Friday, April 28, 2017

Telling a Story With Your Cards



If you are a crafter who is trying to find new ways to drum up followers, become more of an influencer within the industry or are trying to sell your cards, creating a series of cards that tells a story could really boost up your interest, create anticipation and get you exposure to some of the companies you love.  Hear how Lois Gray Bak took her Crazy Bird stamps and turned them into an amazing World Traveler Selfie Series!




SHOW NOTES

Create interest in your cards by telling a story.

By creating a story, you provide curiosity, anticipation and fun.

What story will YOU tell?  Let us know in the show notes or tag us on Twitter or Instagram. @AllAbout_Suzy

LINKS REFERENCED

My Sweet Petunia - MISTI
Price, Market & Sell Your Handmade Cards
Stamp Junkies Facebook Group
Martini Lady - So Suzy Stamps
Floral Stamps - The Ton Stamps
Stately Flowers 11 - Gina K Designs
Snow Globes (oops, they are called City Sidewalks!  Sorry, Christopher!)- Brutus Monroe
(Use coupon code SUZY for 10% off your order exp. May 31, 2017)
Snow Globe - Stamps by Judith
Born Classy - The Ton Stamps
Plus One - The Ton Stamps


Crazy Bird Selfie Cards by Lois Gray Bak

Our podcast is sponsored by My Sweet Petunia - Inventor of the MISTI



Monday, April 24, 2017

MIHM - Brutus Monroe



Welcome to Made It Happen Monday with Christopher Alan from Brutus Monroe!  On today's show, Christopher shares with us his passion for developing products, helping others achieve their dreams and the amazing journey Brutus Monroe is on with a new retail location, their Open House and their recent release.



SHOW NOTES




Where to Find Brutus Monroe

Website
Facebook
Instagram
YouTube
Blog

Special Offer for So Suzy Podcast Listeners

Use Coupon Code: SUZY at checkout and receive 10% off!

Christopher's Favorites

Favorite Stamp Set: Many Thanks
Fun Fact: Their planner stamps fit inside the icon


Favorite Inks: Surface Inks
Fun Fact: They are the "one and done" ink that works on EVERYTHING!


Favorite Part About Owning a Stamp Company:  "Being able to develop products that weren't there."


Suzanne's Favorite Stamps

Chuck Carson Scarecrow



Tall Bloom





Friday, April 21, 2017

Winner! Right at Home Stamps

Thank you to everyone who left a wonderful comment about Nicole and your favorite stamp set from Right at Home!  If you missed our interview with her for Made It Happen Monday, you can find it here.

Congratulations, Kathy M!!



Please contact Nicole via email at 
hello (at) rightathome (dot) com
to receive your fabulous gift bag full of goodies!!


Thank you again for everyone's comments, well wishes and support for our Made It Happen Guests!  We will have more interviews for you every Monday.

Happy Stamping!
Suzanne

Craft Bullies - How to Handle the Haters




How do you deal with bullies in the crafting industry?  It is something that is becoming more and more prevalent on social media.  It is something that can hurt your feelings, cause you anxiety, make you angry and kill your creative mojo.  Today, we are addressing those bully tactics, identifying ways to handle them and I will share how a little Jack Bauer, Mitch Rapp, Jack Reacher and The Rock singing Shake If Off, helps me cope.



SHOW NOTES

Identify when to:
Delete
Ignore
Respond

Be honest, be real, be authentic, but don't be nasty.

And...Shake It Off!  You're welcome!




Today's show was sponsored by My Sweet Petunia!
MISTI the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented


Monday, April 17, 2017

MIHM with Nicole Baez from Right at Home Stamps



Welcome to Made it Happen Monday with Nicole Baez from Right at Home Stamps!  Today, we are going to hear Nicole's story from growing up in the crafting industry with her mother and grandma and going from a LSS to an online stamp company.  Sometimes all you need is a little "happy mail" to create a dream.  Plus, she has a few surprises for our So Suzy Podcast listeners.



SHOW NOTES

Meet Nicole at the Simon Says CREATE Event in Columbus, OH on April 28 & 29
Use coupon code SOSUZY at check out on Right at Home to receive 15% off your order!

Leave us a comment on our show notes letting us know which is your favorite Right at Home stamp set to be entered to win her special Screen Print Right at Home Tote full of goodies!



NICOLE'S FAVORITES

Favorite Stamp - Script Greetings





















Favorite Tool - Fiskars Scissors












Favorite Thing About Owning a Stamp Company - EVERYTHING


WHERE TO FIND RIGHT AT HOME

Instagram: @rightathome
Facebook Group: Right at Home Shop
Personal Facebook: Nicole Baez




Friday, April 14, 2017

Winner from Kelly Creates MIHM Podcast

Thank you so much to everyone who listened and commented on the MIHM Interview with Kelly Klapstein from Kelly Creates!

I am proud to announce the winner of the Large Brush Lettering Bundle practice sheets!  

Congratulations to Jessie Hawthorne!


Jessie, please contact Kelly directly via email at kellycreates101 (at) gmail (dot) com to receive your fabulous practice sheets!!


For more brush lettering inspiration, please follow Kelly on Instagram or on her website!  If you missed her Made It Happen Monday Podcast, you can listen to it here!

Designed by Kelly Klapstein from Kelly Creates



What to Expect at Creativation - Interview with AFCI



Back in January, we were able to interview the marvelous ladies from AFCI and get the inside scoop behind the new Creativation facelift.  They also have some great information on what to expect when you attend if you are a shop owner, blogger or vendor. With registration for the 2018 Creativation just around the corner, now is the time to think about becoming a member or possibly teaching one of the seminars or sponsoring a workshop!



SHOW NOTES

Interview with
Andria LeJeunesse - VP of Events and Education
Keli Bell-Cole - Director of Events
Nidia Negron - Director of Education

My Favorite Takeaways

"Every single connection counts"
    -Andria LeJeunesse


"We're taking you to your second home."
   -Keli Bell-Cole


"AFCI...supporting the entire creative industry."
   -Andria LeJeunesse

"We want to educate retailers how to cross market...how to bring products into their stores."


Important Links

Become a member of AFCI

Sponsor a Workshop

Apply to Teach a Seminar

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Our Story

Last year I had the privilege of being interviewed by Chloe Thomas from eCommerce MasterPlan about our So Suzy Stamps story.  All of the times I have interviewed people and hosted a podcast, I have never been on the "other end" of an interview!  I have to say that this was an absolute BLAST! 

Chloe is not only a phenomenal host, she is a wealth of information when it comes to building your eCommerce business.  Hear about our journey with So Suzy Stamps and the critical aspects of running a successful eCommerce company!
      
Secrets of Our Success
Justine Hovey
Our incredible Design Team
BigCommerce - the BEST customer service and eCommerce platform EVER
InStock Alerts
BEST CUSTOMERS EVER!!!!

I hope you enjoy this little insight into how we built So Suzy Stamps and what it takes to keep her thriving!  At the time of the interview, I never would have imagined that we would have sold her to John and Vicky, but things to have a way of changing.  I am just happy to know that she will be well taken care of and in great hands.

Thank you, Miss Chloe for inadvertently giving her the best send off story ever!

Happy Stamping!

Suzanne

Monday, April 10, 2017

MIHM with Kelly Klapstein from Kelly Creates



I could sit and watch brush lettering videos all day.  I love the beauty, the creativity of the backgrounds and the different markers and pens you can use.  I have always loved calligraphy and this brush lettering phenomena was right up my alley.  When Kymona Tracey recommended the practice sheets by Kelly Klapstein from Kelly Creates, I was instantly hooked.  Hear about Kelly's journey into Brush Lettering, learn some fabulous tips for improving your brush lettering and how she was able to turn this fun hobby into a great line of stamps.




SHOW NOTES




Kelly's Favorites

Paper 
HP Premium Choice LaserJet 32lb
Rhodia

Pens
1. Tombow Dual Brush Pen
2. Tombow Fudenosuke
3. Sakura Koi Brush Pen
4. Kuretake Zig Brushables
5. Pentel Sign Brush Pen

Practice Sheet
Small Brush Lettering


Where to Find Kelly 

Website - Kelly Creates
Instagram - @kellycreates
Twitter - @KellyCreates
YouTube - KellyCreates
Pinterest - KellyCreates

Kelly's New Stamps


You can see them all at ScrapShotz


About Kelly




Kelly Klapstein, author of The Art of Brush Lettering, is a hand lettering artist and educator who shares her love for calligraphy in her workshops around the world. She runs her own online business "Love Letters" on her website KellyCreates.ca where she sells sets of tracing guide worksheets and blogs about lettering techniques that help people learn how to write with brush pens and watercolor. You can also find @kellycreates on Instagram where she posts numerous lettering videos that are enjoyed by 500K followers. Last Fall, Kelly was excited to launch a collection of rubber stamps she designed, which are popular among paper crafters, card makers and scrapbookers . Along with writing for Creative Scrapbooker magazine and enjoying all things that are DIY and handmade, Kelly is a Tombow Senior Brand Ambassador, who promotes a peaceful, mindful practice of writing beautiful letters. 




Don't forget to leave a comment in our show notes to win Bundle 1 of the  Large Brush Lettering Printables from Kelly Creates and be sure and head on out to her blog and say hello!


Friday, April 7, 2017

Benefits of Participating in Blog Hops and Challenges


In world of instant gratification, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest are the social media platforms that seem to get the most attention these days.  Gone are the days of waking up and reading your favorite blog posts, now it's about checking to see the cards posted on your favorite quick hit social media site.  So, why do we still see people starting new blogs and companies focused on blog hops and challenges?  Because, those blogs are where the magic happens!  In today's podcast, we talk about the benefits of hosting and participating in blog/video hops and card challenges.


SHOW NOTES

What is a blog hop?
A blog hop is sponsored or held by a specific company or group with other bloggers.  The reader "hops" to each of the blogs in the hop, leaves a comment and hopes to win a prize.

What is a blog challenge?
A blog challenge can be hosted by a company, group or person and typically has a theme that the entrants need to follow in order to win "the prize".  The entrant will need to link their card to the challenge post in order to entered into the challenge.

Current Blog/Video Hops

Justine Hovey 1 Million YouTube View Celebration Video Hop
The Ton New Release Blog Hop - Starts Friday, April 7th
Graciellie Design
From the Heart


Challenges

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers
The Ton Stamps Challenge
CASology
Cas-ual Fridays
A Blog Named Hero
Stampart Papel
Little Blue Button
Shop & Crop Scrapbooking
Scrapper's Delights
StampTV
StampNation


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Special Interview with Justine Hovey



Welcome to a special Wednesday interview with the amazing Justine Hovey!  She is celebrating her 1 Million Views on YouTube this month with a ton of prizes, lots of videos and a special Video Hop with 12 of her closest friends.  We talk to Justine today about her crafting journey how she got started and the insights she has had along the way.



SHOW NOTES

Her AMAZING Craft Room Tour 

WHERE TO FIND HER

Facebook
YouTube
Instagram
Blog

JUSTINE'S FAVORITES

Favorite Distress Ink - Wilted Violet
Favorite So Suzy Stamp - Venetian Mask
Favorite Go To Stamp - Botanical Love
Favorite Paper - Gina K Heavy Base Weight Cardstock







Join her for her 1 Million Viewer Blog Hop Celebration








Monday, April 3, 2017

MIHM with Jackie Lee from The Cookie Corner AZ




Welcome to Made It Happen Monday with Jackie Lee from The Cookie Corner AZ.  We are going to talk to Jackie about her insanely yummy cookies, how she got her start and how she uses her Cookie Vision to cookify her inspiration!



WHERE TO FIND JACKIE

Instagram @TheCookieCornerAZ
Facebook @TheCookieCornerAZ




These are the special cookies I send out to our US Podcast guests


Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Design Team Call Listing




Welcome to our first Design Team Call Listing Podcast series!  Every first Saturday of the month, we will be bringing you the latest Design Team Call information with links for how to apply.  If you would like for us to announce your Design Team Call, please fill out the form and submit by the 26th of the month.



  1. Scraperfect - Deadline April 15th
  2. My Creative Scoop - Deadline April 12th
  3. I Brake for Stamps - email her at ibfsdtcall@yahoo.com and request the information for the DT Call
  4. Midweek Magnolias - Deadline April 10th
  5. Swedish Housecrafts - Deadline April 30th

If you have always wanted to be on a Design Team, but wasn't sure how or what is required, check out our Design Team Class.  Not only will you find out what it all entails, we will make sure you are all set to be a design team asset!