Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Stripes & Splatters Embossing Folders

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa online class, I chose to use the new Stripes & Splatters 3D Embossing Folders from the Mini Catalogue.

Stripes & Splatters Embossing Folders. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’m a fan of splatter backgrounds and love stripe projects, so these embossing folders jumped into my shopping basket!

As I wanted to make the project a little grungey, I chose a colour combination of Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla with Pale Papaya as a contrast.

It is a version of one of my angles projects, but I don’t remember teaching one at Card & (Your) Cuppa before.

The layer is given a touch of grunge using a Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake ink. Both it and the Very Vanilla piece are stuck down at an angle.

Stripes & Splatters Embossing Folders. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, each rectangle is cut to the required length and given a grunge effect. The Crumb Cake piece is scrunched and the creases are picked out using a  Sponge Dauber. After the Pale Papaya piece is embossed, the stripes are again highlighted using a Sponge Dauber.

For the Very Vanilla piece, it is again embossed, using the the splatters folder. This time it is highlighted using both Crumb Cake and Pale Papaya.

They are all then stuck down at different angles.

A sentiment from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set, with a short piece of ribbon is added on top of a coiled length of coordinating Baker’s Twine.

For more of a grunge look, the ends of the twine are frayed.

Stripes & Splatters Embossing Folders. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Genial Gems in Pale Papaya are dotted around the project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Grunge and Daisies

I was asked for a grunge project, so last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project complied.

Last Week's Card & (Your) Cuppa - Grunge and Daisies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The colour combination is Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and VeryVanilla, with Real Red for a of colour.

To start, the edges of the Soft Suede layer are distressed using an emery board, then inked in Crumb Cake with a Sponge Dauber.

Next, the Very Vanilla layer is scrunched several times. This is also then inked, distressed with an emery board, and inked again.

The layers are stuck to the project at an angle, only sticking in the middle to allow the edges to curl.

Last Week's Card & (Your) Cuppa - Grunge and Daisies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the daisies, cut from the Daisy Punch and Medium Daisy Punch, these are inked on both sides using a Sponge Dauber. By pressing in the middle, it gives a darker effect in the centre, then lightly adding a touch of Crumb Cake along the petals.

The daisies are then scrunched several times to allow the fibres to soften. Then the cardstock is very carefully split into two. These are inked with Real Red to give a touch of colour, before sticking the two pieces of each daisy together. They are now have a really delicate feel.

Leaves from the Tulip Builder Punch are also scrunched and inked around the edges. A small dragonfly is cut from the Dragonflies Punch.

Everything is then assembled on the project.

My sentiment is from the Strong of Heart Stamp Set, on the current Last Chance List. It sits on a piece of Scalloped Lace Trim and looped piece of Baker’s Twine.

Last Week's Card & (Your) Cuppa - Grunge and Daisies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few Champagne Rhinestones are dotted around for a little bit of sparkle.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Going Grunge with Art Gallery Dies

For Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa Class project, there was the opportunity for the attendees to get their grunge on.

Going Grunge with Art Gallery Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I recently made this project and thought that it would be a good design to recreate for class.

My colour combination is Pool Party, Misty Moonlight and Basic White.

The layer is set at an angle to add to the grunge feel.

For the Basic White piece, this is first embossed using the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. I’ve then used a Sponge Dauber to ink over patches of it.

Using an emery board, I’ve taken this to the edges to distress them, and also over the top of some of the texture. It’s then set at an angle.

Going Grunge with Art Gallery Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsThe circles, cut using the the Layering Circles Dies have a touch of ink added to the edges before they are layered together.

Floral Gallery Dies provide the sentiment that is stuck onto the circles.

This central piece is stuck on top of a swoosh of Pool Party Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Finally, some coordinating In Color Square Gems are added.

Going Grunge with Art Gallery Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Attendees could grunge as much or little as they liked. When I design a grunge project, there is always the opportunity for those who don’t like the style to keep theirs clean and simple.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Postage Stamp and Textures In Good Taste

This masculine style project combines an Embossing Folder, some DSP and a Punch.

Postage Stamp and Textures In Good Taste. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using Crumb Cake and Early Espresso, I chose to use Very Vanilla as I wanted a more grungey-type design. See my video on how I choose between Basic White and Very Vanilla.

The background is given texture using the Painted Textures 3D Embossing Folder. I’ve then added some extra colour using Crumb Cake and a Sponge Dauber.

Postage Stamp and Textures In Good Taste. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

In Good Taste DSP, currently on Special Offer, provides the shapes cut out using the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch.

These are layered down the centre of the embossed piece with a length of Faux Suede Trim across the project.

A sentiment from the Many Messages Stamp Set is stamped and again cut out with the punch. I chose to ink up the stamp with an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker.

Postage Stamp and Textures In Good Taste. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the sentiment is raised up on Dimensionals.

This project has only used a small piece of DSP, so you could make a LOT of cards from a pack of DSP using this design. Grab a pack of DSP while it is discounted, for even more value for money.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Layering Circles Dies

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was my version of a project I’d seen on page 38 of the January-June Mini Catalogue.Layering Circles Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs I chose Misty Moonlight, Petal Pink and Balmy Blue, along with White for my colour combination.

I’ve used Whisper White in my project, which has now been replaced with Basic White. See this post for full details while I work through my supply.

For my project I’ve create a two colour background, with the joins covered by the different size circles. All of the circles are cut using the Layering Circles Dies.

The Balmy Blue circle has been scrunched and carefully separated to create two circles.

On the focal circle, I recreated the image from the Catalogue using the Sprig Punch. The sprigs are coated with Wink of Stella to make them sparkle.
Layering Circles Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsThe length of the twine from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo is separated into the three different parts. Using the Misty Moonlight and White pieces first, the silver length is then wrapped around. As this bit has a mind of its own, I found it easier to not fight it!

Using a sentiment from the Quite Curvy Stamp Set this sits across the bottom.

Finally, Metallic Pearls are added.Layering Circles Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this project, the attendees had lots of choices of how to create theirs. From clean lines to grunge, scrunching, arrangement of the circles, use of the twine and more.

Why not join me at one of my classes and create your own projects. Head to my Class Timetable for more details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Shabby Smoky Slate

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was this shabby smoky slate card.

It’s inspired by Page 137 of the new Annual Catalogue.

Shabby Smoky Slate. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

In the Catalogue, there is stamping on the project. As I can’t send stamped images out to class attendees due to Stampin’ Up! policies, I’ve used punched shapes to create a similar look.

The Smoky Slate background is given a shabby look with an emery board, or scissors to scuff the edges. Any rips or tears add to the look, so don’t be afraid of those. You could even scrunch the background or use Sponge Daubers around the edge for a more intense look.

Daisies and leaves cut from the Medium Daisy and Sprig Punches in Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz are put together. Daisies in Basic Gray are cut down to form the daisy centres.

Shabby Smoky Slate. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once everything assembled onto the Whisper White square, the Linen Thread is stuck to the back using Tear & Tape.

Then, the Whisper White piece is added to the project using Dimensionals in each corner.

Finally, a Gilded Gem is  sat in the centre at the top.

Shabby Smoky Slate. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The attendees could then add their own sentiment or addtional sparkle if they chose to.

Join us at a future Card & (Your) Cuppa session by heading to my Class Timetable, where you’ll find class information and booking details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – To Grunge or Not To Grunge

At last week’s Card & Cuppa Class, the one big decision the attendees had to make was whether to grunge or not to grunge.

To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The project (not grunge version shown above) uses the fabulous new Very Versailles Stamp Set.

Petal Pink, Crumb Cake and Mint Macaron, along with Very Vanilla, make this vintage style card.

The grunge version (shown below) uses exactly the same products, with the addition of sponge daubers to add extra ink to the edges and scrunched pieces.

To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Some of the attendees were adamant they weren’t going to grunge, with others really keen. There were also some hybrid versions, where a touch of grunge was created using Sponge Daubers or scrunching some areas.

All of the stamping on the background was a mix of first, second and third generation stamping starting with the pretty script image.

To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If a grunge effect was required, a stamped piece is screwed up into a ball several times. This softens the fibres and can create some fantastic torn edges. The creases and tears and then defined with Sponge Daubers as you can see above.

A couple of strips in the same colours were cut using the Triple Banner Punch. For the ‘not grunge’ version, these were stuck together over a length of Linen Thread tied with a bow.

To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The grunge version had the length of Linen Thread tied around the scrunched bannered pieces. The ends are then frayed to add to the vintage/distressed look. Finally, the sentiment completes the card.

If you are creating a textured project, make sure you use a stronger adhesive such as Tear & Tape to ensure that the pieces stick together well.

To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which one do you prefer? Would you decision be to grunge or not to grunge?

To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Why not join us at a future Card & Cuppa session. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

You can also book onto one of my evening Papercrafting Classes too.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Birthday Blue and Grunge

It was the Birthday of one of my regular class attendees last week and the recipient loves blue and grunge.

Every time I design a project with a grunge element, they throw themselves in fully. Therefore, I knew that grunge just had to feature.

Blue and Grunge Birthday Card. Designed and handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To begin with, the Artisan Textures Stamp Set and a range of blues are stamped onto Whisper White Cardstock. The blues are Balmy Blue, Pool Party, Pacific Point and Blueberry Bushel.

Next, the edge of the card has more ink added using a sponge dauber. Then, the piece of cardstock is scrunched and screwed up several times to soften the fibres and give it a creased look. More ink is added in the various blues to highlight the creases.

I then used an emery board randomly around the edges and across the stamping and accentuated these additional bits of distressing with more ink and sponge daubers. As I’m also a nail technician, I tend to have an emery board or two available!

Blue and Grunge Birthday Card. Designed and handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s great when after lots of scrunching and distressing the fibres are so soft that they create tears and cause the layers to separate.

I also used an emery board around the edge of the Blueberry Bushel layer.

Blue and Grunge Birthday Card. Designed and handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After mounting the layer and stamping onto a Thick Whisper White Cardstock base using Tear & Tape, it was time for the sentiment.

Using the Happy Birthday Thinlit I cut two, one in Blueberry Bushel and one in Whisper White. The Whisper White one was then inked in the various blues before being offset onto the blue one. It was then coated in Wink of Stella for a touch of sparkle. Dimensionals cut into smaller pieces attach the sentiment to the project.

Finally, Rhinestones add some extra bling and sparkle.

Hopefully, you can the Wink of Stella and ripping in a bit more detail in the picture below.

Blue and Grunge Birthday Card. Designed and handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Why not join us for a future class where you can unleash your creative side.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Number of Years

At last week’s Card & Cuppa class there was one decision that needed to be made by each attendee.  To grunge, or not to grunge…

Stampin' Up! Number of Years

As you can see, there is a bit of a difference depending on your choice.

What is great about this project is that you have to create the crisp and clean stage first.  You then make the decision!

Stampin' Up! Number of Years

We used the Number of Years Stamp Set in Early Espresso and Rose Red to create the flowers and stamped the dots using Crumb Cake.

The Pretty Label and Triple Banner Punches create the sentiment and layer, with Burlap Ribbon behind.

For the grunge effect, it meant scrunching your pristine pieces of stamping to soften the fibres and then using Soft Suede to add the vintage look.  This was with a combination of Sponge Brayer and Sponge Dauber to highlight the creases.

Stampin' Up! Number of Years

The ribbon is a nice neat angle for the non-grunge version with some deliberate fraying for the grunge.

It was interesting to see the final projects as everyone created something completely different.

What would have been your decision?

Card & Cuppa sessions are taking a break for a few weeks but will be back w/c 16th October.  To join us, book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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