Swirly Bird Wedding Bouquet

As this card has been handed over, I can now share this Swirly Bird wedding bouquet with you.

A lovely lady in Cyprus had a sneaky wedding, and as I was visiting, I just had to make her and her new husband a card.

Swirly Bird Wedding Bouquet. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The circles are from the Swirly Bird Stamp Set stamped in Versamark. They are then heat embossed using Clear Powder to create a shine.

I saw a picture of her bouquet so used the colours as my inspiration. They are Grapefruit Grove, Calypso Coral and Shimmery White.

For the stems, I used the balloon strings from Balloon Celebration and cut round them.

Swirly Bird Wedding Bouquet. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Detailed Trio Punch creates rounded corners to mirror the circles.

Swirly Bird Wedding Bouquet. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A bow in co-ordinating Grapefruit Grove ribbon finishes the project.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Swirly Bird Photopolymer Stamp SetBalloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp SetVersamark PadPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz A4 CardstockCalypso Coral A4 CardstockGrapefruit Grove A4 CardstockGrapefruit Grove 1/8" (3.2 mm) Grosgrain RibbonShimmery White A4 CardstockClear Stampin' Emboss PowderHeat Tool (Uk)1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle PunchDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveMini Glue DotsStampin' Dimensionals

World Card Making Day 2018

Yesterday was World Card Making Day and Stampin’ Up! have a week of special offers on some card making basics.

Click on the picture below to take you to the details.

World Card Making Day offers

Make sure you stock up on those crafting essentials to celebrate World Card Making Day.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Soft Sea Foam Birthday

I don’t have a Card & Cuppa project from last week to show you as there wasn’t a class. Instead, I’m sharing this Soft Sea Foam Birthday Card I made for one of my regular Card & Cuppa attendees.

Soft Sea Foam Birthday Card. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

When Soft Sea Foam appeared as one of the new colours, this lady fell in love with it, so I had to use it on their card.

This is another diagonal design card, similar to this project and this project I’ve shown you recently.

The bottom of the piece is scored at 1cm intervals using the Simply Scored Tool and Metric Plate to give a textured effect.

Using Call Me Clover as an accent colour, I’ve take the flower from Love What you Do and coloured it with Soft Sea Foam using Blender Pens.

Soft Sea Foam Birthday Card. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

A strip of Ribbon and layer in Call Me Clover and sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous add more co-ordinating accents.

Soft Sea Foam Birthday Card. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the flowers have Wink of Stella brushed on them for some added sparkle.

As this card was delivered by hand, the layers were put together with Dimensionals. I’d normally use SNAIL to create flatter layers for those requiring posting.

Check out my Class Timetable for all of the classes I offer.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Love What You Do Photopolymer Stamp SetHappy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp SetSimply ScoredSimply Scored Metric Scoring PlateVery Vanilla A4 CardstockSoft Sea Foam A4 CardstockSoft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' PadCall Me Clover Stampin' PadCall Me Clover A4 CardstockCall Me Clover 1/8" (3.2 mm) Grosgrain RibbonBlender PensClear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush2" (5.1 cm) Circle Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Punch Art Poinsettia

How are you liking this fabulous Punch Art Poinsettia?

It’s made using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. I love using punches in different ways and knew that there was a floral possibility with this one.

Punch Art Poinsettia. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The bulb is punched multiple times to create the petals. Using a sponge dauber they have their edges coloured before being carefully layered.

Using the Detailed Trio Punch, the corners are given matching petal shapes.

A long length of Metallic Thread is wrapped around the centre to co-ordinate with the Gold Foil Sheet background layer.

Punch Art Poinsettia. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A small Daffodil Delight circle and a Gold Faceted Gem complete this stylish project.

Punch Art Poinsettia. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Watch this space for another floral creation using this punch.

If you’d like to make one of these, then make sure you book onto my Christmas Card Boot Camp as this is one of the special cards we’ll be making in the afternoon.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Christmas Bulb Builder PunchReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockDaffodil Delight A4 CardstockGold Foil SheetsGold Faceted GemsGold Metallic ThreadSponge DaubersDetailed Trio Punch1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveMultipurpose Liquid GlueTear & Tape Adhesive

Bee Thankful

I’ve been waiting for the right time to use the fun Bee Thankful Stamp Set. When it came to making my thank you cards for my recent customers, it just had to be.

Bee Thankful from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

This stamp set is a bargain at only £13 for Clear Mount and £17 for Wood Mount. It’s a great fun stamp to have in your collection and is perfect for colouring too.

Stampin’ Blends are my colouring medium for these, but you can use many methods. As the Stampin’ Blends are alcohol markers, it’s best to use a water-based ink for the stamping to avoid colours running. I chose the Gray Granite Stampin’ Pad for this project.

I’ve used three different colours for the ‘thanks’, this one is Bermuda Bay. The other colours are Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie. The leaves on all of the projects use the Old Olive combo pack, with the bee in Dark Daffodil Delight.

They are then simply mounted onto a Thick Whisper White base card, with a layer to match the colouring.

Bee Thankful from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pumpkin Pie

Bee Thankful from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs  Bee Thankful from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Calypso Coral

Bee Thankful from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs  Bee Thankful from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Here are all three colours together. Do you have a favourite?

Bee Thankful from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t wait to make the next batch of customer thank you cards. If you’ve placed an order recently, I’ll be making yours very soon.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Bee Thankful Clear-Mount Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockGray Granite Classic Stampin' PadOld Olive Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackDaffodil Delight Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerBermuda Bay A4 CardstockBermuda Bay Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackPumpkin Pie A4 CardstockPumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackCalypso Coral A4 CardstockCalypso Coral Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackSnail Adhesive

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Touches of Texture in Monochrome

I’ve been asked to make a card similar to this one, so I opted for Touches of Texture in monochrome. I really enjoy monochrome projects, so this was fun to make.

Touches of Texture in Monochrome. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The card is in Grapefruit Grove and Whisper White, but the attendees chose their colour from the 2018-2020 In Color Collection.

After some clever folding of Grid Paper, two of the images from Touches of Texture Stamp Set create the diagonal piece at the bottom. A piece of ribbon separates the two sections.

Next, the flower from Touches of Texture is stamped twice using the chosen In Color. Colouring the centre of one of the flowers with a Stampin’ Write Marker gives a bit more depth. Then, using a Blender Pen, this pulls colour around the flower to soften it slightly.

This flower is then cut out by hand. It takes a time to cut it out as it has lots of zig-zag petals, but it’s worth it.

Touches of Texture in Monochrome. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

A layer is cut using the Starburst Punch, this mirrors the edge of the flower. The blank flower is then added to the layer. The cut out flower is then carefully positioned on the top of the blank flower. By only using glue in the centre, it creates a more 3D effect.

Finally, a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Wink of Stella in the centre of the flower complete the design.

Touches of Texture in Monochrome. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

While I was making this project, I made quite a few using the same diagonal design. See if you can spot them.

If you find a design you like, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep using it. Change the colours, stamp sets etc and you’ll get a lot of mileage out of it.

Card and Cuppa is taking a break for a few weeks, but will be back w/c 15th October. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Touches Of Texture Clear-Mount Stamp SetHappy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp SetUninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White RefillGrapefruit Grove Classic Stampin' PadGrapefruit Grove A4 CardstockGrapefruit Grove 1/8" (3.2 mm) Grosgrain RibbonWhisper White A4 CardstockIn Color 2018–2020 Stampin' Write MarkersBlender PensClear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush1-3/4" (4.4 cm) Circle PunchStarburst PunchClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Birthday Blues

It’s not really Birthday Blues, it’s a Birthday card for my Sister-in-Law in shades of blue.

Birthday Blues. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a project with no stamping at all.

A simple colour combination of Pool Party and Pacific Point allow the Very Vanilla flower to really pop.

The ombre stencil effect is using a Sponge Dauber and one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. Pool Party to begin with, then Pacific Point for the darker areas.

Birthday Blues. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Detailed Trio Punch creates those fabulous rounded corners. A strip of Pacific Point cardstock and a length of Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon separate the two sections.

Two shapes from the May Flowers Framelits dies are layered onto two circles, again in Pacific Point and Pool Party.

Birthday Blues. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The centre of the flower is a Faceted Gem in Clear that I’ve coloured with a Dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blend marker.

Keep an eye out for other projects in this design over the coming weeks.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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May Flowers Framelits DiesPattern Party Decorative MasksSponge DaubersPacific Point Classic Stampin' PadPacific Point A4 CardstockPool Party Classic Stampin' PadPool Party A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 CardstockPool Party 3/8" Shimmer RibbonClear Faceted GemsPool Party Dark Stampin' Blends Marker2" (5.1 cm) Circle Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

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

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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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