A Little Bit of Pink

It’s that time of year when I make a Birthday card for a friend of mine who is a fan of everything pink and sparkly.

Here is the card I made using a little bit of pink…

Little Bit of Pink. Project designed by Karn at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you know, I’m not a fan of pink and I don’t really like glitter either. So, this is one of those times of year when I am forced way outside of my comfort zone!

This allows me to challenge myself and also spend time thinking about the person I am making for. It’s good to step outside of your crafting comfort zone every now. Things like using bright colours if you like pastels or creating a grunge style project if you like clean and simple etc are all good challenges.

Little Bit of Pink. Project designed by Karn at HIPPOFROG Designs

The little bit of pink is from Petal Pink and Flirty Flamingo and the project uses the Well Said Stamp Set and Well Written Dies from the Spring/Summer Catalogue.

This Stamp Set and Dies are currently available in a bundle with 10% off until 3rd June. After that, they will not be in a bundle format and will be full price. As this is a large set, it’s definitely worthwhile getting your hands on it while it’s discounted.

I’ve also used the Artisan Textures Stamp Set to create a background.

Little Bit of Pink. Project designed by Karn at HIPPOFROG Designs

There just had to be sparkle so I’ve used Wink of Stella on the Butterflies and ‘birthday’ die cut shape. There are also Rhinestones for the flower centres, the dot of the ‘i’ and just a few scattered around.

A length of Silver Metallic Thread wrapped around the centre then pulls these elements together.

Little Bit of Pink. Project designed by Karn at HIPPOFROG Designs

Don’t forget that items on the retiring list are only available until 3rd June (while stocks last).

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Bright Birthday Card

It was a friend, and fellow Stampin’ Up! fan’s Birthday, so I made this Bright Birthday Card for them.

A Bright Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the Bright Collection for the colours with Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green mixed with Whisper White.

A Decorative Mask and Sponge Daubers create the background with a strip of Poppy Parade Cardstock across the middle.

The sentiment is from the Itty bitty Birthdays Stamp Set and cut out using the Tailored Tag Punch. This is then layered onto another Tailored Tag shape.

A Bright Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The flowers and leaves use the Pop of Petals Stamp Set and matching Four-Petal Flower Punch. Each flower has a Sponge Daubered centre with Wink of Stella added afterwards.

A Bright Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Pop of Petals Bundle (Stamp Set & Punch) is only available as a discounted Bundle until 3rd June. After then, they will be available at full price in the new Annual Catalogue.

Make sure you get yours at the discounted rate before the price increases.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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A Variety of Vases

I’m sharing a previous Card & Cuppa project with you today that I have remade in different colours.

This reversioned card is for my Godmother for a special Birthday.

Variety of Vases. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I thought I’d re-version the previous design to make a Birthday Card, so it’s a variety of vases, in a variety of colours.

Variety of Vases. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This one is in Highland Heather and Rich Razzleberry, with the fabulous Velvet Rich Razzleberry Ribbon. The ribbon is sadly on the retiring list, but everything else I’ve used is carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue.

Variety of Vases. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A top tip if you are making lots of projects using a Builder Punch. Line up all the stamps in the correct positions onto a clear block. Then you can stamp and punch them as a set.

Variety of Vases. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

While I was making the project, I decided to add to the variety of vases by making some in other colours too. It’s always good to have a few cards on standby, so these Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick versions will come in handy.

Variety of Vases. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Variety of Vases. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which one is your favourite?

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Four Little Elephants

I realised that I hadn’t shared this cute Birthday card with you. It was for the son of a close friend, so I made these four little elephants to celebrate.

Four Little Elephants. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It was the first time I’d used the Elephant Builder Punch and I fell in love straight away. There are two sizes of elephant and these are the smaller ones.

I was reminded of the rhyme about little elephants balancing on a piece of string – I bet you’re singing it now aren’t you!

The elephants are made from Smoky Slate with Basic Gray ears, with the leader switched.

A banner from the Pick a Pennant Stamp Set in Balmy Blue created a fun celebration feeling to the card. This Stamp Set is on the Retiring List so make sure you grab it while you can.

Four Little Elephants. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The finishing touches were the balloon with the ‘4’ stamped using the Pick a Pennant Stamp Set, cut out with Balloon Bouquet Punch (also on the Retiring List). Plus, a Baker’s Twine string for the balloon, and eyes in Basic Black.

This fun Elephant Builder Punch comes in a bundle with the Little Elephant Stamp Set. Although it’s carrying over to the new Catalogue, it’s only available in this discounted bundle until 3rd June. That’s too good a deal to miss, order yours today.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Daisy Delight Diagonal Slash

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project, I decided to use a stamp set and technique that had both been neglected.

Here is the Daisy Delight diagonal slash card.

Daisy Delight Diagonal Slash project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses a fabulous colour combination of Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green and Crumb Cake. I love how the colours really pop against the Whisper White.

The daisy was stamped onto the Whisper White card and then a Blender Pen was used to soften and colour the image slightly.

Next, it was time to cut it in half on the diagonal to create the separate pieces. This involved measuring from both edges and joining the marks with a ruler on the back. Make sure you have the line running in the right direction before you cut.

These two pieces are then attached to the background layer to create the gap.

Daisy Delight Diagonal Slash project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Two more daisies were stamped, punched and layered and placed in the gap. Leaves were then stamped and fussy cut and positioned around the daisy.

Finally, a Gold Faceted Gem was added to the centre of the daisy.

Daisy Delight Diagonal Slash project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Card & Cuppa is taking a break for a few weeks, but it returns w/c 13th May. Make sure you’ve booked your place by 18:00 the day before if you want to join us.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Gratitude with Gingham Gala

As this fabulous 6×6 DSP is on the Retiring List, today I’m showing you how I showed gratitude with Gingham Gala.

Gratitude with Gingham Gala. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Gingham Gala Suite from the Spring/Summer Catalogue has a Stamp Set and Punch Bundle, DSP, Cardstock, Ribbon and embellishments.

Gratitude with Gingham Gala. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I needed to make a batch of ‘thank you’ cards, so took my colour inspiration from the Gingham Gala DSP.

Gratitude with Gingham Gala. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you know, I’m a fan of monochrome, especially on notecards, so I kept everything Whisper White along with the chosen colour.

Each notecard has a piece of diagonally cut DSP layered onto a co-ordinating piece of cardstock.

The butterfly is then stamped, punched and attached to the layered circles.

Gratitude with Gingham Gala. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Here are the notecards in each colour. Which is your favourite?

Gratitude with Gingham Gala. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Gratitude with Gingham Gala. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Gratitude with Gingham Gala. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Gratitude with Gingham Gala. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Gratitude with Gingham Gala. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Gratitude with Gingham Gala. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Be sure to check out the Retiring List and get your hands on this Gingham Gala DSP while you still can. Only available while stocks last.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Easter Punch Art

At last week’s Card & Cuppa sessions, the attendees made these cute Easter Punch Art projects.

Easter Punch Art project using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The rabbit uses the Bunny Builder Punch, and the eggs are from the Balloon Bouquet Punch, with the ‘tie’ cut off.

To create the grass, we used a texture from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set and stamped in Pear Pizzazz. This was a combination of lots of generations of stamping, along with turning the stamp to create the effect.

Easter Punch Art project using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The bunny and its cute tail have the edges softened using a Sponge Dauber.

My inspiration for the eggs was of course mini eggs. Each one is stamped tone on tone using a different pattern.

We have Soft Sea Foam ‘splats’ from the Swirly Bird Stamp Set, So Saffron stripes from the Playful Backgrounds Stamp Set and Jar of Love provides the Blushing Bride dots.

Easter Punch Art project using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

These are all mounted on the Soft Sea Foam base and So Saffron layer. Finally, the bunny is added using Dimensionals.

Card & Cuppa has a slightly amended schedule for the next month due to Bank Holidays etc. Please refer to my Class Timetable for more details and remember to book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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A fond farewell to the In Color Collection 2017-2019

As we will soon be saying hello to 5 brand new In Colors, we need to say a fond farewell to In Color Collection 2017-2019.

I’ve made this quick and easy project bringing them all together.

Fond farewell to In Color Collection 2017-2019. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

These five colours of Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist leave us after two years.

This project uses inkpads in all of the colours, two colours of Cardstock and the Pop of Petals Bundle.

Fond farewell to In Color Collection 2017-2019. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Leaves in the greens and some background stamping, finished with punched flowers in two colours create this very simple project.

Fond farewell to In Color Collection 2017-2019. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you want to get your hands on these In Color products before they leave then make sure you place your order. Items will only be available while stocks last so don’t miss out.

As well as saying a fond farewell to the In Color Collection 2017-2019, don’t forget that bundles retire too. Although the items from a bundle may remain, the bundle itself will no longer be available in the new catalogue. Take advantage of those discounted bundles while you still can.

I know which of these fabulous In Colors I’ll miss the most, what about you?

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Love What You Do

At last week’s Card & Cuppa I headed back to the Annual Catalogue and used the Love What You Do Stamp Set to create this project.

Love What You Do Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour scheme is So Saffron and Petal Pink from the Subtles Collection and Flirty Flamingo from the Brights, paired with Whisper White.

First we undertook a bit of Grid Paper origami to create a mask. Then it was time to use Sponge Daubers for the masked stripe.

The flower was stamped twice, once onto the background and again onto a separate piece of cardstock.

The flower heads on the separate piece were then coloured using the stamp in the set and stamping off onto the grid paper twice for a soft effect. These were then cut out by hand and stuck over the main flower.

Love What You Do Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Detailed Trio Punch, the corners are rounded before adding a bow from Baker’s Twine.

Finally, a few Rhinestones finish this sophisticated project. As it’s sentiment free, it is perfect for any occasion

Love What You Do Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Why not join us at a future Card & Cuppa class. There are three sessions a week to choose from. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Dot to Dot Embossing Folder

The Dot to Dot Embossing Folder caught my eye when I first flipped through the Spring/Summer Catalogue.

I just knew I had to use it at a Papercrafting Class, so this is one of the projects from a recent Stamp-a-Stack

Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love a quick and easy project and this one fits the bill..

Using strips of different shades of blue, these are glued onto a piece of cardstock. You could even use a piece of grid paper or scrap paper if you prefer.

Once they are stuck, the whole piece is run through the Dot to Dot Embossing Folder to create the fabulous dotted effect.

This is then attached to my Thick Very Vanilla base card. To avoid crushing the embossing, it needs to be stuck with a stronger adhesive such as Tear & Tape.

Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The finishing touch is a sentiment stamped in one of the colours and layered onto punched circles. I’ve used one from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set here.

Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love the simplicity of this project and the design can be replicated in lots of different colours and sentiments.

Why not join us for a future Papercrafting Class. Details can be found here.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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