Christmas Packaging

If you’re in the middle of wrapping presents, then this box is perfect for Christmas packaging.

It’s a great size for chocolates, toiletries etc.

Christmas Packaging. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The box slides out from a belly band to reveal the contents.

My main box is made using Pear Pizzazz Cardstock. It’s a lidless box and can be made to your own dimensions. It is a stamp free project, but you can decorate the box and tag as you require.

Make sure you use a Paper Folder to make those score lines nice and crisp. Plus, use a strong adhesive such as Multipurpose Glue, Tear & Tape or SEAL+ to ensure the box doesn’t fall apart.

Christmas Packaging. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the belly band, I used the box dimensions and added 1mm to each measurement when I scored. This allows the belly band to fit over the box and slide nicely, without being too tight or too loose.

Christmas Packaging. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the tag, the Fancy Tag Topper Punch and the Detailed Trio Punch gave me the shape.

Then, I punched a circle from matching Real Red Cardstock and a Pine Tree Punch shape from the offcut of DSP.

These were stuck together then attached with Dimensionals. As I popped a Rhinstone at the top of the tree, I made sure a tiny piece of Dimensional was stuck behind that too.

Finally, a piece of Real Red Braided Linen Trim is threaded through the tag to attach it.

I love making boxes and hope to make many more of them in 2021. Watch this space!

Make sure you check out the offers on the Great Year-End Closeout Sale.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Countdown to Christmas #12

My final project of my Countdown to Christmas series is Countdown to Christmas #12.

If you need a quick and simple Christmas Card that is simple to replicate in lots of different colours, then this is it!

One ink pad, matching cardstock, plus Whisper White or Very Vanilla, a couple of stamps, some punched shapes and a swish of ribbon is all you need.

Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this monochrome look, I’ve used Misty Moonlight and Just Jade.

Using the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set in first and second generation stamping, this creates a snowy background. You can leave yours blank, or use a different image.Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, I chose my focal image, a tree from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set, stamping it three times. The Just Jade is tone-on-tone, Misty Moonlight onto Whisper White.

The important thing is to stamp 3 of these. Then either cut or punch them out like I have here using the co-ordinating Pine Tree Punch.

These are then stuck onto layered circles. You can use any shape for your layers. These are to help them stand out from the background.Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A loop of ribbon is then stuck behind where the circles will sit.

Finally, the centre piece is stuck on using Dimensionals.

Perfect for those moments when you receive a card from someone you’ve forgotten to send to!

Do you have a favourite?Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This design is so simple to replicate using different stamp sets and shapes.

I also made some more using red for one design and pink for another. There aren’t any picture of those though!

Don’t forget to take a look at the Christmas items that are retiring and grab yourself a bargain.

Also, my classes for the first part of 2021 are open for booking. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Countdown to Christmas #10

For Countdown to Christmas #10, I’m sharing the final project from my Crack Your Christmas Cards Class.

Countdown to Christmas #10. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As with the other projects from this class, the  card used the Tag Buffet Stamp Set.

Again, Garden Green, Real Red and Whisper White is the colour combination.

This project uses the paper piecing technique and fussy cutting.

By stamping the stocking onto two different pieces of cardstock and cutting them out, the white stocking pieces were stuck onto the Real Red main piece.

Countdown to Christmas #10. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The stocking has also been stamped multiple times in Real Red to the right of the Whisper White piece.

Using a Blender Pen, these have been coloured slightly to match the paper pieced stocking.

A length of the Braided Linen Trim is looped behind a punched circle shape. This shape is raised using Dimensionals before the stocking is added to it.

Finally, some red Wonderful Gems add a touch of festive sparkle.

Pop back tomorrow for another Christmas project. Plus, my Countdown to Christmas series continues next Friday.

Here are all four class projects together. Do you have a favourite?

Countdown to Christmas #6. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Countdown to Christmas #7. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #8. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #10. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Keep an eye on my Class Timetable as details of 2021 Classes will be released very soon.

Don’t forget to place any orders by 9th December for pre-Christmas delivery.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Forever Fern to Say Thank You

This month, I’ve used Forever Fern to say Thank You to my recent customers.

I love being able to express my gratitude to those who have supported my business.

As you know, it’s one of my favourite things about my job.

Forever Fern to Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this project, my colour combination is Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake.

It’s a combination I have used before with Whisper White, but this time I chose Very Vanilla instead.Forever Fern to Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Just a few leaves from the Forever Fern Stamp Set, along with the splates for the background, create a soft, yet class look.

A sentiment from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set, with the edges cut using the Banners Pick a Punch.

This is stuck above a Rococo Rose punched circle shape.

Forever Fern to Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Pearls add a certain something to this classic project.

Have you placed an order with me in November? It’s not too late.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Team Member Congratulations

Last month a Team Member celebrated a year as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Of course, this was a perfect opportunity to make and send a card.

Team Member Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As they are a fan of pink, I chose a Magenta Madness and Blushing Bride combo.

The stamping is from the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set, with the butterfly cut using the co-ordinating Nature’s Thoughts Dies.Team Member Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used a touch of Wink of Stella on the focal butterfly.

For the sentiment, this is from the Many Mates Stamp Set. It’s cut using a Circle Punch and layered onto a Timeless Label Punch shape.

These are both then raised on Dimensionals above a loop of the matching Magenta Madness Ribbon.Team Member Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few Rhinestones are dotted around for some extra bling.

Sending Team Member Congratulations is one of the many things I love about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

If you want to know more about joining my team as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, then click for more details, or contact me for a chat.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Countdown to Christmas #8

This week’s Countdown to Christmas #8 (how is it number 8 already?) is another project from my Crack Your Christmas Cards Class.

Countdown to Christmas #8. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As with all the projects from the Class, it uses the Tag Buffet Stamp Set.

The colour combination is Real Red, Garden Green and Very Vanilla, traditional Christmas colours.

Various leaf images are stamped first and second generation from the centre.

A bauble is stamped onto a separate piece and cut out by hand. Some subtle colouring using Wink of Stella adds a touch of sparkle.Countdown to Christmas #8. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of the Braided Linen Trim is added to create the hanging decoration effect.

The bauble is stuck on a punched circle shape and then raised on Dimensionals over the ribbon. This adds to the overall look.Countdown to Christmas #8. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsFinally, a few Wonderful Gems are dotted around the project for some extra glimmer.

My 2020 evening classes may be finished for the year, but keep an eye on my Class Timetable for my soon to be released 2021 schedule.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Hippo Happiness to celebrate a 6th Birthday

My friend’s son celebrated his 6th Birthday last week, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to play with the Hippo Happiness Stamp Set and Dies Bundle.

6th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is another version of this project. For this new one, I’ve used the two In Color blues of Misty Moonlight and Seaside Spray.

I also stamped some of the hippos upside down for some extra fun!

6th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using one of the matching dies, the hippo was cut out. Then ‘hippo birthday’ from the Stamp Set is stamped.

Layers of Misty Moonlight Ribbon, Seaside Spray Cardstock and the sentiment are added to the project. Each with the end cut at an angle.

Finally, the hippo is layered onto two punched circle shapes and attached using Dimensionals.6th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a quick and easy project, but it’s also fun and great for all ages.

November is ‘one of those months’ when it comes to Birthdays. I’ve definitely been keeping busy making Birthday cards!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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HIPPO HAPPINESS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)MISTY MOONLIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKMISTY MOONLIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMISTY MOONLIGHT 2020–2022 IN COLOR RIBBONSEASIDE SPRAY A4 CARDSTOCKSEASIDE SPRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCK1 1/2" (3.8 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

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.

Don’t forget to take a look at November’s new products..

Plus, with only 6 classes left to teach in 2020, book your place on one of my remaining classes. 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 – 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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Countdown to Christmas #5

For Countdown to Christmas #5, it was time to revisit the fabulous Snowman Season Stamp Set and Snowman Builder Punch. I’m so pleased they came across to this year’s Annual Catalogue.

Countdown to Christmas #5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

You all know how much I love a monochrome project. Well, this begins life as one, then more colour is added for each of the snowmen.

My main colours are Seaside Spray and of course Whisper White.

Using a Sponge Dauber and then stamping with the snowflake stamps, the background comes together.

I like the way it’s not too precise, and gives a touch of colour.

Next, two of the snowmen, along with the sentiment are stamped and punched out using a Circle Punch.

The main snowman is stamped and punched out, plus another circles for it to sit on.

Countdown to Christmas #5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

All of the snowmen are then coloured with Wink of Stella to add some shimmer.

They are also coloured with Watercolor Pencils, all with Pumpkin Pie carrot noses.

A Basic Black Hat and two Soft Suede arms are also punched and attached to the back of the snowman using Dimensionals.

Countdown to Christmas #5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the main snowman is stuck onto the project.

This is a fun project, great for old and young alike.

Don’t forget to pop back for Countdown to Christmas #6.

If you’d like to join me for my Online Evening Christmas Card Class, then head to my Class Timetable for full details. Booking closes in a few days.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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