November 5, 2017

Featured Maker: Tracey Collins at Buffalo Stamper

We love to hear about your journeys and what got you started in metal stamping and jewelry making. Tracey has a pretty great story that some of us may relate too. We think the bears are pretty happy too! Let's meet Tracey.

My name is Tracey and my business is Buffalo Stamper! I have been making jewelry for over 20 years! My first job was at a bead store when I was 18.

I have enjoyed working in lots of different mediums including beading, wirework, mixed media and repurposing of vintage jewelry components. 

My metal stamping obsession was born out of a project I did with my daughter as a fundraiser for our zoo. My daughter Aly who was 7 at the time saw a billboard that said, "Our Bears Belong in Buffalo." 

The billboard was an appeal for donations to the Buffalo Zoo for a new Arctic Edge Exhibit that would house our new baby polar bear Luna. Aly decided we should do something to raise money and since jewelry is something I've done forever, that is what we settled on. I allowed her to design the pieces and quickly realized that metal stamping was going to be the best way to make her ideas come to life. 

Beaducation video tutorials were instrumental in our success! We made necklaces, cuffs and earrings all with polar bear or moon themes. 

Through on-line sales and local events we sold A LOT of product! 

In October of 2013 we presented the zoo with a check for $4,000.00! 

At the end of the project, I had amassed tools and stamps and had completely fallen in love with metal stamping. My shop Buffalo Stamper was born.

I am a proud life long resident of Buffalo, NY and you'll see that pride in many of my pieces.

I also enjoy making more artistic pieces and custom pieces for my customers. Using the stamps in unexpected ways keeps my creative juices flowing. 

My favorite Beaducation stamps are the Deco Fan, the Dandelion stamp and all border stamps!

See, we told ya it's a great story. We are always so touched when you all do something to help others, even more so when your kiddos are a part of it. We wish Tracey and her daughter continued success in designing and making jewelry. To find her pieces visit her Etsy store, Buffalo Stamper.

October 29, 2017

Featured Maker: Jen Ell with by Jen Ell

We love all of the pretty things. We also love edgy and that is just what we found with Jen at by Jen Ell. One of our favorites is her "lil bit hippie, lil bit hood" cuff. And as fans of Game of Thrones, how could we not appreciate her dragon earrings? Daenerys would be proud don't you think? Let's meet Jen from by Jen Ell:

I officially opened my Etsy shop in 2007, but I had been dabbling in jewelry making years before then. I honestly shudder when I think of some of first pieces, but we all start somewhere.

I grew up with a crafty mom that was always sewing and doing some sort of craft project – from making Christmas ornaments to wedding cakes. We both have this really bad habit of seeing things and instantly saying, “I can make that.” I started with simple beaded items and friendship bracelets when I was in middle school (I think), and over the years I just progressed. I always wanted things to be different. I hate the idea of walking into a room and seeing someone else wearing the same dress, or necklace, or shoes. At least now if that happens there’s a chance that I made it.

I got started selling my creations because others kept telling me I needed to - after a while I heard it enough that I finally listened. Selling online was very slow to begin with, but I was accepted into the first large craft show that I ever entered and the rush that I experienced seeing others love my stuff is what has kept me going.

My style has evolved over the years, and I’ve finally settled into a kind of a rocker boho chic style with jewelry, clothing and bags. I love chunky, bold and turquoise. I draw inspiration from all over – from pop-culture, 60’s rock, ethnic styles and more – nothing is off limits. If I like it I make something pretty with it, or inspired by it.
I love the possibilities! I can stamp pretty much whatever I want. I can have fun with words and designs, and I can create custom creations for my customers that often mean more to them because it’s been customized just for them. I had looked at incorporating metal stamping into my work a few times and just never took the leap. Finally, my pal Lauren Bell of Mad House Mind Works started stamping. I was able to pick her brain, and she gave me the push I needed to start!

Love, love, love my vintage tattoo font. I know that’s not a design, but I had to say it. Next would definitely be my Boho Arrow! Of course you can’t not love the feather and regular arrow too… I love them all – what can I say?!?!

Find Jen's amazing work on her website and follow her on social.


If you would like to be considered as a Featured Maker, please email

October 22, 2017

Featured Maker: Larisa Barth at Joy in the Morning

At first glance we saw a nice logo, great packaging and of course, beautiful pieces from Larisa at Joy in the Morning. With every Featured Maker comes a story though, of how they came to be and sometimes their journey. This one truly touched us. We are inspired every day by our customers. It's pretty amazing to us how strong and creative you all are in your own ways. Let's meet Larisa:

Joy in the Morning Designs started almost five years ago when my daughter Kamari Morning was born. She is our "rainbow" baby, a child born after a loss.

Our first son Asher Finn was stillborn at 40 weeks on 10/09/11. I really wanted a memorial necklace after Asher died and the only one we found was the $500 piece that the funeral home offered to make. It was beautiful, but I knew that young families like ours, who have just paid for a funeral for their child, could never afford that.

I founded Held Your Whole Life, Inc at Christmas 2011, a non-profit that created personalized hand stamped jewelry for grieving moms and dads. Sadly, we grew very quickly since one in four mama's know the pain of miscarriage or stillbirth. In six years time we had made and shipped close to 10,000 free memorial gifts worldwide! 

I have always been a creative person. I made my own wedding dress 11 years ago and love beading, painting and photography. But HYWL challenged me to learn about metal and the art of hand stamping. Making jewelry for other families like ours helped me navigate the messy road of grief and healing. I started creating my own designs for friends and family as a way to make a little income while I volunteered over 40 hours a week for Held's mission.

Joy in the Morning comes from the verse in Psalm 30, "though the sorrow may last through the night, JOY comes in the morning". We read this verse at our son's funeral, and clung to it for hope and healing. We now have two rainbows, Kamari and Judah, who challenge me every day to live in color and take daring adventures.

In 2016, my husband Jim and I started pursing minimalism and a simpler life for our family. We sold our "American Dream" house and over half of our possessions to get out of debt and focus more on time with our kiddos. During this year, I realized that I needed to let go of HYWL as it had served it's purpose for my life. Our board found an amazing mom in Montana to take it over and she is continuing our mission with such grace and love. 

This has given me the freedom to pursue my personal jewelry business more and help contribute to our family's income as a stay at home mom. I am able to take little adventures with my kids and also pay for things like lessons and sports and organic fabric to make them sustainable clothing. 

My inspiration comes from nature; the woods, rivers and mountains that we are blessed to call home. We have lived in the mountains of Glacier National Park Montana, just outside the entrance to Yellowstone, Wyoming, and now at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in Sheridan, Wyoming.

I love metal stamping because each letter or design is individually impressed. There is an organic uniqueness to every design I create.

A lot of my design stamps are Beaducation because they fit well with my brand. The ones I love and grab the most are the Fat Lined Heart, Small Evergreen Tree, and Heart Arrow.

We thank Larisa for sharing her story with us. Visit Joy in the Morning Designs to see more of Larisa's work.

Larisa Barth
Joy in the Morning Designs

October 15, 2017

Featured Maker: Darby Hanevich at A Sacred Stitch

We immediately loved her cute succulent earrings and necklace. Then we saw her to-go paper coffee cup earrings and well, we just had to share. Let's meet Darby:

I have been making metal stamped jewelry for almost two years. I am a crafter at the core. I started out crocheting and wanted a pair of earrings that looked like balls of yarn. I experimented with resin for the first time and loved it!

From there I started to experiment with metal stamping. All I had was a package of circle blanks and one stamp. But my close friends all wanted a necklace. It grew from there, when they asked if I could stamp other shapes and designs for them!

I wanted to be able to make custom pieces for more than just my close friends, so I decided to open an Etsy shop.

My favorite piece I have made is a miscarriage memorial necklace. It was for a mother who had lost two babies. We worked together to make the perfect piece that she can wear and keep them close to her heart.

I love making jewelry and metal stamping because each piece is so unique. I love that my customers trust me to make a piece of jewelry that they will wear around that means something to them, whether a memory so tender or a funny statement only known to two best friends.

I have many favorite stamp designs that I love. My most recent favorite is the succulent collection. They are so trendy and cute. I want to put them on everything. My all-time favorite is the to-go paper coffee cup. I am a coffee enthusiast and wouldn’t make it a day without it. 

I have recently purchased the jewelry saw and have started to make cutout earrings. I wear the coffee ones almost every day. Every time I wear them I have people ask where I got them. I love being able to share my information with them so they can also wear the cutest earrings!! I am a little biased though!

To find more of Darby's cute earrings and jewelry pieces, please visit her Etsy store and follow her on social. 

If you would like to be considered as a Featured Maker, please contact

October 10, 2017

Featured Maker: Miranda Semmerling at Rustic Sweet Pickins

One of the reasons we launched our Featured Makers is because week after week customers would share some amazing stories of how they started metal stamping and why it's so important to them. We love each unique story that our customers bring and feel so incredibly inspired by the reasons, challenges and outcomes you've all shared with us.

We absolutely love Miranda's story and feel that it may resonate with many of you. Let's meet Miranda:

I've been creating jewelry for many years. It was not until less than a year ago I started this as a business venture. I grew up in a family of artisans of sorts, so being creative and artistic was always a part of me. Creating and working with my hands is in my family DNA.

I've always wanted my own business. I never really knew what that business would look like or how to even begin. If someone would have asked me in 2012 after I received my masters degree where I would be in 5 years, this would not have been my answer. I was not a jewelry designer, I was a woman who received her masters degree in Exercise Science and Psychology. However, I did know I wanted a flexible schedule for one day when I had a family, to be there for my children, and to work from home.

I accepted a job at our local university after graduation and worked that position until our son was born in 2016. I knew it in my heart I wanted to stay home with him and I was blessed to have that opportunity. My family and friends where encouraging me to sell my creations and start my own business. Have you ever been scared to start something new out of pure failure? I just didn't have the confidence to just do it. Many months had past and I finally decided to start small. Exhausting every research avenue I could find. Then I realized I just needed to open my Etsy shop, put myself out there and see what happens. 

Well, nothing happened! Because I stopped, I stopped doing much of anything after I created it. This was not the person who went to college, that person never would have failed. So nevertheless I persisted. I started setting up at the local market in our community on Saturdays and began adding inventory to my Etsy shop. My husband is amazingly supportive of this dream, even on days that I am not. His support is a big part of where I'm at with my business venture today.

Most of this is still new for me and I'm learning as I go. I feel I'm coming into my own as a designer everyday. I want my brand to feel warm, inviting and simplistic. I feel my photography shows just that. I see where I want to be and the goals I have in mind. It's one step at a time. 

Beaducation offers many helpful videos from beginner to advanced, such as soldering jewelry. Eventually I want to start soldering my own creations and see where that takes me. Right now I'm loving making custom hand stamped cuffs, bar necklaces, memory wire wrap bracelets, and custom earrings. 

Metal stamping each of these pieces and making them unique for the customer is extremely rewarding. Offering designs that they may not find elsewhere is immensely important to me. I want the customer to know each of their hand stamped pieces of jewelry are all done by hand and not by a machine. 

So much of my heart and time gets poured into each design. I find when I'm creating each design I'm incorporating the arrow metal design stamp. To me an arrow symbolizes to keep moving forward in courage and in faith. God is weaving this amazing story for me and I'm excited what the future holds.

I truly love working with my hands and making jewelry just feels natural. Most of my inspiration comes from nature, that is where I'm most in my element. If it's a memorial piece I'm custom creating I pray it brings them a sense of peace. When I'm designing each piece I'm thinking about the customer and who's going to be wearing my creation and all the memories and love they will have wearing it. 

First and foremost I'm a wife, mother, then a maker. I would not be where I'm at today if it was not for the support of my family. I keep this in my mind when I'm creating different pieces as they are my entire world. My toddler may run and grab my stamps or take my custom creations and hide them but I wouldn't want to be any other place at this season of my life. I'm blessed by His grace and I truly love where this new journey in life is taking me.