Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Ladybug Builder Punch

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa Class I decided to concentrate on one product, the Ladybird Builder Punch.

I love punches and punch art, and have been wanting to make the wings into flowers and leaves for a while now.

To begin, the sentiment from the new Framed Occasions Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue is stamped in Old Olive.

Using Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody, these bright flowers came to life, with the wings as the petals, and the body, with a little bit of cutting, making the centres.

Each petal was given some shading using a Sponge Dauber in Daffodil Delight.

Dots of Wink of Stella were added to the centre of the flowers before the flowers were arranged on the card. Leaves, also made from the wings in Old Olive were again given some Daffodil Delight shading before being slotted behind.

The ladybug (ladybird) is then made as it is intended, using Real Red and Basic Black.

Finally, some Matte Black Dots are added to make the spots.

I do love a bit of punch art and I think this creates a nice, bright and cheery project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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LADYBUG BUILDER PUNCHFRAMED OCCASIONS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)DAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMANGO MELODY A4 CARDSTOCKOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKOLD OLIVE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADREAL RED A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSPONGE DAUBERSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMATTE BLACK DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE

Daffodil Delight Daisy and Stripes

As you know, I love making projects with stripes.

For this Birthday Card I chose to use Basic Black and Basic White, with accents of Daffodil Delight to add a fun splash of colour.

First, the sentiment from the Art Gallery Stamp Set is stamped. It is stamped first as if there are any ‘oops’ moments, the cardstock can be turned over for another go.

The black and white stripes are laid down in an alternating pattern to create a chevron effect.

Next, a length of the Black & White Gingham Ribbon sits at the bottom of the chevrons.

Daisies are cut using the Medium Daisy Punch and given a highlight of colour in the centre and tips of petals using Sponge Daubers.

Leaves are cut from Daffodil Delight using the Bough Punch.

These pieces are assembled together and stuck to the project.

Finally, some coordinating Glossy Dots, new in the Annual Catalogue are added for a touch of shine.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Introduction to In Color Class – Starry Sky

The third project from my annual Introduction to In Color Class is this scrunched Birthday Card for Starry Sky.

The new In Color of Starry Sky combines with Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla for a grungey feel.

It is a similar design layout to the project on page 53 of the Annual Catalogue using the new Decorative Circle Punch.

The background piece is given a good scrunching before being stuck to the layer at an angle.

Next, the shapes are given different levels of scrunching and two of them are stuck down.

The centre shape has a piece of the the coordinating Metallic Woven Ribbon wrapped around it.

Two lengths of the ribbon are then stuck to the back, the ends tied and then frayed up to the knot.

A sentiment from the Sending Smiles Stamp Set is then cut out by hand and also stuck to one edge of the Crumb Cake shape.

Using Dimensionals and Mini Dimensionals, the whole shape, with the overhanging edge of the sentiment are stuck to the card to raise it up.

Finally, some coordinating Matte Decorative Dots are added.

This design has so many different ways in which it can be created, from grunge, Sponge Daubers, stamping, DSP, clean lines and more.

Why not make your own version? I’d love to see it.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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DECORATIVE CIRCLE PUNCHSENDING SMILES PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)STARRY SKY A4 CARDSTOCKSTARRY SKY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKSTARRY SKY 1/8'' (3.2 MM) METALLIC WOVEN RIBBON2022-2024 IN COLOR MATTE DECORATIVE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Introduction to In Color Class – Parakeet Party

The second project from this year’s Introduction to In Color Class was for Parakeet Party.

I just had to use the new Twigs & Springs Embossing Folder & Die from the Annual Catalogue for this card.

Parakeet Party combines with Garden Green and Pumpkin Pie, with a sentiment on Basic White.

An embossed background sets the scene. Then, more embossed pieces, cut out with dies are then placed around the centre.

A swoosh of the coordinating Metallic Woven Ribbon is then added.

The Artistically Inked Stamp Set provides the sentiment, cut out using the Stylish Shapes Dies.

Parakeet Party leaves are stuck both behind and on top of the sentiment before being raised up on Dimensionals in the centre of the project.

A few small Matte Decorative Dots, one of the items from the attendee class kit, provides a finishing touch.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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TWIGS & SPRIGS EMBOSSING FOLDER & DIEARTISTICALLY INKED CLING STAMP SETSTYLISH SHAPES DIESPARAKEET PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKGARDEN GREEN A4 CARDSTOCKGARDEN GREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPUMPKIN PIE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKPARAKEET PARTY 1/8" (3.2 MM) METALLIC WOVEN RIBBON2022-2024 IN COLOR MATTE DECORATIVE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Artisan Additions Meets Brilliant Wings

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project I a new product from the Annual Catalogue, the Artisan Additions Dies.

Artisan Additions. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

These dies are stand-alone type dies and each has a different design element. One of the three dies is this very pretty intricate rectangle piece.

I chose to use three purples, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Fresh Freesia, along with Basic White.

The Brilliant Wings Dies provided both the solid butterfly shapes and the more intricate outline pieces. By just sticking the centre of purple butterflies to their coordinating outline, this allows the wings to be popped up.

Before they were stuck together, they were given a coating of Wink of Stella for a touch of sparkle.

Artisan Additions. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each butterfly is stuck to the project using Dimensionals to provide extra depth.

A sentiment from the Art Gallery Stamp Set is stuck across the centre butterfly using Dimensionals.

Finally, some of the new Iridescent Pearls, also from the new Annual Catalogue are placed into the four circular places on the die-cut shape.

Artisan Additions. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t wait to use these pretty Artisan Additions Dies again.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ARTISAN ADDITIONS DIESBRILLIANT WINGS DIESART GALLERY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETFRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKGORGEOUS GRAPE A4 CARDSTOCKGORGEOUS GRAPE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHIRIDESCENT PEARL BASIC JEWELSMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – A Cascade of Berry Blooms

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was this pretty cascade of flowers.

Cascade of Berry Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The colour combination of Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss, with Basic White was a berry (sorry!) good mix.

Using one of the Heart & Home Doilies as a mask, and a Blending Brush, a pretty background came to life. The doilies are from the Mini Catalogue and come in a pack of 30, so there are plenty to use for different things.

This piece and the layer were stuck angles to the basecard.

Using the Flowers & Leaves Punch, each flower has two layers that are coloured using a Blending Brush, given a gentle scrunch and then stuck together.

Leaves from the Bough Punch, again from the Mini Catalogue, are added to to the piece and the flowers arranged in a cascade.

Cascade of Berry Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Art Gallery Stamp Set sits on double layered ruffle. This is made from the Frayed Ribbon.

Finally, Iridescent Rhinestones are set into the centre of each flower to add a touch of sparkle.

Cascade of Berry Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t wait to make this project in different colours. My thoughts are blues and also sepia tones for a vintage look.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ART GALLERY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETFLOWERS & LEAVES PUNCHBOUGH PUNCHBLACKBERRY BLISS A4 CARDSTOCKBLACKBERRY BLISS CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADRICH RAZZLEBERRY CARDSTOCK A4BASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKHEART & HOME DOILIESBLENDING BRUSHESWHITE 3/4" (1.9 CM) FRAYED RIBBONIRIDESCENT RHINESTONES BASIC JEWELSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' SEALGLUE DOTSMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Beautiful Scenes with the Oceanfront Stamp Set

This fabulous card, made using the Oceanfront Stamp Set is inspired by the Mini Catalogue.

Oceanfront Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I saw the project on page 39 and set about recreating it, with a HIPPOFROG Designs twist of course!

My colour combination is Crumb Cake and Balmy Blue, for the rocks, shore and sea. Then, I’ve used stamped off Pale Papaya and So Saffron for the sky.

The grasses are Garden Green and Early Espresso. All onto a Basic White background.

Oceanfront Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As per the Mini Catalogue, I have fussy cut the rocks and these are raised up on Dimensionals to give some depth.

For the sentiment, I chose ‘Happy Birthday’ from the Art Gallery Stamp Set. This is set on top of loops of coordinating Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack,.

I think the loops look like the sun, so I added some very subtle tone on tone ray/reflection stamping down the page, using the splatter stamp.Oceanfront Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’m really pleased with how this project turned out and have many more ideas running through my head on what I can do with this pretty Oceanfront Stamp Set.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Polished Pink for an 18th Birthday

A young lady reached adulthood last week, so I created this Birthday Card for her.

Polished Pink for an 18th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Polished Pink, Basic Black and Basic White.

The background uses the Biggest Wish Stamp Set with the words randomly stamped.

These are then joined by several stars, cut using the Stitched Stars Dies.

An ’18’ cut from the Playful Alphabet Dies is then given a coat of Wink of Stella before being stuck to the central star.

Both of these sets of Dies are on the Last Chance list and stock is only available until 2nd May, while stocks last.

Polished Pink for an 18th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Coordinating In Color Ribbon is looped and the central star sits on top using Dimensionals.

Finally, some In Color Jewels add some coordinating sparkle.

Polished Pink for an 18th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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BIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)PLAYFUL ALPHABET DIESSTITCHED STARS DIESPOLISHED PINK A4 CARDSTOCKPOLISHED PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKPOLISHED PINK 3/8" (1 CM) OPEN WEAVE RIBBONWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSH2021–2023 IN COLOR JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Meadow Dies Meets Grid Paper

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, the Meadow Dies came together with Grid Paper to create this pretty Birthday Card.

Meadow Dies Meets Grid Paper. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The soft colour palette of Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron and Very Vanilla, give this project a classy look.

By ripping and tearing a piece of Grid Paper to create a mask, the background piece was created using Blending Brushes and Ink. The Grid Paper mask was then used again to create the second colour. This is similar to the project on Page 26 of the Annual Catalogue.

Don’t forget that Grid Paper has lots of different uses. It also comes in two different sizes.

Meadow Dies Meets Grid Paper. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Blending Brushes are also used to give some colour to the flower, cut using the Meadow Dies.

A sentiment from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set is then positioned behind the stem with both the flower and sentiment raised up on Dimensionals.

Next, a bow made from Linen Thread is tied to the stem.

Finally, some Brushed Brass Butterflies from the Mini Catalogue provide an extra touch.

Meadow Dies Meets Grid Paper. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love how the masked section looks a bit like rock strata. I have a friend who is a geologist, so I’m hoping I have the correct terminology!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – New Horizons DSP

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project is this pretty scene with a New Horizons DSP background.

New Horizons DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

At these classes, I ask the attendees for ideas of what they would like to make. This project, on page Page 47 of the Jan-Jun Mini Catalogue was suggested.

As I don’t own the Dies used in the sample, I chose other dies to create a similar effect to CASE the project.

If you’re not sure what CASE is, then head to my video on the topic for a quick explanation.

New Horizons DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sheet of New Horizons DSP is cut down for the background. My basecard is Blackberry Bliss, one of the colours from the DSP.

Then, cut out shapes in Basic Black using the Beautiful Trees Dies and Majestic Mountain are stuck onto the DSP.

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Next, any overhang is cut away and strips of Basic Black are then stuck around the edge of the project to create a frame.

A couple of leaves from the new Bough Punch are cut out in Old Olive and stuck behind two Bumblebee trees, with a sentiment from the Art Gallery Stamp Set sitting on top.

New Horizons DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This piece is then raised up on Dimensionals as a finishing touch.

I like how this version has turned out, especially the effect of the DSP at the back of this project, framed by the various dies.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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NEW HORIZONS 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERBEAUTIFUL TREES DIESMAJESTIC MOUNTAIN DIESBOUGH PUNCHART GALLERY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETBLACKBERRY BLISS A4 CARDSTOCKBLACKBERRY BLISS CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKBUMBLEBEE A4 CARDSTOCKOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKMINI STAMPIN' CUT & EMBOSS MACHINEMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS