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 – Love Cats

As it’s Valentine’s Day this week, a love-themed card was the design for Card & Cuppa with these adorable love cats.

Love Cats. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’d seen various versions of this design on Pinterest (too many to find one person to credit) so made my own version.

Some tone-on-tone stamping using the Hardwood Stamp creates the fence. A few notches are cut by hand to make it a bit more realistic.

The sun/moon (it looks a little washed out in this picture) is made from a mask and sponge dauber

Love Cats. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Fox Builder Punch, the two cats are made from Basic Black and Gray Granite Cardstock. The Gray Granite cat is very lightly sponge daubered.

The tail and body are then added to the fence. Before the heads are added, whiskers are stamped in Memento Ink.

Love Cats. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The finishing touches are a heart stamped in Real Red and coloured with Wink of Stella, plus a ‘love’ sentiment from Thoughtful Banners.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day or an Anniversary Card.

Love Cats. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Why not join us for a future class. Visit my class timetable for more details and to book your place.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Floral Grunge

At last week’s Card & Cuppa classes it was the turn of this floral grunge project.

Floral Grunge Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I know this type of crafting doesn’t suit everyone, but it’s good to step outside your comfort zone every now and then.

This project is inspired by Page 157 of the Annual Catalogue where I’ve made a few changes.

Timeless Textures is the main stamp set for the images with Swirly Bird for the smaller splatter pattern. Thoughtful Banners gives us the sentiment that is randomly stamped across the page. I’ve used Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Soft Suede as the browns and the green is Pear Pizzazz. A mixture of first, second and third generation stamping gives a variety of shades.

Sponge Daubers are used around the edges and in the centre to add more of a grunge and distressed look. These are also used on the scrunched banner pieces behind the flower too.

Floral Grunge Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To create the flower, two circles, a scallop and the tail from the Bunny Builder Punch are cut from Crushed Curry Cardstock. All of the pieces, apart from the tail coloured on both sides with Pumpkin Pie and a Sponge Dauber.

Scrunching the pieces to soften and then separate them creates the layers for the flower. Once they are stuck together, the tail makes the centre and we turn the flower into a button with a Linen Thread bow through the layers.

Floral Grunge Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the banner and flower aren’t flat, they are attached to the finished project using Tear & Tape.

A close-up of the flower button is below.

Floral Grunge Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Join us for a future Card & Cuppa session by booking your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Gallery Grunge & Artisan Textures

I’ve once again returned from a fabulous fortnight in sunny Cyprus. The staff at the hotel we stay at are fabulous, so I made these Gallery Grunge & Artisan Textures thank you cards to hand out.

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The base card is a Very Vanilla Notecard with Fresh Fig as the main colour. A combination of the Gallery Grunge and Artisan Textures Stamp Sets are used to create the background. These two stamp sets work really well together.

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

When I’m making a number of cards, I like to create something fairly simple, but add a little twist. This twist is the accent colour to create Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz versions, instead of them all being the same.

The sentiment from Thoughtful Banners sits in layered circles on top of a shape from the Tailored Tag Punch.

Melon Mambo version

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pear Pizzazz version

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

   All three colour combinations together.

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which is your favourite?

Now that I’ve returned from holiday, my Card & Cuppa Classes start again next week.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Jar of Love meets Bunny Builder Punch

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was Jar of Love meets Bunny Builder Punch. Due to the Bank Holiday, there was only one Card & Cuppa session.

Jar of Love meets Bunny Builder Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The jar from Jar of Love is stamped twice, once on the main card and once on a separate piece of cardstock.

2nd generation stamping of Pool Party adds the water to the bottom, along with several stems, before cutting the jar out.

On the main card, it’s time to stamp the stems that will show above the jar. It’s part of the project that is a bit of smoke and mirrors – if you can’t see it, it isn’t there!

The separate jar overlays the base jar to cover the other stems. A fun Gray Granite bee with Wink of Stella wings creates a buzz by the leaves.

Next, it’s the turn of the flowers. On a separate piece of cardstock, Watercolor Pencils and imagination create a bespoke block of colour for the flowers. Blender Pens then soften the lines from the colouring. It’s personal choice as to the colour or effect of the flowers.

The Bunny Builder Punch then comes into play as the tail from the punch are perfect for creating flowers. Using the Blossom Builder Punch, you can make smaller flowers in a different colour too.

Every flower is given a Rhinestone centre and a Glue Dot back, for attaching to the project. More smoke and mirrors hides the double stamping of the stems by ensuring a few flowers cover the top of the jar.

Jar of Love meets Bunny Builder Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once again, for the layer for back of the sentiment, a piece of cardstock has the personal colour touch from Watercolor Pencils. This can match the flowers or be completely different as it’s a personal choice. The Duet Banner Punch creates the banner shape from the bespoke colouring.

Thoughtful Banners creates the outline for the ‘For You’ sentiment.

Due to the bespoke nature of the colouring, no two projects are the same with this design.

Jar of Love meets Bunny Builder Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Join us for future Card & Cuppa sessions. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Lovely Lipstick

I hope you’re enjoying the Bank Holiday. It doesn’t seem possible that it will be September next week.

For last week’s Card & Cuppa session I decided to revisit a project I’d made previously and give it a Lovely Lipstick twist.

Card & Cuppa project using Icing on the Cake. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The secret of this project is the simplicity.

As this card only needs two stamps, all of the attendees had to be patient! Each project has 9 stamped lines and a sentiment.

Lines are from the Icing on the Cake Stamp Set stamped in Tuxedo Black. Grid Paper squares help to ensure the lines are at regular intervals.

Corners are rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch to mirror the punched circles.

Card & Cuppa project using Icing on the Cake. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set in Lovely Lipstick makes this a perfect card for any occasion.

A bow from co-ordinating Lovely Lipstick Ribbon attaches to the Silver Foil Card circle with a Glue Dot. The silver circle co-ordinates with the sparkly Rhinestones in three different sizes as a finishing touch.

Card & Cuppa project using Icing on the Cake. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really like how the design can work in any colour or with any stamp sets to create the bottom pattern and sentiment.

Join us at a future Papercrafting or Card & Cuppa class. Find out more details and book your place here.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Lovely As a Tree Banners and Leaves

Here is the 4th project from the 6 made at my Lovely As a Tree Class. This one is another ‘old’ project that has had a new colour makeover.

Lovely As a Tree Banners. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The leaves from Lovely As a Tree are stamped randomly on the Pear Pizzazz Cardstock in Call Me Clover ink. Splats from the Swirly Bird  Stamp Set are then added.

Lovely As a Tree Banners. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Another leaf is then stamped onto a piece of Very Vanilla that is shaped using the Triple Banner Punch. The leaf is coloured using a Blender Pen.

A sentiment on Tranquil Tide using Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set and Memento Ink is place on the banner.
Lovely As a Tree Banners. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A small piece of Call Me Clover Ribbon and a couple of strips of Lemon Lime Twist add the finishing touches.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Thanks for helping me nail it!

This ‘Thank you’ card is for some very lovely ladies who have helped me to ‘nail it’ and add another skill string to my creative bow.

I’ve recently been taking courses in something that has interested me for a number of years. I can now happily announce that I am able to perform manicures and pedicures using both gel and regular nail polish.

I’ll explain a bit more at the end of this post, but first, the card I made for the fabulous tutors.

Thank you card using Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The card uses a mixture of old and new. Touches of Texture Stamp Set is combined with Pool Party, returning Blackberry Bliss and new Highland Heather. I’m really liking this classy colour combination.

Firstly I created the soft background of texture and flowers. I then stamped the stem of flowers and fill-in pieces before die cutting the image and layer.

The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners and punched using the 1″ Circle Punch.

Thank you card using Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

In the picture below you can see the Rhinestones in the centre of the flowers as a finishing touch. There is also Wink of Stella on the background flowers, but it doesn’t show up here.

Thank you card using Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Now back to nails. I’ll be setting up as a mobile nail technician working locally and will be able to provide more details when I’m up and running.

Just to confirm, this is as well as Stampin’ Up! The nails are a second strand to my business.

There are also lots of Papercraft & Pampering ideas running through my head so be sure to watch this space.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa for Children – Say cheese!

During the school holidays I’ve been holding Card & Cuppa for Children sessions.  This is our regular Card & Cuppa session but for specifically for children aged 4+.  It was a hit last year, so I decided to run it again this year.

Here is the project from last week.

Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends

I knew I wanted to use the Foxy Friends punch and design some punch art.  It’s great fun for the children to create too.  However, the project needed to not be too complicated for little fingers to produce, plus avoid using wet glue too!

A quick web search came up with lots of ideas, but I decided to create this cute mouse with their cheese.

So Saffron and Crushed Curry make the block of cheese with Smoky Slate and Flirty Flamingo for the mouse.  As I didn’t want the children to get too messy, Early Espresso is the ink of choice as it is the darkest neutral inkpad that isn’t archival!

Circle punches are used for both the ears and the holes in the cheese.  Instead of discarding the large hole, it’s been stamped on and cut out to form a wedge of cheese.

The image above uses smaller punches (1/2″ & 3/4″ Circles) for the ears than we used at class as once I’d made the project I thought it needed to be slightly less fiddly.

If you’d like to join us for next week’s Card & Cuppa for Children session then make sure you book your place by 18:00 the day before.  Please note that numbers are limited.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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