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

  

Easy Watercolour Wash Background

Inspired by the photographed project on page 9 of the Sale-A-Bration brochure, I used the Delicate Details stamp set and an easy watercolour wash technique to create a subtle and textural background for this pretty thank you card...

Delicate Details Thank You

Stamps: SAB Delicate Details (photopolymer: 143314), SAB Avant Garden (photopolymer: 143272).  Ink: Whisper White Craft (145406).  Markers: Crushed Curry (Regals: 131262), So Saffron, Pink Pirouette and Blushing Bride (Subtles: 131263), Flirty Flamingo (2016-2018 In Color: 141393).  Card/Paper: Whisper White Thick (140490), Delightful Dijon (138345), Watercolor Paper (122959), Gold Foil (132622).  Accessories:  SAB 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (143601), Lace Doilies (142793), Sprinkles Embellishments (142741), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372), Layering Circles Framelits (141705), Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), Clear Block F (118483), Stampin' Spritzer (126185), Aqua Painter (103954), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

For the background of this card I repeatedly stamped all the lace images from the Delicate Details stamp set down a piece of Watercolor Paper with Whisper White Craft ink, sprinkled over white embossing powder and then heat set.  I then combined an emboss-resist technique with this easy water colouring technique to add that gorgeous wash of colour:

  1. Apply ink to a large acrylic block using Stampin' Write Markers (Clear Block F is ideal for this technique).
  2. Spritz Watercolor Paper with water or liberally apply water with an Aqua Painter, shake off any drips and then press wet card onto the inked block.
  3. Set ink quickly with the Heat Tool (to capture all those gorgeous drips) or put aside to dry.

For my card, I used Crushed CurrySo Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Write Markers...

Delicate Details Thank You

Delicate Details Stamp Set
Delicate Details Photopolymer Stamp Set (143314)  -  FREE#
# One of the products you can choose for FREE during Sale-A-Bration when you order $110* or more. 
 

I really love the look I achieved on this thank you card - the Delicate Details stamp set is so perfect to use with these techniques.  Get your Delicate Details stamp set and try it yourself!

Sale-A-Bration finishes at the end of March and you don't want to miss out - hurry, four days left!

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Shop from any catalogue and for every $110* you'll earn one free Sale-A-Bration product of your choice! 

*Net sales before shipping & handling

But wait... there's more!  You can choose from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, the Sale-A-Bration Second Release Brochure and now these eight addition products too!  But only until Friday.

2017 Sale-A-Bration - click to view  2017 Sale-A-Bration Second Release - click to view  2017 Sale-A-Bration Final Days - click to view
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Hey, Chick Baker's Box

One of the most popular Sale-A-Bration products for 2017 is the Hey, Chick stamp set.  I think it's the cute-ness factor of those adorable chickens that makes this stamp set so appealing.  They're also really fabulous images for water colouring.  Here's one of those chickens adorning the front of a gift box created using the Baker's Box Thinlits...

Hey, Chick Baker's Box

Stamps: SAB Hey, Chick (wood: 143328, clear: 143331).  Ink: Jet Black StazOn (101406).  Card/Paper: Peekaboo Peach (141422), Bermuda Bay (131286), Shimmery White (121717), Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack (142744).  Accessories:  Watercolor Pencils (141709), Whisper White Baker's Twine (124262), Mini Paper Clips Combo Pack (142766).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Baker's Box Thinlits Dies (138279), Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372), Aqua Painter (103954), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Baker's Box Thinlits
Baker's Box Thinlits Dies (138279)  -  $67.00

As demonstrators, we're fortunate to receive weekly email updates from Stampin' Up! with inspirational project ideas and inside information about products.  One of these emails highlighted the Hey, Chick stamp set and it shared the background story from the illustrator...  

When I was a child growing up in Canada, I remember some family friends who had little chickens that I thought were so cute.  A couple of summers ago here in Utah, I stopped at a friend’s ranch and saw all their cute animals including their chickens.  They had typical chickens but also another kind called Polish Frizzle Bantam White Chickens.  I think they are so funny with all those feathers flopping around on the top of their heads and how they like to stare straight at you and cock their heads.  So when I was assigned to create the Hey, Chick Stamp Set, I was so excited.  I wanted to exaggerate the rounder chickens and really make them round, and I also really wanted to draw one of those funny chickens I saw at my friend’s ranch.  It was a really fun set to create.

What a great story!

My favourite from this set is the Polish Frizzle Bantam.  I think it's the perky look and floppy feathers that does it.  She's also really fun to colour in non-traditional-chicken-colours using the Watercolor Pencils and Aqua Painters...

Hey, Chick Baker's Box

Watercolor Pencils
Watercolor Pencils (141709)  -  $33.50

Hey, Chick Baker's Box
Hey, Chick Wood-Mount Stamp Set (143328)  -  FREE#
Hey, Chick Clear-Mount Stamp Set (143331)  -  FREE#

# The Hey, Chick stamp set is one of the products you can choose for FREE during Sale-A-Bration when you place a qualifying order of $110 or more.  Sale-A-Bration finishes at the end of March and you don't want to miss out - hurry, that's only one week away!

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Shop from any catalogue and for every $110* you'll earn one free Sale-A-Bration product of your choice! 

Click HERE and HERE and HERE to see what you can get for FREE.

*Net sales before shipping & handling

In these final days of Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up! have added eight new products you can choose for FREE for every $110 you spend (excluding shipping). But only until 31 March!

Sale-A-Bration Final Days, Even More Products! | Stampin' Up!'s Biggest Sales Event - click to view PDF

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Another Carousel Birthday Thank You Card

Two of my most favourite products from the Occasions Catalogue are the Carousel Birthday stamp set and coordinating Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper.  The imagery and designs are so pretty and whimsical and the colour combinations are gorgeous!  I've already created one thank you card using these products and here's a second.  All my guests at the Hamilton Extravaganza received a Mini Egg Carton that was decorated and stamped with this stamp set and designer paper, and filled with chocolates.  To thank those that placed an order at the Hamilton Extravaganza, I made them a card to match their Mini Egg Carton...

Carousel Birthday Thank You Card

Stamps: Carousel Birthday (wood: 142829, clear: 142832).  Ink: Early Espresso (126974), VersaMark (102283).  Card/Paper: So Saffron (108611), Bermuda Bay (131286), Calypso Coral (124392), Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack (142744).  Accessories:  Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine (138413), Pearls Basic Jewels (119247), Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (109129).  Tools: Tree Builder Punch (138295), Banner Triple Punch (138292), Project Life Corner Punch (135346), Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), Stamping Sponges (141337), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Carousel Birthday Thank You Card

Carousel Birthday Stamp Set
Carousel Birthday Wood-Mount Stamp Set (142829)  -  $57.00
Carousel Birthday Clear-Mount Stamp Set (142832)  -  $40.00

Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack (142744)  -  $21.25
6" x 6" (15.2 cmx 15.2 cm); 8 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs

The Carousel Birthday stamp set and matching Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper is perfect for birthdays, as the name of the stamp set indicates.  But they can be used for so much more!  You can have fun creating cards and projects to celebrate ANY occasion and spoil those you love.

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Shop from any catalogue and for every $110* you'll earn one free Sale-A-Bration product of your choice! 

Click HERE and HERE and HERE to see what you can get for FREE.

*Net sales before shipping & handling

In these final days of Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up! have added eight new products you can choose for FREE for every $110 you spend (excluding shipping). But only until 31 March!

Sale-A-Bration Final Days, Even More Products! | Stampin' Up!'s Biggest Sales Event - click to view PDF

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        OR
    Order your products online...
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Four ideas for the Mini Egg Cartons

The Mini Egg Cartons in the Occasions Catalogue are the perfect gift box for filling with Easter eggs.  Here's my Easter Mini Egg Carton, decorated with the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper...

Hey, Chick Easter Mini Egg Carton

Stamps: SAB Hey, Chick (wood: ,143328 clear: 143331), Teeny Tiny Sentiments (wood: 130042, clear: 120024).  Ink: Bermuda Bay Ink Refill (131156), Jet Black StazOn (101406).  Card/Paper: So Saffron (108611), Bermuda Bay (131286), Watercolor Paper (122959), Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack (142744).  Accessories:  Mini Egg Carton (142776), Very Vanilla 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (141694), Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim (137910).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372), Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708), Duet Banner Punch (141483), Stampin' Spritzer (126185), Watercolor Pencils (141709), Aqua Painters (103954), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Other: Isopropyl Alcohol.

Hey, Chick Easter Mini Egg Carton

I couldn't resist the Hey, Chick stamp set as it is so perfect for Easter.  Here's one of the chickens, coloured using the Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter...

Hey, Chick Easter Mini Egg Carton

The Hey, Chick stamp set is one of the products you could choose for FREE when you place an order over $110 (excluding shipping) during Sale-A-Bration.  But hurry as Sale-A-Bration finishes as the end of March - that's less than two weeks away!  Here's another of the stamped chickens - it's a Polish Frizzle Bantam White Chicken and it's flopping feathers and cocked head makes it one of the most popular!

Hey, Chick Easter Mini Egg Carton

Hey, Chick Easter Mini Egg Carton

The Mini Egg Cartons are natural, cream-coloured containers that are easy to colour and decorate.  My Easter Mini Egg Cartons were spritzed with Bermuda Bay.  Here's how:  1 part Isopropyl Alcohol to 1 part water with 12-15 drops of ink refill, all mixed in a Stampin' Spritzer and sprayed liberally over the outside of the Mini Egg Carton.

Easter is the perfect excuse for ordering the Mini Egg Cartons and using them as gift boxes.  However, that's not all you can use them for.  What about for REAL eggs!  If you have chickens in your back yard, you could use the Mini Egg Cartons for gifting your eggs to your neighbours or selling at a farmers market (that would make a great talking point!).  This Mini Egg Carton is spritzed with Calypso Coral ink...

Hey, Chick Mini Egg Carton

Stamps: SAB Hey, Chick (wood: ,143328 clear: 143331), Teeny Tiny Sentiments (wood: 130042, clear: 120024).  Ink: Calypso Coral Ink Refill (126983), Jet Black StazOn (101406).  Card/Paper: So Saffron (108611), Bermuda Bay (131286), Watercolor Paper (122959), Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack (142744).  Accessories:  Mini Egg Carton (142776), Very Vanilla 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (141694), Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim (137910).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372), Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708), Duet Banner Punch (141483), Stampin' Spritzer (126185), Watercolor Pencils (141709), Aqua Painters (103954), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Other: Isopropyl Alcohol.

Hey, Chick Mini Egg Carton

Hey, Chick Mini Egg Carton

Thinking beyond eggs, the Mini Egg Carton also makes a great container for small goodies, like chocolates!  My favourite chocolates, Lindt Lindor Chocolate Balls, fit perfectly inside.  Here's a Mini Egg Carton, fashioned as a chocolate box, coloured with So Saffron ink, and finished with the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper and coordinating Carousel Birthday stamps.

Carousel Birthday Mini Egg Carton

Stamps: Carousel Birthday (wood: 142829, clear: 142832).  Ink: So Saffron Ink Refill (131156), Early Espresso (126974), VersaMark (102283).  Card/Paper: Bermuda Bay (131286), Calypso Coral (124392), Very Vanilla (106550), Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack (142744).  Accessories:  Mini Egg Carton (142776), Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine (138413), Gold Sequin Trim (132983), Pearls Basic Jewels (119247), Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (109129).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Window Box Thinlits Dies (142762), Tree Builder Punch (138295), Banner Triple Punch (138292), Project Life Corner Punch (135346), Stampin' Spritzer (126185), Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), Stamping Sponges (141337), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Other: Isopropyl Alcohol.

Carousel Birthday Mini Egg Carton

Carousel Birthday Mini Egg Carton

Okay, thinking about a Mini Egg Carton gift box that has nothing to do with food... what about a Seed Starter Mini Garden.  This would be a fun gift for small children (or adults like me) who are wowed by the wonder of new growth.  This Garden Gift Box is decorated with the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper and Gold 3/8" Metallic Ribbon (two more Sale-A-Bration products you could choose for FREE) and finished with the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.  Inside are packets of Pansy and Swan Plant seeds and four Jiffy-7® pellets...

Mini Egg Carton Garden

Bundles: Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set + Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies (144728).  Ink: Crushed Curry (131173), So Saffron (126957), Pink Pirouette (126956), Blushing Bride (131172), Flirty Flamingo (141397), VersaMark (102283).  Card/Paper: Basic Black (121688), Vellum (106584), SAB Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper (143830).  Accessories:  Mini Egg Carton (142776), Gold 3/8" Metallic Ribbon (SAB Combo Pack: 143601), 5/8" Burlap Ribbon (141487), Sprinkles Embellishments (142741), Gold Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush (141898), Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (109129).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372), Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708), Banner Triple Punch (138292), Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), Stamping Sponges (141337), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).  Other: Seeds, Jiffy-7 Pellets.

Mini Egg Carton Garden

Mini Egg Carton Garden

The Jiffy-7 pellets can be found at most garden centres.  It is compressed substrate that expands with a water, ready for planting.  There's no need to disturb the roots with replanting, as these can be transplanted as is directly into the garden or a pot.

Mini Egg Carton Garden

Here's my mini garden all planted out with Basil seeds...

Mini Egg Carton Garden

I will put progress photos of my Mini Egg Carton garden on my Creative Stamping Facebook Page, so go ahead and Like my Facebook Page to follow how my plants are growing!

I have some more ideas that the Mini Egg Cartons can be used for, beyond Easter, which I will share with you soon.  In the mean time, make sure you order your Mini Egg Cartons so you have some fun gift boxes for decorating this Easter.

Mini Egg Cartons
Mini Egg Cartons (142776)  -  $17.00
8 cartons sized 10.2 cm x 10.2 cm x 7 cm (4" x 4" x 2-3/4")

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Shop from any catalogue and for every $110* you'll earn one free Sale-A-Bration product of your choice! 

Click HERE and HERE to see what you can get for FREE.

*Net sales before shipping & handling

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Hamilton Extravaganza

I've finally had the chance to sort through everything from the Hamilton Extravaganza, which was held last weekend, and to take photos of the gorgeous projects we taught on the day.  To start, I want to share what I created for my guests...

Guest Gifts - Decorated Mini Egg Cartons with Lindt Chocolates inside!

Guest Gifts - Decorated Mini Egg Cartons with Lindt Chocolates inside!

It's a Mini Egg Carton coloured with So Saffron ink, and finished with the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper and coordinating Carousel Birthday stamps.  This was filled with my favourite Lindt Chocolates - yum!  Here they are, laid out on the tables and the hall all set out, ready for our guests to arrive.  It's the calm before the storm!

Hamilton Extravaganza

Some of the display boards for people to drool over...

Hamilton Extravaganza Display Boards

The prize draw gifts (donated by the demonstrators who taught at the Extravaganza), which were given out throughout the day...

Hamilton Extravaganza Prize Draw Gifts

And some photos from during the day, kindly taken by Kay (our very able helper for the event)...

Hamilton Extravaganza

Hamilton Extravaganza

Hamilton Extravaganza

Hamilton Extravaganza

Hamilton Extravaganza

And here's the five projects our guests created at the Hamilton Extravaganza...

In this first project, Christine and Sarah paired the Nailed It Bundle and the Woodgrain embossing folder to create this wonderful, masculine Tool Box Card...

Nailed It Tool Box Card

Ruth and Alicia used one of my favourites, the Cupcakes & Carousels Product Suite, to decorate a Window Box, but with a difference!  They taught everyone how to extend the standard-sized gift box...

Carousel Birthday Extended Window Box

Jacque and Andrea used the Beautiful You stamp set, Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper and Watercolor Pencils to teach this gorgeous card...

Beautiful You Water-Coloured Card

Irene and Rayleen used the Dragonfly Dreams bundle to create this lovely tent-fold card...

Dragonfly Dreams Tent-Fold Card

And the final project was taught by Ella and myself.  We used the Party Animal Product Suite to create a fun, birthday-balloon shaker card...

Balloon Adventures Shaker Card

Everyone had a wonderful day, our guests loved the projects and the teachers enjoyed sharing and inspiring.  The next Hamilton Extravaganza is at the end of July, which will feature products from the new, yet-to-be-released 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.  If you want to know when registrations open, then sign up for my email updates.  Just fill in your details at the top right of this page.

 
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Annual Catalogue

2017-2018 Annual Catalogue - click to view


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2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.

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Up-Coming Events
  • 30 June - SENZ (Auckland)
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  • 1-2 July - SENZ (Auckland)
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  • 24-28 July - Workshops (Hamilton)
  • 30 July - Hamilton Extravaganza
     
  • 14-17 August - Workshops (Hamilton)
  • 22 August - Workshop (Cambridge)
  • 23 August - Workshop (Te Awamutu)
  • 25 August - Workshops (Hamilton)
Promotion

Bonus Days - Earn in July, spend in August!

EARN IN JULY, SPEND IN AUGUST!

For every $110 you spend during July, you'll get an $11 Bonus Days coupon that you can spend in August!

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The Fine Print

1. Promotion Period:  1-31 July 2017

2. Redemption Period:  1-31 August 2017

3. Participants will receive a Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $110 NZD they spend in a single order (excluding shipping and handling) during the promotion period.  There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.

4. Bonus Days coupon codes can be used during the redemption period for any current Stampin' Up! products, excluding Starter Kits.  There is no limit on the number of coupons participants can use on an order during redemption.

5. An email address is required to participate in this promotion.  Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered to participants via email.  We strongly recommend that participants save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place.  Coupon codes cannot be resent if the email is lost and lost codes cannot be recovered.

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Christmas in July - free Essentials Gift Pack when you join my team!

FREE ESSENTIALS GIFT PACK
WHEN YOU JOIN MY TEAM!

Ever thought about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and having your own business?  Now's the perfect time!

Join in July and, with your $189 Starter Kit, you will also receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack, which includes these crafting basics:

2 x Clear Block D
Grid Paper
Paper Snips
SNAIL Adhesive
Bone Folder
Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (early release!)

That's $145 value!

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 Clearance Rack

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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* All products in the Clearance Rack section are retired, discontinued items.  No current products will be sold in the Clearance Rack.  All sales of Clearance Rack items are final.  No returns or exchanges will be accepted, except in the case of defective product.

Freeset

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.

Total donations to date:
$8,226.99

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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.