I like to order my supplies from Canadian companies but it’s usually cost-prohibitive to do so.  Cheaper supplies means my money goes further.  Of course, you have to factor in shipping which you’ll pay no matter what country you order from (including Canada).  I don’t factor in Customs charges (other than the $5 Canada Post fee) as you have to pay tax if you are purchasing in Canada so I don’t understand why so many Canadians on the SCS forum complain about paying GST or HST as applicable.  Customs rarely charges duty on the goods as they invoke NAFTA for goods coming from the US unless the outside of the box obviously indicates the goods were made in a country that is NOT North American.  (trust me, even if I wasn’t a customs broker – which I am – I’ve placed MANY orders from the US)

Anyway, the point (there’s always a point – it just takes me many asides in parentheses to get to it) is that Stamping Bella, a Canadian company, has cute stamps, flat rate shipping (and free shipping over a certain dollar amount) and the occasional on-line discount.  That is the trifecta of Canadian order criteria for me so whenever I learn of a percentage discount from them, I immediately start filling my shopping cart with enough goods to qualify for free shipping.

My last order was compliments of my younger brother.  I got it a little while ago but only mounted the stamps in the batch I did on Saturday.  I am trying to make sure I ink every stamp I buy (it’s a way to prevent going into “collecting” mode) so once they were mounted on cling foam I selected an image for my next card.  I chose Monster Party – a stamp I’ve been wanting for a while.  Here’s the card:

Aren’t they the cutest monsters?  I had already selected the patterned paper for the card prior to colouring the image – this is a pad of Basic Grey paper that I “had” to have and only used once.  In all honesty, I only bought it because it had some paper in it with elephants on it and I love elephants.

I was aiming for a boy card so I swapped out ribbon for coordinating buttons on the card and avoided glitter or anything fussy.  I was a bit concerned that the paper was a bit dark to go with the image but I think there are enough cheerful components mixed in to make it work.  I just have to add a sentiment to the inside and this card is ready for a new home.

Back tomorrow!  I’ve been a busy girl!