Wednesday, April 15, 2009

So Long Farewell ....

Well ... the bomb hit today! Yep, Jaron, Lori, and I were layed off from Stampin' Up!

You would have been soooo proud of me. I held my head up high and went out singing ... literally ... I sang at the top of my lungs while getting in the elevator, "I'm Leaving Now .... Whoo Hoo!"

I've learned a very valuable life lesson. The Spirit spoke to me through dreams and to my heart. I knew I was getting layed off. And, after listening to the conference talks I knew that those talks were for me. I know that if I continue being faithful, keeping the commandments, paying my tithing, serving the Lord in my calling, HE will provide. HE always has!

As I was driving home and experiencing the pangs of unemployment, several thoughts came into my mind. I know this was the Spirit talking to me. I've always wanted to do voice overs and commercials, now I'll have the time to pursue that. You need to be on 'call' to do that. Wouldn't that be fun? And, out of the blue, one of my bestest buddies who used to work at Stampin' Up! called me and told me that she's already contacted another company that one of Stampin' Up!'s best presenters is out on the street lookin' for work. I already have a lead! See, the Lord provides!

I think one of the saddest things about leaving, of course is missing my little buddies, but to be dismissed without a word of thanks for 9 years of dedicated service! Not one word of thanks, or we'll miss you from upper management. BOOOOOO!

Now I've said my peace. There's a brighter tomorrow than today. Life is Good! Love to you all!!


Lydia said...

I'm disappointed on SOOOO many levels.

And I share this experience with you. Except with me it was 17 years and 3 days before Christmas. It stings.

But here's what I know.

I love you. Everyone who has ever met you does. You have a beautiful voice!!! I had a TV show last year, and know some media peeps, so I will do a little legwork for you as well.

But the thing that hurts the most is knowing I won't see you in August. I just registered today.

I'm in complete shock. It will not be the same without you, Linda. You are so much a part of those events.


I miss you already. Thank you for sharing your blog and for your candor and sweetness and faith.

Charlene said...

NOOO!!!! I am so sad that they didn't even thank you. But I am excited about the possibilities for you! I am so thankful that I was able to connect with you! You are a shining star in my life!

Alicia said...


I thank you. From the bottom of my heart, you made the office a brighter and better place just by being there. Your cheer and sweet encouragement will be so very missed, not only by me, but by those who don't even realize it yet. I love you to pieces, I always will. Thank you for your testimony, it warms my soul. You are a gift, don't ever think otherwise! Love you so much hun.

Forever your friend, Alicia

Erik & Kristin and Kids said...


I am so sad!! and "SHOCKED" Stampin' Up! will not be the same. Oh how I will miss you. You are an inspiration to me. Please keep in touch. You have a beautiful voice, I can't wait to hear your voice on commercials. Love you and miss you.

Love your friend,

Kristin Dalley

Patty Bennett said...

I'm still in shock, Linda... AND JARON AND LORI too!!? Oh my gosh.. I can't even wrap my mind around it. You are so wonderful and will be missed GREATLY by all demonstrators... let's keep in touch via email, friend... Love you!!!!!! Patty

Cheryl Curtis said...

Of all the people to be layed off, the three of you were the last I would have imagined to go. I can't imagine convention without you. I love you and will miss you at these events. Stay in touch through facebook and family.

Wendybell said...

I am just totally and utterly SPEECHLESS (which is quite a feat considering how much I can talk!)! What on earth are we are going to do without all of you?? You were all such an amazingly important part of Stampin' Up. Convention is going to be so empty without you there. You are loved, you are admired and to say that you will be missed is an understatement.

Our hearts and prayers go with you!!!

Maxine Conrad said...

My dear Linda, Long before I was an employee, I thought the world of you. At every event you were just so fun, so wonderful and so kind. Then, to get to work with you was like a dream. I loved our chats.
So from a demonstrator and an employee of Stampin' Up! but most importantly as your friend, I will miss you so much.
God Bless you Linda

Sue said...

I am so sorry that you will not be part of SU. OThank you for all the wonderful and inspiring help you have provided. I know that with your faith and attitude and talent, you will come out of this well. Please look for opportunities in NJ - I'll stock up on Depends (for ME - you always caught me unprepared)
Hugs and prayers

Anonymous said...

Wow. I'm stunned. I am so sorry and I'm absolutely positive you will find another niche where you will continue to amaze people! I saw you at convention last year and thought you & your team were fantastic! Best wishes to you all.

Terri Mongeon said...

Oh my dear Linda...I am sad, heartbroken and shocked. I never expected it to come down this way. I have LOVED getting to know you. I thank you so much for your beauty tips (our secret about the "work" you've had done...LOL). I will miss your beautiful smile and beautiful personality. SU had made a terrible mistake. I wish you peace on your new journey.
Love you!

Terri Mongeon

Lisa said...


RhondaG -the stampin' bunny said...

I'm so sad.....

(You don't know me, I'm just a demonstator who enjoys your presentations.)

Michelle said...

I'm sorry to hear about the layoffs at SU. I'm even more sorry to hear that the three of you were affected. Don't worry too much about being without a job. It won't last long. You'll be snatched up in no time.

Kathy said...

Ahhhhhh. My heart hurts. News travels fast - and what a shock. You have been such an integral part of all the SU conventions I have been to. You will be sorely missed. Thank you for sharing your spiritual feelings. I'm glad you were somewhat prepared. Blessings on your future!

Connie said...

Oh no! Say it isn't so! I am so sad to see all the wonderful talents of you, Jaron and Lori leave Stampin' Up! You are all wonderful people, and I'm sure will land on your feet with great opportunities. I completely don't understand you all not being sent off with well wishes...that doesn't sound like the beliefs SU operates on...hopefully they will rectify that terrible mistake. You will be missed! Convention will NOT be the same. Oh I am SO sad!

Diana Gibbs said...

OMG! Linda, say it isn't so! I love you and I am crying right now typing this. I am hoping it is a mistake or that it is very short lived and they will ask you back.
I wish you luck in all that you do, and hope that we will see each other some day!

Suzanne said...

Linda, I am so sad to hear you are one of those affected by the layoffs. :( You were one of my favorite presenters! Convention just won't be the same without you. I am glad to hear you already have some irons in the fire. You will be snatched up in no time. Hugs and thanks for all you did for the company.

Jenn said...

Think of the free time to come visit your niece in Az. who loves you so, so much!!!! You are and have always been amazing. I am excited to see what you accomplish next. Hang in there.

Rhonda Morgan said...

Oh this stinks! I have enjoyed you so much during my 12+ years as a demo'r. I look forward to you at each event - it definitely wont be the same, you will be missed very much by so many.
Best wishes for you with the new endeavors that lie ahead of you. I'm sure you'll do great but I'm just so disappointed that we've lost a wonderful talent.

Poo-poo on the way they sent you off. lay-offs are never easy but they could have done so much better to extremely dedicated staff members.

just a demo that will miss you lots

Lisa Somerville said...

So sorry to hear that they let you go Linda - you will truly be missed. Thanks for all you've done while at SU. I wish you a brighter tomorrow!

Jodi said...

I've tried typing this a few times and it is just not coming out right.

I'm so sorry, Linda. I will miss you at SU! Your videos, your on stage presence......

Take good care of you.

bakerbaubles said...

Your singing your way out today was the bright spot on a very dark day! You were heard to the end of the building on the 3rd floor. What a class act you were full of dignity and worried about everyone else. I hope that we all learned a huge lesson from you today. You are so in my thoughts and I can't believe I won't be seeing you at work. My heart is heavy but I know that there are great things in store for you! BIG HUG!!!! Dani

Heide said...

I am so bummed. You were my FAVORITE presenter at all the SU events. You will be sorely missed. I would like to thank you for the inspiration you've given me in my 6 1/2 yrs of demonstratorship. I loved every one of your classes!

Margaret R said...

Dear Linda, I'm so sad about this and just stunned. You've always brightened SU events with your great smile and cheery personality! May you have great success in the future.

Mary's Stamping said...

Linda, I am so sorry. I just can't believe this. Of all the folks, you, and Jaron were my favorites. You made me laugh and helped me so much by showing the fun of it all. I loved your videos. You did help so many of us.

Dawn said...

Dear Linda,

This is just all so feels like a bad nightmare that won't go away. How could this possibly be?? I am in total shock!!

So proud of you for holding your head up high. There are so many wonderful opportunties for you to shine brighter that ever before.

I wish you wisdom on your journey, peace in your heart and lots of open doors to be able to share your amazing talents.

Love You and Miss You already!!
Dawn Rapsas

Julie Husting said...

I'm so sorry to hear the news, Linda. You are such a fantastic presenter--no matter what the topic. I'm especially sad to hear how you went out--that just wasn't right. My mom and I are pretty much in shock. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and hope that this means that something better is just around the corner for you.

Julie Husting (and Midge)

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm sad, Praying that all will work out for you...Thanks for all you have done to make learning so much fun!


Smiles, Laurie said...

Unbelievable!!! You are as much SU as it gets for me! You came to Canada for a start up Meeting 6 years ago and brought your heart. You are so genuine!I can't even imagine their thinking, I signed up for classes at Leadership no matter the content just to have you be the teacher! And without any word of!
I agree with you, there must be a 'bigger' reason, truly something more suited for you...I will be watching the blog to see what, with excitement for you!
As Tim McGraw sings "There ain't no troubles that we can't rise above, with a handful of faith and a heartful of love." and you have all that and more, Linda! Keep on Shining, keep on are one of the good ones!

Anonymous said...

Oh Linda, I'm so sorry that you aren't going to be with SU any longer. YOU are always the presenter who I loved to see the most at all of the events. Your personality and humor always shines thru. Please know that you will be missed greatly. I thank you for all you have done. You have inspired me more than you'll ever know.

With much love and appreciation, Jeannette Swain

Kim said...

I echo everyone's comments. You, Jaron and Lori have been at every convention I've attended. I enjoyed your company at our Hawaii Regional. I can't believe a company I've held in such high esteem has treated you so poorly. One door closes, another opens. I've always believed this. All my Aloha to you, Jaron and Lori.

Jael said...

Linda, YOU are the reason I came to convention every year. YOU are the reason I buy those products that I think I can live without (until I see you demo it). This is a load of crap and I cannot believe they gave you no thanks for your hard work for all these years...and no notice? SU will be having one less person at convention because of this bone-headed decision.

As SU's first trainer, you led the way and trained us all so well. Thank you Linda.

I applaud you for trying to see the positives in this and I sincerely hope it all works out for you.

Anonymous said...

must be bad for stampin' up! if they laid off someone like you...and before convention. someone will be taking alot of flack, everyone LOVES you!

The Peton's said...

Wow mom, that's a whole lotta people who love you.... not just your kids. Just goes to show that wherever you go, you leave your mark. I think that's one of the things I like best about you. You make everyone around you happy, and the room is fresher when you're there.

But it makes me cry thinking of you singing your way to the elevator.

I know you pretty well, and you'll make the most of this. You always do. Just like popcorn in tomato soup. You made it seem so special.

I love you Mom.



Anonymous said...

I'm just stunned and will miss you so much at SU events. I just can't believe who's on the layoff list! As for your voiceover dream -- in my other non SU life I write corporate videos and the company I work with uses voice over talent a lot -- sometimes we book them through a group such as this: You should check them out. And email me sometime as I think the company I work with would love to have your voice on file. Catherine Harwood -

Shannon said...

just when i thought i didn't have any tears left in me, i decide to read your blog. natalie said it best--you DO make everything feel special!! i hope someday i can be even just a little bit like you!! thank you for your warmth, love, thoughtfulness, smile, example, advice, ideas, patience, laughter and for showing me the best use of a straw ever!!! i love you!

p.s. did i ever show you my straw trick?

Tex said...

Oh dear Linda ...
I am stunned, saddened, stunned, disheartened, stunned ... I have loved every work of yours that I have had the pleasure to see from SU. I have met you 3 or 4 times, even been tickled as I hugged you a couple, and this "TexasGrammy" wishes the very bestest for you. I can't help feeling that SU has made a giant mistake ... but perhaps they will realize that later. Sweet lady, best wishes to you. Alas, my last hug will have to be the cyber-type. {{{{hugs}}}}}
otherwise know IRL as Bev Gerard

Stampin' With Angie said...

I am in utter shock and disbelief! I can't believe that the 3 of you were let go and I have no words for the disappointment in how it was handled! That stinks (to be nice!)!!!

I can "see" you now singing as you leave...You are such a class act and were one of the bright spots to every SU! event!!

THANK YOU for your time and effort for the past 9 years! I've learned SO much from you over my past (almost) 8 years! You will TRULY be missed and I look forward to hearing your sweet voice when I least expect it! :o)

Karen Barber said...

Dear dear Linda, I can only echo everyone elses sentiments here, you are one person I cannot NOT say goodbye to, I ALWAYS signed up for classes just because you were teaching regardless of the content. Your humor, your gorgeous smile, your contagious love for life ~ all make you the wonderful person you are.....and you will succeed wherever you go. You will be sorely missed. I remember loving you right from the start, but especially my first year on the Advisory Board I have warm warm memories of you making me feel very at home and comfortable in the home office, with your warm smile, and your quick intuitive sense that I was a wee bit on the timid side back picked up on that and made me feel so at ease. I will never think of you without warm feelings Linda. Thanks for all you have shared with us over the years straight from your big big heart, and GODSPEED in whatever HE leads you to next, you will be an asset wherever you go. Love, Karen (Barber)

Anonymous said...

Linda, I am so sorry, but I know you will land on your feet. You are talented (on many levels), sweet, and kind, and you are right - the Lord will provide. Stay well and keep us posted on your journey!!

amystamps said...

Linda, I'm SOOO sad!!! You have always been one of my favorite presenters at SU! Whenever I saw that you were leading a class, I knew I had to attend that one!! You will be greatly missed!

Lisa H. said...

WOW! this is shocking to news that is starting to trickle down to the us demos. We are soooo sad for you all. I went to my first Convention last year and LOVED what you and your team presented. You have such a postive attitude about this and while it is sad to hear the news, I know GREAT things will find you. God will Provide! Blessing!

Anonymous said...

I as so many others are absolutely shocked to see this. I saw Jaron at the Mpls regional (and really missed you!) and said that there is no way they could lay you off because Stampin Up said it would not affect the Demonstrators. I am so sorry, but this HUGELY affects us demonstrators. In what world are the three of you (Jaron, you and Lori) not an integral part of the Demonstrator experience. Convention will be sad and down right wrong with out you all. I can't imagine how you must feel after everything you've contributed to each of us over the years and to not have anything said to you as you left. My heart just aches! Please know you three ARE such an important part of being a demonstrator for so many of us and we can't imagine Stampin Up without you. We love you so much and wish you the very, very best in all you do! Much love and many prayers to you, Dena Rekow.

Cynthia said...

I can't imagine SU without you. This makes me sad beyond words. I am a demonstrator and we have met, and I doubt you would remember me, but I will remember you. You have touched my life, and many on my team. Hugs to are a wonderful lady

Cynthia Cantrell

Stampin' Up! With Elizabeth said...

Linda, I don't know what to say. I sent you a little something in the mail this week - I hope you get it. It's so strange I went to the post office to mail it and when I got there, I'd left it at home which was very strange since I'd been carrying it around in my bag for days, but all the same, I drove home, fetched it and mailed it and as I did so, I wondered if there was a reason why it had been such a huge task to simply mail an envelope. I guess I have my answer.

I love Stampin' Up! but I truly feel that they have no idea what they have done. It was you personally that made London Special. I don't know what to say. I'm going to miss welcoming you into my kitchen through your videos. I'm going to miss one day meeting you in person again. I'm so dreadfully sad for you. Please stay in touch.

Love and Hugs ALWAYS your crazy English friend.

Stefanie said...

Linda, I am so sad to hear that Stampin' Up! let you go!! I had to drop last year when my son was born, but I went to the previous 3 conventions and you and Jaron were always my favorite presentations & classes! You are such an inspiration and will be sorely missed by every demonstrator (and former demonstrator)!

My husband is a voice actor and he's found that audiobooks are a great gig if you can get them. He was just nominated for a 2009 Audie (like the Oscars for audiobooks). Anyway, before he broke into the biz, he took this class. It's definitely worth looking into! You have a lovely voice and I for one would love to hear you read me a book. :)

Best wishes with your future endeavors!

Cricket said...

Dear Wonderful Linda,
I heard the news from Joyce F yesterday and am still in shock. You bring so much beauty and joy to everyone. I am so proud of you for holding your head high. It just goes to show how classy you really are! SU is the one who has suffered the greater loss! It must feel like a dark place there today.. how sad for all those who loved working with you! And not even a Thank You... shame on them! You deserve at minimum a Grand Parade and a BIG, Fat severence!
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! The Lord has big plans for you Linda!
I Love You, always Have!
Stay in touch... if I can do anything for you.. I'd love to!

Learn to Stamp and Scrap with Lynn said...


I am just speechless and am rubbing my eyes hoping that what I am reading isn't true! I understand that SU had to lay people off, but YOU!? You have done so much for the company and the demonstrators by the way you present, your sense of humor and by the way you make everyone feel welcome. I can tell you that YOU are the highlight of any event that I have ever attended. Things will not be the same without you.

I truly wish you the best and will be following your blog to see what you are up to. You are going to be missed so deeply by so many people. You were a big part of the warmth and the family-feeling we all had for Stampin' Up! I am having a hard time typing...I am just in shock and truly saddened at the loss of you with this company.

BIG HUGS and lots of love and best wishes from,

Lynn Larson - demonstrator

Shiozaki Beach girls said...

I will definitely miss you and your presentations at convention, but I do hope to see all the wonderful things you create. I hope that you continue to share, and love and grow. You've always been one of the highlights of the Stampin' Up! Convention, and all your presentations have always been fun.

My love and prayers for you and your family.

QC said...

I was lucky enough to meet you years back in Vancouver BC.....and you're inspiring, and your sense of fun is contagious.

In my opinion, SU is making some deadly mistakes "eliminating" 3 of the most well known faces (and let's not forget about our friend KWerner), they're alienating those of us who connect all of YOU with SU. Tsk, tsk, and shame shame shame. And to read that there was not one word of thanks?

I'm sorry! But as one person who was notified 2 days after Xmas break that our whole office was being downsized from 11 to 2....I know the feeling well.

Look at it as "the open window"! Opportunities will abound!

BEST OF LUCK.....and thanks for all the inspiration you've provided so many of us!

Liz Williams said...

Linda, I feel it very sad that you were not given words of appreciation for all you have done in the last 9 years at SU. It is obvious here with all these comments that is not the case with the demonstrators and others in the real world love and appreciate all the things you have done to keep us motivated and excited. It is definitely SU's loss, for I am confident that the Lord has something better in mind for you. I
love your positive spirit and I know some of those other companies out there are going to be snatching you up. Keep us posted about your future. I'm sure you will have a following where ever that is.

Jenn Balcer said...

Linda, you were one of the very first SU! employees that I ever had the pleasure of meeting, way back at regionals in Tulsa ages ago. That event was my first SU! event, and getting to talk to you then (and at every event I went to all over before I resigned as a demo!) was such a highlight. Every time I say, "I'm so EXCIIIIITED!" I say it like you in your Dr. Will sketch. :)

You are AMAZING. You are an inspiration to so many, and I know you'll do well in whatever you choose to do now. Thank you for for sharing your talents and heart with countless. Thank you for being you.

I wish you all the best of everything in the world. BIG hugs from Schertz, TX.

Terry Molineux said...

OMGoodness! Linda I am in totally shock along with everyone else and you of course. Convention 2009 will not be the same without you.

I cannot believe that Shelli let you go like that. All time saying SU is family. She would dismiss a member of her family without word or thanks.

My heart aches for you right now. I know part of what you are feeling I worked for a company for 5 years, left to go to computer school and then they search me out and asked me to come back and worked another 5 years only to lose my job because they valued the bookkeeper more than me! It hurt and still does. As that was in 6/07 and I still have not found work. This person lives down the block from me and makes a point of slowing down in front of my house to let me know she is off to work!

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. You are a very talented person. Any company that gets you be a better company!!

I already miss you....

Love & Prayers

Teresa said...

I can't believe that Stampin' Up would let go of its most talented people, especially without any words of appreciation. I will miss you, Jaron and Lori so very much. I can't imagine convention without all of you. I am glad that I haven't registered. I was on the fence anyway, but now I am sure that I won't be attending. However, you are right in that the Lord must have bigger and better things in store for you. Take care and stay in touch!

Teresa Worrall

LeAnne said...

No no no no no! I am heartsick! How can this be happening? I am so glad you have faith to see that the Lord will provide and take care but we will miss you sooooooo much!
Keep us posted on what's next!
LeAnne in PA

Barbara Becker said...

Crud, I am now so glad I can't attend convention this year. To not see you on stage would have been such a let down. Maybe and I realize this is a big maybe, SU had to let you go without a word of thanks because they were crying as hard as the rest of us. I have an emaill from you that I keep on my desktop I treasure it because you took the time to answer little ole me. I hope your phone is soon ringing off the hook for new opportunities for you soon.

Anonymous said...

You will be so missed. You were a highlight of every SU! event I ever attended. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your hard work for us demonstrators. We love you and appreciate you! I know you will do well no matter where you land. Your character and charisma will take you far. Smiles and Hugs.

Lynne said...

Hi Linda ~ What do I have to say?? I think SU is nuts to let you go! I met you last year at the VA Beach convention and you are truly a GEM of a person and very talented as well -- YOU WILL BE MISSED by all of us SU gals and I am in total shock that they allowed management to let you go - BIG BOO to them! I hope the outpouring of love and support for you will make them realize what they did -- you are one amazing gal and I was so pleased to see you at the convention as well as talk to you in person; you are one incredible lady and I wish you the best in life ! God will take care of you - this I have no doubt! Take care of yourself & God Bless you always!

Hugs from Virginia,

procrastistamper said...

NO WAY, NO WAY, NO WAY!!! I just can't believe it--I *love* to hear you talk, and your smile is so infectious that I can't even watch your product training videos without grinning throughout the entire thing! I am so disappointed that SU! didn't take the time to thank you properly. PLEASE email me your address so I can send you a card. I have been a demo for almost 15 years, and I remember when you came on, and you really made everything so special for all demonstrators. I just cannot believe I won't get to see your smiling face at SU! events any more. I wish you all the best, you so deserve it! Are you going to remain a demonstrator?

Anonymous said...


I am so very sorry for you. I have again been dissappointed by Stampin' Up!'s management style. I can understand the need for the company to lay off employees, BUT I would have thought that Shelly or upper management would have had the heart to thank you for your years of service. I dropped as a demo because regardless of what everyone says about SU! - it's a business - period. It goes to show again that I was right by their lack of showing any feelings towards the employees that were laid off. But you are so right - the Lord will provide!

Good luck!


Debbie said...

Linda -
I was shocked, as was everyone else. But you know, it's us that are the losers. We lost you. BUT the Lord has so much more in store for you. You were the "life of the party!" at every even you attended. You made it the party! Your encouragement reached so many of us - most of us you won't even remember - but you touched us none the less.
Please keep this blog going so we can see where the Lord is taking you!

Cynthia said...

Dearest Linda,
I am in shock... don't even know where to begin!
I'll start by thanking you for being a sunbeam at every event- most recently helping me to be a presenter at the Seattle Regional Seminar... I often invision how things will be before they happen and this seminar will NOT be the same without you! Nor will any other event, there will definately be a hole left that no one else will be able to fill.
Your light is infectious- your blog is in my favorites list so I can get a little dose of you despite the fact that you're no longer with SU!.
Much love and prayers from the Northwest!
Cynthia Maloney

Anonymous said...

Linda, I am so sad to hear you were let go from Stampin' Up! I will miss seeing you at Regionals, Convention and the wonderful training videos. I love your upbeat, bubbly personality. You were one of my favorite Stampin' Up! presenters and it will not be the same without you. I wish you the best of luck and am sure you will land on your feet. Happy stamping!

Jacqui said...

OH...I'm very disappointed. I actually spoke with you this year at the Regionals in London Ontario, I came over and asked if you could say Happy Birthday to my friend Kim! And you graciously obliged by singing!!! She was very touched. Stampin' Up! does not know what a gem they had if they were willing to let you go. You are a fabulous presenter. The best one I have seen. I learned more from your presentations then I did from any of the others.
I'm saddened too by the lack of "thanks" on Stampin' Up!'s part. It's hard to believe they would be like that.
Congrats though on having some job leads already! Keep the faith Linda any company would be blessed to have you with them.
Jacqui Lines - Woodstock Ontario

Cindy said...

We will certainly miss you. Thank you for all you've done for all of us in your years with SU! - and for making it all fun!

All I can think is that these layoffs were so difficult for Shelli that she was unable to come up with the appropriate words that should've been said when the time came to deliver this news. No amount of thinking it through would help when something like this has to be done even though it seems like "thank you" should be easy.

Best wishes to you. I would also love to hear you doing audio books!

Steph Gittins said...

Linda, I am so devastated to hear this news. You and Jaron and Lori will be so missed. Yesterday I was so excited about Convention; now it just feels like there was a death in the family. I know that you will be blessed through this experience and that one day you'll be able to look back and see how this was all part of Heavenly Father's plan. Please let us know how we can send you cards; I know the whole demo world is missing you today!

Steph G in Cache Valley

Kim Ryden said...

Linda...I am so sorry to hear that SU let you go. Everything you did was one of the reasons that I attended SU events. ARGH! I'm so mad! But I'm glad that you have a positive attitude and you are trusting in the Lord! Keep us posted on what you are doing!

Dana Hatch said...

Bless you Linda. You have your faith and that is the thing you need. You will succeed and so will Jaron and Lori. You'll be sorely missed.

Jill Coleman said...

I am so sorry to see you go. You were such a bright spot at any SU event and on our training videos.
God will provide a new blessing for you. Jeremiah 29:11

Shadow Mill said...

Linda Lou, yesterday was one of the saddest days of my life. I'm still in shock, I think and I can't understand you and Jaron and Lori being gone. Maybe you heard that I'm gone too, but we had talked about that so often, right? I also just knew inside that it would happen. I was ok till I had to go through the gauntlet of hugs and tears and then I lost it. I forgot to get your number, so write to me and let me know. PLEASE!

Love you lots,

Jackie said...

Linda, So sorry to hear you and the others are being let go. I have enjoyed learning so much from all of you. But as you said your faith will keep you going. Good luck in what ever you do. Jackie

Marlene Salvato said...

This is surreal - you are as much SU to me as Shelli touched so many lives - I know wherever you go you will continue to touch lives - lucky people to get to have you next.

It's very frightening to know that SU has laid off people of your caliber and level...makes you wonder where they really are financially...

you have my heart wherever you go...
a Demonstrator for 7 years...

Amy said...

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers...

StampingSelene said...

Dear Linda ~ I can only imagine that you will be one of the first they call back when the economy starts to turn back around. I'm so happy that you went out singing. It's hugely disappointing. It's happening everywhere. To my customers and friends and I have made adjustments in my business to still include all those struggling in these hard times. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time. You are an amazing and inspiring person. Convention wont be the same without you. I hope you attend as a demo. You will be SO missed and NEVER forgotten. I know in my heart you'll be back. Big hugs.

Alison said...

Hi Linda,

Today is truly the saddest day of my Stampin' Up! life. I so looked forward to all the SU! events but the one thing I looked forward to the most was seeing you, both privately and up on stage. You lifted my spirits every time you spoke, presented and sang! What an ambassador you were for Stampin' Up! I'm truly speechless at this moment. I'm leaving for the Seattle Regionals in a few hours and thought I would see you there and now I wished I'd waited to register for Convention until after I'd heard this news because I'm not sure I would have gone this year if I'd known you & Jaron wouldn't be there too!

Life goes on and you will look back on your time with Stampin' Up!with true fondness and gratitude. I just want you to know what impact you've had on my life over the years - I can still remember our times in Vancouver, especially the time with Pam Morgan, Sue Farrant, you and I sharing a meal. What fun you are and what a zest for life you have - your family and friends are so lucky to have you in their lives!

LOVE you Linda!

Alison Solven (Vancouver, Canada)

Stamp by the Light of the said...

This was not the route I expected Stampin' Up! to go with their layoffs. I am so sad to hear this news. I have enjoyed every presentation you've ever done! I find you to be creative and talented. I will miss you very much!

Jennifer Cowart
Cranston RI

Aimee said...

I can't believe this. You will all be missed...I have a picture with you and of Jaron on my guys are awesome. I'm glad you held your head high. I hope things will improve soon and you are all asked to come back soon.

stampinsue said...

That seems to be the way of upper management, Linda - they never can deal with the really HARD stuff - like affecting people's lives. I worked in a law firm (retired) and there have been recent layoffs handled in much the same way - but at least a large severance helps. I just watched your stenciling video yesterday and will truly miss you on the Web!

SAD said...

I am glad to see so many leads for you in these posts. It is very hard to lose a job, but losing one that you love is very difficult. You will feel better.

I was saddened to see Shelli's post today that she was so glad it was over. Although true for her, it is only starting for many. I hope she removes the thoughtless remark.

Nancy said...

I am so dissapointed Linda!! I have been a demonstrator since 1998. You have always been my highlight at convention. I am so sorry...... You are the BEST and don't you ever forget!!!!

Love you Linda!

For I know the plans I have for you sayeth the Lord They are plans for Good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope!!!!
Jermiah 29:11

Most Sincerly,
Nancy Wyant

Kelly Taylor said...

I am in shock! The first regional I ever went to in DC you were there and it made me register for convention and I haven't missed one yet! You are a FABULOUS woman inside and out and you will be terribly missed! I don't know what SU is thinking...I mean, seriously!!!

I'm glad general conference was a comfort to you, and know that convention will not be the same without you, Jaron and Linda...we will miss you guys so much! But great things are in store for you...someone as wonderful as you will succeed in anything and everything you do!

Please keep up your blog so we can keep up with your awesomeness!!! You are a great example to everyone...thanks for all you have done!

Jenn said...

When one door closes, a window definitely opens! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so sad to hear about this news. Just yesterday, I was showing the highlights of last year's convention and trying to convince one of my downline to come to this year's. One of my arguments was "oh and you'll enjoy the demos that Linda Hanson and Jaron are doing... they are amazing and fun people!"...

I wish you the best of luck. Judging by your reaction to this whole, I am confident that you will find a brighter star to follow.

Keep your faith and strength!
CeeCee from Montreal

Loni said...

From the first week on the job (when I sat next to you at the Manager's Meeting in Sandy), you were special. You have always radiated light and energy and I know that whatever you choose to do next will let you shine. I'm truly in mourning that you won't be teaching us or singing for you any more...along with Jaron and Lori :( I wore black today in honor of you. Best wishes for a sunny future.

Anonymous said...

Linda, Thank you so much for all of the inspiration and laughs. The SU community will miss you dearly. Last year was my first convention, I am so glad that I got to see you in action, you are truely an inspiration to others. Best of Luck to you, Sue from texas

Jayne S. said...

I just heard the news today sort of "back-handed"... I couldn't believe it, and didn't believe it until I saw it on your website!

I've read through all of the preceding posts, and I echo all of their sentiments. It was always such a pleasure to see you at any SU! event - your smile, your infectious enthusiasm, your concern for others, and your zest for life just poured from you. When I heard that there would be some layoffs at SU!, I never dreamed that it would include you - what were they thinking?

You may not remember all of the demonstrators that you've met, but believe me, you have touched our lives in so many ways and WE will always remember YOU! I can just picture you walking out singing - and my heart breaks into little pieces at the thought.

You will be sorely missed. But as so many have eluded, "when God closes a door, He opens a window". Please keep us updated on your future endeavors. We wish you all the best.
Jayne Stenstrom
Schoolcraft, MI

Ron and Cheryl Pierce said...

You will surely be missed. I love watching you demonstrate at convension. I hope you can find something soon.

Noelle said...

SU! will not be the same without you. Seems to be a very dark day.

Anonymous said...

I must say I'm so sorry I've been with Stampin' Up! for 9 yrs as long as you have been there. We will all miss you. You have taught us so much. I've always looked forward to seeing you and the others at convention. I'm glad you were able to hold your head up. I'm sure this was not an easy time for anyone involve.
Best of luck in your new chapter. Hope to see you as demo at convention. Until we meet again. The very best to you.

Rubber Hugs,
Robin Boyer of Levittown, PA

Beate said...

Oh Linda! I am sooo sad! You were the one I always looked forward to seeing and meeting at the events I could come to.
You are such a positive and wonderful woman. You were such a big part of SU.
I am with Lydia. I love you, girl! I hope the leads you will get pan out for you. I am sure they will.
I will always remember you. The "I am so exxxxcited" bit and the one about exercising "around the block".

You rock!
Big cyber hugs and blessings

Anonymous said...


SU! loss the world's gain.
You will be missed, convention and leadership will not be the same without you. Keep up your postive attitude and you will go far.

Aloha Jan said...


First, I am so sad to hear your news. I admire how you are handling the news and the actions you are taking to move forward with your life.

I too share this experience with you---close to 30 years with a Company. It's a hard blow and yet one must remember that work is something you do---not who you are. I must say my life has been greatly enriched and has expanded since my being laid off.

When God closes the door another door opens (it may be 'Hell' in the hallway for awhile though). :-)

As for 'good-byes' from upper management---there can be legal issues involved with what they can say or do with employees being let go.

Another fan of yours,

Jan Webb

Carol said...

Dear Linda,
How will Convention be the same without YOU? We will miss your sweet face, you were the joy of Convention! I am sure that God must have something real special for you.He knows just what is in your future.
Blessing to you, you made so much sunshine..........

Anonymous said...

It's pretty much all been said but you will be REALLY missed. I love your spirit and joy in life. Like everyone else, I so enjoyed your presentations. I have NO idea what went on behind the scenes but I am praying for you and your family and KNOW God will bless you. I would love to think I'd see you as a demonstrator at convention but also realize how hard this is for you. Know that you are loved! Sherrie Robinson

Summerthyme Studio said...

Linda, I was blessed with the opportunity to meet you twice during my time as a SU Demo. You are a woman of inspiration, intelligence and Beauty. I wish you all the luck in your future endeavours. The sun still shines as do you and there will be a brighter tomorrow!!!!

sending love your way,

Vicki Garrett

Sylvia De Jong-Simpson said...

I was sooo shocked and saddened by the news of your leaving SU! I was privileged to be your "chariot ride" to the Mile Hi Stampers Meeting in Denver while you were here for the Denver Regional a few years ago. My friend, Cheryl, and I so much relished the time spent with you getting to know you and then seeing you at all the events. My first event that I remember you was at the Omaha Regional in 2001. You were fab then and have continued to add so much to all of the events that Stampin' Up! has had since your arrival. We will all miss your wonderful shining smile and I will miss the hugs I always got from you. However, I know that God has great things in store for you and the talent that He blessed you with. Please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing! I know I speak for all of the Mile Hi Stampers--we love you and miss you already!
Sylvia De Jong-Simpson
Stampin' in Denver w/ Altitude

Bev Dahl said...

Oh Linda. The Stampin' Up! world will never be the same. Hy Heart goes out to you and your family. I was laid off in January just 2 months short of my 20th anniversary. That really hurt and because of that and other things going on with the economy, I am unable to go to the convention this year. However, in light of you and Jaron and the others not being there, the pain is a little less.
You are so very talented I know your stampin business will just go head over heels and God will watch over you and your family.
Bev Dahl, Colorado Springs and adopted by Connie Ingram with Mile Hi Stampers in Denver.

Wanda Williams said...

Linda, I just heard and just about fell out of my chair!!! I am SO sorry to hear that you and the others were laid off. As a friend of mine says, "When God closes one door, he opens another one." You are such a talented lady that you won't have a problem finding something else to do that you will love also.

Good luck to you and the others! It just won't be the same at Convention without you. You and the others will be sorely missed!



Anonymous said...

Please know, That you are loved and will be greatly missed. You and your team are one of the reasons that I loved going to Convention and Regionals. You are so creative and made me want to strive to be a better demo and a better person. So while upper management might not have said much - please know that there are 40,000 of us saying we love you all and will miss you. Thank you for everything!!!!!

Linda Jensen said...

I am so sad to hear that you have been let go.
I will miss your sweat voice at Leadership, Convention & Regionals.
Know that When one door is closed another will open.
God Bless, be safe and know we will miss you out here in "Demo Land"
We appreciated all that you taught us...and be asured that you will be missed.

Anonymous said...

You have touched so many hearts and lives, thanks so much for your service to us Demonstrators. It is so painful when people do not acknowledge, say good by and thanks for a job well done. What my husband and I found out years ago is it is more about them than you. It is like a death and they are not sure what to say, their fear of it could be them, guilt that it wasn't so many emotions. I am proud of you that you held your head high and sang, Love to hear you sing. Sometimes when these things happen it propels us on a journey we didn't even know we wanted to take.

You could always go into coaching all of us out here we would hire you in a minute! Just another possibility and you could use a different voice each time to entertain us.

At leadership many years ago you talked about the dash between the dates it meant a great deal to me at a time I was losing someone very special to cancer. You have touched many in ways you can never imagine.

All my love
Patsy Waggoner
SU Demonstrator MN.

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Anonymous said...

I'm really sorry Linda. My thoughts are with you at this time. Have faith. I offer you my prayers and encouragement.

Kristen said...

Hi Linda,

I had the pleasure to see you on Stage at many Stampin Up! events throughout my 6 years as a demo. I always looked forward to seeing you! You were always fun, sweet, and sparked a since of creativity in me. I am very sad and dissappointed that Stampin Up! would take such measures to people who I would consider shining stars. It also shocks me to hear not one word of Thanks!

I currently work as a demo and also work for a large corporation that has laid off thousands of people so far. I must say it is a hard thing to watch and also a hard climate to work in. Sometimes my friends were the ones saying goodbye. So far I have been very lucky in keeping my job, but everyday I go to work not knowing if this will be my last.

I hope you getting laid off was just the beginning of something great for you. I truely believe God works in magical ways :) Please keep posting on your blog so we all can keep in touch.

Again Thank you for being you! :)

Nicole said...

I have never been to convention and honestly don't know who you are, but from the scheme of things, this went down WRONG. I said my piece on Shelli's blog and hope that brings her back to reality on exactly how wrong this decision was. I feel your pain and please know that you were loved by ALL, even me, because now that I see all of the outpouring of love, there is nothing I regret more than NOT KNOWING YOU.

Best wishes and LOVE to you!

Anonymous said...


I've considered you to be such a vital part of how I see Stampin' Up! and the ongoing training (and inspiration!) you provide to us demos. You got amazing presentation skills and such a wonderful spirit. I know the Lord will provide. That said, a selfish part of me wishes this never happened. However, I know there is a GREATER plan for you, of which you are very deserving.

The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, -Nahum 1:7

Hugs and prayers as you find your path.


KellyJean said...

Oh Linda, I'm so very thankful for your witness, your positive attitude, your sweet sweet voice (you'd make AMAZING voice-overs,) and your courage. I honestly would have thought there would have been the BEST going-away party for you. YOU have meant so much to me in my SU! journey. Carry on with the Spirit of Jesus Christ. He will lead you home, dear friend. Kelly Gettelfinger

Meg said...

Linda, I'm going to miss you at SU events! Please know that even if you're not there in body, you'll be there in spirit. I often re-tell stories that you shared at events, and I imagine that people re-re-tell them after hearing from me or others who share your stories. That's quite the legacy for you to leave--your words and wisdom will be floating around for a long time.

You're a wonderful person--I'm sure that you'll land on your feet and continue to affect peoples lives for the better.
Meg Loven

Kari said...

Oh, Linda, I'm so saddened to hear this! Everyone has said it so well - when I think of mainstage, I think of you! I will miss you so much!

I think you are already seeing your window open - my husband was laid off last fall, and I can honestly say that it was the *only* way he would have left - he's a loyal company man to the core. But because he was laid off, he was finally able to pursue his dream of starting his OWN corporation. Thank GOODNESS he was laid off - could this be the same for you? I can see you are already exploring that dream yourself, and I know you will be successful!

Chin up, my dear - you have such a bright fire, it will only have a chance to grow bigger now! I will miss you sorely, but look forward to hearing you on radio and seeing you on tv! :)

Kari Metzger
Vancouver, BC

Anonymous said...

Wow Linda, I can't believe that the best presenters won't be part of our future events. I will ditto the comments that have already been left for you and say that I can't imagine not learning from you anymore. You and Jaron were always my first picks regardless of the subject matter.

Thank you so much for everything you've taught me during your time with SU.

Be sure to let us know if we should be "listening" for your awesome voice on any future shows or commercials!

Take care, be well and enjoy being available for new things!

I miss you already!
Linda Hunt

Anonymous said...

I'm so sad to see you and Jaron go. You are two of my favorite presenters. You will be very missed and I wish the best for you. Keep that beautiful smile and know that our prayers are with you.

Sunflower Stamper said...

I'm a day late in getting the news, but I too am very sad to see you go! Your presentations have always been wonderful & very informative! You will be missed!!!

Liz said...

So sorry you got the bad news... I love seeing your training videos and enjoyed seeing you live in London in March. I'll miss you! Good luck with all your future endeavors!

Anonymous said...

Linda - when I first opened my email and found your name along with the others, I was in complete shock ....I wrote an email to my team members going to Convention but held it to gather my thoughts.... May I join the many others in shock and dismay, tears and all also - I will miss your smiles, good presentations and laughter at SUp! gatherings. I so looked forward to seeing you in August and just getting that wonderful hug. I know God has wonderful plans for you in the future and I'm selfish enough to hope we will touch base again sometime soon. Be it your beautiful voice, great presentations, personal comments, wonderful smile or those twinkling eyes. Not sure if my team will leave a comment but know that so many of us will miss you and that we love you!!!

Sue said...

I am SO,SO sorry Linda. I am devastated over this news. Next to Shelli, you and Jaron are SU! Whenever I go to convention and I have a choice of classes, I would never think of missing yours. I was so looking forward to seeing both of you this year and I am disappointed that this announcement came out one day after registration because i would not have gone.I'm not being mean about it, that is just how I feel about you guys. There are going to be a lot of repurcussions from this. You guys epitomize what SU! stands for and I have seen you at conventions and regionals and you could never give more than you do of your time and talents. You are so warm and kind to everyone and treat us all special. Linda, I pray nothing but God's very best for your in the future and you just don't treat best friends this way. Shelli is the loser in this one.

Jill Hilliard said...


I wish you nothing but the best in your new endeavors. One door closes and soon the next opens. Follow your heart! You will be missed!

Sabrina said...

This is a total kick in the teeth for you and your faithful following. I have questioned the choices SU! has been making the past year but this is just the last straw for me. You, Jaron and Lori are key elements in supporting, encouraging and inspiring demonstrators and I am outraged that this has happened. My thoughts are with you and your family and know that SU! has just lost a great team. That's right...IT IS THEIR LOSS! You are a classy, classy lady for leaving with such grace. I am proud of you and forever a fan of your work.
Best wishes,

Sabrina Beinlich

ciollifamily said...


I can't tell you how sad this news makes me. To me, you and Jaron have been and always will be a huge part of what I loved about Stampin' Up! I truly believe that when one door closes, another one opens and I know that you will be okay...probably even better. Why? Because you have dreams and now you have time to reach for them. I can't imagine being at Convention or any SU event and not seeing your beautiful smiling face, laughing at something you said, or enjoying your beautiful voice. I know SU feels that they did what they had to do, but in my opinion letting the two of you go is a huge loss and a big mistake. The saddest part was hearing that you didn't get the "goodbye and thanks" that you deserved. I expected better than that. God Bless you Linda. I would love to keep in touch because you're just a big HAPPY in life! Hugs to you, Jeanne Ciolli

Kim said...


I can only say DITTO to all that was said before. You are my favorite at Stampin' Up! You are so talented and funny. I know whenever I saw your name on a class listing or when it was your time to speak at an event, I knew I had to be there and listen to every word you said.
May wonderful things come your way. You deserve all the best in life.

Brenda said...

I am in shock, and so saddened to think that you won't be at all the SU events anymore! You will be so missed. When I went to my first convention, I was wandering down the main hall, and you stopped me and talked with me, asked he how I liked it, and pointed me in the right direction to where I was trying to go! You were so kind, and what a pretty smile - a genuinely caring person! However, our loss will be someone else's gain! I am sure that God has something else in mind for you, and you will bring gladdness to other's hearts, as you have done for the SU workplace and demonstrators! You will never know how many lives you have touched and made a huge difference in!
Brenda in WV

conductorchik said...

Convention 2008 was my first convention - and YOU alone were the highlight for me. Everyone was in line to meet Shelli, I wanted a Linda Line!!!!! I am also grateful to have met you in person - you were so kind and took the time out to speak with me for a few moments. You have nothing but a new future ahead for you - I hope you pursue your voice over dreams - you have a unique, marketable voice.
Blessings to you.
Kris Gilbert (conductorchik on SCS)

Debi said...

I love you and want you to know you are so appreciated by us demonstrators. You made each presentation a wonderful gift to each of us. Your smile and humor always made me smile. I know Convention won't be the same unless you are there. I admire the fact that you went out singing. Praise God you have such a great attitude and I am hoping you will realize all the dreams you had hoped for. How marvelous it would be to hear your voice on a movie or commercial. You have a fabulous voice and are so talented. Best of luck to you and I hope we meet again. Know that you are loved. Things work for good for those who love the Lord.
Debi Pippin

Christine said...

Even though I have only met you once in person at our hawaii regionals it was enough to make me adore you for life. You are a really awesome lady and were a wonderful speaker. You will obviously be extremely missed! I am glad you came to our lil' luau! Please keep in touch.. and May God bless you in whatever you choose to do.
Christine Jonick

Stampin' Sharon said...
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Stampin' Sharon said...

I am so sorry that you will no longer be a Stampin' Up! employee. But, that was what you did, NOT who you are! You are an amazing and talented God loving woman and I am honored to have met you. I am so glad I made you pose for so many pictures with me! I have your sweet smile in MY heart forever! Your hat friend, Sharon Armstrong

Brian said...

I should probably be careful with what I say, but I think you know how I feel about this Linda. I know you will do fine and probably fine even more success than you had at Stampin' Up! (if that's possible).

Oh, and I'm working on our little secret project...

Keep in touch! Send me your e-mail!

Sarah said...

I can not imagine SU without you. You are warm and funny and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your presentations at SU Conventions & Regionals. It will NOT be the same without you.

I know you'll have good things in your future and I'm excited to hear that you will get to pursue doing voice overs.

Good luck to you!

stampinadmin said...

I am very disappointed in Stampin Up and even more dissappointed that no one even said thank you. You guys were really the best and I so enjoyed your work...I have not been in stampin up long but I joined because I truly believed they appreciated their people-ALL of them not just their demonstrators. I was have believed things happen for a reason, so I know that there is something better for you. My loyalty to Stampin Up has been comprimised forever...

Linda - said...

Linda, I wish you all the very best, always. You were one of the first of the home office that I got to "know" through SU events. I will be following your blog (now that I just found it...) and look forward to cheering you on your new adventures. Glad to hear you went out with a song!!!!! ;)

Lois Folla said...

Dear Linda!

You will be MISSED dearly but never FOGOTTEN!!

With much love & Respect!
Lois Folla

CandiHS said...

I was so upset to hear the news. I have always enjoyed your presentations at Convention and Regionals, they have inspired me to become a better demonstrator. I wish you the best! Candi

Jen Barrett said...

You, Jaron, and Lori will be SO missed! I hope you continue your blog so I can "keep in touch". You have no idea how much I've enjoyed your demonstrations, your positive attitude, and YOU over the last several years that I've been a demonstrator. You and your family will be in my prayers daily!

Rose Ann said...

I am so surprised to hear this, and trust your future will be so much brighter!! You have the belief and faith, and He will provide. Hugs & love, Rose Ann