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A Minted Review & Giveaway

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Posted by Rebecca, March 12th, 2013

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*

Congrats to entry #1 (whoa!), Ainhoa who said she’d order some business cards or art prints! 

It’s no secret that I love any type of paper product, so when Minted contacted me to try out some of their goods, I nearly died. I have been a huge fan of Minted since discovering them several months ago. They sell invitations, stationery, prints and more designed by a community of designers from all over the world. Their designs are always incredibly creative and modern, which is what sucked me in.

In a bizzare “is this a prank?” series of events, I was asked to review their business cards. I had actually already chosen business cards from Minted a month or so ago when I bought my ticket to the Haven Conference. The last time I went to a blogger event, I told you that I felt like I was the only person without a trendy business card and repeating “the lil house, that’s L-I-L, that could dot com” got old after about 10 times. In an attempt to avoid that awkwardness again, I knew I needed cards and I played around in Minted. Now I get to share the fun I had officially :)

I browsed every single business card they sell to make sure that my favorite was still my favorite. They sell so many great options that it was hard to choose.

minted business cards

Clockwise from top right: Real Simple, Pique Chic, Collegiate, Mustard Stripe, Steelfish and Bar Graph

In the end, I stuck with my first instinct, the Real Simple business card. It’s the gray striped one up at the top and the one I’ve had saved to my phone for the past couple of months.

Even though I loved the original design, whenever I order stationery products I like to customize them. I decided to go with the silver color scheme (out of 3 to choose from) and the pearlescent paper. I liked the idea of a little bit of shimmer in my business cards. A hedge fund CEO may disagree…I worked for one once, no shimmer in his business cards, but a private bathroom in his office…

I think a lot of people don’t realize that it is possible not just to choose colors, paper and edit text, but to change fonts and sizes as well. Minted makes it super easy to click around and personalize your product…

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FYI, not my real last name.

I changed my name to the green color and chose a fun, scripted font. I also made it larger and changed the font for the title of my blog. I added an additional line so I could squeeze in my phone number. Mike told me I should do this, I was all like “What? Can’t people just tweet me?”

After a few minutes of tweaking, I then chose what I wanted on the back. My options were white, solid gray, a thinner stripe, a photo or a logo. None were extra to add, so I went with the thinner stripe and voila, all done and just ordered!

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Now here’s the fun part for you guys, Minted is giving one lucky reader $50 towards ANY purchase on their site!!

Incase you’re not looking for business cards, I went through the rest of the site and pulled out some of my favorite designs. I tried to pick at least one item from each thing they sell, so it appeals to everyone. I told you paper was a guilty pleasure of mine, it was like browsing Pinterest…

minted roundup

Clockwise from top right: Urban Baby Circle Garland, Devon Birth Announcement, Train of Blocks Print, Vintage Keys Print, Stripey One Year Old’s Children’s Birthday Party with Skinnywrap Address Label, Paris Lights Wedding Invitation, Birthday Gig Invitations, Passing Notes Wedding Invitations

Here’s how you can get some of this stuff…

  • One reader will win $50 to Minted.com
  • To enter, simply comment on this post with what you’d order with your $50 if you won

And the rules…

  • Only one entry per email address is allowed
  • Open to international readers
  • A winner will be chosen using Random.org
  • This giveaway closes on Monday, March 18th at midnight. Any entries made after that time will not be counted.
  • A winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 19th so check back in exactly a week!

Good luck and happy paper browsing :)

Disclaimer: I received a credit to purchase business cards in an exchange for posting a review of Minted.com‘s business card customization process. All opinions expressed are mine.

Enter to Win: A Cutting Edge Stencil

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Posted by Rebecca, May 8th, 2012

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, SARAH G.!**

A few days ago, I showed you how I stenciled the nursery closet using Cutting Edge Stencil’s Polka Dot Allover Stencil

Now is your chance to give stenciling a shot! Cutting Edge Stencils is offering one lucky Lil House reader a stencil of their choice, up to a $50 value!

Here are some of my personal favorite stencils, in case you need some inspiration before entering:

Nagoya Allover Stencil (cat not included in giveaway)

Zinnia Grande Stencil

Outside of the Box Allover Stencil

Intimidated? Check out this step by step instructional video to see what the stenciling process is like:

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Now for the deets….

And the rules…

  • A winner will be chosen using Random.org
  • This giveaway closes on Thursday, May 10th at midnight. Any entries made after that time will not be counted.
  • A winner will be announced on Friday, May 11th so check back. Even if I go into labor, I will find a way to post a winner!
Enter using this window by clicking “Do It!” for each option you’d like and good luck! (There’s no need to leave a comment, unless you have something extra fun to say. All entries should be made through the Rafflecopter window)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter to Win: Black & Decker RapidRoller

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Posted by Rebecca, December 7th, 2011

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**

The winner of the RapidRoller is Tammie, lucky commenter #77 who said:

“Wow……the rapid roller is amazing!!! I have a new house and painting is in order since the walls are egg shell white…ewww…..this will make my life easier!!!”

Congratulations Tammie and enjoy your new RapidRoller! :)

As promised, this week we will be giving a Black & Decker RapidRoller away to one lucky reader!

The holidays are a great time of year to either freshen up some paint around your house or give one as a gift to your favorite home improvement addict. In case our review didn’t do the roller justice, here is a video courtesy of Black & Decker that shows you everything the roller is capable of…

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So for the deets…

  • One reader will win a Black & Decker RapidRoller (a $35 value)
  • To enter, simply visit Black & Decker on Facebook (facebook.com/blackanddecker) and browse their holiday gift guide (listed on the left side of the page)
  • Come back here and leave a comment letting me know what gift from the guide you’d like to receive and why

And the rules…

  • Only one entry per email address is allowed
  • A winner will be chosen using Random.org
  • This giveaway closes on Sunday, December 11th at midnight. Any entries made after that time will not be counted.
  • A winner will be announced on Monday, December 12th so check back :)

While you’re on the Black & Decker Facebook page, don’t forget to “Like” them and play their Holiday Match & Win game for more chances to win free stuff! Good luck!

ps- We received a RapidRoller ourselves in exchange for hosting this giveaway. And happy first giveaway to us :)

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