Stampin’ Up! Convention 2012- Canberra

Well it is about time I updated my poor neglected blog…..and what better way to end a blog hiatus with a bit of an update on the fabulous time I had at Stampin’ Up! Convention in Canberra.  At the beginning of this month I excitedly made the trip to meet with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators including some gorgeous members of the team I don’t get to see very often.  It is so lovely to just touch base with everyone, share ideas, be inspired by fabulous presentations and be reminded of why I love Stampin’ Up! so much. Ok- I’ll admit it- it was also nice to have a bit of a break away from my four little darlings.

One of my favourite things about Convention is touching base with other demonstrators- although I didn’t take nearly enough photos of those lovely people.  I guess it is tricky when you are trying to manage “hellos” and big squeezes while also juggling Convention bags and goodies from Memento Mall

(Tina, Me, Kathryn)

(My lovely upline, Claire Daly and me)

There was a ”Product Playground” to try out the lovely products and there were gorgeous swaps and samples everywhere.

This years theme was “I am” with the sub theme of “My way”. I’m sure I had the theme song stuck in my heads days later!   Many presentations took place on the large ‘mainstage’.

I always love hearing from Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up! CEO and Co-founder)

There were always flashing cameras catching photos of the fabulous ideas presented by talented fellow demonstrators from Australia and New Zealand as well as U.S. and Australian Stampin’ Up! staff

Main stage was also the place we had Prize Patrol.  There’s nothing like the offer of “FREE STAMPIN’ UP! products to get a room full of demonstrators excited.

I was fortunate enough to score some lovely brand spanking NEW products that will be available when the NEW catalogue is officially released in September. I’m a lucky gal!

Of course a Stampin’ Up! event would not be complete without a bit of creating.  I can’t understand why but I didn’t manage to finish my projects.  It may have been the fault of the crazy lady on the table

Who- me? Never! :-)

Each year those who are Managers+ with SU have a special Managers’ Reception.  This year it was an extra special treat.  We jumped aboard a bus with ID and strict instructions not to carry any dangerous objects- not even paper snips.  Our bus driver was intent on keeping the mystery and drove us around in circles trying to confuse us before we eventually arrived at Parliament House. I must have still been seedy from the bus trip as I was pulled aside and checked for explosives.  I was either looking particularly dodgy that night or perhaps I was selected due to my ‘explosive personality’ (boom boom)  For fear of being rugby tackled to the ground by security I do not have any photos of inside Parliament House other than some lovely happy snaps with some Managers from the “Art with Heart Team”

From left to right Sue (my lovely ‘roomie’), Kathryn, Genna, Claire and myself

We even managed to snap a photo with the gorgeous Shelli

….and before heading back to our hotel rooms we were given a lovely gift each

The three day event ended with the Awards Banquet

It was at this time that the announcement was made that the next Grand Vacation will be in Salt Lake City- Home of Stampin’ Up! Swoon!  I would so dearly love to go!  Who knows! If enough of my lovely customers book workshops and place orders and fabulous people jump on board my team then I could experience the trip of a lifetime.   Every little bit makes a difference and you know how to find me if you would be kind enough to help me get me a few steps closer to getting there!

Lastly if you’d like to see a short video of highlights from the Stampin’ Up! Convention- I’ve linked to the highlights on my facebook page (click on the facebook image below) Please head on over to check it out (and please don’t forget to ‘like’ my page while you’re there!)

It’s “SALE-A- BRATION” time!

Sale-a-bration is underway and from now until the 31st of March it is time to ‘SALE-A-BRATE’! Why do I like this time of the year? It’s simple!   It means FREE exclusive products for customers and hostesses! Honestly- Could it get much better than that!? I’ve placed an order so that I can take advantage of the freebies and can’t wait for my lovely brown box of goodies to arrive!

Oh my- I swear the FREE SALE-BRATION products are the BEST Sale-a-bration items I’ve seen on offer for the whole time I’ve been a demonstrator! Click on the link to check out the gorgeous items in the brochure (and if you’d like your own copy of the brochure- please let me know and I’ll post or deliver one to you)

Please contact me to book a workshop in your home!

If you want to find out more about what it means to be demonstrator then please get in touch.  I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have (completely obligation-free of course!) Click on the link above for some more info as a starting point.  The great thing is that by joining between NOW and the 31st of March you not only receive a DISCOUNTED starter kit (ONLY $249) you will also receive a FREE stamp set of your choice and you have until the end of June before you would need to meet your first quarterly minimum :-)

Join my team for only $169!

Have you ever considered Joining Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator!? I can assure you that NOW is the time! I’ve possibly said this before…and I meant it then….but woah…THIS IS AN AWESOME opportunity!  

Stampin’ Up! have really spoilt us this month- not only with a gorgeous NEW catalogue- but a SUPER FANTASTIC OFFER!   I woke up this morning and logged into the Demonstrator Website and was wowed by the discovery!

If you join my team during September you can order a MINI STARTER KIT for only $169.  The products in this “Mini Starter Kit” are valued at $310- but you only pay $169.  Sorry I’m repeating myself here- but it is only $169!  You can start your own little business and earn the opportunity to order Stampin’ Up! products at a demonstrator discount…..for only $169!    This would be a perfect choice for you if you already own a lot of Stampin’ Up products and don’t want to double up on some of the items in the FULL STARTER KIT!   Even if you don’t own a lot of Stampin’ Up! products it is a great way to start your demonstratorship as you can order more business supplies and customise your own kit when you receive all of your demonstrator log in details!

Click on the image to see what you will receive in this kit

By signing up to my team I can help you with getting started out!  Not only will you have MY support- you will receive access to the ‘demonstrator only website’ bursting with ideas and support!   You will also have the opportunity to interact with other demonstrators via the inspirational forums as well as optional training events.    Of course, you can take advantage of the great specials and perks of being a demonstrator and its completely up to you how you use your demonstratorship!  You can either share what you love with other people and conduct workshops or you can order products for your own benefit and collect orders from friends and family.

THERE IS NO NEED TO HAVE AN ABN TO JOIN!  

The only condition is that you must meet your quarterly minimum of $550 CATALOGUE PRICE to remain an ACTIVE Demonstrator.   (Of course discounts and hostess benefits can be applied to this amount!) 

If you would actually prefer to receive the COMPLETE STARTER KIT- Stampin’ Up! have that covered too! During September only you can order the complete starter kit at a further 20% discount.  The items in the FULL STARTER KIT are valued at $610 and you would normally pay only $289 (which is awesome value!) but with a further 20% off you pay a mere $231.20.     Yep! You read that correctly- Join my team for $231.20 and you receive all these goodies (plus catalogues and ‘business supplies’) valued at $610

(This kit is customisable too! You can substitute stamp sets of equal or less value and select ink pad colours and so forth!)

Would you like to know more?….Please get in touch with me! I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have (completely obligation-FREE of course!)  

If you are ready to take this exciting leap- Signing up is so easy! Grab your credit card and click on the following link- Click on the little image on the left hand side that says “Join Now” and follow the prompts! (If you want me to help you with this process I am quite happy to do that of course)  It really IS as easy as that!

Cheers!

Miriam

0419 947 047

miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

FRIENDLY REMINDERS

GET IN QUICK!

As the end of the Main Catalogue fast approaches we are starting to receive notifications that some items are at low levels.  A few items have even completely sold out.  Please don’t be disappointed.  If there are items you would like to order from either the main catalogue or the Mini Catalogue then please get in touch with me to place your orders.  Don’t forget that I can have the items delivered to you anywhere in Australia.    Both of the catalogues finish at the end of next month but there is no guarantee that the products will sell out before then.

The items I would be paying close attention to include….. re-inkers and cardstock that will be retiring at the end of August.  If you own ink pads in any of the retiring colours I would suggest ordering the reinkers in those colours to get longevity out of your inkpads.  After the end of August you won’t be able to order re-inkers in those colours.  If you would like to order the co-ordinating cardstock or patterned paper packs that contain those colours please get in quick.  Please be sure to check the following image to see if there is anything you would like to stock up on before it is gone forever!

 

SCRAPBOOKING KIT

With the risk of items selling out before the catalogue officially ends there is also the possibility that items in my scrapbooking kit will also sell out before the end of August.  If you were considering ordering this kit complete with full photo instructions then please contact me to place your order OR you can order via the paypal link which you will find here…. http://www.creationsbymiriam.com/?p=1153

 

20% OFF STARTER KIT PROMOTION

The Promotion where you can receive 20% off the starter Kit finishes at the end of this month! If you are considering joining my team as a demonstator then you have less than 3 weeks to take advantage of the special price. Click here for more info…..  http://www.creationsbymiriam.com/?p=1303 You can sign up online through my demonstrator website.  Please let me know if you have any queries! I’d love to have you as part of my team- whether you intend on operating a business or simply want to take advantage of the discount.

20% off the starter kit…….How’s that for a deal!?

20% OFF THE STARTER KIT

Stampin’ Up have been having some awesome deals during June.  This week’s offer ends tomorrow so please be sure to get in touch if you would like to order some heavily discounted stamp sets.  Some of the sets are 50% off! Can’t beat a deal like that!

Stampin’ Up ALSO have an awesome offer for anyone who may be interested in becoming a demonstrator

Have YOU ever considered becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstator?  Perhaps just a fleeting thought? Perhaps you have already given it a fair deal of thought?  Perhaps you are looking at a great way to earn some cash working your own hours???

I must admit that when I signed up as a demonstator I was just hooked on the products and wanted to be able to access them at a discounted price.  I never dreamed I would be able to earn money while doing something I loved.  I never imagined that I would have a growing team of demonstrators or to receive awards from Stampin Up!   I mean come on think about it- I just wanted some goodies for free but wow this is so much fun and I really have to pinch myself that I was named Stampin’ Up!’s top NEW demonstrator in Australia. 

Stampin’ Up are now making it even easier for you to start your own little business

Just imagine receiving your starter kit valued at over $560 for ONLY $259! 
Just imagine being one of the first to know about new product releases!
Just imagine receiving discounted products from Stampin’ Up!
Just imagine receiving extra bonuses through the Stampin’ Start program!

Just imagine being able to set your own hours getting paid to do what you LOVE!

Just imagine the people you will meet and friendships you will form!

Whether you’re looking for some money to supplement the household income OR just wanting to pick up some discounts and freebies for your own personal use then why not ask me for more information.  You can read some more information by clicking on the image of the starter kit.  I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have- (obligation free of course!)
 

From now until-31 July, get a 20 percent discount on the Starter Kit when you join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator!

Description

Regular Price

Discount Price

The Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit contains the following supplies, valued at over $560!

  • Four stamp sets*
  • Stampin’ Around wheel*, handle, and cartridge
  • Assorted card stock A4*
  • Single colour card stock A4*
  • Four Classic Stampin’ Pads*
  • Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • VersaMark Pad
  • Stampin’ Pastels
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Blender pens
  • Craft & Rubber Scissors
  • Stampin’ Scrub and Mist
  • Business supplies

*These are just Suggested items. Select alternatives at the same or lower price. Please let me know if you are interested in more specific details! 

$324.00

$259.00



You can even sign up online at my Demonstrator Business Website.  Click on image below- (You will need a password from me to complete the process of signing up so please be sure to get in touch if you would like to join my team!) 

Back from the Stampin’ Up! Convention in Sydney!

Well I’m back from Convention…. I haven’t been away all this time of course- Just limited computer time since my return…..but I know you don’t want to hear any excuses about how busy I’ve been- You just want to hear about Convention- don’t you?

For those who are unaware- the Stampin’ Up! Convention is a once a year gathering of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  There are social and training opportunities as well as an awards night.  This year I believe there were about 500 demonstrators in attendance for the Convention in Sydney.

Before Convention began I had a full day in Sydney for a bit of much- needed rest and relaxation.  I had a very cruisy day with my upline, Claire Daly and a late lunch with some other members of the team. 

On the Thursday night before Convention officially commenced there was a special Reception for Managers (and above)  It was nice to meet with the US and Australian staff in an intimate setting and mingle with other Stampin’ Up demonstrators.  As a special gift we were greeted with the most enormous mugs.  They were filled with a big scoop of melted chocolate and frothy milk- the most delicious hot chocolate! Just divine!  These mugs were SO huge that rather than being concerned about a ‘milk moustache’ I was concerned about getting milk froth on my forehead.    See what I mean!!!

All Managers in attendance received a mug to take home.  It was gift wrapped with the Matching ”Share a cup” Stamp set from the Autumn- Winter Mini.  Stampin’ Up! are such a generous company!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gifts didn’t stop there.  All demonstrators who attended the Convention received a bag containing yet to be released stamp sets. We received three stamp sets in total as well as some yummy rub-ons.    Now I wish I could share those stamp sets with you- however I can’t show them until the release of the new catalogue on the 1st of September!  One of the things I really love about being a demonstrator is being able to see the new products that are available before they are released to everyone else!  :-)   (If this is something that sounds appealing please be sure to ask me for more information about becoming a demonstrator too!)

One of the great things about getting together with other Demonstrators is the opportunity to share ideas with each other.  One of the ways this happens at Convention is through “swaps”.  We all make some samples using Stampin’ Up products and “swap” these with other demonstrators.  Most people make a card but I tend to make ‘mini scrapbook layouts’.  Originally I didn’t think I would have the time to make any swaps before I left but at the last minute I chopped up some designer series paper and ran some dies through my bigshot and decided I would make some swaps after all!   In the end I sat in the hotel foyer assembling my swaps and enlisted the help of my roomie Sue Madex to secure the ‘project recipes’ on the back.  It was all a bit of a rush and to be honest with you- I was not competely happy with how they turned out.  I wish I had the time to add a bit more detail- at the very least sponge around the edges of the cardstock but alas things didn’t work out that way…but at least I was able to share in the buzz of swapping at Convention.  Here are the 6 x 6 layouts I created….

DESIGNER SERIES PAPER: Cottage Wall

STAMP SET: Cottage Garden

CARDSTOCK: Kraft, Rich, Razzleberry, Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Whisper white

BIGSHOT and DIES: Stampin’ Up! Top note die, Sizzlets Lots of tags, Stampin’ Up Little leaves

Over the next couple of days we watched talks and demonstrations and participated in ‘make and takes’ Here is Shelli Gardner (CEO) during one of her presentions on stage.  

There was also lots of eating and drinking and chatting.  One night at dinner we were even treated to fireworks.

Now although the fireworks were a ‘blast’- the biggest ‘bang’ for me was the Dinner and Awards Banquet on the final night.  When the doors opened we were greeted by the paparazzi as we walked the red carpet. (Thanks for the pic Sue- I wasn’t prepared for this kind of welcome and didn’t have my own camera handy!)

 

The table centre pieces were to die for.  Beautiful glass bowls filled with tulips and a candle.  The photo really doesn’t do them justice.

I was so thrilled to be able to share in the night and witness my upline, Claire Daly and also my sideline/ fellow team member Sue Madex walk the stage to receive their awards.  I was so proud to be sitting next to Claire when it was announced that she was Australia’s Top Demonstrator of the Year.    How amazing is that!? It was so lovely to see all of their hard work recognised like that!

I got to ‘walk the stage’ to receive a sales award and also a ‘recruiting’ award.  I was absolutely blown away when it was announced that I was Australia’s first “RISING STAR”  (Top NEW Demonstrator of the year)

It was so nervewracking having to stand on stage for a photo- I was so blown away I didn’t even think to turn sideways for a more flattering photo LOL!   I will share the pic if you promise not to laugh.    This is me on stage with Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up Co-founder and CEO), Emma Parker Wilson (NZ Manager) and Aaron Scott ( Regional business development manager, Australia)

Here is the gorgeous Sue and I after the Awards night with our roses, certificates, pins and goodies (Yes more yet to be released STAMP SETS)

As I’m sure you can imagine I had such a wonderful time away and I have so many great ideas to share with you.  If you are keen to book a workshop and see some of the products in action then please be sure to get in touch!

Cheers!

Miriam

miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

(08) 90917655

0419 947 047

Friends 24-7

As I am sure you can imagine- not every card or layout I ever create ends up on my blog.   Obviously there is the time issue but there are some things I like to keep to share with my loyal customers when I see them in person when they host workshops.

On the other hand- there are projects I plan to share on my blog and then I get busy and it slips my mind.  The following card is one of them!  I created this card some time ago.  Members of my team received variations of this card a few months ago  (By the way- For  more details about joining my team click on the “Become a demonstrator” link at the top of this page)    I really love how it turned out and photographed with the intention of sharing it with my blog readers.  I only just stumbled across it on my computer while I was looking for another photo.  Oops!

Better late then never- I guess!  

 

I used the FRIENDS 24-7 Stamp set

as well as the FRIENDLY WORDS WHEEL

STAMP SETS: Friendly Words Wheel (page 81) Friends 24-7 (page 81)

CARDSTOCK: Kraft, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive

INK: Versamark, Creamy caramel, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Perfect Plum

OTHER: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, White gel Pen

ADHESIVE- Snail and Dimensionals

TOOLS: Paper Trimmer, Paper snips, Cutter Kit (to distress the edges)

Don’t forget you can order all the items to create cards (or scrapbook layouts, or boxes) through me.  You can either order the products directly through me and I can have your order shipped to your anywhere in Australia.  You can also host a “workshop” or “catalogue party” and select from “hostesses only” stamp sets and select free merchandise of your choice (depending on sales)  Sound interesting?…. ask me for more information!

miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

(08) 90917655

0419 947 047

Become a demonstrator and MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Stampin’ Up!® has helped women make a difference in the lives of others by simply doing what they love to do…….sharing creativity. 
IF YOU BECOME A STAMPIN’ UP DEMONSTRATOR between between the 7th of October and 31st of  December 2009 you can start making a difference too!
 
For every person who joins, Stampin’ Up! will donate $5 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (AU) 
 
Most people I know have been touched by Breast Cancer and it is so lovely to know that by joining my team and becoming a demonstrator- you can help make a difference. 
 
 
PLUS…. until 31st December 2009, Stampin’ Up! will  give YOU a FREE pack of Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper and a Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin’ Pad to help you get started!
 
As a personal thanks from me for supporting this cause- if you join my team (either by joining directly under me OR under the guidance of one of the business builders in my team) BEFORE the 15th of NOVEMBER I would like to personally match Stampin’ Up!s donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and also offer YOU the gift of any item from the current catalogue valued at $15. 

I would be thrilled to send you an obligation free pack of information that tells you about joining my team of Demonstrators .

 
In the meantime please click on the image of the starter kit below and you can read more information about becoming a demonstrator.  

 

My Team “Embrace Creations”

I have such lovely people in my team.  Check out this lovely card made by a member of my team.  I always get such a buzz when someone else makes ME a handmade card.

Jill used two of my favourite Stampin’ Up! colours Old Olive and Chocolate Chip.  Jill has also used stamps, rub-ons and patterned paper from the Hand Drawn Bundle which is a Level 3 Hostess set that she earnt by hosting a workshop with me prior to signing up as a demonstrator herself.   

Thanks to ALL of the lovely members of my team who have helped me to Promote to Senior Supervisor. Our team is named “Embrace Creations”  Why “Embrace Creations”?  The “creations” part is probably quite obvious- but why the word “Embrace”

I must confess that the giggly brainstorming for a team name started after a few bottles of red wine and a few glasses jugs of Toblerone Cocktail but after initial joking I starting giving serious thought to it- When you look up the definition, here are some of the definitions….. 

em·brace ( m-br s )

1. To clasp or hold close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection.

2.

a. To surround; enclose
b. To twine around:
c. the state of taking in or encircling;
3. To include as part of something broader.
4. To take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly
5. To avail oneself of:
6.  A close affectionate and protective acceptance
To join in an embrace.
 

1. An act of holding close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection; a hug.
2. An enclosure or encirclement:
3. Eager acceptance:

I think some of these definitions really sum up how I feel about creating cards and scrapbook pages and also about the acceptance of people in the team.  Are you interested in becoming a demonstator in my friendly team?  Some of my team members are interested in conducting workshops and building a business and others signed up to order products for themselves at a discount.   Do you think it might suit you too?   Click on the “Become a Demonstrator” link and/or get in touch with me if you would like more information

How Lovely!

I received this lovely card from Gayatri who joined my team at the end of last month.  You will find her blog listed in my blog roll on the right hand side!  Thanks so much for the card and I really do hope you enjoy your time with Stampin’ Up!   Gayatri has used the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set.   Don’t you just love the warm earthy colours?

 

and the inside of the card!

If you would also like to join my Team the special promotion where you can receive your starter kit for only $150 finishes in a week’s time!  You only have until the end of the month to get your paperwork to Stampin’ Up! Of course, there is always the opportunity to join my team at ANY TIME however the normal kit is $324.  It is still wonderful value at this price because you receive products valued at $560 (so 40% off)  But having said that- $150 is just an awesome price to receive your starter kit and then you can order in more items whenever it suits you!

Don’t forget that you can join my team whether you live close by or in another part of Australia.  If you have any questions about how things work- I am more than happy to answer them honestly and openly- with no obligation to join if you find that it doesn’t suit you! ( I’m sure you will find it hard to resist though!)

If you would love to learn more about Stampin’ Up and the Shelli Gardner (CEO)- please check out the following video clips

First impressions Video Clip

Meet Shelli