Countdown to Christmas 2021 #3

The third project in my Countdown to Christmas 2021 series is a project from this week’s SSOTM Class.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #3. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

At least one of the projects from the class was designed with Christmas in mind. Who couldn’t love this cute scene?

Along with the Penguin Place Stamp Set and Penguin Punch Bundle from the Mini Catalogue, it uses the retired SAB Penguin Playmates DSP. If you have this DSP in your stash, this is a great project to make.

You will notice the design is similar to the project in the SAB Brochure.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #3. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the snow drift stamp from the set, this is stamped several times onto the white piece of card. I then cut along the top line and stuck it onto a piece of Balmy Blue, stamped tone-on-tone with the snowflakes image. This gives the impression of a snowy scene.

Just Jade provide the trees, with one cut out and stuck behind the snow at the top.

Each of the animals are cut out, the penguin with the punch and the others by hand. These are then stuck onto the scene, with the fox raised on Dimensionals at the front. A Just Jade hat is then added to the polar bear.

My sentiment is stamped onto  a shape from the Messages Die and this sits on a swoosh of the Baker’s Twine from the Class Kit.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #3. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the silver diamond gems from the Silver & Clear Epoxy Essentials are dotted across the sky to look like stars.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project. Don’t forget to pop back for the next in my Countdown to Christmas 2021 series.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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PENGUIN PLACE BUNDLE (ENGLISH)BAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKSILVER & CLEAR EPOXY ESSENTIALSBALMY BLUE A4 CARDSTOCKBALMY BLUE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADJUST JADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKMESSAGES DIEMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

SSOTM with Penguin Place – Project 1

Earlier this week, it was October’s Stamp Set of the Month Class.

All of the projects were based around the Penguin Place Stamp Set and Penguin Punch Bundle from the Mini Catalogue.

SSOTM with Penguin Place - Project 1. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

The class colours were Fresh Freesia, Balmy Blue and Just Jade, with Black, Basic White and Pumpkin Pie for the penguins.

Attendees also had Basic White Baker’s Twine from Essentials Pack and some Silver & Clear Epoxy Essentials.

There were four projects taught at the class, with another 2 bonus projects available for those who purchased the Class Bundle.

Balloons and parcels were stamped onto the Basic White piece, with the penguin, a bow tie and two other balloons stamped separately.

A Birthday sentiment is added to one of the balloons and these are cut out, along with the bowtie.

Strings for the balloons are stamped and meet behind the penguin.

SSOTM with Penguin Place - Project 1. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

After punching out the penguin, the feet and bowtie are added.

Then, the penguin and balloons are raised up on Dimensionals.

Finally, some of round clear embellishments from the class kit are added for some extra Birthday bling!

SSOTM with Penguin Place - Project 1. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

I love how versatile these penguins are. You can use any colour for the extra items to coordinate with your project.

I’ll be sharing the other projects from the class on here soon. Pop back to see them.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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PENGUIN PLACE BUNDLE (ENGLISH)BAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKSILVER & CLEAR EPOXY ESSENTIALSTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADPUMPKIN PIE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBALMY BLUE A4 CARDSTOCKBALMY BLUE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADFRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADJUST JADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUEGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using your leftovers/scraps/‘it didn’t quite work’ pieces

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, the topic is all about using your leftovers or those pieces that you started and didn’t quite finish.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using your leftovers/scraps/‘it didn’t quite work’ pieces. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the picture below to watch my very short video about this topic.

Today’s project uses the Brilliant Wings Dies to cut out an ombre piece of cardstock. This is a leftover piece from a previous project I made in another Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video.

The Stitched Greenery Die makes  a great background for the butterflies to sit on.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using your leftovers/scraps/‘it didn’t quite work’ pieces. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Just a sentiment from the Art Gallery Stamp Set is all that is needed to finish the project.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using your leftovers/scraps/‘it didn’t quite work’ pieces. 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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Countdown to Christmas 2021 #2

The second project in my Countdown to Christmas 2021 series is this very quick and easy Christmas Card.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #2. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I bet you are singing along with the tunes!

It uses just one stamp set, one ink pad, two colours of cardstock, plus some Very Vanilla, and a piece of ribbon.

The Holly Jolly Wishes Stamp Set from the July-December Mini Catalogue provides all the words. I stamped them onto Real Red and Old Olive cardstock and arranged them to look like a parcel.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #2. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A couple of pieces of the Gold Shimmer Ribbon hide the joins and add to the parcel look.

Finally, the sentiment is stamped and raised up in the centre using Dimensionals.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #2. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This quick and easy project would be great for making in batches.

I have used traditional Christmas colours here, but you could use any combination you like, and even your scraps of cardstock. Why not add some bling too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project. Don’t forget to pop back for the next in my Countdown to Christmas 2021 series.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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HOLLY JOLLY WISHES CLING STAMP SET (ENGLISH)OLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKREAL RED A4 CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKGOLD 3/8&QUOT: (1 CM) SHIMMER RIBBONMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Random Stamping

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, the topic is random stamping.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Random Stamping. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the picture below to watch my video all about this technique.

Today’s project uses the Forever Fern Stamp Set Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent and Pear Pizzazz, with Very Vanilla.

Once the background is created, it’s just a matter of adding the relevant sentiment on top.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Random Stamping. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose to round the corners of my project using the Detailed Trio Punch.

This mirrors the layers for my sentiment that are cut using the Layering Circles Dies.

The sentiment then sits on top of a length of coordinating In Color Ribbon.

A few In Colour Jewels are added as a finishing touch.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Random Stamping. 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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An Autumnal Squirrel

Autumn has well and truly arrived, so it was time for this cute autumnal squirrel to come out to play.

Autumnal Squirrel. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

We have lots of grey squirrels in our garden and don’t get any reds in our area, so I thought I would create my own!

I stuck to the Regals colour collection for this project, using Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Crushed Curry as my main colours. Soft Suede has snuck in there too for the acorn.

Nuts about Squirrels from the July-December Mini Catalogue provides all the stamps for this card.

To begin, a background of falling leaves is created.

Autumnal Squirrel. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, the circles are cut out using the Layering Circles Dies and the cute squirrels sits in the middle.

A length of Linen Thread wraps around the project for the squirrel layers to sit on.

The squirrel sits over this using Dimensionals.

Autumnal Squirrel. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a sentiment stamped onto a separate piece of cardstock is stuck to the bottom corner.

This is a fun project to create and great to send to all ages.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Countdown to Christmas 2021 #1

What better day to start my Countdown to Christmas 2021, than World Cardmaking Day.

In my annual countdown, each week I’ll share a Christmas Card or project to help you get ahead with your festive crafting.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #1. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Most of my projects in this countdown are fairly quick and simple, and can be mass produced.

For this first project, I’ve used the fabulous new Stars are Shining Bundle (Stars are Shining Stamp Set and Starlit Punch) from the July-December Mini Catalogue.

It uses two shades of blue in Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy, with the background stars stamped in white.

The sentiment then sits off to one side.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #1. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, extra stars are stamped and punched out and placed on the background using Dimensionals.

Each of the stars on the project has a touch of Wink of Stella added for some added twinkle.

Countdown to Christmas 2021 #1. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Rhinestones are dotted across the card for a finishing touch.

Don’t forget to check out the next Countdown to Christmas 2021 next week.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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STARS ARE SHINING BUNDLE (ENGLISH)MISTY MOONLIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADUNINKED STAMPIN' PAD & WHISPER WHITE REFILLBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN' SEALMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Sparkling Butterfly

As we fly into a new month, today I’m sharing this sparkling butterfly project .

It takes advantage of the pretty In Color Shimmer Vellum.

Using the Expressions in Ink DSP as a diagonal piece across the background, I chose my colours to match.

These are Polished Pink and Pale Papaya from the In Color Collection.

A splatter background is created using the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set.

The Shimmer Vellum is cut out using the Brilliant Wings Dies and the butterflies are carefully layered together using Fine-Tip Glue down the body.

To hide the seam of the DSP, a length of the Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon lays across the project.

The sentiment is from the Art Gallery Stamp Set.

Using Mini Dimensionals,  the butterfly is raised up. These are carefully positioned behind the larger areas where there is a double layer of Vellum.

Finally, some Rhinestones add a touch more sparkle.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BRILLIANT WINGS DIESART GALLERY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETQUIET MEADOW CLING STAMP SETEXPRESSIONS IN INK 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER2021–2023 IN COLOR SHIMMER VELLUMPOLISHED PINK A4 CARDSTOCKPOLISHED PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPALE PAPAYA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) CRINKLED SEAM BINDING RIBBONRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSFINE-TIP GLUE PENMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using Blending Brushes

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m sharing how to work with Blending Brushes.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using Blending Brushes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the picture below to watch my video all using them.

Today’s project uses the Many Layered Blossoms Dies and the coordinating Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set.

The five colours are all from the Brights Collection to make the rainbow effect. They are Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo and Gorgeous Grape.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using Blending Brushes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once the background had been made using the Blending Brushes, the die cut shape was attached using Adhesive Sheets.

A length of the Essentials Baker’s Twine was then coloured using a Stampin’ Blend marker and this made a bow.

Finally, the sentiment from the Stamp Set was cut out using the Tasteful Labels Dies and raised up on Mini Dimensionals.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using Blending Brushes. 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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Customer Thank You in Pale Papaya

These Pale Papaya projects were the thank you cards for those who shopped with me in August.

Customer Thank You in Pale Papaya. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Old Olive and Very Vanilla complete the colour combination.

Using the Art Gallery Stamp Set the flowers and leaves are stamped. These are then cut out using the Hippo & Friends Dies.

They are given a gentle touch of sparkle with some Wink of Stella.

The sentiment is then stamped in the top corner and a piece of In Color DSP sits at the bottom section of the project.

A strip of coordinating ribbon then hides the join of the DSP.

Customer Thank You in Pale Papaya. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the die cut piece is raised up using Dimensionals, before In Color Jewels are dotted around for a finishing touch.

Customer Thank You in Pale Papaya. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you shop with me in September, you’ll also receive a handmade card from me. Also, if you shop at my Online Store and use the Online Shopping Club Code, you’ll receive a small thank you gift too.

Don’t forget that SAB ends tomorrow, so if you want to add FREE items to your shopping list, then make sure you place an order before time runs out.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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