Oh Snap – Adorable Alligator or Cute Crocodile

Due to the Easter Bank Holiday, there wasn’t a Card & (Your) Cuppa session last week.

Instead, I’m sharing this cute Birthday card using the fun Oh Snap Stamp Set from the January-June Mini Catalogue.

Oh Snap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t make up my mind if it’s an adorable alligator or a cute crocodile!

My colour combination is Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party and Whisper White. Along with Basic Gray for the sentiment.

There are a couple of retiring items in this project, the Classic Label Punch and the Artistry Blooms DSP. If you want to own these, then make sure you grab them while stocks last.

Oh Snap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the water, the background images are stamped in Pool Party and Mango Melody. Using a Blender Pen, the lily flowers are given a touch of colour.

After stamping the alligator/crocodile onto the DSP, I then did a lot of fussy cutting. If you’re not a fan of fussy cutting, then skip this part! Oh Snap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the sentiment, one of the messages from this Oh Snap Stamp Set punched out using the Classic Label Punch.

Finally, the alligator/crocodile is raised up using Dimensionals.

As this is in the January-June Mini Catalogue, it’s not retiring at this time. Why not snap up (sorry!) your own set?

Or join me at my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

I’ve used Whisper White in my project, which has now been replaced with Basic White. See this post for full details while I work through my supply.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Countdown to Christmas #10

For Countdown to Christmas #10, I’m sharing the final project from my Crack Your Christmas Cards Class.

Countdown to Christmas #10. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As with the other projects from this class, the  card used the Tag Buffet Stamp Set.

Again, Garden Green, Real Red and Whisper White is the colour combination.

This project uses the paper piecing technique and fussy cutting.

By stamping the stocking onto two different pieces of cardstock and cutting them out, the white stocking pieces were stuck onto the Real Red main piece.

Countdown to Christmas #10. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The stocking has also been stamped multiple times in Real Red to the right of the Whisper White piece.

Using a Blender Pen, these have been coloured slightly to match the paper pieced stocking.

A length of the Braided Linen Trim is looped behind a punched circle shape. This shape is raised using Dimensionals before the stocking is added to it.

Finally, some red Wonderful Gems add a touch of festive sparkle.

Pop back tomorrow for another Christmas project. Plus, my Countdown to Christmas series continues next Friday.

Here are all four class projects together. Do you have a favourite?

Countdown to Christmas #6. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Countdown to Christmas #7. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #8. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #10. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Keep an eye on my Class Timetable as details of 2021 Classes will be released very soon.

Don’t forget to place any orders by 9th December for pre-Christmas delivery.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Countdown to Christmas #2

It’s Friday again, which means it’s time for my next Countdown to Christmas project.

So, here’s Countdown to Christmas #2.

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

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I like simple, non-fussy projects, with a particular like of monochrome projects.

Countdown to Christmas #2 uses Mossy Meadow and Whisper White. It’s just one stamp set, one ink pad and one punch.

There’s obviously a few extras such as the co-ordinating ribbon, a Blender Pen and Wink of Stella. But, you don’t have to use these.

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

For this project, I stamped one of the baubles from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set multiple times in Mossy Meadow. This Stamp Set is a returning favourite from last year, and I’m pleased to see it back!

A top tip is to stamp where you want your focal image one to go, and then stamp the others round it a various angles.

These were coloured using a Blender Pen.

Then, after stamping another onto a separate sheet, the bauble is coloured and given some sparkle using Wink of Stella. You can’t see it very well in the picture, so you’ll have to take my word for it that is is rather sparkly!

This is then cut out using the co-ordinating punch from the  Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack.

A length of the new Diagonal Stripe Ribbon from the August-December Mini Catalogue is looped and stuck to the back of the bauble.

The Merry Christmas sentiment from the Stamp Set is cut out by hand and stuck to the bauble.

Finally, the whole bauble piece is stuck over the original image using Dimensionals to make it the focus.

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

Using this technique, you can create a number of cards really quickly, and in lots of different colours.

Pop back next week for Countdown to Christmas #3.

Why not join me for one of my Christmas Classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Rococo Rose for a Friend

My friend is a fan of Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake, so I combined these with Rococo Rose for her Birthday Card.

Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Rococo Rose. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Rococo Rose as my main colours, they only needed Whisper White to join them.

Using leaf images from the Lovely You Stamp Set and Beautiful Autumn Stamp Sets, I stamped these to one side.

The Field of Flowers Stamp Set and Punch Bundle provide the small flowers. These are attached using Glue Dots, and Fine-Tip Glue for the tiny ones.

Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Rococo Rose. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Many Mates and a Blender Pen provide the sentiment, cut out using the Tasteful Labels Dies.

Lovely You provides the larger flower images. I cut these out by hand and added a touch of Wink of Stella.

A length of Linen Thread wraps around the project behind the sentiment.

Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Rococo Rose. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins in co-ordinating Rich Razzleberry add some extra sparkle.

I really like this design and love it in Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Rococo Rose. It’s one I may try in other colour combinations too.

If you’d like to make some floral projects, take a look at my Class Timetable for full details of my online classes for the rest of 2020.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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All About the Blooms

This project is all about the blooms. It uses the Basket of Blooms Stamp Set and the co-ordinating Small Bloom Punch.

All About the Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Recently, I shared this project with you. This is another version using the pot from the set, instead of the vase.

The colour combination is again Bumblebee, Terracotta Tile and Old Olive. Two of these are from the In Color collections.

In the stamp set, there are various flower and leaf stamps. This project uses one of the bloom images that co-ordinates with the Small Bloom Punch. Each bloom uses two images stuck together offset from each other.

All About the Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using a Blender Pen, I gently pulled the ink from the stamping to colour both the leaves and the flowers. A sentiment from the Well Said Stamp Set provides the sentiment, suitable for a number of occasions.

For a slightly different look, some lengths of ribbon from the Ornate Garden Combo Pack are stuck behind the white piece. The whole white piece is then attached with Dimensionals to raise it off the ribbons.

Finally, some tiny Gold Glitter Enamel Dots are added to the centre of each flower.

If you want to join my Fabulous Florals Online Class on 23rd September. Make sure you’ve booked your place by Wednesday 9th September.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Daisy Lane, Crumb Cake & Watercolor Pencils

I’m sharing another floral project with you today made with Daisy Lane, Crumb Cake and Watercolor Pencils

Daisy Lane, Crumb Cake & Watercolor Pencils. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project is again inspired by the Annual Catalogue. If you head to page 13, you’ll see a similar project.

I chose to use Daisy Lane as my Stamp Set, with Rich Razzleberry as my main colour. I have stamped tone-on-tone on the Crumb Cake and then coloured using Watercolor Pencils. A Blender Pen over the colouring then helps to blend them together.

Even though the base card is Very Vanilla, I have stamped the sentiment from Lovely You onto a strip of Rich Razzleberry with a Whisper White Inkpad.

Daisy Lane, Crumb Cake & Watercolor Pencils. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, one end of the sentiment is shaped. The Stamp Set and Punch are available as a discounted Bundle.

This stamped and punched sentiment is then stuck over a bow from Linen Thread.

Finally, a few Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins in co-ordinating Rich Razzleberry, in different sizes, add a touch of sparkle. As they already have adhesive attached, they are easy to adhere.

Daisy Lane, Crumb Cake & Watercolor Pencils. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Basket of Blooms

I’ve been using my floral stamp sets, and this is a project using the Basket of Blooms Stamp Set.

Basket of Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This Stamp Set has flowers, recepticles for flowers (including a basket!), stems, and leaves. 14 stamps for just £16. Plus, some of the flowers co-ordinate with the Small Bloom Punch too.

For this project, I’ve used Bumblebee, Terracotta Tile and Old Olive, with Whisper White.

Stamping the small flower multiple times tone-on-tone creates a background. Strips of the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack in Old Olive and Terracotta Tile are then added.Basket of Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

One of the leaf images is stamped onto the Whisper White. It’s coloured with a Blender Pen and then cut out using the Tasteful Labels Dies.

The vase is stamped onto co-ordinating cardstock and cut out by hand, before being stuck onto the shape. A tiny flower is stamped onto Whisper White. It is again coloured with a Blender Pen and cut out by hand.

A sentiment from the Well Said Stamp Set is cut out by hand and placed across the vase.

Using Dimensionals, the shape is added to the card.

Basket of Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

 

Finally, a small Gold Glitter Enamel Dot is added to the centre of the flower for a touch of sparkle.

I’ll be sharing more projects using this stamp set over the coming weeks.

If you’d like to make projects like this one, why not join me for a class. Find out more at my Class Timetable.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Abstract/Shapes Class – Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch

Earlier in the week it was my Papercrafting Class. The theme for this session was Abstract/Shapes and the kit recipients had 6 projects to make.

This is the first I’m sharing with you. It’s quick and easy and you can pop one together in no time at all.

Postage Stamp Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the fabulous new Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch from the Annual Catalogue. Now you know I love punches, so I used Page 168 of the Catalogue for my inspiration.

As these projects were suitable for teenagers or more generic, I chose to use a range of blues. These are Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy. Crumb Cake is the colour for the base card and layer, plus Very Vanilla for the sentiment.

Postage Stamp Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The hardest part of this project is deciding where to place the shapes. Just stick them onto your layer and trim off the excess, then stick the layer down. I’ve offset my shapes from each other down the card to avoid everything looking too uniform.

For the sentiment, I’ve used the Many Mates Stamp Set with Misty Moonlight Ink and a Blender Pen. I then cut it out using the punch, but put it in again to make it slightly narrower.Postage Stamp Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment is stuck onto a couple of strips of co-ordinating Misty Moonlight In Color Ribbon to add a bit of extra interest.

I think this design would look great in other ranges of colours, greens, pinks etc to create a batch of cards. They would make a lovely gift.

Pop back soon as I’ll be showing you another project from the class.

If you’d like to make projects like this, then why not book a place at one of my classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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August Birthday Gatefold

This August Birthday Gatefold Card is one of the projects from last month’s Fancy Folds Class.

August Birthday Gatefold. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I shared the crossover gatefold project with you recently, but wasn’t able to share this one until after my friend’s Birthday,

The Playing with Patterns 6×6 DSP pack gave me the perfect piece for the front panels, plus my colour inspiration. If you haven’t discovered the items from this fabulous Suite in the Annual Catalogue, then make sure you take a look.

My basecard is Purple Posy, with Calypso Coral for the other cardstock and ink.

A gatefold card is basically a card where the opening is in the middle, rather the side. My husband calls them barn door cards!

When making a gatefold card, it is always better to score the folds first, rather than just folding in half. This ensures you have a nice crisp and even fold.

Decide how wide you want your finished card to be and double it. This is the size of cardstock you need to cut. If your cardstock size when divided by 4 works out at something other than a whole or .5 of a cm, change your width to a number that can easily be divided. For example, my cards are normally 10.5cm wide, but for this design, I make them 10cm. Mainly because it is easier to divide 20 by 4, than 21.

You then need to score at your divided by 4 number (basically a 1/4 of the width) along one side. Then rotate your cardstock and make the same score on the other side. By rotating the cardstock, you are making the scorelines in the same place on both sides.

Fold along those score lines and your card should be ready to decorate.

August Birthday Gatefold. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used the Many Mates Stamp Set here and coloured it using a Blender Pen.

As well as popping sentiment onto layers of circles, I’ve taken a length of the Purple Posy Ribbon from the Playing With Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack. This is stuck onto a piece of Purple Posy cardstock, looping the ends behind the sentiment.

Why not head to my Class Timetable for details of the classes I’m running this year.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Impossible Card in Magenta Madness

This Impossible Card is one of the projects from my recent Fancy Folds Class.

Impossible Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It gets the name from appearing impossible for the pop-up section to come out of the cut out shape. Even though a magician shouldn’t reveal their tricks, I think I may have to put a video together on how to create one.

Once you get the hang of them, they are relatively simple to make, it’s the decorating you can take the time over.

I chose to use Magenta Madness and Just Jade, two new In Colors, with Whisper White for my colour combination. This combination is certain to brighten up someone’s day.

The flowers and sentiments are from the Basket of Blooms Stamp Set and Many Mates Stamp Set. I then cut the flowers using the fabulous Small Bloom Punch and fussy cut the leaves. The images are coloured with a Blender Pen.

Impossible Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each section has a Whisper White Cardstock layer with a 6×6 In Color DSP layer on top. A strip across the front adds an extra space for another flower.

The pop-up panel can be decorated with more height or width overhanging the edges. If you do this, make sure it can still fit in an envelope, or you’ll have to make one to match!

Impossible Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For a finishing touch, there’s a bow from the co-ordinating ribbon and some small Rhinestones too.

I think I may end up making a few more of these using different sizes and colour combinations.

There were six cards made at this online class. If you’d like to join us for a future class, head to my class timetable for full details and booking information.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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