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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The 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue is HERE!

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IT'S HERE!  The new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue is now live!  This catalogue is beautiful, vibrant and so inspiring, plus it has everything you need whether you are new to stamping, an enthusiastic card maker, avid memory-keeper or seasoned crafter.

  • Don't have a copy in your hands?  Click HERE to contact me for your own 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.

With the release of any Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, there are always exciting new stamps and fabulous coordinating tools and accessories, and the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue doesn't disappoint.  Also, each new annual catalogue introduces five on-trend colours that are always a welcome addition to anyone's stamping collection.  This year's colours are the 2017-2019 In Colors and it's a fabulous mixture of bright, soft, and rich hues...

2017-2019 In Color Collection: Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide

These five colours aren't designed for using as a collection, but rather for combining with existing colours to refresh and revitalise them.  However, as we've seen, some of the 2017-2019 In Colors combine beautifully, like the Eastern Palace Suite (Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide).  Because I like to showcase these five new colours in the first project for an annual catalogue, the challenge was to use the 2017-2019 In Colors as my palate...

Crafting Forever Birthday Card

Stamps: Crafting Forever (wood: 143955, clear: 143958).  Ink: Whisper White (145406), VersaMark (102283).  Markers: Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide (2017-2019 In Colors: 144033.  Card/Paper: Powder Pink (144251), Tranquil Tide (144252), Very Vanilla Thick (144238), Watercolor Paper (122959).  Accessories: 1/4" Copper Trim (144179), Glitter Enamel Dots (144200), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132), Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder (141636), Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141897).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Layering Squares Framelits (141708), Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), Aqua Painter (103954), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

I think I nailed it!  The watercoloured background on my card was created using the same technique as my Beautiful You card.  However, before I applied the wash of colour, I used the paint-pot image from the new Crafting Forever stamp, stamping it with Whisper White ink and heat embossing with white embossing powder.  It's a great resist technique and I love how the colours concentrate inside the embossed areas.

The Crafting Forever stamp set was a perfect pick for my Mum's birthday card as we are giving her money towards a weaving loom...  "Crafting Forever!  Housework Whenever."

Crafting Forever Birthday Card

Crafting Forever Stamp Set
Crafting Forever Wood-Mount Stamp Set (143955) - $59.00
Crafting Forever Clear-Mount Stamp Set (143958) - $42.00

The Crafting Forever stamp set really speaks to me and it's sure to get a lot of use.  Incidentally, the Crafting Forever stamp set is the Angel Policy stamp set in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.  Do you see the individual Stampin' Up! Copyright stamp?

In addition to the five new 2017-2019 In Colors featured on my card, you will have spotted the gorgeous new 1/4" Copper Trim.  This is a loose-weave ribbon with zigzag stitching that can be used as it is (like the product picture) or stretched out to create a fabulous copper mesh, as I have on the front of my card.

1/4" Copper Trim
1/4" Copper Trim (144179) - $12.00
4.6 m

Crafting Forever Birthday Card

You may have also spied the new enamel dots on my card front too.  These are Glitter Enamel Dots and they are sparkly, self-adhesive domes that come in ombre shades of four colours.  I've used the lightest, middle and dark shades of the Berry Burst Glitter Enamel Dots.

Glitter Enamel Dots
Glitter Enamel Dots (144200) - $14.75
160 sparkly, adhesive-backed dots; 10 each of 4 sizes in 4 colours
Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst, Old Olive

Love these!  There are so many fabulous new products in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue... I can't wait to share them all with you!

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Daisy Delight Sneak Peek

Coming in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue is the very lovely Delightful Daisy Suite.  This suite includes the Daisy Delight stamp set with a beautiful big daisy image, which I've used for this gift box (stamped in Daffodil Delight ink onto Daffodil Delight card stock, and punched out with the coordinating Daisy Punch).  Then there's the touch of Daffodil Delight in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, all finished with Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon.  The products in the Delightful Daisy Suite coordinate so perfectly, it's like poetry! 

Daisy Delight Gift Box

Bundle: Daisy Delight Stamp Set + Daisy Punch (photopolymer: 145361).  Ink: Daffodil Delight (126944).  Markers: Night of Navy (Regals: 131262).  Card/Paper: Daffodil Delight (121680), Whisper White (106549), Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (144137).  Accessories: Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon (144116), Gold Faceted Gems (144141).  Tools: Envelope Punch Board (133774), Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Daisy Delight Gift Box

Check out the gorgeous stamped and punched daisy, finished with one of the new Gold Faceted Gems - yum!

Daisy Delight Gift Box

The gift box design is by Petronela Hardy, created to hold a small hand cream.  I've made some alterations to the original design and we'll be making this gift box in the June Creative Stamping Workshops using the very versatile Envelope Punch Board.

Envelope Punch Board
Envelope Punch Board (133774) - $39.00

I hope you've enjoyed this sneak peek of an exciting, new product suite coming on 1 June.  But before then... ONLY ONE DAY LEFT!  The last day to order from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue and 2017 Occasions Catalogue is tomorrow, Wednesday, 31 May.

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Wishing you brighter days

Sympathy cards and cards for those going through difficult times can be hard.  If I need to make one such card, I will create a couple at the time - you never know when you will need them.  My recommendation is to go with soft pastel or neutral colours and include something pretty like flowers or butterflies.  A sentiment like "thinking of you" works well.  With that combination, you can't go wrong.

For this "Wishing you brighter days" card I used the same watercolour background technique as my previously shared Beautiful You card, but this time I used soft, washed-out colours... Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe.

Beautiful You Sunshine Sympathy Card

Stamps: Beautiful You (wood: 143004, clear: 143637).  Ink: Tip Top Taupe (138325).  Markers: Pool Party (Subtles: 131263), Tip Top Taupe (2015-2017 In Colors: 138333).  Card/Paper: Pool Party (124391), Tip Top Taupe (138343), Vellum (106584), Watercolor Paper (122959).  Accessories: Silver Metallic Thread (138402), Pearls Basic Jewels (119247).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (190658), Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies (141489), Tree Builder Punch (138295), Clear Block E (118484), Stampin' Spritzer (126199), Heat Tool (129056), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Other: Stapler.

Beautiful You Stamp Set
Beautiful You Wood-Mount Stamp Set (143004) - $82.00
Beautiful You Clear-Mount Stamp Set (143637) - $59.00

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies
Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies (141489) - $54.00

I love this combination of colours - pairing the clear, crisp Pool Party with earthy Tip Top Taupe.  In case you missed it, Tip Top Taupe is one of the 2015-2017 In Colors that will be retiring at the end of this month.  At the time of writing this, three of the 2015-2017 In Color stamp pads and the mix pack of card stock are still available (all with a 20% discount).  Plus the 2015-2017 In Color Stampin' Write Markers have not sold out yet - great for this watercolouring technique.

ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT!  The last day to order from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue and 2017 Occasions Catalogue is next Wednesday, 31 May.

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Make sure you get your favourite products from the Retiring List before they're gone.  All items are only available while stocks last.

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Easy Watercolour Wash Technique

At the May Creative Stamping Workshops, I showed everyone how to easily create a watercolour wash effect.  We used the finished background wash of colour to create this gorgeous card featuring the very popular Beautiful You stamp set and the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies...

Beautiful You Water-Coloured Card

Stamps: Beautiful You (wood: 143004, clear: 143637).  Ink: Basic Black Archival (140931), Island Indigo (126986), Crushed Curry (131173).  Markers: Pool Party (Subtles: 131263), Crushed Curry (Regals: 131262), Old Olive (Brights: 131259).  Card/Paper: Pool Party (124391), Island Indigo (124390), Crushed Curry (131288), Very Vanilla (106550), Watercolor Paper (122959).  Accessories: Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine (141682), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (190658), Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies (141489), 1-1/2" Circle Punch (138299), Tree Builder Punch (138295), Clear Block E (118484), Stampin' Spritzer (126199), Heat Tool (129056), Sponge Daubers (133773), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Beautiful You Stamp Set
Beautiful You Wood-Mount Stamp Set (143004) - $82.00
Beautiful You Clear-Mount Stamp Set (143637) - $59.00

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies
Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies (141489) - $54.00

Here's how you achieve the watercoloured-look in the background of my card...

  1. Take a clear block (I used Clear Block E) and apply colour using Stampin' Write Markers, starting with the lightest colour.  I used Pool Party, Crushed Curry and Old Olive for this project.
  2. Liberally spritz water over Watercolor Paper so that it's really wet.  Shake off any excess water.
  3. Lay wet Watercolor Paper onto a Stampin' Pierce Mat and press the inked clear block onto it.
    TIP: Wetter Watercolor Paper will result in colours blending and bleeding more.  Drier Watercolor Paper will result in seeing the brush strokes applied to the clear block.
  4. Leave Watercolor Paper to dry completely before stamping.  Alternatively, you can dry it with a Heat Tool and capture all those gorgeous drips and runs.

When using this technique, it is critical that you use a high quality card stock.  For best results, I recommend Watercolor Paper, but you can also use Shimmery White card stock too.

Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper (122959) - $10.75
300 gsm cold-pressed 100% cotton paper that resists buckling when wet.
5 sheets; 6" x 9"

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT!  A reminder that the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue and the 2017 Occasions Catalogue are drawing to a close.  The last day to order from these catalogues is next Wednesday, 31 May.

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Make sure you get your favourite products from the Retiring List before they're gone.  All items are only available while stocks last.

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Eastern Beauty Concertina Card

At a recent Stampin' Up! national event, Pam Jorgenson (a very talented demonstrator from Australia) shared her concertina card design.  I loved the wow-factor of the card fold and it is so perfect for grand gestures like milestone birthdays, anniversaries or weddings.  I took Pam's concept, fiddled with the dimensions and re-created it using the Eastern Palace product suite...

Eastern Beauty Concertina Card

Stamps: Eastern Beauty (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209).  Ink: Dapper Denim (141394), Fresh Fig (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Tranquil Tide (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Lemon Lime Twist (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209).  Card/Paper: Fresh Fig (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Tranquil Tide (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Very Vanilla (106550), Gold Foil (132622), Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209).  Accessories: Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), Gold 1/8" Ribbon (134583).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (190658), Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle: 147209), 2" Circle Punch (133782), 1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850), 1" Circle Punch (119868), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Eastern Beauty Concertina Card

This is one of the projects we created in the May Creative Stamping workshops.  Don't you just love it!

But wait, there's more!  Open the card...

Eastern Beauty Concertina Card

... and reveal four gorgeous panels.  That's four spaces that you can pour all your love and creativity into.  For this card we added medallions and die-cut windows in the panels to create a stained-glass-window-look.

Eastern Beauty Concertina Card

Don't forget that the individual products from the Eastern Palace Suite will all be available in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue (released on 1 June), however, the Eastern Palace Bundles are only available during May.  The Eastern Palace Starter Bundle comes with a FREE pack of Very Vanilla Notecards & Envelopes (RRP $12.75 + shipping).  The Eastern Palace Premier Bundle comes with a FREE pack of Very Vanilla Thick A4 Card Stock and a FREE pack of Very Vanilla C6 Envelopes (RRP $29 + shipping).  Take a look at what's in these amazing bundles...

Experience the opulence of the Eastern Palace Suite  |  1-31 May 2017

Brilliant colours, creative shapes - experience the opulence of the Eastern Palace Suite.  FOR THIS MONTH ONLY, get a free gift when you purchase the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle or Eastern Palace Premier Bundle!

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle
Eastern Palace Starter Bundle (147196) - $125.75
Bundle includes: Eastern Beauty Stamp Set, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, Fresh Fig Classic Stampin' Pad, Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad, Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad.
Purchase this bundle in May and get Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (a brand new product) for FREE!

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle
Eastern Palace Premier Bundle (147209) - $214.25
Bundle includes: Eastern Beauty Stamp Set, Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Eastern Palace Card Stock Pack (Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide), Mini Tassels Assortment, Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, Fresh Fig Classic Stampin' Pad, Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad, Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad.
Purchase this bundle in May and get Very Vanilla C6 Envelopes and
Very Vanilla A4 THICK Card Stock (a brand new product) for FREE!

 

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Say hello to a world of colourful creativity with Stampin' Blends - Stampin' Up!'s premier alcohol markers.  Not an artist?  You are now!  These high-quality, dual tip markers make it so easy to blend colours and create lovely works of art.


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Announcements

 Fall in love with the Stamparatus - a new way to stamp

Introducing the Stamparatus, an innovative stamp placement tool! 

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Fall in love with the Stamparatus - a new way to stamp

The Stamparatus is being released ahead of it's scheduled debut in June 2018!  You can get yours as early as 1 February by participating in the pre-order.   All you need to do is reserve your Stamparatus to guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in the warehouse.  There are three reservation windows:

Reservation Window Available to ship
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There are limited units available for each reservation window, so don't delay!

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See what Stampin’ Up! has added to the Clearance rack – up to 60%-off!  These are retired products that are only available while stocks last*.

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Freeset is a fair trade business in India offering alternative employment to women trapped in Kolkata's sex trade.  Freeset combats trafficking by offering women of the Sonagichi red-light district the opportunity to leave a profession they never chose.

10% of all my stamp set sales
are donated to Freeset.

So if you purchase a stamp set from me,
10% of the retail price goes to Freeset.

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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.


Contact me by clicking HERE.