Hello stampers. You might be interested in what got me started on this journey. Well, I have been a demonstrator for 17 years now, I started in October of 2005. I had already been scrapbooking when someone introduced me to stamping, so at first I only bought stamps that I could use in my scrapbooks. Stamps and ink were a “renewable resource” and made much more sense than stickers!
There were two things that made me fall in love with Stampin’Up. The first one was the colour coordination. My pages looked so good with the matching cardstock and ink. No guesswork, no looking for just the right patterned paper, just easy, beautiful coordination that made me look professional. The second thing is that stamping made me feel artistic. That is a big deal. I discovered quite early on that I had little talent as an artist (in my eyes). I didn’t progress much beyond the stick figures, houses and trees of the kindergarten easel and paint brushes. But when I inked up a beautiful stamp and put it to paper I could make beautiful things. I fell in love and I haven’t looked back.
Before I became a demonstrator I used to hide my stash behind cupboard doors, now they are proudly displayed in my stamp room. I love helping other people discover that they too can be creative. There is also joy in community, in getting together, talking and laughing and making things together. This is why I began my most popular class, “Coffee and a Card”. Every Tuesday morning I bake something delicious and we start in the kitchen with coffee, tea or juice and homemade baking for about twenty minutes of conversation. Then we move to the stamp room and make three cards. The cost is only $15 but everyone does bring their own adhesive kit (tape runner such as snail or fast fuse, glue dots and dimensionals) I love baking and cooking so this class is a natural fit and leads me to my last point.
I am called “The Pampered Stamper” because I love to pamper my customers. Card making is a whole experience and goes beyond simply making cards. It is about a cozy and inviting ambiance (known in Dutch as “gezellig”). It is about great food and treats. It is about community: friendship, conversation and sharing. So come to my home and be pampered all while learning a delightful new hobby that will not only enrich your life, but also bless the lives of many other people. Discover the joy of card making and stamping.
Pictured above is my brand new stamp room. I moved to my new home on 81 Delaware Ave two weeks before Christmas 2018 after ending my 30 year marriage. I am blessed to be able to do so and am so thankful for the continued support of family, friends and my loyal customers. Most of the stamping takes place on this gorgeous hickory table made from reclaimed barn board by my son Alex and his friend Luke. This is a bright, sunny room that just makes a person feel good. I am looking forward to welcoming you to my happy place.
This last picture is of my bright and cheery kitchen, the home of all the treats that you get at class. People love to gather around the island as well to chat with me and with each other.
I have since married my favourite Dutchman and have moved temporarily to the Netherlands. I still offer mega classes when I come back to Chatham for a visit. Most things are now done online, but I have a fabulous team many of whom DO offer in person classes. Retreats are also a favourite thing of mine to organize. Usually these are for my team members, but if there is room left over, then I invite my customers to come along for the fun as well.
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