Countdown to Christmas #2

It’s Friday again, which means it’s time for my next Countdown to Christmas project.

So, here’s Countdown to Christmas #2.

Countdown to Christmas #2. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I like simple, non-fussy projects, with a particular like of monochrome projects.

Countdown to Christmas #2 uses Mossy Meadow and Whisper White. It’s just one stamp set, one ink pad and one punch.

There’s obviously a few extras such as the co-ordinating ribbon, a Blender Pen and Wink of Stella. But, you don’t have to use these.

Countdown to Christmas #2. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this project, I stamped one of the baubles from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set multiple times in Mossy Meadow. This Stamp Set is a returning favourite from last year, and I’m pleased to see it back!

A top tip is to stamp where you want your focal image one to go, and then stamp the others round it a various angles.

These were coloured using a Blender Pen.

Then, after stamping another onto a separate sheet, the bauble is coloured and given some sparkle using Wink of Stella. You can’t see it very well in the picture, so you’ll have to take my word for it that is is rather sparkly!

This is then cut out using the co-ordinating punch from the  Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack.

A length of the new Diagonal Stripe Ribbon from the August-December Mini Catalogue is looped and stuck to the back of the bauble.

The Merry Christmas sentiment from the Stamp Set is cut out by hand and stuck to the bauble.

Finally, the whole bauble piece is stuck over the original image using Dimensionals to make it the focus.

Countdown to Christmas #2. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using this technique, you can create a number of cards really quickly, and in lots of different colours.

Pop back next week for Countdown to Christmas #3.

Why not join me for one of my Christmas Classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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CHRISTMAS GLEAMING CLING STAMP SET (ENGLISH)GLEAMING ORNAMENTS PUNCH PACKMOSSY MEADOW A4 CARDSTOCKMOSSY MEADOW CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMOSSY MEADOW 3/8" (1 CM) DIAGONAL STRIPE RIBBONWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBLENDER PENSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN' SEAL+STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack: Christmas Gleaming

As my Christmas Card Classes have now all finished, I can share the projects with you.

The first is from my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack and is this really quick and simple card made using the Christmas Gleaming Bundle.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I squealed when I first saw this bundle in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue as there are TWO Punches.

This project uses Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce to match the fabulous Ribbon. But you could use less traditional Christmas colours.

A punched circle creates a layer for the baubles to sit on.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Rather than fussy cutting the sentiment, I’ve used the Classic Label Punch and trimmed off the ends.

The basecard is Thick Whisper White cardstock, but you could use a Notecard instead, which would make the project even quicker to make.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pop back soon for the next project from the class.

Don’t forget to check out the Year-End Closeout Sale where some items from the Autumn/Winter Catalgoue are available at a discounted price. Also, some items from this Catalogue will be retiring in the next few weeks, so make sure you don’t miss out on purchasing your favourites.

I’ve just published my 2020 Class Timetable dates, so make sure you pop them in your diaries. Full details of what each Class is to follow soon.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Christmas Gleaming Bundle (En)Shaded Spruce/Gold 3/8" (1 cm) Striped RibbonShaded Spruce A4 CardstockShaded Spruce Classic Stampin' PadCherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWhisper White A4 Cardstock2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Christmas Gleaming Bundle

Last week was the start of my evening Christmas Card Classes, so I decided that the Card & Cuppa attendees shouldn’t miss out.

Also, as it was Half-Term, I held a Card & Cuppa for Children Class. Rather than designing a separate project for them, I chose to use the same project for all of my Card & Cuppa sessions during the week.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The fabulous Christmas Gleaming Bundle from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue provided a fantastic starting point. This Bundle has a Stamp Set and a pack of TWO amazing punches.

Garden Green and Real Red are used as the main colours for the baubles and sentiment. These are then punched out. I’ve used the Classic Label Punch for the sentiment and then snipped off the excess on each end.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the snowflake image from the Christmas Countdown Stamp Set, I created a gentle flurry in Seaside Spray Ink.

Corners are rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch to mirror the punched Circle layers behind the baubles.

A length of Garden Green Double-Stitched Ribbon, also from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue is added behind.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

All of the attendees, both children and adults did a fabulous job with their projects.

Stampin’ Up! products are great to use with children as the stamps give you a crisp impression and everything is great quality. Don’t be tempted to let the younger ones just use your non-Stampin’ Up! stash. Get them using quality products straight away to enhance their stamping experience.

Why not join us for a future Card & Cuppa Class, or my final evening Classes of the year. Visit my Class Timetable for full details and booking information.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Christmas Gleaming Bundle (En)Garden Green 3/8" (1 cm) Double-Stitched RibbonWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadGarden Green A4 CardstockGarden Green Classic Stampin' PadSeaside Spray Classic Stampin’ PadClassic Label Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals