Daisy Delight and Frosted Floral

I needed a card at short notice so made this very quick and easy project. It’s a combination of a Stamp Set and DSP – Daisy Delight and Frosted Floral.

Daisy Delight and Frosted Floral. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve taken the colour combination from the Frosted Floral DSP and paired Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla. Using the DSP combinations to assist with colour choice is a great way of cutting down the amount of time it takes to create a project.

This DSP has a lovely shimmer and does a lot of the work for you. If you don’t like cutting into DSP then I would urge you to change this. Use it, don’t stroke it!

Daisy Delight and Frosted Floral. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Two stamped and punched daisies are layered to give depth. A length of Linen Thread tied with a bow co-ordinates with the Crumb Cake and the stripes on the DSP.

Daisy Delight and Frosted Floral. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a Gold Faceted Gem to mirror the shimmer of the DSP completes the project.

As this project was hand delivered, I was able to add extra layering with Dimensionals and the Faceted Gem. If I was posting the project, I would need to change the amount of layers or add additional postage.

Have you seen my Christmas Card Boot Camp Class for 2018? Make sure you book your place by 13th October.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Daisy Delight Photopolymer Stamp SetDaisy PunchFrosted Floral 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 cm) Specialty Designer Series PaperVery Vanilla A4 CardstockSoft Suede Classic Stampin' PadSoft Suede A4 CardstockCrumb Cake A4 CardstockLinen ThreadSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Varied Vases

Last week’s Card & Cuppa classes was the first class outing for the Varied Vases Bundle from the Annual Catalogue.

Varied Vases Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

There is a little trick to this project where the vases are stamped on the layer first. This allows the flowers to then be added in the individual vases.

Each flower is then coloured using Stampin’ Blends. The attendees chose the colours they wanted to use for their projects so there were lots of different combinations.

Varied Vases Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

3 different shades of brown are used for the vases to create a shaded effect. Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso is the colour combo. These are then stuck over the top of the vases we stamped earlier.

Varied Vases Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the sentiment, along with a layer are added as a finishing touch.

This project looks fabulous in the neutral tones, and looks totally different in other colours. Which colours would you try?

Why not book yourself onto a future Card & Cuppa Class. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

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.

Varied Vases Photopolymer BundleCrumb Cake A4 CardstockCrumb Cake Classic Stampin' PadSoft Suede A4 CardstockSoft Suede Classic Stampin' PadGray Granite Classic Stampin' PadSahara Sand Classic Stampin' PadEarly Espresso Classic Stampin' PadClassic Label PunchRich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackPoppy Parade Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackCalypso Coral Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackDaffodil Delight Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerSnail AdhesiveMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Christmas Card Boot Camp 2018

It’s happening! Christmas Card Boot Camp 2018 is now OPEN for bookings.

The project below is an example of one of the cards you’ll be making during the day.

Making Christmas Bright project for Christmas Card Boot Camp. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Making Christmas Bright Stamp Set and co-ordinating Punch used to create the above project are from the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

Making Christmas Bright project for Christmas Card Boot Camp. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Three strings of fairy lights are added to the project with the three main bulbs then stamped and punched. Each small fairy light is finally coloured using Watercolor Pencils.

Making Christmas Bright project for Christmas Card Boot Camp. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The day will run in a similar way to last year:
– The 3 hour morning session will see attendees making 24 Christmas Cards (6 each of 4 different designs – including the one above).

– The 3 hour afternoon session will see attendees making 4 special Christmas Cards, including one suitable for children. These cards are a bit more intricate and take a bit more time to make.

This year we have a new venue for Christmas Card Boot Camp, one of our regular Card & Cuppa cafes. They will be providing a fabulous Christmas Afternoon Tea between the classes and can cater for various food allergies too.

You can book for the morning session followed by the afternoon tea, the afternoon tea followed by the afternoon session, or the whole day with the afternoon tea between the classes.

Places are limited, so make sure you book your place. We have a couple of additional dates on hold if there is sufficient demand.

Head to this link for full details of the day and book your place.

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.

Making Christmas Bright Photopolymer BundleWhisper White A4 CardstockOld Olive A4 CardstockReal Red A4 CardstockGray Granite Classic Stampin' PadDaffodil Delight Classic Stampin' PadWatercolor PencilsSnail AdhesiveMini Glue Dots

Blackberry Bliss Birthday

Today I’m sharing a Birthday Card I made for a friend. They were a fan of Elegant Eggplant (before it retired), so I’ve used Blackberry Bliss along with their other favourite, Crumb Cake.

Blackberry Bliss project. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and the matching Eclectic Layers Thinlits create this project. The pretty background lattice shows the Blackberry Bliss layer behind.

The Crumb Cake leaves then offset the layered Blackberry Bliss flowers.

Blackberry Bliss project. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

I don’t have any ribbon in Blackberry Bliss so I made my own. It’s the 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon in Whisper White that I’ve then coloured using Stampin’ Blends. They are a great way to add an extra accent in a co-ordinating colour if you don’t have what you need to hand.

Blackberry Bliss project. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, three Faceted Gems in Gold create the centre of the flowers. As this card was hand-delivered, I was able to use both Dimensionals with the gems. If it was needing to go in the post, I would either stick the flowers flat, use something different for the centres, or pay extra postage.

Don’t forget to check out all of the fabulous new items in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

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.

Oh So Eclectic Clear-Mount Stamp SetEclectic Layers Thinlits DiesVery Vanilla A4 CardstockBlackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' PadBlackberry Bliss A4 CardstockCrumb Cake Classic Stampin' PadCrumb Cake A4 CardstockWhisper White 1/8" Sheer RibbonBlackberry Bliss Dark Stampin' BlendsGold Faceted GemsSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – A Very Vanilla Project

I’d been asked for cards suitable for Wedding Anniversaries, so I decided to create this Very Vanilla project.

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s a one colour project with highlights of colour from the Soft Suede stamping and Metallic-Edge Ribbon.

The background texture is made from 3 different size circles stuck over the card, plus a large circle to sit the flower onto.

Even though I don’t use a Big Shot at Card & Cuppa classes, we still made use of a Framelits. A flower from the May Flowers Framelits is drawn around twice and cut out by hand. The leaves are from the Leaf Punch, so no fussy cutting for those!

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A strip of Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon behind the flower, with a Gold Faceted Gem for the centre adds some bling.

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The attendees chose whether to add the ‘Enjoy your Special Day’ sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams as a finishing touch.

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This card can work for Weddings, Anniversaries and Engagements, and Birthdays too. I think it will look fabulous in Whisper White with Silver highlights as well.

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Join us for future Card & Cuppa sessions. Find out more and book your place.

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.

Very Vanilla A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockDragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Stamp SetSoft Suede Classic Stampin' PadMay Flowers Framelits DiesLeaf Punch3/4" (1.9 cm) Circle Punch1" (2.5 cm) Circle Punch1-1/4" (3.2 cm) Circle Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchBanner Triple PunchGold 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic-Edge RibbonGold Faceted GemsSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape Adhesive

Frosted Floral DSP Happy Mail

If you are on my Catalogue Mailing List, you will have received some Frosted Floral DSP Happy Mail, along with the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The notecards are really simple and quick to make as the DSP does all the work.

Simply cut the DSP to fit the front of the notecard. You’ll be left with a narrow piece which you can then turn over and stick behind the sentiment to show off both sides of the DSP.

Best Wishes from Petal Palette in either co-ordinating Night of Navy or Blackberry Bliss is the sentiment. These are cut out using the Tailored Tag Punch.

Here are four pieces from the 12 sheets in the pack.

Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As this is a Speciality DSP, it has a beautiful shimmery finish. I’m not sure if you can see it in the pictures, it’s definitely a ‘need to see it’ product.

A batch of these with a range of sentiments would make a lovely gift.

Here they all are.

Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which is your favourite? Which one did you receive?

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.

Frosted Floral 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 cm) Specialty Designer Series PaperWhisper White Note Cards & EnvelopesWhisper White A4 CardstockNight Of Navy Classic Stampin' PadBlackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' PadSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Autumn/Winter Catalogue 2018

As we’ve reached the beginning of September, it’s time for the Autumn/Winter Catalogue 2018 from Stampin’ Up! to be launched.

Autumn/Winter Catalogue

It’s full of fun products and helpful tools for all your crafting needs through to the New Year. Click on the picture above to be taken to an online version.

Check out this cute little video showing some of the items too.

Watch this space for details of Christmas Card Boot Camp. It’s in the planning stages so details coming soon.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the items in the Catalogue, click HERE 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.

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Jar of Love meets Bunny Builder Punch

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was Jar of Love meets Bunny Builder Punch. Due to the Bank Holiday, there was only one Card & Cuppa session.

Jar of Love meets Bunny Builder Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The jar from Jar of Love is stamped twice, once on the main card and once on a separate piece of cardstock.

2nd generation stamping of Pool Party adds the water to the bottom, along with several stems, before cutting the jar out.

On the main card, it’s time to stamp the stems that will show above the jar. It’s part of the project that is a bit of smoke and mirrors – if you can’t see it, it isn’t there!

The separate jar overlays the base jar to cover the other stems. A fun Gray Granite bee with Wink of Stella wings creates a buzz by the leaves.

Next, it’s the turn of the flowers. On a separate piece of cardstock, Watercolor Pencils and imagination create a bespoke block of colour for the flowers. Blender Pens then soften the lines from the colouring. It’s personal choice as to the colour or effect of the flowers.

The Bunny Builder Punch then comes into play as the tail from the punch are perfect for creating flowers. Using the Blossom Builder Punch, you can make smaller flowers in a different colour too.

Every flower is given a Rhinestone centre and a Glue Dot back, for attaching to the project. More smoke and mirrors hides the double stamping of the stems by ensuring a few flowers cover the top of the jar.

Jar of Love meets Bunny Builder Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once again, for the layer for back of the sentiment, a piece of cardstock has the personal colour touch from Watercolor Pencils. This can match the flowers or be completely different as it’s a personal choice. The Duet Banner Punch creates the banner shape from the bespoke colouring.

Thoughtful Banners creates the outline for the ‘For You’ sentiment.

Due to the bespoke nature of the colouring, no two projects are the same with this design.

Jar of Love meets Bunny Builder Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Join us for future Card & Cuppa sessions. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

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.

Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetThoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockGray Granite Classic Stampin' PadPool Party Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz A4 CardstockOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadWatercolor PencilsBlender PensRhinestone Basic JewelsClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushDuet Banner PunchBlossom Builder PunchBunny Builder PunchSnail AdhesiveMini Glue DotsStampin' Dimensionals

Simple Monochrome

Everyone needs a quick and easy card in their repertoire that they can re-create for a number of different occasions. This quick and simple monochrome notecard is a great example.

Simple Monochrome Washi Tape Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This one uses Washi Tape to create the fun striped pattern. I’ve made similar projects in the past using other Washi Tape and Designer Series Paper too.

The Whisper White Notecard and Basic Black layer mirror the monochrome Washi Tape.

Just follow the pattern of the first piece and add each strip one at a time.

I’ve added a bow at the bottom using Baker’s Twine. Instead of a bow, why not tie a knot or add a piece of co-ordinationg ribbon.

Simple Monochrome Washi Tape Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set in co-ordinating Basic Black is the perfect way to start your message. It’s just waiting for you to add your special words inside.

These are great to have on standby and you can keep the simple monochrome effect by using a colour with black, white or vanilla. Just add a relevant sentiment, write your message and it’s ready to pop in the post.

If you’ve got someone who loves to send handwritten notes, why not make a batch of these. They look great in a pretty box or tied with a piece of ribbon.

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.

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White Note Cards & EnvelopesBasic Black A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockTuxedo Black Memento Ink PadWhisper White Solid Baker's TwinePick A Pattern Washi TapeSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Lovely Lipstick

I hope you’re enjoying the Bank Holiday. It doesn’t seem possible that it will be September next week.

For last week’s Card & Cuppa session I decided to revisit a project I’d made previously and give it a Lovely Lipstick twist.

Card & Cuppa project using Icing on the Cake. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The secret of this project is the simplicity.

As this card only needs two stamps, all of the attendees had to be patient! Each project has 9 stamped lines and a sentiment.

Lines are from the Icing on the Cake Stamp Set stamped in Tuxedo Black. Grid Paper squares help to ensure the lines are at regular intervals.

Corners are rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch to mirror the punched circles.

Card & Cuppa project using Icing on the Cake. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set in Lovely Lipstick makes this a perfect card for any occasion.

A bow from co-ordinating Lovely Lipstick Ribbon attaches to the Silver Foil Card circle with a Glue Dot. The silver circle co-ordinates with the sparkly Rhinestones in three different sizes as a finishing touch.

Card & Cuppa project using Icing on the Cake. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really like how the design can work in any colour or with any stamp sets to create the bottom pattern and sentiment.

Join us at a future Papercrafting or Card & Cuppa class. Find out more details and book your place 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.

Icing On The Cake Photopolymer Stamp SetThoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockLovely Lipstick Classic Stampin' PadLovely Lipstick A4 CardstockLovely Lipstick 1/8" (3.2 mm) Grosgrain RibbonTuxedo Black Memento Ink PadSilver Foil SheetsRhinestone Basic JewelsDetailed Trio Punch3/4" (1.9 cm) Circle Punch1" (2.5 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveMini Glue Dots