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By Royal Appointment – A little bird told me

Thank you for joining me for this wonderful “By Royal Appointment Guest Blog” post. This is something I do every Monday and each week I will welcome a different designer from our amazing team, the Royal Stampers.

So this week our guest designer is Sue Hookins from SU PaperWorX. A huge thank you to her for these projects. All the details can be found below which will also link to Sue’s website so you can look at other beautiful creations made by her. If you would like to purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! items used for this project, click on the product photos below. You will be taken to my Online Shop where you can find more information and order craft products 24/7. Enjoy the amazing creativity from the wonderful Sue and if you have any questions, please drop me a message.

I thought I would share the really pretty cards we made in our June class in Hailsham.  We used the Free as a Bird Bundle which includes the stamp set and label dies and supplemented it with the Hugs from Shelli kit which has coordinating stamps.  It was a real winner, with a couple of the ladies purchasing the products so that they could continue to make lovely designs at home. 

The versatility of the set meant that we created feminine and masculine cards easily.  We also thought that by colouring the bird in red and brown it would make a convincing robin for Christmas, which we are planning to try although none of us could face tackling the Christmas crafting just yet, we want to enjoy the summer first!!

We also used the Crackle Paint stamp as a background effect on the blue card.  We used the Stamparatus to ensure a crisp complete image as it is common that when using large images there is a tendency not to apply even pressure across such a big surface area.  This gives a patchy image, and an impossible task to realign the stamp to fill in the gaps, especially as it is a Cling Stamp so not see-through.  By using the Stamparatus any missed areas of the image could be perfectly reapplied as the image remains impeccably static and it is easy to ensure complete coverage in this way. 

We all agreed that this stamp set is a ‘go to’ staple for any occasion.  The Stitched Nested Labels were easy to use and created a lovely shape and interest in the layers of the card.  With the other lovely stitched dies this makes a great addition especially as it includes such a wide range of sizes useful in any craft kit.  Ladies at the class felt that they would make great labels folded over bagged items for sale at Summer Fairs and Christmas Bazaars which recently Stampin’ Up had not had many options.


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By Royal Appointment – Back on your feet

It’s Monday so it must be By Royal Appointment time. This week it is my pleasure to host the Guest blog from Sara at Crafty Little Minx  who has shared a card she recently made in class.

As soon as I saw this wonderful set I knew I had to have it. I mean how cute is that Tortoise? The images are perfect for colouring with blends, water colouring with pencils, inks or our marvellous markers. You are completely spoilt for choice. Plus the sentiments pair so well with the images.

For this card I die cut two circles in Whisper White using the layering circles and stamped the image and sentiment in Memento Ink. Once I had coloured the tortoise using some of the Blends and then mounted the circles onto coordinating card stock.

The base is embossed using the layered Leaves TIEF and added a strip of designer series paper. This is one of my ‘ go to’ layouts which will work with so many stamp sets and looks great when used with floral stamps.

Simple but effective and so quick to make on those occasions when you are in a hurry. There is also a super sweet Giraffe and a rather adorable doleful looking sloth who I cant wait to use.

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