Thinking of you for a friend

A friend is going through a tough time, so I wanted them to know that I was thinking of them.

Thinking of you for a friend. Card designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

They are a fan of pink and sparkly things, so I designed this card using the more muted Petal Pink, along with Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.

This soft combination still uses the things they like, just in a less dramatic way.

Thinking of you for a friend. Card designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used the Perennial Essence Stamp Set to stamp the flowers and coloured them using Petal Pink and Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends Combos. They have a very light touch of Wink of Stella in the centres to give a bit of sparkle.

These were then fussy cut and attached to a background stamped using an image from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set.

Colorful Seasons provided the sentiment that is punched out using the Timeless Label Punch.

A few lengths of Scalloped Lace Trim behind the sentiment provide an extra layer of pretty texture.

Thinking of you for a friend. Card designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Thinking of you cards are always difficult to make, but I think it is useful to have a few cards already made to hand. They can be pre-made with the sentiment, or blank cards you can quickly add a sentiment to as needed. These cards are much easier to create when you don’t need to sit down and concentrate on making one.

I’m hoping this card provided the hug in an envelope I’d sent.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


To order any of the supplies used, click on the product images below to go to my online store.

This Month’s Hostess Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

Floral Essence Photopolymer Stamp SetColorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp SetPerennial Birthday Cling-Mount Stamp SetPetal Pink A4 CardstockPetal Pink Classic Stampin' PadSoft Suede Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockPetal Pink Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackSoft Suede Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushVery Vanilla 3/8" (1 cm) Scalloped Lace TrimTimeless Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Dandelion Wishes

At last week’s Card & Cuppa sessions, I designed one of the most difficult cards to make, a sympathy card.

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set and some masking to create this pretty project.

Using Sponge Brayers, Pool Party and Balmy Blue Ink, the ombre section was created. Second generation stamping then adds a subtle background to the lighter side of the section.

Then, after removing the masking, a dandelion in Pacific Point is stamped. Hearts from the Dog Builder Punch are added with Glue Dots.

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

‘Thinking of you’ from Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and a layer are cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies. To create the border, we cut around the stitching of the sentiment. It’s a great way to create borders with the various stitched dies.

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Although my card was a Sympathy Card, it’s a really versatile design. I took a range sentiments along with me to the sessions and the attendees used a variety from Birthday Wishes to You’ve been on my mind’.

Why not join us for a future Card & Cuppa session. Book your place online.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


To order any of the supplies used, click on the product images below to go to my online store.

This Month’s Hostess Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

Dandelion Wishes Cling-Mount Stamp SetColorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp SetPacific Point A4 CardstockPacific Point Classic Stampin' PadBalmy Blue Classic Stampin' PadPool Party Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockSponge BrayersDog Builder PunchStitched Rectangle DiesSnail AdhesiveMini Glue Dots

A pair of pink and purple Birthday Cards

I made this pair of pink and purple Birthday cards for two lovely ladies.

Pink and purple Birthday Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.
Pink and purple Birthday Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

One lady likes pink, the other purple, so I made the same design in different colours. It also helps that the ladies won’t see each other!

The purple design uses Highland Heather and Purple Posy, the pink one uses Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo.

Each has a background from the Gallery Grunge Stamp Set, with the ‘happy’ from the Well Said Stamp Sets.

Pink and purple Birthday Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.
Pink and purple Birthday Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

The ‘birthday, flowers and butterfly are cut using the co-ordinating Well Written Dies. Circle Punches create the layers for the pieces to sit on.

Before assembling, I used a generous coat of Wink of Stella on all the pieces to give a very sparkly look. One of the ladies loves a lot of sparkle, so I couldn’t disappoint!

Pink and purple Birthday Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.
Pink and purple Birthday Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

Finally, I added even more sparkle with Rhinestones in the centre of the flowers.

Pink and purple Birthday Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

Which is your favourite of these pink and purple Birthday cards? I think I’ll certainly be making a few more of these in different colours.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


To order any of the supplies used, click on the product images below to go to my online store.

This Month’s Hostess Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

Well Said Cling Stamp SetWell Written DiesGallery Grunge Cling-Mount Stamp SetPurple Posy A4 CardstockHighland Heather A4 CardstockHighland Heather Classic Stampin' PadBlushing Bride A4 CardstockBlushing Bride Classic Stampin' PadFlirty Flamingo A4 CardstockFlirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockClear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchRhinestone Basic JewelsSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsFine-Tip Glue Pen

A Dino Days Birthday Card

Yesterday, one of my ‘honorary’ nephews turned 5. I just knew I had to make him a Dino Days Birthday Card.

Dino Days Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This Bundle is perfect for children (of all ages!) and I love using the Brights colour family with it.

For this project, it’s a combination of Poppy Parade, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green. One day, I’ll stop calling it Granny Apple Smith! I teamed it with Whisper White for a bright look.

The Pterodactyls (I think that’s what they are!) are second generation stamping. Another is then stamped directly onto a separate piece of card. Using the co-ordinating dies that go with the Dino Days Stamp Set, I cut out both dinosaurs and the scales.

I love how the shapes for the scales have a larger area to fix them in place behind the dinosaurs.

Dino Days Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Footprints are stamped across the project and a Blender Pen then fills them in with some colour.

Next it was the turn of the sentiment from the Wiggle Worm Stamp Set. This is cut out with the Scallop Circle Punch and layered onto a Poppy Parade Circle.

I also used the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners. This then mirrors the curves of the circles.

Finally, I added some fabulous Googly Eyes from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue to give the dinosaur a bit more of a fun look, before adding the dinosaurs with some Dimensionals.

Dino Days Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Check out how cute these eyes are.

Dino Days Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can confirm that the now five year old loved his Dino Days Birthday card.

If you fancy making cards like this one, then make sure you take a look at my 2020 Class Timetable that will be going live in the next few weeks. My Stamp-a-Stack Classes always include a card suitable for children.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


To order any of the supplies used, click on the product images below to go to my online store.

This Month’s Hostess Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

Dino Days BundleWiggle Worm Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockGranny Apple Green A4 CardstockGranny Apple Green Stampin' PadPoppy Parade A4 CardstockPoppy Parade Classic Stampin' PadMango Melody Classic Stampin' PadDetailed Trio Punch1-3/8" (3.5 cm) Scallop Circle Punch1-1/2" (3.8 cm) Circle PunchBlender PensAssorted Googly EyesSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Christmas Gleaming Bundle

Last week was the start of my evening Christmas Card Classes, so I decided that the Card & Cuppa attendees shouldn’t miss out.

Also, as it was Half-Term, I held a Card & Cuppa for Children Class. Rather than designing a separate project for them, I chose to use the same project for all of my Card & Cuppa sessions during the week.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The fabulous Christmas Gleaming Bundle from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue provided a fantastic starting point. This Bundle has a Stamp Set and a pack of TWO amazing punches.

Garden Green and Real Red are used as the main colours for the baubles and sentiment. These are then punched out. I’ve used the Classic Label Punch for the sentiment and then snipped off the excess on each end.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the snowflake image from the Christmas Countdown Stamp Set, I created a gentle flurry in Seaside Spray Ink.

Corners are rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch to mirror the punched Circle layers behind the baubles.

A length of Garden Green Double-Stitched Ribbon, also from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue is added behind.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

All of the attendees, both children and adults did a fabulous job with their projects.

Stampin’ Up! products are great to use with children as the stamps give you a crisp impression and everything is great quality. Don’t be tempted to let the younger ones just use your non-Stampin’ Up! stash. Get them using quality products straight away to enhance their stamping experience.

Why not join us for a future Card & Cuppa Class, or my final evening Classes of the year. Visit my Class Timetable for full details and booking information.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


To order any of the supplies used, click on the product images below to go to my online store.

This Month’s Hostess Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

Christmas Gleaming Bundle (En)Garden Green 3/8" (1 cm) Double-Stitched RibbonWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadGarden Green A4 CardstockGarden Green Classic Stampin' PadSeaside Spray Classic Stampin’ PadClassic Label Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Saying Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour

Last weekend I said farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. It has been touring the UK since December last year, and I’ve watched it at some of the venues it has visited.

Although the tour finishes today, last week was my final visit and was my opportunity to hand out the cards I’d made to say thank you.

I made 10 different cards so this is a picture heavy post. However, I haven’t posted ALL the pictures.

To see the full set, head to my Rocky Horror Pinterest Board where they will be appearing over the next few days.

Each of the cards used a variety of Stampin’ Up! products. You can see the Tailored Tag Punch and the 1/2″ Circle Punch were used quite a lot in the projects.

Can you spot some of the other products I used?

Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Frank-n-Furter
(Heart from Dog Builder Punch and Blood Splats from Geared Up Garage Stamp Set)
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Rocky
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Brad
(Flower from Vibrant Vases Stamp Set used to create the pattern on the jacket)
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Janet
(Ears from Elephant Builder Punch & Circle from Scallop Tag Punch to create bow on dress)
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Narrator
(Artisan Textures Stamp Set used to create a velvet-look on jacket)
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Riff-Raff, Narrator & Frank-n-Furter Mix
for a very talented Cast Member
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Usherette/Magenta
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Columbia
(White Baker’s Twine coloured with Stampin’ Blend Marker to create corset bow)
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Eddie/Dr Scott
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Phantoms

Did you spot some of the variety of products I used?
I was particularly pleased with the bow I created for both Riff Raff and Janet. Who knew that Elephant Ears would come in useful!

I had great fun making these as it was something a bit different to my normal crafting routine.

Don’t forget that booking for my final evening classes of the year closes very soon. Head to my Class Timetable for more details and to book your place.

Below, I’ve listed just a handful of the main products I used to create the projects. To order any Stampin’ Up! products, including the BRAND NEW Christmastime is Here Suite, head to my 24/7 online store

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


To order any of the supplies used, click on the product images below to go to my online store.

This Month’s Hostess Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

Tailored Tag PunchDog Builder Punch1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle PunchElephant Builder PunchArtisan Textures Cling-Mount Stamp SetVibrant Vases Photopolymer Stamp SetGeared Up Garage Cling Stamp SetClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' DimensionalsMini Glue DotsFine-Tip Glue Pen

Saying Thank You with In Color 2019-2021

Today I’m sharing some cards I made with In Color 2019-2021 products.

In Color 2019-2021. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I reached for Notecards and took my co-ordinating colour inspiration from the In Color Ribbon. Crumb Cake works beautifully with all of the In Color 2019-21 colours.

As I was using the same design for all of the daisies, I stamped them using Versamark so I didn’t have to keep changing ink pads. I just had to set the aside for a bit to allow them to dry properly.

In Color 2019-2021. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A simple leaf background and layered stamped daisies, both from the Daisy Lane Bundle, made this project a breeze.

With a sentiment from the Waterfront Stamp Set cut out using the Classic Label Punch and a strip of In Color Ribbon, the project was quickly complete.

The finishing touch was some Wink of Stella in the centre of the daisies to give a bit of sparkle.

Here are all five together. Which is your favourite?

In Color 2019-2021. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Want to use these fabulous Stampin’ Up! products yourself? Why not book onto one of my Classes or join my Stampin’ Up! Team.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


To order any of the supplies used, click on the product images below to go to my online store.

This Month’s Hostess Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

Daisy Lane BundleWaterfront Photopolymer Stamp SetClassic Label PunchWhisper White A4 CardstockVersamark PadCrumb Cake Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White Note Cards & Envelopes2019-2021 In Color A4 CardstockRococo Rose 1/2" (1.3 cm) Scalloped Linen RibbonTerracotta Tile 1/2" (1.3 cm) Scalloped Linen RibbonPretty Peacock 1/2" (1.3 cm) Scalloped Linen RibbonSeaside Spray 1/2" (1.3 cm) Scalloped Linen RibbonPurple Posy 1/2" (1.3 cm) Scalloped Linen RibbonSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Little Elephant

Last week, I used the Little Elephant Stamp Set and Elephant Builder Punch at Card & Cuppa Classes for the first time.

Little Elephant. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This card is perfect to celebrate any occasions, from Birthday to newborn.

I teamed Smoky Slate with Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape for this project.

The ribbon effect background is created by stamping the strip from the Stamp Set onto a separate piece of Whisper White Cardstock. There is a mix of first and second generation stamping. These are then cut out by hand and attached to the card.

Little Elephant. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

An image from the set, I chose balloons, is then stamped and cut out using a Circle Punch. Make sure the image is biased towards the top so that there is room to add the elephants.

Another circle is then punched to create a layer to the chosen image.

Little Elephant. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using Thick Whisper White as the base card, it creates a clean and fresh look.

Finally, the stamped little elephants are added to finish the project.

If you like this project, why not join us for a future Card & Cuppa session. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


To order any of the supplies used, click on the product images below to go to my online store.

This Month’s Hostess Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

Little Elephant Cling-Mount Stamp SetElephant Builder PunchWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockHighland Heather A4 CardstockHighland Heather Classic Stampin' PadGorgeous Grape Classic Stampin' PadSmoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Graffiti Wall for a Rocky Horror Birthday

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Rocky Horror and have been attending various shows of the current UK tour.

I made this card for the lovely gentleman who has been playing Frank-n-Furter for his Birthday.

A Rocky Horror Birthday card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

It’s based on this project from my Mostly Men Papercrafting Class.

I’ve used a Real Red and Basic Black to reflect the main colours of The Rocky Horror Show, along with Basic Gray.

Both the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set and Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set provide the various Birthday greetings.

A Rocky Horror Birthday card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

Once the greetings are added, images from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set create a spray can effect.

The whole piece is then given an embossed effect using the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder.

A sponge dauber and Basic Gray Stampin’ Pad is then used to add some extra definition to some of the brick work before it is all assembled.

A Rocky Horror Birthday card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

I really enjoy making these graffiti wall cards as you can let your imagination run wild.

Check back soon to see the end of tour cards I made for the Cast.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


To order any of the supplies used, click on the product images below to go to my online store.

This Month’s Hostess Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing FolderPerennial Birthday Cling-Mount Stamp SetItty Bitty Birthdays Cling Stamp SetArtisan Textures Cling-Mount Stamp SetBasic Black A4 CardstockTuxedo Black Memento Ink PadReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockBasic Gray Classic Stampin' PadSponge DaubersSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape Adhesive

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Beautiful Butterflies

At last week’s Card & Cuppa Class, the attendees made these beautiful butterflies.

Beautiful Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The project uses the fabulous Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and co-ordinating Butterfly Duet Punch.

I chose a background of Soft Sea Foam as it is a lovely pale colour that works well with lots of other colours.

Background leaves and the sentiment are from the Very Versailles Stamp Set.

Corners are rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch and a Circle Punch is used to create the sentiment layer.

Beautiful Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Gray Granite has been used to stamp these beautiful butterflies. They are then coloured using the Watercolor Pencils packs. Once coloured, they have been gently covered in Wink of Stella.

A strip of cardstock has been created behind the sentiment from two pieces punched using the Classic Label Punch. On top of this, a length of Baker’s Twine is added.

Finally a bow completes the project.

Beautiful Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I loved how every single attendee made a project that was totally unique. Colours used, with or without Baker’s Twine, butterfly positioning etc were all different.

Why not join us for a future session. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


To order any of the supplies used, click on the product images below to go to my online store.

This Month’s Hostess Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

Butterfly Gala Photopolymer Stamp SetButterfly Duet PunchVery Versailles Cling Stamp SetSoft Sea Foam A4 CardstockSoft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' PadGray Granite Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockWatercolor PencilsWatercolor Pencils Assortment 2Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushWhisper White Solid Baker's TwineClassic Label Punch1-3/8" (3.5 cm) Scallop Circle Punch1-1/2" (3.8 cm) Circle PunchDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' Dimensionals