Welcome to the “Blogging Friends Blog Hop” 1st Blogiversary!
Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? Until last year, we were a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators located all across the U.S. and Canada who had never met before. Well, actually, we still haven’t met yet (in person). . . But, through our common bond of Stampin’ Up! and a shared love of papercrafting we have created a fun new blog hop. Today we are celebrating our one year "blogiversary" in the most AH-mazing way. . . Not only will some of our bloggers be offering blog candy to you, our readers, but, we are so lucky to have the most amazing surprise
guest blogger this month!
Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!
In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy! At the bottom of this post, you’ll see another image similar to the one above, and when you click on it, you’ll be taken directly to the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started – and you’ll see all of the amazing projects created for your inspiration!
And now, I am so unbelievably excited to present the
Blogging Friends Blog Hop Guest Blogger
for September 2016:
Stampin' UP!'s own
Born in Southern California, Shelli Gardner's family moved to Kanab, Utah, while she was still in school. She graduated from Kanab High School, married at 18, and eventually moved with her husband to Las Vegas. Shelli's sister also married and moved to Las Vegas where their husbands operated a custom home building business.
Both sisters had children and led busy lives as homemakers, while earning a little extra cash as independent contractors for Tupperware and other direct sales companies. At one point, they were introduced to rubber stamping and immediately became intrigued with the craft. Shelli was interested in becoming a distributor for a rubber stamp company, but couldn't find one with a direct sales approach she liked.
Her inability to find the right mix sparked an idea for a business. Shelli and her sister began to imagine the possibilities of beginning a stamp company that offered a wide variety of stamp styles, high-quality accessories, and an ongoing commitment to customer service and sharing the art of rubber stamping through home workshops with family and friends. Shelli and her sister envisioned the company working much like a family, where each demonstrator could participate at whatever level worked best for her personal circumstance.
In 1988, with little college or business experience, Shelli invested her family's nest egg (intended to finance building a new home) to launch Stampin' Up! Building on the business models of Tupperware, Discovery Toys, and Mary Kay, the sisters developed a direct sales approach that incorporated their own personal touches and methods.
The initial product line--made up of stamps produced by other companies--fit in a 64-page catalog. Shelli filled orders out of her living room.
The business grew and relocated to Boulder City, Nevada. Over the next few years the company began custom designing, manufacturing, and selling its own line of exclusive designs of Stampin' Up! rubber stamp sets and accessories. In 1993, the business moved to Shelli's hometown--Kanab, Utah--and opened a manufacturing plant to produce Stampin' Up!'s exclusive rubber stamp sets. Since then, Stampin' Up! has become one of the major private employers in the community.
In 1996, Stampin' Up! opened corporate offices and later a distribution center in Salt Lake City, Utah. In late 2004, Stampin' Up! moved into its own 300,000 square-foot building that combines administrative offices with a distribution center in Riverton, Utah. The new building boasts a Stampin' Display showroom floor, displaying hand-stamped home décor, including living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and more. The Stampin' Display showroom is open to the public during regular business hours. The product catalog has also grown to more than 200-full-color pages, with more than 100 exclusive new designs introduced each year. In 2007, Stampin' Up! opened an 80,000 state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kanab.
Shelli became the privately held company's CEO in 1998. Currently, more than 40,000 Stampin' Up! demonstrators in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom teach the art of stamping at in-home workshops.
Ernst & Young recognized Shelli with its prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1999 and in 2008. Shelli lives in Salt Lake City with her husband; they have five children and thirteen grandchildren.
Wow! Ah-mazing right!? How can I even introduce my own post for today after introducing Shelli!
Just remember, keep reading, there's blog candy!!
For today's project I am sharing what I have been working on for my aunt and uncle's upcoming 50th wedding anniversary. It just happened to be a total coincidence that this month's theme was celebrations. With just some simple Basic Black and Whisper White paper with lots of Gold Glimmer paper, you can really make some elegant birthday, wedding or anniversary invitations and more! The invitations have already been sent out, but now I am working on table placards and gift boxes (filled with chocolates) for all party attendees.