Saturday, February 12, 2011

Story Time: How I became a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!

I recently joined a new training program with Stampin' Up!.  Part of this program is completing challenges related to my business.  I was challenged to share my Stampin' Up! story with others.   As I was sharing it with others directly I decided I also wanted to share it with you!

How I discovered Stamping and Stampin' Up!
Back in January of 2003, my mother invited me to a home workshop she was having. She said she had been to one before and it was this great product that you use to make cards and such. She was very excited so I decided to make the drive (2 hours) to come to this party she was having. When I arrived I was introduced to Stampin’ Up! My mom had around 10 women at her party and it was during Sale-A-Bration so for every $50 you spent you earned a free stamp set. We all had so much fun making a card and a cute little pencil holder for Valentine’s Day. I watched as my mother earned lots of free merchandise from her huge workshop. I had even purchased $50 worth of stuff to get a free set. My mom kept saying “You could do this, how much fun would it be”. I went home and thought about it for maybe a week then went onto the Stampin’ Up! website and found myself a local demonstrator to sign up under.

I have enjoyed every minute of my demonstratorship. I did take a year off to move from Ohio to Florida as it was too much to do both, but as soon as I got myself settled I signed up again so I could get back to doing what I loved so much! The people I have met and the fun I have had is worth so much to me. I can’t imagine my life without Stampin’ Up!

What do I love most about the Craft
I do cards, scrapbooking, and gifts with stamps but what I think I love most is sending a handmade card to someone when they least expect it.  The reactions and smiles I get makes it all worth it.  I have a list of everyone I work with and all our friends and family that I make sure to send birthday cards too.  I also have a set of closest  family and friends that I sent cards to for EVERY holiday and I mean every holiday (my last card sent was for the Chinese New Year) :)  It makes them feel loved and remembered and that is what I want!

How did you come to discover Stamping and Stampin' Up?  What do you love about the craft?  I would love to hear from you!

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