Happy 2nd Stampin’ Up! Anniversary to ME!!!!

Happy 2nd Stampin’ Up! Anniversary to ME!!!!

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 Don’t forget about Sale a Bration….!

3 days left!!!

2 years! TWO YEARS!!!!

Wow, has that time flown by incredibly fast!

As you can see from the above ‘ticker’, there are only 3 days left of Sale a Bration, and the year that I joined, that promotion had been extended by a week so not only did I streak in at the last minute, but I streaked in under an extension at that!

When I first joined, I had been happily making notebooks and stationery that I was selling in an online shop that I had as well as at Craft Fayres. I just wanted the 20% discount on my purchases that Stampin’ Up! offers. I was more than happy with that.

But very quickly I realised that I didn’t want to spend every evening creating dozens of identical projects. As a crafter I wanted the creativity but not the repetition that having a shop selling completed projects required. And my husband’s working hours changed and it meant that I had little time to get out to craft fayres either.

It’s not a new story that I’m sharing, but one that I feel important to tell…. while I didn’t consciously plan to start doing youtube videos or have a daily blog, as soon as I made up my mind to do this as my business, I had a plan in mind of what I wanted to do and how I wanted to achieve it.

I recall my first videos were filmed when my youngest son was having his afternoon naps and sometimes I didn’t have a blog post to correspond with the video and yes, it was all a little sporadic, but within a couple of months I was well into the swing of having a daily blog post. In fact, back about 18 months ago, I used to have 3 videos a week and not just a blog post every day, but an extra one in the afternoon on video days! 10 a week! Crazy!

But for the last year and a half, I’ve settled into what I feel is a happy routine for me. I have 3 card projects a week, 3D video tutorials 3 times a week and my Sunday mash up with my other business.

It works well for me, isn’t unmanageable at all. I do regularly get asked if I have extra hours in the day and people do wonder how I ‘manage’ with a husband who works shifts and 4 small boys. Well I don’t have extra hours in the day, I don’t leave them to fend for themselves, I just have fun. And when you have fun you seem to get more done.

I don’t see any of what I do as a chore. I think if I did I wouldn’t be here. But I love it. I love stamping and creating and sharing and just being Pootles in a wonderfully creative world where so many people just merge together to share their ideas and their projects.

I adore Stampin’ Up! both the products and the company. As a demonstrator I get phenomenal support from my upline and from my own team, but also from our corporate team too. It’s a pleasure to spend time with them at corporate events, and a bit of a highlight of my personal career in the last few months was when I flew to Orlando for the Leadership event and Donna Griffith, an SU trainer, created one of my projects. Live. On stage! I was in the back row and nearly fell off my chair!

Head office had heard of me! little me! The English chick living in a little village in North Wales!

talk about humbled!

But all of what’s happened over the last 2 years has been the best for me. As I said before, I absolutely love what I do. I work hard and enjoy it all.

5 months ago I had the pleasure of walking across the stage at our Annual Convention for a number of categories, and a few weeks ago I was thrilled to see that I had achieved over £100,000 in lifetime net sales and my husband did a proper jaw drop when I told him. Of course, I’d been keeping an eye on it myself, but I have to say, I did a little whoop too!

So in all, the last 2 years have been incredible and I can’t wait for the future!

I want to end my rambly mushy fluffy post today with a little giveaway.

I wondered at first what to do as a giveaway. I did consider having products at first, but because I know so many of you are outside the 5 countries I can supply, that would have immediately ruled you out as I can’t even gift you products.

So instead, I have 10 of my recent cards (in the photos below!) that I want to pack up and parcel to 10 different people.

All you have to do is leave me a comment over the next 7 days and I will then get one of the boys to choose 10 comments at random and I’ll reply to you to request your address.

As ever, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

S xx

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  1. Brenda Baar says:

    You have accomplished much in two years and are so very talented. You are an inspiration to me.

  2. Sibylle Herbe says:

    thank you for sharing your story. I had not heard it before because I only found your blog a few weeks ago, thanks to my demo. You are truly an inspiration to all of us to what can be done with a “little home business” selling stamps.

  3. Livia Ramstedt says:

    Well done Sam, I’ve joined because i love the products and one day I would love to follow your footsteps and be that successful. Happy two SU years to you. Livia

  4. Congratulations on celebrating 2 years of SU , is that all?
    I feel you’re so much part of SU and a shining light for all of us sharing your ideas and workshops with us all. Hats of for staying so enthousiastic as well. Your videos make me giggle as there are so many ordinary life bits in them.Thanks for doing what you do and how you do it.

  5. crystal el says:

    Congrats, I only on hope to get to the level you are. I wish you much success in all you stampin up future.

  6. Congratulations Sam. You have achieved so much and deserve all your success. I am sure your family are so proud of you. Anne x

  7. Barbara Osbourne says:

    Congratulations to you on your 2nd anniversary with SU…I am thrill that I opportunity to join you and many others daily on the website …
    You certainly have blessed my life .. Thank you for your inspiration…… YOU ROCK !! Whoop whoop

  8. Sam….you and I joined abt 2 months apart and I am totally exhausted reading and seeing what you have done with your journey so far. You are inspirational and a brilliant point of reference for all out there.
    I am blessed to have tou as a friend across the miles and LOVE you creations to bits.
    Heartfelt congrats on allthat you have achieved and may there be sooooooo much more Pootle-rific stuff ahead. MWAH ooxx

  9. Wendy Beebe says:

    A true inspiration to us all – I too have just celebrated my 2 year SU anniversary! So happiest of days to us both!

  10. Sam, you amaze and constantly uplift me with your sense of humour and creativity. As a demonstrator in Canada, I love to see what kinds of projects other demos are doing. But what I have learned from subscribing to your blog is that your success is well deserved. You are consistent, fun, creative and not afraid to laugh at yourself. All virtues that guarantee success in business. From one of your raving fans (by the way that is a good thing… don’t think of it as bad) congratulations and here’s to your success in the years ahead!!

  11. Ursula Schorcht says:

    Congratulations Sam, too Years, so many Works .
    You have achieved so mutch and deserve all your
    Thanks for your Inspiration.
    Loves Greetings Ursula

  12. Debbie Mitchell says:

    You are without a doubt the most artistic lady I know. I can’t wait to check my email when I get to work to find out what goodie awaits me. I just smile at you and think you are like Santa Clause and your videos just make the project come together for me. I have made your boxes for all holidays for my office friends and made them for little “happys” at our church ladies tea! Being here in the states I just so love hearing your voice and the special ways you make card making fun. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Chris Pryor says:

    Congratulations Sam It seems incredible that it has only been 2 years
    You have achieved so much in such a short time.
    You are so generous with your talent and t make the best videos for us all to share.
    Thank you

  14. What else can I say than: Congratulation!!! And of course: PLEASE GO ON with card making, video tutorials, nice boxes and, and, and … I’m always waiting for your new ideas and I really love to “recreate” them. Your successful story is nearly worth to be an idea for the next Hollywood movie, isn’t it? Hope, this story is going on for years and years ….
    Greetings from good old Germany

  15. Happy Bloganniversary, Sam!
    Thank you so much for all you share with us. I love to watch your video-tutorials!!!

  16. WOW, You are such an inspiration! I hope that I am even slightly as creative as you and as admired. Well done

  17. Your story is pretty incredible. When I first came across your blog, I was sure you has years of experience! You are so talented and professional! I love watching you videos. I always watch them with my baby and it has quickly become part of our routine.
    Happy 2 years!

  18. Louise Carlin says:

    Congratulations, I have just been introduced to your email and I love it!!! I love watching your videos, you are fun to listen too and your projects are inspiring…I hadn’t played in my craft room for so long but you have helped me get ink back on my fingers….THANK YOU!!!

  19. Tricia D says:

    Wow, Sam, what a story! I was lucky enough to have “found you” shortly after you started blogging and I have enjoyed all of your projects. I listen to your stories on the videos or in written posts and laugh because you are so candid; I think it’s wonderful! Your projects are always unique and absolutely stunning! I am excited to keep following you to see what the future holds…i know it will be great. Congrats again!

  20. Your boys are so lucky to have you
    I’m glad they don’t mind sharing
    So you can show us your gorgeous creations
    and pretty jewellery you’re wearing!!

    Happy Stamp-a-versary Sam!!!!

  21. Denise Bryant says:

    Congrats to you on 2 years! I love seeing your creations and am happy that I found your blog! Your cards are beautiful!

  22. Wanda Williams says:

    Sam, congratulations on your achievement! I absolutely LOVE your projects!!!


  23. Kathleen Salse says:

    Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary!! I have to say you are quite the expert & love your tutorials, I would have thought you have been in business for at least 5+ years. You are very proficient and talented truly! I am from the U.S. & you are the only one I’ve seen who has tutorials & I have followed. Because of you, I have sought out a demonstrator near me. I still follow you though, thank you for all your ideas & sharing not only the video but all the measurements as well!!! Thank you!

  24. Janet Carey says:

    Congratulations Sam, you have certainly achieved an incredible amount in such a short time. The reason being that you are not only incredibly talented, but your videos are so very entertaining and you speak to us all like we have known you all our lives. I had only found you recently, a matter of months, but since then I have found a local lady that runs workshops and I am starting to collect a number of stamp and framelit sets as well as paper and stamp pads. By the way Sam, all of the ladies at the workshops have all heard of you and all love your work too. But anyway thank you Sam for sharing so much with all of us. Kind wishes from Melbourne, Australia xx Janet

  25. Happy anniversary Sam.
    You are a real inspiration to me, just love all what you create. Absolutely addicted to your writings as well as your videos. You make it look so simple and easy that even a non scrapper can feel he/she can also do it (that was my case when I discovered you on the web last summer). Since then I have watched about all your projects, recased many of them and even joined your Pootle group on Facebook whereas I swore nobody would ever see me on Facebook! Also joined SU as a demonstrator (and dummy me didn’t know I could join and have an up line from another country otherwise I would have asked you). So from the bottom of my heart keep everything as it is, be my little across-the-Channel-inspiration. And again Joyeux Anniversaire from France.

  26. Kathy Poh says:

    Happy 2nd Anniversary, Pootles! Loved what you’re doing and I’ve always looked forward to your video and listening to you. Keep up the awesome hobby! Xxx

  27. Congrats on your two years. I only found your site a few months ago, but have thoroughly enjoyed my daily visits. Wishing you many more years of creativity.

  28. Tammy Caveney says:

    Just two years??!!?? You have done all of this in just TWO years? You are amazing!You are now part of my morning routine, I adore waking up and see what you have created while I was sleeping! Sending congrats from New Hampshire!

  29. Cathy D says:

    Congratulations on two years. You are so creative, I love all the treat boxes and bags. Your videos makes it easy to recreate them. Thanks for all you have posted on your blog. Good luck in your future years with Stampin Up. Thanks for a chance to win some of your gorgeous cards. (from Ohio)

  30. Happy Anniversary Sam. You are a vwry special demo and I’m alealways looking forward to your posts each morning. You’re doing such a great job and all your projects are so very inspiring. Thanks for all the work you put into everything. You’re amazing!

  31. Thank you for sharing what you love. You are so sweet and gracious and I have enjoyed your blog and videos for over a year now. Looking forward to see your next creation and video.


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