So, I went and did a thing…

After a decade or more of ordering through many demonstrators, I finally joined the Stampin’ Up! team.

Stampin’ Up! provides an exclusive line of decorative stamp sets and accessories for handmade cards, scrapbooking, craft projects and home decor. Their products are not available in stores but may be purchased online or through the catalog or parties. I really, REALLY like their products.

Making and sending cards is nothing new for me. Many of you have probably received one of my creations. I am part of a Card Club, where we make cards, not play them. We have been meeting monthly for easily ten years with only minor member shuffling. We’ve maintained a social and creative outlet through careers, kids/grandkids, graduations, health issues, weddings, etc. Enduring through times when social and creative outlets are what keep you busy and give you something to look forward to.

My commitment to SU!, not coincidentally, aligned with lockdown when I was stuck at home. I spend about the same amount of money on crafting as I always did, but my purchases are more focused. No Michael’s, no Hobby Lobby, no vinyl for the Cricut, or paint for the rocks. That doesn’t mean my options are limited, though. I still find plenty of fun things to do and make with SU! supplies.

I registered under a friend I met through Facebook. I’ve spent much time and many dollars supporting other representatives and Rachel Traudt convinced me that I ought to give it a try. She is an active, engaging, and inspirational Team Leader who has been most helpful answering my rookie questions. A Card Club friend and I tried to join as a team, but they only allow solo accounts. Like most other home-businesses, it’s a pyramid. I won’t say ‘scheme’ because aside from meeting the quarterly requirements, there are no other obligations. They are actually quite generous with their offers and expectations. I will say, though, they strongly encourage recruitment. So, if you’re on the fence…I’m here for you!

I’m just a Hobby Demonstrator, but the benefits are the same as others at my level. Bennies grow as sales do, of course, but I can participate in challenges and contests (of which I have won several amazing prizes), am able to connect with demonstrators from all over the world, and have early access to sales and new product. Seriously, I am having so much fun with the opportunities allotted to demonstrators, I want everyone to DO IT! So, yeah, recruitment.

There are SO MANY things I love about SU! products and supplies…I am a paper junkie and I believe they have the best designer series papers and coordinating cardstock and embellishments. SU! also has everything else you might need to craft–from inks, stamps, and dies to paper cutters, adhesives, and embossing tools.

Ever Eden Specialty Designer Series Paper
Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper
Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper

LOVE THE PAPER!

Interested, but no experience and wondering where to begin? Try a Paper Pumpkin kit. Order once, or subscribe here. These kits are delivered to you monthly and include everything you need to create cards, crafts, and other projects. There are groups online that are full of additional ideas for the provided supplies to expand your options.

https://www.stampinup.com/products/prepaid-paper-pumpkin-subscription-3-month

As I mentioned, I’m doing this for (me and) my Card Club, but if YOU need any paper crafting supplies, feel free to hit me up. If you are unfamiliar with Stampin’ Up!, I am happy to introduce you. There is no minimum amount needed and you don’t have to host a party. But if your order qualifies, there are rewards! Check out the website, stampinup.com, browse, then find my name listed under the Find a Demonstrator tab on the upper left side of the screen. Or contact me directly for a catalog or to place an order.

A few examples of Stampin’ Up! products in use.

I SHOULD BE WRITING, but since I’m not, at least I’m still creating.

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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