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What does it cost to join Stampin’ Up! ?
In Canada, a Starter Kit is $135 and contains $165 in product – because you’ll get a 20% discount right away!

What’s in the Starter Kit?
Whatever you want! Choose paper, inkpads, cardstock, stamps, tools, embellishments, kits – whatever your heart desires, up to $165. When your Starter Kit arrives, it will also have current catalogues, order forms, and other business resources to get you started!

What are the perks of being a demonstrator?
As mentioned above, you’ll get a 20% discount right away, and you can earn a 25% discount when your sales reach a certain target. In addition, you can …
– See catalogues and promotions before anyone else
– Order new products before they’re released to the public
– Access online and print resources to help you build your crafting skills and business strategies
– Earn bulk discounts, flex points, and other incentives throughout the year
– Participate in a free annual incentive trip (this year’s destination is Maui!)
– Join an exclusive Facebook group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world, where we share ideas, inspiration, business tips, and everything else to do with being a demonstrator
– Attend exclusive in-person events to meet other demonstrators, learn from top crafters and leaders, and receive free products
– Build your business your way, and spend time doing what you already love: crafting!
– Share your love of Stampin’ Up!’s high-quality products, with the knowledge that they stand behind their product and their demonstrators
– Work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out!

And speaking of awesome in-person events …. did you hear that the next Stampin’ Up! convention (OnStage Local) is being held in Vancouver, BC? My team is going, hope you will join us!

What’s it like being on your team?
I love to promote a fun, supportive atmosphere with my team. I believe in celebrating milestones, learning together, and helping each other whenever possible. But don’t take my word for it … here’s what some of my teammates have to say:

We hold team meetings approximately every second month, where we get together to share our successes, find answers to our questions, and strategize about the upcoming months. I’m also available via text, email, and messenger when questions pop up in between meetings, and we have a closed Facebook group for our team, where I share files and information.

Do I have to sell the products to friends/family?
No, selling is not mandatory. In order to maintain your demonstratorship, there is a quarterly minimum of 300 CSV (more on that term below). That’s about $100/month. Many people are able to spend enough to maintain their demonstratorship without selling to anyone else – they call themselves “hobby demos”. If you do choose to sell, the 20-25% commission you earn on customer purchases will handily support your crafting habits – and you can meet your minimum with 1-2 workshops per quarter.

What if I decide I don’t like being a demonstrator?
No harm done! I encourage anyone who might be interested to buy the starter kit, hold a class or two (with my help, if you like), and see what you think. By the time you’ve reached the end of your first three months, you’ll know whether you want to keep going. If not, enjoy all the wonderful discounted products you purchased – there is no need to return anything, or pay any additional fees to Stampin’ Up!.

I’m part of your monthly Stampers’ Club. What happens if I become a demonstrator?
If you join my team as a demonstrator, you’ll still need to finish out the year in the monthly hostess club – however, I will honour your discount on all your club purchases, so your monthly purchase commitment will decrease 🙂 I have one team member who continues to participate in my club, for a fun social evening as well as crafty inspiration! Another option is to “buy” your remaining months in the club. The monthly commitment is $20, so you would make a one-time payment to me of $16 ($20 less your 20% discount) multiplied by the number of months you have left in the club.

What does CSV mean?
CSV is the system that Stampin’ Up !uses to convert retail price to local currency. This allows them to say that all demonstrators – no matter what country they are in – must reach the quarterly minimum of 300 CSV.

“Whenever sales are mentioned in the Compensation Plan, they won’t be shown in local currency. In order to make our compensation plan applicable to all markets, regardless of currency, we use a common measurement: commissionable sales volume or CSV. CSV is a measurement unit by which sales are tracked. Our ordering systems and reports convert your local currency to CSV automatically.”

So your minimum quarterly target is not $300 CAD; it’s 300 CSV.

The CSV conversion amounts are assessed once a year based on the global currency rates and may shift up or down slightly; right now, 300 CSV = $394.50.

If you order $394.50 in product, the amount you pay will change slightly:
$394.50 retail
+ $39.45 shipping
+ $40.24 tax
– $78.90 discount
= $395.29 total due.

Stampin’ Rewards come into play as well. In this example, you would earn $47.34 in free product. And as an additional perk, there are no shipping costs on Stampin’ Rewards! So once you choose your free product, you’ve got $440 worth of product for a $375 price tag (including shipping and tax). And this is all based on the scenario of making the entire order yourself without any friends or customers contributing. If you decide to hold classes, even small classes every few months – or merely have a few select friends get together for an informal crafting night and share an order – you can easily make your minimums and start to make a profit as well! Any order above $200 would earn free rewards, and any order above $550 would earn you a half-price product.

When is the best time to join?
Sale-a-Bration (January through March) is always a great time to join, as there will be a fantastic “signing bonus” available to new demonstrators. This year, new demonstrators will receive an additional $60 in free product of their choice when they join – a total of $225 in products for only $135. Additionally, you can choose to include the exclusive Craft and Carry Tote (retail value $68) for $40. This amazingly versatile tote is exclusively available to new demonstrators until March 31st!

Another great time to join is anytime YOU are the party hostess – whether through a party you plan and host yourself, or when it’s your hostess month in the monthly club. Every dollar in party sales increases your hostess rewards, and you can use those rewards to pay for your Starter Kit – so you could get your kit for even less than $135!

Who should join?
In all honesty – I truly think that anyone who enjoys using Stampin’ Up! products and has $135 to spend should take the opportunity to become a demonstrator. There is no downside – you get an awesome discount and other perks right away, and if you decide it’s not for you, you still get to keep and enjoy all the fabulous products you bought!

I want to understand ALL the nitty-gritty details before joining. Show me the fine print!
No problem! Here’s the Compensation Plan Overview.

Okay, I’m in! Where do I sign up?
Follow this link to my website and click “Join Now”!

I have more questions ….
If you’d like to know more about how to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out, Email me and let’s chat. I want to make sure you have all the info you need to make the right decision!

Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.

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Gift Card Holders are so useful this time of year, and you won’t find a simpler design than this one!

 

Garden Green cardstock: 4.25 x 11″; score at 2.75 and 5.5″
White insert: 4 x 5.25″
All is Bright Designer Series Paper: 2.5 x 4″

Use the 1″ circle punch to punch a ‘thumb-hole’ in the side of the smallest section of the Garden Green cardstock.

Fold the smallest section of the cardstock to form a pocket for the gift card. Use Tear & Tape adhesive to attach at just the top and bottom, leaving room to slide in the gift card.

Stamp the right side of the white insert with desired sentiment and image, so that it is visible when the card is open. Attach the insert to your cardbase.

Insert your gift card, and you’re done! This gift card holder even fits in a standard notecard-size envelope, so it’s easy to give or to mail.

Have you made any gift card holders this year? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.

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Why did I sign up to do two craft fairs this month? I have no idea.

That’s how I roll sometimes, though! (Note: Sometimes = All the Time. As my long-suffering husband would tell you.)

I decided to up the difficulty level on this particular project by not ordering any additional Stampin’ Up! tools or supplies prior to the event. I could only use what I had on hand, as well as buying supplementary items that I could get locally (e.g., chapsticks for my chapstick holders).

Me at Vendor Splendor fair, November 3rd.

Here are the items I had for sale at the two fairs I attended – in addition to good old-fashioned greeting cards, which I was selling by the singles and in an acetate box as a five-pack.

Most of these projects were new for me, so I had lots of fun learning how to make them, and discovering along the way which ones were worth the time and effort, and which ones weren’t. Given more time (and more varied supplies), there is certainly no shortage of charming gift projects to make, and I found plenty of inspiration on the Craft Fairs, Stampin’ Style Facebook group.

I went for variety of products rather than huge quantity in any one product, which meant I sold out of a few things, including the beautiful candle cards below. On the second day of the two-day event, I had people coming back to my booth to ask about the candle cards they’d seen the previous day…. but they were all gone!

Front of candle card
Inside of candle card

I also sold out of the star photo albums I made several years ago, the last time I was doing craft fairs. Last time I offered these, they were not a hot item. I got them out of the box they were stored in, figuring I might as well give it a shot … and by noon on the second day, I had none left. You never know!

Surprise, surprise …. after making all those gift items, the biggest sellers were CARDS! I sold over 85 cards, in singles, trios, and 5-packs (which I packaged in clear acetate boxes).

Which of these projects would you like to make? Comment below, and I’ll share a tutorial in the coming weeks!

Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.

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I can’t believe I’ve never shared a waterfall card tutorial here before! The first time I made this card was for Mother’s Day last spring, and the beautiful DSP shown here is no longer available. However, read on and you’ll see the Christmas card I recently made with the same fold!

Cardbase: 8.5 x 5.5”

Cardstock ‘Puller Strip’ (same as card base): 9 ¾  x 2” – score at 2″, 2¾”, 3 ½”, and 4 ¼
Cardstock ‘Holder Strip’ (same as cardbase): 4 x 1.5”

DSP: 4 x 5.25”

4 White pieces: 2 ¾ x 1 ¾”
4 cardstock frames: 2 x 3” (can be same as cardbase, or different colour)

Attach the DSP to the front of your card. Set this piece aside.

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Stamp your four white pieces as desired and attach to the four frames. Put these aside.

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Burnish the score lines on the puller strip. Attach your puller strip to the holder strip, only along the right side of the holder strip (as shown with dotted line below).

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Attach each of your stamped images to the puller strip, applying adhesive only to the right side of each scoreline on the puller strip. (The green lines below show where to apply the adhesive.)

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Fold the long end of the puller strip behind the holder strip. Tag-punch the end and tie a short ribbon around the tag.

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Line up the pieces on the card as shown, so the holder strip lines up with the DSP and the tag doesn’t extend beyond the end of the card. Attach only at the top and bottom of the holder strip.

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Flip your waterfall several times so that it ‘flows’ easily before giving it to the recipient.

And here’s the Christmas card I made with the Making Christmas Bright stamp set. I used these awesome stamps to create a message that reads, “May your Christmas be merry and bright”!

 

Have you made any projects with the waterfall fold? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

 

Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.

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A few weeks ago I got to go see several of my theatre friends perform in a psychological thriller of a play, “Murder in Green Meadows”. Being a theatre person is so fun and keeps me busy, because the more productions I participate in, the more friends I make, and then I just HAVE to go see them in all the productions they participate in! And naturally, I had to make my friends some cards to congratulate them on their success!

I used the Broadway Birthday stamp set and the Broadway Bound DSP to make these cute mini-cards. The photo below shows the fabulous foil sparkle visible on every piece of this amazing DSP!

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I wanted to add some extra sparkle to my stamped image, so I decided to emboss the gold dots on the “Hooray” stamp. But the cardstock was so teeny, I would burn my fingers when I used the heat-embossing tool. Then I had a brainwave:

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Bone folder + binder clip = no more burnt fingers!

The play was terrific, and the cards were well-received (as was the box of chocolates that accompanied them!).

Have you made any projects with the Broadway Bound paper? Share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

 

Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.

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Yup, you read that right – my last card class of 2018 is approaching! I’m not going to hold any classes in December, so November is your last chance to craft with me, as well as your last chance to order from the fabulous holiday catalogue. Naturally, the theme for this month’s classes is “Spotlight on the Holiday Catalogue”! Here are some sneak peeks at what we’ll be working with this month.

I’ve been super keen on the new line of Distinktive stamps since last January, when Heartfelt Blooms was introduced as a Sale-a-Bration item. Distinktive stamps bring an amazing texture on your project, with detailed shading that bring the images to life. So one of the products I’m excited to showcase this month is Wishing You Well, a Distinktive set from the holiday catalogue.

This beautiful set allows you to create stunning cards without a lot of effort, and features images that will be useful all year round.

Speaking of year-round crafting, the Frosted Floral suite is also perfect for holidays and for the rest of the year! We’ll be using this gorgeous Specialty Designer Series Paper for one of our projects this month. This paper is “Specialty” because the designs are printed on shimmery, pearlized paper. It is STUNNING!

The Swirls and Curls embossing folder has made a big splash this season, and we’re going to pair it with shimmer paint to create a project with elegant shine.

The foil-edged cards and envelopes are products you might have missed in the catalogue, but in real life they are quite eye-catching, and will add a real “wow” factor to any project. You’ll get to try them out yourself at class this month!

If you want to see what else I’ve got in mind for this month, you’ll have to register for one of the workshops! I look forward to crafting with you!

 

Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.

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  • Do you love holiday crafting?
  • Do you miss the retired Festive Flurry stamp set and co-ordinating thinlits?
  • Are you kicking yourself that you missed out on Stampin’ Up!’s last limited-time exclusive offer, Blended Seasons?
  • Do you get excited about unique specialty paper?
  • Are you tired of all these rhetorical questions? ;-)If you answered yes to any of the above, then check out the beautiful new Snowflake Showcase suite! Featuring two stamp sets, a huge collection of thinlit dies, sparkly snowflake embellishments, and 12 x 12″ sheets of white velvet paper, this suite is certainly something special!

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These products will be available November 1st-30th or while supplies last, so don’t delay! You can order 24/7 in my online store. Use hostess code DWSZZPT4 to get a free gift from me as well.

Happy Stampin’!

Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.

Have you subscribed to my monthly newsletter? You’ll receive project tutorials and inspiration, as well as all workshop dates and special promotion news. Don’t miss out, sign up today!

 


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I am an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Nanaimo, BC. I love creating cards and other handmade projects, and I love showing others how they can make their own creations! I hope you can find creative inspiration through my blog and my classes. Thanks for stopping by!

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