Expressions in Ink for a 50th

Today I’m sharing a card for another 50th Birthday being celebrated this September.

Expressions in Ink for a 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I thought it was the perfect time to take inspiration from the project on the front cover of the Annual Catalogue.

It uses the Expressions in Ink Suite Collection. The two pieces of DSP create a background.

Using Gold Foil Sheets, the ’50’ is cut from the Playful Alphabet Dies, with the leaves from the Artistic Dies from the Suite. This coordinates with the gold foiling running through the DSP.

The flowers from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set are stamped in Polished Pink to coordinate with the DSP, with the leaves in Pear Pizzazz. These are all cut using the Dies.
Expressions in Ink for a 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each piece is then layered together, along with a length of Gold Shimmer Ribbon. A sentiment then sits on top of the roses.

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella is added to the centre of the flowers, with sequins from the Ephemera Pack dotted around the project.

Expressions in Ink for a 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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EXPRESSIONS IN INK SUITE COLLECTION (ENGLISH)PLAYFUL ALPHABET DIESPOLISHED PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKGOLD FOIL SHEETSGOLD 3/8" (1 CM) SHIMMER RIBBONWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, the Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder came out to play.

Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder.Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This embossing folder is only available as part of a very clever Bundle.

What is clever about it is how you can emboss AND cut at the same time. It’s a great time saver.

My main cardstock colours are Old Olive, Soft Sea Foam, Calypso Coral and Basic White.

Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder.Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The back embossed piece is from the same Embossing Folder. Where the flowers cover, is where they are cut out from. You don’t have to cut them out if you don’t want to.

As I was using Calypso Coral for the small flowers, I decided that the centre of my larger flowers should be the same.

Using a Sponge Dauber, the colour was added. I then used So Saffron to add the outer colour. The colouring really makes them pop.

I then arranged the leaves, cut using the coordinating Bloom Dies, and stuck those down, before adding the large flowers with Dimensionals.

A sentiment from the coordinating Art in Bloom Stamp Set, inked using a Stampin’ Write Marker to select only a small section of the wording is then added.

Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder.Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Wink of Stella coats the smaller flowers. Adding these using Glue Dots is the finishing touch.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ART IN BLOOM BUNDLE (ENGLISH)CALYPSO CORAL A4 CARDSTOCKCALYPSO CORAL CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKSO SAFFRON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSUBTLES STAMPIN' WRITE MARKERSSPONGE DAUBERSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

A Fabulous 50th

A very good friend celebrated their 50th Birthday earlier this week.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As they are a fan of Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry and sparkle, my colour combination was easy to decide.

I chose to make a square card and I used lots of different products to create this project.

The images and die cutting are from the Artistically Inked Bundle (Artistically Inked Stamp Set and Artistic Dies), Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and the Playful Alphabet Dies.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To begin, the background piece was stamped with the small flowers from Artistically Inked, plus some splats from Quiet Meadow.

This was then run through the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. Next, using a Blending Brush, I gave a vintage feel to the background. I like how it looks like dried flowers.

Different generations of stamping create the flowers for the centre piece.

The layering begins with the die cut leaves, then the Fine Art Ribbon and Glitter Organdy Ribbon. As there isn’t a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend Combo, the light Blackberry Bliss Blend was a good substitute to colour the ribbon.

I then layered the flowers together on a separate piece of cardstock and popped some more die cut leaf pieces around them. Raising the whole piece up on Dimensionals added a lot more depth.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

’50’ is coated in Wink of Stella and added to the corner. Again, using Dimensionals, the sentiment lays across the flowers. As this project was being hand delivered, I used several layers of Dimensionals.

Finally, some Metallic Pearls are dotted around the project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ARTISTICALLY INKED BUNDLE (ENGLISH)QUIET MEADOW CLING STAMP SETPLAYFUL ALPHABET DIESTIMEWORN TYPE 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERRICH RAZZLEBERRY CARDSTOCK A4RICH RAZZLEBERRY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESSTAMPIN' BLENDS BLACKBERRY BLISS COMBO PACK3/8" (1 CM) FINE ART RIBBONWHITE 3/8" (1 CM) GLITTERED ORGANDY RIBBONMETALLIC PEARLSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Magenta Madness Just Because

This bright butterflies ‘just because’ card is great for raising a smile.

Magenta Madness Just Because. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsWith an almost monochrome feel, my colour combination is Magenta Madness and Basic White.

 

Using a piece of the Expressions In Ink DSP to create the background is really quick and easy. This piece has some gold running through it too.

The butterflies are cut using the Brilliant Wings Dies. Each one has been given a gentle coat of Wink of Stella.

Magenta Madness Just Because. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the sentiment, I’ve used the Lovely You Stamp Set and layered it onto Magenta Madness cardstock. Both ends are shaped using the Banners Pick a Punch.

Magenta Madness Just Because. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Behind the sentiment is a length of the simply Elegant Trim in gold to coordinate with the DSP.

This is a great card to create in batches. Why not make a few and add different sentiments.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BRILLIANT WINGS DIESEXPRESSIONS IN INK 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPERLOVELY YOU CLING STAMP SET (EN)MAGENTA MADNESS A4 CARDSTOCKMAGENTA MADNESS CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKSIMPLY ELEGANT TRIMWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Team Congratulations in Purple

Another part of my job I love is congratulating members of my team when they reach milestones within their business. This card is for a recent promotion.

Team Congratulations in Purple. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses Fresh Freesia, Gorgeous Grape and Basic White, a favourite combination.

The Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set provides the images. These have a darker outline and paler inners.

Team Congratulations in Purple. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A pair of tags cut using the Tailor Made Tags Dies provide the perfect place for the sentiment, also from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set.

Some Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon is looped through the holes.

Then, the tags are raised up on Dimensionals.

Wink of Stella is used in the centre of the flowers to add a little touch of sparkle.

Team Congratulations in Purple. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some coordinating In Color Jewels are added for some extra bling.

I really like this design as it’s simple, yet stylish at the same time. It’s a great project to recreate in lots of different colours, and for any occasion.

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HAND-PENNED PETALS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETTAILOR MADE TAGS DIESFRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGORGEOUS GRAPE A4 CARDSTOCKGORGEOUS GRAPE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKGORGEOUS GRAPE 3/8"(1 CM) SHEER RIBBONWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSH2021–2023 IN COLOR JEWELSSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Pretty as a Positive Thoughts Collage

As last week was a Bank Holiday, I don’t have a Card & (Your) Cuppa project to share with you. Instead, I’ve dusted off a Stamp Set and Dies combo for today’s project.

Pretty as a Positive Thoughts Collage. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set and the matching Nature’s Thoughts Dies. I was searching through my Dies and decided to give them a bit of love, as they have been neglected with all of the new goodies.

My inspiration is the project on Page 77 of the Annual Catalogue and is this pretty collage.

Pretty as a Positive Thoughts Collage. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A colour combination from the Subtles Collection of Blushing Bride, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz works well with Pale Papaya. I’m sure if Pale Papaya was one of the standard colours, it would be in with the Subtles.

The background piece is given texture using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.

With the frame cut using the dies, I stamped and cut out the various pieces. Each is then stuck onto the Basic White piece.

Beauty of Friendship provides the sentiment. This sits on top of a swoosh of Pool Party Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Pretty as a Positive Thoughts Collage. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally the butterflies, each with some Wink of Stella sparkle are added.

As you know, I’m not a fan of pink, but I’m really pleased with how this project has turned out.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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POSITIVE THOUGHTS CLING STAMP SETNATURE'S THOUGHTS DIESBEAUTY OF FRIENDSHIP PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETTASTEFUL TEXTILE 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERBLUSHING BRIDE A4 CARDSTOCKBLUSHING BRIDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPALE PAPAYA A4 CARDSTOCKPALE PAPAYA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPOOL PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKPOOL PARTY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKPOOL PARTY 3/8" (1 CM) STRIPED GROSGRAIN RIBBONWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEFINE-TIP GLUE PENMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP

I thought it was time to play with the Turtle Friends Bundle (Turtle Friends Stamp Set & Turtle Punch) again.

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This time, I’ve paired it with the Picture This Dies and the FREE SAB Penguin Playmates DSP. There are some non-penguin patterns on the reverse side that are great for lots of different projects.

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My colour combination of Just Jade and Soft Sea Foam is taken from the DSP.

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the rectangle die from the set creates the cut out pieces. In these areas, the tiny tortoise, party hats, sentiment and grass are stamped in Just Jade on a Whisper White backing piece.

On a separate piece, the larger tortoise is stamped and then cut out with the coordinating punch from the bundle.

With my Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends, I’ve coloured the tortoises and party hats.

The larger tortoise is then raised up over the bottom cut out using Dimensionals.

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella is added to the party hats.

This is a great project for all ages!

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TURTLE FRIENDS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)PICTURE THIS DIESPENGUIN PLAYMATES 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERJUST JADE A4 CARDSTOCKJUST JADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SOFT SEA FOAM COMBO PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Strong of Heart Stamp Set

Have you seen the Strong of Heart Stamp Set in the new July-December Catalogue? You may have flicked past it as it is at the  start on Page 5.

Strong of Heart. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I would encourage you to take another look. Not only is it pretty, it’s a Make a Difference Stamp Set. For every Strong of Heart Stamp Set purchased, Stampin’ Up! will donate £2.50 to support heart health.

This card is one I made for a friend who is going through a bit of a tough time.

My colour combination is Fresh Freesia, Gray Granite, Soft Succulent and Very Vanilla. Fresh Freesia seems to be appearing in a lot of my projects at the moment!

Strong of Heart. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Both of the heart images are stamped, the floral one in Gray Granite, with the brushstroke one in Fresh Freesia.

I’ve then taken some Stampin’ Blends and coloured the flowers.

The sentiment is stamped and has one edge shaped using the Banners Pick a Punch.

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

Strong of Heart. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some coordinating In Color Jewels are added.

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STRONG OF HEART CLING STAMP SET (ENGLISH)FRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGRAY GRANITE A4 CARDSTOCKGRAY GRANITE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKSOFT SUCCULENT STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACK2021–2023 IN COLOR JEWELSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN' SEALMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – A Cascade of Purple Pierced Blooms

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, the attendees created a pretty cascade of purple pierced blooms.

Purple Pierced Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour scheme was the ‘can’t go wrong’ combination of Fresh Freesia, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape. These were combined with Very Vanilla.

For the background, the Stitched Greenery Die made another appearance. It is a really useful die.

Purple Pierced Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, it was the turn of the flowers to turn into that cascade of purple.

Most flowers had a touch of Wink of Stella added to them for a bit of sparkle.

I chose to use the Biggest Wish Stamp Set for my sentiment. This was raised up on Dimensionals, with the bow stuck to the corner using a Glue Dot.

Purple Pierced Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Pastel Pearls in coordinating colours were added to the center of some of the smaller flowers.

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PIERCED BLOOMS DIESSTITCHED GREENERY DIEBIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)FRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGORGEOUS GRAPE A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKPASTEL PEARLSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' SEALGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Artistically Inked Meets Brilliant Wings

What to do when your friend who likes turquoise, purple and butterflies has their Birthday.

Artistically Inked Meets Brilliant Wings. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I know they are a big fan of Pool Party, so I’ve combined it with Highland Heather and Very Vanilla.

The background stamping is from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set, with the die cut leaves from the coordinating Artistic Dies. This is such a fabulous Bundle.

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Artistically Inked Meets Brilliant Wings. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the butterflies, I’ve cut two using the Brilliant Wings Dies. One is in Pool Party, the other in Vanilla. The Vanilla one has been stamped using the same image as the background. It has also been given a light coating of Wink of Stella to give it a bit of sparkle.

The sentiment is also from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set and this sits raised across the butterflies on Mini Dimensionals.

Artistically Inked Meets Brilliant Wings. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few Pearls are added for a finishing touch.

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ARTISTICALLY INKED BUNDLE (ENGLISH)BRILLIANT WINGS DIESHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPOOL PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKPOOL PARTY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHPEARL BASIC JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUEMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS