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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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You're Awesome!

Brusho Crystal Colour is a water-based powder that works well with resist techniques.  A resist technique is when you add a waxy or shiny finish that water-based inks won't adhere to; to create a pattern or to protect parts of a stamped images from subsequent watercolouring.  Resist is how I got the white highlights on the tongue, laces and toe cap of these stamped Converse-like shoes.  Resist is also how I got the stamped words in white, appearing through the watercolour background.  For the shoes I used a white waxy crayon or pastel over the stamped image, where I wanted to retain the white (Wax Resist Technique),  For the words, I stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder (Emboss Resist Technique).  I did all this before sprinkling on Brusho Crystal Colour and spritzing with water...

Epic Celebrations Thank You Card with Brusho

Stamps: SAB Epic Celebrations (wood: 147232, clear: 147236).  Ink: Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad (140931), Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad (145406).  Card/Paper: Whisper White Thick (140490), Watercolor Paper (122959).  Accessories: Brusho Crystal Colour (144101), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132).  Tools: Pattern Party Decorative Masks (144103), Silicone Craft Sheet (127853), Embossing Buddy (103083), Heat Tool (129056), Stampin' Spritzers (126185), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Other: White Crayon or White Pastel.

There's a little bit more to this card than just these two resist techniques.  Do you see the brick pattern?  That's achieved with a colour-lift technique.  First, add a mask over a dried watercolor masterpiece, I used the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  Then spritz with water, remove the mask immediately, wait a few seconds for the water to re-activate the watercolours, before blotting.  This technique will lift the intense colour from the card stock, leaving behind this very cool shadow effect.  I used the same wax-resist and colour-lift techniques on my voucher card for the Hamilton Extravaganza.

Epic Celebrations Thank You Card with Brusho

Brusho Crystal Colour
Brusho Crystal Colour (144101) - $63.00
5 pots: 1 each of 5 colours

Pattern Party Decorative Masks
Pattern Party Decorative Masks (144103) - $12.00
4 masks; 15.2 cm x 15.2 cm (6" x 6")

For the first card I used Brilliant Red and Yellow watercolour powders.  I was playing around with other colours from the Brusho Crystal Colour pack and also used the Prussian Blue with Moss Green powders for this second card...

Epic Celebrations Thank You Card with Brusho

Less is definitely more!  I added too much Prussian Blue powder to this project and, when the crystals activated, I lost some of the stamped detail of the shoes in the intense colour.  I don't dislike it, it's just not as clean and defined as the first card, resulting in a fabulous distressed, grunge look - perfect for teenagers.  In fact, these techniques alongside the Epic Celebrations stamp set makes a great combination for teenager cards! 

Epic Celebrations Stamp Set
Epic Celebrations Wood-Mount Stamp Set (147232) - FREE with $110 purchase
Epic Celebrations Clear-Mount Stamp Set (147236) - FREE with $110 purchase

Don't forget that Sale-A-Bration finishes at the end of this week, so if you want to get your hands on the Epic Celebrations stamp set, then...

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Lots of Lavender For You

Yes, I stamped with Brusho Crystal Colour!  That's right, I used the solid stamps from the Lots of Lavender two-step stamping set to give this image a gorgeous watercolour look...

Lots of Lavender For You Card

Stamps: SAB Lots of Lavender (photopolymer: 147197).  Ink: Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad (140931), Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad (145406).  Card/Paper: Crumb Cake (121685), Basic Black (121688), Watercolor Paper (122959).  Accessories: Brusho Crystal Colour (144101), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132), Linen Thread (104199).  Tools: Silicone Craft Sheet (127853), Embossing Buddy (103083), Heat Tool (129056), Stampin' Spritzers (126185), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Brusho Crystal Colour
Brusho Crystal Colour (144101) - $63.00
5 pots: 1 each of 5 colours

Lots of Lavender Stamp Set
Lots of Lavender Photopolymer Stamp Set (147194) - FREE with $110 purchase

Stamping with Brusho Crystal Colour is a bit messy and so much fun.  But first, some caution, the fabulous dye powder from Brusho Crystal Colour can stain your photopolymer stamps.  It does not affect the on-going quality of the stamping, but the clear stamps will have a permanent tinge.

To begin this card, I stamped the Lavender outline image in water-proof Basic Black Archival ink onto Watercolor PaperBrusho Crystal Colour was then sprinkled onto the bottom corner and spritzed with water.  I then picked up some of that intense colour off the Watercolor Paper with the solid Lavender image and stamped it over the outlined image.  The result... the ink looks like it's pooled beautifully over the Lavender image with a lovely watercolour-look.

TIP:  Use a Silicone Craft Sheet underneath your word when using Brusho Crystal Colour as it makes clean-up a breeze!

Lots of Lavender For You Card

The stamping and watercolouring is the focus, so a little embossed sentiment and a pretty Linen Thread bow finishes this card.

The Lots of Lavender stamp set is one of my favourites from Sale-A-Bration and I love that I got it for free.  And you can too... but only until the end of March!

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There's only one more week for Sale-A-Bration - make sure you get your favourites before they're gone!

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You are simply amazing!

Have you tried Brusho Crystal Colour yet?  It's containers of dry ink crystals that burst in water!  Just apply a generous amount of water onto your project and shake Brusho Crystal Colour over the top, then watch the colour explode and bleed into the wet areas.  Alternatively, to get a splash of colour, shake Brusho Crystal Colour onto your project, spritz with water and watch the intense colour of the crystals burst and spread in the water, which I what I did to create this celebratory card...

Amazing You Celebration Card

Stamps: SAB Amazing You (wood: 147212, clear: 147215).  Ink: Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad (145406).  Card/Paper: Old Olive (106576), Basic Black (121688), Whisper White (106549), Silver Glimmer Paper (135314), Watercolor Paper (122959).  Accessories: Brusho Crystal Colour (144101), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), SAB Celebrate You Thinlits Dies (146840), Embossing Buddy (103083), Heat Tool (129056), Stampin' Spritzers (126185), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Brusho Crystal Colour
Brusho Crystal Colour (144101) - $63.00
5 pots: 1 each of 5 colours

There are so, so many techniques you can do with this water-colouring product, but first two tips...

  1. DO NOT OPEN!  That's right, when you get your five-container set of Brusho Crystal Colour, don't open the lids!  The best way to use Brusho Crystal Colour is to pierce the top with a Paper-Piercing Tool to create an applicator container, like a salt shaker.  I use a thumb-tack or push-pin to seal the top of my containers.
  2. The crystals activate in water, which means you need to use robust watercolour products alongside it like Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad, Basic Gray Archival Stampin' Pad, Watercolor Paper, and Shimmery White card stock.

Brusho Crystal Colour is such a fabulous product and you will find loads of ways to create with it and fun techniques to try, like the emboss-resist technique.  Before applying the Brusho Crystal Colour, I stamped the gorgeous flower from the Amazing You stamp set in Whisper White ink onto Watercolor Paper and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The embossed image resists the bleeding ink crystals and appears through the burst of colour.

Amazing You Celebration Card

To complete my card, I paired the watercoloured card front with more stamps from Amazing You stamp set and the coordinating Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.  Both of these products are in the Sale-A-Bration line-up and you could get them for free with a qualifying order.

Amazing You Celebration Card

Amazing You Stamp Set
Amazing You Wood-Mount Stamp Set (147212) - FREE with $110 purchase
Amazing You Clear-Mount Stamp Set (147215) - FREE with $110 purchase

Celebrate You Thinlits Dies
Celebrate You Thinlits Dies (146840) - FREE with $220 purchase

FYI, the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies will be available to purchase in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue, released in June 2018.  But why pay for them... get them for free until the end of March!

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Shop from any of our catalogues and for every $110 you spend (excluding shipping), you'll earn one free Sale-A-Bration product of your choice!

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Other than the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies and the Basket Weave 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, all Sale-A-Bration products are exclusive to the promotion period and will not be available after 31 March.  Make sure you get your favourites before they're gone!

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Sale-A-Bration (3 January-31 March 2018)

 

Blossoming Easter Basket

Easter is not that far away and I am gearing up for the occasion with fun ideas to hold Easter Eggs.  This cute Easter Basket was enlarged and adapted from Vicky Hayes design and easily holds two marshmallow Easter Eggs, seated snuggly in some Sweet Soirée Ready Shreddie...

Blossoming Easter Basket

Bundle: SAB Blossoming Basket Stamp Set + Basket Weave 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (wood: 147504, clear: 147505).  Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments (wood: 130042, clear: 120024).  Ink: Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad (140931).  Card/Paper: Sahara Sand (121695), Powder Pink (144251), Whisper White (106549).  Accessories: Rich Razzleberry, Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive and Lemon Lime Twist Watercolor Pencils (Lots of Happy Card Kit: 146388) and Watercolor Pencils (141709), Lemon Lime Twist 1/4” Ombre Ribbon (144234), Linen Thread (104199), Sweet Soirée Ready Shreddie (145562).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), 1-3/4” Circle Punch (119850), Scallop Tag Topper Punch (133324), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108).

All the prettiness for this project comes from the gorgeous Blossoming Basket stamp set and Basket Weave embossing folder.  These come as a bundle, which you could get for free during Sale-A-Bration with a qualifying order.  See below on how you can do just that!

Blossoming Basket Stamp Set + Basket Weave 3D Dynamic Textured Impresssions Embossing Folder
Blossoming Basket Wood-Mount Stamp Set + Basket Weave 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (147504) - FREE with $220 purchase
Blossoming Basket Clear-Mount Stamp Set + Basket Weave 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (147505) - FREE with $220 purchase

I used the beautiful, big flower basket image from the Blossoming Basket stamp set on the attached gift tag and then coloured it using Watercolour Pencils.  Watercolour Pencils are highly pigmented (which means it has lots of colour) so when you add water, it smoothly blends and creates a watercolour-look.  For my project, I didn't want a watercolour finish to this image, so I didn't use any water-based blending.  Instead, the colours of the Watercolour Pencils stay bright and vibrant...

Blossoming Easter Basket

And, finally, check out the gorgeous woven texture that the Basket Weave Embossing Folder gives this Easter gift box...

Blossoming Easter Basket

This Basket Weave 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies are Sale-A-Bration products that will be available to purchase in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue, released in June 2018.  But why pay for them... get them for free until the end of March!

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Shop from any of our catalogues and for every $110 you spend (excluding shipping), you'll earn one free Sale-A-Bration product of your choice!

2018 Sale-A-Bration Brochure - click to view 2018 Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release Brochure - click to view 2018 Sale-A-Bration 3rd Release - click to view 

Other than the Basket Weave 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies, all Sale-A-Bration products are exclusive to the promotion period and will not be available after 31 March.  Make sure you get your favourites before they're gone!

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Sale-A-Bration (3 January-31 March 2018)

 

 

Sending Heartfelt Thoughts

Generally, there are two cards that we can never have enough of, Birthday and (unfortunately) Sympathy Cards.  The need for a Sympathy Card can come unexpectedly and, often, we are not in the right space to create a card to express our heartfelt thoughts.  So, with that in mind, I create Sympathy Cards at times when I don't need them, to keep on standby.  If you choose your sentiment carefully, these cards can also be used for sharing handwritten messages with those who are having a difficult time too, not just in times of loss.

The Heartfelt Blooms stamp set is a great set for creating such cards.  Here's a simple design using the gorgeous, floral "Distinkive" stamp as the focal point.  The "Sending Heartfelt Thoughts" sentiment is versatile and this card could be used for a variety of reasons...

Heartfelt Blooms Sympathy Card

Stamps: SAB Heartfelt Blooms (wood: 147197, clear: 147202).  Ink: Rich Razzleberry (126950), Basic Gray (140932).  Card/Paper: Rich Razzleberry (119981), Pink Pirouette (116203), Whisper White (106549).  Accessories: SAB Shimmer Ribbon Pack (147243), Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes (145632).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (145656), Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (144108).

Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set
Heartfelt Blooms Wood-Mount Stamp Set (147197) - FREE with $110 purchase
Heartfelt Blooms Clear-Mount Stamp Set (147202) - FREE with $110 purchase

To add some soft "bling" to this card, I added a scattering of Glitter Epoxy Shapes and pieces of Basic Gray and Bermuda Bay Shimmer Ribbon...

Heartfelt Blooms Sympathy Card

Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes
Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes (145632) - $14.75
88 shapes per sheet: 1 sheet glitter accents, 1 sheet clear accents

Shimmer Ribbon Pack
Shimmer Ribbon Pack (147243) - FREE with $110 purchase

The Heartfelt Blooms stamp set and Shimmer Ribbon Pack are only available during Sale-A-Bration, which finishes at the end of March, so if you too want to get these product for free...

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But wait, there's more!  More Sale-A-Bration products were added to the selection today!  Stampin' Up! have now included 14 catalogue products that you could choose for free with a qualifying order...

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These are in addition to Sale-A-Bration products found here:

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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
are donated to Freeset.

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10% of the retail price goes to Freeset.

Total donations to date:
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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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