Sunday, December 23, 2007
- Tampa to Cozumel, Mexico
- May 15-19
- rates from just $429 per person
Stay tuned for more info. We're finalizing our class schedule & complete itinerary and will post it soon! For all the current info, go to our site, http://www.acidfree.com/ and click on Retail Shopping, then the Cruise link.
We hope you can join us in May!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
As our gift to you, we're giving away this Christmas Connector kit with every order, now thru Friday (12/14)! Just put "Merry Christmas to ME" in the Special Instructions section at checkout...no coupons necessary. (stamp not included)
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
We'd thought we'd share the results of the questions with you:
As for the order to roll out new items this year, 35% of you voted for stamps first...and clothing items tied with 35%...20% said rub-ons and 10% said inks first.
As for the blog, you want more of all of it...more ideas & projects (with list of supplies, etc....and we've listened to this already!)...more tips & techniques (soon to follow)..more sketches ( of course...we love these!)...and for "other", many of you asked for more contests, including contests with your projects...so stay tuned!
For monthly kit pricing, we got answers from $5 - $75....so all of our kits fall right in the middle. We have monthly kits from $15 - $32...all including shipping. We hope you'll all take the time to check them out. And, that's not to say we won't be adding even more kit options! (for those of you who preferred a box of matching supplies!)
On the questions of class prices, we had responses of $10 - $675 (full weekend event). With all the comments, too, it's clear that the most important part is actually getting what you pay for....and that leads to the answers to questions about techniques or finished projects. The answers were evenly split on these, with comments saying that these are closely tied...that if you love a finished project, you usually love the techniques that you used...and would use them again.
Acrylic stamps are preferred 4 to 1...whew, glad we started our stamp line with those! (wow, has it really been 2 years?!?)
You preferred Quickuts, but only slightly over Sizzix, 48% to 41%, with 11% saying none or other systems like Cricut. So many of us started with Sizzix, and with coupons at the chain stores, it's so easy to add to. But, just in case you want to try Quickutz...and for those that already do...keep it mind that you can email Quickutz orders to us...and save 25% off retail everyday!
For online ordering, shipping costs is the most critical element to over 70% of you. You all wanted coupons, too...and items to be available...and good customer service. We definitely provide coupons to those on our newsletter group...have over 95% of our items ready to ship...and strive for the best customer service. And, as far as shipping is concerned, we've offered FREE SHIPPING on orders of just $35 or more for over a year! (and that $35 is on regular pricing...coupons bring that total down!)
When ordering online, over 90% of you want items in that come open stock and have a complete kit option. We offer this on alot of our products, but we'll work on more combo options.
You were all very honest by telling us that you advertising in the magazines is important, as well as celebrity endorsements...but most of you (62%) buy items that you've been taught to use. That's where good companies come in...if you learn to use our products, you'll use them up & need to buy more! Advertising is sooooo expensive...we'd rather spend money on new products...and more classes (in our store AND online) to share more techniques & time-saving tips. We're glad most of you prefer this route!
In making your purchasing decisions, ease of use & versatility were the most important, followed closely by price. Only a couple answered for the 'newest' product available. We work hard to make sure we provide products that make your scrappin' time more enjoyable...easy products to work with, that can be used several ways...all at a fair price...and of course, we try to come out with new things. We will continue to keep all of these aspects as priorities in our business.
Finally, we LOVED the extra comments & suggestions! (especially the praise & good wishes for me & my son, Keller!!) Yes, we will work on more contests...we will continue offering great coupons...we will consider a "bonus bucks" or similar program...we will work on more pictures on our site...etc, etc, etc. I have saved all the responses to our survey, and will refer to them often...not just the tallied results....our customers are individuals, not just one of a percentage. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for your answers...and for your continued support in this industry.
Oh, I almost forgot...you want to know who won the 25 shopping sprees?!? Ok, but first, if your name is on this list, email us at email@example.com for your coupon code to shop all thru December at 50% off regular prices! If you're not listed, check your email (or sign up for our newsletter if you don't get it already...sign up on the front page of our site) for a great coupon for you, too. So, drum roll, please....the winners are:
Mary Ann Jenkins
Congratulations to each of you! Remember, email us for your code to shop at 50% off all month!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Stamp slide mount (small round) with snowflakes background stamp (Winter set); put Slide Spot of choice inside mount (Time & Dates used for '2007'); tie ribbon around top side of slide mount before adhering closed.
Use 2 of the 6 small circles in the Distressed Christmas Stacker pack to overlap towards the center of card; adhere in place then cut off outside edges.
Add title...JOY letters shown cut from Vixen alphabet by Quickutz. You could also stamp letters.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Tell us what you think...
1. Rank these products in the order you’d like to see us roll them out:
a. more stamps
d. more clothing items – t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.
2. Rank these in order of importance to you on our blog:
a. ideas & project samples
b. tips & techniques
3. Do you subscribe to any monthly kits? If so, which ones?
4. What is the most you’d pay for a monthly kit?
5. Rank these in order of importance to you in a monthly kit:
a. techniques learned
b. finished project
c. prefer a box of matching supplies
6. What is the most you’ve paid for a class at a scrapbook convention?
7. What is the most you’ve paid for a class at a LSS?
8. Rank these in order of importance to you in a class:
a. techniques learned
b. finished project
9. Which do you prefer: acrylic stamps or wood-mounted stamps?
10. Which do you prefer: Sizzix or Quickutz?
11. Rank these in order of importance to you when ordering online:
a. shipping cost
b. coupon or special offer
12. Which do you prefer when ordering items:
a. in complete kits
b. open stock, ordering piece by piece
c. want both options
13. What is the most important factor influencing your likes & dislikes in scrapbooking & cardmaking:
a. products advertised in major magazines
b. products featured by a ‘celebrity’ in the industry
c. products you’ve been taught to use (in a class, at a LSS, at an expo, etc)
14. What is the most important factor in making a purchase, either online or at a LSS or at a show:
b. ‘newest’ item available
c. ease of use
d. versatility of product
15. What are the top 3 sites you order online from?
16. Where do you purchase more:
c. convention or expo
d. chain stores (Michael’s, Target, WalMart, etc)
17. Any other comments, ideas, suggestions, criticisms???
Thank you for taking the time to complete our questionnaire! We value your opinion and want to involve our customers in the direction of our company. Good luck in our drawing of 25 lucky winners! We'll announce them here on Saturday night, December 8th...so get your answers to us by midnight Friday to qualify for the drawing.