Try buying some basic supplies to build on.

Card Stock When I first got started I didn’t think card stock mattered, but it really does!  Compare it for yourself.  Stamp on regular copy paper, card stock from your local office supply store, and Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White Card Stock.  You’ll see for yourself!

Envelopes  I started with envelopes from my local office supply store.  They cost $27.59 for 250 envelopes at $0.11 apiece.  Ours are $0.16 apiece but again the paper is smoother for a much better image quality.  If you want to compare, look for A2 size which is great for cutting 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper in half and then folded.  If you already have this size envelopes, use them for now.
Crumb Cake
Very Vanilla
Whisper White

Getting Started Colors

Stampin’ Up! had a Getting Started Assortment of card stock a few years back.  I wish we still carried it!  And now Stampin’ Up! sells most Stampin’ Write Markers in color families.  But there are still 14 wonderful colors sold individually.  These colors, along with Whisper White and Very Vanilla, are the ones that are sold in 12″ x 12″ card stock too!  These colors come primarily from the Brights Assortment, but there are also colors from Subtles, Regals, and Neutrals among the 14. So you will find other coordinating embellishments in Candy Dots and Designer Buttons that come in the color families.
 
I think these colors are a great place to get started! 
 
                 Card Stock  Stampin Write Marker  Stampin’ Pad   Ribbons   Cut & Ready Card Bases
                          $6.95                     $3.50      $5.95             $2.95-$8.95             $4.95
Basic Black        8-1/2″x11″  12″x12″   Marker   Stampin’ Pad   Twine 1/8″  3/4″     
Blushing Bride    8-1/2″x11″  12″x12″   Marker   Stampin’ Pad   Twine 1/4″  3/4″  1 1/4″ 
Cherry Cobbler   8-1/2″x11″  12″x12″   Marker   Stampin’ Pad   Twine  1/2″  3/4″  1 1/4″ 
Crumb Cake       8-1/2″x11″  12″x12″   Marker   Stampin’ Pad   1/2″    1 1/4″               Card Bases
Daffodil Delight   8-1/2″x11″   12″x12″   Marker  Stampin’ Pad   1/4″  1/2″  
Early Espresso   8-1/2″x11″  12″x12″   Marker   Stampin’ Pad   Twine  1/4″  1/2″          Card Bases 
Marina Mist        8-1/2″x11″   12″x12″   Marker  Stampin’ Pad    1/4″   3/4″  
Night of Navy     8-1/2″x11″  12″x12″   Marker   Stampin’ Pad    1/2″  
Old Olive           8-1/2″x11   12″x12″   Marker   Stampin’ Pad   Twine   1/8″   
Pear Pizzazz    8-1/2″x11″ 12″x12″    Marker   Stampin’ Pad    1/4″    3/4″    
Pumpkin Pie     8-1/2″x11″ 12″x12″    Marker   Stampin’ Pad   1/4″   3/4″  
Real Red          8-1/2″x11″  12″x12″   Marker   Stampin’ Pad    1/8″   1/4″                 Card Bases
Rich Razzleberry 8-1/1″x11″  12″x12″  Marker  Stampin’ Pad    1/4″ 
Smoky Slate   8-1/2″x11″       –         Marker   Stampin’ Pad    1/8″   3/4″                 Card Bases
Very Vanilla    8-1/2″x11″  12″x12″       –              –                   1/2″   5/8″                 Card Bases
Whisper White 8-1/2″x11″  12″x12″     –          Craft Pad        Twine  1/4″  1/2″  5/8″   Card Bases

 

And these colors show up in our Designer Series Paper too!

All Abloom  Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Flashback   Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla
Maritime     Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White
Park Lane   Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Sweet Taffy  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White

 

Stamp Sets

We have over 200 stamp sets in our 14-15 catalog.  Choosing a stamp set is truly up to you!  But I selected these sets that will give you a lot of flexibility in making cards for all kinds of occasions.

(In order of price)

Image & Greetings, good choices if you can only buy 1 set

  • Banner Banter Wood #134057 $17.95, Clear #134060 $13.95, Set of 10  
  • Wetlands Wood #126695 $21.95, Clear #126697 $16.95, Set of 6
  • Gifts of Kindness Wood #130441 $25.95, Clear #130444 $18.95, Set of 8
  • Embellished Events Wood #131984 $28.95, Clear #126497 $20.95, Set of 11
  • Something to Say Wood #134177 $29.95, Clear #134180 $21.95, Set of 17
  • For the Birds Wood #132001 $32.95, Clear #126407 $24.95, Set of 8
  • A Fitting Occasion Wood #131952 $37.95, Clear #127049 $27.95, Set of 24

Images, mostly

  • Kinda Eclectic Wood #135347 $27.95, Clear #135350 $19.95, Set of 6
  • Choose Happiness Wood #134195 $24.95, Clear #134198 $17.95, Set of 7  
  • Mosaic Madness Wood #130246 $26.95 #130249 $18.95, Set of 11
  • By the Tide Wood #131910 $27.95 #129120 $19.95, Set of 7
  • Everything Eleanor Wood #131987 $36.95 #124164 $26.95,  Set of 8

Greetings

  • Four You Wood #130535 $14.95, Clear #130538 $11.95,  Set of 4
  • Occasions 4 You  Wood # 134333 $18.95, Clear #134336 $14.95,  Set of 4
  • Fabulous Four Wood #134171 $19.95, Clear #134174 $14.95, Set of 4
  • A Dozen Thoughts Wood #131056 $26.95, Clear #131059 $18.95, Set of 12
  • Petite Pairs Wood #128706 $28.95, Clear #122497 $20.95, Set of 18
  • @SoSocial Wood #134189 $36.95, Clear #134192 $26.95, Set of 21
  • Big News Wood #134015 $43.95, Clear #134018 $31.95, Set of 11 
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes Wood #128748 $36.95, Clear #127802 $26.95,  Set of 24
  • And Many More Wood #134273 $36.95, Clear #134276 $26.95, Set of 24 
 

 

 

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