27 March 2013
Chris Feil is a friend of ours here at Customized Girl. He is a Chicago Police Officer that most recently worked in the special gang unit for the City of Chicago. He has been a police officer for almost 10 years. He has made a great name for himself within the police force, his unit and his community. A little over 2 years ago he was in a serious car accident while in pursuit of a suspect. The accident left him with tremendous pain and permanent damage to his back. He has recently had to undergo his third major back surgery. On a daily basis he deals with a tremendous amount of pain, the loss of mobility and constant numbness in his legs and feet. Most of these symptoms will never go away, but the hope is the pain will subside. The recovery process will be very slow and will take up to a year to possibly see any real long term results.
On Saturday, May 11th, 2013 a benefit will be held at 115 Bourbon Street in Chicago to help raise money for Chris, his wife, and their four girls. Any money raised will go towards helping Chris and Sam with day to day living cost. If you are in Chicago, or if you’re not, and you’re just interested in doing what you can to help a police officer who needs it, consider attending the benefit or donating in any way you can.
It was the least we could do to donate a few shirts for the cause. They will be available to purchase at the benefit. More details on Chris’s Facebook Page and on the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s website.
2 January 2013
Category: Announcements, Contests
Customized Girl New Year, New Gear Contest
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
The contest begins at 9:00 a.m. EST on January 2, 2013 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on January 16, 2013.
HOW TO ENTER:
1) You must have a Pinterest account to enter this contest. Accounts are free at http://pinterest.com
3) Create a board entitled “Customized Girl New Year, New Gear”.
5) Tag all of your pins with #cgnewyear.
PRIZES AND SELECTION OF WINNERS:
Customized Girl will select two (2) winners in a random drawing held on or about January 17, 2013, from among all eligible entries received. Each winner will receive a $100 electronic gift certificate to Customized Girl. Prizes are non-transferable prior to award and must be accepted as awarded. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Limit one prize per person.
The potential winners will be tagged in the comments of the contest pin and/or messaged via Twitter or Facebook accounts associated with entrant’s Pinterest account. The prize will be emailed upon acceptance.
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Only one entry per person.
eRetailing Associates, LLC employees and their immediate families are not eligible to win.
By participating in the contest, you release and agree to hold eRetailing Associates, LLC, their respective subsidiaries and affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, and employees harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising out of or in connection with your participation in the contest or your creation and sharing of pin boards, or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, including, without limitation, personal injuries, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy, whether suffered by you or a third party. The contest is void wherever prohibited or restricted by law, and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Pinterest. By entering in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Pinterest from any claims.
21 December 2012
Category: Announcements, Valentines Day
If you have a best friend with an inseparable bond, you may have thought about getting matching best friend t-shirts. Well, you’re in luck because we’ve just added some new My Best Friend t-shirt designs! These cute tees make great gifts for Christmas, a birthday, Valentine’s day or just because! You can even add your names or photos to the back!
13 December 2012
Category: Announcements, Features, New Art
Looking for an ugly Christmas sweater? We have lots of cool options! However, these aren’t your grandma’s Christmas sweaters. Our “sweaters” are actually designs that create a cool printed illusion of stitches on whatever type of shirt you want instead of the typical itchy stitched designs of yesteryear. So, you can put your design on a t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie or even a tank top if you’d like! Plus, we have some really cool designs. In addition to the the standard snowflake, reindeer and Christmas tree sweaters, we have mustache, cat, zombie and video game themed designs! How cool is that?
26 November 2012
Category: Announcements, Breast Cancer Awareness
During the month of October, we offered a promotional code in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month with 10% of the proceeds to go to breast cancer research. We are pleased to announce that we raised $7,405.39! This money has been donated to The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, which is devoted to advancing research in breast cancer.
We would like to thank all of our customers for making this possible. Nearly 1,300 of you used the code to support this great cause. Many of those orders were for breast cancer shirts, personalized with a name of a loved one. Thanks to you, we’re helping the fight against breast cancer.
Our CEO, Taj Schaffnit, presents the check to Katie Brennan of The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
15 November 2012
Category: Announcements, Features
They’re here! Our new custom iPhone 5 cases allow you to create literally any design you want! Browse through our designs or upload your own. Our new masking effect allows you to upload a larger image and crop it however you’d like! We also have a ton of custom iPhone cases for the 4 and 4S!
26 October 2012
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! You still have time to get out to your local shelter and find a furry friend to take home. Whether this month has inspired you to adopt a shelter dog or if you’re a seasoned owner, we have some great shelter dog shirts for you! We also have custom dog dishes and custom dog name tags for when you bring your new pet home. Plus, we have custom dog clothes and bandanas that you can dress Fido up in, if that’s your thing!
16 October 2012
Category: Announcements, Coupon Codes, Promo Codes
CG1016: Get free U.S. economy shipping. Have you seen our new triblend tops? They’re not only stylish, but oh-so-comfy as well! Each of the six new tops come in a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find one that meets your needs! Hurry, this offer ends 10/22/12 at 11:59 PM EST.
12 October 2012
TeesAndTanks is a popular tumblr blog that photoshops cool images onto trendy t-shirts, tank tops, and even hot shorts. Their “About” page says it best:
We think “photoshopping images onto tank tops” is the new “painting oil colors onto stretched canvases”. This is our art form and we love it.
We at CustomizedGirl are happy to announce that we are partnering with TeesAndTanks to produce some of the original designs that appear on their Tumblr blog. Actually, we have two announcements. Here’s the second: we are opening submissions to everyone! Before now, the fine folks at TeesAndTanks were the only ones submitting to the blog. They have now added a “Submit” link.
Here’s how it works:
We are providing two files for each item, a jpg and psd (aka photoshop file). The items so far are two tees, two tanks, and one pair of hot shorts. Scroll to the bottom to find these images. To download a single jpg, simply right click the image and choose “Save image as”. To download the psd file, click the “Download the psd file” link above each image.
We encourage you to use the psd files, because each file contains at least one masking layer. This should make everything super easy for all the cool people who want to submit their own image!
If you are new to Photoshop, here are two examples to show you the way.
First, let’s add a graphic with a white background to our flowy tank top. We’ll use this image of a polaroid photo.
- Open your file in Photoshop
- Copy and paste your image on top of the tank layer.
- With your image layer selected, click the layer properties dropdown menu in the layers tab.
- Choose “Multiply”.
- Resize your image so that it fits on the tank top. (Just click the corner of the image and drag it while holding shift).
Next, let’s add this beautiful old-school map to the same tank top. Because this map is going to cover the entire tank, we want to use a masking effect.
- Download the psd file for the tank top.
- Open it in photoshop.
- Copy and paste the map image on top of the tank layer.
- With your image layer selected, click the layer properties dropdown menu in the layers tab.
- Choose “Multiply”.
- Resize your image however you want. (Just click the corner of the image and drag it while holding shift).
- Click the eye icon next to the “Mask – Entire Tank” layer, making it visible.
- Right click the “Mask – Entire Tank” layer and choose “Make Clipping Mask”.
Files for download:
Click here to download the Flowy Tank psd (photoshop file).
Click here to download the Crop Tank psd (photoshop file).
Click here to download the Flowy Tee psd (photoshop file).
Click here to download the Crop Tee psd (photoshop file).
Click here to download the Hot Shorts psd (photoshop file).
Once you’ve made your image and saved it (I like to use the Save for Web feature, and choose jpg or png), feel free to submit it as an image to teesandtanks.tumblr.com!
If you’re curious, Customized Girl does sell these flowy t-shirts and tank tops. In fact, you can customize them by adding your own text, art, and images. Right now, there is a design boundary that prevents you from adding a design all over the item (curse these printing limitations!), but we’re working on a process that should allow all-over-printing some day.
Update: We’ve noticed that a lot of folks are using these images for their own Tumblr blogs or Etsy stores. If you want to use any of these images, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org first. Use “Tees and Tanks Images” as the subject line. There is probably a way we can make it work out, possibly by asking to you to link back to CustomizedGirl.com. We’d like to know why you are using it.
We also noticed some people using these images in their Etsy stores. If you are using Customized Girl as your fulfillment system (which is to say, if you are placing your order with Customized Girl and sending it to your customer), then that’s totally fine. But if you’re using it to compete directly with Customized Girl, then obviously that gives us a sad face.
7 September 2012
Category: Announcements, Coupon Codes, Features, Promo Codes, Updates
Just in time for football season, we have two brand new custom football jerseys! These coordinating Augusta jerseys come in unisex and junior styles. They’re perfect for creating matching his-and-her styles, team uniforms, or cheering on your favorite team!
As an added bonus, we’re also giving you some coupon codes to use on these jerseys for this weekend only! Use CGAJ5 for $5 off one Augusta jersey, or CGAJ12 for $12 off two Augusta jerseys. Codes expires 9/9/12, 11:59 PM EST.