• Decorating soft seizure foam helmets

    Decorating soft seizure foam helmets Decorating soft seizure foam helmets

    Some folks have soft foam helmets for seizures or epilepsy and they question if the decals and mod podge can be used on them.  I have tested this and they work well, but I thought the pictures and report from Ashley would be good for everyone!


    "Good Morning,

    I am so happy with your product! My son has drop seizures and so he has to wear a foam helmet. I wanted you to have these pictures so you may be able to show parents who's children have to wear foam helmets that your stickers work for them too! I tried to take pictures of my son wearing it but him being 15 months old I couldn't get him to be still. Anyway, epilepsy is tough and being able to decorate my babies helmet really put a smile on everyone's face. Please keep up the good work! You are making a difference in people's lives! ❤

    P.S I did use Mod Podge and the blue applicator purchased through you guys, works like a charm!

    Thanks so much,

    Ashley P."

    Decorating soft seizure foam helmets Decorating soft seizure foam helmets

    Decorating soft seizure foam helmets Decorating soft seizure foam helmets


  • My official point of contact is Email

    Please know that my official point of contact is email only, info@blingyourband.com.  That way all conversations are in one place, easily searchable, and email is the place that I look for communication each work day.


    Please do not send messages that need a timely response any other way.


    We hold ourselves responsible for seeing email messages in a timely manor.  We are responsible for seeing messages sent through social media in a timely manor.

  • How to order from countries I can't ship directly too


    There are some countries that the international postal system is not reliable enough for me to have confidence in the system.  ComGateway.com is a good solution for you and frankly even for countries where shipping is reliable but slow.


    Register with ComGateway.com and receive a shipping address, and then use that shipping address when you check out.


    When they receive it at their USA facility, you will get an email notification and for about $13 you can have it forwarded to you.  The process can result in you receiving the package in about a week after you approve printing and that is much faster than the postal system!

  • Personalized summer camp trunk decal application guide

    It is almost summer camp time! And it is past time to create your personalized summer camp trunk with one of our many decal designs! This step-by-step decal application guide will show you how to go from bland to awesome in just a few steps! The truck below was decorated in a few hours and was a very fun experience for mom and daughter working together.

    teal-summer-camp-trunk-1-300x226Plain Jane summer camp trunk
    Personalized summer camp trunk Personalized summer camp trunk

    The vinyl decals are shipped to you in a roll, with transfer tape on the top. Transfer tape looks like masking tape, but is not as sticky. The usefulness of this tape feature will become apparent later.

    Step 1 - use scissors and cut the decals into separate pieces. You can cut close to the edges of the decals, but on at least one side leave some space between the decal and the cut edge. This helps get the tape separated from the backing.

    Cut the decals into parts Cut the decals into parts

    Step 2 - We recommend you start with a small decal for which you have extras. The decals are easy to apply, and if you mess one up, it is likely to be the first one you start with.

    To apply the decal, peal the transfer tape from the backing. Make sure the decal sticks to the transfer tape, and not the backing. If the decal is sticking to the backing as you lift the transfer tape, stick the transfer tape back down and rub it firmly. The decal should want to stick to the transfer tape more than to the backing.

    Practice with a small decal before starting with a big one Practice with a small decal before starting with a big one

    Apply the decal by starting from one edge and laying it down without allowing a crease or bubble to get in it. After the decal is down, and before you remove the transfer tape, use a credit card or squeegee to firmly tack down the decals. A credit card does work, but the blue 3M squeegee is easier to hold and slides better. Credit cards can have a sharp edge that wants to dig in, and do not slide or bend as well.

    Should you get a bubble or crease, work it out from the vinyl center to the edge.

    Use a credit card or squeegee to tack down the decal firmly Use a credit card or squeegee to tack down the decal firmly

    One the decal is down firmly, remove the transfer tape by starting with an edge, and pulling the tape straight back. Don't pull it up, or it may lift the decal back up.

    Step 3 - Once you feel confident with applying a couple of smaller decals, we recommend placing the biggest decals, and then fit the smaller decals around the bigger ones. The biggest decal you have is likely the personalization. Getting the decal and transfer tape separated from the backing may be a two person job as shown below. Pull the two sides apart slowly, making sure the decals stay with the transfer tape.

    Getting the biggest decals seperated from the backing can be a two person job Getting the biggest decals separated from the backing can be a two person job

    Sticking it down works just like the smaller decals you started with. Start with the edge of the name, and slowly stick it down without allowing a bubble or crease to get in. On trunks like this one, the power coated paint might have small high points that look like little bubbles - they don't rub out and you won't notice them on the finished product.

    After patting it down by hand, don't forget to squeegee or credit card it down tight.

    Place the biggest decals first. Apply them from one edge and carefully stick it down without allowing a crease or bubble. Place the biggest decals first. Apply them from one edge and carefully stick it down without allowing a crease or bubble.

    Just like the small decals, remove the transfer tape by pulling it straight back as demonstrated here. Be careful as the transfer tape pulls back from the leading edge of each letter, as that is the time a decal might want to lift up.

    Peel the transfer tape off by pulling it straight back - don't pull it up! Peel the transfer tape off by pulling it straight back - don't pull it up!

    With the personalized name in place, lay out the smaller elements around the big element to make an attractive design. It is just fine to lay vinyl on top of vinyl, so keep that option open.

    With the personalized name placed, now lay out the smaller elements as you like With the personalized name placed, now lay out the smaller elements as you like

    Most of our designs have lots of elements, more than you could really use. But keep in mind as you place elements on the top to not forget the front and sides need love too.

    Don't forget to leave elements for the trunk front Don't forget to leave elements for the trunk front

    This trunk end is ready to go!

    This trunk end is ready to go! This trunk end is ready to go!

    These trunks belong to cousins. Cousin Berkeley added soccer balls to her design to reflect her passion for the game and it looks great mixed in.

    Make matching personalized summer camp trunk sets! Make matching personalized summer camp trunk sets!

    Landry lovers her personalized camp trunk, and had a great time decorating it with her mom and aunt, and cousin!

    This happy camper is all ready for camp! This happy camper is all ready for camp!
  • What are my work hours?

    I generally print and ship Monday - Friday.  Typically first thing each workday morning I look for printing approvals and start printing.  I process and ship the vinyl and respond to emails through the afternoon.  I generally send proofs in the late afternoon or evening.


    Please know that info@blingyourband.com is my official communication method.  There are many social media platforms and I do not regularly check them or reliability get notified that there is a message waiting for me on them.  I only hold myself responsible to read and react to email messages.


    I generally do not work Friday afternoon, but pick back up at some point on Sunday to be prepared for printing first thing Monday morning.


    Please keep in mind that I am one person.  So while I generally always send a proof of your order within one business day, and print and ship within one business day of your approval, it may take one business day to respond to emails.  Please do not post a negative review just because I don't respond inside of a day or over a weekend.


    It may take slightly longer to respond to custom artwork questions.  Often I have to spend time researching possibilities before responding.


    I generally do not work postal holidays, or work when schools are closed (and my kids are thus home), and occasionally take vacations.

  • Shipping Rates

    Our basic shipping rates:

    USA and Canada
    Almost all items (including ALL decals) ship for $6.75 flat rate.


    Inside the USA (lower 48 states) Express Shipping
    We offer USPS Express shipping.  This typically cuts shipping times down to 1-2 days, but they don't guarantee this, and so neither can we.  This option is only valid inside the lower 48 states.


    All other countries and locations:
    Most items (including ALL decals) ship for $9.99 flat rate.  Heavy items may be more. If the shipping charge is significantly more, we will give you the option to pay the exact amount, or cancel the order.   If you don't like the amount, you are free to cancel your order and walk away.


    We only charge exact postage in these extra-postage situations.


  • Privacy Policy

    Privacy Policy
    This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their 'Personally identifiable information' (PII) is being used online. PII, as used in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.


    What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?
    When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, credit card information or other details to help you with your experience.
    When do we collect information?
    We collect information from you when you register on our site, place an order or enter information on our site.


    How do we use your information?
    We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:
          To personalize user's experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and product offerings in which you are most interested.
          To improve our website in order to better serve you.
          To allow us to better service you in responding to your customer service requests.
          To quickly process your transactions.
          To send periodic emails regarding your order or other products and services.


    How do we protect visitor information?
    Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible.
    We use regular Malware Scanning.
    Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
    We implement a variety of security measures when a user places an order enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.
    All transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.


    Do we use 'cookies'?
    Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site's or service provider's systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, we use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart. They are also used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.
    We use cookies to:
          Help remember and process the items in the shopping cart.
          Understand and save user's preferences for future visits.
    You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Internet Explorer) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser's Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
    If users disable cookies in their browser:
    If you disable cookies off, some features will be disabled It will turn off some of the features that make your site experience more efficient and some of our services will not function properly.
    However, you can still place orders by contacting customer service.


    Third Party Disclosure
    We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information.


    Third party links
    Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.


    Google's advertising requirements can be summed up by Google's Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en
    We use Google AdSense Advertising on our website.
    Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on our site. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our users based on their visit to our site and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.
    We have implemented the following:
          Remarketing with Google AdSense
          Google Display Network Impression Reporting
          Demographics and Interests Reporting
          DoubleClick Platform Integration
    We along with third-party vendors, such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions, and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.
    Opting out:
    Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising initiative opt out page or permanently using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.


    California Online Privacy Protection Act
    CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law's reach stretches well beyond California to require a person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting personally identifiable information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals with whom it is being shared, and to comply with this policy. - See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf
    According to CalOPPA we agree to the following:
    Users can visit our site anonymously
    Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page, or as a minimum on the first significant page after entering our website.
    Our Privacy Policy link includes the word 'Privacy', and can be easily be found on the page specified above.
    Users will be notified of any privacy policy changes:
          On our Privacy Policy Page
    Users are able to change their personal information:
          By emailing us
    How does our site handle do not track signals?
    We honor do not track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
    Does our site allow third party behavioral tracking?
    It's also important to note that we do not allow third party behavioral tracking


    COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
    When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children's privacy and safety online.
    We do not specifically market to children under 13.


    Fair Information Practices
    The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.
    In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:
    We will notify the users via email
          Within 7 business days
    We also agree to the individual redress principle, which requires that individuals have a right to pursue legally enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or a government agency to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.
  • We recommend PayPal for international orders



    We recommend you check out with PayPal on international orders.  You don't need a PayPal account, and you can pay with a credit card.  To weed out fraud, all credit card companies check billing and shipping addresses.  PayPal is much better with overseas addresses than our USA based credit card processor.

    Using PayPal won't hurt you or cost you more, but it possibly will save you aggravation in checking out!

  • The tracking page said it would be here already!

    A very long USPS delivery time A very long USPS delivery time

    It is not common, but it does happen that the post office takes an unusually long time to deliver a package.  I don't know what issue the post office experienced, but in this last week I have had about six customers ask where their package is.  This is one of the first two tracking numbers reported to me.


    It took 11 days for the post office to deliver this package.  It is one of the more extreme cases we have seen, and due to the number of folks reporting delay, we think perhaps there was an accident.


    This is frustrating for us and the customer alike.  I don't want to ship a replacement, and then find out the package was delivered later the same day.  But I don't want to make the customer wait any longer than necessary if the package is lost in the system.


    I want to take a moment to share what shipping information we have access to.  When customers inquire as to where their package is, we turn to the USPS tracking page.  We don't have access to any tracking information other than this tracking page.


    Another source of frustration for folks is the Post Office will list the Expected Delivery Date.  That delivery date is not specific to your package.  They did not study the logistics of getting your package from Point A to point B this week, and based on that give a delivery date.


    The post office has a customer service number.  For me it is (972) 393-6755.  If I call inquiring about a package, I will spend an hour on hold.  When they answer, they will take the tracking number and initiate an 'Investigation' and they say to expect a reply two weeks later.  On the phone, they don't have any different tracking information their their own website.


    So we don't generally call because we will have shipped a replacement by then.  Although we ship tens of thousands of packages a year, we have no special access with the post office.


    The post office claims that first class and priority mail typically takes 2-3 days to arrive.  In our experience, yes at least 51% of packages are delivered in 2-3 days.  But 10%-20% arrive more like 6-7 days.  And 0.1% arrive in 11 days.


    We don't generally call the post office for delayed packages because investigations take two weeks or more and the package will have arrived or we will have shipped a replacement by that point.

  • I never saw or approved a proof, and now I see a shipping notice



    If you like the proof we emailed, please reply to the email with "I approve printing".  Otherwise, please reply with requested changes.


    Please be aware that while I greatly prefer folks to approve the proofs for personalization, color, and size before I print, if I send a proof to you and hear nothing back for 7-10 days, I will go ahead and print and ship.  Here is why.

    I used to only print on approval.  But several times a week I would get very unhappy customers that thought they already approved the proof, or didn't see the proof for some reason, or didn't realize I was waiting for approval to print.  They would ask where their order is, and I would say it is not even printed yet.  Enter the irate customer!

    I want to avoid irate customers, so I have changed the process.  After about 6 days after sending the initial proof, I try to follow up asking if we are ready to print.  After 7-10 days, I print and ship.

    Since having moved to this, it is very rare to hear from unhappy customers, but there are a few people surprised to see the the shipping notice when they didn't approve the proof.

    Please know, if I shipped your order but you didn't approve the proof, I will still make changes as needed and ship you new decals at no cost to you.

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