Tuesday 28 August 2018

Ladybird Thanks

Morning all. Hope you all had a great BH weekend those of you over here in England and Wales. It was a tad damp but the offspring and theirs came down, so fun was had by all I think.
Over at Cardz4Guyz our new challenge for you is:-


Make of that what you will, but I went down the ladybug route with this!

I used a tiny part of a freebie Do Crafts set for these cute bugs, stamped, coloured and fussy cut.
Using the layout from CASe this Sketch I added a Create a smile die cut thanks to some CC greenery, all topped off with an Altenew sentiment stamped in black and heat embossed with clear EP and all on a linen effect white base card.

Talking of Altenew, I recently won their July challenge and happily spent my winnings plus some, as you do. However, along with some winnings from Concord and 9th I waited in vain for delivery. A week after arriving in this country from the US, they were held up at the Post Office due to unpaid import VAT and a handling fee. Now I have had plenty of things from the States before with no probs but I did know a friend once who got clobbered sending for too many Cricut cartridges.
Anyway after receiving my 'sorry we couldn't deliver card', I went to collect the parcels and pay over £30 in VAT and handling fees. The guy behind the counter at the PO said there were loads of similar labelled packets mainly from the US and was most surprised at this. I think that Customs are getting keener about purchases from outside the EU, as, according to my OH the UK was hit by a fine for not collecting dues esp from China, for the EU. So that cheap knock off from China may not be as cheap as you thought but no sympathies from me for that, but that aside, if you do buy from Altenew and ilk be warned you may get hit. The limit for import is £15 so please beware, it will cast you about the same again if you are only just slightly over!
Anyway onto the reason for this post. 
Please check out the rest of the DT at Cardz4Guyz for inspiration for cards for the men in your life.

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  1. A great card Julie and it's lovely to see a ladybird or two, there haven't been many about this summer. Thank you for the warning of additional costs. I tend to have an annual spend at The Cats Pyjamas and when I visited recently saw that their shipping costs had increased massively so, sadly, emptied my basket. Now I know why!! xx

    1. I think US postal costs have gone up as well, hence the large postal charge for you but this is something charged by BRITISH customs so no idea how you get around it other than stick to the £15 limit. :(


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