Monday, May 21, 2012

Fabulous Deals via Auction!

Do not know why I navigate to Simon Says Stamp eBay store the other day (early May 2012). But I am glad that I did as I got some fabulous deals on stamps whereby they are having auction! Most of the stamps starting bid price are as low as USD$0.99!


Top from left to right
Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC160 Monkey Changito Dos
Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC129 New Baby
Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC243 Loads of Sushi
Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC133 Going to the Chapel
Hero Arts CL161 Fill Your Heart
I watch listed some of the stamps I want and some of them have bidder already. As the auction end date is still some ways to go, I did not bid right away. I like to bid in the last minutes as explained in my previous post here.

Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC160 Monkey Changito Dos
As the bidding price is so low, I am anticipating that I will buy about five (5) to six (6) sets of stamps. However, I am worry about the shipping charges. Thus, I e-mail to Simon Says Stamp eBay store on 04 May 2012 to clarify. They replied on the same day that each of their eBay products have its shipping and handling cost and they offer shipping discount on each additional item purchased. They advise me to wait for a combined invoice which lower down the shipping cost.

Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC243 Loads of Sushi
When the auction almost end on 09 May 2012 Malaysia time, I place my bids accordingly. Some of the stamps already have bidder and I lose few rounds. I did not give up and set myself a bid price as limit. I told myself that if that bidder's bid price is higher than mine set limit, I will give up. Well, luck is on my side as the bidder did not monitor the bidding and I won!

Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC133 Going to the Chapel
I ended up winning five (5) sets of stamps as few of the sets do not have any bidders. The most important is that I get the best deals of the few stamps at USD$0.99! Out of the five (5) stamps, only one of them is from Hero Arts and it is retired stamp set. The rest of the four (4) stamps are from Stampendous. I encounter this company before but did not really into it. However, I still bid on them as these few sets are so cute and also something I want.

Hero Arts CL161 Fill Your Heart
I requested from Simon Says Stamp eBay store for the total charges on the 09 May 2012 Malaysia time and they reverted on the next day for the total charges. Well, the shipping charges are saved a bit but it is higher than the value of the five (5) stamp sets! Anyhow, it is still consider cheap as in less than RM100, I got myself five (5) additional sets of stamps!

Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC129 New Baby
My parcel was dispatched on the 11 May 2012 and after good ten (10) days of patient waiting, those stamps are in my hands now. Hopefully I can use some of the stamps soon especially the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC129 New Baby as my nephew is going to have his full moon (Chinese tradition of one month old baby celebration and announcement)  soon. I hope I can make some baby announcement cards for my brother to distribute to relatives and his friends.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hero Arts Stamps - Bee Companion Sets!

It was National Scrapbooking Day (NSD) on 05 May 2012. Most of the online stores are having some kinds of sale in supportive of this event. One of them is Emma's Paperie which they offer up to 20% discount storewide.

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Earlier, when I visit this store, I have eyed a few back dated Hero Arts stamps that been on my wishlist. The price has been reduced as well and I wanted to purchase them. However, for International shipping charges, they need to contact us back once the order is weighed. I am a bit pulled back on this as I am not sure how much they will charge, I mean I do not have an estimated shipping charges which I am not sure if they will charge too high or how.

Hero Arts CL389 Mi Casa
While I am considering, I received their newsletter on the 03 May 2012 that they are having "National Scrapbooking Day Sale" from 03 May 2012 till 07 May 2012 with 20% discount storewide. I quickly navigate to their store and put two (2) of my wishlist stamps into the cart. I try to checkout and use the coupon code. It is indeed further 20% discount applied to the pre-discount price! I am so happy that I have some further savings!

Still, I am afraid on the high shipping charges. Thus, on 04 May 2012, I contact Emma's Paperie using the "Contact Us" form. I ask if I do not agree to the shipping charges they quote, can I cancel the order. The next day, Cindy from Emma's Paperie replied that I can do so if I think that the shipping charges is too high. She explains that they do not charge credit cards until the buyer approved shipping or if using PayPal, buyer do not click the "Continue" after click on "Place Order".

Hero Arts CL377 Be Happy
Upon getting that reply, I place my order accordingly. They send me a order confirmation and inform that they will finalize the order by contacting us back once the order is weighed. I waited patiently until 10 May 2012 Malaysia time and yet no reply from them. Thus, I wrote to them to ask if they have my order processed. Later in the day, I received their reply thru PayPal requesting for payment. In the request e-mail, they have stated how much is the shipping charges and explain that they are busy on the sale week which delayed the e-mail reply. The shipping charge is a bit high compare to the shipping charges charged by Custom Crops but I think it is standard as Simon Says Stamp eBay store also charge almost the same amount.

I made my payment accordingly on the same day. Few minutes after I made the payment, I received Emma's Paperie shipping notification that my order has been shipped! That is fast! I hope that it will arrive fast as well. 

Nicely wrapped with ribbon
The package finally arrived today! When I open the package, I was surprised on how Emma's Paperie use personal touch as their marketing strategy as both of the stamp sets I bought are nicely wrapped with a light green tracing paper complete with ribbon! It looks like a present and it feel so personal. Other than that, they also give me a free gift which is Daisy D's Chloe Marie Journaling Cardstock Stickers. I seldom use stickers on my card or do scrapbook a lot but nothing bets a free gift.
Daisy D's Chloe Marie Journaling Cardstock Stickers

I am so happy that I have complete the 'bee companion sets'! I love those houses in the stamps so much that I have some ideas how to use them as well as the sentiments! I am thinking some modification to the sentiments! ;P
Bee companion sets!
From left to right
Hero Arts CL377 Be HappyHero Arts CL413 Bugs and Kisses

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Lawn Fawn's You've Got Mail Stamp

It was National Scrapbooking Day (NSD) on 05 May 2012. Most of the online stores are having some kinds of sale in supportive of this event. One of them is Custom Crops online store which they offer up to 75% discount on their items. 


Top from left to right
Lawn Fawn You've Got Mail
Tsukineko VersaMark VersaMarker
Lawn Fawn Critters in the 'Burbs
Bottom from left to right
Lawn Fawn Bright Side Petite Paper Pack
 
Ranger Inkssentials™ Glossy Accents
Ranger Inkssentials™ Ink Blending Tool
Earlier they had this "24 hours massive sale" which I missed out and they offer 15% up to 75% discount on all the items. I am a bit sad when I missed out the "24 hours massive sale" as I have my wishlist in my cart. I forget to make an order and payment for it until it is too late. When I remember, I login to check on my cart and the price has gone up! Due to that, I re-considering my wishlist until I receive their newsletter dated 04 May 2012 that they are having another "Mega 24 hours sale" on 05 May 2012 which offer 15% up to 75% discount!


Lawn Fawn You've Got Mail
I wait patiently for the sale to start. It is really a mega sale! It is unimaginable as Lawn Fawn Bright Side 6"x6" petite paper pack is only for sale at USD$3.89, almost 65% off the published price of USD$6! Some of the Lawn Fawn stamps are really cheap as well including my most wanted stamp, You've Got Mail! With the saving I got, I browse through for some of the items that is on my wishlist.


Lawn Fawn Critters in the 'Burbs
After satisfied with the items in my cart, I checkout for payment. However, I realize that the You've Got Mail stamp are not in stock and it is being back ordered by Custom Crops. Custom Crops has declared that any order with a back ordered item(s) in place, they will held back the whole order until the back ordered item(s) is in place to ship as whole. They advise us to place a separate order for back ordered item(s) if we do not wish to wait for the back ordered item(s). I tried to place a separate order for You've Got Mail stamp as they do not have the estimated back ordered arrival. However, the shipping charges is the same without You've Got Mail stamp. Thus, I decided to place the back ordered item(s) together with the rest of the in stock items to save on the shipping charges.

I made my payment on 06 May 2012 (it is still 05 May 2012 in US due to time zone difference). On 08 May 2012, I try to check if You've Got Mail stamp has an estimated arrival re-stock date. It has and it is on 07 May 2012 (again, time zone difference). I am so happy as I know that my order will ship soon.


This is the biggest parcel I ever received from oversea shipment 
I receive the shipping notification that my parcel has been shipped on 10 May 2012 Malaysia time. After patient wait of six (6) days, finally my parcel is here! It is fastest oversea shipment and it is box parcel compared to last timeThanks again Custom Crops for the fast service and delivery. 


October Afternoon Very Merry: Bake the Cookies - Front
Like previous order Custom Crops included a quarter part sample paper for me. This time it is October Afternoon Very Merry: Bake the Cookies. It took me a while to recognize it as this time I do not get the barcode and product description portion. Well, this quarter part paper can be useful somehow as it is about Christmas.
October Afternoon Very Merry: Bake the Cookies - Back


Lawn Fawn Bright Side Petite Paper Pack
I am really excited about this time purchase as all the items inside the parcel are my wishlist especially my first paper pack and glossy accent which I always wanted!
Tsukineko VersaMark VersaMarker
Ranger Inkssentials™ Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Inkssentials™ Glossy Accents

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wish Lists

I been purchasing for the past few months for my stamps and craft supplies wish lists. However, I am yet to get my wish lists shorter and I think it has been getting longer. Here are my wish lists :

Hero Arts Stamps Wish Lists

Lawn Fawn Stamps Wish Lists

Other Brands Stamps Wish Lists

Craft Tools Wish Lists
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