Saturday, 3 December 2016

Jems December Blog Hop

Happy December and welcome to the Jems Blog Hop !

The theme this month is a review of 2016 so I thought I would pick some of my  personal Stampin Up highlights along with photos of some of my favourite makes.  If you don't want to read it all feel free to scroll thru the pictures - I'll never know lol !

The year started on a high as during January I finally managed to achieve my promotion to the Silver Elite title, something I had been working towards for a while  and it was a very special day as there were others celebrating achievements on the same day too.

In April, it was the OnStage Local event at Telford and the first time I had qualified to attend the CentreStage evening for leaders.


I was also very flattered to be asked to be a Display Stamper and make some samples for the display boards, which meant I got to play with some brand new  ( and top secret ) products ! We had to make 20 items, a mixture of cards, scrapbook pages and 3D projects but due to a shipping delay we only had 3 weeks to get them ready. Here are a few of my favourite makes......



Seems ages since my girls were this tiny - the eldest will be 18 at Christmas!


And I got to walk across the stage and spend some very valued time with the rest of the team....



And we had so much fun we did it all again in November....


And saw some gorgeous new products, which will be available very soon.

Throughout the year I have continued my weekly Wednesday classes and monthly Card and a Cuppa events.  I really enjoy the company of my class ladies, some of whom have been coming for over 5 years now, and it has also been nice to welcome some new faces.
Here are some of our projects......


And my favourite stamp set of the year ? Got to be this cutie ...




I've also started doing some Crafternoon Tea events at a local tea room- crafting AND cake, what more could a girl want ?



Also, just last week I got the opportunity to travel to the UK office in High Wycombe and take part in the Christmas Cheer Challenge, a charity event  for Ronald McDonald House. The aim was to make 100 cards each during the day and it was a fantastic team effort and we made over 800 !!



And after almost 29 years with the same employer I had the opportunity to take Voluntary Redundancy and so am hoping to extend my SU activities even further next year. Exciting times ahead ....

I hope you can see the many ways that SU has enriched my life and if you would like to get involved , please get in touch as I would be so pleased to welcome you to my team ..... and there may be a fantastic joining offer soon đŸ˜‰

Everybody needs a dose of SU Magic- it's so much more than stamps and ink ! x

Enjoy the rest of the Hop













21 comments:

  1. WOW Julie what an amazing year you've had & all because if Stampin Up! Thanks for sharing your year & giving me food for thought.x

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    1. Thanks Sharon, I was very tempted to add that I'd also learned how to do links for a Blog Hop........but I couldn't tempt fate lol ! x

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  2. What a brilliant year Julie! Always love your colour combo's. k x

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  3. Some fabulous projects and yep, it's certainly been a great year Julie, and I hope that next year will be even more rewarding for you, you deserve it for all your hard work.
    Enjoyed your company at Telford and look forward to may morexx

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    1. Thanks Twinny, we will always share that special day x

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  4. Julie you have had a wonderful yer and its all down to your hard work and consistency! So pleased to have you on this journey with us x

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    1. I can't believe how far my journey has taken me and thank you for your continued support and believing in me x

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  5. Wow! What an amazing year and all that work certainly has paid off! Go you! and of course, great projects too :-)
    Hugs xx

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    1. Thanks Sarah -Jane - and with your help I've improved my blogging capabilities too ! X

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  6. Lovely review of your very SUccessful year.... So very well deserved with all your hard work and inspirational to us all... Can't wait to see what 2017 brings you...

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    1. Thanks Amanda, enjoyed our late night 'chats' too ! x

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  7. Beautiful scrap booking. I'm glad you had a lovely time Christmas crafting x

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    1. Thank you, it was a lovely day for a fantastic cause x

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  8. Some really inspiring and beautiful makes -wow! Congratulations too on all your SU achievements this year.

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    1. Thanks Katy, lovely to look back on now they are teenagers x

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  10. Congrats on your amazing achievements this year and hope it continues to get better! I love all your makes they are gorgeous but especially the first pic of your book I like that!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I enjoyed making that book x

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