Milestones can be awesome!  And I received notification from Stampin' Up! this morning that I have just achieved one.  I knew I was getting close, but in the middle of mega snow (for our area), a week long power outage, and a miserable cold that just won't go away, I'd totally forgotten to be tracking my progress.  And this morning, in my in-box was a lovely email from Stampin' Up! announcing my Milestone.  What is it you ask?

Thanks to you, my customers, I  have just achieved the

$100,000 personal sales career milestone!

Wowsers!  I must admit, that over the 14 years I've been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I've contributed a lot of those dollars myself.  LOL!  But then, why not? 

I can

  • purchase my SU! products at a discount, before they're released to the public, complete with ideas for how to use them
  • attend demonstrator only training opportunities, like our annual Convention, Leadership Training and Regional Seminars
  • Have access to a Stampin' Up! demonstrator-only website overflowing with creative, as well as business ideas and guidance
  • Have access to a new Stampin' Connection community for demonstrators only—lots of sharing of ideas going on there!
  • and best of all:  I've been able to meet the most marvelous, sharing and caring demonstrators and Stampin' Up! employees from the U.S. and Canada and now around the world.

Wouldn't you love to join me in this great adventure that offers continuous therapy?  I think one of the greatest things about being a stamper/demonstrator is the phenomenon of "having a bad day" (for whatever reason), going out to my stamp room, starting to stamp or plan a project, or even c-l-e-a-n, and voila! I'm in a happy, "up" mood before I know what's happened.

When I signed up as a demonstrator we had a choice of stamps that were either mounted on foam rubber or wood.  I remember getting the darling Button Bear stamp set in my Demo Kit mounted on foam rubber.  I must admit that I just couldn't use it.  I purchased a wood mount one (which I still have).

Our stamps were from other stamp companies, not exclusive to Stampin' Up!  Then we eventually went to stamps/artwork that was exclusive to Stampin' Up!.  What a great move that was.  Oh, if you could only see some of my first class or workshop projects.  Sad sad sad.  If I had a sample left I'd share it, but, fortunately, I don't!

One thing that hasn't changed:  we have always had our exclusive colors that match everything: cardstock, markers, and stamp pads.  There have been some color changes over the years but they were good moves.  I am amazed that the decisions made by SU! over the years have always been good ones:  changing a color, moving colors groups a bit, bringing in or taking out a line of products.  Change is always shocking and difficult to grasp at first, but soon you don't even fret about it.

If you'd like to learn more about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator yourself, and take advantage of those perks I pointed out above, now would be a great time!  During Sale-A-Bration, new recruits will get 15 percent off the price
of the Starter Kit (Standard or Digital+), plus, a FREE stamp set
(valued up to $47.95) from the current catalogs! 
The Standard Starter Kit, regularly $199, is $169 until March 31, 2010.  And the Digital + Starter Kit, normally $185, is only $157 until March 31, 2010.  Contact me directly via email (left side bar) or phone (up there in my banner), and I'll be glad to give you one-on-one elaboration of this great opportunity.

OK, enough excitement and blah-blah from me about the fun and joy of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and achieving a real milestone of selling over $100,000 in product to myself and others.  How about some 

BLOG CANDY ?!?!?!?

Since I just received my email from Stampin' Up! this morning I haven't yet ventured out to my stamp  room to determine just what the Blog Candy will be.  But I'll have a photo of it posted by tomorrow (Thursday) morning. Leave a comment on my blog about either a favorite stampin' project you've DONE or a project/technique you WOULD LIKE TO DO.  

UPDATE:  Friday, February 19th

Here's the blog candy:


On Monday, February 22nd, George Washington's real birthday, I'll announce the winner, selected by random drawing.

Thanks so much for listening to my excitement and being a part of my life at this exciting time in my demonstrator career.  Now I have to finish getting ready for this afternoon's stampin' class. (Vacuuming the room!)


  1. Congratulations! I’m on the path to being a major contributor in my milestone as well! (I just started about 1 1/2 yrs. ago so I’m not talking about your particular milestone!)
    Love the clown! Adorable!
    As for favorite projects, I love the stationary boxes, and I’m hoping to put together a “matchbox dresser” for Easter in the next week or so.

  2. Congrats !!!! I love your blog. I really appreciate your tutorial on using the Scallop Trim border punch to make rectangles. Thank you for the starting paper measurements to begin punching.

  3. CONGRATULATIONS Blythe!!!!! That is such a wonderful milestone!
    I would like to do a project using the new Glassine bags!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win such awesome blog candy!!

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