Pretty in Pinks and Purple

The other week I showed you this project taking inspiration from Page 119 of the Annual Catalogue.

Here is another project I made using the design.

Pretty in Pinks and Purple using Petal Palette. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This card was for one of my regular class attendees and she loves pink and purple. I’ve followed the design from the Catalogue a bit more closely with this project and was able to use dies and thicker layering. This is because is was being hand delivered.

Pretty in Pinks and Purple using Petal Palette. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My stamp set of choice is of course Petal Palette with the co-ordinating Petals & More Thinlits. Picture Perfect Birthday provides the sentiment.

The colour combination of Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry are the pinks and purple I chose. Whisper White adds an accent for stamping and Baker’s Twine.

Pretty in Pinks and Purple using Petal Palette. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment is cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. A final touch of bling is added with a Rhinestone.

I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from the Annual Catalogue recently. Not only is it filled with all of the fabulous products, it’s a brilliant resource full of projects to recreate. Check back to see some of these projects over the coming weeks.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Thinking of You

At a recent Card & Cuppa class, the attendees suggested a Sympathy or Thinking of You card as a future project.

Thinking of You project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project uses the versatile Rooted in Nature Stamp Set and I took my inspiration from this previous class project.

Crumb Cake tone-on-tone stamping creates a pretty background. The Detailed Trio Punch quickly rounds the corners.

Punching out two shapes with the Classic Label Punch creates the strip across the card. It’s an easy way to create thin strips without having to use a trimmer or scissors. A length of co-ordinating Very Vanilla Baker’s Twine divides this strip.

Thinking of You project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Individual leaves are then stamped in Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape and fussy cut by hand. The sentiment from the set is cut out using the 2 1/4″ circle punch.

Finally, the layers are built onto a Thick Very Vanilla base card using SNAIL. Dimensionals are used to pop the sentiment.

Thinking of You project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a perfect card to send to someone to let them know that you are thinking of them in their time of need.

Why not join us at a future Card & Cuppa session. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Layers and Leaves

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was inspired by Page 119 of the Annual Catalogue. My version has layers and leaves.

Card and Cuppa Project. Layers and Leaves. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I don’t use the Big Shot at my Card and Cuppa classes due to space limitations, I chose to use punches to create the layers instead.

Soft Sea Foam creates the gorgeous base and background. It looks fabulous with the Mint Macaron and Grapefruit Grove accents. We of course have some corner rounding using the Detailed Trio Punch.

Petal Palette provides the dotted section that is stamped in Mint Macaron. We then add leaves from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set, some on the background and others cut out using the co-ordinating Leaf Punch. These cut out pieces give us one of our layers.

Another layer comes from the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch as we add a splash of colour.

Our final layers is a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday with a strip of Grapefruit Grove ribbon looped behind. I’ve just noticed that all of the stamp sets start with ‘P’!

By raising this on Dimensionals it finishes the project by making the layers more defined.

Card and Cuppa Project. Layers and Leaves. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Even though this is a post-friendly project and we only use one layer of Dimensionals. you can clearly see the different layers below. This is achieved by only adhering the middle of the punched strip and the end of the leaves to avoid them being completely flat.

I loved taking inspiration from the Annual Catalogue, it’s a really useful resource for ideas.

Card and Cuppa Project. Layers and Leaves. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really like this project. Pop back later in the week to see a very similar design.

Why not join us for a future Card and Cuppa session. 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.

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Serene Garden

At last week’s Card & Cuppa Class I used a stamp set that I’ve only recently purchased, Serene Garden.

Serene Garden Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’d been looking for another stamp set that is good for colouring and this fit the bill perfectly.

The two corner pieces stamped in Old Olive create a lovely frame. Using Watercolor Pencils, the leaves are coloured. I then stamped the flowers and butterfly in Smoky Slate onto a separate piece and again coloured. Blender Pens soften the colouring of these.

Although there is a matching set of framelits for this set, as I don’t use the Big Shot at Card & Cuppa classes, these were cut out by hand.

Serene Garden Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment is from the ever versatile Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set cut out with the Pretty Label Punch. Another shape is cut out to create a backing layer for the sentiment. This is set on top of a length of co-ordinating ribbon.

As the attendees could use any colour for their flowers and butterflies, I chose a Thick Whisper White base card to co-ordinate with all of their projects.

Serene Garden Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The coloured flowers and butterfly are then added to the project using Dimensionals to give a layered effect. This design will be perfect in a wide range of colours and different sentiments.

There are another four stamps in the set and I can see me using Serene Garden quite a lot in the future.

Why not join us for a future Card & Cuppa session. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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It’s Our Birthday Stamp Sale – One Day Only

Stampin’ Up! is turning 30 and to celebrate they are offering 30% off selected stamp set for ONE DAY ONLY.

Click on the picture below for more details.

It's Our Birthday - 24 hour stamp sale. Contact Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs for more details

This offer is only available TODAY so make sure you grab your favourite stamp set by visiting my 24/7 online store.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Flowers and Dots

It was the first Card & Cuppa session after my holiday last week and the project was pink flowers and dots.

Flowers and Dots. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I have made a similar project in the past but this has a different colour scheme and uses different flowers.

The colour combination is Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo and Berry Burst with Very Vanilla.

Two set of background dots from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Jar of Love Stamp Set are randomly stamped across the Very Vanilla Cardstock.

Then, flowers from Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set and again Jar of Love are added to some of the dots.Flowers and Dots. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As there are lots of circles on the project, the Detailed Trio Punch creates the rounded corners that mirror them.

The sentiment is again from Jar of Love but is mounted onto several layers of circles. Behind the layers are a piece of co-ordinating Very Vanilla Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and Baker’s Twine. Although you can’t see the Tulle Ribbon, or it’s subtle shimmer very well in the picture, I promise you it is there!

Flowers and Dots. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few Pearls in the centre of some of the flowers add another touch of shimmer.

As you know, I love to create a design and then make it in different colour ways. It’s a way of getting a lot more use from the original design and can create a totally different look. Which colour combination would you choose?

Join us at next week’s Card & Cuppa Class by booking 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.

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Petal Palette Thank You

Today I’m sharing this pretty Petal Palette Thank You card with you. I gave this card to the lovely Guest Relations Manager on our recent holiday.

Petal Palette Thank You Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s no secret I adore the Petal Palette Stamp Set and tend to use it quite a lot in my projects.

For this project, I’ve teamed Mint Macaron with Blushing Bride for soft tones.

Petal Palette Thank You Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Ovals are cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits and are sitting on a length of Linen Thread.

Finally, adding a few pearls in the centre of the flowers makes them stand out.

Petal Palette Thank You Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a really quick and simple project that can be replicated in many different ways. My mind is full of the various colour combinations I could recreate this design with.

Don’t forget that now I’m back from my holiday, classes are resuming. Click for more details.

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.

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Gallery Grunge & Artisan Textures

I’ve once again returned from a fabulous fortnight in sunny Cyprus. The staff at the hotel we stay at are fabulous, so I made these Gallery Grunge & Artisan Textures thank you cards to hand out.

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The base card is a Very Vanilla Notecard with Fresh Fig as the main colour. A combination of the Gallery Grunge and Artisan Textures Stamp Sets are used to create the background. These two stamp sets work really well together.

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

When I’m making a number of cards, I like to create something fairly simple, but add a little twist. This twist is the accent colour to create Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz versions, instead of them all being the same.

The sentiment from Thoughtful Banners sits in layered circles on top of a shape from the Tailored Tag Punch.

Melon Mambo version

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pear Pizzazz version

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

   All three colour combinations together.

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which is your favourite?

Now that I’ve returned from holiday, my Card & Cuppa Classes start again next week.

Also, today is the LAST CHANCE to book for this year’s Christmas Card Boot Camp. Book 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.

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Rooted in Nature Bundle in purple and blue

Autumn is here and it’s the perfect time for the Rooted in Nature Bundle. Here is an example in purple and blue.

Rooted in Nature Bundle. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you can see, I’ve not opted for the usual oranges, greens and browns for this project. It’s great to mix things up a bit with non-standard colour combinations.

A lovely colour combination of Blackberry Bliss, Highland Heather and Balmy Blue make this card suitable for anyone.

The Rooted in Nature Bundle has a lovely selection of 16 rubber stamps, including 6 sentiments, plus 12 co-ordinating Framelits.

The section of trunk makes a fabulous background for the gorgeous foreground tree and there’s no fussy cutting thanks to the Framelits.

Rooted in Nature Bundle. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

I made a little hanging tag for the sentiment using the smallest sentiment in the Stamp Set and some Circle Punches.

I also used the fabulous new Take Your Pick Tool from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue to create the hole.

A long length of Baker’s Twine completes the hanging tag.

Rooted in Nature Bundle. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Natures Root Bundle, and all of the other bundles are available at a 10%  discount in the Catalogues so make sure you take advantage of them.

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.

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Saying Congratulations with Varied Vases

There isn’t a Card & Cuppa project to share with you this week, but, I do have a card I made for one of my regular Card & Cuppa attendees.

They have recently landed a job so I’m saying Congratulations with Varied Vases as my main design element.

Congratulations Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve taken inspiration from this project and changed the colours to suit the recipient.

The colour combination is Blushing Bride, Highland Heather and Pear Pizzazz.

A sponge brayer creates the ombre Blushing Bride section. Then, a sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set is layered onto a Highland Heather background.

Congratulations Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Vases Builder Punch, I created the flower and leaves and stuck those to the layered section using Glue Dots.

Once again the Detailed Trio Punch makes an appearance to round the corners.

The strip of Metallic-Edge Ribbon mirrors the Whisper White of the cardstock and also the sparkle of the Wink of Stella on the flowers.

Congratulations Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To join us at a Card & Cuppa Class, book your place here.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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You can also join my team here.

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