Thursday, 7 September 2017

Harvest Festival!

Well the sun is shining again here in Lound and I've even managed to have an hour in the garden pulling weeds and pottering about this morning.

It really is a beautiful time of year as the crops have ripened and been harvested.. in fact the harvest continues in earnest locally with tractors passing our home until late last night taking their crops back to storage.

Although I've been looking at the new seasonal catalogue for the last few weeks and I've slipped a couple of Christmas cards into my regular classes recently I am just not feeling ready for Christmas while the sun is still shining!  So, I want to share with you my favourite suite of products in the Autumn/Winter catalogue... it's proving very popular if you look at Pinterest!

Yes, it's the Painted Autumn suite.  This beautiful suite features a Stamp Set
(Painted Harvest item number 144783, photopolymer £19.00)
and a co-ordinating punch
(Leaf Punch item number 144667, £14.50)

Both these items can also be purchased for a bundle price of just £30 saving 10% (Painted Harvest bundle item number 146021).

Now for me this bundle is a magic price as anyone locally who attends one of my classes can get the class totally FREE if they spend £30 or more.  I'm also offering a fabulous Free card making tutorial if you shop with me for the Painted Harvest bundle. The tutorial features five gorgeous card designs and includes step by step instructions and can be provided either printed or in PDF format.

If you live locally I will be featuring these card designs in my classes over the next few weeks so why not book your place now... Better still, book your free place by ordering the bundle now and get a free tutorial and a free class!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Free Stamp Set!

Hi!  Really the picture says it all!!  How would you love to get a fantastic and exclusive new stamp set totally free?  I thought so!

This stamp set called Merry Patterns is exclusively available to party hosts during September and October only.

So, don't delay and call me now to book your party - I've got a few dates available during September and lots more in October.

Stampin' is for life, not just for Christmas!

I'm writing this short blog just before I go away for a few days.  Before I go I want you all to know that the new 'seasonal' catalogue for Autumn/Winter is going live on September 1st.  Of course, my regular customers already know this as I've been showcasing a few new products on 'sneek peak' in classes already.

For some of you it might still be way too early to mention the 'C' word so please forgive me (and know that I am the original but now reformed Grinch!).  The new catalogue has some fabulous products that are not at all Christmas, they celebrate the beautiful season of Autumn too.

Here is a super, short video which will give you a chance to see ALL the Designer Series Papers available in this catalogue one by one.  Sit back and enjoy!

Contact me now to get your own copy of the new catalogue!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Join my team!

just being!
Hi, hope you read my earlier post about the brilliant offer for joining Stampin' Up!

I thought I'd follow up in my recruitment campaign by highlighting some of the best things (in my opinion) about being an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Firstly, I'm always recruiting, never aggressively I just always want to welcome people to my team, however this latest offer is so fantastic that I had to shout about it!

So, here is my top ten list of why it's the best thing EVER to be a demonstrator:

1)  The best products at a discount!
2)  A great compensation programme that keeps on giving you rewards.
3)  Endless inspiration to create
4)  True independence to do it your way... but...
5)  A sharing community that supports you to copy their ideas
6)  Opportunities to travel and meet other Demonstrators and Stampin' Up! employees
7)  Products that are totally co-ordinated and no need search elsewhere
8)  SO many new friends and lasting friendships
9)  Great support from everyone, not just your team members
10)  Access to new products before they are on the market

I haven't even mentioned the fabulous quarterly magazine with inspiration and tips, a superb website that is populated by Stampin' Up! and requires nothing but a small monthly fee to be personalised for you, the training events, the weekly e-newsletter or the fun you can have!

The most common questions I get asked or sometimes the most common myths I hear are:

Q) Do I need to make a lot of sales to be a demonstrator?
A) NO!  you actually don't need to make a single sale be BECOME a demonstrator, you can sign up today and receive £240 worth of kit for an initial outlay of just £99.  At that time you will have signed an agreement but you don't need to stay a demonstrator ... of course I would encourage you to stay a demonstrator so you can keep receiving the benefits listed above...
If you decide that you can't make sales then you will simply 'drop' or no longer remain an active demonstrator.
If you do want to stay an active demonstrator then you need to make sales of £270 per quarter (£90 per month).  This can be done all at once or little by little over the quarter.  When you first join you actually get 6 months to make your first quarter.    Your orders can be from yourself or from friends and relations or from people you promote your business to.
There are many sales 'models' whether they are parties, handing out catalogues to friends and colleagues, craft fairs, classes or all of the above.

Q)  Do I have to recruit other demonstrators?
A) NO, but if you did then you would get extra team commission.. a perk.

Myth... "I'm rubbish at designing stuff, I could never do what you do"
This is a self-limiting belief - I rarely come up with totally unique designs of my own. Mostly because I'm a busy person and just don't have time.  I use a number of resources to decide projects that I make or teach in my classes; firstly the Stampin' Up! catalogues are a wealth of creative inspiration, then there are the other Demonstrators who freely share ideas on-line, Pinterest is the best thing since sliced bread for finding ideas and there is no such thing as stealing!  If it's been put out there then it's available to copy.

Myth... "I can't run classes or parties, no-one would come"
If you believe you can't then you won't... I have had extremely busy classes with not much room to move and also really quiet classes with just 3 or 4 people, it all depends on whether people have a slot in their diary to come.  Believe in yourself, book the venue and advertise it (or even host round your own dining table to start with) and then if people want to get creative they will come.  As your 'upline' or team leader I will support you all the way with ideas and motivation to make your dreams work.

Myth... "I'm hopeless at selling, I couldn't do that"
Stampin' Up! products are so fabulous that they sell themselves.  If you know other crafters who enjoy using products that are right on trend and excellent quality then just show them a catalogue and a few projects that you've made and they will want to buy.

I hope this short blog has enticed you enough to be more than curious.  I would love to chat in person (if you know me than you know I'm good at this!) about being a demonstrator and answer any questions you might have, never any pressure or obligation.  So, contact me today.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

I'm Recruiting!

Having fun in Amsterdam with my Stampin' Up! BFF gang!
Is crafting a big part of your life? Do you want to earn money while doing something you love? How about the convenience of setting your own hours? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then Stampin' Up! is the perfect opportunity for you.
Being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator means sharing your passion for stamping with family and friends, meeting new people, and building a great business doing so-plus, you get to set your own schedule!

Even better, Stampin' Up!'s Demonstrator Starter Kit is completely customisable! Build your Starter Kit your way! For just £99, you get:

* Your choice of up to £130 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products!
* A business supply pack valued at £45!

That's a total value of £175!

Wait!  There's more... if you join my team in July you can add a further stamp set and essential tool kit worth an additional £65!!!   That's £245 worth of kit for a total outlay of only £99!!!!

It's really easy to join my team, just follow this link and take three simple steps.  I can't wait to welcome you to Issy's Crafty Bees.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wedding Season

Well 'wedding season' is well and truly here! Since 24th April I've attended 14 weddings...! That is because I've started my new job as a Registrar.  It's a part-time role that I'm fitting in with running my business consultancy practice and being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  I love it! I've been able to see lots of different styles and colour choices so far.

At every class I run I always ask my attendees to suggest what they would like me to include in future classes and last month one lady asked for wedding and anniversary cards - woohoo! brilliant, what a great idea.

So I set about planning the class starting with colour schemes. Where better to start than trusty Pinterest and I found lots of inspiration with all the latest colour schemes for this season.  I can also confirm that the three I've picked are very popular so far this summer.
Firstly I chose a cool minty and coral scheme and for this I used Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Peekaboo Peach, here's the mood board I found on Pinterest.
And here is my bendy card design.  I used the Bloomin' Hearts thinlets dies and Bloomin' Love stamp set with added texture from the Celebrations Duo embossing folder and the sentiment is from my all time favourite Teeny Tiny Sentiments, it just fits perfectly in that banner stamp.

My second colour scheme was a richer one; Summer Berry.  I immediately knew I wanted to feature the new 'in-colours' of Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide and this is my finished result.
I used the new Stampin' Up! texture paste to create that gorgeous background and then following on from the last class where we did some watercolouring (using the watercolour pencils last time) this time I used ink and aqua painters to colour the big fat rose from Birthday Blooms which was 'fussy cut' and adhered onto a circle layer.  I absolutely love watercolour techniques and it's really easy to get great results using just a little ink in the lid of the case and an aquapainter dipped in water. I think that rich gold glimmer paper really finishes off this lush design.

My classes with these cards are both next week; Wednesday 21st June 7pm and Thursday 22nd June 10am.  If you're in the Retford area you can book a place now and make these projects with me. If you're not and still want to make them all the products used are Stampin' Up! and are available from my on-line shop - just click the link above.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Oh happy day!

It's the BEST day of the year!  I say it every year because the launch of a new annual catalogue is more exciting than Christmas... tee hee!

Today is the day you can order fabulous new Stampin' Up! products from me.

I'm not writing a long blog post because that would be wasting valuable browsing or shopping time!
.... go! Click the link to my shop and browse away... shop 'til you drop!

If you would love to get your hands on a paper copy of the catalogue so you can stroke it please contact me and I can arrange to send you one... I make a small charge for p&p only.

Happy stamping