Starter Kit Challenge: Day 3

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko, features Sprinkles of Life as part of a Stampin' Up Starter Kit.

A Starter Kit Worth of Materials

I am in the midst of a personal challenge inspired by a comment I saw from a brand new Stampin’ Up demonstrator from years ago. The new demonstrator was asking for help; she had purchased a Stampin’ Up! starter kit, but didn’t have enough ideas for cards she could make with only the items in her kit. Sadly, the post was from years ago, but I’m sure there are others out there facing a similar challenge and this post is for them!

I started stamping almost exactly a year ago and all of my supplies lived in a cardboard box top on my dining room table. I remember what it was like to have very limited supplies; it can be a challenge, but it is definitely still possible to make a wide variety of different cards! This personal challenge is all about making a lot with a little.

The Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Kit comes with $125 worth of supplies (for $99), and my personal challenge this week is to make at least half a dozen different cards using ONLY the supplies in my suggested kit.

  1. Stampin’ Trimmer – $30.00
  2. Brights Stampin’ Write Markers – $29.00
  3. Brights Designer Series Paper Stack – $22.00 OR Brights Cardstock – $8.00
  4. Whisper White Cardstock – $9.00
  5. Sprinkles of Life Photopolymer Stamp Set – $21.00
  6. Block D – $8.50
  7. Memento Tuxedo Black Inkpad – $6.00
  8. Snail Adhesive – $7.00

My total is $132.50 (it would have been $125.50, but I forgot adhesive at first). I also used a regular pair of scissors, since most people already have those, and a sponge that I think came from the dollar store.

Another Sweet Challenge

One great way to get the creative juices flowing is to participate in community challenges! You can get ideas for color combinations, design layouts, themes, and more!

This card was inspired by Paper Players Challenge #309!


Clean and simple challenges are great if you have limited supplies! Clean and simple designs often have lots of open space, limited layers, and limited embellishment, like this card:

This homemade card by Natalie Lapakko features cupcakes from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.

How to Make a Clean and Simple Sprinkles of Life Card

This card combines two techniques; stamping directly on  designer series paper and sponging with no ink pad.

  1. Create a card base from Whisper White. I used one that was 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, creased and folded at 4-1/4″.
  2. Stamp cupcake bottoms from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set onto Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay polka dot patterned Brights Designer Series Papers.
  3. Fussy cut the bottoms of the cupcakes, leaving an extra 1/2″ or so at the top for gluing.
  4. Stamp three cupcake tops at a slanted angle on Whisper White cardstock.
  5. With the wide end of the Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker, scribble onto a clean block until a small patch of ink is deposited.
  6. With a piece of a sponge, dab up some of the ink from the ink pad.
  7. Using small circular motions, apply Daffodil Delight down the center of the cupcake tops.
  8. Repeat 5-7 with Melon Mambo on one side and again with Bermuda Bay on the other side. Where the colors overlap slightly, they will mix to form a rainbow. See the diagram for how to apply the ink.How to make rainbow cupcake tops using sponged ink, by Natalie Lapakko.png
  9. Fussy cut out the cupcake tops.
  10. Adhere the cupcakes together in a stack on the right side of the card.
  11. Stamp the sentiment on the left side of the card.

Sponging Tips

This sponging technique may take a little practice! I found that it applies ink more slowly than traditional sponging using ink pads, so it takes a little more work, but it is much more controlled. Sometimes when you first touch the sponge to the paper, it leaves a dark splotch. To avoid this, start your sponging outside the image or off the edge of the paper and work your way inward with circular motions. This will give you a nice smooth color!

This card by Natalie Lapakko is one that can be made using limited supplies purchased with a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Start Up Kit.

A Sweet Color Combination

This color combination is very close to a primary color scheme, so the colors mix really well to make a rainbow. Even when they aren’t mixed, they make for a cheerful combination, perfect for kids, birthdays, and celebrations of all kinds.

Color Combo: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo.png

More Starter Kit Challenge Cards

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko A Sprinkle of Inspiration

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Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Inspiring Bluebird

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Lucky Inspiriation

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Ice Cream Inspiration 3

This homemade card by Natalie Lapakko features only materials that could be purchased in a Stampin' Up! demonstrator Start Up Kit.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I appreciate all the comments and “likes” you all leave me! They cheer me through the long day. Happy stamping!

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