In August 2009 I spent three days at my friend Donna’s house in Edmonton. I had not seen Donna in five years. We used to have lots of fun Tole painting together back in Germany. She gave me the tour of the house and I noticed all these items that were totally unfamiliar to me (punches, Big Shot) and lots of card stock and ink pads. I started wondering, if I had missed the boat on new equipment for my painting hobby – so funny!
Donna surprised me when she announced that we would be making a card. I never made a card before, never heard about stamping or Stampin’Up, never had a stamp in my hands before – I did not really need a card, and if I did, I’d buy one. Of course I did not want to disappoint my dear friend and followed her to 'the crafts' room.
One hour later I was well on my way to becoming a Stampin’Up demo – only I did not realize it at that time. During the first session Donna showed me how to make my first card and a little treat box. She had answers for my many questions. I could easily sense the pride she took in introducing me to this new craft and in her own gentle, quite way she lead me to “success”. That same evening I attended my first workshop. I admit I was overwhelmed by all this new "stuff". My head was spinning and that night I dreamt of glitter, ink and having my fingers embossed by the Big Shot.
At the end of my visit I left with the Idea Book & Catalogue and many finished projects safely stowed away in my luggage. A few days later my daughter’s friend announced that she would be getting married in summer 2010. After looking through the catty, she wondered what it would take to make wedding invitations. At that point I was not confident that I could do that, but promised to check with Donna. Back in Edmonton Donna helped me design some samples and soon after I received the request to make the invitations by end February.
It was time to “sign up”. How exciting, so much to read, so much to see, so much to wonder about – but with Donna as my upline readily available to guide me I had no worries. I was going to be able to work from my home, doing what I enjoy and I was going to be able to make extra money to help me finance my business and new hobby.
Let me tell you all – the best of this process was the arrival of the UPS driver bringing the start-up kit and my first big order shortly after. It was like Christmas all over again.
Making the wedding invitations for Liv and Derek as my first big project was such a rewarding experience; personally delivering them to the happy couple was the best feeling ever. What a great start for my new career!
I have been a demo for a little while, had two promotions and am aiming for the next step. I love what I do, because it brings me joy and pleasure to create beautiful projects and passing on the skills to my friends and customers, all while using high quality Stampin’Up products. If you can see yourself have similar experiences, why not call me and I will be more than happy to assist you in getting started with your own business.
I am steadily working towards making my business a success and I can assure you that I truly am very happy while doing so.