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

  

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Hamilton Christmas Extravaganza

On Sunday we held our final Extravaganza event for this year.  The Hamilton Christmas Extravaganza was a lovely relaxing day with loads of industrious creating and plenty of inspiration.  I got very busy and only remembered late in the day to snap a photo of our activity...

Hamilton Christmas Extravaganza

There were ten local Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who collaborated for the Hamilton Christmas Extravaganza, we invited guests to attend and gave each of our guests a small handmade gift.  I decorated the fabulous Mini Pizza Boxes with the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, Foil Snowflakes and stamped using the Merry Little Labels stamp set.

Hamilton Christmas Extravaganza | Guest Gifts

I love that touch of Fresh Fig ribbon with the Old Olive and Basic Black.  It gives the projects a regal-feeling.

Those were not the only gifts given away at the Hamilton Christmas Extravaganza.  Each demonstrator also donated a gift for the prize draws, which were drawn throughout the day, and what a fabulous selection they were!

Hamilton Christmas Extravaganza | Prize Draw Prizes

At the Hamilton Christmas Extravaganza, we had five teams of teachers who rotated around the room, teaching their projects, so all guests went home with five completed projects plus new techniques, tips and ideas.  So what did we create on Sunday?

In this first project, Rayleen and Irene showed everyone how to create a Diamond-Fold Card.  It's a fabulous design with a lot of wow-factor.  This Christmas Card was finished with the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set, Foil Snowflakes and Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper.

 Diamond-Fold Christmas Card

Diamond-Fold Christmas Card

Speaking of cards with a wow-factor, Christine and Ruth used the Night in Bethlehem Bundle and Champagne Foil Sheets to create this spectacular Christmas card...

Night in Bethlehem Easel Christmas Card

Night in Bethlehem Easel Christmas Card

Bev and Alicia used one of the most popular stamp sets from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue to create this Floating Words Card, otherwise known as a Hidden Message Card or Eclipse Card.  The Painted Harvest Stamp Set was the perfect choice for this card design...

Painted Harvest Floating Words Card

Painted Harvest Floating Words Card

Jacque and Andrea brought the vintage touch to our event with this beautiful Gate-Fold Christmas Card using the Season Like Christmas stamp set and Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper.  And check out the gorgeous sparkly "snow", which is Embossing Paste smothered with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter...

Season Like Christmas Gate-Fold Card

Season Like Christmas Gate-Fold Card

And lastly, Kay and I used products from the Merry Little Christmas Suite to create Christmas tags - the Merry Little Labels stamp set and coordinating Everyday Label Punch made this so easy.  We packaged all six tags up inside an Acetate Card Box, which we cut in half and altered to create a sweet gift box...

Merry Little Labels Gift Box and Christmas Tags

Merry Little Labels Gift Box and Christmas Tags

Everyone had a wonderful day at the Hamilton Christmas Extravaganza, the projects we taught were a hit and the teachers enjoyed sharing and inspiring.

We have already booked in three dates for the Hamilton Extravaganza in 2018.  If you want to know when registration opens for these fabulous events, then sign up for my email updates.  Just fill in your details at the top right of this page.

 

The Stampin' Blends are HERE!

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Say hello to a world of colourful creativity with Stampin' Blends - Stampin' Up!'s premier alcohol markers.  Not an artist?  You are now!  These high-quality, dual tip markers make it so easy to blend colours and create lovely works of art.

  • Click HERE to read more about Stampin' Blends.

A great place to begin your blending journey is with the Color Me Happy Project Kit with easy to follow instructions, plus they're fun to create and fabulous to give-away...

Color Me Happy Project Kit

Here's what you'll need to assemble these gorgeous cards...

Color Me Happy Project Kit Color Me Happy Stamp Set

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Color Me Happy Project Kit + Color Me Happy Wood-Mount Stamp Set (148033) - $95.25
Color Me Happy Project Kit + Color Me Happy Clear-Mount Stamp Set (148034) - $80.00
Kit includes 16 card bases (4 each of 4 designs), printed envelopes, card stock,
pre-printed and gold foil die-cut accents, gold foil tape and embellishments.

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Tuxedo Black Memento Stamp Pad (132708)
$12.00
Fine-Tip Glue Pen
Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309)
$14.50
Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
$7.25
Night of Navy Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Night of Navy Combo Pack (144040)
$19.00
Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Pink Pirouette Combo Pack (144604)
$19.00
Pool Party Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Pool Party Combo Pack (144605)
$19.00
Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Pumpkin Pie Combo Pack (144599)
$19.00
 
Stampin' Blends Color Lifter
Color Lifter (144608)
$9.50
 
Whisper White Thick Card Stock
Whisper White Thick Card Stock (140490) - to practice colouring!
$15.00

Over the last month, I've enjoyed making each of the cards from this kit and found the colouring very relaxing and the cards enjoyable to create.  Here's one of the four card designs from the Color Me Happy Project Kit.  This Thank You card is the simplest as there is no shading or blending, just rich block-colouring in Night of Navy and Pool Party...

Thank You Card | Colour Me Happy Project Kit

Thank You Card | Colour Me Happy Project Kit

When you start playing with shadows, shading and blending with the Stampin' Blends, this next card, the So Happy For You card, is good practice.  All the flowers on this card are coloured using the Pink Pirouette Light Stampin' Blend and Dark Stampin' Blend.  I started with the light colour first, for an overall base coat, then added the dark colour where shadows would fall (for example, the deepest part of flower, under petal curls and petals that are behind others), and finished with the light colour again to blend away any harsh lines.

So Happy For You Card | Colour Me Happy Project Kit

So Happy For You Card | Colour Me Happy Project Kit

Colouring from light to dark (like I've done here) or dark to light is up to you.  Click HERE for tips on how to colour and blend dark and light colours.

I've used the same light, then dark, then light again colouring technique to finish these two cuties in Pink Pirouette and Pool Party...

Oh Hello Card | Colour Me Happy Project Kit

Oh Hello Card | Colour Me Happy Project Kit

Those birds are so sweet and I think it's my favourite design from the Color Me Happy Project Kit.

For the final card in the project kit, this time I started with the darker colour to outline the Pool Party and Pumpkin Pie lanterns, feathering some of the colour towards the middle.  I then added the lighter colour to complete the image, blending out from the darker areas.  To give the lanterns a glowing-look, I added some highlights to the lanterns using the Color Lifter.  Click HERE to read more about this technique.

Celebrate Card | Colour Me Happy Project Kit

Celebrate Card | Colour Me Happy Project Kit

Whilst the Stampin' Blends are a welcome addition to the Stampin' Up! product range, the Color Me Happy Project Kit and coordinating Color Me Happy stamp set are only available while stocks last, so don't delay getting yours!

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Peace on Earth this Christmas

At the Creative Stamping Workshops this month, we created Bridge-Fold Cards (otherwise known as U-Fold Cards) using the fabulous Carols of Christmas stamp set and coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits to create a lovely, peaceful diorama scene...

Carols of Christmas Bridge Card

Bundle: Carols of Christmas Stamp Set + Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (wood: 144801, clear: 144804).  Ink: VersaMark (102283), Basic Black Archival (140931).  Card/Paper: Soft Sky (131292), Whisper White Thick (140490), Whisper White (106549), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315), Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (144621), Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper (144623).  Accessories: 7/8" Striped Ribbon (144624), Silver Mini Sequin Trim (144230), Silver Embossing Powder (109131).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108).

Carols of Christmas Stamp Set + Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies
Carols of Christmas Wood-Mount Stamp Set + Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (146036) - $109.75
Carols of Christmas Clear-Mount Stamp Set + Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (146037) - $94.50

And you can't say "Christmas" without glitter, so there's Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper behind the die-cut night sky... 

Carols of Christmas Bridge Card

... and for the die-cut shimmery trees.

Carols of Christmas Bridge Card

The Carols of Christmas stamp set and dies are part of a very, very large set of products - the Merry Little Christmas Suite.  This coordinating suite also includes the wonderful Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper and versatile Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper in Old Olive, Whisper White and Basic Black.  To complement the trendy black and white theme, there's a bold Striped Ribbon that has a canvas-like finish, so can be trimmed and cut down for your projects and it won't fray.  Now that's neat!

I love all the products in the Merry Little Christmas Suite, especially the bold stamped words, sweet scenery and versatile card frames in the Carols of Christmas Bundle; it's one of my favourites from the Holiday Catalogue.

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Year of Cheer Gift Boxes

I used the gorgeous Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper and Caroline's Diagonal Opening Gift Box design to create these lovely Christmas boxes in gold and silver.  These sweet gift boxes are 2" square and look like something small, blingy, and expensive is inside!

Cheers to the Year Diagonal Opening Gift Box

Stamps: Cheers to the Year (wood: 144925).  Ink: VersaMark (102283).  Card/Paper: Basic Black (124267), Whisper White (106549), Gold Foil (132622), Silver Foil (132178), Vellum (106584), Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (144640).  Accessories: Basic Black 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon (144129), Foil Snowflakes (144642), Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (109129), Silver Embossing Powder (109131).  Tools: 3/4" Circle Punch (119973), 2" Circle Punch (133782), Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).

Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper
Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (144640) - $27.75
12 sheets: 3 each of 4 single-sided designs
12" x 12" (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm)

These Diagonal Opening Boxes are perfect for filling with Christmas gifts and were one of the projects we created at the October Creative Stamping Workshops

  • Don't miss out on some fun Christmas creating.  Click HERE and contact me to register for the November Creative Stamping Workshops.

 

Designer Series Paper Sale | Buy 3, Get 1 Free | 1-31 October

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Cheers to you!

Going back 12-months or more, we would never add, say, gold and silver on the same project.  But now, the trend in paper crafting is mixing metallics and I love it!  Stampin' Up! is right on trend with their Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This gorgeous paper has classic foil designs with a mix of champagne, copper, gold and silver.  Here's three of the four paper designs on cards inspired by a photographed image on page 36 of the Holiday Catalogue...

Cheers to the Year Thank You Cards

Stamps: Cheers to the Year (wood: 144925).  Ink: Basic Gray (140932).  Card/Paper: Whisper White (106549), Whisper White Thick (140490), Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (144640).  Accessories: Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape (144644).  Tools: Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).

Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper
Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (144640) - $27.75
12 sheets: 3 each of 4 single-sided designs
12" x 12" (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm)

To compliment those gorgeous paper designs, I've used the coordinating Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape and versatile Cheers to the Year stamp set to complete these cards.

Cheers to the Year Stamp Set
Cheers to the Year Wood-Mount Stamp Set (144925) - $53.00
Cheers to the Year Clear-Mount Stamp Set (144928) - $38.00

Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape
Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape (144644) - $19.25
5 rolls: 1 each of 5 designs, 4.6 m of each.
3.2 mm, 6.4 mm, 13 mm widths

Here's close-ups of the three cards.  This one is in gold with touches of gold, copper and silver from the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape...

Cheers to the Year Thank You Cards

This bold design is in copper and silver...

Cheers to the Year Thank You Cards

And lastly, this is champagne designer paper with gold, copper and silver...

Cheers to the Year Thank You Cards

One great technique for card making is repetition of the stamped sentiment, like the "cheers" on these cards, expressing good wishes and thanks.  These are the cards I've created for those who place an order with me during October to say, "thank you".

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Say hello to a world of colourful creativity with Stampin' Blends - Stampin' Up!'s premier alcohol markers.  Not an artist?  You are now!  These high-quality, dual tip markers make it so easy to blend colours and create lovely works of art.


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 Fall in love with the Stamparatus - a new way to stamp

Introducing the Stamparatus, an innovative stamp placement tool! 

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Fall in love with the Stamparatus - a new way to stamp

The Stamparatus is being released ahead of it's scheduled debut in June 2018!  You can get yours as early as 1 February by participating in the pre-order.   All you need to do is reserve your Stamparatus to guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in the warehouse.

There are two reservation windows:

Reservation Window Available to ship
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Approx. 1 Feb 2018
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There are limited units available for the first reservation window, so don't delay!

The second reservation window has unlimited units and they will begin shipping on 19 March and will continue though the following months as the product arrives in the warehouse.  They will be shipped in the order that the reservations were received (first in, first out).

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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
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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.