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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.



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?



Elmo Punch ArtFor the ladybird, I started with the instuctions found at Chic' n Scratch, and went from there...

Leaf: Scallop Circle Punch (109043) in Kiwi Kiss (116204).

Body: 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401), one in Basic Black (106561) and one in Riding Hood Red (116205).  On the stall I didn't do this, but for this gift I sponged around the red wings with Basic Black ink (101179) before adhering them to the black body.

Head: 3/4" Circle Punch (107217) in Basic Black (106561).

Spots: 1/4" Circle Punch (retired) in Basic Black (106561), alternatively you can use a Crop-A-Dile (108362) to punch out the black spots.

For the antenna I used some fine black cord I purchased from a craft store and fixed it behind the head using a Mini Glue Dot (103683).



Elmo Punch ArtHere's the Elmo instructions as promised.  Recently I had a stall at our local Primary School twilight gala, where you could make this bookmark or the ladybird one for $1.  I chose these two because they don't require a large number of punches and they are easy for kids to assemble.  The kids loved them (I sold 30 in two hours!) and I had a great time.

For this one, I modified the Elmo on Dawn's website and used Riding Hood Red and Pumpkin Pie...

Face: Scallop Circle Punch (109043) in Riding Hood Red (116205) - if Elmo is going on a bookmark like this one, you will need two of these, one for the back.

Eyes: 1/2" Circle Punch (104390) in Whisper White (106549) and 1/4" Circle Punch (retired) in Basic Black (106561), alternatively you can use a Crop-A-Dile (108362) to punch out the black.

Nose: 1/2" Circle Punch (104390) in Pumpkin Pie (108601).

Mouth: 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401) in Basic Black (106561) - usually I would use 1-1/4" Circle Punch (104403), however that would mean another punch on the stall table and I didn't want to confuse the kids (or me!).  


More Crazy for Cupcakes

Well I got the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set, and I really love it, especially with the watercolour pencils and glitter.  Here are two cards that I created for my niece's birthdays at the end of September.  The large paper clips with the Elmo and ladybird punch art perched on the top are bookmarks.  Since I had made these bookmarks for their birthdays I decided to incorporate it into the cards - not as easy as I thought!  However I did like the finished product and when you remove the bookmarks, the cards still look good.

This one is for my niece who turned three.  I thought she would love the Elmo bookmark.  I found Elmo on Dawn's website a long time ago and have been waiting for the right project to use him.  I have modified what Dawn has in her instructions and used Riding Hood Red and Pumpkin Pie.  To tie the card to the bookmark, I carried over the Pumpkin Pie and used paper from Washington Apple DSP pack.  The only thing that I think could be better is that I used some old white flower brads, when I think the Pumpkin Pie flower brads from the Spring Mini Catalogue would have looked better.

Crazy for Cupcakes Card with Elmo bookmark
FOR THE CARD - Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes (115780), Sprinkles (116418).  Card/Paper: Pumpkin Pie (108601), Chocolate Chip (108599), Bashful Blue (106565), Whisper White (106549), Washington Apple DSP (112461).  Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908).  Accessories: Watercolor Pencils (101879), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (102023), flower brads (non-SU!).  Tools: Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Blender Pen (102845), 2-way Glue Pen (100425), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Techniques: Water Colouring.

This second card is for my other niece, who turned five a week later.  I think the ladybird from Chic 'n Scratch is really cute.  Again I have changed the red to Riding Hood Red (I'm going to miss this colour when it leaves next year), and sat her on a Kiwi Kiss leaf.  My daughters really love her!  Again I let the colours in the bookmark lead the choices I made for the card.  This time I got out the Candy Lane DSP and mixed it with Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette and Kiwi Kiss - truely an In Color card!

Crazy for Cupcakes Card with ladybird bookmark
FOR THE CARD - Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes (115780), Priceless (116402), Simply Said (116414).  Card/Paper: Riding Hood Red (116205), Kiwi Kiss (116204), Pink Pirouette (116203), Whisper White (106549), Candy Lane DSP (113980).  Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908).  Accessories: Watercolor Pencils (101879), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (102023), Sliver Brads (104336).  Tools: 1" Circle Punch (109046), Blender Pen (102845), 2-way Glue Pen (100425), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Techniques: Water Colouring.

This post is long enough!  I will write up what I used for the Elmo and ladybird punch art next time.


Gift Voucher Card

We gave my brother-in-law a gift voucher for his birthday this month, in which the voucher was the shape and size of a credit card.  A while ago I found these cards on Mary Fish's website, and decided to incorporate his gift into his birthday card...

Masculine Gift Voucher Card

Masculine Gift Voucher Card
Stamps: Bitty Birthday (115762).  Card/Paper: Sage Shadow (108620), Chocolate Chip (108599), Whisper White (106549), Windsor Knot DSP (112039).  Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908).  Accessories: So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker (105114), Sage Shadow Stampin' Write Marker Pen (100040), So Saffron 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (Ribbon Bundle Promotion - 114618).  Tools: Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Sticky Strip (104294), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

I used the same dimensions listed on Mary's website, and direction from Dawn's website.  The finished card size is 3" x 4-1/4".

I do love the So Saffron ribbon from the ribbon bundle promotion this month.  If you would like to get your own, then you will need to place an order with me really soon!  The ribbon bundle promotion finishes at the end of September - this week!

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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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