Thursday, March 19, 2009

Everything and more you ever wanted to know about Stampin' Up! Starter Kit

This will probably be a long post just to warn you in advance. There has been a lot of excitement about Stampin' Up! and signing up with them during their Sale-A-Bration event. I just joined on March 3rd and waited so ever patiently for my kits (I also ordered the Stampin' Memories Add-On Kit - see below post for details) to arrive this week. It felt like Christmas morning when the packages arrived!

The starter kit normally costs $199 (valued at more than $335), but during SAB, it's discounted for 15% off. And if you join during SAB, you may select any set (value up to $47.95) from the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog for free! This is definitely a great time to sign up and SU! also does free shipping on their starter kits and add-on kits.

So what are you getting for that hard-earned $169 (after 15% discount)? Here's the list and if you see an "*" next to the item it means that item is recommended but you can choose a set, color, or assortment of the same price of less. I noted my change outs in purple and you can see I swapped out most of my stamp sets...okay, back to all the goodies...

Here is what's all included in the Starter Kit:

  • Eastern Blooms Stamp Set*
  • Fun & Fast Notes Stamp Set* changed to Flight of the Butterfly stamp set
  • Big Bold Birthday Stamp Set* changed to Simply Said stamp set
  • Fundamental Phrases Stamp Set* changed to Frames with a Flourish stamp set
  • Fast Flowers Wheel* changed to Wheel Tailgating
  • Stampin' Around Self inking Handle
  • Pixie Pink Ink Cartridge* changed to Chocolate Chip Ink Cartridge
  • Stampin' Pastels
  • Bold Brights Assorted 8.5" x 11" Card Stock (2)* changed one set to the Soft Subtles
  • Kraft Parisian Damask* Decor Elements (large) changed to "Direction of your dreams" in chocolate medium
  • Decor Elements applicator tool
  • Stampin' Scrub
  • Stampin' Mist
  • VersaMark Pad
  • Blender Pens
  • Whisper White Card Stock*
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Brillant Blue Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Green Galore Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Pixie Pink Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Business Forms and Tools

And here are lots and lots of pictures. The first picture shows it all except for the business forms and decor element and applicator tool.

Here's the Eastern Blooms Stamp Set...
Here's the Flight of the Butterfly Stamp Set...
Here's the Simply Said Stamp Set...
Here's the Frames with a Flourish Stamp Set...
And let's not forget about that *free* set. SU! automatically selects Define Your Life Stamp set which is sure to be an all-time favorite, but you can pick any set valued at $47.95 or less. There are "life" definitions for every letter of the alphabet...this will be perfect to use in scrapbook layouts!

This picture shows the DVD "Getting Started," Blender Pens, Stampin' Mist, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Around, Chocolate Chip Ink Cart, and Tailgating wheel stamp...
And here are the pretty assortment of ink colors and the VersaMark pads...
And here's the Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Pastels...
And here are the Bold Brights Assorted Card Stock in 8.5" x 11" of 12 vibrant colors!
And here are the Soft Subtles Card Stock in 8.5" x 11"(there's also 12 colors, but I already used 2 color sets for a card swap already!)...
And here's the staple in any stamper's paper pantry....Whisper White Card Stock. All card stock in this kit is 80 lb. pure color card stock and is acid free.The demo starter kit also includes 8 Idea Book and Catalogs...
And here are the business forms and supplies...
And more forms and supplies...
Well, I hope you enjoyed my blog tour of my SU! demo starter kit. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments! Once we find that special place in our home for our decor element, I will be sure to post a picture of it.

Everything and more you ever wanted to know about the Stampin' Up! Stampin' Memories Add-On Kit

When I ordered my SU! StarterKit, I thought what the heck, why not order the Stampin' Up! Memories Add-On Kit. I am glad I did so and know I will get full use out of it! For $50 (valued at more that $80), it includes the following:

  • Bold Brights Assorted 12" x 12" Card Stock*
  • Schoolbook Serif Alphabet* (double-mounted)
  • Petal Party Simply Scrappin'*
  • Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad*
  • Basic Black Stampin' Write Journal*

  • Those items with the * can be changed out (which is everything in this kit) and here are the changes I made to my kit:
  • Bold Brights Assorted 12" x 12" Card Stock* - NO CHANGE
  • Schoolbook Serif Alphabet* (doubl-mounted) - Changed it out for the Lovely Letters Alpabet Stamp Set
  • Petal Party Simply Scrappin'* - Changed it out for the Simply Scrappin' Sweet Nothings
  • Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad* - NO CHANGE
  • Basic Black Stampin' Write Journal* - NO CHANGE

Here are the pictures!!!
This is everything...

Here are the pretty papers (14 sheets in all) in the Sweet Nothings set...and here are the pretty stickers (2 sheets each) in the Sweet Nothings set...

And here is the Lovely Letters Alphabet Set...these are double-mounted!

Guess What? I am now a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!

After much debating, I decided to join the Stampin' Up family and become one of their demonstrators. My demo kit just arrived this week and I have been busy learning about their product and business. Initially, I thought I would do this just as a hobby demo, but the more I discover, the more excited I am to share this hobby with others who love to rubber stamp...and much more! So I invite you to visit my personalized Stampin' Up website page at and do not hesitate to give me a call or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

SU! Thinking of You Card

It's been awhile since I posted and I wanted to show you all this SU! Thinking of You greeting card. It was made with the reverse embossing ink technique with the Big Shot. Thank you to Julie for letting us come over and play with her SU! stuff and teaching us some new tricks!