Wednesday, February 16, 2011


In a post earlier today, I mentioned that I love my job, but it bears repeating... I LOVE my job!  Things have been hectic here this last month or so with vacation, surgery, hubby traveling, etc.  I love being my own boss.  It's awesome to be able to set my own hours around my family and obligations or to take a week or two (or more) off when I need or want to.  So, today, I thought I would share my Stampin' Story with you...

My love of rubber stamping started about 16 years ago.  I have always loved art and crafts (especially papercrafting), but never felt I had any talent as a freehand artist as much as I wish I did.  When I saw my first stamped image, I was hooked!  At the time there was a local stamp store that I loved to take classes at to learn fun new techniques.  Unfortunately it closed several years ago and Michaels or AC Moore just weren't cutting it.  Although I had vaguely heard of Stampin' Up!, I had never really known what it was until three years ago when I met my upline at a craft show.  I was in LOVE with all the fabulous stamps and beautifully coordinating products!  I met with her again later that week and I jumped in feet first!  I knew I "needed" everything, so I had to have that discount!

My plan was to be a hobby demonstrator, so I could receive my 20% discount and have it delivered right to my door!  Plus, I got to see all the new stamp sets well in advance and could order the new stamp sets a whole month before everyone else!  Then there was the FREE Stampin' Success magazine and access to the Demonstrator website - both with TONS of ideas to keep me busy for years.  It couldn't be any easier or better than that!

After about a year, someone asked me to do a workshop.  Hmm....  Well, I figured I would give it a shot.  My workshops started, and I began making new friends and building a downline (my first downline actually signed up at that first workshop).  Soon I was adding classes and a year and a half ago, my blog.  I got out of the house and I have always been able to totally support my habit while earning additional income, too.  I love that my family also gets involved.  My oldest daughter helps with designing and demoing at workshops and classes.  My younger daughter will help carrying my supplies for me and I reciprocate by helping her when she wants to make a special project.  My husband helps me with mailings, setting up for classes and often tends to attendee's needs when they come in.  They love it!

My downline is growing again, and I hope to keep meeting new people and sharing the hobby I love so much!  To me, that is the best thing about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator--finding other people that are as crazy as I am about stamps and papercrafts and helping them learn to be creative through the art of rubber stamping.  I love to hear the “oohs” and “aahs” when I find a fun project to share with my customers and fellow demonstrators!  And of course, I make lifelong friends along the way!

It is so easy to do this job!  Stampin' Up! has FABULOUS products and provides everything you need to start a business.  You don't have to be creative and come up with projects yourself.  Stampin' Up! has an endless supply of ideas on the demonstrator website and in their gorgeous monthly magazine, Stampin' Success.  And I will be here to help you with tutorials and projects.  There is never any shame in CASEing (Copy And Share Everything) your projects!

I know this is a REALLY long post, but if you got to the end of it, you are obviously interested, right?  So check out my Join My Group page or contact me for more information.  I would love to help you jump in with both feet, too, and have the same great experiences that I have had!  Let's chat!

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