Expressions in Ink for a 50th

Today I’m sharing a card for another 50th Birthday being celebrated this September.

Expressions in Ink for a 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I thought it was the perfect time to take inspiration from the project on the front cover of the Annual Catalogue.

It uses the Expressions in Ink Suite Collection. The two pieces of DSP create a background.

Using Gold Foil Sheets, the ’50’ is cut from the Playful Alphabet Dies, with the leaves from the Artistic Dies from the Suite. This coordinates with the gold foiling running through the DSP.

The flowers from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set are stamped in Polished Pink to coordinate with the DSP, with the leaves in Pear Pizzazz. These are all cut using the Dies.
Expressions in Ink for a 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each piece is then layered together, along with a length of Gold Shimmer Ribbon. A sentiment then sits on top of the roses.

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella is added to the centre of the flowers, with sequins from the Ephemera Pack dotted around the project.

Expressions in Ink for a 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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EXPRESSIONS IN INK SUITE COLLECTION (ENGLISH)PLAYFUL ALPHABET DIESPOLISHED PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKGOLD FOIL SHEETSGOLD 3/8" (1 CM) SHIMMER RIBBONWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Turtle Punch

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa Class was all about these cute critters.

Turtle Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Turtle Punch from the Annual Catalogue, the attendees received them in Pool Party, Misty Moonlight and Pacific Punch. They also had a strip of the Pattern Party Host DSP.

By cutting the shells off and sticking them onto different colour bodies, it provided lots of different options.

I also cut a little triangle party hat for the central turtle too.

Turtle Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I added a strip of the Pattern Party Host DSP to the right hand side with a zig-zag of Striped Grosgrain Ribbon on top.

My sentiment is from the Celebrate with Sunflowers Stamp Set and it sits on top using Mini Dimensionals.

Finally, a mouth is drawn using a Stampin’ Write Marker, with Matte Black Dots for the eyes.

Turtle Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

During the class, we also had a discussion on how this could be turned into a new home card. What would you make?

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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TURTLE PUNCHCELEBRATE WITH FLOWERS CLING STAMP SET (ENGLISH)PATTERN PARTY 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) HOST DESIGNER SERIES PAPERPOOL PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKPACIFIC POINT A4 CARDSTOCKPACIFIC POINT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMISTY MOONLIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKPOOL PARTY 3/8" (1 CM) STRIPED GROSGRAIN RIBBONMATTE BLACK DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves – Project 5

This is the first of the bonus projects from my recent SSOTM Gorgeous Leaves Class.

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves - Project 5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

Along with the class colours of Bumblebee, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen and Old Olive, the bonus projects also add Soft Suede.

Using Soft Suede, the bark image from the Gorgeous Leaves Stamp Set creates the background.

Next, a length of Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave Ribbon, plus a length of the class kit Linen Thread are looped around the project.

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves - Project 5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Biggest Wish Stamp Set sits on a circle cut using the Layering Circles Dies. Falling leaves are stamped at the top and bottom.

Then, various leaves are cut using the Intricate Leaves Dies, along with a few branch shapes too.

These shapes are then layered, some directly onto the background, others to the back of the sentiment.

To add depth, the sentiment, with the attached shapes is then raised up on Dimensionals.

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves - Project 5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

Finally, some of the coordinating Class Kit Matte Decorative Dots are added.

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GORGEOUS LEAVES BUNDLEDECORATIVE MATTE DOTSLINEN THREADBIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)LAYERING CIRCLES DIESBUMBLEBEE A4 CARDSTOCKBUMBLEBEE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCHERRY COBBLER A4 CARDSTOCKCHERRY COBBLER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADEVENING EVERGREEN A4 CARDSTOCKEVENING EVERGREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKOLD OLIVE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SUEDE CARDSTOCK A4SOFT SUEDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves – Project 3

For the third project from my recent Stamp Set of the Month (SSOTM) Gorgeous Leaves class, I couldn’t resist a diagonal design!

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves - Project 3. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

It’s a design I’ve created several times before in different guises.

Again, the colours are Evening Evergreen, Old Olive, Bumblebee and Old Olive, teamed with Basic White.

First, the fabulous splat images are stamped onto the background.

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves - Project 3. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

Next, I drew a line where the edges of the Basic White sentiment strip would sit. This gave me an idea of where I needed to stamp my leaves.

Once my leaves were stamped, I cut out some of the smaller intricate leaves to add another layer of texture. These are stuck down using my pencil line as a guide.

A background strip of Old Olive is then added, along with the sentiment from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set.

Lengths of Linen Thread from the Class Kits then sit along the edges of the Basic White sentiment piece.

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves - Project 3. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

Finally, some Mattte Decorative Dots are added to sentiment in three of the colours.

Click to see Project 1 and Project 2 from the class.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Stampin’ Up! Bundles & Product Suites

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m sharing information on the Bundles and Product Suites from Stampin’ Up!

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Stampin' Up! Bundles & Product Suites. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the picture below to watch my video all about these discounted products.

 

Today’s project uses the Gorgeous Leaves Stamp Set and Dies Bundle from the July-December Mini Catalogue. It was the first card from last night’s Gorgeous Leaves Stamp Set of the Month Online Class.

It’s a remake of this project, just in different colours.

All of the attendees made 4 cards, with those opting for the Bundle as part of their kit given access to a video on how to make two additional projects.

My colour combination for the Class was taken from the Matte Decorative Dots.

This project uses Old Olive, Bumblebee, Evening Evergreen and Basic White

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Stampin' Up! Bundles & Product Suites. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the stamp set is sentiment free, the Artistically Inked Stamp Set provides the messaging for this project.

This class also incorporated my annual Mostly Men class, so the projects have a more masculine feel.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Stampin' Up! Bundles & Product Suites. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video. Pop back next week for the next one.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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SAB Birthday Circles

The fabulous Textures & Frames Stamp Set makes another appearance with this simple Birthday card.

SAB Birthday Circles. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses just two stamps from the Stamp Set to create the background in Misty Moonlight and Mossy Meadow. Combined with Very Vanilla, this colour combination is great for those more masculine projects.

The central piece is cut using the Layering Circles Dies, with a sentiment from the Nuts About Squirrels Stamp Set. As I wanted the sentiment on two rows, I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up each part separately.

Find out more about inking up stamps with Stampin’ Write Markers at my Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques Series.

SAB Birthday Circles. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I was using circles, I used the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners to match.

A length of the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack in coordinating Very Vanilla is wrapped around the project.

SAB Birthday Circles. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the sentiment piece is raised up using Dimensionals.

I really love this stamp set and am going to miss it when Sale-A-Bration is over. Make sure you don’t miss out on getting your hands on one.

Why not earn this stamp set for FREE and make your own versions in lots of different colours. Remember, items are only available until the end of September, while stocks last.

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A Fabulous 50th

A very good friend celebrated their 50th Birthday earlier this week.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As they are a fan of Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry and sparkle, my colour combination was easy to decide.

I chose to make a square card and I used lots of different products to create this project.

The images and die cutting are from the Artistically Inked Bundle (Artistically Inked Stamp Set and Artistic Dies), Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and the Playful Alphabet Dies.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To begin, the background piece was stamped with the small flowers from Artistically Inked, plus some splats from Quiet Meadow.

This was then run through the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. Next, using a Blending Brush, I gave a vintage feel to the background. I like how it looks like dried flowers.

Different generations of stamping create the flowers for the centre piece.

The layering begins with the die cut leaves, then the Fine Art Ribbon and Glitter Organdy Ribbon. As there isn’t a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend Combo, the light Blackberry Bliss Blend was a good substitute to colour the ribbon.

I then layered the flowers together on a separate piece of cardstock and popped some more die cut leaf pieces around them. Raising the whole piece up on Dimensionals added a lot more depth.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

’50’ is coated in Wink of Stella and added to the corner. Again, using Dimensionals, the sentiment lays across the flowers. As this project was being hand delivered, I used several layers of Dimensionals.

Finally, some Metallic Pearls are dotted around the project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP

I thought it was time to play with the Turtle Friends Bundle (Turtle Friends Stamp Set & Turtle Punch) again.

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This time, I’ve paired it with the Picture This Dies and the FREE SAB Penguin Playmates DSP. There are some non-penguin patterns on the reverse side that are great for lots of different projects.

These SAB items are only available until the end of September, while stocks last.

My colour combination of Just Jade and Soft Sea Foam is taken from the DSP.

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the rectangle die from the set creates the cut out pieces. In these areas, the tiny tortoise, party hats, sentiment and grass are stamped in Just Jade on a Whisper White backing piece.

On a separate piece, the larger tortoise is stamped and then cut out with the coordinating punch from the bundle.

With my Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends, I’ve coloured the tortoises and party hats.

The larger tortoise is then raised up over the bottom cut out using Dimensionals.

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella is added to the party hats.

This is a great project for all ages!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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TURTLE FRIENDS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)PICTURE THIS DIESPENGUIN PLAYMATES 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERJUST JADE A4 CARDSTOCKJUST JADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SOFT SEA FOAM COMBO PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – A Cascade of Purple Pierced Blooms

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, the attendees created a pretty cascade of purple pierced blooms.

Purple Pierced Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour scheme was the ‘can’t go wrong’ combination of Fresh Freesia, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape. These were combined with Very Vanilla.

For the background, the Stitched Greenery Die made another appearance. It is a really useful die.

Purple Pierced Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, it was the turn of the flowers to turn into that cascade of purple.

Most flowers had a touch of Wink of Stella added to them for a bit of sparkle.

I chose to use the Biggest Wish Stamp Set for my sentiment. This was raised up on Dimensionals, with the bow stuck to the corner using a Glue Dot.

Purple Pierced Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Pastel Pearls in coordinating colours were added to the center of some of the smaller flowers.

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Artistically Inked Meets Brilliant Wings

What to do when your friend who likes turquoise, purple and butterflies has their Birthday.

Artistically Inked Meets Brilliant Wings. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I know they are a big fan of Pool Party, so I’ve combined it with Highland Heather and Very Vanilla.

The background stamping is from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set, with the die cut leaves from the coordinating Artistic Dies. This is such a fabulous Bundle.

Don’t forget that bundles are discounted, plus, at the moment, if you spend £45 or more, you can earn FREE SAB products.

Artistically Inked Meets Brilliant Wings. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the butterflies, I’ve cut two using the Brilliant Wings Dies. One is in Pool Party, the other in Vanilla. The Vanilla one has been stamped using the same image as the background. It has also been given a light coating of Wink of Stella to give it a bit of sparkle.

The sentiment is also from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set and this sits raised across the butterflies on Mini Dimensionals.

Artistically Inked Meets Brilliant Wings. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few Pearls are added for a finishing touch.

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