1000 Days as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator….

Pootles – 1000 Days as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator….

Pootles 1000 days

Merry Christmas everyone!

Today is not just Christmas Eve, but by coincidence, it’s 1000 days since I joined Stampin’ Up! That’s a bit over 2 and a half years!

I joined on March 29th 2013 and I can’t believe that it’s 1000 days!

You all know what I’m like for seeking goals, benchmarks, dates and what have you, so when I realised this particular date was coming up, I had a look to see what day it was, and couldn’t believe it would be Christmas Eve!

So what has happened in the last 1000 days? Well I’ve published more than 1100 blog posts here (yes, there are some days when you get 2 if there’s news to be shared!) I’ve also filmed and published over 600 video tutorial (wow, that shocked even me!). Over 220 people have joined my direct team in that time, and many of whom have gone on to build their own teams too! I’ve loved every minute of my journey so far, and I can’t wait for the next 1000 days!

So today, on this very festive day, I’m showing you the projects that I shared on my 100th, 200th, 300th (and so on!) days….

Day 100 – July 7th 2013 – I didn’t have a project that day, I was still finding my feet and balance of tutorials, but this was 2 days before. I’d discovered I had an issue with my SD card for my camera and had a rare few minutes to film when toddler Oliver wasn’t around, so I did speed crafting because I could film a maximum of 5 minutes!

Day 200 October 15 2013 – I was part of the Around the World challenge blog design team then, and this was our 3rd project. Our theme was Autumn, so I went for Autumnal colours!

POOTLES Stampin Up UK Autumnal Oranges 3

Day 300 January 23 2014 – I made baby cards! A whole host of them, and I’d wanted to use the new In Colours and they made a great set!

POOTLES Stampin Up UK Baby, the Sweetest Gift 2

Day 400 May 3 2014 – Pretty butterflies in soft soft colours. Oh how I miss those tiny flowers though! They were so easy to use!

Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator Pootles. Soft and Smoky Bitty Elegant Butterflies Close Up

Day 500 August 11 2014 – Do you remember our Dazzle Markers in Silver and Gold? I love them and still have a couple here that I use for writing inside black cards. Unfortunately they’re now retired, but they made for great gifts in this tutorial!

Day 600 November 19 2014 – Gift Card Holders anyone? I’d had a request to share some, so I did!! And we still have that die. Thank goodness for that at this time of year!

Day 700 February 27 2015 – I have to confess, I still adore Perpetual Birthday Calendar Stamp Set, and I’m so pleased that it made it’s way from the Spring Catalogue into the Annual One. I must pull it out again!!

Day 800 June 7th 2015 – Oooo a Sunday and this is one of my South Hill Designs and Stampin’ Up! Sunday mash ups, and it happened to be a joining offer. Hmmm, there’s one coming very soon for Stampin’ Up! and there’s currently one on for South Hills! Don’t you just love it when the deal is made even sweeter for opening your own business?

Day 900 September 15 2015 – Ah, Gorgeous Grunge. I can’t believe it hasn’t featured more in this line up. I do so love it!

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Pootles - You're The Best with Gorgeous Grunge and a little more!

Day 1000 Today! And so that is a line up of some highlights of the past 1000 days. It feels like that number is enormous, but in reality, it’s not that long a time. 3 years come the Spring. How time flies though!

Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday, and I shall see you on Boxing Day for the first of my 12 Deals of Christmas series…!

S xx

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Sam Hammond Donald

Stampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator

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  1. Julia Dawn Mason says:

    Hi Sam,
    Congratulations on your 1000 days! My husband and I are coming up on our 41st anniversary . We have three beautiful children, 2 sons and 1 daughter. We have one grandson from our daughter and two grandsons from our youngest son. He is coming up on 20 years in our nation’s US Navy. Our oldest son is not married and has medical issues that make living on his own impossible so he still lives with us.

  2. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and many more to come.

  3. Debbie Evans says:

    Congratulations Sam keep up the good work.

  4. Sally sharp says:

    Congratulations and happy christmas

  5. A very Happy Christmas Sam to you and your family and every good wish for 2016. Looking forward to lots more of your great tutorials in the coming year xx

  6. Belinda Litsch says:

    Congratulations Sam!! what a successful journey!!! Thank you for inspiring us, for pulling out that hidden artistic inside us by sharing you artistic talent… such a wonderful heart you have… I’m looking forward for the next 1000 mornings with Pootles over steaming coffee!! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!!!

  7. Marthea W Aust says:

    Wishing you and your family,
    A very merry Christmas and…
    A safe, happy & healthy 2016.

  8. Velda in California US says:

    Sam, just popping in from across the big pond to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to come.
    I so much enjoy your posts and videos.

    • Caleb – Thanks for stopping by. SEO is one of those things where you need to do everything right. I agree that backlinking is the most important thing to do on an ongong basis – just be sure you’re linking back to a well-optimized blog!

    • : Génialissime, once again, votre histoire de PIB et de dette.Sur le long terme, le PIB a augmenté, et ça se saurait si la dette avait baissé durant le même période.Le Prix Nobel d’économie vous est destiné.

  9. Congrats Sam : wow 1000 days! You forget to mention All the thousands of people who love your projects. Thank you so much you are a Great inspiration! Merry Christmas and a Great 2016. Keep up the good work.

  10. Congratulations Sam. You are an inspiration to everyone. I love your tutorials especially boxes and bags.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year xxx

  11. Congratulations on your 1000th day anniversary.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. x

  12. wow ! thats amazing !
    congratulations & thank you, love, love, love your videos.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.
    Staylya (Australia)

  13. Margie Davidson says:

    Wow – can’t believe its actually only 2 and a half years since you joined up but 1000 days sounds very impressive and you’ve taken many along your journey, inspiring us along the way. Thanks so much for sharing your secrets and taking the time to explain things so very well in your tutorials. Hoping you and your family have the most wonderful Christmas and the best New Year. x

  14. Isobel Sykes says:

    Congratulations on your 1000 days Sam wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and Best wishes for the New Year xx

  15. Congratulations!

  16. 1000 days what of sharing and inspiring others with your with your video’s.
    You have help me raise lots of money for the charity I support and I thank very much.
    I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and Best wishes for the New Year. xx

  17. Congratulation Sam, keep up the hard work. Wishing you a very merry christmas and a wonderful 2016!

  18. Happy Anniversary Sam, I love my daily email from you and look forward to seeing what you got for us each day.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family

  19. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum 1000. !!! Du hast einen großartigen Blog.
    Freue mich auf 2016 und Deinen Ideen.
    Schöne Feiertage und einen guten Rutsch.
    LG Gaby

  20. Lisa Emslie says:

    Congratulations, I love all your projects, you are very talented!

  21. Happy anniversary Sam! Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas. I love all your videos. I have used a few to make Xmas gifts this year. Looking forward to see what you create in 2016 xoxo.

  22. Anne Lumsden says:

    Well done Sam. What a delightful way to celebrate 1000 days. And each project is unique! Happy Christmas and continued success for 2016.

  23. Congratulations Sam! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  24. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Love your posts. You are delightful to listen to and so very easy to follow. I look forward to every day with you.

  25. Congrats! Thank you for 1000 days of inspiration!
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your family!

  26. One Thousand thank yous for sharing your amazing talents with all of us. And best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season from across the ocean. Can’t wait to see what you create in 2016!

  27. Congratualtions Sam!!!
    Ive been thinking about you the past few days!
    Your Mini Punch Pack Sized Gift Bag from Nov 29, 2013
    Has helped me out so much the last few weeks packing extra charms for my nieces, sisters and cousins for Christmas. Did you know that the South Hills Pillow box and locket boxes fit in there perfectly? I’ll send a photo when I get a chance. Thanks so much for all the inspiration and for a nice way to spend the few minutes I have to eat lunch every day – every day cause I have been watching all of you older posts! I am now into December 2014!!! Keep them coming Sam and Congratulations again!!!

  28. Oh, congratulations Sam!
    I’m happily surprised to find that I’ve been following you almost from the start! One of my favorite parts of following your posts is that you post more than just one project for every stamp set and tool you use so that we get a lot of mileage out of our purchase.

  29. It’s clear you put in a lot of hard work on your blog. Thank you for sharing and well done. I haven’t done that many cards and the ones I have done I give to family. I just wanted to say, although I don’t really join in with posting things or making things you are still an inspiration to people like me who are trying to build confidence so thank you. Merry Christmas and Best wishes for a great 2016. x

  30. Ann Anderson from B.C. Canada says:

    Congratulations Sam. You are an important start to my mornings — a coffee and Pootles — a great combination.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family and I look forward to another 100 days!!

  31. Thank you for inspiring so many of us! Congratulations Sam on your anniversary and wishing you many, many more!

    Sidney, BC, Canada

  32. Congratulations Sam on reaching your 1000 day anniversary! I suspect it’s been a labour of love because it’s clear that you love what you do. You’re a shining light to demos and non-demos alike the world over – what a fabulous achievement!

    I wish you and your family love, peace and happiness this Christmas and a bright and prosperous 2016.


  33. Wow 1000 days congratulations. Such a lot achieved in those days too! I love the flashback to the milestone posts. 🙂 xx

  34. Sam, Congratulations on 1000 Days! I’m in the US and I love your posts and look forward to what’s next! Keep on creating! Again congratulations

  35. Congratulations Sam! I have followed you for a long time and love your tutorials on 3D projects especially, as I never thought I’d be able to make a carton, box or container, but now I can! Thank you so much for your inspiration and your teaching – you are really easy to listen to and to watch -:) Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and peace, love and joy in the new year!

  36. Congratulations, Sam!
    1000 times THANK YOU SO MUCH for the all of your inspirational video tutorials. I am a fan!

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