I was invited by Stampin' Up to take part in a 10 week program. There were several challenges that I had to do for this part and one of them was think back to why I became a Demonstrator. I hadn't thought about it in a long time and decided I would share my story with you.
I have always been into crafts. I have scapbooked all my life even when scapbooking wasn't popular many of those books have fallen apart now but they are still fun to look at. With all the crafts I was doing I never thought about rubber stamping.
In 2001 for my birthday I was given a box of stamps and two ink pads. The stamps weren't cut out or mounted from a company I never heard of Stampin' Up, and I said what am I going to do with this. I put it on the side and it sat there for over a year. One day I was looking for something to do and came across this set. I took it out. Read the instructions and put the set together. I liked the results. The set I had gotten was Cottage Rose and the ink pads were Cameo Coral and Ruby Red. The ink pads were the old style ones not like the ones we have today.
It was okay, I liked the results but I wasn't hooked. Then one of my friends invited me to a Stampin' Up party. I thought why not let me find out what this company is all about and what they have. I went I loved the catalog and was disappointed that I couldn't take it home. I had spent $50 at the party and didn't have the $10 for the catalog. So I left there a little unhappy. I loved the stuff but I still wasn't sure what to do with it.
A friend of a friend of a friend told me about the Stampin Up demonstrator. She held Stamp Camps in her home once a month and I decided to go with my friends. I didn't know her but she soon became a good friend. She made some great cards and I learned a lot. I also noticed that I really looked forward to these classes once a month. I loved stamping, craved the paper and accessories and everything else I learned about Stampin' Up. I then decided to approach her about becoming a demonstrator but Ialready knew in my heart I was going to do this. I even had my paperwork filled out and ready to go.
It had been 5 years now and I have loved every minute of being a demonstrator. I love the people I have meet and I love what I do. I still look forward to the classes every month but now they are my classes. I love sharing what I do and what I love even more is all I have learned from others.
Becoming a Stampin' Up Demonstrator was the best thing I have ever done. It lets me do what I love and to share it with others.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This is my 3rd and final swap for convention. I used the new In Colors, Pear Pizzazz and Crushed Concord. Love the way they look together. Plus the new ribbon is really nice too. I can't believe I will be leaving for convention next Tuesday. It is going to be a fun time.