To be a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up!, you have to join another demonstrator’s team. You can join any team you fancy within your worldwide geographical area but I joined a local demonstrator, Amanda Fowler of Inspiring Inkin’ (http://www.inspiringinkin.com) as I’d enjoyed many of Amanda’s videos on YouTube and I like to support local businesses where I can.
We have online training once a month via Facebook Live but there are a few in person training days where you get to meet other members of the team, get new ideas and try out new products, chat, eat cake and craft together, which makes a nice change as crafting tends to be a solitary occupation.
A common, but optional, activity at this kind of event is Team Swaps. This involves making a card front to swap with other demonstrators, thereby getting new ideas for a stamp set you own or seeing a new set that may have escaped your notice! I decided to repeat my old favourite of the ombre sunset and Dandelion Wishes card front and, whilst watching the Masters snooker, spent a very pleasant couple of hours ink blending 25 card fronts. I then stamped the image together with the sentiment, then heat embossed them with clear powder. The Stamparatus is invaluable for this kind of mass production. A sticker with the ‘recipe’ is put on the back should anyone want to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) your design. Here are my swaps. Can you spot the slight oops moment? I inked the panel upside down – I have no idea how I managed it!!
These are the swaps I received from my fellow demonstrators – such a talented bunch!
Amanda also had a Demonstrator’s Choice competition whereby you make any project using anything, but if SU! sell it (like ribbon, card etc.) you have to use it but anything they don’t sell can also be used. I decided to make a Lighted Bethlehem 3D frame as I’d made a few of these for Christmas presents and they had all been well received. I was chuffed to bits to be voted the winner especially as there was very strong competition. Here’s my frame with lights off…
….and lights on.
For this, I won a stamp set and was also lucky enough to win another one in the raffle too.
Whilst the day is called a training day, that is a rather formal term and it’s actually a lot of fun. Amanda provides a number of projects for the team to complete although I didn’t get to finish all of them. Here’s what I did complete.
We also had a couple of demonstrations of techniques and new product lines and a very interesting presentation on bullet journaling, or Bujo as it’s apparently known! This really piqued my interest and I’m going to investigate this further, particularly as I may be able to combine it with my challenge to myself for this year, to learn hand/brush lettering – so that I’m not totally dependent on stamp sets for my sentiments!!
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