Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Snowman Card

At last week’s Card & Cuppa class, the attendees all made this pop-up snowman card. The theme was a Christmas card suitable for children.

Card & Cuppa Snowman Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Balmy Blue base card is a zig-zag with the snowman popping out the fold in the back piece.

Using the Making Christmas Bright Stamp Set, we stamped a piece for writing a message and this was layered onto piece of Silver Metallic Card.

Stamping in Kraft ink on the snowman panel using another stamp from Making Christmas Bright and one from the Waterfront Stamp Set gives a snowy backdrop.

Every piece of the snowman is created using 9 pieces folded and stuck together to create the pop-up effect.

The trickiest part was the carrot nose that is slotted through one of the circles before it is stuck to the other 8 pieces.

Card & Cuppa Snowman Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once all of the sections are created, it’s time to add the snowman to the centre fold of the card. The addition of a piece of Poppy Parade Striped Ribbon between the body and head makes a cute feature.

Card & Cuppa Snowman Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Eyes and buttons are then added to finish the snowman. Some of the attendees also used Wink of Stella to add some Christmas sparkle to their stars and snow.

Card & Cuppa Snowman Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve just realised that I didn’t take a picture of the front of the card! As the focus is the inside of the card, the front was really simple. It was made to look like a parcel, using two strips of DSP left over from making the envelope.

Our Card & Cuppa classes start again in 2019. Check out my timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Making Christmas Bright Photopolymer Stamp SetWaterfront Photopolymer Stamp Set2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle Punch1-3/4" (4.4 cm) Circle Punch1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle Punch1-1/2" (3.8 cm) Circle PunchDetailed Trio PunchCookie Cutter Builder PunchBalmy Blue A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockBasic Black A4 CardstockPumpkin Pie A4 CardstockSilver Foil SheetsGray Granite Classic Stampin' PadUninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White RefillPoppy Parade 1/4" (6.4 mm) Mini Striped RibbonClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveMultipurpose Liquid GlueMini Glue Dots

Balloon Celebration meets this year’s In Color Collection

At the end of last month I held an ‘Introduction to In Color’ class where the attendees made 6 cards.

5 of the cards focussed on an individual In Color with one combining them all. This is the project where they were all used.

Ballon Celebation meets this year's In Color Collection. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used a Whisper White base card, along with a Smoky Slate layer and stamping to allow the colours to pop.

Each of the new In Colors is punched out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch to create a fun bunch of balloons.

Once they were all attached together, lengths of Silver & White Baker’s Twine with that fabulous sparkle were added to the back.

Ballon Celebation meets this year's In Color Collection. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The bow is from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. Not just a punch for Christmas!

Dimensionals are attached to the back of the balloons to make them look like they are floating. Attaching the bow with a Mini Dimensional cut in half was the most difficult part of the project!

Ballon Celebation meets this year's In Color Collection. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a card that is suitable for anyone and almost any occasion.

Pop back soon when I’ll show you the other cards from the class.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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This year’s frog – 2018 version!

Due to the new colours and punches in the Annual Catalogue, it’s time to introduce you to this year’s frog. The 2018 version!

Punch Art Frog using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s the same as previous years with the ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits, with a few updates. As before, the other cut out shapes use a variety of punches.

I’ve used Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce as the frog colours. Call Me Clover and Balmy Blue make the lily pad and pond ovals.

Punch Art Frog using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The 1/2″, 3/4″, 1 1/2″ and 1 3/4″ Circle Punches are the main shapes. I then punched the eyes in Basic Black using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and they sit perfectly in the 1/2″ Whisper White circles.

It’s the Vases Builder Punch where I quickly stumbled upon the plant leaf to make the fabulous smile. The feet are made from the flower shape from this punch too. It’s great to think outside the box and use things in different ways.

Punch Art Frog using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Again, as I use the frog for a variety of different things, I added a ribbon so that I can attach him to bags, clipboards etc.

Maybe I’ll eventually make a hippo with some new colours to keep him company…

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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A Jar of Love for an Anniversary

My parents recently celebrated their Wedding Anniversary and I of course made them a card.

Stampin' Up! Jar of Love

I decided to make an elegant and stylih card with clean lines.

Obviously I’ve used Jar of Love for the jar, but I reached for the strings from Balloon Celebration to create the Old Olive stems for the hearts.  I love using products in unexpected ways.

Real Red and Cherry Cobbler hearts were cut out using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  These were then adorned with Rhinestones.

The silver bow on the jar was the most difficult part to make on this project as the ribbon is thin.  After a bit of swearing and a lot of love for Tear & Tape, I was happy with the finished project.

My parents were happy with the card too 🙂

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 7 Day 1

We’ve finally reached December so are heading into the final weeks of Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts.

This week I’m going to show you a Gift Tag idea. These are the tags I put on the Christmas Card Boot Camp bags and they are really cute.

They mainly use items from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue – some of which are now on special offer through the new Year End Closeout Sale.

These tags are so easy to make and you can make 10 tag bases out of a sheet of A4 with a bit of cardstock to spare. To create the top of the tag I’ve used the handy Scalloped Tag Topper punch – it’s really useful at this time of year!

I’ve created the tag using the gorgeous Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set and Builder Punch Bundle, this is images of a Reindeer, Gingerbread man, Eskimo, Santa and Teddy Bear that can all be cut out with the coordinating punch. Brilliant for all children young and old!

I really like the reindeer as I love that his nose can be embellished with some Glimmer card or Wink of Stella to turn him into Rudolph!

I’ve used a few additional stamp sets to create the initial on the tag but it’s not essential that you do that. You could just write the name on a punched piece of cardstock.

This tag uses the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine (2 spools of Twine, each 22.9m) and the cute Mini Jingle Bells that I’ve tied on using Metallic Thread so the tag jingles when you move it. Unfortunately these are now no longer available as they have sold out 🙁

Make sure you check out the Year End Closeout Offers and remember that some items are retiring items from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue and are only available while stocks last from 1st December to 3rd January.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 3 Day 1

Welcome to the third weekend of the Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts series.

Today and tomorrow I’ll be showing you two projects that are perfect for children to create. Here is the first one.

Cookie Cutter Stampin' Up!

This uses a Crumb Cake Notecard as the base card, these come pre-cut and scored with envelopes in packs of 20. They are also available in Whisper White too.

The card uses the very popular Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set and Builder Punch bundle.  The Stamp Set also has Santa, an eskimo, a teddy bear and a gingerbread man.

As well as the bundle, you’ll need one colour of ink, some Crumb Cake Cardstock for stamping onto, Real Red Cardstock for the layer and nose, 1/2″ Circle Punch for punching out the nose and Wink of Stella to add a bit of sparkle. You’ll obviously also need adhesives.

It’s so quick and easy to make as it just needs the reindeer stamping all over. Stamp another reindeer onto a separate piece of cardstock and then punch it out, you may need to give your young crafters some extra assistance with the punching part.

The nose is coloured with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush but you could use Red Glimmer Paper instead which has sparkle already built. The nose is attached to the final project with a Dimensional.

How cute does Rudolph look?

Pop back tomorrow for another child-friendly project…

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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