Issue #5
September 2010
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Kathy Barwick

Has Wal-Mart Stopped Selling Plastic Canvas?


Hi, Kathy Barwick here for www.AddictedToPlasticCanvas.com...


In just a minute I'm going to tell you about an exciting new opportunity to win your choice of any plastic canvas craft pattern on my new Etsy Store.


But first, this important piece of news I'm sure you'll find shocking if you've been doing plastic canvas for any length of time:


For the past few weeks, I've been receiving reports from Facebook friends around the country who've been telling me that their local Wal-Mart stores are no longer carrying plastic canvas.  


I really didn't think such a thing would be possible, as I've been buying my canvas at Wal-Mart for years.


It's True - Wal-Mart is Phasing Out Plastic Canvas!

Plastic CanvasWell friends, I hate to say it, but it's true! 
I called my local Wal-Mart, and was told by the manager in the craft section that "Corporate" has made this decision, and that it is gradually being filtered down to all of the Wal-Mart stores nationwide:  
Wal-Mart will no longer be carrying plastic canvas! 
Of course, all over the country there are crafts stores that carry plastic canvas. But generally, their prices are pretty high compared to Wal-Mart.  
To compare a few prices I went online and did a little search:
  • Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts:  Plastic Canvas 7 Count 12''X18',' $1.39 per sheet...out of stock

  • A.C. Moore:  Plastic Canvas 7 Count 12"X18" Clear, $1.75 per sheet...in stock

  • Ben Franklin:  Plastic Canvas sheet of 7 mesh measuring 12"x18", $1.30 per sheet...out of stock

With prices like that at the retail crafts stores - and most of them out-of-stock -- it looks like we plastic canvas crafts addicts are being forced to buy our plastic canvas online.

Get Plastic Canvas Cheap
... At My New Etsy Store!

That's why I've decided to offer plastic canvas and plastic canvas-related supplies on my Etsy store.

You can purchase one 12-pack (i.e., 12 sheets) of standard 7 count plastic canvas for $10.00 -- that's about .84 per sheet.  Compare that to the prices from the commercial crafts outlets mentioned above, and I think you'll see it's a darn good deal!  

But the best deal is to purchase five packages for $42.00, which gives you 60 sheets and brings your per-sheet cost down to only .70 per sheet!

By taking advantage of the special price on five packages, you'll have plenty of canvas to last you for a good long while, and you won't have to be worried about your local crafts outlet being out of stock when you need canvas most.

I don't know how long my wholesale source will be available, or how long I can offer these low prices.  But for the time being you can find them on my Etsy store at:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/kathybarwick?section_id=7304563

New Changes on My Etsy Store
Designed to Make Shopping Easier for You!

By the way, I've made a few cool changes to my Etsy Store to make it easier for you to find what you want when you shop there.

I've divided it up into four separate sections, with each section focusing on a specific theme:

Tangerine Dream Bag & Checkbook CoverIn Section #1 you'll find my latest original, personally designed plastic canvas crafts patterns!
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In Section #2 you'll find dozens of rare plastic canvas patterns from my personal cache of hard-to-find patterns!
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In Section #3 you'll find plastic canvas supplies, such as stretch cord, floss, 7 count canvas and more!
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In Section #4 you'll find handmade jewelry items I've made, including friendship bracelets and necklaces!
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So visit my newly re-organized Etsy Store today, and take a look at all of the items available, in whichever category you like most above!


Congratulations to All of the FREE Pattern Winners

On My Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Group!


If you've been following my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Group on Facebook for any length of time you know we've been having a blast playing Bingo online. 


And you're likely aware that the winner of each Bingo game gets their choice of any one of my original plastic canvas patterns on my Etsy Store.


So far, we've played 4 games, and we've just started the fifth. 


The first four winners to get their pick of FREE original patterns from my Etsy Store were:

  • Petra S. - chose my popular, award-winning Wedding Cake Pattern!

  • Louise Saunders G. - chose my colorful Tangerine Dream Handbag Pattern!

  • Sherry Rogers S. - chose my Turquoise Surprise Trinket Box Pattern!

  • Pat Silvers - chose my award-winning Wedding Cake Pattern!

Congratulations to each of these awesome plastic canvas crafts addicts who have already won at Bingo on my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Group on Facebook!


The fifth game is going strong right now.  And within a few more weeks we'll know the winner of that game, too.


IIf you've been missing out on playing Bingo and winning FREE patterns from my Etsy Store, don't worry.  The 6th game is coming up soon, and boy is it going to be a doozy!  Here's what you need to know in order to join and play:


Bingo Mania Game #6 Coming Up -- 

Here's How to Play an Extra Bingo Card!


GAME #6 will start Oct 4th. We'll be playing a complete blackout.  That means you must be the first person to cover every number on your card in order to win.


If you're already signed up and have received a Bingo card from me, you're automatically eligible to play Game #6.  Just use the card I've already issued you. 


However, to receive a second card, so you can play two Bingo cards at once and double your chances to win a FREE pattern of your choice, yyou have to make a purchase of any item from my Etsy Store before the start of Game #6 on October 4th.


As soon as you make a purchase, I'll put you on the list to receive a second Bingo card just before Game #6 starts on October 4th!


What's more, you'll be able to use that extra Bingo card during any future Bingo games we play for the rest of this year - that means your chances to win at Bingo are doubled for the rest of the year!


Even better, the winner of game #6 can pick ANY pattern of their choice under $10.00 on my Etsy Store for FREE. 


You're not limited to choosing from my original plastic canvas patterns.  On Game #6, the winner can even choose from my special online stash of rare and hard-to-find patterns on my Etsy Store


Heck, I'll even pay the postage if you choose a pattern that has to be mailed.


All you need to do is WIN and tell me which pattern you want!


What If You've Never Played Bingo

With Us Before?


If you've never played Bingo with us before, and you'd like to get in on the action in upcoming Game #6...


...all you have to do is join my Plastic Canvas Crafts Designer's Group on Facebook (joining is FREE!) and then sign up to play Bingo (playing is FREE!). 


To sign up for Bingo once you're a group member, just email me with your first and last name, and your correct email address, and write the word "Bingo" in the subject line.    You can email me at:  KathyBarwick@att.net.


I'll send your Bingo card to you by return email before the start of Game #6. 


And remember, if you want to play a second card, and double your chances to win a FREE pattern of your choice from my new Etsy Store, you have to make a purchase of any item from my Etsy Store before Game #6 begins.


That's right.  No matter what you buy, you'll be able to play two cards at once during game #6, and double your chances of winning a FREE pattern!


So don't forget: 

Bingo Game #6 will start Oct 4th.

Good luck, and Happy stichin'!
Kathy Barwick
Your Plastic Canvas Crafts Coach