Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Turtle Punch

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa Class was all about these cute critters.

Turtle Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Turtle Punch from the Annual Catalogue, the attendees received them in Pool Party, Misty Moonlight and Pacific Punch. They also had a strip of the Pattern Party Host DSP.

By cutting the shells off and sticking them onto different colour bodies, it provided lots of different options.

I also cut a little triangle party hat for the central turtle too.

Turtle Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I added a strip of the Pattern Party Host DSP to the right hand side with a zig-zag of Striped Grosgrain Ribbon on top.

My sentiment is from the Celebrate with Sunflowers Stamp Set and it sits on top using Mini Dimensionals.

Finally, a mouth is drawn using a Stampin’ Write Marker, with Matte Black Dots for the eyes.

Turtle Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

During the class, we also had a discussion on how this could be turned into a new home card. What would you make?

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SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves – Project 5

This is the first of the bonus projects from my recent SSOTM Gorgeous Leaves Class.

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves - Project 5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

Along with the class colours of Bumblebee, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen and Old Olive, the bonus projects also add Soft Suede.

Using Soft Suede, the bark image from the Gorgeous Leaves Stamp Set creates the background.

Next, a length of Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave Ribbon, plus a length of the class kit Linen Thread are looped around the project.

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves - Project 5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Biggest Wish Stamp Set sits on a circle cut using the Layering Circles Dies. Falling leaves are stamped at the top and bottom.

Then, various leaves are cut using the Intricate Leaves Dies, along with a few branch shapes too.

These shapes are then layered, some directly onto the background, others to the back of the sentiment.

To add depth, the sentiment, with the attached shapes is then raised up on Dimensionals.

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves - Project 5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

Finally, some of the coordinating Class Kit Matte Decorative Dots are added.

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A Fabulous 50th

A very good friend celebrated their 50th Birthday earlier this week.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As they are a fan of Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry and sparkle, my colour combination was easy to decide.

I chose to make a square card and I used lots of different products to create this project.

The images and die cutting are from the Artistically Inked Bundle (Artistically Inked Stamp Set and Artistic Dies), Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and the Playful Alphabet Dies.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To begin, the background piece was stamped with the small flowers from Artistically Inked, plus some splats from Quiet Meadow.

This was then run through the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. Next, using a Blending Brush, I gave a vintage feel to the background. I like how it looks like dried flowers.

Different generations of stamping create the flowers for the centre piece.

The layering begins with the die cut leaves, then the Fine Art Ribbon and Glitter Organdy Ribbon. As there isn’t a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend Combo, the light Blackberry Bliss Blend was a good substitute to colour the ribbon.

I then layered the flowers together on a separate piece of cardstock and popped some more die cut leaf pieces around them. Raising the whole piece up on Dimensionals added a lot more depth.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

’50’ is coated in Wink of Stella and added to the corner. Again, using Dimensionals, the sentiment lays across the flowers. As this project was being hand delivered, I used several layers of Dimensionals.

Finally, some Metallic Pearls are dotted around the project.

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Team Congratulations in Purple

Another part of my job I love is congratulating members of my team when they reach milestones within their business. This card is for a recent promotion.

Team Congratulations in Purple. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses Fresh Freesia, Gorgeous Grape and Basic White, a favourite combination.

The Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set provides the images. These have a darker outline and paler inners.

Team Congratulations in Purple. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A pair of tags cut using the Tailor Made Tags Dies provide the perfect place for the sentiment, also from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set.

Some Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon is looped through the holes.

Then, the tags are raised up on Dimensionals.

Wink of Stella is used in the centre of the flowers to add a little touch of sparkle.

Team Congratulations in Purple. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some coordinating In Color Jewels are added for some extra bling.

I really like this design as it’s simple, yet stylish at the same time. It’s a great project to recreate in lots of different colours, and for any occasion.

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Pretty as a Positive Thoughts Collage

As last week was a Bank Holiday, I don’t have a Card & (Your) Cuppa project to share with you. Instead, I’ve dusted off a Stamp Set and Dies combo for today’s project.

Pretty as a Positive Thoughts Collage. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set and the matching Nature’s Thoughts Dies. I was searching through my Dies and decided to give them a bit of love, as they have been neglected with all of the new goodies.

My inspiration is the project on Page 77 of the Annual Catalogue and is this pretty collage.

Pretty as a Positive Thoughts Collage. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A colour combination from the Subtles Collection of Blushing Bride, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz works well with Pale Papaya. I’m sure if Pale Papaya was one of the standard colours, it would be in with the Subtles.

The background piece is given texture using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.

With the frame cut using the dies, I stamped and cut out the various pieces. Each is then stuck onto the Basic White piece.

Beauty of Friendship provides the sentiment. This sits on top of a swoosh of Pool Party Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Pretty as a Positive Thoughts Collage. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally the butterflies, each with some Wink of Stella sparkle are added.

As you know, I’m not a fan of pink, but I’m really pleased with how this project has turned out.

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Beautifully Penned Customer Thank You Cards

For those who shopped with me in July, here is the thank you card I made.

Beautifully Penned Customer Thank You Cards. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the fabulous Beautifully Penned DSP. This FREE DSP can be yours during SAB.

Here I’ve teamed the black and white paper with Blushing Bride accents.

A Blushing Bride base card, with a Basic Black layer creates the perfect background for the piece of DSP.

Beautifully Penned Customer Thank You Cards. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Another piece of DSP is then cut and added, along with a shape from the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch.

Some coordinating ribbon then adds another touch of pink.

Finally, a sentiment from the coordinating Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set is stamped. It is cut out and layered with shapes from the Double Oval Punch.

The sentiment is raised up on Dimensionals.

Beautifully Penned Customer Thank You Cards. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love this paper as it can be kept black and white, or you can add splashes of colour.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Going Grunge with Art Gallery Dies

For Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa Class project, there was the opportunity for the attendees to get their grunge on.

Going Grunge with Art Gallery Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I recently made this project and thought that it would be a good design to recreate for class.

My colour combination is Pool Party, Misty Moonlight and Basic White.

The layer is set at an angle to add to the grunge feel.

For the Basic White piece, this is first embossed using the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. I’ve then used a Sponge Dauber to ink over patches of it.

Using an emery board, I’ve taken this to the edges to distress them, and also over the top of some of the texture. It’s then set at an angle.

Going Grunge with Art Gallery Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsThe circles, cut using the the Layering Circles Dies have a touch of ink added to the edges before they are layered together.

Floral Gallery Dies provide the sentiment that is stuck onto the circles.

This central piece is stuck on top of a swoosh of Pool Party Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Finally, some coordinating In Color Square Gems are added.

Going Grunge with Art Gallery Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Attendees could grunge as much or little as they liked. When I design a grunge project, there is always the opportunity for those who don’t like the style to keep theirs clean and simple.

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Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Inking Stamps Using Stampin’ Write Markers

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m showing how to ink up your stamps using Stampin’ Write Markers.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Inking Stamps Using Stampin' Write Markers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsClick below to watch my video.

My project uses a colour combination of Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Basic White.

The flower is coloured in three colours before stamping to create a multi-coloured image.

These are then coloured further using a Blender Pen to pull the colour.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Inking Stamps Using Stampin' Write Markers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Two shapes from the Tasteful Labels Dies are cut out, one is the image, another in Old Olive. Cutting around the edge of the image leaves a border when the two pieces are layered together.

Before they are stuck to the project, some background ‘splats’ are stamped.

Using the same inking up technique, I’ve used part of a sentiment to create my ‘thank you’. This is again layered with Old Olive and raised up on Dimensionals.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Inking Stamps Using Stampin' Write Markers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella is added to the centre of the flowers to add some sparkle.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Monochrome with Strawberry Builder Punch

As you know, I’m a fan of monochrome projects, so it was lovely to design one for last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa Class.

Monochrome with Strawberry Builder Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The new FREE SAB Beautifully Penned DSP provides the background and the petals.

Using the Strawberry Builder Punch, the strawberries are cut out to create petals. The smaller flower and leaves are cut out using the punch too.

Monochrome with Strawberry Builder Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each of the strawberries are arranged to create the flower. Strawberries aren’t just for eating!

A coating of Wink of Stella is added to the smaller flower before it creates the centre of the flower.

The leaves are scored down the centre and folder slightly, before they are attached to the back.

A length of the fabulous Black and White Gingham Ribbon is atttached. Then the flower sits on top of it.

My sentiment is from the Art Gallery Stamp Set and tucks in behind the flower.Monochrome with Strawberry Builder Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Silver & Clear Epoxy Essentials are placed in the centre of the flower and around the card.

I really like how the different patterns of black and work on this project. You could easily add a splash of colour if you wanted.

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It’s Your Time to Shine

This very pink project is for a friend who is a big fan of the colour.

It's Your Time to Shine. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

They have had some good things happen to them recently, so I wanted to send them a positive card.

It uses the new In Color of Polished Pink, with Basic White.

I’ve based my project on the picture on Page 152 of the Annual Catalogue.

The background is a piece of the Expressions in Ink DSP. A cut out from the Picture This Dies provides the layer above.

Daisies from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set are stamped and then cut out using the Medium Daisy Punch.

These have some Wink of Stella put in the centres and are layered together, then placed over the cut outs.

Edges of the sentiment are shaped using the Banners Pick a Punch before it is attached using Mini Dimensionals.

It's Your Time to Shine. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsA bow made from coordinating In Color Ribbon is stuck beneath the sentiment with a Glue Dot.

Finally, a few In Color Jewels are dotted around the project for a finishing touch.

It's Your Time to Shine. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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