BYO Stamps – Positive Thoughts Project

At my recent BYO Stamps virtual class, the attendees made a card inspired by this Positive Thoughts project.

Positive Thoughts Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

BYO Stamps is for those who have stamp sets, but aren’t sure what to do with them. I provide the design, and the attendees then create a project using the items they have at home, using the design as inspiration.

As you can see from this design, it’s a favourite of mine and I’ve used this layout so many times. Just change the stamp set and colours and away you go.

Positive Thoughts Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My version uses the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set with Purple Posy, Rococo Rose and Pear Pizzazz. I’m quite fond of this colour combination as it looks great with both Whisper White and Very Vanilla. Here it is with Whisper White for a crisp, clean look.

There are only two bits of stamping, the backgroud image and the image in the centre. A mixture of first and second generation stamping is used for the Pear Pizzazz leaves to create depth. Corners are rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch.

The centre image is stamped onto a shape cut out using the 2″ Circle Punch, and layered onto the now retiring (sob!) Starburst Punch. These are then added with Dimensionals over a strip of co-ordinating In Color Ribbon.

Finally, everything is mounted onto a Thick Whisper White basecard to continue the crisp, clean theme.

Positive Thoughts Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’d like to join me for one of my Social Isolation Classes either at a live craft-along over ZOOM, or at your own leisure aftewards using a video, then make sure you order a class kit.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the retiring lists and make sure you get your hands on your favourites before they disappear.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Floral and Punches

Last week we held our first Card & (Your) Cuppa session. These are my new virtual classes where the attendees are posted a kit and we craft together from our homes over video link, instead of in person.

Floral and Punches. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It was a strange experience, but it was lovely to ‘see’ and chat to the attendees as we crafted together.

At the moment, I’m unable send pre-stamped images in the kits, so the project is made from punched shapes to create the floral design.

I’ve used the Perennial Flower Punch, Starburst Punch, Sprig Punch, Circle Punches and Braided Border Punch. My colour combination is Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Calypso Coral, along with Whisper White.

The Braided Border piece has been cut into a pointed shape at each end, following the shape of the pattern. This could also be a banner shape if you’d like.

A length of Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon has been wrapped round the card to add some texture.

Floral and Punches. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To add even more texture, leaves were scrunched before before being attached to the card.

More scrunching was needed for the two flower sections, before they were stuck together. The centre piece was a punched circle pre-coated with Wink of Stella and attached to Glue Dot for the attendees to add.

The layers and the flowers were stuck together and added to the card in one piece with Dimensionals.

Floral and Punches. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, three Rhinestones were added, to mirror the sparkle of the Wink of Stella and the subtle shimmer of the Ribbon.

To join me for my current classes, head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Don’t forget to check out the BRAND NEW product suite that has just been released. It’s a Suite from the new Catalogue that will be coming in a few months time.

 

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Having fun with Dino Days

At my Stamp-a-Stack classes, there is always a card suitable for children. This project using the Dino Days Bundle is perfect for children of all ages!

Dino Days Stamp-a-Stack Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A bright and cheery colour combination of Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody and Lovely Lipstick can’t help but make you smile.

The Dino Days Stamp Set comes with the Dino Dies as a Bundle and it’s so much fun to use.

You have an option of a number of dinosaurs and some come with scales that can be added. It’s easy to add these due to how the scales are cut out using the dies. There is a longer part that’s for adhesive and this is then hidden behind the dinosaur.

Dino Days Stamp-a-Stack Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A fun sentiment from the set is added to the Whisper White layer.

Footprints are tracked across the background with a length of co-ordinating ribbon across the middle.

Everything is then assembled with the dinosaur sitting on a Starburst Punch layer.

The possibilities with this Bundle are endless as there is so much variety. Make sure you grab yours while the Bundle discount is available.

Why not join us at a future class. Head to my Class Timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Dino Days BundleGranny Apple Green Stampin' PadMango Melody A4 CardstockMango Melody Classic Stampin' PadLovely Lipstick A4 CardstockLovely Lipstick Classic Stampin' PadLovely Lipstick 1/8" (3.2 mm) Grosgrain RibbonWhisper White A4 CardstockStarburst PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Hoppy Birthday

I couldn’t not use my current favourite SAB stamp set to create this fun ‘Hoppy Birthday’ card.

Hoppy Birthday using SAB So Hoppy Together from Stampin' Up!. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Whisper White come together to create this green project. Stampin’ Blends are my colouring product of choice for the frog and flying bug (not sure if it’s a dragonfly or butterfly!)

Tone-on-tone stamping creates the background, and a strip of Lemon Lime Twist, stamped with those cute little flies, creates a ribbon-like effect across the card.

Hoppy Birthday using SAB So Hoppy Together from Stampin' Up!. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment is a combination of the sentiment from the So Hoppy Stamp Set, using a Stampin’ Write Marker to ink only the required text of ‘Hoppy’. The ‘Birthday’ is from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set.

With the Scallop Punches creating the layers, the three circles are attached to complete the card.

Why not join us for a future Card & Cuppa session. There are three chances to attend across the week. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Butterfly Gala

At last week’s Card & Cuppa classes we said ‘hello’ to the new Butterfly Gala Bundle.

Butterfly Gala Bundle Card & Cuppa Project. Designed and taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This Bundle is a fabulous Stamp Set with 18 images and sentiments, along with a co-ordinating Punch. Don’t forget that bundles are 10% off buying the products at full price. Plus, there’s Sale-A-Bration on at the moment too, where you can receive FREE products for every £45 spent.

I’ve taken my inspiration from the front cover of the Spring/Summer Catalogue. Using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set for the background stamping and sentiment, I’ve added my own twist.

Butterfly Gala Bundle Card & Cuppa Project. Designed and taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Grapefruit Grove and Pineapple Punch combine to create this pretty scene.

Have you spotted the beautiful new Whisper White Flax Ribbon too? I’m looking forward to colouring this with Stampin’ Blends to create lots of different looks.

Butterfly Gala Bundle Card & Cuppa Project. Designed and taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Join us for next week’s Card & Cuppa sessions by booking your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Butterfly Gala Photopolymer BundleWhisper White 5/8" (1.6 cm) Flax RibbonBalmy Blue Classic Stampin' PadBalmy Blue A4 CardstockNight Of Navy Classic Stampin' PadNight Of Navy A4 CardstockGrapefruit Grove Classic Stampin' PadGrapefruit Grove A4 CardstockPineapple Punch Classic Stampin' PadPineapple Punch A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockStarburst PunchBanner Triple PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape Adhesive

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Botanical Bliss

As last week’s Card & Cuppa was the final one before we head into Christmas cards, I decided to use Botanical Bliss.

Botanical Bliss Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve not used this stamp set at class before but it has some useful sentiments in a fabulous font. It also has some lovely botanical images in flowers, leaves and a bird.

To create the project we stamped the flower image in Sahara Sand onto a circle cut using the 2″ Circle Punch. The image is stamped several times to create multiple images.

These are then coloured using the fabulous Watercolor Pencils. Instead of using a Blender Pen, we’ve used Wink of Stella to give a touch of sparkle. This then sits on a Pool Party layer from the Starburst Punch.

Pear Pizzazz is used to add various leaves to the background, with a mixture of first and second generation stamping. This creates more depth to the images.

Botanical Bliss Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After using the Triple Banner Punch to shape the end, one of the sentiments is then added to the project.

A strip of co-ordinating Shimmer Ribbon adds yet more sparkle.

The final touch of sparkle is from a Clear Faceted Gem sitting in the centre of the flower. Unfortunately, the camera hasn’t captured the amount of sparkle on the project. It’s a lot more shimmery in real life!

Botanical Bliss Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’d like to join us for one of our Christmas Card & Cuppa Classes during December, please book your place here.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Botanical Bliss Clear-Mount Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 Cardstock2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchStarburst PunchBanner Triple PunchPool Party Classic Stampin' PadPool Party A4 CardstockPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadSahara Sand Classic Stampin' PadWatercolor PencilsClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushClear Faceted GemsPool Party 3/8" Shimmer RibbonSnail Adhesive

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Touches of Texture in Monochrome

I’ve been asked to make a card similar to this one, so I opted for Touches of Texture in monochrome. I really enjoy monochrome projects, so this was fun to make.

Touches of Texture in Monochrome. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The card is in Grapefruit Grove and Whisper White, but the attendees chose their colour from the 2018-2020 In Color Collection.

After some clever folding of Grid Paper, two of the images from Touches of Texture Stamp Set create the diagonal piece at the bottom. A piece of ribbon separates the two sections.

Next, the flower from Touches of Texture is stamped twice using the chosen In Color. Colouring the centre of one of the flowers with a Stampin’ Write Marker gives a bit more depth. Then, using a Blender Pen, this pulls colour around the flower to soften it slightly.

This flower is then cut out by hand. It takes a time to cut it out as it has lots of zig-zag petals, but it’s worth it.

Touches of Texture in Monochrome. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

A layer is cut using the Starburst Punch, this mirrors the edge of the flower. The blank flower is then added to the layer. The cut out flower is then carefully positioned on the top of the blank flower. By only using glue in the centre, it creates a more 3D effect.

Finally, a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Wink of Stella in the centre of the flower complete the design.

Touches of Texture in Monochrome. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

While I was making this project, I made quite a few using the same diagonal design. See if you can spot them.

If you find a design you like, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep using it. Change the colours, stamp sets etc and you’ll get a lot of mileage out of it.

Card and Cuppa is taking a break for a few weeks, but will be back w/c 15th October. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Picture Perfect Birthday

For last week’s Card & Cuppa session, I chose to use Picture Perfect Birthday. There was only one session due the Bank Holiday, but the lucky attendees got to use some new products.

Picture Perfect Birthday Card & Cuppa project. Designed & taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I also needed a Birthday card for my Mother-in-Law, I decided to use it as the class project. A two-for-one project.

I already had Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo and Coastal Cabana on my desk from THIS project, so continued to use them.

For the flames I added Pineapple Punch to the colour combination, with some Wink of Stella on top.

By using the bow stamp multiple times it creates a nice bright background. Perfect for both the ribbon and layered candle image to sit on.

Picture Perfect Birthday Card & Cuppa project. Designed & taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

There’s that fabulous new corner rounder again, part of the Detailed Trio Punch. I’ve got to try not to use it on EVERYTHING I make at the moment!

Have you taken a look at the new Annual Catalogue? What items are you being drawn to?

Join us for next week’s Card & Cuppa. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Picture Perfect Birthday Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockPineapple Punch Classic Stampin' PadCoastal Cabana Classic Stampin' PadCoastal Cabana A4 CardstockMelon Mambo Classic Stampin' PadMelon Mambo A4 CardstockGorgeous Grape A4 CardstockSilver 3/8" Metallic-Edge Ribbon2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchStarburst PunchDetailed Trio PunchClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Gorgeous Coastal Mambo Birthday

How are you enjoying the BRAND NEW Catalogue? Isn’t it fabulous?

Today I’m sharing a Birthday card for some recent re-subscribers to my mailing list.

Love What You Do from Stampin' Up! Birthday card designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Not only does the card use the new Love What You Do Stamp Set, it also uses a brand new colour and a returning In Color. Using Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana and Melon Mambo from the Brights Collection, I’ve made a Gorgeous Coastal Mambo combination. Don’t they just look fabulous together?

The sentiment is from Picture Perfect Birthday and the layering uses the 2″ Circle and Starburst Punches. There is also a strip of Metallic-Edge Ribbon underneath. You may notice the design is similar to this project.

Love What You Do from Stampin' Up! Birthday card designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Can you see the corners? I’m so happy we have a new corner rounder punch. This is the three-in-one Detailed Trio Punch (page 211 of Annual Catalogue) providing lots of opportunities to create pretty corners.

If you’ve yet to sign up to my mailing list, it’s not too late. Find out more details here.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Love What You Do Photopolymer Stamp SetPicture Perfect Birthday Photopolymer Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 CardstockMelon Mambo Classic Stampin' PadMelon Mambo A4 CardstockCoastal Cabana Classic Stampin' PadCoastal Cabana A4 CardstockGorgeous Grape Classic Stampin' PadGorgeous Grape A4 CardstockGold 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic-Edge Ribbon2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchStarburst PunchDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Swirly Bird in Sweet Sugarplum and Pool Party

For last week’s Card & Cuppa I designed this Birthday card.

Swirly Bird Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Card & Cuppa Class project with HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the fabulous Swirly Bird Stamp Set and a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, both from the Annual Catalogue.

I’ve teamed Sweet Sugarplum with Pool Party for a fresh modern feel, with Powder Pink as the accent colour.

There are lots of layers and textures on this card. Strips made from Washi Tape, Ribbon and Baker’s Twine all add to the modern twist. A few rhinestones add a touch of bling.

As it’s Bank Holiday, we aren’t meeting today, but there is class on Thursday if you’d like to join us.  We’re then back to normal next week.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Swirly Bird Photopolymer Stamp SetHappy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockSweet Sugarplum A4 CardstockSweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' PadPool Party A4 CardstockPowder Pink Classic Stampin' PadBasics Pack 3 Washi TapePool Party 3/8" Shimmer RibbonWhisper White Solid Baker's TwineRhinestone Basic JewelsStarburst Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals