Monday, February 27, 2017

MIHM - Ariel from PenBlade

Welcome to Made It Happen Monday with Ariel from PenBlade!  Hear the backstory of how PenBlade got their start, the success they have had within the crafting industry and where they are going.


You can purchase the PenBlades at:
PenBlade Knife
So Suzy Stamps

Number 10 PenBlade

Number 11 PenBlade

Number 15 PenBlade (Ariel and Suzanne's favorite!)


Friday, February 24, 2017

Are You Ready to Own a Stamp Company?

Have you ever thought of owning your own stamp company?  Today's podcast is all about the trials, tribulations and fun behind owning your own company.  From deciding to build one from the ground up or purchasing a company that is already established.


  • Do you want to build a business from the ground up or buy one that is already established?
    • Established - less work
    • Building your own - more work
  • Are you going to sell red rubber or photopolymer stamps?
  • Are you going to design your own stamps or purchase images from a designer?
  • What is your vision for YOUR stamps?
  • What is your target niche market?
  • Have a focus and build your company and the name around it.
    • Concord & 9th - "Concord & 9th, where creativity meets!"
    • The Ton - Effie's black and gold logo matches her name and brand 
  • Manufacturing
    • Indexed or not indexed
    • Pre-packaged or package yourself
    • Select press or full plate press
  • eCommerce Sites
  • When do you get a Design Team?
  • Try Guest Designers at the beginning
  • Join AFCI
  • Go to Creativation

Words of wisdom - "Don't grow yourself broke." - Barry Moltz

Other companies referenced during the podcast not listed above:
So Suzy Stamps
Right at Home

Monday, February 20, 2017

MIHM with Kymona Tracey

Welcome to Made It Happen Monday with Kymona Tracey from Kreative Kymona!  Kymona has made the journey from card making hobbiest, to Design Team Member, DT Coordinator and now she is branching out and making her dream of industry influencer a reality!

Hear about her journey, how attending Creativation inspired her to obtain her dream and where she plans on going to next in today's episode.


Where to find Kymona
Did you know? Series
Kreative Kymona Approved

Kymona's Creativation Favorites

Coming Soon!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Importance of Planning

There is definitely a benefit to planning and one of those benefits is
money. Today's podcast is all about planning and how you can find your own

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions; the road to success is
paved with preparation."


Think of the goals you have for the coming year, what are they?
How would obtaining those goals benefit from your planning?
What could you do right now to be more successful?
Give yourself some hard dates to work toward.


So Suzy Sessions
Justine Hovey
Stamp Junkies
Gina K Card Stock

What are you going to start planning?

Friday, February 10, 2017

How Are You Building Your Justice League

How are you building your Justice League?  And by that, I mean, who are your crafty friends?  Where do you go to be with like-minded people who understand the need to own every single color of the Nuvo Crystal Drops, who get just as excited when there is a new coupon or free shipping on your favorite craft site?  Where do you find them at?

Having a core group of people who understand your passion is key for so many reasons
  • Camaraderie
  • Friendship
  • Brainstorming
  • Growth

Pinterest is a great resource to use when you are looking for HOW to do something.
Etsy is for when you want someone to make something FOR you.
Google is there to supply the INFORMATION you need.

Who do you need in your community?
  • Shop owners
  • DT Members
  • Crafting friends
  • Influencers
  • Card sellers

Why do you need these people in your Justice League?
  • Learn new techniques
  • Find inspiration
  • Build friendships
  • Brainstorm
  • Encouragement

If you are looking for an in-person community:
  • Check your local craft shops and sign up for classes - Use Craft Store Finder
  • Look for events in your area like the Crafty Happy Hour
  • Do a search on the Stampin’ Up site for classes around town
  • Host a class of your own

If you want to focus on an online community,

What groups are you looking to join, build or find?  Share with us your visions of a perfect Justice League!


Monday, February 6, 2017

MIHM - Catherine Pooler from Catherine Pooler Designs

Welcome to Made It Happen Monday!  Today we are talking with Catherine Pooler from Catherine Pooler Designs and we had a super fun time during Creativation, laughing, cutting up and the out takes...well, that should be a show all in of itself!

However, today, the story is all hers.  From her journey to StampNation, Stamp of Approval and her Foundations Box.  Find out how she got started and where she is going next!  PLUS, she has a special something for ALL of our So Suzy Podcast Listeners!

Just click through the special link and receive half off your first month at StampNation!

To learn more about StampNation, the benefits and community head on over to StampNation and check it out.

When you join, be sure and find me to say hello!!!


Stamp of Approval
Foundations Box

Friday, February 3, 2017

Winner for AFCI

It's a busy day in the winner world and I happy to announce we have another winner of the 30% off a Start Up Membership from AFCI!  Which means, Creativation 2018!!  Woo hoo!!

If you missed the Creativation Recap with Jason Baum from AFCI, you can find it here.

A big congratulations to Miss Justine Hovey for winning 30% off her Membership for next year!  Looks like you are getting your wish!  We will get you in touch with Jason Baum so you can get all set up for next year.

Thank you to everyone who posted your dreams, goals and why you want to go to Creativation.

If you are looking for our other winner for The Ton, please find the winner in this post.

Happy Stamping!

Winner for The Ton

Are you ready?  We have two winners to announce today, but you are going to have to wait a bit longer for the second one.  =)

Thank you to everyone who left a comment on our VERY FIRST Made It Happen Monday Podcast with Effie Cho from The Ton.

Honestly, how can you go wrong with any of The Ton's stamps?  As for our winner, congratulations to Thesavvyme!  You have just one a stamp set of your choice from The Ton Stamps!

Please contact Effie via email and let her know you won a stamp choice of your choice through So Suzy Podcast.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in our Show Notes and on our Facebook Page.  We have another Made It Happen Monday Podcast coming up on February 6th!

We will be announcing the winner of the 30% off Membership to AFCI later on this afternoon!

Happy Stamping!

Niche Market by Brand

When selling your handmade cards, one of the biggest obstacles you face is how to set yourself apart from the competition.  Finding something to differentiate yourself from the "other guy", can be something as simple as using stamps from new stamp companies or focusing on one particular brand.  In today's show, we go over the benefits of creating a niche market for yourself by brand.

Show Notes

Recommended Stamp Companies 

Recommended Places to Find New Stamp Companies