As for stamps I have a few brands I stick to. I love Inque Boutique, Queen Kat Design, Autumn Leaves , and Hero Arts. They are all excellent quality stamps. I didn't like Basic Grey or the Studio G stamps. They just don't have as crisp of images and tend to tear on me too often. If you are looking at flourishes, I really like the Autumn Leaves flourish stamps!
I've never used stamps, either, and am also interested in the flourish stamps. (I want to do a LO on my daughter's naturally curly hair. ) I really like the look of Sandylion Swirls. Anyway, what about the acrylic blocks? Where is the best place to get them? How do you know what size(s) to get? Are they expensive?
I have quite a few different brands of stamps (everything from Stampin Up, Close to my Heart, Autumn Leaves , some from HL, some from WM and even some from the Dollar Store)...however, I only have one set of flourishes and they are Autumn Leaves . I think they are beautiful and they are easy to use!