Xpresso Design Giveaway!!

Posted November 15, 2012 by Kara in Giveaway / 41 Comments

So I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I recently got a new blog design. If you haven’t noticed, here is a list of optometrists you need to look in to. But anyway, so I got Giselle over at Xpresso Reads and Xpresso Design to do my work. I had been looking for a new web designer for several months now and I was on the fence about all of them until I saw her work.

I knew what I wanted. But I also knew that only a certain designer could do it. It had to be bold but not corny, not cartoonish (and a lot of designers are too cartoonish for me), and I knew that what I wanted would be all in the script and header. A lot of blogs have a girl or character in the banner and I knew I didn’t want that. I was never 100% about a designer until I saw her work. I loved what she did for Jenni at Alluring Reads and then when I saw the graphics she did for Tara at Finding Wonderland and saw how dramatic it was without being overdone, I just KNEW I had to go with her. So I contacted her and made the leap.

Working with Giselle has been one of the easiest and most enjoyable experiences in my entire blogging history. She asked me what I wanted and made sure to check with me and get answers to all my AND her questions, but that’s not why I liked working with her the most. The best part was that I felt like she really knew me and knew what I wanted. She has this sixth sense for knowing what her client is asking for. Talk to any of the bloggers/authors she has worked with and you will see I am not the only one who feels this way.

Needless to say, I love my design. I love it so much I may have teared up when I saw it. It is SO me and it was exactly what I was looking for. I finally feel like my blog is a part of me and an extension of who I am. I can’t imagine going to anyone else for my blog work, and I think a couple of years down the road when it is time to revamp, if Giselle is still working, then she will be the designer I return to.

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To celebrate her work and my new blog design, Xpresso Design is offering you guys a chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate toward any Xpresso Design work. Want a new blog button? A social media pack? Meme banners? Or do you want to put $20.00 toward a new design and use it as a coupon? You can do that too.

Not only that, but Giselle has offered the winner a $10.00 in books from The Book Depository. One winner, one prize. You get it all. This is, of course, International.

Contest will end on 12/06/12 at midnight.

One email address per household. One Twitter account per entrant. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. I will be checking and disqualifying any entries that are trying to cheat and game the system.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

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41 responses to “Xpresso Design Giveaway!!

  1. I really like your design, the social media icons are so cute and unique! Two of my favorite designs from Xpresso Designs are Book Loving Mom and Writing My Own Fairytale. The designs are all so unique and great quality!

  2. Aww chick you’re so sweet! Thank you! I loved working with you and this design was so much fun to work with! Maybe it has to do with red being my fav color! See: Soulmates! šŸ˜€

    Love your face, muffincups!! <3

  3. Amy

    This is one of my favorite designs that she has done!! It is so gorgeous and really is very “you”. She’s amazing with knowing what you want. I am in love with my blog, yours, Jenni’s, and others that she has done. Giselle is definitely super talented and has a gift for this!!

  4. I’m not entering, Kara, happy with my own tinkering, just wanted to let you know that I love your new design, all the Asian notes to it and especially that lady in kimono with fans across each topic header, – I think Giselle did a terrific job! Fabulous new look!

  5. I’m not a fan of cartoonish designs either. I like the more simple approach.

    Your blog is LOOKIN GOOD. As in ‘Girl LOOK AT THAT BLOG, I work outttttttt’ ha ha.

    I won’t enter either because I like my blog the way it is now, but your new design is lovely!

  6. If I won, it would encourage me to actually take my first baby steps towards opening my own blog. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway, Kara.

  7. I think I’ve mentioned this before but visiting your blog feels kind of like Chinese New Year now. šŸ˜› Giselle’s designs are fabulous and it’s amazing how she comes up with so many different ones!

  8. Every time I visit your blog I’m floored how pretty it still is and I have to stop and stare at Giselle’s amazing work šŸ™‚ It’s SO gorgeous Kara ♥ Anyways thanks for the awesome giveaway and chance to win! You rock!

  9. It’s super unique and stands out from the crowd, congrats on the new look! Giselle is so talented and I love that she’s started designing šŸ™‚

  10. I love the new layout! Extremely original, love it. And Giselle is amazing and I can’t wait for her to do a pretty layout for me too. šŸ™‚

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