Just the facts, ma’am!

“What comes in the Stampin’ Up Starter kit?” The next question is
“Ok, so what’s the catch?” or “what do I have to do to stay active?”

(I realize that a lot of you reading this are demonstrators and
already know the ins and outs so if you stop reading, I won’t be

With Stampin’ Up having their Starter Kits on sale 15% off starting Feb 1st
AND an additional stamp set free (47.95 value!), now is a good time to
answer those questions for anyone who is wondering what the real scoop
is. No sugarcoating- just the facts, ma’am!

What comes in the Kit? The Starter kit contains $335 worth of products for 199.00 – and now you can take 15% off to make it $169.

– You choose 5 stamp sets, this price or lower: 21.95, 30.95, 27.95, 35.95, and a bonus 47.95 (until March 31).

– One regular wheel 6.50

– A handle for your wheel

– Choose your ink cartridge color for wheel

– Full box of pastels (49 colors)

– 2 packs of assorted cardstock (choose your color group) 72 sheets total

– Pack of white or vanilla cardstock – 40 sheets

– Snail adhesive (refillable)

– Choose a 20.95 Décor Element (vinyl)

– Stampin’ Scrub and mist cleaner (a must for any stamper!)

– Versamark pad (clear ink used for watermarks or embossing)

– 3 Blender Pens

– 5 classic ink pads, your choice of color

– Tons of business supplies like a box of 8 catalogs, mini catalogs, our Demonstrator magazine and order forms.

What is the catch? Other than a totally
addictive hobby, it’s pretty easy. I’ve had more trouble and headaches
trying to switch cell phone plans. That took 3 hours. Signing up to be
a demonstrator? 20 minutes. Online. And you get your password to go
onto the Demonstrator Only Website right away while you wait for your
kit to arrive in a week to 10 days. What if I decide to not place any orders and just enjoy my kit?
Stampin ‘Up will just drop you after your quarter is up. No penalties,
nothing to give back, no note sent home to your parents.

How much do I have to order to stay active? $300 retail. This Stampin’ Up quarter runs Jan, Feb, March. So if you sign up Feb 1st,
you would get your first quarter free of minimums. Apr-may-June is the
next quarter so you would have to your $300 in orders by the end of
June. It can be ALL at once, or in smaller orders. With just your own
orders or friends adding to it. You can be your own hostess, so with
your 20% off as a demonstrator, the 300 goes down to 240.00 but then
add back in 10% shipping and then tax. If you are 7% tax like me, then
it comes out to around 285.00. BUT as your own hostess, you can get a
free hostess set and 25.00 free merch. So it pays off if you are
looking for a discount and you are going to spending that much on stamp
stuff anyway.

Bonus: This is why some people sign up if they have a huge
wish list or want something big like the BIG SHOT: You get 30% (instead
of 20%) off your first order over 150.00 if you place it within 45 days
of signing up. Be your own hostess + get a big discount = no brainer.

How do I know who to sign up with?

Do you want/need lots of training in stamping techniques or computer
help? Do you want to stamp with a group or attend events or meetings?

Then I would recommend that you should find someone local to sign up
with. Find a demonstrator who has monthly or quarterly events or
training so you can learn all you can and stamp often! Our group here
in Orlando meets monthly and we have a great time stamping together.
Use the demo locator on the SU website at www.stampinup.com
and click on Find a Demonstrator. Look for someone with a website and
check out her events. Even if she is an hour away, it is totally worth
it so you can learn all you need to.

If you are already a seasoned stamper who doesn’t necessarily need
one-on-one training, decent on the computer and is happy to do your own
thing, then it isn’t as important to sign up with someone locally.
Personally I would sign up with someone who has been doing it for more
than a few years, is established and offers some long distance support.
I offer a free membership to Stamping School ( my video tutorial
website) to my long distance demonstrators. It is a way that I can show
them new techniques and projects since I can’t be there to stamp with
them as much as I would like to!

Do I have to have classes or workshops?

Some demonstrators do it as a career and support themselves full
time with it. It’s a lot of work but it can be done. More than half of
the demonstrators in my group do it just for the discount or hobby.
There is no requirement to host or teach any classes. Now if you want
help with putting in the orders, we call those Bread and Butter
customers. Those are the friends or family that you can stamp with each
month or every other month so they can order a few things from you.
Every little bit helps! And if you are like me, one day you may need
extra money and that’s how I started doing it more as a business. When
times get tough, sell stamps!

What is in the Demonstrator Only Website?

Gee whiz, there is so much in there that I couldn’t list it all. 5
years of back issues of our Stampin’ Success magazines (which arrive in
our mail monthly), projects, templates, articles, some videos,
Stamper’s Showcase (3-4 samples uploaded daily from demonstrators who
submitted their samples) and Workshop Wizard, which has more projects.

Some people sign up just for the preorders.
Maybe this has happened to you: You are on a website and see this
awesomely cute card and say “I want that set!” but it’s not available
for another month and then you get mad because the demonstrators
already have it and are using it? Then you should be a demonstrator and
get the upcoming mini catalogs or promotional stuff before anyone else!

Congrats on making it through my longest post ever!

If you have more questions, feel free to call (770-363-6539 or email me (plunkettg@charter.net) anytime.
I’d be happy to steer you to the upline who is right for you to sign up
with or sign you up with me to be a part of my group.

How do I sign up? A lot of demonstrators
have a DBWS, which is a Demonstrator Business Website.  As
demonstrators, we pay 12.95 a month for it and it is wonderful! 
Stampin’ Up keeps it updated for us and we can add our own projects,
calendar and special touches.   One of the perks is that you can sign
up online and get your demonstrator password immediately!  Mine is www.designzbygloria.stampinup.net and you can check it out.   Whoever you sign up with, you will need a
recruiter password.  (Mine is lotsoflove for those who are ready to
sign up!)

Blessings, and until the next time, remember to hug the ones you love, none of us are promised tomorrow!

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