BYO Stamps – Fabulous Forever Fern

The final project from my recent BYO Stamp Class uses the fabulous Forever Fern Stamp Set and Dies Bundle.

It’s just so versatile that I had to use it – again!

My colour combination is Just Jade, Shaded Spruce and Old Olive. I like how the Old Olive adds a more yellow tone of green. Using Whisper White, and a Thick Whisper White base card, the greens really pop.

All of the stamping, apart from the sentiment, uses images from the Forever Fern Stamp Set. Some of these are then cut out using the co-ordinating Forever Flourishing Dies from the Bundle.

Fabulous Forever Fern. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the splat image once more, in Old Olive, they flow across the diagonal line of stamping across the project.

A length of Linen Thread is wrapped around the project before the cut out leaves and sentiment are added with Dimensionals.

The sentiment from the Many Mates Stamp Set is coloured with a Blender Pen and layered onto a larger punched circle.

Fabulous Forever Fern. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, three Champagne Rhinestones add a little touch of bling.

Here are all three projects from the class. By using the same basic items, these designs all draw the eye in different ways. Do you have a favourite?

Balloon Bouquet Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Feathers and Splats. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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BYO Stamps – Feathers and Splats

The second of my recent BYO Stamps class projects is this card with both feathers and splats. If you remember from yesterday’s card, the theme was all about using ‘splat’ images and drawing the eye.

Feathers and Splats. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This any occasion project begins by masking a strip and stamping the splats from the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

My colour combination is So Saffron, Petal Pink and Pool Party from the Subtles Collection. Rather than using Whisper White, these are teamed with Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand to give a more muted look.

Next, a few feathers from the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set are stamped in second generation down the splats, taking care not to overlap the edge. The masking is then removed to reveal a delicate strip down the page.

A length of Linen Thread is wrapped around the card to tone with the Sahara Sand layer.

Feathers stamped in each colour are cut out using the co-ordinating Nature’s Thoughts dies. These are arranged onto the layered circles and the whole piece is raised on top with Dimensionals.

Feathers and Splats. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the bow is tied and a triangle of three Pearls are added for a finishing touch.

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BYO Stamps – Balloon Bouquet Punch

For last week’s BYO Stamps Class, all three project designs were about using ‘splat’ stamps and drawing the eye.

The first project is this bright Birthday Card.

Balloon Bouquet Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Balloons cut using the Balloon Bouquet Punch are coloured with Sponge Daubers. They are then given some extra tone-on-tone definition using the ‘splat’ stamp from the Forever Fern Stamp Set.Balloon Bouquet Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This ‘splat’ stamp then creates an outline around the area of the Daffodil Delight circle. Again all of the colours are used.

Using Linen Thread, tails are stuck to each balloon. Two balloons are stuck directly onto the project.

A sentiment from the Many Mates Stamp Set has the words coloured using Blender Pens to pull the ink. This sentiment has the final balloon added to it and is then stuck to the card using Dimensionals. The balloon tails hang behind this raised piece,

Balloon Bouquet Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using a short piece of Linen Thread to tie all the balloon tails together, these can then be arranged as needed. I have stuck the knot to the project using a little bit of Multipurpose Glue to hold it in place.

Finally, some Rhinestones add some Birthday bling!

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BYO Stamps – A Jar of Flowers

For the final project for my recent BYO Stamps class I designed a jar of flowers.

A Jar of Flowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using a number of new punches and a new Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue, it’s a pretty mix.

Once again, Soft Sea Foam and Mint Macaron are my main colours, with Mint Macaron for the leaves. By masking the rather large area around the edges of the jar, the leaves can be stamped at various heights and angles. We don’t want stems to be poking out the side of our jar!

This time a splash of So Saffron and Poppy Parade add the extra colour with the flowers. The larger flowers are stamped. Then a few smaller flowers are created using the Confetti Flowers Border Punch and coloured in So Saffron with a Sponge Dauber in a variety of tones.

A Jar of Flowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of Linen Thread is wrapped around the jar and a bow added for a rustic look, with the jar raised up using Dimensionals.

Finally, Silver Metallic Pearls are added to the smaller flowers for a little touch of bling.

A Jar of Flowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

There is space to add a sentiment and also more leaves and flowers. Who doesn’t love a jar of flowers?

Here are all three projects. Which is your favourite?

Fields of flowers Stamp Set with Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Pretty Trio. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  A Jar of Flowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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BYO Stamps – Pretty Trio using Lovely You

The second project from my recent BYO Stamps ZOOM Class was this pretty trio.

Pretty Trio. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once again Soft Sea Foam and Mint Macaron provide the basecard and layer, with Mint Macron stamping for the leaves. The leaves are stamped multiple times and just off the edge to give some extra interest.

My additional colour for this project and the centre flower is Magenta Madness from the new In Color collection.

I used Stampin’ Write Markers to ink up the centre stamp to make it easier for me to use two colours on the one image.

Pretty Trio. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A strip of Mint Macaron cardstock sits behind the circles to give them a background.

With a length of Metallic-Edge Ribbon in Whisper White in the bottom third, a flat bow was added as a finishing touch.

Pretty Trio. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s amazing how quickly a project like this comes together. You can swap things around and make the project portrait with the pretty trio down or across the page. Extra bling using Wink of Stella or embellishments could make a fabulous project for a sparkle fan. Why not use a different stamp set or add a sentiment of your choice?

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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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Highlighting the Ornate Style Stamp Set

Whoops! Another project using the Ornate Garden Suite. I told you I couldn’t put it down! It’s a great suite from the new Annual Catalogue.

Here I’m highlighting part of the Ornate Style Stamp Set with Stampin’ Blends.

Highlighting the Ornate Style Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The base of this project is Purple Posy and Highland Heather. Corners are rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch. This mirrors the cut outs of the centre shape.

Two shapes are cut from the Painted Labels Dies with the Whisper White one trimmed along the stitch line to create layering. By placing this Whisper White shape onto the Whisper White layer, the image is stamped on top using Smoky Slate.

Then, the cut out is taken away and coloured using Stampin’ Blends. I’ve used the same colours for the Blends, along with So Saffron, Granny Apple Green and Rococo Rose. Make sure you have your Colour Lifter to hand incase of any mishaps!

 

Highlighting the Ornate Style Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

By layering this onto the larger Highland Heather piece, the whole piece is then carefully lined up and stuck on top of the the non-coloured stamped section.

Finally, three pretty Frosted Epoxy Droplets just add a finishing touch. They capture the light beautifully.

Highlighting the Ornate Style Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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BYO Stamps – Going Dotty with the Waterfront Stamp Set

Today I’m showing you a less ‘traditional’ project from my recent BYO Stamps class. Here we are going dotty with the Waterfront Stamp Set!

I enjoy getting the most out of my stamp sets by using the images in lots of different ways. Here, we’re using one of the smallest stamps in the set to create an all over dotty pattern.

Going dotty with with Waterfront Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project is similar to a couple of previous projects I’ve made, you can see them here and here.

Although there is a combination of first and third generation Balmy Blue stamping on the piece, I’ve done all of the first generation stamping first. This is to make sure there aren’t any of those annoying lines you get when you accidentally stamp onto the page after stamping over an edge. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?!

Next, it was time for the third generation stamping, again in Balmy Blue. This overlaps the other stamping and adds faint images in the background.

The dots were then stamped over the top top in Night of Navy to add a bit more interest.

Going dotty with with Waterfront Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the sentiment, the image for the background was stamped onto a separate sheet in 2nd generation, then the ‘Thanks’ was added on top.

This is then cut out by hand. The image isn’t round, so it’s supposed to look a bit uneven. It’s then stuck onto a layer of Night of Navy and again cut round by hand.

With the background piece layered onto a strip, three lengths of Linen Thread cut across the project.

Finally, the sentiment is stuck on using Small Dimensionals.

Going dotty with with Waterfront Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is another project that would work brilliantly in a number of colours. Perfect for anyone and any occasion, just change the colours and sentiment to suit. Enjoy going dotty!

I hope you’ve enjoyed all of the projects from the recent BYO Stamps Class. Which is your favourite of the three?

Watefront scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Stripes from the Waterfront Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Going dotty with with Waterfront Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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BYO Stamps – Stripes from the Waterfront Stamp Set

How is it July already? Where has the year gone?

For my recent BYO Stamps class, all of the projects used the same stamp set. Today, I’m sharing how we made stripes from the Waterfront Stamp Set.

Stripes from the Waterfront Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is similar to a project I made previously, just with different colours.

I like monochrome projects, but this is actually Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral and Terracotta Tile. As the Terracotta Tile ribbon is quite close in colour to the Calypso Coral stamping, I was able to stick to using inks from the Subtles Collection.

Although there aren’t any stripe stamps in the Waterfront Stamp Set, if you look at the images, one of them resembles a stripe. Just because it looks like water or a strip of land, doesn’t mean that is all it should be! I love using stamps in a completely different way.

Stripes from the Waterfront Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve created stripes here by spacing them evenly across the page. You could make diagonals, a cross-hatch pattern, or just randomly stamp on your cardstock. There are lots of different options.

The ribbon then hides the top of the stamping to create two distinct parts of the project. On this separation line, three flowers from the Small Bloom Punch are stuck onto shapes from the Layering Circles Dies.

Finally, three Rhinestones add some bling.

Stripes from the Waterfront Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Why not use a sentiment in place of the flowers, or place one in the top corner? Alternatively, it can stay sentiment-free. That’s the beauty of crafting, the choice is yours!

I think a batch of these in different colours would make a lovely gift to send to someone.

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BYO Stamps – Waterfront Scene

Last week I held another of my fortnightly BYO Stamps classes. All of the attendees had the Waterfront Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue, and were after some ideas of how to use it. So, I began by creating this serene waterfront scene.

Watefront scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colours are from the Subtles collection and the project is similar to this card from a previous class. This project is going back to basics, pure stamping with stamps and inks, and no extra embellishments.

By first stamping the water’s edge across the page, this gives the starting point for the scene.

Above this line, trees and mountains are stamped in a combination of first, second and some third generation stamping. Then, by turning the project upside down, the reflections are added just below the water’s edge in second generation stamping. Rather than being really precise and lining everything up perfectly, just aligning a few points of the trees and mountains was good enough to give the right effect.

Watefront scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Then it was time to add the water with lots of stamping of the same image to achieve the depth and colour tones needed.

Finally, a So Saffron sun completes the scene before the whole card is assembled.

It’s a great card to have in your collection, ready to send. There is space at the bottom of the card to add your own sentiment too.

Watefront scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I almost feel like I’m sitting at the edge of this peaceful waterfront scene. It reminds me of happy times in the Lake District.

This was the more ‘traditional’ project of the three from the class. Make sure you pop back for the other less standard projects.

I think it’s great to be able to use your stamps in as many different ways as you can, and these BYO Stamps classes enable that. Attendees are able to think about their stamp sets in a slightly different way.

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