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NanaGirl 10-14-2012 04:56 PM

New to stamping
Just found the site and can't wait to learn how to use this information.

arlenevita 10-14-2012 05:01 PM

Welcome from Central New York! You will find an amazing amount of friendly people, information, tutorials, and photos of others' creations here! Enjoy!

NanaGirl 10-14-2012 05:07 PM

Where do I start! So much information, What Board should I look at fiest?


arlenevita 10-14-2012 07:44 PM

Maybe click on Forum and then pick a catagory to check out or click on Tutorials. I think the very first place I looked at was Gallery and then picked Stampin Up and looked up stamp sets that I owned. I spent EIGHT HOURS there looking at cards my very first time at SCS!

NanaGirl 10-15-2012 08:00 AM

Thanks for your quick reply. I am retired so I have a lot of time to look!

craftykarla 10-15-2012 10:46 AM

Welcome and enjoy the ride! The gallery is fabulous, tutorials are wonderful, forums are a wealth of info and opinions. Everyone is so supportive if you go to the gallery please share what you liked (or disliked) or ask "How did you do that?"

parkes 10-15-2012 03:23 PM

Hi and welcome from New Zealand! I am retired too and spend a LOT of time on this forum! I love the tutorials (click on 'Tutorials' at the top of the page) and the galleries. There is so much inspiration here. You can also ask questions about stamps or inks or anything related to paper crafts if you click on 'Forum' and scroll down and check out the headings of the various links.

cobby 10-15-2012 07:42 PM

Welcome! This site is a WEALTH of information! And there is so much help available through the tutorials or simply by asking a question. I checked out the General Stamping Talk first; once I had played around enough on my own with my supplies I started having questions like, " what's the best white ink pad to get a good opaque white on dark paper?"
For those type questions check out the Tool and Product Talk thread.
And of course...don't skip browsing the gallery! So much great inspiration!

PamL 10-16-2012 09:22 AM

Welcome from Maryland! It's a good thing you're retired...you could spend days on here and not see it all! There's so much to see.

NanaGirl 10-16-2012 10:57 AM

NanaGirl - Thanks
Did not know that there were so many posibilities. Thanks!!

Just purchase some stamps and ink from Jo Anns. Where is the best place to purchase stamps, inks, etc.

cobby 10-16-2012 07:29 PM

The "best" place? Oh that is a LOADED question!!

Disclaimer: my introduction to stamping was at a Stampin' Up party in 2003. I became a demonstrator for about 3 years; I am no longer one. Now that's out of the way...
Stampin' Up sell quality product. You can purchase online by hooking up to a demo's web site; or find a demo near you and order directly from her in person. You can go to the Stampin' Up web site and click on the demo locater, enter your zip code and a list of possibilities will come up.

What I like about SU...matching ink, paper, ribbon and other embellishments. The option of buying your stamp sets in wood-mounted rubber or in a cling rubber that you will need an acrylic block or two to use. The catalog is full of samples for ideas, and of course if you find a demo near you that really loves the craft she will probably hold classes or workshops for you to learn fun techniques.

Stampin' Up is not the only company selling quality product. Close to My Heart is very similar and also works through at home demonstrators. Amuse Studio also has home demonstrators. Each can be found by visiting their web sites.

Strictly online shopping, no demo needed...GinaKDesigns is awesome. Also offers quality, matching paper, inks, ribbon and other embellishments and has great customer service.
Gina posts out here and is an absolutely LOVELY lady inside and out. Check out her blog here: Gina K. Designs- StampTV blog: Sneak Peeks- Day 2 and the StampTV site where she posts many video tutorials here: stampTV - Card making, rubber stamping techniques and project videos for papercrafters

Gosh there are SO MANY online places that many folks out here have had good experiences from and get great products. Check out this thread here: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...g-t559213.html. Once in this thread click on "Thread Tools" near the top of the page and you will see "Subscribe to this Thread". Do that. Then any time you come out here if you want to go back and check out another recommended online place click on My Subscriptions in the upper left and that thread will be there for you.

ALSO...on the home page here you will see many logos of the Splitcoast "Member Companies"...they are definitely worth clicking on to check out their shops.

Finally, do a Google search for any scrapbooking/paper crafts stores near you. It's always nice to support a local business. They are having trouble staying afloat in this economy and many are closing so there might not be one near you but it's worth looking.
AND....there is always Hobby Lobby, Michael's and A.C.Moore. Each of them carry Bazzill papers which are pretty decent. The ones near me are expanding their selections of Ranger Industry products, especially those by Tim Holtz which are awesome. I know they carry Memento brand ink, Distress Inks, and Palette Noir inks which are all good quality. And stamps by companies like Stampendous, Hero Arts, or Inkadinkado .

Phew...overwhelmed yet? If so, I suggest finding a demo from one of the first companies I mentioned and maybe sticking with their product lines as you get started. Eventually once you learn what you like style wise you'll be able to expand your horizons. Most of all, whatever you do....ENJOY!!!

PeaceLoveJoy 10-19-2012 05:58 AM

Welcome from Indiana!! It's addicting! LOL!

stampinginVa 10-21-2012 05:45 AM

Welcome - I am learning too, been looking on SCS for years, just recently decided I might could post a card - LOL - Everyone has been so helpful and nice - wanted to pass it on.
Judy T

madsanjiv 11-01-2012 06:06 PM

Hey everyone,
can any one tell me where i can buy a Big shot die cutting and embossing machine?
i am in Sri Lanka and i am not sure whether there is any place that i can purchase a Big shot Machine in SL...
please help... :(

cramos 11-05-2012 02:46 PM

Welcome and enjoy.

stampin granny60 11-05-2012 06:44 PM


Originally Posted by madsanjiv (Post 19796346)
Hey everyone,
can any one tell me where i can buy a Big shot die cutting and embossing machine?
i am in Sri Lanka and i am not sure whether there is any place that i can purchase a Big shot Machine in SL...
please help... :(

You might try Amazom.com & see if there are any companies that ship internationally.

madsanjiv 11-06-2012 11:46 PM


Originally Posted by stampin granny60 (Post 19805644)
You might try Amazom.com & see if there are any companies that ship internationally.

thanx alot :) but they have very big shipping costs when shipping to sri lanka :(

STYXROCKSME 11-08-2012 09:22 AM

I have returned to stamping after prolonged illness. I love SU stamps. I have over 25 sets and always buying more. I just discovered Close to my Heart stamps. An addicting hobby! Explore and enjoy all that stamping has to offer.

NanaGirl 11-08-2012 02:15 PM

I am Learning

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