I came to realise recently that I don’t actually have many hobbies. Apart from blogging and freelance writing, my life is pretty much work, eat (a lot), sleep and repeat. Exciting, huh?
On occasion, it’s nice to have time away from a screen to truly switch off, so when Stampin’ Up! UK offered me the chance to review one of their card making kits, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to get crafty and spend some quality time with my girls.
With several family birthdays ahead, it’s also great timing and I was looking forward to spending an afternoon immersed in glitter, floral paper, doilies, glue dots and ink stamps!
The kit includes:
13 photopolymer stamps
20 card bases and coordinating envelopes
Die-cut glittered chipboard shapes
Printed die-cut images
Die-cut gold foil sheet
Die-cut white sheets
Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot
Printed colour doilies
Acrylic stamp block
Our kit arrived promptly, encased in a dotty cardboard box. Meg and I were impressed at just how many items were contained inside the modest parcel and spent a good ten minutes ‘oohing and ahhing’ over all of the pretties!
I found this card making kit fairly idiot-proof to use. I’m an enthusiastic crafter but admittedly, lack much imagination so the handy guide enclosed was very helpful.
There were a few little issues, such as one sheet of shapes missing from the box and the ink pad provided was a bit too small to use with the stamps. We ended up digging out our large ink pad, along with a glue stick as the sticky dots provided weren’t always enough for the task at hand.
I did, however, like the fact that there were several different sizes of cards included, with lovely patterns and vibrant colours giving the finished items a pretty vintage twist.
This box (and others) are available to buy online here for £31.50. I normally pay around £3-4 for a decent handmade card and this kit works out at just £1.57 per card so it’s undeniably great value for money and was lots of fun to use!
*Contains PR samples