Friday, October 29, 2010

Introducing Karen Trelfa

Karen truly became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator quite by accident!  She was asked by her niece to hostess a workshop since her niece’s space was too small.  Karen filled out two order forms with her wish list, but because she claims she “does not like to shop”, she filled out 4 more type-written pages of further orders for herself approximately 2 weeks later when she decided she needed more!!   The demonstrator at that workshop wisely suggested to Karen that she sign up as a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up to receive the discount on her order, and that was exactly what she did!  Despite a long period of time of non-use of the supplies, both at her regular home and her winter home in Florida, Karen finally took out her supplies when someone suggested she use her supplies to teach a card-making class to the “old ladies” in the community.  She had so much fun that her business took off and Karen just recently earned 5th place as Rising Star with Stampin’ Up!  The stories just get more humorous as Karen recalls recently signing up two new demonstrators at a funeral home, and tells us that you never know where opportunities lie (not literally!)!

Karen’s favorite Stampin’ Up! product to work with is ribbon.  She loves the texture and dimension that it gives to her projects, and laughingly tells us that her customers would think she was “ill” if a project did not contain some sort of ribbon!  Karen enjoys teaching, and feels that her strength is her eye for balance.   She also consistently reminds everyone about keeping stamping projects simple (“KISS”).  As she says, there is a time for “over the top” in projects, but Karen feels that it is classic simplicity that makes stamping and creating most relaxing and fun.

Karen is most inspired by her customers who she says challenge her to find new and creative ways of doing things and have her think “outside the box” regularly!  She works full-time as the owner of a construction company, so she appreciates her time for stamping and becomes newly motivated when her students are excited about Stampin’ Up!  

Whether simple or “over the top”, we’re sure to be wowed by Karen’s creations on the Royal Blog Tour!

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