Starter Kit of Tools

Just like a cook with a well stocked kitchen of tools, having the right papercrafting tools can make the difference between an enjoyable and fun experience or one with a few more struggles. I have a Recommended Stamper’s Toolkit, which is the ultimate kit of tools, and listed below is a paired down ‘getting started version’.

The total is $124.25, unless you Join Stampin’ Up! and then it’s $99 with free shipping.

Personally, if I were planning to purchase over $100, I would consider Joining Stampin’ Up!  I have a webpage here that talks about all of the benefits of joining, but the main ones are:

  • the 20% product discount (thru October or longer if you love it and keep ordering)
  • free shipping on your first starter kit order
  • early access to new products and catalogs
  • ability to increase discount to 25% on-going

Once you Join Stampin’ Up! you can use your discount to pick your stamps, ink and paper and get crafting! The hardest part will be choosing from all of the pretty projects! Browse through the current catalogs for inspiration to get started and then let me know what projects you like and I can help you put together a shopping list. Plus I have a recipe for each project in the catalog that we can consult for your list.

Shopping List

Tag Buffet Cards & Gift Card Holders

Take the Tag Buffet Kit a step further by making a few cards out of tags and then package them up for a sweet gift. Four cards and envelopes fit in one Acrylic Box. The Tag Buffet has a few extra tree dies and gold thread, which I used to decorate the outside of the box.

Full list of supplies needed, listed below. A die cutting machine is needed for these cards.
Card Base (2): Real Red Cardstock 11 x 4-1/4 and score at 5-1/2 and then at 2-3/4”.
Card Base (2): Shaded Spruce Cardstock 8 1/2 h” x 5 1/2″ w folded to 5 1/2″ w x 4 1/4″ h.
Tags: Choose 4 tags.
Front Background (2): Gold Foil 4″ w x 2-1/2” h.
Inside Layer (4): Whisper White Cardstock 5-1/4″h x 4” w.
Belly Band: Shaded Spruce Cardstock 1″h x 8″ w.

  1. Affix all stamps to Acrylic Blocks.
  2. Make the Tag Buffet Kit
  3. Make 2 Gift Card Holders:
    1. Fold the Real Red Card Bases along the score lines with the Bone Folder to sharpen the crease.
    2. On the 2-3/4” flap punch put half of a 1-1/2” circle and then add adhesive on the two sides and fold to create a pocket for a gift card/money.
    1. Stamp the sentiment in Real Red towards the bottom of the inside layer and attach with Stampin’ Seal.
    2. Emboss the Front Background with the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder and layer to the front flap on the bottom.
    3. Attach a finished tag to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
    4. Make a double bow with the Gold Twine and add to the top of the tag.
    5. Decorate 2 Envelopes.
  4. Make 2 Cards:
    1. Fold the Shaded Spruce Card Bases along the score lines with the Bone Folder to sharpen the crease.
    2. Disassemble the two tags.
    3. Cut the tag portion off the two patterned piece of paper to make two rectangles. Then cut the rectangles in half.
    4. Attach two matching rectangles to the middle edges of the Card Base.
    5. Attach the Tag
    6. Add Gilded Gems.
    7. Decorate remaining 2 Inside Layers and attach.
    8. Decorate 2 Envelopes.
  5. Decorate the Acetate Box:
    1. Wrap the Belly Band around the box, use your fingers to crease at the corners and attach to itself with Stampin’ Seal.
    2. Wrap Gold Thread from Kit around the Belly Band and tie in a knot.
    3. Attach a leftover Tree to the Belly Band with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
    4. Slide all the cards and envelopes in and close.
  6. So cute! Now give it to someone special.

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Stamper’s Toolkit

Design inspired by Michelle Litwiller.

Tag Buffet

Create stunning seasonal gift tags with the Tag Buffet Project Kit and the Tag Buffet Stamp Set! This duo is perfect for new crafters, busy crafters, or crafters on the go. Pair with ink and your choice of adhesive for complete tags. This is a semi-inclusive card kit. Semi-inclusive kits require additional supplies to complete. Take a look at the Shopping List below to see the additional products needed. To keep costs down, you could use the same ink color on all the tags.

The best part of Kits, is all the materials are all pre-cut! Yipeee!

  1. Affix all stamps to Acrylic Blocks.
  2. Separate all of the die cuts into little piles. There are supplies to make 5 each of 6 designs for 30 total tags!
  3. Take a look at the instructions sheet inside the kit and the pictures of the finished tags.
  4. Choose one of the 6 designs – ornament, bird, presents, tree, stocking or foliage and assemble the five tags. Assemble each of the tags and finish with the gold trim.
  5. So pretty and easy!

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Stamper’s Toolkit

Simply Citrus

You’ll have all the bases covered with this all-inclusive all-occasion card kit!

Create beautiful uplifting cards in minutes using the Simply Citrus 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! The kit includes five vibrant contains Calypso Coral, Garden Green, Just Jade, Mango Melody, Night of Navy, and white.

I love how with these kits, there is NO cutting needed. All the die cuts and cards are pre-cut. You just stamp and stick and you’re done. This makes it a great kit for crafters or aspiring crafters.

Kit Contents
  • Kit includes the Simply Citrus Stamp Set
  • Makes 15 cards: 3 each of 5 designs
  • Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm)
  • Includes 9-1/4″ x 9-1/4″ x 1-7/8″ (23.5 x 23.5 x 4.8 cm) printed cardboard box. 

Shopping List

Place your order through my online store directly or send me your order and I’ll take care of it for you!

Seriously the Best

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just want to sit down and be creative – RIGHT NOW! Those who know me, know spontaneity doesn’t come often, but when it does, Kits from Stampin’ Up! make it possible. The Seriously the Best Semi-inclusive Kit came in handy for some lunch creativity with my good friend earlier this spring. I just love the colors in this kit! And the sentiments versatile sentiments – Congrats, Thanks and Hello Friend –  will be used again and again.

The kit includes a wide variety of gorgeous botanical and and vellum die cut pieces, brightly colored card bases, embellishments, coordinating envelopes and a beautiful box to store our finished cards in . We added ink pads in the recommended colors – Pretty Peacock and Calypso Coral and the Seriously the Best stamp set and we were ready to go!

In an hour we had each completed six cards, and felt refreshed from our craft-therapy. No stress required. Here’s the details:

  • Makes 16 cards: 4 each of 4 designs
  • Folded card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Includes 6″ x 4-3/4″ x 1-13/16″ (15.2 x 12.1 x 4.6 cm) printed designer box
  • Stamps, ink, and adhesive sold separately
  • Recommended products to complete the kit: Seriously the Best Stamp Set, Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile Classic Stampin’ pads, SNAIL Adhesive, and Stampin’ Dimensionals

Product Colors: Balmy Blue, gold, Mango Melody, Mint Macaron, Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile