The truth about why I really left Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Lea Denton, The Crafty Spark...

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Well hello again! I've got a video for you today... yes I know, I'm as shocked as you especially as it's a video about me and the REAL reason I left Stampin' Up!

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       Lea xx
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19 comments

  1. Hi Lea. Thank you for sharing your story. I know it must have been difficult, and I commend you for being so brave. Bless your heart, and your family. I’m glad you’re back and you have all my love and support. I too am a Stampin up demonstrator here in the United States and have subscribed to your blog for some time, please know, you’ll always have my friendship even though we haven’t met. Happy crafting, and best wishes to you and your family, ❤️❤️

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    1. Hello Helen, thank you for your kind comment and offer of friendship, that really is wonderful of you. Sending love to you ❤

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  2. Welcome back! Good on you for explaining the situation, but mostly for returning before the house broke down. (Well done Mr Crafty Spark!)

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    1. Thanks so much Ilse and I'll make sure Mr Crafty Spark (that did make me giggle 😂) know what you said xxx

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  3. Thank you for you're honesty!!!! (I'd add more exclamation marks, but... :-). ) I can just barely imagine what you went thru with your son. My son is 6 & trying to project us into your happenings....wow. I only had minor health issues compared to you and I know how that felt. I'm healing really solidly now thru essential oils (no more blood sugar/dizzy spikes!) so I now have the strength to work, be a mom AND craft again. I'll be rejoining again too. (Once I get my new job started and get some reserves.)
    I'm sending hugs and strength!

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    1. Hello Jaimie, thank you for taking the time to comment. I'm sorry you have had problems with your health but how wonderful they are getting better. I really hope that by the time your son is as old as mine there will be many more interventions to help. Good luck with your new job and keep fighting on ❤

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  4. Thank you for sharing your story. It's sad that you had to do tbis to dispel rumours but the good thing is that it hopefully will help others who are in similar situations with their children. I'm sure your uplines and customers are glad to have you back and I hope you are able to build a new team like the one you enjoyed before.

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    1. Thanks so much Andrea. It is sad I had to tell my story but if it helps other realise they aren't alone I'll it will be worth it xxx

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  5. 'Thanks four sharing your story. I find this very courages.
    I'm glad your back.

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  6. Welcome back, and thanks for sharing your story. I worked as an RN supervisor on a mental health crisis unit, so I understand what you went through on a professional basis, but since I am not a Mom, I really didn't know what the emotional pain is like. My severe anemia and debilitating fatigue cause me to spend a great deal of time resting and I very much enjoy watching card making You Tubes during that time. And , I totally get the friendship thing...my up line, France Martin, is very supportive and her team members are very friendly, always offering, recognition, encouragement, help with techniques, ideas, prayers and sympathies as needed. Again, welcome back.

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    1. Thank you for your kinds words of support. It's an experience I wouldn't want to wish on anyone. It's so important to have a support network and I'm so glad you have one ❤

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  7. So glad you have got to the point where you feel that it is right for you to rejoin SU. Your video too some courage and I applaud you. I knew most of your story, but not how severe the situation had been and how badly it must have affected you and the family. Thank God for Lea. If I rejoin, I will be knocking on your door. Loads of love xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Jenny, it really was awful! I'm sure our paths will cross again some day Jenny. Sending you my love ❤

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  8. I’m so glad you are back. I love your blog, projects and your video is genuine truth. I’m so glad you and your family are progressing in a positive direction and tha k you for sharing your true self and story. Cheers from the USA. Patricia Preston

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  9. Hello, I took the time to listen to your video and it touched my heart. I am a Demonstrator ...hobbyist...and will also teach a few classes at local Park District this season and I rejoined because of the comraderie with my uplines group and awesome classes she has. Anyway....it is also very therapeutic as I suffer from depression also. So...I can partially understand. Anyway...thank you for sharing the whole story and being so open. I wish you all well. May God bless you this year...and may you grow stronger and happier. Thank you again. From Wheaton,Illinois USA

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  10. Lea I just watched your video. What a traumatic time you have been through. I can't imagine what it has been like for you. Thank you for your courage to share. I am so glad that you are back with Stampin' Up! and creating and sharing. I look forward to seeing your creations. Sending hugs from the other side of the world. xx

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  11. Christine Franklin13 January, 2019

    Hi Lea, I just watched your video, I couldn't help but shed a tear or two. I feel like I have also walked many miles in your shoes and will continue to do so as I too have two children who both have ADHD and my son who is now 19 also sits on the autism spectrum. Like you my Stampin' Up! is also my salvation and my thing that is just for me and not about ADHD or all the daily dramas that go along with it. I know a bit of how you must have felt last year with your son's meltdown. I also have had to call the police over the years when this has happened to us and I know just how hard that is. I know what it feels like to just want to crawl into a hole and not walk out your front door and have to deal with the neighbors looking and passing judgement. It is not the easiest thing to do when you know that there are going to be at least one or more police cars in your driveway and the neighbors curtains are twitching. Together with my creativity I became very experienced with a jigsaw, and kept a bag of quick set plaster in the garage along with a sheet of gib board. For a number of years there was always wall repairs that needed attention. Finally, after many years of working through everything our son Liam finally left school and attended the local polytech for a full time course during 2018 and graduated this past December with the NZ Certificate in Adventure Tourism. Myself and my husband are very proud of what he has achieved at this point. I think he finally found what he wants to pursue going forward and the damage to the house stopped. We have only just literally completed a major refurbishment to his room 3 days before this last Christmas in acknowledgement of his achievements and the fact that we had gone for over a year without any further damage occurring. He chose everything himself and now after many years of having to patch and re-patch walls (we finally got sick of doing it and covered the holes with posters) it looks like a brand new room again and looks fantastic. His goal this year is to now find work in his chosen field - it may take some time but with luck we hope that he will find success and continue to flourish. Our younger daughter who is 17 has decided that school is no longer for her and is also in the process of deciding on embarking on study at the polytech so hopefully she too will find something that fits her. I'm hopeful that now they are beginning to move closer to independent living I too might be able to pursue my Stampin' Up! further. I currently teach a small class and really enjoy it. I love the joy of creating something beautiful and love all the colours and materials along with the fellowship of being with like minded people. I'm hopeful that this year I might be able to do more with my classes and maybe do some additional ones and build my stampin' Up! customer base further. Thank you Lea for sharing, it's not the easiest thing to do and not everyone understands but good on you and I hope you continue to move forward both with your family and your crafting. Smiles, laughter and hugs to you from New Zealand and I look forward to more of your videos!

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  12. Lea, this is my first time to see your you tube video and I searched around on your informational website, etc and ran across your video. Your pain touched my heart...I was a teacher for many years of children with special needs: Behavior disorders and emotional disturbances, along with learning disabilites, etc. I understand the position you found yourself in bc I, too, was in the same situation at a particular school. Being a parent, though, you have no options...Matthew will always be your child. Thank you for your candid disclosure, if only to make yourself feel better. I will be following you. Loved your box card which is what I was looking for today. By the way, you are so beautiful physically with your smooth, soft skin with NO wrinkles. How do you do that, Girl?? lol! Don't wanna sound like a stalker so will quit there! :) Keep creating! You are good at it, and I also understand how it helps with depression...

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