Christmas Packaging

If you’re in the middle of wrapping presents, then this box is perfect for Christmas packaging.

It’s a great size for chocolates, toiletries etc.

Christmas Packaging. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The box slides out from a belly band to reveal the contents.

My main box is made using Pear Pizzazz Cardstock. It’s a lidless box and can be made to your own dimensions. It is a stamp free project, but you can decorate the box and tag as you require.

Make sure you use a Paper Folder to make those score lines nice and crisp. Plus, use a strong adhesive such as Multipurpose Glue, Tear & Tape or SEAL+ to ensure the box doesn’t fall apart.

Christmas Packaging. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the belly band, I used the box dimensions and added 1mm to each measurement when I scored. This allows the belly band to fit over the box and slide nicely, without being too tight or too loose.

Christmas Packaging. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the tag, the Fancy Tag Topper Punch and the Detailed Trio Punch gave me the shape.

Then, I punched a circle from matching Real Red Cardstock and a Pine Tree Punch shape from the offcut of DSP.

These were stuck together then attached with Dimensionals. As I popped a Rhinstone at the top of the tree, I made sure a tiny piece of Dimensional was stuck behind that too.

Finally, a piece of Real Red Braided Linen Trim is threaded through the tag to attach it.

I love making boxes and hope to make many more of them in 2021. Watch this space!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Majestic Mountain Dies to Create a Winter Scene

Our penultimate Card & (Your) Cuppa session of 2020 used Majestic Mountain Dies to create a winter scene.

Majestic Mountain Dies to Create a Winter Scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With a colour combination of Night of Navy, Seaside Spray and Whisper White, the scene began to take shape.

The shapes are all cut using the Majestic Mountains Dies.Majestic Mountain Dies to Create a Winter Scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Attendees could choose to create a Night of Navy background, or leave it White. They could also add a snowy top to the mountains too.

Using the top of the mountain shape, the outline is traced and cut out to create the snow, with a freehand curvy line for the bottom of the snow. Wink of Stella adds some icy sparkle before it is stuck to the top of the mountain.

Instead of the straight bottom for the forest, the forest snowline is created by using the bottom of the mountain as an outline.

Everything is then layered to create the scene.

A loop of the Playing With Patterns Combo Ribbon is then added.

Three trees at the front, with the solid one coated in Wink of Stella are stuck together. The solid tree hides the glue used to stick them all together!

These are then stuck on top using Dimensionals.Majestic Mountain Dies to Create a Winter Scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Champagne Rhinestones are dotted across the sky to resemble stars.

Perfect to use as a Christmas Card, or for a Winter Birthday.

Make sure you take a look at the retiring list for the August-December Mini Catalogue, along with the weekend’s announcement regarding Whisper White.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Home Together Dies

On this day in 2015, I held my first Card & Cuppa session in a local cafe. Fast forward 5 years and they are still running (currently remotely), with some attendees from those first few weeks still joining me.

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project I used the Home Together Dies.Home Together Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’d made this project for one of my regular attendees and they mentioned that they wouldn’t mind making one like it.

It’s a project that can be a New Home card, or a Christmas Card, depending on how it is finished.

The colour combination is Just Jade and Bumblebee In Colors, along with Mint Macaron and Whisper White.

First, a length of the Metallic Mesh Ribbon is added across the back of the project. I love using this ribbon in this way. It’s great for adding texture, especially as I’m currently unable to send stamped images.

Then, each house is assembled with the relevant heart or star insert.

These houses are then attached to the strip using Tear & Tape. As the ribbon has holes in it, the Tear & Tape manages to bind to the cardstock underneath.

Using Dimensionals, the car is aded between the houses, again with the adhesive sticking to the cardstock.

If making this a Christmas Card, the tree is popped on top of the car.

The sentiment sits on a length of Basketweave Combo Ribbon with a cut out from centre of the house.

Finally, a few Rhinestones are added for an extra touch of sparkle.

Home Together Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Helping Another Local Business Say Thank You

I recently played my part in helping another local business say thank you to some loyal customers who have been supporting them during the pandemic.

The business is a local Coffee Shop, where I held my regular craft classes pre-Coronavirus.

Helping Another Local Business Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

They wanted to thank a team of staff from a large organisation who have regularly been ordering cakes.

This project is my interpretation of their departmental logo and you might even spot the organisation in the text too!

Helping Another Local Business Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colours to reflect the logo are Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, Magenta Madness and Blackberry Bliss, with Whisper White.

For the shapes, the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set provides the larger images. Smaller images and the tiny splats are from the Waterfront Stamp Set.

On top of the stamping, is a sentiment made from the Playful Alphabet Dies. Each letter is coated in Wink of Stella to give a lot of sparkle. You can see this in more detail in the picture below.

Helping Another Local Business Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Rhinestones are added for even more sparkle.Helping Another Local Business Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t wait to get back to crafting at the Coffee Shop again.

In the meantime, why not take a look at my Class Timetable to see the classes I’m currently running over ZOOM.

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Team Member Congratulations

Last month a Team Member celebrated a year as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Of course, this was a perfect opportunity to make and send a card.

Team Member Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As they are a fan of pink, I chose a Magenta Madness and Blushing Bride combo.

The stamping is from the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set, with the butterfly cut using the co-ordinating Nature’s Thoughts Dies.Team Member Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used a touch of Wink of Stella on the focal butterfly.

For the sentiment, this is from the Many Mates Stamp Set. It’s cut using a Circle Punch and layered onto a Timeless Label Punch shape.

These are both then raised on Dimensionals above a loop of the matching Magenta Madness Ribbon.Team Member Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few Rhinestones are dotted around for some extra bling.

Sending Team Member Congratulations is one of the many things I love about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

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Magenta Madness Birthday Butterflies

These Magenta Madness Birthday Butterflies were a project for a class attendee.

They are a fan of pink, so I think this definitely fits that brief!

Magenta Madness Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A monochrome project in Magenta Madness and Whisper White.

Stamping is from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, with the shapes from the co-ordinating Butterfly Duet Punch.

The butterflies are masked to allow for them to be spaced differently to the stamp.Magenta Madness Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A Blender Pen colours the butterflies, pulling the ink from the edges to provide the colour.

‘It’s Your Day!’ is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set, again stamped in Magenta Madness. This is cut out using a Circle Punch and sits on a Timeless Label Punch shape.

These are both sat on a length of Metallic-Edge Ribbon, in a double loop.

Magenta Madness Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, small butterflies coated in Wink of Stella are placed across the project, along with a few Rhinestones for some extra sparkle.

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Engagement Congratulations

When I designed this project, little did I know I would need to send Engagement congratulations to friends.

I made this slightly different version for the newly engaged couple using Whisper White and Gray Granite.

Engagement Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs The Ornate Borders Dies are again give a subtle background. As the orientation is different, I’ve actually cut out one of the flowers in the middle to make the piece slightly shorter. You can’t see this as it is covered by the sentiment.

Engagement Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Gray Granite flowers are then added to the piece using Glue Dots.

A sentiment from the Well Said Stamp Set is cut out using the Tasteful Labels Dies.

This is then stuck on top using Dimensionals.

Engagement Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsFinally, three small Rhinestones are added to the centre of each flower to give a touch of sparkle.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Embossed Circles

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I made a non-stamping version of a recent project.

Embossed Circles. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you can see, this version uses embossed circles and die-cut leaves.

Pumpkin Pie, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride and Early Espresso, along with Very Vanilla are once again my colour combination.

Sponge daubers and ink create a vintage look across the Very Vanilla cardstock. The attendees were free to use Sponge Daubers and their own inks for this. They also provided a sentiment of their choice.

Embossed Circles. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Forever Flourishing Dies provide the Pumpkin Pie leaves as the first part of the various layers.

Next, the three embossed circles are stuck down. These have been given texture using the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders and Greenery Embossing Folders.

The sentiment, mine is from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set, then has a strip of Scallop Lace Trim stuck to the back of it.

Using Mini Dimensionals, the sentiment is raised off the project.

Embossed Circles. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, three Champagne Rhinestones add some bling. They co-ordinate really well with the colours of the card.

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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.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Petal Pink, Misty Moonlight and Some Sparkle

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project combined Petal Pink, Misty Moonlight and some sparkle to create this pretty card.

If you’re a regular visitor, you’ll know I’m not a fan of pink, and certainly not the paler pink shades. However, this colour combination works really well!

As I can’t send pre-stamped items out in my class kits due to Stampin’ Up! rules, my kits tend to contain shapes and embellishments.

This card is a version of this previous project, just without stamping.

On these projects without stamping, I like to use texture instead. This begins with the Metallic Mesh Ribbon as a background strip.Petal Pink, Misty Moonlight and Some Sparkle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using two Label Me Lovely Punch shapes, one is cut in half and stuck behind to create the look of a layer.

On this, a Whisper White punched circle shape is attached to help the large butterflies stand out.

Scrunching the butterflies adds more texture, along with the Baker’s Twine antennae from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack.

The twine co-ordinates with the silver in the ribbon and the Misty Moonlight cardstock.

Petal Pink, Misty Moonlight and Some Sparkle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Wink of Stella on the smaller butterflies adds even more sparkle, before finally adding some Rhinestones to complete the project.

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