Tonight and tomorrow I’ll be in Milwaukee celebrating (with several hundred other demonstrators!) the 30th anniversary of Stampin’ Up! I wouldn’t miss this for anything, and my plans are already being penciled in for the BIG anniversary event in November in Orlando!
Some time ago, having cleaned out her stash of hobby magazines, stamper Linda gave me this ad from the October 2002 issue of Crafts:
Seeing this brought a flood of memories! I think this appeared the year before I had my first encounter with Stampin’ Up! products, but I recognize the style of art and techniques. Think of it: torn edges and crinkled card stock, fussy-cut letters for scrapbook titles, and wheels but no clear blocks or photopolymer stamps. Still fun and beautiful projects.
It’s good to see where we’ve been, and by the close of OnStage tomorrow evening, I’ll know where we’re going. After 13 years as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’m still wildly excited about seeing a new annual catalog!
One more thing: Also in the pages from this magazine was an interview with Shelli Gardner, the co-founder of Stampin’ Up! (and now Chairman of the Board). She’ll be speaking in Milwaukee, and I know her “voice” will be as genuine as it is in this article. Click here to read Shelli’s 2002 interview (and check out her ‘do!).
What are your memories of long-ago Stampin’ Up!? What was your first set? Ink color? What do you hope for the future of Stampin’ Up?