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.



Artist Trading Cards

What are Artist Trading Cards?

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are miniature works of art that are traded between artists.  Only 2.5" x 3.5", these little canvases are original works of art on cardstock, watercolour paper or board and can be about anything and made with any media, materials, or techniques.  They can be produced as one-of-a-kind originals, in limited editions, or in a series based on a particular theme or subject.  It's all up to the individual artist. 

The rules for ATCs are:

  • they must measure 2.5 x 3.5 inches (64 X 89 mm),
  • they are traded for other cards, not sold, and
  • the back should have your name, contact information, date, title of work and a number if it is a part of a series.

For more information about ATCs, check out these websites that I found really helpful: Art Junction and Ellen Hutson's "the CLASSroom".

I have only recently become aware and involved in ATCs.  This month I made my first ATC and was involved in an ATC swap between six Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, where the theme of the swap was "Japanese".  So here is my Japanese ATC swap card...

June 2010 Japanese ATC Swap

Stamps: Asian Artistry (Autumn-Winter Mini Level 2 Hostess), Circle Circus (114375).  Card/Paper: Basic Black (106561), Whisper White (106549), Pink Flamingo DSP (113976).  Ink: VersaMark (102283).  Accessories: Real Red Re-Inker (103287), Kiwi Kiss Re-Inker (111842), Black Stampin' Emboss Powder (109133), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132), Linen Thread (104199).  Tools: 1-1/4" Square Punch (104400), 1" Circle Punch (109046), 3/4" Circle Punch (107217), 1/16" Handheld Punch (101227), Heat Tool (106586), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

I found this theme really difficult and it really stretched me out of my comfort-zone, which is good!  So, to find inspiration for my swap, I wandered around the internet, and what I found was a lot of gorgeous photographs of Cherry Blossom trees, Japan's national flower.  The blossom stamp from the Asian Artistry stamp set came to mind and I hoped to capture the essense of these beautiful flowers.  On the back of my ATC I wrote, "Inspired by Japanese Cherry Blossoms". 

Here is some more information about my ATC:

  • The background stamped images are black embossed on Whisper White cardstock and matted onto Basic Black.
  • The flower blossoms are white embossed on Whisper White cardstock, saturated with water, then dyed using Real Red and Kiwi Kiss re-inkers.
  • The "beads" on the right are made from Real Red patterned paper from the Pink Flamingo DSP pack, then threaded and knotted onto Linen Thread.  I got this idea from a lovely card I saw on Bronwyn Eastley's website.  There is also a great tutorial there on how to make paper beads.Sakura

  • The Japanese character was laser printed onto Whisper White cardstock, dyed the same way as the blossoms, then punched out.  The kanji character is Sakura, which means "Cherry Blosssom".

Here are the lovely Japanese ATC swaps that I received...

June 2010 Japanese ATC Swaps


Kissing Medallion Cards

At the June workshops we used the Kissing Technique for a really easy and creative way of stamping beautiful and inticate images.  My lovely husband offered to do a demo...

Anyhow, here are some cards that are stamped using the Kissing Technique:

June Thank You Cards

Stamps: Medallion (117175), Baroque Motifs (116340), Lovely Labels (116390).  Card/Paper: Chocolate Chip (108599), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Almost Amethyst (108621), Certainly Celery (105217), Pretty In Pink (101301), Chocolate Chip (100908), VersaMark (102283).  Accessories: Chocolate Chip Marker (100071), Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (109130).  Tools: Color Spritzer Tool (107066), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Heat Tool (106586), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Like I said, the Kissing Technique is really easy.  You will need two stamps, one with bold solid image and the other with a detailed image, and two ink colours.

For these cards I used the Medallion stamp for the solid image and the scroll image from Baroque Motifs stamp set for the detailed image.  I inked the Medallion stamp with the lightest ink colour (Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery or Pretty In Pink), and inked the scroll with the darker colour (Chocolate Chip).

To "kiss" your stamps, stamp the detailed stamp onto the solid stamp.  If you have done that successfully, you will see the detailed image transfered into the solid image.  You then stamp the solid stamp onto your cardstock (huff on it beforehand if it has dried out).  Note, the detailed stamp is not stamped onto the cardstock.

So for these cards I kissed the Medallion stamp and scroll together.  Since the Medallion stamp is so large, I found the easiest way to do this is to lay it on the table face up and stamp the scroll onto it.  I then stamped the Medallion stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.

June Thank You Cards - close up

To finish the card, I added a bit of Chocolate Chip spritzing, using the Color Spritzer Tool, and an embossed sentiment.

I made these cards to give to everyone who has (and will) place an order during the month of June.  Enjoy!

  • Click HERE to contact me to place an order this month and receive one of these cards for yourself!  One of the Deals of the Week?  The Medallion stamp?
  • Click HERE to check out the card we created at the June Workshops using the Kissing Technique.

One-Year Anniversary Scrapbook

This month is the one-year anniversary of my In-Home Workshops - the June 2009 workshops were my first card classes.  To mark the occasion, Jessica (who attended my first-ever workshop) gave me this cute mini scrapbook last week.

Jessica's Mini Scrapbook

This scrapbook measures 3" x 2" and contains little memorabilia and quotes that, when I look through it, always bring a smile to my face.

Jessica's Mini Scrapbook

I will share what some of the little messages and creations inside the scrapbook are...

  • The second picture down on the left is a tribute to the card we made at the first workshop.  It is Tempting Turquoise cardstock, Sprinkles stamp set, the faux-silk effect and faux-stitching (click HERE to see a photo of the card we made).  The faux-silk effect is when you stamp tissue paper, screw it up so it is lovely and crushed, then glue it onto cardstock.  On the double layout it has "Sometimes you have to screw it up!", this was because, once you spend time stamping, the last thing you want to do is "screw it up" and the ladies who came to that workshop had a hard time crushing the tissue paper to create the silk-effect.
  • The second picture down on the right says, "Glitter goes with everything", including faces, tops, my table, floor...
  • The third picture down on the left says, "Its not a mistake... its a reason to embellish" - something I say quite regularly!
  • The fourth picture down on the left says, "It's the HANDMADE look" - another thing I say quite regularly!

I have been really priviledged to meet some lovely ladies during this last year.  You are all a great bunch!  And, thanks so much Jess for the thoughtful gift.

Jessica also emailed me some photos of some lovely creations she has been making lately.

  • Click HERE to see Jessica's creations.

Swap Inspiration

I really love using the Two-Step Bird punch from the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.  However, recently I have seen it used for more than a bird!  Below is a photo of two cards that use the bird wing to create a tulip.  The tall card on the right is a gorgeous swap that I received from my friend Bev.  I was so inspired by it, I created the easel card on the left - keeping the tulip and embossed diamond matting and changing up the colours and style.

Tulip Easel Card and Bev's Swap

For my card - Stamps: Vintage Vogue (wood: 119191), Cottage Garden (wood: 119163), Scribble This (116406).  Card/Paper: Rich Razzleberry (119981), Kiwi Kiss (116204), Whisper White (106549).  Ink: Rich Razzleberry (115658), Kiwi Kiss (111835).  Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023), Linen Thread (104199), Whisper White buttons from Button Latte (114333), Kiwi Kiss button from Button Bouquet (112092).  Tools: Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder (117335), Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Mini Glue Dots (103683), 2-Way Glue Pen (100425), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Sponge Daubers (102892).

Keep an eye out for this design on the project in the July Workshop...

  • Click HERE to contact me to order the Two-Step Extra-Large Bird Punch.
  • Click HERE to see what else is in the new Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.

Extra-Large Two-Step Bird Punch

Meet the Extra-Large Two-Step Bird punch from the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue...

Extra-Large Two-Step Bird Punch

You will notice first off that the style of the punch is quite different from Stampin' Up!'s standard black design.  Starting with the 2010 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue and continuing with all new punch designs going forward, Stampin' Up! has adopted a new body style for punches.  While the black-bodied punches are great, Stampin' Up!'s committment to providing the very best crafting tools means that even if something works very well, if they see a chance to improve it, they will work to made it even better.

  • Click HERE to read more about this, including a feature list that shows why this new punch body improves on the old.

We used this punch in the May workshops to create these lovely Fresh Cut Notes cards...

Fresh Cut Notes

Here is another card that I made using the Two-Step Bird punch and the Top Note die...

Two-Step Bird Punch card

Stamps: Vintage Vogue (wood: 119191).  Card/Paper: Pink Pirouette (116203), Basic Gray (111859), Basic Gray DSP from Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper (Level 1 Hostess).  Ink: Pink Pirouette (111838), Basic Gray (109120).  Accessories: Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109025), Silver Brad (104336).  Tools: Top Note Bigz Die (113463), Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin' Dimensionals (107730).
  • Click HERE to contact me to order the Two-Step Extra-Large Bird Punch.
  • Click HERE to see what else is in the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.
Hear From Me

Get weekly emails with inspirational ideas, creative projects, up-coming promotions, event registrations, and more!

Subscribe to get all this in your inbox...

Connect with Me
Find me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter

Shop online with me...

Shop Now

Annual Catalogue

2018-2019 Annual Catalogue - click to view

Click HERE to contact me for your own
2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

Click HERE to download it (53.9 MB PDF).

Up-Coming Events
  • 1 July - Buy 3, Get 1 Free DSP
  • 1 July - Hamilton Extravaganza
  • 2-6 July - Workshops (Hamilton)
  • 31 July - Last chance to Buy 3, Get 1 Free DSP
  • 2 August - (July) Workshop (Cambridge)
  • 13-20 August - Workshops (Hamilton)
  • 21 August - Workshop (Cambridge)
  • 22 August - Workshop (Te Awamutu)
  • 25 August - Team Gathering (Auckland)
    Sign up as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and join my team for an inspirational, educational, and fun training day.
  • 5 September - 2018 Holiday Catalogue Released!
  • 7 September - Holiday Catalogue Launch Party
  • 10-17 September - Workshops (Hamilton)
  • 18 September - Workshop (Cambridge)
  • 19 September - Workshop (Te Awamutu)

Select Designer Series Paper Products - BUY 3, GET 1 FREE! (1-31 July 2018)

Back by popular demand... an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper for the month of July: buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE!

  • Click HERE to see what's on sale (PDF)
  • Click HERE to place your order

Join Stampin' Up! and get a FREE Ink Pad Assortment!  (1-31 July 2018)

For all of July, Stampin’ Up! is offering one FREE ink pad assortment of your choosing as part of your regular demonstrator Starter Kit.  That's an incredible value! 

This is the perfect opportunity to join my team—and the Stampin’ Up! family—and start your new business off with a huge haul of new products!

  • Click HERE to see the details (PDF)


Join My Team

Want to turn your hobby into a flexible business and enjoy extra benefits?

Join my team and I can show you how. 

  • Click HERE to find out more about joining my team.
  • Click HERE to contact me for a no-obligation information pack.
  • Click HERE if you are ready to sign up now!

 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*.

Click HERE to view and
order from the Clearance Rack.

* 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 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:


Click HERE to read more about Freeset.
Click HERE to find out how you can help.


About Me


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.