FREE Counting Sheep Stamp Set

Have you seen this fabulous Counting Sheep Stamp Set that ewe (see what I did there?) could receive for FREE during SAB?

Counting Sheep. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This cute set of sheep are adorable. There is even a set of FREE coordinating dies available too.

My card is a version of the project on Page 10 of the SAB Brochure.

I’ve stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock in Early Espresso and then used Watercolor Pencils to colour in the sheep and party hats.

I found it easier to use circular motions when colouring with the white and slowly increasing the pressure.

The sheep that looks like it’s dancing makes me smile. They are quite the party animal.

Counting Sheep. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using a Blender Pen on all of the colouring, except the White, it helped to remove any pencil lines.

The party hats are a combination of Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Pacific Point.

As I used these colours, I chose to use them for the sentiment shapes.

Each piece has been shaped using the Banners Pick a Punch.

Next, a swoosh of White Baker’s Twine is added.

Counting Sheep. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the sentiment is raised up using Dimensionals.

If you want to get your hands on your own set of sheep, don’t delay. SAB is only here until the end of September, and items are available while stocks last.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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COUNTING SHEEP CLING STAMP SET (ENGLISH)CRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKEARLY ESPRESSO A4 CARDSTOCKEARLY ESPRESSO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKPACIFIC POINT A4 CARDSTOCKPUMPKIN PIE A4 CARDSTOCKWATERCOLOR PENCILSBLENDER PENSBANNERS PICK A PUNCHBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Triple Ripple

This card is all about repitition, with this triple ripple effect.

Triple Ripple. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the Hand-Penned Petals Bundle (Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set & Penned Flowers Dies) from the Annual Catalogue.

Firstly, the flower image is stamped in Gray Granite multiple times, plus one on another piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock.

The separate flower is cut out with the dies, and then coloured using both packs of Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen.

Next, using my colours of Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry, the ripples are cut using the dies from the bundle.

Triple Ripple. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set is added to the top Very Vanilla Ripple.

Next, the ripples are stuck together and attached to the project.

For the focal flower background, I used the Stitched With Whimsy Dies. This was fussy cut around the edge to create the whimiscal shape.

The focal flower is stuck onto this shape which is raised up on Dimensionals.

Triple Ripple. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, coordinating Artistry Blooms Sequins are dotted around the card.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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HAND-PENNED PETALS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)STITCHED WITH WHIMSY DIESBLOSSOMS IN BLOOM PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETGRAY GRANITE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCALYPSO CORAL A4 CARDSTOCKCRUSHED CURRY A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKWATERCOLOR PENCILSWATERCOLOR PENCILS ASSORTMENT 2BLENDER PENSARTISTRY BLOOMS ADHESIVE-BACKED SEQUINSSTAMPIN’ CUT & EMBOSS MACHINEMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Orange-Tip Butterfly Inspiration

On one of our recent walks, we saw some Orange-tip butterflies.

I wasn’t quick enough to grab a picture of them. But, with their distinctive look, I chose to make a project using them as inspiration.

If you haven’t already done so, check out my recent Top Tips, Tricks and Techniques video where I talk about taking inspiration from the world around you.

Orange-tip butterfly inspiration. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project combines quite a lot of products. New in the Annual Catalogue, the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set and Dies and Quiet Meadow Stamp Set. Plus, from the January-June Mini Catalogue, the Vine Design Bundle, Twine Combo Pack and Double Oval Punch.

I’ll miss the Vine Design Stamp Set and Die Bundle when it retires at the end of June. If you want to get your hands on this Bundle, make sure you grab it while you can as items are only available while stocks last.

For my colour combination, I chose Pear Pizzazz and So Saffron. The orange tips are coloured using Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen.

Orange-tip butterfly inspiration. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After stamping in Basic Gray and cutting and colouring the butterfly, I turned my attention to the background.

As you know, I love ‘splat’ stamp images, and the new Quiet Meadow Stamp Set was just perfect for this project.

Also, as I was using more rounded shapes, I used the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners too.

A sentiment from the Vine Design Stamp Set is raised over a length of twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack.

The butterfly then sits on a die cut that I have coloured using Sponge Daubers.

Finally a few Gold Metallic Pearls are popped around the card.

Orange-tip butterfly inspiration. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE BUNDLEVINE DESIGN BUNDLE (ENGLISH)QUIET MEADOW CLING STAMP SETBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPEAR PIZZAZZ A4 CARDSTOCKPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSO SAFFRON A4 CARDSTOCKSO SAFFRON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWATERCOLOR PENCILSMETALLIC PEARLSSNAIL MAIL TWINE COMBO PACKBLENDER PENSSPONGE DAUBERSDETAILED TRIO PUNCHDOUBLE OVAL PUNCHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m sharing a tip on where to find inspiration. Spoiler alert, it’s all around you!

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the picture below to watch my video about how to take inspiration from the world around you.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

First, I stamped the pretty daisy image multiple times onto Soft Sea Foam. I wanted to create the feeling of a meadow with the greeny background.

Using Watercolor Pencils, I have coloured the leaves and flowers with Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and White to highlight them.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Love of Leaves Stamp Set provides the lovely sentiment. This is cut out using the Double Oval Punch. I also added a couple of daisies to coordinate with the main stamping.

Both the Stamp Set and Punch made their first appearance in the January-June Mini Catalogue. Don’t forget that some of the items in this catalogue won’t be available after the end of June.

Using a Stampin’ Blend in Daffodil Delight adds colour to the Crinkled Seam Binding.

This is then looped behind the sentiment.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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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DRAGONFLY GARDEN CLING STAMP SETLOVE OF LEAVES PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)SOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKDOUBLE OVAL PUNCHWATERCOLOR PENCILSWHISPER WHITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) CRINKLED SEAM BINDING RIBBONSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Quiet Meadow Bundle Butterflies

I’ve been loving playing with the new Quiet Meadow Bundle (Quiet Meadow Stamp Set & Meadow Dies) from the new Annual Catalogue.

Quiet Meadow Bundle Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project uses Gray Granite stamping with Crushed Curry and Coastal Cabana. Basic White and Granny Apple Green are the accent colours.

The flower image is stamped multiple times along the bottom in Gray Granite. These are then coloured using Watercolor Pencils. I’ve used pack 2 here for the Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green pencils.

My personal preference is to use grey or brown outline colours when I’m colouring as I like the effect these lighter tones give, rather than the harshness of black. However, neither is right or wrong, crafting is all about personal choice.

Quiet Meadow Bundle Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, butterflies are cut out using the dies and given a coating of Wink of Stella for some sparkle.

Using Glue Dots on the bodies allows the wings to pop up and look like they are flying.

Quiet Meadow Bundle Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve left my card sentiment free, but it would be easy to add one.

As it’s an easy project to create, the colouring is quite relaxing. You could even make a batch of different colours.

Take a look at my Class Timetable for details of my online classes. This Stamp Set may be making a Stamp Set of The Month appearance soon…

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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QUIET MEADOW BUNDLE (ENGLISH)GRAY GRANITE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCOASTAL CABANA A4 CARDSTOCKCRUSHED CURRY A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWATERCOLOR PENCILS ASSORTMENT 2WINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUEGLUE DOTS

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow

When I was flicking through my new Annual Catalogue to make my pre-order list, several products jumped out at me.

One of these was the gorgeous Quiet Meadow Bundle (Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and Meadow Dies).

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I had, and still have, so many project ideas for this bundle running round my head that I couldn’t wait to use it when it arrived.

The first project I made was this vintage style card in more sepia tones.

It uses Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Soft Suede for the cardstock and stamping.

The background has Sponge Dauber inking to soften the edges.

Using Watercolor Pencils, the flower was coloured in Early Espresso and Whisper White.

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Two cute tags were cut using the dies with the Crumb Cake stamped and coloured.

Lengths of Scalloped Lace Trim, Faux Suede Trim and Crumb Cake from the new Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack add a pretty finishing touch.

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As this is the first of a handful of projects I made using this Bundle, more will follow.

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This Stamp Set is a strong contender for a future Stamp Set of the Month Class. Watch this space for more details. Head to my Class Timetable for details of my online classes.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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QUIET MEADOW BUNDLE (ENGLISH)CRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADEARLY ESPRESSO A4 CARDSTOCKEARLY ESPRESSO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SUEDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWATERCOLOR PENCILSSPONGE DAUBERSEARLY ESPRESSO 1/4" (6.4 MM) FAUX SUEDE TRIMVERY VANILLA 3/8" (1 CM) SCALLOPED LACE TRIMBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKSTAMPIN' SEAL+MINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Just Wanted to Say

Have you had those moments where you ‘Just Wanted to Say…’? If so, this project is just perfect!

Using items from Ornate Garden Suite from the Annual Catalogue, a pretty daisy-themed card comes together.

Just Wanted to Say. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Bumblebee and Old Olive for the basecard and layer co-ordinate with the colours of the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP. As this piece of DSP is quite busy, I chose something simple to go with it.

The flower from the Ornate Style Stamp Set in the Suite, stamped in Early Espresso onto Bumblebee cardstock, keeps everything co-ordinated.

Using Watercolor Pencils, I very lightly coloured the petals in Whisper White and the stem and leaf in Old Olive. For the centre of the daisy, Wink of Stella adds a bit of sparkle.

Just Wanted to Say. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

‘Just wanted to say’ is from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set. It’s one of the sentiments that you would traditionally stamp inside the card, but I like to use things in slightly different ways! I’ve trimmed each end to follow the angle of the words.

Using Dimensionals, the daisy and sentiment piece are raised up off the DSP to add some depth.

Just Wanted to Say. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’m really hoping the recipient likes this card.

Why not join me at one of my classes and make your own projects. To see the variety of classes I have available for the rest of 2020, head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ORNATE GARDEN SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPERORNATE STYLE CLING STAMP SETORNATE THANKS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (EN)BUMBLEBEE A4 CARDSTOCKBUMBLEBEE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKEARLY ESPRESSO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWATERCOLOR PENCILSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Daisy Lane, Crumb Cake & Watercolor Pencils

I’m sharing another floral project with you today made with Daisy Lane, Crumb Cake and Watercolor Pencils

Daisy Lane, Crumb Cake & Watercolor Pencils. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project is again inspired by the Annual Catalogue. If you head to page 13, you’ll see a similar project.

I chose to use Daisy Lane as my Stamp Set, with Rich Razzleberry as my main colour. I have stamped tone-on-tone on the Crumb Cake and then coloured using Watercolor Pencils. A Blender Pen over the colouring then helps to blend them together.

Even though the base card is Very Vanilla, I have stamped the sentiment from Lovely You onto a strip of Rich Razzleberry with a Whisper White Inkpad.

Daisy Lane, Crumb Cake & Watercolor Pencils. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, one end of the sentiment is shaped. The Stamp Set and Punch are available as a discounted Bundle.

This stamped and punched sentiment is then stuck over a bow from Linen Thread.

Finally, a few Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins in co-ordinating Rich Razzleberry, in different sizes, add a touch of sparkle. As they already have adhesive attached, they are easy to adhere.

Daisy Lane, Crumb Cake & Watercolor Pencils. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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LOVELY YOU BUNDLE (ENGLISH)DAISY LANE CLING STAMP SET (EN)CRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKRICH RAZZLEBERRY CARDSTOCK A4VERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKUNINKED STAMPIN' PAD & WHISPER WHITE REFILLWATERCOLOR PENCILSLINEN THREADBLENDER PENSARTISTRY BLOOMS ADHESIVE-BACKED SEQUINSSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

BYO Stamps – So Saffron and Balmy Blue By the Dock

This So Saffron and Balmy Blue By the Dock scene is a project from a previous BYO Stamps session. It’s my interpretation of a picture from the old Annual Catalogue.

Balmy Blue By the Dock. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using Early Espresso, the only inkpad used in this project, two images from the By the Dock Stamp Set are stamped on the So Saffron pieces. One is on the background piece, the other on the circle. These images are coloured with a mix of Blender Pens and Watercolor Pencils. I’ve used colour for the circle as this is the focus, rather than the background.

Strips of Linen Thread are then wrapped at the top and bottom of the background So Saffron piece and Balmy Blue layers. I like how this gives it a more nautical or rustic style.

Balmy Blue By the Dock. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

 

A sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set is stamped onto a shape cut from the Stitched Rectangles Dies. This is layered onto the So Saffron Circle and the Crumb Cake ring using Dimensionals.

The front circle is then added using Tear & Tape for a strong fix. You can see how the layers are built using Dimensionals in the picture below.

Balmy Blue By the Dock. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Why not join me at a future BYO Stamps session. I design three projects, you then recreate those using the stamps and inks you have at home, using as much tuition as you like from me during the live ZOOM class. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Don’t forget to take a look at the new Annual Catalogue and the offers available this month.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BY THE DOCK CLING STAMP SET (EN)ITTY BITTY BIRTHDAYS CLING STAMP SETEARLY ESPRESSO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBALMY BLUE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKSO SAFFRON A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKLAYERING CIRCLES DIESSTITCHED RECTANGLES DIESWATERCOLOR PENCILSWATERCOLOR PENCILS ASSORTMENT 2BLENDER PENSLINEN THREADMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Happy Birthday To You

It was the Birthday of one of my regular Card & Cuppa attendees recently, so I obviously made them a card.

They are not a fan of random or grunge, preferring simple and ordered projects instead.

The Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set in this year’s SAB offering was just perfect.

I stamped the cake in Basic Gray and then coloured the flowers using Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen.

Happy Birthday To You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Highland Heather Cardstock as matting layers co-ordinated with the purple from the colouring.

I added a delicate touch of sparkle to the white parts of the cake using Wink of Stella.

To finish, I used a few pearls for the centre of the flowers and the dot of the ‘i’.

Happy Birthday To You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This Stamp Set now has a matching set of dies available as part of the recent co-ordination release. Perfect to avoid any fussy cutting.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Happy Birthday To You Cling Stamp Set (English)Whisper White A4 CardstockHighland Heather A4 CardstockBasic Gray Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWatercolor PencilsWatercolor Pencils Assortment 2Blender PensClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushPearl Basic JewelsSnail Adhesive