Oct 102009

Recently SU changed their Demonstrator’s Contract to state that if you are a demonstrator for SU you can no longer blog about other craft company’s stamps, papers, accessories… anything that competes with SU.  Well, it didn’t take me any time at all to decide that I would be dropping my demonstratorship.  Goodness, there are SO MANY OTHER WONDERFUL STAMP COMPANIES out there that limiting myself to just one line of product was never even an option for me.

So I have been going through some of my SU stamp sets, both current and retired, and have decided to sell a few of them.  See up there… yup clear up at the top of my blog in the right hand corner.  There is a tab that says STAMPS FOR SALE.  Check it out!

And while you’re at it, leave a comment here on this post.  I will use random.org this Wednesday, October 14th, to choose someone to pick any one set from the stamp sets for sale; and I will send it to you for free!  How fun is that!!

Happy Crafting!

84 Responses to “SU BLOG CANDY!!!!”

  1. I completely understand your decision. I’m going through the same thing. Happy blogging!

  2. I am totally understanding your decision….I think your making a wise decision….you can’t put a limit on creativity!

  3. I totally understand as well. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Wow! You’ve got quite the selection of stamps for sale. But won’t you please PICK ME- PICK ME – PICK ME? Oh please oh please oh please? (hehehehe)

  5. Count me in, and thanx for being a constant source of inspiration AND for the blog candy opp!

    It must be hard on many demos to decide the path that’s best for them, and I feel for you all. I’d understood that you could still use other stamp lines but couldn’t link to blogs of salespeople who sold them nor direct readers on how to purchase non-SU stamps … sheesh, it’s SO confusing! That’s still restrictive, but did I misinterpret the new demo contract requirement?

  6. Good for you not limiting yourself or your creativity. I think they might be hurting their business by doing this because I have seen a lot of other demonstrators doing the same thing!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. I think we all understand everyone’s decision. Do they know how much they are hurting the demonstrators and the people who buy the products? I am too tired to stand on my soap box tonight! Thanks for offering the great blog candy. Good luck with your decision. Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

  8. That is really a shame — I think there are going to be quite a few demonsstrators that will be doing the same as you.

  9. Don’t blame you at all – I’m looking forward to seeing all the new creative ways you find to inspire us.
    Elaine Moore – mtn.moven.faith@comcast.net

  10. You made a wise choice. There should be no limits on joy!

  11. It is too bad that SU is taking such a hard stand on products. I think they will lose many fine demonstrators, which is their lose.

    Please pick me for your blog candy. I would love to win. I like SU products and stamps. I also like and use many other stamps and products.

    Kathy at snyderkh@msn.com

  12. Sorry to hear you had to give up being a demonstrator, but good for all of us! I’d LOVE to win one of your sets!

  13. I’m sorry SU is taking this hard line. I totally understand your decision and I’m sure you won’t be alone. I know I would make the same choice and won’t join SU because of this new policy.

  14. Well, Stampin’ Up has certainly lost a really creative demo in you. Too bad for them, and it sure makes sense for you. I always love your work…no matter what you use. Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. I understand your decision. It’s a shame they are making the demonstrators make that choice. Don’t they know what free advertising is. Each Blog of a rep advertisers SU. Maybe they feel the reps aren’t using enough of the stamp images to advertise to increase their sales. I think they have made a bad decision. Count me in on the blog candy! Thanks

  16. Hi Susan,

    I can understand why you made your decision, it’s never easy when someone tries to stifle your creativity, is it. I love your work.
    Hugs, Anne P.

  17. I just don’t get why SU would do this. Makes no sense ..so I totally understand and would do the same thing. So many colors of the rainbow to choose from 🙂

  18. I really need some more Stampin Up Stamps!!!

  19. Sad for SU! Good for you! A little competition is good.

  20. You are right- there are way too many stamp companies out there to limit yourself to just one. Please put my name in the draw to win a SU set. Thanks for the chance and enjoy stamping!! 🙂

  21. I sure don’t blame you. I like Stampin’ Up as a customer, but I think they are shooting themselves in the foot!

  22. you will do fine without SU. There are a lot of great companies that would love to have you as a demonstrator. Good luck

  23. I’m in agreement with you; I will be letting my SU! demo-ship lapse at the end of this quarter.

    Please enter me into your drawing for a stampset.

    Thanks!

  24. We’re losing a lot of great demonstrators because of this new agreement…I certainly don’t blame you and would do the same thing myself. When one door closes another always opens…change is good! 🙂

  25. Sorry about losing another SU Inspiration!

  26. Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy. I am always trying to win something. I understand dropping as a demonstrator. I did drop as well. There’s better company’s out there that have better stuff.

  27. I totally am on the fence about my demonstratorship too. You’re such a creative lady that inspires many of us. And it’s too bad SU! is making such drastic demands and changes. You’ll certainly be missed by SU, but at least we’ll have your blog to keep us going.

  28. I would have done the same thing! Thanks for a chance to win. I read your blog daily.
    Kate

  29. I think SU is making a big mistake and will regret all the wonderful demonstrators such as you leaving the company. You are very creative, thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!

  30. SU may be sorry for their hard line decision as a lot of wonderful demo’s are leaving….

    Thanks for the chance to win 😀

  31. I absolutely don’t blame you. SU is losing so many fabulous talents. You will all be missed, but your creative inspiration should not be limited!!

  32. I was wondering if you were going to keep your demo status or not. Personally, I really think SU is getting stupid by doing this.

  33. I think you are making a wise business decision. Thank you for the inspiration you share, and any stamp company would be blessed to include you in their design team. Thanks for the blog candy too!

  34. Although I am a SU customer, I agree this is a bad decision on thier end! They can’t possibly think this will attract more business – it is only sure of driving demos away, as you have rightfully decided to do. Why would they make such a rediculous decison especially during these hard economic times? I view this as an erogant, pompas attitude on thier part. It’s certainly no way to show appreciation of the demonstrators. I think everyone should send an e-mail message to the customer service dept at SU and let them know what a negative effect this is having on demos and customers. It really makes me angry that they think they have the right to place such limitations on individuals, creativity and our freedom to choose! I will continue to follow your blog and look forward to many “new” things in the future. Thanks for this chance to win.

  35. sounds good to me ! thanks for the chance to win… 🙂

  36. I so understand! I was a demo for about seven years but quit over a year ago. I was shocked when I heard this news, well shocked but not really surprised.

    It is so sweet of you to offer up some blog candy. Thanks for sharing your incredible talent with us!

    Melissa

  37. When I heard about the decision SU made, I thought to myself how glad I was not longer a SU demonstrator. I really question some of the decisions they have made lately.

  38. SU has out a really hard decision on demos that are on design teams and use other products – I’m sure there are many in your shoes. Thanks for putting out the blog candy! Trick or treat?

  39. I think SU is making a big mistake in their requirement that their demo’s cannot refer to other stamp companies on their own private blog. I know others like yourself who have dropped their demonstratorship and they are losing some great talented people. Thanks for the opportunity to win your generous blog candy!

  40. I am a new demonstrator and new to the blog world. I have been stamping for 8 years and have used several mediums other than SU in the past. But by becoming a demonstrator and having the ability to have my own blog I feel I should promote my own store. I have always believed in the old “Macy’s” attitude of business and truly believe there are some really great products out there. But I need to promote my own store first. I love your work and wish you all the best in your new endeavors. Can I still win the blog candy 🙂 Life is too short.

  41. Hi Susan
    I completely understand your decision. Every demonstrator should imitate you. Their new contract wouldn’t stand for long.

    Thanks for giving us a chance to win!

  42. Sorry to see you leave, but it’s NOT JUST SU that is imposing these restrictions… ANYONE who blogs about a company has to state if they are receiving compensation for those products. SU has the right to require the people who work for them to just “advertise” their products. This whole thing about “blogging about items on the internet” is a FTC ruling. Anyone working for a company, should be LOYAL to that company. If you can’t be loyal to whom you work for… then by all means, work for someone else.

  43. I understand your decision, and I agree with it. I can see promoting one product, but not to the exclusion of all others. There are so many wonderful products out there, it would be a shame to limit creativity.

  44. Absolutely agree with your decision. SU products are wonderful but as you said, there are so many other products out there that are inspirational. Thanks for a chance to win.

  45. Susan, in reading other blogs, it seems that you’re not the only one to leave SU. It surprises me that the company would make the rules they did, but I applaud your decision. I’ve always enjoyed your talents and thank you for sharing them with us! Also thanks for the chance to win.

  46. Susan, I completely agree with you on leaving! I think they are going to regret this ‘exclusive’ decision and I am going to miss your SU creaions!! I hope they will reconsider, because they just lost a very talented lady!!! As always I will be looking forward to your beautiful creations!!!

  47. Oh dear, that’s SU’s loss for sure. Good luck in your endeavors. I’m sure you’ll still want to buy from SU on occassion – but in the meantime, I’d love free stamps!

  48. Really sorry to hear about the SU… But you are right, Susan, there are so many other wonderful companies that don’t stop us from crafting and gives us opportunites to enjoy our hobbies!
    Thank you so much for the give away!

  49. I enjoy all the things that you create. It helps me get my created juices going.

  50. I was so sad to hear that. I think it is a mistake on their part to make that decision only because they can show how easy their product can be used with many others.

    I am a person who buys from all…

    Thank you for the opportunity to win yet another SU stamp set!!

  51. Hi Gal Pal’s, I too am a S/Up! Demo and since I love the products so much, I will be staying on with them. My interpitation of the new rule is, that you cannot say in your tutorials/videos where you purchased the competitors product. For example, you can say ” I purchased these tiles at the big home imporvement store that has a big orange box on their sign” just not “The Home Depot”. In my opinion, I think they are absolutely right, however, they made the mistake of allowing this from the start and many people were doing this and now they want to change the rules midstream. That is where I feel S/Up! made their mistake. You cannot let people do one thing for along time and then take it away. This is just my opinion, and I understand everyone has their own and either way, stamping and scrapping are great hobbies to be enjoyed for years to come.
    P.S. I too do use other products from other companies and it really doesn’t matter.

  52. It is a shame that they chose this route. I understand not promoting other products at their workshops but on your blog is a mistake. Everyone has products that are not SU. Too bad.

  53. It’s a shame what’s happened but I agree with your decision. No one should dictate creativity. I’m glad you will be continuing with your blog and your creative ideas.

    Ter 🙂

  54. Wow…
    I bet Stampin Up is already regretting that decision.
    Thanks for the chance though!
    Pattyjo :+)

  55. What I find even more interesting than SU’s silly request is almost everyone supports your decision not to be a demonstrator, yet they can’t wait to win the prize of SU product. I say, if you are going to make a stand, make it all the way!

  56. It is unfortunate that SU feels so threatened but I’m sure you are not the only one who has made this difficult decision! Best of luck to you…I enjoy your blog and it’s variety!

  57. I can’t believe SU can make such a statement! Good for you for taking a stand and sending a message to the company!

  58. Well, we benefit from SU new policy! Thanks for offering this candy. I love their images, but IF I were a demonstrator, I would do the same. It’s a shame to lose so many talented demonstrators.

  59. I love reading your blog and seeing your creations. Good luck in the future, and thanks for the chance to win your blog candy!

  60. I am a SU! demo and I just don’t get it either. It just sounds so UNConstitutional!! I am not on any design crews for any companies and I only demo as a Hobbyist. I own thousands of rubberstamps and I do not only use SU! I just don’t understand how they can get away with doing this. I did sign the I.D.A. but I will continue to use my “contraband” supplies. I have been stamping for about 20 years and my battle cry has always been “Stampers will shop wherever the stamps are”! I have posted my artwork on my blog, and many of the stamps used have been other stamp companies…so I guess I can’t do that anymore, but I don’t have any links to other companies so I guess I am in compliance. Hmmm, unless I take my SU! links off of my blog and don’t promote any Stamping companies at all!

  61. It didn’t take me long to make a decision either! I’m glad for your decision. You’re work is inspiring!

  62. Shame on SU and good for you. Sorry this is happening to you and so many others. Thanks for an opportunity to win. Love you site!!!!!!

  63. I love stamps. All stamps. While I totally believe in SU, there is a lot of great stamps out there that aren’t SU.

  64. So sad that SU had to go to this extreme. I’m not a demo, but this had given me a bad taste about SU business choices. I feel bad for all demo’s who are dealing with this. We all need a wide venue of creative choices. Thanks for the candy, and thanks for your continued inspiration….I always enjoy visiting your blog!

  65. I resigned also for the same reasons. Sad isn’t it?

  66. I just had to comment and let you know that you are not alone. I too made the decision to leave. I have actually been mulling it over for sometime with all the changes making it so hard for a hobby demo to stay. I never made a ton of money, but even the little bit I contributed along with all the other hobby demos will hurt when it is gone. This new policy just proved to me that they have forgotten where they started. I am happy to leave and feel so much freedom now that I have. Let’s face it. They need demos more than demos need them. PLEASE don’t send me any of the stamps. I DON’T WANT THEM. I am purging my own supply. I just wanted you to know that you I’m glad you made the decision that works for you. I enjoy seeing creativity from all sources. There should be no limits in art:)

  67. Pick me, pick me! My anniversary is the 14th! That would be a great anniversary gift! I don’t know that my dh would be all that thrilled, but who cares about him……oh, wait, I do. Oh well. I’d still like to win! I enjoy your blog so much. I always get such great inspiration here. Thanks for sharing with us!

  68. There are so many, many choices out there and I think room for all of them. I hope SU has a change of heart. Thanks for your inspiration and for sharing it.

  69. I think it’s too bad that SU forced this decision on so many demonstrators. If I had been a demo, I think that I would have made the same decision.

  70. I dropped right before their announcement…and I’m glad I did. I love SUs stuff, but I think that this was a bad decision on their part!

  71. OH Susan I am sorry you had to make this silly decision also. I really feel for everyone on this whole thing. But glad you didn’t have to hard a time deciding. hee hee it is COLD here. It is only going to be 50 degrees here today, eek… I know you are missing this cold, its warmer there. lol

  72. I completely understand your decision.

  73. Yes, very fun for us! 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

  74. hi, thanks for the candy!

  75. Thanks for the chance to win this candy. I understand your decision, there’s a lot of cute stamps out there 😛
    Happy crafting!
    Hugs
    Hazel

  76. Very understandable!!!

  77. my decision was fairly easy not because I think SU is the best or has the best product but because I don’t have any other affliliations. Good for you for standing up

  78. Susan, you go girl!!! I totally understand your decision and the necessity for it! I have a friend that is kind of going through the same dilemma. I think that SU needs to rethink this decision as it could possibly run off customers too!!!

    Pam

  79. Not sure if I agree with Connie Smith’s comment; she must be an SU demo diehard. The decision SU made is going to cause a lot of damage, and I’m sure they are in a board room right now trying to figure out what their next step will be. I was on a blog where a demo was so made she quit SU and gave all 22 stamps sets away as one blog prize.

  80. Such a shame about SU. They better think about what they have done. As, you said, there are so many wonderful stamps, paper, etc. out there to choose from. Competition is good, maybe they should lower their prices instead of asking the demonstrators to just promote their products. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great blog candy.

  81. I battled this same thing. I am only a year into being a SU demonstrator and have come to love their papers and ink…. Now what’s a girl to do? I hate that we have been placed in this position. Let us know what you go with to get your paper needs met and other cardmaking ideas… Good luck to you!!!

  82. Hey, Susan…hope you are ok with your decision. My DD made the same decision and she feels like a weight has been lifted from her shoulders….I still love the SU stamps and can’t seem to part with any…more is better…heeheehee!!!

  83. Susan:

    I can completely understand your decision. Too bad that they forced your hand like that.

    Quite the great selection of stamps you have there.

    Cheers!

  84. That’s a tough pill to swallow, you’d think that in this economy they would be a bit more forgiving. thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Debbi

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