Copper Birthday Blooms

A good friend celebrated her Birthday last week.

She’s a fan of heat embossing so I decided to combine this with a vintage look.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms

The background uses Crumb Cake tone on tone stamping using the Touches of Texture Stamp Set.

I then stamped the flower from Birthday Blooms with Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder.  Next I cut out the flower by hand, I’m not going to lie, it took ages!

A strip of the beautiful Lace Trim and loops of Copper Metallic Thread were then added.  You can’t see the thread very well in this picture but it’s definitely there!

Finally, I attached the flower using Dimensionals.  As I wanted the flower to be the star of the project I didn’t add a sentiment.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Birthday Blooms Clear-Mount Stamp SetTouches Of Texture Clear-Mount Stamp SetCrumb Cake A4 CardstockCrumb Cake Classic Stampin' PadEarly Espresso A4 CardstockVersamark PadCopper Stampin' Emboss PowderHeat Tool (Uk)Very Vanilla 1/2" (1.3 Cm) Lace TrimCopper Metallic ThreadSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

I’m in print!

I’m very excited today as I’m in print!

A while back I was contacted by a crafting magazine (Crafts Beautiful) as they were running an article on Charity Card Making and had seen that I’ve got a Charity Card Making Day coming up.

So, I answered a set of questions, sent off a few pictures of projects and waited!

Well, sitting on the the doormat when I got home from Class this afternoon was a copy of the magazine containing the article.

Now please excuse my excitement, but I’ve never been in a craft magazine before.  Therefore, opening the article to see TWO of my projects featured, along with a few words, made me smile. Not only that, one of the pictures is the largest across the 2 page spread!

These are the two projects that were featured.  The top one has the biggest picture.

Stampin' Up! Paint Play

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday, Gorgeous

Don’t forget to book your place on my Charity Card Making Day by 30th August so that I know how many kits to make!

Happy crafting

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa for Children – Say cheese!

During the school holidays I’ve been holding Card & Cuppa for Children sessions.  This is our regular Card & Cuppa session but for specifically for children aged 4+.  It was a hit last year, so I decided to run it again this year.

Here is the project from last week.

Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends

I knew I wanted to use the Foxy Friends punch and design some punch art.  It’s great fun for the children to create too.  However, the project needed to not be too complicated for little fingers to produce, plus avoid using wet glue too!

A quick web search came up with lots of ideas, but I decided to create this cute mouse with their cheese.

So Saffron and Crushed Curry make the block of cheese with Smoky Slate and Flirty Flamingo for the mouse.  As I didn’t want the children to get too messy, Early Espresso is the ink of choice as it is the darkest neutral inkpad that isn’t archival!

Circle punches are used for both the ears and the holes in the cheese.  Instead of discarding the large hole, it’s been stamped on and cut out to form a wedge of cheese.

The image above uses smaller punches (1/2″ & 3/4″ Circles) for the ears than we used at class as once I’d made the project I thought it needed to be slightly less fiddly.

If you’d like to join us for next week’s Card & Cuppa for Children session then make sure you book your place by 18:00 the day before.  Please note that numbers are limited.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Foxy Friends Photopolymer Stamp SetThoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp SetFox Builder Punch3/412-1/4So Saffron A4 CardstockCrushed Curry A4 CardstockSmoky Slate A4 CardstockFlirty Flamingo A4 CardstockEarly Espresso Classic Stampin' PadSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Crafting Forever

How is it Monday again already?

That must mean that it’s time to show you last week’s Card & Cuppa project.

Stampin' Up! Crafting Forever

This is a great ‘just because’ card, perfect for the times you want someone to know you’re thinking of them.

Firstly, we stamped the paint pot image from Crafting Forever several times onto the Very Vanilla Cardstock.  We also stamped it onto a separate piece too.

Next, we used a kind of reverse spotlight technique and covered the brushes in the pot with a 2″ punched circle.

Using Emerald Envy, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise we stamped the paint swish and splatter images from the Painter’s Palette Stamp Set over the whole piece.

After stamping, we removed the punched circle to reveal a non-inked set of brushes.

The pot from the separate image was then cut out and attached over the main image with Dimensionals.

Finally a set of layering circles in the paint colours, along with a small piece of ribbon, highlight the sentiment.

This is just one image from the Crafting Forever Stamp Set.  Check out the Annual Catalogue to see the others.

Join us at next week’s Card & Cuppa sessions.  Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafting Forever Clear-Mount Stamp SetPainter's Palette Clear-Mount Stamp SetThoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp SetTempting Turquoise A4 CardstockTempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' PadDaffodil Delight A4 CardstockDaffodil Delight Classic Stampin' PadEmerald Envy Classic Stampin' PadBasic Gray Archival Stampin’ PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockGold 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Natural Trim3/4" (1.9 Cm) Circle Punch1" (2.5 Cm) Circle Punch1-1/4" (3.2 Cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 Cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Customer Thank You Cards – Floral Statements

As you know, one of my favourite things to make are ‘Thank you’ cards for my lovely customers.

It’s great to be able to thank those who are supporting my local business.

Here is the card for my most recent customers.

Stampin' Up! Floral Statements

It uses the Floral Statements Stamp Set, a set of two stamps with two different sentiments.

I began by inking the ‘Thanks’ image in Basic Black Archival Ink and stamping it onto Whisper White cardstock.

Next, I took a Sponge Dauber and coloured the areas around the leaves with Garden Green and the roses with Rose Red of course!

You can’t see it in the picture, but the roses are highlighted with Wink of Stella to give a subtle sparkle.

Finally, I mounted the image onto a co-ordinating Rose Red layer and Thick Whisper White base.

This is a great stamp set for colouring and the options are endless.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Floral Statements Clear-Mount Stamp SetBasic Black Archival Stampin’ PadWhisper White A4 CardstockRose Red A4 CardstockRose Red Classic Stampin' PadGarden Green Classic Stampin' PadSponge DaubersClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockSnail Adhesive

Sending Positive Thoughts – Good Things Are Going to Happen

A lovely lady I know is going through a bit of tough time at the moment.  So, I decided to send her a hug in an envelope via a card.

Stampin' Up! You've Got This

I chose the fabulous ‘Good Things Are Going to Happen’ sentiment as it said what I wanted to say.  The stamp set is You’ve Got This.

To begin with I stamped onto Shimmery White Cardstock in Whisper White Ink.  Next I heat embossed the image with Clear Embosing Powder.

Watercolor Pencils were my colouring tools of choice along with Aqua Painters to give a soft and pretty coloured flower.  Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive were the colours I used to co-ordinate throughout this project.

For the finishing touches I looped Old Olive Baker’s Twine around the project.  Finally I used the Pretty Label Punch to cut the sentiment and layer and added some Metallic Shapes for some sparkle.

Happy crafting

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You've Got This Clear-Mount Stamp SetPretty Label PunchWatercolor PencilsAqua PaintersWhisper White Uninked Craft Stampin’ Pad & RefillClear Stampin' Emboss PowderHeat Tool (Uk)Shimmery White A4 CardstockOld Olive Baker's TwineMetallic Enamel ShapesRich Razzleberry A4 CardstockRich Razzlebberry Classic Stampin' PadOld Olive A4 CardstockSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Confetti Celebration

Happy Monday!

For last week’s Card & Cuppa I designed a card suitable for both male and female Birthdays.

Stampin' Up! Confetti Celebration

Using a design from the Annual Catalogue for my inspiration, we made this almost identical project.

A combination of Confetti Celebration Stamp Set, Night of Navy, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Silver 1/8″ are used on this project.  Tone-on-tone stamping is the technique used to create the background.

We then used the new Starburst punch to create the outer layer of the rosette.  It’s a punch I haven’t used much, but that will change as I love it!

I have to confess that I accidentally took the wrong punch to class with me!  The 2 1/4″ instead of the 2″ was in my bag so, as a result, the sentiment was too big for the Starburst.  However, the attendees were very creative and found their own ways to make it fit…

Here is the same design with Pool Party, Berry Burst and Powder Pink for a different look.

Stampin' Up! Confetti Celebration

Happy crafting

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Confetti Celebration Clear-Mount Stamp SetNight Of Navy A4 CardstockNight Of Navy Classic Stampin' PadLemon Lime Twist A4 CardstockBerry Burst A4 CardstockBerry Burst Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockBanner Triple PunchStarburst Punch2" (5.1 Cm) Circle PunchClassic Label PunchSilver 1/8" (3.2 Mm) RibbonSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' Dimensionals

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Rose Wonder Birthday

It was the Birthday of one of my regular class attendees earlier this week.

This lovely lady hosted our recent Papercrafting Class and I took inspiration for her card from a plant I saw in her garden.

Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder

In the garden was a lovely white rose growing up an arch.  It made me reach for the Rose Wonder Stamp Set and matching Rose Garden Thinlits.

I hadn’t made an easel card for a while and this card was just perfect for one.

At the recent class we used the Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon that the lady loved, so I just had to incorporate that too.

The finishing touches are some Rhinestones to give a touch of bling.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp SetRose Garden Thinlits DiesBerry Burst A4 CardstockBerry Burst Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockRhinestone Basic JewelsBerry Burst 5/8Snail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

New for August – Meet Carols of Christmas

Happy August!

I can’t belive how quickly the year is whizzing by.

Now I know it’s a little early to be mentioning the ‘C’ word, but Stampin’ Up! have released the BRAND NEW Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and co-ordinating Thinlits a month early.

Click on the picture below to discover more about the Carols of Christmas products

Stampin' Up! Carols of Christmas

The products in this bundle will be in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue from 1st September but you can get your hands on them NOW.  A great opportunity to get ahead for that time of year.

This bundle has some striking images for stamping and some gorgeous Thinlits to complement them.  Plus, you’ll save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and thinlits bundle.

As it’s August, you can now redeem your Bonus Days coupons on orders too.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Carols Of Christmas Clear-Mount Stamp SetCard Front Builder Thinlits DiesCarols Of Christmas Clear-Mount Bundle

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – This Little Piggy

Happy Monday and happy last day of July.

As it’s Monday, it’s time to show you last week’s Card & Cuppa project.

Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy

It uses the cute This Little Piggy Stamp Set.  This stamp set comes with sentiments and pigs on the same images.

If you pardon the pun, I’ve butchered the stamp set and cut the sentiments off the pigs.  This makes the pigs even more versatile and easier to ink up.  Please be careful if you do this as the sentiments are close to the images and you don’t want to ruin the stamps.

The little piggy image is stamped in Archival Basic Gray ink and coloured using Watercolor Pencils.  Once the images are coloured, the pencil lines are then softened using a Blender Pen.

We used a Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker to colour the sentiment before punching it out.

The whole project is on a Very Vanilla notecard and I think it sets it off beautifully.

A strip of ribbon adds some bling as a finishing touch.

Don’t forget that the Bonus Days and Christmas in July promotions end today.  Make sure you don’t miss out.

If you want to join us for the next Card & Cuppa session, book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Very Vanilla Note Cards & EnvelopesVery Vanilla A4 CardstockThis Little Piggy Clear-Mount Stamp SetMelon Mambo A4 CardstockBrights Stampin' Write MarkersBasic Gray Archival Stampin’ PadGold 1/4Watercolor PencilsBlender PensSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

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