I went to the Stampin'Up! convention in July and was challenged to refine "My story". I also am taking part in a 10 week class with various challenges. There also I am to tell my story, so read below. It may be a work in progress, so check back if it does not appear to be complete.
I have always been interested in crafts and have tried cross stitch, knitting, macrame, sewing (I made my wedding dress and some baby clothes many years ago), and I'm sure there are other things that I have forgotten about. I found rubber stamping over 20 years ago and enjoyed that I could create an entire project in one sitting. Nevermind that I wouldn't even want you to see some of the cards that I made back then!!
I bought stamps and paper at several craft stores as well as attended and hosted parties for several stamp companies including Stampin'Up! in the early 1990's. But being the frugal (think CHEAP!!) shopper that I was and still am, I bought the foam mounted stamps instead of the wood mount. Not a very professional look to my work. One year two friends and I got together to make Christmas cards and were using the toaster to emboss, talk about disaster, we burned more paper than we embossed.
Fast forward to 2002: A friend invited me to a Stampin'Up! party in Jan. I hosted my own party in Feb during Sell-A-Bration and earned lots of fun products. I was working full time as a nurse and also had a part time job at a Dr's office for "play money". That part time job came to an end in April. In June my upline, Shari Lackey, sent me a newsletter with an invitation to a stamp camp and a special offer to sign up as a demonstrator. I went to the stamp camp and talked to her more about signing up to make some extra money.
10 years later, I have made some money, but more than that I have made some lifelong friends all over the country. The other benefit of joining Stampin'Up! is that I have learned so much from my upline and sideline, using the training from the online website, going to convention and regional seminars, and reading the monthly magazine for demonstrators.
I feel such a sense of accomplishment when I finish a card or project. And I have always enjoyed teaching adults, so I love sharing this crativity with my customers. In reality I am not an artist, I can't draw a straight line, and would never be able to come up with ideas on my own, but by being able to CASE (copy and share everything) Stampin'Up! makes me look pretty good!!!
If you too want to:
1. Earn some extra money
2. Take fun trips to convention
3. Become more creative
4. Make more friends and spend time with the ones you already have
THEN THIS IS THE JOB FOR YOU! Call or email me about how to get started.