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What to Post on IG?

· Short video to explain a tricky action; example: how to tie a bow. · List a few good IG accounts to follow that relate to your business. · A behind-the-scenes look at your craft room or classroom. · Show every card you make in class and some that your students do outside of class. · Humor. · Highlight your team. · Highlight a team member who accomplished a goal or joined your team. (Made next level – silver elite) · Give a shout out to yourself for something you are proud of · Give a shout out to a team member or new recruit or a client · Revisit and post older content. · Be sure viewers know how to contact you. · Highlight some favorite products now and then with a link on how/where to pu

WHAT TO SAY (2)...

11. To say, “Look at this gorgeous card I found.” Don’t keep something that pretty to yourself. 12. To congratulate someone on a new car. Butter them up for when you inevitably ask to borrow it. 13. To celebrate Thanksgiving. No one sends “Happy Thanksgiving” cards. Be unique. 14.To celebrate the Fourth of July. If they’re American, it’s sort of a second birthday card. 15. To congratulate someone on a promotion. If appropriate, maybe include your résumé. 16.To wish someone good luck on an upcoming surgery. Not that you need luck or anything. You’re in very skilled, capable hands. 16.To share a recipe. Add one tablespoon of friendship … 18.To wish someone a happy anniversary. Sticking to mile

WHO is Stampin'Up? What is Stampin'Up?

Everyone! (Make your own list.) How does it work? One on One Chats In-home Events Online Classes Live Videos Written tutorials YouTube Incentives Discounts Have An Event What will they learn? Paper Folding Techniques with high quality papers Coloring Techniques with highly versatile media Measuring and cutting with precise tools Embossing techniques with a variety of methods Sign Up for Free Tutorials How do we make a difference? Inspiring others Creating Happiness Contributing to Charities Relaxing Activities Gathering new Friends Sign up for my emails Hey, I’m Your Demo and I’m here for YOU. Sign up to join my Stampin’Up Team

Lead Them To Water

I have a young lady in my stamping group who has moved from the West Coast to upcountry South Carolina. She is constantly "collecting" our Southern-isms. One of our sayings is "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." Well, if you use the correct link, you can lead a client to the product, and we hope she will purchase. How do you lead them to the specific product? Read on. LINK TO RESOURCES WITH STAMPIN’ UP! Want to create direct links to your on-line store for products, categories and more? These links make it easy to direct a potential or existing customer to the products and specific areas within your store. A DBWS (demonstrator business web site) subscription is

Did You Know this about IG?

Did You Know? Did you know that at least 75% of Instagram viewers visit a website that was featured in an advertising post? Instagram is a great way to advertise your direct sales business. For example, if you are a demo for Stampin’Up, showcase stamp sets along with a project made that uses the set. Showcase a new catalog. Show a picture of your team having fun. ALWAYS post the items that you make. Did you know that you can post photos, videos, AND do a livestream from within the app? Instagram should be used daily for your business. Tip: Use Tailwinds. Did you know your IG needs to be set up as a business profile? Why? You will want to view your analytics, use IG information for targeting

Pinterest Sections and Pin Codes

Raining, pouring, pounding. I LOVE rainy days. Love the sounds as I sit and surf. The damp, cool weather makes me want to sit around in my fuzzies and read, sleep, and research/type/work. My retirement hobby is selling Stampin’ Up and teaching others to use SU products. I use Social Media to market my SU services. I am working on Social Media ideas today, more specifically, organizing my Pinterest boards a bit better. I have deleted some and added some. I also made some sub-sections in a few boards. Did you know you could do that? Go to Pinterest. Pinterest will come up like the illus. Click on your Profile and then on the word Boards. Then click on one board. Your pins on that board will c

Thoughtful Blooms

Thoughtful Blooms Stamp Set Small Bloom Punch I love how these 2 items coordinate and work together to make some gorgeous cards. You can get the stamp set FREE with a $50 order and the punch with a $100 order. Pick them up one at a time throughout Sale-a-bration, or place a $150 order and get them both PLUS Stampin' Rewards too! Below are some great projects shared by Stampin' Up! using these products. FREE Item With Every $50 You Purchase 📷 Lots of FREE Items to Pick From For every $50 you purchase you get to pick a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration brochure. There are stamps, papers, card kits, dies, and more.... When placing your order, it will indicate that you have either Level 1 or

Bows and More Bows

My Stamping classes do not always consist of making paper products. Some of the ladies wanted me to teach them how to make bows. We had one class on making bows from paper. These are great for inexpensive bows for packages. You can make one bow from on 12 x 12 inch sheet of DSP. They cost at least $2.99 in a favorite hobby store. Here is one example of our creations: My mom made beautiful bows for wreaths and trees, and taught me how to make them too. However, the way she made them caused me to get cramp in my thumb; as she got older, her hands cramped as she was holding the centers together as she made the loops. I so wish she had learned to make the Messy Bows because they are so much easi

Make Your Instagram Stand Out

MAKE YOUR INSTAGRAM POST STAND OUT, ESP YOUR PROFILE 1. How can I optimize my Profile? o Profile Image: Include a bright, happy photo of yourself; NOT a picture of your pet or favorite vacation spot. Be personal and approachable. o Bio: list about 3 items that succinctly describe your career or what you do. o Link: include a link to your business webpage or Facebook page. 2. How can I appeal to viewers? o Attractive, consistent colors o Pleasing layout o Visually appealing o Clear images 3. Can you Increase engagement? o Use between 12 and 30 hashtags o Follow related hashtags 4. Do you have a business account? It is a MUST! (advanced features) o Dissect your analytics. § Number of follower

Websites by WIX

I don’t know of anything you would want a website to do that can’t be done in WIX. Store, Blog, Members only, post to Social Media with a button click, events w RSVP, email campaign…You can even connect MailChimp to WIX. Upload files, add data information, schedule when your posts will load. I LOVE the ability to schedule my posts AND the ability to connect with MailChimp. WIX will walk you through getting your site ready for SEO and Meta tags too! Need I say more to convince you to try the FREE trial NOW? This site you are looking at now is made via WIX. Visit their blog and then come back here to go to WIX via my affiliate link.THANKS! To get to WIX:


Any New Year’s Resolutions? Now that the New Year is here, you've probably made some. Are any of these familiar? · Spend more time doing what I love· · Stay in touch with my friends and family more · Make more money · Have more freedom to do what I want, when I want · Get out of debt · Meet new people If so, you may want to consider learning more about becoming a Stamping Up Demonstrator! Believe it or not, having your own Stamping Business can allow you to achieve all of the above resolutions... and more! If you'd like to learn more about becoming a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, please reach out to me at 864.506.3326 or email me at You can click JOIN on my website to

Triangle Card

Hello! Can you believe my Rhododendron has buds with color showing? I live in upstate South Carolina an the temperature was near 70 F this week! I could have gotten a suntan several days in the month of January! This is a stock picture, not mine. I thought if you live on another continent, you might not know about this plant. They usually grow in cool climates. It has been said that the leaves curl inward (length-wise) when the weather is cold. I have actually observed this. Isn't it wonderful how God made even the plants to be protected? AND, He can protect us! (Psalm 32) I love flowers, nature, taking in all the things God has created for us to enjoy. I love creating with paper.

Teepee Card

This is SO unusual! I saw Jackie Bultjie's video and another sample on Pinterest and I just HAD to make one. I did this one in a bit of a hurry, so it is not decorated for a contest! LOL. BUT I hope the pictures give you enough WOW! to want to make your own. If you do, please put it here so we can ooh and aah over it! I am packing up my craft room so I can move it to another location and I have been in a bit in a "mood." I don't quite know what to make; what to keep out for a bit; what to go ahead and pack with the idea that I won't need it for 4 months or so. The packing is another reason for not many embellishments being used on this Teepee card. I don't really have time to write a tutoria

Peaceful Poppies

PAGE #: Front Cover of Mini Catalog CRAFTER LEVEL: Avid CARD BASE SIZE: Notecard STAMPS 151595 - Stamp Set Cling Peaceful Moments PAPER 101856 - Cardstock Vellum 8-1/2" X 11" 122924 - CS 8-1/2" X 11" Pool Party 140272 - Cardstock 8-1/2" X 11" Whisper White Thick 149101 - Perennial Essence 12" X 12" 151324 - Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper INK 147099 - Classic SU Pad Gorgeous Grape TOOLS 151594 - Poppy Moments Dies, 151605 - Painted Labels Dies, 151811 - Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder EMBELLISHMENTS 151326 - Whisper White 1/4" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon DIRECTIONS not given TECHNIQUES: • Other

Bonanza Buddies Bundle

PERFECT for little kids' (AND BIG) birthdays! Make Party Invitations! Make Birthday Cards. Make Thank You Cards. That little koala bear is precious! And look at the colors that are bright and playful! And there's more: Aren't this the cutest ideas EVER? I just love the cupcake topper and the toucan on the card. Would you believe there is MORE! YES! Dies for the little animals and "banner" edges and even a tag die! Cellophane bags for treats and a ribbon to die on the bag. And 100 mini pompoms! Stampin'Up did not leave out anything!


Do you remember sending a note to your sweetie and adding S.W.A.K. somewhere on it? That was the "good ol' days." Right? Well, my team, and you guys who are reading this can get in on SWAP.....Stamping with A Purpose. Make cards at home (for January, at least) and I will be giving them to residents in Brookdale in Clemson and Clemson Heritage. Later we will have a day together for making some also, but even then you may want to continue to making some at home or with a few friends; then bring them to class. I am excited! EVERYONE loves getting a letter in the mail that ISN'T a bill! Can you imagine going a week without a bill or junk mail in your box ???!!! The cards you make can be "thinkin


What to say when someone says, "Cards? Who sends cards these days?" Well, maybe no one, but all of us should. Why? (There are plenty of answers.) I will be posting some each week for several weeks. First list of answers (quoted directly from ) 1.To thank someone for something small. 2. To say “Happy graduation.” 3. Welcome to the real world.To congratulate someone on getting their driver’s license. 4.No texting and driving. Always best to send a card. 5.To celebrate a new year. 6.To congratulate someone on getting a puppy. 7.To congratulate someone on getting a kitten. 8.To welcome a baby into the family. In about 18 years they’ll have time to finally read your

Paint like a Pro

STAMPIN’UP BLENDS' TIPS I LOVE the versatility of the Stampin'Up Blends. So many colors to chose from, to combine, to blend! You will have so much fun that you will want to try every one of them! If they are new to you, I have put together a few tips to help you get started. Don't be afraid; just experiment and enjoy the creativity! (SHOP) At first glance, you don't even notice blending on this card, but look closely at the flower. There is a darker pink and lighter pink BLENDED so you do not see a distinctive difference. You don't see a line between the 2 shades. Isn't that a neat technique? You have got to try these pens. Beautiful possibilities! 1. Blends tend to bleed through. Be sure t

Peaceful Poppies

PAGE #: Front of Mini Catalog CRAFTER LEVEL: Artfully Avid CARD BASE SIZE: A4 STAMPS 151595 - Stamp Set Cling Peaceful Moments, 151599 - Stamp Set Cling Painted Poppies PAPER 121043 - Cardstock 8-1/2" X 11" Sahara Sand, 121045 - Cardstock 8-1/2" X 11" Basic Black, 140272 - Cardstock 8-1/2" X 11" Whisper White Thick, 151327 - Peaceful Poppies Elements INK 101406 - Stazon Pad Jet Black, 102283 - Versamark Pad, 147090 - Classic Stampin' Pad Old Olive, 147091 - Classic Stampin' Pad Rich Razzleberry, 147092 - Classic Stampin' Pad Blackberry Bliss, 147099 - Classic Stampin' Pad Gorgeous Grape, 147111 - Classic Stampin' Pad Mossy Meadow, 147277 - Uninked Stampin’ Pad & Whisper White Refil

Peaceful Poppies Suite

Isn't this paper gorgeous! And look at what is in the Suite! sequins, die cut accents, TWO stamp sets with dies for both! Think MOTHER'S DAY! I KNOW these will be sold out fast, so order on the first day they become available! I know that I am ordering more paper. These suite items are great for boutique bags, mini boxes, cards, gift tags, note cards. That delicate white crinkled ribbon can even be colored to match the flowers! Order today!