March 15, 2019

Scene Stamping for National Craft Month 2019

Have you given Scene Stamping a try yet? Get back to your happy place with just a glance at your scene stamped cuff bracelet, necklace pendant or keychain. Stamp out your favorite outdoor spot, that magical vacation you took with the kids, or a beautiful garden of flowers that makes you smile.

Use one of our Beaducation Original Flat Back Crystal Setters to stamp a ball with a Swarovski Crystal and our Beaducation Original Cat and Dog Metal Design Stamps to recreate a happy scene with your dog or cat playing. There are so many cool things you can do!

We hope you will join us this Thursday, March 21st at 11AM PT for another fun Facebook LIVE episode with Lisa + Mel. They will be sharing tips and some favorite scene stamping ideas. Plus, we have a giveaway during every episode!

Get a reminder or catch the replay here.

Learn How to Scene Stamp


Join instructor Danelle Street, as she shares her signature stamping style in this class. Collage stamping is a great way to personalize your designs. Danelle makes it easy by breaking down this technique and sharing her tips and tricks so you can be stamping scenes on your blanks in no time.

Learn here.


 



Make a garden scene with Tulips, Violets, butterflies and more.

Use a unique blank and celebrate the North Star.

Make a whimsical garden complete with butterflies and clouds.

Make a flower bouquet in a Mason Jar that will last for years to come.

Capture nature at it's best with Mama Bear and Baby Bear at sunrise (or sunset)

Create your own scene using your imagination.

Never forget that trip to the fair or circus.

Add a little magic to a road trip.

Park, camp and stamp your heart out while enjoying the outdoors.

Choose your favorite moments and put them together in one scene.
 Capture a gorgeous night sky in the wilderness.

Yes, you can stamp a scene on a ring and it's fun!

Get creative and "throw" your favorite stamps "in the back of your truck."

Make everyone a necklace or keychain for a special moment shared together.

We hope you learn something new with Scene Stamping this week and give it a try if you haven't already. If you do create something inspired by any of our weekly themes this month, we encourage you to submit a picture of your piece(s) for your chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate AND a NEW Beaducation Original Metal Design Stamp BEFORE it's available. Find all of the details here. 

Happy Stamping!

February 28, 2019

2019 National Craft Month Giveaways!

We hope you are as excited as we are for National Craft Month! Boy oh boy do we have some fun things planned! Don't miss anything important, be sure to add us to your email Contacts and drag our email over to your Primary Inbox. Here is a breakdown of what to expect:


1. Learn Something New Each Week!

Each week we will focus on a specific theme which will include:
  • A LIVE Facebook Episode with Lisa + Mel where they will share demos, techniques and tips PLUS we always have a giveaway during each episode - no episode on 3/31.
  • Free Classes, DIYs and Inspiration
  • A Special Sale on Products Related to the Week's Theme

2. Enter to Win!

Submit photos of up to four different projects inspired by any of our weekly themes. Multiple projects from the same theme are acceptable. Submissions will be accepted from 4/1-4/14/19 and should be sent to Angela@Beaducation.com. Winners announced on 4/18/19. 

Weekly Themes

Sunday, March 3rd - Saturday, March 9th
Let's Make Bracelets!
Learn different bracelet making techniques including working with cuffs.
Thursday, March 7th: Facebook LIVE with Lisa + Mel at 11AM PT

Sunday, March 10th - Saturday, March 16th
Let's Make Rings!
Learn different options in making rings.
Thursday, March 14th: BONUS Facebook LIVE with Lisa + Mel at 11AM PT

Sunday, March 17th - Saturday, March 23rd
Let's Make A Scene!
Scene Stamping is so much fun and can bring your design stamps to life!
Thursday, March 21st: Facebook LIVE with Lisa + Mel at 11AM PT

Sunday, March 24th - Sunday, March 31st
Let's Make Mandala Designs!
Mandala Stamping is so addicting and the best part is that you can use just about any of your metal stamps to make amazing designs!
No Facebook Live with Lisa + Mel this week.

Join Lisa + Mel on Thursday, March 7th at 11AM PT LIVE on Facebook!

They will be sharing techniques and doing demos on how to make bracelets. 
Get a Reminder or Catch the Replay Here

January 9, 2019

Lisa + Mel's Favorites of 2018!

We launched 53 NEW Beaducation Original Metal Design Stamps in 2018! Plus Lisa + Mel shared their favorite products of 2018 with us below.



Here are some fun facts:



Lisa's Favorites 

Mel's Favorites 




Your favorite metal design stamps from our 2018 launches were:



Now who is ready for 2019? We are!!

Take a Deep Breath and Imagine the Strength to Follow Your Heart. Happiness Blooms from Within so Always Stop and Smell the Roses. Sparkle Wherever You Go! Make Good Choices. This is the start of a brand new year. Your Journey Begins Now! But first COFFEE. Wear your goals. Inspiration looks good on you!

Happy New Year everyone!!


December 20, 2018

2018 Annual Beaducation Newsletter

They say a new year is a fresh start, full of positive changes. Nothing could be more true, especially in 2018.

We started 2018 saying a sad goodbye to our old location but with lots of excitement for our new space. We're now located in charming San Carlos and loving it.

With change comes improvement and we've been very busy this year. We launched a NEW Beaducation Original Letter Set, Cowgirl Carnival, which is a favorite of many. Plus we launched over 50 NEW Beaducation Original Metal Design Stamps! See them all below!

We did more behind the scenes updates too! Such as adding the opportunity to pre-order new, soon to be released, stamps. We updated our shipping options, and now you also have the ability to either have us hold your whole order until any backordered items arrive, or send available items now and create a second shipment for the backorder items. Plus you can now see, sort and search a list of all your previously ordered items for easier ordering and tracking. Lisa + Mel show how to do this here.

We regularly receive notes from our customers asking exactly what we used for our sample pieces. When viewing a product, just click the sample image on the left side of the screen and you will now be able to see all of the tools and materials used!

We continue to do our best to exceed our customers expectations and these new improvements have been applauded by many of you. We thank all of you that have sent kind, wonderful notes and feedback to Lora in Customer Service. We read some of your notes in our meetings to talk about solutions or you know, get the warm and fuzzies. You all mean the world to us and we really mean that! :) 
Speaking of improvement, our studio got a major upgrade in decor and equipment to give you a better overall viewing experience during our LIVE episodes.

To date we've gone LIVE with over 70 Facebook episodes featuring Lisa + Mel. Join us every 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at 11AM PT.

Plus we've added What's New LIVE to share the latest and greatest at Beaducation, almost every 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 1PM PT.
On that note, our Facebook group, Beaducation.com Community - Metal Stamping & Beyond, has doubled since last year. We've been very diligent doing our best to make sure we maintain a positive, helpful and fun community with fantastic members. This group is, well let's just say it, our happy place. You all are so wonderful. No you are. No you lol. If you haven't already joined us, please do!!
Mandala stamping has been a huge hit with our customers and it's easy to see why. It's so much fun to create unique designs! When we received our new 4" Aluminum Coasters, we created a free Circle Divider Grid that you can easily download. See how to use it here. This makes Mandala stamping even better!
In May, Lisa treated us to lunch and a tour of Filoli which was so much FUN! Filoli is a country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654-acre estate, located in Woodside, California.

It was beautiful and inspiring. You may have noticed that we launched 18 new design stamps of just flowers, clouds and butterflies. Inspiration is everywhere! See more of our pictures on Instagram here.
We had a lot of fun team building events/meetings this year including a trip to the movies to watch "Won't You Be My Neighbor" about Mr. Rogers.

We had a great time making essential oil skin care treats like orange scented makeup remover and fresh spring roll wraps for our lunch meeting.

In addition, we got a surprise visit from Lisa's sister who owns Kona Ice. We were treated to the most delicious snow cones ever. 
June brought bittersweet changes though, with Lisa's oldest daughter, Izzy, graduating high school and preparing to move to her new college. Ok let's be real, Lisa bawled for like a whole month because her and her daughters are super tight. But it's better now and Lucy is still at home so 😊

In July, Lisa was able to take almost three full weeks off to travel with her family. This was her first long vacation since owning the business (10+ years ago). What an adventure they had! As a team, we were thrilled that our boss felt like she could go away and enjoy herself with minimal worry. It's how we roll here at Beaducation.
This year also brought some new rescued fur babies! We welcomed puppy Don Vito and his kitten brother, Santino. Don Vito visits the office almost daily.

Office doggies Stella, Gamble, Ava and girl doggie George are doing well and still visit from time to time too.

And...we are expecting a brand new baby next year!!!! Jenn, our Shipping Manager is pregnant with her first child and we couldn't be more excited!!
From the bottom of our hearts, we sincerely thank you for being not just a customer, but an integral part of our community. We feel so connected with so many of you, and super lucky to know you. We couldn't do it without you and we are super excited about 2019!!

Happy Stamping!

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

December 4, 2018

Featured Maker: April with the Sassy Trashionista

We love her bohemian style and her story. Everything happens for a reason, read on to find out how one loss led to success and creativity for April.

I've been making jewelry on and off as a hobby for over 10 years. However, 5 years ago the company I worked for went out of business, and I made the decision to turn my part time hobby in to a full time business.


I've been making things my entire life, whether it was clothing for my dolls or a make-do Barbie Mansion. I attribute my creativity to my grandmother, who helped raise me. She grew up very poor in Appalachia and was very ingenious when it came to making things. She is the one who taught me how to sew, and how to fix, reuse or repurpose what you already have. She taught me to see possibilities in everyday things.


Losing my job was a blessing in disguise...it gave me the push that I needed to try. To be honest, if I hadn't lost my job, The Sassy Trashionista as a business wouldn't exist.


I am entirely self taught {thank you, YouTube tutorials!!} and so have struggled with technique at times. Some of the first stampings I did were absolutely horrendous!! I still have one with my business name on it, framed and on my workspace. It reminds me of how far I have come in the last 5 years. And while I wouldn't say I've "mastered" the craft, becoming proficient has absolutely given me the confidence to explore other mediums and techniques.


I would like to continue to learn other techniques and incorporate them in to my jewelry designs. One of these days I will finally learn to solder, lol! Additionally, I would like to expand my creative offerings to refashioned clothing and home decor.


Anything with words...words are so powerful and have the ability to heal and bring compassion and understanding to those who are open to the message. One of my favorite things to do while I am working a show is to watch people's expressions while they are taking the time to read my pieces. I can glean a bit of insight in to their lives by watching their faces. Stamping has been very healing and cathartic for me. Although a lot of what I stamp is meaningful to me and my own personal journey, there is a connectedness that is shared through the interpretation of the message. In other words, it's universal. Even though our journeys may differ, we can still relate to the emotion of it all.


I think what I love the most about metal stamping is the ability to create pieces that touch people, through inspiration or a giggle...however I do enjoy the collage aspect you can attain through the use of different metal design stamps.


Firstly, as someone who does the vast majority of stamping on upcycled materials such as vintage and antique silver plated spoons {which are quite hard}, the entire Beaducation line is absolutely fantastic. They make great impressions and have clean, crisp lines. Design wise though, I tend to lean towards a more bohemian, nature inspired look. The lotus stamp, boho arrow and hip feather are some of my favorite individual designs, as well as the new echinacea stamp. And all of the border stamps are fabulous!


We thank April for sharing her inspiring story with us and hope that you will consider The Sassy Trashionista next time you need a gift or a little something special for yourself.

Instagram: the_sassy_trashionista

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Website: thesassytrashionista.com

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

November 27, 2018

7 DIYs & Classes On Texturing Metal

There is just something about textured metal. Texturing just the edge is super cute, very easy to do and can add some dimension to your piece. Texturing more or all of your piece can really bring it to life and change the style completely.

Lightly hammer just the edge of your blank for this look below. See all of our texturing DIYs and Classes here.

See all of our Texturing DIYs and Classes Here

Take a look at the round ruffle earrings just below. These earrings were made with our basic blanks but methodically hammered creating a delicate ruffle in the metal. As you continue to hammer the blank naturally will begin to bend. These are so pretty, we can hardly keep our eyes off of them. Play around and see what you come up with!

November 20, 2018

9+ Soldering DIYs + 10 Free Soldering Classes / Tutorials


Let's Solder - Holiday Gifts!

Beginner to Intermediate

Hand made holiday gifts are special. They let the recipient know that you took the time to make them an important part of your gift giving. New ideas are great to have, especially if multiple gifts need to be made or holiday madness has muted creativity.

We're sharing some favorite online soldering tutorials from beginner to intermediate plus two safety/setup classes for those just starting out.

We've also included our most popular soldering DIY Ideas. Restore your inspiration and add your own unique touch to make your gifts extra special.

See Favorite Online Soldering Classes Here

See Popular DIY Ideas Here