One of my greatest delights is mentoring the new stampers that decide to join the Stampin' Up team. It's so exciting! They usually have a LOT of questions, but I love answering them and reassuring them that it really IS as fun and simple as sharing what you love.
One of the first questions they always have, though, is what to get in the Starter Kit! Unlike many companies, Stampin' Up lets you CHOOSE it ALL--$125 worth for just $99 and no shipping. It's awesome if you already have a bunch of supplies--you don't get a bunch of duplicates--but some stampers can find it a little overwhelming if you're not sure what to pick.
I've put together my suggestions for a great Starter Kit order that would give you what you need in these four scenarios. Because it's Sale-A-Bration 2017 right now, these include two additional any-price stamp sets above and beyond the $125 worth in the kit. Hopefully you'll gain a little food for thought, both about what YOU might pick out, and also about the amazing deal that the Starter Kit really is. ENJOY!
NOTE: every Starter Kit comes with the following business supplies, at no charge. One case of current main catalogs (8); 8-pack of Spring 2017 Occasions Catalogs; 8-pack of Sale-A-Bration 2017 reward choice catalogs; pack of order forms (50); invitation postcards (100); recruit folders (5); hostess packet (10); Stampin' Success magazine subscription (bi-monthly); a Paper Pumpkin craft kit; and Quick Start resources.
Suggested Starter Kit for Brand New Stampers: this has the basics to get started stamping as well as a selection of products from the beautiful Blooms & Bliss suite and the classic wood-mount set Lovely As A Tree. Together with the suggested sizes of clear blocks, some coordinating embellishments, and a variety of adhesives, you're all set to start stamping the minute the box arrives!
- Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Ink Pad  $7.00
- Neutrals 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock  $8.00
- Stampin' Trimmer  $30.00
- Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper  $11.00
- Blooms & Bliss 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock  $8.00
- Clear Block A  $4.00
- Clear Block B  $6.00
- Clear Block C  $7.00
- SNAIL Permanent Adhesive  $7.00
- Stampin' Dimensionals  $4.00
- Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad  $6.50
- Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad  $6.50
- Metal Rimmed Pearls  $5.00
- Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon  $7.00
- Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush  $8.00
- Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamps  or other FREE set of choice with Starter Kit
- Lovely As A Tree Wood-Mount Stamp Set  or other FREE set of choice with Starter Kit
- $125.00 total (for $99 +tax)
Suggested Starter Kit for Big Shot Owners: can you imagine getting all these dies at once? Crafting overload! I've combined some of my very favorite Big Shot embossing folders and accessories plus two die collections that coordinate with really versatile, fun stamp sets. If you don't already have the Big Shot machine, then just enter it on your Starter Kit order and add dies and folders to fill up the rest of your $125.
- Butterflies Thinlits Dies  $25.00
- Big Shot Die Brush  $11.00 (a must have!)
- Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  $8.50
- Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  $8.50
- Everyday Jars Framelits Dies  $33.00
- Floral Affection Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  $9.00
- Party Pop-Up Thinlits Dies  $30.00
- Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set  or your choice FREE with Starter Kit
- Party With Cake Wood-Mount Stamp Set  or your choice FREE with Starter Kit
- $125.00 total (for $99+tax)
Suggested Starter Kit for Scrapbookers: you'll love the easy and quick memory-keeping system that Stampin' Up has partnered with Becky Higgins to exclusively offer in our colors and patterns. I've selected albums and page protectors in two sizes (12x12 and 6x8) and a couple of really versatile card collections with their coordinating accessory sets. Then, for the free stamp sets--two that work so perfectly with scrapbooking that it's really a match made in heaven.
- Striped 12" X 12" Project Life Printed Album  $24.00
- Variety Pack 12" X 12" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages  $7.00
- Espresso 6" X 8" Project Life Album  $10.00
- Variety Pack 6" X 8" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages  $6.00
- 6" X 8" Project Life Envelopes Pages  $5.00
- Moments Like These Project Life Accessory Pack  $10.00
- Moments Like These Project Life Card Collection  $16.00
- Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection  $16.00
- Hello Lovely Project Life Accessory Pack  $18.00
- Punch Corner Project Life  $8.00
- Project Life Journaling Pens  $5.00
- Project Life Date It Photopolymer Stamp Set  or your choice FREE with Starter Kit
- Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set  or your choice FREE with Starter Kit
- $125.00 total (for $99 +tax)
Still not positive what to get? Well, you can't go wrong with the official Stampin' Up Recommended Starter Kit! Based around the popular new In Color Collection, The "default" Starter Kit that you'll get if you don't customize your options is an excellent choice. The only DECISION you'll still have to make is which two stamp sets to choose for free!
I know I've given you a ton of information today, but I'd like to leave you with two last thoughts. First--you're not alone! I'm here to answer any questions and help you every step of the way. That's why you chose me to be your sponsor, right?
And secondly--this won't be your last Stampin' Up order, I'm willing to bet. After all, you'll be getting a 20-25% discount, right? So don't agonize over your choices. Hit "submit" on that Starter Kit without any reservations. A whole huge box of goodies just for you?
You're gonna love it.