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A Yearlong Party

We’re partying at Stampin’ Up! this year—celebrating our 25th anniversary! It’s been fun for me to think back on where we started and how far we’ve come, and I’ve shared many thoughts on the journey in various places (events, publications, online, etc.) I also wanted to share a few thoughts here on my blog as well. . .

At Sara’s downline overnight last weekend, I asked her downline what kind of stories they’d like to hear throughout the year. I was surprised that one of the first things they asked was, “Why did you start Stampin’ Up!” I guess I feel like I’ve told that story frequently, but can you ever tell a great story too many times? (smile)

So that’s where I thought I’d start today (and I will keep it short and sweet).

Twenty-five years ago, my sister Vonna and I were neighbors, living in Las Vegas. Our sweethearts were working in construction, and we were both stay-at-home moms, with young children at home. I was feeling a need for social interaction; Vonna was looking for a way to supplement her family income.

We’d both dabbled in various direct-sales businesses, and when we discovered stamping we knew we’d found the product we wanted to sell! However, we couldn’t find the right combination of service, opportunity, and quality products. So we created it ourselves!

We learned so much those first few months—growing from operating out of our living room to a warehouse in three months, and then moving to an even larger warehouse a few months later. Ultimately we bought our own property (my dad’s old truck shop) in Kanab and continued to grow.

That growth caused a bunch of challenges (we call them opportunities today, but they sure felt like challenges back then!) and a huge learning curve for us. We took a real-life crash course in Business 101 and figured out a lot of things that continue to benefit us today, both personally and professionally. And looking back, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. . . well, at least not very many things!

So there’s a little glimpse backwards. I’ll share more memories throughout the year. I’d love to hear what you’d like to hear me reminisce about. . .



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Reader Comments (10)

What a treat to walk down memory lane with you – even then your lovely smile lit up a photo!
February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLola G.
I have heard this story before and it is just as inspiring each time! Thank you for starting something for yourselves which has helped so many of us find our creativity and passion!
February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLori B
It really is a remarkable story. Who would have guessed two stay at home moms could have launched a business that has become such a tremendous success? I don't mean moms don't have the talent. It is the time that is the challenge given the demands of motherhood.
February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine W.
so glad you started!
February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendie
Shelli, I still live near your old neighborhood and many of my friends remember attending your first "parties"! I know that there are a few of them that are surprised at how successful you have become by selling rubber stamps! {smile}
February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Davidse
I am so Glad you started the company and just to think of all the woman you have empowered to become businesswoman. Introverted women just like me have come out of their shell and discovered their place in this world and are discovering new talents and abilities they never knew they had. The world is changing and with it each of us is finding a better way to serve. I get so much out of teaching and have grown as a person because of what I can do with a stamp! Thank you Shelli!
February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebi Pippin
Just think if it wasn't for stampin ip I'd still be smoking your product was the incentive for me to quit after 35 yrs and 5 yrs later still havnt had a smoke ,but I think I must own at least 600 stamps sets thanks Shelli and Vonna for having that vision all those years ago.
February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela
I always wonder what happened to Vonna, we never hear about her.
February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
I, too, have wondered what happened to Vonna and your decision to continue without her.
I remember my first "Party" and knew I was hooked. At that time the choice was rubber or wood mount. I had attended different workshops sporadically and after my divorce decided it was time to develop a hobby so I sought out SU! once again. Several years later I became a demonstrator to "discount" my hobby and so glad I did!
Thanks, Shelli, for sticking to it for 25 years!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce
I'd like to hear how you have been able to successfully balance family and business. I know your family is important to you. I often find I only have enough time for one or the other -- at least, without letting things "slip through the cracks." If I ever resigned as a demonstrator, it'd be because I feel my responsibilities at home demand more of my attention. I'd love to learn from your experience!
March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

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