Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Creativation Education Registration with Keli Bell-Cole

Eeeek, I am so excited!  Creativation is just around the corner and the registration for the education program starts next week on September 12 at 11am EST!  Today, we have Keli Bell-Cole from AFCI on the podcast to talk about attending Creativation, the educational classes, key note speaker and so much more!  And Keli is kinda awesome!

PLUS, we try to talk Mark into letting her go to Greendale, WI to check out the Village!  Pretty sure she needs a chaperone...just sayin!

Check out the preview guide to write down your questions before class registration starts!

Registration starts on Tuesday, September 12th at 11am at the Creativation website.

If you have not registered for Creativation yet, head on out and do so!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Congratulations to Our Winner - $50 Prize Pack from Emerald Creek

Thank you to everyone who left a wonderful comment regarding Kim and her amazing embossing powders from Emerald Creek!  If you didn't get a chance to listen to her MIHM Podcast, please head on over and have a listen.  We had a fabulous time chit chatting about rubber stamps, her journey and the incredible embossing powders she designs.

Now, onto the fun stuff!  Our winner for the $50 Prize Pack from Emerald Creek is:

Paula Sumimoto-Matsushima

Paula, congratulations on winning this incredible prize pack from Kim!  Please send Kim an email at:

info (at) emeraldcreek (dot) co 

and let her know you are our winner!  You can also click the Contact Us button in the upper right hand corner of her website if that is easier.  =)

Thank you again to everyone who left comments!

Have a wonderful rest of your Labor Day Weekend and as always,

Happy Stamping!

Monday, August 28, 2017

MIHM with Kim Evans from Emerald Creek

Welcome to Made It Happen Monday with Kim Evans from Emerald Creek!  Today, we are going to be talking to Kim about how she got her start in the stamping industry, her unique embossing powders, AFCI Canada (because we love our Canadian sisters!) and a few shout outs to some amazing menfolk in the industry!

PLUS!  Kim has GENEROUSLY offered a $50 prize pack to one lucky listener! OH YA, BABY!


Kim's Favorites

Favorite part of running a business:
Math...seriously, she SAID that...out loud!  Oh, and the people!

Favorite embossing powder color:
Charred Gold and Fractured Ice

Favorite craft item you can't live without:
(as if any of us can name JUST one) Heat tool, craft mat, Ranger Emboss It Dabber

Super Secret Product Announcement!

ATC Chipboard coming SOON!

Amazing Shout Outs to a Couple of Super Cool Guys

Seth Apter
Ted from Stampers Anonymous

Where to Find Kim and AFCI Canada

Emerald Creek Website
Emerald Creek Blog

AFCI Canada  Website

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Card Classes and Retreats with Lydia Fiedler

Skype was not behaving during the recording of our podcast so we had to use Zoom, needless to say, the quality is not as good as normal.  I do apologize and I PROMISE once you get used to the "bubbling abyss ocean sounds", you'll be fine!

It would be an extreme disservice to the crafting community if I did not have the bomdiggityshizznit of all crafters on the show to talk about her incredibly cool method of hosting card classes and retreats.  If you are considering starting a card class outside of the how or you are feeling like you want to branch out and start hosting retreats, this podcast is for you!

Lydia shares some of her million dollar secrets, talks about what it takes to host a successful retreat AND we also talk podcasts and serial killers...ya, we're an eclectic bunch!


Hosting Classes Outside the Home

#1 piece of advice: Frequent a local establishment, find out when their slow times are and approach them with the idea of you teaching an art class during this time.  Don't forget to be kind, courteous and to let them know you will encourage your attendees to purchase food after the class.


#1 piece of advice: Attend retreats before hosting your own.  Find out what you like or don't like.

Lydia's Favorites

Favorite technique: Decorating backgrounds - anything inky and messy
Favorite retreat snack: Blueberry Scones that are super special
Favorite serial killer: the moment
Favorite podcast: Serial and Undisclosed

Where to Find Out More About Lydia and Understand Blue

Understand Blue

Don't Forget to Share

Do you host classes or retreats?
What are some of your favorite million dollar tips?
What has been your favorite class or retreat that you have attended?

Share your stories in the comments section!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Building and Launching Your Creative Dreams with Teresa DeWitt-Pierce

Today, we have Teresa DeWitt-Pierce from Whimsical Card Studio on the podcast sharing with us how she built and launched her creative dream of being on a design team.  PLUS, we have a special surprise for her that she had NO CLUE was coming!  Thanks to Justine Hovey and Vicky Briggs from So Suzy Stamps for allowing me to a part of the fun!


Teresa's Favorites

Favorite So Suzy Stamps Stamp - Fancy Butterfly
Favorite Crafter - Justine Hovey and Jennifer McGuire
Favorite Card Design to Make - Interactive

Where to Find Teresa


Links Reference

So Suzy Sessions
How to Be on a Design Team

If you would like to congratulate Teresa on her new Design Team position, please leave her a special note in the comments section!