I Made It!

1234167_10200746823937009_2114121401_nLast week in St. George, UT.

Many of you were following and cheering for me on my Stampin’ Pretty Facebook Page yesterday when I reported that I was nearing my $500,000 milestone for lifetime Stampin’ Up! sales.  Well, I made it and want to thank all of you–customers, fellow demonstrators, Stampin’ Up!, my Stampin’ Pretty Pals, family and friends–from the bottom of my heart for supporting me in this crazy, fun, virtual and tangible world of paper, stamps and ink!

I reached the $500,000 benchmark yesterday morning, triggered by an on-line order from Jennie Burbidge.  I called Jennie yesterday to share my good news (and her part in it) and ordered her the Chalktalk Framelits Bundle (her pick) as a thank you gift!

I have come a long way from a person who, just over 6 years ago, pre-judged crafts as hobbies for little old ladies wearing saggy nylon anklets and floppy hats with flowers at the church bazaar.  Never did I dream that after giving paper crafting a try (my first and only craft to date), that friendships (both live and virtual), an artistic outlet and many smiles would follow on my journey as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  What a gift!  I love this gig!



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  1. Congratulations Mary. Well done!

  2. Jennie Burbidge

    I echo what everyone has said! You are inspirational and have awesome customer service 😉 I’m grateful to be the recipient of your generosity! THANK YOU so much for the gift and making me feel special in your accomplishment! I’m sure you’ll be at the million dollar mark soon! Congrats again!!! Lots of love … <3

  3. Congratulations. You so clearly love what you do and you provide great customer service. No wonder you are a success at what you do, you believe in the company you work for, and from what I can see, they treat their employees very well.

  4. Big congratulations Mary – your work is an inspiration!

  5. Congrats, Mary! I’m glad even my small purchases could help you!

  6. Someone told me that you have never actually done a workshop….can that be true? if so, it makes your accomplishment even more amazing. I love your projects and visit your blog daily!

  7. Congratulaitons Mary–& much continued success!

  8. Helen Schadegg

    Your business sense has taken you to the top and your talent has inspired so many of us. Congrats on the big payoff! Thanks for your unending inspiration!

  9. What an accomplishment Mary. Good for you. You are so generous with all of your ideas and time you give us. You certainly deserve it. Congrats!

  10. Sheryl Cushman

    Congrats, Mary. Thank you for all the inspiration you are to me and others. Love that you share your gift with us. Many more inspirational years to come for you.

  11. Genelle Little

    Congratulations, Mary! Love your work x

  12. Congratulations, Mary! Your description of crafters is a hoot! You have such a wonderful way with words, and you are UBER talented! I am in awe of your creativity and your milestone is so well deserved!

  13. Congratulations! That is so great.

  14. nancy littrell

    Wow…what a huge accomplishment and in only 6 years. I am totally impressed and continue to get inspired daily by your CAS style and Blog. TFS and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  15. Congratulations!! Well deserved accomplishment – you are most generous with the sharing of your ideas. Love your website.

  16. Just catching up on these kind comments. My heart is full. Thanks!

  17. Congratulations Mary!

  18. I HUGH congratulations for this wonderful milestone with Stampin Up.

  19. Congrats Mary!!!!!

  20. Arlyne D'Agostino

    WOW WOW WOW that is amazing. Congratulations Mary! I’m not surprised you did it. Your work is lovely and I look forward to visiting your site everyday. You are such an inspiration to so many people.
    You’re the best!

  21. Congratulations Mary! As one of your very happy customers I was so lucky to have found you! Your cards have been such an inspiration to me and to those I share my cards with. Thanks for also being the email I look forward to every day! Congratulations again on your very successful achievement! I am looking forward to what the next 6 years bring you!

  22. CONGRATULATIONS, Mary!!!!! What an amazing milestone!! You are such an inspiration to SO many :o) I know that you work hard but you deserve all the recognition you have coming. Keep up the GREAT job . . . . PLEASE!!!

  23. Nobody does it better!!!

  24. Congratulations! wow! keep up the good job 😉

  25. YAY! Good for you, you have worked hard and deserve it! Congrats.

  26. Congrats Mary…you make my day everyday. The first thing I check on my email is your post. You inspire me and bring me such joy in stamping. I feel blessed to have found you. I’ve been a hobby stamper with Stampin Up for 14 years now. Can’t wait to continue your journey with you.

    Aloha from Hawaii…

  27. Pastor Lorie Betz

    Congratulations Mary!! You well deserve the accolades. Keep up the great work.

  28. Does this mean I can’t grow up to be a little old lady with saggy anklets and a floppy hat with a flower on it? Congrats!

  29. Congratulations, you are one of a kind and a StampinUp Super Star!!

  30. You are a rock star! Big congrats! xoxox

  31. Woohoo , Ms Mary I knew you do it !!!
    Lets all do the happy Dance for ms Mary !!!! READY ????? LET GO !!!
    Congratulation !!!!
    Hugs frenchie

  32. Congratulations Mary! So happy for you and the milestone that you hit…I have always looked forward to reading your blog as I know there will be something fun and inspiring that you’ve shared…

  33. so happy for you in your success and happiness you’ve found in SU!

  34. Cheryl McAskill

    A whole lot a Congrats to you dear Lady! More of the same to you in the future!! Blessings!

  35. Congratulations, Mary! What a wonderful milestone, and many more to come, Fearless Leader!

  36. Congratulations, May God continue to bless you.

  37. Congratulation! Quite a feat!
    you rock!

  38. Congratulations, my friend!!! It couldn’t have happened to a more hard-working, dedicated, so-deserving, paper crafting artist!! Thanks for sharing your joy with us! Here’s to $500,000 more!!!

  39. Congrats, Mary! I am so excited that I get to be a part of your Pals and I love every minute of it. Can’t wait to see you hit the $1 Million Mark!

  40. Congratulations lovely lady – what a truly great feat!

  41. Elizabeth Mims


  42. Wow and Congratulations. I think it must have been that last measly order of mine that did it, right? You are amazing!!

  43. LOL at your previous thoughts about crafters! Mary, you have worked hard and you deserve some applause here!! I’m so glad to be a part of your Pretty Pals!

  44. You go girl!! Yippee. Congrats!!!

  45. Congratulations, Mary! Your card making was definitely what drew me to you first as a customer and then as part of the Pals! Can’t wait to see you hit $1,000,000, because I know you will!!

  46. Ginger Toivonen

    Wahoo Mary! Congratulations on such an amazing milestone! Thinking about your anticipation of hitting the milestone, watching your numbers, hoping for that last nudge, just makes me smile an it makes me appreciate where you are in your business. Way to go girl!

  47. Congrats to you Mary. I think I started doing business with you just about the time you started. It’s always makes me happy to see how far you have come because you are a real friend as well as a business person. Good for you! I hope by the next few years you’ll reach the $1,000,000.00 mark.

  48. Congratulations, Mary! $500,000 in truly an accomplishment. But, more than the money, it’s the friends we have made along this great adventure.

    Best of luck to you for many more years of sales, stampin’ and friends!

  49. Congratulations on this milestone. You did this in 6 years and that is unbelievable. Have a wonderful day and thanks for all the WOW video and card ideas.

  50. Congrats on this pivotal milestone! WOW! That’s amazing in my eyes! Thanks for the chuckle this morning…loved your description of what some perceive as a crafty woman! 🙂

  51. Congratulations Mary! You create, inspire, and encourage so many of us stampers near and far. Thank you for your blog that highlights your talent, instructs and wows us everyday.

  52. So proud of you! As a fellow demonstrator, I applaud your creativity and determination! You are an inspiration to keep my business growing! I look forward to applauding you at Convention 2014!!!

  53. Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Half a million in sales. Mary, you are absolutely amazing, talented, sweet and giving. I think everyone that follows your blog just loves you. Congratulations and keep up the fantastic work!

  54. Elaine Harrison Lane

    Congrats from Kentucky. You inspire and assist so many of us across the globe. Only special people can do this for so many. Not surprised you made this goal. The next goal is within your reach. Go Girl!

  55. Wow — what an incredible accomplishment in just 6 years. So glad you gave it a try and share so much with others – you are a daily inspiration. Thank you!

  56. Johnnie Sexton

    Congratulations, you deserve it. What a wonderful artist you are and thanks for sharing your creations with the blog world. I love the picture of you with your arms raised standing on a rock. You are a brave person. Love the creative view of the bazaar ladies and how close to being so true. I check your site everyday for inspiration. Keep if flowing. Hugs, Johnnie, York, South Carolina

  57. Karilyn Moeller

    Congratulations! You make stamping so fun for so many people. Your ideas and examples are always inspirational!

  58. Jennifer Reynard

    Huge congratulations to you! “Wahoo, you did it”, as this month’s paper pumpkin is ever so perfect for you!!
    Wonder what this world would look like if all of us Stampin Up demonstrators wore the big floppy hats and nylon anklets! LOL Jennifer, Calgary, Alberta

  59. Congratulations Mary!! I love following your blog! It’s always the first email I open every morning so I can get a dose of inspiration for my next stamping adventure. You’re my favorite! So happy for you! <3

  60. I enjoy reading every one of these comments. Thank you so much! I’m going to enjoy the moment of $500K but appreciate your confidence that I will someday reach the $1 million mark! I will definitely be a “little old lady” by then (hopefully no nylon anklets)!

  61. Mary,
    A big congratulations to you on the giant milestone. WOW! I am friends with Jan Forton, one of your downlines. She mentions you often and I too follow your blog. You are a great upline to these ladies.
    A great big Congratulations
    Diana Laabs
    I just e-mailed with you about your little sweetness, 4 legged baby

  62. Big Congratulations!!!! Way to go 🙂

  63. Congrats!,,,,

  64. Congratulations!

  65. Congrats Mary on this OUTSTANDING Stampin’ UP! milestone. You might be paddling like a crazy duck but always appear calm and collected on the surface. The papercrafting world is BLESSED to have you sharing all your FABULOUS TALENT with us. You deserve this special milestone friend…..Congrats Mary from your fellow Arizona GrannyPants.

  66. Congratulations Mary!! You certainly have been an inspiration to me and deserve lots of praises!!

    What an achievement

  68. Sharon Williamson

    Wow! Congratulations, Mary! You inspire so many of us and encourage us to try things we might never have before. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us all.

  69. Big Woo Hoo moment! Congratulations!

  70. WTG! Congratulations! you are truly an inspiration.

  71. Congrats, Mary! What an awesome achievement.

  72. Congratulations on your achievement! I am amazed that this is your first dip into crafts! You are so creative. I get a great deal of inspiration from you and your ideas. Keep going I can see you hitting that 1,000,000 mark sooner than you think. Glad to know that you don’t think of us as little old ladies. 🙂

  73. Most richly deserved. Congratulations!

  74. Congratulations, Mary! Love your description of the little old ladies, LOL!

  75. Hi Mary, I’m so happy for you. Great job!

  76. Nancy Farrell

    Yeah! That is so terrific. Congrats. You deserve it. Thanks for all your inspirations and hard work. 🙂

  77. CONGRATULATIONS, Mary!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW! You are such an inspiration to all of us!

  78. Selina McGinn

    Congratulations on your success. That is amazing.

  79. You have proven that you can muster up the troops who do include many of us “little old ladies”, not only via the resources available to you, but more importantly, by the constant inspiration that you offer to all. Good job!

  80. CONGRATULATIONS, MARY!!!!! what a milestone indeed!! I’m very happy to have contributed in a small way to that success as one of your many customers who love you and admire you since day one. If you were able to reach this sales milestone in a little over 6 years, I have no doubt in my mind you will reach a cool $1,000,000.00 in the next 6!!!!! Thank you for all you’ve done for me from day one and thank you also for all the inspiration, your kindness and generosity throughout the years.

  81. Congratulations Mary! What a milestone and so deserving. Love your blog and the beautiful work you create. Thanks for sharing with all of us and looking forward to more inspirational creativity!

  82. Congrats, Mary! Well done!!!

  83. Congrats Mary and well deserved for all that you do! If it took you 6 years I can’t imagine how long it will take me! What a great accomplishment!

  84. Congrats!… You work hard at what you do, and it shows!!!
    Well deserved

  85. Congratulations Mary, what a fabulous achievement 🙂 like you say most of us who start out on a Stampin Up journey are amazed where we end up!

  86. A very well deserved milestone! CONGRATULATIONS! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the future. You are truly a gift to all of us.l

  87. Congrats! What a milestone! Keep those ideas coming! 🙂

  88. Congratulations!! WOW! That is quite an achievement to be proud of it in such a short time!

  89. Congratulations Mary! You certainly have worked hard and have a thriving business to show for it! What a testament to you! We are all so glad that you are enjoying your craft!!

  90. Congratulations Mary! There’s no doubt in my mind that you would reach this milestone or the next or the next, etc. You are such an inspiration to ALL! I absolutely love your blog and have been following you for a long time! You have taught me so much! I truly appreciate all you have done and continue to do everyday! Again, CONGRATS!! You deserve it!

  91. CONGRATULATIONS Mary!! That’s quite the accomplishment!! Good thing you gave it a shot 6 years ago, otherwise where would we be without your inspiration?! And now unto the Million $$ mark 🙂

  92. Congratulations, Mary! Love how you shared your former preconceived notion of crafters. Definitely not at all how I would describe you and you are clearly a gifted and talented artist when it comes to stamping! Even more so, I loved reading about how you responded to achieving the milestone…sharing the excitement and showing your appreciation to Jennie is a testament to your kindness and generosity. Honored to be a part of your Pals community. Again, congrats! –kwb

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