Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Rain Boot Dies

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project used the Rain Boots Dies to create a card perfect for those with green fingers.

Rain Boots Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colours start with Fresh Freesia, taken from the strip of Heart & Home DSP.

Cinnamon Cider, Evening Evergreen, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Old Olive and Basic White complete the combination.

The flower pot, watering can and boots are all cut out using the Rain Boot Dies from the Mini Catalogue.

Each piece was then given a touch of extra depth using an inkpad and Sponge Dauber. As the colours are fairly dark, I was able to use Daffodil Delight for all of them.

For the flowers, I used the retiring Strawberry Builder Punch, with the Flowers & Leaves Punch for the leaves.

Rain Boots Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of the Windowpane Check Ribbon was stuck across the join of the DSP.

Wink of Stella was added to the flowers with a centre for each from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack.

The pieces were the layered together to create one large piece which was stuck to the project using Dimensionals.

Finally, a flat bow was added to project.

Rain Boots Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose to leave my project sentiment free as it’s perfect for any occasion.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Grunge and Daisies

I was asked for a grunge project, so last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project complied.

Last Week's Card & (Your) Cuppa - Grunge and Daisies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The colour combination is Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and VeryVanilla, with Real Red for a of colour.

To start, the edges of the Soft Suede layer are distressed using an emery board, then inked in Crumb Cake with a Sponge Dauber.

Next, the Very Vanilla layer is scrunched several times. This is also then inked, distressed with an emery board, and inked again.

The layers are stuck to the project at an angle, only sticking in the middle to allow the edges to curl.

Last Week's Card & (Your) Cuppa - Grunge and Daisies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the daisies, cut from the Daisy Punch and Medium Daisy Punch, these are inked on both sides using a Sponge Dauber. By pressing in the middle, it gives a darker effect in the centre, then lightly adding a touch of Crumb Cake along the petals.

The daisies are then scrunched several times to allow the fibres to soften. Then the cardstock is very carefully split into two. These are inked with Real Red to give a touch of colour, before sticking the two pieces of each daisy together. They are now have a really delicate feel.

Leaves from the Tulip Builder Punch are also scrunched and inked around the edges. A small dragonfly is cut from the Dragonflies Punch.

Everything is then assembled on the project.

My sentiment is from the Strong of Heart Stamp Set, on the current Last Chance List. It sits on a piece of Scalloped Lace Trim and looped piece of Baker’s Twine.

Last Week's Card & (Your) Cuppa - Grunge and Daisies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few Champagne Rhinestones are dotted around for a little bit of sparkle.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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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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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Making Your Punching More Efficient

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m sharing tips on how to make your punching more efficient. This is particularly useful if you are stamping and punching multiples of the same shape.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Making Your Punching More Efficient. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click below to watch my video.

My project uses a colour combination of Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla.

The leaves from the Very Versailles Stamp Set are stamped multiple times before some strips of cardstock are added at the bottom. This creates a window box feel.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Making Your Punching More Efficient. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon in Blushing Bride, available in the new July-December Mini Catalogue from Tuesday is then added.

The Sweet Strawberry Bundle (Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set & Strawberry Builder Punch) provide the flowers.

A shape from the Messages Die is stamped with a sentiment and raised up using Dimensionals.

Each of the flowers are then added using Glue Dots.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Making Your Punching More Efficient. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a small Pearl sits in the centre of each flower.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video. Pop back next week for the next one.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Summery Sweet Strawberry

The colour combination may look familiar on today’s project.

Summery Sweet Strawberry. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s the same colour combination I used yesterday. While the colours were on my desk, I made another card and created this summery project.

This time it uses the Sweet Strawberry Bundle (Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set and Strawberry Builder Punch).

This Bundle is discounted in the Annual Catalogue.

The bottom section is stamped multiple times with the flower shapes, both the inner and outline images.

Next, strips of Magenta Madness, Mango Melody and Calypso Coral are added. Any overhang is cut away before it is added to the layer.

Summery Sweet Strawberry. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As with yesterday, the sentiment is stamped and then shaped using the Banners Pick a Punch.

Then, a stamped and punched flower in each colour is added to the sentiment. Each flower has a sequin from the Ephemera Pack in the centre.

The sentiment and flowers are attached using Dimensionals.

Summery Sweet Strawberry. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few more sequins are dotted around the bottom section.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Inspired by Wimbledon 2021

Every year, around this time, I design a project inspired by Wimbledon for my Card & (Your) Cuppa Class.

Inspired by Wimbledon 2021. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

These projects are normally in Wimbledon colours. However, as we now have a Strawberry Bundle (Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set and Strawberry Builder Punch), it seemed appropriate to make a strawberries and cream project for this year.

Using the Stitched With Whimsy Dies and cutting around the outside edge, the Gorgeous Grape picnic blanket takes shape. I then added a grid pattern using my Simply Scored.

Inspired by Wimbledon 2021. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After this was attached, it was time to create the bowl of strawberries.

Layering circles in Very Vanilla and Daffodil Delight are stuck together and have their edges curled using a Paper Folder.

The strawberries, in Poppy Parade and Real Red have a touch of extra colour and shading added with a Sponge Dauber. Next, the stalks complete them.

These are added to the bowl, with the three front ones raised up on dimensionals.

A sentiment, from the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set, part of a Bundle, is tucked behind the bowl.

Inspired by Wimbledon 2021. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Opal Rounds add some sparkle.

If you want to see some of my previous Wimbledon projects, here are links to the 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 designs.

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Calypso Coral Strawberry Flowers

This pretty project uses the Sweet Strawberry Bundle to make these Calypso Coral strawberry flowers.
Calypso Coral Strawberry Flowers. Project designed by Karen @HIPPOFROG Designs

Pear Pizzazz, Pale Papaya and Basic White complete the colour combination.

Stamped off flowers using the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set from the Bundle in Calypso Coral create a background.

Calypso Coral Strawberry Flowers. Project designed by Karen @HIPPOFROG Designs

Each of the leaves has a first generation outline and a second generation before being cut out using the Strawberry Builder Punch from the Bundle.

As with the leaves, the flowers are both first and second generation stamping and also cut out using the punch. These tiny flowers make brilliant accents for projects.

Tasteful Labels Dies provide the shape for the sentiment. This has the flowers and leaves around it and sits on a swoosh of coordinating In Color Ribbon.

Calypso Coral Strawberry Flowers. Project designed by Karen @HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Artistry Blooms Sequins complete the card.

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Introduction to In Color Class – Fresh Freesia

Last night I held my annual Introduction to In Color Class.

At this class, the attendees make six cards. One in each new ‘In Color’ and one that is a combination of all of the new colours.

This is the Fresh Freesia project.

Introduction to In Color Class - Fresh Freesia. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the class is online, there is no shared access to stamps. The attendees receive a kit containing cardstock, envelopes, die-cut shapes, ribbons and a pack of In Color Jewels. They provide their own adhesives and scissors, plus Wink of Stella and sentiments and inks they wish to use.

For this project, Fresh Freesia is combined with Gorgeous Grape and Very Vanilla.

The die-cut shapes are from the Artistic Dies, with the flower from the Strawberry Builder Punch.

Introduction to In Color Class - Fresh Freesia. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My project also uses the Artisically Inked Stamp Set for this sentiment, which is bundled with the Artistic Dies in the new Annual Catalogue.

A length of coordinating In Color ribbon is looped behind the sentiment.

Each flower is given a coating of Wink of Stella before being added with Glue Dots.

Finally, the In Color Jewels provide the centres of each flower, plus a few smaller ones across the project.

Introduction to In Color Class - Fresh Freesia. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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If you were expecting my Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video today, then please accept my apologies. My technology has been conspiring against me. Fingers crossed (and technology willing) it should return next week.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Sweet Strawberry Buttercups

What on earth are Sweet Strawberry Buttercups I hear you ask?

Well, they are buttercups made using the Sweet Strawberry Bundle (Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set and Strawberry Builder Punch).

Sweet Strawberry Buttercups. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

There are lots and lots of buttercups around at the moment and this inspired me to create a project. My most recent Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video on YouTube talks about taking inspiration from the world around you. That’s just what I did here.

I just had to use the Expressions in Ink Specialty DSP again and this helped me to choose Just Jade and Mint Macaron for my colours. Daffodil Delight is the colour I chose for my interpretation of buttercups.

Sweet Strawberry Buttercups. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Sweet Strawberry Bundle provides the flowers and sentiment and the Layering Diorama Dies create the shaped pieces. I’ve used them in a non-layering way here, choosing to rotate one 180 degrees.

Leaves are from the Symmetrical Stems Border Punch. I know they are nothing like buttercup leaves, but it’s inspiration, rather than precision for this project!

Sweet Strawberry Buttercups. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of gold Simply Elegant Trim is looped between the layers before the top layer is raised using Dimensionals. This coordinates with the gold running through the DSP beautifully.

Finally, sequins from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack add a touch of sparkle.

Are you a fan of this DSP? I think it has to be one of my favourites from the Annual Catalogue.

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