Our Stampin’Up! Story…

10 years ago, we were trying to find something in common.  We had nothing, nothing, nothing in common!   Wendy wanted to garden but I hate the sun.  I love the snow, but Wendy hates the cold.  I did needlepoint and Wendy did crocheting which is closer together, but whenever we went to JoAnn Fabrics,  I went to the scrapbooking section and Wendy went over to the yarn & fabric section.   We were still not together.

So one day when we walked into JoAnn's, there was a class on how to make cards.  Wendy thought this looked like fun AND I thought it looked like fun so we took the class.  This was something we could do together!  So, we asked the lady and she recommended Stampin'Up! products even though she was not a Stampin'Up! demonstrator. 

As usual, I wanted to start right away so I bought a black ink pad, a stamp set or two and some other nominal supplies.   We went home, inked up this intricate stamp set with a black marker then colored it with a blender pen.  Yes, it ended up as a big brown mess. 

So, we needed help.  We contacted a demonstrator in Madison, who was more than happy to drop off a catalog for $9.95 plus shipping and handing and you know how I feel about that.  Even so, I ordered the catalog, looked through it and made a list of  all the items we (OK, I) wanted and contacted the demonstrator to place our order.

I was told the only way I could place an order was to have a workshop!  I had never been to a party workshop and had no idea what this was all about.  Wendy told me she could invite her Mother & Sister and her friend who would attend since she had gone to her Tupperware party.    I was so not good at waiting.

We couldn't have a workshop until 2 weeks later but we could come to a class that next Saturday.  So, we went to her class.  (This is the much toted lady who made us the cut the 1" double sided tape the long way, and insulted us about our weight! We were so upset.)

While I was waiting for our workshop to arrive so I could place our order, we found out that Stampin'Up! was coming out with all new ink pads.  This would be the ink pads with the flip top that we all love! On Friday as we were driving home from Madison through Waunakee, we saw a community sale.  So we stopped to check it out and the very FIRST thing we found was a Stampin'Up demonstrator selling retired items.  She told us about the new ink pads that were available so we gave her our entire order plus all the new ink pads, in all the color families AND all the craft ink pads too.

We did have our workshop with the first demonstrator and gave her a $25 order and we never even got our order from her!

The Demonstrator from Waukakee brought my order to us.   Since she wanted to thank us for our order, she gave us a little stamp set.  We were so excited we had this demonstrator come and give us classes.  And each time, I placed a $500 order with her.  And with every order, this demonstrator would give me a little stamp set as a thank you gift.  I remember thinking that was so nice of her.

Then I found out about Hostess Benefits. (We later found out too that those cute little stamp sets were retired Sale-A-Bration stamp sets!  Note for life – Always read the manual!)  To be fair, the Waunakee Demonstrator did ask if we wanted to be hostesses but we hought you had to sell $3000 a quarter, not $300 a quarter and we -Wendy- did not want to spend that much even though we -Cheryl- did! )

But even after these many reasons NOT to be a part of Stampin'UP, we decided to become Stampin'Up! Demonstrators.  So I called Stampin'Up! and found a local demonstrator and made sure she wasn't a part of these other people upline or downline.   We decided that we were definitely NOT going to do classes or workshops – Only BIG projects!  (Needless to say that sure has changed over the past 10 years!)

So that's how we got involved in Stampin'Up and we wanted to celebrate with our WONDERFUL Customers by having a Terrific SALE just in time for the new catalog!