Rubber stamp enthusiast goes to USA

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Amanda Fowler has won a trip to Salt Lake City through her craft work. Picture: Sarah Standing (131952-1669)
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Amanda Fowler has won a trip to Salt Lake City through her craft work. Picture: Sarah Standing (131952-1669)
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FOR an art and crafts fan, a trip to Salt Lake City to see where her favourite rubber stamps are made is a trip of a lifetime.

Amanda Fowler, from Ingleside Close, Fareham, won the trip through her work as a rubber stamp demonstrator for USA-based craft company Stampin’ Up.

The 45-year-old holds regular stamping and paper crafting classes on a Saturday in Locks Heath, where she passes on her passion of the stamps.

She also holds fortnightly classes at Titchfield Community Centre and writes a blog on papercrafting.

Amanda will be jetting off to Salt Lake City, the capital of American state of Utah and the home of rubber stamp company Stampin’ Up. Among the usual tourist highlights, she’ll get to take a tour of the rubber stamp factory, something she is particulary looking forward to.

Amanda said: ‘I’ll actually be able to meet the guys that make the stamps and see the way they pour the rubber as well as see how the stamps are made.

‘It’ll be amazing to see that and to talk to the members of staff who run the USA side of things. It’s going to be a real privilege.’

Amanda said she has been crafting since she was a small girl and used to help her mother.

This is the fifth time Amanda has qualified for a free holiday since becoming a demonstrator seven years ago, and she’s visited Monaco, Prague and Vienna in recent years.

Amanda said: ‘The trips are always really luxurious.

‘It’s an amazing incentive and it really encourages me to work hard.’

To win the trips Amanda is scored on a number of factors, such as stamp sales, enthusiasm and how she manages her team.

There are around 1,000 Stampin’ Up demonstrators across the UK and Amanda’s team is made up of a group of 14 stretching across the country up to the Shetland Islands.

Amanda said: ‘It started really small and got bigger and bigger and bigger, but it’s all about the people and sharing ideas.’

To read Amanda’s blog visit inspiringinkin.com.