Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Whale meet again!

It was definitely a case of Whale Meet Again for last week’s Card & Cuppa project.

The attendees have been asking for a project that uses the Whale Builder Punch so here it is. As I used it for the Children’s class the other week, it’s getting a fair amount of use!

Whale Meet Again. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Purple Posy, Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy and Whisper White create this project. My colour combination is taken from the Playing with Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack, and I’ll explain a bit more on why this is in a bit.

At a previous session, the attendees liked the Purple Posy Ribbon from the Playing with Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack. I was also able to show them the other two ribbons in the pack, so thought I would use them and the colours on this project.

Whale Meet Again. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Coastal Cabana piece is embossed using the Old World Paper Embossing Folder, a new item in the Annual Catalogue. I thought it looked like the sea in this colour with the ripple shape cut by hand.

Using the Painted Labels Dies and cutting out the centre piece, the swirl is threaded with the ribbons. I’ve also added the Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon in Whisper White here too.

For the whale, they are made two-tone by using a belly piece in Purple Posy. I gave the attendees whales in both colours, so they could choose to make either Night of Navy or Purple Posy. Or even both.

This sits across the centre of the swirl and the water spout is then added.

Whale Meet Again. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, an eye and three bubbles from the Elegant Faceted Gems Pack add a little bit of sparkle and fun.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Highlighting the Ornate Style Stamp Set

Whoops! Another project using the Ornate Garden Suite. I told you I couldn’t put it down! It’s a great suite from the new Annual Catalogue.

Here I’m highlighting part of the Ornate Style Stamp Set with Stampin’ Blends.

Highlighting the Ornate Style Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The base of this project is Purple Posy and Highland Heather. Corners are rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch. This mirrors the cut outs of the centre shape.

Two shapes are cut from the Painted Labels Dies with the Whisper White one trimmed along the stitch line to create layering. By placing this Whisper White shape onto the Whisper White layer, the image is stamped on top using Smoky Slate.

Then, the cut out is taken away and coloured using Stampin’ Blends. I’ve used the same colours for the Blends, along with So Saffron, Granny Apple Green and Rococo Rose. Make sure you have your Colour Lifter to hand incase of any mishaps!

 

Highlighting the Ornate Style Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

By layering this onto the larger Highland Heather piece, the whole piece is then carefully lined up and stuck on top of the the non-coloured stamped section.

Finally, three pretty Frosted Epoxy Droplets just add a finishing touch. They capture the light beautifully.

Highlighting the Ornate Style Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps

At a recent BYO Stamps Class, all of the projects were about gaps. This one was creating the gap using the diagonal slash method.

Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The main image from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set is stamped all over the piece of Whisper White cardstock. Using the fill-in stamps stamped-off to give a lighter look is a quick way to colour the flowers. I’ve only used a Blushing Bride Ink Pad on this project.

Some more poppies are stamped onto a separate sheet and cut out using the Painted Labels Dies, the other part of the Painted Poppies Bundle. Did you know that you could receive a FREE Bundle of your choice just by joining my Stampin’ Up! Team this month. Take a look at the details here.

You can see this and all of the available Bundles in the new Annual Catalogue.

The background piece is then cut it in half on a diagonal, and the two pieces stuck onto the Rich Razzleberry layer. When you are creating the gap, how you cut the pieces in half is entirely up to you.

You can then do lots of things after creating the gap, from stamping in the gap, to leaving it blank. The choice is yours!

Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I wanted to put something over the gap, the extra poppies are stuck onto two Stitched Shapes Dies. One with the stitching cut away to layer on top of the other. To create depth, Dimensionals are used to attach this piece.

Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Instead of a sentiment, three Clear Epoxy Droplets fill the gap to the right.

Diagonal slash cards are great if you want to be a bit more frugal with your cardstock. As you can create the gap as wide as you like, you can get a few more backgrounds from your sheet of A4 or DSP.

Pop back tomorrow where I’ll show you the final card from this class – covering the gap.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Painted Poppies and Floral Essence for a Special Birthday

Today I’m sharing another special commission with you. I created this card using Painted Poppies and Floral Essence, plus a few punches.

Floral Essence for a Special Birthday. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It a special Birthday card for one of my regular class attendees and is based on this card I made previously.

The marble effect background is from the only Ink Pad I used on the project, Melon Mambo. The image is from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set, part of a 10% discounted Bundle with the Painted Labels Dies. Take a look at the Annual Catalogue to see all the available Bundles.

One of the dies from the Bundle, also cut in Melon Mambo is underneath the flowers. Highland Heather Sprig Punch shapes are also behind the flowers.

Floral Essence and the matching Perennial Flower Punch create the pretty flowers. A Blender Pen colours the flowers slightly by dragging the ink from the centre.

Floral Essence for a Special Birthday. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Well Said provides the sentiment and these are cut using the Classic Label Punch, then placing them in the ‘wrong’ way and creating a banner end. For the layers, these are cut using the Triple Banner Punch.

As the card was being hand-delivered, there were a lot more layers than I would create for regular post.

My favourite ribbon to colour, the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding has the colouring treatment with a Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend.

Finally, Wink of Stella is added to the centre of the flowers and a few Rhinestones for some sparkle.

Take a look at the various classes and kits I have available at my Class Timetable. Or, if it ‘isn’t your thing’ and you’d like me to create something for you instead, then take a look at my handmade cards page.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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MELON MAMBO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBLENDER PENSWHISPER WHITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) CRINKLED SEAM BINDING RIBBONSTAMPIN' BLENDS HIGHLAND HEATHER COMBO PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Pink and Sparkly Daisies

It’s that time of year when my friend who likes all things pink and sparkly celebrates her Birthday. This year, I made her some pink and sparkly daisies.

Pink and Sparkly Daisies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s no coincidence that the design is very much like this project I shared the other day. In fact, I made the cards at the same time.

I know I keep saying it, but there really is no need to keep trying to think up new design ideas every single time. If you find a design you like, create it again. By using a different stamp set or colours, it can change the whole look and feel of a design. It also saves you lots of time and effort, leaving you time to create even more projects.

Pink and Sparkly Daisies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz as the main colours, with Smoky Slate for the sentiment. The Stamp Set is Daisy Lane, with the bundled Medium Daisy Punch, along with the Daisy Punch for the larger flowers.

Tone-on-tone stamping has created the daisy background, with the corners rounded by the Detailed Trio Punch. A layered focal daisy in Melon Mambo is stamped onto Whisper White. I used Wink of Stella, instead of a Blender Pen to pull the colour along the petals. This also added some sparkle at the same time. Even though you can’t see it in the pictures, there was quite a lot of sparkle on the project!

The Painted Poppies Stamp Set and Painted Labels Dies create the leaves. Itty Bitty Birthdays is the final Stamp Set I’ve used for the sentiment, with the Timeless Label Punch.

Pink and Sparkly Daisies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

 

To complement the pink and sparkly daisies, I added a few rhinestones as a finishing touch.

Some of the items I’ve used are on the retiring list, so make sure you get your hands on them before they disappear. Visit my online store to see real-time stock availability.

If you would like to join one of my classes, then visit my Social Isolation Classes page for details of the classes I’m offering during this time.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Farewell to Seasonal Layers

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was inspired by my neigbour’s beautiful cherry blossom I could see out of my craft room window.

Two sets of dies have been used here, with one set now appearing on the retiring list. So it’s a sort of farewell to Seasonal Layers.

Farewell to Seasonal Layers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I was making cherry blossom, I had to use Blushing Bride with Whisper White, along with Soft Suede for my branch.

Painted Labels Dies are the other set of dies I used, and they create the pretty background. I gave the attendees a shape in both Blushing Bride and Whisper White so they could choose to use one, or both. I chose Blushing Bride for mine. The pretty lace effect is then attached to the back to make a lovely feature against the Whisper White background.

Farewell to Seasonal Layers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, the branch was attached ready for the flowers. A top tip for attaching the branch is to place glue in places where it will be covered with flowers, this means you don’t have to be extremely precise!

For the flowers, the various shapes were layered in different combinations and stuck together with glue dots before being glued to the branch.

Farewell to Seasonal Layers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some pretty Metallic Pearls in silver were added to give a touch of bling.

This is a perfect card for any occasion and looks fabulous sentiment-free. However, there is enough space to add a greeting if needed.

Don’t forget to check out the retiring list to check if your favourite products are leaving us. Make sure you grab them while you can.

Why not join us for a future class? Head to my Class Timetable for full details of the classes and packs I am providing during this time.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Mystery Pack – Leaves, Circles and a Feather

One of my Social Isolation Class offerings during this time is a Mystery Pack. These are a selection of stampin’ up! cardstock, die cut shapes, punched shapes, embellishments, ribbons etc.

The pack recipients are then challenged to make a card by a specified deadline, using as many of the items as they like.

This pack contained leaves, circles and a feather, along with the other items shown below. Scissors and adhesives, a sentiment, plus Wink of Stella were also allowed to be used for this challenge.

Mystery Pack - Leaves, Circles and a Feather. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

And here is the project I made using some of the items. You can also watch a short video I put together showing how I made my project.

Mystery Pack - Leaves, Circles and a Feather. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Soft Sea Foam, Flirty Flamingo and Mossy Meadow, with Whisper White.

I’ve taken the Painted Petals Die shape and cut out the centre of it to thread the leaves through. As these pieces are quite delicate, I chose to use Fine-Tip Glue to stick those to the project. For everything else, I used SNAIL.

Mystery Pack - Leaves, Circles and a Feather. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A coat of Wink of Stella was added to the feather and a bow using the Baker’s Twine. This is then stuck onto some layered circles to create one piece.

The whole piece is then raised up using Dimensionals to add some depth. The slit I made to cut out the centre is hidden by the circles and feather.

 

Mystery Pack - Leaves, Circles and a Feather. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A few of the other circles are dotted around to create some more background interest.

The Nature’s Thoughts Dies and the Painted Label Dies are currently unavailable, so you won’t see them listed below at the moment. However, there are still lots of other fabulous products, including the new pre-release suite to help you keep crafting.

If you want to receive one of my Mystery Packs, head to my Class Timetable for full details and booking information.

 

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Mixed Media with Painted Poppies for a Big Birthday

One of my Card & Cuppa attendees recently celebrated a big birthday, so naturally I had to make them a card.

A Big Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

They are a fan of mixed media and love poppies too, so I decided to combine these loves, it was a big birthday after all!

My main colour palette was Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla, with Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.

First, I stamped the background with an image from Gallery Grunge using Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. This created resist areas for when I used a Sponge Dauber over the top to add colour.

A Big Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A combination of shapes and images and stamped and cut out using the Painted Poppies Stamp Set and the matching Painted Labels Dies. I can’t believe quite how much I’m using this fabulous Bundle from the Mini Catalogue.

For the sentiments, I used the Well Said Stamp Set and Well Written Dies. This is another one of those stamp and die combinations that I use quite regularly as they are really versatile.

The Classic Label Punch cut out the smaller part of the sentiment.

A Big Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The length of ribbon is the Woven Threads Trim, again in Sahara Sand. I cut the bottom edge off to create the fringe.

Before I stuck everything together, I covered the ‘happy’ and the centre of the poppies with Wink of Stella. I love how Sahara Sand goes an almost gold colour under it.

A Big Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’d like to join this and other attendees at Card & Cuppa classes, then head to my Class Timetable for more details and to book your place.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – More Painted Poppies

At last week’s Card & Cuppa class we used the Painted Poppies Bundle once more.

More Painted Poppies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This Bundle from the Mini Catalogue is so versatile and I have so many ideas for using it.

As I had to cancel the Painted Poppies Papercrafting Class, I decided to use one of the project ideas I was planning on teaching.

I love the background as it looks like a marble effect piece of printed paper and not stamped at all.

We’ve used the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners on the opening edge.

More Painted Poppies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The poppies are stamped onto Blushing Bride with the centres inked with Rococo Rose and a Sponge Dauber. They have also been given extra texture with the ‘splats’ used on the background.

With the leaves, they have been stamped onto Soft Sea Foam with Mint Macaron ‘splats’ and Sponge Dauber inking.

Everything has then been cut out using the co-ordinating dies from the bundle, plus the fabulous swirl too. The shapes were then attached to the swirl with SNAIL, which was then added to the project with Dimensionals to add depth.

More Painted Poppies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once the flower had been attached, the middles had a touch of sparkle added with some Wink of Stella.

A sentiment from the Label Me Bold Stamp Set, either cut out using the Classic Label Punch or by hand just finishes the project.

This is a project that looks really complicated, but once you have all the pieces stamped and cut out it’s very quick to pull together.

Don’t forget to book yourself onto one of my classes. Full details can be found at my Class Timetable.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Painted Poppies BundleLabel Me Bold Cling Stamp Set (English)Blushing Bride A4 CardstockSoft Sea Foam A4 CardstockMint Macaron A4 CardstockMint Macaron Classic Stampin' PadBasic Gray Classic Stampin' PadRococo Rose Classic Stampin’ PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSponge DaubersClassic Label PunchDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Painted Poppies Bundle

At last week’s Card & Cuppa sessions, we used more NEW products from the Mini Catalogue, the Painted Poppies Bundle.

This Bundle contains the Painted Poppies Stamp Set and the Painted Labels Dies. What is even more fabulous is that by purchasing this Bundle, you can also receive a FREE SAB item.

Painted Poppies Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination started with Poppy Parade, along with Old Olive and Basic Gray. These were used with with Very Vanilla to create a softer look than Whisper White.

The background texture was stamped off first to continue the softer theme. Stampin’ Write Markers were used to ink up the stamp for a subtle watercolour-esque image. A Blender Pen was then used to pull the ink to colour the poppies.

If you don’t want to use markers from multiple colour families, then try and stick with one, such as Brights or Regals.

Painted Poppies Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once the image had been stamped, the dies were used to cut out the pretty frame and the edge piece.

Some stamping on the background of the card in Old Olive (stamped off first) helped to pull everything together.

Pearls were then added for a finishing touch.

Painted Poppies Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project will look fabulous in other colours too, maybe pinks and purples or oranges and yellows.

If you’d like to create more projects using this Bundle, then book a place on my Painted Poppies evening Class. Booking closes on Wednesday 5th February. Visit my Class Timetable for details of all my classes.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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