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.

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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

BYO Stamps – Monochrome using Positive Thoughts

As a big fan of monochrome projects, I just couldn’t help but design one for a BYO Stamps Class. So, here’s some monochrome using Positive Thoughts and the matching Nature’s Thoughts Dies. These are both in the new Annual Catalogue.

Monochrome with Positive Thoughts. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is such a simple project to create by just using one stamp and one ink pad, plus the dies to cut out one of the stamped images.

Rococo Rose from the In Color 2019-2021 Collection along with Whisper White is my simple colour combination.

For the bottom section, part of the Whisper White piece is masked off and the butterfly is stamped in a random pattern. You could even use a piece of Designer Series Paper for this, instead of stamping if you wanted.

Monochrome with Positive Thoughts. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, a strip of co-ordinating cardstock is glued across the masking line.

A circle, again in Rococo Rose, is layered over the top of the strip. Then, the butterfly is added with Dimensionals.

Monochrome with Positive Thoughts. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, three rhinestones, one in each size from the pack are added in a line on the strip.

I really like this project as you can use any stamp set or any colour.

Why not join us at a future BYO Class. You provide your stamp sets, inkpads, punches etc, I provide the designs, kits and online tuition for you to make three cards.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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POSITIVE THOUGHTS CLING STAMP SETNATURE'S THOUGHTS DIESROCOCO ROSE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADROCOCO ROSE A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCK1 1/2" (3.8 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

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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POSITIVE THOUGHTS CLING STAMP SETPURPLE POSY A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADROCOCO ROSE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PAD2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHSTARBURST PUNCHDETAILED TRIO PUNCHPURPLE POSY 1/2" (1.3 CM) SCALLOPED LINEN RIBBONSNAIL ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

More Positive Thoughts

Today I’m sharing the card I sent to another friend who is going through a tough patch.

This was sent before the pandemic and the need to sent positive thoughts now seems even more appropriate.

I made and sent this at the same time as this project, so you’ll notice some similarities.

More Positive Thoughts. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve once again used the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set from the Mini Catalogue and the co-ordinating Nature’s Thoughts dies .

The recipient is a fan of pink, so I used Petal Pink as my main colour. Other colours from the Subtles collection completed my combination, along with Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla.

More Positive Thoughts. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As this card uses subtle colours, I rounded the corners using the Detailed Trio Punch to create a softer look.

The leaves are stamped several times as a background, with the stamped die-cut flower and die-cut feather added in front.

More Positive Thoughts. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

You can’t see it very well in the pictures, but I added some sparkle to the butterflies and centre of the flower as a finishing touch.

I think this Stamp Set and Die duo are going to become a firm favourite.

I’ve recently noticed that for someone who doesn’t like pink, I’m using quite a lot of it!

If you are social distancing and can’t get to the shops to buy Birthday/Anniverary cards, or just want to let someone know that you are thinking of them, then why not take a look at my new ‘Handmade Cards to the Recipient’s Door‘ service and also help support a small business.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Positive Thoughts Cling Stamp SetNature's Thoughts DiesVery Vanilla A4 CardstockSahara Sand Classic Stampin' PadPetal Pink Classic Stampin' PadPetal Pink A4 CardstockSo Saffron A4 CardstockSoft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' PadSoft Sea Foam A4 CardstockClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsFine-Tip Glue Pen

Bugs, Beasts & Butterflies – Positive Thoughts in Rococo Rose and Rich Razzleberry

Earlier this week I held one of my monthly Papercrafting Classes. The theme was Bugs, Beasts and Butterflies and the attendees all made 6 cards.

Positive Thoughts in Rococo Rose and Rich Razzleberry. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The first was a butterfly card using the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set and co-ordinating Nature’s Thoughts dies.

This combines Rococo Rose and Rich Razzleberry (a good tongue twister!) with Whisper White.

I really like this colour combination and think it would also work well switching the Whisper White for Very Vanilla.

Positive Thoughts in Rococo Rose and Rich Razzleberry. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The beautiful leaf image is stamped with a combination of first and second generation stamping with the butterfly cut out using the dies.

Then leaves from the Sprig Punch and Leaf Punch are cut out, along with two scallop circles for layering.

A strip of In Color Rococo Rose Scallop Ribbon is added before the leaves and scallops.

Next, the butterfly is added with a Dmensional to make it ‘fly’ off the card.

Finally, some Rhinestones are coloured using a Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend and added to the project for some sparkle.

Positive Thoughts in Rococo Rose and Rich Razzleberry. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I left this project sentiment free to be suitable for any occasion, but there is also space at the bottom right to add one if needed.

Don’t forget that the dies are available for this Stamp Set as part of the co-ordination release. If you want to get your hands on them, then make sure you act before the end of March. You can also earn FREE products during SAB too.

Why not join me at one of my next classes. Head to my Class Timetable for more information.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Positive Thoughts Cling Stamp SetNature's Thoughts DiesRococo Rose A4 CardstockRococo Rose Classic Stampin’ PadRococo Rose 1/2" (1.3 cm) Scalloped Linen RibbonRich Razzleberry A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockRich Razzleberry Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerRhinestone Basic Jewels1-1/8" (2.9 cm) Scallop Circle Punch1-3/8" (3.5 cm) Scallop Circle PunchLeaf PunchSprig PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape Adhesive

Sending Positive Thoughts

A couple of friends are going through some tough times at the moment. To let them know I was thinking of them, I sent them a ‘hug in an envelope’.

Here is one of the cards I made using the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set.

Sending Positive Thoughts. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Positive Thoughts Stamp Set is from the Mini Catalogue and has some lovely sentiments. ‘Sending positive thoughts and feel-good wishes’ summed up just what I wanted to say.

My colour combination was Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron and Balmy Blue from the Subtles Collection. Plus Sahara Sand for the sentiment and Very Vanilla.

Sending Positive Thoughts. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

What is really great about this Stamp Set is the co-ordinating Nature’s Thoughts dies that are currently available. There is such lovely embossed detail on the So Saffron feather.

Sending Positive Thoughts. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The finishing touch was a gentle application of Wink of Stella on the butterfly and flower for touch of sparkle.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Positive Thoughts Cling Stamp SetNature's Thoughts DiesVery Vanilla A4 CardstockSahara Sand Classic Stampin' PadMint Macaron A4 CardstockMint Macaron Classic Stampin' PadSo Saffron Classic Stampin' PadSo Saffron A4 CardstockPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadBalmy Blue A4 CardstockClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals