BYO Stamps – Feathers and Splats

The second of my recent BYO Stamps class projects is this card with both feathers and splats. If you remember from yesterday’s card, the theme was all about using ‘splat’ images and drawing the eye.

Feathers and Splats. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This any occasion project begins by masking a strip and stamping the splats from the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

My colour combination is So Saffron, Petal Pink and Pool Party from the Subtles Collection. Rather than using Whisper White, these are teamed with Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand to give a more muted look.

Next, a few feathers from the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set are stamped in second generation down the splats, taking care not to overlap the edge. The masking is then removed to reveal a delicate strip down the page.

A length of Linen Thread is wrapped around the card to tone with the Sahara Sand layer.

Feathers stamped in each colour are cut out using the co-ordinating Nature’s Thoughts dies. These are arranged onto the layered circles and the whole piece is raised on top with Dimensionals.

Feathers and Splats. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the bow is tied and a triangle of three Pearls are added for a finishing touch.

Head to my Class Timetable to join us for a future BYO Stamps session.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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POSITIVE THOUGHTS CLING STAMP SETNATURE'S THOUGHTS DIESFOREVER FERN CLING STAMP SET (EN)2 1/4" (5.7 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHPETAL PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPOOL PARTY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSO SAFFRON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSAHARA SAND A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKLINEN THREADPEARL BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Nature’s Beauty

For our penultimate Card & Cuppa sessions of 2019, I reached for the fabulous Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set to create this snowy scene.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love that £2.50 from every sale of this Stamp Set goes towards mental health organisations. So, for just £20, you receive a stunning Stamp Set, and help others too.

To begin with, the attendees had to make the decision between Whisper White or Very Vanilla for their project. I made one in both and still can’t decide which one I prefer.

Here is the same project in Very Vanilla.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, one side of the Grid Paper is ripped to create a snow drift effect. Then, a punched circle mask is added to the cardstock to create a moon.

Using a Sponge Brayer and Night of Navy ink, the cardstock is coloured to create a winter night sky.

Here is the Whisper White version.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

And the Very Vanilla version.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Stars, from the Christmas Countdown Stamp Set are then dotted across the sky.

With the moon and snow masks removed, trees and grass are then stamped in Basic Gray. The beautiful fox, also stamped in Basic Gray and coloured with Watercolor Pencils is cut out and attached using Dimensionals.

Finally, using the very tip, dots of Wink of Stella are added to some of the stars to create a sparkly sky.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really love this card and already know who is going to be receiving both of mine.

Are you team Whisper White or team Very Vanilla?

Why not join us in 2020 for Card & Cuppa? Book your place online by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Nature's Beauty Cling Stamp SetChristmas Countdown Cling Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockVery Vanilla A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockNight Of Navy A4 CardstockNight Of Navy Classic Stampin' PadBasic Gray Classic Stampin' PadWatercolor PencilsWatercolor Pencils Assortment 2Sponge BrayersClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Dandelion Wishes

At last week’s Card & Cuppa sessions, I designed one of the most difficult cards to make, a sympathy card.

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set and some masking to create this pretty project.

Using Sponge Brayers, Pool Party and Balmy Blue Ink, the ombre section was created. Second generation stamping then adds a subtle background to the lighter side of the section.

Then, after removing the masking, a dandelion in Pacific Point is stamped. Hearts from the Dog Builder Punch are added with Glue Dots.

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

‘Thinking of you’ from Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and a layer are cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies. To create the border, we cut around the stitching of the sentiment. It’s a great way to create borders with the various stitched dies.

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Although my card was a Sympathy Card, it’s a really versatile design. I took a range sentiments along with me to the sessions and the attendees used a variety from Birthday Wishes to You’ve been on my mind’.

Why not join us for a future Card & Cuppa session. Book your place online.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Dandelion Wishes Cling-Mount Stamp SetColorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp SetPacific Point A4 CardstockPacific Point Classic Stampin' PadBalmy Blue Classic Stampin' PadPool Party Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockSponge BrayersDog Builder PunchStitched Rectangle DiesSnail AdhesiveMini Glue Dots

Seaside Spray with Dandelion Wishes

Following on from the previous Introduction to In Color Class project I shared, today we meet Seaside Spray.

This was one of the favourite projects among the class attendees.

Seaside Spray In Color from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This lovely light blue from the In Color 2019-2021 Collection is teamed here with So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz.

A strip was masked and sponge daubers used to create the soft two colour effect.

Seaside Spray In Color from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Stamparatus, the large image and sentiment from the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set were stamped onto the piece using Seaside Spray. The second image with the extra floating pieces was stamped afterwards as the placement was down to each individual.

Seaside Spray In Color from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a Rhinestone was added to the centre of the main dandelion and Wink of Stella on each piece. You can’t see it in this picture, but it gives the card a lovely subtle shimmer.

If you’re wondering how Seaside Spray fits into the colour range, here is a comparison I’ve put together with other current colours. It actually reminds me of the colour of my first car!

Seaside Spray In Color from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’d like to join us for future classes, visit my Class Timetable for more details. All abilities welcome.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Dandelion Wishes Cling-Mount Stamp SetSeaside Spray A4 CardstockSeaside Spray Classic Stampin’ PadSo Saffron A4 CardstockSo Saffron Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockSponge DaubersRhinestone Basic JewelsClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushStamparatus®Snail Adhesive

Inspired by Maldives and St Lucia

As soon as I saw the Waterfront Stamp Set in the Spring/Summer Catalogue, I was smitten.

It appears my class attendees were too as they asked for a class on it. This class has recently taken place and all of the projects are inspired by places I’ve visited and are named accordingly.

I’m going to show you the first two projects, inspired by Maldives and St Lucia.

Firstly ‘Maldives’

Waterfront Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! with HIPPOFROG Designs

This is similar to one of projects in the catalogue but it reminded me of my time in the Maldives.

As the colours are quite bright, the simplicity of this project and the vast amount of white space make it work. Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz and Pumpkin Pie is the colour combination for this project.

Masking makes the sun appear on the horizon.

Waterfront Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! with HIPPOFROG Designs

Next we have ‘St Lucia’

I visited St Lucia in 2013 and the stamped double mountains are my version of the Pitons.

Waterfront Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! with HIPPOFROG Designs

For this project it is easier to stamp the mountains first, then the sea, then fill in the sandy areas afterwards. This avoids having green sand where the colours mix! The trees, huts and sun are next, before adding ‘splats’ to the layer.

Island Indigo, Pool Party, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip and Wild Wasabi are the colours for this project.

I love how a combination of first and 2nd generation stamping makes the water come to life.

Waterfront Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! with HIPPOFROG Designs

All of the projects can work with or without a sentiment. There was a sentiment station set up at the class for attendees to use if they wished.

Do you have a favourite out of these?

Pop back soon for the next two Waterfront Stamp Set projects.

Check out my Class Timetable for details of future classes.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Waterfront Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockBermuda Bay A4 CardstockBermuda Bay Classic Stampin' PadCrushed Curry A4 CardstockCrushed Curry Classic Stampin' PadPumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadSoft Suede Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockIsland Indigo A4 CardstockIsland Indigo Classic Stampin' PadWild Wasabi Classic Stampin' PadPool Party Classic Stampin' PadSo Saffron Classic Stampin' PadChocolate Chip Classic Stampin' PadIsland Indigo 1/4" Ombre RibbonClassic Label PunchBalloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp SetSnail AdhesiveMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Kinda Eclectic suitable for Mum

As it was Mothering Sunday yesterday, for last week’s Card & Cuppa I designed a project suitable for Mum.

Kinda Eclectic Stampin' Up! UK

The purple project uses the fabulous Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue.

Firstly, we masked a section of the background using strips of card secured with Washi Tape and sponge daubered between them.  Leaving the bottom section masked we then stamped the leaves on top.  By stamping the butterflies multiple times we created dark, medium and light images.

Finally we added a sentiment, a strip of baker’s twine and the butterflies, after giving them the Wink of Stella treatment of course!

I really like this pretty purple scene and can’t wait to try it with greens, blues and pinks too.  Watch this space…

During Monday’s class, we discovered that a group of butterflies is known as a kaleidoscope, crafting and nature knowledge combined!

To join us at next week’s Card & Cuppa please make sure you book your place by 18:00 the night before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Kinda Eclectic Clear-Mount Stamp SetWatercolor Wings Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockWisteria Wonder A4 CardstockWisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' PadElegant Eggplant A4 CardstockElegant Eggplant Classic Stampin' PadRich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' PadElegant Eggplant Solid Baker's TwineSponge DaubersClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushBitty Butterfly PunchSnail AdhesiveMini Glue Dots