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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For You Flower

I love the new à la carte individual stamps.  They are a really great place to start for new stampers, plus the images are gorgeous.

  • Click HERE to check out the à la carte stamps in the Idea Book & Catalogue.

I can't really choose a favourite à la carte stamp, as they are all great.  However, at the moment I love using the For You Flower stamp.  The centre of the flower is great and it has a matching punch, the Flower Fancy punch found on page 146 of the catalogue. 

This stamp and punch makes thank you cards fast, easy and economical - four of these cards are made using only one sheet of Rose Red, one sheet of Always Artichoke and some left-over Whisper White card stock for stamping...

For You Flower Thank You Cards

Stamps: For You Flower (wood: 121596).  Card/Paper: Rose Red (108613), Always Artichoke (108610), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Rose Red (101778), Always Artichoke (105219).  Tools: Fancy Flower Punch (118073), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (119860), Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120175), Sizzix Big Shot (113439), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Here are two other colour combinations.  Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive...

For You Flower Thank You Cards

Stamps: For You Flower (wood: 121596).  Card/Paper: Rich Razzleberry (119981), Old Olive (106576), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Rich Razzleberry (115658), Old Olive (102277).  Tools: Fancy Flower Punch (118073), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (119860), Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120175), Sizzix Big Shot (113439), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Real Red and Soft Suede...

For You Flower Thank You Cards

Stamps: For You Flower (wood: 121596).  Card/Paper: Real Red (106578), Soft Suede (119982), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Real Red (103133), Soft Suede (115657).  Tools: Fancy Flower Punch (118073), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (119860), Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120175), Sizzix Big Shot (113439), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

These cards, and their colour combinations, where made for everyone who has (and will) place an order during the month of September.

  • Click HERE to contact me to place an order this month and receive one of these cards for yourself.  The For You Flower stamp and matching Flower Fancy punch?
  • Click HERE to check out how we used the For You Flower stamp on a masculine card at our September Workshop!
 

More Moments

Here are two more projects that we made at the Stampin' Up! training day using the Every Moments stamp set (page 72 of the Idea Book & Catalogue). 

The first is a box, well actually two boxes!  Two boxes were die-cut using the Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die (page 155 of the Idea Book & Catalogue), one in Old Olive and one in Very Vanilla.  We constructed the Old Olive box.  Then, once we had stamped and watercoloured the reeds and bird stamp from the Every Moments stamp set, we cut the bottom tabs off the Very Vanilla box and adhered it, upside-down, over the Old Olive box.

Every Moment Box

Stamps: Every Moment (wood: 121508, clear: 120522).  Card/Paper: Old Olive (106576), Baja Breeze (116207), Very Vanilla (106550).  Ink: Baja Breeze (111833), Old Olive (102277), Soft Suede (115657), Riding Hood Red (111836), Jet Black Stazon (101406).  Accessories: Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker (120973), Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (109054), Linen Thread (104199).  Tools: Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die (115965), Extended Cutting Pads (113478), Extended Premium Crease Pad (117630), Sizzix Big Shot (113439), Blender Pen (102845), Color Spritzer Tool (107066), Crop-o-dile (108362), 1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

The last project was a 6" x 6" scrapbooking page.  The daisy and butterflies from the Every Moments stamp set were stamped as a background on textured Baja Breeze cardstock...

Every Moment Butterfly 6" x 6"

Stamps: Every Moment (wood: 121508, clear: 120522).  Card/Paper: Old Olive (119934), Baja Breeze (119972), Riding Hood Red (119943), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Baja Breeze (111833), Soft Suede (115657), Riding Hood Red (111836).  Accessories: Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109025).  Tools: Beautiful Butterfies Bigz Die (114507), Sizzix Big Shot (113439), Sponge Daubers (102892), 1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850), Scallop Edge Punch (119882), Mat Pack (105826), Paper Piercing Tool (116631), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

The butterfly was die-cut using the new Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die (page 154 of the Idea Book & Catalogue), daubered, stamped and then paper-pierced with swirls.  Here is a close-up...

Every Moment Butterfly 6" x 6"

Each of the four projects we made at the training day were quite different.  I was pleasantly surprised as to how versatile the Every Moments stamp is.

  • Click HERE to contact me to order the Every Moment stamp set.
  • Click HERE to see what else is in the new Idea Book & Catalogue.
 

Every Moment

At a recent Stampin' Up! training day we used the Every Moment stamp set to make these lovely projects...

Every Moment Card

Stamps: Every Moment (wood: 121508, clear: 120522).  Card/Paper: Soft Suede (textured 12 x 12: 119948), Old Olive (106576), Very Vanilla (106550), Watercolour Paper (105019).  Ink: Soft Suede (115657), Daffodil Delight (119667), Old Olive (102277), Jet Black Stazon (101406).  Accessories: Library Clip (Clips Assortment: 112580), Daffodil Delight 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119766), Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119256), Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker (120973), Basic Pearls Jewels (119247).  Tools: Colour Spritzer Tool (107066), Blender Pens (102845).  Techniques: Water Colouring, Masking.

This card uses the daisy stamp from Every Moments, water-coloured in the gorgeous new Daffodil Delight (Brights Collection).  Also it has a lovely half-pearl...

Every Moment Card

Mmmm, yummy!

Here is that same daisy, this time it is water-coloured in Real Red and depth added with a white gel pen.

Every Moment Card

Stamps: Every Moment (wood: 121508, clear: 120522).  Card/Paper: Baja Breeze (textured 12 x 12: ), Old Olive (106576), Very Vanilla (106550), Watercolour Paper (105019).  Ink: Real Red (103133), Daffodil Delight (119667), Old Olive (102277), Soft Suede (115657), Jet Black Stazon (101406).  Accessories: Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119256), White uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen (105021), Basic Pearls Jewels (119247).  Tools: 1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850), Scallop Edge Punch (119882), Blender Pens (102845), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Techniques: Water Colouring.

And there's that little pearl again...

Every Moment Card

Here is a list of the new products used and where to find them:

  • Every Moment (page 72)
  • Daffodil Delight (page 118)
  • Daffodil Delight 3/8" taffeta ribbon and Old Olive 1/8" taffeta ribbon and  (page 137)
  • Self-adhesive Pearls (page 140)

Want to see more from the new Idea Book & Catalogue?

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Re-Inker Techniques

I attended a Stampin' Up! regional training day recently.  In fact I was asked to do a ten-minute presentation - what a lovely compliment, but very nerve-racking!  So since I have been playing with re-inker techniques over the last few months, I decided to show two really easy, but fun techniques that make you go "wow"!

The first re-inker techique I demonstrated is one that I recently taught in the 3-cards in 3-hours Workshop at the end of July.  It is called the...

Embossed Re-inker Spread Technique

Fifth Avenue Floral Embossed Re-inker Spread Card

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral (wood: 115796).  Card/Paper: Soft Suede (119982), Whisper White (106549), Watercolour Paper (105019).  Ink: Soft Suede (115657), VersaMark (102283).  Ink Refills: Real Red (103287).  Accessories: White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132), Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (109070).  Tools: Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (114517), Little Leaves Sizzlits Die (114511), Sizzix Big Shot (113439), Embossing Buddy (103083), Heat Tool (106586), Aqua Painter (103954), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Techniques: Embossed Re-Inker Spread Technique.

The rose on the front of this card is coloured using the Embossed Re-inker Spread Technique...

  1. Stamp the large rose from the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set with VersaMark on to watercolour paper and heat emboss it with white embossing powder. 
  2. Using a water spritzer (an empty Stampin' Mist bottle works well), spray the watercolour paper until water pools in the embossed areas. 
  3. Picked up some ink (for this one I used Real Red) with an Aqua Painter or paint brush and touch the tip of the brush to the edge of the pools of water.  The ink in spread, with the darker shade of your colour where you touched the water, bleeding outwards to a lighter shade.  Once the image is coloured, leave it to dry. 
  4. Once dried, cut the flower out and add it to the front of your card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

You can also use this technique with two or more colours.  This example (which was inspired by Alisa Tilsner) uses the smaller flower from the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set and coloured using Tempting Turquoise and Garden Green.  The colours blend together resulting in a lovely paua-like effect.

CASE - Fifth Avenue Floral Embossed Re-inker Spread Card

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral (wood: 115796), Upsy Daisy (wood: 115898).  Card/Paper: Garden Green (108605), Tempting Turquoise (108598), Whisper White (106549), Watercolour Paper (105019).  Ink: Garden Green (102272), VersaMark (102283).  Ink Refills: Garden Green (102059), Tempting Turquoise (101041).  Accessories: White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132), Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (109070), Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Write Marker (100058).  Tools: Embossing Buddy (103083), Heat Tool (106586), Aqua Painter (103954), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Techniques: Embossed Re-Inker Spread Technique.

The second re-inker technique I demonstrated is called the...

Polished Stone Technique

This technique uses Isopropyl Alcohol and re-inkers to create a marbled background and can be used to create your own patterned paper.  It also works well with a solid embossed image and the Emboss-Resist Technique.

Contempo Christmas Polished Stone Swap

Stamps: Contempo Christmas (wood: 121498, clear: 120594).  Card/Paper: Tempting Turquoise (108598), Night of Navy (106577), Whisper White (106549), Glossy White (106555).  Ink: Night of Navy (102977), VersaMark (102283).  Ink Refills: Tempting Turquoise (101041), Bashful Blue (105221).  Accessories: White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132), Night of Navy 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109036), White uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen (105021).  Tools: Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120175), Sizzix Big Shot (113439), Embossing Buddy (103083), Heat Tool (106586), Mat Pack (105826), Paper Piercing Tool (116631), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Non-SU!: Isopropyl Alcohol, Cotton Balls.  Techniques: Polished Stone Technique, Faux-Stitching.

The background of this card was coloured using the Polished Stone Technique...

  1. Using Glossy White card stock, stamp the Christmas decoration from the Contempo Christmas stamp set with VersaMark and heat emboss it with white embossing powder.
  2. Soak a cotton ball with Isopropyl Alcohol (which can be purchased off the shelf at any chemist) and add drops of ink.  For this card I used two drops of Tempting Turquoise and three drops of Bashful Blue.  Here's a tip, use less drops of darker colours and more drops of lighter colours.
  3. Dab the cotton ball over the glossy card stock until you achieve the look you want.  Stop when you have the marbled effect otherwise the colours will blend together and will either be all be one colour or muddy.
  4. As the Isopropyl Alcohol evaporates, the ink dries.  It is really quite quick, about 1-2 minutes.  Once it is dry rub the excess ink off the embossing to reveal the image.

Contempo Christmas Polished Stone Swap

I made 28 of these easel cards as swaps for the training day...

Contempo Christmas Polished Stone Swaps

While playing with the Polished Stone Technique, I decided to try applying the ink directly to the rubber of the stamp, then stamping.  I used the solid daisy image from the Upsy Daisy stamp set...

Upsy Daisy Polished Stone Card

Stamps: Upsy Daisy (wood: 115898).  Card/Paper: Rich Razzleberry (119981), Tempting Turquoise (108598), Whisper White (106549), Glossy White (106555).  Ink: Rich Razzleberry (115658).  Ink Refills: Rich Razzleberry (115664), Tempting Turquoise (101041), Bashful Blue (105221).  Accessories: Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (109070), Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Write Marker (100058).  Tools: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Non-SU!: Isopropyl Alcohol, Cotton Balls.  Techniques: Polished Stone Technique.

This card uses two drops of Tempting Turquoise, three drops of Bashful Blue and one drop of Rich Razzleberry on a cotton ball soaked in Isopropyl Alcohol.  I dapped the ink all over the rubber of the stamp, then stamped it onto glossy card stock.  Once the ink dried, I cut out the images and mounted them into the front of the card.

I hope these cards and techniques have inspired you to think of Ink Refills as more than re-inkers, but tools that can create a bit of wow.

 

Father's Day Card

Some people have difficulty with masculine cards, whether it is for birthdays, anniversaries or Father's Day.  I wrote down some thoughts to help you with your creations for the men in your life...

  • Click HERE for some suggestions on how to make masculine cards (216 KB PDF)

Speaking of masculine cards, here is the Father's Day card I made for yesterday.  It was inspired by the "friend" card on the bottom of page 93 of the Idea Book & Catalogue.

Father's Day Card

Stamps: Tiny Tags (wood: 119187), Defining Alphabet (116354).  Card/Paper: Basic Black (121688), Tempting Turquoise (108598), Brushed Silver (Brushed Metallic: 106559), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Basic Black (101179), Basic Gray (109120), Tempting Turquoise (100814), Jet Black Stazon (101406).  Accessories: Black Brads (Neutrals Brads: 119736), Silver Brads (104336), Linen Thread (104199).  Tools: Perfect Polkadots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (117335), Sizzix Big Shot (113439), Jewelry Tag Punch (117190), 1/16" Hand-held Circle Punch (101227), Mat Pack (105826), Paper Piercing Tool (116631), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

I love how the Brushed Silver card stock looks like studded metal after it has been put through the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

Father's Day Card

Last weekend I attended a Stampin' Up! training day.  During the day we had swaps.  In the swaps, I received this lovely Father's Day card from Joanne Jensen...

Father's Day Card Swap

This card has great techniques for masculine cards - tearing, distressing, daubering and faux-suede.  It also uses a variation on the kissing technique to give a distressed look to the stamped "d-a-d".  Joanne inked the alphabet stamp with Bashful Blue then, before stamping it, she dabbed the stamp with crumpled paper inked with Chocolate Chip ink.  Gorgeous!

We will be using some of these techniques, and more, in the September workshops.

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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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