Friday, March 11, 2016

More Goodies from Papertrey Ink (PTI)

Upper left:
Papertrey Ink (PTI) Watercooler Talk
Bottom left:
Papertrey Ink (PTI) Memory Clips Die
Papertrey Ink (PTI) Moments Inked: Basic Pages Die
The annual event of Papertrey Ink (PTI) I been anxiously waiting for is finally here! On 15 February 2016, I received PTI newsletter announcing their 9th anniversary and to celebrate their anniversary, like previous year, they are offering special 9th anniversary discount. All the orders placed between 10PM ET on 15 February 2016 through 11:59PM ET on 16 February 2016 will automatically receive 9% off the entire order. There is no minimum order but the discount exclude gift bags and gift certificates. Not even coupon code is needed.

PTI 9th anniversary discount newsletter
To be frank, as per my PTI account records, I only bought once a year from PTI when they have this anniversary discount. Only once in 2013, I bought outside their anniversary discount day. That year was my first time purchase with PTI.

Actually, I am still not over on the last incident of import GST. However, since PTI products only sold exclusively on their website and no any online sellers carry their products, I have no choice but to buy from their website directly. I did did some research if there is an alternative ways for me to get the item from oversea cheaper, I mean in term of shipping cost. I come across vPost, a service by Singapore Post. The concept looks interesting and appealing and perhaps I can try it someday. I even ask my relative that live in Singapore if the package they received from oversea will be imposed with import GST. My relative reverts that as far as she knows and encounter before, none. In the end, I decided to give a last try and stick to USPS First Class Package as shipping method.

Papertrey Ink (PTI) Moments Inked: Basic Pages Die
For the longest time, I wanted to get the Moments Inked: Basic Pages Die as I have some great ideas to use the dies to make some notebooks which are great as gifts or daily use. However, it is out of stock during the sale period. But I subscribed to the 'Notify Me When Product Available' so that when Moments Inked: Basic Pages Die is available, I can plan my budget to buy this dies. Due to that, I have no choice but to go for second option which is the Moments Inked: Divided Die. At least I still can make use of the full page and tall scalloped dies for my ideas. Perhaps when the Moments Inked: Basic Pages Die is re-stocked, I will purchase it even there is no sales period.

Papertrey Ink (PTI) Watercooler Talk - Front
Second item goes into my cart is of course the Watercooler Talk stamp set! I really like this stamp set when I first saw it in the introduction post and even want it more in my collection after its full reveal. The sentiments are just great for someone promotion, change role and newcomer who happens in working environment. I especially like the 'Administrative Professionals Day' sentiment as I make cards for my fellow administrative colleagues on this day as a gesture of appreciation for all the assistance they provided to me. 'From all of us' is also a sentiment I need as I did not have this sentiment in my collection. Sometimes I do make cards or projects for many people sign or pen down a message.
Papertrey Ink (PTI) Watercooler Talk - Back

Finally, I squeeze in another small dies, Memory Clips Die as I like to make some cute bookmarks out of it. There is a matching stamp set, Clip Tips that coordinate with the Memory Clips Die but due to my budget is at its limits (thanks for my in-laws Chinese New Year angpau), I did not include the matching stamp set. Furthermore, the sentiments in the matching stamp set do not really suit my needs.
I make my order and payment on 16 February 2016, Malaysia time to quickly secure my order items. I select USPS First Class Package as shipping method which costs me USD$24.25, more than half of my total items price. I know that PTI stamp set come with the clear plastic case in which PTI will most probably ship my items in a box. Due to that, I leave a message to PTI saying that if the stamp set have the clear plastic case, I want it to be removed because I want to have a flat package and indicate do not use box. I also inform PTI that I am fine using bubble envelope to ship my items. I even ask PTI to contact me if they want to clarify my message. This is to ensure that my package will not or have less chances be taxed with import GST.

I did not login to PTI account to check the status of my order or shipping details until 28 February 2016 because I know the volume of orders PTI generated due to the 9th anniversary is huge and it will takes longer to fulfill the shipment. When I key in the tracking number to check the package delivery status, it shows that it was delivered on 27 February 2016 and in transit to Malaysia.

Finally, today, the package arrived but in a box! Thanks for my dearly hubby for getting home in time after having lunch with me. If not, he have to go to the post office to collect the package later and I have to wait at least a day to receive my PTI goodies. Well, I must say that the message I leave for PTI is being ignored as I can see the message in my invoice but still I receive my items in a box.

Nevertheless, I am glad that this package did not get taxed with import GST. ~phew~ Hopefully I can start to make some cards and projects soon with these PTI goodies soon especially cards for Administrative Professionals Day for my fellow administrative colleagues!

Monday, March 07, 2016

Birdies Wedding Congratulations

Birdies Wedding Congratulations
Made this wedding wishes card for an ex Malay colleague who is getting married this Saturday. Her wedding reception is in Penang and I could not make it. Thus, I made her this card which I pass to another colleague who is going.

Close-up: The tag, birdies, sentiment and embellishment
The birdies are stamped, colored using Copic markers and die cut using the matching dies. On a pink card base, a border is made using washi tape that have hearts pattern which is just perfect for the occasion.

The wedding invitation
A doily is layered onto the center of the card base as in sketch. The use of doily is inspired by the wedding invitation itself as shown above.

A yellow tag is die cut and tied with a red ribbon. It is layered onto the doily as in sketch using dimensional tape. The birdies are layered onto the tag using dimensional tape as well.

Close-up: Gold embossed sentiment
The sentiment is stamped on a neon pink strip and emboss using gold embossing powder. The strip is fish-tailed at two (2) ends and layered onto the yellow tag using dimensional tape.

Close-up: Shimmer on the birdies' glasses
Finally, some red heart shaped pearls follow by a bigger red heart gem are attached above the birdies to mimic they are in love. Some shimmer is added to the glasses of the birdies.

Dimension : 10.16cm x 15.24cm or 4" x 6"
Type : Top fold
Inlay : None

This card is entering the challenge(s) organized by:
1) Sketch Saturday Week #402 (ends by 11 March 2016)
2) AAA Cards - Game #59 Embossing (ends by 12 March 2016)
3) Catch the Bug Challenge Blog - March - Anything Goes (ends by 12 March 2016)

Supplies used:
Copic markers used: B02, B04, BG01, RV14, RV17, RV23 and Y35

Friday, March 04, 2016

Another Free Floral Thank You Dies with Cardmaking & Papercraft Issue 152 (January)

Cardmaking & Papercraft issue 152 (January) cover
I am just sucker for 'Thank You' dies! Once I saw the floral 'Thank You' dies freebies from Cardmaking & Papercraft Issue 152 (January), I told myself I am dead! Why? Because I just cannot leave the Popular bookstore without it!

Cardmaking & Papercraft issue 152 (January) freebies - Floral 'Thank You' dies designed by Sally Mountain
Previously, I have bought Papercraft Essentials Issue 128 that come with Creative Dies 'thank you' dies freebies and I am not yet use the dies. Now, another 'Thank You' dies? Well, why not since the Teacher's Day is coming soon and I am collecting the stuffs that I want to make the Teacher's Day project. This floral 'Thank You' dies freebies from Cardmaking & Papercraft Issue 152 (January) is just perfect to add some varieties. :P

Furthermore, this Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine is another magazine that I have not bought before. I hope it is an useful magazine to read and gain some knowledge and skills.

The floral 'Thank You' dies is designed by Sally Mountain and made in China.
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