When you have a section specifically to tell the story about yourself and your adventure with Stampin’ Up!, you kind of panic. Well, here it goes!
About Me: Bonnie Allers O’Neill, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
I was born and raised on Long Island until I was 14. I spent the next 6 1/2 years in AZ before transferring in my junior year to the University of Maryland. After graduation, I made my way back north and currently live in my home with my husband, Brian and our three boys. This September Brian and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary and our oldest child, Kyle will be off to college! It is going by so quickly.
Here is a picture of my boys from Fall 2016. They keep us busy with baseball. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Love to take pictures:
I have always loved to take pictures and put them in albums. In high school I made scrap books. I would cut the pictures and put them on construction paper. I flipped through magazines and cut words to add to the book. When I pledged my sorority at Maryland, I was elected Historian. I LOVED this position. I got to take pictures and create albums for keepsakes. In April 2017, my sorority celebrated our 70th anniversary and my sisters sent me pictures from my books! That is right, they were there for all to look through. They loved looking back and remembering the fun times we had. Here is one of the pages they sent me. My handwriting is featured on the Pledge Committee listing. I think I write pretty much the same.
After college, I moved back to NY, met my husband, got married and had children. Celebrating the 1st birthday of my second son, Kory, I decided I needed to start scrap booking again. I went to a local craft store and in the scrap book aisle, a woman approached me asking me what I was working on. I explained that I was wanting to scrap book my two boys. I had so many pictures that I wanted something to showcase my favorite ones. She was happy about my project and suggested I contact a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. According to her, they had “GREAT” products for scrap booking. I thanked her for the advice, made my purchase and went home. I never got her name. I told my husband about the lady in the store and remembered a friend showing me a catalog of crafts about a year ago. I contacted her and she was actually a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! I booked a party! My friends came and we sat around my kitchen table amazed at what we were missing out on! When the demonstrator showed us watercolor pencils with blender pens, it was all over! I WAS HOOKED! After my party, with the support of my family and friends, I signed on as a demonstrator in November 2003.
Stampin’ Up! Family:
I can not lie and say it’s been a breeze. I have had my ups and downs, like everything in life. HOWEVER, the relationships I have formed from the past 13 1/2 years are priceless. I can not imagine my life without Stampin’ Up! We get to travel to places and create lasting memories. My Stampin’ Up! people are my extended family, I am very fortunate….
A group shot in front of our Home Office in Riverton, Utah, July 2013
A group shot from Convention 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
I cherish my customers as well. Some of them have been with me for over 10 years! I am truly blessed by the people I have met due to sharing Stampin’ Up! with them.
Incentive Trips: Hard works pays off!
In the beginning making my quarterly requirement was tough. I was a stay at home mom with 2 boys working retail part time. I held maybe one class a month and a workshop. Slowly but steadily my business grew. I started to build a downline and my business began to grow. I added more classes and more workshops. In 2008 I earned my first incentive trip! YAY! The trip, which was in March 2009, was to the big island of Hawaii. I knew Brian and I would never plan that kind of trip for ourselves, so earning it was a big thing! I have also earned two Getaway Trips. One was to San Diego, California in September 2013 and the other to Newport Beach, California in September 2015.
In July 2016, I earned my second Incentive Trip. Only 444 demonstrators globally earned the trip and I am one of them! I can not wait to go to Thailand! It is going to be a trip of a life time! Just from experience, all the trips earned from Stampin’ Up! are AMAZING!
Who would of thought: Presenter!
In September 2014, I have had the opportunity to hold a local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Unite and Excite Event here on Long Island. It was so much fun sharing card swaps, business tips and just building relationships with local demonstrators. Donna Griffith, from our home office, flew out and attended our event. I was the organizer but MANY of my downline helped me as well as local demonstrators. We had a wonderful time! I still remember the event as if it was held yesterday! This is a picture of Donna and 4 of my downline with me.
I was selected to present at our Leadership Conference in Orlando. It was amazing being a presenter for Paper Pumpkin. I had a lot of fun sharing my passion for the monthly kit offered by Stampin’ Up! I don’t think my smile left my face all day!
I was asked to be a Product Spotlight Presenter at one of the local OnStage Events. I showcased the Sending Love Product Suite. Fortunately, several of my team members were able to join me. I love running into my Stampin’ Up! friends. It is always a good time!!
Fall of 2016 something truly amazing happened!
Bonnie Farley, from home office, called to tell me I had been selected to be a member of the Global Events Council for 2017-2018. I was at my part time when I received the call. I hung up the phone and started crying. I so love being a part of Stampin’ Up! and this was an opportunity I had never thought about 13 years ago. My first event was this past Onstage held on April 8th. I, along with staff from home office, helped with setting up, checking in, creating fun, prize patrol, and cleaning up the event. It was a FABULOUS weekend one I will forever cherish! I can not wait for the next event in November 2017. Here is a picture of me during my Product Spotlight on the Birthday Memories Suite.
Love what I do:
I am fortunate to say I love what I do. I craft, I make pretty things and I get to share it with a variety of people. I truly hope I inspire people to craft. I hold monthly meetings with my Downline. We gather to catch up, swap cards, talk business and to offer support whether it is personal or professional. I also offer Private Card Classes and weekly classes in my home.
One of the best things about Stampin’ Up!, it fits everyone. We may all be different but we all love to craft and stamping together is truly a delight!
Thank you for reading about me.