Estella Banks
Chief Creative Officer & Founder
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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(714) 264-0026

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Have you ever wondered...

how one makes the decision to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?

We'll here's a little (okay a really lonnnnnng) story about how I became a demonstrator...

Way back in 2002, my darling daughter (DD) was jus' a weeee little young'n and she needed a good babysitter. I found this here babysitter gal, named Andrea - but she liked to be called Miss Amy, through a referral agency in Orange County, Ca-li-for-ni-a. After a little while, Miss Amy started showing me all these puuurrrty things she was making with sum'um called rubbah stamps from this never-before-heard-of company called Stampin' It Up! -- I mean Stampin' Up! She invited me to a little round-up called a workshop on her back patio one really nice spring day, kinda like today, 'cept it was in March, cuz I got some free stamps with my order during that special promotion called Sell-a-Bration - that's what they called it back in them there days.

So at this round-up, um er, workshop thing, we made sum really puurrrty projects using stamps, ink and paper - we wuz taking a SIP of what Stampin' Up! had to offer. Boy oh boy wuz that a fuuuuunnn afternoon! I went home thinkin' 'bout that paper and them inks and them there stamps and I was jus' a tinglin' when I though 'bout all the things I could make to put a smile on someone's face - 'specially mine! I been liking to make things with my hands, see, since I wuz jus' a little girl so this wuz jus' like destiny fell right in my lap!

After a few days of thinking 'bout it and waiting for the boss wo-man to pass me my paycheck, I made the big decision to become a demonstrator and the rest is his-stor-y! Miss Amy has gone on to be with the Lord, unexpectedly, at a very young age of 41, but I am thankful that she introduced me to Stampin' Up! and I have been enjoying it every minute since April 23, 2003. (If you're a quick math-y person, I'm going on my 6th anniversary!) I'm happy for Amy because I know she is at peace and knew the Lord before she passed -- so one day I will see her again. We had lots of laughs and shared a lot of creativity.

What I love about Stampin' Up! are the people that I been blessed to meet and the relationships that I been blessed to develop. One of my closest friends, who is now a demonstrator too, I met because of an event where I shared a Stampin' Up! project (a mini scrapbook album) at a baby shower for a group of unwed teenagers in 2005.

I also really like ...
  • the one-of-a-kind Stampin' Up! stamps
  • the Classic and Craft inks
  • the "yummy" cardstock, textured cardstock, & Designer Series Paper
  • the home decor line of vinyl art called Decor Elements (which by the way makes a laptop look great),
  • the new Sizzix BigShot and the exclusive Stampin' Up! dies,
  • the Simply Scrappin' Kits,
  • the Simply Sent card making elements and complete card kits...
  • shall I go on?

I also really like...
  • having my own "store" in my catalog
  • getting a great demonstrator discount -- One of the reasons I started as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator was to get my products at a discount.
  • receiving the exclusive demonstrator newletter/magazine called Stampin' Success -- some of my dear customer-friends tell me I'm so very creative and I say thank you -- my "secret," though, is that I am also a great imitator of others' beautiful work
  • having access to the demonstrator-only website with training and inspiration galore
  • attending Stampin' Up! events like the Annual Convention in Salt Lake City last August and the Seattle Regional convention this past Friday -- lots of great training and creative inspiration!
There are so many great reasons to become a demonstrator! Just in case you are on the fence leaning in towards the Stampin' Up! business opportunity, let me just git my feather here and push you right into a great adventure of creativity, fun, friends, and oh yeah, we earn a bit too (how much depends on you!). Stampin' Up! is offering an unprecedented three-payment option for the Demonstrator Starter ($199 + tax -- Stampin' Up! pays the shipping for your kit -- how nice!) through April 30, 2009.

I am also excited because I can offer you a $50 discount on the Starter Kit through May 4, 2009, cuz I wuz a good girl and went to the Seattle Regional!

Won't you join me in this fun and creative adventure? Click on the Join Stampin' Up Link for more information. To take advantage of the special $50 discount, please call me get started today!

Bye for now... y'all come back now, y' hear? :-)

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