Meowing at the Moon

It’s the 13th (not a Friday), but it seems like an appropriate day to share this project.

This lucky black cat, meowing at the moon is a purrfect (sorry) project for Halloween.

Meowing at the Moon. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project is Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Whisper White.

First, the wall pattern is made by using the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder in my Cut & Emboss Machine.

Using a Sponge Dauber and Whisper White Ink Pad, highlights are added to show some of the brickwork.

This is then stuck to the black layer, cutting off any excess from the edges.

Meowing at the Moon. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, a Sponge Dauber and Pumpkin Pie Ink create the moon on a Whisper White shape cut using the 2 1/4″ Circle Punch.

I chose to create my moon using a Sponge Dauber and Ink to give an effect of darker and lighter areas.

Finally, the cat is created using the Cat Punch and sat on the wall using Dimensionals.Meowing at the Moon. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really love this silhouette, and the white highlights on the wall which look like it’s glistening in the moonlight.

It’s not too late to get your hands on some of these items in time for Halloween crafting.

Why not join me at one of my classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details. My Christmas Classes are closing soon.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BRICK & MORTAR 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERCAT PUNCH2 1/4" (5.7 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHBASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKPUMPKIN PIE A4 CARDSTOCKPUMPKIN PIE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKUNINKED STAMPIN' PAD & WHISPER WHITE REFILLSPONGE DAUBERSSTAMPIN’ CUT& EMBOSS MACHINESTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' SEAL+STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Special Commission for a Birthday

During this lockdown, it’s been lovely to be asked to make cards for people. Here is a special commission for a Birthday.

It uses a combination of dies, punches and an embossing folder.

Special Commission for a Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I know the recipient likes their garden, so I started with a garden wall using the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder.

Next, I used the Ornate Borders Dies in Purple Posy, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape for the flourish across the wall. This is one of the many products in the Ornate Garden Suite from the new Annual Catalogue.

Special Commission for a Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To create ‘mum’, I used letters from the Well Written Dies words and put them together.  This is backed by a piece of Whisper White Crinkle Seam Binding coloured with Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends.

For the butterflies, these are stamped in Melon Mambo, punches out and coloured with more Stampin’ Blends in various shades of pink.

Special Commission for a Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The finishing touches are Wink of Stella and some small Pearls in the centre of the flowers.

I’m pleased to report the recipient was happy with their card.

Head to my Class Timetable for full details of my classes, or take a look at my cards for sale.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ORNATE BORDERS DIESBRICK & MORTAR 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERWELL WRITTEN DIESBUTTERFLY GALA PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETBUTTERFLY DUET PUNCHBUTTERFLY GALA PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKPURPLE POSY A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKMELON MAMBO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSTAMPIN' BLENDS FLIRTY FLAMINGO COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS PETAL PINK COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS HIGHLAND HEATHER COMBO PACKWHISPER WHITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) CRINKLED SEAM BINDING RIBBONWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHPEARL BASIC JEWELSFINE-TIP GLUE PENGLUE DOTSMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Butterflies in shades of green

At my previous Card & (Your) Cuppa sessions, I asked the attendees to tell me what sorts of projects they would like to make. Someone said that they liked greens, so here we have butterflies in shades of green.

Butterflies in shades of green. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Soft Sea Foam, Pretty Peacock and Mint Macaron.

The Soft Sea Foam layer is embossed using the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder. I definitely don’t use my embossing folders enough.

A length of Linen Thread is then wrapped around this piece to add even more depth. As I’m unable to send stamped images to my class attendees during this time, I am finding lots of different ways to add depth and texture.

Butterflies in shades of green. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Then we have a shape from the Wild Rose Dies, this is cut down at one end. A tip for this shape is to cut it wider, so it hangs slightly over the Soft Sea Foam piece and blends into the Pretty Peacock layer. Sprig Punch Shapes are then glued to the back of the shape before it is added with Dimensionals to raise it up.

The three butterflies in shades of green are then scrunched (to add more texture) and added to the project.

Butterflies in shades of green. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, three Pearls just add a little bit of extra sophistication.

There was enough Linen Thread left over in the kits for the attendees to add a bow if they wanted. Some did and I was thrilled it was some of my more bow-phobic attendees that took the plunge and added one 🙂

If you’d like to join us at a class, then take a look at my Social Isolation Classes page for more details. Also, don’t forget that some products from the Annual and Mini Catalogues are leaving us on 2nd June. Check out the retiring list for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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MINT MACARON A4 CARDSTOCKPRETTY PEACOCK A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKBRICK & MORTAR 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERBUTTERFLY DUET PUNCHSPRIG PUNCHWILD ROSE DIESLINEN THREADPEARL BASIC JEWELSSNAIL ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSGLUE DOTS

Graffiti Wall for a Rocky Horror Birthday

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Rocky Horror and have been attending various shows of the current UK tour.

I made this card for the lovely gentleman who has been playing Frank-n-Furter for his Birthday.

A Rocky Horror Birthday card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

It’s based on this project from my Mostly Men Papercrafting Class.

I’ve used a Real Red and Basic Black to reflect the main colours of The Rocky Horror Show, along with Basic Gray.

Both the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set and Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set provide the various Birthday greetings.

A Rocky Horror Birthday card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

Once the greetings are added, images from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set create a spray can effect.

The whole piece is then given an embossed effect using the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder.

A sponge dauber and Basic Gray Stampin’ Pad is then used to add some extra definition to some of the brick work before it is all assembled.

A Rocky Horror Birthday card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

I really enjoy making these graffiti wall cards as you can let your imagination run wild.

Check back soon to see the end of tour cards I made for the Cast.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing FolderPerennial Birthday Cling-Mount Stamp SetItty Bitty Birthdays Cling Stamp SetArtisan Textures Cling-Mount Stamp SetBasic Black A4 CardstockTuxedo Black Memento Ink PadReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockBasic Gray Classic Stampin' PadSponge DaubersSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape Adhesive

Mostly Men Class – Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder

The next project from my recent Mostly Men Papercrafting Class is this graffiti wall using the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder.

Graffiti Wall using Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose a palette of bright colours to make the card suitable for a teenager or younger person. We have Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Gorgeous Grape and Real Red, with Smoky Slate accents.

Graffiti Wall using Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The various sentiments are from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set and are randomly stamped onto the Whisper White cardstock.

Next, it’s various images from Artisan Textures to make paint splatter effects.

Once all the stamping is finished, it’s time to use the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder, along with the fabulous Embossing Plate to create the wall.

Finally, Sponge Daubers and Smoky Slate are used to highlight parts of the wall, before putting everything together.

Graffiti Wall using Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The wall is stuck to the layer using Tear & Tape to avoid crushing the embossed effect and give it a better adhesion.

At the class, the attendees were given other sentiments from the set they could use. It’s a great project to tailor accordingly to the recipient.

Why not join us at a future class. Full details and booking information can be found at my class timetable.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing FolderItty Bitty Birthdays Cling Stamp SetArtisan Textures Cling-Mount Stamp SetGranny Apple Green A4 CardstockGranny Apple Green Stampin' PadSmoky Slate A4 CardstockSmoky Slate Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockMango Melody Classic Stampin' PadGorgeous Grape Classic Stampin' PadReal Red Classic Stampin' PadSponge Daubers3D Embossing Folder PlateSnail AdhesiveTear & Tape Adhesive