Hello, my name is Amanda Fowler.
I’m a stamper, paper crafter, baker, lover of coffee & dark chocolate!
Over the following 20 years I married Brian, had 2 wonderful children, Connor and Kimberley, who were joined by Keeva the dog. I have worked in a variety of roles, Finance, Hotel and Catering, Youth Work, Teaching and Training. I continued to craft throughout that time and then I decided that I wanted to have a full- time career crafting.
I shared that dream with lots of people, most of whom said I was crazy. They said I’d never be able to make a full time career out of crafting. Well, I was sure it was possible. I was already working part-time as a demonstrator for crafting companies across the UK, in stores and at shows; and also working for crafting magazines as both a contributor and an editor and even wrote a book on decoupage!
In 2007 I heard that a USA based company called Stampin’ Up! was launching in the UK. It was a direct sales company (think Tupperware for crafters) and sold products from a catalogue through home parties. I was so excited. I had come across Stampin’ Up! a few years before but at that time the products were only available in the USA. I loved their designs, stamps, and coordinating products; it was a perfect opportunity, at the perfect time for me.
So I applied for a starter kit on the day the company launched in November 2007. I didn’t even know what was in that kit, but I knew I wanted to build a business. That is exactly what I did, and in 18 months I went full-time, giving up my other part-time jobs.
Since then I’ve I built a large team, spread far and wide across the UK and into Europe. I’ve made so many friends, and I love crafting every day, teaching classes, running parties and training events. It’s a dream job and one that gives me a full-time income!
I have ranked in the top 5 in the UK every year since we launched and am also ranked in the Global 100. I hold the highest title a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator can hold, Platinum Elite, reflecting my sales and team mentoring skills.
I celebrated my 11th Stampin’ Up! Anniversary in November last year and it has been an amazing decade. I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I still share my love of stamping at my classes, events and team training, but also online too. I have a blog and share my creations on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. My YouTube channel is one of my favourite ways of connecting with people, I love to teach and share, and videos are such a great way of doing this.
Yes I still love my job! If it sounds like something you would like to do too, you can read all about joining my team HERE.
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