closed)

Giveaway is closed, winner is
#6

andream.steveh said...6
I liked uprinting on facebook.


Today I have an awesome giveaway for you all!!! Have you heard about UPrinting at all?

If you haven't, they are a printing company. You can get lots of different printed there!


Standard Business Cards
One lucky winner is going to get 250 die cut business cards!!
Die-Cut Business Cards

You may not think that you need business cards, but if you have a blog, why not advertise for yourself?! There are so many times that I'm in a craft store and I wish that I had a business card to hand to someone while I'm talking to them about crafts.

The winner will get to pick from the following shapes:

Diameter (Circle) Rounded Corners, Leaf, Rounded Single-Corner,
Half-Circle Side, or Circle


The following finishes:

14pt Cardstock Gloss / Matte / High Gloss (UV), or
13pt Cardstock Uncoated,

US residents only and must be 18 years or older.

Do you want to win the 250 business cards??

Here's how to enter:
1) Like Uprinting on facebook
2) Follow them on twitter
3) Follow Keeping it Simple

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. This giveaway will end October 7th at 12:00pm. Good luck!

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Scout by Bungalow Review

Today I'm excited to intro you to a company called Scout by Bungalow
Scout Tote Bags, Insulated Bags and Coolers, Storage Bins, Travel Bags, Accessories, and Accent Rugs from Bungalow

They specialize in bags, storage containers and more.

They have very stylish bags! Here is a small sample of what they have.



Mini Deano

Lock It Pocket Rocket
Uptown Girl

I was able to review the Be-Low-Me storage bag. It's perfect for under bed storage. It's is huge, as my son demonstrates for us :)



I was so impressed by how much I could fit into it. In our old house, we have two walk-in closets in my our master bedroom. Now we only have one. It's a big closet, just not big enough for both of us. So I used this to store some of my summer clothes. It's nice to put it under the bed since I can still access it really easily.

It fits perfectly under my bed!

I can tell that it's durable and I don't have to worry about anything getting in.

Go check out Scout by Bungalow and see what you can find!
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Scrapbook Thursday

When my babies turn 3 months, I do a special ABC layout for them. I have a word for each letter of the alphabet that describes them. I always love how they turn out!




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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Photo Canvas Offer

Photo Canvas has another great deal going on right now!!

Hurry and take advantage of this sale because it won't last long!!
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Whatever Wednesday: Layered Ruffle Skirt


One day I was garage sale-ing and I found this satin robe for $.50. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, make a cute skirt for my little girl. And so I did just that!

This is how I made it
1) I took the robe and cut it into several different pieces. I cut 4 strips that were 4"x10", they will be for the inside of the skirt (I'm going to call these flat pieces) and then 4 strips (it actually ends up being 6) for the ruffles. Not sure why I didn't take a picture of them all.... sorry.
2) I cut four pieces. The two lace pieces were 5"x14" and the other two were 5" x 20", these two ended up being cut in half to make 6 ruffles altogether. Using elastic thread, I made ruffles.
3) I then took one of the flat pieces and one of the bottom ruffles and sewed them together, fronts facing each other.
4) I then placed another ruffle directly on top of the flat piece and sewed it on.
As you can see, each ruffle has a flat piece underneath connecting the whole skirt together.
5) Next I took another flat piece and sewed it onto the top of the second ruffle.
6) Then I sewed the last ruffle onto of the flat piece. I did this for both sides and then sewed up the sides.
7) I then added some cute elastic.
For the onesie and clip, I singed the edges for several different sized circles and then sewed it onto the shirt. Doesn't my little girl look so cute in it?!
Sorry about this tutorial. I guess when I was making it, I was in a hurry and didn't take as many pictures that I should have. I was just making it up as I went along. I hope that this makes sense, and if it doesn't, I'm sorry!
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SPOOKtacular 2x4 Halloween characters

It's fall and that means it really time for Halloween decorations!! I don't decorate for a lot of holidays, but I do like to decorate for Halloween! So I came up with this for my front door.


This is how I made it:
1) I took a 2x4 and cut it into 5 pieces (I had them cut it at the store, I love that!). They were 18", 10", 9" and 2 that were 8"

For Frankenstein:
2) I painted the wood lime green

3) Then I added some outside black vinyl from Expressions Vinyl for the hair. Then I added a face out of vinyl.

For the mummy:
4) I took a plain piece of wood and added a strip of black vinyl.

5) Then I took some some yellow outside vinyl and cut them into circles with a punch. Then I added some black circles for the eyes.

6) With a glue gun, I added strips of burlap to the wood. I just wrapped the burlap around the wood until it was all covered.

For the ghost:
7) I painted a piece of wood white

8) Then I added a face with black vinyl

For the pumpkin:
9) I painted the wood orange

10) I added a face with the vinyl

11) Then I added a thick stick and raffia to the top. I just glued it on.

For the base:
12) I painted the wood black

13) Then I added the vinyl that I cut with my Silhouette out of orange Expressions Vinyl

14) I then glued the bottom of each character and then placed it onto the base

15) Next my husband drilled a hole into the bottom of the wood

16) Then him and my two year screwed some long screws into the bottom it.

And now it's there to greet everyone that comes to the door!
I used vinyl for the faces, but you could easily paint them on too.

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