Hi, I’m Susan Molloy. I own my small papercrafting business, Silver Lady Stamping, and I am also an independent demonstrator with Stampin’ Up! ®
I have always loved crafting of some sort. As a young woman, my mother taught me how to hand embroider. Then I learned how to crochet. And after that, I learned how to sew and started making cloth dolls and doll clothes. And, after that, I got into making paper dolls using large stamps I found online and used them to make large tags. That’s how I got into papercrafting.
While searching on Pinterest for some creative inspiration for my paper dolls, I kept seeing the name Stampin’ Up! That was 2018, and if you can believe it, I had never heard of Stampin’ Up , despite the fact that they have been in business for more than 30 years!
I was curious about Stampin’ Up so I checked out their website and liked what I saw. I connected with a demonstrator who lives nearby and was holding workshops once a month. In a short amount of time, I signed up to become a demonstrator myself, and I have never regretted it. I love paper crafting. I can’t resist pretty paper, stamps and ink!
Another thing I love are my friends – because they provide me with a strong sense of community and belonging. It’s the same with our papercrafting community. Spending time papercrafting with other people who love it like you do builds a closeness because of a shared interest. And it gives you a chance to get away from everyday life for a few hours and be creative. And the people you do it with totally get you! Not everyone understands our crazy passion for papercrafting. But other papercrafters do!
The people I have met as a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator are my community. They are people I would not have met if it weren’t for Stampin’ Up!, and I am so glad they are a part of my life. You never know what the universe or God has planned for you. Sometimes, you just have to go with it, and you find yourself in the most amazing places with the most amazing people that you never would have imagined on your own.
I don’t consider my Silver Lady Stamping business and being a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator as a job in the traditional sense but rather as my fun job. Oh it’s a job that requires a lot of time and effort; there is no doubt about that. But the benefits far outweigh everything else. I can honestly say that, so far, starting becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and starting my little business were best decisions of my life.
If you have been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!, do it! If your wish list is greater than $99 and you regularly have a quarterly wish list of at least $300, I encourage you to join because you will start saving 20% right away and you will get free shipping on your starter kit. I would love for you to be part of my team and join me on this journey. Join now!
Now a little bit of personal stuff about me:
I live in Lynn, Massachusetts, a coastal city about 12 miles North of Boston.
I was married to my husband Peter for 32 years. Unfortunately he died in March 2019 from cancer. The loss of a spouse that you love deeply is indescribably sad. But my two sisters and my friends “circled the wagons” around me and their love supported me in my hardest days. Despite losing my husband, I still feel that my life is blessed. And as corny as it might sound, a lot of my healing was from immersing myself in papercrafting because being creative gave me an outlet for my grief and gave me a sense of joy and satisfaction. I’m not saying papercrafting is the answer to everything, but it helped me.
The picture below on the left is of Peter and me at Rockefeller Center, NYC over Labor Day Weekend 2017. He’s wearing one of his signature button-down shirts. That man loved button-down shirts! You would rarely see him wearing a t-shirt. It was either a long-sleeve button-down shirt or a short-sleeve button-down shirt.
He even wore a button-down shirt when he did gardening, as you can see from the picture on the right!
Here are more family & friends photos…
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