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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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