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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.



Hamilton Extravaganza

Yesterday we had the Hamilton Extravaganza.  We got close to 100 stampers on the day and everyone who attended had a great time.  How our extravaganzas work is, five pairs of demonstrators prepared and taught a project, moving from table to table so at the end of the day everyone who attended took home five lovely creations.  I was fortunate to be paired up with Rachael, a very creative demonstrator from Auckland.  She came up with this lovely box, which is what we demonstrated on the day.

Brownies Box

Stamps: Spotlight on Christmas (115876), Oval All (116877).  Card/Paper: Old Olive (106576), Chocolate Chip (108599), Baja Breeze (116207), Whisper White (106549), Ski Slope Designer Series Paper (112994).  Ink: Old Olive (102277), Real Red (106578).  Accessories: Silver Brads (104336), Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (109052).  Tools: Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Scallop Oval Punch (114889), Large Oval Punch (107305), 5-Petal Flower Punch (109041), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

The box is made for a chocolate brownie (which was included as part of the pack), but it would also be great for Christmas Cake, truffles, ...

As a part of the day, all the demonstrators contributed items for the door prizes.  Two of the ladies from our workshops each won one of the ten door prizes.  For my contribution, I re-made the Just Beachy acetate box and filled it with chocolate almonds.  Certainly, the door prize that was most coveted was the cookies-in-a-jar made by Rachael. 

Cookies in a Jar

Everyone who attended got a bag of goodies from their demonstrator.  Each one of my bags had a name tag. 

Hamilton Extravaganza Name Tags
Stamps: Baroque Motifs (116340), Defining Alphabet (116354).  Card/Paper: Very Vanilla (106550), Certainly Celery (108619), Basic Gray (111859).  Ink: Basic Gray (109120), Certainly Celery (105217).  Accessories: Certainly Celery 5/8" poly-twill ribbon (from September's Ribbon Bundle Promotion).  Tools: Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Horizontal Slot Punch (105089), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

I had a lot of fun making making these and used the Certainly Celery ribbon we got as a part of the ribbon bundle promotion in August.  The only down-side was that I used a new alphabet stamp set, which took me two-hours to mount!  The bag also included a small chocolate-gift from me.

Christmas Chocolate Gift Box
Stamps: Punches Three (Level 1 Hostess).  Card/Paper: Night of Navy (106577), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Night of Navy (102977), VersaMark (102283).  Accessories: Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (109130), Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023), Linen Thread (104199).  Tools: Scallop Square Punch (112081), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Heat Tool (106586).

Christmas Chocolate Gift Box FrontInside the little box is a square of Whittakers chocolate - yummy!  The Merry Christmas stamp on the front is from the Punches Three level 1 hostess stamp set and punched out with the Scallop Square punch.  This is the free punch that you can get in the current promotion when you spend $105 on products from the Christmas Extravaganza Gift-Giving Guide.  This promotion runs from 1 November until 14 December.

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If you wanted to come to the Hamilton Extravaganza but couldn't this time, then keep an eye out early next year.


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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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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