AWHT Blog Hop, Birthday card, Colour Combinations, DSP Designer Series Paper, Fancy Folds, Off the page, Products, Uncategorized

AWHT Designer Series Paper Blog Hop


Tonight the Art with Heart team girls are sharing some wonderful ideas to inspire you with our Designer Series Papers. This month is the start of the new Stampin’ Up! year and we have a special promotion on our Designer Series Paper, buy 3 get 1 FREE for the month of October and there is no limit!

I LOVE paper. I have done scrapbooking for years and let’s just say I have quite an impressive collection (and that’s after I’ve donated quite a bit to school and kinder!). So when I joined Stampin’ Up! I wanted to make sure that I used as much of the paper as I could, instead of turning in to a collector of pretty paper (and it is REALLY pretty!). Since then I have been trying different techniques and off the page projects to help me use this new stash!

I had thought I would do a One Page Wonder collection of cards for this hop, but I’ve been preparing for a fundraising market and I’m in a groove for making all sorts of things, so I thought I would show you a couple of those instead. And these are a great way in getting the most out of your DSP, especially in the lead up to Christmas and making quick projects for friends and family!

My first is a simple Z-fold card using Petal Garden DSP. I choose a paper I liked cut it in to strips to fit the Z-fold card and flipped one of the papers over for added interest. I love how Stampin’ Up! have double-sided papers! We get a lovely choice of colours or designs or we can mix them on the one card. It makes it so easy and quick to make a co-ordinating card.

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Using the Sweet Sugarplum colour from the DSP I made that the colour of my card base, and also one of the mats on the card front sentiment. The other scallop mat was Pear Pizzazz to also match in with the DSP. I stamped the sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set in Pear Pizzazz and the flowers in Sweet Sugarplum using 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation (stamping off).

For my second project I used the DSP from Naturally Eclectic and made a tea bag holder with a small gift tag. These little holders are easy and quick to make and only use a 6×6″ piece of paper!

I made a little gift tag to fit in on one side and a tea bag in the other. The gift tag also used Circle Tab Punch and matching Tabs for Everything stamp set. On a side note I’m really lovely the colour combo of Night of Navy and Berry Burst!!

I embellished the front with the oval framelits and classic label punch and of course my trusty Teeny Tiny Sentiments! I tied it all together using the lovely Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon! So pretty and lovely to use!

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I hope you like my quick easy projects, next you are off to fellow team member Kimberley! I can’t wait to see her projects this month.

I have also posted a list of participants down the bottom in case you get lost along the way!

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1. Rachel Woollard
2. Tina Gillespie
3. Claire Daly
4. Andrea Roberts << You are here >>
5. Kimberly Hern
6. Catherine Proctor
7. Caroline Manwaring
8. Monika O’Neill
9. Rebecca Jacovou
10. Ros Davidson
11. Kate Morgan
12. Rachel Palmieri

2017 Holiday Catalogue, AWHT Blog Hop, Christmas, Fancy Folds, Uncategorized

AWHT Blog Hop: Fancy Fold cards


Welcome to another Art with Heart Team blog hop where we are focusing on fancy folds. You will find loads of creative inspiration tonight, showcasing different folding techniques and projects. Don’t be afraid of trying some Fancy Fold cards; they may look intimidating, but in fact, they are not that difficult to create.

I’m sharing two fancy fold cards today and I seem to be on a bit of a run with Christmas cards, so I ran with it! 😉 I’ll also give a brief description on how I made them, I hope it makes sense 😀

My first card today, came out a little differently than expected, but I’m still happy with the result. This is a simple fancy fold card, and to be honest I think I’m cheating calling it a fancy fold.. hehe. The front of the card is actually just trimmed down and then I added the main embellishment to the bottom of this piece leaving some over hang.

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After I trimmed the front down, I cut a piece of DSP from the Merry Little Christmas DSP and a mat in Soft suede. I then diecut a circle of the same DSP and mounted that on a circle of Soft Suede, I also took the time to match the pattern of both pieces of DSP so they went in the same direction. On a piece of Crumb Cake I stamped the image from Merry Little Labels in Soft Suede and then punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch. I then punched out two more pieces of the same punch in Soft Suede and cut these in half so I could layer them underneath the stamped piece, one punched piece vertical and the other horizontal. I then mounted this embellishment on the circle diecuts using Dimensionals.

Fancy Folds AWHT 2

The inside of the card I used the Merry Mistletoe Stamp Set. I stamped the garland in Old Olive (second generation stamping, by stamping the first image on a scrap piece of paper and then without re-inking the stamp I stamped it on to the Whisper White piece). I used the garland images to make a border.

Fancy Folds AWHT 3

Down the bottom of this piece I stamped the “Christmas Wishes” in Soft Suede down the bottom, so it could also be seen at the front of the card.

For my next card I used the Santa Paws stamp set, how could anyone resist those singing cats!

Fancy Folds AWHT 5For this card I did one of my favourite Fancy Folds: The Double-Z Fold. I’ve made a few of these recently, because they are so easy but effective! the reason it is called a Double-Z Fold is because the folds look like a capital Z.

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I have been using my blender pen a fair amount this week with both pencils and inks, but I wanted to try something new. I used the Wink of Stella brush, instead of the blender pen and it is SO PRETTY and so glittery (although not easy to capture in a photo)!! Obviously I will be doing this technique again!

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To make this card I made the larger Z piece in Basic Black and the smaller mount in Smoky Slate. I then stamped on this smaller piece using the Sheet Music Background Stamp in Smoky Slate.

I stamped the image of the choristers in Basic Black and die-cut it with the Stitched Shape Framelits. Using a variety of ink pads and my Wink of Stella pen I coloured in the image and when finished I mounted it on a circle diecut from the Layering circle framelits in Basic Black. I mounted this piece using Dimensionals, and placed it over a banner of Silver Glimmer paper, punched with the Triple Banner Punch.

Fancy Folds AWHT 4

I then stamped “Here comes Santa Paws!” and die cut it with the stitched framelits. Mounting it again on a Basic Black die cut circle. To add a bit of interest I also put two strips of Silver Glimmer Paper on this piece.

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I used the back as the main space for writing a message. To do this I made a mount in Smoky Slate and a piece in Whisper White. I stamped one of the choristers in the corner and coloured him in as before. I added another piece of Silver Glimmer paper to finish it off.

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I hope you liked the cards today! Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Rachel Woollard. I can’t wait to see what she has made this month!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:



The Heart of Christmas – Blog Hop Week 12


For this week’s Heart of Christmas with the Art With Heart Team I have created some more tags! I’ve used the Eastern Medallions Thinlits for today’s share. I have a few ideas for these dies for Christmas and today is the first of these. These tags are so quick and easy, but I think they look perfect for Christmas. I’ll pop a full supplies list at the end of my post.


For the first tag I’ve used Garden Green and Gold Foil card, I’ve thread a simple white twine through.


My second tag uses the smaller of the Eastern medallions. At first I was going to turn them in to baubles, but I went for a more abstract look instead. I used Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White and the Gold Foil.


The last of my cards I made in the classic colour combo Real Red and Whisper White. I also used the Teeny Tiny Sentiments and popped the sentiment up using the Mini Dimensionals (side note: OMG! How good are these little mini dimensionals?!?!)


I hope you have enjoyed my Heart of Christmas post and I look forward to sharing more Christmas inspiration with you soon! Now it’s time to see what the other lovely Art with Heart ladies have been up to for Heart of Christmas this week.  If you would like to see what others in our team have created, you can view the participant list over on the blog of our leader, Claire Daly.


Old Olive cardstock
Garden Green cardstock
Real Red cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Gold Foil card
Eastern Medallion Thinlits
Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set
Real Red Ink
Whisper White twine
Old Olive Sheer Ribbon
Mini Dimensionals
Tag Punch
Triple Banner Punch
New Label Punch

Thanks for visiting!!


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.

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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




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!