‘Stampin’ Up’ to a Whole New Level of Creativity
Have you always wanted to make your own personal greeting cards but were afraid they wouldn’t look professional enough? How would you like to create impressive looking cards for the special people in your life, and have the design cleverly thought out and perfectly color coordinated? A club exists here in Fishers, meeting once a month, allowing members to create their own greeting cards, share their ideas, and get discounts and direction from their very own demonstrator who uses Stampin’ Up products.
“I like to do crafty, artsy things,” says Elizabeth Murphy, demonstrator for a Stampin’ Up group that meets once a month in her home. Elizabeth has been affiliated with this exciting assembly for about five years. With the Stampin’ Up Company, she orders products online, such as cardstock papers, ribbons, markers, and stamp pads, in which everything coordinates impeccably well with matching colors. She in turn, provides her group members with a discount for these products.
She has mastered her creativity to the level that she feels confident making her own greeting cards and party favors. Plus, not only did she make her own wedding invitations, but she also made them for her friends at work. The Stampin’ Up clan, however, doesn’t only make cards alone.
“We take everyday household items and turn them into something unique,” says Elizabeth. For example, she has taken paint cans, covered them with decorative cardstock paper, and converted them into pen/pencil holders. Other items she and her participants have made are candy containers, stationary sets, redesigned notebooks, magnets, coasters and much more.
Another clever transformation was a project that entailed folding two or three lunch sacks together and embellishing them to create a mini-scrapbook album. This idea was brought to the group by BethAnn Buehler, a group member who has also become a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up products. Both she and Elizabeth originally met years ago when they both attended meetings using these products. Now, in addition to being good friends, they both serve as demonstrators hosting creative events in their own homes.
“Elizabeth’s club inspired me to start a group of my own, and I’m blessed to be able to participate in both clubs,” says BethAnn. “At Elizabeth’s club, I can go and be a participant and gain inspiration from her projects. At my own club, I get to teach and inspire. It’s the best of both worlds.”
Recently, Elizabeth has also ventured into another creative domain with Copic Markers. She has become a certified instructor for these markers, which are alcohol based, allowing one to use a variety of shading techniques.
Since Elizabeth has a daytime job, she finds it convenient to host an event during the evening, which is ideal for women like her who work outside the home. Conversely, BethAnn hosts a daytime gathering, catering to stay-at-home moms, empty nesters and stampers with daytime availability much like her.
BethAnn states, “One Wednesday a month over muffins and coffee, I get to hit the pause button on my hectic life and enjoy the time spent with friends when we come together to create handmade cards and gifts. What I enjoy most are the friendships I’ve made with women like me who like getting out and doing something worthwhile with the limited amount of free time and resources they have to spend.”
If you would like to learn how to make your own cards, invitations, party favors and so much more, feel free to contact Elizabeth at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The Stampin’ Up club welcomes you to come by and see what it’s all about. Who knows, you may even decide to join. You can bring a friend or come alone!
However, if you don’t feel very creative or crafty, then you may prefer for Elizabeth or BethAnn to help you design your special order for personalized invitations, graduation cards, baby announcements, anniversary cards, etc. With so many cards out there today on the market containing routine, mechanical words, it’s exciting to think not only about controlling your own verse and images on a personalized card to someone you care about, but also “Stampin’ Up” to a whole new level of creativity.