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I still love this set—Inspired by Nature—and I’m sad it’s retired. I pulled it out for some thank you cards for my friends in Martinique, along with the (retired) Carte Postale set so I could use a sentiment in French. I stamped it in Soft Suede on Whisper White; the background stamp is the retired French Script and it’s mounted on a Baja Breeze base. The label was made with the large oval punch and the Lots of Tags sizzlit. I embossed an Early Espresso strip to put behind the tag and sponged the edges.

Merci mes amies, je vous remercie de votre hospitalité. 

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After all the excitement of the SU convention, I feel a little guilty about this bit of rubbahdultery, but this Inkadinkadoo stamp is so cute I couldn’t resist making my daughter’s birthday card with it. It’s on a base of Elegant Eggplant with Whisper White. I used the new SU Delicate Designs embossing folder on a piece of Wild Wasabi, trimmed around the edges, as a background piece. The flowers are punched with the Boho Blossoms punch and another retired flower punch. I used a long-ago retired wheel to make the cobblestone street and a retired set for the sentiment. She liked it!

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The last class I attended at convention was called “I am doing business my way,” presented by Bonnie Thurber, with business tips by two top demonstrators. Bonnie likened the stamping business to a cookie recipe—some ingredients are essential but there’s plenty of room for improvisation and creativity! Each demonstrator can do it her (or his) own unique way and be successful. Another reason to love what we do and share what we love.

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Part of being a demonstrator is being a leader. We lead creative people to stamping! We also lead our downlines (demonstrators who join SU through someone like me!), helping them become better demonstrators who in turn recruit their own downlines.

The next class I attended was called “I am a leader,” taught by Brian Pilling. He talked about being balanced, setting goals and asking questions. Some are uncomfortable with the label of leader, so another way to think of ourselves is as influencers. He also said feeling a bit of uncertainty is good; it’s part of the process. Just another benefit of being a demonstrator!

 

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Who wouldn’t want to attend a class called “I am having fun”? Shannon West made it a lot of fun. We laughed, danced (you had to be there!) and enjoyed her presentation about having fun at classes and workshops. We cracked up when she told us a smile is like tight underwear—it makes your cheeks go up! The saying on the back of this t-shirt kind of says it all!

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I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator first and foremost because it’s fun! I love making cards and other paper creations and sharing them with others. But demonstrators make money too! If you’re interested in joining my group and being part of the SU family, let me know.

One of our classes at convention was all about this part of our business. We listened to Pam Morgan explain how to make the most of being an independent demonstrator. One encouraging thing we heard is that making money is more about will than skill. Anyone can do it!

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The second class I attended was “I am open for business” presented by Carrie Cudney. We learned about ways to promote our business, including making videos. Haven’t tried that yet! It was interesting to consider new ways to do business and to see what successful demos are doing.

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