Saturday, 28 October 2017

What Was in My Stampin' Up! New Demonstrator Order & What Would I Choose Now

I thought it may be useful to spend a few minutes chatting about what I included in my Stampin' Up! new demonstrator kit way back at the beginning of the year when I signed up as a demo and to think about what I may do differently now.

I have filmed a chatty video where I go through the items in the catalogue and give much more insight than I ever could here so you may want to check that out by following this LINK.

First of all I joined during Saleabration* and so I got two free stamp sets from the catalogue as well as my £130 worth of kit for £99 so these were add ons and not included in the £99.

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First up with the stamp sets was Bella and Friends. It's the little doggy set and has sold over 1 million sets worldwide so is super popular. I chose it because I'd just bought a little puppy and was doing lots of doggy themed crafting and this set as so adorable I just had to have it. I use it moderately, but a lot at the beginning. I use the little "Enjoy!" stamp A LOT. It's so versatile as a tiny stamp and can be applied to many occasions and events and says a lot.

Next I went with something floral and chose Birthday Blossoms. I'd seen someone working with Pansy's and wanted to get the Pansy Punch (which I did) so instead of just buying a pansy stamp set I went with a set which included a couple of sentiments and some more delicate flowers too. I used it moderately in the beginning but don't use it as much as I should really.

So in my £99 kit I had:

Pansy Punch - this I use a little because I struggle to make it look pretty and if I had to choose my kit again now I'd go with the Daisy Punch over the pansy any day of the week. So much prettier and delicate and useable. Rarely use this.
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12 x 12 DSP with coordinating card stock pack - this would always be my advice to go with in a starter kit and was definitely a good choice. It meant that I had coordination going on from day one and I had a choice of 3 colours of cardstock in my stash (great if you're starting from scratch) I used it all very quickly so definitely used A LOT.

3 ink pads - I chose three colours which coordinated with the DSP and cardstock and again this was a good move as it meant I could start producing coordianated projects from the day my order arrived. The only thing I would do is consider how close to the end of year it is, if it was close to June I'd not go with retiring in colours (something I didn't understand and wish I'd known). I'd apply this same reasoning to choosing cardstock too and any pens and such as everything in in-colours which are due to retire that year retire in June and as a demo you really want to be demonstating with current product. These first three were not used a lot as they retired but had they not then they would have been used much more
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Simply Scored - I chose this as I'd seen it used on demonstrations and liked the markers and thought they'd be good for my packaging projects which can be very samey. I like it and am glad I bought it and use it A LOT.

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Stampin' Trimmer - I think is the best trimmer I've ever used and I use it A LOT.

Dimensionals/ Tombow and Fuse - I use all of these A LOT and hadn't used any of them before becoming a demo. I wouldn't go back to the products I used before and would definitely include them in a starter kit to get a feel for how good they are.

Whisper White Cardstock - an absolute must to have in the stash and I use it A LOT

So I guess my choices were pretty good overall and there is little I'd change.

Hope you found this useful if you're considering becoming a demonstrator.

Thanks for dropping in.

Have a great weekend.

Andrea x

* Period from Jan to March inclusive each year where Stampin' Up! go crazy with offers and rewards

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