Let’s Grow and a Home Office Visit

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Pootles – Let’s Grow and a Home Office Visit

I have a slightly different post for you today. As some of you know, I recently spent a couple of days out in Germany at our European Offices and warehouse there, but I thought I’d give you a little background as to how I got to be there.

I run a programme with my upline called Let’s Grow. We teach members of our direct team and coach them on all the things they need to promote to Silver Elite.

Along with all the skills they need, taught over a year long programme, there is a reward at the end, even more than the title and accolade and leadership that Silver Elite brings. And this year we were able to treat them to dinner and a night at a Hilton Hotel in Germany along with a tour around the warehouse and a visit to the European Offices.

Lovely food and drink the first evening in our gorgeous luxury hotel and then a full day where we went into the warehouse to see how our products are brought in and sorted, then picked and packed.  There’s a robot trolley that automatically stops at the stamps and inks that are needed to be packed. It was fascinating watching how it all worked!

The shipment of back ordered Fast Fuse adhesives had clearly arrived just before we got there as there was an enormous palette of them!

We were a bit cheeky and allowed to leave a note on the outside of some of the parcels. I spotted about 6 that were destined for my team members, and also spotted one that was on it’s way to my friend Fanny who’s an Austrian demonstrator. She got her parcel the following day and said that our notes on the outside made her day!

After that, we were whisked off to the European Offices to meet the finance team, the demonstrator support team and also the Demonstrator Developement Managers for The Netherlands and France along with the UK Manager who joined us on the warehouse tour.

It was a lovely lunch spread that they put on for us, then the European Product Manager, Charlotte Harding treated us to a project that she’d created specially for us. It was so lovely to craft to someone else’s instructions for a change!

The wallet opens up to show 3 little pouches and we made tags and goal charts to go in them along with space to write notes and motivational thoughts.

Paula spent some time talking to our teams regarding Leadership and invited us all to come up with our own ‘quote’ regarding leadership. This is mine.

Leadership is not a ‘job’,

it’s an opportunity to inspire and encourage.

Don’t waste it by dictating,

walk the path by living it



I’m so proud of my 2 team members, Sophie Prestrelle from France and Amanda Charlesworth from the UK, who earned the trip, and super excited to spend time with Katy Freeman from Michelle’s team who also earned the trip.

This coming year, we have a brand new group who are aiming to achieve their titles and get a lovely reward at the end of it!

I leave you now, and hope that they all know how loved they are and it’s a pleasure to support them along their journey and path.

S x


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Sam Hammond

#1 Stampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator

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  1. What a Fantastic idea, so love your work Sam, you are an inspiration, I just wish you lived in Oz instead.

  2. Congratulations to you all!!! What an interesting visit! Will you show us how to make the wallet? I have bought the stamp set of the lovely lady used for the wallet. Thanks!

  3. What a great trip, I like the boxes from that warehouse way more then those from the warehouse I’m “forced” to work in.

    Love seeing all those goodies in the theses instead of HP computers, printers and cartridges. 😀

  4. Congratulations to you all that would have been so exciting and soooooooooo special.

  5. Super !!! Merci pour la visite , je suis toujours curieuse de voir nos locaux et produits… la caverne “d’Ali Baba”
    A bientôt Noé

  6. Congratulations to you all ,What a great trip ,an very interesting read , Gold luck Sam with vote Xx

  7. What a wonderful time…

  8. Lisa Sylvia says:

    WOW that must have been amazing. Congratulations to the ladies. Looks like a wonderful time.

  9. Thank you for sharing your wonderful tour and lovely group!

    And Sam, a plea! Could you do a project similar to the one you and your group made? Not identical, of course – unless Charlotte gave her okay – but it would be so fun to make a little piece with pockets and places to tuck away bits. Thank you!

  10. What a lovely trip to share! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Sylvia De Jong-Simpson says:

    Thanks for sharing! What a lovely trip and opportunity!

  12. Sam, thanks a lot for sharing some insight of your trip. Wow, I am sure that you just wanted to take back loads of stuff with you from the Stampin Up warehouse. It looks like you’ll really enjoyed the trip. May God continue to bless all of you for so graciously sharing your talents with all of us.

  13. Thanks for sharing your amazing trip I often wondered what the inside of the Stampin up treasure trove looked like and yes please can you get permission to share the wallet with us – it would be a fabulous thing to make.
    Soooo glad you went and had a good time

  14. May I share your quote with others? What a great trip!

  15. Robbye Hamilton says:

    Thanks for sharing this Sam.

  16. Christine Kostis says:

    Hi Sam, Congratuations!!! I am a Pinkie (quite new, only joined in March) and received my latest order yesterday. Imagine my surprise when I looked at the box and it had a message on it! It said, ‘Hi Christine, enjoy your goodies. Michelle Last’

  17. I LOVE the leadership quote!
    Oh and please, please could you teach us how to make that 3 pouch wallet???
    That is fantastic!

  18. Kathy Coignard says:

    What a great opportunity for the group. Nice project also. I so enjoy your work and ever opportunity I see you on Pinterest making something new I take a peek. I live all the gift ideas you have as well. Excellent job!
    Kathy -Denver CO, US

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