Over the next couple of weeks I am going to look at some of the Party / Direct Selling Companies who are active the UK Craft and Cooking market.
Although they are HUGE business in the USA, many Brits have only ever come across Tupperware (or maybe Ann Summers) and their party plans.
Whichever company you choose, the business model is the same, you book a party or an event with a consultant/Demonstrator, who will then come to your house or chosen location and demonstrate a selection of their wares to your assembled guests. Your guest will then be encouraged to purchase items and your rewards as a hostess will be based on volume of sales from your party.
Many of the best American Craft companies are based on this model and although not all of them have proven to be successful in the UK, I am going to start with one that has been – Stampin Up.If you look back over my blog you will see that I am a big fan of Stampin Up, both their stamps and their punches especially, but they got much wider than that. The catalogue is packed with amazing products.
For me – Stampin Up specialise in two things – Stamps and Colour Families.
Their stamps are mainly wood mounted but their range of clear acrylic stamps is growing all the time. Their range cover all the main celebrations and holidays but have a wide range of supporting vintage, cute, background and sentiment stamps. To complement their main stamps, they also have roller stamps which produce fantastic borders with clear and sharp images. They also have a range of stamps that fit with their exclusive punches so you can stamp, colour and punch out your image to produce fabulous dimensional papercrafts…
These stamps are supported by a wide range of inks, pens, crayons, card, ribbons, embellishments and pattern paper which co-ordinate into 4 colour families of 12 colours (Bright , Neutrals, Rich and Subtle). All of these colours tone in together and work well to bring any project alive. As well as these families, there a small selection of “in-colours” which reflect the fashions of now. Everything they produce of colour fits into this scheme…
So where do you get Stampin Up? Well they are a Party Plan company, so the first thing you need is a Demonstrator who will organise your orders and host your parties.
In the West Country, I can recommend Kerry at Stampin’spiration. From her website, you can view the catalogues, email her with orders, book yourself on her fantastic card classes or take part in her Marker Clubs. (Many Stampin Up Demos allow you purchase items over a number of months to allow you to collect whole collections as well as making the most of hostess gifts as an extra incentive).
If you fancy giving Stampin Up a go – Now is the best time to do it as its Sale-a-Bration!! From now until the end of March, you can select a free set of stamps for every #45 you spend and even more if you sign up to host a party!!!
If you like good quality stamps, clear, confident colours then you will love stampin up! – Go on give it a go…