Wednesday, December 7, 2011

DIY Project! Make Your Design Stamp Holder for $3!!!

Pulled this one over from my other blog at  Who doesn't love a good DIY project :)

Last week we received this inquiry on Facebook from our pal Keona. Great question Keona!
Unfortunatly, no, we don't have a holder for some of those larger design stamps....but that question got my creative juices flowing. I too hate the fact that all my beloved design stamps get to stand tall and proud in a holder, while the larger stamps have to lay on their side like they are napping.

I love a challenge! The first thing that came to mind was floral foam. I headed on down to JoAnn Fabrics (just a hop and skip from our office) and bought a block.  It worked great, but it was messy. The foam kinda flakes off all over the place. I formulated a new plan, tested it out and LOOK AT THIS, a custom Design Stamp holder that cost me $3 to make!

Here is how you can make one too!  Head on down to the craft store and dollar store for a block of styrofoam or floral foam and a baking tin or some sort of box (some dollar stores might have both).

Use a knife to cut the foam to fit nice and snug into your container.  Place a stamp (image side down) at desired location in the foam and hammer them down (use a soft head hammer like a Plastic Mallet) until 1/3rd of the stamp has sunk into the foam.  Repeat for all the stamps.  Perhaps leave some space for future stamps.

I know what you are thinking..."Hey wait a second, what is that writing on the side?".  Well, since the container I chose was metal, I couldn't resist stamping on it (yes, I stamped it before putting in the foam).  Again, bring on the challenge! I had to build a strong stamping surface in the container so I busted out my SandbagBench Block and any available piece of wood that would fill the left over space. I didn't get regular and strong resistance so the stamping came out uneven (depth-wise) and it was a bit awkward, but it worked! I used the Wackadoodle Uppercase and Lowercase.

Other ideas...
We love a challenge, and we love to save money. More DIY projects soon :)
And remember, Facebook is a great place to ask a question. We promise you will get a quick and thorough reply :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sweet Savings over at is having a Cyber Monday SALE!  We chose our most popular category... Sterling Silver Blanks.  Great time to stock up on some of those fun shapes that you have been wanting to try!  Sale is supposed to start at midnight, but Paul and I are pooped and we want to go to bed!  There is a bit of manual work to be done to post a sale.  We just finished...happy shopping...nighty night!

This sale is good on in-stock products only.  Sorry, no rain checks.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Last day of STAMP SALE at

C'mon now, a sale like this doesn't happen very often.  This is a great time to stock up on those stamps you have been wanting so badly :)
25% off ALL Letter Stamp Sets - yep, all!
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25% Design Stamps - 219 designs on sale! 
Our newest batch is not on sale.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Beaducation's New Digs...continued!

Hey all!  Earlier this week I wrote a post over on Beaducation's blog with lots of before and after pix of our new office.  Hop on over and check it out :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Campin' and Stampin'

A few weeks ago, we made our annual journey to the Strawberry Music Festival.  Camp was great, music was fabulous, the weather....not so much (it snowed on us a bit!).

When the sun popped out, out came the tools and I stamped about 50 pendants for the folks in our camp.  I have discovered my new all time favorite place to stamp....ON A STUMP!

My goodness, I have never had such a successful stamping session.  The resistance from ol' mother nature was perfect.  No wobbly table, no bounce back, just a strong stable foundation from deep in the earth.  It also helped that I was using a high quality Beaducation stamps set :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Team Beaducation! PLAY BALL!

Beaducation is the proud sponsor of the Blue Stars... Redwood City Girls Softball League!


Monday, April 18, 2011


We've made the big move!  Beaducation has a new home.  We have moved from 2000 square feet to 5700 square feet. Room to spread out. More room for creativity and product. We even have a dance floor.  Well, it's a large open space affectionately referred to as "the dance floor". The kitchen is huge, the creative space is huge, the shipping/warehouse has tripled in size.  We have 6 private offices, 3 custom built "cubes", 5 bathrooms and a secluded, quite shootio (shooting + studio = shootio).

On friday we unpacked the last of the mountains of green "green" bins that we rented (need moving boxes?  ZippGo is amazing!).  Late friday we put together the "creative room". Today I finished building our cubicle walls...more on that once I get the pix off my camera.  And also today I taught my daughters how to use a power drill and they put together their desks for my office (only stripped 2 screws).  My new office is super big! I can fit a desk for each of them (complete with 2 bottles of glue, 2 sets of pens, 2 sets of pencils, 2 scissors, 2 things of tape, 2 sets of pliers, 2 mix packs of wire....can you tell we have been having a bit of a sharing issue in my house lately). I even have room for a couch, work table AND I have my own own bathroom!!!

I will be posting a big "before and after" blog soon.  This building has made an amazing transformation.  All the Beaducators are super excited about our new home.

But for are 2 "before" pictures.  Notice the nasty lighting, the lack of floor and the horrible light grey with dark grey trim paint job.  All that is gone now! More soon......

Saturday, February 19, 2011

It's's on the newsstands...the latest issue of Wirework Magazine!  This special issue is produced by Kalmbach, the publishers of Bead&Button Magazine and Art Jewelry Magazine.
Check it out, and let me know if you try my's a dooozy!

This issue has a lot of really cool wirework projects.  The editor did a great job of finding creative, fresh and inspiring projects.

- 20+ ALL-NEW necklace, bracelet, ring, and earring projects
- Projects for beginner to intermediate skill levels
- Step-by-step photos and instructions tested by the editors
- Reference information including wire types, gauge, shape, and hardness
- A wire lovers guide to wireworking tools
- Techniques such as wrapping, coiling, twisting, chainmaking, hammering,
- And much more!

Monday, February 7, 2011


I am having so much fun with our new Engraving tool over at  I am engraving everything in, tools, my desk, my fingernails (accident and then on purpose), my metal water bottle, and oh so much more.

I didn't do that cute ass owl, Danelle did!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bead&Button Show class registration is now OPEN!

It's that time of year again....time to get out your calendar and pick your classes for the Bead&Button Show.  I will be teaching 5 classes at the show and then will be hanging out at our booth (booth #s TBD)
Registration opened a few days ago, so hop on in there.  Those popular classes tend to fill up fast!