50th Birthday in Orange & Gold

A friend celebrated their 50th Birthday last week.

For their card, I chose a combination of Pale Papaya and Mango Melody, with Basic White and Gold accents.

I chose to make a larger square card. Mine is 14cm x 14cm.

Using the FREE SAB Silver & Gold 6×6 DSP for the background, I made a colour flare from the centre using a Blending Brush and ink. This gives a touch of colour to the background without losing the white.

On top of this sit cut out flowers and leaves in Basic White Cardstock and Gold Foil Sheets. The shapes are cut from the Artistic Dies and Flowers of Home Dies.

These were layered, along with a swoosh of coordinating In Color Ribbon.

The Alphabest Stamp set provides the ’50’, on a cut out from the All That Dies. This is then given an orange edge using the Blending Brush.

Tiny Flowers are stamped using the Artistically Inked Stamp Set and cut out using the matching Artistic Dies.

These are given a touch of sparkle using Wink of Stella and Iridescent Rhinestone centres.

I also made an envelope for the card, but didn’t take a picture of that!

Don’t forget that there are only a few more weeks left of Sale-A-Bration, so not much time left to grab those FREE products on qualifying orders. Only available while stocks last.

Join me at one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store. Items available while stocks last.

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Offers & Promotions      Book a Class

ALPHABEST PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETARTISTICALLY INKED CLING STAMP SETARTISTIC DIESALL THAT DIESFLOWERS OF HOME DIESSILVER & GOLD 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERPALE PAPAYA A4 CARDSTOCKPALE PAPAYA 3/8" (1 CM) OPEN WEAVE RIBBONPALE PAPAYA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMANGO MELODY A4 CARDSTOCKMANGO MELODY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKGOLD FOIL SHEETSBLENDING BRUSHESPALE PAPAYA 3/8" (1 CM) OPEN WEAVE RIBBONIRIDESCENT RHINESTONES BASIC JEWELSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL

Sun Prints Suite & Stripes

I haven’t shared a stripes project with you for a while, so this Best Wishes card seemed like the perfect opportunity!

It uses items from the Sun Prints Suite Collection, the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set & Natural Prints Dies Bundle and Sun Prints DSP. These are in the Annual Catalogue.

I took my colour combination of Gray Granite, Night of Navy and Basic White from the sheets of DSP I was using.

The DSP strips create a stripe background, using one strip in the middle and two other patterns to mirror on either side.

Next, using a Blending Brush and coordinating Ink, I added some extra colour around the edges.

A length of Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon sits across the stripes.

The flower is stamped and cut out using the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set and Natural Prints Dies. A Blender Pen then colours the flower.

Leaf shapes are also cut from the Dies.

For the senitment, I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up the ‘Best Wishes’ part of one of the stamps. This is then also cut out using the Dies from the Sun Prints Suite Collection.

All of the pieces are then stuck to the project, with the sentiment raised up on Dimensionals above the Ribbon.

Finally, a few Iridescent Rhinestones are added for a touch of sparkle.

Join me at one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store. Items available while stocks last.

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Offers & Promotions      Book a Class

SUN PRINTS SUITE COLLECTION (ENGLISH)GRAY GRANITE A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKNEUTRALS STAMPIN' WRITE MARKERSBLENDER PENSBLENDING BRUSHESGRAY GRANITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) SHIMMER RIBBONIRIDESCENT RHINESTONES BASIC JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL+

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Decorative Circle Punch Flower

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I again decided to use punches in a slightly different way.

 

My colour combination is Sweet Sorbet and Parakeet Party, two of the new In Colors, along with Very Vanilla.

First, a sentiment from the Lovely & Lasting Stamp Set is stamped onto the background.

Using a Blending Brush, the edges are then coloured with Sweet Sorbet.

A strip of coordinating cardstock and ribbon are then added across this background piece.

The project uses the Decorative Circle Punch and the Fish Builder Punch, along with a circle from the Stylish Shapes Dies.

Again, using a Blending Brush, both sides of the Decorative Circle pieces are given some colour.

Next, they are scrunched to soften the fibres. This then allows the cardstock to be split in half to create two softer thinners layers.

These layers are then arranged, inked side up, and glued together to create the delicate Decorative Circle Punch flower. The circle piece, coated in Wink of Stella turns into the centre.

Fish Builder Punch shapes are given veins with a Bone Folder to create leaves.

Finally, some Iridescent Pearls are dotted across the project.

Join me at one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store. Items available while stocks last.

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Offers & Promotions      Book a Class

DECORATIVE CIRCLE PUNCHFISH BUILDER PUNCHSTYLISH SHAPES DIESLOVELY & LASTING PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)SWEET SORBET A4 CARDSTOCKSWEET SORBET CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPARAKEET PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKPARAKEET PARTY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESSWEET SORBET 1/8'' (3.2 MM) METALLIC WOVEN RIBBONWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHIRIDESCENT PEARL BASIC JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

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

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was this pretty cascade of flowers.

Cascade of Berry Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The colour combination of Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss, with Basic White was a berry (sorry!) good mix.

Using one of the Heart & Home Doilies as a mask, and a Blending Brush, a pretty background came to life. The doilies are from the Mini Catalogue and come in a pack of 30, so there are plenty to use for different things.

This piece and the layer were stuck angles to the basecard.

Using the Flowers & Leaves Punch, each flower has two layers that are coloured using a Blending Brush, given a gentle scrunch and then stuck together.

Leaves from the Bough Punch, again from the Mini Catalogue, are added to to the piece and the flowers arranged in a cascade.

Cascade of Berry Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Art Gallery Stamp Set sits on double layered ruffle. This is made from the Frayed Ribbon.

Finally, Iridescent Rhinestones are set into the centre of each flower to add a touch of sparkle.

Cascade of Berry Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t wait to make this project in different colours. My thoughts are blues and also sepia tones for a vintage look.

Don’t forget that items on the Last Chance list are only available for a few more weeks, while stocks last.

My annual Introduction to In Color Class is also open for bookings. Be sure to book your place.

Join me at one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store. Items available while stocks last.

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Offers & Promotions      Book a Class

ART GALLERY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETFLOWERS & LEAVES PUNCHBOUGH PUNCHBLACKBERRY BLISS A4 CARDSTOCKBLACKBERRY BLISS CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADRICH RAZZLEBERRY CARDSTOCK A4BASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKHEART & HOME DOILIESBLENDING BRUSHESWHITE 3/4" (1.9 CM) FRAYED RIBBONIRIDESCENT RHINESTONES BASIC JEWELSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' SEALGLUE DOTSMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Meadow Dies Meets Grid Paper

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, the Meadow Dies came together with Grid Paper to create this pretty Birthday Card.

Meadow Dies Meets Grid Paper. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The soft colour palette of Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron and Very Vanilla, give this project a classy look.

By ripping and tearing a piece of Grid Paper to create a mask, the background piece was created using Blending Brushes and Ink. The Grid Paper mask was then used again to create the second colour. This is similar to the project on Page 26 of the Annual Catalogue.

Don’t forget that Grid Paper has lots of different uses. It also comes in two different sizes.

Meadow Dies Meets Grid Paper. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Blending Brushes are also used to give some colour to the flower, cut using the Meadow Dies.

A sentiment from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set is then positioned behind the stem with both the flower and sentiment raised up on Dimensionals.

Next, a bow made from Linen Thread is tied to the stem.

Finally, some Brushed Brass Butterflies from the Mini Catalogue provide an extra touch.

Meadow Dies Meets Grid Paper. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love how the masked section looks a bit like rock strata. I have a friend who is a geologist, so I’m hoping I have the correct terminology!

Have you seen the fabulous offers for March. Check out a new set of products and some discounted items (including the Meadow Dies I’ve used on this project). Remember that some of these offers are only running through March.

Join me at one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store. Items available while stocks last.

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Offers & Promotions      Book a Class

MEADOW DIESGRID PAPERARTISTICALLY INKED CLING STAMP SETCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMINT MACARON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESLINEN THREADBRUSHED BRASS BUTTERFLIESSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Art Gallery and Subtles for a Birthday

This Birthday card, inspired by the Annual Catalogue, is a great project to use the fabulous Art Gallery Stamp Set and matching Dies.

Art Gallery and Subtles. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you missed the Bundle in last year’s Mini Catalogue, make sure you check out the fabulous March promotion. Not only has it returned for the promotion, it is also available at a discounted price.

My project is inspired by Page 13 of the Annual Catalogue and I chose to use the Subtles colour family. Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz and Balmy Blue, along with Very Vanilla.

The background is from the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder and I have added a touch of coulour using a Blending Brush.

Each floral image and leaves have been stamped twice and cut out using the Floral Gallery Dies.

Art Gallery and Subtles. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

These pieces have then been cut down further to allow for the layering.

Once again, the Stamp Set and Dies from the Bundle create the layered sentiment.

This sits on Dimensionals, with a bow made from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack just next to it.

Art Gallery and Subtles. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, coordinating Artistry Blooms sequins complete the card.

Do make sure you grab this returning Bundle while you can, it’s a great opportunity to own this and others at a fabulous discounted price during March.

Join me at one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store. Items available while stocks last.

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Offers & Promotions      Book a Class

ART GALLERY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETFLORAL GALLERY DIESTIMEWORN TYPE 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERCALYPSO CORAL A4 CARDSTOCKCALYPSO CORAL CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBALMY BLUE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSO SAFFRON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKARTISTRY BLOOMS ADHESIVE-BACKED SEQUINSMINI STAMPIN' CUT & EMBOSS MACHINESTAMPIN' SEALGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

In Color Flowers of Friendship

Do you have those moments when your crafting mojo goes?

Mine went recently, so I gave it a little kickstart by CASEing a project from Page 21 of the Annual Catalogue.

In Color Flowers of Friendship. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’re not sure what CASEing is all about, then head to this video for an explanation.

I chose a colour combination of two In Colors, Pale Papaya and Soft Succulent and teamed them with Calypso Coral and Very Vanilla.

My background is given some texture using the Tasteful Textiles 3D Embossing Folder. I’ve then added a touch of colour using a Blending Brush and Pale Papaya.

A strip of the In Color 6×6 DSP is then added.

In Color Flowers of Friendship. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, I stamped and punched the flowers and leaves from the Flowers of Friendship Bundle (Flowers of Friendship Stamp Set & Flowers & Leaves Punch). Make sure you take advantage of the discounted Catalogue Bundles.

Using a Blender Pen to pull the ink colours the flowers in.

Two of each flower are layered together to make a more full bloom and a sequin from the Artistry Blooms Sequins pack is added to the centre.

These are then added to the project using Dimensionals.

A sentiment is then tucked behind the flowers.

In Color Flowers of Friendship. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some coordinating Genial Gems are added to the project for a touch of sparkle.

Join me at one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store. Items available while stocks last.

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Offers & Promotions      Book a Class

FLOWERS OF FRIENDSHIP BUNDLE (ENGLISH)TASTEFUL TEXTILE 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERPALE PAPAYA A4 CARDSTOCKPALE PAPAYA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SUCCULENT A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SUCCULENT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCALYPSO CORAL CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCK2021–2023 IN COLOR 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERBLENDER PENSBLENDING BRUSHESARTISTRY BLOOMS ADHESIVE-BACKED SEQUINSGENIAL GEMSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Intricate Leaves with a Colour Twist

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I revisited this previous design.

Last Week's Card & (Your) Cuppa - Intricate Leaves with a Colour Twist. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I was asked for an autumn project, and also a request for blues, so I combined the two!

This version of the cards is landscape.

My colour combination is Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy and Coastal Cabana, with Very Vanilla.

The Stitched Greenery Die creates the leafy background. This is given a hint of Bermuda Bay using Blending Brushes.

Last Week's Card & (Your) Cuppa - Intricate Leaves with a Colour Twist. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, leaves from the Intricate Leaves Dies from the July-December Mini Catalogue, plus some leaves from the Stitched Leaves Dies are cut out and stuck to the project.

A length of Linen Thread is also looped into a figure of 8 and stuck onto the leaves.

My sentiment is from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set. Some smaller leaves are attached to the back of it. This then creates a layered effect as it is raised up on Dimensionals.

Last Week's Card & (Your) Cuppa - Intricate Leaves with a Colour Twist. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some coordinating Playing with Patterns Resin Dots complete the project.

Join me at one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store. Items available while stocks last.

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Offers & Promotions      Book a Class

INTRICATE LEAVES DIESSTITCHED LEAVES DIESSTITCHED GREENERY DIEARTISTICALLY INKED CLING STAMP SETBERMUDA BAY A4 CARDSTOCKBERMUDA BAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCOASTAL CABANA A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESPLAYING WITH PATTERNS RESIN DOTSLINEN THREADSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #5

It’s time for project 5 in my Countdown to Christmas 2021 series and I’ve created this poinsettia Christmas Card.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Many of you will know that I love a poinsettia project for Christmas.

In fact, it has become tradition that there is a poinsettia project at my annual Special Christmas Cards Class.

This card uses a traditional Real Red and Old Olive colour combination.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the background, I’ve used a Blending Brush to create a red area behind the poinsettia.

A couple of lengths of the pretty Gold Shimmer ribbon create the present effect. This then has a tag cut from the Tailor Made Tags dies, stamped with a sentiment from the Penguin Place Stamp Set. It’s attached at the outer end using Dimensionals.

The Poinsettia Dies provide the focal piece. These pieces are layered together in an offset way. Using Tear & Tape, this is stuck to the project.

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella and a sequin from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack add some sparkle to the centre.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project. Don’t forget to pop back for the next in my Countdown to Christmas 2021 series.

Join me at one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store. Items available while stocks last.

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Offers & Promotions      Book a Class

POINSETTIA DIESPENGUIN PLACE PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)TAILOR MADE TAGS DIESREAL RED A4 CARDSTOCKREAL RED CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESGOLD 3/8&QUOT: (1 CM) SHIMMER RIBBONEXPRESSIONS IN INK EPHEMERA PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using your leftovers/scraps/‘it didn’t quite work’ pieces

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, the topic is all about using your leftovers or those pieces that you started and didn’t quite finish.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using your leftovers/scraps/‘it didn’t quite work’ pieces. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the picture below to watch my very short video about this topic.

Today’s project uses the Brilliant Wings Dies to cut out an ombre piece of cardstock. This is a leftover piece from a previous project I made in another Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video.

The Stitched Greenery Die makes  a great background for the butterflies to sit on.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using your leftovers/scraps/‘it didn’t quite work’ pieces. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Just a sentiment from the Art Gallery Stamp Set is all that is needed to finish the project.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using your leftovers/scraps/‘it didn’t quite work’ pieces. 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.

Join me at one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store. Items available while stocks last.

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Offers & Promotions      Book a Class

ART GALLERY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETBRILLIANT WINGS DIESSTITCHED GREENERY DIEGORGEOUS GRAPE A4 CARDSTOCKGORGEOUS GRAPE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMANGO MELODY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMELON MAMBO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPOPPY PARADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS