Become a demonstrator – Page 2 – Miriam Thomas

Category: Become a demonstrator

Hi there everyone.  Well I’m back from Canberra Convention 2009 and have lots to share with you.  You might want to duck away and make yourself a cuppa so that you can sit back and relax before I launch into my update.

I arrived in Canberra to a very warm welcome from members of my team hanging out in the room finishing off their swaps and chatting.  A team member even went to the special trouble of preparing my bed so it was fit for a queen! (Thanks ever so much Kate!)  

First morning was an early start for me- especially with the two hour time difference.  I have been sick with a horrible head cold (that is unfortunately still lingering) but I wasn’t about to let that get in the way of having a good time!

Here we are arriving in the first day……(That’s me on the far right)

When we walked in through the entrance the place was buzzing with about 500 Stampin’ Up Demonstrators from all over Australia (and even a few from New Zealand) Upon check-in we received our lovely Convention Bag with goodies.  All attendees received two Stamp sets CIRCLE CIRCUS and TRENDY TREES as our complimentary sets.  We also had other goodies such as a pen, notebook, lip gloss and our name badges.  It was so lovely to be spoilt with gifts from Stampin’ Up!

After check-in we had an opportunity to swap cards and creations with other demonstrators.  I chose to make a 6×6 scrapbook page instead of a card.  The RASBERRY TART DESIGNER SERIES PAPER was the insiration for my layout as I thought it worked well with the colours in Erin’s fair dress-up outfit.  I made 42 mini layouts in total and my swaps disappeared in only a few minutes (and to think I was worried about coming home with my own layouts instead of swapping them for othe cards)  This what I made….



Although I kept to the same design- I varied the pieces of patterned paper and cardstock colours based on what I had on hand….. Please see the project recipe below for the items I used.

YES- they took longer to make than it took to swap (but in return I received a lot of wonderful ideas!)


Patterned Paper

Rasberry Tart

(Real Red, Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss)

p. 133

Ink Colours

Regal Rose,

Rose Red,

Kiwi Kiss


Stamp Sets

Petal Pizzazz,

Life Definitions

Frames with a Flourish

p. 98

p. 123



2.5cm Double-stitched Grosgrain Ribbon-Rose Red

p. 150


Paper Trimmer

Paper Snips

Mat Pack


White uni-ball signo gel pen

Eyelet Border Punch

p. 155









Stampin’ Dimensionals

Glue Dots

p. 154

After swapping we got an opportunity to head into Memento Mall to purchase Stampin’ Up! logo items for ourselves.  I couldn’t resist the Bella Apron.  Here is the result of my little spending spree. 

We then entered the Royal Theatre for a general session where we heard from Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up Co-founder and CEO), Aaron Scott (Australia Regional Business Development Manager) as well as other staff from the US.   We also got an opportunity to watch Australian Demonstrators as they demonstrated projects just as they would in a workshop.

Check out the main stage/ presentation area. It  was great to be able to see projects being created on the two big screens.   I’m sure you would agree that no small detail was overlooked.

After lunch we then broke up into smaller groups to participate in our “Make and Takes” and other classes.  I must confess that I didn’t finish my “make and takes” as I was keen to participate in the optional class where we received great tips and advice for supporting our downline. 

The evening allowed an opportunity for more socialising and catching up with members of the team. 

Day 2 saw the day start with more classes.  One of my favourite parts was watching Demonstrators WOW us with fun techniques.  I can’t wait to share these ideas with you at upcoming workshops.  Have you booked a date with me yet?!

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Shelli Gardner demonstrate on stage.  It gave me an opportunity to understand why Stampin’ Up! is such a successful company that provides incredible support for its demonstrators.  Clearly Shelli is such a beautiful person who is incredibly passionate about Stampin’ Up!  This was one of the cards she made using some items from her signature collection.

I also made sure I got a few snapshots of the some of the display boards around the Convention Centre.

After a busy day we returned to the Convention Centre for the Awards and Recognition Banquet where we were spoilt with a lovely 3 course dinner


The room looked lovely with a special lighting display, tables decorated with flowers, seat covers and even a string quartet!

After the meal- the awards began.  Here is Shelli preparing to congratulate the demonstrators receiving awards.

It was wonderful to be able to applaud people in the team.  The most exciting part was bearing witness to my upline Claire Daly being recognised with several awards.  She received a sales award and was also ranked FIRST PLACE in RECRUITING due to her efforts in getting recruits off to a great start.  The highlight was her receiving an award for being the THIRD PLACE DEMONSTRATOR OF THE YEAR! What an amazing accomplishment.    I feel so inspired to share what I do with other people.   As I am only new as a demonstrator by comparison with those who received awards- I could help but feel inspired by those who received awards.  I can’t wait for next year’s Convention.  I see big things happening between now and then.

If you would like more information about hosting a workshop or becoming a demonstrator (whether that be to conduct workshops or just order products for yourself at a discount) then please get in touch with me. (08) 90917655  Mobile 0419 947 047

As I mentioned in my previous entry- YOU can join Stampin’ Up! for only $150!!!! This offer is available until the end of May only-  so if you think it is something that may suit you then please let me know as soon as possible so we can the process underway!   Not only will you get the opportunity to order products for yourself at a discount, you could build a business if this suits you.   You will have access to the demonstrator ONLY forums where you can ask questions, be supported and be inspired creatively.

One of the things I learnt over the weekend was how being a part of Stampin’ Up is largely about forming and building relationships with other people.  It was great to be able to spend some time with other demonstrators.  If you would like to be part of the team then please let me know!

I am on my way to Canberra for the Stampin’ Up! Convention very shortly! I have been looking foward to this for months and can’t wait!

If I wasn’t feeling excited enough already- I learnt this afternoon that Stampin’ Up have some great stuff in store for us for the month of MAY. During the month of May, we are celebrating the art of scrapbooking.


During the month of May, with this special Starter Kit, you can become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for as little as $150.  Can you believe it!?

If you join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator for only $150 with the limited-time Scrapbooking Starter Kit you will receive ……..

Item Code  Description   Retail Value
112231  Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set*   $77.95
113059  Simply Scrappin’ Petal Party  $36.95 
 108697 Earth Elements Assorted textured card stock (12″ x 12″)  $21.95 
 105216 Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad  $11.95 
103179  Craft & Rubber Scissors  $37.95 

*Substitutable for any stamp set up to $77.95 value.

Please note: Some of the products listed above may be substituted for like items. 

The Scrapbooking Starter Kit also contains all the business supplies contained in the standard Starter Kit:

  • Getting Started DVD
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Guest Invitation Postcard (100)
  • Idea Book & Catalogue (8)
  • To My Hostess Envelope (10)
  • Project Sample Sheet
  • Recruit Brochures (20)
  • Hostess Brochure (20)
  • Hostess Benefits Form (10)
  • Customer Order Form (50)

If you have ever considered becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator (even if you only plan to order products for yourself at a discount!) then NOW is the time.  Get in touch with me for information about ordering this starter kit and becoming a demonstrator on the team.    I have never heard of Stampin’ Up! offering such a fantastic Starter Kit price like this before- the only catch is that you only have 4 weeks to take advantage of this special. I honestly can’t see Stampin’ Up! making an offer like this available any time soon!  I can’t wait to hear from you if you would like to learn more 0419 947 047 


Buy three packs of select Designer Series paper ($16.95 each), and get one FREE! See selections below:

 Item Page  Description 
 112042  132  Urban Garden Designer Series paper
 112470  132 Haiku Designer Series paper 
113976   132 Pink Flamingo Designer Series paper 
112468   132  Sweet Always Designer Series paper
113992   133 Tea Party Designer Series paper 
113975   133  Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper
 113966  134 Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series paper 
 112469  134  Holiday Treasures Designer Series paper
 112041  134  Bella Rose Designer Series paper
 113974  134  Bella Bleu Designer Series paper
113978   135  Urban Oasis Designer Series paper
 112461  135 Washington Apple Designer Series paper 
 112039  135 Windsor Knot Designer Series paper 
 113980  135  Candy Lane Designer Series paper

For every three packs of select Designer Series paper that you buy, you’ll get one pack free!    I can’t wait to help you out with your orders in May!  PH: 0419 947 047

I used the Afternoon Tea Designer Series Paper, chocolate chip cardstock and scallop edge punch to create a gift for one of my recent Hostesses- just one of those additional ‘perks’ of hosting a workshop- and I love giving gifts so it is my pleasure to be able to do this.  

When I first signed up as an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I was initially only interested in ordering products at a discount for myself.  Knowing that the minimum I needed to spend as a hobbyist was a mere $500 every 3 months I knew this would be quite manageable.  I had no idea I would enjoy the opportunity of sharing Stampin’ Up with others so much!  It is so wonderful to meet new people who share my enthusiam for this beautiful range of products and I love the opportunity to be able to spoil my hostesses with free stamp sets and merchandise that they can select for free.  This really is so much fun!

Live your dream


“Live your dream”- what a nice sentiment and it sums up how I see my life.  4 beautiful children, a loving, supportive husband, living in our own home in the area we love (even if it is too small for us ;-)) , wonderful friends oh….and not forgetting a room full of Stampin’ Up goodies. What more could a gal want?!  I get to have my children around me, we can get busy creating together or I can find some “me” time and it is wonderful to head out in the evenings and on weekends to run workshops with people who share my passion!  What a life! 

I used the stamp set “Live your dream” to create the following card.  It features the “Afternoon Tea” Designer series paper.  The general layout was inspired by a Christmas card created by my gorgeous upline, Claire.  I used a totally different stamp set, patterned papers,etc.  Of course, my card doesn’t look anywhere near as lovely as her card but I wanted to have a play with the general layout/ design.


Today I got to “Live my Dream” getting messy with the three biggest kids.  They each received a little woodwork kit from Santa. We made them in stages this afternoon.  First assembling them with glue and then waiting for the glue to dry, painting and then waiting for the paint to dry and then popping on the stickers and waiting for Daddy to come home!  Of course, the waiting in between wasn’t much fun and they were bursting with pride when Daddy came home to admire their creations (Thank goodness we got rid of the traces of paint on the outdoor setting before he got home!)

Here are their little creations!

Thank you to those who have signed up to my newsletter.  I have sent my first little newsletter with a special promotion.  If you have signed up but are yet to receive your copy- please check folders other than your main inbox (just in case it went into your spam folder) and if it you still haven’t received it then please let me know.  It is not too late to receive details of this special in the newsletter- All people who sign up prior to the end of January will receive this newsletter! 

In other exciting news I received three FREE stamp sets in the mail yesterday.  One was “Life Defintions” which is normally $90.95 but I didn’t have to pay a cent!  I can’t wait to have a play!  I received these sets as part of my “Stampin Start” reward and it is one of the reasons I am so excited to be a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator!  It is just one of those special perks of being a Demonstrator and Stampin’ Up! are such a generous company.  

It really is so much fun that I am really keen to share this opportunity with other people……….For those who are not already aware- anyone who signs up to Stampin’ Up during Sale-a-bration- (before the end of February) is able to select an ADDITIONAL Stamp Set up to the value of $79.95 for FREE.   

The perks for you signing up during this time……

– You will receive a kit that is valued up to $643.95 and you pay a mere $324.   

– You have some choice about what you receive in your starter kit.  Stampin’ Up! provide a starter kit with suggested items- but is great is that you are able to select alternatives to suit your personal taste.    

– You don’t have to hold a certain number of workshop bookings within a limited time or anything like that.    In fact, you could sign up just to receive items at a discount for yourself

– This is a low risk opportunity- If you decide Stampin Up is not for you- You get to keep your kit and there are no exit fees or penalties.

– You are required to place a minimum order of $500 each QUARTER to remain active- but this is based on FULL quarters so if you sign up now you have until the end of June to meet your first minimum order.

– The NEW 2009-2010 Catalogue will be released prior to the end of your first FULL quarter- so it would be the perfect time to add some supplies to your personal stash if you were to become a discount demonstrator and if you were keen to become a Hobby or Career demonstrator, the release of this catalogue would be an exciting time to build your business! 

– Being a part of the team means that you will have access to “demonstrator only forums” where you can ask questions, share experiences and be inspired.  My upline and many demonstrators in the same team as me are based in Melbourne yet I am able to have regular contact with them through the supportive online forum.   You could be in the same town as me or on the other side of the country and we would still be able to support each other! 

I’d love to share more information about becoming a Demonstrator with you! If you would like to learn more, I’d love to honestly answer any questions you may have  (with no pressure whatsoever)  You can find out more information by clicking on the picture below!  

Only 5 sleeps to go until the official start of Stampin Up!’s


  • What is Sale-a-bration?  

The short answer is………. it is all about FREE product!!!!!!!!!!

Every year Stampin’ Up! gives customers, hostesses, and new demonstrators the opportunity to earn fantastic, FREE, limited-edition stamp sets they’ll enjoy for years to come. 

  • How does Sale-A-Bration work?

When you spend $100 on Stampin’ Up! merchandise, you’ll receive a Sale-A-Bration stamp set absolutely FREE!!!!! There’s no limit-for every $100 you spend, you can select another FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set!  There are FOUR special sale-a-bration sets you can select from.    Please let me know if you would like to view the catalogue. 

When you host a workshop of at least $600 (before shipping), you’ll receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set in addition to all of the regular hostess benefits!  You’ll receive a second set when your workshop sales readch $1200.  How generous is that?

New Demonstrators
During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator can choose any stamp set–a value of up to $79.95–from the 2008-2009 Idea Book and Catalogue  for FREE!   I’d really love for you to join my team- so if you are keen to become a demonstrator yourself- then please get in touch with me!

  • Will any Sale-A-Bration sets be in future catalogues?

Part of the appeal of Sale-A-Bration is the limited availability of these stamp sets. These products are exclusive to this promotion and will never be offered again.





  • When is Sale-a-bration?

The Sale-A-Bration promotion starts on the 1st of January and runs through to February 28th–  so don’t miss your chance to earn free products!

Yesterday I was chatting with someone about what I do (as you tend to do when you are so passionate about it!!!) She said that she had visited my blog and that it was such a shame her friend lived ‘out of town’ as she was sure her friend would love to purchase Stampin’ Up! products.   Of course I let her know that is perfectly fine- I am able to process orders from people living anywhere in Australia and have them shipped to anywhere in Australia directly from Stampin’ Up!  I thought I would get on my blog today and remind everyone of that!  

The conversation also prompted me to think that it would be worth mentioning that people from ‘out of town’ can also join me in selling Stampin’ Up! products to people in their community.  The team that I am part of is largely based in Melbourne but it simply a matter of hopping on the phone or jumping online and asking questions and seek and offer support.  Of course, people who live IN town would be just as welcome to join me on the team too-but I just didn’t want people to think that just because they don’t live in the same town as me- that they can’t be a part of the team.  I’d love it if you wanted to be a part of the Stampin’ Up Family regardless of whether or not you live in the same town as me!

If you have any questions about becoming a demonstrator then please get in touch with me!  I’d love to help you out!

A few things that you might be interested to know……

  • People can decide what type of demonstrator they would like to be- some people just want to enjoy the discount on their supplies and other people are dedicated to building their own businessees and accomplishing personal career goals.  Of course there are always people who are somewhere in between!


  • There is a requirement that you sell a minimum of $500 worth of product each QUARTER (which is very easy to do- even if you were just purchasing products for yourself!)   


  • The Starter Kit is $324 and you will receive over $560 worth products and business supplies.


  • As a demonstrator you will be able to access ‘demonstrator only’ forums to ask questions, seek support and share ideas!


  • Join in January or February during Sale-a-bration and you are able to select an additional STAMP SET (up to the value of $79.95) absolutely FREE

I can’t wait to hear from you! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions

I got my kit today

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Well I have just arrived home from a session of scrapbooking at my LSS- Yes- it is about 12.30AM but I was bursting to write something on my blog.   I told H and C that I would put up my pages from this evening- but I just need to add a few little ‘extras’ in the morning (yes it is technically morning- but I mean when the sun is up!)  and will obviously photograph my layouts when there is a bit of daylight.     I’m sorry to keep you up so late C- that handstitching was what made it SO late (and perhaps just a little bit of chatting)

Anyway- I just had to jump online because I just wanted to say……Yay! My Stampin’ Up kit arrived today

In it there is…..

  • 2cardstock packs (Whisper white and Earth Elements)
  • 5 stamps pads
  • A  set of stampin’ pastels
  • A set of craft and rubber scissors
  • Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist (for cleaning the stamps after use)
  • Snail adhesive
  • Blender pens
  • Stampin’ around handle and cartridge

There was some degree of flexibility with the stamps sets.  Stampin’ Up suggests certain stamp sets but it is possible to substitute for a different set as long as it is the same price or less than the suggested set.  The stamp sets I chose were……

  • Baroque border
  • Enjoy every moment (from the Spring Mini Catalogue)
  • Big Pieces 
  • Be Happy
  • Spring pictograms
  • It’s all good

I also ordered the additional memories add on option which included

  • 12x 12 cardstock pack (Rich Regals)
  • A simply Scrappin’ Scrapbooking pack- I picked “Round Up”
  • The schoolbook serif alphabet set
  • A Black Stampin’ Write Journaller

I also received various ‘business supplies’ etc.  One of the best things was that I saved at least 40% off the total costs. 

If you would like to learn more about becoming an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator yourself- I would be more than happy to help you with that and hopefully answer any questions you may have.  For some people it is a great opportunity to purchase Stampin’ Up products at  a discount for their own papercrafting and for others it is a great way to earn a little income.  

I’ll make another entry later with my pages…….

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