I have said before, joining Stampin' Up! has been one of the best decisions I have ever made, especially because it has given me a hobby I can take into retirement (not sure I am retired yet or not!). To sum it up, Stampin' Up! has allowed me over these last five years to get a discount on products, meet new people, travel fun places, plus get more creative and send more cards!
1. DISCOUNT: Who doesn't love a discount on products? When you join Stampin' Up!, you start at the Bronze level which means 20% off all products. If you are able to sell a little more than your minimum quota, you promote to Bronze Elite and receive 25% off products! I am currently at the next level of Silver since I have at least one downline, earning a beautiful long necklace. My next goal is to promote to Silver Elite. Plus, for my five year anniversary, I earn 5,000 flex points. Flex points can be earned in different ways and can be redeemed on various things like catalogs, SU product, business supplies, events, or even ipads.
2. MEET NEW PEOPLE: I started making cards when I met Chris, a demonstrator in Illinois who held classes in her basement. At that time, I was a Creative Memories consultant and was so busy scrapbooking, but I liked the idea of handmade cards rather than generic ones from the store. As my husband neared the end of his schooling, I knew we would soon be moving from Illinois to a new state and would have to start Creative Memories afresh, so when I got to Indiana, I thought I would try something new!
So I signed up in 2011 and just wanted to be a hobby demonstrator, which basically means you don't sell anything or hold classes, but just use the discount on yourself. But when we moved into a house with a basement big enough to hold classes, I couldn't resist the idea of teaching others what I love, the same way I learned from Chris. Before long, I had a new group of "crafting friends" and meeting the $300 quota was easy, just buying the supplies I needed for classes.
3. TRAVEL FUN PLACES: The highlight of these five years has been my trips with Heather in 2013 to the 25th Anniversary Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah and with Jen in 2015 to Orlando, Florida for a Leadership event. I even got to walk across the stage for my accomplishments! I came back from fun events like these refreshed with so many great ideas!
4. BE MORE CREATIVE AND SEND MORE CARDS: When my family and I were driving home from our road trip over Christmas, I sat in the passenger seat flipping through the new Occasions catalog. My husband turned to me and said, "I am so glad you have a hobby you love." I love having the fun of the UPS truck coming once a month, the joy of encouraging someone with a handmade card, and the fun of learning something new and creating something I never thought I could.
Thanks to everyone who has helped and supported me during the last five years, mainly my husband, my upline Chris, my IN Stampers teammates, Heather, Jen, Cindy, Jane, Tammy, and Beccy, and all of my friends who come to my classes. Thank you!