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

Bokeh Technique

Here's another card that uses the Dandelion Wishes stamp set and the same gorgeous colours as the monochromatic, whimsical thank you cards.  This time I used Coastal Cabana and Highland Heather ink to create a lovely bokeh background and stamped the dandelion images as a silhouette over the top.  Bokeh, also known as "Boke", is a photography term that describes the way the camera lens renders out-of-focus points of light, leaving a visually appealing image with soft background highlights.

Dandelion Wishes Bokeh Card

Stamps: Dandelion Wishes (wood: 146744, clear: 146747).  Ink: Coastal Cabana (147097), Highland Heather (147103), Whisper White (147277), Jet Black StazOn (101406).  Card/Paper: Whisper White Thick (144238), Whisper White (106549), Silver Foil (132178), Shimmery White (121717), Window Sheet (142314).  Accessories: Black 3/8" Glittered Organdy Ribbon (147897).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Corrugated 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (148026), 3/4" Circle Punch (119873), 1" Circle Punch (119868), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Aqua Painter (103954), Stamping Sponges (141337), Mini Glue Dots (103683)Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set
Dandelion Wishes Wood-Mount Stamp Set (146744) - $59.00
Dandelion Wishes Clear-Mount Stamp Set (146747) - $42.00

To create this lovely, soft background using the Bokeh Technique I started with a piece of Shimmery White card stock...

  1. Sponge ink in patches all over the Shimmery White card stock, or
    Lay down a generous layer of water across the Shimmery White card stock with an Aqua Painter and add a watercolour wash of ink all over.
  2. Create a mask by punching a piece of Window Sheet with a variety of circle punches (I used the 3/4", 1", and 1-1/4" Circle Punches).
  3. Sponge Whisper White Craft ink through the mask, moving it a couple of times so the circles overlap and play across the card.
  4. Stamp images and words from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set in Jet Black StazOn ink.

Dandelion Wishes Bokeh Card

The bokeh effect really is stunning with the Dandelion Wishes stamp set!  And check out the lovely little finishing touches... the fabulous corrugated embossing on the card base and the sparkly Black Organdy Ribbon bow.  I love these two products from the Holiday Catalogue as they can be used all year round!

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Many Thanks

If you're anything like me, whenever a new Stampin' Up! catalogue comes out you make a wish list that is longer than your arm!  When the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue was released back in June, the Dandelion Wishes stamp set was on the top of the list.  It is so elegant and whimsical, and versatile for many occasions.  I used the Dandelion Wishes stamp set to create these monochromatic thank you cards...

Dandelion Wishes Thank You Cards

Stamps: Dandelion Wishes (wood: 146744, clear: 146747), Itty Bitty Greetings (wood: 146664, clear: 146667).  Ink: Coastal Cabana (147097), Highland Heather (147103).  Card/Paper: Coastal Cabana (131302), Highland Heather (147010), Shimmery White (121717), Whisper White (106549).  Accessories: Frost White Shimmer Paint (147046), Metallics Sequin Assortment (144214), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143706), Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), Aqua Painter (103954), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (144108), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set
Dandelion Wishes Wood-Mount Stamp Set (146744) - $59.00
Dandelion Wishes Clear-Mount Stamp Set (146747) - $42.00

One of my favourite things to do when creating is a watercolour wash.  This can be done in a controlled way to create lovely backgrounds like my Nature's Poem card, or more haphazard, letting the ink spread and bleed where ever it wants to go, which is what I did to create these thank you cards.  I started with a piece of Shimmery White card stock and white embossed the gorgeous dandelion image from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.  Afterwards, I laid down a generous layer of water over the entire piece of card stock with an Aqua Painter, then loaded up that Aqua Painter with ink and gave a swirly-wash from the centre of the dandelion, outwards, and then left the ink to do it's thing!

Dandelion Wishes Thank You Cards

Shimmery White card stock is great for this wash technique as it is robust and able to endure all that water and ink.  It also gives the finished project a lovely shine.  Speaking of shine... to add extra to these thank you cards, I loaded a paint brush with Frost White Shimmer Paint (from the new Holiday Catalogue) and splattered the shimmer across the card to catch the light.  There's also some yummy iridescent sequins scattered across the card too!

Dandelion Wishes Thank You Cards

And while we're on the subject of thanks... I'm so excited to let you know that last week I earned the 2019 Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip - A Greek Isles Cruise in July next year!

Stampin' Up! 2018 Incentive Trip - Greek Isles Cruise

I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me in any way... my amazing husband and kids, family and friends, loyal customers, and a fabulous team of demonstrators. I could not have achieved this on my own and I am so grateful for all your encouragement and support.

Kristine

 

 

 

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Sweet Takeout Treats

In New Zealand, we generally don't celebrate the traditional US holidays of Halloween or Thanksgiving.  However, I challenge you to take a look at these sections in the new Holiday Catalogue as there are some awesome products in there that can be used for other holidays and all year-round.  Take the sweet Takeout Thinlits Dies and coordinating Takeout Treats stamp set, which would make fabulous favours for weddings or for dressing your Christmas table. 

I created this pretty set of treat boxes with matching note cards, inspired by Jacque Williams' work, and are perfect for filling and giving as thank you gifts...

Takeout Treats Note Card & Gift Box

Bundles: Takeout Treats Stamp Set + Takeout Thinlits Dies (wood: 149989, clear: 149990).  Ink: Petal Pink (147100), Blackberry Bliss (147092), Jet Black StazOn (101406).  Card/Paper: Petal Pink (147009), Blackberry Bliss (133682), Whisper White Thick (144238), Whisper White (106549), Window Sheet (142314).  Accessories: Frost White Shimmer Paint (147046), Silver & Petal Pink Baker's Twine (146288), Whisper White 3" x 3" Envelopes (145829).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Stampin' Spritzer (126185), Mini Glue Dots (1036836).  Other: Isopropyl Alcohol.

Takeout Treats Stamp Set + Takeout Thinlits Dies Bundle
Takeout Treats Wood-Mount Stamp Set + Takeout Thinlits Dies Bundle (149989) - $118.75
Takeout Treats Clear-Mount Stamp Set + Takeout Thinlits Dies Bundle (149990) - $103.50
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These treat boxes are simple to create and lovely to give!

If you take a closer look at these, you will see that the Petal Pink card stock has a beautiful pearlized lustre.  This is a mixture of Isopropyl Alcohol (70%), water (30%), and a few drops of Frost White Shimmer Paint, poured into a Stampin' Spritzer and applied to the card stock.

Takeout Treats Note Card & Gift Box

Frist White Shimmer Paint
Frost White Shimmer Paint (147046) - $16.75
15 ml.  Acid free and non-toxic.
Also available in Bright Copper, Champagne Mist, and Vegas Gold.

I love the many uses and lovely effects that you can get from Shimmer Paint!

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Christmas Wishes

I am inspired by the colours in the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper - it has a vintage-vibe, but with fresh, new colours.  This Christmas card may not have any of that designer paper, but the colours are drawn from it... Sahara Sand, Merry Merlot, and copper.  I've combined these gorgeous colours with one of my favourite bundles in the Holiday Catalogue, the Merry Christmas To All stamp set and coordinating Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies.

Merry Christmas To All Christmas Card

Bundles: Merry Christmas To All Stamp Set + Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies (photopolymer: 149952).  Ink: Merry Merlot (147112), Whisper White (147277).  Card/Paper: Sahara Sand (121695), Merry Merlot (147005), Shimmery White (121717), White Vellum (106584).  Accessories: Bright Copper Shimmer Paint (147045), Metallics Sequin Assortment (144214), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Big Shot Embossing Mats (146327), Subtle 3D Dynamic Embossing Folder (143706), Heat Tool (129056), Aqua Painter (103954), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

If you take a second look this card, you'll see that there are a few techniques on display.  None of them are difficult, but they were all fun to do!  To begin, I embossed "Christmas".  Don't go looking in the catalogues for a "Christmas" embossing folder, you won't find it.  This was created using the Big Shot Embossing Mats, which turns your favourite Framelits, Thinlits, and Edgelits into dies that create embossed impressions instead of die-cutting.  I used the "Christmas" die from the Merry Christmas Thinlits to create that lovely impression.

Merry Christmas To All Stamp Set + Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies
Merry Christmas To All Photopolymer Stamp Set + Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies Bundle (149952) - $104.25
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I used Shimmery White card stock for "Christmas" impression because I knew I wanted to do a water-based wash later, and needed a robust card stock.  Plus, I love the shiny look of the Shimmery White!  Before I added any colour to the Shimmery White card, I laid down a wash of water using an Aqua Painter.  I then added a wash of Merry Merlot ink on the top half and Bright Copper Shimmer Paint on the bottom half.  Because I applied the water before adding any ink, when I added the colour it spread and blended nicely without having to do much at all.

I wanted the beautiful wash-effect on this Christmas card to be the focal point, so I simply finished it with the remainder of the sentiment and a small cluster of elements on the right. 

Merry Christmas To All Christmas Card

Bright Copper Shimmer Paint
Bright Copper Shimmer Paint (147045) - $16.75
15 ml.  Acid free and non-toxic.
Also available in Champagne Mist, Frost White, and Vegas Gold.

Isn't that Shimmer Paint so yummy!

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Holiday Catalogue Launch Party

What a great day last Friday was!  I loved getting together with everyone and celebrating the launch of the new 2018 Holiday Catalogue.  Even though I got sick and I had to postpone the Holiday Catalogue Launch Party by a week, most people were still able to attend and want to thank you for your flexibility.  So, what did we get up to?  All guests received a pack of goodies when they arrived, there was the hands-on exploration of new products, creative inspiration, games, prizes, and more!  Here's a small glimpse of our day...

Holiday Catalogue Launch Party

A party is not a party without gifts!  Here are packs of new products that I gave away as spot prizes.  Inside are sheets of the pretty All Is Bright Designer Series Paper, some of the All Is Bright Paper Clips, all wrapped up using the silky Real Red 3/8" Mixed Satin Ribbon...

Holiday Catalogue Launch Party Spot Prizes

Everyone who attended the Holiday Catalogue Launch Party also had multiple chances to add their names to a prize draw, which was drawn at the end of the event.  The winner received the fabulous Beautiful Baubles stamp set and limited-edition Dashing Along Designer Series Paper (from this month's exclusive host promotion), tied with a generous length of 5/8" Striped Burlap Trim, and finished with one of the pretty Sincerely Santa gift tags...

Holiday Catalogue Launch Party Prize Draw

There was also time for creating with two festive projects.  We created a fun Christmas card using the Silver Foil-Edged Cards & Envelopes, Making Christmas Bright Bundle, and the sparkly Black Glittered Organza Ribbon.  This is one layout, if you like symmetrical...

Making Christmas Bright Christmas Card

Bundles: Making Christmas Bright Stamp Set + Christmas Bulb Builder Punch (photopolymer: 149947).  Ink: Poppy Parade (147050), Granny Apple Green (147095), Crushed Curry (147087), Tuxedo Black Memento (132708).  Card/Paper: Granny Apple Green (147014), Whisper White (106549).  Accessories: Silver Foil-Edged Cards & Envelopes (147900), Black 3/8" Glittered Organdy Ribbon (147897), Frost White Shimmer Paint (147046).  Tools: Stamparatus (148187), Sponge Daubers (133773), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

And here's an alternative layout...

Making Christmas Bright Christmas Card

The background of this card is stamped using the string-of-lights image from the Making Christmas Bright stamp set.  The stamp was aligned at the top of the card, mounted on the Stamparatus, then inked with Frost White Shimmer Paint using a Sponge Dauber, and stamped.  The plate from the Stamparatus was removed, dropped down one hinge, and the stamp inked and stamped again.  This was repeating all the way down the card to create a fun, shimmery background...

Making Christmas Bright Christmas Card

The second make-and-take was two sweet Christmas gift tags created using the fabulous new Christmas Traditions Punch Box and All Is Bright Designer Series Paper.  These were finished with decorative foliage using the Sprig Punch, Call Me Clover card stock, and Copper and Merry Merlot Glimmer Paper.  Oh, and the sequins were easily added using the Take Your Pick Tool!

Christmas Traditions Punch Box Christmas Tags

Bundles:  Christmas Traditions Punch Box (148030).  Card/Paper: Cherry Cobbler (121681), Call Me Clover (146992), All Is Bright Designer Series Paper (147892), Joyous Noel 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper (147817).  Accessories: Real Red 3/8" Mixed Satin Ribbon (147894).  Tools: Sprig Punch (148012), Banner Triple Punch (138292), 1/8" Circle Handheld Punch (134365), Take Your Pick (144107), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

I am pleased everyone enjoyed their time at the Holiday Catalogue Launch Party and that they love all the new, gorgeous product offerings.  Have you got your catalogue?

2018 Holiday Catalogue - click to view

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Retiring List

Retiring Products - get your favourites before they're gone! (16 April-3 June, while supplies last)

16 April-3 June 2019
(while supplies last)

Select products from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue and 2018–2019 Annual Catalogue are retiring—and this is the last chance for you to get them!  The items on the Retiring List are only available while supplies last, and some go very quickly.

Printable Retiring Lists (PDF)

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SOLD OUT!

2019 OCCASIONS CATALOGUE:
11 products sold out

2018-2019 ANNUAL CATALOGUE:
54 products sold out

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

(Updated 23 May 2019)

Occasions Catalogue

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2019 Occasions Catalogue.

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Annual Catalogue

2018-2019 Annual Catalogue - click to view


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2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

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Announcements

Storage by Stampin' Up!  |  Your Space Your Way

Want to keep your core Stampin' Up! products organised, accessible and visible at all times?

Welcome to the new Stampin' Up! storage system!  These are stylish, durable, compact, stackable, and modular so you can design your own creative workspace.

Storage by Stampin' Up!  |  Your Space Your Way

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NEW!  Stamparatus Accessories

Now there's a supporting line of all-new, must-have accessories for the Stamparatus!

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Up-Coming Events
  • 1 May - Everything Is Rosy Product Medley released!
  • 15 May - Hugs From Shelli Kit available to purchase, while stocks last
  • 13-20 May - Workshops (Hamilton)
  • 21 May - Workshop (Cambridge)
  • 22 May - Workshop (Te Awamutu)
  • 31 May - Last day to order the Everything Is Rose Product Medley
     
  • 3 June - Last day to order from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue and 2019 Occasions Catalogue
  • 4 June - 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue released!
  • 7 June - Annual Catalogue Launch Party
  • 10-17 June - Workshops (Hamilton)
  • 18 June - Workshop (Cambridge)
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  • 30 June - Hamilton Extravaganza
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Everything Is Rosy Product Medley

AVAILABLE FROM 1 MAY

The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley is filled to the brim with cute, coordinating products for tonnes of creative possibilities.  This exclusive, limited-time collection is only available during May and only while supplies last.

Everything Is Rosy Product Medley

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Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit

AVAILABLE FROM 15 MAY

This project kit is a one-of-a-kind product offering that is available while supplies last, starting 15 May.  This elegant, vintage-themed kit is $44 (excluding shipping) and contains:

  • An exclusive stamp set*
  • One Classic Stampin' Spot
  • Paper and crafting materials to create 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs)
  • 12 coordinating envelopes
  • Adhesives and embellishments to finish all your cards

* A clear block for mounting the stamps is not included.  You will need Clear Block D to complete your cards.

This is the perfect kit for a beginner stamper, for people (like me) who are time-poor, and it makes a great gift too!

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 Clearance Rack

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:
$9,955.18

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

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http://www.freesetglobal.com

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 over ten 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.