Being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is so rewarding. Not only do I get to grow my creative talents, I also get to be a creative coach, offering fresh project ideas and encouragement to my customers and friends.
For me, helping someone create something for a special occasion is fun, but I also I love giving cards. Sometimes I even give cards to strangers to let them know they are loved. Creating cards, scrapbook pages, and gift items is about more than just stamps and ink—it’s a way of sharing and showing you care.
But how did I get to be a Stampin up demonstrator?
Do you know the bible verse: Psalm 37:4 “Delight in the LORD, and He will give to you the desires of your heart”? Well that’s the story of my life. I love Jesus and He is always giving me the desires of my heart. Even little things that aren’t really important.
In the 70’s I was invited to a gathering of Christians who were considered accomplished in their field of art. I was a visual artist. There I saw a lady use a big press to emboss paper and I thought I’d love to do that, but I never did. Well in January, a friend invited me to a Stampin up! event, and I saw the Big Shot, which is a small press. I thought about that desire I’d had years before, and said to Jesus, “Is this the time for satisfying that desire?”
It was pointed out to me that joining was a bargin. For $169 I was able to get more than $235 worth of products, so I decided to join even if I just made my own embossed cards.
Well, I made 20 Valentines Day cards for the homeless and those who go to a local barbeque in the park, using the “You are so loved" stamp and word spread. Even though I wasn’t planning on being a demonstrator, doors began to open.
I was heading off to a birthday party and I said to Jesus, I wouldn’t take on the Stampin Up! website and go ahead with being a demonstrator unless someone there asked me to demonstrate, or host a card making event. Well out of the blue I was asked. Then my physiotherapist suggested I sell the cards I make in a shop. Well the following day I was in a shop doing business with the owner (he wanted a website made) and he said he wanted to show my cards in his display cabinet. It wasn’t a shop I would have thought of selling them in, so Jesus opened a door there. Then at church I was asked to preach about the meaning of Easter and do a card making workshop at the end, which I did. Following that my church asked if I’d take a regular card making workshop at church on a Thursday afternoon and I was also asked to hold regular card-making workshops at a Christian cafe.
So, that was the beginning. The beginning of a new adventure with God.