Just a quick post to show you what i made as a gift. Its a very simple card that took no time at all to make,click on the photo to make the image bigger, the cards are just under 4x4 and i altered the measurements of the bottom box so that the cards fit in :) (scroll down archive posts to see the tutorial link on how to make this box)
Merry, Merry stamp set from Stampin up, is such a versatile stamp set i especially love the stamp that i used on the background of the cards.
You don't have to have lots of card stock or a thousand ink pads when you first start out stamping, by adding black or just white ( like i have done) to whatever color you have still looks effective.
Its a good idea to buy the stamps that you are attracted to and ribbon (LOL) and as you start using the stamps you can work out and add to the colours you like using.
You cant see that well in the photo but i added Dazzling Diamonds on the background and a brad in the middle of the snowflake.