BYO Stamps – Waterfront Scene

Last week I held another of my fortnightly BYO Stamps classes. All of the attendees had the Waterfront Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue, and were after some ideas of how to use it. So, I began by creating this serene waterfront scene.

Watefront scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colours are from the Subtles collection and the project is similar to this card from a previous class. This project is going back to basics, pure stamping with stamps and inks, and no extra embellishments.

By first stamping the water’s edge across the page, this gives the starting point for the scene.

Above this line, trees and mountains are stamped in a combination of first, second and some third generation stamping. Then, by turning the project upside down, the reflections are added just below the water’s edge in second generation stamping. Rather than being really precise and lining everything up perfectly, just aligning a few points of the trees and mountains was good enough to give the right effect.

Watefront scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Then it was time to add the water with lots of stamping of the same image to achieve the depth and colour tones needed.

Finally, a So Saffron sun completes the scene before the whole card is assembled.

It’s a great card to have in your collection, ready to send. There is space at the bottom of the card to add your own sentiment too.

Watefront scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I almost feel like I’m sitting at the edge of this peaceful waterfront scene. It reminds me of happy times in the Lake District.

This was the more ‘traditional’ project of the three from the class. Make sure you pop back for the other less standard projects.

I think it’s great to be able to use your stamps in as many different ways as you can, and these BYO Stamps classes enable that. Attendees are able to think about their stamp sets in a slightly different way.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Playing with New Punches

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I reached for some of my new punches from the Annual Catalogue.

Playing with New Punches. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project uses a combination of Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Crushed Curry and Whisper White. As it uses a few items several times, the attendees were able to combine their pieces in lots of different ways.

The pretty background is from the Ornate Floral Embossing folder, it gives a lovely textured design. For items with texture, it’s best to use Tear & Tape to attach them, to avoid using pressure and crushing the pattern.

Using cardstock shaped at the top with the new Fancy Tag Topper Punch, I put my Pool Party piece in front. A length of the new Sheer Pool Party Ribbon is looped through both shapes. Pictures of this ribbon don’t do it justice, it’s a ribbon you need to see and feel to really appreciate.

On top of my tags, a shape from the Label Me Lovely Punch is added. I’ve put the straight edges of the shape against the straight edges of my tag.

Playing with New Punches. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Lovely Labels Pick a Punch provides the two strips across the tags. One cut in half and popped behind the first tag, overhanging the edges as long as needed, with the second stuck on top.

Two Crushed Curry and one Whisper White flower are cut from the Small Bloom Punch. This is another fab new punch that carried over from this year’s SAB offering.

For the centre of the white flower, one of the Playing with Patterns Resin Dots is added.

Playing with New Punches. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the tags are lifted from the page using Dimensionals.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Another Ornate Garden Suite Card

Today I’m sharing another Ornate Garden Suite Card. My inspiration is from Page 67 of the new Annual Catalogue.

Another Ornate Garden Suite Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This Suite isn’t something I would normally be drawn to, especially as the images lend themselves to colouring. But, using Stampin’ Blends for colouring makes it so much easier as they are very forgiving!

A Granny Apple Green shape cut with the Ornate Layers Dies and the centre cut out with the Stitched Rectangle Dies creates a frame. The background uses the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder. This has been cut to fit behind the frame.

Another Ornate Garden Suite Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With the background stuck directly onto the basecard, the frame is added on top using Dimensionals to make it stand out.

I cut around the coloured image and stuck it onto the embossed background, again with Dimensionals. Even though this is a Birthday card, I didn’t want to add a sentiment to it as I didn’t want to detract from the image.

Finally, a few Champagne Rhinestones are dotted around the project as a finishing touch.

Any bets on how long it wil be before I’m creating another Ornate Garden Suite card!

Another Ornate Garden Suite Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Just Jade Monochrome

Last week I held a Pretty Paper Stash Buster Papercrafting Class. This class was all about actually using your paper, instead of sitting there stroking it!

It covered hints, tips and techniques for using the paper and how to get at least 72 cards out of a pack of DSP. I also made the attendees cut into their paper and make three cards using their class packs.

This is one of the samples I showed at the class. It’s a uses a new In Color, along with Whisper White and creates this pretty Just Jade Monochrome card.

Just Jade Monochrome. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

You know I can’t resist a monochrome project and using a DSP that is one colour makes it so easy.

Although the In Color DSP is 6×6, rather than 12×12, there are still plenty of ways to cut the paper to get the best use out of it.

For this project, I’ve used a Thick Whisper White basecard. The piece of Just Jade DSP is then added. Don’t forget that there are two sides to the paper, so you can choose which side to use.

Just Jade Monochrome. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A really lovely sentiment from the Forever Fern Stamp Set is cut out using a Circle Punch.

With a length of co-ordinating Just Jade Ribbon looped onto the DSP, the sentiment is added on top with Dimensionals.

Just Jade Monochrome. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As well as this Just Jade monochrome card, why not make a batch of these in lots of different colours and sentiments. They would make a lovely gift. Especially packaged in one of the Stampin’ Up! Acetate Card Boxes (page 152).

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Doggy Duo Saying Happy Birthday

I recently shared two of the three Birthday cards I was asked to make for a regular class attendee. Well, here’s the final one for this special commission, and it’s this cute doggy duo.

The other projects can be seen here and here.

Doggy Duo saying Happy Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As they are a huge dog lover, I just knew I had to include them on one of the cards. I’ve made these dogs, cut from the the Dog Builder Punch to look like the doggy duo they have at home.

This punch has carried over to the new Annual Catalogue, so if you’re a dog lover, you would be barking mad not to have it (sorry!) It is also a great companion punch to the new Playful Pets Suite too.

The white dog has a mottled effect by using Sponge Daubers with Soft Suede and Smoky Slate ink. The collars are from Rhinestones.

Doggy Duo saying Happy Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using colours from the Brights Collection, the balloons are cut with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. These are then glued together in bunches with a length of Linen Thread from the bottom balloon to the tails.

Rather than tying the other end to the tails, I made separate bows and added them afterwards.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is cut from the Well Written Dies and very carefully added across the balloons with Fine-Tip Glue. This, along with the background layer use Silver Foil Sheets.

Doggy Duo saying Happy Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using Dimensionals, everything is then added to the card.

As this is a square card, so I also made a matching envelope using Designer Series Paper.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BYO Stamps – Covering the Gap

This is the final project from a recent BYO Stamps Class about gaps. Covering the gap was the purpose of this design.

Covering the Gap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With shades of blue and the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set, this project is great for those who aren’t fans of floral or butterflies.

First, a piece of cardstock was placed where the sentiment was going to go. This is the first part of covering the gap as it acts as a guide for stamping the leaves. We want the leaves to be poking out from beneath the gap the sentiment covers.

My colour combination is Pacific Point for the large leaf, Night of Navy for the background leaves and Seaside Spray for the leaves that are filling the gaps. Build up the leaves in layers, a few at a time, you can always add more.

Covering the Gap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After the stamping, the sentiment was stuck onto a strip of co-ordinating Seaside Spray cardstock. This was then glued to the Very Vanilla piece and the excess pieces trimmed away.

Two lengths of Braided Linen Trim are added at the top and bottom edges of the sentiment. This is then added to the Night of Navy layer and Seaside Spray base card.

Covering the Gap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a really quick and simple card, and the design can be used with different stamp sets, colours and sentiments.

Here are all three projects together (from left to right) creating the gap, filling the gap and covering the gap.

Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Filling the Gap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Covering the Gap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps

At a recent BYO Stamps Class, all of the projects were about gaps. This one was creating the gap using the diagonal slash method.

Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The main image from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set is stamped all over the piece of Whisper White cardstock. Using the fill-in stamps stamped-off to give a lighter look is a quick way to colour the flowers. I’ve only used a Blushing Bride Ink Pad on this project.

Some more poppies are stamped onto a separate sheet and cut out using the Painted Labels Dies, the other part of the Painted Poppies Bundle. Did you know that you could receive a FREE Bundle of your choice just by joining my Stampin’ Up! Team this month. Take a look at the details here.

You can see this and all of the available Bundles in the new Annual Catalogue.

The background piece is then cut it in half on a diagonal, and the two pieces stuck onto the Rich Razzleberry layer. When you are creating the gap, how you cut the pieces in half is entirely up to you.

You can then do lots of things after creating the gap, from stamping in the gap, to leaving it blank. The choice is yours!

Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I wanted to put something over the gap, the extra poppies are stuck onto two Stitched Shapes Dies. One with the stitching cut away to layer on top of the other. To create depth, Dimensionals are used to attach this piece.

Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Instead of a sentiment, three Clear Epoxy Droplets fill the gap to the right.

Diagonal slash cards are great if you want to be a bit more frugal with your cardstock. As you can create the gap as wide as you like, you can get a few more backgrounds from your sheet of A4 or DSP.

Pop back tomorrow where I’ll show you the final card from this class – covering the gap.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Shabby Smoky Slate

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was this shabby smoky slate card.

It’s inspired by Page 137 of the new Annual Catalogue.

Shabby Smoky Slate. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

In the Catalogue, there is stamping on the project. As I can’t send stamped images out to class attendees due to Stampin’ Up! policies, I’ve used punched shapes to create a similar look.

The Smoky Slate background is given a shabby look with an emery board, or scissors to scuff the edges. Any rips or tears add to the look, so don’t be afraid of those. You could even scrunch the background or use Sponge Daubers around the edge for a more intense look.

Daisies and leaves cut from the Medium Daisy and Sprig Punches in Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz are put together. Daisies in Basic Gray are cut down to form the daisy centres.

Shabby Smoky Slate. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once everything assembled onto the Whisper White square, the Linen Thread is stuck to the back using Tear & Tape.

Then, the Whisper White piece is added to the project using Dimensionals in each corner.

Finally, a Gilded Gem is  sat in the centre at the top.

Shabby Smoky Slate. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The attendees could then add their own sentiment or addtional sparkle if they chose to.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Painted Poppies and Floral Essence for a Special Birthday

Today I’m sharing another special commission with you. I created this card using Painted Poppies and Floral Essence, plus a few punches.

Floral Essence for a Special Birthday. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It a special Birthday card for one of my regular class attendees and is based on this card I made previously.

The marble effect background is from the only Ink Pad I used on the project, Melon Mambo. The image is from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set, part of a 10% discounted Bundle with the Painted Labels Dies. Take a look at the Annual Catalogue to see all the available Bundles.

One of the dies from the Bundle, also cut in Melon Mambo is underneath the flowers. Highland Heather Sprig Punch shapes are also behind the flowers.

Floral Essence and the matching Perennial Flower Punch create the pretty flowers. A Blender Pen colours the flowers slightly by dragging the ink from the centre.

Floral Essence for a Special Birthday. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Well Said provides the sentiment and these are cut using the Classic Label Punch, then placing them in the ‘wrong’ way and creating a banner end. For the layers, these are cut using the Triple Banner Punch.

As the card was being hand-delivered, there were a lot more layers than I would create for regular post.

My favourite ribbon to colour, the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding has the colouring treatment with a Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend.

Finally, Wink of Stella is added to the centre of the flowers and a few Rhinestones for some sparkle.

Take a look at the various classes and kits I have available at my Class Timetable. Or, if it ‘isn’t your thing’ and you’d like me to create something for you instead, then take a look at my handmade cards page.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BYO Stamps – Very Versailles with an added twist

Here’s another project from my recent BYO Stamps Class. All the projects I designed we around various spotlight techniques. This cards uses Very Versailles with an added twist.

Very Versailles with an added twist. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Very Versailles is a DistINKtive Stamp Set which have more detailed etching. I love the detail in the leaves.

Using Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand and Soft Suede, I created a vintage theme. By combining these with Whisper White, instead of Very Vanilla, I kept it more modern.

The stamping is a variety of first, second and third generation using images from the Very Versailles Stamp Set. I wanted to create a collage background. Once I was happy with the stamping, I then added the twist.

Very Versailles with an added twist. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

First I created a stencil using the butterfly shape from the Nature’s Thoughts Dies. Next, using a Sponge Dauber, I inked over the top of my background to add the butterflies. You could use any shape for this, but make sure you use a shape with a distinctive outline and not too much detail.

The sentiment is on a shape from the Label Me Fancy Punch. Another of these shapes is punched in a different colour, cut in middle and stuck to either end to create a layer.

A length of the very versatile Crinkle Seam Binding is wrapped around the project and a bow added. Using Dimensionals, the sentiment sits on top.

Finally, a scattering of Champagne Rhinestones add touch of golden bling.

Very Versailles with an added twist. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I am so pleased this stamp set has carried over to the new Annual Catalogue. Take a look at the Catalogue to see all of the DistINKtive Stamp Sets.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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