Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Sea Life Dies – again!

At last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa, we used the Sea Life Dies – again!

Sea Life Dies - again! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

From the previous week’s project, there were some leftover pieces from the Layering Diorama Dies. It seemed silly not to use them in another design.

So, rather than just fish, this design uses the seahorse.

Once again, I’ve also added a shape from the Smooth Sailing Dies, the seaweed.

The colours are also similar to before with Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana and Pool Party for the water.

Seaweed and coral are in Calypso Coral and Old Olive, with the fish in Pumpkin Pie.

My sentiment is from the Art Gallery Stamp Set. I would love to change it to ‘Best Fishes!’

Sea Life Dies - again! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After adding the sentiment and positioning the water pieces, seaweed and coral. It was time to concentrate on the seahorse.

Using Sponge Daubers, Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron, I coloured the seahorse while it was still in the piece it was die-cut to. This die-cut shape is slightly different as it doesn’t cut all the way out, to allow you to use it in a variety of ways.

Once I had coloured it, I cut through the different points to release it. I then attached it using Dimensionals to raise it up, with the tail wrapped around a piece of coral.

The small fish are then placed at the top, by the sentiment.

Sea Life Dies - again! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some clear shapes from Silver & Clear Epoxy Essentials are dotted around to look like bubbles.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Sea Life Dies

Recently I made this project, and mentioned that something similar may appear at a future Card & (Your) Cuppa…

Sea Life Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
…and here it is!

My water is a combination of Balmy Blue, Pool Party and Coastal Cabana.

The top two water layers are cut using the Layering Diorama Dies. A water ripple effect is made using the Bark 3D Embossing Folder on the very top layer.

Sea Life Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Between the base card and middle layer, the Night of Navy anchor, cut from the Smooth Sailing Dies, has a piece of Baker’s Twine from the Essentials Pack added to it. There is also a piece of Coral, or seaweed, in Calypso Coral. This is cut into several pieces and dotted around.

More Coral/Seaweed in Old Olive is popped between the middle and top layer.

To give the impression of depth, the top layer is attached with Dimensionals.

Sea Life Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the Pumpkin Pie and Bumblebee fish are added across the various levels.

With this project, the pieces cut out from the layers aren’t going to waste. In fact, my Card & (Your) Cuppa attendees might notice them fairly soon!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Stitched Greenery Die

When I showed my Card & (Your) Cuppa attendees this recent project, they asked if they could make a version.

Stitched Greenery Die. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Not wishing to disappoint, I recreated it in different colours and orientation, for last week’s class.

My colour combination for this version is Polished Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Basic White, with Gold accents.

The Stitched Greenery Die creates a beautiful pattern that is great for backgrounds.

Stitched Greenery Die. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Die cut shapes from the Artistic Dies provide the intricate floral outline. Plus the shape for the sentiment and the tiny Polished Pink flowers too. The tiny flowers are given a Wink of Stella coating.

Using a Polished Pink Stampin’ Write Marker, I was able to ink up each word from the Art Gallery Stamp Set sentiment separately to allow it to fit into the shape.

The Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack provide the gold leaves and a swoosh of coordinating In Color Open Weave Ribbon sits behind the sentiment.

Stitched Greenery Die. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, sequins, also from the Ephemera Pack are added to the centre of the tiny flowers.

I really like this design and have a feeling I’ll be using it quite a lot!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Inspired by Wimbledon 2021

Every year, around this time, I design a project inspired by Wimbledon for my Card & (Your) Cuppa Class.

Inspired by Wimbledon 2021. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

These projects are normally in Wimbledon colours. However, as we now have a Strawberry Bundle (Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set and Strawberry Builder Punch), it seemed appropriate to make a strawberries and cream project for this year.

Using the Stitched With Whimsy Dies and cutting around the outside edge, the Gorgeous Grape picnic blanket takes shape. I then added a grid pattern using my Simply Scored.

Inspired by Wimbledon 2021. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After this was attached, it was time to create the bowl of strawberries.

Layering circles in Very Vanilla and Daffodil Delight are stuck together and have their edges curled using a Paper Folder.

The strawberries, in Poppy Parade and Real Red have a touch of extra colour and shading added with a Sponge Dauber. Next, the stalks complete them.

These are added to the bowl, with the three front ones raised up on dimensionals.

A sentiment, from the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set, part of a Bundle, is tucked behind the bowl.

Inspired by Wimbledon 2021. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Opal Rounds add some sparkle.

If you want to see some of my previous Wimbledon projects, here are links to the 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 designs.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs
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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Pierced Blooms Dies

Lots of layers of flowers and leaves from the Pierced Blooms Dies made last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project.

Pierced Blooms Dies Revisited. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The jar shape is from the Jar Punch, cut from Smoky Slate. Everything else is cut using the dies.

These dies are part of Bundle with a coordinating Stamp Set in the January-June Mini Catalogue. Although the products are staying, the Bundle is on the Retiring List and leaves us at the end of this month. Make sure you grab your discounted Bundle while you can.

Pierced Blooms Dies Revisited. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A combination of Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive for the leaves, So Saffron and Daffodil Delight for the yellow and Pale Papaya for the orange make up the floral part. Pool Party adds the bow and ribbon elements.

Attaching the ribbon and bow to the jar first and adding that to the project gives a starting point.

Next, leaves and flowers are added, using a combination of wet glue and Glue Dots.

The largest flowers are given centres, coated with Wink of Stella and are raised at the front with a couple of leaves to add depth.

Pierced Blooms Dies Revisited. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the smallest flowers were used to fill in gaps and small Basic Pearls are popped in the centre of some of the flowers.

This project is sentiment free, but one can be added if needed.

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Meadow Dies Revisited

At a recent Card & (Your Cuppa), the project used the Meadow Dies.

For this Meadow Dies revisited project, I’ve taken the same items and made the project again, with a few changes.

Meadow Dies Revisited. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once again, there is a Pale Papaya and Basic White Colour scheme

Rather than for an anniversary, I chose to make this version for a Birthday, so there is the addition of Pear Pizzazz.

Meadow Dies Revisited. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This time I’ve coloured the Basic White die cut pieces with Sponge Daubers.

For the sentiment, it uses the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set.

Again, the same elements of Wink of Stella on the Butterfly, plus the Fine Art Ribbon and Opal Rounds all add a touch of sparkle.

Meadow Dies Revisited. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Don’t forget to revisit your own projects. Take a look at my Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video on this very topic.

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Art In Bloom Bundle

I had a play with the Art In Bloom Bundle and this is my first project using it.

Art In Bloom Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This Bundle has the Art In Bloom Stamp Set and Bloom Dies, both of which I’ve used here. Plus, it also has the Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder as part of the Bundle too.

More about the very clever Hybrid Embossing Folder another day!

Every Bundle has a fabulous discount, so make sure you check them out in the Annual Catalogue.

Art In Bloom Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this project I chose a combination of Balmy Blue, Merry Merlot and Gorgeous Grape, with Basic White.

The flowers are stamped and then cut out using the dies, along with the leaf shapes and smaller flowers.

These are then layered onto the stamped background.

For the sentiment, I’ve used the first word of one of the sentiments from the set. This sits in a cut down die shape from the Bundle.

Art In Bloom Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each of the flower centres are given a touch of sparkle with some Wink of Stella.

Finally, a few Rhinestones add to the sparkle.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Simply Elegant Specialty DSP

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I did something slightly different.

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

As you can see, the base card is black, something I don’t do very often. However, it was the perfect colour to coordinate with the beautiful Simply Elegant Specialty DSP in the background.

The DSP is black with copper and silver foiling. These pictures don’t do it justice, it’s stunning in the flesh. It truly is the star of this project.

Simply Elegant Specialty DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsAfter cutting my DSP to fit my base card, I cut and layered strips of Basic Black, Copper Foil and the offcut of DSP together. On top of these is my sentiment, made using the Artistically Inked Stamp Set.

A bow sits to the side. This is quickly made by wrapping a length of Basic Black from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack around some looped Metallic Mesh. The combination of black and silver coordinate with the DSP.

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

Finally, Champagne Rhinestones add an extra touch of sparkle.

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

At a previous Card & (Your) Cuppa session, I was asked if we create an Anniversary Card.

Not wishing to disappoint, here is last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project.

Meadow Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the Meadow Dies, plus the Expressions In Ink Specialty DSP, both new items from the Annual Catalogue.

I chose Pale Papaya and Basic White for my colour combination, with Gold Fine Art Ribbon.

Meadow Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each of the die cut pieces are layered to create a bouquet feel, with the front ones raised up at the top using Dimensionals.

For the sentiment, I have stamped the ‘Happy Anniversary’ from the Many Messages Stamp Set in Pale Papaya onto the label shape from the Meadow Dies. This lays across the Fine Art Ribbon.

The butterfly has a coat of Wink of Stella for some sparkle.

Meadow Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few Opal Rounds are stuck around the bouquet to give some extra bling.

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Stitched Greenery Meets Artistically Inked

The new Stitched Greenery Die has been sitting in my ‘use me’ pile for a few weeks now.

It was time to have a little play…

Stitched Greenery Meets Artistically Inked. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Soft Succulent and Rich Razzleberry, with Very Vanilla.

Using the Stitched Greenery Die on Soft Succulent makes a lovely background for my focal flowers.

Stitched Greenery Meets Artistically Inked. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The main floral outline shape is cut from the Artistic Dies. This sits on the background, before Gold leaves from the Ephemera Pack are added.

Both the Stitched Greenery Dies and the Artistically Inked Bundle are new products in the Annual Catalogue.

Using a Stampin’ Blend, a length of Crinkled Seam Binding is coloured. Stampin’ Up! don’t have Rich Razzleberry Blends, but running the Light Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blend over the ribbon a couple of times made it a very close match.

Stitched Greenery Meets Artistically Inked. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the sentiment and flowers from the Bundle are stamped and cut out before being added to the project.

I really like how this project came out. It’s likely a similar project to this will appear at a future Card & (Your) Cuppa Class.

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