||10-03-2012 10:05 AM
Flourishes Stamp Co has some GORGEOUS embellishments including stick pins, ribbon, and other quality embellishments, and they have fabulous kits with the patterned cardstock, ribbon, and other embellishments there too. I LOVE their stamps too, if you love detailed stamps and love to color (many sets are beyond me in the coloring demands, but I hope someday to be up to the task. Others are easier, like the floral 3 set with a flower for each month of the year--those stamps are smaller and not quite so detailed.
I believe that shipping within the US is free with orders over $75, unfortunately since I live in Canada, the shipping is out of my reach, so I have to wait for a way for me to send a package to the US. But I do drool regularly over what is available much cheaper to those of you living in the US.
Gina K Designs sells approvimately bi-monthly kits called Stamp TV kits with cardstock, stamp sets, and embellishments, and then those sets are used in the Stamp TV tutorials that Gina does on Stamp TV. Her tutorials are very clear, and you can certainly use them with or without the kits. She has EXCELLENT cardstock, the first I found that is as good as Stampin' Up's, and her shipping prices are SUPER, even to Canada. In the US, it's free for an order (even with heavy cardstock, and you won't find that for most companies. Even those who offer free shipping, they WON'T with heavy cardstock, but NOT Gina K!!!) over $50, I think--do check for sure. In Canada, the shipping is $5.95 if the order is over $50, and $4.95 for orders below that price, VERY reasonable! I DO have to say I'm heartbroken that they've discontinued my FAVORITE green cardstock, their green apple. May be they will bring it back, PLEASE?!!! I was ready to order 4 packs and it was GONE!!! I LOVE their white and cream cardstock, VERY smooth and ideal for copics and other alcohol-based markers. They carry lovely ribbon, and one neat one for masculine cards that looks like strands of tiny jute held together, my fav!!! Got it for the first time in a Stamp TV kit. Melanie Meuchinger's floral stamps--the BEST!!! It's because of seeing SO many wonderful cards made with "A Year of Flowers" stamp set, that made me finally try rubber cling stamps, and the staff were EXCELLENT in their advice regarding which blocks to buy, etc. GREAT customer service, you won't be disappointed!!! Plus they give a FREE set of stamps (each month or two that set changes, and now their sets are available in cling or clear) when you buy 3 regular-sized sets. So check them out, especially a GREAT place for canadians to shop, as we tend to get really dinged with HIGH shipping prices.
I've shopped at Creative Play Stamps too, wonderful merchandise, great coupons, and fantastic service as well. They are terrific getting in the newest trends.
Simon Says Stamps sells on e-bay as well as in their own online store. MUCH better to shop on their online store!!! For canadian's the shipping is free for orders $75 and up. On e-bay, there is NO combined shipping, for it says you save $1 for each extra item, BUT there's a $1 surcharge for each extra item. HMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So buyer beware!!! But they have TONS of great stuff, just order on their online, NOT through e-bay. Just my opinion though...
Hoping this helps, DO check out Gina K's GREAT tutorials on Stamp TV. They are GREAT for the beginner, or fantastic for the more advanced cardmaker to quickly pick up a new technique to try. I watched the cracked glass tutorial, and had great success in using it on a card (on my gallery--Bill's birthday card), especially for a first try. I look forward to her new tutorial uploads!