Stampin’ Up! #1 Demonstrator Pootles – Happy 5th Stampaversary to ME! And 5 Amazing Gifts…
Oh my! It is 5 years ago today that I joined Stampin’ Up! and where has that time gone?
Oliver was still toddling at home and I was trying to juggle working as a makeup artist with my husband’s shifts and small boys all over the place.
As you perhaps know from reading ‘my story’ in the past, we’d had a very frugal Christmas and that year, I’d made as many gifts for people as I possibly could. We even had to forgo our Christmas cheque from Chris’s parents and spent it on food for the season instead. So money was really tight.
I’d had some success at the Christmas fayres with handmade notebooks and gifts, so decided to try again for the Spring season that was coming up. Wanting to have a bigger profit margin, and having fallen in love with Stampin’ Up! videos (thank you Angie Juda, I will always love Wisteria Wonder (click here to watch the video that made me fall in love with SU!) I decided to join so that I could get a great discount and make even more profit.
Unfortunately, it was quickly apparent that Chris’s shift pattern (he worked 5 straight weekends out of 9) all fell when the main spring fayres were happening. A rapid change of mind and my YouTube channel started. In fact, my first video was on 18th April, a day after Oliver turned 2, and yes, they were clumsy, unpolished and if you listen reeeeeaaaallly carefully in some of the early ones, you can hear him singing over the baby monitor!
I wouldn’t change a thing, I now have a team over over 350 demonstrators and over 150 of them are direct to me and in fact, I have demonstrators direct to me in all 5 of our European countries!
I’ve earned awards, not just Stampin’ Up! awards, but industry awards, and you know what? I’m just me. A middle aged Mum of 4 who adores crafting. I don’t have any special formula or magic wand. I genuinely adore what I do, I get overexcited when crafting and I love to share and advise.
In my ‘previous’ life as a makeup artist, I created a forum called Makeup Advice Forum. I didn’t earn any money from it as it was built deliberately to offer free advice. At the time I chose to close it (only 3 years ago) it was getting more than a million hits a month. So advice and free information has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. And it is now.
Many people ask why I don’t charge for my tutorials. Why would I? I have some old online classes you can still access now, but I would rather everyone had the chance to see what I was sharing and that shouldn’t come at financial gain for me. Information should be free!
I’m not too shy to share that yes, this is what I do for a living and provide for my whole family from what I do as a demonstrator, but that’s through people shopping with me. And that’s always your choice. I do however love on my customers with abandon! Cards, gifts, treats! I love them and what they do for me and for my family. The same with my amazing team.
But all of you who support me on my journey, here/youtube/facebook are important too. And knowing that you’re all reading this makes me smile each and every day.
So today, for my 5th anniversary, I have 5 special gifts to 5 special readers. And 1 special for my overseas friends. (More details at the bottom)
And what is today’s card? Well it’s repetitive stamping of the stunning Hello Friends stamp set. I used Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Basic Black and Pear Pizzazz inks all over and without any care where they each went, other than the top left and bottom right!
Each flower has a tiny tiny blob of glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter sprinkled over it. I love how pretty and elegant it looks. That touch of green and sprinkle of glitter makes this look delightful!
So on with my giveaway!
5 Winners will receive the Hello Friend stamp set and Matching Heat Embossing Project Kit
2 ways to enter
- Leave a comment here on my blog, get 1 entry into the draw *no purchase necessary!*
- Place an order with me and receive 1 entries into the draw for every £10/€13.50 spent. So if you spend £30 you’d get 3 entries. Spend £100 you’d get 10 and so on!
Orders can be placed from the following 5 countries – The UK, The Netherlands, Germany, France and Austria.
I can only send the product gift to the following 5 countries – The UK, The Netherlands, Germany, France and Austria, as per my demonstrator agreement
1 Winner will receive the card in today’s blog post
If you live outside those locations, please feel free to enter by leaving a comment. Should you win, I will send you the card featured here on today’s blog!
- *winners drawn at random
- *winner notified by March 31st 2018
- *prizes are supplied by me – Sam Hammond Donald, Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator
- *all purchases will automatically get my wonderful goodie pack that I send each month
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
#1 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!