Happy 2nd Stampin’ Up! Anniversary to ME!!!!
Don’t forget about Sale a Bration….!
3 days left!!!
2 years! TWO YEARS!!!!
Wow, has that time flown by incredibly fast!
As you can see from the above ‘ticker’, there are only 3 days left of Sale a Bration, and the year that I joined, that promotion had been extended by a week so not only did I streak in at the last minute, but I streaked in under an extension at that!
When I first joined, I had been happily making notebooks and stationery that I was selling in an online shop that I had as well as at Craft Fayres. I just wanted the 20% discount on my purchases that Stampin’ Up! offers. I was more than happy with that.
But very quickly I realised that I didn’t want to spend every evening creating dozens of identical projects. As a crafter I wanted the creativity but not the repetition that having a shop selling completed projects required. And my husband’s working hours changed and it meant that I had little time to get out to craft fayres either.
It’s not a new story that I’m sharing, but one that I feel important to tell…. while I didn’t consciously plan to start doing youtube videos or have a daily blog, as soon as I made up my mind to do this as my business, I had a plan in mind of what I wanted to do and how I wanted to achieve it.
I recall my first videos were filmed when my youngest son was having his afternoon naps and sometimes I didn’t have a blog post to correspond with the video and yes, it was all a little sporadic, but within a couple of months I was well into the swing of having a daily blog post. In fact, back about 18 months ago, I used to have 3 videos a week and not just a blog post every day, but an extra one in the afternoon on video days! 10 a week! Crazy!
But for the last year and a half, I’ve settled into what I feel is a happy routine for me. I have 3 card projects a week, 3D video tutorials 3 times a week and my Sunday mash up with my other business.
It works well for me, isn’t unmanageable at all. I do regularly get asked if I have extra hours in the day and people do wonder how I ‘manage’ with a husband who works shifts and 4 small boys. Well I don’t have extra hours in the day, I don’t leave them to fend for themselves, I just have fun. And when you have fun you seem to get more done.
I don’t see any of what I do as a chore. I think if I did I wouldn’t be here. But I love it. I love stamping and creating and sharing and just being Pootles in a wonderfully creative world where so many people just merge together to share their ideas and their projects.
I adore Stampin’ Up! both the products and the company. As a demonstrator I get phenomenal support from my upline and from my own team, but also from our corporate team too. It’s a pleasure to spend time with them at corporate events, and a bit of a highlight of my personal career in the last few months was when I flew to Orlando for the Leadership event and Donna Griffith, an SU trainer, created one of my projects. Live. On stage! I was in the back row and nearly fell off my chair!
Head office had heard of me! little me! The English chick living in a little village in North Wales!
talk about humbled!
But all of what’s happened over the last 2 years has been the best for me. As I said before, I absolutely love what I do. I work hard and enjoy it all.
5 months ago I had the pleasure of walking across the stage at our Annual Convention for a number of categories, and a few weeks ago I was thrilled to see that I had achieved over £100,000 in lifetime net sales and my husband did a proper jaw drop when I told him. Of course, I’d been keeping an eye on it myself, but I have to say, I did a little whoop too!
So in all, the last 2 years have been incredible and I can’t wait for the future!
I want to end my rambly mushy fluffy post today with a little giveaway.
I wondered at first what to do as a giveaway. I did consider having products at first, but because I know so many of you are outside the 5 countries I can supply, that would have immediately ruled you out as I can’t even gift you products.
So instead, I have 10 of my recent cards (in the photos below!) that I want to pack up and parcel to 10 different people.
All you have to do is leave me a comment over the next 7 days and I will then get one of the boys to choose 10 comments at random and I’ll reply to you to request your address.
As ever, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.