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!



SHOW NOTES


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
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest

AFCI Canada  Website

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Card Classes and Retreats with Lydia Fiedler



**DISCLAIMER**  
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!



SHOW NOTES


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.

Retreats


#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:  Zodiac...at 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!




SHOW NOTES

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


Blog
Instagram
Facebook
YouTube
Twitter

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!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Organizing a Successful Card Class


This month, we are focusing on different ways to make extra money to support your craft habit.  Last week, we discussed craft fairs and launched our Craft Show 101 online class at SoSuzySessions.com This week, we are going to talk about card classes and how you can make extra money by hosting your own.




SHOW NOTES


Organizing a Card Class


If you are wanting to host classes, there are a few things to consider before you go all gang busters and start promoting.
  1. Where are you going to hold them?
  2. How many people is your ideal number?
  3. How many cards are you going to make?
  4. What will you charge?
  5. Where will you promote?
  6. What products will you use?
  7. How long will your class be?
  8. What type of class will you teach?
  9. How much time do you have to prepare?
  10. Instructions or no instructions?
If you decide to host in your home, keep these things in mind:
  1. ALWAYS include if you have pets in your marketing and promo materials. 
  2. If you do have pets, the dog goes outside PERIOD.   Same goes for the cat.  Cat goes outside or in a room.  
  3. Kids are not allowed at home.  The same goes with your guests, no children.
  4. Clean your house and bathroom.

Companies with Card Class Programs


Brutus Monore - contact heather (at) brutusmonroe (dot) com 

Use the "Contact Us" page for So Suzy Stamps, Right at Home and Crackerbox Palace.

Links Referenced


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Friday, August 4, 2017

Financially Supporting Your Craft Habit



We all need more money for crafting supplies and with the holidays fast approaching and new releases pending, new supplies are going to be essential for our well-being and our very existence.  Today, we are going to discuss 10 ways you can finagle some more money to buy the goodies you are dying to get!




SHOW NOTES


10 Ways to Finagle More Money



  1. Sell items on Etsy or eBay
  2. Have a garage sale
  3. Affiliate links, YouTube or Design Teams
  4. Stampin' Up!
  5. Craigslist, Facebook Destash, eBay
  6. Bundle your stamps to sell vs individually
  7. Mystery Boxes >>> Tag @doubleclickconnect on Instagram!
  8. Friend Stamp Swap
  9. Sell your cards at Craft Shows
  10. Host Card Classes

Links Referenced



Our Online Classes



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