Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Your Way!

For the final Card & (Your) Cuppa of the year, I gave the attendees a challenge.

This was a free-for-all, do it your way project. Rather than me providing a pre-made project for them to create, I sent a pack of items for them to make whatever they wanted.

I did, however, provide ideas from flowers, presents and baubles to whet their imagination.

From the items, I made this project.

Your Way. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the packs included strips of Artistry Blooms DSP, along with co-ordinating Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape and Mango Melody Cardstock, and more, I cut pieces of the DSP and made them into presents.

Your Way. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Shapes from the Whale Builder Punch from the packs made bows for the top of the presents. I love using shapes in different ways.

A sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set cut out using the Classic Label Punch is sat on a length of Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.

Finally, the presents are stuck down with the middle one stuck using Dimensionals.

This was my final class of 2021. Classes for 2021 begin w/c 11th Jan. Head to my Class Timetable for full details and to book your place.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Majestic Mountain Dies to Create a Winter Scene

Our penultimate Card & (Your) Cuppa session of 2020 used Majestic Mountain Dies to create a winter scene.

Majestic Mountain Dies to Create a Winter Scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With a colour combination of Night of Navy, Seaside Spray and Whisper White, the scene began to take shape.

The shapes are all cut using the Majestic Mountains Dies.Majestic Mountain Dies to Create a Winter Scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Attendees could choose to create a Night of Navy background, or leave it White. They could also add a snowy top to the mountains too.

Using the top of the mountain shape, the outline is traced and cut out to create the snow, with a freehand curvy line for the bottom of the snow. Wink of Stella adds some icy sparkle before it is stuck to the top of the mountain.

Instead of the straight bottom for the forest, the forest snowline is created by using the bottom of the mountain as an outline.

Everything is then layered to create the scene.

A loop of the Playing With Patterns Combo Ribbon is then added.

Three trees at the front, with the solid one coated in Wink of Stella are stuck together. The solid tree hides the glue used to stick them all together!

These are then stuck on top using Dimensionals.Majestic Mountain Dies to Create a Winter Scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Champagne Rhinestones are dotted across the sky to resemble stars.

Perfect to use as a Christmas Card, or for a Winter Birthday.

Make sure you take a look at the retiring list for the August-December Mini Catalogue, along with the weekend’s announcement regarding Whisper White.

My schedule for classes for the first part of 2021 is now live. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Home Together Dies

On this day in 2015, I held my first Card & Cuppa session in a local cafe. Fast forward 5 years and they are still running (currently remotely), with some attendees from those first few weeks still joining me.

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project I used the Home Together Dies.Home Together Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’d made this project for one of my regular attendees and they mentioned that they wouldn’t mind making one like it.

It’s a project that can be a New Home card, or a Christmas Card, depending on how it is finished.

The colour combination is Just Jade and Bumblebee In Colors, along with Mint Macaron and Whisper White.

First, a length of the Metallic Mesh Ribbon is added across the back of the project. I love using this ribbon in this way. It’s great for adding texture, especially as I’m currently unable to send stamped images.

Then, each house is assembled with the relevant heart or star insert.

These houses are then attached to the strip using Tear & Tape. As the ribbon has holes in it, the Tear & Tape manages to bind to the cardstock underneath.

Using Dimensionals, the car is aded between the houses, again with the adhesive sticking to the cardstock.

If making this a Christmas Card, the tree is popped on top of the car.

The sentiment sits on a length of Basketweave Combo Ribbon with a cut out from centre of the house.

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

Home Together Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Keep an eye on my Class Timetable as my 2021 schedule will be going live very soon.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Well Written Dies

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I reached for the Well Written Dies.

This set of dies has crept to the back of my dies box and it was time to bring them to the front.

Well Written Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A range of different blues, Pool Party, Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight work really well together with the Whisper White.

It is a bit of a fiddly project, but the finished card is worth the effort.

My Take Your Pick Tool Brush attachement came in useful for removing all the little bits from the Well Written Dies cut outs.

The project being with lengths of Pool Party Shimmer Riboon creating a stripey background.

Then, the centre leaves and flower pieces are attached.Well Written Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

By drawing around the ‘birthday’ shape, a layer is cut out for it to sit on. If you have the die, you can draw around the edge of that instead. Either way is fine.

Raising the birthday above the centre pieces gives the project more depth.

I chose to use a ‘wishes’ sentiment to go with birthday, stamping it in the darker blue of Misty Moonlight.

Before the smaller flowers are added with glue dots, these are given a coat of Wink of Stella. This co-ordinates well with the shimmer of the ribbon.

Well Written Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally some Silver Metallic Pearls are added to the centre of the tiny flowers.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Muted Colours with Texture and a Leaf

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was this card of muted colours with texture and a leaf. Muted Colours with Texture and a Leaf. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combo of Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla is a favourite.

The background is embossed using the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder.

This then has a diagonal length of Embroidered Ribbon and Linen Trim attached.

Muted Colours with Texture and a Leaf. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Another length of Linen Thread is then looped to create interest for the leaf to sit on.

Layers of Stitched Shapes Dies in all three colours, with a sentiment from the co-ordinating Love of Leaves Stamp Set are popped in the corner. The leaf dies and stamp set are available as a bundle from the current Mini Catalogue.Muted Colours with Texture and a Leaf. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the leaf from the Stitched Leaves Dies is raised on Dimensionals above the Linen Thread loops.

This is a great card for any occasion with a simple sentiment change.

There are only a few Card & (Your) Cuppa Classes available to book for 2020. Make sure you don’t miss out. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Stitched Rectangle Dies

For this week’s project, we went a bit Mondrian-esque.

Stitched Rectangle Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs As the attendees liked the colours from the week before, I used the same ones.

For this project, the main pieces are from the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

To begin, lengths of the Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon and Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo are stuck across the project.

Next, each rectangle is arranged with pieces overlapping.

My sentiment is from the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set and has a Small Bloom Punch Flower and Sprig Punch leaf attached.

The flower is coated with Wink of Stella for a touch of sparkle.

Stitched Rectangle Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a Playing With Patterns Resin Dot is added to the centre of the flower.

With only a handful of Card & (Your) Cuppa Classes left for 2020, make sure you book your place. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Hippo & Friends Dies

At Card & (Your) Cuppa, I regularly ask the attendees to suggest projects they would like to make.

One of the recent responses has been a unicorn. So for last week’s card, we entered into a fantasy world.

Hippo & Friends Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

All of the pieces are cut using the Hippo & Friends Dies, apart from the sentiment.

Quite a number of colours, Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Soft Sea Foam make an appearance in this project. I wanted it to be colourful, yet not too brash.

As the unicorn horn is a rather fiddly piece, wet glue was my preferred choice for sticking it to the body. It’s easier, and less messy, to pop some glue on the body, then add the horn.

This is then repeated for the balloon string.

Hippo & Friends Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With the layers stuck together with the unicorn on top, it was time to finish the project.

I chose to use the sentiment from the co-ordinating Hippo Happiness Stamp Set in Highland Heather Ink. The end is shaped using the Banners Pick a Punch.

The large piece, with the unicorn on top, is attached using Dimensionals to raise it off the page. Another Mini Dimensional attaches the balloon.

Three flowers, coloured with Wink of Stella are then scattered around using Glue Dots.

Hippo & Friends Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a tiny Gold Glitter Enamel Dot creates the eye and adds a touch more sparkle.

There aren’t many more Card & (Your) Cuppa sessions left for 2020, so make sure you book your place to join me. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – All About the Angles

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was all about the angles with this bright and cheery card.

All About the Angles. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The combination of Magenta Madness, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White really make it pop.

A piece of Artistry Blooms DSP, placed at an angle, creates the background layer.

Next, a piece of Whisper White, textured with the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder is added. This is also placed at an angle.

My top tip for playing with angles is to make it absolutely clear it is supposed to be like that, rather than just wonky!All About the Angles. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Lovely You Stamp Set, cut out using the Label Me Fancy Punch is layered onto a punched circle.

Three lengths of ribbons are placed across the project at various angles, before the sentiment is attached using Dimensionals.All About the Angles. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, various sizes of Gold Glitter Enamel Dots are added for some sparkle.

A design like this can be recreated using lots of different papers, embossing folders, ribbons, etc. Just pick what you want to use and have a play.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Small Blooms in a Jar

These small blooms in a jar for last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project make a big entrance.

Small Blooms in a Jar. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using a softer pink for the jar and layer, I was able to use brighter colours for the flowers.

My colours are Blushing Bride, Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.

The flowers are layered onto a ‘helper piece’, in this case a punched circle. By layering onto a separate piece, it allows the whole bunch to be moved as one.

Sprig Punch leaves are then glued to the back of the circle.

Small Blooms in a Jar. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of Gray Granite Ribbon creates a pretty flat (Dior) bow around the vase.

A couple of Dimensionals on the back of the flowers allows them to stand out from the vase.Small Blooms in a Jar. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Artistry Blooms Sequins in co-ordinating Mango Melody are added to some of the flowers and around the project.

I chose to leave this project sentiment free as I think it is a great project for many occasions.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Autumn Punch Pack

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, the Autumn Punch Pack was the star.

Autumn Punch Pack. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I thought an autumnal project would be appropriate, especially as the nights are starting to draw in.

My colour combination starts with Crushed Curry for the strip, plus Cinnamon Cider, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze. These all combine with the Very Vanilla layer and basecard.

The DSP strip is from the Playing with Patterns 6×6 DSP Pack, one of the packs currently on Special Offer during October.

Using the Autumn Punch Pack a variety of leaves are cut out and stuck onto the DSP strip.

This trio of small punches is a great way to add lots of shapes very quickly.

Autumn Punch Pack. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Before sticking the DSP strip down, any overhanging edges of leaves are trimmed away, leaving straight edges. It’s similar to this project.

Then, a length of co-ordinating Cinnamon Cider Ribbon is stuck in a cross shape. Using Dimensionals the sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set is placed over the top.

Autumn Punch Pack. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsFinally, an acorn is added to the sentiment.

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