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

  

Crimped Envelopes

If you haven't tried the Stampin' Up! envelopes, you must.  They are high quality and are also lovely to stamp on (what else would you do with them!).  Not only that, they will match any card you make, as they come in Whisper White and Very Vanilla.  You will find them on page 131 of the Idea Book & Catalogue

Did you know that you can change the colour of the envelope by simply inking up your brayer in the colour of your choice and applying it to a Whisper White envelope?  Here is a crimped envelope that show this.  Rachael Knight is responsible for this lovely design.

Razzle Dazzle Crimped Envelope

Stamps: Razzle Dazzle (117709), Best Yet (Hostess Level 1).  Card/Paper: Whisper White C6 Medium Envelope (102588), Rose Red (108613), Kiwi Kiss (116204), Whisper White (106549), Raspberry Tart DSP (113975).  Ink: Rose Red (101778), Pretty In Pink (101301).  Accessories: Pretty In Pink 1/4" Gosgrain Ribbon (109032).  Tools: 1-3/4" Circle Punch (112004), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (104403), Double Rectangle Punch (105088), Crimper (101618), Brayer (102395), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430). 

To colour this envelope I first stamped the image from Razzle Dazzle in Rose Red on a Whisper White envelope.  I then punched out a 1-3/4" Circle to use as a mask and placed it over the central stamped image.  Loading up my brayer with Pretty In Pink ink, I proceeded to re-colour the envelope.  Removing the mask reveals the original colour of the envelope.

Razzle Dazzle is in the Summer Mini, so is only available until the end of this month.

Razzle Dazzle stamp set 

Here is a similar crimped envelope card/gift that I made for my brother-in-law's birthday.  We gave him a gift card, which slides in the pocket of the "card", which goes in the envelope.  No we didn't give him a Stevens  gift card.  When I took this photo, I didn't have the gift card so had to find a substitute.  For your information, we gave him a Mitre 10 gift card - much more manly!

Happy Moments Crimped Envelope

Stamps: Happy Moments (SAB 118786), Best Yet (Hostess Level 1).  Card/Paper: Whisper White C6 Medium Envelope (102588), Chocolate Chip (108599), Ruby Red (106572), Whisper White (106549), Holiday Treasures DSP (112469).  Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Old Olive (102277), Ruby Red (102259), Baja Breeze (111833).  Accessories: Chocolate Chip 1/4" Gosgrain Ribbon (111367).  Tools: 1-3/4" Circle Punch (112004), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (104403), Double Rectangle Punch (105088), Crimper (101618), Brayer (102395), Blender Pen (102845), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430). 

Oh look, Happy Moments turns up again!  Not long now and this stamp set will no longer be available...

SAB Happy Moments stamp set

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March Thank You Cards

These cute little note cards are my tribute to some of the out-going stamp sets and accessories...

March Thank You Cards

Stamps: Happy Moments (SAB 118786), Butterfly Prints (117711).  Card/Paper: Always Artichoke (108610), Rose Red (108613), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Rose Red (101778), Always Artichoke (105219).  Tools: Butterfly Punch (116629), Mat Pack (105826).

The butterflies are from the Butterfly Prints stamp set, punched out using the Butterfly Punch, both from the Summer Mini.  The sentiment is from the Happy Moments Sale-a-bration stamp set.  Both the Summer Mini and Sale-a-bration end on 31 March.  That's only two weeks way, so don't wait too long before ordering from these two catalogues.

I made these cards to give to everyone who has (and will) place an order during the month of March.  Enjoy!

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Secret Message Cards

This month in our workshops we made Secret Message Cards, where you open the card and the inside image changes.  I found instructions on how to make these cards in the Australian Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft Magazine (Vol 15 No 7).

I had two birthdays in late February and decided to make the card from the workshops, changing up the colours.

Black 'n' White Secret Message Card

Stamps: Happy Moments (SAB 118786), Whimsical Words (SAB 118782).  Card/Paper: Basic Black (106561), Whisper White (106549), Real Red (106578).  Ink: VersaMark (102283), Basic Black (101179), Basic Grey (109120), Real Read (103133).  Accessories: Black Embossing Powder (109133).  Tools: Crimper (101618), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Blender Pen (102845), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Techniques: Embossing, Water Colouring.

Olive 'n' Tangerine Secret Message Card


Stamps: Happy Moments (SAB 118786), Whimsical Words (SAB 118782).  Card/Paper: Old Olive (106576), Tangerine Tango (116206), Whisper White (106549), So Saffron (108611).  Ink: VersaMark (102283), Close To Cocoa (103139), Tangerine Tango (111834), So Saffron (105213), Old Olive (102277).  Accessories: White Embossing Powder (109132).  Tools: Crimper (101618), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Blender Pen (102845), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Techniques: Embossing, Water Colouring.

When you open these cards, the birthday cake image on the inside changes to reveal...

Secret Message

These Sale-a-bration stamp sets are so versatile.  Out of all the Sale-a-bration stamp sets I have given away, the most popular set is Happy Moments (closely followed by Whimsical Words).  If you have still to get a free Sale-a-bration set, then you have only got two weeks to go...

SAB Happy Moments stamp set

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Masculine Card Swap

As I have heard from a number of people on different occasions - cards for men are difficult.  This post is designed to inspire your creativity for men's cards.  This first card I made a while ago for a 90th birthday:

Masculine Gatefold Card

Masculine Gatefold Card - open

Stamps: Life Definitions (115928), Sincere Saluations (116416), Crazy For Cupcakes (115780).  Card/Paper: Chocolate Chip (108599), Whisper White (106549), Kiwi Kiss DSP (112161).  Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Kiwi Kiss (111835).  Accessories: Chocolate Chip Marker Pen (100071), Whisper White Basic Jumbo Grommets (114348), Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (109051).  Tools: Daubers (102892), 1/2" Circle Punch (104390). 

Last weekend we had a demonstrator training day.  As as you know, when demonstrators get together they swap!  The theme for the weekend's swaps were masculine cards.  Here are my 30 swaps!

Happy Moments Swaps

Happy Moments Masculine Card

Stamps: Happy Moments (SAB 118786).  Card/Paper: Kiwi Kiss (), Kiwi Kiss DSP (112161116204), Real Red (106578), Chocolate Chip (108599), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Kiwi Kiss (111835), Chocolate Chip (100908), VersaMark (102283).  Accessories: Hemp Twine (100982), Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Crystal Effects (101055), Kiwi Kiss Ink Refill (111842), Bashful Blue Ink Refill (105221), Real Red Ink Refill (103287).  Tools: Distressing Tool from the Cutter Kit (106958), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Heat Tool (106586).

The technique I used for this card I gleened from Danielle Daws.  First you emboss your image.  Then mix Crystal Effects with drops of ink from re-inkers and use a fine brush to colour your image.  Once it has dried, the colour is glossy and looks like a ceramic glaze.

Ceramic Glaze Effect

Here are a selection of swaps that I received on the weekend:

 Rayleen
Rayleen's Swap

Joanne
Joanne's Swap

 Patrice
Patrice's Swap

Natasha 
Natasha's Swap

Jackie
Jackie's Swap

Unknown
Unknown's Swap

Bev
Bev's Swap

Rhonda
Rhonda's Swap

 Stephanie
Stephanie's Swap

 Katrina
Katrina's Swap

I hope that this has been inspiring and you enjoy making a card for that special man (or men) in your life.

 

For Everything meets Pink Flamingo

I created this card when I made the name tags for the ladies who attended the Hamilton Extravaganza.  Like the name tags, it uses the For Everything stamp set, the Crayon-Resist technique and colours drawn from the Pink Flamingo DSP.  In fact, a piece of that DSP is intricately cut out and adhered in front of the stamping create depth.

For Everything Crayon Resist Card

Stamps: For Everything (116686).  Card/Paper: Pink Flamingo DSP (113976), Tempting Turquoise (108598), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Cameo Coral (103035), Summer Sun (100537), Tempting Turquiose (100804), Real Red(103133).  Tools: Sponges (101610), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Scallop Oval Punch (114889), Large Oval Punch (107305), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Non SU!: White Crayon.  Techniques: Crayon-Resist.

Crayon-Resist is fun and really easy.  Stamp your outline image on a piece of Whisper White or glossy card.  Use a white crayon and highlight any areas of the image that you don't want coloured (ie. to remain white).  Sponge ink over the image and card (you can use one colour or many).  Finally, use a clean sponge or a tissue to wipe any ink off the areas you applied the crayon to.

  • QUICK TIP: Use your Craft and Rubber Scissors to cut your sponges into eight.  This will make them into an easy to hold wedge.  Plus, Stampin' Up! Stamping Sponges come in a pack of three, if you cut them you will have 24 sponges to use!

I love the For Everything stamp set.  Not only does it lend itself really well to the Crayon-Resist technique (as you can see), it is also great for water colouring.  You will find the For Everytihing stamp set in the Summer Mini, which is only available until the end of this month.

For Everything stamp set

Here is another card that was inspired by Pink Flamingo DSP and the Extravaganza name tags.  It too uses the For Everything stamp set and the Crayon-Resist technique.

For Everything Crayon Resist Heart Card

Stamps: For Everything (116686).  Card/Paper: Pink Flamingo DSP (113976), Summer Sun (108604), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Cameo Coral (103035), Summer Sun (100537), Tempting Turquiose (100804), Real Red(103133).  Tools: Sponges (101610), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Circle Scissor Plus (112530), Scallop Square Punch (112081), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Non SU!: White Crayon.  Techniques: Crayon-Resist.
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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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