Simply Elegant Specialty DSP

I couldn’t resist making one of my stripe designs to show off some of the patterns in this Simply Elegant Specialty DSP.

Simply Elegant Specialty DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The packs of DSP in the new Annual catalogue are simply stunning.

As this is a Specialty DSP, it means that there are special elements running through it. In this case, some of the sheets have either gold foiling, silver foiling, or both.

Simply Elegant Specialty DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose to use the sheets with Basic Gray elements for my stripe pattern and have combined these with Very Vanilla for a monochrome-type design.

The sentiment is from the Biggest Wish Stamp Set and this is set on top of some coordinating twine from the Well Suited Twine Combo Pack.

This Combo Pack is from the January-June Mini Catalogue. Items are only available until the end of June so make sure you don’t miss out!

Simply Elegant Specialty DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I think you’ll agree that this quick and easy design will be perfect for any occasion.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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SIMPLY ELEGANT 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPERBIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)BASIC GRAY A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKWELL SUITED TWINE COMBO PACKMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Revisit, Reuse & Refresh

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m sharing the process behind designing this Quiet Meadow Stamp Set project.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Revisit, Reuse & Refresh. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the picture below to watch my video about revisiting, resuing and refreshing.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Revisit, Reuse & Refresh. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

First, I stamped the floral image using Memento ink. Then, I masked a strip slightly narrower than the image.

Using Sponge Daubers, I coloured the strip to make a background. I have used Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight and Poppy Parade from the Brights Collection.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Revisit, Reuse & Refresh. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Many Messages Bundle (Many Messages Stamp Set and Messages Die) from the January-June Mini Catalogue provide the sentiment and shape.

It is then raised over a length of White Baker’s Twine from the Essentials Pack wrapped around the card.

For a touch of sparkle, I’ve coloured the flowers with some Wink of Stella.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Revisit, Reuse & Refresh. 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.

For a trip down memory lane, here is the post for the 2017 project.

Why not join me at one of my online classes to make some projects you can then revisit, reuse and refresh. Head to my Class Timetable for more details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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QUIET MEADOW CLING STAMP SETMANY MESSAGES BUNDLETUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPOPPY PARADE A4 CARDSTOCKPOPPY PARADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGRANNY APPLE GREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSPONGE DAUBERSBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN' SEAL+STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Just Black and White

As you know, I love a monochrome project, so I was delighted when a black and white project was requested.

Not wishing disappoint those regular Card & (Your) Cuppa attendees, I was happy to oblige with last week’s project.

Just Black and White. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With just a Basic Black and Basic White colour combination, I chose to use the Dragonfly Punch.

Small dragonflies are stuck onto the white layer up to a preferred point. Any overhanging pieces are then cut away. The dividing line is then covered by 3 lengths of Black Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack.

Just Black and White. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using both a black and white shape from the Label Me Fancy Punch, these were layered. By cutting the black shape in half, this provided a wider layer for the white piece.

The large dragonfly is then given a coating of Wink of Stella for a touch of bling. The whole piece is raised up using Dimensionals.

Just Black and White. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Matte Black Dots are scattered across the bottom half of the project.

I have chosen to leave mine sentiment free for an any occasion card. I can add a sentiment of my choosing at a later date if I need to.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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DRAGONFLIES PUNCHBASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKLABEL ME FANCY PUNCHWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMATTE BLACK DOTSSTAMPIN' SEAL+STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE

Quick and Easy Quiet Meadow Project

Today I’m sharing another of my Quiet Meadow Bundle (Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and Meadow Dies) cards.

Quick and Easy Quiet Meadow Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a quick and easy project as it uses repetitive stamping of one image with quick colouring. You can then add your sentiment and as many extra embellishments as you like!

Mine is a combination of Petal Pink, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla.

I may have already mentioned that I adore this Bundle from the new Annual Catalogue. It’s so versatile.

The flower from the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set is stamped multiple times on the background.

Quick and Easy Quiet Meadow Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It is then coloured in using Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. I use the darker Blend first, then colour over the top with the lighter Blend.

I’m not great a colouring, but the Blends give me the ability to colour quickly and easily.

I have added a sentiment and threaded it onto a length of Vanilla Baker’s Twine from the Essentials Pack.

Quick and Easy Quiet Meadow Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, I’ve coloured the centres of the flowers with Wink of Stella and added some co-ordinating Petal Pink Elegant Faceted Gems for a touch more sparkle.

This design is great for creating in a range of different colours, with a change of sentiment to suit the occasion.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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QUIET MEADOW BUNDLE (ENGLISH)PETAL PINK A4 CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS PETAL PINK COMBO PACKSAHARA SAND CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHELEGANT FACETED GEMSBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKSTAMPIN' SEAL+

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow

When I was flicking through my new Annual Catalogue to make my pre-order list, several products jumped out at me.

One of these was the gorgeous Quiet Meadow Bundle (Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and Meadow Dies).

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I had, and still have, so many project ideas for this bundle running round my head that I couldn’t wait to use it when it arrived.

The first project I made was this vintage style card in more sepia tones.

It uses Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Soft Suede for the cardstock and stamping.

The background has Sponge Dauber inking to soften the edges.

Using Watercolor Pencils, the flower was coloured in Early Espresso and Whisper White.

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Two cute tags were cut using the dies with the Crumb Cake stamped and coloured.

Lengths of Scalloped Lace Trim, Faux Suede Trim and Crumb Cake from the new Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack add a pretty finishing touch.

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As this is the first of a handful of projects I made using this Bundle, more will follow.

If you are interested in having access to catalogue pre-orders along with a discount on products, then take a look at the fabulous JOIN+ offer running this month. Pay £99 and receive £154 of products.

This Stamp Set is a strong contender for a future Stamp Set of the Month Class. Watch this space for more details. Head to my Class Timetable for details of my online classes.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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QUIET MEADOW BUNDLE (ENGLISH)CRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADEARLY ESPRESSO A4 CARDSTOCKEARLY ESPRESSO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SUEDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWATERCOLOR PENCILSSPONGE DAUBERSEARLY ESPRESSO 1/4" (6.4 MM) FAUX SUEDE TRIMVERY VANILLA 3/8" (1 CM) SCALLOPED LACE TRIMBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKSTAMPIN' SEAL+MINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Mystery Pack – A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

Last week’s Mystery Pack contained a kaleidoscope of butterflies.

As well as these items, the recipients could use a list of permitted items. These were Wink of Stella, a sentiment, one inkpad and a sponge dauber, plus scissors and adhesives.

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Here is the project I made using the kit, plus Wink of Stella, a Sponge Dauber and Bermuda Bay ink.

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I cut the doily to make it fit inside the layered circles. Watch my video on how I put it all together here on my YouTube Channel.

The rainbow circle of butterflies is made using one of each of nine of the different butterflies from the Brights Collection.

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The centre butterfly is very sparkly as I coated it with Wink of Stella, before adding a bow using the Baker’s Twine.

Both the doilies and Baker’s Twine are on the retiring list, so make sure you get your hands on them before they go.

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you want to join in with a Mystery Pack, or one of my other classes, head to my Social Isolation Classes page for full details.

I look forward to seeing your creations using your kit.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BUTTERFLY DUET PUNCH2 1/4" (5.7 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHBRIGHTS A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKPEARLIZED DOILIESBERMUDA BAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSPONGE DAUBERSWHISPER WHITE SOLID BAKER'S TWINEWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSNAIL ADHESIVEGLUE DOTS

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.

Why not join us for a future Card & (Your) Cuppa session, or order one of my packs. Check out my Social Isolation Classes for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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SMOOTH SAILING DIES2 1/4" (5.7 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHNEUTRALS A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY/SAHARA SAND BAKER'S TWINESNAIL ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSGLUE DOTS

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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BALLOON BOUQUET PUNCHHOT AIR BALLOON PUNCH1" (2.5 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH1/2" (1.3 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHGRAPEFRUIT GROVE A4 CARDSTOCKLOVELY LIPSTICK A4 CARDSTOCKPINEAPPLE PUNCH A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE SOLID BAKER'S TWINECALL ME CLOVER 1/8" (3.2 MM) GROSGRAIN RIBBONRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSSNAIL ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE

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.

 

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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FLIRTY FLAMINGO A4 CARDSTOCKMOSSY MEADOW A4 CARDSTOCK>SOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWELL WRITTEN DIES1" (2.5 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH1/2" (1.3 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHWHISPER WHITE 5/8" (1.6 CM) POLKA DOT TULLE RIBBONWHISPER WHITE SOLID BAKER'S TWINEWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHFINE-TIP GLUE PENSNAIL ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS>MINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

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.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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