Painted Poppies and Floral Essence for a Special Birthday

Today I’m sharing another special commission with you. I created this card using Painted Poppies and Floral Essence, plus a few punches.

Floral Essence for a Special Birthday. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It a special Birthday card for one of my regular class attendees and is based on this card I made previously.

The marble effect background is from the only Ink Pad I used on the project, Melon Mambo. The image is from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set, part of a 10% discounted Bundle with the Painted Labels Dies. Take a look at the Annual Catalogue to see all the available Bundles.

One of the dies from the Bundle, also cut in Melon Mambo is underneath the flowers. Highland Heather Sprig Punch shapes are also behind the flowers.

Floral Essence and the matching Perennial Flower Punch create the pretty flowers. A Blender Pen colours the flowers slightly by dragging the ink from the centre.

Floral Essence for a Special Birthday. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Well Said provides the sentiment and these are cut using the Classic Label Punch, then placing them in the ‘wrong’ way and creating a banner end. For the layers, these are cut using the Triple Banner Punch.

As the card was being hand-delivered, there were a lot more layers than I would create for regular post.

My favourite ribbon to colour, the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding has the colouring treatment with a Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend.

Finally, Wink of Stella is added to the centre of the flowers and a few Rhinestones for some sparkle.

Take a look at the various classes and kits I have available at my Class Timetable. Or, if it ‘isn’t your thing’ and you’d like me to create something for you instead, then take a look at my handmade cards page.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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FLORAL ESSENCE PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (EN)WELL SAID CLING STAMP SET (EN)PERENNIAL FLOWER PUNCHPAINTED POPPIES BUNDLECLASSIC LABEL PUNCHTRIPLE BANNER PUNCHSPRIG PUNCHWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKMELON MAMBO CARDSTOCK A4
MELON MAMBO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBLENDER PENSWHISPER WHITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) CRINKLED SEAM BINDING RIBBONSTAMPIN' BLENDS HIGHLAND HEATHER COMBO PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

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

Thinking of you for a friend

A friend is going through a tough time, so I wanted them to know that I was thinking of them.

Thinking of you for a friend. Card designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

They are a fan of pink and sparkly things, so I designed this card using the more muted Petal Pink, along with Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.

This soft combination still uses the things they like, just in a less dramatic way.

Thinking of you for a friend. Card designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used the Perennial Essence Stamp Set to stamp the flowers and coloured them using Petal Pink and Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends Combos. They have a very light touch of Wink of Stella in the centres to give a bit of sparkle.

These were then fussy cut and attached to a background stamped using an image from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set.

Colorful Seasons provided the sentiment that is punched out using the Timeless Label Punch.

A few lengths of Scalloped Lace Trim behind the sentiment provide an extra layer of pretty texture.

Thinking of you for a friend. Card designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Thinking of you cards are always difficult to make, but I think it is useful to have a few cards already made to hand. They can be pre-made with the sentiment, or blank cards you can quickly add a sentiment to as needed. These cards are much easier to create when you don’t need to sit down and concentrate on making one.

I’m hoping this card provided the hug in an envelope I’d sent.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Floral Essence Photopolymer Stamp SetColorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp SetPerennial Birthday Cling-Mount Stamp SetPetal Pink A4 CardstockPetal Pink Classic Stampin' PadSoft Suede Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockPetal Pink Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackSoft Suede Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushVery Vanilla 3/8" (1 cm) Scalloped Lace TrimTimeless Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Floral Essence and Perennial Birthday

For last week’s Card & Cuppa Class, it was the turn of the Floral Essence and Perennial Birthday Stamp Sets.

Floral Essence & Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Floral Essence Stamp Set is part of a Bundle with the Perennial Flower Punch.

A colour combination of Blushing Bride, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow and Whisper White work really well with this project. Petal Pink is also used for the colouring.

The background circle is from the Swirly Frames Stamp Set and draws the eye to the flower.

My trusty Detailed Trio Punch softens the project by rounding the corners.

Dots from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set then add a path across the left of the project, leaving white space on the right-hand side.

Floral Essence & Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Leaves and flowers are then stamped and punched. Stampin’ Blends in Petal Pink are used to quickly colour the flowers.

Wink of Stella is added to the flowers and flower centres before each flower is built. Although you can’t see it in the photo, the flowers were very sparkly!

On a separate piece of cardstock the sentiment is stamped before being added to the project.

Floral Essence & Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the leaves and flowers are stuck to the project, with the central flower raised up on Dimensionals.

Despite not liking pink, I really like this project and think the colour combination works really well. I also think this design would work in other colours or with different sentiments too.

Join us for a future Card & Cuppa session. For full details and to book your place, head to my Class Timetable.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Floral Essence BundlePerennial Birthday Cling-Mount Stamp SetSwirly Frames Photopolymer Stamp SetBlushing Bride A4 CardstockBlushing Bride Classic Stampin' PadMerry Merlot A4 CardstockMerry Merlot Classic Stampin' PadMossy Meadow Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockPetal Pink Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushDetailed Trio PunchLeaf Punch1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Pressed Petals Washi Tape

At last week’s Card & Cuppa I decided to turn to the Pressed Petals Washi Tape.

Pressed Petals Washi Tape. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you haven’t seen this fabulous tape in the Annual Catalogue, then take a look at Page 73.

There are two reels, one is a standard Washi Tape in Soft Suede. The other is these fabulous petals in Merry Merlot. Each one is tacky so you can arrange then where you like. There’s a LOT of petals on the reel.

I chose to create a more vintage style so my colour combination is Rococo Rose, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Merry Merlot and Very Vanilla.

A large floral image from the Floral Essence Stamp Set is used for the background, with what would be the flower centre as dot-type images on the Very Vanilla piece.

Pressed Petals Washi Tape. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Tone-on-Tone leaves using the Leaf Punch and a sentiment from the Well Said Stamp Set are added before the flower.

I found a handy trick to create the flower is to punch a small circle to build it on. This way, it’s easier to pick up when you’ve finished and add it to the project, instead of creating straight onto the card.

Pressed Petals Washi Tape. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once the flower is added, a strip of the Soft Suede Washi Tape is attached.

Finally, one of the fabulous yellow Perennial Essence Floral Centres is added.

The possibilities with this Pressed Petals Washi Tape are endless.

Join us for a future Card & Cuppa session. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Pressed Petals Specialty Washi TapeFloral Essence Photopolymer Stamp SetWell Said Cling Stamp SetLeaf PunchClassic Label Punch1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle PunchRococo Rose A4 CardstockRococo Rose Classic Stampin’ PadMerry Merlot Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz A4 CardstockPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadCrumb Cake A4 CardstockCrumb Cake Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockPerennial Essence Floral CentersSnail Adhesive

Pretty Purple Posy

Isn’t Purple Posy a fabulous new addition to the Stampin’ Up! range as part of the In Color 2019-2021 Collection?

Purple Posy In Color from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project was one from my annual Introduction to In Color Papercrafting Class I ran recently.

Purple Posy combines beautifully here with the subtle Soft Sea Foam and an existing In Color, Grapefruit Grove.

As the Stampin’ Pad is not currently available, we’ve used Versamark and the Artisan Textures Stamp Set to create a tone-on-tone background effect.

Purple Posy In Color from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The flower from the Floral Essence Stamp Set is also stamped the same way and cut out using the Punch from the same Bundle. A small punched circle coloured with Wink of Stella completes the centre.

Corners are rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch and leaves are cut with the Sprig Punch and placed behind.

Purple Posy In Color from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Two strips of the co-ordinating Scallop Ribbon are attached to the top and bottom of the sentiment from the Vibrant Vases Stamp Set.

These are then all attached to the background, with the flower added at the end with a Dimensional.

I’ aware that this project uses a lot of different products, but I really like the finished effect. You could amend it to use just one or two stamp sets or punches if needed.

If you’re wondering how Purple Posy fits into the colour range, here is a comparison I’ve put together with other current purples.

Purple Posy In Color from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Floral Essence BundleVibrant Vases Photopolymer Stamp SetArtisan Textures Cling-Mount Stamp SetPurple Posy A4 CardstockVersamark PadPurple Posy 1/2" (1.3 cm) Scalloped Linen RibbonGrapefruit Grove A4 CardstockGrapefruit Grove Classic Stampin' PadSoft Sea Foam A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 CardstockSprig PunchDetailed Trio Punch1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle PunchClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape Adhesive

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Floral Essence from Stampin’ Up!

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project I once again headed for the new Annual Catalogue and chose the fabulous Floral Essence from Stampin’ Up!

Floral Esssence from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The project is a collage and is inspired by the sample on Page 106.

This Stamp Set is part of a Suite and I’ve taken my colour combination from the co-ordinating DSP. Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral along with Very Vanilla are used here.

Floral Esssence from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A background of outlined flowers and leaves are stamped first, with the other flowers and leaves stamped onto a separate piece of cardstock.

These are then cut out and attached.

‘Especially For You’ (I bet you’re singing it now!) is from the Botanical Bliss Stamp Set and punched out using the brilliant new Timeless Label Punch.

Floral Esssence from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Wink of Stella in the centre of the flowers just adds a touch of finishing sparkle.

A perfect card for an Anniversary, or an any occasion card to tell someone you are thinking of them.

Why not join us for a future Card & Cuppa session. Make sure you’ve booked your place by 18:00 the day before. Evening classes are available too.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Floral Essence Photopolymer Stamp SetBotanical Bliss Cling-Mount Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 CardstockMossy Meadow Classic Stampin' PadOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadCrushed Curry Classic Stampin' PadBlackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' PadCalypso Coral A4 CardstockCalypso Coral Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushLeaf PunchTimeless Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals