I love all the beautiful projects but where do I begin?
I remember the first time I was handed a Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog and being totally overwhelmed. There was just so much! I remember taking home the catalog, pouring over it, loving so many gorgeous projects, and having no idea on where to begin.
Kits are a great way to get your feet wet.
Stampin’ Up! offers several fabulous all inclusive kit options for those just getting started (click the pictures for the direct links to my Online Store).
Paper Pumpkin is the Stampin’ Up! $22 monthly subscription box. Paper Pumpkin kits are all inclusive kits that are designed for anyone who wants to quickly and easily achieve beautiful, handcrafted projects—anytime and anywhere! Each month you get a new project that’s great for all types of crafters. It always includes fun coordinating products – a stamp set, ink spot, and all the consumables to make pre-designed projects but also the kit can unleash your creativity to design your own projects using elements in the kit. You can find out more here.
Projects with a Purpose (pages 200 – 203 in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog)
Looking Up Card Kit (#149651 $27.00) – Create beautiful all-occasion cards in minutes using the Looking Up Card Kit. Perfect for new crafters, busy crafters, or crafters on the go. Makes 15 cards; folded card size: 4” x 6” (10.2 x 15.2 cm). Kit includes the Looking Up Stamp Set. Complete using your choice of adhesive. Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink, Pool Party
* Set of 7 photopolymer stamps and a clear acrylic block
* 15 card bases: 3 each of 5 designs
* 15 printed envelopes
* Ink spot and embellishments
Notes Of Kindness Card Kit (#148266 $35) – This kit makes it easy to create and send your heartfelt greetings. Makes 20 cards – 5 each of 4 designs. Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sea Foam.
* Set of 6 photopolymer stamps
* Clear stamp block
* 20 printed card bases and coordinating printed envelopes
* Giftable kraft box
* Die-cut stickers and accents
* Archival Basic Black Ink Stampin’ Spot
* Baker’s Twine
* Stampin’ Dimensionals
* Adhesive-backed pearls
Lots Of Happy Card Kit (#146388 $35.00) – There’s lots to love in this all-inclusive card kit. Create all-occasion cards, then add your own color using the included Watercolor Pencils. Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, green, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand.
* Makes 20 cards, 4 each of 5 designs, using the included Lots of Happy Stamp Set
* Folded card sizes: 2″ x 3-1/2″, 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, 4″ x 3-1/2″, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (5.1 x 8.9 cm, 6.4 x 11.4 cm, 10.2 x 8.9 cm, 10.8 x 14 cm)
* Includes set of 7 photopolymer stamps
* clear stamp block
* 20 printed card bases and coordinating envelopes
* giftable kraft box
* printed, gold foil, white, and vellum die-cut accents
* white/gold foil labels
* Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot
* full-size Watercolor Pencils in Flirty Flamingo, green, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry
* Stampin’ Dimensionals
Kits (pages 58 – 61 in the January – June Mini Catalog)
Three Cheers For You Kit (#151304 $27.00) – Create beautiful all-occasion cards in minutes using the Three Cheers for You Card Kit. This kit is perfect for new crafters, busy crafters, or crafters on the go. It’s one of our all-inclusive project kits, so everything you need is inside the box! Complete using your choice of adhesive. Product colors: Copper, kraft, Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile, and white.
* Kit includes the Three Cheers for You Stamp Set
* Makes 12 cards: 3 each of 4 designs
* Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm)
* Includes 6″ x 4-3/4″ x 1-13/16″ (15.2 x 12.1 x 4.6 cm) printed designer box
* Complete using your choice of adhesive
What are the Essentials I need to get started?
These are my crafting essentials on my desk and in my go bag ~
- Paper Snips
- Simply Shammy
- Bone Folder
- Paper Trimmer
- Take Your Pick
- Stampin’ Pierce Mat
- Grid Paper (or scratch paper)
- Silicone Craft Sheet
- Block D
- Memento Black ink
- Adhesive – (Multipurpose Liquid Glue/Stampin’ Dimensionals/Mini Glue Dots/ Tear & Tape/Snail)
- **glue and residue eraser (from Amazon/ Michael’s/ JoAnns)
Tools to gradually add later:
- Clear Blocks (A-J)
- Heat Tool
- Die Cutting Machine
- Simply Scored Scoring Tool
- Stampin’ Scrub / Stampin’ Mist
- Aqua Painters
I want it all but what should I order first?
Jumping into a new hobby can be overwhelming & can quickly become expensive (especially when we want it all) and most of us have to stick to a budget.
First take a look at my Crafting Essentials list – tools aren’t as sexy as stamp sets and pretty paper but they can make your creating experience easier. I would suggest getting the Simply Shammy and at least one adhesive on your first order. The Simply Shammy makes keeping your stamps clean (ink can quickly get everywhere) and you’ll need adhesive to create your project.
Next look for one stamp set (be aware of what the suggested clear blocks you’ll need) that has a mix of images and sentiments that you love. Does it have a coordinating Punch? Is there one pack of Designer Series Paper that would coordinate with the stamp set you’ve picked? The important thing is to choose something that you can’t wait to create with.
Then choose 2 or 3 classic ink pads in the same color family or that is listed in the coordinating colors on the Designer Series Paper pack that you’ve picked. The BEST thing about Stampin’ Up! is that their inks, papers, markers, embellishments, and ribbons all match making it easy to color coordinate our projects.
Once you’ve chosen your colors you’ll need some paper. I would suggest getting our smaller sized Whisper White Note Card & Envelope pack for your pre-cut card bases (especially if you don’t have a paper trimmer) or a pack of Whisper White 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock to create your card bases and Whisper White Medium Envelopes. Then maybe add a pack of 8 1/2″ x 11″ Assortment cardstock in the color family of your chosen colors.
And then don’t forget the bling. Again Stampin’ Up! has color coordinated the ribbons and embellishments. So pick a pack that matches the colors you’ve chosen or choose a pack of Rhinestones or Pearl Basic Jewels that match everything.
If you want to recreate a card or sample in the catalogs or that you’ve found on Pintrest I will help you figure out what you need.
How do I put the stickers on my new stamps?
What’s a Stamparatus?
**I will be adding videos and tips to the section so be sure to check back!