Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Well Written Dies

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I reached for the Well Written Dies.

This set of dies has crept to the back of my dies box and it was time to bring them to the front.

Well Written Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A range of different blues, Pool Party, Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight work really well together with the Whisper White.

It is a bit of a fiddly project, but the finished card is worth the effort.

My Take Your Pick Tool Brush attachement came in useful for removing all the little bits from the Well Written Dies cut outs.

The project being with lengths of Pool Party Shimmer Riboon creating a stripey background.

Then, the centre leaves and flower pieces are attached.Well Written Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

By drawing around the ‘birthday’ shape, a layer is cut out for it to sit on. If you have the die, you can draw around the edge of that instead. Either way is fine.

Raising the birthday above the centre pieces gives the project more depth.

I chose to use a ‘wishes’ sentiment to go with birthday, stamping it in the darker blue of Misty Moonlight.

Before the smaller flowers are added with glue dots, these are given a coat of Wink of Stella. This co-ordinates well with the shimmer of the ribbon.

Well Written Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally some Silver Metallic Pearls are added to the centre of the tiny flowers.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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WELL WRITTEN DIESWELL SAID CLING STAMP SET (EN)POOL PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKPOOL PARTY 3/8" (1 CM) SHEER RIBBONBALMY BLUE A4 CARDSTOCKMISTY MOONLIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKMISTY MOONLIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMETALLIC PEARLSSTAMPIN’ CUT& EMBOSS MACHINETAKE YOUR PICKTAKE YOUR PICK DIE BRUSH TIPMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEGLUE DOTS

A Box of Birthday Balloons

For my Niece’s recent lockdown 18th, I made this box of birthday balloons.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I haven’t made a pop-up box for a while, so I thought it was the perfect occasion.

These lay flat for postage with the box flaps up, then, when the recipient opens it, the flaps fall down and the box takes shape.

My colour combination is from the dotty Playing With Patterns DSP I have used. It’s Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Purple Posy and Whisper White.

Coastal Cabana is the main colour for the box. Using the Detailed Trio Punch, I rounded the corners of the box and the DSP.

The balloons, cut using the Balloon Bouquet Punch are embossed. Tasteful Textile and Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders create the fun patterns.

Attaching the balloons to the strings I made from the Hippo & Friends Dies was made easier by sandwiching them between the embossed ballon and a plain balloon shape.

This also means that when it lays flat, the balloons don’t stick to each other.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I popped three strips across the inside of the box. This not only gave me something to attach the ballons too, but provided some extra rigidity.

As I attached the balloons to the strips, I was carefully checking they wouldn’t foul each other, or overhang the edge too far when folded.

Once I was happy with the positions, I sandwiched the bottom of the strings in with another piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock.

There had to be an ’18’, so using Silver Foil Sheets, this and the sentiment were cut out. Playful Alphabet Dies for the ’18’ and Well Written Dies for the sentiment.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a length of matching Playing With Patterns Combo Ribbon is stuck around the box, along with some Playing With Patterns Resin Dots.

I also made an envelope too, but didn’t take a picture of that!

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BALLOON BOUQUET PUNCHHIPPO & FRIENDS DIESPLAYFUL ALPHABET DIESWELL WRITTEN DIESTASTEFUL TEXTILE 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERWRAPPED IN TEXTURE EMBOSSING FOLDERSDETAILED TRIO PUNCHCALYPSO CORAL A4 CARDSTOCKCOASTAL CABANA A4 CARDSTOCKCRUSHED CURRY A4 CARDSTOCKPURPLE POSY A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSILVER FOIL SHEETSPLAYING WITH PATTERNS 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERPLAYING WITH PATTERNS RIBBON COMBO PACKPLAYING WITH PATTERNS RESIN DOTSSTAMPIN’ CUT& EMBOSS MACHINEMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSFINE-TIP GLUE PENGLUE DOTS

Doggy Duo Saying Happy Birthday

I recently shared two of the three Birthday cards I was asked to make for a regular class attendee. Well, here’s the final one for this special commission, and it’s this cute doggy duo.

The other projects can be seen here and here.

Doggy Duo saying Happy Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As they are a huge dog lover, I just knew I had to include them on one of the cards. I’ve made these dogs, cut from the the Dog Builder Punch to look like the doggy duo they have at home.

This punch has carried over to the new Annual Catalogue, so if you’re a dog lover, you would be barking mad not to have it (sorry!) It is also a great companion punch to the new Playful Pets Suite too.

The white dog has a mottled effect by using Sponge Daubers with Soft Suede and Smoky Slate ink. The collars are from Rhinestones.

Doggy Duo saying Happy Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using colours from the Brights Collection, the balloons are cut with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. These are then glued together in bunches with a length of Linen Thread from the bottom balloon to the tails.

Rather than tying the other end to the tails, I made separate bows and added them afterwards.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is cut from the Well Written Dies and very carefully added across the balloons with Fine-Tip Glue. This, along with the background layer use Silver Foil Sheets.

Doggy Duo saying Happy Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using Dimensionals, everything is then added to the card.

As this is a square card, so I also made a matching envelope using Designer Series Paper.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Special Commission for a Birthday

During this lockdown, it’s been lovely to be asked to make cards for people. Here is a special commission for a Birthday.

It uses a combination of dies, punches and an embossing folder.

Special Commission for a Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I know the recipient likes their garden, so I started with a garden wall using the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder.

Next, I used the Ornate Borders Dies in Purple Posy, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape for the flourish across the wall. This is one of the many products in the Ornate Garden Suite from the new Annual Catalogue.

Special Commission for a Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To create ‘mum’, I used letters from the Well Written Dies words and put them together.  This is backed by a piece of Whisper White Crinkle Seam Binding coloured with Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends.

For the butterflies, these are stamped in Melon Mambo, punches out and coloured with more Stampin’ Blends in various shades of pink.

Special Commission for a Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The finishing touches are Wink of Stella and some small Pearls in the centre of the flowers.

I’m pleased to report the recipient was happy with their card.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Mystery Pack – Three Little Birds

Last week’s Mystery Pack contained three little birds, along with lots of other items with which to make a card.

As well as these items, the recipients could use Wink of Stella and a sentiment, plus scissors and adhesives.

Mystery Pack - Three Little Birds. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose to use three colours from the In Color Collection 2019-2021 with Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.

Here is the project I made from some of the items. I’ve put together a video of how I made this project.

Mystery Pack - Three Little Birds. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used the Itty Bitty Birds Stamp Set and Rococo Rose ink to co-ordinate with the other In Colors in the project. My thinking behind the sentiment was ‘they say it’s your Birthday’ is similar to ‘a little bird told me’!

Mystery Pack - Three Little Birds. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The centre bird is covered with Wink of Stella, as well as raised up on Dimensionals to make it the focal point.

Mystery Pack - Three Little Birds. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Some of these items are on the retiring list. Make sure you get your hands on your favourites before they disappear for good.

Why not order a Mystery Pack for yourself? Head to my Social Isolation Classes page for full details of the classes and packs I’m offering at this time.

 

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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WELL WRITTEN DIESSPRIG PUNCH1" (2.5 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH1 3/8" (3.5 CM) SCALLOP CIRCLE PUNCHLABEL ME FANCY PUNCHVERY VANILLA 3/8" (1 CM) SCALLOPED LACE TRIMPURPLE POSY A4 CARDSTOCKROCOCO ROSE A4 CARDSTOCKSEASIDE SPRAY A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SUEDE CARDSTOCK A4VERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKPEARL BASIC JEWELSITTY BITTY BIRTHDAYS CLING STAMP SETWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHROCOCO ROSE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSNAIL ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Mystery Pack – Leaves, Circles and a Feather

One of my Social Isolation Class offerings during this time is a Mystery Pack. These are a selection of stampin’ up! cardstock, die cut shapes, punched shapes, embellishments, ribbons etc.

The pack recipients are then challenged to make a card by a specified deadline, using as many of the items as they like.

This pack contained leaves, circles and a feather, along with the other items shown below. Scissors and adhesives, a sentiment, plus Wink of Stella were also allowed to be used for this challenge.

Mystery Pack - Leaves, Circles and a Feather. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

And here is the project I made using some of the items. You can also watch a short video I put together showing how I made my project.

Mystery Pack - Leaves, Circles and a Feather. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Soft Sea Foam, Flirty Flamingo and Mossy Meadow, with Whisper White.

I’ve taken the Painted Petals Die shape and cut out the centre of it to thread the leaves through. As these pieces are quite delicate, I chose to use Fine-Tip Glue to stick those to the project. For everything else, I used SNAIL.

Mystery Pack - Leaves, Circles and a Feather. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A coat of Wink of Stella was added to the feather and a bow using the Baker’s Twine. This is then stuck onto some layered circles to create one piece.

The whole piece is then raised up using Dimensionals to add some depth. The slit I made to cut out the centre is hidden by the circles and feather.

 

Mystery Pack - Leaves, Circles and a Feather. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A few of the other circles are dotted around to create some more background interest.

The Nature’s Thoughts Dies and the Painted Label Dies are currently unavailable, so you won’t see them listed below at the moment. However, there are still lots of other fabulous products, including the new pre-release suite to help you keep crafting.

If you want to receive one of my Mystery Packs, head to my Class Timetable for full details and booking information.

 

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – In Color 2018-2020 meets Swirly Frames

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project I decided to use the In Color 2018-2020 colours.

In Color 2018-2020. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Swirly Frames Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue is used to create an abstract pattern in the 5 different colours, with the Grapefruit Grove circle only used the once to highlight the sentiment.

In Color 2018-2020. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the 2″ Circle Punch and the Classic Label punches, the sentiments were layered. A selection of sentiments from the Well Said Stamp Set and the Well Written Dies were available for the attendees to use.

They could also choose their contrasting colour, I’ve used Call Me Clover for the layer, circle, ribbon and sentiment stamping on mine.

An assortment of adhesives were needed, especially for the die-cut sentiment, as it requires Fine-Tip Glue.

In Color 2018-2020. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really like this project as it is perfect for a teenager, or can be easily changed for a ‘thank you’ or other ocassion.

Don’t forget that these In Color 2018-2020 colours will be retiring in June to make way for five new ones. I can’t believe that they have been with us for almost two years already.

Now is a great time to stock up on these colours, especially during SAB.

If you want to join us at a future class, then visit my Class Timetable for more information and booking details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Swirly Frames Photopolymer Stamp SetWell Said Cling Stamp SetWell Written DiesClassic Label Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockClassic Stampin' Pad Assortment In Color 2018-2020In Color 2018–2020 A4 CardstockCall Me Clover 1/8" (3.2 mm) Grosgrain RibbonSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsFine-Tip Glue PenMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Mixed Media with Painted Poppies for a Big Birthday

One of my Card & Cuppa attendees recently celebrated a big birthday, so naturally I had to make them a card.

A Big Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

They are a fan of mixed media and love poppies too, so I decided to combine these loves, it was a big birthday after all!

My main colour palette was Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla, with Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.

First, I stamped the background with an image from Gallery Grunge using Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. This created resist areas for when I used a Sponge Dauber over the top to add colour.

A Big Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A combination of shapes and images and stamped and cut out using the Painted Poppies Stamp Set and the matching Painted Labels Dies. I can’t believe quite how much I’m using this fabulous Bundle from the Mini Catalogue.

For the sentiments, I used the Well Said Stamp Set and Well Written Dies. This is another one of those stamp and die combinations that I use quite regularly as they are really versatile.

The Classic Label Punch cut out the smaller part of the sentiment.

A Big Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The length of ribbon is the Woven Threads Trim, again in Sahara Sand. I cut the bottom edge off to create the fringe.

Before I stuck everything together, I covered the ‘happy’ and the centre of the poppies with Wink of Stella. I love how Sahara Sand goes an almost gold colour under it.

A Big Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’d like to join this and other attendees at Card & Cuppa classes, then head to my Class Timetable for more details and to book your place.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Painted Poppies BundleGallery Grunge Cling-Mount Stamp SetWell Said Cling Stamp SetWell Written DiesSahara Sand A4 CardstockSahara Sand Classic Stampin' PadBlushing Bride A4 CardstockBlushing Bride Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadSponge DaubersSahara Sand 5/8" (1.6 cm) Woven Threads TrimVersamark PadClear Stampin' Emboss PowderHeat Tool (Uk)Very Vanilla A4 CardstockClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape AdhesiveFine-Tip Glue Pen

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – A generic Birthday card

I’ll often ask the attendees to suggest cards they would like to make at Card & Cuppa sessions. A recent suggestion was a generic Birthday card, something suitable for both male and female.

A generic Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project is a combination of this card and this one. It’s a great idea to combine elements of projects you have already made.

For this generic project, I chose Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam and Whisper White as my colour combination.

The Gallery Grunge Stamp Set lends itself to projects like these, especially for some random background stamping.

A generic Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next it was the turn of the Well Written Dies to make the ‘Birthday’ greeting. ‘Happy’ comes from the co-ordinating Well Said Stamp Set. It is cut out using the Classic Label Punch and then the ends are trimmed to size. These are both attached to the layered circles.

A strip of Burlap Ribbon with the ends angled is then added.

Finally, three Pearls, coloured using the Dark Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blend completes the project.

A generic Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Not only is this a great design that can be used over and over again, just changing the sentiment or colours to suit the occasion. It’s also a very quick and easy project to create.

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

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Gallery Grunge Cling-Mount Stamp SetWell Said Cling Stamp SetWell Written DiesSoft Sea Foam A4 CardstockSoft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' PadMint Macaron A4 CardstockMint Macaron Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockPearl Basic JewelsMint Macaron Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerClassic Label Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsFine-Tip Glue Pen

Welcome to my Stampin’ Up! Team

I’ve recently welcomed a new team member to my Stampin’ Up! Team – The Lilypad Crafters. Obviously being a crafting team, my new team member needed a handmade card.

Welcome to my Stampin' Up! Team. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I was creating several cards for different occasions, I used the same design as this project, with a few tweaks.

Don’t be afraid to use the same design over and over again. It saves you a lot of time thinking about what you want to do. More time saved = more time creating :-).

Welcome to my Stampin' Up! Team. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using a combination of Highland Heather and Blushing Bride, I changed the orientation to landscape, added some ribbon and used a different die-cut sentiment. I also used a different punch for the background layers for the sentiment to sit on.

There’s still Wink of Stella and Rhinestones for a dose of bling!

Welcome to my Stampin' Up! Team. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’d love to welcome you to my Stampin’ Up! team. If you’d like to find out more then head to my FAQ or contact me for a no obligation chat.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Well Written DiesGallery Grunge Cling-Mount Stamp SetHighland Heather A4 CardstockHighland Heather Classic Stampin' PadBlushing Bride A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockSilver 3/8" Metallic-Edge RibbonClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushTailored Tag PunchSnail AdhesiveFine-Tip Glue PenStampin' Dimensionals