Mostly Men – Dinosaur Fun

This cute critter was one of the projects from my recent Mostly Men Papercrafting Class.

I though it would be good to include a bit of dinosaur fun. It’s perfect for those who haven’t quite grown up!

Dinosaur Fun. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A bright colour combinaton of Granny Apple Green and Mango Melody with Whisper White adds to the fun element.

Artistry Blooms DSP has been cut out with the Dino Dies to create the body and scales. Don’t forget that today is the last day to take advantage of the DSP 15% off sale – this paper pack is part of the sale.Dinosaur Fun. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Layering Ovals Dies and Layering Circles Dies provide the shapes for the background.

Stitched Dies provide the Whisper White circle for the dinosaur to sit on. This is attached with Dimensionals.

An appropriate sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set has the end cut using the Banners Pick a Punch.

Finally, a Playing with Patterns Resin Dot creates a perfect eye.Dinosaur Fun. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Who wouldn’t love to receive this.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Autumn Punch Pack

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, the Autumn Punch Pack was the star.

Autumn Punch Pack. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I thought an autumnal project would be appropriate, especially as the nights are starting to draw in.

My colour combination starts with Crushed Curry for the strip, plus Cinnamon Cider, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze. These all combine with the Very Vanilla layer and basecard.

The DSP strip is from the Playing with Patterns 6×6 DSP Pack, one of the packs currently on Special Offer during October.

Using the Autumn Punch Pack a variety of leaves are cut out and stuck onto the DSP strip.

This trio of small punches is a great way to add lots of shapes very quickly.

Autumn Punch Pack. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Before sticking the DSP strip down, any overhanging edges of leaves are trimmed away, leaving straight edges. It’s similar to this project.

Then, a length of co-ordinating Cinnamon Cider Ribbon is stuck in a cross shape. Using Dimensionals the sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set is placed over the top.

Autumn Punch Pack. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsFinally, an acorn is added to the sentiment.

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Fabulous Florals – Small Blooms in Sepia Tones

This is the final project from my recent Fabulous Florals Papercrafting Class.

Once again, I’ve used a previous project for my inspiration, this time creating small blooms in sepia tones.Small Blooms in Sepia Tones. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really like projects that are various shades of the same colour, with this one using shades of brown.

Crumb Cake and Soft Suede, plus some Linen Thread provide my brown hues. Accents are in Very Vanilla and Gold.

Linen Thread creates a frame for the rest of project and adds a touch of texture too.Small Blooms in Sepia Tones. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A variety of punches, Vases Builder, Sprig and of course Small Bloom create the different shapes. Some of the leaves and all of the flowers are in Crumb Cake for a tone-on-tone look. The other leaves are in Soft Suede.

Cutting the Sprig Punch shape in half gives me two thin stems to start my layering.

Then the leaves are stuck down, followed by the flowers.Small Blooms in Sepia Tones. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsA sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set is offset to one side using Mini Dimensionals.

Finally, Gold Metallic Pearls highlight the centre of some of the flowers, with the rest creating additional interest across the project.

Here are all 6 projects. Do you have a favourite?

Small Blooms in Sepia Tones. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Fabulous Florals on World Cardmaking Day. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Poppy Moments Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Purple Posy Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   In Color Jar of Flowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.   Ornate Borders Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’ve liked these projects, why not join me at one of my remaining ZOOM Classes for 2020. Full details are available at my Class Timetable.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Fabulous Florals on World Cardmaking Day

Happy World Cardmaking Day.

Today I’m sharing another project from my Fabulous Florals Class. This is a quick and easy project to make on World Cardmaking Day.Fabulous Florals on World Cardmaking Day. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As it’s a monochrome project, it is easy to replicate in your own colours. You can also use any punch shape you have to hand.

My colours are Coastal Cabana and Whisper White. I chose Coastal Cabana as it co-ordinates with the strip of Playing with Patterns DSP across the card.

This DSP pack is one of the packs in the current 15% off DSP Sale running throughout October.Fabulous Florals on World Cardmaking Day. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Medium Daisy Punch shapes are stuck onto the DSP strip, with any overhanging pieces cut off and stuck into the gaps.

The DSP strip is then stuck onto the Whisper White layer.

A cross of co-ordinating ribbon from the Playing with Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack is topped with a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set in Coastal Cabana ink.

Fabulous Florals on World Cardmaking Day. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Artistry Blooms Sequins, again in Coastal Cabana, are scattered across the project.

Look out for some more designs I’ll be making using this layout.

I’d love to see your World Cardmaking Day projects. What have you made?

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Fabulous Florals – A Purple Posy Project

The third card from my recent Fabulous Florals Class is this pretty Purple Posy project.

Purple Posy Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Purple Posy is my main colour, with some Soft Sea Foam leaves.

A piece of the Playing with Patterns 6×6 DSP in Purple Posy is cut into 1 inch squares and placed in a square pattern. This is one of the select DSP packs that is part of October’s 15% off DSP sale – starts tomorrow.

Co-ordinating Purple Posy Ribbon from the Playing with Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack is added. Note how I’ve created more interest by using the stripes in the opposite direction to the stripes on the DSP.

A sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set is inked using the Purple Posy Stampin’ Write Marker.

Purple Posy Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Perennial Flower Punch, two Purple Posy shapes are cut, and then scrunched to make the flower.

The Soft Sea Foam leaves, from the Tulip Builder Punch are also scrunched, before being added to the back of the flower.

Tear & Tape is used to attach the flower to the project as it needs a stronger adhesive due to the scrunching and layers. You could also use Stampin’ SEAL+ for this.Purple Posy Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsFinally, three Rhinestones add some bling to the centre of the flower.

The various layers under the flower, with the Rhinestones on top, make this quick a thick project. Make sure you double check is you need to use a large stamp before posting this Purple Posy project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies

It’s a purple start to the week with yesterday’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project and this Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies card!

Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the same design as this recent project, I went monochrome for my Sister-in-Law’s Birthday.

Re-using designs by just changing the colours or stamp sets is a great way to get the most out of your crafting as it saves lots of time. Also, if you aren’t sure what to create, it helps to give you a starting point.

Highland Heather and Whisper White come together with lots of tone-on-tone stamping.

Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Swirly Frames provides the pretty rectangle outline. The Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and co-ordinating Butterfly Duet Punch create lots of butterflies.

To create depth,  a few butterflies are stamped directly onto the card. The rest are then layered over the top using Glue Dots.

Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

‘Happy Birthday’ from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set is simply cut out and stuck using Dimensionals to raise it up.

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella on the large butterfly and a scattering of Rhinestones add a touch of sparkle.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature

For this Birthday Card, a favourite Stamp Set combines with a new favourite Stamp Set. This project is Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature.

Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie, Mint Macaron and Very Vanilla. I think the Very Vanilla helps to keep this a warmer mix of colours. Also, using a Thick Very Vanilla basecard, the colours are not fighting with each other.

Using the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set, the tree section is stamped in Sahara Sand.

Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, I’ve used the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set and Punch Bundle to create the tiny leaves and acorn. For each one, the stamping is tone-on-tone.

They are all scattered across the project to create a falling effect and each stuck using Multipurpose Glue.

A sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set provide the Birthday message. One end is given a banner shape, using the new Banners Pick a Punch. On the other end, an acorn is added.

The sentiment piece is then attached using Mini Dimensionals, to raise it off the page.

Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – A Wave of Butterflies

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, the attendees made a wave of butterflies. It’s a version of this project from my recent Abstract/Shapes Class.

Wave of Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this project, I kept the same colours for the butterflies. I decided to change to Whisper White and also Pool Party for the wave of butterflies to sit on.

The gap is made by cutting a wavy line and sticking each part down leaving the gap. Butterflies are cut using the Butterfly Duet Punch.

Using Glue Dots, the wave of butterflies is created, starting with the centre, then the top and bottom. This helps to make the gaps more even.

Wave of Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment is once again from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set cut with the Layering Circles Dies. This is sat on top of a piece of the very pretty co-ordinating Pool Party Ribbon.

Wave of Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This ribbon has a lovely shimmer, which matches the sparkle from the Wink of Stella I added to each butterfly.

If you want to learn how to make projects like this one, make sure you book your place on one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Pop-up Banner

This pop-up banner card for last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa Class project is probably the most complicated I’ve taught the attendees so far. As I also like a challenge, I decided to use it as the Card & (Your) Cuppa for Children project too!

Pop-up Banner. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It begins life as a Coastal Cabana easel card base, with a fold in the centre, plus a fold across the front too.

Two goalpost pieces are added to the bottom half of the fold. These are long strips with a fold in the middle that are glued in an open position. They are folded at the very end as they sandwich everything together.

Pop-up Banner. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

On the lower section, three flags are attached to a piece of the twine from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack. The twine has three strands in Whisper White, Misty Moonlight and a metallic piece. All three pieces are used on this project.

My flags are made from strips of the Playing with Patterns DSP. I only used three strips for the whole project. Each end of the strips are cut with the new Banners Pick a Punch before they are cut into 4.

As each piece is folded, the shape is cut by hand onto the non-punched ends. This is because they are too short to fit in the punch.

When attaching the flags to the twine, make sure you only glue the DSP and avoid the twine. You want to be able to move the flags into position and can’t do this if they are stuck to the twine.

A piece of Tear & Tape secures the ends of the twine to the goalpost piece. Overhang the ends as you can cut these off later.

Pop-up Banner. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the top section, 7 flags are attached to the other section piece of twine.  These are then tied onto the goalpost sections. At this point the goalposts can be folded in half and glued to the bottom section to sandwich everything together.

To stop the top section swinging backwards behind the goalposts, I put a small amount of glue on the outside flags to attach them to the goalposts.

My birthday sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set, again with a punched end. This sits on top of the metallic piece of twine and hides the bottom string.

You can now cut off any overhanging pieces of twine from the edge. I decided to cut off the bottom pieces, but left the top.

Finally, a second sentiment, also from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set and two sections of remaining flags are added to the base using Dimensionals. This is to ‘lock’ the pop-up banner in place for the receipient.

Pop-up Banner. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Yellow, Orange and Red Small Blooms

The penultimate project from my Abstract/Shapes Papercrafting Class is this pretty colour wave of yellow, orange and red small blooms.

Yellow, Orange and Red Small Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With a Thick Very Vanilla basecard, I chose Soft Sea Foam to look like a meadow for my accent colour.

After drawing a curve and carefully cutting along it, the pieces are stuck onto a Soft Sea Foam piece leaving a gap. The gap is for the flowers to sit in later.

The flowers are cut in a range of yellows, oranges and reds using the Small Bloom Punch. So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Bumblebee, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, Poppy Parade and Real Red make my wave.

Each have a Champagne Rhinestone in the centre and the blooms are attached with Glue Dots. I find this is the best adhesive to use for attaching items like this – it is so much quicker and easier. My top tip is to arrange the flowers in the order you like before adding a Glue Dot. Then, start by adding the centre one first, and working out for an even look.

Yellow, Orange and Red Small Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the sentiment, I chose to use the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set in Pumpkin Pie, cut out using the Layering Circles Dies.

This is sat on the top of a swirl of the fabulous Basketweave & Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack from the Mini Catalogue. The copper of the ribbon works well with the champagne colour of the Rhinestones.Yellow, Orange and Red Small Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love being able to take projects, use the same design and make slight tweaks. Next week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa attendees may notice something very familiar when they make their project with me.

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

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