Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Postage Stamp Punched Pieces in Purple

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project, I revisited another card from my Abstract/Shapes Papercrafting Class.

This time, it was Postage Stamp punched pieces in purples shades, rather than blues.

The Postage Stamp Punch is a fabulous new tool from the Mini Catalogue.

Postage Stamp. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using Thick Whisper White for the basecard allows each of the colours to shine.

We have Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss.Postage Stamp. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My top tip for projects like this is to stick the shapes onto another piece. This stops the needs for being really accurate with your cutting and sticking.

All that’s needed is to arrange the pieces in a pattern, leaving a small gap between each one. Any overhang is then cut off before sticking this piece onto the basecard.Postage Stamp. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My sentiment is from the Forever Fern Stamp Set and is cut out using the Postage Stamp Punch. As the notches can be lined up, it’s fairly easy to cut the shape smaller than the original shape.

A loop of Metallic-Edge Ribbon is then stuck to the project, before the sentiment is added using some Mini Dimensionals.

This design is really quick and easy to make. You could even make a batch and add a relevant sentiment when it is time to send.

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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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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Essential Tag Punch: Take Two

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, it was take two for the Essential Tag Punch.

Essential Tag Punch: Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I previously made this project at one of my recent Papercrafting Classes. The Card & (Your) Cuppa attendees liked it and wanted to make one, hence the reason for Essential Tag Punch: Take Two.

For this version, I’ve chosen Just Jade as my main colour.

Once again, it uses the Forever Greenery DSP, cut out with the Essential Tag Punch from the Mini Catalogue. I chose three pieces of DSP and cut two from each, in different orientations. This is so they could be used for either the top or bottom row.

It’s easier to start with the middle two shapes and work out, as you can decide your distances between the shapes. The shapes overhung the edges on mine, so I trimmed them down.

Essential Tag Punch: Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Lovely You Stamp Set is stamped in co-ordinating Just Jade onto a punched circle.

This is layered onto a length of Just Jade Ribbon and a die cut from the Forever Flourishing Dies.

Essential Tag Punch: Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

By make some small changes, using different sheets of DSP, using Just Jade and adding a sentiment, you can see the differences.

The previous one is below (right). Which do you prefer?

Essential Tag Punch:Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Essential Tag Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Card & (Your) Cuppa for Children – A Wave of Balloons

For my final Card & (Your) Cuppa for Children class of the summer, I designed this wave of balloons project.

A Wave of Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses mulitples of the same shape in shades of blue and purple to create a fabulous card. Using the same shape multiple times is really effective. It also saves a lot of time and effort!

For my purples we have my go-to trio of Purple Posy, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape. My blues are Pacific Point, Balmy Blue and Seaside Spray. As there are lots of colours, they are all mounted onto a Thick Whisper White basecard. This allows each colour to pop.

A Wave of Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Lovely Labels Pick a Punch creates the ends of the strips and the sentiment, with the balloons cut using the Balloon Bouquet Punch.

Once everything is cut, it’s time to start arranging the pieces how you’d like them. My project has the lighter colour strips and darker balloons in the centre for a contrast. I also made the centre strip and centre balloon in the opposite colour to the others.

A couple of pieces of the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon create a cross in the middle.

With the centre balloon attached with Dimensionals, the ‘Happy Birthday’ is from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set is added. This sentiment works really well with the narrowest setting on the punch.

A Wave of Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Rhinestone Birthday bling was added.

My young students have been brilliant and have created some fabulous projects.

Card & (Your) Cuppa for Children will be returning in the October Half-Term. Dates will be announced soon, so keep an eye on my Class Timetable for full details.

If you’d like to join me for other classes, my Class Timetable has all the information you need.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Love of Leaves for my Lovely Customers

You know how much I love making thank you cards for those who support my business. This is the card I send to my lovely July customers, made using the Love of Leaves Bundle.

Love of Leaves. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Everyone who places an order with me during the month, receives a handmade thank you card from me the following month. If you use the Hostess Code for your online order, you’ll receive a little gift from me too.

For this project, I chose to use just two colours, Cinnamon Cider and Pear Pizzazz, along with Very Vanilla. Cinnamon Cider is one of the new In Colors for 2020 and works really well in this colour combination.

The Love of Leaves Bundle from the Mini Catalogue is made up of the Love of Leaves Stamp Set and the stunning Stitched Leaves Dies. Take a look at the pretty stitched lines on the leaf. I fell in love with this bundle rather quickly. Not only does the stamp set have a variety of leaf designs, it has some great sentiments too.

A simple background is made by stamping the leaf multiple times in one colour. Then, I die-cut the leaf shape in the other colour.

Love of Leaves. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A couple of lengths of of the beautifully tactile Embroidered Ribbon, again from the Mini Catalogue, is stuck to the back of the leaf.

Cinnamon Cider ink is used to stamp the sentiment, cut out with the Classic Label Punch.

Love of Leaves. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the leaf piece is attached with Dimensionals to raise it up off the page.

I’m looking forward to making the cards for my August customers. It’s not too late to add yourself to my list by placing an order.

Why not also learn how to make cards like this at one of my classes too. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Mini Catalogue 2020 Happy Mail

When there is a new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue, I send out ‘Happy Mail’. Here is part of my Mini Catalogue 2020 Happy Mail package.

There were a few excited recipients, plus a few not quite so excited husbands!

Beautiful Autumn Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve once again used the fabulous new Beautiful Autumn Bundle. The inspiration for this project is Page 73 of the new Mini Catalogue. This Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set and Autumn Punch Pack Bundle work beautifully together.

As they are part of the Gilded Autumn Suite, there are other products that also co-ordinate. Don’t forget that Suites and Bundles are discounted so offer even greater value.

My colour combination is Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake and Pumpkin Pie, onto Very Vanilla Notecards. I love using Notecards when I’m making batches, they are so quick and easy to use.

Beautiful Autumn Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The three punches in the Punch Pack offer so many possibilities. You can stamp the outline, stamp the inside too and then punch, or just punch the shape.

For this project, the outline is stamped tone-on-tone and then punched out. The sentiment from the Stamp Set is layered on top of the co-ordinating Ribbon Combo Pack from the Gilded Autumn Suite.

Beautiful Autumn Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Do you have a favourite product so far?

If you’re a fan of these leaves then make sure you book onto my Papercrafting: Trees & Leaves online class on 26th August. Head to my Class Timetable for booking details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Daisy Lane Easel Card

I’m sharing another card from my recent Fancy Folds class. This is an easel card.

Easel Card. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

An easel card is one that folds up like an easel when it is open.

For my card, I chose Just Jade and Rococo Rose, two In Colors. I also used the Daisy Lane Stamp Set.

After scoring and folding my base card, I added an addtional panel to the front section. When you are attaching a front piece, make sure you only glue onto the bottom fold. If you don’t, the easel mechanism won’t work and you’ll just have a regular card!

With the stem stamped, I stamped and punched the large daisy for this flower. I also stamped and punched two smaller daisies to use later on. For all of the daisies, I used a Blender Pen to pull the colour and some Wink of Stella in the centres.

A sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set shaped using a brand new punch. Head to page 65 of the new Mini Catalogue to see this fabulous Banners Pick A Punch.

Easel Card. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

When decorating an easel card, adding some sort of stopper for the front section is advisable. This is where I used the smaller daisies, sitting on a length of co-ordinating Just Jade Ribbon.

Pop back again to see another project from the class.

Don’t forget that it’s time to use those Bonus Days Coupons. They are valid until 31st August.

If you want to join us for a future class, head to my Class Timetable for full details and booking information. Bookings close two weeks before each class to allow packs to be posted.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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New Mini Catalogue – Beautiful Autumn is here!

Today I am able to share the new Mini Catalogue with you – yay!

It has lots of new products, including this fabulous Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set and Punch Pack Bundle. Plus, there are some returning favourites from last year too.

Beautiful Autumn. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This Stepper Card is a project from my recent Fancy Folds Papercrafting Class. The eagle-eyed attendees spotted new items on my sample and were then eager for their Mini Catalogues to arrive!

My colour combination for this Stepper Card is autumnal tones of Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Old Olive. Using Very Vanilla with these colours helps to give them a more muted feel.

Beautiful Autumn. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As well as the Beautiful Autumn Bundle, two other products from the Mini Catalogue feature.

The new Love of Leaves Stamp Set creates a pretty autumn feel for the background. Some attendees even thought it was a piece of DSP, which shows how fabulous the images are.

A length of the new Embroidered Ribbon, sits across the front.

Using lots of stamped and punched shapes from the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set and Punch Pack Bundle, I then added layers to the front step piece.

You will know how much I love punches, so this trio punch pack has really made me smile. They can be used with the co-ordinating stamp set, or on their own. Make sure you take a look at the fabulous DSP from the Suite as images can be cut out with the punches.

Beautiful Autumn. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I finished my project with a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set, cut out and layered with the Classic Label Punch.

Don’t forget that you can now redeem your Bonus Days Coupons. This Bundle is definitely one for your list.

Make sure you use my Online Hostess Code for your orders.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BYO Stamps – Positive Thoughts Project

At my recent BYO Stamps virtual class, the attendees made a card inspired by this Positive Thoughts project.

Positive Thoughts Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

BYO Stamps is for those who have stamp sets, but aren’t sure what to do with them. I provide the design, and the attendees then create a project using the items they have at home, using the design as inspiration.

As you can see from this design, it’s a favourite of mine and I’ve used this layout so many times. Just change the stamp set and colours and away you go.

Positive Thoughts Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My version uses the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set with Purple Posy, Rococo Rose and Pear Pizzazz. I’m quite fond of this colour combination as it looks great with both Whisper White and Very Vanilla. Here it is with Whisper White for a crisp, clean look.

There are only two bits of stamping, the backgroud image and the image in the centre. A mixture of first and second generation stamping is used for the Pear Pizzazz leaves to create depth. Corners are rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch.

The centre image is stamped onto a shape cut out using the 2″ Circle Punch, and layered onto the now retiring (sob!) Starburst Punch. These are then added with Dimensionals over a strip of co-ordinating In Color Ribbon.

Finally, everything is mounted onto a Thick Whisper White basecard to continue the crisp, clean theme.

Positive Thoughts Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’d like to join me for one of my Social Isolation Classes either at a live craft-along over ZOOM, or at your own leisure aftewards using a video, then make sure you order a class kit.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the retiring lists and make sure you get your hands on your favourites before they disappear.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Terracotta Tile Thank You

Today I’m sharing the Terracotta Tile thank you cards I sent to my most recent customers.

Terractotta Tile Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you know, I’m a fan of monochrome-type cards and this one is no exception. Here I’ve combined Terracotta Tile and Very Vanilla.

The Varied Stamp Set and Vases Builder Punch are the stars of the show, with the fabulous Label Me Lovely Punch.

Terractotta Tile Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used the Label Me Lovely Punch shape twice, once for the flowers and again cut in half to create a layered effect.

A length of co-ordinating In Color Ribbon across the project, plus a spot of Wink of Stella on the flowers complete the look.

Terractotta Tile Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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