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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

UPrinting Giveaway!

It's the middle of the week and what a better way to celebrate than with a giveaway!

Have you heard about UPrinting?
They are a fabulous printing company full of great products such as:
Greeting Cards


Canvas Prints

Uprinting business cards

and MUCH, MUCH MORE!


Today UPrinting is giving one of you lucky readers 500 Pieces of Letterhead!


How awesome is that?!
This would be perfect for anyone but if you have a handmade business this would be fabulous to create a personalized letterhead with your business logo to include with purchases.

So do you want to know exactly what is up for grabs?

Here's the details:
-500 pcs. Letterheads for One (1) winner
-5.5” x 8.5"
-70lb Offset
-Front Only Printing
-4 Business Days Print Turnaround Time
*Free Shipping

Restriction: Limited to *US residents 18 years old and above only

Also, if you have previously won a giveaway of this type from UPrinting in the last 6 months you are not eligible to win at this time. Sorry!


To find out more about other UPrinting services, you can check out these pages:
-Letterhead Printing
- Envelope Printing
- Printing Services


Would you like to know how to enter?
Here ya go!

Ways to enter:
LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH!

MANDATORY- You MUST be a follower of A Glimpse Inside. This giveaway is for my readers so let me know how you subscribe to AGI. (i.e GFC, RSS, etc...)

Extra 1- Follow AGI on Twitter

Extra 2- Like AGI on Facebook

Extra 3- Blog, tweet, or FB about this giveaway. Share a link.


Winner will be announced Tuesday, September 6th @ noon.


GOOD LUCK!!


Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive letterhead printing service by hosting. Letterhead design and envelope printing is also available. Please visit UPrinting.com for more details.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Pizza Roll Crescents

**This post has been recently updated with a new opening graphic along with another step in the recipe.**

Today for Tasty Tuesday I am sharing a recipe that I made the other night.
We normally have pizza once a week and during football season, that day is on Sunday. I went to make a pizza and thought I had some pizza dough and it turned out that I didn't so I improvised and made Pizza Roll Crescents and they were really yummy!


 Here's the How-to!

Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:
- Crescents
-Pizza Sauce (for dipping)
-Pepperoni or other ingredients to your liking
-Cheese
-Parmesan Cheese
-Melted Butter
-Italian seasoning


To Make:
-Preheat oven to temperature on Crescents
- Unroll all the crescents

-Top with pepperoni or other toppings

-Top with cheese

Monday, August 29, 2011

You Asked. I Answered!

We survived Irene without any damage so I hope many of your fared well as well!


A few months ago I shared that you could ask me anything from my personal life to my blog and projects, so today I am going to answer a few of those questions.


-Question 1: asked by Michele from The Scrap Shopp
Where is your favorite room/space to write your blog posts from?

I don't really have a favorite room or space but I do blog from the same spot every time. I have a laptop and we just keep it in the living room on the coffee table (mostly because I used to work online from home) so I always blog from my couch with laptop in lap. Not very inspiring but it gets the job done.


-Question 2: comes from Christy from Christy's Cuties
How long were you been blogging before getting your first feature on another blog for something you had done?

Hmmm... that's a good question. I actually started A Glimpse Inside as a family blog with very little crafts being shared. I didn't start sharing crafts until about 8 mths into blogging after we moved to KY and I had a craft room and we were decorating our new place. The first post that was featured on another blog was actually my first crafty/decorative post I shared and it was my "Style with Shutters" post. I linked it up to multiple linky parties and it got featured and also was picked as the #1 project over at The CSI Project that week. Talk about me being THRILLED! :)


-Question 3 & 4: I am combining these two questions because they were very close to the same questions so they go together.
Thrifty Crafty Girl asked: What is your best advice for new bloggers like me? and
Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts asked: What are some of your best blogging tips? Would love tips on organizing, posting, how to gain followers...etc.

Alrighty... my best advice for new bloggers.
1.) Be Yourself! Write like you are talking to friends and family.

2.) Please, Please, PLEASE make sure your email address is attached to your profile! People want to respond to your comments and if you don't have your email attached then they can't. If you don't know how to add your email address check out my Blogging Tips posts for the how-to.

3.) Don't use the word verification for your comments.
If you are nervous about spam comments then just moderate your comments.

4.) Link up to parties to get your ideas out there. It brings people to your blog.

5.) To add to #4, Check out other people's links at parties and comment. Say hello, say something, let them know you were there so they can respond (since you have your email attached to your profile) and possibly come by and visit your blog BUT DO NOT leave a "Please come visit my blog." or "Please follow my blog." message. That just turns people off.

6.) Add links/images to past projects somewhere on your blog. This will help keep people around a while if something else catches their eye. LinkWithin is a great tool to use for this. Just add it to the end of your posts and it will always show past posts that a reader may be interested in checking out. Or you can just add images to your sidebar. Up to you.

7.) Try to schedule your post the day or a few days before they are going to post.
I always write my post for the next day the night before and schedule it. All my post, except my Catch a Glimpse party posts, publish at 8 am unless I am just terribly busy that I can't write it up the night before. And if you can write a couple post a few days out, that just crosses something off your to-do list.


Ok, I think I will stop there.

So those are the answers to those questions for today.
And I will put the option back out there... do you have a question to ask me? ANYTHING?

It could be about :
-Me
-My life
-A tutorial
-Thrifty Finds
-Blogging
-Recipes
-ANYTHING!

Leave me a comment with your question or shoot me an email (allison.michelena@gmail.com) and maybe your question will be included in my next Answer post!


Happy Monday!

Friday, August 26, 2011

{Feature Friday} #42

I want to thank everyone for linking up each week!

I have decided to add something new to the Feature Friday posts.
Every week, I will feature the link with the most views from the party along with other features.
So be sure to visit other links and tell them where you are visiting because you never know, maybe your link will be viewed the most!

This week's most viewed link is:
The Spray Painted Sofa from Johnny in a Dress


Here are the other Features for the week:
Shabby Apple Submission Skirt from The Orchard in Bloom

Honeybear Lane shared her fabulous Pinwheel Quilt

Sandy's Space shared her Trinket Boxes

Learn how to Fake Great Lighting for Pictures with Sweet C's Designs

Buffet Makeover by Vintage Shabby Chicks

Blog 5 to 9 shared her Vintage Inspired Circus Party

My Covered Bridge shared her end table makeover


Feel free to grab a Featured button if you'd like!


Have a fabulous weekend everyone!
And if you are on the East Coast like us, hope Irene doesn't hit you too hard!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Catch a Glimpse Party #42

Time to party!

Catch a Glimpse Button

And guess what?!

I HAVE SOMETHING TO SHARE!! WHOOO!!

I created some new glitter art for Autumn.
Check out my Glitter Art Tutorial for more details.


What do you have this week?!

Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!

5.) And most importantly... HAVE FUN!!







Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Glitter Art


Oh my goodness!
I FINALLY made something!
I tried to make something else and every attempt was a complete fail so I need to reevaluate it and come back.
So while thinking, I started on something that I have had an idea to try for quite some time now.

Here's my new take on Glitter Art.

Love the way it shimmers in the sunlight!

Here's the how-to:
Supplies:
-Acrylic Paint
-Glitter Glue
-Glue in your choice of colors (I went for a fall theme)
-Canvas or Wood
(I used wood. It was an old desk that I designed and my dad built and it got messed up in one of our moves. So, I had Travis break it apart and cut down the pieces so I could use them as canvases.)


To start:
Paint the raw edges of the wood or canvas. I painted it a metallic silver at first then switched it to metallic gold but forgot to take a picture.

Tape off your design. I decided to do stripes.
Press firmly on the edges of the tape so there is no bleeding of the glue.

Paint on the glitter glue then sprinkle the glitter color of your choice.

Tear off tape and let dry.

Once the glue is dry on the first stripes, tape off to do the larger stripes.
Don't worry, only a little bit of the glitter comes off on the tape as long as it's dry!

Paint glue and sprinkle next color. Let dry.

Tape off again and continue.

Completely glittered.

I plan to add a picture hook to the back of the wood and hang it up for some glittery autumn decor.

TIP: Place wax paper under your project to catch extra glitter. Tap off excess glitter on to wax paper and before switching colors, put the excess glitter back in the container.


The possibilities with this is endless!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Asian Pork and Vegetable Stir-Fry

I decided to change things up this week and search Betty Crocker for a recipe.
Going crazy, I know! lol

Asian Pork and Vegetable Stir-Fry

(image)

Prep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Makes: 2 servings

What You Need:
-1/2 cup uncooked instant brown rice
-1 cup water
-1 boneless pork loin chop (4 oz), cut into thin bite-size strips
-2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
-1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
-1 can (18.5 oz) Progresso® Light homestyle vegetable and rice soup
-1 tablespoon stir-fry sauce
-1 cup fresh snow pea pods
-2 tablespoons sliced almonds, if desired

Make It:
-In 1-quart saucepan, cook rice in water as directed on package, omitting butter.

-Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, place pork, mushrooms and onion; sprinkle with garlic powder. Cook over high heat 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until pork begins to brown. Stir in soup and stir-fry sauce; heat to boiling. Stir in pea pods. Cook over high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pea pods are crisp-tender.

-Serve pork mixture over rice; sprinkle with almonds.


ENJOY!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fibi & Clo Sandals, Review


I was recently asked if I would like to review a pair of sandals from a new company called Fibi and Clo. I checked out their website, saw how cute they were, and jumped at the chance.

Before I show you the sandals that I received, let me give you a little background information on the company.

Fibi and Clo began in May 2009 by AnaLiza Alba. She yearned for an idea that would get her home to Texax without getting in the way of a career she loved in New York. An idea suddenly sparkedin her head- What if she developed a line of sandals that she could take to Texas for trunk shows - like tupperware parties, but with shoes? And so she began her new adventure. Shortly after the successful launch of the brand and the positive feedback of the consumers, the online boutique, Fibi and Clo, went live.


So back to the pair of sandals I got to review.
I received my sandals very quickly in the mail.
They came all wrapped up in a little bag.

I opened them up to find this pair, Smoke Cascade.
Cute right?!

Check out all the fabulous bling!
And just in case you lose a piece of that bling, they also include some extra pieces so you can replace the missing ones.


Would you like to see what they look like on?
Good... here ya go!
They are so cute!
They definitely dress up any outfit and are perfect with a cute sun dress.
They are even really comfortable!

This isn't the only cute pair in their shop.
Here are a few others.

Love Knot

Sea Star

Bright Star

And one of the BEST things about these sandals are the VERY AFFORDABLE prices!!
Can't go wrong with something so cute for such a great price!


One last thing... Are you a Military Spouse?
Well if you answered yes, then you are in luck!

Fibi and Clo have partnered with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to offer military wives a special price of $34.99, instead of our retail price of $45, for our sandals.
They decided to go with AAFES because we respect the armed forces and we want to give military personnel and the glamorous military wives a chance to get Fibi and Clo at a steal of a price.
They only have a limited supply so hurry and go check if there's a pair left in your size.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

NEW Funky Vintage Lovely Winner!


I tried contacting the old winner of the Funky Vintage Lovely Giveaway from my 1000 Follower Celebration and never heard back from her so... a NEW winner has been pick!

Sorry for the old winner but Congrats to the new one!

So do you want to know if you are the new winner?!

The winner was pick by Random.org is is lucky number:NUMBER 57!!

Was comment 57 you?!
Can't remember?

Well, I'll remind you who number 57 was.

It was Jenn who said:

Congratulations Jenn!!

Please email me at allison.michelena@gmail.com within 48 hrs. to claim your prize.


Friday, August 19, 2011

{Feature Friday} #41

Did you miss the features from last week's party? Check them out here: Feature Friday #40

Now onto the features from this week's party.


Trilogy Edibles shared her idea for White Chocolate Bowls

Tres Chere created a Zebra Dresser

Nursery Bird Mobile from Away We Go

A Creative Princess shared her Simple Message Canvas

Framed Animal Art from My Li'l Pumpkin Patch

Chicken Wire Memo Board from Scissors and Spatulas

Clock Redo from Vibrant Serenity


Thanks for linking up!
Feel free to grab a Feature Button!


Happy Friday everyone!!
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!