Major News! I’m Stepping Up My Crafting Game
Last week I teased that I was going to have a big announcement for all my crafting buddies. Well the time has come to reveal! I’ve been a casual card crafter (try saying that five times fast) for about 15 years now, which is INSANE. But I feel like I’m ready to take on something more, so I’ve decided to step up my game and become a Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! That means I get to do even more crafting and people can purchase Stampin’ Up products directly through me.
I’ve used Stampin’ Up products for a while now. If you didn’t read my ode to the company back in August, let’s paraphrase and say I’m a big fan. The quality and value of their products has always been excellent, so I am very confident about putting my name behind them.
What Does Being a Demonstrator Mean?
As a Demonstrator, I will have the opportunity to do A LOT more with my crafting. Create how-to’s on my blog? Check. Put together kits for dead-simple DIY? Check. Learn new techniques that I can share with people? Check. Help people with individual purchases? Double check. If there is any interest, I can even do classes or live demonstrations. It’s gonna be fun!
Being a Demonstrator IS a sales role. It’s not just sales though, there’s a lot more to it. I’m in this for the crafting and the fun. So yes, we will still be friends even if you never ever purchase anything. It also means that from time to time there will be posts on this blog that contain links to products I am selling. There are commission based incentives behind any sales I make, so I will always make sure to be very clear about this in each and every post they appear.
What Does Being a Demonstrator NOT Mean?
I know what you’re thinking. “Oh great. Another person I know who’s signed up for a direct-sales gig. As if I don’t already get enough products pushed at me – Stella and Dot, Norwex, doTerra, Epicure, Avon, I could go on and on!” Take a deep breath.
I am not doing this inundate you with Facebook offers or blog posts selling products. Nor will I bring catalogues to our coffee dates or invite you to those awkward selling parties where you sit in a dark corner drinking wine, praying you can either hide or get away with buying the cheapest thing available and I’ll leave you alone. I am doing this purely because I love crafting and I want to take my hobby a little more seriously.
IF you want to craft, great! IF you want to craft together, even better! IF there’s a technique, project, or product that you’d like some help with, I’m all ears. But that’s the end of it. When I post how-to’s, it’s because it’s a project I wanted to do and I thought someone might like to see or try it.
What Are My Next-Steps as a Demonstrator?
Now that I have finished setting up the business end of being a Demonstrator, my next step is to start actually crafting! I’ve spent weeks pouring over the Stampin’ Up holiday catalogue and designing my 2017 Christmas cards. I’ve placed the order for the supplies I need, and they should be arriving soon.
My design this year is….ambitious. To be honest, I’m equally excited and terrified of what I’ve decided to do. It combines three different stamp sets, two different die cut sets, at least three different inks, heat-embossing, embellishments, and a technique (and a product!) I’ve never, ever used before. There’s a lot going on. As a result, you can expect to see a bunch of upcoming posts showing how I am experimenting with things and how the cards are coming together. I may also post some side-projects like gift tags. It depends on the time commitment this card design turns out to be.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about my crafting, Stampin’ Up, or any of your own projects, please connect with me and I’d love to chat!