Dec 28, 2010

Please keep us in your prayers--family emergency

I had to travel to Omaha, NE today for a family emergency.  My 81 year old Dad is having surgery in the morning to repair 2 aneurysms that were discovered. Please keep us in your thoughts & prayers.

Any orders placed during my absence will be shipped out after I return. I hope to return about Jan. 5th or so, depending on how things progress here.

Because I will be spending the majority of my time in the hospital, I won't always be able to return your emails right away, so I'm asking for your patience and understanding while I'm away.  Your business means everything to me, so please know that I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for all of your business in 2010.  I appreciate it more than I can ever say.  I look forward to helping all of you again in 2011. 

I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year.

Dec 21, 2010

GIFT CERTIFICATES--Immediately available!! The PERFECT, easy and immediate Gift!!

Uh oh---there are only 3 days until Christmas!!! EEEEKKKK!!! For those of you who are STILL not quite finished with your shopping, or just don't know what to buy for someone, a GIFT CERTIFICATE is the PERFECT gift!! It is easy to get right here and now, and even more importantly now that it's so close to Christmas, it can be delivered through email IMMEDIATELY!! And to make it even better, it is secured by PayPal, which is the safest method for shopping online!! So why not give a gift that any Scrapbooker, Paper-Crafter, Hobbyist, or general Crafter would love?? And why not give a gift that makes it easy on you?? You don't have to drive anywhere to get it, or brave the awful weather this time of year, or fight any crowds. Just click the button below, choose the amount from the drop-down list, and voila'--it's done!!!! What are you waiting for??

For all my customers who are seeing this post, why not accidentally forward this to your loved ones and help them out (while still getting what YOU want, LOL!!)??????  You know very well that many of them are STILL struggling, trying to figure out what to get you.  Or, you may have a "Procras-ti-Santa" on your hands--you know what I mean--the one who always waits until the last minute. Give the poor guy (or gal) a hint and send them over here. These Gift Certificates can be used for anything I sell here (see the right sidebar for a partial list!), including anything with a PayPal Cart Button, or to pay a personalized invoice for any custom order that you place with me! FYI- they do NOT expire!!!  So make it easy-peasy for everybody--grab a Gift Certificate from Glenda's Creative Place!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you!!  Thank you soooooo much for your business!!

BUY YOUR GIFT CERTIFICATE:

Dec 17, 2010

GIFT CERTIFICATES available!! Not sure what to get? Behind on shopping? In a time crunch?

Now that it's just before Christmas and really getting down to the wire, it seems that's often when we finally realize what we REALLY want for Christmas!!  Or for all the Friends and Families out there who have a loved one on your shopping list who is a Scrapbook or Paper-Crafting diva (and you're just not sure what all this crafting stuff means!), or for those of you who are simply running behind on your shopping (aren't we all??)--let me help you make it easier on yourself!!  You can purchase a GIFT CERTIFICATE to be used for any of the products that I sell (see right sidebar for a list of products!).  And it can be sent through email to anyone on your shopping list! Easy Peasy!!!
Solve your shopping problems with the push of a button and get a SECURE Gift Certificate!!


As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me either by email at glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com, or you may call me (see Contact page) between the hours of 10:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. PACIFIC TIME.   In the meantime, go ahead and grab a Gift Certificate to Glenda's Creative Place.  It takes just a couple minutes to do, it will be processed through PayPal, which is the most secure online shopping experience out there, and you can do it all from the comfort of your home, at any time of the day (or night!!)--even in your jammies and slippers, LOL!! 

Thank you sooooo much for your business. HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all!!

Dec 2, 2010

Finally--a working laptop--for now anyway!! Also, new releases...

OK friends--WOW, is there anything less fun than having computer problems??  HOW FRUSTRATING!!  But it seems to be OK (for now).--The laptop kept yelling at me regarding something about a Print Spooler, and a Print Spooler Application kept closing the laptop automatically and then re-starting it and it just kept going around in that never-ending loop!!  VERY FRUSTRATING!!  Finally did a full System Restore from the week before.  Good reminder for all of us to manually make a RESTORE Point every so often!

Good news is that I have all of your emails from the Black Friday weekend & am working on them now, so expect to hear from me with your PayPal invoices soon!!

I also know I need to get some new products put up here on the site for all of you (after I'm done with Black Friday!!) but for now let me just start by letting you know that YES--I am selling all of the new JustRite stamps--the originals and all the new Cling stamps, as well as the long-awaited JustRite/Spellbinders Custom DIES (dies made by Spellbinders to exactly match specific JustRite stamps!!!--LOVE THESE!!!)  But since I haven't been able to get them put up here yet (trying not to push my luck with the laptop!!), to see them for now, please view the new JustRite Cling stamps by CLICKING HERE to go to the JustRite Stampers site.  To see the new Spellbinder/JustRite CUSTOM DIES, CLICK HERE.  

Make your list from the information on the site, and then come back to me to order.  Please know that my prices are normally at least 25 to 30% less than what the JustRite Retail/MSRP prices are on their site.  Same goes for Spellbinders (although many of my Spellbinder's discounts are even deeper, as well as most other manufacturers). When you're ready, just email your list to me at glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com .

Please show the manufacturer, the Product Name and Product Number-- (here's a couple examples: JustRite, Quiet Moments Cling, CL-02050, or Spellbinders, Grand Labels One, LF-161 ).  Please try to get your lists to me ASAP, as it is much easier for me to place a larger order all at once, rather than trying to grab a few products here and there, which ends up costing me more (and remember, the less I can pay for the total of an order, the more discounts I can give & the more cute stuff I can give away!!). 

When you send me your orders, please put something in the email subject line to let me know this IS an order, such as "ORDER ENCLOSED".  And ALWAYS include your ZIP code, (or for international customers, your country code and city/town information), and for all of you, please be sure to include the email address that is attached to your PayPal account.

Once I receive your order, I will process it and soon after, I will send you a PayPal invoice.  (Exception would be for any items you want to buy from my site that already have the PayPal ADD TO CART buttons attached to them--those you can just finish up on your own automatically!)

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call me on my office number, (714) 964-0656 between the hours of 10 AM to 6:30 PM, PACIFIC TIME (3 hours earlier than Eastern, 2 hours earlier than Central, and 1 hour earlier than most of you in Mountain Time)!!

Thanks so much for your business!!

P.S. Are you watching the reveals for this year's Twelve Tags of Christmas on Tim Holtz's blog?? CLICK HERE to go to Tim's Blog!!!  I swear that a big part of the fun of it all for me is trying to guess what he'll do next!!  Ot just gets better year after year!!  OMG--the technique for Day 2 with the Cut-n-Dry Felt is one of my FAVORITE "Tim Techniques"-- EVER!!!  If you need any of the products Tim uses throughout the series, let me know!!!  I am a HUGE Ranger devotee!!!


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Nov 28, 2010

Black Friday=laptop problems galore!! BUT-ALL sales are being honored!

This is being posted  from another computer by a friend. Been having lots of PC problems all weekend--worse today--continually keeps starting and restarting in a loop. Can't stay on long enough to get anything done or respond to your emails or orders-- BUT--want you to know I am honoring ALL orders & sale prices from this past weekend!! I DO have your emails and orders--I just can't get them answered yet.

Giving up tonight after fighting with this for 2-1/2 days. Going to attempt to do a System Restore before I go to bed (if it will stay on long enough!) to see if perhaps by chance, some crazy driver or something got installed somehow that shouldn't have. Hopefully when I get up in the morning, it will have been corrected by the System Restore.  If not, at least it will be normal business hours when I call HP for help, since warranty just expired on the laptop! (Of COURSE it did!!!)

I will be going thru all your emails and orders from the weekend sale just as soon as the laptop allows me to do so. All sale prices will be honored!! So, so sorry about the delay!!

*Black Friday sale CONTINUED thru SUNDAY!!- re:Black Friday /Saturday at GlendasCreativePlace.com

Hi All!!  Hope everyone has had an absolutely fabulous shopping weekend! Good news--I have extended my sale thru midnight (Pacific Time) tonight (Sunday, Nov. 28th) because I have had sooooo much computer trouble with my laptop this weekend, I haven't been able to answer all the emails I've received. (Laptop keeps freezing up for hours at a time--grrrr!).

So rest assured, if you have emailed me over the weekend (anytime since Friday), I WILL take care of you!!!  And if you were worried you missed out, you still have time right now to get your list to me!! 

Now, just wish me luck keeping this #*@!)*^# laptop running, LOL!!!  Thanks!!

Nov 26, 2010

Black Friday /Saturday at GlendasCreativePlace.com

My Black Friday here at Glenda's Creative Place is going to mirror my everyday crafting philosophy.  And all of you who are familiar with my crafting philosophy know that I think crafting should be FUN and therefore, it should be fast and simple (aka easy-peasy!!).  But, how do we get there, to simplify all those great techniques we want to try??  Well, the answer is by having the right tools and GADGETS that do the work for us! And who better to help you with those then me, Glenda, who is the original GADGET QUEEN of the internet?!

So on this Black Friday, I am offering a 40% discount (off the MSRP/Retail price) on all the major lines I sell, whether the products are in stock or not!!  So what that means is that all the manufacturer's products listed below are yours at 40% off (unless otherwise noted) all day Friday, as well as Saturday (Nov. 26th and 27th)!!  The reason I'm extending my sale thru Saturday is to celebrate the National Small Business Shopping Day (on Sat.).  As the owner of 2 totally unique small businesses, I think it is very important to support the small businesses within this country, since they are the actual backbone that helped grow this country into what it is!!  So please, support your favorite small businesses on this great shopping weekend (including mine!!)!!

Here are the 40% off (MSRP/Retail) product lines:
  • Spellbinders (excludes Grand Caliber machine, which is 35% off)
  • JustRite Stamps
  • Ranger (all their lines underneath their main parent umbrella)
  • Ranger / Tim Holtz (all Distress products, alcohol inks, Perfect Pearls, Liquid Pearls, Pearls Mists,... )
  • Ranger (all other featured designers)
  • Tim Holtz/Sizzix (excludes Tim's Vagabond machine, which is covered under a M.A.P. agreement)
  • Tim Holtz / Advantus
  • Tim Holtz/ Ideology
  • Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous
  • Donna Salazar
  • Imaginisce
  • Cuttlebug
  • Zutter (New Christmas Specials: Bind-it-All: $49.99, and Distrezz-it-All:  $29.99!!!)
  • Scor-Pal / Scor-Buddy
  • Scor-It
  • Ultimate Crafter's Companion
  • Teresa Collins
  • Tsukineko
  • Clear Snap
  • If you don't see something on this list that you want and if it's a product line that I have listed on the right sidebar of my blog under the heading: "PRODUCTS I SELL", just email me and ask!!
I'm also running a special Copic promotion, which as many of you may already know, has a very strict M.A.P. (Minimum Advertised Price) agreement, which is vigorously policed, so I can not post any price under the $5.15 per unit price (for Sketch Markers), but I CAN give away anything I want, so my Copic Special is this: For every set of 10 Sketch Markers you order at $5.15 each, I will give you 3 free Sketch markers (and YOU get to tell me which 3 colors you want!!).  FYI--since I will be ordering these for each and every one of you specifically, there's a chance that I might not have all colors in stock and therefore, might need to order some of them, which could add an average of 7 business days to shipping time--I just want to be clear about that, so there's no confusion.

HOW TO PLACE AN ORDER:

Make a list in email that includes the manufacturer, the product name and product code (if you have it!!), YOUR ZIP CODE  (or for international customers, your country and country code information) and the email address that is attached to your PayPal account, and email the list to me at glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com .  Please be sure to put something similar to this in the email SUBJECT line: : ***BLACK FRIDAY/SATURDAY ORDER SPECIALS!!***

Or, if by chance, everything you want happens to have a PayPal ADD TO CART Button attached to the item(s) on my site, go ahead and check out as you normally would, using the ADD TO CART Buttons, and during checkout, please be SURE to put a note for me on your order under the heading: "Any Special Message for Glenda???"  and write something like this: ***BLACK FRIDAY/SATURDAY SPECIAL!!*** Then I will go in & MANUALLY adjust anything owing to you (to get those items to 40% if they're not already there!) and that adjustment will refund immediately to your PayPal account.

That's it!! HAPPY SHOPPING and especially HAPPY CRAFTING!!

P.S. I will be trying to work at home as much as s possible over the weekend, so if you have a question, or if you need immediate help, or if it's just easier to place your order over the phone, you may contact me on my home office #, anytime between the hours of 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. PACIFIC TIME.  The home office # is (714) 964-0656. Thanks again!!

Nov 4, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy--products rolling in!! And check out new Snag 'Em Special section!

Sorry I haven't been posting lately, but I have been incredibly tied up and just haven't seemed to be able to find the extra time!!

But things are starting to settle down a bit, so hopefully I can start to get back on some sort of a schedule here.

Lots of products are arriving and more on their way--Spellbinders, Ranger, Tim Holtz,  JustRite, eh I, eh, I, oh!!

As always, my prices are far below the Retail/MSRP.  If there's anything you want, please email me at glendascreativeplpace@yahoo.com & include the list of products, your zip code & of course, the email address that your PayPal account is under.

FYI-I'm starting a new section on this blog called "SNAG 'EM SPECIALS".  I will occasionally put items in there with special pricing and limited quantities, so be sure to check those out when you have a chance!  These will be changing frequently, so the easiest way to keep tabs on any changes is to make sure that you are subscribed to my site & then you'll receive an email whenever I post anything new.  To Subscribe, scroll down the right sidebar just a bit until you see:
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There's just a few items in there now, but I will add more when time permits.  I hope these Snag 'Em Specials will help you build up your craft supplies in this touchy economy.  After I've had some time to have this new section grow and evolve a bit, please let me know how I'm doing with it.

As things begin to calm down a bit around here, I hope to get some videos made & uploaded for my Cricut Imagine.  I have some new Imagine cartridges on the way, so I can't wait to make time to play with those!  If any of you want me to get you any of the Imagine cartridges, let me know!

OK, that's all for today.  I've missed being here with you and I'm so happy I managed to find the time to get this post done tonight.  I'll be back soon!

Sep 9, 2010

More new CHA Items--and it's just the beginning!!

Please CLICK HERE and check out the link to this interactive catalog which shows many of the new products from CHA that I can get for you. (FYI-this link was updated on Sept 19th, so if you've saved a previous version, please save this newer version) . This is a great way to get your "Wish List" going!!

If you are interested in any of these items, please send an email to me at glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com with the list of items and whose product line the items belong to (i.e. Tim Holtz, Spellbinders, etc,).  Please also be sure to put the words: "CHA Product Catalog Info" in your email subject line.

This catalog does NOT show everything from the last CHA, but it is a good start. (Remember, there is always a list on the right sidebar of this site showing the product lines I have access to as well!!)

I also wanted to make sure that all of you were aware that I am now able to get single versions of individual Copic markers for you (because before this, I was forced to order a minimum quantity of 3 of each color), plus I can also order most of the collections/sets of Copics for you.  Just let me know what you want, and I promise my prices will be amazing!

I am also placing yet another order for more of the newer JustRite stamps, so if there's anything you want from them, please let me know ASAP so I include your quantities in my order.

And of course, I am ordering more Spellbinders (again), so if you want any of those, please email me so I can make sure I order enough for everyone!

As always, for any other questions or for specific pricing, please email me at glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com !!!

P.S. If you are still thinking about joining the Cricut Circle, please let me know and I will have an invitation and all the details of the program emailed to you so that you can make an informed decision.  Please CLICK HERE to see my full article about the deadlines and cutoff dates that are quickly approaching, also for the details of Cricut Cartridge give-away I've added (if enough people sign up under my sponsorship!), and why this program has been fabulous for me (and hopefully would be for you as well!!). This is urgent as far as timing goes, since the cutoff to sign up (after receiving an invitation/sponsorship) is 9/13, which is just a few days away, so don't delay if you want the information and/or want to take advantage of all the amazing discounts & offers that are ONLY offered to Circle Members, including the upcoming special for the Cricut Imagine for Circle Members.

P.P.S. I think all my regular customers will breathe a sigh of relief right along with me when I tell you that I am ALL CAUGHT up on ALL back-orders for the Pink ATG tape dispenser and the i-rock tool!!!!!  Wow, it was quite a journey, but thank goodness, now everyone that had been waiting should have their products in their hands (or on the way to them!).  Even better news is that lots of folks are still currently ordering the Pink ATG from me, so we are continuing to help put money into that fund from 3M to donate to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  And in the end, that was all I ever wanted when I started with Pink ATGs, so I am very happy about that!!  Thanks to everyone who has already bought one (or two or three of them--seems like a lot of gals are pooling their orders together to save on shipping--very smart!!!)--and thanks in advance to everyone else who will order one in the future (and yes, I DO still have them IN STOCK!!).  I hope going forward I can find more products like this so that all of us can help "give back" while also helping ourselves get the latest and greatest crafting tools!

Sep 2, 2010

Who Wants to join the Cricut Circle?? Who wants to receive the special for the launch of the Cricut Imagine?

If you've been teetering on the fence about whether or not to sign up for Provo Craft's Cricut Circle special program, this might be the information you're looking for to push you over the edge.

There is a special offer for Cricut Circle Members in conjunction with the HSN Release of the new Cricut Imagine. This special will give Cricut Circle Members access to another Imagine cartridge (in addition to the regular bundle that will be revealed on HSN).

To receive the additional Imagine cartridge you must do the following:

• You must have been signed up to be a member of the Cricut Circle by Sept. 13th. (Please email me at glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com if you want to sign up--I would love to have you come in as my guest!!)
• Buy the Cricut Imagine on Sept 14th during the HSN launch.
• Send in proof of purchase with the UPC from the Cricut Imagine along with your Cricut Circle number and email address. (Specific details to come)
• If you meet all these criteria, you will receive a free Imagine cartridge (details of the Imagine cartridge to follow, once you are a Circle Member--I can't disclose the name of the cartridge yet) to start your Cricut Imagine library off right.

If any of my subscribers and followers want to join the Cricut Circle program, please email me at glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com  and please put "CRICUT CIRCLE INVITATION" in the email subject line. I would love to be the person who refers you to join our Cricut Circle. FYI--Cricut Circle enrollment will be CLOSED after Sept. 13th, so this is the last chance to get in on not only this special, but all the others to come, including the special free cartridges only available to Cricut Circle Members and the special Rewards items that are only available to the Circle Members.

***And let me tell you that in IMHO, the special machines and Cricut cartridges (even very current and highly sought-after cartridges!!) that have been added to the Rewards site for Cricut Circle Members only is the most amazing perk of all---I just grabbed some FABULOUS cartridges in there this week, using some of my thousands and thousands of Rewards points that had just been sitting around, gathering dust!! And of course, they were free, because I redeemed them using some of those Rewards points--woohoo!!! This thrills me as much or even more than the 4 new Exclusive Cricut cartridges that we receive as part of our membership.
Here is more information about the Cricut Circle Program:

What Exactly is the Cricut Circle?

The CRICUT CIRCLE™ by Provo Craft is a select community of Cricut® enthusiasts. Cricut owners are the most creative, passionate, social, and fun-loving people on the planet. The Cricut Circle is our way to celebrate your enthusiasm (and ours!) for Cricut! The shape of the circle signifies inclusion, unity, kinship (think King Arthur and the round table). The goal of The Cricut Circle from Provo Craft is designed to bring this community of amazing people together to learn, share, and grow The Circle love!

What does life look like inside the Cricut Circle?

• Four exclusive cartridges a year, one each quarter, (starting with French Manor) ONLY available to The Cricut Circle members.

• Special buying privileges like rebates, monthly coupons, and opportunities to buy other exclusive products for your Cricut, from friends and partners of Provo Craft.

• Extra reward points and special cricut.com discounts.

• A members-only bracelet with an exclusive Cricut Circle charm (get ready to be the envy of your friends).

• A special Cricut Circle Community will come together through an exclusive Cricut Circle forum on cricut.com.

• Inspiration and education from exclusive Cricut Circle webinars, swarms, meet-ups, and events.

• A fun Cricut Circle blog and a monthly project-inspired online magazine to fill your mind with ideas galore.

• Charter members will have access to information and opportunities to become a part of the decision making process of future Cricut products by participating on research panels.

Q: Will there be a separate rewards site for Cricut Circle members?

A:YES! There will be special items on the Cricut Rewards program ONLY available to Cricut Circle members. (As I mentioned up above, I just ordered some current & really fabulous cartridges using my Rewards points--and these particular cartridges were ONLY available on the Rewards site to Cricut Circle Members. This is the BEST use of the thousands and thousands of Rewards points I have had just sitting there!!!)

Q: What is the cost of the Cricut Circle Membership:
A; There are 2 types of memberships, if you email me and are interested in joining, an invitation will be sent to you from Provo Craft and will detail all information and costs.

Once again, to recap, enrollment for the Cricut Circle Membership program will be closed after Sept. 13th. If you have ANY interest in this program, including being able to receive the very special offer for the extra Imagine cartridge with your purchase of the Cricut Imagine during the HSN release of Sept. 14th, please email me and I will have an invitation sent to you via your email. There is no commitment needed to receive the invitation and to learn about all the benefits of the program--once you review all the information, then YOU make the decision to either join or not.

For me, so far, it has been a pure winning program all the way around. I received the first of my 4 free exclusive cartridges and the second one is getting ready to be released very soon. I've grabbed some amazing cartridges (that were ON my wish list!!) in the special Rewards section for the Cricut Circle members--and since I redeemed them with my Rewards points, I paid nothing for those either!!! And I was able to attend 2 amazing events at Summer CHA, both of which were first class and a whole lot of fun!!

So if you think any of these membership perks might help you, please email me at glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com  and I'll make sure you get all the information necessary to make an informed decision. Thanks!

P.S. IF at least 10 people sign up to join the Circle with me as your sponsor, I will put the names of all of my new Circle Members (under my sponsorship) in a drawing for a Cricut cartridge--and that cartridge is the soooo darling 3 Birds on Parade cartridge.  OR--if the person who wins the drawing already owns this cartridge, I will substitute it for Sweet Treats, or a $50.00 gift certificate for anything I sell & have in stock on my site!!!  So, talk to your friends & make sure they contact me as well for the invitation!  Thanks!

Aug 27, 2010

Pink ATGs and i-rock Tools--I'm still at it: I'm packing and taping and printing and labeling and shipping--and again-- I'm packing and taping and printing and labeling and shipping, and again...

I want everyone to know the rest of the products are showing up and I have been at it non-stop, trying to get everything out to everyone as soon as I possibly can (in fact, I've been up again all night again!!).  Yes, thanks to the power company, who decided this is the ideal time to replace some transformers in our neighborhood,  they've actually got a "planned outage" for most of today.  In other words, we'll have no electricity here most of the day--again--yikes!!  Now it's not bad enough that because of this lack of electricity, I won't have access to my computer, printer, fax, phones (yes, all my phones here are cordless and therefore run on electricity!) and we won't even have a working fan in here (remember that I live by the beach, so we have no air conditioning!!), but on top of that, just to add insult to injury, no electricity means NO COFFEE ---urrrrggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!  Talk about torture!!!!!! Especially after staying up all night again!!! But I really had no choice because I wanted to get as much done and printed out before the #$#$%  power goes out (which should be ANY time now!!).

So before my computer goes dark for the day, let me bring you up to speed.  The other shipment of Pink ATGs I've been waiting for should be here late today (Friday), along with the rest of the Pink ATG refills and the remainder of the i-rock Tools.  As I said, I've been packing and shipping almost non-stop since the first shipment arrived.  I was delayed a bit waiting on the rest of the products to arrive. but in addition, the entire process is taking a little longer than I thought it would.  I'm cranking these things out of here as fast as I can, but I think I might have underestimated the amount of time it takes for me to get through each and every order, from start to finish.  I'm just hoping that once the rest of the products arrive here this evening, I can get everything finished up and out of here over the weekend.  I'm certainly doing the very best I can to make it happen!!

With that said, I better sign off before everything goes dark here.  Wish me luck that the power comes back on much sooner than what they've estimated our down-time to be!!

Aug 23, 2010

More delivery news about Pink ATGs, their refills and the i-rock Tool!!! YIPPPEE!!!1

OK, here we go again--are you ready??

Let's begin with the latest news about the Pink ATGs and their refills:

Great news about the remainder of my 2nd shipment of Pink ATGs--they should be here by the end of the week.  I did manage to round up some more of them today from another vendor & they already shipped them out to me today.  Unfortunately, they ended up costing me quite a bit more than what I would have paid if I'd have just waitied until the next shipment showed up from overseas, because this vendor charges for freight (and this many ATG units in this many cartons did cost me a big chunk of change to have shipped!!).  But, I decided to bite the bullet and have them shipped right away because I know how many of you have been waiting for a very long time for these and I absolutely don't blame you for being impatient about it.  I ALWAYS try to look at things as if I were the customer how would I feel and what would I want the Seller to do for me, and I know by now I'd be impatient as well!!  (And since I am a "customer" to the manufacturer who ordered and has been very impatiently waiting for hundreds of these to arrive for a long time now, I TOTALLY "get it", because honestly, no one has been more impatient than me!!)  Anyway, it is GOOD NEWS about the Pink ATGs because I should have the rest of them in my hands by the end of this week---WHEW!!!!

HOWEVER, now I'm having a little delay with all the Refills fror the Pink ATG that I ordered.  They did NOT ship me all the refills when they sent out my first shipment of the ATGs, but they have since shipped some more of them, and most of the remaining ones should be here sometime this Wednesday,Aug.25th and then the remainder should arrive either by the end of this week, or more likely, sometime next Monday, Aug. 30th.  Which leads me to this:  I had hoped to get every single one of the orders shipped out by Wednesday at the latest for the first shipment of ATGs that I already received, HOWEVER, I am going to be short on the number of REfILLS needed and since most of the those Refills are due to arrive here on Wednesday, Aug. 25th (and unfortunatly, where we are located on the route of  our very nice UPS man means that our UPS deliveries arrive very late in the day, usually after 5PM), which means I probably won't get everything out until Thursday from the first group.  Now, many of them have already gone out, more will go out tomorrow and Wednesday, but this Refill shortage does mean that some will not go out until Thursday.  And I know that in the grand scheme of things, waiting just one more day isn't really that much longer, but for those of you who have been waiting for such a long time to receive your Pink ATGs, even one more day probably doesn't make you feel too good about the whole thing. 

Which is why I have some good news for you  and I hope this good news will make your wait a bit more bearable:
---I have decided to dig even deeper in my pockets and  include yet ANOTHER roll of the refill tape in your order for the Pink ATG for everyone who pre-ordered theirs from me and who has been waiting for them to arrive--whether you are in the first shipment of ATGs (the ones I already received) or the second shipment (the ones I should receive by the end of this week);  if you have been waiting to receive your Pink ATG order, then be sure to look inside your box and you should see another single roll of refill tape (in addition to the 2 refill rolls the Pink ATG is already packaged with!).  What that means is I am GIVING you another 36 YARDS of refill tape!!!  I really, really hope this helps take some of the "sting" out of the long wait we've ALL had for these Pink ATGs!!!

Next, onto the i-rock TOOL:

More good news continues to pour in!!!  My back-ordered i-rock Tools are ALSO arriving this week, in 2 separate shipments (don't ask me why in 2 shipments, because frankly, I don't know why they wouldn't just send them altogether!?!?), but regardless, they will all be here by the end of THIS WEEK!!!!! WOOOOOHOOOO!!!  I will get all those back-orders / re-orders for the i-rock Tools out to you ASAP.  And before you start pouting, or feeling left-out or jealous about those folks getting an extra roll of tape for their back-ordered Pink ATGs, quit it!!!  Because I hope you know me well enough by now to know I would NOT leave you out!!  There will also be some sort of little gift included in your package with your back-ordered i-rock Tool as well!! So now there's even MORE good news!!!!!!!  YIIIIPPPPEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

SOOOOOO MUCH GOOD NEWS TODAY, I can hardly stand it!!!!!  It's a good thing I have all these great endorphines pouring out of me from all this good news, since I still haven't managed to get any sleep (was up packing shipments all night again!!!).  So I'm not exactly sure if I'm running on happy endorphines, or if I'm just plain old "loopy" from sleep deprivation, LOL!!!  But whatever it is, at least it's helping to keep my eyes open right now, because I have a feeling that when I finally crash, I will likely crash hard!!  Which will probably entail me falling asleep with my head on the keyboard of my laptop, LOL--and somehow, someway, I really need to figure out how to get a picture of that sometime when it happens again (oh yes, it HAS happened before!!), because I already have the absolutely perfect scrapbook layout planned out for that photo!! Thank goodness all of my Subscribers and Followers are paper-crafters, because otherwise that last statement would appear a little bit nutty to others (non paper-people!!!), but I KNOW that all of you completely "get it"!!! Wink wink!!

OK I'm off to get back to packing up your shipments!!!!!!!!

Aug 21, 2010

First shipment of Pink ATG have arrived!! It's Wall to Wall in here right now!!

The first shipment of the Pink ATG Tape Dispensers arrived here last night (Friday, around 6:45 PM!!) and it is wall to wall PINK in here right now!  I've been going at it almost non-stop since they got here and I just realized, in all my hurry to get everything ready to go out, that I had forgotten to post and confirm that the Pink ATGs actually did arrive (although I know most of you already know that they did, since I'd already posted previously that I DID have a confirmed delivery date from UPS for yesterday!!!).

I've also been tracking down alternate resources to try to get the remainder of my orders (the ones that they still have NOT shipped yet) delivered here a little earlier than what was projected (which was sometime soon after Aug.30th, which is when there's another big shipment expected to arrive from overseas).  Anyway, I'm hoping to hear back early Monday morning from a couple different 3rd party resale vendors to see if any of them have enough of the Pink ATGs in stock to fill the remainder of my order, and it looks hopeful!!  If that does happen, then there's a good chance the rest of my order could be here by the end of next week, rather than the time frame I was given the other day, which was after Aug.30th.  In other words, I STILL haven't stopped in my quest to get every single person's Pink ATGs out to them ASAP!!!

And in that quest, I am going to try to save ALL of us some time by explaining right here how you'll know when your package is shipped:  As soon as I go into PayPal and create your shipping label, you should receive an email with your package information on it, including your tracking number.  When I create that shipping label, that means your package will be going out within the next business day (within the next 24 BUSINESS hours).

Regarding the i-rock Tool, it SHOULD be here late next week.  They still haven't given me the Delivery date or a tracking # yet, but I know they have been absolutely slammed, so their order system has been working overtime.  Good news is when I look at the order online, where the i-rock order is sitting in their system DOES indicate the product has been pulled already and is ready to be shipped.  So let's cross our fingers and hope that's true.  And while we're crossing our fingers about the i-rock Tool, let's cross our toes as well in hopes that the rest of the Pink ATGs make it here ASAP!!

Alrighty then, I'm off to get back to it!  It's doubtful that I will make it back upstairs to get any sleep tonight, so I'm sure I'll be getting a little "punchy" by the time Sunday & Monday roll around.  Since I am sooo focused on getting these out to you, I'm hardly going to be in my email at all this weekend, so if you don't hear right back from me, that's why !! OK, back to land of PINK I go...!!!!!!!

Aug 19, 2010

More Info about Pink ATGs & i-rock Tool

OK, here we go again.

Let's start with the Pink ATG:
I just found out today that the vendor did NOT ship me every single Pink ATG that I ordered, even though I was told otherwise earlier in the week.  Apparently, once again, they are parceling them out to the rest of the retailers, so that they can fill yet ANOTHER order from the largest craft store chain in the country. GRRRRR!!  Yes, I KNOW I ordered a LOT of them, especially for a smaller retailer, but I really did expect to get ALL of them that I pre-ordered sooo long ago, but when I saw the final invoice for them today, it reflected most of them, but not all of them.  In addition, I've actually placed a few more orders for more Pink ATGs within the last couple weeks (including another one yesterday) because I've suddenly had another large amount or orders that have just come into me within the last week or two. Unfortunately, none of those additional orders that I placed will ship out to me until the vendor receives THEIR NEXT shipment from overseas, which they say they will receive by the end of this month (they say they should receive it by Aug.30th).  So, please know if you are placing orders now, or maybe even within the last couple weeks, there's a good chance that your order will not be shipped to you until I receive my next shipment from the vendor (after Aug. 30th).  All throughout this entire process, I have been as up-front as possible and have been sharing any and all information from the vendor/manufacturer as soon as I receive it.  I want to make sure that all of you know exactly what is happening with your orders. Please know that the moment I get these in my hands, they are going to start shipping out.  Any back-orders/pre-orders/re-orders are absolutely my #1 priority right now!!

Now, onto the i-rock Tool:

The majority of my back-orders for the i-rock Tool shipped out to me today. YIPPEE!!!!!  However, somehow part of my back-orders for the i-rock Tool got canceled & no one can tell me why or how that happened (Grrrrrrr!!), but I went ahead ordered that same amount of them again today, so hopefully those other ones will ship out to me tomorrow.  The good news is that even without the the ones that mysteriously got canceled, I still should have enough to fill all the back-orders out of the shipment that went out to me today.  But any new orders will be filled from the shipment that should go out tomorrow, (so it will be 1 or 2 more business days difference from all the rest of the i-rock orders).

This seems as good a time as any to also reiterate my philosophy about refunds for pre-orders/re-orders/back-orders.  Let me say it again LOUD and CLEAR, if there is a delay for products being delivered to me because of the manufacturer's inability to fulfill the orders, I would NEVER hang onto someone's hard-earned money if they needed to cancel.  I don't care if it's over 45 days, or 60 days or anything else (which are time frames that are guidelines within PayPal)--under these circumstances, I will cancel and refund a customer's order--no matter how long ago the transaction occurred.  And FYI, I am the ONLY one who will financially get hurt if it goes past a certain amount of days within PayPal and I end up issuing a refund, because when that happens (after a certain amount of time goes past the original transaction date) and I issue that refund in PayPal, I do NOT get a refund for the fees that are taken out of my Merchant account for that transaction.  But the customer will get refunded the full amount they paid on that transaction. 

I am always more than fair to all my customers; that is how I choose to run my business and it is the ONLY way I would ever want to do so.  The only thing I ever ask in return is for my customers to also be fair with me. 

This whole delay mess with the Pink ATGs as well as the i-rock Tool are NOT the first manufacturer's delays we've ever had and sadly, they will not be the last.  In fact, I fully expect that this is going to be more the "norm" going forward, especially since almost everything in our industry is now being manufactured overseas (mostly in China).  When a company/manufacturer sends their work to be done overseas, that means that in exchange for receiving less expensive costs to get that product manufactured, they are giving up the day to day "hands on" ability to shepard their products through the manufacturing process, which means they giving up control of that process to the manufacturing facility overseas.  So in effect, they no longer have complete control over what's going on with the manufacturing process of their product, so they may have had the best intentions when they gave us a deliver-by date, but then they end up as surprised as we are when the product is not completed or shipped by that date!!  And it's not as if they can just walk out on the floor of the plant and get things moving along, because that manufacturing facility is thousands and thousands of miles away in a country that operates on their own laws (not ours!), and their own processes.

It's really too bad for all of us, but it's the price we all pay for having the products we want having lower price points on them now than in the past.  It's what we, the buying public demand and what we now expect, so with that, we must understand that along with those lower prices also comes other costs, which are the delays and the unmet commitments that are now the norm for the manufacturing process of those products.

Which is why when you see new products posted here going forward, you will usually see me tacking on at least 2 more weeks as the expected shipping date over and above what the manufacturer tells us, so you might see other sites showing earlier expected delivery dates from mine.  I would much rather error on the side of caution and not have my customers be disapointed!!  And if things show up earlier or actually show up on time, I will ALWAYS ship them out as soon as they arrive here!!!!

Aug 17, 2010

Pink ATGs have shipped TO me!!! And i-rock Tool is also coming really soon!! YIPPPPEEEE!!

It is 100% verified and confirmed. The majority of the Pink ATGs that I ordered shipped out FROM the vendor TO me yesterday, Monday, Aug.16th!!  And I actually have tracking #s for all of them and guess what else---wait for it-----yep---a DELIVERY DATE!!!! They are scheduled to arrive by UPS very late afternoon/early evening this Friday, Aug.20th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which means after I check them in & make sure everything is there that was supposed to be sent to me, I will start shipping them out!!!!!

With the huge amount of them that I have to ship out, I expect it will probably take me 2 to 3 business days to get all of them shipped out, because getting each and every single order ready to ship out actually does entail a lot of steps. I'm not sure if all of you are interested in knowing what all those steps are, but I have had many people ask me in the past what the process was, so this seems as good of a time as any to share the steps I go through for those who would like to know.

HOWEVER, before I do that, let me also update you on the i-rock Tool: It looks as if it should be shipping to me THIS WEEK, probably in the next couple days, so again, I say WOOHOOOO!!! I don't have the delivery date or a tracking # for the i-rock Tool yet, but I should have it very soon!!! It sounds as if FINALLY--all pre-orders, back-orders & re-orders for the Pink ATG and the i-rock Tool will FINALLY, FINALLY be completed!!! Then next, we'll be onto all the brand new products from CHA, which I haven't even had a chance to input yet!!!

So for those of you who would like to know all the steps I go through to get each individual order out the door from start to finish, here's an example of the process to get your order out to you: (if you don't care to know, but want to know how my little dog, Gucci is doing after being so sick (thanks for all the emails wishing her well!!), skip down to the next paragraph of this post):

First, I get notified in email from PayPal that I have received an order. I log into PayPal, look up that order and I print out a hard copy on my printer. I also double-check to make sure that the customer also received a notification that I've received their order. Once I verify that everything on that order is in stock and ready to ship, I check (and double-check) the order and then I go and pull every single product item the customer ordered from inventory, then I weigh the total order, then re-check how I want to ship that order (double-checking to make sure I'm using the best & most economical method for the individual package size and weight). Once I have all that information, I pack/box up each order, then I tape it all very securely (and every one of my regular customers knows I am a chronic "over-taper" (better safe than sorry I always say, LOL!!!). Next, I'm back to the computer and logged into my shipping program, where I input the correct information for that individual order (dimensions and weight of the package, shipping method being used, etc.), then the program takes all that information I just input and previews a virtual shipping label for that package, which appears on my computer screen. Once I check (and double-check) it to make sure all the information on the shipping label is correct, I tell it to print out that shipping label, as well as the receipt for the label. After it's all printed out, I take a paper trimmer & separate the actual label from its receipt, I trim down the label to make it fit more easily and correctly on the front of the package, then I roll some glue from my big tape runner all over the back of the shipping label, attach it to the package and then I tape the entire label on with packing tape, all around on all four sides of the label (yes--even MORE tape--remember what I said about "better safe than sorry"?? I really am overly cautious about the safety part of each transaction!!). Now, I'm ALMOST done, but there's still a couple steps left (and I don't think most people do these next couple steps, but as you've already probably figured out, I am a detail gal, so I always want to double check that everything reflects correctly what I've done so far for that individual order!!).The last steps are these: I go back into the customer's order in PayPal and verify that it now shows this order as being shipped and that it has the tracking number included on the Transaction Details page of the customer's order in PayPal. I click on the tracking number and make sure it takes me to the shipper's website tracking page (USPS or UPS). Once I know that's all working correctly, I then print out that Transaction Details page in PayPal with the shipping and tracking information showing on it, I take it, along with the printed receipt for the shipping label, and staple them both to the paper copy of the order (which I already printed out as soon as I received it). I write across the paper copy of the order the day that the order was completed and the ship date (if different) and any other miscellaneous notes I might want to remember about this order if I'd ever need to look at it in the future, then I go into MY CONTACTS files (on my computer) and I type those same notes into the customer's file, so I have them in two places (I told you I was a detail gal!!). The very last steps are I file the paper copies of the completed order in chronological date order for that month and then I put the package at the door, ready for Carrier pickup. WHEW!! Then, onto the next order and the next and the next... My DH thinks I should buy stock in a packing tape company, along with stock in HP because I use up so much printer paper and printer ink on my poor old over-worked HP printer and he's probably right. I know I make extra work for myself by adding in the extra steps that I do to make sure that I know everything is 100% ready to go with all the information documented, and I know that many online retailers don't do most of these extra steps and extra printing, etc., but I do it for my own peace of mind so that I know I've done everything possible to make sure that each of my customer's orders get to them safe and sound, the way I feel as a customer myself, they deserve to be. So yes, maybe I'm a little overly detailed (nutty??). But so far, it has allowed me to take of people in the same way that I would want to be taken care of if I were the customer!

Last things for today are an update on my poor little sickly dog, Gucci and then after, more travel adventures (NOT!!). Regarding Gucci, we spent most of the day yesterday at the vet's office, where she was administered I.V. fluids again (second day in a row!), was also given an antibiotic shot along with some other meds to try to stop her "stomach problems". She was finally able to keep some food down late last night and again, this morning (so far!!), so it appears she is on the mend. None of us are sure what happened to make her so violently sick, but the vet thinks it might have been some kind of bacterial thing. (In other words, she's not sure either!!) I can tell you that when we traveled home from Omaha, it was the HOTTEST day they'd had all year and it was MISERABLE and I do mean MISERABLE. I felt sick myself all day when we were rushing around, getting ready to go, because the air conditioner at my Mom's house just couldn't keep up, so it was hot even inside the house, and it was SOOOOOO stinkin' HUMID, it was like walking into a steam room every time you walked outside. Thankfully, Gucci travels in the cabin with me in her little carrier, under the seat in front of me (where I would normally be able to put my feet, but when she's with me, I'm a bit cramped up in the airline seats, which seem to continue to get smaller and smaller every year, don't they?).  I can't imagine how she could have ever survived if she had to go under the plane as luggage--or how ANY dog or cat could have survived that awful heat that must be ever present in the luggage area at this time of year Thank goodness, Gucci will never be under there, since the airlines will not allow any flat-faced dogs, (such as her breed, Brussels Griffon, or bulldogs, shitzus, etc.) to ever travel under the plane, because they can't handle the air pressure and temperature changes. But even though she was in the cabin with me, we were both really hot and not feeling well by the time we arrived at the airport, and inside the terminals it wasn't really very cool either, so I know that I felt hot and icky all day, so I can only imagine she did as well (even though I had her carrier opened up during the entire flights and while waiting to get on the planes--but I did have to zip it up to get on and off the plane and when traveling within the terminals when going to the gates).  I don't know if she got sick from all the heat, or if she somehow picked up some strange bacteria somewhere along the line, but all that matters right now is that she is getting better. She's still pretty lethargic, but I would be as well, if I'd been as sick as she's been.

Speaking of travel, one last word about our trip home. I think many of you know that I've had several failed back surgeries (the first surgeon REALLY messed it up and I've had several subsequent surgeries to try to help alleviate the ongoing and consistent pain from it all).  I manage the pain and I get along OK most of the time; I just know what I can and what I cannot do. And traveling carrying my laptop and carry-on, along with dragging Gucci's little carrier (which is thankfully also on wheels!) is hard enough, not to mention being cramped up in those little airline seats (with nowhere to put my feet because of Gucci's carrier). So, just to add to my fun level on the trip home, just before we started to descend to land in Denver (where we changed planes to come home to southern CA), I decided I'd better make a quick run to the restroom before they turned on the Fasten Seatbelt sign. So I did and just as I was starting to stand back up to pull things back up into place (if you know what I mean), all of a sudden the Fasten Seatbelt sign came on, the captain started talking about turbulence and within a split second, we took a big drop and I was tossed hard into the door and then thrown back onto the back of the toilet. Whatever happened to me and my poor back in those few seconds, let's just say that I could hardly straighten all the way back up--I just could not stand up all the way straight. But I somehow managed to finally pull myself together and started limping back to my seat, where the stewardess continued to rant at me all the way down the aisle, because of course, they'd turned on the Fasten Seatbelt sign while I was already in the restroom (which I tried several times to explain to her!). To make a long story short, I had all these big plans for this weekend, after I returned home, to get all caught up on everything and be ready to dive back into work, headfirst, bright and early Monday morning. Well, needless to say, between laying on ice packs for two days because of my crazy back situation, thanks to the airline not turning on the Fasten Seatbelt sign soon enough, and then running after Gucci, cleaning after her stomach problems nonstop, my well-laid plans went awry and I did NOT get all caught up with everything like I'd wanted to. I don't know why these kind of things always seem to happen to me, but I really, really think I've had my share of bad luck lately (especially this last year!!) and now it SHOULD be time for some good luck to come my way!!!

And, I do NOT plan to travel anywhere for the next couple months at least, so hopefully, staying on the ground on Terra Firma will help keep me safe and sound as well!!

So that was my excerpt from my own version of "Trains, Planes and Automobiles", except mine would be titled "Planes, Turbulence in the Restroom, and My Little Sick Doggie", LOL!!!

Aug 16, 2010

Pink ATG-UPDATED news about shipping!!

I wanted to post a quick note about the latest information I received this morning about the Pink ATG.  They are FINALLY shipping the majority of mine to me TODAY, Monday Aug.16th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I don't have the tracking # yet, but the promised that these would ship out today, which means that they should be here by the end of the week!!!!!   This is GREAT NEWS!!!!!!  And on top of that, whatever they're not sending me this time (which is just a tiny handful of them, so it won't really effect anything anyway!!), they said they'd send the rest of those in another shipment that should go out about Aug. 18th-20th time frame.  So I am ONE HAPPY gal!!!!!!!

i-rock news: It still looks as if they are on schedule to be ready to be shipped out sometime this week.  As soon as I hear anything definite, I will post it here.

Please, please keep tuned to this site right here for any & all updates about products shipping because I absolutely will post here first BEFORE I ever return any emails, and that way, we can all avoid the huge log-jam of emails going back and forth--thanks!!

I will update again later, but right now I'm off to the vet (again).  My poor little dog, Gucci has literally been sick as a dog since we returned home--poor thing has had violent stomach problems & am taking her back in to the vet to get her some fluids by I.V. (she had some yesterday as well).  She is looking REALLY weak, & I feel sooooo helpless.  Needless to say, I did not get caught up with everything (work-wise) that I wanted to this weekend after returning home, since I've spent almost all my time following her around & cleaning up after her, poor sick girlie.

I'm off; wish us luck at the vet please!

Aug 11, 2010

Pink ATG News--FINALLY!!!!

OK, here's the news about the Pink ATG tape dispensers I know many of us have been waiting for.

I FINALLY got confirmation that the majority of the Pink ATGs I ordered should be shipping out to me either by this Friday, Aug. 13th, or at the latest, by Monday, Aug.16th.  So that means I should have them in my hands sometime next week--WOOHOOOOO!!!! This of course means I will start shipping them out as soon as they arrive and I will be shipping them in the order in which they were received (first in, first out).

They "think" they should be able to send me the full amount of the entire quantity that I ordered, but they couldn't (or wouldn't) verify that until they actually ship. But they did say it "looked good", so I am VERY hopeful that everyone who ordered them from me will get yours shipped out after I receive this shipment.

I am STILL out of town, supposedly on vacation, although with all the emails I've been receiving because of the Pink ATG being delayed for so long, I have to say that regrettably, it hasn't been much of a vacation. And the saddest thing is that my 80+ year old parents, having not been raised in this electronic age, don't seem to understand why I have to keep spending all this time working, rather than spending quality time visiting with them, so I have a personal message from my parents to 3M: "Thanks a LOT 3M!!!!!!!!!!!!" Anyway, I will be back home and back to work sometime on Friday, Aug. 13th.

Regarding the i-rock Tool back-orders, when I checked on those again today, they were projected to ship out sometime next week. Again, they won't "guarantee" this until they actually ship them to me, but that's the latest information they had for me, so that is sounding hopeful as well.

FYI--I will probably NOT be online at all tomorrow (Thurs. Aug. 12th), so I won't be receiving or answering emails at all, because I will be having some work done on my computer in the morning, and then I'll be out of touch for the rest of the day. But as I said earlier, I will be returning to work sometime on Friday, Aug. 13th (if I can EVEN see the top of my desk when I get back, since it was already buried before I ever left home!!)

Once I get an actual tracking number for the Pink ATGs (or the i-rock Tool) I will post here again with the shipping information; that way everyone can find out the information at the same time without all the emailing back and forth.

I want to thank ALL of you for your patience while waiting for these manufacturers to FINALLY get their products shipped out. Believe me, I absolutely understand how frustrating this wait has been, since what I've been waiting to receive from them has been magnified hundreds of times over, due to the large amount of products that I ordered. Once again I can only apologize for the manufacturer's delays in shipping the products, since I have been totally at their mercy as well. But it appears that finally there's a bright light at the end of the tunnel and the products should be here very soon!!!

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Aug 2, 2010

SHIPPING UPDATES for the Pink ATG and the i-rock TOOL

First, let me please apologize that my "out of town" technology has not been working very well and certainly not with any consistency while I've been on my trip to the Midwest(to CHA and then a swing over to Nebraska to visit the folks and take my first vacation in 2-1/2 years!!). It has been an exercise in frustration to say the least. I've even resorted to trying to at least update my Facebook, but there's nowhere on my mobile application to send or receive emails there--so PLEASE don't send me emails thru Facebook, since apparently I can't get them!! If you need to email me, please use my regular email address, glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com . But please, please use this post to get the information about the shipping dates if possible, rather than just emailing me for it. My email is absolutely back-logged right now because of all the issues I've had with my technology while out of town.

OK, on with the product and shipping updates. Let me first stress that in ALL cases, once I receive any pre-orders, back-orders or re-orders, I will ALWAYS ship them out ASAP. Not only do I know that my customers are anxiously waiting for their orders, but on a personal level, I just don't have the extra storage space to hang onto anything extra (and I have NO desire to do so!!).

In addition, if you happened to pick up the delayed pre-ordered product at the large national craft store while the rest of us (retailers) were waiting to receive their shipments from the manufacturer, please don't worry about getting a refund from me, whether it's over 30 days or not. I will always do what's fair for my customers. Please just know that I have placed all these orders with the manufacturers and have paid for them upfront, so all I ask is that you be fair with me as well.

PINK ATG UPDATE:

The latest update is this: There was a quality problem with the one large shipment that shipped from overseas early (to a large national craft retailer). That quality issue caused the manufacturer (3M) to have everything else pulled back and corrected, which has caused major delays all across the board for everyone else. (Although after hearing about the quality problems that have been found in that first early shipment, this is one time I'm thinking that maybe it's a GOOD thing NOT to have gotten the product early on!!)

I've been in contact with the manufacturer constantly, on the phone and in their booth while I was at CHA. They changed the expected arrival date range now to sometime during the 2nd week in August (and again, this IS an estimate from them, they won't guarantee any exact date!!).

I have absolutely NO control over 3M and their manufacturing process--grrrrrrr!!!! I am held hostage to them fixing their quality problem and sending all the products I ordered to me. I can't even BEGIN to explain how INCREDIBLY frustrating this has been for me, and how helpless it has made me feel, despite my multiple calls and contacts with the manufacturer.

I can't WAIT to receive these and get them shipped out to everyone who ordered one. There is NO worry about getting a refund if you happened to pick one up locally at the large national craft retailer who received that early shipment (but please, be sure to check EVERYTHING included in your box to make sure it's all working correctly if you did get one, since there have been those quality issues reported within that shipment, which are what caused the delays for everyone else since!!). I would NEVER hold anyone's hard-earned cash hostage like that (even though I've paid for my orders upfront!).

i-rock TOOL:

This is a case of the manufacturer, Imaginisce, under-estimating the immense popularity of this fabulous little tool. Unfortunately, they are actually completely out of stock right now of the i-rock tool itself. They absolutely underestimated the overwhelming demand for this great product & had to have more manufactured. They have ZERO in stock right now to sell to any retailers. I have several large orders in with them & they will fill the retailer's orders in the sequence in which they received them, so for me, my orders should be close to the front of that line (which is a good thing!!). But right now, we are all waiting for them to get the tool shipped from overseas. Their current estimate is that it should arrive around mid-August (a couple more weeks). I also checked with them every day in the booth at CHA (and tried to see if they would even sell me the demo units they had in their booth, but that was a big "no"!!).

As soon as I receive these, I will send them out ASAP.

CONCLUSION:

Any pre-orders, back-orders and re-orders are always dependant on the manufacturer sending me the products I order from them. I am ALWAYS at their mercy as to when they ship their products. I have noticed this year that more than ever, the manufacturers just don't seem to be meeting their projected ship dates for new releases. I don't know if that corresponds with more and more manufacturing being sent to be done overseas, but it certainly seems to. Going forward, I have now started adding at least 2 weeks onto any new release date that I'm being given by any manufacturer who is sending their work overseas. I prefer to err on the side of caution, than to put out any dates that I believe will probably not be met by the manufacturer.

Jul 30, 2010

ORDERING ON MY SITE (and LOTS OF CHANGES HAPPENING HERE!!)

To all my very LOYAL Readers, Followers and Customers,

Yes, I've heard you.  Because of your many, many requests, I am in the process of changing the way you may order or pre-order from me, including how you can now easily and quickly pre-order / purchase the new PINK ATG Tape Dispenser by 3M with the touch of a button!!  Making all these changes across the board is a very time-consuming process, so please be patient as I get items updated.

I have begun adding the ability for my customers to purchase many items by just clicking a button and going through a Checkout process, all managed by PayPal, which means every transaction is absolutely secure. Please note, so far, the Shopping Cart Buttons are ONLY set up for domestic mailing within the USA!! All International customers, including my Canadian customers, need to email me their information and I will send you a PayPal invoice. That way (for now anyway!), I can keep a better handle on the International shipping!! Please email me at glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com - be sure to include all the items you want shipped together, along with your mailing address / shipping information and your PayPal email address (if it's different than what you use to normally communicate with me).

I started with the Pink ATG Tape Dispenser. This item was sooooo well and generously received by all of you, and soooo many of you wanted to place a pre-order for it with me, that it actually crashed my email!!  I am still trying to sort out your emails about the Pink ATG from days ago.
So, if you have NOT yet received an invoice  from me for the Pink ATG and you want to purchase the Pink ATG Tape Dispenser (this is the item that 3M is donating part of the proceeds from to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation), please select either the tab up above on the Navigational Bar that says "ADHESIVES" or just CLICK HERE to go to the original post.  Now, in either of these two locations on my site, you can easily just add it to your Shopping Cart and pre-order / purchase it right there, without having to go back and forth, without sending and receiving multiple emails, and without receiving and responding to invoices, etc. This is going to help all of us save a great deal of time!

FYI--for news, updates and information about any pre-orders or re-orders, (such as the Pink ATG or the i-rock Tool, etc.) please go to the original post for whichever item you want to check.

I appreciate your patience as I continue to add to this process.  Any suggestions or criticisms you may have, I will gladly hear.  This site was created for you and your input is always valuable to me.  If you have any questions about your shipping charge after using the shopping cart checkout process, please go to the Contact/Shipping/Shopping Cart page and scroll down to the section about "Shipping charges using the Shopping Cart Buttons". To contact me, please email me at glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com. Thanks!!

Jul 28, 2010

I'm at CHA! Wow-HATS OFF to Provo Craft for the new Cricut Imagine machine!! And--my first vacation in 2-1/2 years!

Hi Everybody!!

Greetings from a very muggy (and now under a severe thunderstorm warning) Chicago!! I am at CHA and trying to look at all the new goodies for all of you!!

I am in a bit of technology funk right now, so if you're trying to reach me, please be patient!

WOW--Cricut fans, you are in for a SERIOUS treat with the new Provo Craft machine, the Cricut Imagine. Hats off to the entire PC team, especially Mr. Jim Colby, (VP of all Product Development at PC), of course CEO Jim Thornton, Mr. Mike Wigton and everyone else on their teams who were involved in the creation of this next generation of our beloved Cricut family.

Wait until you see how it can combine your existing Cricut cartridges with the new Imagine cartridges, basically rendering the need for lots of different colored cardstock, as well as lots of patterned paper moot!! You can now take an image from any of our existing Cricut carts, (which now, as we know, only cuts an outline of the image), and with the Imagine machine and an Imagine cartridge, fill the outline of that image with either a color of your choice (it has access to the entire color wheel!), or a pattern chosen from any of the Imagine carts.  WooHoo!!!!!!!!!!

Let me try to explain, using an example for someone who already owns existing Cricut cartridges (which are most of my followers and subscribers!):

Take a Princess image from one of the existing Disney Cricut cartridges, (which is plugged into one side of your Imagine machine), select her dress image and put her in your queue. Then, from one of your Imagine cartridges, (which is also plugged into your machine on the opposite side of the machine), pick either a patterned "paper" design from the Imagine cartridge, or one of the matching plain colors on the Imagine cartridge, or if you didn't care for any of those, you can even enter the exact color code you want by entering the RGB codes.  You just go in and using the normal color wheel (just like you do to choose a color to print out on any ink-jet printer!!) choose the color you want (PINK!!)  and then you fill your dress with the pattern you chose, or for me, the pink color, and now we have a beautiful dress for our princess that is already the pink color we want or is is already filled with a beautiful pattern we love. Next, put a piece of white cardstock on the mat, load it and let it work its magic!!

When it's done and your mat is unloaded, you will now have this: A dress ready to put on your princess which is already the color and/or pattern that you chose and, is already perfectly cut out for you. You didn't have to go searching for, and then buy any patterned paper, you also didn't have to cut out a background color to put under it (unless you want to add another layer, which you certainly can do!!) AND--you have only used an inexpensive piece of white cardstock and you allowed your Cricut Imagine machine to do all the rest of the work for you.

Now, let's take it a step further:

Using the same cartridge as before, choose some of the other layers of your princess (such as her hair, lips, etc.).  And let's say you searched the internet and have found the exact color codes (RGB Codes) for the Disney Princesses. Using the same steps as before, you can go into each of those individual layers and insert the exact RGB code, which will then give you the exact color match for her lips, or for her hair, etc. 

So, we are going to take the base piece of your princess, (already cut out for you!), then, you also now have her layers ready and they're all the perfect color match because we entered the matching RGB code for all her "parts", and they are all cut out for you as well.  We take all her layers, such as her hair layer and adhere that on top of the base piece where her hair already is (maybe with pop dots??!!), next, we adhere her shoes over the shoes on her base piece, and then for the finishing touch, we adhere her dress right on top of her dress on the base piece and what we end up with is a beautifully stacked and layered image, where all the pieces of the layers on top are perfectly matched to what's underneath on the base layer--similar to a technique used in rubber stamping where you stamp the same image over and over, and then manually (and laboriously!!) color and cut each piece apart and adhere them on top of their base layer, making the project have immense depth. But, using the Cricut Imagine machine, we did not labor, we did not touch scissors, we did not color anything with markers, pencils, etc., we did not have to stamp anything---we just allowed the Imagine machine to work its magic and to do all the work for us.  Come on now, can it really get any better than that???  I'm feeling a bit whoosy just thinking about it!!


Or let's say we're using a Disney cartridge that has Mickey and Minnie Mouse on it.  Referring to that same chart we found on the internet that lists all the RGB codes for the various Disney characters, you want to find the exact color that will match Minnie's hair bow.  All you need to do is have the layer with her hair bow open on the original Cricut cartridge, and then on the Imagine, go to the color wheel and enter the exact RGB numbers and voila'--now on your Cricut Imagine screen, you will see Minnie's hair bow flood-filled with the exact color of that it is supposed to be!!!   Then load of piece of WHITE cardstock and it will print out Minnie's hair bow in the perfect color AND it will then go back (after printing) and cut the image out for yiou as well!!  Can you IMAGINE all the countless possibilities of what we will now be able to do with our regular Cricut cartridges???  My head is literally spinning with ideas.

Ready for another fabulous idea???  There are companies out there who sell stamps, inks and cardstock that all match together perfectly.  Guess what??  For many of those companies (such as Stampin' Up, Close to My Heart, etc.), there have been lists complied and posted on the internet that specify what the exact color code (RGB) is for their products.  So let's say you are making a project and you're using an ink pad to stamp your sentiment from one of those companies, but you don't have the exact match for the cardstock in the same color.  You can look at that list of the RGB codes for that company's products and enter it.  Load a piece of white cardstock onto the cutting mat, insert it into the Cricut Imagine and again, it will print out with the EXACT color match to the ink pad you were using, so now you DO have a matching piece of cardstock to finish up your project!!! 

Here's another fabulous thing:  Using an Imagine cartridge, we pull up a piece of artwork from that cartridge and when we first see it on the screen, it's all in one layer.  But when we click on it, it opens up all the layers that make up this piece of artwork/image and shows us all the pieces separately on our image screen.  We can keep all of those layers, or delete some of them if we choose to.  We can also go into any of those layers and if we want to, we can change the pattern to any other pattern on any other Imagine cartridge that we own, or maybe we just want to change the color of one of the layers.  Again we can change it either to one of the regular colors on our Imagine cartridges, or if we know the color code, we can simply enter that RGB code.  Once we get those layers looking exactly how we want them to look, we can now either combine them back together again into one layer, or if we want a bit more depth or texture, we can leave all the layers separated and then tell the Imagine to print and then cut out each layer on its own, using only a piece of WHITE cardstock.  Once that's done, we can layer them up by using pop dots, foam tape, glue dots or however you prefer to use in order to give the piece some dimension.  And of course, an easy way to add even more visual interest to any piece of paper that we cut out on any of our Cricut machines, is to emboss them using our Cuttlebug machines and embossing folders!!!

There are soooo many things we are going to be able to do with this new Cricut Imagine and frankly, I haven't even scratched the surface for you here.  And it's all going to be done for us just by using the Cricut Imagine machine and some plain white cardstock!!!! EASY PEASY!


And the best part of this for me is understanding that WE CAN DO ALL OF THIS USING JUST PLAIN WHITE CARDSTOCK, which the Cricut Imagine machine then transforms into the colors and patterns we chose!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!  It is the true and beautiful marriage of the technology of our Cricut machines and our ink-jet printers!! (HP, the industry leader in printing is actually Provo Craft's co-branded partner in the Cricut Imagine machine, so this is a very serious combination of the best technology from two companies which are the very best in their own industry at what they do!!)

I can't wait to get my hands on this great machine!! My mind is absolutely exploding with ideas! BTW, it will also work with the Gypsy (they're working on the update for the Gypsy now), so that is GREAT NEWS as well!!!

I think most of us who are Cricut lovers will agree that the Cricut completely changed the way we crafted. This new Cricut Imagine machine is going to take it even further, to places I don't think I've even "imagined" it will go yet. The possibilities of what we can do with this, whether you buy it new (with the Imagine being your very first Cricut machine) and use the new Imagine cartridges alone, or if you're already a Cricut owner with a collection of Cricut cartridges and you combine those with the power of the new Imagine machine and its Imagine cartridges, it's going to be an exciting journey!!!!! I can't WAIT to get started and I especially want to thank Provo Craft for their AMAZING generosity for giving me the new new Cricut Imagine machine at last night's gala event. I was absolutely floored when I heard they were giving us all a machine. I was already fascinated with it and falling hard in love with the new Imagine machine from looking at it all day Tuesday (and trying to win one at the Provo Craft booth's drawings!).  I know I've been both a very loyal, long-time Provo Craft and Cricut consumer (since 2006), a Premier Charter Member of the Cricut Circle from the get-go, as well as a retailer for some of their products, but I really was surprised and over-joyed with Provo Craft's generosity in giving me (and everyone else there!!), the new Imagine machine so I can help show all of you what it can and what it will do for you, so I want to publicly say "THANK YOU" to everyone at Provo Craft for this amazing opportunity. I promise all of my followers and subscribers that I will show you exactly WHY you will want this new Cricut Imagine machine, once Provo Craft mails it to me!!!  And just like our other Cricut machines, it will work beautifully in combination with many of our other favorite crafting tools!!

One last note and shout-out to Provo Craft, thanks soooooo much for a fabulous gala event last night!! It was a great party with a mind-blowing performance artist painter who makes nothing into something gorgeous and fabulous in such an unexpected and creative way in just a matter of minutes--I wish ALL of you could have seen this. I do have videos, but somewhere in my travels, the USB cords for my cameras have gone missing, so I have to track those down before I can upload and post any videos or still pictures!!!

I've also had a blast here at CHA getting to say hi and to visit with soooo many people from our Cricut world, from the Cricut Circle and from Provo Craft, such as GMCricut (Genny!!), Joy, Diane (Capadia), Melanie, Megan, Maggie, Shannon, Tammy, Susan Edwards, Donna M, KissKoala, Robyn and Karlee, Terri, Marti, Kendra, BobbyJo, Kelly and all the gals from Custom Crops, and more (I know I'm forgetting some people and I apologize up front for that!!), and of course, all of the great Provo Craft folks such as Jim Thornton, Jim Colby, Brad Brusa, Mike Wigton, Matt, Jinger Adams, Kristi, Richard and all the rest of their amazing team of very helpful people! It is sooooo much fun to spend time with so many like-minded people (Cricut lovers!!!!). We all seem to understand this major obsession we have with our Cricuts.

One last quick note about Provo Craft: there's a new, sleeker-looking version of the Cuttlebug, but I was told that the functions are the same and it works the same as the existing Cuttlebug, it was just the cosmetic look of it that was changed (and it's also still the same green color as before!!).  But it is very pretty for those of you who still don't have a Cuttlebug machine yet!!

OK all, I'm off to get back to exploring all the fun new products I know you want!  Later!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 21, 2010

Pink ATG Gun- Pre Order: $21.50 with 2 free rolls of tape!! Now here's something we can do to help with the Breast Cancer cause!

Well, isn't this timely?  Just after hearing the news about our fellow crafter, Monique being diagnosed with Breast Cancer, I got a notification that there is now a new ATG tape gun being offered by 3M that is PINK and the best part is that 3M will donate a portion of the proceeds of the sale of THIS item to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  When I read that, I knew I had to place a pre-order for these so I could allow myself and my customers to help out with this cause.  Ever since we've all heard about Monique, the most common thing I've read is how each of us wished there was something we could do to help.  Well, I have to say, I believe there are no coincidences in life--which makes the timing of the email I received about this product introduction simply amazing.

For those of you who are not familiar with what an ATG is, it is simply a double sided adhesive applicator.

Here's a description from from 3M: The Scotch® ATG Applicators quickly and neatly apply Scotch® and 3M™ branded adhesive transfer tapes. A touch of the finger on the trigger of the unit releases the adhesive and liner for quick, controlled application of tape. No mess or clean-up. Saves time and effort. Applies adhesive transfer tape while simultaneously removing and rewinding the liner. The liner is captured on a secondary spool, leaving only the adhesive on the surface.

This is the same size as the ATG 714 model (the red one) and it will hold all .25" tape designed for ATG use, so if you already have any of the tape that fits the ATG 714, that tape will also fit this new Pink unit. WooHoo!!

But again, for me, the best part is that 3M will donate a portion of the proceeds from this unit to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation!!!

NOTE:***International Customers, please skip to the last paragraph on how you can order, because the Shopping Cart Buttons are NOT set up for International Shipping at this time!!  Thanks.***

3M ADVANCED TAPE GLIDER - Pink: Suggested Retail: $26.99, my price: $21.50. 
Includes the Pink ATG gun and 2 rolls of .25" tape. (BTW, this is a GREAT price!!) ***3M will donate a portion of the proceeds from this Pink ATG to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation!!!










3M ADVANCED TAPE GLIDER-  REFILL 2/Rolls - #085RAF: Suggested Retail:$9.99, my Price:$7.99 .25"X36yd - Acid-Free refills for the Pink ATG





To place your orders for the Pink ATG (and refills!) with me, please use the PayPal "ADD TO CART" Buttons above (exception--INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS!!). If however, you also want to add additional products to ship at the same time as the Pink ATG, or, if you are an International customer (including Canada!!--because the Shopping Cart Buttons are NOT set up for ANY International Shipping yet!!!), please email me at mailto:address. Please include your zip code, along with your Cricut or Split Coast message board name (or from any other crafting message board, if you have one--just so I can recognize you!!), and please put the words "PINK "ATG": in the email subject line.  Also, if your PayPal account is attached to a different email address than the one you normally use to communicate with me, please include that as well, so that I send your PayPal invoice to the proper address.
You've asked how you can help with this cause, so let's grab this opportunity that has literally been dropped in our laps!

Jun 19, 2010

Fun with i-rock and i-top Tools!!

OK, these are my latest tool "obsessions" (and you all know, I have many, LOL!!)

i-rock Tool: I've now received a few re-orders of this product & I am still really enjoying it. I am now waiting for even more items to arrive, especially for the actual i-rock tool itself, which at this time, the manufacturer is completely out of & had to have more manufactured!!  So for now, this item is a re-order item.  We expect (hope) the manufacturer to ship our back-orders for the i-rock Tool to us by mid August (or earlier!). We are still allowing you to order it so that you can reserve it & get your "place in line".  All orders will be shipped out based on the date they were paid (unless you had an early order with special invoicing from me).

This is another really COOL tool by Imaginisce.  First off,  let me just say, I think it was brilliant to make it CORDLESS, because the older crystal setting tool I've owned for several years has a cord and it seemed to always be in the way--in fact, I've almost melted it before!! So I am THRILLED about this tool being cordless--thank you Imaginisce!!

What the i-rock Tool does is permanently affix rhinestones, jewels, pearls, or mirrors to paper, fabric, or even furniture to create a dazzling masterpiece! (Home decor', here I come!!!) And BTW, yes, I said PEARLS!!!!  They make their own Pearls to work with their tool and I can't WAIT to get busy with those, to help satisfy my ongoing pearl obsession!!!




My prices for the i-rock Tool and accessories are as follows:

  • i-rock Tool: Retail: $12.99, my price is $9.75

  • i-rock "Hot Rocks Compacts" - 800, (either Crystal, Multi-Colored or Jewel): Retail: $12.99, my price is $9.75
  • ***You MUST Select which COLOR of Crystals you want:

  • i-rock "Glam Rocks "- 300, (either Pearl (my fav!!), Metallic Pearl, Rhinestuds, Color Fusion or Mirror): Retail: $3.99, my price is $2.99
  • ***You MUST Select which COLOR of Glam Rocks you want:***

  • i-rock Stencil Kits-include stencil, bling and flowers (either Swirls, Frames or Flowers): Retail: $4.99, my price is $3.75
  • ***You MUST Select which STENCIL Kit you want:***

  • i-rock Jewel Setter Stix (helps w/exact placement of bling!): Retail: $3.99, my price is $2.99
To place an order for any of the i-rock products, please use the PayPal "ADD TO CART" Buttons above.  Please be advised, this product line has been a challenge (to say the least!!) to keep in stock, so I might have to re-order some of the manufacturer's items, which would cause a delay in shipping your package to you.

i-top Tool:  I honestly don't know what took me so long to get on the i-top bandwagon, but I am REALLY on it now!! This tool by Imaginisce is used to help you create your own custom accents by allowing you to make your own personalized BRADS, BUTTONS, BADGES and MAGNETS in three different sizes: SMALL-16mm, MEDIUM-22mm, and LARGE-28mm!! When I say "create", I really do mean create--you can put your own photos, papers (or whatever else your imagination can come up with!!) into the "toppers" and make your own embellishments!!! Over the past couple weeks, I've been making brads out of anything around me that isn't nailed down!!  One very important thing to note is that in order to create any of the LARGE (28mm) sized embellishments, you MUST also purchase the Large Die Carriage attachment (but it's really inexpensive!!)  Here's what the i-top tool looks like.  The Large Die Carriage attachment is shown directly below the tool.
I have several different "package" possibilities for the i-top and the accessories, depending on what you are most interested in (because besides all the different items you can "top" (brads, buttons, magnets and badges), they also have punches and templates to make everything as easy as possible!).  The best thing is to email me your wish list for this product line and I will put together a package for you based on your wishes.  Please remember if you want to make ANY of the LARGE sizes (28mm) of any of the "toppers", you must also purchase the Large Die Carriage attachment!

If you are interested in the i-top tool, please email me at glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com  and include the list of which i-top products you want, along with your zip code and I will get the information back to you.  Here's a link to the manufacturer's site, which will show you all the items (and their product codes!!) within this i-top product line that are available with the i-top Tool (please make sure you notice there is more than one page, so be to page all the way through!!):  http://www.imaginisce.com/Products.aspx?col=37

WARNING--WARNING--WARNING:  These tools are seriously ADDICTIVE!!!  Proceed at your own risk, LOL!!!

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