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Top 5 Craft Projects for Beginners

The Stampin’ Up! Catalogue is beautiful, inspiring and huge! Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin.  I’ve written a separate post on what the different types of craft Stampin’ Up! Offer, but these are my top five projects and Stampin’ Up! products for beginners.

The Love Today Planner Kit

Oh, I am excited about this one! Not only is it a beautiful planner that you can use in lots of ways, it’s also an amazing tool to help organise your day, your week, your month, your year, your projects, your goals, your food shop, your budget… you get the picture.

If you’re new to crafting, the Planner Kit is a great half way between craft and organisation. It’s perfect for busy people, people with lots to organise, list-makers (I’m in that club too!) and is perfect to embellish and accessorise to brighten what can often be the mundane things (food shopping list I’m talking about you!)

Whilst it’s an all-inclusive Planner Kit, my suggested add-on’s would be washi tape in a few colours (to highlight certain days, holidays and so on), some Photo pockets or punched envelopes (for receipts, important information and the like) and a stamp set and ink pad to flag up certain days (birthdays, appointments, deadlines etc).

Stampin' Up! Planner image

Stampin' Up! Calendar image

Stampin' Up! Calendar image

Stampin up planner set

My kit has just arrived and I’ll be doing an unboxing and setting up video as soon as possible. If you think this planner is right up your street, they also do a refill kit so you could have spare pages for planning events or busier weeks and your planner can be used year after year.  This would also make a great gift (I would love someone forever if they bought me something like this) 🙂

Our All-Inclusive Kits

These have everything you need to start stamping; stamps, a clear block to mount them on, pre-printed cards and envelopes, embellishments, Dimensional foam pads, washi tape and bakers twine.  My suggested add-on’s for beginners would be:

  • Some paper snips
  • An alternative colour ink pad (Berry Burst, Night of Navy or Lemon Lime Twist)
  • Our Scrub and Mist for cleaning your stamps off.
  • Glue Dots/Fine Tip Glue Pen for sticking sequins or embellishments.

The Soft Sayings Kit:

Stampin up uk catalogue 2017

The Oh Happy Day Kit:

Stampin up kit 2017

Our Soft Sayings is soft, pretty and subtle; our Oh Happy Day Kit is fun, bright and playful.  Most of the cards suit women but the grey or green backgrounds would easily do for a male card (just take out the hearts and flowers unless they’re particularly fond of those 🙂 I find stars work well for the big and little men in my life).

Memory Keeping for Beginners

This would be my next suggestion for a new crafter.  Our Memories & More Card Packs come in a few different themes and can do lots of things.  I’ve suggested the Bundle of Love as it suits Baby, Wedding and is neutral so could do Anniversaries, Holidays and so on.  You get 72 beautiful cards in different sizes, some printed acetate cards, sticker sheets and some gold foil cards.

Stampin up uk catalogue 2017

These beautiful collections (this is just one of them) can be used for a variety of things.  Our wonderful memory keeping solution is called Memories & More.  This comprises Photo Pocket pages, albums and these beautiful cards.  Just print your photos off and drop them into the pockets in the pages, along with your thoughts on the event you’re preserving.  You can also use these cards for wedding wishes, baby advice, mood boards, card fronts, bunting, banners, gift giving, traditional scrapbooking and making handmade albums (I’m sure there’s more!)

If you’re looking for a simple way in to crafting with a lot of flexibility, this is it.  You can see each of the collections here and choose the one that fits your theme, event, tastes or occasion.

Card Making for Beginners

This isn’t one specific item but is the perfect way into stamping and card making.  Stampin’ Up! have lots of different punches and coordinating stamp sets.  This means with a tiny amount of accessories, you can make countless projects very quickly, as the punch does most of the ‘work’ for you.  If you’re looking to invest just a little bit to see what you think, here’s my recommendations:

  • A punch bundle of your choice (see here for punches)
  • Notecards and envelopes
  • Two ink pads
  • A Snail Adhesive and pack of Dimensionals
  • A pack of Designer Series Paper (patterned paper – see here)
  • Or a Multi Pack of coloured card (see them here)

Click each punch in the option above to see the recommended Stamp Set that coordinates.  You can also see our discounted punch bundles here.

Our Foxy Friends punch and stamp set, patterned paper and coordinating card makes this easy:

stampin up catalogue 2016-2017

Our Starter Kit (Beginners or Not)

This isn’t exactly one product; I’m totally cheating.  It’s really the best way to buy product and great for everyone but especially beginners.  When you buy the starter kit, you are in effect becoming a demonstrator. Wait! It’s not what you might think.  It doesn’t mean you have to do anything.  In a nutshell it means this:

  • Spend £99 but choose £130 worth of products.  (Any products you like except host sets.)
  • Shipping is free.
  • Stampin’ Up! add you to their list of Demonstrators and you get a Demo ID
  • You can log in to the website
  • And place orders with 20% discount (Whoop whoop)
  • You can keep doing this or not ever order again.


  • You can share it with friends and family and earn money.

The choice is always yours, and you can do what you want, when you want.

My suggested kit:

£130 worth of Products that you love!  That’s it, just pick your favourites and pay £99 for them. You could choose a Big Shot, some Memory Keeping albums, cards and pockets, Punch Bundles, cards and glue or £130 worth of pretty paper,  It is totally up to you!

My team is made up of different ladies with varying nationalities, backgrounds, work and family commitments.  We are spread across the UK, single, married, widowed, grown children right down to new mothers.  Some stamp for themselves, some share theirs with a church women’s group, some stamp with friends and family, some blog and share their projects online and some run classes and hold parties.  We would love to have you join our friendly group who all have this one thing in common; we love to craft and we took a risk in joining Stampin’ Up and buying the starter kit.  Best decision ever!  If you’d like to know more you can see my FAQs here and if you’d like to join, you can fill in the online form here.  I’m always here for any questions or concerns.

Bonus Craft for beginners!

Colouring Tools:

There are so many colouring books out there on mindfulness, for children and adults alike. Colouring is for all ages and crafting is an activity that promotes relaxation, is therapeutic and can make people feel better.  If you’re already a crafter and reading this, you may be thinking ‘I know, that’s why I do it :)’. If you’re new to crafting, you may not have experienced this and yet this is the feedback I hear most often after a party, class or when a customer has received their products and started playing with them.  People inevitably tell me how relaxed they feel, what a relaxing night it was, or how much they’ve missed crafting after they stopped for a while.

So my top two bonus products for getting you started with colouring are these:

Watercolour Pencils

Our Watercolour Pencils come in some of our most popular Stampin’ Up! colours and can be used to colouring line art images (see here for a blog post and video) or on our patterned papers:

Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper


You can colour these just for relaxation, but then you can use them to make gorgeous cards (I’d get six card fronts from each sheet), make fun envelopes, wrap presents with them, put them at the back of Ikea cube storage or wrap notebooks with them.  The list is endless but most importantly, they’ll bring joy to you twice; once before the paper is given and again after.

So these are my top five craft products for beginners. I hope you found something among them to get you started crafting or just dipping your toe into the crafty waters.

I have some fun projects coming up to share with you, in the meantime, have a browse of the beautiful catalogue above, or shout me if you’d like your own copy.

Happy Stampin’

Rhoda xx


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Foxy Friends Photopolymer Bundle

Foxy Friends Photopolymer Bundle


  1. posted by
    Hazel Edwards
    Jun 23, 2017 Reply

    This is a brilliant post Rhoda, certainly whetted my appetite. With semi-retirement on the horizon, I should have a lot more me-time and there are a lot of products that have caught my eye.
    Is the Love Today Planner available to purchase? That is a fabulous product I must say.
    I will be looking through the new catalogue this weekend and will probably drop you a message. Take care, Hazel Edwards xx

    • posted by
      Pretty Creative
      Jun 23, 2017 Reply

      Hi Hazel, oh how exciting to have more crafting time! The planner is available and I’m not sure why I didn’t link it at the bottom of the post but I’ll do that. It’s a gorgeous planner and I’m enjoying using it so much. I’m glad you found this post helpful, there are so many amazing things to try so I think it’s finding what suits you best and getting stuck in and then later on trying something new too. 🙂 look forward to catching up soon! Rhoda xx

  2. posted by
    Elna Smith
    Jun 23, 2017 Reply

    Great post, Rhoda. Very inspiring. I am not crafty nor artistic (though i like to work w my hands and baking/cake decorating has been an outlet for me), but can’t wait to start stampin’up with the kit you sent me. I’ve read the catalogue and started playing with it last week. Thank you so much for being such a great source of encouragement and inspiration.

    • posted by
      Pretty Creative
      Jun 23, 2017 Reply

      Oh thank you for your kind comments Elna xx I hope this does inspire you to find your crafty side (it’s definitely in there) I think it’s just finding what suits you the best. Maybe the Memories & More collections would be a good fit too as you love taking photos? So good to get them into an album and write down your thoughts. Glad you’ve started the kit, please shout if you want help with any of it, there’s bow tying, stamping and getting the ink pads open that can be tricky so just shout . Have a great day lovely xx

  3. posted by
    sarah woosley
    Jul 17, 2017 Reply

    should i use 3d pen for my wooding craft that i read from this blog http://adsblogging.com/computer-technology/best-3d-pen-2017-reviews/

    • posted by
      Pretty Creative
      Jul 17, 2017 Reply

      Hi Sarah,

      I’m really sorry but I don’t do any wooden crafts or use a 3D pen. Perhaps you could ask for help from any manufacturer? xx

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