05 July 2009

Review And Giveaway: The Simple Stencil

I'm one who really likes to personalize where we live. Even if it's just little things, it's better than plain white walls!

Painting isn't always an option, especially if you rent. Plus, I don't know about you, painting is a pain around here - moving furniture, keeping everyone out of the way, making sure the air is circulating.... (I think my blood pressure is rising as I type this! LOL)

But there's a simple, affordable solution to personalize your home, without a lot of trouble! I recently had the chance to review The Simple Stencil, which sells decorative transfers that go easily onto walls and other smooth surfaces.

Oh boy, was I in HEAVEN! I spent hours looking at the designs and picking out what design I wanted to try out. You can easily choose pre-made designs, or you can even change around the type style or color of many other ones! They have everything from monograms, to decorative designs, to wonderful phrases.

One of the great parts about Simple Stencil is that they allow you to pick out a little test phrase so you can try it out before you do the big one on your walls - you can pick ANY word, up to 12 letters long! I think this is a totally wonderful idea, because I don't want to ruin a big phrase just because I wasn't sure of myself using the tool - I'm sure many folks feel the same way.

So I bet you're wondering what I chose, aren't you? ;) Well, since our home is pretty much Halloween 365 days a year, and my kitchen needed help, I decided on the very cool phrase:

Eat, Drink, and be Scary!


Perfect, isn't it? I also picked out several bats to stick around it, and some skull & crossbones to put on my very ugly white cabinets. I was all excited to decorate, DH was going to paint my kitchen grey and red, and we were going to get these phrases up on the wall! Finally, my kitchen was going to have some personality!

Check out the skull & crossbones and the nifty little premium tool you use to rub it onto your walls (or other smooth surfaces like my cabinets):


Aren't they cool?

Then my MIL had to go drop the moving bomb, and I've been in limbo ever since. I didn't want to decorate the kitchen and then have to remove it two weeks later, that was just no fun! :( But finally, I couldn't take it anymore, and I grabbed the skull & crossbones and went to work! It was so easy! You just tape the design to the wall, make sure it's level, then use the nifty little tool to rub it on, and peel! Seriously, in less than 5 minutes, you can redecorate!

Here's a close up of the design on my cabinets:


And here's the finished design:


(Please ignore my beat up cabinets) OK, one looks a little crooked I know, but everything in my house is off anyways, so I'm not worried. ;) Actually, I notice it more in the photo than I do looking at it here in my kitchen. Now I'm giving my DH the ultimatum that I need to know if we are moving by the end of the month, and if not, he's getting to painting, and we're not going anywhere until next year! (Can you tell I've had it with the moving talk?) On the bright side if anyone else runs into the same situation as me: if Simple Stencils are stored properly in a dry, dark area, preferably in the same box they are delivered in, they can still be good for up to 1 year after you order them!

They are also easy to remove if you are decorating seasonally, or just want a change. Simply take a pair of tweezers, or even the premium tool, and pick at the edge of edge letter - you should be able to pull it right off and throw it away.

Win it! The Simple Stencil is letting me give away up to $50 in product to one lucky winner, as well as the same premium tool you see up above so you can be sure you are applying your transfers properly! To enter, please visit the website and come back and mention what you would buy with your gift certificate!

As always, if you're a subscriber or a follower of my blog, you get another entry!

I'll also give you another entry if you blog about this giveaway with a link back, or follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway (leave the link or your username)

Giveaway ends July 18th at 11:59 PM PST. US only, sorry! Good luck, everyone!

90 comments:

texasheartland said...

I'm Irish so I would get the Irish Diplomacy!


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A Lil Enchanted said...

I love what you chose for your kitchen! I would choose Once Upon A Time for Steffie's room.

A Lil Enchanted,
~LaShan~

A Lil Enchanted said...

I'm a follower!

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throuthehaze said...

i like the skull and crossbones too, so thats what i would get
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A Lil Enchanted said...

I'm following you on Twitter and I tweeted your giveaway.

A Lil Enchanted,
~LaShan~

AmyG said...

They had so many cute things there. I would get the Sisters stencil & the one that says Under Construction... very fitting, because you really have to enter the girl's room at your own risk! lol

AmyG said...

I subscibe through Google Reader.

Shannon said...

Their products are great!
I have the Family, one of Gods meterpieces one. I could always use more!

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

under construction is cute

Tj and Amy said...

I love the vintage monogram. amsbolda@hotmail.com

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Nicole said...

I like it! I have been looking at something for my daughter's room.
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grouse.and.badger said...

super cute! Okay, now we need to see the rest of your house! My office is vintage (20's & 30's) Halloween year round. LOVE IT! The stencil would be great on the walls!

online writer said...

Cool! I smiled upon seeing the skull and crossbones. Looks nice against your white paint.

Courtney said...

i really like the vintage stencil!! vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

Kali said...

I would get a double set of the polka dots, just because I don't believe there's such a thing as too many polka dots. I think they'd be great in a nursery for the little person we're hoping to get started on soon.
- Frugal Urbanite

mickeyfan said...

Ok, the first one that really caught my eye was the "Look up, not down". Love all the many options and the ability to customize it against your wall color. VERY cool!

cstironkat said...

I like Live, Love, Laugh.

Tamara B. said...

I am such a nut for Holloween and love to decorate up a storm so I would get some of their Bats.
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Tamara B. said...

I am a subscriber.
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I am a follower.
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Laura said...

My daughter would love your cabinets (and your house from the sound of it). She's into the skull & crossbones/Nightmare Before Christmas time of things.

kdkdkd said...

I know I would get the Believe stencil

Sunnyvale said...

Maybe Share the Harvest

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

lol at the ones you chose for your cabinets.

I am already a subsciber. Found you last week thanks to Entrecard.

Hope I win! ;)

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Hmm I don't know what I'll want. I want them all! lol

oneinamil23 said...

whatever our souls are made of - his & mine are the sme

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msrodeobrat said...

i like the cherish dream live

mogrill said...

I really like the CHERISH DREAM LIVE. Thanks for the chance.
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OSUfanz said...

Would like the Live laugh Love stencil in the bedroom!

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AnotherThriftyMom said...

Oh so many to choose from, how do I decide?!
I would get the "cute as a bug" for my daughter's room and the cherish yesterday, dream tomorrow, live today!

Or so MANY choices, I can't decide!

-Jessica Guerrero
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AnotherThriftyMom said...

I'm a follower of course!

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Smooshy said...

i like under construction!

MonCherie said...

I would make my own saying ...and they lived happily ever after- with the two hearts stencil...I LOVE the designs, especially the one about tears.
I did have a hard time getting around on the site though
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MonCherie said...

I am a follower (happily)
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MonCherie said...

I am also a subscriber

MonCherie said...

I follow on twitter as well
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Michele P. said...

I like the Life Measured by moments for my photo wall and the Bienvenidos for the entryway!

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Michele P. said...

new blog follower!

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Annette D said...

I like the Welcome definition and the Laurel monogram.
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deedleweedle said...

My daughter would love the skull and crossbones one!

AmandaK said...

I would love to get the "Twas The Night Before Christmas" just for the holidays!

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Lia said...

Where man sees withered leaves, ... the 32.5x18.5 sized one.
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Heather M said...

I like the Imagine and play for a Playroom!! Beautiful! Thanks

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Heather M said...

I follow your blog

Amanda said...

I would buy the Our Daily Bread design for my kitchen. macd82 at gmail dot com

Emily said...

i subscribe!
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I follow
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Emily said...

So hard to pick! But I like the "Sweet dreams, sleep tight, we love you, goodnight" stencil for the baby's room.. expecting our first in December!

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ceimusic said...

The Seafood Theme Pack.
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FDP 4 Life said...

the most beautiful view is the one i share with you

Egare1 said...

I'd get the "A wee bit of heaven..." poem to stencil in the nursery, it's such a sweet poem!

Egare1 said...

I'm a follower! :)

kngmckellar said...

Cherish yesterday, dream tomorrow, live today!

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Meet the Browns said...

I like the Dots Monogram stencil!

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Meet the Browns said...

I follow you :)

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Danielle said...

I would get the Musicians quote - All You Need is Love! It is a beautiful stencil!

blueviolet said...

I like Home is where your story begins.
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blueviolet said...

I blogged about it here

blueviolet said...

I'm a follower!

Verging on 40 said...

I like the Cherish, Dream, Live Stencil.

Miranda said...

I love the skull and cross bones

Marianna said...

I like the Don't Forget To Wash Your Hands-Mom for my boys bathroom! lol

Marianna said...

I follow!

Leslie S. said...

I would get the fairy,smiling moon outline,hibiscus,and a few other ones to do my kids rooms.Thanks!

startrek said...

I would get the skull and crossbones.
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startrek said...

I subscribe.
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lilshuga2001 said...

"all you need is love"

kathy pease said...

i love the 34" share the harvest

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missrantsypants said...

I would get the Dinosaur Themepack!



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Sarah said...

Love what you did with your kitchen!

I like the Dots Monograms, would be cute over my twins cribs. Also the No Hitting, etc. - I think we'll need that.

Sarah said...

I subscribe via Google reader.

Candie said...

I like the Vintage monograms. thank you.

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Candie said...

I am a subscriber. THanks

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Helen said...

My favorite is Look up not down, etc...

Gianna said...

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http://www.thesimplestencil.com/singlecol/index.php?em=Love+is+patient%2C+Love+is+kind...etc.+I+Corinthians+13%3A+4-7

:)

Donna said...

I would like the monogram D.
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bndraldy said...

I would get the Sweet Dreams Sleep Tight We Love You Goodnight and the Bless this room and the Child who dwells here...
Thank you for the opportunity to win!

lilyk said...

Live, Love, Laugh looks very nice!

lilyk said...

I subscribed to your blog.