Thursday, July 29, 2010

I Did It!

Yep, I took the plunge. I am, once again, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Today, I got my email with my new ID# and password to get on the demonstrator website. I find it sad that my new ID# is 7 digits long. My old ID# was only 5 digits. Time rolls along! So things at Stampin' Up! haven't changed too much, but I've had a mental block for the past 2.5 years, so now I need to re-educate myself on all things SU! Another sad fact is that I only have about 12 current stamp sets. Sure, that's enough for workshops, but any self-respecting demonstrator knows that many more stamp sets are needed! Not to mention all the new accessories that have come out in the last 2-3 years.

Like the Big Shot! Beckie brought hers with her when she visited last month. It is so cool! I totally NEED one. It does so many cool things! And there is the Digital Scrap booking program that SU! has now. I have resisted digital scrap booking so far, but the samples I have seen with it are just beautiful! And honestly, I haven't actually scrap booked in a LONG time. So the idea of doing it all on the computer (where the pictures are anyway) is so awesome.

So here is my big plea: Wanna have a workshop? Or come to a class? Keep me in mind, I will be getting all my ducks in a row and setting up some events. As soon as I have my Demonstrator Website set up I will post a link here and you will be able to enjoy the world of Stampin' Up! at your leisure. Until then, keep crafting!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

To Be or Not to Be...a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Well, you probably already know that I was once a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. In fact, I was a demo for 8.5 years! I love creating and sharing the joy of creating. It was a hard decision to quit when I did in 2008. I hated to abandon my downline most of all. Over the past 2.5 years I have not regretted quitting at all. But now I am considering rejoining the SU! family.

My upline and dear friend, Beckie, came to visit last week and she had a lot of great ideas about me signing up. To sweeten the deal, there is a special for past demonstrators to rejoin for only $35.00!! Now I have a decision to make. Do I want to be a demo again?

I'm just not sure. There are many things I love out Stampin' Up! The main thing that I miss is the whole social aspect. I miss getting together with my fellow demos and with customers at workshops and at stamp camps. I also miss the big Stampin' Up! events like Leadership Conference and Convention. I really miss the sound of the UPS driver pulling up to my house with new stamps! I live on a corner and that darn UPS truck is in my neighborhood nearly every day, but he never stops here anymore. ; (

There are also a few things that I haven't missed about SU! I haven't missed worrying about making my quarterly sales quota. I haven't missed leaving my family in the evenings to go to a workshop. I haven't missed driving myself crazy trying to come up with new a fabulous make-n-takes, or card swaps. I haven't missed telling my kids I can't do something for them because I am getting ready for a workshop or stamp camp. And mostly, I haven't missed finding new customers and talking people into having workshops or buying stamps.

So there is my conundrum. Do I? or don't I? I'm open to opinions here, so feel free to leave a comment with your ever so humble opinion (and Beckie, I already know yours!). I have another week or so before I have to make my final decision. I will keep you posted.

Baby, Baby, Baby!

Today was card swap day. We swapped Baby Cards. They all turned out so cute! We didn't make assignments for gender specific cards. And we got a nice assortment. So take a look at this month's offering of swaps. I'm looking forward to next month already. We will have some fresh faces joining our swap.
Such a bright, adorable card by Nickie Kenyon.
Another one by Nickie, this one is soft and sweet. I love the lamb and the stitching.
I love the texture on this card by Christine Fouts
The snaps are so adorable on this card by Becca Goodwin
I love the color palette of pink and gray. By, DeeAnn Haworth.
So cute! I love the combo of stripes and polka dots. By, Lisa Jones.
This bunny is stamped on craft foam and colored with markers. By Michelle (Me) Tweedy.