Giveaway Winner, Sale a Bration New Goodies, Updates and more!

Giveaway Winner, Sale a Bration New Goodies, Updates and more!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Lots of news for you today, so I shall dive straight in!

**** Okay, the 2 winners for my Layered Cards from Sunday, names drawn at random are…..

This has been the quickest two weeks ever, but I have simply adored each and every project and video that you have showcased for SpringWatch 2016! I hope you decide to continue this series each year, as I always look forward to seeing it! You’ve literally outdone yourself this year, Sam! Job Well Done! CONGRATULATIONS!


LOVE your projects, and cards. These card, I have to say, are my favorites – thus far. Thanks, for sharing your talents … and inspiration.

***New Sale a Bration Goodies

Pootles Pedal Pusher Pootles Party Pants Pootles Glitter Tape

We have 3 Brand New Free Goodies for you!
If you’re not sure how Sale a Bration works, have a read here but in short,for every 60 €/£45 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. This is a growing figure, so if you spend £90, you get to choose 2 products, £135, you choose 3. And so on. But they must be on a single order. But don’t worry, the online shop will prompt you! And a reminder, you are not restricted to shopping only from the Spring Catalogue, any purchase from any catalogue counts!

***Stampin’ Up! and South Hill Designs

As many of you know, I have been with both companies for the last year and a half. However, South Hill Designs were recently acquired by another company that has interests in other paper products. As a result, I have made the decision to step away from South Hill Designs.

I therefore am pleased to be reassuring you that I WILL be remaining with Stampin’ Up! and nothing will change at all as far as me and here and youtube and everything (!) will stay as normal.

However, I know that many of you did shop with me for jewellery and I still have a large amount of stock here, so please do get in touch if you’d like some discounted lockets and charms 😉

***Me – Elephant in the Room….

I feel now is probably as good a time as any to talk about where my wedding and engagement rings are. So many of you have emailed me and asked where they are. Lots have worked it out and have offered love and support.

To cut straight to the point, I am in the process of divorcing my husband and what goes hand in hand with that, pun not intended, is the removal of wedding rings.

I am absolutely fine, it’s a decision I have made and while may be a surprise to many of you, I’m at a stage where I’m managing fine, the boys are doing as well as expected and hopefully until the point where I took off my rings, no one would have known what was going on.

I do believe that parts of my personal life are very personal, and most definitely not relevant to my crafting business and blog, however because my hands are on video every other day, it’s kinda obvious!

So I hope you don’t mind me sharing that little bit from my homelife, but I also wanted to sort of ‘get it out there’ so to speak.

***With Love!

So the boys are on half term here right now, as I type this, Jacob is currently sticking glimmer paper and cardstock to make me a card. We’re having a noisy holiday, it’s very wet and getting out is proving problematic – no one likes being soggy! But back to normal next week.

Love to you all.

Sam x


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  1. A very big hug Sam! Good luck!

  2. Hello dearest Sam: I’m so sorry to hear about your very personal news, it goes without saying that I sincerely hope you and your beautiful boys will manage this situation in the best way possible, I’m sending love and support with all my heart.
    I do want to get some more lockets and charms, so can you please tell me how to go about that, I hope it’s ok I’m asking you about this here.
    Thank you for all you do every day Sam, I hope you know how much we all appreciate and love you for your kindness and your talent and for sharing this with the world.
    Best regards, my dear.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  3. Hi Sam
    Sorry to hear about your divorce. Best wishes to you and your boys. I am so glad you are carrying on with SU and your brilliant videos.I’m doing a craft fair this weekend and I have made covered writing pads and post it note covers.

    Thanks x

  4. Hey Sam, sorry your life has taken this turn but sometimes it’s necessary. You have many people all over the world that consider you family as you’re in our homes through your videos and emails every day….. You go girl!

  5. A very brave post, Sam.
    Would love to know more about your discounted stock 🙂
    *big squishy hugs*

  6. Love you Sam and the inspiration you give me. Thanks bunches. Hugs

  7. Hi Sam,
    so sorry to hear this, very personal, news! Hope you and the boys will cope with it all. Very sad that you had to step away from South Hills/Youngevity but at the same time happy you will remain with Stampin Up! and the Pinkies.
    Big hug!

  8. Gloria Westerman says:

    You have our love and wishes for the coming months and look foward to more of your wonderful talent and inspiration. ..hugs from Tennessee. .USA

  9. Sending love, hugs and lots of warmth from sunny Perth, Western Australia xxx

  10. Debbie Koch says:

    Sam, I love your videos and 3-D projects, and your cheery voice! I’m sorry to read about your divorce, but you sound like a very brave woman. God bless!

  11. Vicki Collins says:

    Sorry to hear Sam, but to tell you the truth I didnt notice your rings, Im always to busy watching what kind if wonderful project you are about to create, and you’re always beautiful painted nails xoxo all the best to you and your family

  12. Vicki Collins says:

    Sorry to hear Sam, but to tell you the truth I didnt notice your rings, Im always to busy watching what kind if wonderful project you are about to create, and you’re always beautiful nails xoxo all the best to you and your family

  13. Dear Sam. Love and support from the States!

  14. Sending my hugs and love to you. It’s a difficult time but you will get through it and of course stay busy with Stampin up pleeeaase. Not that I am selfish

  15. I hope you realize you can share whatever your heart desires. We are your support group so please use us whenever you need us. We do love you and the boys. I am truly sorry to hear about the divorce. Hope you are doing ok. We are here for you

  16. It certainly seems that you have had to make some really difficult choices recently and I admire your strength and courage. I am so glad that you and your beautiful boys are ok! I look forward to your emails and videos each week with all the inspiration and ideas that they bring.
    Best wishes,

  17. Sending you a big hug. I had noticed your rings had gone and your name had changed but it was still sad to read your post. It sounds as though you are doing well and your crafty family are always here to support all that you do.
    Take care x

  18. Renee McClintock says:

    It sounds to me like 2016 is proving to be a bunch of changes! Sending mad love and hugs from the cornfields of The US.
    Love watching your videos!! Thanks for all you do for us crafters.

  19. MaryJo Marshall says:

    Big (((HUGS))) to you and your sweet boys.
    I am glad you will still be doing SU because you are the BEST!! Best of luck in all you do.

  20. So sorry to hear this Sam, you are an incredible young successful woman and have an amazing following, I sincerely wish you the very best in all that you do and thank you for the inspiration that you share on a daily basis, take care and enjoy life xx

  21. Hugs and best wishes Sam for your future, I am sure your lovely boys will cope, glad you are staying with S U I couldn’t manage without you, (selfish I know) your video’s are the best, thank you for all your inspiration x

  22. Belinda Litsch says:

    Hello dear Sam, So sorry for the big change in your private life. But remember the Bible said , All things work together for good… sending you a hug!
    ps. I received the Hostess code present. they’re lovely. DSP are always welcome here.

  23. My love and support to you, Sam. Change isn’t necessarily bad, sometimes change is just change. My big wish for you is that you’ll discover and build a great friendship from the remains of your marriage. {{{hugs}}}

    P.S.: thanks for picking Stampin Up over South Hills… You give the best boxmaking tutorials ever!

  24. Sam
    I like so many others love love love your videos. I became a SU Demonstrator ( I’m on Connie Stewart’s team) just before Leadership in 2015 & found you through a demonstration of your triangle window treat box given by a SU corporate presenter at Leadership. I subscribed to your bog that day & I’ve been watching ever since. I look forward to hearing your wonderful voice & seeing all the wonderful items you create out a piece of paper. I’m so very glad you’ve decided to continue on with SU. I hope to someday get to meet you. For now though I’m just thrilled I get to keep seeing you on video. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us. I pray that God bless, keep, make his face to shine on you & give you His amazing Peace for 2016 & beyond.

    Sending {{hugs}} & lots of Love from Idaho USA,

  25. Teresa Nystrom says:

    Prayers from me, currently in Sri Lanka, but usually in Tucson Arizona.

  26. Big hugs Sam, sounds like you’ve had a lot of big discussions to make recently and Its a brave move to put it out there. You’ll have lots of support from your Stampin up family and I’m so pleased your staying with Stampin up! I love to watch your videos and gather inspiration from your blog!
    Your the first person I thought of when I saw the Stampin up updates this morning!
    I’d love to know if you have any wrap bracelets going spare from SHD a the were gorgeous! I’ve missed the SU & SHD Sundays so did wonder what was happening there!
    Best of luck for the future & have a fab school holiday with your boys xxx

  27. Angelia Vogt says:


    Love your videos and posts, and I think you are just a wonderful all around great crafter!! Glad to see all the support that you are getting here, and wish you the best of luck in your future!
    Squishy Hugs from Tennessee, USA

  28. I really enjoy your videos and your cheery comments. They are always so instructional and entertaining..even when things don’t work out as you planned in your crafts.. and as it happens in real life too. It must be a trying time for you and your boys. Big hugs to all.

  29. Sam, I am so happy that you are staying with SU. When i saw the weekly updates I was so worried that i no longer would be receiving my emails from you. When i get up in the morning, it is the first thing i check (even before making coffee) to see what wonderful thing you have created/recreated.
    Thank you for sharing a little tidbit about your personal life and know that you are loved and supported by many.
    Hugs from Rosenberg, Texas

  30. Moira Hart says:

    Sorry to hear your news , thinking of you and the boys , wishing you all the best. You are an inspiration to us all xxxxxxx

  31. Pat Williamson Carella says:

    Sending hugs from “across the pond”. Your daily posts, sharing and videos are one of the highlights of my day…and I know I am not the only one. You have such a sweet spirit and generous heart, Sam, and I know God will get you through this rough spot. Continue smiling and inspiring. You are in my prayers.
    Pat xoxox

  32. Yasmin Ghouse says:

    Dear Sam,
    I am so sorry to hear about you private life. It must have been hard for you to make such big decisions. But I am so glad that you are still with stampin up. I look forward to watching your videos and all the ideas you share. I wish you and your loving sons all the best

  33. LaVerne Fujimoto says:

    Dear Sam,
    Sorry to hear about your personal life.
    Have faith in HIM and know that he will be
    with you and the boys each step of the way!!
    I truly enjoy hearing from you daily and am always
    amazed at all the wonderful, fun and exciting things
    you share with us. Please continue your great work.
    I thank you for lighting my heart up each day with
    with your special and inspiring craft .
    Blessings from California

  34. So sad to hear you are divorcing your husband Sam and thanks for making it public. Your downline’s have know for a while. You have my full support as my Upline and I know you will continue to do your very best not only for Stampin Up, but your team also. Big hugs for you and your precious boys.

  35. Prayers for you and your boys. Every one has a different reason and circumstance as to the how and why of this happening. It is personal and yes you are entitled to keep it that way! You do not owe anyone but yourself and your boys any explanation. Blessings to you and hope all works to the good of you and your boys.

  36. Dear Sam, I read everyone of the comments here. You are loved very much. Praying for joy to you & your boys. Love all the beautiful projects you share with us. God bless.

  37. Hey Sam! So sorry to read about the changes that you are going through in your life. Being a single mom, too, it can be rather challenging at times! Sure will be thinking about you and your boys!

    Am so thankful and excited, however, that you decided to stay with SU! I am a “beginner” stamper. I found one of your YouTube Videos at the beginning of my journey and have been following you since then! Look forward to seeing what you will be sharing all the time. It’s like you are sitting here in my home w/ my teaching me how to create! I enjoy learning from you so much! Take care…will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

  38. esther martin says:

    Chin up and may the transition go smoothly for your family.
    I love your tutorials and you accent!
    your interests and talents benefit so many. They will also help trough this problem. Many love you and care about you even though we haven’t met. God bless you!

  39. Hi Sam.
    Glad you are staying with Stampin Up. I love your projects (and accent!

  40. Elinor Roberts says:

    Hi Sam,
    So sorry! to read the sad news couldn’t have been easy to write. I look forward to your tutorials and I’ve learnt a lot from watching them. I only started making cards from about the beginning of last year. I am so glad you decided to stay with SU. Not selfish or anything lol! but your my nearest demo you live about 20 mins up the road from me.
    Lots of love and big hugs to you and your boys X.

  41. Hi Sam, you and the boys are in my prayers. Having been in your situation 20 years ago, I recommend to hold your head up high and keep the boys wrapped in your love. Keep the faith. The next few months are going to be difficult but you have all the gifts that will carry you thorough.

  42. Annie Jasper in NH says:

    It’s going to be okay, Sam. Everything is going to be okay. (((HUGS)))

  43. Sending hugs and warm wishes from Germany.
    I hadn’t really noticed the rings missing as I was paying more attention to the projects (which are always gorgeous!), but I had noticed the name change at the Stampin Up site. However, I do realise that your private life is just that – private – and that sharing any information about that is your choice. I hope that things are working out as well as possible for you!

  44. Denise Murdoch-smith says:

    Hi Sam I had noticed your rings were missing and wondered if things in your life had changed. Of course you must keep your private life private and only share what you want to. Things are probably a tad strange at the moment but you and your sons will get over it – lots of crafting! Hugs to you x

  45. It’ll take a while but you will recover and go on to better things, good luck to you and your boys. Hugsxx

  46. Hi Sam, I’m so glad to hear that you you and your sons are doing well. I know it’s a very personal decision and I give you great kudos for your strength and perseverance.
    Thank you for choosing Stampin’ Up too! When I read the Tuesday update you where the first person I gasped and said “oh no”!
    Best wishes to you and your family!

  47. Sending hugs and love from across the pond, divorce is never easy but the love of your boys family friends and stampin buddies will love you through it!

  48. Having gone through 2 very sad divorces…. my heart goes out to you.
    Do what you need to do…… but I don’t wish a divorce on anyone. Give the boys lots of love and craft on.
    We’re all here for you.

  49. Sareeta G. says:

    I have followed your blog for quite some time now and I am so glad that you are sticking with SU! I am also a fellow demonstrator ( from Canada) and I recently became a South Hill customer of yours…sorry to hear that you have to give up that ” working life”. That being said, I am also interested in your remaining inventory…☺️
    Please know that you have the love and support of all your customers and fellow demos! Sareeta xo

  50. Linda Carter says:

    Love, love, love you girl! You have a shoulder along with hugs for you and your sweet boys. Take comfort in having made the right choice, and take comfort in your friends; and oh my goodness, you have a ton of friends….hugs…Cheney, WA…USA…

  51. Cindy Mitchell-Clark says:

    such sad news and I echo the sentiments expressed by my fellow followers. Take care and keep your chin up….. from a fellow Brit in North Texas!

  52. Janet Carey says:

    Hi Sam, I am sorry to hear about your divorce, but these things do happen. I am glad to hear that the boys are doing well as I do love to hear about their little antics that they get up to. Keep your chin up, as they say, and keep that wonderful inspiration of your flowing. Love you and your work.
    Janet, from Melbourne, Australia xxx

  53. Hi Sam! Thank you for this very personal post! There are so many kind words written above mine, so …ditto. Be well. I find crafting is my release. There is something about paper folding that is so satisfying and releases stress. I am sorry to hear about South Hill as you were my supplier, and I keep waiting for that ring to go up a size! ha! Enjoy your boys and your new adventure in life. Be strong. I know many of us that respond to your blog don’t really know each other except through comments on a video, but it really does feel as if we are all friends in a group, and you can count on us to be here for you!

  54. Oh Sam, what sad news!
    So sorry to hear it. And very brave of you to share it with us!!
    Many blessings for you, Chris and the boys, hard time fir all of you.
    Big digital hug!!

  55. Angela Edwards says:

    Hi Sam… I would never have guessed you had any problems… you are always so cheerful when we chat on the phone but these things always happen for a reason… not an easy thing to go through and I wish you every success both in your private and business life… take care… big hugs and love Angela x

  56. Dear Sam,

    When I read the weekly updates this first thought was you. I have to be honest, I joined Stampin Up this month, partly because of you and your wonderful blog and youtube video’s. Actually wish you could recruit in Canada too. When I read your blog yesterday, I literally hand pumped the air with a big YES…because you chose to stay with Stampin Up. 🙂 I am sure it was a hard decision for you, as was the decision to share about your divorce. Sorry to hear you have had such a lot on your plate lately…you have lots of support here, and I am sure from your family & friends, lovely boys and Mum. Big hugs xx

  57. Marilyn from TX-USA says:

    Hi Sam
    How u & family.
    You are headed towards a different path. Some days are rocky & some are smooth. It’s a life you choose best for all. Personal is personal. Thanks for sharing & caring.
    Strength, Love & Peace.
    You are greatly loved.

    Love much

  58. Sam, so sorry to hear about the big changes – but every change brings a new opportunity. I know you have lots of family to support you and your wonderful boys. Sending hugs from Burien, WA USA (near Seattle). Your videos are my favorites!

  59. Lots of hugs from Australia Sam. Made me teary reading all the messages from so many of your followers. Don’t comment often but have copies of all your ‘crafting’ items in folders. Just love watching you. All the best of luck

  60. Wishing you and your boys the very best Sam as you all deal with the changes this year has brought. You are a very talented and special person with many people who are more than willing to support and encourage you. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us all as well as the giggles in your videos. Looking forward to your future creations as well as seeing the artistic talents of your boys. Sending hugs to you all from the rather and hot dry South Africa.

  61. Alison Humphrey says:

    Wishing you and your boys all the best. And a big thank you for all your crafting inspiration. You are a gem.

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