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

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, the Autumn Punch Pack was the star.

Autumn Punch Pack. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I thought an autumnal project would be appropriate, especially as the nights are starting to draw in.

My colour combination starts with Crushed Curry for the strip, plus Cinnamon Cider, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze. These all combine with the Very Vanilla layer and basecard.

The DSP strip is from the Playing with Patterns 6×6 DSP Pack, one of the packs currently on Special Offer during October.

Using the Autumn Punch Pack a variety of leaves are cut out and stuck onto the DSP strip.

This trio of small punches is a great way to add lots of shapes very quickly.

Autumn Punch Pack. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Before sticking the DSP strip down, any overhanging edges of leaves are trimmed away, leaving straight edges. It’s similar to this project.

Then, a length of co-ordinating Cinnamon Cider Ribbon is stuck in a cross shape. Using Dimensionals the sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set is placed over the top.

Autumn Punch Pack. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsFinally, an acorn is added to the sentiment.

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Fabulous Florals on World Cardmaking Day

Happy World Cardmaking Day.

Today I’m sharing another project from my Fabulous Florals Class. This is a quick and easy project to make on World Cardmaking Day.Fabulous Florals on World Cardmaking Day. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As it’s a monochrome project, it is easy to replicate in your own colours. You can also use any punch shape you have to hand.

My colours are Coastal Cabana and Whisper White. I chose Coastal Cabana as it co-ordinates with the strip of Playing with Patterns DSP across the card.

This DSP pack is one of the packs in the current 15% off DSP Sale running throughout October.Fabulous Florals on World Cardmaking Day. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Medium Daisy Punch shapes are stuck onto the DSP strip, with any overhanging pieces cut off and stuck into the gaps.

The DSP strip is then stuck onto the Whisper White layer.

A cross of co-ordinating ribbon from the Playing with Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack is topped with a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set in Coastal Cabana ink.

Fabulous Florals on World Cardmaking Day. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Artistry Blooms Sequins, again in Coastal Cabana, are scattered across the project.

Look out for some more designs I’ll be making using this layout.

I’d love to see your World Cardmaking Day projects. What have you made?

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Countdown to Christmas #1

I know Christmas seems ages away, but did you know that it’s actually 12 weeks today?

Every Friday, I’ll be running my ‘Countdown to Christmas’ series where I’ll be sharing a Christmas project with you to help you get ahead.

My first project for Countdown to Christmas #1 is a simple Christmas Card using DSP. It’s the Toile Tidings DSP, a returning favourite from last year’s Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

Countdown to Christmas #1. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This DSP is currently in the in the 15% off DSP sale during October.

By cutting the pieces of DSP into 3/4″ strips – this gets you 16 strips per sheet. With 12 sheets in the pack, that’s a lot of strips, to make a lot of cards!

With this DSP being Real Red on one side and Garden Green on the other, you can choose how to layer them.

I’ve used 6 strips here and starting at the top, layered them on top of each other onto a piece of cardstock. The overhang from the edges is then cut off, ready to use on the next card.

Countdown to Christmas #1. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

When I’m making projects like this, I put a good amount of glue all along the edges of the cardstock (as close as I can get), plus a couple of strips down the middle. Then, rather than putting glue on the DSP, I just stick the strips directly onto the glue on the cardstock. It helps to keep the glue on the project, rather than all over everything else!

Using a Thick Whisper White basecard and co-ordinating Garden Green as a layer, it helps to bring the project together .

My sentiment is from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set stamped onto a shape cut using the Tasteful Labels Dies. By cutting round the edge of this piece, I have been able to use the shape again as a layer.

Countdown to Christmas #1. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

What is great about these DSP strip projects is you can arrange the strips in any pattern, and add any sentiment.

You can also embellish as much or a little as you like using ribbons, rhinestones, gems etc.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Countdown to Christmas #1 project. Pop back next Friday for Countdown to Christmas #2.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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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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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.

Why not join us for a future class? I’ve got online classes planned until the end of the year, visit my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps

At a recent BYO Stamps Class, all of the projects were about gaps. This one was creating the gap using the diagonal slash method.

Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The main image from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set is stamped all over the piece of Whisper White cardstock. Using the fill-in stamps stamped-off to give a lighter look is a quick way to colour the flowers. I’ve only used a Blushing Bride Ink Pad on this project.

Some more poppies are stamped onto a separate sheet and cut out using the Painted Labels Dies, the other part of the Painted Poppies Bundle. Did you know that you could receive a FREE Bundle of your choice just by joining my Stampin’ Up! Team this month. Take a look at the details here.

You can see this and all of the available Bundles in the new Annual Catalogue.

The background piece is then cut it in half on a diagonal, and the two pieces stuck onto the Rich Razzleberry layer. When you are creating the gap, how you cut the pieces in half is entirely up to you.

You can then do lots of things after creating the gap, from stamping in the gap, to leaving it blank. The choice is yours!

Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I wanted to put something over the gap, the extra poppies are stuck onto two Stitched Shapes Dies. One with the stitching cut away to layer on top of the other. To create depth, Dimensionals are used to attach this piece.

Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Instead of a sentiment, three Clear Epoxy Droplets fill the gap to the right.

Diagonal slash cards are great if you want to be a bit more frugal with your cardstock. As you can create the gap as wide as you like, you can get a few more backgrounds from your sheet of A4 or DSP.

Pop back tomorrow where I’ll show you the final card from this class – covering the gap.

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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.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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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.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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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.

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It’s Our Birthday Stamp Sale – One Day Only

Stampin’ Up! is turning 30 and to celebrate they are offering 30% off selected stamp set for ONE DAY ONLY.

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