British Craft Awards – Papercraft Blog of the Year. That’s me! Wow!

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Pootles – British Craft Awards – Papercraft Blog of the Year. That’s me! Wow!

Well I have some news for you today! It’s been a manic few weeks here recently, as many of you know, we are in the midst of moving house, and while we had a predicted date to move, that’s been and gone and in the past, sadly with no firm date ahead of us yet. I’m praying sooner rather than later, living in limbo does not sit well with someone like me who works to extreme time planning and organisation!

However, a week or so back I attended the British Craft Awards ceremony in Birmingham where the winners of various awards were announced.

I’d been nominated as Papercraft Blog of the Year, and so many of you kindly voted for me when I popped up a blog post here. Well, as an award solely based on the public votes, I’m thrilled, humbled (and completely honest, a bit shocked still) to share that I won the award!

Me! me? Me??? Really? Yes, I’m still in that zone!!!

I was in a category that was made up of exclusively big name brands and household name brands and so it blew me away that I won it.

So I am sharing the photo they snapped on the day – yes, I am modelling that shocked “did you call the right person?” look really well, and also my snapshot of my trophy on the day.

I’m also super excited to share that Stampin’ Up! also won awards for Brand of the Year and Retailer of the Year. The 2nd one is amazing, we don’t have any retail outlets, just demonstrators. How cool is that?!

Out of 5 categories, Stampin’ Up! and I won all 3 of our nominations and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of such an amazing company and humbled to know all of you out there who read my blog, send me emails and share the love. You are amazing and the very best.

S xx




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  1. vanessa graham says:

    Wow well done. Your emails for me are the best around. You are so welcoming and make all the videos you do look so easy. I love your emails popping into my inbox and i try every one. Again congratulations

  2. LaBelle Sturgell says:

    Congratulations!! You are so talented and so generous with those talents by sharing them with us! How lucky for me that I found your site. Thank You!!

  3. Congratulations! You totally deserve it. LOVE your posts. Never miss a one!
    The award couldn’t have gone to anyone more deserving!

  4. Barbara B. says:

    Congratulations! Now everyone knows you are the best! Well Done!

  5. Cecilia Birch says:

    Great work, well done and well deserved. CONGRATULATIONS!

  6. Susan Ottinger says:

    Sam, You deserve this have worked hard and are an inspiration to us all. Your talent is amazing
    A year ago my hubby and were in house limbo too. Finally found the one and got settled in. As we Yanks say “Hang in there.” I have found that there is always a reason for delay. More often than not for the good. Smiles from Indiana..USA

  7. Cindy Smith says:

    Congratulations!!! Well done! You deserve it!!
    Than you got all the beautiful inspirations!!

  8. Gail orsted says:

    Well done. Many congratulations from across the pond. I will be talking about you at Mary Ellen Stites this morning.

  9. A huge congratulations! A well deserved win! Your blog posts are so clear and inspiring. You really help with teachers gifts – I have Yankee boxes and chocolate covers. So thank you. Oh and one your boxes was used to gift socks at Christmas.

  10. Congratulations ! And yes, for sure, you deserve it !!!

  11. My dear Sam: I’m not at all surprised that you won this award my dear, you are simply AMAZING, AWESOME, FABULOUS, TALENTED and, last but certainly not least, SUPER CREATIVE!!!!!
    HUGE CONGRATULATIONS from across the big pond, no one deserve this award more than YOU!!
    You look beautiful, by the way, love the look on your face.
    Big hugs,
    Maria Rodriguez.

  12. Have only just subscribed to your emails after avidly watching your YouTube videos but you richly deserve this award!! You make even the most complicated projects look easy and your instructions and explanations don’t make me feel as if I’m back in first grade!! :o( Keep up the good work and congratulations again!!

  13. Nancy Farrell says:

    Great Congratulations! You are great at what you do and help so many people.

  14. Stempeljunky-Monika says:

    Congrats! You earned it every bit!

  15. Well deserved! You are such a source of inspiration.

  16. Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaam!!!! CONGRATULATIONS! FELICITACIONES! FELICITATIONS! I did not vote since I have discovered your blog only days ago, BUT, I would have voted for you . . . I do not miss any of your posts . . . I enjoy them, I do them immediately! VERY WELL DESERVED award!!! Hugs from Africa!!

  17. Anne Zuckerman says:

    Congratulations and thank you for being such a wonderful role model for those of us in the paper crafting and StampinUp world.

  18. Tana Lewis says:

    Congratulation’s!!!. I am so pleased for you. You do an amazing job designing and explaining projects. Love your blog!,

  19. Well deserved, Sam. Am so glad i found you when I started paper crafting just a year ago!

  20. Janice Nolfi says:

    Congratulations!!! You so deserve ALL the awards you won. I look forward to each and every email everyday. Keep up the great work. Thanx for all you do for us crafters.

  21. JudithD says:

    Congratulations Sam! You absolutely deserve the award.

  22. As I said before, Sam: truly well deserved! You are an inspiration to many..

  23. Gloria Westerman says:

    Congratulations!!!!! You work so hard and now it’s your time to shine….so proud of you and your hard work!!!! I look forward to each one of your videos and so amaze of your creations….hugs….

  24. Congratulations, what a wonderful achievement, you earned it. Your talent is appreciated by many folks in the world.

  25. Norma Jean Suhr says:

    You have done the U.K. proud. Congratulations from yet another U.S.A. devotee!

  26. Vicki Frakes says:

    Congratulations! An award well deserved! I’ve been following your blog for sometime now and love your inspiration. Thank you for sharing your creativity. A loyal U.S.A. fan

  27. Lisa M Sylvia says:


  28. Sam, congrats from Germany. I religously follow your blog and can only repeat what’s been said: well deserved for your hard work and inspiration. Best, Jutta

  29. Julie McMillin says:

    Congrats Sam!! I’m not surprised at all – you’re great and so are your projects. Way to go you!!!

  30. Linda K says:

    Oh Sam, wonderful news about your award. Yes there was a lot of well known names on the list but you need to believe just how much you deserved it ;>) Good about SU too, especially over here. That’s a dooho over your move but it will all panout for you. In the meantime just revel in your glory and how much you are thought of. Many thanks for all you do and onwards and upwards to even more accolades for you.

  31. Wow! Congratulations ! It’s so well deserved. You are so creative and your posts are always so amazing ! Merci et bonjour de France

  32. Rachel Brooks says:

    Congratulations! You know that it is your hard work that brought the SU award as well! Double congratulations!

  33. Congratulations and well deserved x

  34. margaret says:

    yay congrats to the best on the web

  35. Katie Perry says:

    Congratulations, well deserved as your blog is the best

  36. Beverly Benson says:

    What a great thing to happen to such a wonderful person. You are so sweet and amazing. I love that you share your talents with us. And as everyone else has stated – you deserve to be acknowledged! Your videos are so easy to follow and I am able to create your projects. Best of luck on your move. I hope your new space in your new home will be everything you could hope it to be. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Congratulations!

  37. Congratulations! You absolutely deserve it.

  38. Isobel Sykes says:

    Hi Sam Congratulations and Well Done well deserved xx

  39. Big Congrats to you Sam! What an awesome trophy!!

  40. Bonnie Warhol, Minnesota USA says:

    So very well deserved! Always look forward to your blog each morning!

  41. Wonderful that you have been acknowledged for your creativity, generosity and generally being just you. Your light shines brightly in the electronic world and it just outstanding that it is recognised. Congratulations and as always thanks for sharing.

  42. congratulations ,well done ,things like this only go to the best and you are it THE BEST,love all your emails ,and pictures off work home and family,you should be very proud xx

  43. Rebecca says:

    Congratulations!! Well deserved!!

  44. Karen Camposano says:

    Everyone else has said it so well but congratulations and keep up the good work.

  45. Claire Ventre says:

    Congratulations! Well, you have a GREAT blog – with GREAT SU! products! Well done and well deserved:)

  46. arlene ranaldi says:

    Sam, Congrats! Never miss a post and enjoy your creativity so much. Well deserved.

  47. Regina F says:

    Congratulations!! You definitely deserve it. I love your crafts and presentation. It’s quick and smooth. Everything is always described precise.
    And you get the job done without excess babble. Love it. Congrats again!!

  48. carstat says:

    You go, girl! Yours is the first email I open each day. You so totally deserve the honor!

  49. Lucette says:

    Congratulations! I love your blog

  50. Germaine Meilach says:

    Brilliant! Well deserved!

  51. Lenoria Kelly says:

    Congrats, you definitely deserve it!

  52. Nannie Annie says:

    Congratulations you deserve the award. Love your blog. Thank you for all you do.

  53. Congratulations
    Thank you for all your lovely ideas

  54. Emily Turner says:

    Congratulations to you and to Stampin’ Up! We do work with an amazing company. I look forward to your designs. I still have a couple of your boxes I made from the pattern you adapted from a candy box. It the one that is shaped with triangle sides. I actually did a class with the pattern. Thanks, Emily

  55. Congratulations! to you and to Stampin’Up.
    You deserved it! 🙂

  56. Herzlichen Glückwunsch aus Deutschland, ich wünsche von Herzen alles Gute und freue mich sehr für dich. Ich bedanke mich herzlich für die vielen tollen Ideen und Basteleien, die du immer für uns hast –
    liebe Grüße
    Heidi A.

  57. Congratulations!
    Always enjoy your videos! We use many of your box patterns in our card club here in Wisconsin!
    Well done!

  58. tricia skinner says:

    Well, well, you are special and totally worthy of all the awards. I don’t miss one of your e-mails and love the way you so things. Love, Love , Love the boxes and you make them look so easy.
    So from across the pond……CONGRATULATIONS, well done.

    Tricia Skinner

  59. Suezanne says:


  60. Maureen says:

    Well done Sam. Congratulations. I remember speaking to you on the phone when you hadn’t been long started with StampinUp and you were so helpful. I’ve watched your journey and still enjoy your creations very much. Thank you for all your inspiration,enjoy your moment, you really have earned it.

  61. Joy Mose says:

    Well done Sam, you deserve it. Your You Tube videos are so easy to follow. Enjoy you success and good luck with your house move.
    Joy xx

  62. Brilliant Sam, hard work pays off. Well done you!

  63. Sue Waller says:

    You totally deserve it! Best on the web – by far – fun and easy to listen to –
    you have a beautiful voice. Too, you can laugh at yourself if you mess up and
    recover perfectly! Cheers!

  64. Sam.
    Congrats from Naperville, IL! Delighted to hear about this very special acknowledgment of the lovely work you do and so willingly share. Well done.

    Your emails are one of the highlights of my day and a special treat. Thank you for all the love and creative energy you pour into the work that “sparkles up” our creative spaces. You are an encourager and inspirer.


  65. Not at all surprised. A well deserved win. Keep it up Sam. You are an inspiration

  66. Bonnie Montgomery says:

    Wow! That’s an awesome honor, and so well deserved! You inspire us all. I’m grateful that you share your ideas with us.

  67. Hurray……happy for you……you earned it.

  68. Congratulations! As many have said, you are so generous with the “how to” of your projects. That hooked me a long time ago, so let me add my thank you to your sharing!

  69. Teresa R Nystrom says:

    Well deserved. You have a large following in the US, too.

  70. That’s brilliant, well done!! Totally deserved xx

  71. Mary Jo says:

    Super Congratulations to you Sam!!!!!

  72. Well done Sam deserved x Joy x

  73. Dear Sam,
    Congratulations! YOU deserve it all!
    Thank you so much for all of your lovely video tutorials. I love watching you crafting.
    Sending the best of wishes from Holland,

  74. Nylin Tennessee says:

    you deserved it I enjoy everything you do!!! may GOD always bless your gift.from Tennessee,

  75. Nylin Tennessee says:

    you deserved it I enjoy everything you do!!! may GOD always bless your gift.from Tennessee,

  76. Judy Collins says:

    Sam, I’m so very pleased for you And of course you deserve the award. My daughter and I watch all your YouTube videos and look forward to seeing them. We love stampin up products too. xx

  77. Annette Pope says:

    Congratulations Sam you deserve this award, your emails lighten my day and I love watching your demonstrations too. Hope you had a lovely evening, take care xx

  78. Belinda says:

    Congratulations Sam. A very well deserve award indeed…Cheers!

  79. Belinda says:

    Congratulations Sam. A very well deserve award indeed….. Cheers!

  80. Frances Mackay says:

    Well done, you have worked hard for it.

  81. Louise Anderson says:

    HI SAM,


  82. Well done, Sam. Congratulations. The Award was well deserved. You bring inspiration to us papercrafters. Thank you. Pamela. Cheers.

  83. Bev Prothero says:

    Fantastic … well done you….. I love your work and your daily emails…

  84. Cindy Bailey says:

    Congratulations!!! So proud of you. I follow your blog religiously. You have fans here in the ‘colonies’.
    Cindy Bailey, SC, USA

  85. Congratulations, Sam… You totally deserve it!!! 😀

    It was your blog and your lovely boxes and bags that got me interested in papercraft in the first place. 🙂

  86. Congratulations!! I love watching your videos and seeing your projects. Always lovely and easy to follow!!!

  87. Lyn Leeon says:

    Congratulations Sam, love watching your videos you are such a bubbly person & it shows in the projects that you do. Keep up the good work & look forward to seeing more of your videos

  88. Along with all the other adjectives used to describe what we appreciate about you, let me add “curiosity.” I love how you look at something, analyze it, tweak it, adapt it and puff – we have another unique, clever card or 3-D object. You also encourage the rest of us to go outside our comfort zones as you challenge yourself to work with color combinations, papers, images, etc. that your are not initially attracted to. I have used many of your items as favors or small gift holders. Congratulations from across the Pond – and across the Land – and in the middle of the next Pond – Hawaii.

  89. Sue Dennis says:

    Hi Sam,
    Congratulations on your award. Have not been watching you very long, but it makes me want to get into my little cubby hole/craft room, but find I have to have a tug of war with housework or crafting. Sue

  90. You are awesome. Love your videos and projects. Congratulations. WV,

  91. Annette Brennan says:

    Huge congratulations, dear, sweet Sam. You work very diligently at your business and this award is well deserved not to mention your achievement recently to Platinum! Whoo, you are such an inspiration! I hope our paths cross again when you are in the states!

  92. Toni Ellsworth says:

    CONGRATULATIONS SAM and STAMPING UP!!! You both deserve these awards. Sam, When your videos are posted, I have started making the project right along with you as you show us how! Makes it easier for me.

  93. Sam, This is WONDERFUL news! I am so, so happy for you! I have loved your blog and your videos and hope you continue to share your talents with us for many years to come! Congratulations!

  94. How fabulous! You do deserve it, you have an amazing blog and incredible ideas. Congrats!

  95. Karen Rendell says:

    I am from Western Australia and thanks to the technology of Facebook and email, I can share in your wonderful news Sam. Heartiest congratulations and so well deserved. Your blogs give me so much inspiration, thank you.

  96. Alison Bradley says:

    Well deserved win ..Your videos are so good , they are chatty but professional I know I can make your products as I watch as your measurements are good and the ideas are wonderful You have inspired me to purchase many more craft tools and make many more items since I found your videos, groups, pages, blogs etc this year (I am also from Australia you are my favourite )

  97. April Poirier says:

    Congratulations on a well deserved award. I love watching your videos. They are always so creative and informative. They are also easy to follow when I am making some of your crafts. Thank you for all the great information and keep up with all your great creativity.

  98. You so deserved it Sam

  99. Congratulations Sam,

    As you read through your comments you can see that so many of us believe in you. If I could be of some support I would like to share with you the following thoughts.

    Sam, believe in yourself. You have a wonderful, God given talent and you use it well. You share, you teach, you inspire so may others with your kindness and giving. Believe in your gift and trust yourself.

    We appreciate you and as I am currently traveling half way across the world from my birthplace, I go to your site to be inspired. Thank you and God bless you Sam.

  100. Diana Haycock says:

    Hi Sam, congratulations from New Zealand. I read you blog every day and just love your work. Hope your move eventuates and you get in your new home soon. My husband and I are trying to sell our home and move too! It is so very frustrating and we have lost two homes we wanted so far. However, we must be patient and I am sure it will happen eventually. Keep up yout inspiring work. Warm wishes Diana

  101. Congratulations to you on such great recognition for all your hard work. You are AMAZING .I do enjoy your blog and videos and with the power of the internet it brings us all closer to you wonderful people. Hugs from country Victoria Australia.

  102. Tracy Marshall says:

    Well done Sam !! You so deserve it. Keep up the good work I hope you get a moving date soon. Xx

  103. Joyce Sherry says:

    I never post comments on anyone’s blog, but had to congratulate you on your big win. I live in Georgia, USA, but your blog is the first one I go to every morning. Love your projects and your video’s are so real and easy to follow. Keep doing what you are doing, it is working for you!

  104. I’m with Joyce Sherry…your blog is first in the morning for me too. Congratulations on the award…you did it!

  105. Congratulations! I feel so proud and thrilled for you, and for Stampin’ Up!, too! You come into our homes and we all feel as though we know you so, we care as much about you! Way to go; keep basking! xox

  106. Randee S says:

    Congratulations, Sam! I look forward to your blog everyday. TFS

  107. Dianne Massie says:

    Congratulations, well deserved. Love reading your blog on a daily basis, it makes my day!
    Congrats again from a Scottish Girl in Texas?

  108. Congratulations! well done Sam.. a well deserved reward ..

  109. I’m in USA and stumbled on your blog a couple years ago. I have to say, I check in on your blog almost daily and soon realized you are the hardest working blogger out there! It’s amazing what you accomplish, given you have a large family to serve as well. I love your projects, especially the special boxes and containers you invent. I love your accent and you have pretty hands and fingernails. Congratulations, Sam! You deserve every award and more!

  110. Fay Marie Gardner says:

    Huge congratulations, Sam! I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the awards than you! I so enjoy your blog and find you so creative, especially with the punch board and I love all of the 3-D items that you make! I am also a big fan of Color my World!!! Thank you for all that you do and all that you give to your fans and followers! I so appreciate it!

  111. Fay Marie Gardner says:

    Huge congratulations, Sam! I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the awards than you! I so enjoy your blog and find you so creative, especially with the punch board and I love all of the 3-D items that you make! I am also a big fan of Color my World!!! Thank you for all that you do and all that you give to your fans and followers! I so appreciate it! From the USA~

  112. Barbara Bicknell says:

    Fantastic Sam Congratulations, well deserved!! From New Zealand demo’s

  113. Renate Hansen says:

    You deserve the award and then some. You are an inspiration for anyone that does crafting. The best part is your willingness to share. I live in Germany, and have a demonstrator near me so I am not one of your customers, but I am one of you avid followers.

  114. Nadine Lange says:

    So awesome! Congratulations are definitely in order. I am an avid YouTube follower and love making all of your fabulous boxes. You are an inspiration to me as a New Demonstrator in Canada!

  115. Judy Dessent says:

    Congratulations Sam, well deserved. Judy. Xx

  116. Well done Sam! Congrats!

  117. Leanne Mitchem says:

    Congratulations! I am not surprised though! You definitely are a great paper crafter and deserve every sip of that champaign as you look at that well deserved trophy! Looking forward to congratulating you next year!

  118. Lin Willcocks says:

    So well deserved. I add to the other peoples comments here. I cant wait each day to see your lovely tutorials. Good luck with the move and enjoy your moment of glory.

  119. Sharon Kent says:

    Congratulations! I love your blog and all the wonderful things you share.

  120. Sandy Weakley says:

    Congrats….And thank you for sharing all the boxes…Love, love the boxes

  121. Denise Ferguson says:

    Congratulations Sam! I love, love, love your great videos! Keep up the good work!



  123. Lori Manicho says:

    CONGRTULATIONS Sam! You SO deserve this award! You work very hard to bring us FANTASTIC projects and tutorials to recreate. KUDOS to you on a marvelous job! WELL DONE!

  124. Youlanda Rearden says:

    That is the appropriate blog for anybody who wants to seek out out about this topic. You notice so much its virtually hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want…HaHa). You undoubtedly put a brand new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

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