So I don't know if you know, but I am sure if you read my blog you also read other blogs and have heard about the changes in the new Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator Agreement (IDA for short), we have to agree to it by the end of the month. I signed it right away, cause I had no problems with it.
Now you would not believe, or perhaps you would, things that have been said, horrible things about Stampin' Up! and the new IDA by some people in blog-land and it made my heart sick and made me want to cry. I am not going into details or where I heard them etc. Just believe it.
I was not even going to talk about it on my blog, I mean my gosh one Demonstrator even posted the whole Frequently asked Questions and all this other stuff off our Demonstrator side of the website, on her blog…I was very mad to see that, cause I feel she was wrong to do that. I mean you wouldn't get a memo from your boss (now don't send me notes yelling at me that Stampin' Up! is not our boss – we represent Stampin' Up! so I kinda put them in the boss-like-ish category) but anyway, I will re-word, if you got a memo from the company you represent through their website on a password protected (I mean come on as Demonstrators we have access to a whole other part of the SU! site…why wouldn't we?), what I am trying to say is, this should not have been posted on someones blog, to get people that are not really affected by this all mad, and they are only hearing half the story.
Now I am not trying to come across Holier then Thou either, cause last year I was doing Design Team work and posting stuff on my blog, that was last year, and my head was in a different mode. In the back of my mind, I knew that what I was doing probably was not right, since I was not getting paid for my DT work (other then free rubber) that was my way of justifying that what I was doing was ok. But when I had customers asking where I got this or that on my blog, and actually showing me stuff they had purchased elsewhere cause they saw me use it. That was, I like to call it "My V-8 moment" you know you smack your head and say "what the heck am I doing?" So I decided DT work was not for me, and I said no more to the companies I was making cards for. Now that being said, I appreciate and thank the companies that asked me
to do the DT work for them, I mean it was definitely fun, and a big
stroke to the ego to be asked. But I mean I get paid from Stampin' Up! so that is who I need to represent, and that is who I signed up to represent over 10 years ago. Doesn't that make sense? They pay my bills, so to me it makes perfect sense..
So when I see people commenting on blogs saying how awful they feel that Stampin' Up! is putting Demonstrators in a position to decide, I think really we put ourselves in that position once we decided to promote "other stamp companies". I understand if Demonstrators decide that the DT work is more important then Stampin' Up!, that is their perogative, and I will support their decision either way, as long as they are happy, then I am happy for them. But this chick is sticking with Stampin' Up! (added since original post, since someone asked – Stampin' Up! is not telling Demonstrators we can not do DT work, they are not telling Demonstrators we can't use other embellishments, cardstocks, tools etc. They are not making us ONLY use Stampin' Up!, they are not making us choose Stampin' Up! over other stamp companies, they just don't want us linking to other companies and to be more generic where we got the product from on our blogs, to me that is simple enough and it makes perfect sense…in my opinion.)
I am sorry I went on and on, I just kinda wanted to get that out there and off my mind, and hopefully I have not made anyone mad or offended anyone, and if you feel I have, then I apologize.
I do want to tell you that I think Feedblitz is fixed, my Googlereader updated, so I hope that is a good sign. I have to thank the great people at Typepad they were awesome at helping me. Really it "pays" to "pay" for your blog…
So how about I show you a cute card or something so you just didn't tune it today to hear me rant and rave.
Let me look in my little computer file and see what I have not shared with you yet…how be another 10/10/20 Christmas card? Ok? Cool! This one was inspired, almost copied from Jan Tink.
Paper: Kraft, Bashful Blue, Shimmery White
Ink: Bashful Blue, Basic Black Classic, Whisper White Craft
Misc: Snowflake punch, Word window punch, Silver brad, paper piercer, white gel pen
I love this, and I don't know if it is the clean look, the Kraft paper with the white or what? But it looks cool.
So Grey's Anatomy is on right now, I think they are working their way to the new season, and I need to figure out when that is, (they just said on the TV, it is the 24th of September) cause last year left us bawling, mad and confused, so I am excited to get it all figured out. Oh and Sunday is the season finale of TrueBlood and that looks good too.
I am gonna have some fun photos to share with you tomorrow…think Twilight. That is all I am gonna say!
Have a great Friday, and thanks so much for stopping in, and putting up with my gabfest today!