Comfort & Hope meets In Color

For this card, I’ve revisted this previous project from last year.

I decided to make another one, this time using a different stamp set and changing the colours. This time it’s Comfort & Hope meets In Color!

Comfort & Hope meets In Color. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade and Rococo Rose, all In Colors are my new colour combination. They are just different shades to the colours I used previously.

Using the Comfort & Hope Stamp Set, the background is created with a mix of various generations of stamping.

The banner shapes on the background are again cut using the Triple Banner Punch.Comfort & Hope meets In Color. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of the Copper Ribbon from the Basket Weave & Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack from the August-December Mini Catalogue.

Comfort & Hope meets In Color. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the sentiment is stamped, with the ends shaped using the new Banners Pick a Punch.

I really like this sentiment, as the card does just what it says.

If you’d like to make similar cards to this, then why not join one of my online classes. Find out more at my Class Timetable.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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COMFORT & HOPE CLING STAMP SET (EN)CINNAMON CIDER A4 CARDSTOCKCINNAMON CIDER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADJUST JADE A4 CARDSTOCKJUST JADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADROCOCO ROSE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKBANNERS PICK A PUNCHTRIPLE BANNER PUNCHBASKETWEAVE & METALLIC RIBBON COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL

Painted Poppies and Floral Essence for a Special Birthday

Today I’m sharing another special commission with you. I created this card using Painted Poppies and Floral Essence, plus a few punches.

Floral Essence for a Special Birthday. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It a special Birthday card for one of my regular class attendees and is based on this card I made previously.

The marble effect background is from the only Ink Pad I used on the project, Melon Mambo. The image is from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set, part of a 10% discounted Bundle with the Painted Labels Dies. Take a look at the Annual Catalogue to see all the available Bundles.

One of the dies from the Bundle, also cut in Melon Mambo is underneath the flowers. Highland Heather Sprig Punch shapes are also behind the flowers.

Floral Essence and the matching Perennial Flower Punch create the pretty flowers. A Blender Pen colours the flowers slightly by dragging the ink from the centre.

Floral Essence for a Special Birthday. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Well Said provides the sentiment and these are cut using the Classic Label Punch, then placing them in the ‘wrong’ way and creating a banner end. For the layers, these are cut using the Triple Banner Punch.

As the card was being hand-delivered, there were a lot more layers than I would create for regular post.

My favourite ribbon to colour, the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding has the colouring treatment with a Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend.

Finally, Wink of Stella is added to the centre of the flowers and a few Rhinestones for some sparkle.

Take a look at the various classes and kits I have available at my Class Timetable. Or, if it ‘isn’t your thing’ and you’d like me to create something for you instead, then take a look at my handmade cards page.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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FLORAL ESSENCE PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (EN)WELL SAID CLING STAMP SET (EN)PERENNIAL FLOWER PUNCHPAINTED POPPIES BUNDLECLASSIC LABEL PUNCHTRIPLE BANNER PUNCHSPRIG PUNCHWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKMELON MAMBO CARDSTOCK A4
MELON MAMBO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBLENDER PENSWHISPER WHITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) CRINKLED SEAM BINDING RIBBONSTAMPIN' BLENDS HIGHLAND HEATHER COMBO PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

A Special Commission with Ornate Garden Suite

A few weeks ago I was asked to make two special commissions for a Birthday.

I used the Early Release Ornate Garden Suite, and an image in the PDF flyer for the Suite was was my inspiration.

Ornate Garden Suite. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used the Ornate Style Bundle for the daisies and the pretty frame. The daisies were coloured using Stampin’ Blends in a number of different colours. These were then cut out with the Stitched Rectangles Dies.

I used Calypso Coral as the accent colour for the rest of the stamping and cardstock.

To make the ‘Nan’ wording, I used the letters from ‘Thanks’ in the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set, cut the stamped letters out separately and stuck them together.

Ornate Garden Suite. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

An embossed background using the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder from the Suite gives some extra texture.

Ornate Garden Suite. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Itty Bitty Birthday Stamp Set provides the Happy Birthday, with the ends bannered using the Triple Banner Punch.

A length of Old Olive Ribbon from the Combo Pack is the finishing touch.

Make sure you take a look at this fabulous Suite, it has two Bundles and lots more items too.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ORNATE GARDEN SUITE COLLECTION (ENGLISH)RECTANGLE STITCHED DIESITTY BITTY BIRTHDAYS CLING STAMP SETTRIPLE BANNER PUNCHCALYPSO CORAL A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCALYPSO CORAL CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS GRANNY APPLE GREEN COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SO SAFFRON COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SOFT SUEDE COMBO PACKSNAIL ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Special Christmas Cards: Rustic Wreath

The second of my Special Christmas Cards is this traditional rustic wreath.

Rustic Wreath. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s made with a combination of leaf punches, die-cut circles and scallops, plus lots of different adhesives!

The main colours are Garden Green and Crumb Cake, with Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Gold, Real Red and Very Vanilla.

Rustic Wreath. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Snowflakes are from the Christmas Countdown and Colorful Season Stamp Sets, leaf image from Painted Harvest and Snowman Season provides the sentiment.

Two ‘sandwiches’ of leaves are created using scallop circle die-cuts from the Layering Circles Dies. The sandwiches are layered together using Dimensionals to create depth. The scallop circle die-cuts are then hidden beneath the Gold scallop die-cut.

The Triple Banner Punch shapes the ends of the sentiment.

Rustic Wreath. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To continue the rustic look, a length of Burlap Ribbon is placed behind the wreath.

Pearls coloured with a Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blend pen create some berries to finish the look.

Why not join us for a Papercrafting Class in 2020. Head to my Class Timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp SetPainted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp SetSnowman Season Bundle (En)Garden Green A4 CardstockGarden Green Classic Stampin' PadCrumb Cake A4 CardstockCrumb Cake Classic Stampin' PadMossy Meadow A4 CardstockOld Olive A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 CardstockGold Foil Sheets5/8" (1.6 cm) Burlap RibbonPearl Basic JewelsReal Red Dark Stampin' BlendsBanner Triple PunchLeaf PunchSprig PunchLayering Circles DiesSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMultipurpose Liquid GlueTear & Tape Adhesive

In Color Collection 2019-2021 Stripes

Here is the final project from my Introduction to In Color Papercrafting Class.

It combines all of the new colours from the In Color Collection 2019-2021.

In Color Collection 2019-2021 from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s a tradition of mine at my annual Introduction to In Color Class to create six projects. Five of the projects each centre around one of the new In Colors, the final one combines them all together. This is usually in stripe fashion.

In Color Collection 2019-2021 from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Well Written Dies and Well Said Stamp Set provided a sentiment of choice for the attendees. I chose to use a Birthday greeting for mine.

In Color Collection 2019-2021 from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of Baker’s Twine wrapped around the stripes completes the project.

Which of this year’s new In Colors is your favourite?

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – To Grunge or Not To Grunge

At last week’s Card & Cuppa Class, the one big decision the attendees had to make was whether to grunge or not to grunge.

To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The project (not grunge version shown above) uses the fabulous new Very Versailles Stamp Set.

Petal Pink, Crumb Cake and Mint Macaron, along with Very Vanilla, make this vintage style card.

The grunge version (shown below) uses exactly the same products, with the addition of sponge daubers to add extra ink to the edges and scrunched pieces.

To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Some of the attendees were adamant they weren’t going to grunge, with others really keen. There were also some hybrid versions, where a touch of grunge was created using Sponge Daubers or scrunching some areas.

All of the stamping on the background was a mix of first, second and third generation stamping starting with the pretty script image.

To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If a grunge effect was required, a stamped piece is screwed up into a ball several times. This softens the fibres and can create some fantastic torn edges. The creases and tears and then defined with Sponge Daubers as you can see above.

A couple of strips in the same colours were cut using the Triple Banner Punch. For the ‘not grunge’ version, these were stuck together over a length of Linen Thread tied with a bow.

To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The grunge version had the length of Linen Thread tied around the scrunched bannered pieces. The ends are then frayed to add to the vintage/distressed look. Finally, the sentiment completes the card.

If you are creating a textured project, make sure you use a stronger adhesive such as Tear & Tape to ensure that the pieces stick together well.

To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which one do you prefer? Would you decision be to grunge or not to grunge?

To Grunge or Not To Grunge. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Why not join us at a future Card & Cuppa session. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

You can also book onto one of my evening Papercrafting Classes too.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Very Versailles Cling Stamp SetMint Macaron A4 CardstockMint Macaron Classic Stampin' PadCrumb Cake A4 CardstockCrumb Cake Classic Stampin' PadPetal Pink A4 CardstockPetal Pink Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockBanner Triple PunchSponge DaubersLinen ThreadSnail AdhesiveTear & Tape Adhesive

A Little Bit of Pink

It’s that time of year when I make a Birthday card for a friend of mine who is a fan of everything pink and sparkly.

Here is the card I made using a little bit of pink…

Little Bit of Pink. Project designed by Karn at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you know, I’m not a fan of pink and I don’t really like glitter either. So, this is one of those times of year when I am forced way outside of my comfort zone!

This allows me to challenge myself and also spend time thinking about the person I am making for. It’s good to step outside of your crafting comfort zone every now. Things like using bright colours if you like pastels or creating a grunge style project if you like clean and simple etc are all good challenges.

Little Bit of Pink. Project designed by Karn at HIPPOFROG Designs

The little bit of pink is from Petal Pink and Flirty Flamingo and the project uses the Well Said Stamp Set and Well Written Dies from the Spring/Summer Catalogue.

This Stamp Set and Dies are currently available in a bundle with 10% off until 3rd June. After that, they will not be in a bundle format and will be full price. As this is a large set, it’s definitely worthwhile getting your hands on it while it’s discounted.

I’ve also used the Artisan Textures Stamp Set to create a background.

Little Bit of Pink. Project designed by Karn at HIPPOFROG Designs

There just had to be sparkle so I’ve used Wink of Stella on the Butterflies and ‘birthday’ die cut shape. There are also Rhinestones for the flower centres, the dot of the ‘i’ and just a few scattered around.

A length of Silver Metallic Thread wrapped around the centre then pulls these elements together.

Little Bit of Pink. Project designed by Karn at HIPPOFROG Designs

Don’t forget that items on the retiring list are only available until 3rd June (while stocks last).

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Well Said Cling BundleArtisan Textures Clear-Mount Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockFlirty Flamingo A4 CardstockFlirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' PadPetal Pink A4 CardstockPetal Pink Classic Stampin' PadSilver Metallic ThreadRectangle Stitched Framelits DiesBanner Triple PunchClassic Label PunchRhinestone Basic JewelsClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushTear & Tape AdhesiveFine-Tip Glue Pen

A Variety of Vases

I’m sharing a previous Card & Cuppa project with you today that I have remade in different colours.

This reversioned card is for my Godmother for a special Birthday.

Variety of Vases. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I thought I’d re-version the previous design to make a Birthday Card, so it’s a variety of vases, in a variety of colours.

Variety of Vases. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This one is in Highland Heather and Rich Razzleberry, with the fabulous Velvet Rich Razzleberry Ribbon. The ribbon is sadly on the retiring list, but everything else I’ve used is carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue.

Variety of Vases. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A top tip if you are making lots of projects using a Builder Punch. Line up all the stamps in the correct positions onto a clear block. Then you can stamp and punch them as a set.

Variety of Vases. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

While I was making the project, I decided to add to the variety of vases by making some in other colours too. It’s always good to have a few cards on standby, so these Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick versions will come in handy.

Variety of Vases. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Variety of Vases. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which one is your favourite?

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Vibrant Vases Photopolymer Stamp SetVaried Vases Photopolymer Stamp SetVases Builder PunchHighland Heather A4 CardstockHighland Heather Classic Stampin' PadRich Razzleberry A4 CardstockRich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' PadLovely Lipstick Classic Stampin' PadCall Me Clover Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockUninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White RefillMint Macaron Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White 5/8" (1.6 cm) Polka Dot Tulle  RibbonBanner Triple PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Glue Dots

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