Welcome to Creative Stamping.  

I offer workshops and demonstrations all focused on the fabulous papercraft products Stampin' Up! has to offer. As an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I am here to showcase Stampin' Up! products, share special offers and give you fun project ideas.  I look forward to sharing my love of stamping with you and inspiring your creativity.

Kristine

  

Wishing you brighter days

Sympathy cards and cards for those going through difficult times can be hard.  If I need to make one such card, I will create a couple at the time - you never know when you will need them.  My recommendation is to go with soft pastel or neutral colours and include something pretty like flowers or butterflies.  A sentiment like "thinking of you" works well.  With that combination, you can't go wrong.

For this "Wishing you brighter days" card I used the same watercolour background technique as my previously shared Beautiful You card, but this time I used soft, washed-out colours... Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe.

Beautiful You Sunshine Sympathy Card

Stamps: Beautiful You (wood: 143004, clear: 143637).  Ink: Tip Top Taupe (138325).  Markers: Pool Party (Subtles: 131263), Tip Top Taupe (2015-2017 In Colors: 138333).  Card/Paper: Pool Party (124391), Tip Top Taupe (138343), Vellum (106584), Watercolor Paper (122959).  Accessories: Silver Metallic Thread (138402), Pearls Basic Jewels (119247).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (190658), Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies (141489), Tree Builder Punch (138295), Clear Block E (118484), Stampin' Spritzer (126199), Heat Tool (129056), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Other: Stapler.

Beautiful You Stamp Set
Beautiful You Wood-Mount Stamp Set (143004) - $82.00
Beautiful You Clear-Mount Stamp Set (143637) - $59.00

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies
Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies (141489) - $54.00

I love this combination of colours - pairing the clear, crisp Pool Party with earthy Tip Top Taupe.  In case you missed it, Tip Top Taupe is one of the 2015-2017 In Colors that will be retiring at the end of this month.  At the time of writing this, three of the 2015-2017 In Color stamp pads and the mix pack of card stock are still available (all with a 20% discount).  Plus the 2015-2017 In Color Stampin' Write Markers have not sold out yet - great for this watercolouring technique.

ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT!  The last day to order from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue and 2017 Occasions Catalogue is next Wednesday, 31 May.

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Make sure you get your favourite products from the Retiring List before they're gone.  All items are only available while stocks last.

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Easy Watercolour Wash Technique

At the May Creative Stamping Workshops, I showed everyone how to easily create a watercolour wash effect.  We used the finished background wash of colour to create this gorgeous card featuring the very popular Beautiful You stamp set and the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies...

Beautiful You Water-Coloured Card

Stamps: Beautiful You (wood: 143004, clear: 143637).  Ink: Basic Black Archival (140931), Island Indigo (126986), Crushed Curry (131173).  Markers: Pool Party (Subtles: 131263), Crushed Curry (Regals: 131262), Old Olive (Brights: 131259).  Card/Paper: Pool Party (124391), Island Indigo (124390), Crushed Curry (131288), Very Vanilla (106550), Watercolor Paper (122959).  Accessories: Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine (141682), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (190658), Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies (141489), 1-1/2" Circle Punch (138299), Tree Builder Punch (138295), Clear Block E (118484), Stampin' Spritzer (126199), Heat Tool (129056), Sponge Daubers (133773), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Beautiful You Stamp Set
Beautiful You Wood-Mount Stamp Set (143004) - $82.00
Beautiful You Clear-Mount Stamp Set (143637) - $59.00

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies
Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies (141489) - $54.00

Here's how you achieve the watercoloured-look in the background of my card...

  1. Take a clear block (I used Clear Block E) and apply colour using Stampin' Write Markers, starting with the lightest colour.  I used Pool Party, Crushed Curry and Old Olive for this project.
  2. Liberally spritz water over Watercolor Paper so that it's really wet.  Shake off any excess water.
  3. Lay wet Watercolor Paper onto a Stampin' Pierce Mat and press the inked clear block onto it.
    TIP: Wetter Watercolor Paper will result in colours blending and bleeding more.  Drier Watercolor Paper will result in seeing the brush strokes applied to the clear block.
  4. Leave Watercolor Paper to dry completely before stamping.  Alternatively, you can dry it with a Heat Tool and capture all those gorgeous drips and runs.

When using this technique, it is critical that you use a high quality card stock.  For best results, I recommend Watercolor Paper, but you can also use Shimmery White card stock too.

Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper (122959) - $10.75
300 gsm cold-pressed 100% cotton paper that resists buckling when wet.
5 sheets; 6" x 9"

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT!  A reminder that the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue and the 2017 Occasions Catalogue are drawing to a close.  The last day to order from these catalogues is next Wednesday, 31 May.

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Make sure you get your favourite products from the Retiring List before they're gone.  All items are only available while stocks last.

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Eastern Beauty Concertina Card

At a recent Stampin' Up! national event, Pam Jorgenson (a very talented demonstrator from Australia) shared her concertina card design.  I loved the wow-factor of the card fold and it is so perfect for grand gestures like milestone birthdays, anniversaries or weddings.  I took Pam's concept, fiddled with the dimensions and re-created it using the Eastern Palace product suite...

Eastern Beauty Concertina Card

Stamps: Eastern Beauty (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209).  Ink: Dapper Denim (141394), Fresh Fig (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Tranquil Tide (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Lemon Lime Twist (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209).  Card/Paper: Fresh Fig (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Tranquil Tide (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Very Vanilla (106550), Gold Foil (132622), Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209).  Accessories: Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Gold 1/8" Ribbon (134583).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (190658), Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), 2" Circle Punch (133782), 1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850), 1" Circle Punch (119868), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Eastern Beauty Concertina Card

This is one of the projects we created in the May Creative Stamping workshops.  Don't you just love it!

But wait, there's more!  Open the card...

Eastern Beauty Concertina Card

... and reveal four gorgeous panels.  That's four spaces that you can pour all your love and creativity into.  For this card we added medallions and die-cut windows in the panels to create a stained-glass-window-look.

Eastern Beauty Concertina Card

Don't forget that the individual products from the Eastern Palace Suite will all be available in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue (released on 1 June), however, the Eastern Palace Bundles are only available during May.  The Eastern Palace Starter Bundle comes with a FREE pack of Very Vanilla Notecards & Envelopes (RRP $12.75 + shipping).  The Eastern Palace Premier Bundle comes with a FREE pack of Very Vanilla Thick A4 Card Stock and a FREE pack of Very Vanilla C6 Envelopes (RRP $29 + shipping).  Take a look at what's in these amazing bundles...

Experience the opulence of the Eastern Palace Suite  |  1-31 May 2017

Brilliant colours, creative shapes - experience the opulence of the Eastern Palace Suite.  FOR THIS MONTH ONLY, get a free gift when you purchase the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle or Eastern Palace Premier Bundle!

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle
Eastern Palace Starter Bundle (147196) - $125.75
Bundle includes: Eastern Beauty Stamp Set, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, Fresh Fig Classic Stampin' Pad, Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad, Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad.
Purchase this bundle in May and get Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (a brand new product) for FREE!

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle
Eastern Palace Premier Bundle (147209) - $214.25
Bundle includes: Eastern Beauty Stamp Set, Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Eastern Palace Card Stock Pack (Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide), Mini Tassels Assortment, Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, Fresh Fig Classic Stampin' Pad, Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad, Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad.
Purchase this bundle in May and get Very Vanilla C6 Envelopes and
Very Vanilla A4 THICK Card Stock (a brand new product) for FREE!

 

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Eastern Palace Thank You

The rings and circles in the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies can be combined to create lovely mosaic patterns.  These dies leave openings in the card, which you can layer colours behind for a stained-glass window effect.  Finish with some stamping and you have a simple project that has a lot of wow-factor.

If you place an order with me this month, then you can get one of these pretty thank you cards that shows this effect...

Eastern Beauty Thank You Card

Stamps: Eastern Beauty (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209).  Ink: Dapper Denim (141394), Fresh Fig (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Lemon Lime Twist (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), VersaMark (102283).  Card/Paper: Dapper Denim (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Very Vanilla (106550), Gold Foil (132622).  Accessories: Gold Metallic Thread (138401), Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (109129).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (190658), Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Eastern Beauty Thank You Card

Love that pop of Lemon Lime Twist on the front of the card!  Note, the Lemon Lime Twist card stock is not available in the Eastern Palace Card Stock Pack (that has Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide).  Click HERE to see what's in the Eastern Palace Bundles.

As a demonstrator, I get early access to new products before they're officially released, that's how I have some card stock on that gorgeous new In Color - lucky me!

If you want to know more about becoming a demonstrator and joining my team...

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Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!  

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Wishing all mothers and women who are positive role models for our next generation, an enjoyable day today.

Kristine

 

 

 

For my Mum, I created this Mother's Day card using the Eastern Palace Suite in Crumb Cake, Whisper White and gold (diverging from the rich and regal colours in the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Paper)...

Eastern Beauty Mother's Day Card

Stamps: Eastern Beauty (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209).  Ink: Crumb Cake (126975), Whisper White (145406), VersaMark (102283).  Card/Paper: Crumb Cake (121685), Basic Black (121688), Whisper White Thick (140490), Whisper White (106549), Window Sheet (142314).  Accessories: Mini Tassels Assortment (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (109129), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (190658), Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Layering Circles Framelits Dies (141705), Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

The design of this card is inspired by Sylwia Schreck's Hallo Card.

For the front, I die-cut a circle out of the Whisper White Thick card base and a matching one out of the Crumb Cake card front.  In between I added a Window Sheet to create a see-through opening on the card.  I then used a combination of Eastern Medallion Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits and gold embossing to create a pretty doily out of Whisper White card stock to adhere over the window.

Eastern Beauty Mother's Day Card

For something a little different, I choose one of the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers and adhered it to a Window Sheet and then trimmed around it.  The front of the card was finished with this sticker embellishment and a gold Mini Tassel (the adhesive tactfully hidden behind the "Happy Mother's Day").

Eastern Beauty Mother's Day Card

The inside was decorated with more Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers...

Eastern Beauty Mother's Day Card

Loving creating with the Eastern Palace Suite!

Experience the opulence of the Eastern Palace Suite  |  1-31 May 2017

Brilliant colours, creative shapes - experience the opulence of the Eastern Palace Suite.  FOR THIS MONTH ONLY, get a free gift when you purchase the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle or Eastern Palace Premier Bundle!

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle
Eastern Palace Starter Bundle (147196) - $125.75
Bundle includes: Eastern Beauty Stamp Set, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, Fresh Fig Classic Stampin' Pad, Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad, Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad.
Purchase this bundle in May and get Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (a brand new product) for FREE!

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle
Eastern Palace Premier Bundle (147209) - $214.25
Bundle includes: Eastern Beauty Stamp Set, Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Eastern Palace Card Stock Pack (Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide), Mini Tassels Assortment, Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, Fresh Fig Classic Stampin' Pad, Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad, Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad.
Purchase this bundle in May and get Very Vanilla C6 Envelopes and
Very Vanilla A4 THICK Card Stock (a brand new product) for FREE!

 

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Retiring List

Retiring Products up to 50% off - get your favourites before they're gone! (11 April-31 May while supplies last)

11 April-31 May 2017
(while supplies last)

With the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue release on 1 June we bid farewell to several of our favourite stamps and accessories in order to make room for exciting new products.  The items on the Retiring List are only available while supplies last, and some go very quickly.

Retiring List (PDF)
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SOLD OUT!

OCCASIONS CATALOGUE:
20 products sold out

ANNUAL CATALOGUE:
138 products sold out

See the Retiring List (PDF) for a complete list of items available and those sold out.

(Updated 26 May 2017)

Occasions Catalogue

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Annual Catalogue

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2016-2017 Annual Catalogue.

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Announcements

 I Stamped This Stamp Set

Let everyone know that your projects are made by hand with the I Stamped This stamp set.  Do you create to sell?  This stamp set includes two copyright stamps that can be used to follow the Angel Policy.

I Stamped This (wood-mount) - $53
I Stamped This (clear-mount) - $38

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 Stitched from the Heart

The Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies are being released ahead of their scheduled debut in June 2017!  With these gorgeous dies, you can turn any project into one that is stitched from the heart.

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies - $60
Includes 12 dies: 4 each of layering circles, ovals and squares.

  • Click HERE to contact me to place your order
Up-Coming Events
  • 1 May - Eastern Palace Suite Early Release
  • 8-12 May - Workshops (Hamilton)
  • 16 May - Workshop (Cambridge)
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  • 1 June - 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue Released
  • 2 June - 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue Launch Party
  • 12-16 June - Workshops (Hamilton)
  • 20 June - Workshop (Cambridge)
  • 21 June - Workshop (Te Awamutu)
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See what Stampin’ Up! has added to the Clearance rack – up to 60%-off!  These are retired products that are only available while stocks last*.

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* All products in the Clearance Rack section are retired, discontinued items.  No current products will be sold in the Clearance Rack.  All sales of Clearance Rack items are final.  No returns or exchanges will be accepted, except in the case of defective product.

Freeset

Freeset is a fair trade business in India offering alternative employment to women trapped in Kolkata's sex trade.  Freeset combats trafficking by offering women of the Sonagichi red-light district the opportunity to leave a profession they never chose.

10% of all my stamp set sales
are donated to Freeset.

So if you purchase a stamp set from me,
10% of the retail price goes to Freeset.

Total donations to date:
$7,824.47

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

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About Me

Kristine

Kristine McNickle
Hamilton, Waikato
New Zealand

I am a stay-at-home mum with three kids and a wonderfully supportive husband.  I love craft, but stamping and card making is my passion.  I also enjoy extending card-making and stamping techniques to create 3-D projects and gifts. 

I was introduced to Stampin' Up! a few years ago and I quickly fell in love with their high-quality, coordinating products and, soon after, became an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  I now hold regular workshops in my home focusing on the fabulous papercraft products Stampin' Up! has to offer. 

I enjoy sharing what I know with others and inspiring their stamping creativity.


Contact me by clicking HERE.