Sunday, July 18, 2010

My Stampin' Up! Story!!!

OK,peeps!! I am doing a training program through Stampin' Up! it requires some things outta me that sometimes I'm not comfortable with!!! I am going to come out of my shell a little bit and share some things about myself....hopefully you will get inspired in some way ;)
About 8 years ago, my older sister was showing me some stuff that she had made......out of paper!!! I didn't pay much attention to it, even though I thought it was just didn't 'register' with me! Then, a few months later she showed me a brag book that folded out and was decorated really cute.....well, I thought that was sooooo was paper.....but she made it fold and it looked so beautiful!!! I got a little more interested then,LOL!! Then she signed up to be a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! and we started a small little Stampin' Club and that's when I was hooked!!! We had lots of fun creating and getting together.....then I moved to another state! I continued to buy from her,but had no one to get together's so much more fun creating with other women!!! But one teeny tiny little problem....I'm very shy!!!
So,I decided to just be a 'hobby demo' I can get the discounts and free stuff all to myself,LOL!!! ;)
More recently,I've decided to try and connect with more people ...I have an Etsy store, a blog, and now started participating in challenges. I'm having sooooo much FUN!!! It's the next best thing to having someone to craft with!!! ;)
So,I'm taking the next step.....I want to push myself out of my comfort zone with Stampin' Up! as a business!!! I mean there are lots of demonstrators that are very successful,WHY not me????
I've been paper crafting for 7 years now. Since I've started, the scrap booking business has BOOMED tremendously!!! There are digital, hybrid, traditional scrap booking, card making, altering, and 3-d projects from TONS of Companies to choose from!!! I have tried alot of stuff before completely being sold on Stampin' Up! products.....I remember when I first started out...... I didn't understand the QUALITY in different products....
Boy, now I do!!!!

The main things I love about Stampin' Up! :

  1. ink pads : they store upside down so the ink is always at the top plus they are larger than most in SU! exclusive colors!!!
  2. card stock : heavy card stock that is definitely not flimsy and is in SU! exclusive colors!!!
  3. designer papers : Beautiful patterns and matches SU! exclusive colors
  4. stamps : Nice variety of stamps from talented artists at SU! now in wood or clear mount!! YAY!!!
  5. embellishments : Lots of different styles of quality embellishments to choose from

I love it all!!!!! Especially, how everything matches and goes together making for more professional results when you are crafting!!! Once you try Stampin' up! for the first time ,you will see what I mean.....I have tried "over the counter" (store bought) stuff and even dabbled with other demo-type stamp companies other than SU! I tried just about everything out there!!! But, to me SU!!! is the best of them all......they have soooo many choices with endless possibilities!!! You can even use your Big Shot for fabric (look out quilters and ladies who sew!) and more, and let's not forget SU! Decor' Elements for home decorating.

click pic to enlarge to read MY WHY!!!

So,I wanted to share my story with you and let you know that I am here if you ever need a SU! demo to buy anything (you can click on my shop now button, at the top right of my blog!) ...even if you don't live near me.....I can still be your demo!!! If you are thinking of signing up to be a SU! demo, please consider me.....I'll be glad to help you!!! Stampin' Up! is offering great deals to sign up to be a demo ,so this is a great time!!! If you have been a former SU! demo, you can sign up again for only $35, until the end of July!!!

If you read this whole thing and made it this far.....Congratulations and thank you for letting me ramble on!! ;)

Please click here if you would like to join my Stampin' Club,starting soon!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!


Paula said...

Holley your cards are absolutely beautiful and it is obvious to me that you LOVE making them. I know you'd be a great demo!! I'm always inspired when I see your work and I want to be the first to encourage you to "go for it". I wish I lived near you so we could craft together! I buy supplies from lots of different sources but I have been lucky enough to accumulate a lot of SU stuff over the years and I have to say I agree with you, it's the very best quality, it's a pleasure to create with and the quality shows in the results no matter what your level of experience is.

helloholley said...

Thanks Paula!!! I sure do wish you lived closer seem fun and I love your cards!!! Keep up the good work and thanks for your kind words of encouragement....I so need them!! ;)

grandmalee said...

Congrats on your new adventure Holley! I'm sure you'll do great especially after people see your beautiful creations! Who wouldn't want to learn from you? Shy or not, the products speak for themself! Best wishes!

Cindi (aka iring) said...

Best of luck to you Holley! Thanks for sharing your story. I think you'll be a terrific demo!