Today is a guest post from the lovely Sarah, who is an independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator. As I’m sure many of you know Stampin Up! sells an amazing range of Crafting Products. To find out more visit Sarah’s Blog here.
Hi, my name is Sarah and I am pleased to be here on Katie’s blog as a guest. A little bit about me and what goes on. I live in Norfolk, not far from Holt (home of the rather splendid Byfords cakes) having moved to this part of the world from Berkshire in 2007 although I was born and bred in Kent. Home life includes working at a local solicitors, my husband is a pilot officer in the RAF (Air Cadets), we have three children who are at school (y2, y6 and y7) I have a grown up daughter who is now at university.
During my free time I am a Guide Guider, I am studying with the Open University and my other love is being part of Stampin’ Up! as an independent demonstrator. My love for crafts stemmed from an early age, using my Nan’s ‘old’ Singer sewing machine (which I have today) when I was in single digits, playing with paper and all sorts of other crafts. My main enjoyment though is crafting with paper, stamping, card making, scrapbooking, all of these involve me being surrounded by papers and embellishment – although I am trying to whittle down my craft supplies it’s a slow process!
My word for 2013 is “light” and so I am trying to de-stash! The trouble is, there are some rather nice things that you just want to ‘stroke’ and some sheets of paper are not meant to be cut up, right? I have run a craft shop with my husband in the early 2000s and when Stampin’ Up! came to the UK five years ago, I joined up. I had to take a break for a while as one of the children needs a bit more attention than the others and he was having a period of time when school wasn’t working for him. However, when things calmed down slightly and the chance came to join again I jumped back in and so here I am once again part of the Stampin’ Up! family and enjoying every minute.
There have been some changes since I first joined as a demo – we now have fabric – and work with outside companies to bring super new products i.e. Sizzix – the product range has widened increasing the ability to create. I love the way that you can either just be what is known as a ‘hobby’ demo, where you basically buy products for yourself and get the discount, or where, in my case, I have had the pleasure of having friends join me and are now part of my team, The Rosettes. Although I hold the occasional workshop, I now have several virtual hostess clubs running, so even though I may not have met a member in person, we get chatting on the phone or via email as if we have been friends for years. The product range is of high quality, I tend to get the clear stamps (easier to store for me), probably have way too many ribbons but they are so lush and paper, well, we won’t go there. It’s great also to spread and share the crafting bug! You can find out more about what goes on over at my blog. I hope to see you there!