Beginners Stampin’ Kit

What items would be in my Beginners Stampin’ Kit?


I have had mostly new Stampers joining in my classes, since starting classes here in Mount Isa.

People often ask me what items that they need or should order first? There is no rules to this – just like stamping but these would be my suggestions on where to start.

This got me to thinking – What would I recommend as a basic starting Stampin’ Kit?

My Top Items would be:

1. Paper Snips (103579) $17 AUD
2. Bone Folder (102300) $12 AUD
3. Stampin’ Trimmer (129722) $50 AUD
4. Snail Adhesive (104332) $10 AUD
5. Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) $6 AUD
6. Stampin’ Scrub (126200) $30 AUD
7. Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394) $8 AUD
8. Note Cards and Envelopes – Whisper White (131527) $10.50 AUD
9. A Set of Stampin’ Write Markers (Various) Abt $51 AUD
10. A Stamp Set of your Choice

With this basic kit you should be on your way to unleashing your creativity. There would be no waiting for Mary three seats down who is hogging the scissors or the Snail.

At the moment if you were to buy this kit you would get at least TWO Free items from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue – That might be another stamp set or some cool paper or embellishments to add to your cards.

You can order these Items by contacting me direct or order online

We all begin somewhere

First Card

We all start somewhere – This is my first card!

Beginning Stampin’ Up! Classes in Mount Isa, got me to thinking about when I first started my Stampin’ Up! Journey. This is my First card. Some of you may not know this story but some of you have been here since the beginning.

My Stampin’ Up! Story began on the back porch of a friends house. She showed me a Catalogue and I fell in love. The next day I went to a class with my friend. At the class, I knew I wanted it all and was hooked. I had resisted the urge to do Scrap booking before as it would require too much “Stuff”. Now I have a room dedicated to my collection of “Stuff”.

That moment on the back porch, is over eight years ago. I still get as much joy from making and giving a hand made card as I did back then. In that eight years i have made lifelong friends, I earn some extra cash and get to see the smiles on people’s faces when they say YAY I MADE THAT!!!

Send me an email mel@stampamemory.com and show me your First Card – Maybe sometime I will share my first scrap booking page it isn’t so pretty!!

Look out for my future posts about my items that beginners need to start their creative adventure.

Saleabration is coming and it will be a great time to buy a beginners pack as once you spend $90 you get to choose a freebie!! Saleabration is a great time to Join Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator – Maybe you will be just like me and want it all or love teaching others as a Demonstrator. Maybe you just want to be the first to know about whats coming or join in on the events that Stampin’ up! hold.

12 Weeks of Christmas 2016

Are you aware we are less than 12 weeks to Christmas? Have you even thought about handmade cards, presents or gift wrapping?
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12 Weeks of Christmas

Do you love Ribbon?

RibbonDo you love ribbon as much as me?

This week I posted on my Facebook page a couple of questions. One was a simple Embellishments or Ribbon?

I thought hands down the winner would have been ribbon but it wasn’t.

I own a box of ribbon that I have had since I was a child. This box is full of ribbons that belonged to my Mother and Grandmother. There is different colors and thickness of satin, patterned and plain ribbon, pieces of lace and the occasional button. I was sometimes allowed to wear one in my hair to school or I just played with them when i was sick in bed.

I still have that box of ribbon, but it has grown to include ribbon I have collected. Some of the original ribbon in on quilts or craft projects. Some has been given away on handmade birthday cards or scrapbook pages.

I would love to know if you treasure and love ribbon as much as me. Maybe you have a stash of handed down ribbon. Do you have a box of ribbons that you love?

Swanky Envelopes using paper WOW!

I love that I can make my own envelopes that match the cards that I have created.

Use the Envelope Punch Board to make different sizes to suit your projects. Its so quick and easy! You can make the envelope any size to fit too

Envelope paper can be found on Page 176 in the Catalogue. It’s available in the “In colors” and is great value.

Would love to see what color combos you make and the different sizes you make with this cute paper. It can be ordered here 

Its in on the Top 10 list for sure! Don’t you think that’s pretty swanky?

Swanky envelopes


Time of Year Card

Thinking of you

Being a Stampin Up! Hostess gives you the chance to order Hostess only stamp sets. This card uses one of the hostess only stamp sets – Time of Year.

The great thing about this set is that you can alternate the greetings. I would love to see what cards you make with this set.


Stamp Set:

Time of Year (Photopolymer 141790)


Watermelon Wonder (138323)

Cucumber Crush (138324)

Night of Navy (126970)


Daffodil Delight (131259)

Cucumber Crush (138333)

Watermelon Wonder (138333)

Paper: (including cutting dimensions):

Whisper White Cardstock (106549 –  12.5 cm x 8.5cm, plus spare for birthday piece)

Watermelon Wonder (138341-  A4 Piece cut in half length ways)

Affectionately Yours DSP (141632- 14cm x 10.5 cm)


Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon (141426) 3cm piece

1 inch circle punch (119868)

Bone Folder (102300)

Snail Adhesive (104332)

Stampin Dimensionals (104430)


1.      Fold the Watermelon Wonder Card stock in half along the long side and crease well with a bone folder to create your card base.

2.      Attach the Double sided paper to the card base with snail

3.      Ink up the Thinking of you greeting with the night of navy ink and stamp towards the top half of the white card stock.

4.      Ink up the words “on your” with cucumber crush and stamp it about a third of the way down the left hand side of the white card.

5.      Ink the watermelon wonder and stamp the birthday greeting banner. Cut this out, apply the ribbon to the back and stick to card with stampin dimensionals.

6.      Using Markers ink up the small three flowers and randomly stamp on the blank areas of the white card stock.

7.      Stick white card stock to main card.

8.      Post it or give it away!

Small But Mighty – The Adhesive Eraser To The Rescue!

Those that know me well know this is one of my favorite Stamping products and would be on my list for the top 10 Must haves. While it is not a new addition to the Stampin’ Up! range it is an essential item for your craft stash.

This easily overlooked tool is inexpensive and unassuming, but if you haven’t worked with Stampin’ Up!’s adhesive eraser, the Adhesive Remover on page 181, you are missing out!

This little square of………..nothing……..easily and quickly removes most stray adhesives with a few quick little dabs or rubs without damaging your project! It quickly “erases” the adhesive leaving behind nothing but fresh smooth card stock, designer series paper and most other paper-based materials. I can’t craft without it because I never know when I might change my mind, go a little crazy with my SNAIL or get some Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive somewhere I don’t want it.

TIP: ALWAYS let the Multipurpose Liquid Glue dry completely before using the adhesive eraser!

NOTE: This tool does not work well on Glue Dots or the adhesive in the Fine Tip Glue Pen. To remove Glue Dots, gently roll them into as small a ball as you can and again gently lift them straight up off the paper. The adhesive in the Fine Tip Glue Pen can be wiped away when wet but know that it WILL leave a clear coating on the surface of the paper.

At less than $7 this little workhorse of a tool costs less than cents per use, takes decades to run out and can be “cleaned” simply by pulling off the balled up adhesive or using an craft knife, trimming just the sticky parts. Don’t spend extra time trying to cover a mistake – grab the Adhesive Remover adhesive eraser and whisk those projects clean!

Small But Mighty - The Adhesive Eraser To The Rescue!

Washi loving – How Cute is this card?

Washi Loving – How cute is this card?


Washi loving

I can’t show you what the inside looks like as I gave to to my valentine.

This is a super quick card that you can adjust to suit any celebration. I changed the punch from a heart to a butterfly and made a birthday card for a friend. You can also mix it up by changing what washi tape you use or the folder that you use as your background.

Why not have a try to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) this card. Email it to me mel@stampamemory.com and I will feature it on my facebook group or blog.

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How do I??

Do you ever look at some of the cards online and think how did they do that? When I was a beginning stamper I remember thinking – The cards online look great but I wont ever be able to do that. After being a demonstrator for as long as me, you get to learn how cards are done and I LOVE TECHNIQUES. Send me some tricky cards that you have seen online and lets see if we can work out together how to make that. So there is no more how do I?

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Letterbox Loving

Letterbox Loving

Letterbox Loving

How would you like to receive a handmade card from me? One of my challenges for 2016 is to give one card a week. I have so many cards that are sitting in boxes clogging up my craft room. I love most of them and that is why I have kept them but its time to let them go. After stamping for over seven years the craft room isn’t getting any bigger. Its a bit like the cupboard full of retired stock…… that’s a whole different story. So if you would like to be a in the running for a handmade card from me drop me a line and I will see what I can do… Its always so nice to get some letterbox loving…..