Special Christmas Cards: Snowman Season Bundle

As well as my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack, I also run a Special Christmas Cards Class. The attendees make three Christmas Cards and envelopes that are for those special people in their life. These are the cards you give by hand.

One of these is a card suitable for children (or big kids!) and it’s this cute hanging card.

Snowman Season Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I knew it had to be snowmen, so the Snowman Season Bundle was the perfect choice.

As I’d pre-made the hanging sections by using pieces of Coastal Cabana Cardstock joined together using the Circle Tab Punch, the attendees could have fun creating their snowmen for each section.

Snowman Season Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The punched snowmen were stamped in Smoky Slate, with Soft Suede arms. All the other stamping was in Blueberry Bushel. Stampin’ Write Markers in a variety of colours were used to colour the hats and carrot noses.

Snowman Season Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A ‘Let it Snow’ snowball used the 1 3/8″ Scallop Circle with the a Circle Punch layer.

An extra stamped piece is added to the front for when the hanging is closed. It’s then finished off with a length of ribbon to allow it to hang.

I realise that I haven’t taken a picture of what it looks like closed. I’ll try to do that and add it here.

An envelope made from the matching Let it Snow DSP was the finishing touch.

I really like this project as it’s something different. It can be hung from a door handle, message board or window. You could even add extra sections to make it longer.

Don’t forget to take a look at the Year-End Closeout to see if the items from this fabulous bundle are staying with us.

Check back for more Special Christmas Card projects.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Snowman Season Bundle (En)Circle Tab Punch1-1/2" (3.8 cm) Circle Punch1-3/8" (3.5 cm) Scallop Circle PunchCoastal Cabana A4 CardstockSmoky Slate Classic Stampin' PadSoft Suede A4 CardstockBlueberry Bushel Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White 5/8" (1.6 cm) Polka Dot Tulle  RibbonLet It Snow Specialty Designer Series PaperSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Nature’s Beauty

For our penultimate Card & Cuppa sessions of 2019, I reached for the fabulous Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set to create this snowy scene.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love that £2.50 from every sale of this Stamp Set goes towards mental health organisations. So, for just £20, you receive a stunning Stamp Set, and help others too.

To begin with, the attendees had to make the decision between Whisper White or Very Vanilla for their project. I made one in both and still can’t decide which one I prefer.

Here is the same project in Very Vanilla.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, one side of the Grid Paper is ripped to create a snow drift effect. Then, a punched circle mask is added to the cardstock to create a moon.

Using a Sponge Brayer and Night of Navy ink, the cardstock is coloured to create a winter night sky.

Here is the Whisper White version.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

And the Very Vanilla version.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Stars, from the Christmas Countdown Stamp Set are then dotted across the sky.

With the moon and snow masks removed, trees and grass are then stamped in Basic Gray. The beautiful fox, also stamped in Basic Gray and coloured with Watercolor Pencils is cut out and attached using Dimensionals.

Finally, using the very tip, dots of Wink of Stella are added to some of the stars to create a sparkly sky.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really love this card and already know who is going to be receiving both of mine.

Are you team Whisper White or team Very Vanilla?

Why not join us in 2020 for Card & Cuppa? Book your place online by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Nature's Beauty Cling Stamp SetChristmas Countdown Cling Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockVery Vanilla A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockNight Of Navy A4 CardstockNight Of Navy Classic Stampin' PadBasic Gray Classic Stampin' PadWatercolor PencilsWatercolor Pencils Assortment 2Sponge BrayersClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack: Perfectly Plaid

Here’s another project from my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack Class.

This project uses the fabulous Perfectly Plaid Bundle, a Stamp Set with matching Punch,

Perfectly Plaid Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A colour combination of Old Olive and Crumb Cake for the trees, mixed with Seaside Spray and Real Red make for a rather traditional Christmas Card.

Using first and second generation stamping for the trees creates a varied effect. It also cuts down on the amount of times you need to re-ink!

I find it easier to punch out the trees before stamping the trunks, as it makes it easier to line them up.

The snow effect in the background is an image from the Waterfront Stamp Set.

Perfectly Plaid Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of Polka Dot Ribbon adds to the snow effect and sets off the sentiment. This is cut out using the Timeless Label Punch.

Everything is assembled using SNAIL, with one tree and the sentiment fixed using Dimensionals.

Perfectly Plaid Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Don’t forget to check out the Year-End Closeout Sale where you’ll discover which items from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue are retiring, with some available at a discounted rate. You can also check to see if this Stamp Set and Punch will be carried over to the next Autumn/Winter Catalogue too.

I’ve just published my Class Timetable for next year, so why not pop the dates in your diary and join us in 2020?

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Perfectly Plaid Bundle (En)Waterfront Photopolymer Stamp SetSeaside Spray A4 CardstockSeaside Spray Classic Stampin’ PadOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadCrumb Cake Classic Stampin' PadReal Red Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White 5/8" (1.6 cm) Polka Dot Tulle  RibbonTimeless Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Snow Front Stamp Set

As we’ve reached December, my final Card & Cuppa projects of the year have a festive theme.

For last week’s project, I reached for the very versatile Snow Front Stamp Set.

Snow Front Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose a non-traditional colour combination of Highland Heather, Mossy Meadow, Balmy Blue and Early Espresso.

It’s really easy to create a variety of wintry scenes with this set as the set has a lot of images. It also works really well with the equally beautiful Waterfront Stamp Set.

Snow Front Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this design I used the deers at the lake as the focus, with the trees at the front to frame the scene. The addition of the small bird at the front helps to draw the eye in.

Wink of Stella on the lake and mountain tops adds a touch of icy glimmer.

A sentiment was added using the the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set, cut out with the Classic Label Punch. You could leave this off if you wanted.

Snow Front Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Why not join us for future Card & Cuppa sessions. Visit my Class Timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Snow Front Photopolymer Stamp SetChristmas Gleaming Cling Stamp Set (En)Early Espresso Classic Stampin' PadMossy Meadow Classic Stampin' PadBalmy Blue Classic Stampin' PadHighland Heather Classic Stampin' PadHighland Heather A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockClassic Label PunchClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack: Christmas Gleaming

As my Christmas Card Classes have now all finished, I can share the projects with you.

The first is from my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack and is this really quick and simple card made using the Christmas Gleaming Bundle.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I squealed when I first saw this bundle in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue as there are TWO Punches.

This project uses Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce to match the fabulous Ribbon. But you could use less traditional Christmas colours.

A punched circle creates a layer for the baubles to sit on.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Rather than fussy cutting the sentiment, I’ve used the Classic Label Punch and trimmed off the ends.

The basecard is Thick Whisper White cardstock, but you could use a Notecard instead, which would make the project even quicker to make.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pop back soon for the next project from the class.

Don’t forget to check out the Year-End Closeout Sale where some items from the Autumn/Winter Catalgoue are available at a discounted price. Also, some items from this Catalogue will be retiring in the next few weeks, so make sure you don’t miss out on purchasing your favourites.

I’ve just published my 2020 Class Timetable dates, so make sure you pop them in your diaries. Full details of what each Class is to follow soon.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Christmas Gleaming Bundle (En)Shaded Spruce/Gold 3/8" (1 cm) Striped RibbonShaded Spruce A4 CardstockShaded Spruce Classic Stampin' PadCherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWhisper White A4 Cardstock2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Geared Up Garage

Every 6 weeks or so, I design a project for Card & Cuppa that is more suited to men. For this one, I reached for the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set.

Geared Up Garage. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Normally for male cards, there is a lot of blues, greens and Crumb Cake used. I opted for a slightly brighter palette. This combination of Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso make a nice change.

Oil splats from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set are randomly stamped across the page which. The nuts are then stamped in Early Espresso.

Cogs from the co-ordinating Garage Gears Dies are cut out from a piece of Sahara Sand Cardstock and are coloured using Sponge Daubers. A mix of Sahara Sand, Soft Suede and Cajun Craze make a nice rusty look.

There is a touch of Wink of Stella randomly applied across the cogs too.

Geared Up Garage. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Sponge Daubers have also been used to colour the edges of the project.

A dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend Marker is used to colour some Whisper White Baker’s Twine that wraps around the project.

Finally, a sentiment cut using the Timeless Label Punch is added.

Geared Up Garage. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

There are only a few weeks of Card & Cuppa left for this year. Book your place by 18:00 the day before if you’d like to join us.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – A generic Birthday card

I’ll often ask the attendees to suggest cards they would like to make at Card & Cuppa sessions. A recent suggestion was a generic Birthday card, something suitable for both male and female.

A generic Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project is a combination of this card and this one. It’s a great idea to combine elements of projects you have already made.

For this generic project, I chose Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam and Whisper White as my colour combination.

The Gallery Grunge Stamp Set lends itself to projects like these, especially for some random background stamping.

A generic Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next it was the turn of the Well Written Dies to make the ‘Birthday’ greeting. ‘Happy’ comes from the co-ordinating Well Said Stamp Set. It is cut out using the Classic Label Punch and then the ends are trimmed to size. These are both attached to the layered circles.

A strip of Burlap Ribbon with the ends angled is then added.

Finally, three Pearls, coloured using the Dark Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blend completes the project.

A generic Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Not only is this a great design that can be used over and over again, just changing the sentiment or colours to suit the occasion. It’s also a very quick and easy project to create.

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 – Perennial Birthday

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was this pretty Birthday card, made using the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set.

Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used a combination of Rococo Rose, Merry Merlot and Old Olive for this project, along with Very Vanilla.

We used the fabulous ‘Pearlized Doilies’ as a background. These are white on one side with a silver pearlised finish on the other.

The white side was coloured using a Sponge Brayer.

Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Painted Harvest Stamp Set is used for the leaves and then cut out using the co-ordinating Leaf Punch.

Two separate pieces of cardstock were also coloured using the Sponge Brayer. One of these with a more ombre effect to create different depths of colour.

On the ombre piece, the flowers were stamped and then punched out using a Circle Punch. The other brayered piece was used behind the sentiment.

Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With some corner rounding using the Detailed Trio Punch, everything was then stuck together. The sentiment, one leaf and the three flowers were stuck together as one piece and then attached using Dimensionals to create more depth.

There’s also a delicate touch of Wink of Stella in the centre of the flowers too.

There are only 5 weeks of Card & Cuppa sessions left this year. Why not join us? Book your place here.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Perennial Birthday Cling-Mount Stamp SetPainted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp SetRococo Rose A4 CardstockRococo Rose Classic Stampin’ PadMerry Merlot A4 CardstockMerry Merlot Classic Stampin' PadOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockPearlized DoiliesSponge BrayersClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushDetailed Trio Punch1" (2.5 cm) Circle PunchLeaf PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape Adhesive

Welcome to my Stampin’ Up! Team

I’ve recently welcomed a new team member to my Stampin’ Up! Team – The Lilypad Crafters. Obviously being a crafting team, my new team member needed a handmade card.

Welcome to my Stampin' Up! Team. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I was creating several cards for different occasions, I used the same design as this project, with a few tweaks.

Don’t be afraid to use the same design over and over again. It saves you a lot of time thinking about what you want to do. More time saved = more time creating :-).

Welcome to my Stampin' Up! Team. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using a combination of Highland Heather and Blushing Bride, I changed the orientation to landscape, added some ribbon and used a different die-cut sentiment. I also used a different punch for the background layers for the sentiment to sit on.

There’s still Wink of Stella and Rhinestones for a dose of bling!

Welcome to my Stampin' Up! Team. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’d love to welcome you to my Stampin’ Up! team. If you’d like to find out more then head to my FAQ or contact me for a no obligation chat.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Well Written DiesGallery Grunge Cling-Mount Stamp SetHighland Heather A4 CardstockHighland Heather Classic Stampin' PadBlushing Bride A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockSilver 3/8" Metallic-Edge RibbonClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushTailored Tag PunchSnail AdhesiveFine-Tip Glue PenStampin' Dimensionals