I stumbled upon this information about Stampin' Up! and the founders of this company, Shelli and her sister LaVonne.
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The Stampin Up! Company was originally founded by two sisters, LaVonne Crosby and Shelli Gardner in 1988. Both sisters were interested in finding a home based business opportunity that involved their passion of rubber stamping. The sisters searched and searched for such a business and quickly discovered nothing like it existed. Therefore, they decided to begin their own home based business, Stampin Up!
In the beginning stamp orders were filled in Shelli’s living room. They quickly outgrew the home and moved in to several different facilities. After outgrowing each one, they finally found a place they could call home, in Kanab, Utah, where the manufacturing side of the company is still located. However, in order to provide additional growth opportunities, the business’s home office was moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2004, a new facility was opened in Riverton, Utah. The company has now expanded its doors to include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, France and Germany.
The company’s first catalog was published in 1997. The catalog simply featured artwork that could only be found through Stampin Up! What began with only a small number of demonstrators have now grown to consist of tens of thousands of demonstrators. The company credits its success to eight key principles: Relationships, Integrity, Personal Development, Balance, Efficiency, Growth, Change and Positive Environment.
The Stampin Up! Company is a proud member of the DSA or Direct Selling Association. The job of the DSA is to provide and enforce a code of ethics that all members must strictly follow.
Stampin Up! sells their products through in home demonstrators. The demonstrators are able to set their own hours, work as many or as little hours as they choose, make some extra cash, all while having fun working with stamps. The demonstrators attend various different training sessions. As well, they are offered a variety of different incentives to help motivate their sales.
As a host of a Stampin Up! Workshop, you invite family and friends over to your home to learn about exciting techniques and products offered by a demonstrator. Stampin Up! Hostesses not only learn a variety of different stamping techniques, they also get to view new project ideas and have a great time with people they enjoy being with.
When you purchase the rubber stamps, they come unassembled. However, they are quite easy to assemble. You will need to trim the rubber part of the stamp as close to the image as possible. Then you will need to match the rubber stamps with their correct blocks and peel off the sticky label and apply. You will also need to apply the correct label to each stamp. Before long, you will be on your way to creating unlimited projects with your new stamps.
What began as a way for two sisters to make some extra money, all while working from their home, has turned into a company spread throughout many countries. The company allows demonstrators to not only make extra money, but allows them to set their own hours. The demonstrators are able to sell products they enjoy working with, while being able to make lifelong friendships.
I hope you enjoyed this piece of history just as I have.