50th Birthday in Orange & Gold

A friend celebrated their 50th Birthday last week.

For their card, I chose a combination of Pale Papaya and Mango Melody, with Basic White and Gold accents.

I chose to make a larger square card. Mine is 14cm x 14cm.

Using the FREE SAB Silver & Gold 6×6 DSP for the background, I made a colour flare from the centre using a Blending Brush and ink. This gives a touch of colour to the background without losing the white.

On top of this sit cut out flowers and leaves in Basic White Cardstock and Gold Foil Sheets. The shapes are cut from the Artistic Dies and Flowers of Home Dies.

These were layered, along with a swoosh of coordinating In Color Ribbon.

The Alphabest Stamp set provides the ’50’, on a cut out from the All That Dies. This is then given an orange edge using the Blending Brush.

Tiny Flowers are stamped using the Artistically Inked Stamp Set and cut out using the matching Artistic Dies.

These are given a touch of sparkle using Wink of Stella and Iridescent Rhinestone centres.

I also made an envelope for the card, but didn’t take a picture of that!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Expressions in Ink for a 50th

Today I’m sharing a card for another 50th Birthday being celebrated this September.

Expressions in Ink for a 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I thought it was the perfect time to take inspiration from the project on the front cover of the Annual Catalogue.

It uses the Expressions in Ink Suite Collection. The two pieces of DSP create a background.

Using Gold Foil Sheets, the ’50’ is cut from the Playful Alphabet Dies, with the leaves from the Artistic Dies from the Suite. This coordinates with the gold foiling running through the DSP.

The flowers from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set are stamped in Polished Pink to coordinate with the DSP, with the leaves in Pear Pizzazz. These are all cut using the Dies.
Expressions in Ink for a 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each piece is then layered together, along with a length of Gold Shimmer Ribbon. A sentiment then sits on top of the roses.

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella is added to the centre of the flowers, with sequins from the Ephemera Pack dotted around the project.

Expressions in Ink for a 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Simply Elegant Specialty DSP

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I did something slightly different.

Simply Elegant Specialty DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you can see, the base card is black, something I don’t do very often. However, it was the perfect colour to coordinate with the beautiful Simply Elegant Specialty DSP in the background.

The DSP is black with copper and silver foiling. These pictures don’t do it justice, it’s stunning in the flesh. It truly is the star of this project.

Simply Elegant Specialty DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsAfter cutting my DSP to fit my base card, I cut and layered strips of Basic Black, Copper Foil and the offcut of DSP together. On top of these is my sentiment, made using the Artistically Inked Stamp Set.

A bow sits to the side. This is quickly made by wrapping a length of Basic Black from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack around some looped Metallic Mesh. The combination of black and silver coordinate with the DSP.

Simply Elegant Specialty DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Champagne Rhinestones add an extra touch of sparkle.

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Special Christmas Cards – Poinsettia Dies

My final project for my recent Special Christmas Cards class uses the Poinsettia Dies.

It’s become tradition for me to include a Poinsettia project in this class, so this year couldn’t disappoint!

Poinsettial Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This stunning project is made in Real Red, Old Olive, and Very Vanilla, with Bumblebee flowers and Gold Foil Sheets.

The fabulous Poinsettia Dies not only cut, they emboss a beautiful pattern too.

Each section is firstly made up of two pieces. These are then layered together using Dimensionals to make the Poinsettia.Poinsettial Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using Gold Foil Sheet for a layer co-ordinates with the gold leaf pieces and the loop of Metallic Edge Ribbon.Poinsettial Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The centre is filled with Metallic Pearls, there are handy little indentations that the pearls sit in perfectly.

Plus a few pearls are scattered around the poinsettia too.

All the projects in this class had a matching handmade box to make too. This one has an Old Olive base and Real Red top. I’ve decorated mine and the attendees were able to do the same with theirs too. Poinsettial Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Here are all of the projects from the class. Do you have a favourite?

Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Sweetest Borders Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Poinsettial Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsRemember to place any orders by the end of 9th December for pre-Christmas delivery.

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Special Christmas Cards – Sweetest Borders Dies

This candle project is another design from my recent Special Christmas Cards class.

It’s a nod to the project on Page 21 of the August-December Mini Catalogue.

Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake provide the base card and layer, with Garden Green and Real Red for the holly.

The candles are made from Copper Foil Sheets, with flames from the Perennial Flower Punch.

I think the attendees are talking to me again after this project, as it was a little bit fiddly!

Using Tear and Tape on the back of the holly, leaving the backing on, each of the pieces was infilled with the opposite colour piece on the front.

Then, Real Red pieces were added to the back to fill in for the holly berries.

Sweetest Borders Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’m not sure if you can see it very well as the Copper Foil Sheets are shiny, but I have embossed the candles using the scoring blade on my Paper Trimmer.

The flames have a Wink of Stella sparkle added to them before the candles are stuck to the Whisper White layer.

A length of Ribbon from the Basket Weave Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack is attached to back of the holly piece.

This piece is then attached using lots of Dimensionals to raise it above the candles.

Finally, Wonderful Gems are added to some of the berries for some extra sparkle.

Sweetest Borders Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

All of the projects for this class included a box to be made too. This one had a Crumb Cake base with a Pear Pizzazz top that I have decorated.

Sweetest Borders Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pop back soon to see the final project from this class.

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Special Christmas Cards – Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card

As we’ve now reached December, I’ll be sharing Christmas projects on each post this week.

My regular Special Christmas Cards took place remotely a few weeks ago.

At the class, the attendees make three Christmas cards for the special people in their lives.

One of the projects is always more tailored towards children, and I’m sharing it with you today.

Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve wanted to make a shaker card at class for AGES, and this year I did it, thanks to the fabulous Shaker Domes.

My colour combination is Seaside Spray, Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Whisper White and Silver.

The Snow Globe Scenes Dies provide the correct size hole for the the Shaker Dome, along with the polar bears and stand pieces. There are lots of other shapes in the dies too.

Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I coated my bears in Wink of Stella and cut a rough outline of snow for them to sit on before adding my Sequins for Everything shaker pieces.

These were then all sealed very carefully into the dome, ensuring it was firmly in place.

The Shimmery White layer was then sealed on top before attaching the whole piece to the base and layer.Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A Night of Navy and Silver stand is then added to the front.

The attendees also had the word SNOW cut out from the Playful Alphabet Dies in their kits, plus some Rhinestones too. They could choose to use these if they wanted. Mine is still blank as I haven’t make a final decision on those yet!

Finally, a box was made for the finished Polar Bear Shaker Dome card to sit in. It has a Night of Navy base and Seaside Spray top.

I’ve stamped mine to add some decoration.Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pop back soon for another project from this Class.

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A Box of Birthday Balloons

For my Niece’s recent lockdown 18th, I made this box of birthday balloons.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I haven’t made a pop-up box for a while, so I thought it was the perfect occasion.

These lay flat for postage with the box flaps up, then, when the recipient opens it, the flaps fall down and the box takes shape.

My colour combination is from the dotty Playing With Patterns DSP I have used. It’s Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Purple Posy and Whisper White.

Coastal Cabana is the main colour for the box. Using the Detailed Trio Punch, I rounded the corners of the box and the DSP.

The balloons, cut using the Balloon Bouquet Punch are embossed. Tasteful Textile and Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders create the fun patterns.

Attaching the balloons to the strings I made from the Hippo & Friends Dies was made easier by sandwiching them between the embossed ballon and a plain balloon shape.

This also means that when it lays flat, the balloons don’t stick to each other.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I popped three strips across the inside of the box. This not only gave me something to attach the ballons too, but provided some extra rigidity.

As I attached the balloons to the strips, I was carefully checking they wouldn’t foul each other, or overhang the edge too far when folded.

Once I was happy with the positions, I sandwiched the bottom of the strings in with another piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock.

There had to be an ’18’, so using Silver Foil Sheets, this and the sentiment were cut out. Playful Alphabet Dies for the ’18’ and Well Written Dies for the sentiment.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a length of matching Playing With Patterns Combo Ribbon is stuck around the box, along with some Playing With Patterns Resin Dots.

I also made an envelope too, but didn’t take a picture of that!

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Doggy Duo Saying Happy Birthday

I recently shared two of the three Birthday cards I was asked to make for a regular class attendee. Well, here’s the final one for this special commission, and it’s this cute doggy duo.

The other projects can be seen here and here.

Doggy Duo saying Happy Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As they are a huge dog lover, I just knew I had to include them on one of the cards. I’ve made these dogs, cut from the the Dog Builder Punch to look like the doggy duo they have at home.

This punch has carried over to the new Annual Catalogue, so if you’re a dog lover, you would be barking mad not to have it (sorry!) It is also a great companion punch to the new Playful Pets Suite too.

The white dog has a mottled effect by using Sponge Daubers with Soft Suede and Smoky Slate ink. The collars are from Rhinestones.

Doggy Duo saying Happy Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using colours from the Brights Collection, the balloons are cut with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. These are then glued together in bunches with a length of Linen Thread from the bottom balloon to the tails.

Rather than tying the other end to the tails, I made separate bows and added them afterwards.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is cut from the Well Written Dies and very carefully added across the balloons with Fine-Tip Glue. This, along with the background layer use Silver Foil Sheets.

Doggy Duo saying Happy Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using Dimensionals, everything is then added to the card.

As this is a square card, so I also made a matching envelope using Designer Series Paper.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Special Christmas Cards: Rustic Wreath

The second of my Special Christmas Cards is this traditional rustic wreath.

Rustic Wreath. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s made with a combination of leaf punches, die-cut circles and scallops, plus lots of different adhesives!

The main colours are Garden Green and Crumb Cake, with Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Gold, Real Red and Very Vanilla.

Rustic Wreath. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Snowflakes are from the Christmas Countdown and Colorful Season Stamp Sets, leaf image from Painted Harvest and Snowman Season provides the sentiment.

Two ‘sandwiches’ of leaves are created using scallop circle die-cuts from the Layering Circles Dies. The sandwiches are layered together using Dimensionals to create depth. The scallop circle die-cuts are then hidden beneath the Gold scallop die-cut.

The Triple Banner Punch shapes the ends of the sentiment.

Rustic Wreath. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To continue the rustic look, a length of Burlap Ribbon is placed behind the wreath.

Pearls coloured with a Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blend pen create some berries to finish the look.

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Final Card & Cuppa of 2018 – Christmas Wreath

Last week’s Card & Cuppa was the final class project of 2018. It was the third of our special Christmas Cards too.

This stunning wreath was made using the fabulous Sprig Punch.

Christmas Wreath using Sprig Punch from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Garden Green and Real Red with the Making Christmas Bright Stamp Set make the centre sentiment, while Garden Green and Old Olive create the wreath.

Every attendee had a choice of which colour Foil Sheet they used for their background layer. This colour was also the colour of the additional leaves in the wreath. They also chose from a selection of base card colours too.

Christmas Wreath using Sprig Punch from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A tip for this wreath is to scrunch the leaves first to add extra depth.

Crumb Cake Ribbon in a ‘bunny ears’ style bow then adds that extra Christmas feel, and finally Pearls to complete the look.

Christmas Wreath using Sprig Punch from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s Card & Cuppa projects. There are more to come in 2019 and classes begin again w/c 7th January. Make sure you book your place by 18:00 the day before.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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