Magenta Madness Birthday Butterflies

These Magenta Madness Birthday Butterflies were a project for a class attendee.

They are a fan of pink, so I think this definitely fits that brief!

Magenta Madness Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A monochrome project in Magenta Madness and Whisper White.

Stamping is from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, with the shapes from the co-ordinating Butterfly Duet Punch.

The butterflies are masked to allow for them to be spaced differently to the stamp.Magenta Madness Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A Blender Pen colours the butterflies, pulling the ink from the edges to provide the colour.

‘It’s Your Day!’ is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set, again stamped in Magenta Madness. This is cut out using a Circle Punch and sits on a Timeless Label Punch shape.

These are both sat on a length of Metallic-Edge Ribbon, in a double loop.

Magenta Madness Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, small butterflies coated in Wink of Stella are placed across the project, along with a few Rhinestones for some extra sparkle.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Petal Pink, Misty Moonlight and Some Sparkle

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project combined Petal Pink, Misty Moonlight and some sparkle to create this pretty card.

If you’re a regular visitor, you’ll know I’m not a fan of pink, and certainly not the paler pink shades. However, this colour combination works really well!

As I can’t send pre-stamped items out in my class kits due to Stampin’ Up! rules, my kits tend to contain shapes and embellishments.

This card is a version of this previous project, just without stamping.

On these projects without stamping, I like to use texture instead. This begins with the Metallic Mesh Ribbon as a background strip.Petal Pink, Misty Moonlight and Some Sparkle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using two Label Me Lovely Punch shapes, one is cut in half and stuck behind to create the look of a layer.

On this, a Whisper White punched circle shape is attached to help the large butterflies stand out.

Scrunching the butterflies adds more texture, along with the Baker’s Twine antennae from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack.

The twine co-ordinates with the silver in the ribbon and the Misty Moonlight cardstock.

Petal Pink, Misty Moonlight and Some Sparkle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Wink of Stella on the smaller butterflies adds even more sparkle, before finally adding some Rhinestones to complete the project.

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Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies

It’s a purple start to the week with yesterday’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project and this Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies card!

Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the same design as this recent project, I went monochrome for my Sister-in-Law’s Birthday.

Re-using designs by just changing the colours or stamp sets is a great way to get the most out of your crafting as it saves lots of time. Also, if you aren’t sure what to create, it helps to give you a starting point.

Highland Heather and Whisper White come together with lots of tone-on-tone stamping.

Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Swirly Frames provides the pretty rectangle outline. The Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and co-ordinating Butterfly Duet Punch create lots of butterflies.

To create depth,  a few butterflies are stamped directly onto the card. The rest are then layered over the top using Glue Dots.

Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

‘Happy Birthday’ from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set is simply cut out and stuck using Dimensionals to raise it up.

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella on the large butterfly and a scattering of Rhinestones add a touch of sparkle.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – A Wave of Butterflies

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, the attendees made a wave of butterflies. It’s a version of this project from my recent Abstract/Shapes Class.

Wave of Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this project, I kept the same colours for the butterflies. I decided to change to Whisper White and also Pool Party for the wave of butterflies to sit on.

The gap is made by cutting a wavy line and sticking each part down leaving the gap. Butterflies are cut using the Butterfly Duet Punch.

Using Glue Dots, the wave of butterflies is created, starting with the centre, then the top and bottom. This helps to make the gaps more even.

Wave of Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment is once again from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set cut with the Layering Circles Dies. This is sat on top of a piece of the very pretty co-ordinating Pool Party Ribbon.

Wave of Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This ribbon has a lovely shimmer, which matches the sparkle from the Wink of Stella I added to each butterfly.

If you want to learn how to make projects like this one, make sure you book your place on one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Purple & Blue Birthday Butterflies

My friend is a fan of butterflies, blue, purple and sparkle, so for her Birthday earlier this week, this card seemed appropriate.

Purple & Blue Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My blue is Pool Party, one of their favourite Stampin’ Up! colours, with Highland Heather for the purple. All of the stamping is in Smoky Slate.

The butterflies are from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and cut out using the co-ordinating Butterfly Duet Punch. Using Stampin’ Blends in both Pool Party and Highland Heather as my colouring tools matches them with the cardstock.

There is also a touch of Wink of Stella on the wings for a touch of sparkle.

Purple & Blue Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the background, I used the ‘splat’ from the Forever Fern Stamp Set in both colours to break up the white space. I then chose a simple sentiment from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set to stamp in the bottom corner.

A length of the fabulous new Metallic Mesh Ribbon from the Mini Catalogue makes a great feature. It adds even more sparkle to co-ordinate with the Wink of Stella wings.

Purple & Blue Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The smaller butterflies are attached with Glue Dots, with the large butterfly glued to the layered circles. This circles section is then given extra definition by being stuck on with Dimensionals.

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Abstract Butterflies

My 6th and final project from my recent Abstract/Shapes Papercrafting Class is this abstract butterflies card.

Abstract Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

All of the items in this project are from the Annual Catalogue.

I chose the fabulous colour combination of Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry and Very Vanilla.

Using strips of the cardstock, these layer across the card at various points, with the ends shaped as required. For speed, a punch to cut the ends is a much easier option.

It is really quick and easy to make and doesn’t use much cardstock either, so you can make lots from a few sheets. The hardest decision is your colour combination!

Abstract Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Strips of the co-ordinating In Color Ribbon, plus Lace Trim are also added to create more texture.

Butterflies, cut using the Butterfly Duet Punch are stuck together down the centre and the wings curled upwards. Then, a length of Linen Thread is looped round to make the antennae. These add even more texture and add a slightly rustic feel.

The butterflies are stuck onto layered circles, before this section is stuck to the project using Dimensionals. Try to place the Dimensionals onto card, rather than ribbon, as it gives them something firm to attach to.

Abstract Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Pearls are dotted around to give a finishing touch.

This abstract butterflies design is definitely one you’ll be seeing a lot more of from me. I’ll be making variations of it in different colours and patterns.

Here are all 6 projects. Do you have a favourite?

Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs A Project Full of Holes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs A Very Versatile Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Essential Tag Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Yellow, Orange and Red Small Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Abstract Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Birthday Blues for a Crossover Gatefold Card

Last week, it was the Birthday of one of my regular class attendees. This Crossover Gatefold card is the card I sent.

Crossover Gatefold Card. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

At my recent Fancy Folds Class, the attendees made a ‘standard’ Gatefold card, a post on that is coming soon. It is taken to a Crossover Gatefold through the addition of the interlocking (crossover) pieces at the front.

Crossover Gatefold Card. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The recipient is a fan of blues, so I chose Misty Moonlight and Seaside Spray for my colours. Each one is from an In Color Collection.

Beautiful panels for the front are from the co-ordinating Flowers for Every Season 6×6 DSP. As they also like a bit of grunge, so I used a Sponge Dauber around the edges of the DSP panels to add some shading. The pretty DSP did a lot of the work, so I didn’t need to add too many extra items.

Both of the words for the sentiment are from the Well Said Stamp Set and stuck onto the top and bottom strips. The other strip is stuck on the opposite way. Do make sure you pop your adhesive in the right place, or you could end up with a card that doesn’t open!

Crossover Gatefold Card. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To make the ‘lock’, a leaf made using the Forever Fern Stamp Set and Dies Bundle is stuck across both parts of the sentiment. A butterfly from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, cut using the Butterfly Duet Punch is stuck to the other strip. This then creates the crossover.

A light coating of Wink of Stella on the butterfly gives a touch of Birthday bling.

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BYO Stamps – Field of Flowers Stamp Set with Butterflies

At last week’s BYO Stamps ZOOM session, I designed three cards all with a Soft Sea Foam Base Card and Mint Macaron Layer. Every card had a floral theme and the first one uses the Field of Flowers Stamp Set with Butterflies.

Fields of flowers Stamp Set with Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My stamping is in Mint Macaron and Seaside Spray. I don’t think I’ve used this combination before, but I really like the colours combined with Very Vanilla.

Only three stamps from the Fields of Flowers Stamp Set have been used to create this project. The stamps are used in different ways.

With first generation stamping for the largest stem and flower, this is the main focus. Can you see where I’ve stamped the stem twice to extend it? I’ve deliberately left this uncovered so you can see how I’ve created extra height.

As my stamping is slightly wonky, I will probably pop a sentiment over the top of it before sending it. There’s a saying in crafting ‘if you can’t see it, it isn’t there!’ The recipient will be none the wiser, unless they’ve read this of course!

2nd generation stamping is then used for the background flowers by using just the top part of the stamp to create the smaller stems, and the smaller flower head.

Fields of flowers Stamp Set with Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the butterflies, the shapes are pre-punched using the Butterfly Duet Punch. They are then stamped with the flower heads using a combination of second generation and more. This creates a unique pretty pattern on the butterflies where they are all different.

Using Glue Dots, the smaller butterflies are added, with a Dimensional to stick the larger butterfly.

Fields of flowers Stamp Set with Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Three small Pearls are placed in a triangle to add a  finishing touch.

This will look fabulous in brighter colours and with a sentiment of your choice.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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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.

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BYO Stamps – Filling the Gap

For one of my recent BYO Stamp classes, I created 3 designs around gaps. We had creating the gap, filling the gap and covering the gap. This project is all about filling the gap.

Filling the Gap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

However, with this one, you do actually create the gap too before filling it!

I used Whisper White for the base card and a variety of different colours for the Butterflies. The splash of colour looks really vibrant against the white background.

To create this, the top piece is cut in half to create the gap. Then, the layer underneath had lines drawn on it to create a space slightly wider than the gap.

This gap was then filled with butterflies from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set. There is a combination of stamped, using Smoky Slate Ink, and not stamped shapes cut using the Butterfly Duet Punch. These shapes were stuck on and cut at the lines drawn to allow parts of the butterflies to be used in mutliple places. In fact, the yellow butterflies top left and bottom right are from the same shape.

Filling the Gap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

When I was happy with how everything was arranged, this layer was stuck onto the base card.

Then, a sentiment from the Stamp Set is added to one of the front pieces, again using Smoky Slate ink. It’s easier to stamp the sentiment before sticking the top pieces down as you can recreate them if you make a mistake!

Filling the Gap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using lots of Dimensionals, the top layers are stuck down. Finally, small Rhinestones are added for a touch of sparkle.

This project can be created using lots of different colours and shapes. You can use just one colour family, or stamp onto white and colour the pieces yourself. I think it would also look great in monochrome. The possibilities are endless.

Pop back soon for the other gap projects from this class.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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