It’s been 2 1/2 months since my brother passed away unexpectedly and my mother had a heart attack on the same day (mom is doing well after they put in a stent), and I have been holding on to the beautiful cards, messages and thoughtful service rendered by my friends near and far.
You brought me homemade bread, soup, paper goods and flowers. You hugged me and physically held me up when I literally didn’t think I could stand. You visited with me and helped me laugh when it felt like all I could do was cry. You mailed me paper hugs and gift cards. You absolutely carried me through my first visit of grief, and I couldn’t forget to express my deepest gratitude for the love you offered!
I know there is life after death, thanks to the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This surety has helped me keep an eternal perspective through the most difficult days, knowing that I will see my brother- and other loved ones- again. You appeared as angels in your comfort and kindnesses to me. My heart is overflowing with appreciation for you.
In September 1992 I was a young mother with two children under 2 and while I loved being a mom and adored my babies, I also craved a creative outlet (aside from fixing endless meals) and adult conversation.
One Sunday at church, my husband took our fussy baby out to the foyer where he ran into a classmate from High School. As they visited, LaVonne told him that she and her sister had started a direct sales company selling rubber stamps. Cody knew of my love for all things paper and my scrapbooking habit, so he introduced us after the service. Once she handed me a Stampin’ Up! catalog from her Suburban, I was hooked.
The experiences I’ve had as a demonstrator in the ensuing 29 years have added so much value to my life! There is a joy to making and mailing cards and crafting something permanent, together with the relationships I’ve forged with some of the kindest and most creative people around the globe that is glorious!
If you love crafting and are looking for more connection, being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is a great way to do both. and now is a fabulous time to join my stamping family: Through May 31st you’ll get a bonus of even MORE FREE products in you customizable Starter Kit!
If you don’t think demonstrating is for you, joining to get the discount on your personal purchases is a great benefit. You can enjoy a discount of 20% or more on all future orders. Whether you join to share creativity, hold workshops and earn money, or get a great discount on your orders, we have options. There is no obligation for purchasing the Starter kit: Just a risk-free opportunity to see where it may fit in your life.
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Part of the Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart reads, “…in this we make a difference” and a beloved scriptures reminds me that even when my contribution is small, the Lord can use it for great good: “And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things.” (1 Nephi 16:29)
Wanting to do something to help those affected by the recent storms in the United States, I’ve donated to the Red Cross a portion of my August Commissions and I was grateful that Stampin’ Up! would match my donation (up to $50,000 from demonstrators and customers) so that means our efforts are doubled! This was a perfect opportunity to make a small donation much greater and one more way to celebrate and share the blessings I’ve received from my business over 25 years.
The first winner of my Anniversary Giveaway is Marni Maxwell who will receive the vintage “Golden Rule Days” stamp set for commenting on my August 23rd post: 1992 was a great year with good friends…and Marni is now part of my Sprinkled Ink Team!
Let’s keep the celebration rolling with more gifts for my loyal customers! For every 5 orders I receive between now and September 14th (my actual start date), I’ll send one of those customers a set of foil snowflakes from the holiday catalog:
Gas was $1.05 a gallon. Cartoon Network had just started broadcasting and Bill Clinton became President of the United States (I’m not implying they were connected, but???) I had just given birth to my second child (a son) and was looking for a way to connect and have conversations with other adults, so when my husband ran into LaVonne Crosby as they each took children to the church foyer to calm down and she happened to have a catalog in her car of the company she and her sister had started, my Stampin’ Up! career began!
At the time, Stampin’ Up! carried mostly rubber stamps from other companies with a few they manufactured themselves with a choice between foam mounted rubber or wood blocks. Rainbow stamp pads were extremely popular and we only offered WHITE paper products to stamp on!
To celebrate my 25 years with Stampin’ Up! I’ll be sharing fun facts, playing games, giving away prizes here on the blog, on my Facebook Page and on my Instagram, so connect with me and play along!
Let’s kick off this party by continuing to stroll down memory lane:
Comment with *your* major accomplishment of 1992 ~OR~ the name of one of the stamp companies Stampin’ Up! used to carry in their catalogs!
You could win the nostalgic “Golden Rule Days” stamp set (a very popular stamp set from our past) just in time to celebrate BACK TO SCHOOL. Winner announced August 30th.