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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.



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Bluebirds Altered Notepad

I found a punch art bluebird on Rochelle Gould's website, which I though was adorable.  It uses a large circle punch that we don't have in our Australia/New Zealand catalogue. so I decided to have a go making it using the punches I have available.  I started off making one bird for the front of a notepad I was covering.  When I decided to add the "friendship" stamp to the bottom of the cover I thought that one little bird looked lonely, so gave him a friend!  I have had so many comments about this that I thought I had better post a picture.

Bluebirds Altered Notepad

Stamps: Wonderful Words (retired). Card/Paper: Pacific Point (116202), Barely Banana (106563), Chocolate Chip (108599), Old Olive (106576), Pumpkin Pie (108601).  Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), VersaMark (102283). Accessories: Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie Flower Brads (112583).  Tools: Daubers (102892), Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker (100082), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Crimper (101618), Dimensionals (104430). 

For the bluebirds, I used Pacific Point card and daubered around the edges.  As yet, I don't have the Pacific Point stamp pad so I used my Versamark stamp pad.  The daubering gave definition around each piece of the assembled bird as it is all the same colour. 

Bluebird Punch Art


Body: 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401) in Pacific Point (116202).

Wings and Tail: Scallop Circle Punch (109043) in Pacific Point (116202).  Then using the 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401) I punched out two wings, then cut out the tail.

Beak: Pumpkin Pie (108601).

Eyes: Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker (100082) 


To add a bit more colour to the cover, I used the flower brads from the Spring Mini Catalogue.  Don't forget that these and the other items in the Spring Mini Catalogue are only available until the end of next month. 

Flower Brads

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Santa Bag-in-a-box

This last week at my workshops we have been making Christmas bag-in-a-boxes, which are really easy to make, but make a wow statement.  While wandering around the web (as you do), I came across some other designs for a bag-in-a-box.  Here is one I totally copied from Patti Lee...

Santa Bag-in-a-box
Card/Paper: Riding Hood Red (116205), Whisper White (106549), Basic Black (106561), Brushed Silver (Brushed Metallic 106559).  Accessories: Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109025), Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109027).  Tools: Round Tab Punch (108340), Horizontal Slot Punch (105089), Scallop Edge Punch (112091). 1/4" Circle Punch (retired).

If you go to her website you will also find elves!  Cute aren't they.


Season of Joy & Priceless

Creating an opening in your card so you can see a stamped image on the inside of your card is a great way to add dimension to your creations.  Here are two very similar cards that use this technique.  The first is using stamps from Season of Joy to create a little Christmas card that would be really great to add to a gift.  The scallop on the inside of the card is the same as the ones we made at the October workshop for the Christmas voucher card.  The second card is practically the same, but uses stamps from Priceless. 

If you place an order this month, you will get this Priceless card as my thank you to you.

Season of Joy & Priceless Cards
Stamps: Season of Joy (113023), Priceless (116402). Card/Paper: Very Vanilla (106550), Riding Hood Red (116205), Kiwi Kiss (116204).  Ink: Riding Hood Red (111836), Kiwi Kiss (111835).  Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023).  Tools: Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (104403), 1" Circle Punch (106046), 2-Way Glue Pen (100425), Stampin' Dimensionals (104403). 

These two stamp sets are really versatile and compliment each other.  They also work well with the circle punches.

Season of Joy stamp set
Priceless stamp set

Christmas Swaps

This is what twenty Christmas card swaps look like...

Twenty Christmas Swaps
Stamps: Season of Joy (113023), So Swirly Jumbo Wheel (109683). Card/Paper: Night of Navy (106277), Bashful Blue (106565), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Night of Navy (102977), Bashful Blue (105209).  Accessories: Night of Navy 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109036).  Tools: 1-1/4" Circle Punch (104403), 1" Circle Punch (109046), Dotto (103305), Sponge Daubers (102896), Stamping Sponges (101610), Mat Pack (105826), Mini Glue Dots (103683).  Techniques: Reverse Masking.

Back of card showing The team of demonstrators that I belong to is having a training day on Saturday and at that event we are doing swaps (where everyone makes a whole lot of one project and then swaps those for something of someone else's).  This time around, the swaps have a Christmas theme and these will be my contribution.  What you can't see is inside the card there is a recipe with the products I used to make the cards, and on the back a little "Hand Stamped" stamp.  This cute little stamp is from the Season of Joy set and is a really lovely way of finishing off the card. 

I don't usually tie bows, but stick to knots (much easier!).  However, after tying twenty bows from 4 metres of ribbon, I certainly tick that skill box!  I used the very simple instructions on how to tie a bow from page 36 of the Ideas Book & Catalogue, and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.


Watch out for this card in November.  This is one of the projects we will be doing for the November workshops.  So come along and find out how to tie a lovely bow like this one and how to do the reverse masking technique.

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Just Beachy Kids Cards

Today, being school holidays, I ran a "special workshop" just for my three kids.  Earlier in the week, when I was sorting out what to do I remembered that they had a birthday party on Sunday, so decided to have them make a card for that.  So,

  • a card for a 4-year old boy
  • something that would appeal to both my son and daughters (cross-gender)
  • simple enough for my 5-year old, but not too simple for my 8-year old 
  • quick and easy - it is nearing the end of some quite wet school holidays and tempers are getting rather frazzled 

Not an easy criteria to be designing under!  Anyway I ended up designing a card that would give them a good canvas to stamp on and encourage their own creativity instead of just copying a card I made.  This card, using the Just Beachy stamp set, seemed to fit the bill and they completed it with minimum fuss and had fun doing it.  I pre-cut all the card and let them do the punching, sticking and stamping.

My Just Beachy Card
Stamps: Just Beachy (116879), Bitty Birthday (115762). Card/Paper: Whisper White (106549), Brocade Blue (108608), So Saffron (108611).  Ink: Brocade Blue (101102), So Saffron (105213). Tools: Scallop Edge Punch (112091), 1" Circle Punch (109046), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

This is the one by Miss Eight...

Miss Eight's Just Beachy Card

She is a perfectionist and loves to copy cards I make, so her card is quite similar to mine.  However she had the bright idea to add the So Saffron strip at the bottom, which was left over from punching out the scallop edge.  I think it is a great touch to an otherwise quite bland card-front.  Her inspiration had the other two doing the same!  Also, when I got out the pre-prepared card I realised that I had cut out one Ballet Blue instead of Brocade Blue card for the background.  Miss Eight thought that it was great; it was different from everyone else.

This one is by Miss Six... 

Miss Six's Just Beachy Card 

I love this inside of her card - all her fish were stamped along the bottom - also that she decided to stamp the jandles next to the window opening in the card (even though Miss Eight said it wouldn't fit!).

And this one's by Master Three... 

 Master Three's Just Beachy Card

He did a great job for his age.  He just needs to be more patient and use less pressure when stamping!  I suppose that is an age and gender thing, or is it?

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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
17-30 Nov 2017
Approx. 1 Feb 2018
6-31 Dec 2017 Approx. 19 Mar 2018

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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About Me


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.