Who are we? Virginia & Sarah Hodgins are a mother-daughter team of Stampin' Up! independent demonstrators in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. What do we do? We create greeting cards and other papercrafts. We also teach others how to craft and make gorgeous keepsakes that many relatives treasure! We are also animal lovers and support our local animal shelters whenever possible!
Thank you for wanting to know more about us!
I am a wife and mother, and both my husband, Don, and I are retired from our "regular" work. Don and I moved to Lac La Biche, Alberta in 2007, where he took a job in the IT department of Portage College. I worked in the college's library for 5 years as an administrative assistant. In September of the following year, I went back to work part-time until Covid struck in 2020. We have a daughter, Sarah, and a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Laura.
Throughout my life I have owned a horse or two, (usually just one at a time!), and we have had several dogs. The horses and dogs have changed over the years of course, but my favourite horses were three Arabian horses, Whisper, Taffy, and Tristan who I owned one after the other. I did Competitive Trail Riding with Whisper, enjoyed riding the trails with Taffy, teaching her how to drive, practicing dressage with her (both driving and riding), and doing a bit of showing. Tristan and I auditioned for Pat Parelli's Level 1 in his training program and earned a score of ++ which thrilled me! Apart from that, Tristan and I rode the trails and roads. Now our fur baby is a black and white cat named Oreo. Like all cats, she loves boxes!
In 1999, when we lived in Arizona, I discovered scrapbooking, took some classes and made three scrapbooks of the family, one for Sarah, one for Keith and one for Don and me. They went up to the year 2000. I then went on and made about 12 more about our travels, but after awhile we ran out of storage space so I ended up taking some of them apart and scanning the best pages to keep. After all, how many scrapbooks do you need about crossing the country? We returned to Canada in 2002.
Ha ha, that's a picture of Oreo, not me. Mom put that there! Keith and I moved around the continent with Mom and Dad, to Arizona and back to Canada. We each had to return to Canada when we reached 21, and we came back before then to go to school, although we were back and forth quite a bit.
I moved to Alberta in 2012 and started working at Athabasca University as a student advisor on a contract basis.
I rescued a kitten from a friend's barn when it was -40C and when I moved to a location closer to Athabasca, I was told I might as well take the kitten as she had been "de-barned". The wee kitten was named Oreo, and she is now a sweet, adult cat enjoying life ordering us around.
I decided to go back to school to take an Office Administration certificate, then decided to try for my diploma, earned that, and now I am in my 4th year of a Bachelor's of Commerce degree. I work with Mom doing the marketing of our Stampin' Up! business, and she works on the design and creation of cards and kits.
Our fur babies, large and small, past and present!
(clockwise) Benji and Whisper, Taffy and me, Oreo, and Tristan
How we discovered Stampin' Up!®.
My (Virginia's) supervisor at the college told me about Stampin' Up! and told me about a crafting retreat to be held in a nearby town. Two ladies were holding it, one who sold Stampin' Up! products and one who sold Close to My Heart, and I bought from both. I was still doing paper scrapbooking, but when I retired, I discovered digital scrapbooking, so my scrapbooking went in that direction.
At a craft fair I met a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Shirley, who was offering classes, and I signed up for one. Then I found out she had a stamp club, so I joined. We met one evening a month to make cards. I learned so much from her - new techniques, saw the new stamps and papers up close and personal - I loved it. When it was stamp club night I got all excited!
Then Sarah joined Stamp Club and decided to join Stampin' Up!
Why We Use Stampin' Up!® Products.
When I started card making in earnest, I found that Stampin' Up!'s products were much better for cardmaking.
Our paper is designed for cardmaking - when you fold it with the grain, it does not crack along the fold, it has a solid colour core, and the colours of the cardstock, designer series paper (DSP), ink, embellishments, and ribbon all coordinate.
I love that! Also, our stamps and paper are of excellent quality, as all our products are.
Why Sarah and I Joined Stampin' Up!®
My daughter, Sarah, joined Stampin' Up! first - she was all excited about the incentive trip to Greece a few years ago! - then I joined under her, but mostly for the discount when I bought product. I held some classes, but due to space in our apartment, they were limited to 3 people.
Then, Covid hit, and we moved from Lac La Biche to Edmonton. I gave up being a demonstrator, but this year, 2021, I rejoined under Shirley, who is my "upline"; I am on her team. While visiting her one afternoon, and making cards with her, she introduced me to the Mini Stampin' Cut and Embossing machine.
I fell in love with it!
I also wanted one of Stampin' Up!'s new suites - a collection of stamps, dies, paper, and embellishments - and it cost me less to join again and put those two items into my Starter Kit since 5 packs of 6x6 DSP was included as well. I also earned a 20% discount on all my purchases! I love making cards and sharing what I love.
I find giving classes is fun and it is very satisfying to see happy customers/friends at the end of the evening. When we can finally have in-home gatherings again, I will be offering classes, in the meantime, and afterwards, I plan on offering online classes. We hope to earn the incentive trip to the Baltic in 2023. It will be hard work, but I hope we can do it!