Monday, December 3, 2007

Blog Candy Challenge Day 3


Good Morning folks! Remember you have until December 5th to play all the challenges! Today's prize addition is Stampin Up's last year "In Colors"! Remember cool Caribbean and cranberry crisp? Yup! Some die-hard Stampin' Up fans will pay double to triple the amount of the cost of these puppies. Why? Because it retired and once it's used up, it's gone forever. Hopefully, if Stampin Up will be smart about it and retire some of the current colors and add last year's "In Colors". In the meantime, it can be yours. I bought a bunch of packs before they retired and I am willing to part with one of them. It was hard but I thought it would be a great addition to the prize bucket.

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Day 3 Blog Candy Challenge

"What helpful advise would you give a person who wants to start paper crafting (rubber stamping, scrapbooking, cardmaking)?

My advise to new paper crafters is to not be sucked into purchasing the "in" products just because it's the "in" products at the moment. When I first started stamping and paper crafting, I had to have everything that was out there being "pushed or promoted". With time, I soon realized that a product was being pushed or promoted every week or so. What was popular last month no longer was popular the next month. . .on to the new and out with the old.

Okay folks, unless you are rolling in dough. . .soon enough you'll begin to realize that you're broke and that you didn't really need to buy "that" stamp, "that" paper, "that" whatever. Worse of all, you really didn't think it was all that great to begin with but EVERYBODY had it so you had to have it too. Next thing you know it, your craft room is stuffed with things you don't use or don't want.

Okay. . .so the rule for this challenge is to comment on this post with an advise you would give to a new paper crafter. If you are a new paper crafter. . .what advise have you been given from a seasoned paper crafter? All entries for this challenge is due December 5th 12:00 PST! Thanks for playing along!!

Don't forget to stop by Card Inspired for that site's challenge.

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Just a card I made last night


I watercolored the image using SU Markers and aquapainter on watercolor paper.

The designer paper is DCWV Luxury designer paper. The color combo is SU Night of Navy and Creamy Caramel.

I added stickles to the poinsettia and the hardware is by JoAnn Essentials.





48 comments:

Sonya said...

I'd tell them to get themselves some good ink,cardstock a different variety of stamps,either mounted or clear and start off slow. I was toally in over my head when I first started and I saw all these cool things that I had to have but never even used. I still dont know what my style is yet so I have held off on alot of purchases due to that reason. I also think a good piece of advice is that you dont have to make cards like they come out of a magazine and dont expect to make elaborate ones right away either. Take it slow and enjoy it for what it is..it should be a no pressure hobby.

cmc mom in oh-Laura said...

My advice...think about what you are making. I was a scrapper first. I have my supplies for that. I realized most of the items for that craft are used in card making as well. I don't own a ton of stamps, but now own a few. I had to think what occassions would I give cards for. Basically birthday, Christmas, baby and wedding. SO that is what I buy stamps for. The more versatile the stamps are, the more value it has. Don't buy them if they are very specific. HEck, you don't even absolutely need stamps. Stickers or designer paper work too. One last piece of advice from a beginner....think of things around the house that will work just as good. Paper piercer...try a needle or push pin. Large acrylic block...try a clear cd case in a pinch. I mostly have the $1 stamps as I have to start out small. Watch out...paper is very addictive!

JenMarie said...

I'd say, start with paper and colors that match, make it easy to get great professional looks with easy to coordinate supplies.

Allison said...

I would say buy good tools...don't waste your money buying cheap since your results may frustrate and stunt your growth!

Shannon McGann said...

First of all, Maria, that Christmas card is stunning. I love how you coloured the candles and poinsettias. It's gorgeous! That's a great sketch too!

My advise to new stampers/paper crafters is basically that all you really need is a good paper cutter, some cardstock and adhesive. You can build from there. When I was first starting as a demo, my SU! upline advised me to not spend money on all the accessories, but to start with the basics. You can make your own embellishments with scissors and stamps, so you don't need to buy all the brads, ribbon, etc. (even though they're fun!). So I guess that's it - stick to basics when you're starting, then add from there after you have a better idea what you want to do.

Jan Scholl said...

I actually knew someon in that luscious predicament a few years ago. What I did was make up a starter kit with ink, paper, glue, glitter, a nice tote , and several starter stamps I didnt want or use and other stuff. I just gave it to her and said knock yourself out. I forgot a paper cutter, so I gave her my coupon to Joann's and said buy the best one you can be happy with-with a gift card. She is a happy stamper today!

I also took her to a class with me too. This was my at the time 8 year old neice, who will be 11 soon. She took to stamping better than most adults and acted a whole lot better at the class than the older ladies did. It was a blast!

Linda SS said...

My best advice is to investigate before buying. I have 4 diecut machines - wish I would have studied each brand and bought my favorite right from the start. I have about 5 sets of markers and pencils. I finally found which I like best and now the others are seldom used. Whenever you make a large purchase, read as much as you can about your options and THEN buy:)

Rita said...

I agree with only buying the basics first! I jumped in too fast and now I have so many things I never use. I think coordinating cardstock/pp, a paper trimmer, and some good adhesive will go a long way.

CAKVD said...

My advice would be to use coupons!! Almost every week there are coupons for Michaels, Joann's, and Hobby Lobby. I'd say to pick a product for each store and buy it with the coupon (or if there is a sale). Don't be tempted to buy anything that is full price.
Cheryl KVD

Kim said...

Great advice Maria. I always tell new paper crafters to not be scared to jump in and try something new. I encourage a lot of people to participate in the challenges on SCS because it gives you a starting point, but I also know a lot of new stampers that won't share their cards online because they don't think they are good enough. Never doubt your work. You put love into making a card and we all had to start somewhere. Your skill will only improve with practice and you never know who you might inspire!

Cathy said...

I just love your coloring. I've been trying, but I just don't have it yet. I would tell someone that is starting out to get a few kits to start out. There are so many of them now that has everything you need. I think it would be cheaper to do that then to buy each item. This way it's not so overhelming. I want everything I see!! I am trying to say I don't need it and use what you have first. The problem with this hobby is there is so many companies and new ite that come out ALL THE TIME! Blogs and SCS is bad, cuz you see something cool and you have to go get it or put it on that long long list you have. Not get me wrong....I check BLOGS and SCS daily.
Thanks for a fun chance.

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Christine said...

I would, and have, tell a new paper crafter to go to some crops or workshops at their local hobby store. Nothing gets your creative juices flowing or can help you feel confident to try something new then being around other crafters. I often complete my best work at crops/card swaps where I can get feedback right away.

Tracy.H said...

I would agree. And make sure you start off with good ink and paper. Just a few stamps first and see what you like. And get yourself a GOOD cutter!!

Michelle said...

Its hard to decide! I would get a combo pack of cardstock for a color group. A black ink pad and a set of markers! and a stamp that can be used for multiple occasions! OH and a good paper trimmer

Gerriann said...

ooh! I know this questions came from the photos of my room-I just know it! i use my room as an example for those who are just starting out of what not to do. I encourage them to take a class or two and then decided on a project to start with and go from there. It is easy to be overwhelemd in the beginning- so this helps them learn a few new things however stops the "need" to buy everything! That is my advice!

kathy said...

I would telol the new crafter to buy the basics, like cardstock in Neutral colors and some colors for boardering and for the card and I would tell them to get a good papercutter and of course you gotta have scorpal. But I would also tell them not to fall for all the gimmicks because it just get too expensive.

Rita said...

The best advice I can give someone is to create from the heart, the ideas will come. Buy some tools but don't go overboard & buy only the stamps that appeal to you!

Linda said...

I would name some of the basic tools that I have found the most useful. I think it is very helpful to take a cardmaking class.
Linda Peterson
craftylin1968@aol.com

MissaTooU said...

I would advice them to take it slow, get into groups of other stampers and learn and burrow stamps from them. My mom was a big stamper before I was, and when I became involved I burrowed alot of stmaps from her before I realized what stamps were my favorites and which ones I would like the most. Stay away from Specialty stamp stores they chrge more for embleshiments and sccesoories then like hobby lobby, Michaels and oriental trading. Paper you can pick up some good qualtiy card stock at your local paper copy shop. Not necessarily at a specialty store.

Toni said...

One thing I tell beginners is to just play. Often the coolest things can happen if you experiment. Its just paper, if you goof, toss it and try something else!

2 Worlds said...

I agree as you know, I think I would say choose what you want to do, if you like stamping or more scrapbooking.
See your style and work around that.

Pegg S said...

I would tell her to do some research before spending a lot of money. Read up on what are quality products and realize that certain things cost more, but may last longer. Look at magazines and blogs to learn!

Sheri said...

I don't know that I'm a "seasoned" paper crafter, but one thing I have figured out along the way (and wish someone had told me) is this : Figure out ahead of time who your major audience/recipients will be and what occasions you will mostly be creating for and buy your stamps according to that - NOT according to what you feel is pretty. (I have a shelf full of pretties) :)

Pat S. said...

Hi Maria!
What a beautiful card...with the candles...very nice :)

The advice I would give a new stamper is "ask questions when you are around other stampers".

Don't be afraid to ask, there is no dumb question.
Some of the best tips I have received were from shoppers in the stamp aisle at Michael's. I ask them how long they have been stamping, and if they sound like they know what they are doing, I ask them about whatever it is I am trying to purchase. I find they are always happy to share what they have learned :)

Adrian said...

I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and my best advice is to let your CUSTOMERS pay for your stamps and not your poor HUSBAND! I keep a separate business account and everything I buy has to come out of the profits of my business. This makes me stop and think about whether or not I need something and it makes me more determined to actually use the things I do purchase. And it gives me a good incentive to keep my sales up or I can't buy anything!

SueB said...

advise to a "newbie" - pick up some StayZon black ink, a stamp set (having multiple stamps that complement each other is the goal), sampler set of inks/markers and spend some time browsing thru magazines at your local bookstore and blogs online. jot down sketches from blogs that you like and just crank some out. practice makes perfect, as they say!
later, alligator!
- SueB of sueblondin.blogspot.com

Alicia said...

Make a budget and stick to it. Only buy what you need for your current project. Don't buy anything just because it is on sale. Challenge yourself to use the basics. Remember "perfection is the enemy of good enough"

nettie said...

Maria your card is stunning love how you watercolored it. I would tell them to attend a few free make n takes, to get feet wet and to see if it is for them before investing in the hobby that is very addictive as we all know. I also, would tell them to buy slowly until they develop there style. I can't count the items I had to have and have never used.

Nettie

Ret said...

Maria, your cards are so pretty. You certainly have a knack, girl!!

First of all, like most everyone, I'd tell them to get the basics first to start out with. I would also suggest they start out with a stamp set they can use for lots of occasions. A stamp set is more versatile than "one stamp" and can be used for many purposes. I would also suggest they keep in touch with a blog(such as yours)that offers sketches to start out with. I think your sketches are a great help to lots of people, that might be stuck in a rut. that way, they try different things and can build and learn their style from their.

Ret
http://www.picturetrail.com/photos/crafty1ret

Beth Norman said...

Such a lovely card, Maria. It appears to be glowing for real. The advice that first comes to mind (I have been thinking about this lately myself, so I am quick with my answer). It is better to purchase fewer good stamps, rather than run out to buy the newest trendy stamp. Sure, trendy is fun, but those stamps don't get used much at all. I am finding my SU stamps get used over and over again.

Tanja said...

I would have to say, buy a color wheel and stick to one neutral color and 2 coordinating colors. Then check out other people's creations and CASE away.

Suzy said...

My advice would be to alternate between buying tools and stamps each month and to not go over your budget. If you don't have enough for a big ticket item, then that month's budget gets put into a jar to save up for it.

Dawn Easton said...

First thing Maria, your card is GORGEOUS! I am so loving WC with SU! markers on WC paper...they are so affordable!

As for a tip...lately I have had problems with finding things I have purchased. So I would say first, don't buy it if you don't know what you are going to use it for(don't buy just because) and secondly, be sure to organize your supplies...it's frustrating trying to find things. I bought some little jewels and can't find them. I have now promised myself that I will NOT buy another item until I use what I have or find those darn jewels...lol
Have a fab day!

Juliann said...

I tell my friends who first start off, (and then get bit by the "stampin bug") to get a small paper cutter wth a scoring blade, then put together a little kit of sorts of the essentials. Then I tell them to go to a lot of classes, learn different techniques from borrowing items at the classes. You can learn really fast which gadgets you "need" by do that. Then I tell them you must stay organized...you actually save money that way, because you don't lose things.

BTW, your card is just beautiful! AND I Love and Miss last years IN colors, that only color I do not have is Cool Carribean :( (bring it back SU bring it back)

Monika/Buzsy said...

I agree with Maria... don't get sucked in with the 'in' items... they come out with new things every day and you just can't keep up! I can't keep up!
Get a good variety of ink pads and card stock and you can create beautiful cards! The most important thing is: HAVE FUN! Otherwise it's not worth it!

debbiedee said...

My tip for a beginning stamper is to get a good paper trimmer, a stamp set that is very versatile with lots of images that will work for multiple occasions and a good black ink pad. Then get white cardstock in the ream from Wal-mart. Use colored pencils, markers etc to color images until you know this is what you want to do and then you can start purchasing colored inks and better quality coloring tools. You can purchase paper packs on sale at JoAnn's, Wal-mart etc for added color, but use what you have (-buttons, ribbons, etc) at home before purchasing them at a stamp/scrapbook store.

CreativeJeaux said...

My best advice is to choose a good paper-cutter and then rememebr to buy plenty of BLADES :) Often my girlfriends and I would be creating and the blade got so dull it owuld chew up our creations. You spend all this money on paper and glitter, and totes, etc, and let a cheap little refill blade ruin everything! Don't be scared to replace your blade. Also, Invest heavily in different types of glues and adhesives- they all seem to have their individual purposes- some for vellum, some for photos, some for fibers, etc. I still use the photo squares for most of my cards, finding that they make them the most sturdy.

Jen said...

hmmmm.... my advice would be to take it slow and don't overwhelm yourself with ideas, projects and supplies. Have fun with everything that you create, and get your creative juices flowing by visiting Maria's website. =0)

Hugs to you,
JEn

Cori Smith said...

I agree w/ what other people are saying. I wasted a lot of money on supplies that didn't go together b/c I didn't understand it fully. I think going to a workshop where the design is set up would be helpful and then buy supplies that coordinate together. I also like to buy ink/re-inkers and paper to match at the same time.

Darlene L said...

Here goes--first start out with a great paper cutter. Don't buy a "cheap" one cause it will need replacing real soon. Invest in quality products when you can. Use the craft store 40% when you can. Find yourself a great mentor. Check out some blogs and ask, ask, questions. People just love to help when they can. Start slow and build up supplies as you go. I think we all buy "unused" items at times--hard to avoid. But most importantly just have fun and do what you like. This is such an enjoyable artform. Stamp from the heart! Darlene L

Gabby said...

I've actually adviced MANY of my new stampers to NOT go over their head with buying the it stuff....just like you said. I tell them to start off with what they like or what they see their style in. I always give them an SU catty to look at and browse to see what they like, NOT what everyone else likes. I also tell them not to over-do it with embellishments and super layers, simple is beautiful. Either that or to set an annual budget where they can be safe and wont go broke buying the new "it" things. If someone likes your creation, as simple as it may be, then that's great. In other words...."Just follow your hearts instincts!"

Melissas said...

First, I would say buy quality tools. I had a Fiskars cheap-o cutter that caused me endless frustration. Also, read, read, read other blogs, magazines and learn techniques, etc. And don't be afraid to play - not every card is a masterpiece on the first try!

Janet said...

My advice for beginners is to invest in a basic black dye ink pad. You can do so much with a black stamped image. You can use a basic colored pencil set or a set of chalks to color your stamped image. Don't get sucked up in the newness and buy a bunch of supplies that you won't use. It is too easy to get overwhelmed with too many supplies in the beginning. Find nice stamps that you like and some white cardstock stamp image with the black dye ink coloring it with pencils and VOILA you have the start of your stamping career.

Tina said...

The card is sooooooooooo beautiful. I love the colors

vestidadelmar said...

First of all I will recommend them to get register to a blog like this one. So they can open their minds to new ideas, and get to know the materials that are in the market. This way they will fill their minds with the unlimited possibilities they can create. I would tell them to ask , ask , ask of anything they do not know, so then they are ready and prepared to make a good selection of cardstock, stamps, inks, etc. and buy.
Looking within the Internet is good too, you find many suppliers and can compare prices.
I personally want to say that I thank you for this year journey. I have learned a lot, love your sketches. Congratulations, to you and your family. And Happy Holidays to you all. Aloha

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Beautiful card!

I would tell a beginner . . . do what YOU like! Don't worry so much about what you see out there. Inspiration comes from within! Work with color combinations that please you! Enjoy what you create! Most importantly, you don't need to have it ALL! Buy quality, not quantity!

mshbluesky said...

My advice to a new papercrafter would be to look for inspiration not only in magazines and on-line, but all around them. If you keep your eyes and mind open, the inspiration is endless.

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