Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
When I was about eight, I started making doll clothes. This led to sewing my own clothes in junior high and high school. Some of my other creative adventures were crewel embroidery, counted cross-stitch, ceramics, flower gardening and interior decorating.
My professional career was in banking and finance. It wasn’t easy being a right-brain person in a left-brain industry. In my heart, I wasn’t happy working for someone else. I secretly dreamed of owning my own business. But there were bills to pay and two children for my hubby and I to raise, so my dream was hidden away.
Around 1996, my oldest sister from California came to visit. One of her suitcases had supplies for her newest hobby: rubber stamping. I will never forget the feeling that I had when I stamped my first card. I was an artist!
For the next year, I taught everyone I knew how to stamp cards. I taught art classes at a local coffee shop. The people who attended these classes kept asking me where I bought the supplies that we used. I would tell them where, but they kept asking why they couldn't buy the supplies from me after class was over.
My brother had shown me a Stampin’ Up! catalog from his co-worker a few months ago. He gave me the telephone number and my dream of owning my own business began.
I love anything handmade and unique, so Stampin’ Up! has been perfect for me. I’m passionate about creating handmade greeting cards, scrapbooks, gift items and home décor items. The friendships with my team of demonstrators, other demonstrators around the world and with my customers are what I treasure the most.