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

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Inspire, Create, Share....

Did you know that this is the key message from Stampin' Up!  It says pretty much everything that I love about what I do as a Demonstrator.  Inspiration is something I hope I give as much as I gain, I certainly gain it from Stampin' Up! and my fellow Demonstrators around the world.   Creation is constant and sharing is the main reason why I converted from a customer to a Demonstrator just over five years ago.
The people I have met through Stampin' Up! are, for me, equally as wonderful as the products I have bought and used and all the new techniques I have learned.  I have made lasting friendships and together we have made fantastic memories and I hope will continue to make many more.  Let me tell you about how this happens for me by recounting some recent experiences;
Earlier this month I attended On Stage Live (our convention) in Amsterdam, I can't even begin to describe this event... it's just 'full on fantastic'!  This first photo starts to explain 'belonging', it shows Monica Gale (top rh), she is my 'upline', on my left is Donna Barrow who is my latest recruit or 'downline' team member.
Part of our 'team'
Shizzer Sisters!
Here is a photo of the 'Shizzer Sisters', we are a group of Demonstrators who just happened to travel together to a convention one year and were christened Shizzer Sisters by Alison (who is peeping round the giant frame at the back) as she calls me Issy Shizzy.  Our group name stuck even though we are not a team in Stampin' Up! terms, our group has grown too... we added Donna this year. L - R: Helen, Beth, Donna, Me, Alison, Pat and Barbara.  Pat and Barbara live in Texas and they joined our group last year when we were in Brussels, we love our American Shizzers and are so blessed that they were able to travel to Europe to be with us again this year. We were missing three Shizzers this year; Val and Nicola and newbie Karen were all unable to come.

 While we were in Amsterdam this year we also got together for pizza and drinks on an evening cruise with a much larger group of other Demonstrators who are all just friends, here are a couple of pics of the Shizzers cruising!

I don't know about 'I am' I know WE were having a fantastic time larking about!

During the event there were lots of presentations by Stampin' Up! showing us new products (like the beautiful stamp above) and sharing great techniques and business ideas... there were also VERY exciting moments when we got prizes... look how happy that made us!  Woohoo Donna and Alison!!
Once I was home I was so inspired I couldn't wait to share with my customers, here I am in a class the week after On Stage, although I didn't have any new products to share at this point I was excited to share my stories and some new techniques.

Yesterday the Shizzer fun continued as just five of us travelled up to see Nicola (one of my 'downline' team members) who was unable to come to Amsterdam.  We took her some of our new products to play with and three of us designed cards using new stamp sets, ink and paper which we shared. It was fantastic to see how they all turned out slightly different, this demonstrates to me how inspire, create, share works!
Same but different!
Here are all the cards we made:
Daisy Delight
I shared these two, they use a new stamp set and punch bundle and the first card just demonstrates stamping the daisy image twice makes a fuller flower and turns it into a gerbera. The second card uses the two stamped images punched out with the co-ordinating punch.
Bike Ride
Here is Beth's wonderful card.. I totally love the feeling that the bike is whizzing along sprinkling birthday wishes as it goes.  This is a builder stamp which means you build up the image of the bicyle with different components; the frame, wheels, wheel rims, basket and flowers are all separate pieces. In photopolymer so you can see right through and where you are stamping.
Fabulous Flamingo
For Alison's card we used the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set, I really do love this set and think that the flamingo is totally fab-u-lous! It's also a photopolymer set so you can see where you are stamping and build up the layers.  I have to say that I'm not a perfectionist stamper and although I wanted to make sure the flamingo legs were lined up I wasn't too bothered that the body outline stamping was slightly off the colour, for me this makes it reminiscent of that vintage print look.

I hope you've enjoyed this post and that I've inspired you to get creative... most of all I hope I've inspired you to join Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator and share your creativity through friendships you've yet to make.
Please get in touch if you would love to join my team; Issy's Crafty Bees... remember you will also become a member of the Shizzer Sisters and a whole world of fun times are here!! You can contact me by phone, email or PM all my details are on my contacts page.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Stampin' Up! retiring products listings for 2017

Hey Stampers!  It's that time of year again where our stampin' emotions run high.  On the one hand as a Demonstrator I'm excited to get an early look at the new Annual Catalogue and new products that are on their way to you.....eeeek! On the other hand I'm feeling a little tiny bit blue about some favourite products that will be retiring at the end of May... boooo!

So, here's my message to you; join your emotions and get happy that you can get some of these wonderful favourite products before they retire and some of them are discounted.

There are too many for me to put on individual pictures but here is a link to a PDF document for you to print and peruse at your leisure or you can click the header of this post and you will be directed straight through to my shop where there are pictures and prices.  Please, please, please do this quickly as these products are only available WHILE STOCKS LAST and I don't want you to be disappointed.

Place your order with me during April using this host code:   QCJPF2X4   and I will put your name on my mailing list for a free catalogue posted out during the last week of May.

footnote: you may notice on the 'retiring bundles' section that some of these include stamp sets and dies that are not on the individual retiring pages, this simply means that they are only retiring as a bundled price and they will be available in the new catalogue but priced individually.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Woohoo, thanks for stopping by.  If you just can't get enough of our freebies during SAB we just added some extras!  You've got just over a week to grab yourself some of these free items, the deal ends on Friday 31st March.
How: place an order with me for £45 or more
Why: Choose a FREE item for every £45 you spend
What: More FREE items just added to the list - click the link above to see what's available.