People often ask me questions about being a demonstrator, so I thought it was time that I just answered some of those questions.  These are always hard questions to answer, because everyone’s reasons are different, but I am going to try and answer a few for you today.


For me being a Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator all started because I had started making cards for a lower price point item to sell while I was doing art festivals.  For those of you that don’t know i have a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree and have been a professional artist for the last 15 years or so.  So in order to make a profit at shows you have to have a range of price points.  People would spend $5 for a card with out hesitation, but would have to think about a painting that was priced at $100 to $2500.  So, I started making watercolor cards with stamps.   Once these started selling I needed to find a way to purchase products for my cards that was high quality, and affordable.  Once I started using the products I was hooked!

I became hooked on the quality of the products very quickly.   Having been a watercolorist for years

Bunch of Blossoms stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Blossom Builder Punch, Petal Burst embossing folder, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio

I have a love for paper, I recognized the high quality of the paper in minutes.   I had used other paper before and was not happy, so it was very nice to find the same quality in cardstock that I had for watercoloring.   The other thing that got me was that I didn’t have to search high and low for matching ink colors.  They were all right there together in one place.

I moved to cardmaking as a form of self expression, because it was a lot less expensive to produce, than say a painting.  But, more importantly I loved how I felt and how others felt when they purchased, opened, and or received one of my hand made cards.

I also love the fact that I can create cards for various occasions and on the spare of the moment without a lot of time and not having to run to the store everytime I need a card.   And if we are being honest, most of the time I purchased a card I would never send them.  Since I started making my own I send out a lot more cards.   A handmade card is so much more personal.

My main reason for sharing in a video format is simply I love to teach, and show people that you don’t have to be a artist to create something beautiful, and that you can create something with just stamps, ink, and paper.   I also teach online classes as well as video tutorials.

Why you may ask should I take one of your online classes and pay instead of doing just the video tutorials?  Well the short answer is that during one of my online classes we get to spend more time together.  That means that not only will I walk you step by step through the process of creating the card but I am available to answer any questions in depth for you.   Classes can be a donating thing for many people no matter if its at a regular class in a studio or in your home online.   I’m here to help.

Thanks for dropping by.  I would love to work with you as your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  To me there’s nothing better than to be able to help people.  I really take Stampin’ Up!’s statement of the heart to heart.  It reads 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.