Card & Cuppa Plus – Daisy Lane yet again!

Before we commenced the recent social distancing requirements, I held my first Card & Cuppa Plus class. This is a Card & Cuppa class, but there are three projects, instead of just one.

This is one of the projects and it uses Daisy Lane yet again!

Daisy Lane yet again! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If this design looks familiar to you, it’s because it is. You might recognise this project.

I would actively encourage you to reuse designs. Why use a load of time trying to create something new if you know a design already works.

Here I’ve used the Daisy Lane Bundle, with the larger Daisy Punch too. My colour combination is the fabulous Purple Posy, Highland Heather and stamped off Old Olive.

Daisy Lane yet again! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Rounding the corners with the Detailed Trio Punch just softens the look. A Blender Pen has been used to pull some of the colour around the daisy petals too.

These daisy shapes have been layered on top of a piece of co-ordinating In Color Ribbon, before a Clear Faceted Gem is added to the centre.

To finish, a sentiment from the Label Me Bold Stamp Set is placed in the corner. Then, some Rhinestones coloured with a Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend just add another touch of bling.

Daisy Lane yet again! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Don’t forget that any current Bundles in the Catalogues will no longer be available when the new Catalogue launches in June. Make sure you get your hands on the discounted Bundles before then.

As I’m unable to run face-to-face classes at the moment, I’m teaching virtual ones instead. These adhere to the social distancing rules perfectly as everything takes place from the safety of your own home.

Why not join me from yours? Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Mum’s Birthday Card

My Mum had a birthday ending in ‘0’ recently, so I obviously made her a special card for the occasion.

Mum's Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This card was the starting point for a 2019 Card & Cuppa project.

It uses a combination of Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel with Very Vanilla.

As Mum is also a keen crafter, it puts a lot of pressure on what I make, so a lot of products were strewn across my crafting desk!

The card has stamped images from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set, Well Said Stamp Set and Floral Essence Stamp Set.

I also used the Leaf Punch, Classic Label Punch and Perennial Flower Punch.

A Pearlized Doily was coloured on the white side using a Sponge Brayer and the flowers were softened using a Blender Pen to give a variegated effect.

Mum's Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Baker’s Twine was coloured with a Dark Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend for the bow. There were also strips of Lace Trim and co-ordinating Blueberry Bushel Ribbon too.

Finally, I added Clear Faceted Gems to the centre of the flowers.

As this card was delivered by hand, I built up the layers and created extra depth using Dimensionals. Normally, anything that is posted is thin enough to use a regular stamp.

It’s not a great picture, but it gives an idea of the various layers I created.

Mum's Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I decided to create a larger square card, instead of my regular rectangle and made a co-ordinating envelope from DSP too.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Floral Essence BundleWell Said Cling Stamp SetArtisan Textures Cling-Mount Stamp SetPearlized DoiliesBalmy Blue A4 CardstockBalmy Blue Classic Stampin' PadBlueberry Bushel A4 CardstockBlueberry Bushel Classic Stampin' PadBlueberry Bushel 1/8" (3.2 mm) Grosgrain RibbonVery Vanilla A4 CardstockVery Vanilla 3/8" (1 cm) Scalloped Lace TrimWhisper White Solid Baker's TwineBalmy Blue Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerClear Faceted GemsBlender PensClassic Label PunchSponge BrayersSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Glue DotsTear & Tape Adhesive

Special Christmas Cards: This year’s poinsettia

Merry Christmas!

It has become tradition at my Special Christmas Cards Class for me to design a poinsettia project. This is the final project from the Class.

Here is this year’s poinsettia. Click for my 2018 design.

This year's poinsettia. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the leaves from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set and some punched circles.

A lot of leaves were stamped and fussy cut. You could use the matching Dies to cut them out, but, as this was a class with lots of people, it was quicker and easier to cut by hand.

Using a Bone Folder, you can score down the centre of each petal to give a bit more definition and depth.

The petals are then built into several sandwiches. These are then stuck together slightly offset in their sizes to create a large layer and a small layer. For the top small layer, a disc of Crushed Curry forms part of the sandwich.

Using some Dimensionals, these are then layered together for even more depth.

Three green leaves are then added to the back of the poinsettia using Glue Dots.

This year's poinsettia. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A strip of the fabulous Gold Ribbon is looped in the background, before the poinsettia is attached to the card using Tear & Tape. The Tear & Tape gives it extra strength as the poinsettia is quite heavy.

Finally, a Gold Faceted Gem is added to the centre for a spot of bling.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Special Christmas Cards. Pop back later in the week for the final Stamp-a-Stack Christmas project.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Daisy Lane Once Again

As there was no Card & Cuppa last week, I’m sharing a card for one of my regular class attendees. I chose to use Daisy Lane Once again and make another version of this project.

Daisy Lane Once Again. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I had Soft Sea Foam and Rich Razzleberry on my desk from a different project, so decided to use them again with Very Vanilla.

This Bundle is really versatile and also co-ordinates with the Daisy Punch too.

The leaves are stamped as a background. I’ve used a Blender Pen on the stamped and punched daisies to pull the colour along the petals.

Daisy Lane Once Again. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Corners are rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch. Then a Birthday sentiment from Varied Vases Stamp Set is stamped.

A length of the pretty Scalloped Lace Trim is added across the middle.

Daisy Lane Once Again. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a Gold Faceted Gem is added to the centre of the daisy. Rhinestones coloured with a Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend are also added.

I enjoy taking designs from previous projects and tweaking them slightly. It takes a lot of the hard work out of designing.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Quick and Simple Daisy Lane Card

The final project from my recent Stamp-a-Stack Class is this Daisy Lane Card.

Daisy Lane Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s inspired by a project from Stampin’ Up! I saw on Pinterest. Don’t forget to check out my boards here.

As you know, I love a monochrome-style project and this is so pretty in Smoky Slate and Whisper White.

Daisy Lane Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The leaves from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set are stamped tone-on-tone before the corners are rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch.

Using both the Daisy Punch and the new Medium Daisy Punch, the daisy is assembled.

A little trick to adding it to the card is to cut the Flax Ribbon in two and attach it using Tear & Tape, leaving a tacky piece of tape in the middle. The daisy is then stuck to the tacky piece of tape in the centre.

Finishing touches are a Faceted Gem in the centre and some Rhinestones.

I love how stylish this project is while being really quick and simple to make.

There are so many options with this, changing colours, adding a sentiment, changing to portrait and more.

Why not join us at a future Papercrafting Class. Check out my Class Timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Daisy Delight Diagonal Slash

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project, I decided to use a stamp set and technique that had both been neglected.

Here is the Daisy Delight diagonal slash card.

Daisy Delight Diagonal Slash project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses a fabulous colour combination of Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green and Crumb Cake. I love how the colours really pop against the Whisper White.

The daisy was stamped onto the Whisper White card and then a Blender Pen was used to soften and colour the image slightly.

Next, it was time to cut it in half on the diagonal to create the separate pieces. This involved measuring from both edges and joining the marks with a ruler on the back. Make sure you have the line running in the right direction before you cut.

These two pieces are then attached to the background layer to create the gap.

Daisy Delight Diagonal Slash project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Two more daisies were stamped, punched and layered and placed in the gap. Leaves were then stamped and fussy cut and positioned around the daisy.

Finally, a Gold Faceted Gem was added to the centre of the daisy.

Daisy Delight Diagonal Slash project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Card & Cuppa is taking a break for a few weeks, but it returns w/c 13th May. Make sure you’ve booked your place by 18:00 the day before if you want to join us.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Botanical Bliss

As last week’s Card & Cuppa was the final one before we head into Christmas cards, I decided to use Botanical Bliss.

Botanical Bliss Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve not used this stamp set at class before but it has some useful sentiments in a fabulous font. It also has some lovely botanical images in flowers, leaves and a bird.

To create the project we stamped the flower image in Sahara Sand onto a circle cut using the 2″ Circle Punch. The image is stamped several times to create multiple images.

These are then coloured using the fabulous Watercolor Pencils. Instead of using a Blender Pen, we’ve used Wink of Stella to give a touch of sparkle. This then sits on a Pool Party layer from the Starburst Punch.

Pear Pizzazz is used to add various leaves to the background, with a mixture of first and second generation stamping. This creates more depth to the images.

Botanical Bliss Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After using the Triple Banner Punch to shape the end, one of the sentiments is then added to the project.

A strip of co-ordinating Shimmer Ribbon adds yet more sparkle.

The final touch of sparkle is from a Clear Faceted Gem sitting in the centre of the flower. Unfortunately, the camera hasn’t captured the amount of sparkle on the project. It’s a lot more shimmery in real life!

Botanical Bliss Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’d like to join us for one of our Christmas Card & Cuppa Classes during December, please book your place here.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Botanical Bliss Clear-Mount Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 Cardstock2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchStarburst PunchBanner Triple PunchPool Party Classic Stampin' PadPool Party A4 CardstockPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadSahara Sand Classic Stampin' PadWatercolor PencilsClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushClear Faceted GemsPool Party 3/8" Shimmer RibbonSnail Adhesive

In Color 50th

Today I’m going to share an In Color 50th Birthday Card I made for a lovely lady.

In Color 50th Birthday Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I decided to use Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist and Powder Pink from last year’s In Color Collection. This combinations works really well together, especially teamed teamed with Whisper White for a crisp and fresh look.

Oh So Eclectic is my Stamp Set of choice, along with the co-ordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies. For the sentiment I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set and the Layering Circles Framelits.

In Color 50th Birthday Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each flower is stamped and die cut, with a top layer also die cut. These are then stuck together.

As the Birthday was a 50th, additional accents just had to be in Gold, with Mini Sequin Trim and Faceted Gems.

The pieces are then all layered together to create depth.

In Color 50th Birthday Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the recipient lives in Cyprus, I was lucky that they were visiting family in the UK for their Birthday and was therefore able to send it to them. I’m happy to report they were very happy with their card.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Punch Art Poinsettia

How are you liking this fabulous Punch Art Poinsettia?

It’s made using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. I love using punches in different ways and knew that there was a floral possibility with this one.

Punch Art Poinsettia. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The bulb is punched multiple times to create the petals. Using a sponge dauber they have their edges coloured before being carefully layered.

Using the Detailed Trio Punch, the corners are given matching petal shapes.

A long length of Metallic Thread is wrapped around the centre to co-ordinate with the Gold Foil Sheet background layer.

Punch Art Poinsettia. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A small Daffodil Delight circle and a Gold Faceted Gem complete this stylish project.

Punch Art Poinsettia. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Watch this space for another floral creation using this punch.

If you’d like to make one of these, then make sure you book onto my Christmas Card Boot Camp as this is one of the special cards we’ll be making in the afternoon.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Christmas Bulb Builder PunchReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockDaffodil Delight A4 CardstockGold Foil SheetsGold Faceted GemsGold Metallic ThreadSponge DaubersDetailed Trio Punch1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveMultipurpose Liquid GlueTear & Tape Adhesive

Birthday Blues

It’s not really Birthday Blues, it’s a Birthday card for my Sister-in-Law in shades of blue.

Birthday Blues. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a project with no stamping at all.

A simple colour combination of Pool Party and Pacific Point allow the Very Vanilla flower to really pop.

The ombre stencil effect is using a Sponge Dauber and one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. Pool Party to begin with, then Pacific Point for the darker areas.

Birthday Blues. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Detailed Trio Punch creates those fabulous rounded corners. A strip of Pacific Point cardstock and a length of Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon separate the two sections.

Two shapes from the May Flowers Framelits dies are layered onto two circles, again in Pacific Point and Pool Party.

Birthday Blues. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The centre of the flower is a Faceted Gem in Clear that I’ve coloured with a Dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blend marker.

Keep an eye out for other projects in this design over the coming weeks.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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May Flowers Framelits DiesPattern Party Decorative MasksSponge DaubersPacific Point Classic Stampin' PadPacific Point A4 CardstockPool Party Classic Stampin' PadPool Party A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 CardstockPool Party 3/8" Shimmer RibbonClear Faceted GemsPool Party Dark Stampin' Blends Marker2" (5.1 cm) Circle Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals