Mostly Men Class – A Really Quick & Easy Stamparatus Card

The final project of the Mostly Men Class was this easy Stamparatus Card.

Easy Stamparatus Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project was the quickest of the 6 and it’s all because of the Stamparatus.

If I hadn’t added the ribbon, or the extra sentiment, it would have been completed in about 2 minutes maximum!

The key to this project is using a stamp that has a large sentiment or image, plus choosing a colour that still stamps after 4/5 stampings.

Perennial Birthday Stamp Set gave me the sentiment. Blueberry Bushel was my colour choice.

Easy Stamparatus Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After inking up the sentiment well and lining everything up, it was time to use the ‘hinge-step’ technique to stamp multiple times. This is where you move the Stamparatus plate down one notch each time.

I demonstrated this project to everyone at the start and I don’t think they believed how quick it was, until they did it themselves!

An extra sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays and the co-ordinating Blueberry Bushel Ribbon complete the project.

Easy Stamparatus Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s mounted onto a Blueberry Bushel layer and a Thick Whisper White Base Card for a monochromatic look.

Which project was your favourite from the class?

Why not join us for one of our remaining Papercrafting Classes of 2019. Head to my Class Timetable for more details and to book your place.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Floral Essence and Perennial Birthday

For last week’s Card & Cuppa Class, it was the turn of the Floral Essence and Perennial Birthday Stamp Sets.

Floral Essence & Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Floral Essence Stamp Set is part of a Bundle with the Perennial Flower Punch.

A colour combination of Blushing Bride, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow and Whisper White work really well with this project. Petal Pink is also used for the colouring.

The background circle is from the Swirly Frames Stamp Set and draws the eye to the flower.

My trusty Detailed Trio Punch softens the project by rounding the corners.

Dots from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set then add a path across the left of the project, leaving white space on the right-hand side.

Floral Essence & Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Leaves and flowers are then stamped and punched. Stampin’ Blends in Petal Pink are used to quickly colour the flowers.

Wink of Stella is added to the flowers and flower centres before each flower is built. Although you can’t see it in the photo, the flowers were very sparkly!

On a separate piece of cardstock the sentiment is stamped before being added to the project.

Floral Essence & Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the leaves and flowers are stuck to the project, with the central flower raised up on Dimensionals.

Despite not liking pink, I really like this project and think the colour combination works really well. I also think this design would work in other colours or with different sentiments too.

Join us for a future Card & Cuppa session. For full details and to book your place, head to my Class Timetable.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Mostly Men Class – Just For You Card with Rooted in Nature

The penultimate project from my Mostly Men Class is this gorgeous Just For You Card.

Just For You card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s a combination of Old Olive, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla.

The tree ‘cookie’ is stamped off several times to create a softer tone. Then the tree is stamped over the top.

On a separate piece the leaves were stamped and fussy cut. We could have used the matching dies for this, but the die cutting machine was in use for other projects. Plus, the shapes are fairly easy to cut by hand.

‘Just for You’ is stamped tone on tone onto Old Olive and punched out.

With all the pieces prepared, the next task is for assembling.

Just For You card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of Braided Linen Trim cut in half is attached with glue dots, before adding two of the leaves.

Finally, the sentiment and remaining leaf are added with Mini Dimensionals.

Just For You card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really like this Just For You card. Using a Thick Very Vanilla base card gives the project a clean, simple and fresh look.

Check back soon for the final project from the Class.

Why not join us at a future class? Head to my Class Timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Mostly Men Class – Geared Up Garage Stamp Set and Garage Gears Dies

Here’s another project from my recent Mostly Men Class. Geared Up Garage Stamp Set and Garage Gears Dies create this fabulous classic car card.

Geared Up Garage Stamp Set & Garage Gears Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The main colours are Poppy Parade, Basic Gray and Whisper White.

First, second and third generation stamping has been used for the oil spill background.

Once the car was stamped, I used the Light Gray Granite Stampin’ Blend to draw around the edge of the image before cutting it out. This softens the image and allows the car to stand out from the white circle behind it at the end.

Stampin’ Blend Combo Packs in Poppy Parade, Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight and Gray Granite have been used to colour the car image. The lighter colours for the main colouring, with the darker colours to create depth.

Geared Up Garage Stamp Set & Garage Gears Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A Poppy Parade sentiment, with a few more oil spills, makes this fun sentiment stand out.

Finally, two punched circles layers are added for the car to sit on, before it’s all stuck together using SNAIL and Dimensionals.

I really like this fun card as everything can be co-ordinated to fit the colour of car you choose.

Why not join us for one of our final Papercrafting Classes of 2019. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Mostly Men Class – More Sailing Home Bundle

The next project from my recent Mostly Men Class is yet more Sailing Home Bundle fun.

More Sailing Home Bundle. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this project, we’ve used the lighthouse Stamp and co-ordinating die, along with the birds and knot stamps.

My colour combination of Night of Navy and Sahara Sand is from the Baker’s Twine behind the sentiment. Very Vanilla completes the combination.

A Blender Pen has been used on the lighthouse to add some shading and the birds are stamped for more depth.

The sentiment from Wiggle Worm Stamp Set is punched out using the Tailored Tag Punch. Behind the sentiment, the reef knot has been stamped off so as not to overwhelm the message.

More Sailing Home Bundle. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the Baker’s Twine is looped behind the sentiment. I’ve frayed the ends slightly to make it look less perfect.

We used this Bundle twice during the Class. Watch this space for more Sailing Home Bundle projects in the future.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Daisy Lane Once Again

As there was no Card & Cuppa last week, I’m sharing a card for one of my regular class attendees. I chose to use Daisy Lane Once again and make another version of this project.

Daisy Lane Once Again. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I had Soft Sea Foam and Rich Razzleberry on my desk from a different project, so decided to use them again with Very Vanilla.

This Bundle is really versatile and also co-ordinates with the Daisy Punch too.

The leaves are stamped as a background. I’ve used a Blender Pen on the stamped and punched daisies to pull the colour along the petals.

Daisy Lane Once Again. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Corners are rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch. Then a Birthday sentiment from Varied Vases Stamp Set is stamped.

A length of the pretty Scalloped Lace Trim is added across the middle.

Daisy Lane Once Again. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a Gold Faceted Gem is added to the centre of the daisy. Rhinestones coloured with a Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend are also added.

I enjoy taking designs from previous projects and tweaking them slightly. It takes a lot of the hard work out of designing.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Mostly Men Class – Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder

The next project from my recent Mostly Men Papercrafting Class is this graffiti wall using the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder.

Graffiti Wall using Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose a palette of bright colours to make the card suitable for a teenager or younger person. We have Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Gorgeous Grape and Real Red, with Smoky Slate accents.

Graffiti Wall using Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The various sentiments are from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set and are randomly stamped onto the Whisper White cardstock.

Next, it’s various images from Artisan Textures to make paint splatter effects.

Once all the stamping is finished, it’s time to use the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder, along with the fabulous Embossing Plate to create the wall.

Finally, Sponge Daubers and Smoky Slate are used to highlight parts of the wall, before putting everything together.

Graffiti Wall using Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The wall is stuck to the layer using Tear & Tape to avoid crushing the embossed effect and give it a better adhesion.

At the class, the attendees were given other sentiments from the set they could use. It’s a great project to tailor accordingly to the recipient.

Why not join us at a future class. Full details and booking information can be found at my class timetable.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Butterfly Gala Birthday Card

Today I’m sharing a Butterfly Gala Birthday Card with you.

It also uses the Very Versailles Stamp Set and the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set.

Butterfly Gala Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The background leaves are in Soft Sea Foam with the butterflies in Rich Razzleberry.

Corners are rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch.

Butterfly Gala Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A layered sentiment using the Timeless Label Punch is attached on top of a length of Polka Dot Ribbon.

The butterflies are then added.

Butterfly Gala Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Wink of Stella is added to the butterfly bodies along with a few Rhinestones for a touch of sparkle.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Nine Lives

As the previous week’s Card & Cuppa project was dog related, I decided to even things up. Last week’s card was a cat project made using the Nine Lives Stamp Set.

Nine Lives. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this cute ginger feline, I’ve used a Soft Suede outline and Pumpkin Pie stripes. It’s then cut out using the co-ordinating Cat Punch.

The sentiment is the same as the previous week and is from the Happy Tails Stamp Set.

Nine Lives. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the food bowl, mouse and fish, I’ve used Smoky Slate. They are then coloured using the Watercolor Pencils in Pumpkin Pie and Calypso Coral (mouse ears). Meow is then stamped several times.

A Scallop Circle and Circle are punched for the layers.

Nine Lives. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Everything is then assembled onto a Thick Whisper White basecard.

If you’d like to join us at a future Card & Cuppa Class, head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Mostly Men Class – Sailing Home Bundle

I recently ran a ‘Mostly Men’ Papercrafting Class where the attendees made 6 cards suitable for the men in their lives.

Having not used the Sailing Home Bundle, as I wanted to save it for this class, it was time to start creating with it.

Sailing Home Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This Bundle has the Sailing Home Stamp Set and Smooth Sailing Dies.

Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla are combined to create this underwater scene.

Sailing Home Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The only stamping on this project are the compass and anchor images, with a sentiment from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set. Everything else uses the dies.

A strip of Burlap Ribbon across the project and a length of Linen Thread through the anchor add to this nautical theme.

Sailing Home Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Everything is then layered, starting with the seaweed and finishing with the anchor.

I’ll be showing you more projects from this class over the coming weeks.

If you’d like to join us at a future Papercrafting Class, head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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