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Happy Anniversary!

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This card uses Greeting Card Kids and features heat embossing and the shaving cream technique (an all-time favorite technique of my customers).  I love those new glitter brads!  This is a simple design, but I didn't want to hide too much of the shaving cream technique.

Today I am celebrating my official ten-year anniversary as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I still remember how it all happened:

I went to my first local stamping convention with my husband’s Aunt Marilyn, her daughter Betsy, and daughter-in-law Lori (all so much more crafty than me). Towards the end of the afternoon, Lori and I were already making plans for next year. During the next few weeks, at the urging of my sisters and some of my dearest friends, I decided to look into becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. When I finally made my decision, I called Lori and was stunned to find out she had just signed up herself. We truly hooted and howled! She had been talking of her recruiter and the first meeting she went to that week. My recruiter was a friend from my book club, and I attended her next meeting. While talking to my friend at the first meeting, in walks Lori. We both did not know we had the same recruiter. It truly was a sight to see – I am laughing so hard I am crying, and Lori just has this look of disbelief on her face. 
 
Thanks goes out to Aunt Marilyn, Betsy, and Lori for being part of that fateful day.  Also, thanks to Janel Dahm-Tegtmeier, my upline, who provided inspiration and business basics during my first few years as a demonstrator.
 
Who else do I need to thank?  Well, I am not watching a clock tick down or a production assistant pushing me off the stage like an awards show, so here is a list of people/groups I am grateful for:
 
  • Marnie Komp – my dear friend from grade school who hosted the first Stampin' Up! workshop I ever attended as a guest
  • St. Mary's School – where I volunteered to showcase my business at a Fish Fry vendor event a day after I received my starter kit
  • Lori Olson, Nancy Brundidge, Marlene Machovec, Anne Hanek, and Lisa Mosier – my sideline group who were and are supportive and generous with business ideas and creative inspiration and who were fabulous convention buddies (W-O-W)
  • Jody Stack – a friend from my sister's quilting group who hosted my first Stampin' Up! workshop as a demonstrator
  • Johanna Zuehls – my first recruit
  • Sara Bintzler, Jennifer Cassellius, Mari Leninger, and Nancy Windorff – my current downline who inspire me with their creativity
  • SUDSOL Group – my favorite demonstrator business online group where I go to get any business question answered
  • Michelle Laycock and Amy Celona – my computer gurus who keep my blog website beautiful and up to date
  • Pat Huntoon – a technique junkie who teaches and shares new techniques to stamping enthusiasts all over the world
  • Ellen Kemper – this punch art queen's creativity never ceases to amaze me
  • Stampin' Up! Staff
    • Shelli Gardner (Stampin' Up! Co-Founder and CEO) – She is one of those people who walks into a room and lightens and brightens it!  She is not only the head of Stampin' Up!, she is the heart of Stampin' Up!
    • Demonstrator Training – They provide wonderful new business ideas, new training methods, and new business resources
    • Demonstrator Support – Whenever I have to call in with a problem or concern, they happily assist me and fix any issue
    • Stampin' Up! Design Team – Your gorgeous stamp designs keep my customers coming back every year
    • Stampin' Up! Manufacturing and Shipping Employees – I STILL squeal with delight when my packages arrive
  • My UPS Man – Stampin' Up! Demonstrators have mad crushes on our UPS delivery men (they bring us presents filled with things we love)
  • My Mom – She is my biggest cheerleader and has made many desserts to feed my customers over the years
  • MY CUSTOMERS – I love, love, love my customers!!!!  They not only come to my events, make purchases, host workshops, and bring new customers to me, they inspire me to create new projects and try new techniques.  They also laugh at my lame jokes and don't even complain when I make mistakes.  Thank you for your support!

Finally, I am eternally grateful to my family as I celebrate this anniversary.  I started as a demonstrator when my three young boys were very young.  Now, they assist in cleaning the house prior to events, critique my projects, cut out project materials, and resist the urge to eat the food I make for my events (well, at least they try).  Thank you to David, Steven, Mike, and Joe for all of your love and support as I follow my passion as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I love you with all of my heart.

To each and every one of you who have touched my life as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, thank you so very much. 

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Celebrating 10 Years as a Demo!

People ask me, “Why did you become a demonstrator?”  Originally, it was to get a discount on all the stamps and supplies I was buying.  Well, that was one reason.  As I met people, I began realizing I touch their lives.  Let me explain…

 

When I started, I never thought I was going to do workshops.  I was terrified of the entire speaking in public genre.  However, even before I received my Starter Kit, I had already volunteered to do a stamping booth at our school’s fish fry.  My family was somewhat new to our school with our first child just in K-4.  This little fish fry exposure led to a few new opportunities.  I held my first workshop in my home with friends and family.  I was surprised at how the excitement rubbed off on everyone around me.  It was wonderful to see people who had never stamped before trying it out, learning about it, and loving it.  I became a teacher.

 

Making samples for myself, I learned lots of new techniques, styles, and formats.  I tried all sorts of new mediums.  I spent hours working with my tools and creating items.  I became an artist.

 

I began marketing my new business in all sorts of venues.  I stamped nearly everything that left my home (including bills and checks).  I sent more cards for more occasions.  I met people at school, at rummage sales, in the grocery store, and online.  I became a stamping ambassador.

 

I joined demonstrator email groups.  I enjoyed the helpful hints and tips I got from the lists.  I began sharing those hints and tips with other new demonstrators as well.  Then I even had one customer become a recruit!!!!  I became a mentor.

 

I planned my first Open House and invited everyone I could.  I showed them as many ideas as I could and let them make many things.  I enjoyed myself very much.  Judging by the laughter and busy chatting, I am guessing they all enjoyed themselves as well.  I placed the orders, and when they were delivered, I carefully packed them up for my customers.  I am a one-stop stamp store with the best customer service ever!

 

After that Open House, I began to get bookings.  I held several workshops,  developed a good script, and became more comfortable and organized.  I made sure to mention all the things I had to mention.  I closed the workshops and had the best month I’d ever had.  I became a business woman.

 

Knowing how much my customers loved looking at my samples, I began searching for ways to share my projects and cards with them easily.  I stumbled upon a geocities site and found a fantastic and easy way to showcase my love of stamping.  I became a webmaster.

 

I began to offer Stamp Camps and Stamp Classes, and customers kept coming and bringing new people.  Many of these customers continue to be my best PR department.  You cannot know how much it means to me when someone new calls or emails me asking if they can attend “because my friend always tells them how much fun they have at your events.”  I offer my stampers a night of fun and relaxation (well, making that perfect card can sometimes be stressful).  They leave whatever situation or problem they dealt with at work or home to come and be pampered.  When I have customers email me the day after an event and tell me how much fun they had, sometimes I think all I should say is “That’s my job.”  But I have realized that I don’t just sell stamps…I touch people’s lives by giving them something they can use to keep busy, to save money, to feed their creativity, and to touch other people’s lives. 

 

When you ask me what I do, I should reply…I am a teacher, an artist, a stamping ambassador, a mentor, a one-stop stamp store, a business woman, a webmaster, and I touch people’s lives every day, in a very special way…I am a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator.

 

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Posted on : Oct 01 2010
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