Pootles Look Back at 2015 What a year!

Pootles Look Back at 2015 What a year!

Pootles 12 Deals of Christmas

Yay, it’s back! The 12 Deals of Christmas from the last 2 years have been so popular that I couldn’t not bring it back to you again this year….!

Details are down at the bottom…!

It feels strange looking back over the past year when just last week I was looking back at my whole career with Stampin’ Up! but this is now my 3rd New Year’s Eve with Stampin’ Up! so in times of tradition, we carry on anyway!

So it was an amazing year, I had SpringWatch back in February which was incredible. I loved doing that series, and yes, I have another one prepped and planned!

I went on my first incentive trip in May. Jumping on a plane to Madeira with other European demonstrators. We were totally pampered and spoilt rotten!

The summer brought many a frantic evening working late on designs. My children were off for 7 weeks and while they’re off I try not to work in their daylight hours, but I carried on in the evenings. Thank goodness for long summer evenings!

The summer also came with a milestone of hitting over 5,000 views on my YouTube channel after just 2.5 years, and I was stunned! I’m endlessly delighted that people are inspired to get crafting when they’ve been watching my videos, and it’s that kind of feedback that keeps me going!

The Autumn brought us the start of Pootles’ Advent Countdown and looking at my stats and figures, it’s the best one yet!!! It also took us to our first On Stage corporate event – a weekend of training, new products and recognition.

I was delighted to be the Number 1 Seller and Number 1 Recruiter (mentor) for the 2nd year running and even more thrilled to be at the Number 2 spot for Leadership (training my team to become leaders).

So this year ends on a high and I can’t wait for what the new year brings. I have so many plans for the future, and if you check back tomorrow, I will tell you all about it!

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve everyone. Wherever you are, whoever you’re with and whatever you’re doing. And I’ll leave you with a few of my favourite projects from the last year.

S x

12 Deals of Christmas.

So, what’s this all about? Well, I don’t do sales, and I don’t do discounts. In my professional opinion, Stampin’ Up! offers the best quality products at the best prices around (and with over 10 years crafting experiences, trust me, I’ve tried ‘em all!). So you won’t ever see me offering to reduce the prices of products, or sharing my discount. But what I want to do, as a one off, just for Christmas, is offer 12 extra goodies that go into the regular Thank You Gift Pack that I send out to all my customers.

Each ‘deal’ will only be available for the stated day, and will vary in price, product and value.

I get an immediate email notification of all orders that come in, so you don’t need to worry about getting in touch, or emailing to say you want to take advantage of the deal, I’ll send it out automatically. 

Please note, if you select NO CONTACT, I cannot, by law, send you anything. Please make sure that you deselect that button….

Today’s Deal is –

All orders over £60 will receive a Tag a Bag Accessory Kit AND Bags from me, inside their regular Thank You Gift Pack. It will come direct from me, as this is an offer direct from me. It will not come with the order you place. If you use the hostess code for the month, it will still count for Both!

Fine Print. This is not a catch, there is no single winner, this is not a competition. Please do not add it to your order, (unless of course you want duplicates!) as I will be sending this separately.

All Thank You Gift Packs will be posted after the 12 Deals of Christmas have finished.

I hope you enjoyed this project, please do use the hostess code to get free product! (hostess code shown in the top right of my blog for the current one!) Learn more HERE. If your order is over £150, please do not use this code as You become the hostess and get the Rewards!



Sam Hammond Donald

Stampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator

You can buy Stampin’ Up! online easily through my Stampin’ Up! shop link on the right hand side, or within this blog post.

You can also join Stampin’ Up! through similar links too! I have various FAQ and joining Stampin’ Up! pages on the blog, so do click around!  

I cover the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, France and Austria with my shop, but also my team too, so you can join me in those countries also!

And of course, you can find me on facebook, instagram, pinterest and on YouTube as a Guru with my account name as PootlesPapercraft, however, I’m scattered everywhere as Pootles!



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  1. Christine Reid says:

    A big THANK YOU, and an even more blessed New Year to you and yours. x

  2. And thank you for your wonderfull projects this year. I enjoyed them and made several. Wishing you a good and creative 2016 Sam.

  3. Thanks Sam for your inspiration and help during 2015. Have a great New Year with your ‘boys’ – big and small! – and look out for the deluge of orders from all of us in Jan. Now what am i going to tell my newly retired husband when he is home to receive the stampin up orders from the postman which i have, until now, managed to sneak into the house…….

  4. Val Peacock says:

    Thankyou very much for all the inspiration and encouragement you give to everyone. I love all your tutorials. May 2016 be another good year for you and the family.

  5. Happy New Year to you and your family, Sam ! I wish you a healthy and joyous year for all of us ! Thank you for all the inspiration and sharing all these years I know you. God bless you. Have a wonderful and creative year. Love you <3 x

  6. Isobel Sykes says:

    A Guid New Year to you and your family Sam. Thank you again for all your lovely tutorials, and inspiration. May 2016 be the best year for you yet.

  7. What a wonderful creative and inspirational year you have shared with us, looking forward to what you share in 2016. Thank you so much and hope you have a Happy New Year!

  8. Happy New Year to you Sam! I’ve enjoyed your projects this year, and looking forward to the next!!

  9. Thank you Sam for all your inspiring videos. Watching and making your projects are a stress reliever for me. Happy new year! To you and your family xoxo

  10. A very happy new year to you and your family. I love watching your tutorials and can’t wait to see your inspiring projects in 2016. Long may it continue.

  11. Thank you Sam for another year of fabulous inspiration and love. Your tutorials are amazing, I’ve made several of the boxes with incredible success, you truly make it so very easy to be creative.
    Thank you for all the love you pour into your posts and videos, you are so kind and generous and amazingly talented.
    I’m sending love and best wishes for a Joyful and Healthy 2016, give those precious kids of yours, a big hug all the way from Crown Point, Indiana. USA.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  12. I fell upon your blog this year and signed on to watch. I am in the US and have been intrigued with all you have shown in your videos…I have saved them! I want to wish you and yours a very Happy, Healthy New Year! Blessings to you all!

  13. Thank you for an entire year of sharing. My daughter is in Scotland to celebrate Hogmanay with college friends. That gives me time for crafting

  14. I’m from the US and I have to tell you I love, love, LOVE all your items. You are so creative and you show and tell us how to make items and not charge us for instruction.
    Happy New Year

  15. Thanks so much for the past year and MANY BLESSINGS for the year ahead!

  16. Belinda Litsch says:


  17. Belinda Litsch says:

    Happy New Year to you Sam and to your whole family…Thank you so very much for all you do….cheers!

  18. Feliz año desde México me fascina tu trabajo espero cada vídeo que subes pues siempre me sorprenden tus trabajos. Desafortunadamente me es muy complicado adquirir productos Stampin up pero aún así trabajo con lo que tengo. Te admiro por hacer un trabajo tan lindo. Felicitaciones por todos tus logros. Que el 2016 sea mejor.

  19. Marilyn from Tx says:

    Sam & family. …
    Have blessed New Year throughout and beyond. Continue your marvelous and gifted talent. You are an asset plus, plus …..
    Thank you so very much….gifted soul….

  20. I wish you a Happy New Year. Thank you so much for your creativity.

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