Statement of the Heart

"To love what we do and share what we love,as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments... in this we make a difference!"

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Only 8 weeks until Christmas!

Hi Crafters,

It's only 8 weeks till Christmas or in my case 2 paydays... scary!

I hope you've already got your Christmas cards ready to send, your table name cards created and your present tags ready. If not, tomorrow is a great day to start especially being the long weekend!!

I've noticed quite a few fantastic Christmas card posts, so don't forget to look at our NZ and Australian demonstrators for ideas.

Now onto this weeks pics...

Happy Stampin everyone :)

Sunday, 20 October 2013

When caseing other peoples work...

Hi Crafters,
Casing what is it, and when is it ok?

Casing is when someone uses someone else's creative work and clones it to their own.
You can case someone else's creative work as a demonstrator and there are no rules attached, however it is a moral obligation to include the original designers names and link to their blog or site to acknowledge their creativity. This I consider is a MUST especially if they have included the Copyright ( © ) symbol on their work.
The Copyright symbol gives the creator a guarantee that their work is theirs as quoted by Wikipedia "Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. Generally, it is "the right to copy", but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it, and other related rights. It is a form of intellectual property (like the patent, the trademark, and the trade secret) applicable to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and discrete"

With the availability of search engines we can virtually search for anything and the net will provide without giving you much individual control. You might find the person you have cased off has also cased off someone else, which is something to be aware of.

I hope this clears things up for those of you wondering, can I case or not.

Now onto this weeks pics...

Have a great week everyone :)

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

What would you do for your customers?

Hi Crafters,

We had another great training morning with the lovely Jacquelyn Williams  this week, based around managing your down line and how you can best help them. Which got me thinking "What would you do for your customers?" and what makes you different from someone else?

Some demonstrators like myself enjoy giving them that little bit extra, like sealing their new wood stamps or adding a hand made "thank you" card with their order, through to following up with a phone call to see if they have any questions about the product.
I love to make my home made fudge and include a few pieces in a sealed bag with their order or a little chocolate fish.

My suggestion is treat others the way you would like to be treated, If that means making that follow up phone call... do it. Or giving them an idea of the product with a Thank you card... do it.
Most people would be happy to see you are happy to receive their order.

Next time you have a customer order, maybe think of something like this;
  • Include a Handmade "Thank you" card
  • Include a little sweet treat.
  • Include a 'How to use' information for the item purchased.
  • Include a tips and tricks single Tip.
  • Make a follow up phone call.
  • Seal wood blocks.
  • Mount their clear or wood stamps for them (Check with them before doing this)
Please feel free to let me know what you like to do and I'll mention it. Now onto this week pics...


I wish you all a great week...

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Did you all make a card?

Hi Crafters,

What a fun week, filled with busy Mums, Dads and Caregivers running around entertaining children for the school holidays. I noticed a few of you have been holding kids holiday classes... good on you :) I know my son loves creating cards since I've been a demonstrator, so no doubt there are some very happy children out there.

Speaking of making cards, did you make a card with your Stampin Up! products for the "World Card Making day" ?
If you did create one or more cards and sent them in, good on you! and if you want to see what creations have caught the eye of Stampin Up , go to their pinterest Stampin Up board labelled "World Card Making Day 2013" and have a look, I see the lovely Ann Wills and Keryn Campbell have their cards up, as well as cards from the UK, France, Australia and US.

Speaking of pics here is mine for the week...

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

You never know what SU card stock will be used for...

Hi Crafters,

Well I've had quite a busy and emotional 10 days with losing my favourite uncle last week and welcoming my cousins second baby this week. It makes you think that life can make you cry with sorrow and then cry with joy.

I had all the family camp at my house for 8 days leaving no time for blogs so running a bit late - just when I had everything planned for "every" Sunday. But I did find time to make some special cards for those whom I love, which brings me to my topic "You never know what SU card stock will be used for"

I loved my uncle very much and wanted to send him off knowing I'd made something special for him, so asked the family if I could design the order of service which they loved! I ended up designing something for him that I think he would have loved and the WW card stock was perfect for the overall effect with the thickness being perfect.

Then for my new cousin Carter, I made him a beautiful baby blue card using Bermuda Bay CS. So never underestimate the versatility of Stampin Up Card stock and what uses it can have.

Now onto this weeks pics...

Have a great week...