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

  

Two simple watercolouring techniques

I love creating cards that open with a surprise, like this one.  It's a Double Z-Fold card that features all the gorgeous products from the Nature's Poem Suite.  Here it is closed...

Rooted in Nature Double Z-Fold Card

Bundles: Rooted In Nature Stamp Set + Nature's Roots Framelits Dies (wood: 148352, clear: 146353).  Ink: Mint Macaron (147106), Soft Suede (147115), Blackberry Bliss (147092), Rich Razzleberry (147091), So)ft Suede Stampin' Write Marker (Neutrals: 147158), Tranquil Tide Stampin' Write Marker (2017-2019 In Colors: 144033).  Card/Paper: Nature's Poem Cardstock Pack (146340), Shimmery White (121717), Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper (146338).  Accessories: Nature's Twine (146342), Leaves Trinkets (146343).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Aqua Painters (103954), Stampin' Spritzer (126185), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (144108), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

And this is the surprise you get when you pull up from the top of the card...

Rooted in Nature Double Z-Fold Card

Here's the same card, but with a different selection from the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper and an alternative sentiment stamped on the front...

Rooted in Nature Double Z-Fold Card

These cards feature two watercolouring techniques that are simple to create and fun to do.  The first is how to stamp this detailed tree stamp so it looks like it's been painted...

  1. Ink the tree trunk and leaves using Stampin' Write Markers
  2. Lightly spritz the inked stamp with water
  3. Stamp the image onto Shimmery White card stock

How much water you spritz onto the stamp will determine how much the ink will bleed.  Try with different amounts of water to get the effect you want.

The second technique is a watercolour wash background.  To get this effect...

  1. Liberally brush water over Shimmery White card stock with an Aqua Painter
  2. Squeeze the stamp pad so that ink pools in the lid, pick up ink with the Aqua Painter and apply over the Shimmery White card stock

By adding a wash of water before applying the colour, the ink will pool and blend rather than adhering immediately to the Shimmery White card stock.

Rooted in Nature Double Z-Fold Card

I finished these cards with some intricate details designed to coordinate and compliment the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper.  There's some individual threads pulled from the Nature's Twine, and either a silver or copper leaf embellishment the Nature's Trinkets.

Rooted in Nature Double Z-Fold Card

Nature's Twine
Nature's Twine (146342) - $19.00
1 spool each of 4 colours: Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron
4.6 m per spool

Leaves Trinkets
Leaves Trinkets (146343) - $16.75
24 pieces: 6 each of copper and silver in 2 designs

The Nature's Poem Suite is one of my favourite product selections from the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.  It has a universal appeal with a trees and leaves that are perfect for all occasions, plus it works for both feminine or masculine projects.

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Stampin' Pad Family - a stamp pad assortment for new demonstrators!

 

 

Nature's Poem is my muse...

I love balance of the muted, almost neutral, colours in the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper against the rich pop of colour.  These colours were in the forefront of my mind and the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper was the muse for these sweet thank you cards.  This first one is in Mint Macaron and Cajun Craze, with a touch of silver...

Rooted in Nature Thank You Card

Bundles: Rooted In Nature Stamp Set + Nature's Roots Framelits Dies (wood: 148352, clear: 146353).  Ink: Mint Macaron (147106), Whisper White (147277).  Card/Paper: Cajun Craze (121683), Whisper White (106549), Whisper White Thick (140490).  Accessories: Silver Metallic Thread (138402), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Stamparatus (148187), Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (144108).

Rooted in Nature Thank You Card

Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

This second card has the same layout, but is in Grapefruit Grove and Blackberry Bliss, with a touch of copper...

Rooted in Nature Thank You Card

Bundles: Rooted In Nature Stamp Set + Nature's Roots Framelits Dies (wood: 148352, clear: 146353).  Ink: Grapefruit Grove (147142), Whisper White (147277).  Card/Paper: Blackberry Bliss (133683), Whisper White (106549), Whisper White Thick (140490).  Accessories: Copper Metallic Thread (141696), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Stamparatus (148187), Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (144108).

Rooted in Nature Thank You Card

Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

These simply-designed cards were made even easier to create when I stamped the leaves with the Stamparatus.  I began with adhering the clear-mount stamp to the top plate so it will stamp in the centre of my card.  I inked the stamp, stamped it off then stamped it on my card.  I then lifted the plate, moved it one notch to the left and stamped again, without reinking.  The first leaf (on the right) is stamped on a piece of Whisper White card, die-cut out and added to the card front with a little metallic thread wound behind it.

I made around 20 of these cards and I love how evenly spaced all my leaves are and how uniform my completed set turned out.

Stamparatus
Stamparatus (148187) - $99.00

I love my Stamparatus!  It's a must-have tool for all stampers as it helps with perfectly aligning stamp images, you can stamp multiples of the same project quickly and precisely, and always get complete ink coverage.

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Stampin' Pad Family - a stamp pad assortment for new demonstrators!

 

A pillow box gift just for you

One of the perks of attending the Hamilton Extravaganza is receiving a handmade gift.  For my guests I used the Kraft Pillow Boxes and filled them with chocolates.  These handy boxes come pre-cut, scored and printed with cute polka dots.  The Kraft Pillow Boxes are lovely all on their own, or decorated with your stamping products.  I used the gorgeous Nature's Poem Suite to wrap, stamp, cut and stick... taking these pillow box gifts to the next level!

Nature's Poem Pillow Gift Box

Bundles: Rooted In Nature Stamp Set + Nature's Roots Framelits Dies (wood: 148352, clear: 146353).  Ink: Grapefruit Grove (147142), Mint Macaron (147106), Soft Suede (147115).  Card/Paper: Whisper White (106549), Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper (146338).  Accessories: Nature's Twine (146342), Copper Metallic Thread (141696).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

The colours chosen for the twine and to stamp images from the Rooted In Nature stamp set were taken directly from the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper.  Love that coordination!

Nature's Poem Pillow Gift Box

Nature's Poem Pillow Gift Box

Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper
Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper (146338) - $23.00
12 sheets: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs.  12" x 12".

I've found the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper to be quite versatile and have used it for both feminine and masculine projects.  Plus the images are not limited to a particular celebration and can be used year-round.  You really can't go wrong with images from nature!  BONUS... Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper is in the July Designer Series Paper Sale!

Select Designer Series Paper Products - BUY 3, GET 1 FREE! (1-31 July 2018)

Stampin' Pad Family - a stamp pad assortment for new demonstrators!

 

Hamilton Extravaganza

On the weekend we held the Hamilton Extravaganza.  It was a cold day outside, but inside there was a warm, relaxing atmosphere and everyone enjoyed creative inspiration from the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

Hamilton Extravaganza

There were eight local Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who collaborated for the Hamilton Extravaganza, we invited guests to attend and gave each of our guests a small handmade gift.  I decorated the pretty Kraft Pillow Boxes with products from the Nature's Poem Suite and filled them chocolate yumminess!

Hamilton Extravaganza | Guest Gifts

That wasn't the only gifts given away!  We also had a selection of prizes that were drawn at random during the day.  Here's some of the lovely product and gifts that were won...

Hamilton Extravaganza | Prize Draw Prizes

At the Hamilton 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.

In this first project, Jacque showed everyone how to create a double-opening card that opens from the right!

Botanical Bliss Double-Opening Card

Botanical Bliss Double-Opening Card

... and then the left!

Botanical Bliss Double-Opening Card

This gorgeous vintage-style card, with many lovely layers and textures, was created using the gorgeous Botanical Bliss stamp set and coordinating Botanical Tags Thinlit Dies.

Botanical Bliss Double-Opening Card

Another card with a fabulous opening surprise and lots of layers is this masculine card, taught by Rayleen and Irene.  It features the Sea of Textures stamp set and coordinating Under the Sea Framelits Dies, plus the fabulous Tranquil Tide Designer Series Paper...

Sea of Textures Dutch-Fold Card

Sea of Textures Dutch-Fold Card

This is a Dutch-Fold Card and it opens like this...

Sea of Textures Dutch-Fold Card

Kay and Ruth used the very popular Varied Vases stamp set with the coordinating Vases Builder Punch to create this masterpiece...

Varied Vases Window Box Card

I love how this Window Box Card frames the soft, watercoloured flowers in vases.

Varied Vases Window Box Card

Bev and Andrea shared how to create a card that is quite popular right now - the Impossible Card, featuring the equally popular Rooted in Nature stamp set, coordinating Nature's Roots Framelits Dies, and the lovely Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper...

Nature's Poem Impossible Card

Nature's Poem Impossible Card

And lastly, I showed everyone how to create a pretty gift box.  This is a play on a bag-in-a-box design, altered to look like a purse and is great for larger presents or a gift-set of 3" x 3" note cards...

Petal Promenade Bag-in-a-Box Gift Purse

This purse gift bag focused on the Petal Promenade Suite, and was finished with a tag stamped and die-cut using the Beautiful Promenade Bundle.

Petal Promenade Bag-in-a-Box Gift Purse

The beauty of these bags comes from the amazing Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper, which has photographed florals on one side and marble or bokeh effects on the reverse (inside the bag).  Here's all the different designs...

Petal Promenade Bag-in-a-Box Gift Purse

All our guests and teachers had a lovely day at the Hamilton Extravaganza, and everyone went home with new ideas and creative inspiration.  If you want to join us for the next Hamilton Extravaganza (which is the Christmas one!) then sign up for my email updates to find out when registration opens.  Just fill in your details at the top right of this page.

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Stampin' Pad Family - a stamp pad assortment for new demonstrators!

 

Call Me Clover

Continuing on with an overview of the new 2018-2020 In Colors, I want to introduce you to our final colour, the lovely Call Me Clover…

Call Me Clover is a conservative shade of Irish Green that is clean and fresh.  Cooler or more blue than Garden Green, warmer than Tranquil Tide, Call Me Clover is similar in tone to the new Shaded Spruce, but less intense.  This gorgeous jade is perfect for a beautiful green impact on your projects. 

Animal Outing New Baby Card

Stamps: Animal Outing (wood: 146597, clear: 146600).  Ink: Whisper White (101780).  Card/Paper: Tranquil Tide (144252), Shaded Spruce (147006), Call Me Clover (146992), Garden Green (108605), Wood Textures 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (144177).  Accessories: Leaf Ribbon (146905), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132).  Tools: Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

This card layout was inspired by the photographed project on page 19 of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue, and it compares Call Me Clover with three other Stampin' Up! colours to help you get an understanding and appreciation for this lovely new colour…

Animal Outing New Baby Card

This new baby card features the sweet images from the Animal Outing stamp set, and is simply finished with the silky Leaf Ribbon...

Animal Outing New Baby Card

Leaf Ribbon
Leaf Ribbon (146905) - $16.75
Call Me Clover - 4.6 m

The Animal Outing stamp set has a set of coordinating dies called the Animal Friend Thinlits.  I used these with the fabulous rhinoceros and bird stamp to decorate a Kraft Pillow Box...

Animal Outing Kraft Pillow Box

Bundles: Animal Outing Stamp Set + Animal Friends Thinlits Dies (wood: 148323, clear: 148324).  Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (132708).  Stampin' Blends: Smoky Slate Dark and Light (145058), Bermuda Bay Light (144580), Pool Party Dark and Light (144605), Daffodil Delight Dark and Light (144603), Color Lifter (144608).  Card/Paper: Pool Party (124391), Whisper White (106549), Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper (146902).  Accessories: Kraft Pillow Boxes (147018), Leaf Ribbon (146905).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Banner Triple Punch (138292), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Animal Outing Stamp Set + Animal Friends Thinlits Dies Bundle
Animal Outing Wood-Mount Stamp Set + Animal Friends Thinlits Dies Bundle (148323) - $109.75
Animal Outing Wood-Mount Stamp Set + Animal Friends Thinlits Dies Bundle (148324) - $94.50

Kraft Pillow Boxes
Kraft Pillow Boxes (147018) - $10.50
10 boxes:  12.7 cm x 7 cm (5" x 2-3/4")

The rhino and bird were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with Stampin' Blends.  The rhino was coloured using Smoky Slate Dark and Light Stampin' Blends, then the horn lightened using the Color Lifter.  The sweet little bird is in Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, and Daffodil Delight.

STAMPIN' BLENDS UPDATE:  All the Stampin' Blends Markers listed on page 204 of the Annual Catalogue, including the new colours, are now available to purchase!  (29 June 2018)

Animal Outing Kraft Pillow Box

This thank you gift box features three of the fun designs in the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper.  One side of the paper has fun animal imagery, like these playful little birds, and the other side shows-off bright patterns.

UP-COMING SALE ALERT!  Buy 3 selected Designer Series Paper packs during July, GET 1 FREE!  Start ordering from tomorrow, 1 July.

Animal Outing Kraft Pillow Box

Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper
Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper (146902) - $23.00
12 sheets: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs.  12" x 12".

The Kraft Pillow Boxes are perfect for packaging small thank you gifts... keep them simple with those gorgeous, white polka-dots, or dress the pillow boxes up with some designer paper and stamps!

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Blended Seasons Stamp Set, an exclusive 10-piece wood- or clear-mount stamp set with images for every season!

Blended Seasons Stamp Set
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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.


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