One of the most fun things about being a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator is the friendships I’ve made. I have so many wonderful friends all over the world that I would never have met if I hadn’t decided to “take the plunge” and become a demonstrator. And, of course, I love having my own business. I can spend as much or as little time as I want – and that changes, depending on other circumstances in my life. Sometimes I have to back off a little, because I really need to put the time in another area. But other times, it’s a full time job.
Of course, I love getting together with stamping friends, and last Wednesday, we had our team meeting. (Ladies, we really need to decide on a name! That’s going on the agenda for November.) We spend most of the time going over business information – current promotions, business tips and tricks – and any questions anyone might have. Then we get to do a make and take. One team member gets to be the “Make & Take Hostess.” This month, it was Liz. I’m always amazed at the projects my team designs, and Liz “Wow”ed me again.
Stamp set: Delightful Decorations; Ink: Versamark; Paper: Brushed metallic – gold card stock; Other: Northern Frost decorative strip, basic pearls & rhinestones, linen thread, white embossing powder, heat tool, Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon, 1/8″ handheld circle punch, ornament punch; self-adhesive decorative paper, candle
Isn’t that just gorgeous? I want to light it, because I know that will be even more lovely, but then I can’t give it away. But I’m not sure I want to give it away. I’m going to have to buy some candles to make more of these!
Liz used a self-adhesive decorative paper for her snowflakes. To keep it “Stampin’ Up!® only,” you could substitute that for more gold card stock backed with the Sizzix adhesive sheets. I think that would work very well. You just cut out the snowflakes, adhere them to the candle and add some pearl centers.
Liz’s bow was gorgeous. It was a fancy one that’s really easy to make, but I was in a hurry and just slapped a basic “chase the bunny around the tree and into the hole” bow on mine. (So maybe I will keep this one and make some fancier ones to give away.) The ornament stamp is embossed on the gold card stock with white embossing powder. I’m also going to try using white ink and Iridescent Ice embossing powder. Or maybe mix the white powder with the glittery powder. But then it might be too much glitz (is that possible??). Anyway – emboss it, punch it out and tie it to the ribbon with some linen thread. Add a few rhinestones, and you have a very elegant gift. You could even do a set of 4 smaller votives. Or change the snowflakes to bells or hearts for a wedding or anniversary gift. Thanks, Liz, for a great gift idea!
If you’d like to join the fun, it’s really simple. Just go to my web site and click “Join now.” Within an hour, you’ll have a demo id number, so you’ll be able to access the Stampin’ Up® web site, and you’ll get an e-mail that tells you how to get your free Big Shot! or $100 in product.
This is a great business to be in! Paper crafters are spending more money each year – even with the bad economy. I think they’re trying to save money by making cards and gifts instead of buying them. And your overhead will be almost nothing. It’s really easy to make a profit, too, if you spend wisely. (Yes, I know; that’s a big “if.”) But you’ll get the first look at new stamps and accessories, and you’ll get to order them a month before your customers. And Stampin’ Up!® offers lots of incentives and rewards to demonstrators. So check out my site for information and techniques you can begin demonstrating as soon as you get your awesome kit. If you have more questions, feel free to contact me!
Have a wonderful weekend – and thanks for stopping by!