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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A Floral Thank You

I recently redesigned my Craft Room, and mentioned in passing during one of my online classes that I thought it needed some plants.

This floral thank you is for one of my class attendees who kindly provided me with two plants that are now sitting in my room.

Floral Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The plants were an Anthurium and an Aloe Vera.

As the Anthurium has red flowers, this is why my colour combination is Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz, with a Terracotta Tile pot.

The corners are rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch, before adding the sentiment and stamped flowers.

‘a little note’ is from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and sits in the bottom corner.

Although the images from the Field of Flowers Stamp Set aren’t exactly like the Anthurium flowers, using the two colours allowed me to give a general impression of them.

The pot is from the Basket of Blooms Set stamped tone-on-tone and cut out by hand.

This then has a Linen Thread bow wrapped around it. Then, using Dimensionals, the pot is made to stand out from the flowers.

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella was added to the flower heads for a touch of sparkle.

Floral Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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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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Very Versailles and Circle Punches

Due to the Bank Holiday, there wasn’t a Card & (Your) Cuppa session last week, so I’m sharing this project made with Very Versailles and Circle Punches instead.

It’s loosely based on the projects on Page 114 of the Annual Catalogue.

My colour combination is Blushing Bride, Pumpkin Pie and Poppy Parade, with Early Espresso as the accent colour.

The stunning branch image is stamped on the background, with Blushing Bride and Early Espresso used with Sponge Daubers to distress the edges.

A combination of various generations of stamping for the other images create the different depths of colour. Circle Punches cut out these pieces. This trio of circles is then layered in size order.

Very Versailles and Circle Punches. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set has a piece of pretty Scalloped Lace Trim stuck to the back.

This is then stuck onto the project with Mini Dimensionals.

Finally, a few Champagne Rhinestones add some sparkle. These co-ordinate really well with the Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso colours.

Very Versailles and Circle Punches. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I haven’t played with Very Versailles for a while, it was nice to stamp with it again.

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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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More In Color DSP Diagonal Stripes

You may have noticed that I like diagonal designs on projects. I also love using DSP to create diagonal stripes.

Diagonal Stripes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Here is a card using three brightest colours from the In Color DSP. It’s a version of this previous project. I like how using a different Designer Series Paper changes the look and feel of a project.

Using a Whisper White base card and Magenta Madness as the accent colour, really makes it pop.

As making these projects doesn’t use much DSP, they are a great way for using up your scraps. Use your Paper Trimmer to cut strips to the width you require, and then start building your pattern. You don’t have to do diagonal stripes!

My pattern starts with a thin strip of the DSP along the diagonal. I’ve then butted the other pieces up to it, one colour at a time, using different sides of the DSP.

Diagonal Stripes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and I stamped this onto my piece after I’d stuck down the strips. Top tip, don’t do this! Stamp your sentiment first incase it doesn’t go quite right, as you can always turn it 180 and stick the strips over it. Alternatively, stamp your sentiment onto a separate piece and stick it on afterwards.

Diagonal Stripes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, I added a cute little co-ordinating flat (Dior) bow in the In Color Ribbon.

These really don’t take long to do and you can make quite a lot of projects from just a few strips of DSP. Why not try one or two and mix and match your DSP.

I’d love to see your finished projects.

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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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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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Sending Dandelion Wishes

What better way to let someone know you are thinking of them than sending a handmade card. Over the past few weeks I’ve been sending dandelion wishes in the form of these little notes.

Sharing Dandelion Wishes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

These monochrome Notecards in a range of colours were fun to make, but even nicer to send.

I made them using Notecards in Very Vanilla (above) and Whisper White (below). As these come in packs of 20, pre-scored and with matching envelopes, they are great for mass production.

The accent colours were Gorgeous Grape, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Rococo Rose and Melon Mambo. My Stamparatus came in handy for stamping the dandelions, as I could line them up in the same place each time.

Sharing Dandelion Wishes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, cut using the Classic Label punch, with a layered piece behind, just finished off each card. Seriously, if you haven’t got this punch in your collection, you NEED it. It’s my go-to punch and useful for so many different projects.

You can see the full range of the colours I used in the pictures below, these are Very Vanilla.

Sharing Dandelion Wishes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs     Sharing Dandelion Wishes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Here are the Whisper White ones. Do you have favourite?

Sharing Dandelion Wishes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs      Sharing Dandelion Wishes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I made sure that these cards could be sent on to someone else too as I wrote on a separate slip inside. It’s important to keep sharing nice things, and this was a perfect way to do just that.

Why not make your own cards to give to someone else, join one of my classes and get creative, or order your own products and make your own. Alternatively, if it’s ‘not your thing’, then let me send a card on your behalf.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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