My First Year as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

Posted in Team Rees
on February 23, 2018
1st Anniversary Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

To start with let me say, signing up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator has changed my life in ways I could only dream of. But before I go into all that let me tell how it all started.

In the beginning

I have been a paper crafter for over 20 years and I was in the market for rubber stamps when I spied an advertisement for used stamped at a home just up the street from where I live. When I arrived at the home I was bedazzled by all the wonderful paper crafting supplies and the sheer number of stamp sets this lady owned. Her name is Francine Wilson and she sells Stampin’ Up! rubber stamps. As we talked she informed me she held a card making class in her home once a month and I was welcome to come. I said yes I would love to.

The next week when I arrived I was introduced to three other ladies and we spent the evening getting to know each other while making our cards. It was one of the best times I’d had and I made three (four counting Francine) new friends. I couldn’t wait for the next month’s class.

My first card class

After a few months I started thinking how I would love to have card making classes in my home. I love to entertain and teaching comes naturally to me. So I decided to sign up and be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator myself.  I was Francine’s first downline and our friendship has developed into something wonderful.

The adventure begins

I ordered my kit and immediately started learning everything I could from the company demonstrator website. I scheduled my first home party with a friend that sells Pampered Chef. It was a great success. The sales from that class met my qualifying order for my quarter and I was flying on cloud nine. Continued sales from those customers and my own purchases led to my first advancement in the company and I was recognized at my first convention.

Stampin' Up! Onstage

Training in marketing and selling

All this was good but I hadn’t started my home classes like I had envisioned when I first signed up. So I dug in my heals and planned and prepared for my first monthly class. It was good.  I had 3 people come. However, no one came to next 2 classes and only 1 came to the one after those.  My sales and customer base were not increasing even though I was writing 3 blog posts a week, active on my Facebook business page and selling at craft fairs and vendor events.  I needed help. Selling and Marketing classes seemed like a good idea. I spent quite a bit of money for this education but I still wasn’t seeing the results I wanted.

Things were looking dismal until

I prayed. I asked God that if this card making business was really something I should be pursuing then I needed some kind of sign. I want to tell you what happened next is why I say this business has changed my life in ways I could only dream of. Not 5 minutes after that prayer I got a text from a lady I met at a vendor event and she said she was coming to my card class and bringing 2 friends! That class ended up having 8 people attend and amazing sales! Two people I had talked to earlier in the year about signing up to be a demonstrator signed up that week.  At the next month’s class I had 6 people attend and my third demonstrator sign up. God had given me a sign!

In conclusion

The first year of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator has taught me quite a few things that really have changed my life. First it’s my faith.  I have been a Christian since I was 11 years old. I’ve always been told God will answer my prayers and provide for my needs if I would just believe. Ever since that earlier prayer I have continually asked God to help me with this business. Just the other day I asked him to help me learn what to say in order to get better sales. An ad for a free webinar titled The Magic Words to Selling showed up in my Facebook news feed!

Besides a stronger faith I have discovered this business is all about relationships. The friends I am making are priceless treasures money could never replace.

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Last but certainly not least, I’ve learned to not give up. I won’t lie. It has been hard work learning the ins and outs of owning a small home based business but it has been worth it. It has given me more confidence in myself. Who would have thought a year ago I would know how to create and run my own blog, how to keep financial records and to organize my papers and supplies.

There is still so much to learn and I am looking forward to this next year’s journey.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to each and everyone of you for your friendship and giving me the opportunity to by your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

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Why You’ll Love Our Popular Paper Pumpkin Subscription Boxes

Posted in Products
on February 21, 2018
Why You'll Love Our Paper Pumpkin Subscription Boxes

Our popular Paper Pumpkin subscription boxes are having a birthday!

March 2018 is Paper Pumpkin’s 5th anniversary and we are kicking it off with a truly exciting campaign. Not only are we celebrating five years of creating and sharing together, but Stampin’ Up! also want to say thank you to all the customers who have helped us reach this great milestone. And what better way to do that than with a March kit which includes a fantastic, FREE gift and a specially designed, one-of-a-kind box? This kit is gorgeous, collectible, and is almost sure to go down in Paper Pumpkin history as an all-time customer favorite!

3 Reasons You’ll Love Paper Pumpkin

  • A FREE gift in the March kit
  • All inclusive kit each month so you don’t have to have a room full of crafting supplies to complete each projects
  • Belong to a community of crafters that make a difference in the lives of others by creating glad hearts and smiles every month

Paper Pumpkin everything you need for a creative escape

The FREE gift

The free gift complements the kit but is not needed to complete the kit. It is exclusive to the March Paper Pumpkin kit and cannot be found anywhere else.  This gift is a crafting product with a wide range of use that can be used on a variety of papercrafting projects and  has an approximate retail value of $6-$8 USD/$8-$10 CAD when compared to similar products offered by Stampin’ Up!.

Must be subscribed by March 10 at 11:50 PM (MT) to receive your FREE gift.

All Inclusive Kit

All inclusive means you will have everything you need to complete the project in your box.  Your first box comes with the acrylic block to adhere each months photopolymer stamps to. Also each month comes with a different colored mini ink pad. You get adhesive, paper and all the embellishments for that months kit and step by step photo instructions.

Besides what’s in the box there is also  videos on the Paper Pumpkin YouTube channel.

Belong to the Paper Pumpkin Community

Once you are a subscriber you will want to join the Facebook group Paper Pumpkin Fan Club. It is a community of over 15,000 members. We share what we have created and answer questions you may have. We love seeing how other creatives alter the design to create something different and unique.

Another part of our community is the new 5th anniversary campaign hashtag #paperpumpkin5  This hashtag helps anyone who is searching for that tag on social media to find posts using that hashtag, so make sure you’re tagging all of your 5th anniversary posts!

Subscribe Today

Paper Pumpkin subscription boxes can help you make a difference in the lives of others by creating glad hearts and smiles with each months unique projects. Think how happy your friend will feel when she receives that handmade card you made or how delighted your niece will be when she gets that treat bag filled with goodies.

There are 2 ways to order your Subscription boxes

  • Monthly payment of $19.95 taken out of your account the 11th of each month (cancel anytime) shipping included
  • Prepaid subscriptions of  1 mo $20/ 3 mo $59/ 6 mo $114 and/ 12 mo $215

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President’s Day Activity

Posted in Let's Get Creative
on February 19, 2018
President's Day Color Challenge Activity

Happy President’s Day! For some of us in the United States, President’s Day is a school holiday and that means the kids are home.  And what do you do with board kid that are stuck at home? Get out the arts and crafts!

For this President’s Day I thought a color challenge would be fun. Create a card using Red, White and Blue.

I’ve been wanting to use Stampin’ Up! new Brusho Color Crystals and this project is the perfect choice because they burst when they hit water.  Kind of like a fireworks show on paper.  And fireworks are just what we need to celebrate our awesome presidents of this amazing country.

Stampin' Up! Brusho Crystal Color

President’s Day Color Challenge Activity

Today in honor of President’s Day I am creating a card using red, white and blue.

  • Tape a piece of watercolor paper to a board to keep it flat through the process.
  • Take a spray bottle filled with water. Give the paper one good spray.
  • Next take the Prussian Blue crystals and tap in two different spots.
  • Second take the Brilliant Red and tap a few times around the blue.
  • Do NOT touch the paper. Let it sit there until it is completely dry (about an hour)

President's Day Color Challenge Activity Brusho

Card Details

  • Once the paper is completely dry stamp the large butterfly in Versamark Ink in the upper right corner
  • Heat emboss the butterfly with white embossing powder
  • Stamp “thinking of you” on a scrap of Whisper White card stock
  • Trim the sentiment and snip a flag tail on one end
  • Trim watercolor paper to 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Glue the watercolor paper to a piece of Whisper White card stock 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Glue layers on a Dapper Denim card base 8 1/2″ x %1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • adhere flag sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals

President's Day Color Challenge Activity closeup

President’s Day is one of those holidays that gets looked over. This year why don’t you start a new tradition of making a craft to celebrate the occasion. Using these new Brusho crystals will make your crafting so much fun!

Brusho crystals are available in my shop as well as all the supplies to make this card. Just click on the thumbnail image and it will take you to that item in my shop.

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More FREE Stamps Available Today

Posted in Products
on February 16, 2018
2018 Sale a Bration 2nd release Finally here

Yes, 3 new items are now available! It’s the second release of the 2018 SALE-A-BRATION Catalog!

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for spring. Here in North Texas it was 75 degrees yesterday and this morning we have another cold front blowing through. The temperature is plummeting with 30 mph winds as I’m writing to you this morning.

So, to get mind off the yucky weather I’m going to share all the new wonderful springtime items in the new SALE-A-BRATION catalog with you!

Eclectic Expressions

First is the new Eclectic Expressions stamp set. This stamp set has two of the most popular sentiments in the card making world, Happy Birthday and Thank You. It would be perfectly paired the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper we carry in our Annual Catalog

Eclectic Expressions stamp set from the 2nd Sale a Bration release

Eclectic Expressions stamp set from the 2nd Sale a Bration release

Springtime Foil Specialty Paper

I want to bring you attention to this beautiful new rose gold foil embossed paper! The photo does not do it justice. The beautiful sheen is so elegant.  Do you have a wedding coming up? This is the perfect paper for such a card or decorations for the bridal shower.

Spring Rose Gold Foil Designer Series Paper 2018 Sale a Bration

Spring Rose Gold Foil Designer Series Paper Stampin Up 2018 Sale a Bration

Blooming Basket Bundle

And finally the Blooming Basket Bundle! I predict this is going to sell out fast. The Flower Basket is perfect for Mother’s Day, Easter or any Spring event you have coming up. But it’s the Basket Weave Embossing Folder that everyone is talking about!

Spring Basket Bundle Stampin Up 2018 Sale a Bration

Spring Basket Bundle Stampin Up 2018 Sale a Bration

Click on the image below to see the full PDF file of this new catalog.

2018 Stampin Up SALE A BRATION Catalog










Keep in mind that as we near the end of Sale-A-Bration (March 31st) these items may sell out. They are only available while supplies last.

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Elegant Birthday Card made with Beautiful Peacock stamp set

Posted in Let's Get Creative
on February 12, 2018
Beautiful Peacock Elegant Birthday Card Title

What better way to make an elegant birthday card than to use an elegant beautiful peacock as it’s focal point? The peacock is a magnificent bird, and its vivid, iridescent plumage is stunning. It makes a beautiful focal point for any type of card you need to make.  The peacock on this card  is from the new Beautiful Peacock stamp set. You can find it on page 7 of the 2018 SALE-A-BRATION Catalog and is available for a limited time only.

Beautiful Peacock stamp set

This stamp set is not only perfect for an elegant birthday card but would also make a beautiful thank you card, sympathy card or a simple note card.  This stamp set is only available with a qualifying order of $50 during our amazing SALE-A-BRATION!

Beautiful Peacock stamp set with card examples

This elegant birthday card was very easy to make. Details are listed below.


Peacocks are traditionally blue and green but I decided to change things up a bit. I stayed with just two colors, Pool Party and Calypso Coral.

Beautiful Peacock Elegant Birthday Card inside

First I stamped the body of the peacock and fussy cut it out. Using the layering circles thinlit dies I cut out two scalloped circles in my two colors and layered them behind the peacock tail. Before assembling the card I stamped the flourishing tail at angles on both sides of a Pool Party ribbon. I used Stampin’ Dimentionals to give my peacock focal piece some depth. For a finishing touch I added clear enamal dots and a bow.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful You stamp set.

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope you like this elegant birthday card made with the Beautiful Peacock stamp set.
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2nd catalog release is scheduled for February 16.
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