Latest News and Updates!

Latest News and Updates!


Hello hello! I hope you’re having a fabulous Friday afternoon!

I just wanted to dash in here with a couple of reminders of things that are happening right now, but that end this month as well as a little something from me.


If you are on my facebook page, you will have seen my announcement yesterday. I was invited to join Patreon oooo maybe 4 months ago now. I was so excited when they got in touch because one of my favourite bands, Walk Off The Earth, are also patreon members, so I already knew who Patreon are.

They’re a great company that allows me an extra place to share my videos and content but also a place that I can have as a members only area for people. What their essence is though is crowd funding. They allow me to open myself up globally and have people pledge funds to support what I do and that in turn helps me grow and build on my brand, but also return something back to you. Something more than the videos and blog posts that is! I will have a grab bag goodie bag giveaway every month that anyone, anywhere in the world can enter. I also have the Birthday Club where I will be sending out cards and gifts in your birthday month. And even the opportunity for me to film a personalised video project just for you, and then I’ll send the project to you!

So yes, you can become a Patron of Pootles! Squeeee! I am a happy gal right now! There will be a page exclusively for you to chat to me on when you become a patron as well as hidden content that only patrons can see. Oh I am a bubble of over excited energy right now!

I’m so excited about this opportunity to be able to be more global, and as some of you know my other business, South Hill Designs was dissolved when the company went into receivership. I haven’t wanted to find another direct sales business, I’m more than happy to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and definitely will be loyal to them, but this will hopefully allow me to remain 100% focused on SU and my papercrafting without having to seek an income anywhere else! It’s taken me 4 months to get my page up and live because I wanted to make sure that the SU corporate and legal team were happy with my involvement, and I’m delighted that they’ve backed me with this and given it the stamp of approval!

So if you want to check out my page, take a look here!

join stampin up

The amazing joining offer of 2 free stamp sets of your choice ends on June 30th which is Thursday next week. The product kit is £99 to buy and you choose any products you like up to £130 with free shipping, plus 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice. To read more, click HERE or if you know you’re ready to join, click HERE!

Boosted Stampin Rewards

Also, please remember we have hugely boosted Stampin Rewards for when your order is over £250/€350 too. you get a bonus £25/35€ in your rewards bundle to spend on anything you like!


My product shares went live yesterday afternoon, and they have a close date of July 31st, so while there isn’t great urgency on this, the sooner you order, the sooner I can get them sent out to you! I’ve also chosen to remain doing my Quarter Packs of paper that I’ve always done. I thought about doing the 1/8th of a pack option, but decided it wasn’t great value for money when you factor in postage costs etc. Details are HERE!

Finally I’m able to share a wonderful goal that I achieved earlier this month! I met (and exceeded!) my personal target to have 150 active demonstrators in my personal team. I’m thrilled that I’ve now met that goal and gone way past it! The team that I have are remarkable, they’re scattered all over the UK and across into Europe too.

Pootles' Stampin Up Team

On the map you’ll just about see me in Green! The red team are my direct team, the blue are their teams, my 2nd level and the yellow are my 3rd level. I work very closely with my direct team, but our facebook group and training is open to my entire team, regardless of which level they’re in, or where they’re based.

So this weekend I shall be taking time out with my 4 small boys and we have plans for skateparks, bike rides and picnics. Let’s hope the weather holds…

S xx

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

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. Brenda Just says:

    Hi Sam.
    Brenda Just here from Perth Western Australia, I just want to say I would join you in a heartbeat on your new venture,as I really enjoy your work,but alas living all the way in Australia it’s not allowed

    • pootles says:

      Brenda this is what’s made me so excited by Patreon because anyone can be a Patron, no matter which country they’re in!!! X

  2. Sam, I can’t be on your team, but I can support you through Patreon, and I’m very happy to do so. I’m trying to get a SU business up in the US. I want to do it through social media, as you do. I know you have ideas you share with your team to help them as in giving lots of cards away, and gifts, and ideas, but I can’t seem to find an up line here that does what you do. Certainly not mine. Any help you can give me would be so much appreciated. I am honored to help you by my financial support. Thank you in advance. Myra

    • pootles says:

      Myra you are lovely. Thank you so much. Are you part of the SU planning party facebook group? Or there’s one called Demo Resources on there xx

  3. Mary Skow says:

    You are are my #1 favorite go-to demonstrator. I love all your projects and have made many of them. With your changing to Patreon, does this mean I will no longer get your blog emails with your projects? I will be very disappointed if this happens. I have appreciated how you have taken the time to convert measurements into inches for all of us in the US.
    Many blessings to you in your new endeavor.

    Mary Skow- SU Demo in the US

  4. Does this mean that you will no longer share video’s on you blog. We have to pay the fee on patron to see your wonderful video’s? I like Myra have an up line that is no support or help at all. I have been a demonstrator for over 5 years and if it weren’t demonstrators showing tips and tricks and tutorials I would not have lasted this long. I have thought of quitting so I could sign up with a new upline, someone more like you. It does seem unfair that I would have to give up my seniority of going on 6 years to get a new upline that would help and teach me new techniques or even old techniques since the only way I have learned anything is through blogs like yours. Thank You for all your wonderful videos and tutorials. I enjoy them so much and I learn so much from you and others like you. I am signed up to receive many of your downlines blogs and their tutorials and you have very talented people that work under you. I would love to be one of your downline but I don’t think they allow people from the US to sign up through people in other countries. Thank you for sharing your talent and gift with all of us.

    • pootles says:

      JoAnn you ask a great question! You will still get me in all the usual places – here, Facebook, YouTube etc. Patreon is extra and will have extra and exclusive content!

      And definitely try and join one of the demo only groups on facebook, they’re a mine of useful and local information xxx

  5. Thank you, Sam, for the information. I will check out the Facebook sites if I can find them. I am not that good with FB yet but I’m going to have to. As for Joann’s comments, if I’m not mistaken, at some point you can change your up line but not sure of the process. I think there is a time period and surely you reached that ages ago. I am giving Sam permission to share my email address with you and if you want to contact me, I’d love to talk to you via email about our delimma.

  6. Sharon cottingham says:

    Dear Sam, I am an SU demonstrator in Brisbane I have tried 5 times on both my iPad and my home computer to sign up as your patron but wanted to do via PayPal as had a bad experiance with credit card previously. Sadly something keeps going wrong and it will not load the PayPal page even though it offers me this option. Please can you advise as I really love your creative inspirations

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