Such a lovely card. It looks fancy, but it’s really quite easy. If you already have a greeting stamp, blocks, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and a Stampin’ Pierce Mat, all the card stock, Designer Series Paper, ink, and envelopes comes to $62.95. You could then select the Lots of Lavender stamp set as your Sale-a-Bration item and get that free!

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Yep. Stamps, Ink, & Paper are what we’re all about. And when you get started with paper crafting, that’s what you will want to invest in first. So lets start on this page about the stamps. Then I would suggest you move on to my page about Color (ink and paper). You will probably also want to read my pages about Cutting and Scoring, Adhesives, and More.

When you order for the first time, buy a stamp set that you like. If it doesn’t have many greetings, consider ordering a set with words that say Thank you and Happy Birthday and maybe Get Well and Congratulations. That will cover most of your needs. You will want some card stock. I always recommend Whisper White and/or Very Vanilla and then an assortment. You can get an assortment in any of the color families or there are packs of 3 colors that go with the printed Designer Series Paper. The get a stamp pad and refill in at least one of the colors that you selected. Don’t forget envelopes. Later, you might want to add an embellishment or a punch.

I put together some Starter Kits for people who are signing up to be a demonstrator, but each Starter Kit would also make a great set of supplies for beginner stampers.

What’s So Special about Stamps from Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! sells quality red rubber and clear photopolymer stamps in sets. The red rubber sets come in wood-mount that include the blocks and clear-mount. I prefer clear-mount stamps because I can store more stamp sets in my tiny stamp corner.

Clear Mount

(We no longer carry the cling sheets shown in this video.)

I like to keep my stamps and blocks very clean with a microfiber cloth. When I clean before mounting the stamps on the block, they do not fall off. Some people leave the labels off the clear-mount stamps so they cling better. Others use temporary adhesive, as shown in the video.

You will need Clear Blocks for your clear-mount or photopolymer stamps. The catalogs now suggest the sizes you will need for each stamp set. You can probably get by with the D Block for most stamp sets, but the better the fit, the easier it is to get a good image without ink in the wrong place.

Photopolymer Stamps

Photopolymer stamp sets now come in standard clear-mount sized cases.

I recommend you use a Stampin’ Pierce Mat when using photopolymer sets.

Photopolymer Stamp case inserts and tips

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This project shows off a bit of what Stampin’ Blends can do. These markers easily blend rich Stampin’ Up! colors. You can also change the color of white ribbon, White Perfect Accents, Pearl Basic Gems, Rhinestone Basic Gems, or Clear Faceted Gems. Try them!

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P.S. I know the camera is too far away. I have a new camera mount and a better microphone. And thanks to a tumble from the night stand, I have a new phone as well. I tried recording this project three times with the new tools, but I had difficulty getting them all to play nice together. Hopefully this will be the last video recorded from afar.

Fast Fuse 5-Day Sale

When you buy ONE Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get TWO Fast Fuse Adhesive refills for FREE! This deal starts today, February 8, 2018 and ends on February 12. Remember, that’s five days only—while supplies last! Prepare to stock up and save!
(Note: Be sure to read the Stampin’ Up! website. There may be a different item number for the free refills.)

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This bunny is so sweet I think I just want to cuddle it! The Sweet Little Someone stamp set is a 3-Step stamp with near photographic detail. I stamped it in soft browns, but you could also go pink, blue, purple, or whatever color you want.

I was on the Leaders to Leaders (L2L) team. We gave input in planning the Stamparatus. One reward was to get this wonderful new tool early. I used mine to make 26 “Swaps” for a local Stampin’ Up! team event. It positions the image precisely and it’s great for making multiple projects!

I show a way to cut the window with nearly the same precision. I also show a clever way to punch a little framed label with with Everyday Label Punch. In the video, I show how to do it but I said I would not use the frame for the label… but I did. It was that easy.

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I knew I had to have this stamp set. I think I would love it even if we didn’t live near the ocean. It’s so pretty! The card is another one of those cards that is so quick you’re done before you realize it. It really surprised me!

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I saw this stamp set and thought of my granddaughter. She wears these shoes all the time. You cannot buy this stamp set… You can only get it free during Sale-a-Bration with a qualifying order of $50 here in the US. I was kind of surprised how quickly this card went together. I think you can hear that in my voice on the video. This card is an easy one to get started with too. There is no need for a Big Shot Die Cutting Machine or even punches. You can do this!

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