Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 5 Day 1

This weekend’s Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts are all about kits in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

Today I’m showing you a fabulous set of decorations.  These would make a great table centrepiece or look lovely in a window or on a mantlepiece.

The kit contains three pre-cut trees (2 27.9cm tall and one 33cm tall) in two colours and a full set of colour instructions. The decorations are stamped using the co-ordinating Forever Evergreen Stamp Set, assembled and added to the tree.

Forever Evergreen Stampin' Up!

The picture above is to show you my work in progress – this is just one of the half finished projects in my craft room! I’ve made a start on one of the small trees in the kit and used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to assemble it. This adhesive gave me a bit of wriggle room for adjusting the positioning of the trees.

A top tip is to watch this video from Stampin’ Up! which gives you some really handy pointers on how to assemble the trees.

Another top tip is to purchase the Project Kit and Stamp Set during the Stampin’ Up! flash sale 21-28th November.  Both of these items are on special offer during that time (along with lots of other fabulous goodies) 🙂

Pop back tomorrow for another festive kit…

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last week’s Card & Cuppa – Affectionately Yours Suite

Happy Monday!

For last Monday’s Card & Cuppa class we made the following card which was extremely well co-ordinated.

Card & Cupp Affectionately Yours Stampin' Up!

I took inspiration from the Afffectionately Yours Speciality Designer Series Paper to choose the colours and stamps for this project. Rather than sitting there stroking the paper, I decided that it needed to be used!

The DSP contains Night of Navy and Crumb Cake,so these are the colours I used for the base card and layer.

There are also flowers in other colours on the DSP so I chose one of these colours for the stamping of the flowers from the coordinating Love & Affection Stamp Set.

The images were stamped tone on tone in an ‘organised’ random manner!

One of the most difficult parts of this project was deciding which side of the DSP to use.  There was also the deciding whether to use half and half to get the best of both worlds!

The sentiment from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set is set against a piece of Natural Trim Ribbon which adds a touch of bling to the card.

Card & Cuppa isn’t running this week but will be back w/c 21st November. If you want to join us then make sure you book your place HERE by 18:00 the day before.

See you there.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 4 Day 2

The second of this weekend’s Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts is another card from Christmas Card Boot Camp.  This one is all about Christmas trees.

Stitched With Cheer Stampin' Up!

It’s always fun to using stamps for something different to their intended use, so here is a tree of trees!

To create this the easiest place to start is the bottom middle. Stamp the trees either side and then the rows above. Then stamp the upside down trees making sure that the trunks completely overlap.

With the stamps being photopolymer it’s easy to see where you are stamping, so makes the creation of the project a lot quicker.

The bow is from the Baby Bear Stamp Set, the only extra stamp we used throughout the day, and is punched out using the Holly Berry Builder Punch.

A swirl of Gold Metallic Thread behind the punched bow just finishes the project nicely.

More Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts next week…

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 4 Day 1

Welcome to Week 4 of Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts.

This week we’re heading back to Christmas Card Boot Camp with this project.

Stitched With Cheer Stampin' Up!

This project uses the Stitched With Cheer Stamp Set and coordinating Holly Berry Builder Punch.

Each card uses 6 holly leaves, that’s 48 for all 8 cards! Due to this, a handy tip is to stamp the leaves like this / / / / / / / / and start punching from the right-hand side of your cardstock.

The stamped Layering Ovals Framelits create the centrepiece. Finally, the project is finished with a length of Gold Metallic Thread wrapped around the centre.

Pop back tomorrow for Week 4 Day 2.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Customer Thank you cards – October

At the start of each month I send Thank you cards to anyone who has purchased from me the previous month.

I also had a set of swaps to make for our Stampin’ Up! training event in Telford last weekend, so I decided to combine the two.

I used the Love You Lots Hostess Stamp Set and made batches in each 2016-18 In Color.

Here is a version in Emerald Envy.

Love You Lots Stampin' Up!

For swaps, we usually create card fronts rather than whole cards, with the project being used for inspiration and ideas. Here is a swap in each In Color.

Love You Lots Stampin' Up!

The Playful Background Stamp Set creates a water effect and I also added colour to the frog using a Blender Pen.

For my customer Thank you cards, I mounted them onto a Thick Whisper White base to create a monochromatic look.

Love You Lots Stampin' Up!

Which colour did you receive?

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Love You Lots

It’s almost a year since Card & Cuppa sessions started and I realised that I had been VERY restrained and hadn’t made a frog project…

This has now been rectified!

Love You Lots Stampin' Up! Card & Cuppa

I love the effect of the frogs sticking their heads up through the water on this project.

With this project the options are endless. A portrait card, a landscape card, lots of frogs, a few frogs, the positions of the frogs etc. You can have a lot of fun 🙂

We used a combination of Old Olive and Bermuda Bay cardstock with Pear Pizzazz for the watercolouring. The watercolouring had to be finished quickly, with a few brushstrokes, due to us using standard Whisper White cardstock.  Therefore, this wasn’t a project for budding Picassos!

The addition of stylised waves from Work of Art and the notched ovals for the lily pad sentiment just complete the project

We had a lady join us who had never stamped before and she made a fabulous card. These sessions are suitable for all abilities.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 3 Day 2

For Week 3, Day 2 of the Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts I’m going to show you another card that would be perfect for youngsters to create.

Altogether now, ‘Do you wanna build a… ‘(sorry, I bet you’ve got that song in your head now!)

Totally Trees Stampin' Up!

This project uses two stamps from the Totally Trees Stamp Set. I’ve had this idea bubbling around in my head ever since I saw this stamp set.  I just knew that the tree shape would make a perfect carrot nose, and the round circles eyes and mouth.

Like yesterday’s project, the base card is a Notecard, this time in Whisper White that comes pre-cut, scored with matching envelopes in a pack of 20.

Along with the stamp set and the notecards, you’ll need Whisper White Cardstock to stamp on and punch out two eyes, Tempting Turquoise Cardstock for the layer, 1″ Circle Punch, two inkpads and adhesives.

I’ve used Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black Ink – Basic Black is Archival, so more permanent on hands than standard inks.  Therefore, you may want to use a grey or brown instead, depending on how messy your young people get!

The eyes have been highlighted with Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle, but you could use a Chalk Marker Pen instead.

I hope you enjoy making the two fun projects I’ve shared with you this weekend with your young people. They would make great cards for teachers or classmates.

Pop back next weekend for more Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 3 Day 1

Welcome to the third weekend of the Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts series.

Today and tomorrow I’ll be showing you two projects that are perfect for children to create. Here is the first one.

Cookie Cutter Stampin' Up!

This uses a Crumb Cake Notecard as the base card, these come pre-cut and scored with envelopes in packs of 20. They are also available in Whisper White too.

The card uses the very popular Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set and Builder Punch bundle.  The Stamp Set also has Santa, an eskimo, a teddy bear and a gingerbread man.

As well as the bundle, you’ll need one colour of ink, some Crumb Cake Cardstock for stamping onto, Real Red Cardstock for the layer and nose, 1/2″ Circle Punch for punching out the nose and Wink of Stella to add a bit of sparkle. You’ll obviously also need adhesives.

It’s so quick and easy to make as it just needs the reindeer stamping all over. Stamp another reindeer onto a separate piece of cardstock and then punch it out, you may need to give your young crafters some extra assistance with the punching part.

The nose is coloured with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush but you could use Red Glimmer Paper instead which has sparkle already built. The nose is attached to the final project with a Dimensional.

How cute does Rudolph look?

Pop back tomorrow for another child-friendly project…

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Totally Trees

Happy Monday.

I hope you remembered to change your clocks this weekend!

I can’t believe it is the last day of October already. In just a few months time we’ll be waving farewell to this year and welcoming in the next!

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was inspired by the autumnal changes I’ve been seeing around me.

Stampin' Up! Totally Trees

This project uses the Totally Trees Stamp Set from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue and a technique called ‘Rock & Roll’ to create the two coloured effect on the feature tree. The sentiment is from Confetti Celebration.

The colour combination of Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Delightful Dijon were just perfect, with the co-ordinating ribbon pulling the project together.

We had a visitor all the way from Houston, Texas for last week’s Card & Cuppa and they don’t experience leaves changing colour over there!

If you’d like to join us for next week’s Card & Cuppa then please remember to book your place by 18:00 the night before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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You can also join my team here.

Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 2 Day 2

Week 2, Day 2 of the Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts series brings you the fourth card from Christmas Card Boot Camp.

Stampin' Up! Stitched with Cheer

Using the Stitched With Cheer Stamp Set and the co-ordinating Holly Berry Builder Punch, along with the Triple Banner Punch and some Gold Metallic Thread, this card is fairly quick and easy to make.

As with yesterday’s project, all of the stamps needed for the background were mounted onto one clear block and stamped at the same time with Emerald Envy ink. If you were creating a batch of these cards, you could stamp all over a sheet of A4 cardstock and then cut it to size – you would get 4 of the above backgrounds from one sheet.

Don’t forget to pop back next week where we’ll be taking a break from the Boot Camp cards and showing you something a little bit different…

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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