I started stamping and papercrafting in April 2013 and let me tell you, this hobby is ADDICTING and I absolutely LOVE it!!  I hope your friends and family are as supportive and patient with you as mine have been with me as I have become thoroughly obsessed and my small apartment is always a mess and overflowing.  It is rare that I don’t bring up crafting in conversation with non-crafters at least 4 times a day.  Haha

While there are a TON of products out there that you will feel like you absolutely have to have in order to let the creative juices flow, you actually only really need seven items –  cardstock, paper trimmer, stamps, acrylic block, ink pads, scissors, adhesive and inspiration.  After you’ve gotten a feel for what kind of stamping/projects you want to do, then you should go nuts and expand your supplies to your heart’s content to fulfill your vision!  It will definitely save you from wasting a lot of time, money and sheer frustration!

After much trial and error across numerous products, I would recommend the below for your starter kit (totaling around $100 if you purchase everything at retail but make sure to check out any of the big box craft retailers – Joann’s/Michael’s/A.C. Moore/Hobby Lobby – for some great discounts on some of these basic paper crafting supplies):

  1. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
  2. Fiskars Surecut Paper Trimmer
  3. Mama Elephant Clear Stamp Set – Water Blooms
  4. Fiskars Compact Stamp Press
  5. Hero Arts Ink Cubes – Quiet Morning
  6. Hero Arts Ink Cubes – Summer Splash
  7. Hero Arts Ink Cubes – Blackboard
  8. EK Success Honey Bee Nonstick Scissors
  9. Tombow Stamp Runner

Inspiration can be found just about anywhere you look from your day-to-day life to pinterest to Etsy.  But my favorite, more focused, inspiration comes from the below bloggers who are always amazing me with their talent and teaching me about new products and techniques.

  1. Jennifer McGuire Ink Blog
  2. Kristina Werner Blog
  3. Nichol Magouirk Blog

I hope sharing my successes and failures with you helps you as you navigate your way through the world of card making!  Happy Crafting!!

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