Monday, July 1, 2013

Blogger Opportunity – have me make art for you!



Looking to work with TWO bloggers, maybe more depending on interest levels.

I will pick the bloggers however I see fit. This will most likely be random, but I may choose someone I know if they are interested.

Each blogger will work with me to generate one digitally painted character in my art style for them. Why do you need to work with me every step of the way? Because I want to ensure you are satisfied with the final product! So basically you will approve a few stages, then receive the final piece.

After you receive the final piece, post your review no more than 1 week later. I'm on a time limit, sorry :(

Also, the review should definitely include whether I am easy to work with or not, if I am polite, etc. Obviously be honest, but if you don't like how I interact with you at least be polite about saying I am awful lol.

I do not mind working with your kids/partner/friend/etc. instead of you, but remember a good portion of the review will be based on your opinion of what it is like to work with me, so please make sure you are included in or can see the conversation.

One more thing or two: I stop taking orders on August 20, 2013 so I can finish them before the school semester. I also want to have a giveaway on each reviewer's blog sometime NEXT SUMMER (2014) when I return to work on this.

Believe it or not, I tried to keep this post short. Any questions? Let me know!

Sample of my artwork:

Sample of the process, not including background or extras:


P. S. Notes:

I will not draw any copyrighted works or characters. It is too gray an area, so I am unsure if it would be legal and therefore refuse to do it.

Often, because I do not wish to strain the little creativity I have, I will only do one stage per day. Not always, but often. This means each order can take several days.

I am willing to draw almost anything, but I'm not always good at it. If you are unhappy with some or all of the artwork, you need to tell me as soon as you notice the problem! I can try to alter it, or we can scrap it.

I will NOT draw: Sexual themes (romance is fine,) anything illegal, anything that offends me, anything I feel unable to draw (ex: 'realistic' dragons. Small cartooney ones I'll try though), and anything else I choose not to draw. If you aren't sure - ask!

Contact me by messaging my Facebook page (which is rather... unusual/bare/mixed up right now I know) https://www.facebook.com/KurisutsuresRandoms

NEW NOTE: 7/2/2013
Timing: I will select bloggers by noon EST on 7/3/2013 if there are two or more bloggers who display interest by then. There is currently 1 blogger interested. This blogger will be guaranteed a piece of art if there are three or fewer interested bloggers by the time stated above.

New Note: 7/6/2013
There are very few bloggers interested right now, so I will likely be willing to work with EVERY blogger who messages me. This opportunity will be open until the end of July, but if you are interested please try to contact me sooner rather than later. Thanks!

Thanks!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Review of BIC products

Wow. Ok, been a rough few weeks. I have had school troubles, camera troubles, and internet troubles. I have dealt with a very hectic school schedule, lost the cord to the camera I use, and lost internet for 4 days. All of this led to postponing a review that I intended to have up a few weeks ago. I want to sincerely apologize to the wonderful people at Shoplet who have been very understanding of my situation, and I also want to thank them for that.

NOTE: The pictures below do not do the products justice. Because of the camera situation, the pictures did not come out as well as I thought they did. Please see the linked-to pages for each product to see pictures that truly do them justice, as well as to check out the competitive prices offered by Shoplet.

Now, many of you know I love office supplies, so you'll know I was very excited to be able to perform this review! The items I got to review were:




First, let's focus on the BIC Atlantis Ballpoint Retractable Pen. I tested this one out by taking notes in one of my classes (actually, I used one different BIC pen per class, not including my math class in which I prefer to use pencil to take notes). The class I used this one for is computer networking. It writes very well, unlike many other pens I have used. It writes smoothly, and has a deep blue color that I just love! When I first tried it that is what I noticed, along with the fact that the 'clicker', or the part that you push down to open the pen, has a barely noticeable sound and feel, so it just feels natural to click.





Next, the BIC For Her Retractable Ballpoint Pen. One word: GORGEOUS! There are lovely flowery designs etched into the pen, making this a work of art for a great price! They come together in light pink and light purple, but in a perfect world there would also be light blue... yes I love the color blue xD I tested this with my business communications course. Unfortunately, while the design is absolutely stunning to me, the ink is not. I could not read the ink very well at all after just a couple of weeks taking notes (this class only meets 2x a week, so that isn't a big strain on the pen) and am pretty bummed. But, I really love the design, so I will be looking for replacement ink that will fit in the pens. I can't help it, they're so pretty!



Now for my favorite one! The BIC Velocity Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen! I'll admit, at first I wasn't so impressed. Since I hold my pens the 'wrong' way, I thought it might cause some discomfort since it is definitely made for people who hold their pens correctly. Boy was I wrong. Sure, it isn't 'made' for the way I hold my pens, but that was not a hindrance at all! Also, it comes with one of those ink caps that seal in the ink before your first use to keep it from getting too dry, which I absolutely loved. On top of this good news, it writes SO well! It glides smoothly and the ink doesn't bleed through the paper! The only downside to this pen is that when I used it, at times the ink would stop. I'm not sure if I lifted my hand, subconsciously fearing the ink would bleed should I press too hard, or if it really was the pen. I suspect it was the pen though. But, I still favor this pen because though the ink would stop and I would have to go over my writing, it was still much better than other pens that make you go over your writing because they are simply too dry.





I also got to try out some BIC Mark-it Grip Permanent Markers. Now, I did like these as well, and they are especially perfect for writing on cardboard. If you write on copy/printer paper, or on notebook paper, the ink shouldn't bleed through (at least it didn't for me) but it does show up rather noticeably on the opposite side. However, I feel that would be the case for most markers, so there isn't much one can do about it. They wrote really well on cardboard, and the colors, while I typically prefer lighter ones, are awesome.



Finally, I reviewed the BIC Wite-Out EZ Correct Correction Tape. I'll be upfront about this. I don't like correction tape, and this is no different. I find it difficult to use and therefore inefficient. The difficulty I find with correction tape is that you have to press down just right, and then it may or may not completely cover what you want it to. However, I must give credit where credit is due, and there was definitely a plus to this product. The tape covered EVERYTHING I tried it on, including the markers' ink, as a good, solid, not see-through white, though I did have trouble getting it out at times. I could also write over the tape relatively easily. So the reason I didn't like it was because of personal preference I think.



Do I recommend these products? You bet! I would say if you like similar products, you should definitely give these a try. They work really well (even though the tape really isn't my type of thing) and are affordable, which is important these days.

Disclosure/Disclaimer: I received the above products free of charge from Shoplet.com in exchange for a review. I was not required to post a positive review. The above opinions are 100% honest and my own, and may be different from your own.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Random NaBloPoMo Saturday! #4


Welcome back to Random NaBloPoMo Saturdays! Today's randomly selected date and prompt are... 08/20/2012 What is the best thing you ever had for dessert?

My response is thus:

Ahh desert. I actually had quite a bit of that a couple weeks ago at my little sister's birthday party xD But what is the best dessert I have ever had? I have got to say it was a long time ago, so I apologize if I forget the details. Anyway I was at a camp of sorts, and one of the kids made this awesome pie. I think it was like an oreo and peanut butter cream pie thing. I remember squealing when their mom agreed to let me have the recipe, although I was never able to make it (couldn't get the ingredients for some reason) I still have that recipe I think, but I can't remember what notebook it's in. It was delicious though, I remember that.

So my answer is an oreo peanut butter cream pie thing. What's the best dessert you've ever had? Let me know in the comments!

As for next week's random date and prompt, it shall be...
1/30/2013 Benjamin Franklin said, "Energy and persistence conquer all things." Do you agree or disagree?
I'll tell ya next week! See ya :)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

MPM Birthday Celebration Giveaway!

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It’s a MPM Birthday Celebration Event

Guess what everyone? Here's your chance to win an iPad2! From the wonderful people at Mom Powered Media (MPM) comes this giveaway! I'm so jealous of the winner, but in a good way xD
iPad 2 Specs:
Wifi
Color: Black
Apple iOS 4, Apple A5 1 GHz.
It has 16 GB integrated.
9.7" IPS TFT , LED backlight and Multi-Touch.
802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR , 21.2 oz.
Camera: Front: 0.7 MP, Back: 0.7 MP
ipad 2

One winner will receive iPad 2 {Wifi, 16GB, Black}!

Giveaway ends March 4th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Kurisutsure's Randoms is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Please contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Microbes giveaway from Beautiful Incentives!

Giant Microbes Valentine Box Giveaway 
Presented by: Beautiful Incentives

Hey all! Crystle (Kurisutsure) here. Below you will find a review and giveaway of Microbes performed by my fellow blogger Brie at the above linked blog, Beautiful Incentives, which I am fortunate enough to help promote! Never heard of Microbes? Read the review below and be sure to check out both Brie's blog and the Microbes links!


Giant microbes is a creative site that sells diseases and germs as stuffed animals! If you're a nerd enough like me, you appreciate picking fun at the worst things in existence. If we can't beat em, we may as well find humor in them.



Do you know anyone who has a few brain cells missing?  Well, why not donate a brain cell or two? Let's be honest, I don't think any one of us doesn't need a few back.





These aren't just any brain cells. They are the kind that are cute and soft and cuddle-able  Ok, so this won't make you smarter, but it will make you and your kids laugh and by golly, that COULD end up making them smarter. If you teach them with stuffed animals it might go in one ear and stay. Putting the FUN back into fundamental learning is what these fellas and gals do. I can see middle and high school science class being a lot more fun with these in the mix.





Virus Attack!
The other microbe I received was the Kissing disease, or rather the Virus that causes it, EBV. As cute as this gal is, like most cute things, she has a dangerous side. Well, not that dangerous, but if you get close enough, you will get her temporary disease, popularly called mono or "The Kissing Disease" This would be such a cute little gift for someone suffering mono. You could give them a little laugh in a less than happy time or while kicking it's butt, they can literally kick it's butt. 
                                                                                           

Final Take
Giant Microbes are a creative and fun way to teach your children science, they make great gag jokes, and are just cute to look at. The round ones like EBV, would also make a great ball to play catch with. 





You can get these cuddlies in 3 different styles, A petri dish of 3 mini sized ones, a squeezable talking version, or the one you see here.  They have every popularly known microbe available and cute little animation versions of a lot of them.

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As a special offering, courtesy of Giant Microbes, you can enter this FUNdimental Giveaway for your chance at not one or two or even 3, but a whole special Valentines case of over 4 microbes! Your choice of the "Heart warming" or "Heart Burned" themed heart box. The Heart Warming includes Miss kissing disease that I reviewed!  Check them both out here. Don't miss out on this hilarious gag gift for yourself or someone you just want to make laugh! 




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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Random NaBloPoMo Saturdays! #3





Welcome back! Today's random NaBloPoMo Saturday date and prompt is "09/20/2012 Talk about your favourite photograph."

Here's my response (don't forget to leave your response in the comments!):

My favorite photograph eh? Well, to be honest, I don't look at photographs much - physical or digital. I see my family on a daily basis and am afraid to carry their photos around with me, lest they somehow be stolen. But surely I must have one I especially like right? Well, yes. I do. There are quite a few I like, but the one that comes to mind is one I took of my elder sister in a gorgeous green dress. She was in our yard, which has a lot of trees and green grass, so there is a lot of green in the picture. My sister is not very photogenic and neither am I, though our mother is very much so. This picture is amongst my favorites probably because of the way everything in the photo complemented my sister, and the fact that I look up to her.

So there's my response. What's yours? Tell me in the comments section!

And now for next week's random date and prompt! It will be... "08/20/2012 What is the best thing you ever had for dessert?" See you then!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Random NaBloPoMo Saturdays! #2


Welcome! It's time for our second weekly Random NaBloPoMo Saturdays! Today's randomly chosen date and topic, as chosen last time, is...

12/27/2012 Would you rather work alone or with other people?

I think for me it depends on the situation, but usually alone. For example, if I'm doing homework, I prefer to do it alone as other people distract me, yet everyone needs help at times and I am not afraid to ask the local tutors to help (it's free at my college. Yay!) But if I'm working on a project, I like to have as much say as possible in it, and working alone usually allows for plenty of say on what I can do.

So how would you respond to the above prompt? Let me know in the comments!

As for next week's random NaBloPoMo date and prompt, it will be... 09/20/2012 Talk about your favourite photograph. See you then!