Anniversary Card using Forever Fern

Here is a project from a recent BYO Stamps Class. For this class I designed three projects using various spotlighting techniques. This anniversary card using Forever Fern, a new Stamp Set from the new Catalogue, concentrates on just one stamp.

Happy Anniversary using Forever Fern. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To begin with, the sentiment is stamped onto a punched circle and then stuck very lightly onto the stamping layer. The sentiment is from the Many Mates Stamp Set, another new item in the Annual Catalogue.

Then, the image is stamped multiple times using various greens, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive all over the project, including the sentiment.

The sentiment is then carefully removed and layered onto a larger circle in Old Olive.

Happy Anniversary using Forever Fern. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of Old Olive ribbon from the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack is placed across the stamping, before the sentiment is finally added with Dimensionals. The sentiment is lined up with the original stamping to make it look seamless.

This is such an easy project to recreate using lots of different stamp sets, colours and sentiments.

Happy Anniversary using Forever Fern. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose ‘Happy Anniversary’ as it was my wedding anniversary last week, so it seemed appropriate.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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FOREVER FERN CLING STAMP SET (EN)MANY MATES CLING STAMP SET (EN)BASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKOLD OLIVE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMOSSY MEADOW CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCK2 1/4" (5.7 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHORNATE GARDEN RIBBON COMBO PACKTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – A Very Vanilla Project

I’d been asked for cards suitable for Wedding Anniversaries, so I decided to create this Very Vanilla project.

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s a one colour project with highlights of colour from the Soft Suede stamping and Metallic-Edge Ribbon.

The background texture is made from 3 different size circles stuck over the card, plus a large circle to sit the flower onto.

Even though I don’t use a Big Shot at Card & Cuppa classes, we still made use of a Framelits. A flower from the May Flowers Framelits is drawn around twice and cut out by hand. The leaves are from the Leaf Punch, so no fussy cutting for those!

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A strip of Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon behind the flower, with a Gold Faceted Gem for the centre adds some bling.

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The attendees chose whether to add the ‘Enjoy your Special Day’ sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams as a finishing touch.

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This card can work for Weddings, Anniversaries and Engagements, and Birthdays too. I think it will look fabulous in Whisper White with Silver highlights as well.

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Very Vanilla A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockDragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Stamp SetSoft Suede Classic Stampin' PadMay Flowers Framelits DiesLeaf Punch3/4" (1.9 cm) Circle Punch1" (2.5 cm) Circle Punch1-1/4" (3.2 cm) Circle Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchBanner Triple PunchGold 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic-Edge RibbonGold Faceted GemsSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape Adhesive

Animal Outing Anniversary

Yesterday we celebrated our 19th Wedding Anniversary. I used the perfect stamp set called Animal Outing to create this card.

Anniversary Card using Animal Outing from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

This new stamp set has a frog which of course is my part of HIPPOFROG.

Due to the lack of a hippo in this stamp set, I’ve chosen the giraffe instead. As my husband is 6’6″ it’s quite appropriate. Plus, there were jokes at our wedding about me needing to stand on a milk crate (and I’m quite tall!)

Also, our wedding reception was at the local safari park, so an animal card ticks all the boxes.

I’ve stamped using the new Gray Granite inkpad and coloured using Watercolor Pencils. I also decided to use a Blender Pen to soften the colouring but had to take care not to smudge the ink as it it is waterbased.

The Lemon Lime twist background has more leaves stamped on it – taking care not to stamp the frog again. When it came to the sentiment I used the Classic Label Punch to create the banner pieces and layered the whole piece onto Baker’s Twine.

By using the Layering Ovals Framelits, the focus is on the foreground pair.

Anniversary Card using Animal Outing from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I didn’t need a post-friendly card, I’ve used Dimensionals for most of the layers to create depth.

Finally, Jar of Love provided me with the heart which I’ve covered with Wink of Stella.

Animal Outing has 10 stamps in the set for just £20 for Clear Mount, and I’ve used just 3 of them on this project.

Make sure you get your hands on this lovely set that is great for colouring.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Animal Outing Clear-Mount Stamp SetJar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetLemon Lime Twist A4 CardstockGarden Green A4 CardstockGray Granite Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White Solid Baker's TwineWatercolor PencilsBlender PensClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushClassic Label PunchLayering Ovals Framelits DiesSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Hand-tied Heart Bouquet

At Card & Cuppa classes, I ask my regular attendees what types of cards they would like to make.

A recent request has been an anniversary card so here is the project from last week.

Stampin' Up! Jar of Love with HIPPOFROG Designs

Not only is this card perfect for anniversaries, it’s great for weddings, engagements etc too as it’s sentiment free.

I decided to make a hand-tied heart bouquet.  The stems use the Jar of Love Stamp Set and are masked at the bottom to give a hand-tied look.  For the central stems for the hearts, I used the balloon strings from the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set.  It’s fun to use stamp sets in different ways.

With the three small hearts stamped directly onto the top of the stems, the other three hearts from the Work of Art Stamp Set are stamped separately.  They are cut out and stuck on afterwards.

A pretty bow for the bouquet using the Baby Bear Stamp Set and Holly Berry Builder Punch was attached over a length of looped Silver Metallic Thread to finish the hand-tied look.

Wink of Stella on the hearts gives a final touch of shimmer.

If you’d like to join us for a Card & Cuppa session then book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetWork Of Art Clear-Mount Stamp SetBalloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp SetBaby Bear Photopolymer Stamp SetHolly Berry Builder PunchWhisper White A4 CardstockReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadWild Wasabi Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSilver Metallic ThreadSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

A Jar of Love for an Anniversary

My parents recently celebrated their Wedding Anniversary and I of course made them a card.

Stampin' Up! Jar of Love

I decided to make an elegant and stylih card with clean lines.

Obviously I’ve used Jar of Love for the jar, but I reached for the strings from Balloon Celebration to create the Old Olive stems for the hearts.  I love using products in unexpected ways.

Real Red and Cherry Cobbler hearts were cut out using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  These were then adorned with Rhinestones.

The silver bow on the jar was the most difficult part to make on this project as the ribbon is thin.  After a bit of swearing and a lot of love for Tear & Tape, I was happy with the finished project.

My parents were happy with the card too 🙂

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetBalloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp SetCookie Cutter Builder PunchBasic Gray Archival Stampin’ PadShimmery White A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockReal Red A4 CardstockOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadCherry Cobbler A4 CardstockRhinestone Basic JewelsSilver 1/8" (3.2 Mm) RibbonTear & Tape AdhesiveFine-Tip Glue Pen