People have been leaving me kind comments and emails all week, so I guess I should fill-in-the-blanks for those of you who are not demonstrators or who haven’t read the latest issue. Stampin’ Up! publishes a magazine for demonstrators called Stampin’ Success. The magazine focuses on great projects with new products, some sneak peek items, inspiration for our stamping businesses and usually an interview with a demonstrator. I was super-excited when Stampin’ Up! reached out to me late last year to schedule an interview with me. I love to talk about stamping, and I am always happy to share my story. What an honor!
I reached out to Stampin’ Up! for permission to share the article with you, but (as I expected) I am not allowed to share the article in full. Because the magazine is for demonstrators only, I am only able to share the following picture of the article (with illegible words). While I would love to share the whole article, I understand and respect the reasoning behind this decision. Because you read my blog frequently, you know me better than an interview could convey, anyway – although this article writer provides a great synopsis of what I’m all about.
How exciting is that? I was so thrilled to be asked and so thrilled to be interviewed. I’ll likely pop out of my skin when the magazine actually arrives at my door. I am humbled and appreciative.
A Wrap-up of my Tools of the Trade Workshop
I’ve been sharing about my Tools of the Trade event for the past couple of weeks. Well, the event has come and gone, and I couldn’t be happier with how it went. The idea was born from a team meeting – I have several new demonstrators who aren’t familiar with many of Stampin’ Up!’s wonderful tools. I thought it would be great fun to offer a Tools of the Trade workshop where I give a quick “how to” for a huge variety of tools – Magnetic Platform, Blender Pens, Embossing Buddy…Here’s the flyer that advertised the event:
I brought one of my crafting tables and a whole bunch of chairs upstairs. Here’s the basket of tools I threw together to share with my guests – it pretty much includes everything in the Stampin’ Up! arsenal:
Pam, my wonderful friend and direct upline, offered to help out but was originally scheduled to work. At last-minute, she was able to come, so I had a fun sidekick with whom I could share the spotlight. The crowd that came was a mixed bag of awesome – a lot of demonstrators, a couple of customers, some incredible friends, customers of other demonstrators and Pam’s mom.
We all introduced ourselves to the group and told a little bit about ourselves. What fun! Quick summary: we were all trapped into loving stamping simply because someone showed it to us. Bandit was away for a kitty spa day, so there were no signs of him until the event was wrapping up:
I wrote all the tools and techniques on little pieces of paper – all in all, there were between 25 and 30 things I could talk about. I take that back – nothing can limit how much I talk. I guess I should say there were between 25 and 30 suggested topics. I put them out on the table and allowed each person to come up and pick one thing they wanted to see demonstrated or talked about. Photopolymer stamps. Fringe scissors. Craft scissors. Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Arm. AquaPainters. Blender Pens. Core’dinations Card Stock. Embossing. Stamp-a-ma-Jig. Clay Flower and Button Molds. Personalized Stamps. Stampin’ Write Markers. These are just a few of the topics we covered. Because there was so much experience in the room, the event quickly turned into a discussion with tips and tricks.
Jane chose “Envelope Punch Board” which allowed for a wonderful instructional from Pam. We moved around a lot during the event to make sure everyone saw what they wanted to see.
I only included one item in my basket that I have never used – Clay Flower and Button Molds. When the topic was announced, I winced. I offered it to the group, and Anne almost jumped out of her seat with excitement to showcase. Anne, by the way, is the non-demonstrator-customer-of-another-demonstrator in the group. She did an amazing job of showcasing this little-showcased product. We all left excited to make buttons and flowers.
My favorite product to showcase was the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig – probably because it’s a product and technique combined. I was surprised at the number of attendees who had never used it. They all had it (I think), but many didn’t know how to use it. That was exciting for me. In the action shot below, I was about to Stamp-a-Ma-Jig a pattern on a piece of paper we’d been using throughout the workshop, so prepare for a beautiful project.
If you’ll notice in the picture above, there’s a box of goodies at Pam’s feet. Each attendee left with a door prize that they got to choose from the box of goodies – drawings took place intermittently throughout the workshop. Woo hoo! There were several retired papers and ribbons and a couple of current items, too. I imagine it was just as fun to see what people selected as it was for them to select.
And here’s the finished product of my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig demonstration. I warned you that the page was filled with other demonstrations. Anyway I lined up three chevrons from Geometrical to create a Cherry Cobbler pattern. It looks like I was questioning my pride in the final design.
I am so happy I decided to host this event. It was such a joy to meet some of the demonstrators in the Atlanta area and to share our passion for stamping with each other. I’m so glad I had Pam with me – she’s the perfect sidekick, and we work well as a team.
I hope you enjoyed this recap of our fun time. I want to host more of these events in the future – and maybe they can just get bigger and bigger. Although I don’t host a lot of events and workshops (and that’s partly by design), I feel like I am at my best when I’m in front of a group.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Clearance Rack. Going, going, gone. The Clearance Rack was restocked with a handful of awesome products last night – some great kits, accessories, ribbons and Designer Series Paper! Now’s a really great time to check it out – and earn Sale-a-Bration credits while you’re at it. Items are only good while supplies last. (I noticed that some items are not marked down in the store yet – based on previous experience, I suggest you go ahead and buy it and then contact Stampin’ Up! after-the-fact for the discount so that the product doesn’t sell out first). Check them out here.
Today is the day that Stampin’ Up! announces its Weekly Deal items – a variety of products that are discounted this week only. To see which items are discounted this week or to purchase any of these items in my online store, click here.