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. September 2017, Brian and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary and our oldest child, Kyle went 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 scrapbooks. 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 its 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 scrapbooking again. I went to a local craft store and in the scrapbook aisle, a woman approached me asking me what I was working on. I explained that I was wanting to scrapbook 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 scrapbooking. 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 14 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!
1. Kona, Hawaii, March 2009:
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 was to Kona, Hawaii in March of 2009. I knew Brian and I would never plan that kind of trip for ourselves, so earning it was a big thing!
2. Getaway to San Diego, California, September 2013:
3. Getaway to Newport Beach, California, September 2015:
4. Phuket, Thailand, July 2017:
In July 2016, I earned my second Grand Incentive Trip. Along with 315 demonstrators plus guests, Brian and I travelled to Phuket, Thailand in July 2017! It was a trip of a lifetime. Our daily excursions kept us busy. I have 100’s of pictures but here are a few from the trip. The scenery was amazing, as was the beautiful Indian Ocean. On our way home from Thailand, we took a small detour to London, England for 3 nights. Two places off my bucket list!
Shopping in Patong, Brian and I walked to the beach to catch the sunset.
A boat trip to the Phi Phi Islands was AMAZING! The water was absolutely breathtaking.
Dinner with friends at the Angsana Resort
Waiting to catch our bus for an excursion
Last night in Phuket at the Blue Elephant
5. Cruise to Alaska, July 2018:
In May 2017, I earned the Cruise to Alaska Incentive Trip. I am humbled by the support from my customers, family and friends. I would not be where I am in my Stampin’ Up! business without each and every one. I am looking forward to seeing Alaska next July because from experience, all the trips earned from Stampin’ Up! are AMAZING!
Who would of thought: Presenter!
In September 2014, I had the opportunity to hold a local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Unite and Excite Event on Long Island. It was fun sharing card swaps, business tips and just building relationships with local demonstrators. Donna Griffith, from our home office, flew out and attended the event. I still remember the event as if it was held yesterday! This is a picture of Donna and 4 of my downline with me.
In January 2015, I was asked 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!
November 2016: Secaucus, NJ
Late summer of 2016, I received a phone call from Andrea asking if I would be a Product Spotlight Presenter at the OnStage Event in Secaucus, NJ. 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 at events. 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 job 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 14 years ago.
April 2017: Richmond, VA
My first event was the Richmond Onstage Event 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! Here is a picture of me during my Product Spotlight on the Birthday Memories Suite.
November 2017: Salt Lake City, Utah
What an amazing experience! I am without a doubt enjoying my time as a council member. Presenting is so much fun and helping with setting up, prize patrol and clean up is without a doubt a BLAST!
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, Second Street Stampers. 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 delightful!
Thank you for reading about me.