Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Crafting for You







Hey everyone!  It’s Suzanne and I want to thank you for joining us for the So Suzy Podcast where we help you build a business out of the hobby you love.  You will also be able to get the show notes and the links we reference by visiting us at SoSuzyPodcast.com   

Over the past 6 months or so, I have been listening to the Strong Within Podcast from Chris O’Hearn.  It’s a quick 7 to 11-minute podcast that focuses on, essentially, the power of YOU.  Every day Chris has a Daily Affirmation podcast that 9 out of 10 times totally hits home and leaves me asking a ton of questions and gets my mind going a million miles a minute.

One of his podcasts, number 338, I Bring Joy to Whatever I Do, left me thinking about my craft life; making cards, painting galaxies, coloring the latest Kit and Clowder monthly class and the joy it brings…until I think about the picture and posting process.  Getting the right light, posting it in my favorite Facebook Groups or Instagram. 

Do I blog about it or just post it?

So many times, I make cards at night and the lighting is terrible, so I fret about the lighting and staging.  So many of these thoughts race through my head until I am frustrated, disillusioned and depressed about the whole process.
If I blog about it, I should write instructions, leave a list of the items I used and include all of the correct SEO words.  It takes time and we all know how poorly I take photos, so let’s not even broach that touchy subject.  Bottom-line, everything that should be done, sucks the joy out of something I used to do to relax.

Making cards has turned into a chore.

I see others post their creations and it never fails, just as they get the courage to post, the evil troll comes out of its dark, dank, hate infused hole to spread its hatred for all to read. 

Confession?  There are times when I post in the hopes of one such soul sucker will leave a nasty comment on my project, just so I can have the pure pleasure of blasting them into the darkest depths of hell for the pain and suffering they have caused to other crafters.  And yes, I probably have watched John Wick one too many times.  But I digress.

After listening to Chris’s podcast, I realized that I stopped making cards out of JOY.  Instead, I was making them out of necessity.  Whether they were for business, blog hops, holiday cards, or for my own ego, it wasn’t always because I WANTED to.

I would make a card and then throw it into a drawer.  Not send them out.  There was no purpose, other than to make a card, post it and get a reaction.  A heart, like or comment.  What I wasn’t focused on, was the JOY.  The joy of making it, spending time in my craft room, playing with my stamps and supplies, thinking of the person I would send the latest creation to.  Those thoughts were not at the forefront of my mind and it caused me to lose the happiness I once had.  Which depressed me, here I am surrounded by tens of thousands of dollars in killer stamps and supplies and I was SAD, burnt out and did not have the joy I once had.  And frankly, that was unacceptable.
That month’s Kit and Clowder class, I colored the Penguin Christmas scene for Shannon, who absolutely LOVES penguins. 

I painted so many galaxies, it was INSANE!  And turned them into bookmarks for friends, family and my mom to give out at Christmas.
I started playing with my Art Impressions stamps and made cute little watercolor projects.

I painted more galaxies because they put a smile on my face and I created something special for my friend Anne in England.

I started to find MY JOY again.  Sometimes I would post something on Instagram and I didn’t worry about the staging, lighting or anything else for that matter.  I posted them because I thought they were cool and I needed to make sure that my mom had proof of life. 

I found my memory of why I enjoyed making cards.

Chris said in his podcast, “We believe that joy is brought to us in the new things we receive, instead of understanding what we already have is joyful.  So, we wait for that new thing to come, in hopes that it will make us feel better.  We are bored with what we already have, and we get impatient thinking that our lives aren’t what they should be because of the idea that newness brings joy.”

Which got me to thinking about all of the stamps and supplies I have and have not even used.  Let’s face it, retail therapy is AMAZING, but how many of you are like me and have stamp sets that you have NEVER used?  We buy them and have grand ideas of using the stamps and making gorgeous cards, but then they arrive and already we are looking at the next PERFECT stamp set, and we must have it. 

This reality smacked me full on in the face while I was cleaning my craft room and I found two bags full of unopened and unused supplies.  One bag was from 2 years ago, the other bag was from 6 years ago!!!  I bought stamps and never even pulled them out of the bag!  As I went through my purchases and after I got over my initial disgust with myself, I started to remember why I bought them.  How cool they were and what I could make with them.
A part of me was tempted to put them back in the bag and put them away later, but let’s face it, creator first, adult second, right?  So, I pulled out one of the stamps and started playing with it.  Just because.  For no real purpose, except that I wanted to use it.  Which led to going through my other drawers and checking out some of the other stamps in my collection and do you know what?  It was like shopping all over again, except I was doing it in my own house without spending any more money and it was so much fun!  A messy fun, but the smiles just kept coming.

My stamps were like a mini photo album of my life.  What I was attracted to, the styles I have had over the years, the memories of why I purchased them and for whom.  I also discovered that I truly love snarky stamps and always have.  I sat for hours laughing at all of the silliness.

I had found of my joy.  There were no pictures.  No posts to social media.  It was just me, surrounded by a humongous mess of stamps and a whole lot of happiness.

If you have lost your mojo or your joy for creating, take some time for you and find your joy.  Make a card because YOU want to.  Don’t worry about posting it.  Don’t fret about how it measures up to the latest and greatest crafting diva.  Just make it for the joy of creating.  Go through your stamps and supplies, what does your stamping life album look like?  Remember the emotions you had when you made the purchases.  The people you had in mind.

Make a card for someone just for the joy of giving.  Don’t worry about what they do with it after they receive it, just know that in that instant when they open their mailbox and see an envelope that is not a bill and open up your card, you gave them the gift of happiness.  A bright spot in their day and life. 
Your thoughtfulness and creativity is the joy in their life.

Until next time, this is Suzanne, and you have been listening to the So Suzy Podcast.



Happy Stamping!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Winner: Heffy Doodle Stamp Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who listened and checked out Heffy Doodle Stamps this past week!  If you missed out on the interview, you check it out here.

One lucky winner has one the stamp set AND die of their choice and one of the favorite stamp sets from our winner was this ad-roar-able Lion Set!



Congratulations, Oliev!  Thank you so much for listening to our podcast interview with Miss Lesley from Heffy Doodle!  Please contact Lesley via her website link here and let her know you are the winner of the So Suzy Podcast giveaway and your set and die selection!



Happy Stamping!


Monday, December 11, 2017

MIHM with Lesley Oman from Heffy Doodle Stamps



Welcome to Made It Happen Monday with Lesley Oman from Heffy Doodle Stamps!  I am so excited to have Lesley on today's show and talk to her about Heffy Doodle AND how she launched her stamp company via a Kickstarter.  Find out more about Heffy Doodle AND the amazing prizes she is giving away this week on today's show!



Show Notes

How to endear yourself to Lesley for all time...



If you are going to Creativation in 2018, be sure and stop by and say hello to Lesley!

Lesley's Favorite Stamp Set


Unbearable Without You

Where to Find Heffy Doodle Stamps


If you would like to see Heffy Doodle Stamps carried in your favorite stamp shop or online supplier, be sure and tell the owners!  Lesley would love to see her stamps in your favorite store.

Heffy Doodle Give-a-Way


Would you like to win a free stamp set and die from Heffy Doodle Stamps?  Simply leave us a comment with your FAVORITE Heffy Doodle Stamp or Die Cut in the show notes and we will announce a winner on Friday, December 15th!  Open WORLD WIDE!


Monday, October 23, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Interview with Justine Hovey



Today we have the incredible Justine Hovey on the podcast talking about her annual 12 Days of Christmas celebration, where she provides us with holiday inspiration!  Hear how the 12 Days of Christmas got started, how it evolved and the incredible prizes and cards she is featuring starting TODAY!



SHOW NOTES


12 Day of Christmas

Social Media

YouTube
Facebook
Blog
Instagram



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

What is your Card Style? Podcast

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.



Sponsored by

My Sweet Petunia



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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Snarktoberfest - Interview with Donna Whiteman from The Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers




Welcome to Day 2 of Snarktoberfest and our interview with Donna Whiteman from The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.  Today, we continue with Snarktoberfest and interviewing one of the amazing lovers of snark, a snarky place to share your creations without fear of someone standing on their precious pansy soap boxes on how your card offends their delicate natures.

I also threw down the gauntlet and issued a challenge to de-throne Miss Josefine Fouarge and her Snarky Queen Reign!  It's time to overthrow her snarky reign!



SHOW NOTES


  • If you have a Queen badge from 2014, 2015, 2015 and 2017, please let me know in the comments section, provide me the links to your posts, and you will receive a $25 gift certificate to So Suzy Stamps from me!
  • Take out Josefine and post your snarky cards in the Sisterhood's Blog Challenge!!

Where to Find the Sisterhood


Monday, October 2, 2017

Snarktoberfest with Josefine Fouarge

Welcome to Snarktoberfest!


*WARNING: Today's podcast has a few bad words that may not be appropriate for little ears or those of you who get easily offended.  Josefine and I talk about some of our favorite snarky sentiments and cards during the podcast, there are no F-bombs, but it may not seen as a family friendly show today.  Funny, but not geared for the little people.  If you get offended, don't complain to me, because I did warn you.  :)





First, thank you so much for your patience during my little hiatus.  I had several huge audiobook deadlines happening in September and I just didn't have time to put together the podcasts for the month.  BUT the podcast is BACK and I have a ton of great surprises in store for you this month.

The second being, Snarktoberfest!  Where the snarky soul sisters unite and create a month of snarky fun.


SHOW NOTES


Snarktoberfest Details

When: October 2nd - October 5th
Where: The fun starts on Josefine's blog
Bloghop Ends: October 5th
Winners Announced: October 6th

Snarktoberfest lasts all month long so please be sure and use #snarktoberfest or #snarktoberfest2017 so we can find your snarky creations!

Sponsors for Snarktoberfest



Look!  I made a card too!  You can find all of the details on my blog at All About Suzy.



Stamps Referenced

Bitchy Pills - Crackerbox Palace
Valentine's Day - So Suzy Stamps
Warning Labels - So Suzy Stamps
Shank a Bitch - So Suzy Stamps

Links Referenced

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers
Headquarters of Snark aka Snarky Stampers Facebook Group