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.



Buttons and Grommets

I have been playing with the new buttons and grommets from the Summer Mini.  I made a Christmas easel card with both of these (keep an eye out for easel cards in the January workshops).

Season of Joy Easel Card
Stamps: Season of Joy (113023).  Card/Paper: Very Vanilla (106550), Old Olive (106576), Real Red (106578).  Ink: Old Olive (102277), Real Red (103133), Bashful Blue (105209).  Accessories:  Very Vanilla Small Grommets (114349), Very Vanilla Jumbo Grommets (114348), Real Red and Old Olive Buttons from Playground (116313), Bashful Blue Buttons from Sherbet (116312), Linen Thread (104199), 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon (109052), Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023).  Tools: Large Oval Punch (107305), Scallop Oval Punch (retired), Bone Folder (102300), Mat Pack (105826), Brayer (102395), Daubers (102892), 2-way Glue Pen (100425), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683).  Techniques: Masking.

The buttons I used on this card were Bashful Blue from the Sherbet pack, also Real Red and Old Olive from the Playground pack.  Playground has the colours: Tempting Turquiose, Real Red, More Mustard and Old Olive.  Sherbet has: Pretty in Pink, Cetainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Pumpkin Pie.

Summer Mini Buttons

I also used small and jumbo grommets on the Christmas easel card.  Grommets are designer hardware that we haven't seen in a New Zealand catalogue before.  In the Summer Mini you can get grommets in two sizes - Jumbo (approx. 2.5 cm in diametre) and Small (approx. 1.3 cm in diametre).  These come in a mixture of Basic Black, Silver, Very Vanilla and Whisper White.  Please note that the picture in the Summer Mini says is shows the grommets at 100%, which is incorrect.  The picture of the grommets is really 65% actual size.

  • Click HERE to see Catalogue Corrections and Write-Ins

Here is a small grommet:

Small Grommet

And then there are the jumbo grommets.  I have used a jumbo grommet on this stamped candle.

Stamped Candle with Jumbo Grommets
Stamps: Upsy Daisy (115898).  Ink: Night of Navy (102977).  Accessories:  Whisper White Jumbo Grommets (114348), So Saffron 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (from September's Ribbon Bundle Promotion).  Tools: Heat Tool (106586).

Grommets are set by placing your card on the foam mat from the Mat Pack and pressing the prongs on the back of the grommet through the card.  Then you turn the card over and use a bone folder to turn the prongs over.  Very easy to do.  In the case of the candle, I just gently bent the grommet to match the curve of the candle, then pressed the prongs into the wax.

Jumbo Grommet
  • Click HERE to contact me to get your own Summer Mini Catalogue or to place an order for the new Designer Buttons and Grommets featured in this mini catalogue.


Oooh, I just love the new Butterfly Prints stamp set in the Summer Mini and the co-ordinating punch.  I think the stamped butterflies are lovely designs and I also like the way that it has the butterfly body as a 2-step stamping process.  And the punch fits perfectly.

Butterfly Prints stamp set
Butterfly Punch

But did you know that this butterfly punch also co-ordinates with a stamp set that we already have?  The four large butterflies from the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set in our current Idea Book & Catalogue (page 82) can be easily punched out with the Butterfly punch.

Flight of the Butterfly stamp set

Tomorrow there is a demonstrator gathering and, as you know, when we get together we like to do swaps, where we make a large number of one card or project and swap them for one of someone elses.  For my swap I used the Butterfly Prints stamp set and mixed it up with the Upsy Daisy stamp set.  I also used Baja Breeze, a colour that I haven't used much of and am very taken with now.

Butterfly Card Swaps
Stamps: Butterfly Prints (117711), Upsy Daisy (115898).  Card/Paper: Baja Breeze (116207), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Baja Breeze (111833), Pixie Pink (105212).  Tools: Butterfly Punch (116629), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049).  Techniques: Masking.
Butterfly Swap front

The layout for this butterfly card was inspired by a card that I made about a month ago.  This Upsy Daisy card design comes from the Australian Stamping, Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine (Vol 15 No 4), but I changed up the DSP and colours.

Upsy Daisy Card (Australian Stamping, Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine Vol 15 No 4)


  • Click HERE to contact me to get your own Summer Mini Catalogue or to place an order for the Butterfly Prints stamp set and co-ordinating punch.

MOPS Christmas Gifts

Yesterday was our Christmas break up for MOPS (Mother's of Pre-schoolers).  MOPS is a fantastic idea, which started in America, and has had groups in  New Zealand for more than ten years.  Basically it is a place where mothers of pre-schoolers can have their children looked after for a morning while mums have some timeout to catch up with others, do some craft, and have discussions about life, family and kids.  If you want to know more about MOPS, click HERE to check out the New Zealand MOPS website, or HERE to check out the MOPS International website.

Anyhow, I digress.  As I was saying, yesterday was our Christmas breakup and the committee wanted to give out gifts to all the MOPS mums.  So I made 36 triangle boxes and the other members of the committee made truffles to fill them.  The MOPS mums loved the boxes and the sweet gift inside.

MOPS Christmas Boxes
Stamps: God's Blessings (116364), Tree Trimmings (retired from the Spring Mini Catalogue), Kind Heart (116681), See You Around Jumbo Wheel (109687).  Card/Paper: Real Red (106578), Old Olive (106576), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Old Olive (102277), Real Red (103133), Chocolate Chip (100908).  Accessories: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon (109054), 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon (109052).  Tools: Horizontal Slot Punch (105089), 1" Circle Punch (109046), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (104403), Stampin' Around Jumbo Handle (103661), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430). 

I wanted to put these up here before the end of November because they use a Christmas stamp set from the Spring Mini, but I didn't want to ruin the surprise!

In addition to the Christmas triangle boxes, I also made 21 Christmas Voucher Cards like the ones we did at our October workshops.

Season of Joy Voucher Card

These were filled with cafe vouchers that we gave to all the volunteers that look after our children while we are chilling out.  It seemed like a good idea when I agreed to do this.  However, when I went to start making them, I realised that I needed 84 scallop embellishments!!!  My 8-year-old daughter helped me out there and we had a lovely afternoon glittering them all.


Sweet Treat Cups

The Summer Mini Catalogue is here!  Here is one of the products found in the Summer Mini - Sweet Treat Cups.  Used in conjunction with the new 1-3/4" Circle Punch, they can add dimension and small gifts to your cards.  Also in the Summer Mini  are padded envelopes specially designed for cards using the Sweet Treat Cups.

Sweet Treat Cups

The Sweet Treat Cups have an adhesive stip on the back of them so, once you have put in what you want, you can stick it to the front of your card.  Then you can used the 1-3/4" Circle Punch to punch out a circle from card in a complimentary colour and adhere that over the top to cover up the edges of the Sweet Treat Cup.  Very easy.  However, with this method you will need to destroy the card to get to the gift.  Another way to do it is to create a trap door in the card so that the recipient can get whatever you placed in there out without pulling the card apart. 

Here is one idea on how I used the Sweet Treat Cup for a Christmas card.  On the side of the card there is a tab which can be pulled.  This opens a door on the inside of the card, which releases the lollies.  This is one of the projects we will be doing for the December workshops.

Sweet Treat Christmas Card

There are so many (small) things other than "sweets" that you can gift in these.  Over the last couple of weeks, a number of fellow demonstrators have been pooling their ideas on what you can put in a Sweet Treat Cup...

Lolly ideas:

  • M&Ms, mini M&M's, Smarties, PebblesSkittles in Sweet Treat Cup
  • Skittles
  • Tic Tacs
  • Jaffas
  • snakes
  • rolled up licorice
  • mini marshmellows
  • check out the bulk bins...

Other edible ideas:

  • sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • glitter
  • cake sprinkles
  • small biscuit
  • coffee beans

Other ideas:

  • confetti or rice for the bride-to-be
  • flower or vegetables seeds for planting
  • snow globe
  • buttons or beads
  • tealight candle
  • screws, fishing hook, etc for a masculine card
  • cat food (for a cat lover), bird seed for a bird lover ?!?


I think that these Sweet Treat Cups are going to be a lot of fun to play with and you will come up with some other inventive ideas for filling them. 

  • Click HERE to contact me to get your own Summer Mini Catalogue or to place an order for the Sweet Treat Cups, 1-3/4" Circle Punch and Padded Envelopes.
  • Click HERE to find out more about the December workshop projects.

Stamped Candles

I have finally gotten around to posting these lovely stamped candles made by the ladies that came to the November workshop on the Wednesday night.

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For this project, I gave them three stamp sets - Season of Joy, Baroque Motifs and Just Beachy - and a selection of colours and left them to it.  I love seeing what creative ideas people can come up with using the same products.  All different, all beautiful!

Don't forget that the Just Beachy stamp set featured here is in the Spring Mini Catalogue and will only be available until the end of this month - only a week left!

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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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