January 15, 2018

Featured Maker: Stacy Surman Designs

After leaving the workforce she missed the sense of community she once had so she got to work metal stamping and setting up her own store. She might be new to the game but she loves creating custom jewelry pieces. Let's meet Stacy at Stacy Surman Designs.

I’ve only been making metal stamped jewelry for the last 18 months and selling it for around a year. Truthfully, motherhood initially inspired my interest for metal stamping. Once my second child was born, I became obsessed with jewelry that had dates, names, inspirational words and phrases on it... really anything with some sort of engraving.

Somehow during this time I stumbled on the idea of metal stamping and more importantly  Beaducation. I realized I could make the jewelry that I loved and it would be truly unique.

When my first child was born, I quit my job in broadcast television. Over the last four years, I’ve had small work-from-home jobs but none of them were fulfilling or gave me any sort of community. Discovering metal stamping was really like finding a new identity for myself.

I loved creating jewelry so much that I decided to open my Etsy Shop, Stacy Surman Designs, as a way to showcase and sell some of my creations. Opening my shop allowed me to set goals for myself and have a creative outlet. Metal stamping (and Beaducation) gave me back a community I lost when I left the workforce.

Currently, my favorite pieces to design are not jewelry but rather Christmas ornaments. I find the larger size of the ornaments really allow my creativity to flow. My mind is constantly buzzing with all the design possibilities.

I am SERIOUSLY obsessed with these handstamped Christmas ornaments.

Aside from the ornaments, I really enjoy making what I call, chubby bar necklaces. The bars are 1 inch by 1/2 of an inch. I love to create little seasonal vignettes on these sized bars. 

For me, metal stamping is therapeutic. Something about using a hammer to strike design stamps hard enough to leave an impression in metal releases stress and tension in my body…that is unless I mess up a design!

It’s hard for me to pick just one design stamp or even a few that are my favorite. I’d have to break it down into categories. I draw a lot of my inspiration from nature, so currently I love the Beaducation evergreen and winter trees along with the fox, deer and squirrel stamps. I also have a lot of fun incorporating the tree stump.

When I am not making nature inspired jewelry, the triple chevrons, alpha star and four dots are some of my favorite stamps to use both together and individually. 

We thank Stacy for sharing her story. Follow Stacy Surman Designs on Instagram and Facebook. Visit her Etsy store if you are interested in a gift for family, friends, colleagues or yourself.

If you would like to be considered as a Featured Maker, please email Angela@Beaducation.com.

December 28, 2017

Beaducation Annual Newsletter: A look back at 2017


Each year we enjoy taking a look back on fond memories, accomplishments and excitement we've experienced. Here are some we'd like to share with you:
We started off 2017 with a big bang.

We updated our website with a fresh new look and feel, adding filters and re-organizing to help our customers locate items more easily.

In February we launched our first Facebook LIVE episode. We now have over 40 episodes providing tutorials, projects, tips and laughs!
When we surpassed 100k subscribers on our YouTube channel, we received the famous YouTube Silver Play Button. (woohoo! ...it even came in a frame)

In addition, we had a once in a lifetime experience, going behind the scenes and collaborating with other creators at YouTube headquarters.
We were SUPER excited to announce the release of Lisa Niven Kelly's second book, New Stamped Metal Jewelry, which she co-authored with the very talented Taryn McCabe. It is beautiful, inspiring and even smells good.
You started saving more with our Rewards Program, which gives customers 2% on their purchases (even during sales!) with points earned when they shop or write product reviews.
In April we created a private Facebook group, Beaducation.com Community - Metal Stamping & Beyond.

At almost 4k members, this group is absolutely amazing. The love, support, encouragement, and respect the members show each other is truly touching. Ideas and tips are shared, feedback is given and the vibe is, well, warm and fuzzy. We'd love for you to join here.
We now brand all of our Beaducation Original Metal Stamping Letter Setboxes with our logo. That may not seem exciting, but when you see a hot branding iron sear wood, it's pretty awesome. And we made tumbling a little easier with our Tumbler Kits. Plus state design stampscan now be easily purchased through the website.
Our NEW Beaducation OriginalSerendipity Letter Stamp Set has a pro option, it's tapered. This will help you see exactly where your letter will impress, making stamping that much easier and faster.

Choose the original or the tapered Beaducation Original Serendipity Letter Stamp Set here!

To help support and inspire our customers we launched our Featured Makers program - we now have over 25 Featured Makers!

We added the option to create backorders for many of our products. This feature allows you to secure the exact amount that you need, take advantage of quantity discounts, and save on items that may have sold out during our sales.

And we launched almost 50 new Beaducation Original Metal Design Stamps. See them all below!
This year also brought us some very exciting personal additions...
  • We welcomed Taryn McCabe’s second baby boy, Kodiak, to our Beaducation family.
  • Lora, in Customer Service, adopted a puppy who was in need of a good home. "Ava" now brings cheer to our office every week.
New year, new crib! Our fantastic office space is soon going to be a parking lot. While we have great memories here, I was able to find us an amazing space in San Carlos. We will be moving at the end of January. Stay tuned, we will be sending you a sneak peek soon!

We have NEW Beaducation Originals in the works already and can't wait to launch them. Plus we've discovered even more ways to make our subscribers feel special, so keep your eyes open for our emails. 

Thank you for being a customer and part of our Beaducation family. We couldn't do it without you and we are excited to share 2018 with you!

Happy Stamping!

Lisa, Mel, Claudia, Lora, Colin, Danelle, Jenn, JP, Angela, Mike + Paul

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 Angela@Beaducation.com.

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