AWHT Blog Hop, Christmas

AWHT Heart of Christmas Week 7


Hello Everyone,

Today I am once again participating in a Blog Hop with some other Art with Heart Team members! Members from the Art with Heart Team will bringing you ideas for Christmas weekly from now until Christmas! I’m hoping to get a post up regularly and help myself get on top of my Christmas tags and cards especially, but hopefully some off the page items too!

This week I am excited to share my latest card. This idea has been floating around in my head for a few weeks and after a bit of tweaking I think it looks really cute! I’d love to hear what you think of it!

I must admit that I really love using Crumb Cake in my Christmas projects, and it goes perfectly with the Foxy Friends set. I wanted to make a silhouette appearance with the reindeer, but I also wanted it subtle. I also wanted a modern, clean look for the card. This is what I came up with!

AWHT Heart of Christmas Wk7

To make the card: 

  • I started with a Crumb Cake card base (half of an A4 sheet)
  • I also used a piece of Crumb Cake measuring 9.5cm x 13.9cm
  • On this piece I used the solid face image and the antlers making a pattern diagonally.
  • I then stamped the reindeer (I only needed the face) using Crumb Cake, and Memento for the face details and punched this using the Foxy Friends punch)
  • Still using the Crumb Cake I stamped the antlers and fussy cut this out, assembling it behind the punched out face.
  • Using the Pretty Label Punch I punched 2 x Crumb Cake, 2 x Pool Party and 1 x Gold Foil Card
  • I cut the Pool Party pieces in to pieces to assemble behind one of the Crumb Cake Labels to create a border/ mat.
  • I used the New Label Punch on the Gold Foil card and adhered this on top of the Labels.
  • I popped up the reindeer face on top, using a Dimensional
  • Using the Gold metallic thread (looped around 4 of my fingers a few times) I layered this in behind the Labels, and glued this to the card front.
  • I trimmed off a small portion of the Crumb cake and a slightly larger version of the Gold Foil. I then stamped “From Us” on to the Crumb cake portion using the Memento Ink. I placed this at the top of the card
  • I then used Dimensionals to pop the card front on to the card base

For a full list of supplies see the bottom of this post.

Thanks for visiting me today I hope you liked the card! If you head back to Judy’s blog she has a list of the other AWHT members participating this week! I can’t wait to see what the other ladies have made.


Supplies List:
These will link you directly to my store.
Card: Crumb CakePool PartyGold Foil Sheets
Ink: Crumb CakeMemento Ink
Stamps: Foxy FriendsThoughtful Banners
Tools: Foxy Friends PunchPretty Label PunchNew Label Punch
Other: Gold Metallic ThreadTombow, Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals

AWHT Blog Hop, Christmas, Uncategorized

AWHT The Heart of Christmas


Hello Everyone,

Today I am once again participating in a Blog Hop with some other Art with Heart Team members! Members from the Art with Heart Team will bringing you ideas for Christmas weekly from now until Christmas! I may not participate every week, but I’m hoping to get a post up regularly and help myself get on top of my Christmas tags and cards especially, but hopefully some off the page items too!

This is my third week participating and so far I’ve made a few tags, so I thought it was time to get my Christmas cards underway too! The card I’m sharing today is an update to one I made last year. I’ve changed some of the products around, as some of the elements have retired.

AWHT The Heart of Christmas

For my card this week I have gone with “traditional” colours using Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Whisper White.

I’ve used a non-Christmas themed stamp, as I really like to make the most of my stamp sets. So I have used “Number of Years” to make the leaves and flowers, and also the banner at the top. Given that it is a Birthday set, it didn’t have a sentiment related to Christmas, so I grabbed my trusty “Teeny Tiny Sentiments” set for the Merry Christmas.

AWHT The Heart of Christmas pic2To make the card: 

  • I started with a Garden Green card base (half of an A4 sheet)
  • I used 2 pieces of Cherry Cobbler measuring 10cm x 14.4cm (one for the mat on the card front, the other for inside the card)
  • I also used 2 pieces of Whisper White measuring 9.5cm x 13.9cm (one for the front and one for inside)
  • I stamped the leaves with Garden Green and the flowers with Cherry Cobbler (don’t forget inside of your card!)
  • I then ran the front stamped piece through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • I stamped the banner with Garden Green and the sentiment with Cherry Cobbler. I then used the banner die from the matching Large Numbers Framelits to die cut the sentiment, and also cut a 2nd banner with Cherry Cobbler to layer underneath the sentiment
  • Using a strip of Garden Green 1″ wide I punched another banner with the Banner Triple Punch
  • The banner sentiment was popped up using Stampin’ Up! dimensionals
  • For a bit of added glitz I also painted over the flowers with the Wink of Stella pen!

For a full list of the products used see the bottom of this post.

AWHT The Heart of Christmas pic3AWHT The Heart of Christmas pic4

Thanks for popping by. If you head back to our leader Claire’s blog post here, you will be able to find a list of other participants in this week’s hop!

Products used:

Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Garden GreenWhisper White

Ink: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler

Stamp Sets: Number of YearsTeeny Tiny Sentiments

Tools: Big ShotLarge Number FramelitsTriple Banner PunchSoftly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Other: Wink of Stella

Adhesives: TombowStampin’ Up! Dimensionals


AWHT Blog Hop, Bundles, Planning, Planners and Bullet journals, Uncategorized

Art With Heart Team Favourite New Bundles

AWHT Blog Hop

Today the Art with Heart Team girls are showing you their favourite bundles from the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Catalogue. Bundles make creating a breeze, because of the perfect coordination. It’s a bonus that you get 10% off by bundling the products together too. There are 24 bundles in the new catalogue so ask us about them, or for a catalogue today!

With so many bundles to choose from you can imagine I have a few on my wishlist! I managed to narrow down a couple to start with which I chose because they looked so versatile.

So today I am sharing the new Tabs for Everything bundle. I knew when I first saw this one that it would be perfect for planning as well as card making AND scrapbooking! I love my planners and always am looking for a way that I can make it look attractive, bright and inviting (as I think it makes me want to look in it and use it more) and of course helps me keep organised. At the moment I do a mix of bullet journalling and normal planning and this year I have combined the two in one planner. If you haven’t heard of Bullet Journalling and  you have an interest in planning, I suggest you look in to it. It’s a fabulous tool for keeping on top of things/ life.


Now for my projects!




My first card could either be for a boy or just a nice gender neutral card. I’ve paired one of the new in colours with one of last year’s in colour.

From the Tabs for Everything set I have used the words “happy” “birthday” and also the images of the birthday cake and the arrow. I love how you can use the outline of the image by itself, or fill the image with colour using the shaded stamp! On the front I used the striped stamp too. I also used the new Tab punch to add to the card.

Here is a closer look at the images:


Products used:
Cardstock: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist
Ink: Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Memento Black
Embossing: Sparkle TIEF
Punches: Circle Tab Punch, Classic Label Punch, 3/4″ Circle
Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelits
Stamps: Tabs for everything
Other: Wink of Stella


For the girly version of this card I used two of the new in colours! I changed the birthday cake for a crown and the arrow for a heart. Instead of having “Happy Birthday”, I replaced it with “Birthday wishes”. Too easy!

Here is a close up version of this card:


Products used:
Cardstock: Berry Burst, Whisper White, Powder Pink
Ink: Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Memento Black
Embossing: Sparkle TIEF
Punches: Circle Tab Punch, Classic Label Punch, 3/4″ Circle
Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelits
Stamps: Tabs for everything
Other: Wink of Stella

This bundle is also great for little pockets. I made a baby shower card and was able to put a little pocket on the inside of the card:


And the stamps are absolutely perfect for Bullet Journalling as I mentioned earlier! I was able to use a mix of the image stamps and the words to fill in my weekly planner and also to make a heading in my  Bullet Journal section!


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. If you are following the blog hop click on the image below to head to Sharon’s blog, and if for any reason you get lost along the way the full list of AWHT participants is also listed below.

papercrafts-signatureart with heart Next Blog1. Rachel Palmieri
2. Caroline Manwaring
3. Kate Morgan
4. Alisha Watson
5. Claire Daly
6. Rachel Woollard
7. Rebecca Jacovou
8. Kimberly Hern
9. Judy May
10. Tina Gillespie
11. Catherine Proctor
12. Andrea Roberts  <= you are here 🙂
13. Sharon Davern
14. Monika O’Neill
15. Ros Davidson

AWHT Blog Hop, Christmas, Uncategorized

The Heart of Christmas Blog Hop


Hello Everyone,

Today I am participating in a Blog Hop with some other Art with Heart Team members! Members from the Art with Heart Team will bringing you ideas for Christmas weekly from now until Christmas! Now I may not participate weekly, but I’m hoping to get a post up regularly and help myself get on top of my Christmas tags and cards especially, but hopefully some off the page items too!

I was inspired by our new In Colours and wanted to have a modern twist for my tags this week. So I used Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst.

Using the solid rectangle from the Thoughtful Banners set I used both in colours to create my background. 

I added the sentiments in Memento Black from the same set, along with the “Merry Christmas” from Teeny Tiny Sentiments. I then punched this out using the Classic Label Punch.

I finished off one tag with Rhinestones and the other with sequins, just to add a bit of glitz!

Thanks for popping by. If you head back to Claire’s blog post here you will be able to find a list of other participants in this week’s hop!


AWHT Blog Hop, Christmas, Uncategorized

The Heart of Christmas Blog Hop


Hi Everyone,

Today I am participating in a Blog Hop with some other Art with Heart Team members, to bring you some ideas for Christmas! Funny enough I didn’t need much encouragement to craft for Christmas since I LOVE Christmas…you know, just a little (ha ha).

I know each Christmas I use a lot of gift tags (because I LOVE Christmas remember, and that means spoiling those closest to me!). So it seemed only fitting that my first Christmas project for this year (yes, in May, much to my husband’s astonishment) that I make a tag.

I did make a similar Christmas card to this last year, I just altered it a little to make a smaller version.


I punched my piece of Crumb Cake cardstock with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch and then ran it through the Big Shot with my Brick Wall Textured Embossing Folder.
I diecut the wreath using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and adhered it using my Fine Tip Glue pen. I then used the Holly Berry Punch on Real Red cardstock to punch the bow and berries. With the Stampin’ Write Marker (Real Red) I added some details to the bow. I stamped the Christmas greeting from the timeless Teeny Tiny sentiments stamp set in Real Red and diecut that using the banner die in the Popcorn Box Thinlits. I popped up the sentiment with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished off with a bit of Wink of Stella over the berries.  Is it even possible to do anything Christmas related without Wink of Stella? (no! Not if you are me!).


* Holly Berry Builder Punch
* Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
* Swirly Scribbles Thinlit dies
* Popcorn Box Thinlit dies
* Wink of Stella (Clear)
* Stampin’ Write Markers (Real Red)
* Brick Wall Textured Embossing Folder
* Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to check out the other Art with Heart participants for this Blog Hop, head back to Claire’s blog and you can find a list of all the participants with links.



2017-2018 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek

AWHT Blog Hop

Tonight I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some fabulous ideas to inspire you from our brand new 2017-2018 annual catalogue, which is available 1st June. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!

It’s an exciting time with the New Annual Catalogue almost ready for release. As a demonstrator we get to pre-order some of the new pretties to play with – oh my, so much fun!

So I narrowed my choices for today’s sneak peek to include:
– Label Me Pretty stamp and punch bundle
– Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set
– Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack


For the first card I decided to make a fancy fold card for a change, so I made a double fold card. Using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set I made my own pattern paper and the Label Me Pretty bundle to finish the card with a sentiment. I also used 4 of the 5 new In-Colours; Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist.


For my second card I wanted to use a card from the new Memories & More collection. I chose this card in Old Olive and matched with with Dapper Denim and a hint of Berry Burst for a bit of a lift. I love this new stamp in the Label Me Pretty set! It’s so pretty!! I coloured the image with Stampin’ Write Markers and a swipe of Wink of Stella across the banner.


Thanks for stopping by as part of the Art with Heart Team blog hop, I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek of the new products today. The next blog you are off to is with the talented Rachel Palmieri.

art with heart Next Blog

1. Tina Gillespie
2. Ros Davidson
3. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
4. Kate Morgan
5. Andrea Roberts
6. Rachel Palmieri
7. Alisha Watson
8. Kimberly Hern
9. Monika O’Neill
10. Claire Daly
11. Sharon Davern
12. Rachel Woollard
13. Caroline Manwaring
14. Judy May
15. Catherine Proctor
16. Rebecca Jacovou



AWHT Blog Hop, Feminine, Male card, Retiring Product

2017 Retiring products: Art with Heart Blog Hop

AWHT Blog Hop

Today I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some projects using our favourite retiring products from both the 2016-2017 annual and 2017 occasions catalogues!

Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off but are only available until sold out. Be sure to place orders before the sun sets on these items on 31 May. You don’t want to miss out – ask me how!

This time of year is so bittersweet with the release of the retiring list! It’s so exciting to think that the new Annual Catalogue is just around the corner (and as Demonstrators we have already seen what is to come!!),  but we also have to say goodbye to some of our favourite products. We always try and guess which products it could be, or ones that would be missed personally, but sometimes they catch you by surprise.

So for today’s blog hop I wanted to use my very favourite products and use them to make cards for both female and male to show you their versatility. These products can be used and paired in so many different ways and if you have been thinking about them, then I wouldn’t hesitate. I can tell you I don’t think I can let them go out of my stash 😉

AWHT retiring products blog hop

First up I have the female version of my card and treat holder. I had originally intended to share a project using some Occasions products that are retiring, but when I looked carefully at the retiring list and saw some old faithfuls on there I quickly changed my mind.


I started by choosing two of the 2015-2017 In-Colours that are retiring; Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe. I then paired them with Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake. I used the Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on the Mint Macaron cardstock. I then used the Gorgeous Grunge stamps (using the second generation stamping method) in the Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron. I also used these same colours to stamp and then punch the Petite Petals. To make the Petite Petals pop I placed them on a foam mat and used the bottom of my piercer to gently draw a circle and the petals curl up! I love to use this trick! I glued them down the bottom of the white card.
Using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamps I stamped the “happy birthday” and punched it out using the Decorative label punch. I then punch another Decorative Label with the Tip Top Taupe, cut it in half and glued it to the back of the stamped one to make a faux mat. I centered this embellishment on the white card and then mounted that on to the Tip Top Taupe mat and attached this to the Mint Macaron embossed piece using Dimensionals.

AWHT Retiring products blog hop - card inside
The inside also us stamped using the Gorgeous Grunge, like on the front of the card. I also used some left over Petite Petals in the top left and bottom right of the card.
The retiring products I have used are:
Mint Macaron ink
Tip Top Taupe card
Endless Birthday wishes stamp set
Petite Petals clear stamp set
Petite Petals punch
Decorative label punch
Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

AWHT Retiring Products Blog Hop - Male

For the male version of the card I again started with the Tip Top Taupe as the base. I used a Pumpkin Pie mat. I must say that I always find male cards a bit more challenging than female cards, so this card changed a few times in the process of making. I made my own patterned paper by stamping a piece of Pacific Point card using matching ink, with “birthday boy” from the Endless Birthday Wishes set. I then used the Gorgeous Grunge set again on the Whisper White card, using second generation stamping. The “happy” is from the Hello You Thinlit dies. I die cut this in both Whisper White and Basic Black and slightly off set them to give the appearance of a shadow/ 3D. The word BIRTHDAY was stamped using Wild Wasabi ink and the Labeler Alphabet stamp set, I then used Dimensionals to attach to the card.

The retiring products I have used are:
Tip Top Taupe card
Endless Birthday wishes stamp set
Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
Hello You Thinlit dies

AWHT Retiring Products Blog Hop

The last thing I wanted to share were my little treat holders! They were so easy and quick to make. I started with a strip of Tip Top Taupe, measuring 2″ x 8″. I scored on the long side, at 3.5″ and 4.5″. I then punched both ends using the Tag Topper punch.

For the female version I punched a window using the Decorative label punch and then cut a small piece of acetate to go on the inside of the holder. I decorated the holder using the Petite Petals again and a piece of Whisper White twine to hold it all together.

For the male version I ran the front section (up to the first score line) with the Lucky Stars Textured Embossing folder. I punched a piece of Pumpkin Pie card with the Decorative Label punch, and die cut a piece of Wild Wasabi with the ovals framelits and Whisper White with with Stitched Oval framelits. I glued the two ovals together and attached them on to decorative label diecut using Dimensionals, with a piece of white ribbon between. The sentiment is using the Endless Birthday wishes again in Wild Wasabi ink.

The retiring products I have used are:
Tip Top Taupe card
Endless Birthday wishes stamp set
Petite Petals clear stamp set
Petite Petals punch
Decorative label punch
Lucky Stars Textured Embossing folder

Thanks for stopping by I hope you have enjoyed my projects today using some great classics, the next blog in the hop is the very talented Catherine Proctor! Enjoy!

art with heart Next Blog

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

1. Catherine Proctor
2. Ros Davidson
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Monika O’Neill
5. Rebecca Jacovou
6. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
7. Rachel Palmieri
8. Kate Morgan
9. Judy May
10. Rachel Woollard
11. Claire Daly
12. Andrea Roberts

Thanks for stopping by,


Birthday card, Children, Male card

Everyday Hero & Cake Crazy

Hello! It’s been awhile! I’ve taken some time off crafting to help my Mum move out of her house and into a new one. It was quite the job, but now that she has settled in (minus some more boxes to unpack 😉 ) I can get back to crafting.

So today I’m sharing my latest creation for a 5-year old cool dude using the Everyday Hero set teamed with the Cake Crazy sentiments! I think these two sets are great together and have a few more ideas I would like to try with this combination!

Everyday Hero_watermarkEveryday Hero inside_watermark

Products used:

Hope you have enjoyed this card.

Have you seen the Occasions catalogue? You can see it online here

Sale-a-bration has almost finished. For every $90 you spend you get to choose a free product! But hurry – as it finishes at the end of March and some items are almost sold out! To see the Sale-a-bration catalogue you can find it here and the second release products here.

Have you thought of becoming a consultant yourself? For the price of $169 you can choose $235 worth of product! PLUS while Sale-a-bration is on you get another two stamp sets of your choice! For more details head here.





The Online Extravaganza!!


Have you seen my Facebook Post about the online Extravaganza? This is a special one -week sale! Not only are there some great specials to be had this week (ranging from 10% to 40% off selected products including Christmas products too!!), but for TODAY only there is a 24-hour flashsale.

Is there anything that has been on your wishlist that you have been eyeing off? I know I have quite a few things on my wishlist. Today’s only specials include;

  • the Embellished Ornaments and Delicate Ornament bundle
  • the Enamel Shapes bundle
  • the Gift Bag punchboard
  • the  Gift Box punchboard
  • and the complete set of Ombre Inkpads!

I can tell you that the Embellished Ornaments and Delicate Ornament bundle are simply stunning.

You can make your own cards, gift cards or even decorate your own wrapping paper in time for Christmas.

I’ve got the Gift Box punchboard on my Wishlist, so that is going straight into my online shopping basket today.

To see all of the 24-hour specials click here

For the rest of this week’s specials click here

Until next time!


Beginner, Products, Tools, Uncategorized

My Top 10 Products for starting out

So maybe you have been eyeing off Stampin’ Up products for awhile, or maybe you have just discovered Stampin’ Up and you might be wondering where to start. The Stampin’ Up! catalogues are wonderful and full of great ideas and products, and of course you might already have started a wishlist! But with all those fabulous products you might have begun to feel a bit overwhelmed (along with all that excitement). So I’m here to help! I have a compiled a list of Top 10 products which I think  are awesome for starting out in papercrafting. Now of course you don’t need all these 10 products to start, you might already have some things at home or you might want to substitute one of my suggestions for a different product. And believe me you can certainly build your tools and supplies up over time! 😉

So in no particular order here are my Top 10…

#1 Basic Black Ink Pad
To start out in stamping of course you will need some ink. I suggest starting with Stampin’ Up’s Basic Black Ink Pad. You can colour stamped images in with pencils, markers, etc. Black is always a “safe” colour, co-ordinating with any other colour. Now Stampin’ Up has 50 colours (49 ink pads, as there is no Very Vanilla ink), so there are numerous colours and combinations to suit our tastes and projects. But don’t be overwhelmed – you don’t need all the colours at once!! hehe

Our ink pads have a flip top design to keep the lid attached, but out of the way whilst it is in use. This design also means that your ink pad will be stored correctly, all ink pads should be stored face down to keep the ink at the top – Stampin’ Up! have thought of that for you, so simply keep your ink pad flat, with the front of the pad facing up, your ink will be upside down inside so it’s nice a juicy and ready to use. Our inks are fast drying too!

#2 Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Now that you have got some ink you will need something to stamp! This is where the Teeny Tiny Sentiments set comes in! With 24 sentiments you are covered for all of the major occasions! Don’t be put off by the size of these stamps, they may be tiny, but they can be very effective. And there are some ways to make these stamps appear bigger (keep your eye out for an upcoming post!). So this little set can get you through for awhile.

If you want an alternative, check out the thoughtful banners set which has a matching punch to add to the impact of your cards!

#3 Whisper White cardstock

And now you will need some cardstock to stamp on. Our cardstock comes in the same range of colours as our inks (50 colours remember!), so everything co-ordinates and you don’t have to worry about trying to match inks to papers, or patterned papers. Which is why Stampin’ Up! is so awesome!

But to start out with you can’t go past Whisper White. The one that I have linked to here is our lovely thick A4 cardstock (270 gsm cover weight). This makes a wonderful, sturdy base for all of your cards. It’s acid free so you can use it in scrapbooking and not have to worry about your photos too.

There is another pack of Whisper White cardstock which is a little bit thinner (you can find this here) which you can use for layering on the front of your cards. You get 40 sheets in this pack and this can help your $$ go further! And of course if you are in to scrapbooking or papercrafts we also have 12″x 12″ cardstock!

#4 Stampin’ Up! Trimmer


To trim that cardstock you could invest in our Stampin’ up! trimmer. This trimmer is so clever. It can trim cardstock up to 12″ (or 30.5cm for those of us in Australia), just flick out the extendable arm. It has markings in both inches and centimeters and a grid to help you line everything up straight. BUT not only can it cut, but it can also score! This makes it the perfect companion for cardmaking. You can cut and score your card bases in just seconds!! There is also a storage compartment of the back to store extra blades. I’ve had quite a few trimmers over the time and this is seriously the best for making small cuts, which in some trimmers is basically impossible! I really need to do a blog post on this trimmer alone!
#5 Clear blocks


Stampin’ Up stamp sets come in a range of options. There are wood-mount stamps which are permanently attached to woodblocks, you don’t need to do anything with these apart from ink them up and use them.

The other two options are clear mount and photopolymer stamps, both of which require clear blocks. Stampin’ Up! are quite clever and helpful and on the front of the case of stamps sets there is a suggested block size. There are 9 sizes to choose from so you can buy the ones to suit your sets. If you want a block that can get you through a few stamp sets to start off with I would suggest Blocks C or D and if you get the Teeny Tiny Stamp Sets I would suggest getting Block G. If you are using a block that is quite a bit larger than your stamps, just be careful not to rock (move) your stamp while you are stamping.

In general I prefer photopolymer as they are bit cheaper, you can re-use your clear blocks and you can also see through the image to where you are stamping, which ensures better placement!

So we are halfway there now…these first 5 have given you the basics and give you a great start to papercrafting. The next 5 are great to build on your supplies to give your cards that extra touch!

#6 Adhesives


Now you need to put your cards or projects together you are going to need some kind of adhesive. Glue is glue right? Well yes, but there are so many options and some adhesives are better suited to different projects or supplies.

To start with I suggest the Tombow liquid glue. This glue is versatile for cards and other projects too. You can use the fine tip for smaller items and the larger tip for more glue coverage. A little bit of this glue can go a LONG way (believe me I speak from experience – so don’t be heavy handed with this glue. Just don’t! A small fine line around the edge of a shape is plenty.

Other adhesives that you can consider are the snail tape – which is so quick to use, the fast fuse – for a really strong hold, tear and tape and mini glue dots – for those smaller embellishments.

# 7 Stamp Sets with matching punches


Stampin’ Up offer a HUGE range of stamp sets and some of these come with options to cut out the shapes. The easiest of these options are punches. And the fabulous thing about this is you can use the stamp set by itself, the punch by itself or the two together which can give you all sorts of different looks.

Now the one I have suggested here is the Petite Petals, because I don’t think you can go wrong with flowers. You can use one flower for an accent, or many flowers to create the main focal point. This stamp set can also create an effective background (like making your own patterned paper!). This set has 6 different flowers that can give a variety of looks; elegant, modern or brushstroke.

Stampin’Up! also offer other co-ordinating options including framelits and dies. These use a machine called a Big Shot. Whilst there is an outlay for the machine and dies initially you can get so much use out of this machine! You can even emboss your cardstock or Designer series paper to add a textured look to your projects. It makes crafting super quick and easy and the effect it gives, is just amazing!! Now I know that this isn’t in everyone’s budget, especially when you are starting out, so punches are the perfect option to help add layers and effect to your project.
#8 Colour Markers


Those beautiful stamp sets I’ve suggested above need some colour. The best way to do this is of course with ink. But I know that can be overwhelming, so to help you stretch your budget further you could buy markers. I suggest these lovely markers from the Brights collection which covers a lot of your basic colours and just look fun and happy! Just colour your stamp and “huff” over the top before you stamp on your paper. This will give you a different look than a normal ink pad. These markers can of course also be used to colour in an image or write/ draw with.

We are almost there! I’m saving my favourite two for last! Now I’ll be honest…you don’t “need” these, but really you do!  haha

#9 Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals


These seemingly, funny shaped stickers are THE BEST! You can add interest to any card with one of these. Simply pop a dimensional on the back of a shape, or cut out sentiment and voila instant 3D effect!! The petite petals are the perfect punch to use them on too.

It’s rare if I don’t use at least one of these babies on a card! hehe.
#10 Wink of Stella


Glitter! Need I explain more? haha. A quick brush of this on a shape and you have instant glam and interest. It is beautiful! Stampin’ Up! has two different brushes – clear and gold. My favourite is clear! It dries much quicker than normal glitter glue and is of course less messy too.

And there we have it – MY top 10 products for starting out. I hope you have enjoyed this post and it has given you some ideas on where to start! All of the links should direct you straight to my store to make it easier for you.

If you need any help or advice, just contact me!

Happy papercrafting!