A Box of Birthday Balloons

For my Niece’s recent lockdown 18th, I made this box of birthday balloons.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I haven’t made a pop-up box for a while, so I thought it was the perfect occasion.

These lay flat for postage with the box flaps up, then, when the recipient opens it, the flaps fall down and the box takes shape.

My colour combination is from the dotty Playing With Patterns DSP I have used. It’s Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Purple Posy and Whisper White.

Coastal Cabana is the main colour for the box. Using the Detailed Trio Punch, I rounded the corners of the box and the DSP.

The balloons, cut using the Balloon Bouquet Punch are embossed. Tasteful Textile and Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders create the fun patterns.

Attaching the balloons to the strings I made from the Hippo & Friends Dies was made easier by sandwiching them between the embossed ballon and a plain balloon shape.

This also means that when it lays flat, the balloons don’t stick to each other.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I popped three strips across the inside of the box. This not only gave me something to attach the ballons too, but provided some extra rigidity.

As I attached the balloons to the strips, I was carefully checking they wouldn’t foul each other, or overhang the edge too far when folded.

Once I was happy with the positions, I sandwiched the bottom of the strings in with another piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock.

There had to be an ’18’, so using Silver Foil Sheets, this and the sentiment were cut out. Playful Alphabet Dies for the ’18’ and Well Written Dies for the sentiment.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a length of matching Playing With Patterns Combo Ribbon is stuck around the box, along with some Playing With Patterns Resin Dots.

I also made an envelope too, but didn’t take a picture of that!

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Blossoms in Bloom Bundle in Blues for Mum

Today I’m sharing another card for another November Birthday.

This time, it’s this fabulous Blossoms in Blooms Bundle in blues I made for my Mum.

Blossoms in Bloom Bundle in Blues. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I don’t use this fabulous bundle enough! This project uses the Many Layered Blossoms Dies from the Bundle, with the sentiment from the Stamp Set.

With a colour combination of Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy and Whisper White, I cut the inner group of flowers in the darker shade.

Next, I stuck a piece of Coastal Cabana onto a piece of Adhesive Sheet and cut the outline piece.

This makes it so much easier to attach to the inner piece.

If you’re going to use Wink of Stella in the centre of your flowers, I would recommend doing this before you stick the pieces together.

Blossoms in Bloom Bundle in Blues. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With the pieces stuck together, I then stuck the whole piece onto the Whisper White layer.

As you can see, it overlaps the edges slightly, but I like this look for this die.

I then stamped the sentiment and layered that onto a piece of each colour.

A small flower, again cut from the dies is then attached.

In the centre of the flower is a Playing with Patterns Resin Dot coloured with a Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend Marker.

Blossoms in Bloom Bundle in Blues. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some more of the dots, this time in Coastal Cabana are placed around the flower.

I love how this die creates a ‘wow’ factor as it is so large.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Stitched Rectangle Dies

For this week’s project, we went a bit Mondrian-esque.

Stitched Rectangle Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs As the attendees liked the colours from the week before, I used the same ones.

For this project, the main pieces are from the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

To begin, lengths of the Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon and Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo are stuck across the project.

Next, each rectangle is arranged with pieces overlapping.

My sentiment is from the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set and has a Small Bloom Punch Flower and Sprig Punch leaf attached.

The flower is coated with Wink of Stella for a touch of sparkle.

Stitched Rectangle Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a Playing With Patterns Resin Dot is added to the centre of the flower.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Mostly Men – Dinosaur Fun

This cute critter was one of the projects from my recent Mostly Men Papercrafting Class.

I though it would be good to include a bit of dinosaur fun. It’s perfect for those who haven’t quite grown up!

Dinosaur Fun. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A bright colour combinaton of Granny Apple Green and Mango Melody with Whisper White adds to the fun element.

Artistry Blooms DSP has been cut out with the Dino Dies to create the body and scales. Don’t forget that today is the last day to take advantage of the DSP 15% off sale – this paper pack is part of the sale.Dinosaur Fun. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Layering Ovals Dies and Layering Circles Dies provide the shapes for the background.

Stitched Dies provide the Whisper White circle for the dinosaur to sit on. This is attached with Dimensionals.

An appropriate sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set has the end cut using the Banners Pick a Punch.

Finally, a Playing with Patterns Resin Dot creates a perfect eye.Dinosaur Fun. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Who wouldn’t love to receive this.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Card & (Your) Cuppa for Children – A Lot of Scrunching

This week was our first Card & (Your) Cuppa for Children session of the summer. These classes are slightly different this year as they are online. However, that didn’t stop us from having lots of fun!

The project I designed involved a lot of scrunching of cardstock. I provided all of the items the children needed (apart from scissors, glue and adult supervision).

Isn’t this project cute?

A lot of scrunching. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Creating the waves was fun. Taking alternate pieces of Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana cardstock, they were ripped to create the wave shape. Then, the fun bit, scrunching the cardstock to give extra texture and a water effect.

Starting at the top, each piece is layered, with some Tulip Builder Punch seaweed added along the way. My seaweed is Mint Macaron, Highland Heather and Soft Sea Foam.

A lot of scrunching. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The whale is a little bit fiddly to put together, but I think the two-tone finish looks great. Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight are my colours here. I gave the children a whale in both colours so they could decide if they wanted a darker or lighter whale. Some chose to use both.

An eye from the Playful Palette Resin Dots just finishes it off nicely.

Finally, the whale is attached with a mix of regular and Mini Dimensionals.

A lot of scrunching. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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In Color Introduction Class – Misty Moonlight

I think you’ll agree this Misty Moonlight project is whaley great! Isn’t he cute? This project is one of six from my recent ‘In Color’ Introduction Class.

Misty Moonlight. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A colour combination of Misty Moonlight, Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam and Purple Posy work well together. I couldn’t not include Soft Sea Foam as part of this project!

The seaweed is from the Smooth Sailing Dies with the back one glued down completely first. Then the co-ordinating Baker’s Twine from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack is added. The next piece of seaweed is glued at the bottom and in a few places at the top to make it look like it is still has some movement.

Misty Moonlight. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the fabulous new Whale Builder Punch, pieces are cut in Misty Moonlight and Balmy Blue. He is put together to create a two-tone effect, with another fin on top.

An eye from the Playing with Patterns Resin Dots just adds a touch of character before he is stuck on with Dimensionals. A Mini Dimensional for under the tail, and regular ones for the body.

Finally, three Enamel Dots in Misty Moonlight create some bubbles.

Misty Moonlight. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This punch is really cute and it comes as part of a 10% discounted Bundle with a Stamp Set in the new Annual Catalogue. Not only could you get 10% off, you could also earn a Bonus Days coupon if you shop during July.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Playing with New Punches

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I reached for some of my new punches from the Annual Catalogue.

Playing with New Punches. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project uses a combination of Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Crushed Curry and Whisper White. As it uses a few items several times, the attendees were able to combine their pieces in lots of different ways.

The pretty background is from the Ornate Floral Embossing folder, it gives a lovely textured design. For items with texture, it’s best to use Tear & Tape to attach them, to avoid using pressure and crushing the pattern.

Using cardstock shaped at the top with the new Fancy Tag Topper Punch, I put my Pool Party piece in front. A length of the new Sheer Pool Party Ribbon is looped through both shapes. Pictures of this ribbon don’t do it justice, it’s a ribbon you need to see and feel to really appreciate.

On top of my tags, a shape from the Label Me Lovely Punch is added. I’ve put the straight edges of the shape against the straight edges of my tag.

Playing with New Punches. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Lovely Labels Pick a Punch provides the two strips across the tags. One cut in half and popped behind the first tag, overhanging the edges as long as needed, with the second stuck on top.

Two Crushed Curry and one Whisper White flower are cut from the Small Bloom Punch. This is another fab new punch that carried over from this year’s SAB offering.

For the centre of the white flower, one of the Playing with Patterns Resin Dots is added.

Playing with New Punches. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the tags are lifted from the page using Dimensionals.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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