Sunday, November 29, 2009

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep - Full Prayer - NEW DESIGN


We received an enquiry for the full version of this beautiful prayer so we thought we'd add it into our stores. For those who have seen the older version, both versions are now updated with lovely corner frames:)

View this design in stores now: Website and Etsy

To view the other version in our store, please click on the links below:
Website and on Etsy

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Free Shipping Weekend on Etsy and Gift Vouchers in stores


Ho Ho Ho! I seriously cannot believe we've reached the end of the year and Christmas is already around the corner! We have our Christmas tree up and we're looking forward to family coming home. I always enjoy the month of December=)

Our Etsy store is having its last Free Shipping Promo this weekend for 2009, running from Black Friday through to Cyber Monday (27th-30th November). A perfect opportunity to check some items off your Christmas gift list! Especially for those who love DIY decor!


And if you're not too sure which design they'll fancy, why not get them Gift Vouchers instead and we'll post/email it to them for you, complete with a personal note! All our Gift Vouchers are inclusive of shipping too...Links below:)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blog Giveaway! - Flock in Flight Wall Decal

Hello peeps! A few months ago, we were approached by Taj from Roxy Shops for a review and giveaway of our Flock In Flight Wall Decal, one of our most popular designs and we agreed!

This giveaway is finally up and running and we couldn't have thought of a better time to have it:) Christmas is around the corner and giftlists are being written up all over the world. Whether you'd love the Flock in Flight for yourself, your home or as a Christmas gift for your loved ones, here's the chance to get one FOC, shipping included!

This giveaway is open to INTERNATIONAL entries...so what are you waiting for! Head on over to RoxyShops now and get your entries in:) Giveaway contest closes December 4th, 2009..so quickly! quickly!

xoxo,
Joanne

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mystic Space - NEW DESIGN

I've been on a short break from blogging and am really excited to be getting my engines started again. Here's a simple and cheerful design i finished today for the kids range. Mystic Space covers 8 feet by 4 feet when arranged as shown in the picture above and is also perfect as add-on decor to plain wardrobe doors.

Here are the measurements:
7 circle decals with diameters ranging from 2.2 inches to 12.7 inches
1 semicircle decal with diameter 12.7 inches
14 mystic decals ranging from 3.2 inches to 5.4 inches width

It can be ordered in 1 colour (just by mentioning 1 colour for all when you choose your colours) and that will bring the age limit up a bit but keep the fun intact:)

Check out Mystic Space on Etsy or on our Website!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My Itchy Fingers...


A touch of vinyl here and a touch of vinyl there...i just had to give my friend, Melody's Esprit wallet some renewed life:) Let's see just how long those froggies manage to hang in there...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Featured in blogs:)

We are so excited! About a week ago, 4 of our decals made it onto a post on Shannon's blog, Design Through My Eyes. (Click for the full post...)

This afternoon brought more pleasant news! Our Modtree Multicolour decal was featured in fellow Etsy seller, Joanne Varga's Holiday Gift Guide.

She's also giving away a set of her 12 hand-crafted and embellished holiday greeting cards this November over at her blog. Just in time for Christmas...Find out how you can win the giveaway here!

Thank you, Shannon and Joanne!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Home, Sweet Home - NEW DESIGN


I have a new design up:) "Home, Sweet Home" - measuring 11.3" high x 20" wide. It was inspired by a beautiful cat i saw at the petshop the other day. She had the most adoring, mesmerising clear blue eyes and I had to seriously fight the urge to take her home.

The colour shown in the picture is Black.

This design is now available at the Etsy Store and our webstore. Here are the direct links: Etsy Store and Website.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Our Website's Back Up and The Doofbags


One Saturday evening, i spotted some buzzing activity around the shoplots near my home. So i rounded up my clan (more like dragged my hubby and son) and decided to go check it out.

It was a charity drive with some vendors giving 100% of their sales to the charity of their choice. Some gave their proceeds to Breast Cancer Awareness, the RSPCA and a whole lot more. OK...I have to admit I'm bad with the details but one of the vendors really stuck in my head...Doof Industries.

They had huge...and i mean humongous...beanbags for sale..and in to-die-for colours! Even the labels were so BIG they stole the attention the beanbags were getting. With names like Chuck and Roxanne, who could resist not jumping and sinking into one of them:)

100% water/drool resistant (what more could mummy ask for...) with an inner lining for the beans so that you can take all the beans out at one go when you want to wash the beanbag..(well, mummy could ask for that too:)


Best part is, you can rent the bags when you are having a chilled out do and need more laurel-resting locations. Spoke to hubby about this and he's all in for a BBQ... soon:)

They ship internationally and even provide free shipping in the Klang Valley. For international customers, they've got Paypal.

Check them out on Facebook and Twitter!

Lollilines Revamp Update


Hello, my lovelies...I've recently updated our lollilines decal set. The decals now come in a default arrangement for easy installation. And if you don't fancy the default arrangement, you can still separate the lollilines to individualise your space:)

We welcome any constructive feedback you guys might have on how to improve our products. So, don't be shy...let us know and we'll work to make our decals better for you. Till next time!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Free Shipping Worldwide - 9/10 - 11/10


Come on over to our Etsy Store this 9/10 - 11/10.

We've got Free Shipping Worldwide going on.

All orders during this weekend will be shipped out on Tuesday via Registered Malaysian Post.

See you there!

The Odd Couple - Hitching a Ride - NEW DESIGN


"Squawk! Are we there yet?"

What an unlikely pairing! I've just put this design up for sale on Etsy and the Website. It stands at 35" tall and 22" wide and is a perfect conversation starter. Well, it started a little joke between myself and I, anyways but that's a story for another time:)

Try upping the FUN factor by picking this design in Pink for a perfect addition to a girly room or King Blue for the boys. (View Colour Swatches)

Want the decal flipped to look left instead? Or maybe you want it sized your way...Easy peasy! Just leave me a message during checkout or email us for a quotation today:)

Here are the direct links: Etsy Store and Website.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Papernstitch Exhibition


A few weeks ago, we were invited to join Papernstitch.com's September-October exhibition and we did! The exhibition runs from September 30th to October 25th and will showcase decal designs from both our Etsy store and our Website:)

It's basically a website that provides people with a one-stop shop for good quality original hand-made stuff without having to weed through the millions of shops on the net (in short, the weeding's been done for you!).

Those who are interested in purchasing a product they like from Papernstitch can even click on the "Buy Now" button and the link will immediately bring them directly to that product's page.

Check out our showcase on Papernstitch here or browse all the showcases on Papernstitch here.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Birdcage and Perch Set with 4 Cute Little Birds - NEW DESIGN


Hi everyone! I've just added a new design - a Birdcage and Perch with 4 cute little birdies decal set. I added a perch in this set because i thought the little birdies might be happier chilling outside their cage once in a while:)

You will get to pick 1 colour for the cage & perch and 2 colours for the birdies. Mix and match from 50 different vinyl colours or if you like what you see, just pick white, red and yellow:) Check out our colour swatches!

When arranged as shown in the pic above, the birdcage decal measures a total of 24.5" wide x 34.45" high. Here are their separate measurements:

Birdcage 8.7" wide x 10.7" high
Perch 6.4" wide x 6.6" high
Link chains are 15.3-23.8" long
Birds are 2.7-3.1" wide x 2-2.6" high

Custom sizes are most welcome:) Simply email us and we'll get back to you with the adjusted price. These little ones can't wait to get to their new homes, so if you'd like to welcome them into your home today, here are their direct links: Etsy Store or Website.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Weekend Sale Coming Up!

25th-27th September 2009...Save the dates, peeps...our last Weekend Deal on Etsy was such a huge success that we've booked ourselves in for this one too:) We're offering 10% discount storewide this weekend, so head on over to place your purchases!

Shipping in Malaysia (as always), is free. Renters, newbie home-owners and diehard home improvers...you guys won't wanna miss this one.

Accepted payment options are Paypal, Mastercard, Visa, American Express.

Note: Prices at our Etsy store have been converted to USD to comply with their currency requirement.
See u there!

Reseller Eastern Decorator Ipoh taken out of List

A short one this time coz I think the title kind of sums it up..
On the brighter side, our decals can still be found at:
LiveItUp!, LG Floor (new wing),
1 Utama Shopping Complex,
Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.

The store is right next to HomeDIY and opposite Auntie Anne's...otherwise, there's always the information counter:)

Selamat Hari Raya!!

Blank Canvas Designs would like to wish all our Muslim customers a very Selamat Hari Raya!! To all other Malaysians, have a wonderfully long weekend! There were plans to "balik kampung" this weekend but a 6-hour car ride back from Perak might drive the 2-year old insane:) Many years ago...it drove the adults insane...haha! Thanks for the reminder, mom!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Evangelione's little world...





Ooohh...Aren't these the most darling miniatures? Love how much detail goes into her work. Miniatures make great wall decorations framed up. Probably the best way to protect them from collecting dust unless you're planning to collect enough to fill a whole display cabinet. The suitcase necklace is vintage neat too, doncha think?...doesn't hurt that she's from Malaysia:)


The artist: Tako aka Evangelione
Find out more: http://evangelione.blogspot.com/

Saturday, September 12, 2009

It's 6am and I'm awake...

Toilet training my 2 and a half year old boy has been a breeze... during the day anyways...we've successfully taken him off his diapers with very few accidents...and he prompts us when he needs to go to the loo:)

It's the night that hurts me the most...why i say hurt? Because it's the bed or my precious lounging couch that GETS IT. The bed...we're planning to change to a bigger one (once he's toilet trained nights anyways) but the couch! the couch! I chose everything from the sponge, to the covers material and as i mentioned before, it's precious...

I can wash everything...but what do i do with the sponge (or mattressy bit). Sun it on the driveway floor? Sigh...i guess this is all part of having kids...make sure you don't have perishable (and i don't mean the edible kind) or precious things lying around... else they WILL perish...haha!:)

Like I said, it's 6am (well, 7am now) and I've been working on a top secret project:) If it ever gets up to standard, I might showcase it and might even put some stuff up for sale. For now though, it's an obsession i need to get out of my system. I thank all the patient and loving husbands for letting their wives go a bit mad the obsessive way:)

An hour or so more to go...and i'll get to see the smiles on both my angel's faces.. Good Morning, World!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Call me ignorant...


but i never knew we had such beautiful stamps. I mean i knew we had lovely fruit stamps, bird stamps etc around the 30 cents and 50 cents range but since using Malaysian Registered Post and shipping overseas, I've had the lovely opportunity of seeing the more expensive and colourful RM10, RM20 and RM5 stamps..and they are BEE-U-tiful!

Unfortunately for me, i can't keep these stamps...otherwise, my shipment might as well lie in the gutter and wait for the heavy rainfall to take it to sea where it will float (or sink) to its destination.

Then came a special request from one of my customers asking me to include any used Malaysian stamps i had lying around with her order. That got me thinking... so i went-a-hunting around the house and found me...wait for it....a paltry 3 pieces of used stamps.

Fortunately, I have an awesome aunt who has been collecting every stamp she's received in the mail since the beginning of time and has graciously obliged to part with a few duplicates.

I'm making it a point now to start a little passive collection of stamps...for a few reasons:
1) Stamps are such tiny, beautiful pieces of art...i wouldn't mind a little collection..

2) The next time i have a request like this, i won't have to go digging around other people's mailboxes...hehe...it's not like i did it this time, k?

3) If I'm not filthy rich when i'm old and unable to hold a mouse any longer...i'll have the stamps to help pay for my remaining days on earth..

Check out our lovely Malaysian Stamp Gallery. If you're an avid stamp collector, you can even register with the Malaysian Post to get stamp collections mailed directly to you, wherever you are. Register here:)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy Merdeka, Malaysia!!



Independence Day...52 years on:) We have a long weekend, there's pouring rain and cool weather. I hope everyone who has travelled has reached their destination safely...i also hope the streets of KL are quiet.

And to leave everyone with a reminder to smile and laugh often...here are some little gems from Quote of the Day:

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying." ~ Woody Allen

"Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings." ~ Ed Gardner

"I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally." ~ W C Fields

"Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy." ~ Janet Long

"If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur." ~Doug Larson

"I'm not a vegetarian because I love animals. I'm a vegetarian because I hate plants." ~ A. Whitney Brown

"Happy Merdeka to all Malaysians, wherever you may be!" ~ BCD

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I love, love, love...

the effect of graphite, colour pencil and pastel...the female form...mystery and fantasy. I love, love, love Bec Winnel's work! Check out her beautiful illustrations at http://mycharliegirl.blogspot.com/. Her prints and artcards can be purchased at http://www.mycharliegirl.etsy.com/.


I'm definitely putting her down in my "To Collect" list...well, her artcards and prints anyways:) Her originals will have to wait.... one day, one day...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

August Designs are OUT!

Our Weekend Deal on Etsy was a whopping success and all the decal shipments are finally on their way. I've finally gotten a minute to sit down...breath...and update our blog with this month's latest decal designs:) First up...Butterflies, then the Geisha girls, our Halloween range and finally, the Skaterboys:) Enjoy the show...

Butterflies

Lily Geishas

Daisy Geishas

Halloween Creepy Spiders


Halloween Spiders and Webs


Halloween Bats


Skaterboy Express Yourself

Skaterboy

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Free Shipping Weekend!

Hi guys! Great news for all you decal fans out there! This 15th and 16th of August 2009, Blank Canvas on Etsy is having a Free Shipping Worldwide Weekend...and that means that we'll take care of shipping on all orders placed this weekend to anywhere in the world!

All the shipping charges will be set to zero for this weekend only so there'll be no messy Paypal refunds. How awesome is that? So, if you've been eyeing a design or a couple, shimmy on over to our Etsy store this 15th & 16th and get your order in! Happy decalling, y'all!

Our Etsy Store: www.blankcanvasdesigns.etsy.com

Monday, August 3, 2009

A 10-foot installation

My Saturday morning was spent installing the Mark Twain quote earlier mentioned in the blogpost "A Custom Order In Progress". We also helped install Skyline just above our customer's bedpost while we were there. As promised, here are the end results!


" Skyline in black"


"Mark Twain quote in black"

Thursday, July 23, 2009

It's the 24th...We already have a Winner?

Entry #1: I like the fact i helped in the arrangement of this Verdant. I like, even more, the fact that it was the customer who made this decal simply awesome. Check out the 4 colour combo....Beige Lines and a mixture of Brown and Light Yellow flowers against a vintage rose coloured wall....That, and the fact that it spans across 8 feet and merges 2 sections of the wall. The customer used 2 sets of Verdant to create this design and wanted the flowers of each set to be different colours so that he could mix them around.


Entry #2: These pictures used one set of Starry starry night in White against a blue wall. An easy installation until you see that this customer took the effort to apply the decal as close to the ceiling as he could and the result is ethereal:)


How can we already have a winner without a vote, you ask? Coz both entries were entered by Mr Howard Lai from Labuan! And he definitely deserves to win this month's voucher for all the heart he put into his home...all DIY style:)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Specks of Inspiration - Designs in July


Birds in various stages of flight...this design gave me a sense of freedom and serenity. Much like getting away for a while from the hectic hustle and bustle that is KL. Check out the close-ups, lots of detailing in the wings:)


These are the cutest little decals at just 8.7 inches tall. I can think of so many ways to use them...as washroom signs, on cupboards, by the sinks, on the wall along the bedside tables, as wedding gifts. Ooohh...wedding gifts..I just had a lightbulb moment...a decal for the bride and groom with their names under the chess pieces! Now, i just gotta see who's getting married next:)


Grass Stalks

My family, friends and even the ants know I'm not one to go pottering about in the garden under the hot sun. My idea of the ideal garden would be grass...think golf course grass...and maybe a huge shady tree. Don't get me wrong, i love everything about flowers and plants but since my gardening skills are about as awesome as expired milk, it be safer for them to be fake. Thus, the creation of Grass Stalks. Do check out the close-ups for the design...there's a whole lot of detail going on and the main picture just doesn't do it justice.


Bloom2 XL

I just love my little flower, don't I? So much so, I designed another version of it:) This one is named Bloom2 XL, a combination of overlapping positives and negatives of the original Bloom2 design. It even comes in 1 single piece for easy installation and perfect for those who don't want the bother of having to think up arrangements for their design.
All designs can be custom sized to your requirement. If you need them in a specific size, feel free to email us!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Streamlined International Shipping


We started out shipping all our international orders via UPS Express Saver but it soon became apparent that we were being a tad idealistic. Fast shipping, trackability and convenience wasn't a necessity for everyone and it wasn't fair for us to blanket a shipping method across all our customers. As a customer myself, I'd like to be offered more than one shipping option, in line with my comfort level.


So, with this in mind, I set out to research other shipping methods and decided to put a little faith in our National Post Office. It is, after all, 2009 and Malaysia has been growing in leaps and bounds in terms of the efficiency of our postal services.


My criteria was simple...the shipping method had to be reliable, much more affordable and arrive within a reasonable time frame... and Registered Malaysian Post fulfilled all these.


Please view the transit times given by Pos Malaysia below:

15-18 days to the US

14 working days to the UK and Australia

7-10 working days to Singapore

22-25 days Canada and everywhere else



This shipping option and its charges have been added to both our online store and Etsy store:)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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Technorati

Recently, i started subscribing to Daily Web Traffic Tips, which as the title suggests, emails me a tip a day to increase web traffic. I thought...Hey, what's there to lose? No harm in checking it out, right? And since this is probably THE one topic...on this "web-iverse" anyways, that no one could ever know too much about...i thought, Heck..why not..

So, here i am trying out tip #14...claiming my blog on Technorati, a directory of blogs and social networks, amongst other things. In order to claim my blog, I have to put the code they've supplied me in a post on my blog, which is exactly what i'm doing right now...so here goes...fingers crossed:)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Winner of the June '09 Photo Competition

The dateline is up and a winner for the June '09 Competition has been picked! The RM150.00 voucher goes to...*drum rollll*....Mala of Kuala Lumpur!

A big thank you to the wonderful voters who took some time out to vote. I would have been stuck staring at all three pics for hours on end unable to make up my mind, if it weren't for you guys.

This is an on-going monthly competition, so send in your pics today! Who knows, you might just find a RM150.00 voucher in your mailbox one fine morning:) Here's a recap of how it works:

1) Only decals from Blank Canvas are accepted.

2) The photo must be clear with good lighting.

3) Strategic furniture arrangements and/or other deco items are encouraged to bring out the best in your photo.

4) E-mail your photo to blankcanvasdesigns@gmail.com in a compressed format, preferably JPG or PNG.

5) The winning photos will be uploaded to our DECO IDEAS page as an inspiration to everyone and you get a RM150.00 voucher to spend!

6) Entries are accepted from the 1st-23rd of every month. Voting runs from the 23rd (once entries have been uploaded to the blog) and closes on the 30th.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Blank Canvas Designs on Etsy.com

Blank Canvas Designs is proud to finally join the many hand-made sellers out there on the infamous Etsy.com. As of this moment, we are still learning our way around it. "We"...because I managed to convince my little sister to come on board.


I'm barely containing my excitement...For one, we get to be a part of an immensely talented and creative community. And then...I get to team up with my sister, sappy as it may sound, but it's true. All the production and shipping of the decals will be from Kuala Lumpur while Adrina runs and manages the etsy store from Melbourne.


On top of that, I now get to offer PAYPAL as an additional payment option for our decals, though only at the Etsy store. I've wanted to offer PAYPAL for a while now but have had some issues integrating it with my payment gateway. So until i get the webstore's PAYPAL sorted out, if you'd like to purchase a BCD decal using PAYPAL, feel free drop by our etsy store:)


Blank Canvas Designs on Etsy currently carries our most popular decal designs and custom services. If you are interested in any of our other decal designs, feel free to convo/email us at blankcanvasdesigns@gmail.com and we'll make the necessary arrangements!


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Photo Competition Entries - June '09

Three entries to the monthly Photo Competition and a chance to win a RM 150.00 voucher. Personally, I love them all and can't decide who should win. So i'm hoping you guys can give me a helping hand by voting for the pic that you think should win this month's giveaway. Here are the entries, please vote in the comments:) Voting closes 30th June 2009...thanks!


Entry No. 1



Entry No. 2



Entry No. 3

Saturday, June 13, 2009

June designs by BCD

This is my favourite time of the month, coz it's launch time:) And this month, i've added 4 new products to the collection.


Concentric dots


Creeper



ModTree Monocolour


ModTree Multicolour