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When opportunity knocks…

Sometimes opportunity comes in unexpected ways and usually when we are not really looking for it or looking for something different.  I know that’s what happened to me with my business.  I was happy being a Stampin’ Up! customer – supporting my friend and buying the supplies I needed to satisfy my hobby.  Then one day my friend said to me “you should really sign up as a demonstrator and take advantage of the discount.” At first I thought oh no – not my style – I am not a pushy salesperson – BUT neither is my friend.  She never pushed me to buy what I didn’t already want or need so I decided to take a leap of faith and learn more about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

What I learned surprised me.  First it was only a $99 (plus tax) investment to get started.  And what did I get for my initial investment?  Over $125 in fantastic products plus business supplies and a fabulous support network to help me along the way.  Next I learned that to stay active as a demonstrator I only needed to sell $300 worth of products every quarter. Well heck, I was spending that much every three months as a customer and NOT getting the benefit of the 20% discount.  Once I did the math I was sold (I’m a numbers gal so once I did the math it was a no brainer for me). 

I was also relieved to realize I didn’t need to pressure people into purchasing from me, in fact I could just go along my merry little way without ever having to “bother” another person about my hobby.  And so I began my hobby – spending time in my studio creating one of a kind cards to share with friends and family.  As I worked with the stamps, ink, and paper, I grew more confident in my abilities to create mini works of art in the form of a greeting cards.  Friends and family loved receiving my special cards for birthday, anniversaries, and other occasions.  And I LOVED makng them.  To me, my little “hobby” is a great outlet for reducing stress and anxiety.  Escaping to my studio to work with my stamps, ink, and paper is my “me time”  when I can shut out the world and relax.  I am always so much more relaxed after I have spent some time creating.

I am passionate about what I do and I want to share this opportunity with others.  The absolute beauty of stamping is there is NO right way to create.  Each project is as unique as the person making it.  Stamping is for all skill levels – beginning crafter to avid creator and no prior experience is necessary.  If you have ever thought you might like to try your hand at creating with stamps, ink, and paper now is the time.  With the current Stampin’ Up! Extra Extra promotion you can join now until August 31, 2019 and receive an extra $30 in product in your starter.  Yup for just $99 (plus tax) you will receive over $155 in exclusive Stampin’ Up! products AND you will also receive a $10 coupon to use next month.

So if you are in the United States and would like more information, I would be happy to chat with you.  You can email me at craftyklock@gmail.com for more information. Or if you are ready to sign up today, you can click here.

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Spread Kindness

Do you care about someone? Yes? Well then tell them!

Paper Pumpkin and Stampin’ Up! are all about sharing kindness through creativity. And as dedicated as we are to making a difference with our papercrafting, sometimes we just don’t have a card on hand when we need it most.

Enter June’s Paper Pumpkin kit. It helps subscribers share random acts of kindness whenever inspiration strikes—and in a fun and easy way.  Check out the video below for a sneak peek at June’s Paper Pumpkin kit and then be sure to order it here by June 10th. You won’t want to miss this one!

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Ain’t no big thing

My day begins early – I mean really early. I am up at 3:30 am, out of the house by 4:30 am, and at work by 5:30 am. After working a full day (and it’s not hard labor – just a lot of research and writing) I’m back home by 4:00 pm and everything that entails. Cooking dinner, doing the dishes, laundry, and a dozen other things that need to get done to keep the family running. So when little unexpected surprises come my way my day so much brighter.

I’m not talking about winning the lottery kind of surprises, just the little everyday small acts of thoughtfulness and kindness that mean so much. Maybe it’s seeing a rainbow on your drive home that brings a smile or hearing your favorite song on the radio. Yesterday it was two simple acts of caring that made my whole day brighter. First, I came home to find that my son had unloaded the dishwasher – Joy! It’s no big thing but the fact that he noticed it needed to be done and did it was just such a wonderful surprise and shows me he cares. Next I go upstairs to change and see that my husband has folded my laundry for me. Again – no big deal but the fact he took the time to do this small act of kindness for me made my day.

It’s not the grand gestures that mean the most to me – it’s the little everyday acts of kindness and thoughtfulness that make me happy. Whether it’s a friendly “hello, how are you today” from a stranger or my family helping in unexpected ways, these little gestures go a long way.

One way I like to sprinkle kindness around is with a pretty handmade card. Sometimes I will write a note and send a card to someone unexpectedly or I will give one of my cards to someone who has been helpful and kind. I’ve given them to bank tellers, receptionists at the doctor’s office, the cashier at the food store. Each and every time I have give out a card the recipient is always so surprised and grateful. What a great way to sprinkle some kindness around.

So what do you do to spread kindness around and show others you care? It doesn’t have to be a big, grand gesture. It’s the small, thoughtful acts that mean the most. So today I challenge you to show kindness in some little way. Remember, it ain’t no big thing to show others you care.