Fun question! I have always done some sort of crafty stuff.....(anyone remember the potholders made with the loom and loops that were woven, LOL!) Before stamping I was an avid quilter. My mom got me into stamping and I will always remember thinking "what the heck does she need so many stamps for?!"
She brought some stamps, ink, paper and a few basic tools in a small box for me one weekend and I haven't looked back since! Now instead of that small box, I have a small room! That was about 8 years ago and I still love to get all inky!
When all else fails... read the directions.