Thursday, May 19, 2011

Crafty Thursday

Let me begin this post with a tale of woe. Well, not really woe, but I've been pretty stabby all day. Yeah, I know, I should put this on my ranting blog, but I don't feel like it, so here we go.

I've been trying to find some more letters to use for my shadow box ribbon wreaths and I've been less than successful. I thought I wanted Thickers (they come in all sorts of fabby fonts), but I wanted white, and no one had all the different ones I desired, so preferring not to pay shipping from multiple stores, I thought to try Amazon.

Now Amazon and I go way back, like to the first year they were in business, before they turned a profit. I got a Thank You coffee travel mug that year. I did! But once they started adding other stores besides books and music, I kinda lost the love. I think what totally turned me off was when I bought a book and it turned out it was from a 3rd-party seller, and since I was having things shipped from multiple sellers, I paid like a squillion dollars for shipping. Never again, I said, never again.

I tell you this because I found all the Thickers I wanted at Amazon. ALL of them. And I knew enough by now to check to see who the seller was, and I made sure they were all the same one, even if it was 3rd-party. But when I went to check out and verify my order, I saw that shipping was MORE than the product! Look:

I was in shock, so I double-checked and yep, all of them were from the same seller. What the?!?!?! I mean come on, Thickers weigh less than AIR, and even 10 packs of them would fit in a bubble envelope, or a flat-rate box, and ship for less than $11.00. Seriously.

So when I got home tonight, I opened a chat window with Amazon and guess what - I got INDIA! They don't even try to disguise it any more. Grrrr. So Amar said hello, I asked my question about shipping and I waited. And waited. I typed, "Hello?" and I waited some more. I typed, "Amar, are you there?" and he said "Yes, I am here. How may I help you." You see where this is going, right?

After a few more minutes of him "checking" he asked what I was trying to buy. WT?!? What was he checking?!?!?! I told him to maybe look at my shopping cart (DUUUUH!) so he came back and told me I bought from a 3rd-party seller.

*steam came out of my ears*

The rest of the conversation went like this:

Me: How can I contact the seller to ask about the shipping?
Amar: You know you could contact the seller.

*steam came out of my ears again*

I said, "Thanks." (because my Momma taught me to), and ended the chat session. I wasn't going to wait around for him to ask if there was anything else he could help me with. Afraid of what I might have said.

But all is well! Why? Because (1) I found the Thickers I wanted at another online store that I'd missed earlier today, and (2) I got a survey from Amazon asking me to rate my satisfaction with my Chat person. heh heh heh *rubs hands together*

So in the end, I am no longer stabby; well, no longer AS stabby, and I made some cards. I finally broke into my other two Paper Smooches sets and here's the first card I made:

ALL of the papers on here are remnants. ALL of them. This card is a weird size - 4x6, but I used most of a lone remaining piece of 12x12 Melon Mambo, a piece of orange paper from some Specialty DSP, and some of that American Craft cloud paper. I made two of these.

Next I broke into the other set and used the cow image to make this:

Lots going on here. I made 4 of these, and used up another chunk of that cloud paper, some Pear DSP, and the yellow layer is from the GAH bright card I made for this (last) week's Hambo Hoedown challenge. The sun is my newly initiated MFT sun die that I cut out of a yellow remnant and some scraps of that dotted yellow paper. It's gone, people, gone!

The ribbon is A Muse Studio and let me tell you something I learned this evening... When you use this fold-and-stick technique with sheer ribbon, even the top loopy part sticks. Sweet.

So that's it. It's pouring rain, and I think I need to go to bed. I love sleeping when it's raining.

Make sure to stop back tomorrow for the Hambo Customer Blog Hop! We used movie titles for our card inspiration, and I may or may not have gotten a little irreverent. :)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. These are soooooo cute!!! Oh my gosh I love love love them! I seriously need to place a Paper Smooches order. But no, must wait until I'm in Atlanta!!! Ok I need to go back & finish reading your post now - the customer dis-service thing was making me grind my teeth so I skipped ahead to the fabby cards. :-)

  2. OMgoodness!!! Those birds on the wire are genius! Submit this card, ASAP for publication. I mean it. Brilliant. Adorable. Creative and beyond. Love it :)

    I really like the cow too; you may recall all the cow stuff in my kitchen. He's a cutie-patootie.

    Sorry about the amazon snafu. They are my life line, but I rarely order from third parties and pay shipping.

  3. I can't tell you how much you rocked these, Leslie. They are BEYOND cute!! Seriously awesome!! I hope you are selling these somewhere...anywhere. So incredibly bright & fun. Love them!!


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