Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Flowers and Dots

It was the first Card & Cuppa session after my holiday last week and the project was pink flowers and dots.

Flowers and Dots. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I have made a similar project in the past but this has a different colour scheme and uses different flowers.

The colour combination is Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo and Berry Burst with Very Vanilla.

Two set of background dots from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Jar of Love Stamp Set are randomly stamped across the Very Vanilla Cardstock.

Then, flowers from Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set and again Jar of Love are added to some of the dots.Flowers and Dots. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As there are lots of circles on the project, the Detailed Trio Punch creates the rounded corners that mirror them.

The sentiment is again from Jar of Love but is mounted onto several layers of circles. Behind the layers are a piece of co-ordinating Very Vanilla Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and Baker’s Twine. Although you can’t see the Tulle Ribbon, or it’s subtle shimmer very well in the picture, I promise you it is there!

Flowers and Dots. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few Pearls in the centre of some of the flowers add another touch of shimmer.

As you know, I love to create a design and then make it in different colour ways. It’s a way of getting a lot more use from the original design and can create a totally different look. Which colour combination would you choose?

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

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetHappy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp SetDaisy Delight Photopolymer Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 CardstockPetal Pink Classic Stampin' PadPetal Pink A4 CardstockFlirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' PadFlirty Flamingo A4 CardstockMelon Mambo Classic Stampin' PadBerry Burst Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla 5/8" (1.6 cm) Polka Dot Tulle RibbonVery Vanilla Solid Baker's Twine1" (2.5 cm) Circle Punch1-1/4" (3.2 cm) Circle Punch1-1/8" (2.9 cm) Scallop Circle PunchDetailed Trio PunchPearl Basic JewelsSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape Adhesive

Petal Palette Thank You

Today I’m sharing this pretty Petal Palette Thank You card with you. I gave this card to the lovely Guest Relations Manager on our recent holiday.

Petal Palette Thank You Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s no secret I adore the Petal Palette Stamp Set and tend to use it quite a lot in my projects.

For this project, I’ve teamed Mint Macaron with Blushing Bride for soft tones.

Petal Palette Thank You Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Ovals are cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits and are sitting on a length of Linen Thread.

Finally, adding a few pearls in the centre of the flowers makes them stand out.

Petal Palette Thank You Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a really quick and simple project that can be replicated in many different ways. My mind is full of the various colour combinations I could recreate this design with.

Don’t forget that now I’m back from my holiday, classes are resuming. Click for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Petal Palette Clear-Mount Stamp SetLayering Ovals Framelits DiesWhisper White A4 CardstockBlushing Bride Classic Stampin' PadBlushing Bride A4 CardstockMint Macaron Classic Stampin' PadMint Macaron A4 CardstockPearl Basic JewelsLinen ThreadSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Gallery Grunge & Artisan Textures

I’ve once again returned from a fabulous fortnight in sunny Cyprus. The staff at the hotel we stay at are fabulous, so I made these Gallery Grunge & Artisan Textures thank you cards to hand out.

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The base card is a Very Vanilla Notecard with Fresh Fig as the main colour. A combination of the Gallery Grunge and Artisan Textures Stamp Sets are used to create the background. These two stamp sets work really well together.

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

When I’m making a number of cards, I like to create something fairly simple, but add a little twist. This twist is the accent colour to create Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz versions, instead of them all being the same.

The sentiment from Thoughtful Banners sits in layered circles on top of a shape from the Tailored Tag Punch.

Melon Mambo version

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pear Pizzazz version

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

   All three colour combinations together.

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which is your favourite?

Now that I’ve returned from holiday, my Card & Cuppa Classes start again next week.

Also, today is the LAST CHANCE to book for this year’s Christmas Card Boot Camp. Book HERE.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies used, click on the images below to go to my online store. Remember to use the Hostess Code if you are placing an order.

You can also join my team here.

Gallery Grunge Clear-Mount Stamp SetArtisan Textures Clear-Mount Stamp SetThoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp SetVery Vanilla Note Cards & EnvelopesVery Vanilla A4 CardstockFresh Fig Classic Stampin' PadFresh Fig A4 CardstockBermuda Bay Classic Stampin' PadBermuda Bay A4 CardstockMelon Mambo Classic Stampin' PadMelon Mambo A4 CardstockPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz A4 Cardstock1" (2.5 cm) Circle Punch1-1/4" (3.2 cm) Circle PunchTailored Tag PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Rooted in Nature Bundle in purple and blue

Autumn is here and it’s the perfect time for the Rooted in Nature Bundle. Here is an example in purple and blue.

Rooted in Nature Bundle. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you can see, I’ve not opted for the usual oranges, greens and browns for this project. It’s great to mix things up a bit with non-standard colour combinations.

A lovely colour combination of Blackberry Bliss, Highland Heather and Balmy Blue make this card suitable for anyone.

The Rooted in Nature Bundle has a lovely selection of 16 rubber stamps, including 6 sentiments, plus 12 co-ordinating Framelits.

The section of trunk makes a fabulous background for the gorgeous foreground tree and there’s no fussy cutting thanks to the Framelits.

Rooted in Nature Bundle. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

I made a little hanging tag for the sentiment using the smallest sentiment in the Stamp Set and some Circle Punches.

I also used the fabulous new Take Your Pick Tool from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue to create the hole.

A long length of Baker’s Twine completes the hanging tag.

Rooted in Nature Bundle. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Natures Root Bundle, and all of the other bundles are available at a 10%  discount in the Catalogues so make sure you take advantage of them.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies used, click on the images below to go to my online store. Remember to use the Hostess Code if you are placing an order.

You can also join my team here.

Rooted In Nature Clear-Mount BundleBlackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' PadBlackberry Bliss A4 CardstockBalmy Blue Classic Stampin' PadBalmy Blue A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White Solid Baker's TwineTake Your Pick3/4" (1.9 cm) Circle Punch1" (2.5 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Saying Congratulations with Varied Vases

There isn’t a Card & Cuppa project to share with you this week, but, I do have a card I made for one of my regular Card & Cuppa attendees.

They have recently landed a job so I’m saying Congratulations with Varied Vases as my main design element.

Congratulations Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve taken inspiration from this project and changed the colours to suit the recipient.

The colour combination is Blushing Bride, Highland Heather and Pear Pizzazz.

A sponge brayer creates the ombre Blushing Bride section. Then, a sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set is layered onto a Highland Heather background.

Congratulations Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Vases Builder Punch, I created the flower and leaves and stuck those to the layered section using Glue Dots.

Once again the Detailed Trio Punch makes an appearance to round the corners.

The strip of Metallic-Edge Ribbon mirrors the Whisper White of the cardstock and also the sparkle of the Wink of Stella on the flowers.

Congratulations Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies used, click on the images below to go to my online store. Remember to use the Hostess Code if you are placing an order.

You can also join my team here.

Vases Builder PunchHappy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp SetBlushing Bride Classic Stampin' PadBlushing Bride A4 CardstockHighland Heather Classic Stampin' PadHighland Heather A4 CardstockPear Pizzazz A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockSilver 3/8" Metallic-Edge RibbonSponge BrayersPretty Label PunchDetailed Trio PunchClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Glue Dots

Sunflower using the Christmas Bulb Builder

A lovely couple have just moved into their first home together and one of them loves sunflowers, so, I made this sunflower using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch.

I’ve already made a poinsettia using this punch but this is something very different.

Sunflower using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s layers of the the bulb shape punched from Daffodil Delight and shaded on the edges using a Sponge Dauber.

The centre is an image from Balloon Celebration tone-on-tone. Stamping stripes from the Playful Backgrounds Stamp Set onto a piece of Cajun Craze card then became a pot.

Sunflower using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using a Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend, I coloured a strip of Sheer Whisper White Ribbon to make the stem and a set of bow leaves.

It’s all set on Very Vanilla Cardstock as this gives a much softer feel than Whisper White.

Sunflower using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The corners are given a softer shape with the Detailed Trio Punch and a spot of Wink of Stella in the centre of the flower adds some final bling.

As the card is a non-standard size, I also made a co-ordinating envelope from some retired DSP.

Sunflower using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you can see, this punch isn’t just for Christmas. It’s much more versatile, and you can make other things using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. It’s also the punch you will receive if you attend my Christmas Card Boot Camp Class (not the PM session). Book your place by 13th October.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies used, click on the images below to go to my online store. Remember to use the Hostess Code if you are placing an order.

You can also join my team here.

Christmas Bulb Builder PunchBalloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp SetPlayful Backgrounds Photopolymer Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockCajun Craze Classic Stampin' PadCajun Craze A4 CardstockEarly Espresso Classic Stampin' PadEarly Espresso A4 CardstockDaffodil Delight Classic Stampin' PadDaffodil Delight A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 CardstockWhisper White 1/8" Sheer RibbonOld Olive Light Stampin' Blends Marker1" (2.5 cm) Circle PunchDetailed Trio PunchClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Glue Dots

Swirly Bird Wedding Bouquet

As this card has been handed over, I can now share this Swirly Bird wedding bouquet with you.

A lovely lady in Cyprus had a sneaky wedding, and as I was visiting, I just had to make her and her new husband a card.

Swirly Bird Wedding Bouquet. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The circles are from the Swirly Bird Stamp Set stamped in Versamark. They are then heat embossed using Clear Powder to create a shine.

I saw a picture of her bouquet so used the colours as my inspiration. They are Grapefruit Grove, Calypso Coral and Shimmery White.

For the stems, I used the balloon strings from Balloon Celebration and cut round them.

Swirly Bird Wedding Bouquet. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Detailed Trio Punch creates rounded corners to mirror the circles.

Swirly Bird Wedding Bouquet. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A bow in co-ordinating Grapefruit Grove ribbon finishes the project.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies used, click on the images below to go to my online store. Remember to use the Hostess Code if you are placing an order.

You can also join my team here.

Swirly Bird Photopolymer Stamp SetBalloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp SetVersamark PadPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz A4 CardstockCalypso Coral A4 CardstockGrapefruit Grove A4 CardstockGrapefruit Grove 1/8" (3.2 mm) Grosgrain RibbonShimmery White A4 CardstockClear Stampin' Emboss PowderHeat Tool (Uk)1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle PunchDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveMini Glue DotsStampin' Dimensionals

World Card Making Day 2018

Yesterday was World Card Making Day and Stampin’ Up! have a week of special offers on some card making basics.

Click on the picture below to take you to the details.

World Card Making Day offers

Make sure you stock up on those crafting essentials to celebrate World Card Making Day.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the items in the offer, click on the images below to go to my online store. Remember to use the Hostess Code if you are placing an order.

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Soft Sea Foam Birthday

I don’t have a Card & Cuppa project from last week to show you as there wasn’t a class. Instead, I’m sharing this Soft Sea Foam Birthday Card I made for one of my regular Card & Cuppa attendees.

Soft Sea Foam Birthday Card. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

When Soft Sea Foam appeared as one of the new colours, this lady fell in love with it, so I had to use it on their card.

This is another diagonal design card, similar to this project and this project I’ve shown you recently.

The bottom of the piece is scored at 1cm intervals using the Simply Scored Tool and Metric Plate to give a textured effect.

Using Call Me Clover as an accent colour, I’ve take the flower from Love What you Do and coloured it with Soft Sea Foam using Blender Pens.

Soft Sea Foam Birthday Card. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

A strip of Ribbon and layer in Call Me Clover and sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous add more co-ordinating accents.

Soft Sea Foam Birthday Card. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the flowers have Wink of Stella brushed on them for some added sparkle.

As this card was delivered by hand, the layers were put together with Dimensionals. I’d normally use SNAIL to create flatter layers for those requiring posting.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies used, click on the images below to go to my online store. Remember to use the Hostess Code if you are placing an order.

You can also join my team here.

Love What You Do Photopolymer Stamp SetHappy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp SetSimply ScoredSimply Scored Metric Scoring PlateVery Vanilla A4 CardstockSoft Sea Foam A4 CardstockSoft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' PadCall Me Clover Stampin' PadCall Me Clover A4 CardstockCall Me Clover 1/8" (3.2 mm) Grosgrain RibbonBlender PensClear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush2" (5.1 cm) Circle Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Punch Art Poinsettia

How are you liking this fabulous Punch Art Poinsettia?

It’s made using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. I love using punches in different ways and knew that there was a floral possibility with this one.

Punch Art Poinsettia. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The bulb is punched multiple times to create the petals. Using a sponge dauber they have their edges coloured before being carefully layered.

Using the Detailed Trio Punch, the corners are given matching petal shapes.

A long length of Metallic Thread is wrapped around the centre to co-ordinate with the Gold Foil Sheet background layer.

Punch Art Poinsettia. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A small Daffodil Delight circle and a Gold Faceted Gem complete this stylish project.

Punch Art Poinsettia. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Watch this space for another floral creation using this punch.

If you’d like to make one of these, then make sure you book onto my Christmas Card Boot Camp as this is one of the special cards we’ll be making in the afternoon.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies used, click on the images below to go to my online store. Remember to use the Hostess Code if you are placing an order.

You can also join my team here.

Christmas Bulb Builder PunchReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockDaffodil Delight A4 CardstockGold Foil SheetsGold Faceted GemsGold Metallic ThreadSponge DaubersDetailed Trio Punch1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveMultipurpose Liquid GlueTear & Tape Adhesive