…and Cauldron Bubble

I hope you’ve been enjoying the Halloween projects I’ve been sharing this week.

My final one is this cauldron, filled with lots of interesting items. ‘Double, Double, Toil and Trouble…’

And Cauldron Bubble... Halloween Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used LOTS of products in this one to make the cauldron bubble! Make yourself comfortable as this is a long post…

Starting with the Granny Apple Green Basecard, Basic Black Layer and Smoky Slate foreground, these combine to create a spooky witches lair.

I’ve then stamped tone on tone using the Textured Essentials Stamp Set to add some texture to the background. With some Granny Apple Green bubbles from the Pattern Play Stamp Set.

The layers have all been rounded on two corners with the Detailed Trio Punch.And Cauldron Bubble... Halloween Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, the cauldron. This is a shape from the Tasteful Labels Dies and I think it makes a perfect cauldron.

The contents of the cauldron are Poppy Parade eyeballs, made using the Waterfront Stamp Set and the same image as the bubbles, this time in Tuxedo Black.

There’s also a bat wing from the Umbrella Builder Punch and spider’s legs. I’ll explain a bit more about the legs in a moment.

Then, there are two frogs cut from the Dockside Dies, hopping away from their potential fate.

I’m not a fan of spiders, but I think you will agree that this one is quite cute!

The body is from the head of the Snowman Builder Punch and the legs and strand are from Hippo & Friends Dies. Offcuts of the legs were then popped into the cauldron.

For the eyes, this is the circle from the centre of the Delightful Tag Topper Punch, and the eye from the Whale Builder Punch.

If you haven’t already guessed. I like using my punches and dies in lots of different ways!And Cauldron Bubble... Halloween Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A piece of Metallic Mesh Ribbon across the corner makes it look like a spider’s web.

Here are all of the projects I’ve shared this week. Do you have a favourite?

And Cauldron Bubble... Halloween Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Going Batty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Meowing at the Moon. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Taking A Peek At Halloween. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsThere’s still time to get your hands on products to make your own Halloween projects. Make sure you take a look at the current Special Offers too.

If you want to attend one of my remaining classes for 2020, head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Taking A Peek At Halloween

As I took a week off last week, there isn’t a Card & (Your) Cuppa project to show you.

Instead, I’m taking a peek at Halloween projects for a few days.

This project makes use of lots of offcuts, so is a great one for using up some scraps.

Taking A Peek At Halloween. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I began with the eyes. The bloodshot background is the circle from the Waterfront Stamp Set. These are in Poppy Parade Ink in third generation stamping.

The pupils are from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black.

Both eyes are cut out by hand, leaving a thin white edge around them.

They are then stuck onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock.Taking A Peek At Halloween. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, strips of Whisper White, with Smoky Slate Sponge Dauber inking added are stuck across the piece of Basic Black.

I placed strips around the eyes first, then added the other pieces. Overlapping randomly at various angles.

Using Multipurpose Glue allows a bit of wriggle room when placing the pieces.

When I was happy with the positioning of the strips, I cut off the excess from the edges.

Before sticking the piece onto the layer, I added some more inking around the edges.

Taking A Peek At Halloween. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally everything was stuck together to make this spooky peek-a-boo!

It’s a really easy project to make, especially with children during half-term. You can use googly eyes or punched shapes. The bandages can also be ripped along the edges or you can even use ribbon.

Don’t forget that I’m running my Card & (Your) Cuppa for Children session during the October half-term break, along with my other classes.

Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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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 – An In Color Jar of Flowers

The latest project from my Fabulous Florals Papercrafting Class is this pretty In Color jar of flowers.

In Color Jar of Flowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

It combines three In Colors, Terracotta Tile from last year and this year’s Bumblebee and Just Jade, along with Very Vanilla.

Wild Rose Dies provide the detailed flower and leaf pieces. The other shapes are created by drawing round the detailed pieces and cutting them out. These give us extra the flowers and leaves.

The pieces with more details are stuck onto a hand cut piece and put to one side.

A Terracotta Tile jar cut using the Jar Punch is stuck to the card. This is then joined by the hand cut flowers and leaves.

Using Dimensionals to make them the focus of the project, the more detailed flower and leaf pieces are then added.

Blossoms in Bloom provides the sentiment using Terracotta Tile ink.

A length of co-ordinating ribbon has a knot tied in it and is then stuck on with a Glue Dot.In Color Jar of Flowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

Finally, Gold Glitter Enamel Dots create the centre of the focus flower, with the rest providing sparkle around the project.

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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.

Why not join me at a future class. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Fabulous Florals – Ornate Borders Dies

Here is the second project from my recent Fabulous Florals Papecrafting Class.

This card uses the Ornate Borders Dies to create a delicate effect. Perfect for a Wedding or Wedding Anniversary, or any other occasion.

Very Vanilla and Soft Sea Foam, with Gold accents are my colour scheme for this card.

The die-cut piece from the Ornate Borders Dies is stuck onto the Very Vanilla background to give a tone-on-tone effect.

Lengths of Very Vanilla Metallic-Edge Ribbon are stuck diagonally across the piece to frame the pretty die-cut.

Ornate Borders Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Then, the flowers from the dies are stuck on top. These Soft Sea Foam flowers are offset slightly.Ornate Borders Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Gilded Gems are added to the centre of each flower. These gold gems co-ordinate with the ribbon to pull everything together.

Join me at a future class and make your own projects. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Fabulous Florals – Poppy Moments Dies

Earlier this week I held an evening online Papercrafting Class. The subject was Fabulous Florals and this is one of the cards from session.

Poppy Moments Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the Poppy Moments Dies, with a sentiment from the Well Said Stamp Set.

The black and white background really sets of off the red and green colours of the flowers.

I chose Cherry Cobbler and Real Red for the flowers, with Granny Apple Green and Old Olive for the leaves.

The shapes layer on top of each other to create depth and it’s a really lovely effect. A bud sticking out the side just adds a touch more interest too.Poppy Moments Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The centres are in Basic Black, coloured with Wink of Stella to add some sparkle.

Poppy Moments Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With everything assembled, the leaves, sentiment and bud are stuck directly onto the card.

Finally, the flowers are attached with Dimensionals to raise them off the page.

This is a great project that would suit a number of occasions, from happy to sad. It would also look fabulous in other colour ways too.

Pop back soon to see more projects from this class.

I only have three Papercrafting Classes left for 2020, so why not book a place. Head to my Class Timetable for full details and booking information.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Abstract Butterflies

My 6th and final project from my recent Abstract/Shapes Papercrafting Class is this abstract butterflies card.

Abstract Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

All of the items in this project are from the Annual Catalogue.

I chose the fabulous colour combination of Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry and Very Vanilla.

Using strips of the cardstock, these layer across the card at various points, with the ends shaped as required. For speed, a punch to cut the ends is a much easier option.

It is really quick and easy to make and doesn’t use much cardstock either, so you can make lots from a few sheets. The hardest decision is your colour combination!

Abstract Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Strips of the co-ordinating In Color Ribbon, plus Lace Trim are also added to create more texture.

Butterflies, cut using the Butterfly Duet Punch are stuck together down the centre and the wings curled upwards. Then, a length of Linen Thread is looped round to make the antennae. These add even more texture and add a slightly rustic feel.

The butterflies are stuck onto layered circles, before this section is stuck to the project using Dimensionals. Try to place the Dimensionals onto card, rather than ribbon, as it gives them something firm to attach to.

Abstract Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Pearls are dotted around to give a finishing touch.

This abstract butterflies design is definitely one you’ll be seeing a lot more of from me. I’ll be making variations of it in different colours and patterns.

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

Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs A Project Full of Holes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs A Very Versatile Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Essential Tag Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Yellow, Orange and Red Small Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Abstract Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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