My mum introduced me to a shop called 'Tiger', which was like a crafty treasure trove. The most excitement came from these little hole punches, which were £1 each!
Then a visit to The Card Factory where they have 7 cards for £1. Far from being the old flowery boring kind, they had a huge selection of inspiring pattens and motifs which made my head spin with ideas.
So much happiness from so little money (sigh).
Finally, I decided to give in and order a black outliner. I ordered one at Christmas and it never arrived. Since then I have quite enjoyed the somewhat messy look of outlining by hand. However, I have to say I am a little bit in love with it now that I have it: