Thursday, June 24, 2010

Inspired By Today's Creative Blog

So many of us visit Kim at Today's Creative Blog (that's her button on my sidebar) for our daily dose of awesome inspiration and her unique way of presenting it. Recently she posted a giveaway for a machine that cuts vinyl, among other stuff, and the bajillion comments she received inspired me to post some ideas for her readers. Plus, I'll take any chance to play with our MyDesign tool.

So, if you're here visiting from TCB, Welcome and thanks for the inspiration. I'm Torreh, an old online friend of Kim's and an Uppercase Living demonstrator. If you haven't yet heard of Uppercase Living, we're a direct sales vinyl decor company doing business in the US and Canada. All of our vinyl expressions are removable, customizable and very, very affordable. You can order directly from my website or contact me for help with a custom design or to host a local home party or catalog party.

Before you start looking around, you should know that all of our vinyl is currently Buy One, Get One FREE. That's right. No limits, no exclusions, no minimum. Now, here are some ideas for you crafty TCB readers:

Here are some reusable full-color vinyl flowers for your daughter's room. These come in several color options. With so many in the set, you can layer them, scatter them, and spruce up some other accessories in the room, like the lamp in this picture.

eather & Renee Richins:

This set of toy bin labels would work great for your classroom or any child's room or play room. They don't even need to be able to read to help put their toys away!

Jackson's Mommy:
How about this for your Pretty Girl?

Of course, I think this would look so much more amazing with a Photo Print of your daughter. Imagine her face up there with that beautiful saying.

What a cute idea to scatter birds throughout your home. They're so popular right now. Here are a couple of ours. Available in sizes from 2" to 18" you can use them to decorate just about any space. I think our own Kim needs one, don't you?

Nancy H.:
If it's Welcome signs you like, take a look here!

Alicia, Jamie W & MrsJoseph:
Here are some great reusable party items. The banner comes in 2 colorways and the Pin the Tail on the Giraffe is sure to be a hit year after year.

To start the excitement well before the party, look at this fun magnetic countdown kit:

Do you think this would help your husband find the hamper?
Nicole, Lori, Artbrat and Forsythe liked this one too!

Wedding ideas abound here and here!

I love your idea. Here's my interpretation of it, although you can design yours however you like:

Check out one of these frames for the house numbers on your front door.

Kim, Tabitha & Rebecca:
Here are some labels for your kitchen canisters. Psst....they also come in Etched Glass.

RV and MH:
Here's some bamboo for your daughter's office:

Here are a couple of ideas for all your windows. I love old windows!

Jen, Mary, JeanMS & LHadgis:
Check out so many cute ideas for the Laundry Room.

I love the idea of using vinyl instead of a headboard. I did a room using the following design instead of a headboard. All of our expressions come in 3 sizes, so a small one can be used above a headboard, or a large one could take the place of one. Of course, this is just one of the hundreds of options.

You're right that custom expressions can be pricey from some places, but check out the design I created from your quote:
I designed it in two pieces so it can qualify for the Buy One, Get One FREE special, and so it comes to just under $30! You can bring the price down even more by choosing a smaller font.

Ninja Panda:
Don't forget you can incorporate your new monogram in all of your wedding decor, then put a giant one on the dance floor!

Kelly H, Katie, Scrapycandy, Becks, & Lynda:
We have at least 23 ideas for butterflies, including this favorite:
Those of you prefer birds, or flowers, are also going to have a difficult time deciding!

This design, inspired by Kim herself, is for all of you have a furry member of your families that you love as much as she loves Mabie:
Etched Glass
So many of you mentioned that you love the idea of etching glass. Guess what: ALL OFF OUR DESIGNS COME IN "ETCHED GLASS" VINYL. That's right, the look of etched glass without the mess. So you can create projects like this:

Now, I wouldn't recommend putting them on dishes you plan to put in the oven or dishwasher, but for everything else, vinyl is the way to go! The coasters are a particularly good deal right now because they are 20% off and the vinyl is Boy One, Get One Free. And I hate to be grim, but as cute as that fishbowl is, what are you going to do with it when your goldfish goes to the giant pond in the sky? At some point, you're going to get tired of giving all of your fish the same name. Erin Wood Photography, I think you know what I mean.

Before you all jump over and start browsing my website for more inspiration, here are a couple of housekeeping notes: all vinyl is Buy One, Get One FREE. Everything else is 20% off! If you place an order and send me an email letting me know that you came over from TCB, I'll send you a mini assortment of vinyl words perfect for decorating votives, wine glasses, picture frames, cell phones, etc. If your name was mentioned here and you place an order, I'll double the number of words you get. Many of our designs are slated to be retired Mid-July. You can download the full list of retiring items here. If there is no possible way you can afford to buy everything you fall in love with, consider having a catalog party. I'll send you some catalogs and order forms, you collect orders from your friends and cash in on FREE and half-price products. And if you decide you love Uppercase Living as much as I do and want to become a demonstrator too, I can give you all the info you need, including how to get your Starter Kit for FREE. Finally, if you'd like to be on my mailing list, just leave me a comment and let me know.

I don't have to tell all of you how versatile and fun vinyl decor is. Personally, I'm cheap and lazy and don't want to spend the effort and money on cutting my own vinyl. I wouldn't want to buy a whole roll of vinyl in one color just to cut out something small. There's no way I could swing buying a Cricut or Silhouette machine these days, and knowing me, it would just sit there on my desk collecting dust if I did. So, for me Uppercase Living is the way to go. I love the products and I love the company. If any of you TCB ladies would like me to design an expression for you, just let me know. Knowing you guys, though, you'll just jump right on over to my website and do it yourself. I love that about you!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mid-Summer Splash Customer Newsletter

Happy Summer everyone! I hope you are enjoying warm weather, relaxed days and a little extra sleep each morning. Summer is absolutely my favorite time of the year, even more so since I joined Uppercase Living. Every summer, we have the eager anticipation for our annual Convention, where our latest products, colors and expressions are revealed and our newest catalog is unveiled. I can't wait to go this year and come back to share the news with all of you. But before Convention, there are a few things you need to know about now:

Summer Splash FREE FOR ALL Continues!
Our richest promotion ever, BUY ONE GET ONE FREE! - is going strong, but the clock is ticking on the fantastic deals, hostess bonuses and FREE STARTER KITS. Not only are we offering FREE expressions, but all of our accessories (all the tiles, blocks, paints and everything else you all love so much) and the kits in our mini Celebration Catalog are 20% OFF. Luckily, you still have a little time to take advantage of this great opportunity. Summer Splash will end on July 12, but as you know, those last few days of every promotion are crazy, so if you know what you'd like, don't wait to place your order. If you'd like to schedule a party, you still have time...but not much, so let's chat ASAP and get your party on my calendar. Don't forget, any Double Up Rewards you've earned will count toward getting you even MORE free and half-price items.

Retired Expressions List Now Available
I've heard rumors that our next catalog will be the biggest one yet. To make room for all of the new items it will contain, many of our designs are being retired. Frankly, I'm shocked at how many favorites are on the list! The file is too large for me to attach to this email, but I'll be happy to email it to anyone who'd like it. You can also download your own copy here. It's worth taking a quick glance to see if any you've had your eye on are on the retired list; I'd hate for you to miss out on getting one that you really wanted. All of these are part of the BUY ONE GET ONE FREE promotion, too! As I get more information about retiring colors, I will also share that with you. You can always check my blog for the latest information.

New Catalog Release
You can begin placing orders from our new catalog starting on July 20 at noon MST. Any parties you schedule after that point will showcase the new goodies! If you've hosted a party previously, please look for an email from me with a special offer. Because I'm so excited to show you and your friends the new catalog and everything in it, I am offering an extra $10 in hostess free rewards to the first person who confirms a party date with me later than July 20th. Don't wait. Free stuff is good, but more free stuff is even better!
Heading to San Diego
I'll be in San Diego in early July for a few days. I have some limited time in my schedule for a home party or to meet to set up a catalog party or discuss the opportunity to join my team for FREE! Please contact me ASAP if you'd like me to add you to my schedule. I'd love to work with some San Diego people!
I need your pictures!! I need new photos to post on my blog, include in newsletters and share with my colleagues at Convention. I particularly need photos of your custom designs and unique applications. Pretty please send them to me at I will be so grateful that you just find a little UL gift from me in your mailbox!

I want to hear from you! How are you liking your products? Did you enjoy being a hostess? Did you have fun at the last party you attended? Do you hate my presentation? Love the make & take project? I'd love to get some feedback from you so that I can make the parties more fun, the ordering process more simple and Uppercase Living even easier to use. Feel free to call or email anytime!
I look forward to hearing back from you, even if it's just to say Hi! And I can't wait to share all the latest news with you as soon as I have it!
It's a Summer Splash FREE FOR ALL!!! More free products, hostess rewards and FREE STARTER KITS.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Welcome Jen's List Readers!

Thanks for coming over from Jen's List and Welcome!

If you're new to Uppercase Living, feel free to scroll down, click around and check out all the ideas and photos on this blog. Keep in mind that all of our vinyl expressions are removable, customizable and on sale!

If you're ready to start shopping, you can go directly to my Uppercase Living website.

Our theme for this summer is FREE FOR ALL:
  • ALL EXPRESSIONS ARE BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!!! Now's the time to tackle a big decorating project, put together party favors, centerpieces, gifts and think ahead to the holidays. This special includes all you need for kids' rooms from custom names, to "Chalkboard" Vinyl, to personalized night lights. All accessories and kits (like the birthday countdown below) are 20% off.
  • Hostesses get additional free products just for hosting a qualifying party. Invite some friends over and you can all take advantage of the great deals this summer. Mention Jen's List and get $10 extra free product in addition to what you get just for hosting.
  • Join my team for FREE! - You can earn a full rebate on your Starter Kit by submitting qualifying orders in your first few weeks. I'll be there all the way to train, help and get you off to a great start.
The following photos can give you a basic idea of what UL is all about, but it's really just a glimpse of everything that's available.

This is an example of one of our expressions paired with a Photo Print. Just upload a photo and go!
Everything in our catalog is highly customizable with names, dates colors and whatever you'd like to make these expressions uniquely personal.
Our expressions go on much more than just walls. The metal plaque shown here is now 20% off.
Just one of our cute expressions for the Laundry Room.
Our clock goes right on your wall! It comes in two styles, includes all the hardware you need and comes in dozens of colors to match your decor.

I'd love to chat with your more about taking advantage of the Free For All! You can contact me by commenting here, via email at, phone 818-309-7768 or through my blog. You can also follow me on Facebook. I can help you place an order, schedule a party, or tell you more about becoming an Uppercase Living Demonstrator for FREE!

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you'll come back soon,


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Someone's Counting Down

We have a birthday coming up in our family.

Not just a birthday, but a big one. My daughter is hitting double digits. [gulp]

As she is truly her mother's daughter she has spent the better part of the last two months planning, choosing a theme, then rejecting it, then choosing another, creating a guest list, adding people, removing them after a spat, then making up and putting them back, rejecting suggested menus, rolling her eyes, finalizing the timeline and obsessing over every single detail. She's having a few girls over for a slumber party, but in her mind, it is the most important day EVER.

The day will be important for me too. Ten years ago, I was a nervous mom-to-be, so worried about surviving my baby's delivery that I hardly gave much thought about what came after. Now, I look back on the last decade [double gulp] and I find it difficult to process all the changes that have taken place in our family during that time. Needless to say, my daughter's tenth birthday will be a big day for both of us.

One of the (non-obsessive) things my daughter has done in preparation for her birthday has been using the new Uppercase Living Birthday Countdown kit. She waited patiently until there were 30 days left until the big day to break it out. We've had fun moving the magnet each day and watching the numbers get smaller as we approach her birthday. Since she also has two brothers (one of whom has been talking about his 5th birthday since a week or two after his 4th) I chose a gender-neutral green and yellow color combination for out kit. Truthfully, I'd love it in a girly sparkly pink! You can choose the colors that best fit your family's personality.

As part of our current Summer Splash promotion, all of our accessories and kits, including this Birthday Countdown, are 20% off while all of our vinyl expressions are Buy One Get One FREE. Of all the great kits in our Spring Celebrations Mini Catalog, I think this is the one that you'll use year after year for all of the birthdays in your family. I also think this is a must-have for Grandma's house.

Like it or not, those birthdays are going to keep on coming. Adding a fun countdown heightens the anticipation (just like using an Advent calendar makes counting down to Christmas so much more fun) and, in our case, has given me a daily reminder of the gift I got when my little girl was born 10 years minus 16 days ago.

Note: The Birthday Countdown Kit does not include the easel pictured. It has hooks on the back and comes with a ribbon for hanging.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Link to Retired Expressions List

You can view the entire list of retiring expressions and download your own copy here. The expression above is just one of the dozens going away soon. Luckily, you can still get it and Buy One Get One FREE too!

Friday, June 11, 2010

2010 Retired List Now Available

There's a lot going on at Uppercase Living as we get ready for our Convention and new catalog release. We've been promised new products, colors, accessories and designs. In order to make room for all that, many of our designs are being retired. So many of our popular and well-loved expressions are on the list. I know this means that even more beautiful designs are on the way, but I always get a little sad seeing my favorites go.
I have the full list of the expressions that will be retired in July and would love to send it to you to peruse. What's more sad than seeing these expressions get retired is realizing too late that you've missed out on getting one you've always had your eye on.
With our Buy One, Get One FREE promotion, you can save not just on these expressions but on any in our current catalogs. I hope to have a link for you soon so you can go directly to the list. In the mean time, just post a comment here and let me know you'd like a copy of the list.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

San Diego Visit

I will be visiting the San Diego area in early July and have some limited time for Uppercase Living parties. I can also meet to discuss the business opportunity, which is even more exciting now that you can get a FREE Starter Kit with Summer Splash. If you'd like to schedule a time for a party or meeting, just leave me a comment with your contact information or email me at You and your friends will love our Buy One, Get One FREE special and I'll love spending time in your beautiful city!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Newsletter I Spy

It's time for a giveaway!

I just sent out my monthly email newsletter. This issue has a gorgeous photo of a home decorated with Uppercase Living products. To enter my giveaway, all you eagle-eyed readers have to do is look at the photo and tell me how many UL vinyl items you see in the photo. Here are some guidelines:

  1. Expressions or embellishments that have been cut apart count as one item. If an item has been cut into 3 parts, it counts as one. If 2 have been cut into 3 parts each, they count as two.
  2. I'm only counting vinyl items; not accessories.
  3. All types of vinyl are included.
Your prize is a sheet of very cool vinyl designs, which will make you the talk of your neighborhood and the envy of all your friends...and isn't that what we all want after all?

Email me your answer to by Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. If more than one person gets the answer right then I'll choose one winner from the correct answers.

If you're one of those unfortunate people who don't yet receive my newsletter, just email me your email address and I'll get a copy right out to you. Or just keep scrolling down and read the copy I just posted.

Have fun and good luck!
Hello Everyone!

Summer Splash is in full swing and already my customers and hostesses are enjoying the benefits of the Free for All. I also have a couple of ladies who are considering getting the FREE Starter Kit and enjoying the fun and benefits of joining my team . I'm excited to get them on board and share this great business opportunity with them. There is still plenty of time for you to take advantage of all that Summer Splash has to offer.

Making the Most of Summer Splash
The Buy One, Get One FREE special can not only save you a ton of money, but it also allows you to make a big statement by getting more UL for lots less. Perhaps you've been wanting to decorate a large wall with a UL Theme Pack, but didn't want to spend the money on multiple packs. Now you can basically get half of those theme packs for FREE! Maybe you've wanted to do a grouping of Grande Format trees. That would certainly get expensive, but now with Summer Splash it's totally affordable. And if you've been dragging your feet on ordering some large Photo Prints (we parents of multiple children know how quickly "I want one too" can add up) you don't have to wait anymore! With Summer Splash, you can give your home a makeover, create some great gifts and make a big decorating statement....all with Buy One, Get One FREE!

Summer Parties and New Hostess Benefit Program
The Summer Splash promotion has already been popular and my calendar is starting to fill up. This special only lasts until July 12 so there is a limited time to share the great deals with your friends by hosting your own party. Some dates are still available, so don't wait to grab your preferred one. Summer Splash gives all hostesses with qualifying parties BONUS FREE REWARDS and my new hostess program allows you to earn unlimited free products. Just contact me to schedule your party and get all the details.

San Diego Parties
I will be in the San Diego area in early July and will have limited availability to do a party or two. If you or a friend are in that area and would like to get on my schedule, please contact me. I'd love to help you introduce UL to your friends and get all the great deals and rewards we have to offer.

Customer Spotlight: Flash Frozen Photography
This month's customer spotlight is on Flash Frozen Photography in Woodland Hills. The owner, Kathy Rappaport, is a friend from way back. She's set up a beautiful studio space where she takes everything from family portraits to pet portraits to boudoir shots. She also travels for outdoor shoots, weddings and other special events. She chose the perfect expression for her studio:

You can contact Kathy at or or 818.888.2280. I can't wait to see how Kathy captures my kids in our upcoming photo shoot.

More Info, Less Email
It's important for me to keep all of you up to date of the latest news about UL, but I don't want to clutter up your inbox with daily or weekly email. To stay updated on everything that's going on (and believe me, there's lots of news coming soon) just visit my blog, where you can sign up to get an email every time there's a new post. You can also follow me on Facebook. Visit both places for lots of photos, ideas and news about sales and specials.

Happy Birthday!
Big birthday wishes to all of you ladies with June birthdays: Yoli M., Joan C., Laura S., Lia L., and Angela T. You ladies all receive 10% off of one item in addition to Buy One, Get One FREE! If you'd like me to add your name to my birthday list, just email me with the year necessary.

Have a safe and happy Summer and enjoy all the FREE expressions from Summer Splash!


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