Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My little Wednesday rant!

If you've ever wondered why so many small scrapbooking/arts and crafts shops go out of business ... here's a clue. I just paid off the balance on my US Visa card which I use for the majority of my inventory purchases. Nearly all the merchandise I carry comes from the states so there's no way to get around this. My balance was $727.41 which translated to $929.92 CDN. Freight costs are constantly increasing not to mention duty fees. By the time we add debit/credit card fees and the jacked up fees for business banking, phone and internet, it's a pretty slim profit margin... and that's without having to pay rent, which I did for four years and most small businesses have to do. So when you look at the US price on something and compare it to the same item in a Canadian store, please keep in mind the extra costs involved for small business owners here. If you value good customer service and want to continue being able to "shop local", please consider the "actual" cost of on-line and cross border shopping. You may save a few bucks up front (don't forget to add up the exchange, gas and tolls) but ask yourself is it really worth it? 

Friday, February 20, 2015

OPEN this Saturday!

ETA: all regular priced 6 x 6 paper pads and 12 x 12 patterned papers are buy one get the second (same or lower price) FREE!!!!!!  TODAY ONLY. Just a quick reminder that the shop is open from 10 am till 4 pm on Saturday February 21st. Looking forward to seeing some of my crafty friends:)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pink and Grey

 I love this paper from Authentique so much I made three cards with the same paper ... that is quite a rare thing for me. These three are for class this week. I used a mix of older and new dies and I just realized there is NO stamping on any of the cards ... call the doctor! I did ask for suggestions regarding a sentiment for the cat and bird card and I got a great one from Linda on Facebook: A little bird told me it's your birthday .... don't worry ... I ate him! Isn't that awesome?! I'm not sure how we could fit the first part on the card front, but if we could, I would add an empty cage on the inside, with a black feather hanging from it along with the "don't worry, I ate him" part ...LOL!