I don't know how many of you out there still check my blog, but at least two of you have asked me lately if I'm still a Stampin' Up! demo. I haven't known quite what to answer, so I'll share some thoughts and then maybe you can give me some input. I'd appreciate it!
First off, let me say that I love Stampin' Up!. I've been with the company for 8 years, or so. Sometimes I've done really well, but I've also spent a number of months in pending. The Stampin' Up! style has changed over the past number of years. Remember Button Bear? How about Sunflower Serenade? Or even the Halloween Hedgehogs? That's my style. I miss those kinds of sets. For a couple of years now, I haven't been able to buy new sets because I haven't had extra money which was OK because I really haven't fallen in love with any of them. Now that the sets have gone up in price, I *really* will have a hard time buying them. OK - that was really negative. What do I love about SU??? I love the background stamps, and the coordinating cardstock and inkpads and markers. I love the new designer paper and the ribbons. I love the brads and the adhesives. I love (and want) the watercolor crayons. Is that enough to keep me in it? We will be moving by September 1st to a duplex where I will have a limited area to stamp in. What will I do with all of my wonderful wood mounted stamps? I'm afraid, for the most part, they will stay in a box in storage and I will keep out option two... 40 or 50 sets of unmounted stamps from the Angel Company (TAC) that are stored in CD cases and kept in a plastic sweater box. TAC stamps range in price from $5.95 to $19.95 per set... with an occasional alphabet breaking the $20 mark. They give a gift with purchase stamp for a $30 order, a $100 order receives hostess benefits, and they offer hostess 1/2 price items. Stampin' Up offers free merchandise, I know, so what's the big deal with a 1/2 price items?? I guess it's the worth of the product. For a $150 show with Stampin Up a hostess receives $15 in free merchandise. For a $100 show with TAC the hostess receives one 1/2 price item -- even if it's a $100 item for $50. That's a $50 savings!
So what would keep me from choosing TAC? TAC is only just *starting* to put together collections of cardstocks, papers, ribbons and ink. They use textured cardstock, which SU! is just coming out with, but which I am unfamiliar with, so I have to "think differently". Oh - one last comparison... SU requires $400 in orders every 3 months, TAC requires $100 in orders every 4 months.
So.... here's my dilemma. I'm moving. The area is crawling with SU demos. People don't have a lot of money in the town I will be going to... or at least I don't *know* those people. :) Do I switch to TAC? Do I stay with SU since I love the cardstock, ink and accessories? Do I do nothing and let my SU demonstratorship slide into retirement, and then just buy occasionally from whichever company I want? I often lean toward the last one, but I've been a demo for so long that I don't know if I can give it up entirely. I would love to put some things on my blog like a "Card Kit of the Month", or "Make N Takes in a Bag". Would those be things anyone would be interested in??
I'd love to hear your ideas, comments, suggestions - even criticisms... (Like... "How could you *think* of leaving Stampin' Up! Traitor!!) I really am struggling to make the wisest decision.
Sorry no picture today... just ramblings. Thanks for reading!