My Story

Being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is so rewarding. Not only do I get to be creative every day, I also get to be a creative coach, offering fresh project ideas and encouragement to my customers and friends.

For me, helping someone create that perfect project for a special occasion is the best feeling in the entire world. After all, creating cards, scrapbook pages, and gift items is about more than just stamps and ink—it’s about sharing a part of yourself with the people you love.

Back in 1996 I was invited to my first stamping party. I had no idea what to expect but it was a night out so I figured why not try something new. Once I saw how much fun it was creating handstamped cards I was instantly hooked. The first set I bought was Button Bear, remember him? I wanted everything in the catalog so I decided to sign up to support my "habit". At first I had no intention of selling, I just wanted the discount. But people would ask about the cards I was creating and they wanted to learn how they could do it too.
So I started out small and before long I realized I wasn't selling product, I was teaching people how rubber stamps could be used to make cards, gifts and other items that would be personalized and from the heart.  It didn't matter if you considered yourself artistic, anyone could do it and have fun in the process. I absolutely loved doing demonstrations in people's homes and watching as they created something they could be proud of. I decided to branch out and teach classes in my home and at a few local high schools for their evening Continuing Education classes.  
At the time I was a stay at home mom but when my youngest started first grade I decided to go back to work full time. As my kids grew older they were involved in so many activities and my job required me to travel quite often. I found myself not having the time available for my Stampin' Up! business so I made the very difficult decision to "retire".
Now twelve years later, my children are now grown and have lives of their own. I came to realize how much I truly missed stamping as part of my life. From meeting new people and sharing ideas to all the laughs shared along the way. After a lot of thought I decided to begin again.
I am so happy to be in the Stampin' Up! family and I can't wait to share my love of stamping with you!!

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~ Jo