Special Christmas Cards – Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card

As we’ve now reached December, I’ll be sharing Christmas projects on each post this week.

My regular Special Christmas Cards took place remotely a few weeks ago.

At the class, the attendees make three Christmas cards for the special people in their lives.

One of the projects is always more tailored towards children, and I’m sharing it with you today.

Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve wanted to make a shaker card at class for AGES, and this year I did it, thanks to the fabulous Shaker Domes.

My colour combination is Seaside Spray, Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Whisper White and Silver.

The Snow Globe Scenes Dies provide the correct size hole for the the Shaker Dome, along with the polar bears and stand pieces. There are lots of other shapes in the dies too.

Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I coated my bears in Wink of Stella and cut a rough outline of snow for them to sit on before adding my Sequins for Everything shaker pieces.

These were then all sealed very carefully into the dome, ensuring it was firmly in place.

The Shimmery White layer was then sealed on top before attaching the whole piece to the base and layer.Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A Night of Navy and Silver stand is then added to the front.

The attendees also had the word SNOW cut out from the Playful Alphabet Dies in their kits, plus some Rhinestones too. They could choose to use these if they wanted. Mine is still blank as I haven’t make a final decision on those yet!

Finally, a box was made for the finished Polar Bear Shaker Dome card to sit in. It has a Night of Navy base and Seaside Spray top.

I’ve stamped mine to add some decoration.Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pop back soon for another project from this Class.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Well Written Dies

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I reached for the Well Written Dies.

This set of dies has crept to the back of my dies box and it was time to bring them to the front.

Well Written Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A range of different blues, Pool Party, Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight work really well together with the Whisper White.

It is a bit of a fiddly project, but the finished card is worth the effort.

My Take Your Pick Tool Brush attachement came in useful for removing all the little bits from the Well Written Dies cut outs.

The project being with lengths of Pool Party Shimmer Riboon creating a stripey background.

Then, the centre leaves and flower pieces are attached.Well Written Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

By drawing around the ‘birthday’ shape, a layer is cut out for it to sit on. If you have the die, you can draw around the edge of that instead. Either way is fine.

Raising the birthday above the centre pieces gives the project more depth.

I chose to use a ‘wishes’ sentiment to go with birthday, stamping it in the darker blue of Misty Moonlight.

Before the smaller flowers are added with glue dots, these are given a coat of Wink of Stella. This co-ordinates well with the shimmer of the ribbon.

Well Written Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally some Silver Metallic Pearls are added to the centre of the tiny flowers.

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Forever Fern to Say Thank You

This month, I’ve used Forever Fern to say Thank You to my recent customers.

I love being able to express my gratitude to those who have supported my business.

As you know, it’s one of my favourite things about my job.

Forever Fern to Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this project, my colour combination is Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake.

It’s a combination I have used before with Whisper White, but this time I chose Very Vanilla instead.Forever Fern to Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Just a few leaves from the Forever Fern Stamp Set, along with the splates for the background, create a soft, yet class look.

A sentiment from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set, with the edges cut using the Banners Pick a Punch.

This is stuck above a Rococo Rose punched circle shape.

Forever Fern to Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Pearls add a certain something to this classic project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Countdown to Christmas #9

This purple holly for Countdown to Christmas #9 uses non-traditional colours.

Countdown to Christmas #9. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Highland Heather, Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White. Who says Christmas cards have to be green and red?

It’s my version of a project on Page 21 of the August-December Mini Catalogue.

I’ve used the Sweetest Time Stamp Set and Dies Bundle, the same as the catalogue.

Countdown to Christmas #9. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A Sponge Brayer and one of the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks create my dotty backgound. I think it looks great agains the circles of the berries.

The Highland Heather holly leaves are then stuck to the dotty background.

One of the Tasteful Labels Dies provides the centre shape for the sentiment.

Crinkle Seam Binding gives the lovely swoosh of ribbon for the sentiment to sit on.

Countdown to Christmas #9. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With the sentiment attached with Dimensionals, the berries are finally stuck down to finish the project.

I love how this has turned out. I might make a few more in different colours.

Why not grab this Stamp Set and Dies 10% off Bundle and make your own version.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Helping Another Local Business Say Thank You

I recently played my part in helping another local business say thank you to some loyal customers who have been supporting them during the pandemic.

The business is a local Coffee Shop, where I held my regular craft classes pre-Coronavirus.

Helping Another Local Business Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

They wanted to thank a team of staff from a large organisation who have regularly been ordering cakes.

This project is my interpretation of their departmental logo and you might even spot the organisation in the text too!

Helping Another Local Business Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colours to reflect the logo are Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, Magenta Madness and Blackberry Bliss, with Whisper White.

For the shapes, the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set provides the larger images. Smaller images and the tiny splats are from the Waterfront Stamp Set.

On top of the stamping, is a sentiment made from the Playful Alphabet Dies. Each letter is coated in Wink of Stella to give a lot of sparkle. You can see this in more detail in the picture below.

Helping Another Local Business Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Rhinestones are added for even more sparkle.Helping Another Local Business Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t wait to get back to crafting at the Coffee Shop again.

In the meantime, why not take a look at my Class Timetable to see the classes I’m currently running over ZOOM.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Team Member Congratulations

Last month a Team Member celebrated a year as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Of course, this was a perfect opportunity to make and send a card.

Team Member Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As they are a fan of pink, I chose a Magenta Madness and Blushing Bride combo.

The stamping is from the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set, with the butterfly cut using the co-ordinating Nature’s Thoughts Dies.Team Member Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used a touch of Wink of Stella on the focal butterfly.

For the sentiment, this is from the Many Mates Stamp Set. It’s cut using a Circle Punch and layered onto a Timeless Label Punch shape.

These are both then raised on Dimensionals above a loop of the matching Magenta Madness Ribbon.Team Member Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few Rhinestones are dotted around for some extra bling.

Sending Team Member Congratulations is one of the many things I love about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

If you want to know more about joining my team as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, then click for more details, or contact me for a chat.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Muted Colours with Texture and a Leaf

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was this card of muted colours with texture and a leaf. Muted Colours with Texture and a Leaf. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combo of Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla is a favourite.

The background is embossed using the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder.

This then has a diagonal length of Embroidered Ribbon and Linen Trim attached.

Muted Colours with Texture and a Leaf. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Another length of Linen Thread is then looped to create interest for the leaf to sit on.

Layers of Stitched Shapes Dies in all three colours, with a sentiment from the co-ordinating Love of Leaves Stamp Set are popped in the corner. The leaf dies and stamp set are available as a bundle from the current Mini Catalogue.Muted Colours with Texture and a Leaf. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the leaf from the Stitched Leaves Dies is raised on Dimensionals above the Linen Thread loops.

This is a great card for any occasion with a simple sentiment change.

There are only a few Card & (Your) Cuppa Classes available to book for 2020. Make sure you don’t miss out. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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A Box of Birthday Balloons

For my Niece’s recent lockdown 18th, I made this box of birthday balloons.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I haven’t made a pop-up box for a while, so I thought it was the perfect occasion.

These lay flat for postage with the box flaps up, then, when the recipient opens it, the flaps fall down and the box takes shape.

My colour combination is from the dotty Playing With Patterns DSP I have used. It’s Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Purple Posy and Whisper White.

Coastal Cabana is the main colour for the box. Using the Detailed Trio Punch, I rounded the corners of the box and the DSP.

The balloons, cut using the Balloon Bouquet Punch are embossed. Tasteful Textile and Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders create the fun patterns.

Attaching the balloons to the strings I made from the Hippo & Friends Dies was made easier by sandwiching them between the embossed ballon and a plain balloon shape.

This also means that when it lays flat, the balloons don’t stick to each other.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I popped three strips across the inside of the box. This not only gave me something to attach the ballons too, but provided some extra rigidity.

As I attached the balloons to the strips, I was carefully checking they wouldn’t foul each other, or overhang the edge too far when folded.

Once I was happy with the positions, I sandwiched the bottom of the strings in with another piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock.

There had to be an ’18’, so using Silver Foil Sheets, this and the sentiment were cut out. Playful Alphabet Dies for the ’18’ and Well Written Dies for the sentiment.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a length of matching Playing With Patterns Combo Ribbon is stuck around the box, along with some Playing With Patterns Resin Dots.

I also made an envelope too, but didn’t take a picture of that!

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Countdown to Christmas #8

This week’s Countdown to Christmas #8 (how is it number 8 already?) is another project from my Crack Your Christmas Cards Class.

Countdown to Christmas #8. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As with all the projects from the Class, it uses the Tag Buffet Stamp Set.

The colour combination is Real Red, Garden Green and Very Vanilla, traditional Christmas colours.

Various leaf images are stamped first and second generation from the centre.

A bauble is stamped onto a separate piece and cut out by hand. Some subtle colouring using Wink of Stella adds a touch of sparkle.Countdown to Christmas #8. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of the Braided Linen Trim is added to create the hanging decoration effect.

The bauble is stuck on a punched circle shape and then raised on Dimensionals over the ribbon. This adds to the overall look.Countdown to Christmas #8. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsFinally, a few Wonderful Gems are dotted around the project for some extra glimmer.

My 2020 evening classes may be finished for the year, but keep an eye on my Class Timetable for my soon to be released 2021 schedule.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Blossoms in Bloom Bundle in Blues for Mum

Today I’m sharing another card for another November Birthday.

This time, it’s this fabulous Blossoms in Blooms Bundle in blues I made for my Mum.

Blossoms in Bloom Bundle in Blues. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I don’t use this fabulous bundle enough! This project uses the Many Layered Blossoms Dies from the Bundle, with the sentiment from the Stamp Set.

With a colour combination of Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy and Whisper White, I cut the inner group of flowers in the darker shade.

Next, I stuck a piece of Coastal Cabana onto a piece of Adhesive Sheet and cut the outline piece.

This makes it so much easier to attach to the inner piece.

If you’re going to use Wink of Stella in the centre of your flowers, I would recommend doing this before you stick the pieces together.

Blossoms in Bloom Bundle in Blues. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With the pieces stuck together, I then stuck the whole piece onto the Whisper White layer.

As you can see, it overlaps the edges slightly, but I like this look for this die.

I then stamped the sentiment and layered that onto a piece of each colour.

A small flower, again cut from the dies is then attached.

In the centre of the flower is a Playing with Patterns Resin Dot coloured with a Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend Marker.

Blossoms in Bloom Bundle in Blues. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some more of the dots, this time in Coastal Cabana are placed around the flower.

I love how this die creates a ‘wow’ factor as it is so large.

Why not grab one for yourself. Head to my store for full details.

If you’d like to use items such as this, book yourself onto one of my classes. My Class Timetable has all the information you need.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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