Some of you will remember that I joined Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator in 2006 as a way to finance my paper-craft hobby (more likely, my addiction). It proved to be great fun and for nearly 4 years, it was my part-time job. In 2009 other employment opportunities presented and I found myself overwhelmed with work and family responsibilities.
By 2010, I had reluctantly taken a step back from running Stampin' Up! workshops, classes and events. However, I remain very involved in paper-craft as a hobbyist and thanks to my loyal friends who have supported me with their Stampin' Up! orders, I have been able to continue as an active demonstrator. While the discounted product is useful, it really isn't about the money. It's about my love of Stampin' Up! products, the Stampin' Up! friends I've made and the Stampin' Up! resources available to me.
And so to 2011 where life continues to be busy but I recently found myself in a position to run a Stampin' Up! demonstration for a paper craft friend. Nothing like jumping in the deep-end, with a party of 12 including some ladies completely new to the craft. The hostess was terrific, truly made my job easier and the guests lovely. Soon I was back on the Stampin' Up! wagon and the result was a very enjoyable session.
Above is one of the make-and-take cards from the gathering. I had in mind the upcoming Mother's Day when I planned it but it would suit most occasions. I chose a monochromatic colour scheme because I wanted to show those new to the craft that you can start on a small scale and still make a pretty card. This card uses a very popular set called Elements of Style. It really is so versatile, especially if you like to colour-in. I'd have to say it isn't my usual style of stamps but I really love it. I've also used the Square Lattice embossing folder which is in the current Summer Mini catalogue (ending today, 31 March 2011). Again, there is so much you can do with the embossing folder and your BigShot.
Thanks to those who have contacted me asking about my Stampin' Up! involvement and my future intentions. I plan to remain as a demonstrator. In amongst general paper-crafting, I will be updating this blog with Stampin' Up! creations and special offers. And I will gratefully process any orders you might consider placing with me. Of course, I understand if you already have a preferred Stampin' Up! supplier and welcome your friendship regardless :)
Before I go, I want to thank my fellow Inklings stampers, Jayne Mercer, Carolyn Gibbs and Malyn Mawby for their loan of handy items for my workshop. I really appreciate their help.
Thanks for reading and please visit again soon as the new Stampin' Up! Autumn-Winter mini catalogue goes live tomorrow (Friday 1 April). I love autumn, especially the colours of autumn and the "festival of the falling leaves".
Love from Crafty Kim