Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Smooth Sailing Dies

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa, I designed a project using the Smooth Sailing Dies.

Smooth Sailing Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The colour combination for this scheme was inspired by the Night of Navy and Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine (sadly retiring). I then added Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake, from the Neutrals Collecation, along with Very Vanilla.

As the navy strip across the card is quite thin, I folded the overhanging ends around the back of the card and used these to attach the piece to the project, just as I would a piece of ribbon. This avoided having to be extremely careful with glue, and sped up the process too!

Smooth Sailing Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After attaching the strip, the twine was also added to the back of the Very Vanilla piece.

Next it was time to build the different layers, adding the seaweed to the background. The layered circles with shapes from the Smooth Sailing Dies (except the anchor), were assembled separately and attached with Dimensionals.

With the twine loosely looped through the anchor to make things easier for us at the end, it was time to create the abandoned rope. The key to this project is to allow the twine to go where it wants, you just guide it along. I really love the way it twine wraps around the seaweed and creates a loop. The crossover of the loop is held in place with a glue dot.

Smooth Sailing Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the anchor was attached and twine knotted to the top and frayed at the ends.

I know that one of the attendees had popped their card in the post later that day.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Birthday Cards using To A Wild Rose

Two of my regular class attendees celebrated birthdays over the past few days. I reached for the To A Wild Rose Stamp Set and Die Bundle to create a card.

As they aren’t seeing each other, I made two identical cards using Page 141 of the Annual Catalogue for my inspiration.

To A Wild Rose. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This was my first inking of this stamp set and I don’t think it will be my last. These are DISTINKTIVE stamps so the impressions are simply stunning. Plus, as it’s a two-step set, you can create lots of depth and detail.

I’ve used Soft Sea Foam for the base card and layer, with Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz and Calypso Coral stamping. A combination of first and second generation stamping creates the different shades for the rose and leaves.

To A Wild Rose. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After using the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners, I’ve stamped the flower and leaf outlines in Pear Pizzazz for a background.

The dies have a beautiful cut out piece that I’ve then put across the project.

Next, the flowers and leaves are stamped and die cut and added to card with Dimensionals. A sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set, cut out using the Timeless Label Punch then sits across the top.

To A Wild Rose. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Wink of Stella is added to the centre of the rose and some rhinestones add a touch of sparkle.

Make sure you take a look at the retiring list as this To A Wild Rose discounted bundle is on it.

My classes are still continuing during this ‘lockdown’, they are just being delivered in a different way. Check out my Social Isolation Classes for more details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BYO Stamps – Positive Thoughts Project

At my recent BYO Stamps virtual class, the attendees made a card inspired by this Positive Thoughts project.

Positive Thoughts Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

BYO Stamps is for those who have stamp sets, but aren’t sure what to do with them. I provide the design, and the attendees then create a project using the items they have at home, using the design as inspiration.

As you can see from this design, it’s a favourite of mine and I’ve used this layout so many times. Just change the stamp set and colours and away you go.

Positive Thoughts Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My version uses the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set with Purple Posy, Rococo Rose and Pear Pizzazz. I’m quite fond of this colour combination as it looks great with both Whisper White and Very Vanilla. Here it is with Whisper White for a crisp, clean look.

There are only two bits of stamping, the backgroud image and the image in the centre. A mixture of first and second generation stamping is used for the Pear Pizzazz leaves to create depth. Corners are rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch.

The centre image is stamped onto a shape cut out using the 2″ Circle Punch, and layered onto the now retiring (sob!) Starburst Punch. These are then added with Dimensionals over a strip of co-ordinating In Color Ribbon.

Finally, everything is mounted onto a Thick Whisper White basecard to continue the crisp, clean theme.

Positive Thoughts Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’d like to join me for one of my Social Isolation Classes either at a live craft-along over ZOOM, or at your own leisure aftewards using a video, then make sure you order a class kit.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Farewell to Seasonal Layers

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was inspired by my neigbour’s beautiful cherry blossom I could see out of my craft room window.

Two sets of dies have been used here, with one set now appearing on the retiring list. So it’s a sort of farewell to Seasonal Layers.

Farewell to Seasonal Layers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I was making cherry blossom, I had to use Blushing Bride with Whisper White, along with Soft Suede for my branch.

Painted Labels Dies are the other set of dies I used, and they create the pretty background. I gave the attendees a shape in both Blushing Bride and Whisper White so they could choose to use one, or both. I chose Blushing Bride for mine. The pretty lace effect is then attached to the back to make a lovely feature against the Whisper White background.

Farewell to Seasonal Layers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, the branch was attached ready for the flowers. A top tip for attaching the branch is to place glue in places where it will be covered with flowers, this means you don’t have to be extremely precise!

For the flowers, the various shapes were layered in different combinations and stuck together with glue dots before being glued to the branch.

Farewell to Seasonal Layers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some pretty Metallic Pearls in silver were added to give a touch of bling.

This is a perfect card for any occasion and looks fabulous sentiment-free. However, there is enough space to add a greeting if needed.

Don’t forget to check out the retiring list to check if your favourite products are leaving us. Make sure you grab them while you can.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BYO Stamps – Remembering to Smile

Today I am sharing a project from my first BYO Stamps Class.

This class went ahead in a slightly different way to how I’d imagined. Running the class online with everyone in their slippers is certainly going to make it memorable.

BYO Stamps Classes are for those who have stamps, but aren’t sure of what to do with them. The attendees then recreate each of the designs they are shown using the stamps they have.

This ‘smile’ project is all about the sentiment being the star, with three shapes around the edge.

Remembering to Smile. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project is relevant to me today too as I was supposed to be flying out to Cyrpus for a week of relaxation. Instead I am safe at home, playing my part in social distancing. Although it’s sad not to be heading on holiday, I know that I can return there, hopefully next year. So, I’m making sure that I’m remembering to smile.

The fabulous Daisy Lane Stamp Set and Punch Bundle provided the sentiment and shapes for this project. A combination of Pool Party and Night of Navy mixed with Whisper White make this a pretty project.

Remembering to Smile. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Blender Pens are used to pull the colour around the petals, with a touch of Wink of Stella in the centre.

‘Smile’ is on a 2″ Circle Punch with a 2 1/4″ Circle Punch layer. Using Dimensionals, a few of the daisies are raised to create some depth.

Remembering to Smile. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The finished projects the attendees made over Zoom were fabulous and it was lovely how everyone helped and offered advice to each other.

Don’t forget to check out the Last Chance Products for details of the products that are retiring. Grab them while stocks last.

If you’d like to join us at one of the classes I’m running, or receive one of my crafting packs, then head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Mystery Pack – Lots of Balloons

This are the contents of last week’s Mystery Pack Kit. It contained lots of balloons.

Mystery Pack - Lots of Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used the colours from the In Color 2018-20 Collection that will be retiring very soon. The combination of Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch and Call Me Clover are so bright and fresh together, especially when paired with Whisper White.

Everyone who receives the kit has to create a card using any number of the items in the kit. Adhesive, scissors, Wink of Stella and a sentiment were also allowed for this project.

Here is the project I made. A video of how I made the project can be found here on my YouTube Channel.

Mystery Pack - Lots of Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you can see, I didn’t stick with the balloons! I turned the Hot Air Balloon Punch shape into a vase and the other balloons into petals.

Mystery Pack - Lots of Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

What was interesting is that one of the recipients of the kit also used the Hot Air Balloon Punch shape as a vase, and put the Rhinestones in exactly the same place I had.

I used the ribbon for the stem and the Baker’s Twine to wrap around the ‘vase’. Wink of Stella made an appearance as it was added to the centre of the flower.

Mystery Pack - Lots of Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Hot Air Balloon Punch, Circle Punches and Baker’s Twine I used have just appeared on the retiring list, so make sure you grab these and other favourite items while stocks last.

If you’d like to take part in one of my Mystery Pack Kits, or any of my other classes and packs I’m providing at this time, then head to my Social Isolation Classes page for full details and booking deadlines.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Card & Cuppa Plus – Leaves from Rooted in Nature

Today I’m sharing the final project I haven’t yet shown you from my face-to-face classes. Everything after this point will be from virtual sessions.

This is from my Card and Cuppa Plus class and used the leaves from Rooted in Nature.

Leaves from Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I decided that this project should have a more masculine feel to it, so opted for to use the leaves from Rooted in Nature and the co-ordinating Nature’s Root Dies.

My colour combination is Mint Macaron, Pacific Point and Crumb Cake, with Very Vanilla. I wasn’t sure about the combination to begin with as I thought the Pacific Point would overwhelm the project. However, by only using the colour for the largest leaf, it works really well.

A masked area was inked using a Sponge Brayer and Crumb Cake to create the ombre effect. For some extra detail, this was then stamped onto with the leaves and a variety of different generations of stamping.

Leaves from Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

One the mask was removed, a couple of pieces of Linen Thread were wrapped around the top and bottom to highlight the section.

The leaves in the centre are embossed and cut using the Nature’s Root Dies. The embossing was then enhanced by using a Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake ink.

These were then attached to the project using Dimensionals to make them stand out.

Leaves from Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a sentiment from the fabulous Label Me Bold Stamp Set was added.

I think this project would look great in other colour combinations, from subtle through to brights.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Card & Cuppa Plus – Daisy Lane yet again!

Before we commenced the recent social distancing requirements, I held my first Card & Cuppa Plus class. This is a Card & Cuppa class, but there are three projects, instead of just one.

This is one of the projects and it uses Daisy Lane yet again!

Daisy Lane yet again! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If this design looks familiar to you, it’s because it is. You might recognise this project.

I would actively encourage you to reuse designs. Why use a load of time trying to create something new if you know a design already works.

Here I’ve used the Daisy Lane Bundle, with the larger Daisy Punch too. My colour combination is the fabulous Purple Posy, Highland Heather and stamped off Old Olive.

Daisy Lane yet again! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Rounding the corners with the Detailed Trio Punch just softens the look. A Blender Pen has been used to pull some of the colour around the daisy petals too.

These daisy shapes have been layered on top of a piece of co-ordinating In Color Ribbon, before a Clear Faceted Gem is added to the centre.

To finish, a sentiment from the Label Me Bold Stamp Set is placed in the corner. Then, some Rhinestones coloured with a Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend just add another touch of bling.

Daisy Lane yet again! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Don’t forget that any current Bundles in the Catalogues will no longer be available when the new Catalogue launches in June. Make sure you get your hands on the discounted Bundles before then.

As I’m unable to run face-to-face classes at the moment, I’m teaching virtual ones instead. These adhere to the social distancing rules perfectly as everything takes place from the safety of your own home.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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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 – Punch Art Bunnies

For last week’s Card & Cuppa session, I created these cute punch art bunnies. Perfect for both Easter and non-Easter events.

Punch Art Bunnies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

These bunnies are made from the Daisy Punch, Medium Daisy Punch, Vases Builder Punch and Circle Punches. Plus a die cut shape from the Wiggly Bugs Dies for the grass.

I chose Soft Sea Foam for my background to make it look like a nice big, open space, with Old Olive for the grass. The bunnies were Soft Suede and Crumb Cake.

Punch Art Bunnies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you can see, the daisy shapes made the ears. The vase builder shape made the bodies of the smaller bunnies, with the flat edge carefully hidden behind the grass.

For the larger bunny, the vase shape created the head, with the top of the shape rounded to make the top of the head.

Punch Art Bunnies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Whisper White Baker’s Twine tied into a bow made a fun tail.

If you’d like to join me for one of my Social Isolation Classes, then please make sure you book your place by the relevant deadlines to allow packs to be posted to you.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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