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Hi, I'm Cameron (aka Iffy), a stay at home mother to 4 beautiful children. My family is my life! I am not crafty by nature....but I am learning =D I will share my experiences with you(good & bad) with crafts, DIY, cooking, and life. I say what's on my mind, and remain honest, it's just who I am. Love it or leave it =D So follow me and see my progress as I document my journey, and If All Else Fails....at least you have gained a friend and gotten some great tips or maybe learned something new along the way!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Want to Participate in a Giveaway on Stay At Home Nation? & Stencil Review

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If you have a business or a shop and you would like to participate
in a giveaway on my blog then contact me via email at
 ifallelsefailsthen (at) gmail (dot) com
I would LOVE to review something from your shop & host a Giveaway for you!

In an attempt to help get the word out about independent businesses that have really great products,
offering my help resulted in etsy deactivating me. =( 
Unfortunately an etsy shop owner took my genuine offer for help the wrong way & accused me as being a scam. She reported me & my account was deactivated just like that.
No warning, no notice, no 2nd chance.
Which really sucked because I truly didn't know I was doing anything wrong.
I didn't even hear a single word from them until a week after they deactivated my account.

With that being said, I am extending an open invitation for anyone 
who wishes for me to hold a review & giveaway for their shop on my blog to contact me.
 Then we can talk details. 
I am very flexible, after all it is your shop. 
I hold a new fabulous giveaway every Sunday & currently have openings for September on so I
would love to get you on the calendar!
 My offer is honest & in good faith, you can check out my past reviews/giveaways.  
I am great about keeping in touch with my giveaway sponsors, before, during, & after. 
 I even post upcoming giveaways on my sidebar until your giveaway is held.
So not only do you get advertising on my sidebar but also when I post the review/giveaway.

Also for anyone who has already agreed to me doing a giveaway for them, 
if I have not contacted you, it's because I don't have any (non etsy) contact info for you.
PLEASE make sure I have your email address by emailing me as I do not have 
access to my etsy messages.

Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to working with you!

OK now for my review of Cutting Edge Stencils.

I don't typically split my review & giveaway into 2 separate posts but since they were so generous
over at Cutting Edge Stencils I decided to run the giveaway for 2 weeks. 
You still have time to enter in for $50 at Cutting Edge Stencils

I was able to try out the  Romance Wall Pattern Kit

this kit consists of 3 stencils to customize it however you like

it includes:
Peony 11.5" across
Elm Leaf 15" tall
Baby's Breath 30" tall.

Having 3 individual stencils allows you to space them close together

or further apart

So are you ready to see what I did with mine??
I started with a solid wall in a color I actually didn't like(it came with the house)
I used blue tape to hold the stencil to the wall as suggested.
You can check out all sorts of great tips from Cutting Edge Stencils here
I used a dense roller (it works better in keeping the paint from spreading)
Be sure to roll it on a paper towel before rolling it on the wall.
I just spaced the stencil by eye
(which is the great part about these stencils...you don't have to be a pro)
I used this stencil with 2 separate colors, a silverish-gray & then a dark brown
I let it dry 30 min before colors but you probably don't have to wait that long,
I just had diapers to change & kiddos to tuck into bed.
So then I used the leaf stencil with green.
I was pretty impressed already & I still had 1 more stencil to do.
I used a pink-tan color for the flower, and I just kinda placed it where it seemed right
(& where there was room)
This is how it turned out
Now I just need to put the hooks back up & there ya go, 
a wall I actually like now =D

So if you want to transform somewhere in your house with one of these fun, awesome stencils too,
then come enter my $50 giveaway from Cutting Edge Stencils HERE
check out their website.

This was my first time ever stenciling and I really had such satisfaction when looking at the end result. I mean after each stencil I was more excited to see the next. If you have never stenciled or had a bad experience with one in the past, you should definitely try again!

Much love

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  1. Wow, that's really cool looking. Looks easy enough for even me to do!

    Sorry to hear about the etsy seller who totally mistook your offer. That's a real shame, and I'm especially sorry to hear it happened to you.

    Chin up cuz you're doing great things in growing your blog.

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  2. @Screaming Sardine Tracy, aww thanks so much you are too kind. Yes this was super easy & didnt take long at all. Have a great rest of your day!

  3. I just tried to use the coupon code on the giveaway post & it says it is expired. :( Do you have a code that works? Thanks :)

  4. @Pumpkin Head Baby CoSorry it was a misunderstanding that the summer sale lasted all summer. I have edited the post & am waiting to hear back regarding a different code. I will let you know. So sorry for the inconvenience!

  5. The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop became the coolest party on the block because of your participation :) Thank you!

  6. Looks fabulous...I love the combination of these!

  7. That is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! Would you link this up to my blog party Simply Creative over at 365 days to Simplicity? I'd love it if you did.




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