Touches of Texture Class – Project 5

I can’t believe that I’m showing you the penultimate project from the Papercrafting: Touches of Texture Class already.

Here is project number 5.

Stampin' Up! Touches of Texture

I really like the simplicity of this project and deliberately didn’t attach a sentiment as it could be used for many different occasions.

The depth of the flowers at the bottom of the project has been created by using two different stamps in the same colour. One stamped and re-inked each time, the other stamped and then stamped several more times without re-inking.

The flower head outlines were stamped using the aid of the Stamp-a-ma-jig and the ladies who attended were expects by the end of the evening!

Texture was added by using two different ribbons and a touch of bling in the centre of the flowers using Wink of Stella (Clear).

Come back tomorrow where I’ll be sharing the final project from the class with you.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Touches of Texture Class – Project 4

This is fourth project from the Papercrafting: Touches of Texture Class I held earlier this month.

Stampin' Up! Touches of Texture

This diagonal slash card is really effective and only uses three stamps, the flower outlines, the sentiment and the lace stamped behind the sentiment.

The flowers were coloured using Blender Pens to soften them slightly with the middles coloured with Wink of Stella (Gold).

Once the cut had been made, it was time for the sentiment to be added, again cut on an angle to ensure the straight edge down the side.

Another flower was stamped and cut out by hand. This flower is ‘spiky’ so the cuts are straight cuts rather than trying to follow the lines of the flower.

Using a lot of Tear & Tape on the back of the punched circles, Metallic Thread was then wrapped around before attaching the hand-cut flower.

This project was the most time consuming out of the six due to the cutting out of the flower and wrapping of thread, but I think the ladies forgave me when they saw their finished project!

Pop back tomorrow when I’ll show the penultimate project from the class.

If you would like to join us for classes in August then visit my Class Timetable for more details as booking closes soon.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Touches of Texture Class – Project 3

Today I’m showing you the third project we made at this month’s Papercrafting Class.

For details of forthcoming classes, take a look at my Class Timetable.

Stampin' Up! Touches of Texture

This project is again really quick and easy to make with the knot in the ribbon and pearls on either side of the sentiment adding a touch of glamour.

The centre of the flower has been coloured using a Sweet Sugarplum Stampin’ Write Marker and then with Wink of Stella (Clear) to add a touch of sparkle.

Happy crafting

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Touches of Texture Class – Project 2

On Sunday I showed you the first project from this month’s Papercrafting Class where we made 6 cards using the Touches of Texture stamp set.

Here is the second project.

Stampin' Up! Touches of Texture

Again, a really quick and easy card to make where you could change the sentiment.

To create the effect around the edges, we used one of the stamps, inked it up and stamped it onto the edge of the cardstock. We then did the same again but rotated the stamp so that the same image didn’t appear each time. We then overstamped using the flower inner.

Stampin' Up! Touches of Texture

The dragonflies were coloured using Wink of Stella, Gold for the bodies and Clear for the wings. I think you can see the sparkle in the above picture.

Happy crafting

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Last week’s Card & Cuppa – A little hello

Happy Monday!

It’s time for the first Card & Cuppa session of the week so that means it is also time to show you last week’s project.

This week it’s a really bright and cheery card to send to someone you may not have been in touch with for a while to let them know that you haven’t forgotten about them!

 Stampin' Up! Badges & Banners

The card uses the fabulous Badges & Banners stamp set with the matching punch – these come as a bundle which saves 10%. This design is again inspired by a project on page 89 of the Annual Catalogue,
I’ve just changed the colours to Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise to brighten up the design and created my own background strip instead of using Designer Series Paper.

I really like this little bird in the cage and it is a great image for colouring with Stampin’ Write Markers. Once I’d coloured the bird in this project, I thought it looked a bit like the Twitter bird!

I also made two other versions: the same design in landscape, and a ‘thank you’ in Rich Razzleberry instead of Melon Mambo.

Which do you prefer?

Stampin' Up! Badges & Banners   Stampin' Up! Badges & Banners

Just a reminder that next week’s Monday Card & Cuppa session is being replaced by Card & Cuppa for Children.
So, you can either bring your small people to that session, or pop along to the Card & Cuppa sessions on Wednesday and Thursday where we’ll be making one of our ‘normal’ projects.

Remember to book your place by 18:00 the day before so that I have enough kits prepared and chairs available at the cafe.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Touches of Texture Class – Project 1

Last Monday evening was my monthly Papercrafting class where we make 6 cards using one stamp set. The stamp set for this month was the gorgeous Touches of Texture stamp set and here is one of the cards we made.

Stampin' Up! Touches of Texture

This is a really quick and simple card with the lace and pearls adding a touch of elegance to the finished project.

This stamp set isn’t a set that I would normally be attracted to, but the flower and lace images caught my eye. Then, when I started using the set I had to force myself to put it down! Do you also find that happens to you with some stamp sets?

This stamp set is great to purchase as part of the current Bonus Days promotion, there are 15 stamps in the set and it costs £30 for clear or £40.50 for wood mount. With just a few extra items to make your order £45, you could receive a £4.50 voucher to spend in August.

Pop back on Tuesday for the second Papercrafting: Touches of Texture project.

If you would like to join us for classes in August then visit my Class Timetable for more details as booking closes soon.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Customer thank you cards – June

As a thank you to all those who ordered from me during June, you should have received one of these cards either in person or in the post. NB: If you placed an order during June but ticked the ‘do not contact’ box, I wasn’t able to send a personal card to you as I don’t have your details 🙁

Stampin' Up! Bunch of Blossoms

I wanted to use the gorgeous new 1/4″ Natural Trim ribbon and the Crumb Cake notecards. As the ribbon is more of a creamy colour, I had to step away from my normal habit of reaching for the Whisper White and reach for Very Vanilla instead. Isn’t it funny how you have favourites for stamping on?

I paired this with Peekaboo Peach and Daffodil Delight for the flowers and Garden Green and Cucumber Crush for the stem and leaves.

All of the images are from the Bunch of Blossoms Stamp Set and each petal has been individually stamped and punched to create the flower using the matching Blossom Builder Punch.

I’m looking forward to making the cards for July 🙂

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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More Blooms & Bliss

Regular readers will know that once I have a stamp set out on my desk to make a project, I tend to make more than one.

Here is the next project I made using the Blooms & Wishes stamp set and coordinating Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper, both from the Blooms & Bliss Suite.

Stampin' Up! Blooms & Bliss

I took my colour inspiration from the DSP pack. The DSP pack is great as it goes through a spectrum of colours from blues and greens through to purples and pinks. I’ve used a strip of DSP along the edge with a length of ribbon to pull the colours together.

I also really like the new ‘Best Wishes’ sentiment from the stamp set as it is in a fabulous font and a great size. I’ve used the Triple Banner Punch to shape both ends of the layer it is stamped on.

If you like this stamp set then book a place on my Papercrafting Class: One Sheet Wonder class where we’ll be using it to create 8 cards and a matching box. Booking closes on 30th July.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last week’s Card & Cuppa – Bunch of Blossoms

As we’ve reached the start of a new week, it’s time to show you last week’s Card & Cuppa project.

Stampin' Up! Bunch of Blossoms

This uses a bundle containing the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set and Blossom Builder Punch.

You may recognise one of the punched pieces as one of the aliens we made the other week. This time, we used the punch for its intended purpose!

The stamp set uses 2-step stamping but as it is photopolymer, it is easy to line up.

There were several pieces to punch out, along with a sentiment, so I showed the attendees how to position their stamping onto a piece of cardstock and which order to punch them out to avoid any craft-tastrophes!

We punched out the sentiment first, then the upside down alien and star.

Stampin' Up! Bunch of Blossoms

With the ‘star’ piece, we folded this in half and wrapped it under the punched section. The bottom of the petal was then attached with a glue dot and the top with a dimensional to give the flower more of a 3D effect.

The project was then finished off with a piece of coordinating ribbon and some Wink of Stella (Clear).

Stampin' Up! Bunch of Blossoms

My first attempt at designing this project didn’t use a background. Which one do you prefer, with or without?

Stampin' Up! Bunch of Blossoms

This week marks the start of our third Card & Cuppa venue. So, there are now three opportunities to make the project for the week.

Visit my Class Timetable for more information.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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366 days later

I can’t quite believe that is has been a whole year (a leap one at that) since I said my farewells and left the office for the final time after being made redundant.

A year where I’ve been able to focus on me and set some new life goals. Twelve months that have just flown by, yet filled with 366 days of challenges and adventures.

One goal was to spend more time working on my craft business. The business I’d been running in my spare time since Feb 2010 that I’d neglected for quite a while due to various reasons.

At the end of 2015, with my new goals mapped out, I spent a lot of time doing groundwork in preparation for 2016. So, when 2016 arrived, I started running regular weekly and monthly classes and have recently expanded one class into other venues.

My old role where I was writing and running code for analysis purposes has definitely not appealed to me. I haven’t been near a piece of sas code or SQL since leaving and don’t feel the need to either. That part of my life is currently parked, but never say never.

There hasn’t been one day of those 366 where I’ve missed the hustle and bustle of working in an office, especially the politics and unnecessary meetings. I still have to do paperwork though.

My home office is my craft room, overlooking my garden. It’s where I can spend time each day expressing my creative side, from designing and preparing projects for classes or crafting for me.

My other offices are the various venues I use for classes where I teach people how to make the designs I’ve created.

It’s great to be able to have time to think and find inspiration from a range of places.

The one thing I knew I would miss was some of the people. There are those I’ve kept in touch with, either online or face-to-face over a hot chocolate, cocktail, lunch or dinner. There are also others who have slipped away, either for the moment or for longer. Only time will tell. But, I’m also enjoying meeting people at my classes and have developed new friendships.

Leaving an organisation where you’ve spent almost 23 years of your life is a scary and daunting experience. It’s a shame that it is only when you have these sorts of experiences that you truly realise what is important, and only then do you begin thinking about writing a whole new chapter.

I don’t regret following my heart and head by opting to take the severance package, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made.

I’m feeling the most relaxed I’ve been in years, am enjoying life and can honestly say that I love my job. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me over the past year.

With some potential new opportunities in the pipeline, I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 12 months bring, setting some new goals and continuing to write some new chapters.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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