Postal Rate Increase!
The post office has increased rates again. Their site removed several shipping options in the process, so I have been limited in my choices for saving money on postage. It looks like they're planning to reinstate those choices, but until they do, it's a little more expensive to mail packages than it will be when they get their site straightened out. I still will refund any postage overcharge, which sometimes happens with the postal calculator on the site, since it thinks only in terms of weight and I have to estimate the correlation of weight vs. volume for every item in the store, deciding how many of each item I can fit into a flat rate envelope. Sometimes the results are a little wild when a mixed batch of merchandise hits the calculator - or a large number of blocks. Also, I use the less expensive regional rate boxes whenever I can, which is an additional savings. That being said, I confess to being a bit behind in my paperwork, due to life circumstances intruding on my time, but I promise to catch up. :)
I still have a few Speedball blocks from the earlier 2012 batch in 3 x 4. Everything else is their new formula. If you still want the earlier formula on those 3 x 4 blocks, they're on special markdown in the Bargain Basement. Also in the Bargain Basement, I have a large pile of grade B OZ Kut blocks, so those are marked down, as I want to make room for some other things in the shop.
Currently, there are four different sizes of OZ Kut to choose from. 4 x 6, 6 x 8, 8 x 12 and 12 x 12. I may get more adventurous with future cuts, though -- let me know if you need a really big block - I have 12 x 24 inch pieces that I think will fit into the USPS Game Board box! :) In any event, if you want to try some, you will find all four sizes listed at the top of the Carving Materials section.
If you're looking for something fun to add some interesting shimmer, coating, or background effects to your project, check out the Ink Specialty Products. These are things that aren't quite ink and aren't quite not ink, either.
Keep an eye on the Bargain Basement - that's precisely what it is. These are things that are being discontinued, are imperfect or that I simply didn't know what else to do with. I have priced these items to sell and there are currently carving blocks of various kinds and discontinued ink pads in the basement - other items will be added as I get them photographed or described. So far, this new category has been very popular -- everybody loves a deal, right? Check in from time to time and you may find something totally cool listed.
In other news, Stampeaz is now on Facebook and I'm going to try and be better about posting things there. I have sort of let things lapse, what with the move and getting settled and all. So, if you want to keep an eye on the antics, you can "like" Stampeaz and you'll automagically see the updates I post there. :)
The US Postal Service has raised prices again. Last time, I simply absorbed the difference because they gave some discounts for online purchasing. Some of these have disappeared entirely, as in the case of international packages, and others have simply changed in their amounts, depending on the package used. Anyone who has ordered from me knows that, no matter what the shipping calculator says, I will always choose the most economical packaging for the items being shipped and if I can use a less expensive package, I send a refund. I will also be happy to do a test packaging for you to let you know which package will be necessary, if there is any doubt. The good news for US residents is that there is a regional packaging now that can frequently save you some money and I use this wherever possible. :) I can't program it into the shipping calculator, though, because it depends both on package size and how far you live from me. So, just know that I will do my best to minimize postage costs.
The blog is back! And long overdue, too, from what people are telling me. Sometimes puzzles and clues to special treats show up there, sometimes updates on products, but usually just notes from life in my little corner of the world. I hope you enjoy it, if you decide to look in.