Friday, 10 February 2017

Possible Starter Kit during Sale-a-Bration 2017

I have had a few questions about the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit and what sort of things you could put in it that would work together and be a good base for both someone who just wants to make the most of the fantastic offer, but also for someone who might want to run some classes or host a couple of events with their friends.

These questions coincided with the arrival of my latest box from Stampin' Up! (I will never get over the excitement of a delivery and ripping the box open), so it was a perfect time for me to show shiny new product straight from the box. As during Sale-a-Bration you also get to pick two free stamp sets from either the Annual or Spring/Summer Catalogue, it makes the kit even bigger than usual. So what did I include, and why?

In the video I put together I started with the basics of inks and cardstock, so will do the same here:

Inks etc.
  • In Colour 2016-18 Classic Ink Pads - this set will get you a good range of colours, and as it is a 'set' you get it at a discount
  • Memento Tuxedo Black - this works well with all stamps and with the blender pen
  • Blender Pens - you get three in the box
  • Watercolour Pencils - these are new to Stampin' Up! and are very popular. They can either be used on their own, or with the Blender Pen to give you more of a watercolour effect.
Cardstock and Designer Series Papers
  • Whisper White A4 Smooth Cardstock (40 sheets) - this is perfect for stamping on
  • Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock (24 sheets) - brilliant for card bases
  • Succulent Garden Cardstock Pack (24 sheets, 8 each of Mint Macaron, Old Olive and Tip Top Taupe) - these are some good soft colours that will work well with the watercolour pencils
  • Fruit Stand Cardstock Pack (24 sheets, 8 each of Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder) - again some good colours to work with the inks and the watercolour pencils, but with a bit more of a 'pop'
  • Basic Black A4 Cardstock (24 sheets) - this is a good stable and a foil for some of both the soft tones and the brighter ones I have included in the kit
  • Falling in Love 12 x 12 Cardstock (24 sheets, 8 each of Soft Sky, Sahara Sand and Blushing Bride) - 12 x 12 can be used for cards, larger boxes and scrapbooking, so good to have a few sheets of this larger size on hand
  • Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double sided designs) - so pretty, and perfect with the stamp sets I have included
  • Whisper White C6 Envelopes (40 in a pack) - you need something to put your cards in!!
  • Succulent Gardens Ribbon Duo Pack (2 rolls: 4.6m each of Whisper White and Sweet Sugarplum) - this ribbon is so soft and luxurious and the colours work with the inks and the Designer Series Paper I have included.
Embellishments - choice of
  • Basic Rhinestones - everything is better with a bit of 'bling'
  • Basic Pearls - will work really well with the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper
  • Dazzling Details in Gold AND Silver (both colours can be included)
FREE Stamp Sets - both of these are  available for use on Clear Blocks, or you can order it with Wood Blocks included if you don't already have blocks
  • Beautiful You
  • Papillion Potpourri
I chose these sets simply because I think they are beautiful and, if you wanted to run classes (not that you would have to do so) there are lots of images, so this would mean you can have more than one person using the set at a time. But you should choose the sets that are right for you and what you are planning to do.

So there you are, that is a basic set for pretty much anyone. I would certainly say that if you want coloured cardstock (and who wouldn't?), look at mixed colour sets, so either those that are made to go with a particular set of paper, or the Colour Collections (which give you 2 sheets of each of 10 colours). 

I hope you have found this interesting, or useful, or both. If you are interested in giving this a go, then please click the link here:

This is the full list of my Starter Kit picks:

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