This year has been quite a busy one! Since my last post in July I have reached and stretched the company in new directions and locations. With the Stick With It® palette/case entering new markets I want to bring you up to speed on what's going on.
First, I'm happy to announce that we have expanded into more stores, you can see our shop list here. In 2017, we will be adding a brand new makeup store opening soon in Dubai!
Secondly, it turns out the unique features of the Stick With It® are perfect for the cleaning and maintenance of firearms. I introduced the case to the San Diego Police Department and received a very nice testimonial from Officer Deyling. Back in November of last year I attended a Meet the Buyer event for Veteran-owned businesses sponsored by the SBA. I learned about the filing process to become WBE/DBE/SWBE government certified. One year later I am now officially certified.
Lastly, I participated in SCALE, a business accelerator program offered through Hera Labs. In recognition of Veteran's Day, The executive director, Silva Mah PhD, MBA covers my journey in her latest article.
As we wrap up 2016, I want to take this time to say, thank you for your support, your votes and your purchases. Make sure you are signed up for our newsletter to receive a Holiday Sale announcement coming soon.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!
Who knew when I created the Stick With It® palette it would morph into a multi-purpose, multi-useful little case! This video demonstrates using the Stick With It® as a portable painters palette.
This use can be very handy for artists that work with acrylic and watercolor paints. Also, it sure is a great way to mix makeup foundation and concealers. Not only is this handy for mixing, but now you can reserve your product by closing the lid- Tah Dah!!
In my testing we did mix a variety of water-based paints and glues directly on the sticky surface without harm. Once the product dries it washed off with warm soapy water or it just peeled right off. On my site you can look here and scroll down to see #2 that lists the products we tested, and some that we don't recommend that can damage the surface.
For a super easy and convenient way to clean up your case you can use palette paper, parchment paper or vellum paper. Simply place the paper on to the Clingfinity® surface, mix away and when ready for clean up, peel the paper off and throw away. On my Store page I do offer a custom-cut packet of vellum paper that fits perfectly into your case.
Many of you have been asking for different colors or prints. I've come up with a really easy and creative way for you to customize yours!
Our custom–cut vinyl skins provide a simple way for you to personalize and protect your Stick With It®. The skins feature a high gloss, UV protective coating that looks amazing and will last a long time providing excellent scratch protection. It's a perfect solution if you have the older palettes that had the big logo and they are looking a little beat up. Installing the skins is as easy as peel, stick and enjoy! The skins can be removed with no residue, no mess and no fuss. Make sure you check out all 10 prints to select from for only $9.95!
In Junior High the song 'Do The Hustle' was all the rage! It was the first time I learned how to do a line dance and every opportunity to Do The Hustle on the dance floor was a blast with my friends. Now I have another opportunity to hustle and it's a whole new dance!
Over the past two months I have stepped up my business hustle. I hear all kinds of ways the Stick With It® case is used by my customers, so I've been exploring different industries. I have presented to firearm armorer's, dental students, guitar/musical instrument repair techs and continue to explore different ways makeup artists and crafters can use their palettes.
If you have not noticed, I've also been busy redesigning my website to address the new uses and industry professionals that are finding value in the Stick With It® case. It's really exciting for me to see how my product is picking up interest from other professions. When I first launched, I was laser focused on it being a makeup palette. But now it is expanding into so many uses and the common denominator is storing small items.
Until now, to store small items you basically had two choices a tray or bowl with a magnet or a container with divided compartments. The downside is that not everything is metal and won't attract to a magnet or small compartments that leave one fishing for items and risk spilling the contents. My customers tell me it's such a relief to easily see and access their items without the frustration of loosing anything. I'm so energized by these new opportunities it definitely puts the step in my hustle.
Everyone's thinking green this month with St. Patrick's Day around the corner. And while you may get green with envy from time to time when you see what others in your space are accomplishing, we want to say STOP RIGHT THERE!
Let's get green with INSPIRATION and realize:
1- You are not giving yourself enough credit.
Take time out to reflect how much you have accomplished, created or designed. Your unique
talents and passion have led you to some remarkable places. Continue to believe and take
action towards your goals.
2- Things are not always what they appear.
Looking at someone else's success, you have no idea the struggles they have faced.
Success usually comes after failure, or a pivotal moment that forged a new direction.
3- What can you learn from those you admire?
Trailblazers, Freethinkers and Innovators have common traits. They have a different perspective
on life, passionate drive and go with their gut instincts. How did they stay strong in the face of
adversity? What challenging moment launched a brilliant idea?
4- What's one new thing you can do this month to get one step closer to what you want to create?
Do you get inspiration from nature, visiting an art gallery, page through fashion magazines, or is
it found in the people around you?
5- Where do you go to find your inspiration? Please share in the comments section.
The New Year never fails to inspire a fresh outlook on life. Many of you responded to last month’s survey question that you really want to get organized in some capacity.
Whether it was dumping the makeup draw upside down or clearing out the craft corner, most people want a sense of order to their lives.
Being organized feels liberating, especially if you are the creative type. There is nothing more frustrating and interrupting to the creative process as when you have to stop and look for what you need in the moment or when things fall and get lost.
When I’m in the flow of the creative process, I’m in my zone, my happy place. My love of being organized is what led me to create my product. I love this journey of building a business, but it's not always easy. Thank goodness, my family is very understanding, and extremely supportive. Also, my community of women entrepreneurs is an incredible sounding board of advice and encouragement!. And of course, YOU keeping me motivated and cheering me on! With this love and support it makes all the ups and downs so worth it. I am on an incredible ride!
How about you? How did you discover your talent? How do you stay organized with your Stick With It palette? Share the love with us and let us know who are your biggest supporters!
Welcome to the first Monday of 2016. I have a feeling this year is going to be phenomenal!
Remember what it was like to be sweet 16? I used to spend hours writing in my journal, doodling my dreams, thinking about what my life would be like in college, do I really have what it takes to join the military, wondering who I would marry, and how many kids we would have. Although, it's been many years since I was 16, I still yearn for those care-free days of doodling and writing in my journal.
As this year turned over, I grabbed my cup of coffee, my calendar from the shelf and reflected on 2015. Paging through my notes I noticed it missed an element of me, my silly doodles and scribbles of fun To-Do's. It was full of serious lists and action items. I'm glad I busted my butt in 2015, and very happy with the results of my goals and intentions. However, this year I will grab my colored pencils and doodle in more fun time with family, friends and 'me' time. I sure said 'no' to many social invitations this past year and I'm ready to play a bit more and enjoy this sweet '16. Here are highlights from my 2015 calendar, sharing successes and some challenges I faced and what I learned.
As I closed the final page of last year, I reached for my newly appointed 2016 calendar. I filled it chock-full of events, goals, intentions, aspirations, potential dates to see family and friends and left room for some doodling.
I wish this New Year will be your sweet ’16, filled with prosperity, love, confidence, and fulfilled sense of purpose.
This summer has been unlike any other, in a profound way. My business is growing and I celebrated a significant birthday feeling healthy, vibrant and appreciative for all that I have. July and August have proven to be remarkable so far.
I mention having tenacity frequently, having stick-to-it-tiveness and focus because below are examples of what the pay off is. Frustrating at times when the pay off is never seen or really delayed, but I still do my homework, due diligence and follow up to actively pursue my goals. Delayed response is a common thing to deal with and I've learned to have lots of patience. I must admit, this year the universe has sped up and great things are happening.
This spring I ran into the beauty editor of LASplash magazine while shopping at Nigel's Beauty Emporium in Hollywood, CA. Being a makeup artist himself, he was impressed with my palette and interviewed me for his column. It's now published and you can read it here at LASplash. At the end of July, I drove up to Salt Lake City, UT to attend a Mixed Media event with Sierra Pacific Crafts and met some amazing store owners and crafters. Keep your eyes open for my video on Scrapbookexpo.com! In addition, on stands now is Threads Magazine Aug/Sep issue featuring the Stick With It palette front and center in the Notions/New Tools section!! I love how my palette has morphed from being strictly a makeup palette to a multipurpose tool for many creative endeavors!
So this summer has been really busy, but a little fun was thrown in the mix to keep my sanity. Thank goodness for great friends to celebrate my birthday with and Vegas conveniently located between San Diego and Salt Lake City. (I'm on the left)
Well it certainly has been awhile since I've posted on my blog. I've been one busy little bee this year, buzzing around with some fresh ideas to share with you. Notice anything different? We changed our logo and update the website! Why? Because change is good and we have some great changes coming your way!
This year began our launch in the wonderful world of Art & Crafts. That's right! The Stick With It palette can be used in a variety of ways. I attended the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show in January. The Stick With It palette was received with a warm embrace. Please see the Arts & Crafts page on my website for reviews and ideas that might spark your creativity. Stick With It palette is now available on Scrapbook.com and Amazon.com !
There are many similarities between the industry's of Makeup and Arts & Crafts. Many brands have cross-over products between these two. Since launching the Stick With It palette the #1 request I get from both industry artists is to create a BIGGER palette!
Currently, we are working on a 3D printed model of the new larger size. After listening carefully to my customers, I have selected a size that fits nicely in your hand with some added features that will blow your mind!
Before we finalize the design I want to hear from you! Let me know any details or features you would like to see added. Email me by Monday, May 18th and my team will take a look at all your feedback.
I'm considering a KickStarter Campaign. This way, you will be able to pre-order the palette and support it coming to life. I need your help, so please follow me and share on social media. I will be showing the new 3D model at upcoming trade shows. Find out where and when on my FaceBook page. Stop by and drool!
I created the Stick With It Palette to help me organize and store my eyeshadows and blush pans without the hassle of magnets. However, people are discovering other uses for the palette! Here are some ideas and our latest video that may spark ideas for you.
Any componentry will stick! Use the palette in the open position as a temporary surface to work from. Set in your individual clamshells of makeup, pop open the lids and go to town using it as an easy, accessible palette. I had a flight attendant tell me she did not want to empty out her makeup bag on the airplane bathroom countertop, so she sets her items on the palette. Because it clings, she did not have to worry about things falling onto the floor.
Here double-ended makeup brushes and stainless steel implements stay secure (no worries, the brush bristles will not stick to the surface). Use a palette to keep hair clips, bobby pins and plastic combs handy and sanitary.
Need easy access to office supplies? I keep mine in the car. If you are into arts and crafts that require storing beads, crystals or any small parts the palette is ideal for these projects. Enjoy the video and please share your ideas!
Video courtesy of Ana Jasso Image Management
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