Finishing Up Friday – Perfectly Penciled Petal Pink Hippo

This week’s Finishing Up Friday is this cute pink hippo.

It uses Perfectly Penciled DSP, Stylish Shapes Dies, SAB Hippest Hippos Stamp Set with the coordinating Hippo dies, and Petal Pink accents.

Don’t forget there isn’t long to earn SAB items with a qualifying order. You only have until the end of August.

This week, I was able to identify the projects that the pieces were left over from – here and here.

With my colour combination of Petal Pink, Basic Black and Basic White decided for me, all I had to do was colour my pre-stamped and pre-cut hippo.

I chose to use my Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends and coordinate it with the rest of the project.

You have seen me use this card layout many times in the past. First, a sentiment from the Hippest Hippos Stamp Set sits in the top right-hand corner.

Next, a piece of the DSP goes on the bottom, with a length of the Petal Pink Ribbon across the join.

Then, the shapes and hippo are layered together and sit on Dimensionals above the ribbon.

For a finishing touch, some Solid Faceted Gems, also in Petal Pink are dotted around this quick, easy and fun card.

Which leftover items are you going to use from your desk?

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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HIPPEST HIPPOS CLING STAMP SET (ENGLISH)HIPPO DIESSTYLISH SHAPES DIESPERFECTLY PENCILED 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERPETAL PINK A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS PETAL PINK COMBO PACKPETAL PINK 3/8" (1 CM) SOFT POLYESTER RIBBONSOLID FACETED GEMSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

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!

Don’t forget that there are only a few more weeks left of Sale-A-Bration, so not much time left to grab those FREE products on qualifying orders. Only available while stocks last.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ALPHABEST PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETARTISTICALLY INKED CLING STAMP SETARTISTIC DIESALL THAT DIESFLOWERS OF HOME DIESSILVER & GOLD 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERPALE PAPAYA A4 CARDSTOCKPALE PAPAYA 3/8" (1 CM) OPEN WEAVE RIBBONPALE PAPAYA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMANGO MELODY A4 CARDSTOCKMANGO MELODY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKGOLD FOIL SHEETSBLENDING BRUSHESPALE PAPAYA 3/8" (1 CM) OPEN WEAVE RIBBONIRIDESCENT RHINESTONES BASIC JEWELSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Best Label Punch Rainbow

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa class, I designed a rainbow from just one shape.

Using the Brights collection, I chose Melon Mambo, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape. If you use one colour collection, you can use the mixed cardstock packs.

A Thick Basic White basecard and a Basic Gray layer allow the colours to pop.

Each piece, cut using the Best Label Punch, was stuck to the project in a diagonal line for each colour. Multipurpose Liquid Glue was my adhesive of choice. It gives me a little bit of wriggle room to slide things around.

In every row, one of the pieces was left unstuck. More on that later.

I found drawing a line for the centre row gave me a good starting point to ensure the rows were spread evenly across the project. Also, starting by sticking the centre row first and working towards the top and bottom was easier for me.

Another tip is to not glue each piece. Pop a line of glue onto the Basic White layer for the row you are working on, sitck the pieces down and then move onto the next row.

When all of the pieces were stuck, the overhang was cut away to allow it to be mounted onto the layer.

In each row, where one piece had not been stuck down, there was a gap. These were filled by attaching each missing piece in place using Mini Dimensionals. This gives the rainbow some extra depth.

Using a birthday sentiment from the Nuts About Squirrels Stamp Set, this is stuck straight onto the card.

Finally, some Festive Pearls, in silver are dotted across the project for a touch of bling.

This card is easy to replicate and great for all ages. I might have to make one in shades of one colour, such as blue or green.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BEST LABEL PUNCHNUTS ABOUT SQUIRRELS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETBRIGHTS A4 CARDSTOCKMELON MAMBO CARDSTOCK A4POPPY PARADE A4 CARDSTOCKMANGO MELODY A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKGRANNY APPLE GREEN A4 CARDSTOCKPACIFIC POINT A4 CARDSTOCKGORGEOUS GRAPE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKFESTIVE PEARLSMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE

July Customer Thank You Cards

As these have all been received, I can share my Customer Thank You Cards for those who shopped with me during July.

The basecard is a FREE SAB item. This is the Pool Party card from the Cards & Envelopes pack. Don’t forget that SAB items are only available until the end of this month (while stocks last).

Using the Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set and Splendid Stems Dies Bundle from the July-December Mini Catalogue, the leaves and shapes were stamped and cut. My leaves use Mint Macaron Cardstock and Ink.

Then, very gentle use of a Blender Pen on the stamped leaves just soften the white every so slightly.

Coordinating Splendid Day Specialty DSP provides the strip that sits in the background. This DSP really lives up to the splendid name. It needs to be seen in person to appreciate the full beauty.

A sentiment from the Sweet Songbirds Stamp Set sits on the semi-circle shape that creates the pot.

Using Dimensionals, the pot and a few of the leaves are raised up to give some depth to the project.

Finally, Brushed Brass Butterflies are added, two small and one large.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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POOL PARTY & SOFT SEA FOAM CARDS & ENVELOPESSPLENDID THOUGHTS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)SWEET SONGBIRDS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)SPLENDID DAY 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPERMINT MACARON A4 CARDSTOCKMINT MACARON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBLENDER PENSBRUSHED BRASS BUTTERFLIESMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Finishing Up Friday

Welcome to my new weekly series – Finishing Up Friday.

The idea behind Finishing Up Friday is to use those pre-stamped, pre-cut and half-made items that are already on my desk, instead of starting to create something new.

These are items such as projects I’ve started making and then changed my mind on during the process, to extra shapes that I’ve cut for class projects etc. All of these bits and pieces get put in a pile and I tend to forget about them, so I’m on a mission to actually use them!

I showed you this project last week and have decided to start a weekly series.

This week’s Finishing Up Friday project uses an image from the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set that I had stamped multiple times and already coloured with Watercolor Pencils. The colouring lines were softened with a Blender Pen.

I have just added a sentiment, also from the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set using Basic Gray.

Then, I was able to create a flat (Dior) bow using the Soft Sea Foam Seam Binding Ribbon from the July-December Mini Catalogue.

The whole piece was then mounted onto a coordinating Soft Sea Foam layer and So Saffron basecard.

Finally, I added a few Iridescent Pearls for a touch of bling.

Which pre-made items are you going to use from your desk?

Don’t forget to pop back next week to see my next Finishing Up Friday project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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DRAGONFLY GARDEN CLING STAMP SETBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSO SAFFRON A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWATERCOLOR PENCILSBLENDER PENSSOFT SEA FOAM 3/8" (1 CM) SEAM BINDING RIBBONIRIDESCENT PEARL BASIC JEWELSGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' SEAL

Sun Prints Suite & Stripes

I haven’t shared a stripes project with you for a while, so this Best Wishes card seemed like the perfect opportunity!

It uses items from the Sun Prints Suite Collection, the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set & Natural Prints Dies Bundle and Sun Prints DSP. These are in the Annual Catalogue.

I took my colour combination of Gray Granite, Night of Navy and Basic White from the sheets of DSP I was using.

The DSP strips create a stripe background, using one strip in the middle and two other patterns to mirror on either side.

Next, using a Blending Brush and coordinating Ink, I added some extra colour around the edges.

A length of Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon sits across the stripes.

The flower is stamped and cut out using the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set and Natural Prints Dies. A Blender Pen then colours the flower.

Leaf shapes are also cut from the Dies.

For the senitment, I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up the ‘Best Wishes’ part of one of the stamps. This is then also cut out using the Dies from the Sun Prints Suite Collection.

All of the pieces are then stuck to the project, with the sentiment raised up on Dimensionals above the Ribbon.

Finally, a few Iridescent Rhinestones are added for a touch of sparkle.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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SUN PRINTS SUITE COLLECTION (ENGLISH)GRAY GRANITE A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKNEUTRALS STAMPIN' WRITE MARKERSBLENDER PENSBLENDING BRUSHESGRAY GRANITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) SHIMMER RIBBONIRIDESCENT RHINESTONES BASIC JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL+

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Shades of Orange Flowers

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project used various shades of orange to create this floral any occasion card.

Pale Papaya, Mango Melody and Pumpkin Pie provide the oranges, with Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla. I do like an orange, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla colour combination.

The background is created from the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder and a Sponge Dauber. This gives it a more antique feel.

Each of the flowers is made by sticking two flowers cut out using the Flowers & Leaves Punch together, in an offset way. Before being stuck together, the edges are curled using a Paper Folder and also given a touch of Wink of Stella around the centre.

A length of coordinating In Color Ribbon sits across the project.

With the flowers arranged in colour order, they are then stuck to the project using Glue Dots.

The ever versatile Art Gallery Stamp Set once again provides the sentiment that is stuck to the ribbon.

Finally, Opal Rounds provide the centre for each flower, with some Brushed Brass Butterflies flying to the edge of the project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ART GALLERY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETTIMEWORN TYPE 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERFLOWERS & LEAVES PUNCHCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPALE PAPAYA A4 CARDSTOCKMANGO MELODY A4 CARDSTOCKPUMPKIN PIE A4 CARDSTOCKPALE PAPAYA 3/8" (1 CM) OPEN WEAVE RIBBONSPONGE DAUBERSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHBRUSHED BRASS BUTTERFLIESOPAL ROUNDSGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Christmas Card Club 2022 – July

This is the second project from this year’s Christmas Card Club.

Inspiration for this project is taken from page 13 of the July-December Mini Catalogue.

July’s project uses the FREE SAB Gold & Silver 6×6 DSP, plus some of the new In Colors for 2022-2024. Additional colours are Garden Green, Daffodil Delight and Basic White.

Don’t forget that SAB runs until the end of August and items are only available while stocks last.

For this card, all of the die-cut shapes are from the Spruced Up Outlines Dies. The sentiment is from the coordinating Spruced Up Stamp Set. These are available as a Bundle with a discount, so be sure to take advantage of the offer.

Using the piece of SAB DSP, this creates a look of wallpaper. A length of In Color Metallic Ribbon hides the join.

Each outline shape has matching inner pieces. To give the look of wrapping paper, each present has an inner cut from In Color 6×6 DSP.

The tree and presents are then arranged, with the front most one on Dimensionals.

A length of In Color Baker’s Twine creates a ‘bunny ears’ bow off to the side. Check out this video for more details on how to tie this bow.

Finally, a star, with Wink of Stella coating tops the tree, with others across the project.

If you like this project for July, and the previous project from June, why not join me for Christmas Card Club in August. Booking closes on 9th August.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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SPRUCED UP BUNDLE (ENGLISH)SILVER & GOLD 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER2022–2024 IN COLOR A4 CARDSTOCKGARDEN GREEN A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKSWEET SORBET CLASSIC STAMPIN' PAD2022–2024 IN COLOR™ 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERSWEET SORBET 1/8'' (3.2 MM) METALLIC WOVEN RIBBON2022–2024 IN COLOR BAKER'S TWINE PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHGLUE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

An In Color Thank You Using Items Already on my Desk

Do you have a pile of pre-cut items already on your craft desk? Me too!

For this project, I challenged myself to use them.

Using the In Colors of Soft Succulent and Polished Pink, with Very Vanilla, the project came together with items I had already cut or stamped.

The Stitched Greenery Die provides the background, again in Soft Succulent.

A flower from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set, with the outline stamped in Smoky Slate, provides the main image. This image is then coloured using second generation stamping in the project colours. It is then cut out with the coordinating Penned Flowers Dies.

The flower sits on a shape cut from the Decorative Circle Punch.

Using the Beauty of Friendship Stamp Set the sentiment is stamped onto shapes cut from the Tailor Made Tags Dies. These are offset and poke out from behind the shape.

The flower and Decorative Circle piece are raised up on Dimensionals to create some extra depth.

Finally, some coordinating In Color Opal Rounds complete the project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BEAUTY OF FRIENDSHIP PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETHAND-PENNED PETALS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETPENNED FLOWERS DIESSTITCHED GREENERY DIETAILOR MADE TAGS DIESDECORATIVE CIRCLE PUNCHSOFT SUCCULENT A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SUCCULENT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPOLISHED PINK A4 CARDSTOCKPOLISHED PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSMOKY SLATE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCK2021-2023 IN COLOR OPAL ROUNDSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Delicate Daisies and FREE SAB Cards & Envelopes

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I created this project that used the FREE SAB Cards & Envelopes for the basecard.

The project takes inspiration from the design on Page 56 of the Annual Catalogue.

Rather than creating a basecard as I normally do, I chose to use the FREE SAB Cards & Envelopes instead. These basecards are pre-printed with a delicate leaf pattern and also come with matching envelopes.

Using the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder for my background, this was cut down to size. It was then given some colour using a Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake ink.

Blushing Bride Daisies cut using the Medium Daisy Punch were then created by again using a Sponge Dauber to add colour to the centres, and then gluing two together.

Lengths of the gorgeous Natural Finish Ribbon were stuck the wall piece before the daisies and leaves, cut using the Bough Punch in Mint Macaron and Crumb Cake were added.

A sentiment from the Art Gallery Stamp Set has Linen Thread looped behind and is then stuck to the project.

Finally, some of the new Festive Pearls from the July-December Mini Catalogue are added. These 3mm Pearls come in a pack of 200 with 50 each of Cherry Cobbler, Soft Succulent, Silver and Gold. Gold are the ones I chose to use on this project.

Don’t forget that you only have until the end of August to earn FREE SAB products (while stocks last).

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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POOL PARTY & SOFT SEA FOAM CARDS & ENVELOPESBRICK & MORTAR 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERBOUGH PUNCHMEDIUM DAISY PUNCHART GALLERY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETBLUSHING BRIDE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMINT MACARON A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKNATURAL FINISH 7/8" (2.2 CM) RIBBONLINEN THREADSPONGE DAUBERSFESTIVE PEARLSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE