Hi my name is Alice and I am a stampin’ addict.
I have been hooked on rubber stamping for nearly 15 years ever since I saw gold embossing for the first time. I was attending a stamp party at the time hosted by my sister in law. Wow this was the craft I had looked for. I spent a lot of time learning about my new addiction and a lot of money on building my collection.
I took up scrapbooking soon after this after buying an American scrapbook magazine, I loved being able to present my photos in my scrapbooks but at that point in time there was little scrapbook product available in Australia so it was a matter of making do with what photo safe product I could find.
I even for a time ran my own stamp party business. But that changed in May 1999 when my daughter, Sarah, made her entrance into our family. Sarah was born with a number of problems and I spend the next 5 years going back and forth for Doctor and therapists appointments. When she started school, I spent the first year getting my breath back and helping here and there at her school. I started thinking about what I was going to do next. I wanted something to keep me challenged but that would allow me still to be there for Sarah.
Since April 2006, my addiction has gotten worse and I found the challenge I was looking for.
What happened in April?
In April 2006, Stampin’ Up! commenced operation in Australia. Sure I had heard of Stampin’ Up! stampers on Stamp Happy yahoo group had often mentioned this company from the US but I never ventured overseas to get my fixes (oh stamps) so had never really thought too much about them. Even did a project for my sister’s birthday last year using a template I found on Splitcoaststampers (a community of stampers mainly using Stampin’ Up product) but thought the stamps looked nice but…….. it was still overseas.
Well in March I attended Brisbane Paper Arts where SU was launching their Australian Business. I was with a friend who was absolutely in love with SU and wanted someone, anyone to sign up so she could get her fixes (stamps) from them. Me I had been toying with the idea of starting my own business for a while, either a party plan or an internet stamp shop. So I thought I would have a look at the SU offer. I got all the info I could from them that day and took it home and fell in love. I still had some questions and decided to go to the opportunity night here in Brisbane. I took with me a load of questions that I asked the managing director. The answers I got were exactly what I wanted to hear and I signed and sent the papers off the next day.
Fast forward to now and I haven’t regretted joining.
I love the Stampin’ Up opportunity. My business allows me work my own hours and fits in with my life. I can work around my husband’s shift work and be available to be there for Sarah. It allows me to volunteer to help out her school in the tuck-shop and to take on the position of President on the P & C committee and also be available for extra activities for her. I set up my family in my diary and work my Stampin’ Up business around us. It allows me to set my family as my first priority.
I love being part of a company that inspires my creativity with exclusive stamps and accessories that easily coordinate with each other. No more spending hours working out which colour goes with this one (this was always my biggest challenge). Stampin’ Up has taken all the guess work out of stamping for me. I love being able to share with others how easy it is to create beautiful work with Stampin’ Up!’s product. I love inspiring others to be creative. With Stampin’ Up!, I have the versatility of having my own business working my own hours.
My workshops have kept me very busy. In the beginning I was calling my workshops parties until Sarah said one morning on her way to school, “Mum are you going to a party again” Had to explain that my parties were my work and not just all cake and bickies. Now Sarah wants to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator when she grows up.
I can’t say being a demonstrator has made me rich overnight, I am too hooked on acquiring stamps for that, but I have earned free sets by achieving my Stampin’ Start Goals and others along the way. I have a lot of Stampin’ Up product to feed my addiction without using the housekeeping money which keeps my husband happy.
I attended the first Australian Convention in Sydney in May 2007 and was honoured to have achieved being in the top 25 Demos in Australia ( I was actually No. 20). It was such a thrill to walk across stage and receive a rose from Shelli Gardner. Convention was a great experience, meeting with other demos and attending the training sessions. It was very tiring and for me, emotional as well, it was the first time in seven years that I had been away from my family and that was hard. And each year I am look forward to the next Convention .
If you would like to more information on starting your own business with Stampin’ Up! , attending papercraft classes or buying Stampin’ Up! product contact me today