July Customer Thank You Cards

As these have all been received, I can share my Customer Thank You Cards for those who shopped with me during July.

The basecard is a FREE SAB item. This is the Pool Party card from the Cards & Envelopes pack. Don’t forget that SAB items are only available until the end of this month (while stocks last).

Using the Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set and Splendid Stems Dies Bundle from the July-December Mini Catalogue, the leaves and shapes were stamped and cut. My leaves use Mint Macaron Cardstock and Ink.

Then, very gentle use of a Blender Pen on the stamped leaves just soften the white every so slightly.

Coordinating Splendid Day Specialty DSP provides the strip that sits in the background. This DSP really lives up to the splendid name. It needs to be seen in person to appreciate the full beauty.

A sentiment from the Sweet Songbirds Stamp Set sits on the semi-circle shape that creates the pot.

Using Dimensionals, the pot and a few of the leaves are raised up to give some depth to the project.

Finally, Brushed Brass Butterflies are added, two small and one large.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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POOL PARTY & SOFT SEA FOAM CARDS & ENVELOPESSPLENDID THOUGHTS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)SWEET SONGBIRDS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)SPLENDID DAY 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPERMINT MACARON A4 CARDSTOCKMINT MACARON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBLENDER PENSBRUSHED BRASS BUTTERFLIESMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Finishing Up Friday

Welcome to my new weekly series – Finishing Up Friday.

The idea behind Finishing Up Friday is to use those pre-stamped, pre-cut and half-made items that are already on my desk, instead of starting to create something new.

These are items such as projects I’ve started making and then changed my mind on during the process, to extra shapes that I’ve cut for class projects etc. All of these bits and pieces get put in a pile and I tend to forget about them, so I’m on a mission to actually use them!

I showed you this project last week and have decided to start a weekly series.

This week’s Finishing Up Friday project uses an image from the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set that I had stamped multiple times and already coloured with Watercolor Pencils. The colouring lines were softened with a Blender Pen.

I have just added a sentiment, also from the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set using Basic Gray.

Then, I was able to create a flat (Dior) bow using the Soft Sea Foam Seam Binding Ribbon from the July-December Mini Catalogue.

The whole piece was then mounted onto a coordinating Soft Sea Foam layer and So Saffron basecard.

Finally, I added a few Iridescent Pearls for a touch of bling.

Which pre-made items are you going to use from your desk?

Don’t forget to pop back next week to see my next Finishing Up Friday project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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DRAGONFLY GARDEN CLING STAMP SETBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSO SAFFRON A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWATERCOLOR PENCILSBLENDER PENSSOFT SEA FOAM 3/8" (1 CM) SEAM BINDING RIBBONIRIDESCENT PEARL BASIC JEWELSGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' SEAL

An In Color Thank You Using Items Already on my Desk

Do you have a pile of pre-cut items already on your craft desk? Me too!

For this project, I challenged myself to use them.

Using the In Colors of Soft Succulent and Polished Pink, with Very Vanilla, the project came together with items I had already cut or stamped.

The Stitched Greenery Die provides the background, again in Soft Succulent.

A flower from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set, with the outline stamped in Smoky Slate, provides the main image. This image is then coloured using second generation stamping in the project colours. It is then cut out with the coordinating Penned Flowers Dies.

The flower sits on a shape cut from the Decorative Circle Punch.

Using the Beauty of Friendship Stamp Set the sentiment is stamped onto shapes cut from the Tailor Made Tags Dies. These are offset and poke out from behind the shape.

The flower and Decorative Circle piece are raised up on Dimensionals to create some extra depth.

Finally, some coordinating In Color Opal Rounds complete the project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BEAUTY OF FRIENDSHIP PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETHAND-PENNED PETALS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETPENNED FLOWERS DIESSTITCHED GREENERY DIETAILOR MADE TAGS DIESDECORATIVE CIRCLE PUNCHSOFT SUCCULENT A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SUCCULENT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPOLISHED PINK A4 CARDSTOCKPOLISHED PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSMOKY SLATE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCK2021-2023 IN COLOR OPAL ROUNDSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Perfectly Penciled DSP

The new Perfectly Penciled DSP made an appearance at last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa Class.

Perfectly Penciled DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This fabulous new DSP is black and white, so is great for colouring.

However, I chose to leave the Perfectly Penciled DSP as it comes and used Petal Pink accents to soften it.

Different pieces and sides of the DSP are cut and placed to create a background.

A length of the new Soft Polyester Ribbon is then added.

Perfectly Penciled DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, a sentiment from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set is then stamped onto a cut out from the Stylish Shapes Dies. Another shape is cut in Basic Black and offset behind.

Finally, some of the new Solid Faceted Gems from the Annual Catalogue, also in Petal pink add some little extra touches of colour.

Perfectly Penciled DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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PERFECTLY PENCILED 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERHAND-PENNED PETALS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETSTYLISH SHAPES DIESPETAL PINK A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADPETAL PINK 3/8" (1 CM) SOFT POLYESTER RIBBONSOLID FACETED GEMSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

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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Happy crafting

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

Happy Hedgehogs for Mothering Sunday

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was the non-stamping version of this card I made for Mothering Sunday.

Happy Hedgehogs Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This card uses the Happy Hedgehogs Bundle (Happy Hedgehogs Stamp Set & Hedgehog Builder Punch) from the Mini Catalogue.

The colours for the cardstock is the same as the class project, with added Early Espresso and Crumb Cake stamping.

Using Stampin’ Write Markers, I coloured the leaves and flowers, then went over them with a Blender Pen. I also used a Blender Pen on the hedgehog prickles.

For the toadstools, these were stamped, coloured using an inkpad and Blender Pen and then fussy cut.

Happy Hedgehogs Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The green grassy area is created using Pear Pizzazz and a Sponge Dauber. This has coordinating Baker’s Twine wrapped around and a bunny ears bow.

A touch of sparkle is added to the flowers with some Wink of Stella.

Again, using the Lovely You Stamp Set and the Double Oval Punch, the sentiment is layered and added.

As the card was being hand delivered, the toadstools were layered and the hedgehog was raised up on double-stacked Dimensionals.

Happy Hedgehogs Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Pearls are added to the centre of each flower.

This card has a few hidden meanings. Not only was it Mothering Sunday, it would also have been my Dad’s Birthday, the second without him. As you may have heard me mention before, Dad loved nature, so this is a nod to his Birthday as well as celebrating Mum.

Plus, Dad was allergic to mushrooms, so the toadstools (mushrooms) are a little reminder of him too. He would have appreciated the humour!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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HAPPY HEDGEHOGS BUNDLEDOUBLE OVAL PUNCHLOVELY YOU CLING STAMP SET (EN)BLUSHING BRIDE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADEARLY ESPRESSO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADREAL RED CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKSUBTLES STAMPIN' WRITE MARKERSBLENDER PENSSPONGE DAUBERSBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHPEARL BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

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

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I designed this cute card using the Hedgehog Builder Punch and Iconic Dies.

Hedgehog Builder Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour scheme started with Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla. I then added Pear Pizzazz, Real Red and Soft Suede.

As we are unable to share stamps at this online class, I took inspiration from Page 64 of the Mini Catalogue and embossed the shape for the spikes.

The hedgehog layers were then stuck together and a Classic Matte Dot became the eye.

Hedgehog Builder Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Toadstools from the Iconic Dies were then cut and layered together.

Lengths of coordinating Baker’s Twine was then added to the project.

Then, the various pieces to create the scene were added in layers, finishing with the hedgehog raised up on Dimensionals.

The three flowers were added using Glue Dots.

A sentiment from the Lovely You Stamp Set sits on shapes cut from the Double Oval Punch.

Finally, some small Pearls create the centre of the flowers.

Hedgehog Builder Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Iconic Dies and the Embossing Folder are on the Last Chance List and are retiring. Make sure you grab them while you can.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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HEDGEHOG BUILDER PUNCHICONIC DIESGREENERY EMBOSSING FOLDERSDOUBLE OVAL PUNCHLOVELY YOU CLING STAMP SET (EN)BLUSHING BRIDE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SUEDE CARDSTOCK A4PEAR PIZZAZZ A4 CARDSTOCKREAL RED A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKCLASSIC MATTE DOTSPEARL BASIC JEWELSGLUE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Abstract Beauty DSP Meets Stampin’ Blends

I’m loving the Abstract Beauty 4″x6″ DSP from the Mini Catalogue.

Abstract Beauty DSP Meets Stampin' Blends. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As one of the pieces has a black and white design, I reached for my Stampin’ Blends to add some colour.

Using Poppy Parade and So Saffron for the flowers, Granny Apple Green and Old Olive for the leaves, and only colouring a few of the pieces, it allows them to really pop.

I’m a fan of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and I think this is a little nod to his style.

Abstract Beauty DSP Meets Stampin' Blends. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Three pieces of Simply Elegant Trim in Gold are added to coordinate with the Gold foil elements in the DSP.

Next, I took some hexagonal cut outs from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack, also in Gold.

These had a sentiment from the Hello Beautiful Stamp Set stuck to them, with the edges cut to meet the hexagonal shape.

Due to the bulk of the Gold Trim, the hexagon and sentiment piece sits over it using Dimensionals.

Abstract Beauty DSP Meets Stampin' Blends. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As well as the current range of colours, make sure you take a look at the new early release skin tone Stampin’ Blends.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ABSTRACT BEAUTY 4" X 6" (10.2 X 15.2 CM) SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPEREXPRESSIONS IN INK EPHEMERA PACKHELLO BEAUTIFUL PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)STAMPIN' BLENDS GRANNY APPLE GREEN COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS OLD OLIVE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS POPPY PARADE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SO SAFFRON COMBO PACKPOPPY PARADE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADSIMPLY ELEGANT TRIMSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Abstract Beauty Thank You Cards

For my recent customers I made these pretty thank you cards.

Abstract Beauty Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

They use items from the Abstract Beauty Suite Collection in the Jan-June Mini Catalogue.

The Suite has lots of products and I’ve used the DSP, Stamp Set and Dies to create this project.

My starting point was the DSP and I chose to use coordinating Blushing Bride and Night of Navy from the sheets as my colours.

Abstract Beauty Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the DSP does a lot of the work, each card only needs a sentiment and some ribbon to finish.

The Stamp Set and Die Bundle from the collection provide the sentiment and shapes. These are then layered together.

Using a swoosh of the Glittered Organdy Ribbon, carried over from the July-Dec Mini Catalogue, helps to coordinate with the gold foil pieces on the DSP.

Abstract Beauty Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love how quick and simple these cards are. Great for making in batches.

Making and sending thank you cards is something I really enjoy, especially for my customers. I make every single one also and send them in a way that allows you to easily reuse it.

Don’t forget to check out the latest Special Offers and place an order to receive a card too.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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HELLO BEAUTIFUL BUNDLE (ENGLISH)ABSTRACT BEAUTY 4" X 6" (10.2 X 15.2 CM) SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPERBLUSHING BRIDE A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWHITE 3/8" (1 CM) GLITTERED ORGANDY RIBBONMINI STAMPIN' CUT & EMBOSS MACHINEMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Wildflower Path Thank You

This pretty Thank you card uses the fabulous Wildflower Path Stamp Set from the Jan-Jun Mini Catalogue.

Wildflower Path Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It might be a Stamp Set that you pass by, but I would encourage you to take a second look – it’s on page 21. It’s also only £21 for 16 photopolymer stamps.

I have used Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Evening Evergreen for my colour combination, along with Basic White.

Wildflower Path Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The project uses the leaves and flowers images, and to create the depth in the flowers, the larger images are stamped off and the smaller image uses first generation stamping.

I love how quickly the scene comes together. Great for batch production.

A length of the Evenibg Evergreen Windowpane Check Ribbon, also from the Mini Catalogue sits across the top of the project. This has the sentiment, cut out using the Double Oval Punch raised above it.

Wildflower Path Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some of the new Iridescent Rhinestones are added for a touch of sparkle.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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WILDFLOWER PATH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)DOUBLE OVAL PUNCHMELON MAMBO CARDSTOCK A4MELON MAMBO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADEVENING EVERGREEN A4 CARDSTOCKEVENING EVERGREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADRICH RAZZLEBERRY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKEVENING EVERGREEN 3/8" (1 CM) WINDOWPANE CHECK RIBBONIRIDESCENT RHINESTONES BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS