Friday, August 18, 2017

The Fancy Stamper is Reaching a Milestone!

Good morning, everyone, and Happy Friday!

Yes, we are reaching a milestone. Each Stampin' Up! independent demonstrator I know usually sets up certain goals for themselves such as recruiting goals, sales goals, and so forth. We are like so many other small teams getting started where it can be difficult at times and carving out a loyal following might be tough. Just so you know, all of YOU are so appreciated by me! The fact that you follow us when you have lots of other teams you could be following is very heartwarming to me and makes my quest that much more fun!

For me, I never wanted to grow to a huge team for the sake of growing, well...to a huge team! My focus was  more on forming and developing relationships. Not only with my team, but with my customers. I know that sounds sort of corny, but that's me. Corny as can be! In my personal life and my life as a registered nurse, to me it is all about the personal connection and relationship with others.

In the nursing world, we tend to float in and out of patients' lives. In a busy trauma ICU that is more prevalent than you think. People come in gravely ill and we try our best to make a difference. We succeed way more than we fail and when we succeed, it is brilliant, usually quick, and remarkable. The patients tend to heal quickly and leave our intensive care unit in a very short period of time to continue their healing at lower levels of care throughout the hospital system. In truth, the intensive care unit is for the very sickest of the sick who are on death's door and we do our best to get them moving just as quick as they can safely move. We do this to help the patient heal more quickly and for a practical reason as well: making room for NEW severely injured or ill patients. This is a daily and sometimes hourly dance that goes on all day, every day. When I first became a nurse in the ICU I didn't realize how things moved and flowed within the unit but as I became more experience and began to take on the duties of the charge nurse of the ICU I saw how important our jobs were.

I couldn't do what I do as a nurse if I didn't care about people. Thankfully, this transfers quite nicely to my stamping business as I can easily form the same lasting, quality relationships with my customers and my team members.

So I have a sales milestone coming up and I hope to reach it before September 30. I could never have come this far without YOU, my loyal customer base. You all have been there since I started my crazy, fun journey as a Stampin' Up demonstrator and I hope and pray you will be with me for a long time to come. I realize you have lots of choices and I am so happy you choose to follow my blog, join my Facebook group pages, attend my classes (in person and online) and do all the lovely things you do to support me and my growing team.

Speaking of teams, I never thought I'd be at the helm of such an awesome team of demonstrators as I am today. As a naturally talkative person, it always seemed natural for me to share my love of stamping and how much I've enjoyed working with Stampin' Up products. In a short time others decided to join my team and we have grown to a team of FIVE. This in itself is remarkable to me and I am so thankful for these ladies who have decided to join with me and continue our crafting and creative journey together. I do whatever I can to assist them on their individual quests for their own goals, and I am looking forward to working with them for a long time to come! Thank you, Team Fancy Stampers!!

It is now halfway through the month and I wanted to highlight a couple of AWESOME deals available on our Clearance Rack right this very minute. Many times we forget to look at this rack and that is a mistake!! Who doesn't like to save money?? We are all frugal at heart and let's face it, the more we save, the more we can shop, right?? Stampin' Up is constantly keeping us on our toes by adding stuff to this Clearance Rack when we least expect it and they JUST added a ton of new stuff. Most of it is 60% off or even more. I've highlighted two items that I think are awesome values and I want you to consider a trip to the Clearance Rack!!

Just click here to check out the clearance rack right now. I will post some pictures of my favorites and show you how much you can save. If you like what you see, PLEASE use this host code; VEM37PAV. It will get you an extra goodie in your thank you packet from ME. So don't forget that. You are able to input the host code when you view your shopping bag; at the bottom left of the page you will see a spot to enter it and when you do, my name will pop up. The two items that are superb values (for today) are the Gift Box Punch Board for $12 and the Enamel Embellishments for $3.60. Both of these items are a whopping 60% off their original prices and they are an integral part of your crafting. The Gift Box punch board allows you to create your own boxes for gifts any time with just some card stock. It is also nice for customizing your gift boxes to match your cards and/or envelopes perfectly!

Those photos come directly from my shopping page and you can get there by clicking HERE.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. I am happy and honored to answer your questions and help you in any crafting endeavors you might have. Remember I still have two openings from my Simple & Stunning class on August 21 (Monday) evening from 6 pm till 9 pm if you are interested. Just comment below and I'll get you additional information if you need it.

Have a wonderful Friday and enjoy your day!

Deb
xoxo

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday is Upon Us!

And on this super special Sunday I give to you one of the beautiful (yet simple) new designs from our upcoming Holiday catalog!! This is from the set "Painted Autumn" and the stamp set depicts a two-step stamp of sunflowers and leaves, along with a few little extras and that cute little sentiment you see there.
The catalog is available NOW if you'd like one. Simply leave me a comment and your mailing address and I'll be happy to send one right out to you. Or you can email me at fyremaven@aol.com if you'd rather not leave your email here. No worries either way.

Check out my YouTube to see a five minute video on how to make this cute little card as well. I'm trying something new and making my videos a lot shorter these days so that you can watch even more of them! I know everyone is super busy and it helps when the video tutorials are shorter too, every little bit helps.

So what are you guys up to today? I have a promotion going on for the next seven days (ends August 19th) where if you place an order on my shopping page of $40 or more using my host code VEM37PAV I will give you a free gift. Your choice of gold or silver faceted gems OR a spool of gold, silver, or black sequins.

Either of these two gifts will bring tons of bling to your holiday projects and they are really nice to add that little extra something! You can order from the annual catalog for this special as the Holiday catalog cannot be accessed till Sept. 1 and by that time this promotion will be over. To order just CLICK ON THIS LINK and it will bring you to my shopping page that is open 24/7. Don't forget the host code to qualify and you must live in the US to participate in this promotion.

On that note, I wish you all a very happy Sunday and I hope you spend it doing what you love the most!!

See you soon!
Deb
xoxo

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Terrific Tuesday!!

Good morning, Everyone!

I hope you are as ready for the day as I am. Sure I am getting a somewhat late start but it doesn't matter, I am STARTING. As long as we all keep moving forward we are doing great, right??

So many new things happening and I've been a bit tied up with them. So far I've launched a new Facebook group page for demonstrators only and made my current group page into a customer and non-demo only page. This is great for so many reasons. As demonstrators we are sometimes privy to many new items and other happenings that we cannot discuss in front of customers until Stampin' Up gives us the "A-OK" sign. Lots of times it is just because they have not yet released something to customers but as demos we are able to access it. The new page will allow us to make new projects and get stuff working well before we need to have it for our customers, that is good for everyone.

Another thing is that as customers they will have different giveaways and other offers that cannot or should not be offered to the demonstrators. First of all, it is usually two different levels of crafters. What one group likes, the other may not find interesting at all. So it is great to have a separation.

Our team is growing...we have just welcomed Lauren Gerace to our Fancy Stamper team and we are so excited to have her! She was a Stampin' Up Demonstrator years ago and then took some time off for college and to launch a career helping children. Now she is working with kids and has taken up being a demonstrator again. Welcome to our team, Lauren!

The next links are for our demonstrators who would like a relaxed place to chat on Facebook, this is our new group called The Fancy Stamper Demonstrator Friends Group. Just click on the link and ask to join. We are a down to earth group of Stampin' Up demonstrators and no matter who's team you are on you are welcome here. It is a great place to hang out, brainstorm ideas for our businesses, and just chat and share projects. All are welcome.

The other Facebook group page is geared specifically towards customers and newer crafters. I usually save that page for beginner tutorials and simple but super cute card designs. This is the page that you will see me posting online class information as well as paper shares and other things you might be interested in. Click here if that sounds like your cup of tea.

Lastly, I am getting SO CLOSE to earning my Silver Promotion and getting closer to earning my incentive trip to Alaska!!! If you would like to help me along my journey by placing an order just go to my shopping page by CLICKING HERE. Any size order will help me out! If you place an order of $40 or more be sure to use my Host Code VEM37PAV to get a special gift in your thank you packet. It is just one of the little things I am happy to do for my wonderful customers!

Of course, if you are ready to JOIN MY TEAM and get a whopping 20% off all of your crafting supplies, just CLICK HERE and go to the tab at the top of the page that says, "Join The Fun." There you will find a link to join my team and become a Fancy Stamper. We would love to have you!!

Here is a quick card we put together on our last Make & Take. What do you think?
This is actually a stamp set from our annual catalog called Birthday Blossoms. By making the background (quite simply) with some watercolor wash technique, the simple white blossoms really stood out. I love this set because it blends perfectly with the paper punch for the flower and allows you to make many at once if you choose. Also, the "celebrate you" sentiment came in the same set. This is awesome when you get the sentiments along with the stamping image. Another thing is that the watercolor technique can be made either very vibrant or much softer depending upon how much color you apply. I've done classes on this technique before but it has been awhile. I think it might be time for another class!

On that note I'll say goodnight. Have a great rest of the day, everyone.

*hugs*
Deb

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The last days of July are upon us!

Who knew that this month would fly by so quickly? I always think of summer as going by so slowly but here it is, July 29 already! In no time at all the kids will be back in school, all semblance of summer vacations will be over, and the Fall season will be imminent!

Who loves Fall as much as I do? The colors, the sentiments, the holidays, the family get togethers? So much going on. Harvest festivals, craft fairs, pumpkin patches!

It must be my favorite time of year. Except for Christmas time, of course!

Last night I was having some trouble with my uploading process for my videos. I have learned all the online tutorials that I can find on iMovie but I'm still missing something. My videos are taking FOR-EVER to upload. Like hours. That can't be right. They aren't that long....well, sure...some are about 24 minutes and granted, that is a long video. But it shouldn't take 2 hours to upload. If you have any insight on this, please let me know...it is driving me crazy! lol

The two videos finally got uploaded properly, and then when I woke up this morning I found out it had been trying to upload one of them twice (which it did) so maybe this time it was extra slow because I had hit the "upload" button too many times and it was doing too many things at once? Not sure...still it is frustrating.

Speaking of internets, we are changing over from Spectrum to FIOS in a couple of weeks. Well, we already switched but couldn't get the FIOS installed till 8-16 due to their busy schedule. I'm hoping by using FIOS our internet speed will be much more constant than it currently is with our Spectrum where we rarely get our ordered speed of 100 mms. According to my computer it is closer to 35-50 mms and it feels bad to pay for a certain speed and get something far inferior most of the time. I found out it is because Spectrum allows neighbors to 'share' the speed factor and it will depend on how much others in my area are using the internet at the time. FIOS said they don't do that, plus they are fiber optic so it should make my speed constant. I sure hope so.

What are you up to today?

I have Kiera here (she called about 7 pm last night and wanted to spend the night!!) so she and I will do some crafty things today when she gets up. Maybe I can make a video with her, she wanted to make a Mermaid card like I did yesterday. She saw my video about Magical Mermaid and now she wants to do it so bad...she is dying to try the sponge technique!

Only six years old and wants to sponge on a background! What a cutie pie.

Ok I will go get my coffee for now, I obviously need it. Be back later with some new pictures of projects for you guys!

Deb
xoxo

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Weekend Flew By!!! How about Yours?

It's amazing how quickly the days fly by when you are keeping super busy, right??

Actually, if I'm being completely honest, the whole month of July has been a blur of activity. Here it is, super late Sunday night (more like Monday early morning!) and I can hardly believe that it is now July 24!! Only one more week left to this month, and if feels like we just had the Fourth of July!

Tomorrow my cute July "leader" swap cards get put in the mail (priority) so that they will arrive by July 31. I know I have plenty of time; priority stuff usually takes only 3 days so I'm good. Take a peek to see what I made:


Since we were doing a "Christmas In July" promo this month, I felt it was appropriate to do a Christmas card for the swap. This is actually the brand new "Carols of Christmas" that will be available to all my customers EARLY!! That's right, Stampin' Up is allowing us to let our customers buy this set starting August 1 when the new Holiday catalog won't even come out till September. That is wonderful news for my VIP customers! I made this one just as a simple Christmas card but I bought the whole bundle that comes with framelets called "Card Front Builder" and it is super versatile and easy to use. I didn't quite have enough time to put something together for the swap using the bundle but the stamp set by itself is super nice so there you go. A little red glimmer paper and some of our new "Be Merry" designer series paper and I think it is pretty cute.

Tomorrow I will have two giveaways, one for my Temecula Talk community page and one for my Fancy Stamper group page. Check in on those pages on Facebook to enter....I am giving away something super cute!

Now I have to say goodnight because it really is awfully late (early?) and I need a little sleep before I start my busy week.

I will post more pictures tomorrow of the things I've been making, till then, sleep well and don't forget to comment below!

Deb
xoxo

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Weekend is Coming!

What will you do with your weekend? Is it your typical two days off work? Or do you have a different type of work schedule. Enquiring minds want to know!

For me, I form my own work schedule now except for when I work, it doesn't feel a bit like work. Anyone who loves creative paper crafting or stamping or making handmade cards knows what I'm talking about. In fact, anyone who ever loved what they do for a living understands all too well.

In a way, this is much better for you health-wise. You put in as many hours as you want. If you get carried away with a project, no one cares. You are doing what you love and all the time you put into it is going to be repaid at some point.

Most other jobs aren't really that way. You have a boss, someone who is meant to watch you and keep you in  line.  Someone who is judging you on performance, attendance, and so many other things that going to work may invoke some type of anxiety. That is the number one complaint among people who have to punch a time card...anxiety. The second complaint is not being paid what they think they are worth.  Crazy, right??

What I love about working for myself and being an independent demonstrator with Stampin' Up is that I work when I want. If I am up late, no worries. I can work. Need to be somewhere else early in the morning or just want to sleep in? Fine. I can make up the hours later. I can work as much or as little as I want and the only thing I'll run in to is less sales or less recruits. I am completely in control of how much time I put in and how much I get out of this business, which is how work should be, in my opinion.

This month, Stampin' Up is offering their Christmas in July special for any new demonstrator signing up. The special promotion ends on July 31 so time is running out. You will get an extra pack of special tools when you sign up on my page to join my team and start selling Stampin' Up. Or you don't have to sell, you can just be a "Hobby Demonstrator" which means you are joining just to earn the discount for your own use. Either way you will get the gift worth $72 plus the $125 worth of current product (you get to choose it!) for one small initial start up fee of $99. Stampin' Up also gives you about $50 worth of business supplies that are so helpful to you when you first start up. Other perks include a free demonstrator website (for three months) and full access to all the video tutorials (Stampin' Up University) that they offer to help new demonstrators get up and running.

As your direct "up line" I will be there by your side to help you get acclimated to selling Stampin' Up. I have tons of helpful videos and print outs I can send you to help you get going in whatever direction you want. I am a "hands on" up line and offer frequent tutorials to my team members along with an exclusive Facebook Team page and a group page for sharing ideas and information. This is a positive place where no bullying is allowed and we all help each other! Our teammates and friends alike love to hang out on the page where frequent giveaways are the norm.

Please let me know if you have questions or would like to join my team. I would be happy to help you get started today!!

Deb
xoxo

Happy Thursday, everyone!!!

Well, I've finally somewhat recovered from my very first craft show in about 30 years and it was fantastic!!
The church people who put on the fair were awesome people and they worked hard to make the event a success. This was only their third year doing it and their attendance was up. They had so much for the community it was amazing that more people didn't show up. First of all, they had TWO separate food vendors offering free food to everyone. Admission was free, and the two food trucks were free. Amazing in itself, then the balloon animal guy was free, the face painter was free, the raffle was free. Snow cones and cotton candy....FREE.

More about this raffle. Free raffles often mean that the stuff you are getting isn't that great; not so in this case. Two of the items were 32" Smart TVs and one was a 55" Smart TV!! Stampin' Up had also sent a basket with $250 worth of current product to be given to ONE recipient. There were gifts from Adventure City (a local water park) and so many other vendors. Jewelry gifts and gift bags from the local Body Shop (a lotion store) were other top prizes. What really surprised me was they had a separate raffle for the kids. Filled with kid-friendly stuff...games, toys, bubbles, tickets to LegoLand and Princess Parties. Simply amazing. All free.

There were about 12 vendors there so they still need to get the word out so next year more will come. The local fire department came and brought their big engine to show the kids and the local CHP officers came out to show their support. There was a jumpy house for the kids and a few other game set ups for them to enjoy.

Everyone who came to our booth bought something except for the people who did not have cash. They all mentioned wanting to buy a lot but only having credit cards...there were enough of them that I went ahead and ordered one of the "Square" point of sale devices for my iPad so next time I will be prepared.

I also got a few really good leads on people who were interested in becoming demonstrators. As you all know, I'm working really hard on earning my Silver Elite promotion and need more recruits. This month is a fantastic month to become a demonstrator simply because besides the regular start up kit (only $99 for $125 worth of product!) Stampin' Up is  giving away FREE $72 worth of an 'essential accessory kit.' Lots of stuff you will need as a new demonstrator anyway but don't have to use up your allotment to get...such a great offer from Stampin' Up!! Plus they will give you for free, the brand new, exclusive stamp set, "Carols of Christmas." I just ordered the Carols of Christmas bundle and I am looking forward to sharing my creations with you all.

Now for today I'm off and running. Going to Chelsea's to see her new place in Long Beach and little Kiera spent the night last night. Finishing up the rest of my new recipes "Lemon Sugar Scrub" and labeling all the little mini mason jars. So cute!!! Then finishing up the two swaps I'm part of that need to be at their destination by July 31. Oh and tomorrow is my Auntie's 90'th birthday....busy week!!!

Take care and leave me a comment...I want to know what you guys are up to as well!

Deb
xoxo