Sun Prints Suite & Stripes

I haven’t shared a stripes project with you for a while, so this Best Wishes card seemed like the perfect opportunity!

It uses items from the Sun Prints Suite Collection, the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set & Natural Prints Dies Bundle and Sun Prints DSP. These are in the Annual Catalogue.

I took my colour combination of Gray Granite, Night of Navy and Basic White from the sheets of DSP I was using.

The DSP strips create a stripe background, using one strip in the middle and two other patterns to mirror on either side.

Next, using a Blending Brush and coordinating Ink, I added some extra colour around the edges.

A length of Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon sits across the stripes.

The flower is stamped and cut out using the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set and Natural Prints Dies. A Blender Pen then colours the flower.

Leaf shapes are also cut from the Dies.

For the senitment, I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up the ‘Best Wishes’ part of one of the stamps. This is then also cut out using the Dies from the Sun Prints Suite Collection.

All of the pieces are then stuck to the project, with the sentiment raised up on Dimensionals above the Ribbon.

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

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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SUN PRINTS SUITE COLLECTION (ENGLISH)GRAY GRANITE A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKNEUTRALS STAMPIN' WRITE MARKERSBLENDER PENSBLENDING BRUSHESGRAY GRANITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) SHIMMER RIBBONIRIDESCENT RHINESTONES BASIC JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL+

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Sun Prints Suite Collection

After a three week break due to Bank Holidays and my own holiday, Card & (Your) Cuppa returned with this pretty project.

Sun Prints Suite Collection. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It is inspired by the projects on Page 92 of the new Annual Catalogue.

This card uses items from the Sun Prints Suite Collection (Nature’s Prints Stamp Set, Natural Prints Dies, Sun Prints DSP, Fern 3D Embossing Folder).

The colours in the DSP are the reasons for my colour combination of Gray Granite, Night of Navy and Basic White.

Sun Prints Suite Collection. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the shape of the sentiment piece, cut from the Natural Prints Dies, it is drawn round to mirror the shape onto the piece of DSP.

The DSP is stuck to the embossed piece of Basic White cardstock.

A sentiment from the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set in Night of Navy has die cut leaves stuck both under and on top of it.

Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon is stuck behind it, before it is attached using Dimensionals.

Sun Prints Suite Collection. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Iridescent Rhinestones are dotted across the project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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SUN PRINTS SUITE COLLECTION (ENGLISH)NIGHT OF NAVY A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGRAY GRANITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) SHIMMER RIBBONGRAY GRANITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKIRIDESCENT RHINESTONES BASIC JEWELSGLUE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #9

The 9th project in my Countdown to Christmas 2021 series is a card with no stamping. It’s also a great project for using your DSP.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #9. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used the Heartwarming Hugs DSP from the Mini Catalogue as my starting point. My cardstock colours of Pear Pizzazz and Basic White then mirror this.

Cutting the piece of DSP in half shows both sides. The join is covered with a piece of Gold Shimmer Ribbon,

Three trees are then cut out from another piece of DSP with the Pine Tree Punch.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #9. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

They are assembled together to create a 3D effect. What is great about this effect is that it flattens down in the envelope for posting.

The trees sit on layered shapes cut from the Hippo & Friends Dies.

Finally, a sparkly Wonderful Gem tops the tree.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #9. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This design can be used to create other Christmas cards too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project. Pop back for the next in my Countdown to Christmas 2021 series.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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HEARTWARMING HUGS DESIGNER SERIES PAPERPINE TREE PUNCHHIPPO & FRIENDS DIESPEAR PIZZAZZ A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKGOLD 3/8&QUOT: (1 CM) SHIMMER RIBBONWONDERFUL GEMSSTAMPIN' SEALMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Stars, Tags & Monochrome

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was this monochrome card with tags and stars.

Last Week's Card & (Your) Cuppa - Stars, Tags & Monochrome. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It would be a great card for a teenager or 21st.

Using Gray Granite and Basic White for the design works really well as the Gray Granite looks silver.

The star are cut using the Starlit Punch from the Mini Catalogue. A set in each colour. They are then coated in Wink of Stella.

These are stuck across the project with any overhanging pieces cut away.

Last Week's Card & (Your) Cuppa - Stars, Tags & Monochrome. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, a tag from the Tailor Made Tags dies is stamped with the sentiment from the Turtle Friends Stamp Set, with some of the stars added too.

A length of the coordinating Shimmer Ribbon is threaded through the tags and tied together with a Baker’s Twine bow.

The tags are offset slightly and attached with Dimensionals to raise them off the page.

Finally, some silver Metallic Pearls are dotted across the project.

Last Week's Card & (Your) Cuppa - Stars, Tags & Monochrome. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a great project to recreate in different colours, it would also make a fabulous Christmas card too.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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STARLIT PUNCHTAILOR MADE TAGS DIESTURTLE FRIENDS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETGRAY GRANITE A4 CARDSTOCKGRAY GRANITE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKGRAY GRANITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) SHIMMER RIBBONBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMETALLIC PEARLSSTAMPIN' SEALFINE-TIP GLUE PENMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #5

It’s time for project 5 in my Countdown to Christmas 2021 series and I’ve created this poinsettia Christmas Card.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Many of you will know that I love a poinsettia project for Christmas.

In fact, it has become tradition that there is a poinsettia project at my annual Special Christmas Cards Class.

This card uses a traditional Real Red and Old Olive colour combination.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the background, I’ve used a Blending Brush to create a red area behind the poinsettia.

A couple of lengths of the pretty Gold Shimmer ribbon create the present effect. This then has a tag cut from the Tailor Made Tags dies, stamped with a sentiment from the Penguin Place Stamp Set. It’s attached at the outer end using Dimensionals.

The Poinsettia Dies provide the focal piece. These pieces are layered together in an offset way. Using Tear & Tape, this is stuck to the project.

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella and a sequin from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack add some sparkle to the centre.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project. Don’t forget to pop back for the next in my Countdown to Christmas 2021 series.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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POINSETTIA DIESPENGUIN PLACE PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)TAILOR MADE TAGS DIESREAL RED A4 CARDSTOCKREAL RED CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESGOLD 3/8&QUOT: (1 CM) SHIMMER RIBBONEXPRESSIONS IN INK EPHEMERA PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Alternatives to Basic White and Very Vanilla

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m sharing a tip on using alternatives to Basic White and Very Vanilla.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Alternatives to Basic White and Very Vanilla. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the link below to watch my video on this subject

My colour combination is Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso for this project.

I’ve used the Flowers of Friendship Stamp Set and Flowers & Leaves Punch Bundle from the Annual Catalogue.

The background flowers are given a touch more colour using a Blender Pen. Their centres are given a touch of sparkle using Wink of Stella.

Corners are then rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Alternatives to Basic White and Very Vanilla. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of the Gold Shimmer Ribbon goes across the project. It works really well with the colour combination.

Using the sentiment from the Flowers of Friendship, this is cut out using the Tasteful Labels Dies and attached with Dimensionals.

Separate flowers and leaves are then added to this.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Alternatives to Basic White and Very Vanilla. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Brushed Metallic Dots, in coordinating Gold are dotted around the project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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FLOWERS OF FRIENDSHIP BUNDLE (ENGLISH)TASTEFUL LABELS DIESDETAILED TRIO PUNCHCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SUEDE CARDSTOCK A4SOFT SUEDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADEARLY ESPRESSO A4 CARDSTOCKEARLY ESPRESSO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBLENDER PENSGOLD 3/8&QUOT: (1 CM) SHIMMER RIBBONWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHBRUSHED METALLIC ADHESIVE BACKED DOTSSTAMPIN' SEALGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #2

The second project in my Countdown to Christmas 2021 series is this very quick and easy Christmas Card.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #2. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I bet you are singing along with the tunes!

It uses just one stamp set, one ink pad, two colours of cardstock, plus some Very Vanilla, and a piece of ribbon.

The Holly Jolly Wishes Stamp Set from the July-December Mini Catalogue provides all the words. I stamped them onto Real Red and Old Olive cardstock and arranged them to look like a parcel.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #2. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A couple of pieces of the Gold Shimmer Ribbon hide the joins and add to the parcel look.

Finally, the sentiment is stamped and raised up in the centre using Dimensionals.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #2. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This quick and easy project would be great for making in batches.

I have used traditional Christmas colours here, but you could use any combination you like, and even your scraps of cardstock. Why not add some bling too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project. Don’t forget to pop back for the next in my Countdown to Christmas 2021 series.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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HOLLY JOLLY WISHES CLING STAMP SET (ENGLISH)OLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKREAL RED A4 CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKGOLD 3/8&QUOT: (1 CM) SHIMMER RIBBONMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Expressions in Ink for a 50th

Today I’m sharing a card for another 50th Birthday being celebrated this September.

Expressions in Ink for a 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I thought it was the perfect time to take inspiration from the project on the front cover of the Annual Catalogue.

It uses the Expressions in Ink Suite Collection. The two pieces of DSP create a background.

Using Gold Foil Sheets, the ’50’ is cut from the Playful Alphabet Dies, with the leaves from the Artistic Dies from the Suite. This coordinates with the gold foiling running through the DSP.

The flowers from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set are stamped in Polished Pink to coordinate with the DSP, with the leaves in Pear Pizzazz. These are all cut using the Dies.
Expressions in Ink for a 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each piece is then layered together, along with a length of Gold Shimmer Ribbon. A sentiment then sits on top of the roses.

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella is added to the centre of the flowers, with sequins from the Ephemera Pack dotted around the project.

Expressions in Ink for a 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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EXPRESSIONS IN INK SUITE COLLECTION (ENGLISH)PLAYFUL ALPHABET DIESPOLISHED PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKGOLD FOIL SHEETSGOLD 3/8" (1 CM) SHIMMER RIBBONWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Hippo Birthday to my Husband

As you may have guessed, with a name like HIPPOFROG Designs, there is a leaning towards both creatures at Chez HIPPOFROG! I’m obviously the frog fan, and my Husband likes hippos.

Hippo Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsIt was the hippo fan’s Birthday last week, so it only seemed right that I should use the Stamp Set and Dies in the Hippo Happiness Bundle to wish him a Hippo Birthday. Surprisingly, it’s favourite set in the Catalogue!

As HIPPOFROG is grey and green, I chose a colour combination of Gray Granite and Mossy Meadow, with White.

I stamped the sentiment from the Hippo Happiness Stamp Set multiple times in both colours, before darkening the centre slightly using a Sponge Dauber.

Layers for the central hippo to sit on are cut from the Hippo & Friends Dies. The sentiment shape is from the Tasteful Labels Dies.

Hippo Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Strings are stamped in readiness for the three die cut balloon shapes.

As I stuck the layers together, I used a length of Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim and a short length of Gray Granite between them.

Hippo Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few small Pearls, coloured using Stampin’ Blends in Mossy Meadow add a touch more texture.

NB: I’ve used Whisper White in my project, which has now been replaced with Basic White. See this post for full details while I work through my supply.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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HIPPO HAPPINESS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)TASTEFUL LABELS DIESGRAY GRANITE A4 CARDSTOCKGRAY GRANITE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMOSSY MEADOW A4 CARDSTOCKMOSSY MEADOW CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSPONGE DAUBERSGRAY GRANITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) SHIMMER RIBBONMOSSY MEADOW 3/16" (4.8 MM) BRAIDED LINEN TRIMPEARL BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' BLENDS MOSSY MEADOW COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL+

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

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I again took inspiration from the January-June Mini Catalogue.

Double Oval Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This time it was the project on Page 65 that caught my eye.

My version is in Highland Heather and Very Vanilla.

The ovals are cut using the new Double Oval Punch. I love that we have a fabulous two-in-one oval punch.

Each scallop oval is positioned, with any overhang cut from the side. For the smooth edge ovals, these are embossed using the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder before being stuck onto some of the scallop ovals. Once again, the overhang is cut away.  Double Oval Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Lovely You Stamp Set, the sentiment is in Gray Granite, with a few Highland Heather flowers too.

A length of Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon is stuck on top of the scallop oval, before the sentiment oval is raised above it using Dimensionals.

Finally, some Pastel Pearls in co-ordinating Highland Heather are dotted around the card for a finishing touch.

Double Oval Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really like how versatile this project is. It can be made in any colour, with the sentiment changed as needed. Simply make a few to have on standby, then add the relevant sentiment when it’s time to send.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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DOUBLE OVAL PUNCHLOVELY YOU CLING STAMP SET (EN)HIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGRAY GRANITE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKGRAY GRANITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) SHIMMER RIBBONORNATE FLORAL 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERPASTEL PEARLSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS