Thursday, May 8, 2008

Introducing Edie B!

Hello Everyone!
I am so excited to introduce you to Edie B today. Edie is my 'newest' team member although it has felt she has been a part of it for such a long time.
Edie lives in Erie, PA with her hubby Jim and her dog , Roscoe.

What a talented stamper she is! It was because of Edie that I fell in love with the stamp set "Live your Dreams."

This is the amazing thing about seeing other people's creations. You often see a set you don't particularly like or think you would never buy, but then you see others creations and that is it, you simply HAVE to have it!

Check out Edie's Blog at for more fabulous creations.

Be sure to sign up for my upcoming class (June 3rd) where we will make a cute project using the set. (See Wednesday May 8th's post) If you can't make the class, no worries you can order a kit to go! Bring a friend to the class or have her order a kit to go and you will receive a Gift Certificate.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Live your Dreams

In the Occasions Mini Catalog on page 9, you will see a set called "Live your Dream". I am ecstatic that Stampin' Up! has extended the date for this mini catalog until the end of June. If you would like a Mini Catalog mailed to you, just let me know. You can also view it online by clicking here

Our class this month will focus on this set. Here is what we will be making.

2 cute cards using the Embossing and Brayering techniques and a cute stationery folder to match.

Email me ( for more details. Sign up for this class or have a kit mailed to you.

Get on Board with Chipboard!

Take an extra 25% off Stampin' Up!'s chipboard products!

For the month of May, when you spend $35 on any Stampin' Up! products, you'll get 25% off all On Board chipboard products from pages 178-179 of the Spring-Summer Collection 2008!

Stampin' Up!'s On Board chipboard collections offer a fun and easy way to embellish projects, create custom greetings, and decorate scrapbook pages. The exclusive, versatile, die-cut chipboard is designed to coordinate with many Stampin' Up! stamp sets and accessories.

Join my Team - Stamp to the MAX

During the month of May, Stampin' Up! is offering another fabulous deal to join our family. The starter kit is normally $199 (plus Tax) but this month , it is being offered at 20% off. ($159 plus Tax) Along with this you will receive a Hodgepodge Hardware Kit for FREE. You can choose between 'Aged Copper', 'Antique Brass' and 'Pewter'. (See page 188 in the Spring~Summer Collection)

To sign up, simply go to my website and click on 'Join Stampin' Up! Click on enroll now and you can complete the application online. The password is stamptothemax
Be sure to watch the First Impressions Video.

What kind of demonstrator would you be?

DISCOUNT DEMONSTRATOR: Likes the idea of buying stamps for personal use at a discount and occasionally sells to friends and family.

SHORT-TERM DEMONSTRATOR: Sells for a short period of time to earn a specified amount of money and stops when the goal is reached.

HOBBY DEMONSTRATOR: Loves doing workshops and classes and earning extra money when it’s convenient, works a lot some months and very little or none, other months.

SEASONAL DEMONSTRATOR: Works hard at the business during September, October, November doing workshops for seasonal money. Maintains minimum sales during the rest of the year.

STAY-AT-HOME MOM DEMONSTRATOR: Wants to stay at home with her children and make some extra money working a few nights a month.

CAREER DEMONSTRATOR: Views Stampin’ Up! as a viable business with long-term career potential; pursues management and wants to move up the career ladder; regularly attends Stampin’ Up! events and has developed close social relationships with other demonstrators; works at her business in a consistent manner.

As you can see, this is a flexible, fun business you can build to suit your needs and desires. Make it fit for you by using your unique talents.

Be sure to email me at if you have any questions about becoming a Demonstrator.

Welcome to my Blog

Hello Friends,

My name is Maxine (Max) Conrad and I live in Riverton, UT. I am married to Lance and we are the Parents of 4 wonderful children, Natalie, Kayleigh, JD & Olivia.

I moved to Utah in 2001 when I vowed I would never get into anything crafty. I was amazed at how so many people quilted and scrapbooked. I was NEVER going to do that. I was invited to a Stampin' Up! workshop by a friend. I found out another friend had received an invite and we planned to go together.We set up a plan. I asked Lance to call me on my cell at 8pm as an excuse to leave. I had never heard of Stampin' Up! and when I found out they sold stamps and scrapbooking items, I raised my eyebrows knowing I would never buy anything.
The Demonstrator had a wonderful variety of scrapbook pages around the room and I asked my friend "Do people really waste their money and time on all of this?" My phone rang promptly at 8pm and as it really is etiquette to place an order at a workshop/party, I chose the cheapest stamp set I could find.I don't remember the name of it, but there were 4 stamps in the set and they had cute sayings. "A cherry hello' is one I remember. We excused ourselves and left. What a relief to get out of there!It dawned on me after we left we didn't even stay to eat the great treats.....another thing Utah is known for.........My order arrived. I looked at the stamp set and saw a piece of rubber and 4 wood blocks. "What the heck am I supposed to do with this?" I asked myself. I put the set back into the plastic bag and placed it on a shelf in my closet for a year!

A year later, I was spring cleaning when I reached for the bag and found the stamp set. I showed it to my Aunt Ruthie who was so into crafting and making cute things and she was ecstatic. We started making cards right away.I was planning on contacting the Demonstrator to place an order for $130. I saw at the back of the catalog, I could buy a starter kit for $199 and then saw an add on kit for $50. I checked out many companies and realized that Stampin' Up! was the one that could offer me everything to match. From Cardstock, to marker pens, to buttons, brads and ribbon.
I called the Demonstrator, and told her I wanted to sign up. I was signing up for the kit and that was it.The kit arrived and I literally thought it was Christmas. I spent such a long time looking at everything. "I think I will be a hobbyist", I told myself. "I won't sell this, I will just buy it to use for myself."

4 years later, I am doing this a business. I have a team. (Stamp to the MAX) I have wonderful customers. I hold workshops and clubs, classes and stamp camps. I started an online group for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. I just promoted to Manager and have almost earned the incentive trip to Hawaii.The highlight for me is the many, many people I have met through this wonderful company. People I would NEVER have met had it not been for Stampin' Up! When people tell me they can't host a workshop or sign up to be a Demonstrator as they don't know anybody, I tell them the only friend I had when I moved to the US, was my husband. Surely they had more than ONE friend? :)

This is amazing to me since I vowed I would never do anything crafty. I simply signed up for the kit after bringing the stamp set out of the closet after one year and now actually work FOR Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator Support Agent. I have had many jobs throughout my life, but never one with such wonderful co-workers, Supervisors and doing something that I love.I plan on posting many projects made by myself and other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.


Happy Stampin'