Monday, July 29, 2013

Online Store Up & Running!

Hey Folks!  Finally a bit of cool weather to enjoy. 
I know that most people are missing the hot, but I am not one of those people. 
It's wonderful to be able to sleep again at night.
I had said that I would have the August kits ready early, and I suppose I'm a few days early.
Just not nearly as early as I wanted. 
Problems with my internet and my not reading an e-mail properly concerning a wholesale order set me back about a week. 
I've now loaded some of the basics into the online store. 
It's a new set-up and I'm hoping it will run smoothly.
A few things to consider when using the website to shop ...
Shipping ...
  • If you are ordering locally and want to avoid the shipping costs by picking your order up or having me drop it off, you need to choose the "Local Pick Up/Delivery" option when prompted. 
  • This will add no extra shipping to your order and should save this preference for future orders.
Regarding your payment options ...
  • I am considering setting up to accept credit cards online.  Until then, I still have my machine here at home and can manually run through any credit card payments. 
  • You can also use PayPal through the website and have your credit card attached to your PayPal account.
  • If you are wishing to pay by cheque or cash, please use the Money Order option and make a note in the comments as to whether you will be paying by cash or cheque at delivery.
  • I will be in contact via e-mail to make arrangements for delivery.
Now on to the August Kits!
Are you ready for a bright summer kit?  I think "Summer Camp" will fit the bill quite nicely.
Lots of vibrant coloured papers from Simple Stories "I Heart Summer"
and Echo Park "Happy Camper" ...
There is a tonne of paper in this kit ...
A nice feature of the new website format is that I can link related products. 
When you open the "Summer Camp" kit on the website, you will see a list of items at the bottom.  I've tried to include the patterned papers and cardstock from the kit so that you can order extras if you can't decide which side you would use.  I've also linked some coordinating embellishments.
While this kit looks pretty paper heavy, you receive a 12x12 sheet of stickers and three of the patterned papers can be cut apart to use as journaling or accent cards. 
One of the items I'm pretty excited about this month is the Friendship Bracelets kit.  
It contains six colours of embroidery floss as well as written instructions to make six different styles of bracelets.  I thought this would be a really useful product to include ... make the bracelets to wear, use a finished bracelet as a trim on a layout or card, use the floss as you would normally use twine or get out an embroidery needle and stitch away on your paper. 
There are just so many ways to use the floss and the colours work wonderfully with this kit.
If you purchased "Heating Up" last month, I would recommend just dumping both of the kits in one big box and going to town.  I hadn't realized until I had them laying out together how well they coordinated.  If you didn't purchase one when they first came out, there are a few left in the store.
The "Tripping" kit is the one that had me in a bit of a holding pattern this month.
I couldn't quite decide how I wanted to deal with it.  I had thought it would be nice to do another mini album kit like I had last summer so I built this kit around the idea that you would use it to complete a few layouts and a mini album ... all with a travel theme. 
But the album really bumped up the price of the kit and not everyone is into doing mini albums.  So ... what you receive in the kit is what is pictured below. 
Not as much in the way of 12x12 paper, but a lot of other product to be used in a variety of ways.
The sticker packages look deceiving because each package actually contain 6 sheets of stickers.
One package contains six different colours of alphabets and the other has six sheets of various labels.

The album will be sold separately and is the Basic Grey Basics Kraft Bound Album
It is quite nicely made with bound pages.  I don't know when I've been as impressed with a mini album's construction.  There are a limited amount of these albums, so snatch one up while you can :)
In lieu of the amount of 12x12 paper you would normally see in one of my kits, you will receive 12 sheets of 6.5x9.5 paper from the Basic Grey Captured collection. 
 They are perfect to work with if you choose to complete a mini album, but they also are a nice size to use for layering on 12x12 layouts and for cards.
The 12x12 patterned papers are from Teresa Collins "Far and Away" and Basic Grey "Carte Postale".  Also included is some new Tattered Angels mistable burlap.  Not quite sure whether I'll bother misting mine.  It's a gorgeous cream colour that would be wonderful on it's own or die cut.
Extras are available in the store if you can see yourself using this over and over again. 
One more thing regarding "Tripping" ... you will have a choice of Thickers with this kit. 
Please indicate in the comments when you check out whether you would prefer the Memo Cork or the Kensie Cream.  Photos are available in the gallery.
This month's project gallery is running a bit behind.  Sarah has too much on her plate this summer and is taking a break from the kits and I've been working at getting the website presentable.  Hopefully soon :)