Friday, October 20, 2017

Making the Most of Your Crafting Dollar



If you are new to card making or are on a tight budget, making your crafting dollar go as far as possible is essential!  Today, I am going to give you some crafty buying secrets on how you can save money and get started building your card making stash.




SHOW NOTES

Special Coupon Code and Link for 15% off all items on Gina K Designs for today (10/20/17) only!
Use coupon code SOSUZY15

Perfect Starter Kit from Gina K Designs - Sentimental Bouquet Mini Kit



Pick up a MISTI using the 15% off coupon from Gina K Designs



Making the Most of Your Craft Dollar 

Get Creative For Free and Sale Items

  • Join in on blog hops with contests
  • Participate in blog challenges
  • Join in on contests on Facebook, Blogs, Instagram and YouTube
  • Apply to be on a Design Team
  • Check out Destash Facebook Groups
  • Join your favorite stamp companies Facebook Groups
  • Sign up for your favorite stamp companies newsletters
  • Keep a calendar for sales, free shipping and coupon codes
  • Take advantage of End of Year Clearance Sales
  • Use the 40% off coupons at the big box stores
  • Shop from companies that have free shipping

Where to Go for Inspiration


Sponsored by My Sweet Petunia

MISTI



Monday, October 16, 2017

MIHM - Bonnie Krebs from Art Impressions


This week, we have the amazing Bonnie Krebs on the podcast from Art Impressions.  We talk about how she got her start in the crafting industry, her over 8000 images she has designed, the evolution of Art Impressions and how she finds her inspiration!



SHOW NOTES


Stamp Styles




Bonnie's Recommendations


Where to Find Art Impressions



Here is the lady who I love on Instagram!  

Her name is Dot and she is incredible!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Living in a World of Knock Offs



There has been a lot of heated conversations lately over the ever-growing infestation of knock off craft supplies.  Typically, when someone mentions knock offs in the crafting industry, most people immediately gravitate toward the MISTI copycats and the blatant patent infringements some companies thought were ok to violate to make a quick buck.  Foolishness, my friends, foolishness.

However, stamping tools are not the only ones being raped by creatives in the industry.  Stamps, dies and other intellectual property are being stolen, brand names are being stripped from packaging and products are being sold at murderous rates.


For those of you who would like to know how to avoid or spot a scam, this podcast is going to help you identify the offending stamps and respond when you THINK a company is out of line.





SHOW NOTES


When you think a stamp company has had their images stolen, PRIVATELY CONTACT THE OWNER OF THE STAMP COMPANY!

If your images HAVE been obtained illegally, send the offending company a private email letting them know the situation, most cases it was done unintentionally.  Be professional!

As a company, if you would like to get the word out regarding your pirated images, please contact Stamp Junkies Admin, they will be your champions and they will allow you to post in their FB Group how you would like customers to handle the situation.

Do NOT BULLY other companies or crafters.  You only look like a jack ass.



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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Getting Ready for the Holidays with Amit Mathradas from PayPal



Whether you are a business or a consumer, it's time to get your game face on and prepare for the holiday shopping frenzy!  On today's podcast, we not only give you 5 incredible tips on how you can score your favorite items during the releases and sales, but we also have Amit Mathradas from PayPal on the show.  Amit gives us some incredible ideas for not only boosting sales during the holiday season, but how you can maximize the global market as well!




SHOW NOTES


5 Tips to Score Your Favorite Items During Releases and Sales


  1. Join the company's FB Group and mailing list to get a heads up on sales, specials, coupons, sneak peek's and pre-launches
  2. Set your alarm for release times
  3. Get on your computer or sign up for PayPal One Touch to ensure speedy check out
  4. Make sure you have an account with the company AND you are logged in
  5. Have a PAYPAL ACCOUNT!

Amit's Top Tips

  1. For businesses, make sure your site is optimized for mobile shopping
  2. Have a simply purchase path for your consumers
  3. Both businesses AND consumers can take advantage of PayPal's One Touch for speedy check out and higher conversions
  4. Make sure, as a business, you have capital set aside for marketing initiatives and inventory
  5. Go after international markets during THEIR major holidays, check out PayPal's Global Sellers Program

Amit's 1.5 Top Tip for a Successful Holiday Season

  • PLAN!  Have a plan for the holiday season to increase sales
  • Try something new!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Snarktoberfest - Interview with Swedish House Crafts



Welcome to Day 3 of Snarktoberfest!  Today's guest is Suha Hazboun from Swedish House Crafts.  Not only is Suha the owner of Swedish House Crafts, she is also one of our incredible sponsors for the Snarktoberfest blog hop!

Hear all about Swedish House Crafts, Suha's love for snark AND how she has the lowest shipping rates in the UK!  That's right, my UK friends, Swedish House Crafts is on YOUR side of the world!




SHOW NOTES

Where to find Swedish House Crafts

Website
Blog
Instagram
Facebook

Suha's Snarky Card for Snarktoberfest